Chat Away


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112 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 4 Vicki
    August 24, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I am on a roll today, evidently.

    LL, I really enjoyed the Paul Robeson selections a few days ago. “Danny Boy” had me in tears, not that tears are necessarily the appropriate reaction. Now I will enjoy “let My People Go.” Enjoy? not exactly the right word either.

  2. 7 Vicki
    August 24, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Not the most relaxing vacation, but i hope the Obama family had some good times.

  3. 8 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Are FLOTUS and the girls returning with him?

    • 9 vcprezofan2
      August 24, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Doesn’t that tweet just give you the impression that PBO was away for 2 WHOLE weeks? (There’s probably no way Mark could say it better in 140 characters.)

  4. August 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I shall have a proper night owl music chat for after this one has hit 100-ish.

  5. August 24, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    It’s Da blacks I tells ya… 🙂
    Was this really a poll? Please tell me this was not asked on his show?

    • 23 hopefruit2
      August 24, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Jovie, please hand deliver Steve Kornhacki a special telegram from me. The telegram says that Kornhacki and MSNBC can both GO TO HELL!

  6. August 24, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    “To get a sense of the fracture that cuts this city in two, drive along Delmar Boulevard, a major four-lane road that runs east to west. Hit the brakes when you see an Aldi grocery store and put your finger on the blinker. Decide which world to enter. In the blocks to the immediate south: Tudor homes, wine bars, a racquet club, a furniture store selling sofas for $6,000. The neighborhood, according to U.S. Census data, is 70 percent white.
    In the blocks to the immediate north: knocked-over street signs, collapsing houses, fluttering trash, tree-bare streets with weeds blooming from the sidewalk. The neighborhood is 99 percent black.

    The geography of almost every U.S. city reveals at least some degree of segregation, but in St. Louis, the break between races — and privilege — is particularly drastic, so defined that those on both sides speak often about a precise boundary. The Delmar Divide, they call it, and it stands as a symbol of the disconnect that for years has bred grievances and frustrations, emotions that exploded into public view on the streets of the majority-black suburb of Ferguson after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. Ferguson is north of Delmar; the suburb of Crestwood, where the officer lives, is south.

    Even the way people perceive the Aug. 9 shooting and the street protests that have followed is influenced by geography. “I’m one of those people that feels sorry for the officer,” said Paul Ruppel, 41, a white business owner who lives just to the south of the divide. “For the most part, I believe the police of St. Louis are doing a great job.” Said Alvonia Crayton, an African American woman who lives just to the north of Delmar: “My reaction is, what took them so long? Michael Brown was basically the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

    St. Louis’s geographic divide stems from a legacy of segregation — legal and illegal — and more recent economic stratification that has had the effect of reinforcing racial separation. Even now, some tony suburbs maintain large-lot single-family zoning, essentially closing the door to lower-earners who might want to subdivide a property. St. Louis, its urban center hollowed out, has had far less of the gentrification that has transformed other Rust Belt cities, including Chicago and Pittsburgh. Look at a map of St. Louis, color-coded by race, and majority-African American communities sit almost exclusively to the north — that is, above Delmar…..continued

  7. 27 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Wow! Whenever I start to lament the amount of suckage that occurs in the State of Georgia, Texas steps up to try and toss us out of the mud pool.

  8. 29 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 8:56 pm

  9. 30 JER
    August 24, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    • August 24, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      I just can’t believe he can’t have a simple vacation without crisis after crisis.
      And then to be vilified for playing golf a few times is just too much.

    • 32 jacquelineoboomer
      August 24, 2014 at 9:11 pm


      • August 24, 2014 at 9:15 pm

        Hey, you! Thx for your note.

        • 34 jacquelineoboomer
          August 24, 2014 at 9:16 pm

          Saw your response, sugar. Glad to hear it!

          • August 24, 2014 at 9:19 pm

            My sister-in-law’s sister lives in Yountville and works for a big winery in Napa. Just heard her house suffered a crack in the foundation and lots of broken glass. The winery has a lot of wine bottles destroyed and the gift shop was a mess with wine, olive oil and vinegars all smashed on the floor. They had quite a mess to clean up!

            • 36 jacquelineoboomer
              August 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm

              Glad she’s okay, but the crack in the foundation is definitely not a good thing! And I did see some of the damage to the wineries on the teevee. Eek.

  10. 37 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 9:08 pm

  11. 40 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2014 at 9:12 pm


  12. 41 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 9:14 pm

  13. 43 amk for obama
    August 24, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    gaal’s goal = one point.

    Mission Accomplished

  14. August 24, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Crap, I’ve gotta go back to work tomorrow, don’t I?

  15. August 24, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Attention TOD netizens: LL has officially shaved his head!

    Normally, I just buzz it very short. But I bought a balder razor from Norelco, and used it this afternoon. My head is now smooth as one of amk’s pug’s bottom.

  16. August 24, 2014 at 9:34 pm


  17. 88 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

  18. 91 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 9:42 pm


    The man just oozed charisma. First movie I saw him in was “The Great Escape” – he chewed up the screen. Couldn’t take my eyes off him. Loved him in every performance I saw – including Jurassic Park.

    • 92 99ts
      August 24, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Thank you Dudette – I encountered Richard A some years ago – he lived not far from where we were in London & joined the crowd on the green at the local fair – think he was giving out some prizes or some such thing. A most English event!

  19. 94 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    That’s why I’ll stick to listening to the ’70s oldie-goldies on my lil’ victrola, while everyone else watches #VMA on their 80″ HDTV.

  20. 96 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    VMAs are on tonight. So music… some

    Best Male Performance – Ed Sheeran, Sing

  21. August 24, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Just scarfed down leftover pollo asado and various grilled veggies. I need a belly rub.

  22. 99 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Common is on the VMA stage talking about Ferguson.

  23. August 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

  24. 102 amk for obama
    August 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I rest my case. ciao. daughter unit arriving in 60, 59, 58 …. min.

  25. August 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm

  26. 106 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    PBO speaking out on others’ issues, but not ours! I’m going to be on MSNBC tomorrow expressing my outrage.

  27. 107 JER
    August 24, 2014 at 10:03 pm

  28. 109 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Sam Smith – I’ve Told You Now
    He didn’t sing this on stage tonight (he sang “Stay With Me”); I just like this one.

  29. August 24, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    More music. And by more music, I mean stuff which won’t make you commit hara kiri. http://theobamadiary.com/2014/08/24/night-owl-chat-lila-downs/

  30. 112 vcprezofan2
    August 24, 2014 at 10:31 pm


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