Chat On

President Obama at the Cedar Falls Utilities today

101 Responses to “Chat On”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2015 at 5:17 pm


  2. 4 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Hell-oooo, y’all! You can enter now.

  3. 6 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    ~~ ❓ ~~ Anyone showed up yet?

  4. 14 Nena20409
    January 14, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Wow….VC…..has all the Gems…… 😉
    Au, Ag, Bronze and the Flowers too.
    Congrats, Lady!

  5. 18 Nena20409
    January 14, 2015 at 5:31 pm

  6. 20 Linda
    January 14, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Senator Says Most People On Disability Don’t Deserve It

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is claiming that there is widespread fraud in the country’s disability system because most people who get benefits merely suffer from anxiety or sore backs.

    At a meeting with legislative leaders in Manchester, NH on Wednesday, caught on tape by American Bridge, Paul told the room:

    The thing is that all of these programs, there’s always somebody who’s deserving, everybody in this room knows somebody who’s gaming the system. I tell people that if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn’t be getting a disability check. Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts. Join the club. Who doesn’t get up a little anxious for work every day and their back hurts? Everyone over 40 has a back pain.


    • 21 vcprezofan2
      January 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Pity no one thought to show Rand Paul a mirror when he was talking about gaming the system. Ugh!

    • 22 jackiegrumbacher
      January 14, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      What a profound idiot this Rand is –I won’t even dignify him with the term “senator.” His total sum of knowledge is based on what “he feels or thinks,” with no (shudder) facts to back him up. This man’s appalling lack of empathy makes him makes him truly dis-abled since he he’s missing the vital components that make a person a full human being.

    • January 14, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      He is going to pay for that comment.

    • January 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Most people in the Senate doesn’t deserve to be there, like Rand Paul.

    • January 14, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Rand Paul also made some negative comment regarding the number of times Romney was running. Although I could agree with his negativity about Romney, right away I thought, “Right! And how many times did your Dad run to be President?”

      • 26 amk for obama
        January 14, 2015 at 9:26 pm

        excellent point. the fucker is so clueless and arrogant. great job, kentuckians electing arrogant assholes to look after your interests.

    • 27 Betsy
      January 15, 2015 at 1:01 am

      The only fraud here is Rand Paul himself.

  7. 28 idon
    January 14, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I’m here y’all so we can now get this party started.

  8. 31 Nena20409
    January 14, 2015 at 5:34 pm


    • 32 vcprezofan2
      January 14, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      The thing with looking back is that one’s unlikely to find many folks who didn’t make a blot or two on their youthful slate. What infuriates me is when they later act like they were born angels and have lived an angelic life. I’d bet if people in public life would come clean at the start they’d be seen as far more authentic, the general public would be far more accepting, and the media would, maybe, have to find more meaningful stuff to talk about.

  9. 33 Nena20409
    January 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    The Twisted part of this Decaying US News Media is that No POTUS had to be asked nor his parental skills questioned before. To ask Jimmy Carter this question is also more troubling……Perhaps, Jake Tapper will find these type of questions Shameful?

    I remember in 2009…..Chips Reed of then CBS WHPC member was mad at Gibbs for Not respecting the Dick Cheney with enough respect deserving for former VPs.

    • January 14, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      Agreed, NENA20409. This dogwhistle racist baloney should not be dignified. It should not be necessary for their parenting to be defended, so I don’t want it to be. And yet the cowardly sensationalist media and haters will do so, and so I think the next best thing to a decent righteous call-them-out response is for credible people to step up and do this. President Carter should say first, “You know I don’t remember y’all asking about my grades in college, or test scores, or what magazines and songs and movies were in Amy’s life, but since you mysteriously wish to raise these questions for Some Reason, Well: and THEN defend the brilliant parenting of the excellent POTUS/FLOTUS Home Team. And by the way, the results of their parenting? Sasha and Malia: rest my case.

    • January 14, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      What’s with all this obsession with Obama daughters? First it was the Thanksgiving Turkey stuff…then it someone magically found a pic of Malia with a Pro-Era T-shirt., the same day that the rapper got arrested (no coincidence there)…and now this Beyonce nonsense.. PBO does not need to be defended by Carter (who really shouldn’t be concerned about whether or not Malia/Sasha listen to Beyonce, and what the GOP thinks of it).

      This is CREEPY, to put it mildly…

      • 36 vcprezofan2
        January 14, 2015 at 7:18 pm

        Know what I think, Hopef? [and this popped into my head only now as I read your comment] MSM haven’t been able to get a rise out of the Obamas over the years with all their continued prods, pokes, and fabrications so now they are going to try to see if they can drag them into a protective conversation by attacking their daughters. Remember that in the beginning the adults asked for their children to be left out of the loop unless they were with parents, and I suspect media conceded not out of any real sense of decency but because the girls were young, and because they thought they would have had lots of other means to try and pull the Os down. With two years to go, and nothing with which media can attack their ‘family values’ they are now scrambling in the garbage to see what they can create. U. S. 21st C media is generally a disgusting bunch!

