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101 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. January 18, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Morning all.

  2. January 18, 2015 at 12:49 pm

  3. 13 Betsy
    January 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Good Morning Chips and fellow TOD’ers. Chips, can you tell me why, when I retweet, that “notquitenothing…” person comes up after EVERY retweet from this site? Who is that?

  4. 32 Nena20409
    January 18, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    GM/GA/GA/GE TODable Community.
    Awesome drawing, Chips.
    Au ⭐ to the winner of this fine post and winners to 5 posts back.
    Go Colts and Sea Hawks.
    Loved the Funny Tweets NW.

  5. January 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    God bless that morose Frenchman! #Arsenal

  6. 37 Judith Fardig
    January 18, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Congratulations to LL on the top spot. I am usually totally American football-indifferent , but my son has talked me into watching the Seahawks game.

  7. 38 Nena20409
    January 18, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    • 39 Don
      January 18, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Mitt Romney is even more lost today than he was on election night; he lacks any real conviction beyond making money. You can’t be President and be a business man. I think Mitt should focus on his true passion, and that is making money.

    • 40 0388jojothecat
      January 18, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      To Rmoney the working family he will be working for are the Rmoney family, Walmart billionaire families, Dupont families, BP families, etc.,

    • January 18, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      Here Mitt is flip flopping again, 2012 he sound like he hated the poor, now 2015 he loves the poor, he want to help the poor. Sorry Mitt we didn’t buy your B.S. in 2012 and won’t buy it 2016. I would think Ann would talk some sense into Mitt and tell him not to run.

    • 42 Nena20409
      January 18, 2015 at 3:52 pm

  8. 43 Nena20409
    January 18, 2015 at 1:11 pm

  9. 44 Nena20409
    January 18, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Other than the Empty Noise about staged hand-holding in Paris, France a week ago…..Since Nov 7th, 2014, POTUS has been Driving the Agenda and MSM, TBGOPers and their minions are just snarling, stumping, whimpering and then, following. Winning!
    I’m Lovin It πŸ™‚

  10. 45 Nena20409
    January 18, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Twice now in less than 10 days that I have agreed with this guy……on this particular topic. Scary.

  11. January 18, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Well, this is excellent: Irish Minister for Health comes out as gay


    (His father is Indian, wonder if it’s Amk?)

  12. January 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    • 51 carolyn
      January 18, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      I’m old enough too, and they were VERY mean!

    • January 18, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      You mean the Chelsea Clinton “jokes”. Jokes are meant to be funny. Those “jokes” were ugly and mean-spirited. Rightwingers are missing a funny bone.

      • January 18, 2015 at 3:40 pm

        Got into it with an ex-coworker who made those “jokes”

      • 55 arapaho415
        January 18, 2015 at 3:52 pm

        What’s especially appalling is that they ridicule Dem adolescents.

        Show me a GOPer who *wasn’t* awkward during their teen years, and I’ll show you either a liar or a prep-school silver-spoon-in-their-mouth prince/princess.

        RWNJs know better than to ridicule toddlers and children before they’re pre-teens, but criticizing teens, who are at their most vulnerable and emotional “I’m going to die!!! if I can’t go with my friends…,” etc. is petty and cruel.

        Chelsea got the last laugh, though. She’s a beautiful young woman with an adorable baby daughter.

  13. 56 Vicki
    January 18, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Another envelope from the DNC. Survey; How do you think POTUS is doing? I checked excellent and circled the box.
    Will you contribute to the DNC at this time? I checked no and in comments wrote: “The DNC was MIA for the midterms. You seem more like the DLC in waiting.
    Wait without me.”
    Then I mailed the survey back to them.

    I wonder if they will understand my comment.
    And, by the way, the membership card has a nice photo of PBO so I kept that.

  14. January 18, 2015 at 2:14 pm

  15. 67 Judith Fardig
    January 18, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    This ad is especially timely today:

  16. 68 desertflower
    January 18, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    off to tutor…bbl

  17. 69 vcprezofan2
    January 18, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    I’m baa-ack! lunch
    1 sm ripe banana
    8 med. strawberries
    1 kiwi
    1 tiny bunch of red seedless grapes
    l handful of blueberries
    1 red grapefruit
    2 sm Florida oranges
    200g vanilla yogurt

    Wonder how long that will hold me?

    • January 18, 2015 at 3:04 pm


      This is lunch πŸ™„

      • 71 vcprezofan2
        January 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm

        For twenty? Mine was for me alone, and I felt a bit greedy while consuming it. Now, not so much!

      • 72 vcprezofan2
        January 18, 2015 at 3:39 pm

        Well, Chica, I’ve been trying your print screen link with no luck. The info is all extremely simple and easy to follow, but my laptop is not biting even when I switched to Windows7, which is what I have. I suppose I’ll play around with it when I have the time and remember. πŸ˜€ Thanks, ole girl!

  18. January 18, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    “That increase from 13% of the population in the early 90’s to 20-22% more recently is a direct result of our war on drugs and “get tough on crime” policies that disproportionately affect people of color. And it is likely a huge factor in explaining why the unemployment rate for African Americans has typically been double the rate for whites. From a systemic standpoint, this is where we find the intersection between anti-racism efforts, criminal justice reform and policies to address wage stagnation. What affects one affects all.”

    • 74 arapaho415
      January 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      • January 18, 2015 at 4:12 pm

        More from Smartypants on this issue http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2015/01/unpacking-last-stage-of-economic.html?spref=tw

        How much does having a criminal record affect employment prospects? It outright blocks people from being hired for many government jobs.

