Keep Chattin’

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124 Responses to “Keep Chattin’”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    August 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm


  2. 4 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    One of the qurestions asked by the press:

    Could you tell us what the First Family has been doing on their vacation, have they been reading, has the First Lady been exercising, what activites are MRS Obama and the kids doing? Is Sasha here yet?

    • August 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      You. Are. Kidding. Me?

    • 7 Layla
      August 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      let’s see.. none of your business, none of your business, none of your business and yes, none of your business…next question!

    • 8 Ladyhawke
      August 13, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Gawd, what an embarrassment. I could not believe that question. The jackals are nothing but nosy gossip columnists. They parrot the silly GOP talking points about PBO being on vacation while (fill in the blank terrible thing is happening in the world). Then they want to know every private detail about what the family is doing on their vacation. smdh

    • 15 anniebella
      August 13, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      hopefruit2, I hope you are kidding when you talk of the press asking about the Obamas vacation, what they are doing?

    • August 13, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      It’s absolutely insane. When Eric said something like, “you know, they’ll be hiking, biking, eating in restaurants, the usual vacation stuff,” the jackal said, “yes, we can see all that but what about what they’re doing in the house when we can’t see them?”

      OMFG!!!! These people need psychiatric help!!

      Maybe Eric should have said something like, “oh, yeah, the First Family have been sitting around the dining room table plotting how to take away your 1st and 2nd amendment rights while eating cheeseburgers, pizza, doughnuts and ice cream.”


      • 20 hopefruit2
        August 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

        “yes, we can see all that but what about what they’re doing in the house when we can’t see them?”

        That question has a creepy, stalkerish vibe to it. These reporters do need psychiatric help because they’re afflicted with voyeurism where our First Family is concerned.

  3. 21 Beverly
    August 13, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Looks like I can delurk in first place specially to wish Chips a Happy Birthday. Many Happy Returns, Chips.

  4. 23 jacquelineoboomer
    August 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    H A P P Y
    B I R T H D A Y
    C H I P S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. August 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Ok, now even I am on Wednesday – Happy Birthday Chips!

  6. 31 dotster3
    August 13, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    New student at Tx. school——–Al E. Gator

  7. 32 betseyc
    August 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Rescued from bottom of last thread — Happy birthday, dear Chips! Delurking to wish you a wonderful 23rd-ish. To think you were only 17 when you started this wondrous site! What a prodigy. Thank you for creating the best blog in the entire universe. :))

  8. August 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm
  9. 37 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD. I’m currently having tax hours, but wanted to drop in to leave my contribution for the dessert table.

    Happy Birthday, Chips! Thank you for this oasis in the desert! May you continue to be Blessed with love, peace, and joy!

  10. August 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Y’all know that Chips is a week older than me so I’ve got another week of being 22. Hehehe……………

  11. 51 taiping1
    August 13, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Marilyn Monroe sings Happy Birthday to the initimable Chipsticks @TheObamaDiary and JFK. Cheers! http://t.co/4SaVJdYM7p— Tracy (@taiping2) August 13, 2014

    Happy Happy Birthday to our beloved Blog Mistress! 23 and counting backwards like Merlin.

  12. 52 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    The militarization of local police really burns me, especially since that fire power is brought to bear on folks of color and the poor. Do ya’ll recall seeing this type of fire power displayed at the rwnj’s at the Bundy Ranch???

  13. 55 Vicki
    August 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Another Primary day has come and gone with nary a whisper, unless it was in your state, of course.
    So, Tell me again, do you think the GOP would be ignoring anything election-related if they liked their chances in November?
    No? Me neither.

    • 56 hopefruit2
      August 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Good point Vicki: very good point!! Media more interested in ‘Obama-Clinton hug’ tonight, or First Family’s vacation activities than they are in the primary elections for the midterms. Hmmm….