      • 38 idon
        January 15, 2015 at 12:22 am

        ENVY & JEALOUSY. The girls are so refined and classy. The Klannies just can’t understand why their children are so awful.

  10. 39 Nena20409
    January 14, 2015 at 5:41 pm

  11. 40 Vicki
    January 14, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Gorgeous photo of president Obama. Thank you, Chips.

  12. 42 Vicki
    January 14, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    NY Daily News is reporting that the neanderthal head of the NY PBA, Pat Lynch will be facing very strong opposition in his re-election bid this spring. NY residents will be glad to see this screaming dimwit gone.

  13. 43 vcprezofan2
    January 14, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Well, now that some of you have joined me and the village is no longer unattended I’m going to slip out for something to eat. 😀

  14. January 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    This is all some kind of BS.

  15. January 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    OH MERCY ME! What a radiant photo of His Presidential Magnificence! Even amongst all the glorious pix of which we can never tire, some glow extra brightly. This is one. His smile and spirit against the brilliant blue: Thank you Chips!

  16. January 14, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    • 47 vcprezofan2
      January 14, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      This was my first time reading a linked-in article and the comments that followed. For a ‘professional’ forum, I must say the responses were generally quite, quite shallow. Now I understand why, despite several invitations, I didn’t feel ‘led’ to join linked-in. Honestly, there wasn’t a whole lot of professionalism there; at least not that I noticed.

      • January 14, 2015 at 7:41 pm

        LinkedIn is generally a waste of time. I guess VJ thought it pertinent to post an article about workers there.

        • 49 vcprezofan2
          January 14, 2015 at 7:45 pm

          It did seem a waste, Meta. Most surprising to me was the fact the comments seemed so much more ‘political wacko’ than reasoned. I had always thought linked-in was a career building, hence professional, initiative. Guess I was wrong.

  17. 50 Nerdy Wonka
    January 14, 2015 at 6:16 pm


    These post-midterm roll out have been fantastic. Welcome to 2015, GOP.

    • January 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      CANNOT WAIT for the SOTU. President Obama is going to let it FLY!!

        January 14, 2015 at 6:26 pm


    • 53 vcprezofan2
      January 14, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      NerdyW, don’t you mean…. ‘I. LOVE. our. PRESIDENT!!!!!’ (Actually I was surprised to be reminded that there is/was no paid maternity leave across the border; almost as much as I was shocked (when I discovered decades ago) that American parents could go bankrupt from the fact of having a preemie!)

  18. January 14, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I am keeping a little running tabulation of the responses of my fellow white people to the magnificent glorious movie that all should see, “Selma”. Here is what I notice, and do not like. I went to see it Saturday afternoon. Right afterward, as credits ended and my friend Diane and I are sitting, still in a daze due to the impact of the film, I gradually notice the conversation of group behind me; white folks, and they are in the middle of a thing about Southern accents and how they should have just left them out, something….critical, making people wrong; I just got up and scooted out, didn’t want to be exposed to anything negative to spoil that moment. Didn’t quite follow it, but it was negative, and shalllow given what we had seen. We then went out to eat, and met a friend of Diane’s (she is African American by the way), who is white, and she introduced me to him and he had not seen it and we said go go go wow it’s so great, and he launched in to a discussion of the LBJ crititque, ‘not fair to him’ question, which I had not heard about before that moment…and again, he hadn’t even seen it, but met our joy with that and I simply discussed my disagreement with that silly notion and didn’t think till later that I wish I’d said STOP! Not worthy of our time in this moment. And today a comment from a lovely person on my Facebook exulation about Go See Selma!, and she said she would go and that next time we get together (she’s in another state and I see her every couple of months, she would have her husband tell us what they got wrong and right, historically as he is a journalist and historian. Now what is wrong with us? How can we be so relentlessly critical and negative in the face of such glorious beauty and power and truth? NIt picking as thought TRUTH and ACCURACY were The Standard for all movies anyway. I think it is a subconscious resistance to the truth of what is shown. A wish to distance, a wish to weaken the power of what we see, to deny it in some small ways because we can’t deny its deep big truth — and why should we? I do not get it. I’m now ready — the next time, I am expecting this and will say “Wait: let’s talk about the 10,000 great and good things, and not chip away. I am eager to see it again. I am being negative here — this has bothered me, and with the comment today, I realized the trend in my world.

      January 14, 2015 at 6:33 pm


    • 57 purpleshoesla
      January 14, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Nancie, I saw the movie yesterday at a morning matinee. It is as you say glorious. In fact I can’t wait to go and see it again with the “young folks” in my family in tow; as I want this time period in our history to be seared into their consciousness. You can tell your friend with the husband who’s a journalist/historian however, that if they stay through the credits of the movie (as I did because I was so riveted to my chair and I wanted to see every single person that contribued their talents and efforts to this masterpiece) , there’s a big ole’ disclaimer that says basically ” HULLO, this is a dramatization of the events, not a historic reenactment, dramatic license was taken, please have a seat with all your nonsense!” ; but they say it much nicer than that of course. 🙂 So any discussion about what was or was not historically correct is frankly a lot of unnecessary mental gryations. And having seen the movie, I don’t know what the big hullabaloo is about the depiction of LBJ and the “politicking” anyway. To me, it seemed pretty on the money about how politics works then (and now quite frankly). By the way I am African American and I happened to be sitting a couple of rows behind a group of elderly white men and women. They clapped all through the credits and along with me and a couple other folks were the last ones to leave the theater we were in. I heard them talking amongst themselves as they walked out about how wonderful it was and did a happy dance (internally 🙂 ) as I walked about behind them.

