Chat Away

On This Day: Kissimmee, September 6, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)


Danny just came within a bunny tail of catching a bunny on our epic adventure. LL? I need 36 gimlets 😦

140 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 globalcitizenlinda
    September 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm


  2. September 6, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Chips, don’t you yell at your dog ? I am forever yelling at my dog. 😦
    My mother can’t have my lab over her house bc she eats everything in sight.
    Are all Labs terrors for first few tears?

    • September 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Hiya Jovie, I try really hard not to yell at him, but even when I do it has absolutely no effect, he thinks it’s a hoot and just keeps on doing what he was doing that made me yell at him in the first place 😕

      The vet told me he’d calm down when he’s 10, so hang in there Jovie, not long to go 😯

    • 10 Judith Fardig
      September 6, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Jovie – I love your typo – the first few tears! Seems like a lot of tears will be shed by you and Chips before your beautiful naughty dogs will behave.

  3. 11 Nena20409
    September 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm

  4. 14 Nena20409
    September 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Au ⭐ to GCLinda 😉

  5. 15 Nena20409
    September 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I am sorry, but I must confess, I have no idea who this girl is. May she RIP. 25 is too darn young to go.

  6. September 6, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Oh shut up Boner! Like he never plays politics?

    • 18 MadameSoph
      September 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      To me, it seems that the President is hoping for two things: one, to get out the vote for a Congress that will work with him on actual legislation and two, if we do have a good result in the midterms, to move for said legislation. If he passed an order now, it’s like he’s assuming he won’t have anyone to work with. He’s smart: better to wait and see what he has after November, then decide if he must act alone.

      • 19 vcprezofan2
        September 6, 2014 at 5:01 pm

        I like your take, MmeS – makes some kind of sense to me. 😀

        • 20 carolyn
          September 6, 2014 at 5:14 pm

          If Boehner says the move “smacks of raw politics” he knows it’s bad for Republicans. He’ll yell and stamp his feet, and Congress will DO NOTHING! If he was smart, he’d make his house pass CIR, then he could crow. But they won’t.

      • 21 vcprezofan2
        September 6, 2014 at 5:17 pm

        Smartypants’ response >>
        Its politics. Do we engage emotionally or strategically?
        I am disappointed that President Obama has chosen to delay his announcement about immigration. For me, its not about the timing. A two month delay isn’t that big of a deal. What bothers me is that he made a promise to do it “by the end of summer.” And now he’s decided to wait until after the November midterms. There will be some fall-out to that.

        But rather than simply react emotionally, lets take a moment to think about how to respond strategically (i.e., be pragmatic). The first thing to keep in mind is that generally Democrats have been pretty nonchalant about the issue of immigration reform. I know that because even when I write about it here, the posts get fewer views than most others. I see that same pattern generally across the blogosphere. On the other hand, the teapublicans are absolutely livid about it. If we had shown the same energy leading up to this election, the strategy of delay in order to help Democrats wouldn’t even be on the table.


      • 22 desertflower
        September 6, 2014 at 5:57 pm

        We think the same way! This is exactly what I was trying to convey in my earlier comment this morning!

      • 23 nospin
        September 6, 2014 at 6:51 pm

        eggsacklee madamesoph

      September 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm


    • 25 nospin
      September 6, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      hahahahahaha. Well that sold it for me. It was a good decision.

  7. 26 Nena20409
    September 6, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Later TOD.

  8. 27 vcprezofan2
    September 6, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Chips, do you think DannyO will know what to do with any of those animals he chases if he catches them? Maybe it just a game to him – someone to play with, you know?

  9. 38 JER
    September 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

  10. 39 MadameSoph
    September 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    On my way to work…

    Just wanted to compliment Chips on the epic, intelligent and hilarious tweets re GWB and Stonehenge, Benny Johnson’s “first piece” 🙂 etc…. You are ON FIRE today!

    Also, Danny gets more handsome every day!

  11. 49 anniebella
    September 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    So POTUS have decided to delay during anything about Immigration. Well what do i say?

    • 50 nospin
      September 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      2 months isn’t a big deal. Everyone who has a vested interest in seeing comprehensive immigration pass needs to vote Democratic in November. POTUS needs a Congress who is willing to work to get things done.

      I felt his executive actions would only be a bandaid fix and wouldn’t do much at all. This I think is a much better move.