  14. 57 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

  15. August 13, 2014 at 1:38 pm

  16. August 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    PM: Humanitarian assistance to Ukraine can be provided only through the Red Cross
    13.08.2014 | 13:06

    “”Ukraine can accept any kind of humanitarian aid solely within international law and solely from the Red Cross”, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a Cabinet’s meeting on Wednesday, August 13.

    “The level of Russian cynicism has no boundaries. First, they supply tanks, Grads, terrorists, bandits who shoot Ukrainians, and then they supply water and salt,” said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

    He said that together with international partners it was collected about $ 6 million to the Aid fund, managed by the UN High Commissioner. “We as the Government of Ukraine along with the President of Ukraine supply essential goods in all the liberated territories. We as the Ukrainian state have provided and are able to provide their citizens. Therefore, the Government allocates additional UAH 10 million for the purchase of essential goods,” underlined the Prime Minister.

    He also instructed the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Agrarian Policy, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Internal Affairs under the leadership of Vice Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman to form one more convoy to pass on essential goods onto the corresponding territories. Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that 270 tons of aid has been already delivered to these areas.

    “I separately appeal to the Red Cross to make these loads reach people. As the territories are controlled by Russia-backed terrorists, it would be better that they sent empty KAMAZ trucks, Russians, took their bandits back, and then there will be no need to send humanitarian aid”, stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

    The meeting has been started with a minute of silence of the Government for the dead during the anti-terrorist operation. Today, the funeral of Mykola Berezovyi, the husband of our Head of the Government’s National Anti-Corruption Committee, takes place. “Mykola Berezovyi – our Tatiana Chornovol’s husband – was killed in battle, as hundreds of Ukrainian heroes who are defending our country and independence,” noted the Prime Minister, informing that the funeral is attended by a governmental delegation.”


    • August 13, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      The UN is ready to engage in coordination of the international humanitarian assistance for Ukraine

      “President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.

      The UN Secretary-General touched upon the issue of the international humanitarian assistance for Luhansk initiated by the Ukrainian President. Ban Ki-moon offered the participation of the UN in coordination of actions with the ICRC in order to ensure compliance with the international law.

      President Poroshenko informed that the Ukrainian government had created an interagency coordination mechanism and assured Ban Ki-moon that the Ukrainian party was doing everything to ensure compliance with the international law regulations and Ukrainian procedures. The Head of State commended the willingness of the UN to engage in coordination of the international humanitarian assistance.

      Ban Ki-moon noted that there was a growing concern over the recent developments in Ukraine. He also informed that he was closely watching the situation in Ukraine and expressed support to the peace plan of the Ukrainian President. “I am inspired by your devotion to the intension of restoring peace,” he said.

      The Head of State emphasized that it was necessary to focus the attention of global community on the kidnapping of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko who was imprisoned in Russia. The President asked the UN Secretary-General to facilitate the solution of the given issue in his dialogue with Russia.”


      • August 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

        • 63 jackiegrumbacher
          August 13, 2014 at 3:55 pm

          Bob, choosing the ICRC as the group to deliver humanitarian aid and having a way to scan the aid trucks at a checkpoint are good decisions. The ICRC staff have tremendous courage, but they are putting themselves at great risk here, so I hope there are some serious means of protecting them. Russia doesn’t like to be thwarted, so I put nothing past them if they can’t go forward with their disguised invasion.

  17. 64 kasai
    August 13, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    My heart it’s been heavy these couple of days…….

    De-lurking to wish Chips the happiest Birthday..and many many more dear one:-)
    Thank you so much for giving me a place where I can distract myself from the world. You truly Are God-sent
    Love you dearly!
    ~ Kasai

    • 65 GGail
      August 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      We are here to lean on one another. Come on – where’s that pretty smile of yours???? 🙂

      • 66 kasai
        August 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

        (((Gail)) Thank you….I swear my son thinks I am losing it….texting him too much,,,be careful..on and on,,,I need to calm down, i know Gail, what is a mother to do.

