57 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. 7 Linda
    December 19, 2014 at 11:44 am

    State of the Union is January 20th. Boehner did the invite for date and it was accepted by PBO.

  2. 9 vcprezofan2
    December 19, 2014 at 11:45 am

    NerdyW, thank you for that smooch-y pic. They both look so happy. Er… btw… do you think you could give me a special tap on the shoulder a second or two before you upload a new post? Just asking… in the spirit of Christmas, you understand.

  3. 23 Linda
    December 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Republicans welcome a flood of lobbyists to Capitol Hill

    The revolving door between lobbying and government work has been set to spinning by the Republican takeover of the Senate. Lobbyists are taking big pay cuts to staff senators working on the issues they’ve been lobbying on; this work on the Hill will then set them up to go back to lobbying later on with their influence and networks solidified:

    Nearly a dozen veteran K Streeters have been named as top staffers to GOP leaders or on key committees as lawmakers prepare to take the gavel in January.

    For instance, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell named Hazen Marshall policy director earlier this week. Marshall, a former staff director for the Senate Budget Committee, has spent the last 10 years as a lobbyist at the Nickles Group representing dozens of clients like AT&T, Comcast and energy company Exelon.

    Marshall in McConnell’s office is hardly alone. Mark Isakowitz, who has been downtown since the mid-1990s first at the National Federation of Independent Business and then at the boutique firm Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, is also making the transition to Capitol Hill. The Ohio native will be chief of staff to Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). Appropriations guru Jeff Shockey is taking another swing through the revolving door — he has done two previous stints working in the House — will this time be leaving S3 Group to become staff director to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on the House Intelligence Committee.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/19/1352914/-Republicans-welcome-a-flood-of-lobbyists-to-Capitol-Hill

    • 24 vcprezofan2
      December 19, 2014 at 11:56 am

      It’s noticeable from your excerpt that the Repubs rarely introduce new/young blood when they get the reins. Not that it’s surprising, but we’re in for more of the same; they don’t handle change well at all.

  4. December 19, 2014 at 11:57 am

    The only “Special Interest” groups are the one represented by PBO, the middle class, poor and the disenfranchised.

  5. 26 Linda
    December 19, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Former Anonymous Hacktivist Turned FBI Snitch “Sabu” Breaks Silence

  6. 28 lockewasright
    December 19, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    A very well timed bonus has just been announced here at The Dorkery! Our output and quality have been very good and demand as well as out stock price have shot up. Yay!!!

    Between the car breaking and my overspending on presents for my young ‘uns, I was beginning to worry about the budget for my wedding anniversary in May (we’ve been together, exclusive, and living together for 16 years, but it’ll be 10 years married). The 10th sort of deserves a large budget.

    • 29 japa21
      December 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Companies still give out bonuses? Can’t remember the last time I worked for a company that did. Usually they tell us that our bonus is we still have jobs.

      • 30 lockewasright
        December 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm

        I work for Intel. The demand for our processors has recently shot way up, but our head count still reflects the pre-surge conditions. I suspect the bonus is an attempt to avert the pitch forks and torches. They’ve run us ragged for a few months now.

  7. 31 mtmarilyn
    December 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Good morning all of TODville. I am praying nothing happens today to interfere with the First Family leaving for Hawaii. For once it would be wonderful for them to have a quiet holiday. I wish that for all of us.

    Just on twitter I read this article about Sony and Michael Jackson and the song “They don’t care about us”. I don’t remember anything about all of this. I wasn’t aware back then. I just listened to the song and it is very powerful. I encourage you to read the article and listen to the song.

    • 32 Linda
      December 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      There are different versions of that song.

      Prison version

      • 33 mtmarilyn
        December 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

        Thanks for sharing the Brazil version. There is so much that has happened that I am ignorant about and I have tried to be aware. This corporate hold on everything has got to stop. I believe these next 2 years are going to be an awakening. I pray it is so. We as caring humans cannot continue to treat other humans as we have.

        That is why I am so thankful for this community and for this President.

    • 34 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      December 19, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks for sharing! I’d never heard of the “Prison” video; will watch later. Was well aware of the controversy; the negative reviews sent me to Circuit City to buy the CD on release day!

    • December 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      I remember all of this, I remember when MJ talk to Rev. Al over how he felt Sony was mistreating him.

  8. 37 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD! Hope everyone has a joyous day!

  9. 38 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 19, 2014 at 12:14 pm

  10. 41 Linda
    December 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Here is my guess at one of the first questions PBO gets today.

    Mr President ….do you think it is appropriate to take a 17 day vacation during this crisis of North Korea hacking into Sony Pictures ? Shouldn;t you stay in Washington to monitor this terrorist attack on America ??

    Most likely from Jon Karl or Ed Henry.

  11. 43 japa21
    December 19, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    For all the complaints about TARP from the RWNJ’s, the US actually made a profit. But that was only due to the way PBO changed it after he came into office. If it had been left the way Bush had set it up, the US would never have been repaid.

    The U.S. government essentially closed the books on TARP with a $15.3 billion profit.
    Treasury sold its remaining shares Friday in Ally Financial, its last remaining major stake from the $426 billion bailout of banks and the U.S. auto industry.

    Overall, the auto bailout was the one big money loser for TARP. Even with the Ally sale, taxpayers lost about $9.2 billion.

    But opting not to bail out the auto industry likely would have proven far more costly, since GM, Chrysler and many car dealers likely would have gone out of business without the government’s help.

    If GM and Chrysler had gone under, it would have cost an estimated $39 billion to $105 billion in lost tax revenues as well as assistance to the unemployed, according to a study from the Center for Auto Research. And the government also would have been on the hook for billions in promised pension payments to autoworkers.

    http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/19/news/companies/government-bailouts-end/index.html

    That part about the auto bailout is huge. Although technically it cost money, looking at what would have happened without it, we saved money.

  12. 45 57andfemale
    December 19, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    A bit of friendly advice: don’t try to install a glass screen protector to your new phone after the office Christmas party.

    Just sayin’.

  13. December 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    A lot of people would have been killed ….

  14. December 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    #NewRule

  15. December 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    There is something powerfully healing and consoling to me to witness the love of the First Couple.

  16. December 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Wonder if Boehner reflected on the significance of the date … in any event …

    bbl ….

  17. 51 Vicki
    December 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    “Community organizer” has turned into “World Unity organizer.”
    Also, “American Economic Recovery organizer.”

    And so on.
    There has never been a President like this one. And, unlike when Marco Rubio says “in my lifetime” I have been alive and highly conscious for long enough for the phrase “in my lifetime” to mean something.

  18. 52 Nena20409
    December 19, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD.
    Congratulations to all Gold ⭐ winners…….starting with this thread and 4/5 back.

  19. 53 Nena20409
    December 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm

  20. 56 Nena20409
    December 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    So Very Proud of George Clooney.
    🍸 Bravo!

  21. 57 Linda
    December 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Is it wrong that I’m smiling ?

    Rand Paul Slams Marco Rubio Over Cuba As Feud Escalates

    The disagreement between Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY) over America’s changing relationship with Cuba is escalating quickly.

    Rubio was among the loudest opponents to President Barack Obama’s announcement that the United States would begin normalizing relations with its Caribbean neighbor. After Paul said he supported the change, Rubio lashed out, saying Paul “has no idea what he’s talking about.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rand-paul-slams-marco-rubio-cuba

    Rand Paul is going after Rubio on Twitter and Facebook.

    Does Marco even know what they are ?


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