      Want Immigration reform passed? Well vote your interest in November.

  12. September 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Whatever the President’s decision is – since I’ve not heard it directly from him I still don’t know – the fact is ….


    Yes WE MUST

    • September 6, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      It’s reported to be true. Others need to grow up and listen to reason. Thanks Bob.

      • 53 anniebella
        September 6, 2014 at 5:26 pm

        I don’t know how many is going to grow up, and you better get ready cause others will be piss about this decision, and Obama will get the blame.

    • 54 anniebella
      September 6, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Better pass it on to those who will be talking about not voting in November because of this. I know I’m not Latino but the decision won’t prevent me from voting. I believe that Immigration reform will get done if the Dems keep the Senate and maybe gain seats in the House. It will not get done if Latinos sit home and not vote for the Democrats. A non vote is a vote for the Tea Republicans, and with them in charge you can kiss Immigration GOOD-BYE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 55 nospin
      September 6, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      I wrote my comment above before reading your response Bobfr and I am 100% with you on this one. It choice is clear.

    • September 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Your tweet is absolutely spot-on Bob! The President’s Executive Order (EO) on immigration won’t bring about comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). We need a Congress that is ready and willing to act by passing legislation for a CIR. Personally, I don’t think that it’s such a big deal if President Obama delays issuing any EO on immigration until after the mid-term elections. I see no reason why the President should give the Republicans an issue to demagogue on in the Red States. It’s naive not to take into consideration the political reality that may make it even more difficult to achieve CIR.

  13. 57 carolyn
    September 6, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    President Obama is smart to get out in the sun and play golf today. Being in the sun is the best cure for jet lag. Get used to daylight, get exercise, then sleep well tonight. The Prez has learned how to deal with that annoyance.

    • September 6, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Agree with the ‘jet lag’ strategy, Carolyn – use it myself. As to PBO getting any sleep tonight – not likely, unfortunately. He’s got a hot war in Europe that just got a lot hotter.

    • September 6, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      I agree with you, Carolyn! I honestly don’t get these critics of President Obama about him going out to exercise and play golf. Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s I was raised by people, both parents and teachers, who believed that a sound body was key to a sound mind. Whenever I’ve travelled long distance, sitting for hours in the plane, it always felt good to come home and then the next day go out for long walks to breath some fresh air.

  14. September 6, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Lost in the mix & yet CIR groups are putting out press releases saying President Obama has decided to deport 70K more immigrants

  15. 64 vcprezofan2
    September 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Hey, you TOD teachers, did you know this?

  16. September 6, 2014 at 5:35 pm



  17. September 6, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Why would SHE put something like this in her book???

    • 67 anniebella
      September 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      I see nothing wrong with her putting that in her book, she made a very difficult decision, like many other women. Abortion is not some form of born control for many women, real tough decisions have to be made sometimes by these women. That’s why politicians ought to keep their nose out of it.

      • September 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm

        True… But she is running for governor in a very conservative state.
        Maybe she could have released her book after the midterms?
        It’s all over the news, bc the right wing noise machine will demagogue this.
        Just saying.

    • 69 Nerdy Wonka
      September 6, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Why shouldn’t she? Abortion is nothing to be ashamed of.

      Why should she let her opponents define her or tell her story – and bastardize it – first?

      It’s a smart and honest move.

      • 70 carolyn
        September 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm

        Women will understand. I admire her for her courage. If she didn’t tell it, someone else would undoubtedly have found it out and slammed her with it. Always better to get out in front. This was not done lightly.

        • 71 carolyn
          September 6, 2014 at 6:09 pm

          Need to clarify my “this was not done lightly.” When I wrote it I was referring to her decision to write about it, but it also refers to her decision to have an abortion.

    • 72 57andfemale
      September 6, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      I thought we knew about this already.

  18. 75 yardarm756
    September 6, 2014 at 5:40 pm



    1991 The Soviet city Leningrad’s name is restored to St. Petersburg.

    1991 The Soviet Union recognizes the independence of the Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

    1989 The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon is evacuated.

    1979 National Grandparents Day is proclaimed by the president. To be celebrated on the Sunday following Labor Day.

    1969 H.R. Pufnstuf with puppets by Sid and Marty Krofft debuts on NBC. They sued McDonald’s because of Mayor McCheese’s resemblance to Pufnstuf and won $50,000.