        • August 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm

          You inspire me and bless the world with your presence, here and on twitter, etc. I hang my head in shame and sorrow that you and all mothers whose sons are young men of color carry this burden, this horrifying weight, which mothers of white sons need not carry or even see. It is wrong and evil and destructive. I will do more to change this, and I will keep your son and young men of color high on the prayer list. Take care.

    • 69 vcprezofan2
      August 13, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      {{{{{Kasai}}}}} I hear you and simply want to remind you, ‘You are not alone’.

      • 70 kasai
        August 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm

        Thank you ((((VC)))) I appreciate you and everyone on this blog..It has kept me sane.
        Much love!

        • 71 vcprezofan2
          August 13, 2014 at 2:01 pm

          We love you too, K! It *has* been an unbelievably, emotionally hard weekend, but we soldier on … towards justice and a long-overdue acceptance of our common humanity.

        • 73 jackiegrumbacher
          August 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

          Kasai, the worry for your son is the most natural thing in the world and it’s good for him to know how much you love him. If we didn’t worry about those we love, we wouldn’t be human.

    • August 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Right along side you, Kasai. Take care

    • August 13, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Love you, my dear. We are all in this together. XOXO

  18. 77 Nena20409
    August 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Love Bites? Karma? Fate? Providence? Poetic Justice? Love on the Rocks 😉 ?

  19. 78 Nena20409
    August 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm

  20. 79 Nena20409
    August 13, 2014 at 1:55 pm


  21. August 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Friend on FB shared something this morning from a friend of her’s. They are both from STL. It was a LONG status that was mostly the “police report” of the shooting, then the person’s thoughts on the incident. Just to give you some of the descriptions/wording: Mike was over 300 lbs. 6’3″ tall……he attacked the officer…..lengthy description about that…..the struggle for the gun, etc. Goes on to say that Mike was a thug that attacked a police officer. I wasn’t going to comment, then decided to make it short so I said: No comment. Yes, one. This should be deleted. Shameful. My friend responded that this area is very dear to her and that people are frightened and having to protect themselves.
    My response to her: I know that, J—-. However, the stories do not ‘jive’……not even close and there’s a number of words/terms in this that frankly turn my stomach. To be blunt, if Aliya were a black boy instead of a girl, these references could apply to her. Every time a young black teen is gunned down, I am eternally grateful that we have an AA granddaughter instead of a grandson. We should all try harder to put ourselves in other’s shoes. She responded that she didn’t mean to offend anyone.

    Aaaarrrrrgggghhhhh! S— like this is what we are battling all across this country.

  22. August 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    This tweet is fascinating for many reasons …

    • 84 Nena20409
      August 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Did Hassan Rouhani use the picture with her hair and head uncovered?

      Well, pinch me……. 😉

      Just weeks ago, Dancing to the HAPPY song, brought punishment. Now this? Okay…..I say: FORWARD! I hope this is a great sign that progress comes soon with the P5+1 in Sept. Might I be sounding too optimistic? Well, that is how I am feeling right now. We Need GOOD News.

      • August 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm

        That he tweets is cool. That he congratulated a female Iranian via twitter is note worthy. That he specifically also included a photo of Maryam Mirzakhani with her hair and head not covered is way out there!!!

        I’ve screen captured the tweet just in case the SL demands that he delete it 😉

        And, yes Nena, we need good news!!!

    • 86 Jeff Bunting
      August 13, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Wow! This is very surprising! 🙂

      I’ve heard that the new Iranian president is very progressive compared to many of his predecessors. Iran is a better country than say Saudi Arabia, believe it or not.

  23. 87 Nena20409
    August 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm

  24. 88 Nena20409
    August 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm

  25. 89 Nena20409
    August 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Yesterday, I applauded NYT for using the Correct pictorial from Ferguson. Today, I scorn them. The Headline is misleading on what Ben Rhodes said.

    Ben Rhodes also made that point and emphasized on it. To Help Iraqis and assist the Kurdish to evacuate the trapped Yazidis. There is a difference.
    But NYT were misleading in their Headline.