      • January 14, 2015 at 7:42 pm

        I appreciate this so much, purpleshoesla. You’re right — I love that ‘unnecessary mental gyrations’; well said. And I can gyrate in a spiritual and joyful direction, moving from my funk to your story of the jubilation of your movie experience. I will do a happy dance (internally) when I go back to see it Time #2 this weekend. And I need to take some company with me! All the best to you, purple shoes!

    • 62 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 14, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Nancie, I’ll paraphrase an African proverb, ‘As long as history is written by the hunter, the lion will always loose…’ Some folks are upset that the “Lion” has written their own history…

      I’m very Blessed in that I’ve taken part in several reenactments while chaperoning Freedom Rides sponsored by the Philadelphia Martin Luther King Association for Non-Violence; I’ve met and heard the stories first hand from folks in the movement. The former director of the National Voting Rights Museum, Joanne Bland, is the same age that I am. By the Age of 13, she had been arrested several times due to civil disobedience; she went on to a career in the US Army, then returned home to Selma.

      I’m looking forward to my FIRST viewing, with my Mom and Aunties, this Friday. I’m scheduled to go next weekend with my teen group.

  19. 64 Nerdy Wonka
    January 14, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    • 65 Vicki
      January 14, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      It is not traditional but I wish the SOTU speech could include visual aids—like Steve Benen’s amazing charts.
      TOD is familiar with the huge economic gains PBO has made and we are also familiar with all the charts.
      Fox viewers probably haven’t seen what we see and don’t know what we know.

      Forget charts, a short film discussing all the gains. Including recent increases to the minimum wage and evidence that wages are starting to trend up. Wow! That would be powerful and welcome to the uninformed parts of our population.

      The GOP response will no doubt focus on already out-date and inaccurate bleak economic info. Same old sad songs. Which I will not be watching.

      • January 15, 2015 at 12:34 am

        Vicki, I had the exact same thought yesterday about our President’s brilliant explanation of broadband.
        I would love him to show this visualization to the dumb fucks who are still” stuck on stupid.”
        Our President at a time such as this is not going to be bind to “tradition”.
        I am praying that he blows their dumb ass minds in this “fourth quarter 2nd term, Baby!”

  20. January 14, 2015 at 6:39 pm

  21. January 14, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWWWW!!!! I thought they’d wait to finish tomorrow!!

  22. 79 arapaho415
    January 14, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Raises hand.

    I know, I know!

    Nov 5, 2014, the day that President Obama held his feisty and funny Press Conference, uplifting the spirits of all Dems and making the GOP/MSM/Comcast/Kochs think, “Uh-oh, what just happened here?”

    #TwoTermsBaby #POTUSunleashed

  23. January 14, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    • January 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      I honestly don’t believe his approvals were ever that low. I think they were always where they are right now – or close to it. I think a lot of shenanigans with the polling firms, media, etc were going on to create an impression that he was responsible for the DEM loss in the midterms, or to discourage gullible Dems from running on his strong record.

  24. 90 JER
    January 14, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    President Obama is back at the White House.

  25. January 14, 2015 at 6:58 pm

  26. January 14, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Mike Huckabee’s son killed a stray dog just for the fun of it. Mike Huckabee pal around with the old dirty racists rocker Ted Nugent, who wrote a song about doing it to a 13 year old girl. So who’s judgement need to be question?

    • January 14, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      What a great picture of our President. Thanks Chips.

    • 94 idon
      January 14, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      It’s worse than that. Huckabee’s son hung the dog and was expelled from the camp for his behavior along with the other idiot. State attempted to investigate but allege then Gov. Huckabee worked to squash investigation to protect his poorly parented depraved and cruel son.

  27. January 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    • 97 idon
      January 14, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      this is definitely good news for Harris. They sue because she has confronted their lawbreaking. Wingnuts are genetically inferior beings

    • 98 COS
      January 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      You have got to be kidding Meta. She definitely has my vote. Those roaches have started already with their lying. I wonder which repug will run against her? maybe that Megan woman think that she can buy the election again? 🙂

  28. 99 Dudette
    January 14, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Hey LL, if you’re here…
    This tweet made me think of you. 😀

    We should have a Night Owl Chat with stalker songs as the music theme! LOL!! 😀

    For example:
    Cheap Trick – I Want You To Want Me
    (Is that not PERFECT?)
    Blondie – One Way or Another
    Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
    Heart – Alone
    Aretha Franklin – Until You Come Back To Me
    James Brown – Please Please Please

  29. January 14, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Good evening all. What a great foto of PBO. He looks so well rested after his vacation. He is not letting any grass grow under his feet.

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