    1941 World War II Jews in German-occupied lands are ordered to wear a Star of David for identification.

    1938 Boys Town is released, starring Spencer Tracy as Father Flanagan. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church

    1901 Pres. McKinley Shot The U.S. President is shot and mortally wounded by Leon Czolgosz. He died eight days later.

    1837 First co-ed college Oberlin Collegiate Institute, Ohio grants women equal status, although it had allowed them to attend since its opening in 1833.

    1687 Sir Isaac Newton completes the Principa Mathematica.

    1522 First circumnavigation of the globe 31 survivors of the Magellan expedition reach San Lucar, completing the three-year voyage. Magellan was killed during the voyage.


    1947 Jane Curtin American Emmy-winning actress, comedienne. TV: Saturday Night Live, Kate & Allie (Allie).

    1944 Swoosie Kurtz American actress. TV: Love, Sidney (Sidney’s roommate Laurie).

    1944 Roger Waters English singer, with Pink Floyd. Music: Dark Side of the Moon (1972, #1), Wish You Were Here (1975, #1), and The Wall (1979, #1).

    1937 Jo Anne Worley American comedienne. TV: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.

    1899 Billy Rose d. 1966 (William Samuel Rosenberg), American songwriter. Music: Me and My Shadow and It’s Only a Paper Moon.

    1892 Sir Edward Victor Appleton d. 1965 English Nobel-winning physicist, discovered the conductive “Appleton layer” in the ionosphere making long range radar and radio transmission possible.

    1877 Charles “Buddy” Bolden d. 1931 American New Orleans cornetist. He is reputed to have invented jazz music. Suffering from schizophrenia, he spent the last 24 years of his life in an insane asylum.

    1876 John James Rickard MacLeod d. 1935 Scottish physiologist. He shared a Nobel Prize for the discovery of insulin (1921), although his primary role was only to provide the lab in which the work was done.

    1766 John Dalton d. 1844 English chemist, physicist, perfected the atomic theory (1804).

    1757 Marquis de Lafayette d. 1834 French general. He became the youngest major general ever in the U.S. army when he joined (1777) during the American Revolution.

    1711 Heinrich Melchior Muhlenberg d. 1787 American religious leader, founder of the U.S. Lutheran Church (1748). Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church


    2007 Luciano Pavarotti b. 1935 Italian tenor, one of “The Three Tenors.” He was caught lip-syncing during a live BBC radio performance (1992).

    1984 Ernest Tubb b. 1914 American country music Hall of Famer. Music: I’m Walkin’ the Floor Over You (1942) and Goodnight, Irene (1950, #1).

    1981 Christy Brown b. 1932 Irish author, artist, cerebral palsy victim. The movie My Left Foot was based on his 1954 autobiography – which he typed using the little toe of his left foot.

    1966 Margaret Sanger b. 1883 American birth-control advocate. She coined the term “birth control” (1914) and opened the first birth-control clinic in the U.S. (for which she was promptly arrested).

    1959 Edmund Gwenn b. 1875 English Oscar-winning actor. Film: Miracle on 34th Street (1947, Oscar as Kris Kringle) and The Trouble with Harry (1955).

    1902 Sir Frederick Abel b. 1827 English chemist. With Sir James Dewar, he invented cordite, a smokeless explosive (1891). Used by the British army in WWI, it enabled the battlefield to remain visible during heavy bombings.

    1311 Arnold of Villanova b. circa 1240 Spanish alchemist, the first person to produce pure alcohol.

    972 John XIII b. ???? Italian religious leader, 133rd Pope (965-972).

    • September 6, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Well now I am in tears. Out of the mouths of babes: Young Angus: “Amazing”, on how it felt to shake PBO’s hand. Angus thought about this, he did not just give a pat reply. I repeat, I am in tears. There is so much going on in the world. {{{{{PBO}}}}}

  19. 84 donna dem 4 obama
    September 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    The reason that I struggle with delaying action on immigration is because frankly I don’t think it will make a bit of difference. The Republicans will hate on Latino immigrants and yell “amnesty” whether PBO takes action before or after the mid-terms and as HF2 said us telegraphing that this is what we are doing makes no sense at all. If it wasn’t immigration reform it would have been something else that the Repubs along with our complicit media would have used to bash Dems this election cycle. All those Red State Dems who are whining about what the Republicans will say if action is taken should go sit down. My reasoning is because most all of them have already distanced themselves from PBO for all the obvious strategic reasons. I just wish that the Democratic Party had instead put on an all-out assault to registering voters and getting them out to the polls in these critical states. If we have strong numbers and turned those voters out on Election Day then it wouldn’t matter what the Republicans did or said.