    • 90 Nena20409
      August 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      😳 NTY got the Headline….. right. My eyes saw a different Headline…….perhaps, I need a new set of specs.

    • 91 Jeff
      August 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      yet more misleading headlines from the New York Times. No wonder that they’ve been losing readers.

  26. 92 nospin
    August 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Happy 23rd Birthday Chips. Queen of TOD village. I hope your day is filled with love, light and happiness.

  27. 93 Nena20409
    August 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Now, that is GOOD News.

    • August 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      I understand the need for a “clean” look, but WTH on the braid restrictions? Makes no sense at all.

      When I was in high school (many years ago, to be sure) the girls in the marching band had to either have short hair or pin it up to tuck under the hats they wore.

      The school wanted a clean look for the marching band — but to have restrictions on *how* to tuck your hair under your hat would have been asinine.

      Rules must have been written by a white male West Point grad, probably a lieutenant.

      • August 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        This reminds me about something else in the FB post I shared earlier. There were 3 or 4 sentences about the friend who was with him. All of them talking about his “appearance” or the way he looked SO he was definitely lying. The hate andracism oozes, doesn’t it?

  28. 96 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    In the 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and soon after signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts.

    Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers, and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country. While Republicans in Congress continue to block the President’s proposal, a number of state legislatures and governors, mayors and city councils, and business owners have answered the President’s call and raised wages for their residents and employees. Read a report on the progress that’s been made so far across the country.

    Learn more below about why we need to raise the wage, and share this page with your friends and family.

  29. 97 vcprezofan2
    August 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    When was the last time you checked out ……E & C ……. at the White House site? Did you know there was a White House Mobile app? [Now don’t be asking me what that means* 😉 instead follow the link and see for yourself. * = I don’t know] The mobile app info link is in the middle section, near the top of the page.

    Engage and Connect

    President Obama is committed to making this the most open and participatory administration in history. That begins with taking your questions and comments, inviting you to join online events with White House officials, and giving you a way to engage with your government on the issues that matter the most.


  30. August 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Signs of fascism in Israel reached new peak during Gaza op, says renowned scholar
    Israel Prize laureate and renowned scholar Zeev Sternhell fears the collapse of Israeli democracy, and compares the current atmosphere with that of 1940s’ France. The time we have left to reverse this frightening trend is running out, he warns

  31. August 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Hagel changes hair policy after controversy
    Aug. 12, 2014 – 06:00AM

    Dreadlocks, cornrows, twisted braids and other hairstyles popular among African American women will be more accepted across the military after a forcewide review of hairstyle policies prompted several changes, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

    The three-month review came after a spate of complaints that service-level grooming policies were racially biased against black women who choose to wear their hair naturally curly rather than use heat or chemicals to straighten it.

    “Each service reviewed its hairstyle policies to ensure standards are fair and respectful while also meeting military requirements,” Hagel wrote in a letter to lawmakers on Capitol Hill notifying them of the changes Monday. “These reviews were informed by a panel of military personnel of mixed demographics reflective of our diverse force.”

    Three services — the Army, Navy and Air Force — have authorized additional hair styles, Hagel said.

    The Marine Corps agreed to hold a special meeting of its uniform board later this year and is conducting a forcewide survey about whether the “twist” or “dreadlocks” styles should be permitted while in uniform.

    The review concluded that the terms “matted and unkempt,” which the Army and Air Force used to describe some dreadlocks and braids, are “offensive” and were removed from service grooming policies, Hagel said.


    • 100 Jeff
      August 13, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      The marines always seem to be the very last to do anything when it comes to these types of things. Not to say that the Marine Corps is a bad branch, lots of great things to admire about it. However I wish they weren’t so… Strict about everything.

  32. 101 desertflower
    August 13, 2014 at 3:12 pm


  33. 107 globalcitizenlinda
    August 13, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Ms. Chips,

    Here is wishing you a Very Happy 23rd Birthday !!

    Hoping that you have very many more and blessings in all you do;

    thanks for helping to keep many of us sane with this bountiful oasis

  34. 108 hopefruit2
    August 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Oh here comes Little Nate to tell liberals/DEM that Hillary can do/say whatever the hell she pleases and it won’t be a problem at all for the “left.”

    • 109 anniebella
      August 13, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      I think Nate little success have gone to his GIANT head.

      • 110 hopefruit2
        August 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm

        Thank goodness people can see through the B.S. and are pushing back.

      • 111 anniebella
        August 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

        All I can tell Nate Silver is we who support President Obama do not like what she said in that Atlantic interview. Well I can’t speak for anyone else, I know I didn’t like it.

    • 112 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      August 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    • 113 jackiegrumbacher
      August 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Hf, it’s gotten so that I automatically dismiss any sentence that starts..”Nate Silver,” especially when it comes in an e-mail intended to scare me into donating.

    • 114 Vicki
      August 13, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      He has no idea what he is talking about. Not saying I do either. Just that it is early days for this chat and people who genuinely care about this country are ocused on November, 2014.

      • 115 hopefruit2
        August 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm

        Vicki, the thing is, we already have concrete evidence that Silver’s analysis is way off-base. 2008 was a glaring example. If the “left” didn’t care about HRC’s hawkish policies, PBO would not have been nominated in the Dem primaries. And what just happened the last couple days is another example. The huge negative reaction on Twitter and elsewhere was not an illusion. Even pro-Clinton Moveon.org publicly chastised her for it HRC and her PR people immediately had to backpedal, call PBO to “clarify” and apologize for her “mistake.” . Do you think they would take the pains to do this if they felt that it “didn’t matter to the left” as Silver is claiming?

        • 116 Vicki
          August 13, 2014 at 6:31 pm

          I am with you all the way, hopefruit. Maybe as many folks say the Iraq vote was the line between PBO and HRC that gave him the primaries.
          It sure helped us.
          But I think in 2008 the biggest factor was and remains the overwhelming charisma of PBO. Nobody can stop this man. Let alone, beat him.
          Dure, HRC’s hawkish self is a turn-off.
          And i couldn’t agree more that this speech with Jefferey Goldberg is going to be if not the last nail, certainly a BIG nail in the Clinton column.

          Everyone is recalling with a shudder how grating and untruthful and careless Hillary is.

          The exasperated,”What difference does it make?” during Benghazi hearings was a good reminder of her weaknesses. Way too many of them

          Nate Silver’s effort is silly. Not a matter of left and or more left or not left enough. He clearly is listening to his own voice too much.
          2008 Re-dux..
          We did not like her then.
          We will not choose her now.
          Not in a car and not………..

  35. August 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    LOVE this man:

  36. August 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Happy birthday to the mighty, insight-y, always right-y (as in ‘correct’, not ‘-wing’), never flighty, star-bright-y founder, creator, CEO, pilot, curator, and guiding light of The Obama Diary, without which……can’t even finish the thought. Unimaginable, getting through the day week month and year without the feast, medicine, laughter, compassion, truth, and inspiration of this community. Thank you for this family. Wish I could send you an actual cake, but please accept a virtual cake with 23 glowing candles and your favorite flavors of cake and icing and ice cream on the side. Here is a little giggle, because you are a such a very good egg.

    • 121 jackiegrumbacher
      August 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Nancie– You’re right about it being unimaginable to get through the day without this place that Chips created, but I’m going to have trouble cracking an egg from now on.

  37. 122 JER
    August 13, 2014 at 3:55 pm

  38. 124 sabreen60
    August 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Happy Birthday Ms. Chips!

    Life is a song – sing it.
    Life is a game – play it.
    Life is a challenge – meet it.
    Life is a dream – realize it.
    Life is a sacrifice – offer it.
    Life is love – enjoy it.
    Sai Baba

    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_life.html#FS7WwcD6hwxCh2B3.99

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