    In this solid blue state of mine, for the average voter who isn’t paying close attention, if we weren’t’ having a Governor’s race here in Maryland this year I doubt that many of them would even know that this is an election year. There have been no calls to go into Virginia, PA or NC and canvass or register voters like in 2012. Why treat mid-terms any different than a general election for president? Do we think our voters are going to go out and vote by osmosis? Dem voters have to be informed and convinced to go to the polls. There just doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of convincing going on at least not in my neck of the woods.

    We Dems were going to be damned if we do and as I’m now reading we are being damned if we don’t. I respect PBO’s decision making and I’ll wait to hear what he has to say on the matter but I don’t like (if this is the case) us making decisions based on fear of reprisal from Republicans. We can beat them we just have to try harder!

    • September 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Agree with all you’ve said. I’m most in disbelief that vulnerable Dems are actually afraid that any exec action taken by PBO will energize the Republican base. Well, you know what? There’s tons of clear evidence they are always already quite energized to vote in mid-terms, so use every spare dollar and tactic known to man to register and GOTV your own voters! GAH.

      I’ve been thinking the Dems have been waiting until after Labor Day to kick into high gear to GOTV but all I’m getting is radio silence. I can’t for the life of me understand this. They’ve had years to plan a big and effective nationwide rollout. It’s almost like if PBO and his team isn’t in charge of it, it doesn’t happen.

      • September 6, 2014 at 6:38 pm

        egad…..”aren’t in charge”

      • 87 donna dem 4 obama
        September 6, 2014 at 7:27 pm

        “It’s almost like if PBO and his team aren’t in charge of it, it doesn’t happen.” Meta, this sums up my main point. I know that I have gotten some push back here from my fellow TOD’ers but the DNC IMO only performs well when PBO’s team is in charge. Otherwise they seem quite passive. I want to be active, I want to see on the ground enthusiasm but quite frankly I am just not feeling it. I’m not trying to discourage anyone but this decision if true will only make it more difficult to convince our coalition to GOTV. We are a unique group. We don’t have talk radio and our own cable station putting fear in us everyday to vote the Repubs out like they do with us. We have to be motivated, convinced and handheld to vote. PBO is the master campaigner but that man cannot be expected to do all of the heavy lifting this November. I don’t care what scare tactics the Republicans plan to use this election cycle because with I feel that with an aggressive GOTV effort we could overcome it.

  20. September 6, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Chips, with Danny you can live off the land once the apocalypse occurs. He’s obviously a good hunter.

    • September 6, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Thank you for that positive thought LL, but if I didn’t know before today, I know now: I want my food sold to me over a counter, not delivered to me by Danny after a bunny-hunting expedition.

  21. September 6, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    So, me and the missus had a long chat with my nephew. His mom—my ex-sister-in-law—has dementia, and she’s determined to move back here from Oregon. Her husband is basically not dealing with the situation well. (I could say some unkind things, but I’ll refrain.) Assuming my ex SIL moves here this winter, she will need pretty much round the clock care. And, assuming the husband will pony up for the cost (he did sign up for this when he broke up my brother’s family), my nephew and niece want the missus to be one of her caregivers.

    From what my nephew tells me, her dementia is actually worse than Alzheimer’s. It’s a much quicker end than Alzheimer’s is. Even though she broke my brother’s heart, I’m still very fond of my ex SIL. And I’m not surprised that her current husband is acting the ass. My ex SIL often told me that the missus was a keeper, so if the missus winds up taking care of her, she should take well to her.

    Family—even former family—is what you can rely on, most of the time.

  22. 92 donna dem 4 obama
    September 6, 2014 at 6:11 pm

  23. September 6, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Federer just got smoked in the semis 3-6, 4-6, 4-6 …..damn!!!

    • September 6, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Nooooo way! Completely forgot it, crikey!!

      • September 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

        Cilic will play Kei Nishikori (First Japanese player to ever reach a GS final/ #10 seed in the world who lost in the first Rd. last year to a qualifier) who beat top seed Novak Djokovic 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 on Monday in the U.S. Open final.

        • September 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm

          What a wacky tournament LP, saw the Djokovic result earlier, but completely forgot to tune in to Federer. Changing of the guard?

          • September 6, 2014 at 6:26 pm

            Federer hasn’t won at the U.S open in 6 yrs. after winning 5 straight….this was his easiest chance to get GS #18 especially when Nadal dropped out. I think Wimbledon is his best bet even though he is 33. At least tomorrows Serena vs. Wozniacki will be great. Serena is also going for GS #18 tying Chirs Evert.

  24. September 6, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Accelerated invasion prep ….

  25. 107 Dakota
    September 6, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Ah Roger…

  26. 109 dotster3
    September 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Fun article on PBO’s good bud, bestest golf bud and travel director, Marvin Nicholson and the special relationship with the Pres.


  27. September 6, 2014 at 6:34 pm

  28. 112 FoxfireTX
    September 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Chips, I sympathize with you! We have large grey rats that live in the alley near the electrical transformers. A couple of times of year, one gets under the fence, one (or more) of the dogs manages to get it and kill it, and then brings it up to the door to give to me as a “present”. I’ve gotten to the point that I am just thankful they don’t eat it:-( Totally gross and disgusting.

    • September 6, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Aaaaaarrrrrrgggggghhhhhhh!!!!!!! Foxfire, I would DIE! I saw a teeny mouse in the garden about 10 years ago and I still have nightmares. Oh heck, I definitely, definitely shoulda got a budgie!!

      • 114 57andfemale
        September 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

        Rufus always brought mice to me to show me his trophies. And it ain’t pretty when Nickelby finds a bird. Mr. 57 is worth his weight in gold when that happens……

  29. 115 desertflower
    September 6, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    OH! WTF! http://www.juanitajean.com/2014/09/05/just-when-you-thought-the-crazy-had-hit-the-top-along-comes-oh-dear-god-no/

    Since the Department of Defense is offering low cost military equipment – or even for free – Texas jumps to the front of the wave and militarizes public schools.

    Ten Texas school districts have received 64 M16 rifles, 18 M14 rifles, 25 automatic pistols, and magazines capable of holding 4,500 rounds of ammunition as well armored plating, tactical vests, and 15 surplus military vehicles.

    Oh hell yes. Let’s respond with M16′s if there’s a school shooter. Hell, why not just use hand grenades? Maybe we could get one of those drone things and just drop a bomb on the whole school.

    Locally, Spring Branch ISD police received 10 automatic pistols and 13 rifles.

    Police Chief Brawner says the rifles are available only for use by tactically-trained officers in an emergency. He says when not being used in training, the military weapons are locked in the department’s armory.

    Holy shit on a stick. Sanity needs to come to America, and soon.

  30. 119 yardarm756
    September 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    A Couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. During a check-up, the doctor tells them that they’re physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.
    Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. ‘Want anything while I’m in the kitchen?’ he asks.

    ‘Will you get me a bowl of ice cream? ‘ she asks.

    ‘Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?’ she asks.

    ‘No, I can remember it.’

    ‘Well, I’d like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so as not to forget it?’

    He says, ‘I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.’

    ‘I’d also like whipped cream. I’m certain you’ll forget that, write it down?’ she asks.

    Irritated, he says, ‘I don’t need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream – I got it, for goodness sake!’

    Then he toddles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at the plate for a moment.

    ‘Where’s my toast?

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  34. September 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Greetings TOD…came to TOD late today…and then I got lost in the previous threads…The Democratic Convention…was such a spectacular event…I could not be there but I took off 3 days from work…to be here in TOD and watch it live…It was so thrilling….and then I remember that moment when Barack Obama said …”I Am The President”…the convention erupted and rose to their feet and so did I ..with tears in my eyes..i was as euphoric as the delegates were…and then that video of PBO at Stonehenge….after having to deal with the weighty and fearsome issues at the NATO Summit….he was able to find joy the simplicity of Stonehenge…to be in wonderment….there is just no words to say…other than…I love ❤ President Barack Obama…. smilin

  35. September 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Many of you ask why this president is delaying immigration reform?
    It’s politics people, and it works.
    When the opposing party waits for you to make a move any move, so they can demagogue it, then you have to cover your ass.
    That goes for all democrats…
    It is what it is…

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