        In the private sector the question is blurrier. An outright ban on hiring people with criminal records is considered to be a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Some states are banning asking about a criminal record on an initial employment application. But in practice, there are plenty of ways around that. Employers are allowed to consider a criminal record as part of a larger application.

        • 76 arapaho415
          January 18, 2015 at 4:23 pm

          Thank you.

          This is why I posted this graphic that should be on the front page of every newsite in America, yet is completely ignored by MSM/GOP/Comcast/Kochs.

          Smartypants always speaks truth to power.

          • 78 Vicki
            January 18, 2015 at 4:39 pm

            In NYC I am hearing some attention being given to predatory policing, which the drug war is certainly part of.
            As is harrassing Eric Garner for selling loose cigarettes.

            And the “speed traps” many municipalities set up to tax unwary citizens.
            After the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson we were told that unwarranted stops mostly of AAs funded the Ferguson police department. Predatory, indeed.

            • 79 arapaho415
              January 18, 2015 at 4:49 pm

              Couldn’t agree with you more, Vicki.

              When the choking of Eric Garner happened this summer, I could not believe that he was even stopped by the police. It made no sense to me, and of course reminded me of my only jury service — same chokehold administered by two short (5’7″ or so) sheriffs against a football-player-sized young man (6’3″ or so). We were a hung jury because one woman on our panel crossed her arms and declared that “police can do no wrong.”

              This was almost 30 years ago, and everyone in the courtroom besides myself, and IIRC, a Latino man on the jury, were white.

              According to @nytimes, the chokehold was banned in 1993. So I still don’t get why the police stopped Eric Garner (selling loose cigarettes, WTF? — next they’ll be arresting vegetable vendors) and why the officers were allowed to practice a banned chokehold.

    • 81 susanne
      January 18, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      perfect summation, bobfr. yes he did!

      what strikes me is the underlying definition of ‘the country’ we use is not the same one used by shrub, fox, rmoney, and the rethugs.

      when we say ‘the country’ we mean the people, the communities, the businesses and schools and parks and services we interact with and hold dear. when they say ‘the country’ they mean the big corporate interests, the extractive industries, the overseas exploitative industries, the offshore financial shelters, and their friends in the 1%.

      i think they truly believe they’re saving ‘the country’, and too bad if most americans aren’t in it. also, i think they’e supremely wrong-headed and short-sighted about achieving even their meager, selfish goals, but that’s another rant for another day.

      • January 18, 2015 at 4:28 pm

        Ah yes, Susanne! “The Country” is radically different in meaning for the #KLEPTOCRATS & their minions and the vast majority of Americans. “Corporations are people” meme captures just how orthogonal our definitions are.


  19. January 18, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Stands Up to begin her rant…..

    there were comments on twitter that PBO knows that the GOP will not just go along with his agenda so why propose it…Reice Priebus tweeted that dame thing…because they think that they set the agenda…but that is not the case …PBO is saying …this is the agenda…now deal with it…the GOP Congress is shaking their collective head…saying that the Uppity Negro must not understand what happened in the midterms…that he should coming to them with his hat in hand…PBO just laughs…he laughs also at the so-called Progressives who are always so disappointed in him and say why can’t he just be more like Sen Warren…and of course the Clintinista camp….is worried because they were planning on running on the Anti-Obama platform….


    they all will just have to sit the hell down and stfu…


    sits down….lol

    • January 18, 2015 at 3:32 pm


    • 87 susanne
      January 18, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      stands up to applaud rant… πŸ™‚

      immediately after pbo announced his tax plan, i read in various sources (mostly comments) that ‘he had 6 years to do this and now it’s too late’. basically saying pbo is proposing this essential reform now, when he knows it can’t succeed, in order to look good without having to actually do anything. laughing and fuming at the same time here!!

      lots of other insane responses have been circulating, and i won’t quote any more here (also stopped reading that poison). but it’s so true that our president has seen the chess game right out to the last move, predicted all the garbage that would fly, and is now laughing as he watches the clowns perform as scripted.

      the story of his presidency is his calm, brilliant out-maneuvering of his adversaries– and the awesome achievements of this man in the face of a roaring opposition.

      • January 18, 2015 at 4:09 pm

        This is what they do, instead of addressing what PBOs agenda and the impact that that it would have on the middle class and those trying to get into the middle class…they sidestep it by attacking the President himself…why not address whether is it a good program and say that the GOP should join forces with the President to bring prosperity to the middle class…but that is not what they do…

        I SEE THEM!

    • 89 yardarm756
      January 18, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      ON THE $$ pf! ^5.

    • 91 arapaho415
      January 18, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      I mentioned this last night that the MSM are willfully turning a blind eye to the effect that planting the seed for lower taxes for the 99% will have on 2016 congressional elections.

      They are also ignoring the fact that is staring anyone who isn’t in the pockets of Comcast/Kochs that PBO is placing the fractured GOP on the defensive when the GOP can’t control the racists and RWNJ elected officials in their own party.

      You’re absolutely right about the “uppity” dog-whistle, but thankfully PBO doesn’t take egregious prejudice personally. Taunts and dog-whistles make him more determined to out-maneuver and out-strategize the bigots, all the while with a big smile on his face.

      The GOP is getting it from all sides. In Congress/Senate, it’s internal strife, for GOP Governor’s it’s PBO arriving in their state, appealing directly to the young and non-insane patriots who truly love their country (see Susanne’s post upthread).

      Posted on previous threads today that PBO will troll Idaho GOP Gov with immigration, and Kansas GOP Gov with tax reform later this week.

      Smilin’ indeed. πŸ™‚

      • January 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

        PBO said that i do not have time to feel sorry for myself…i have to press on for jobs…Press Onnnnn…

        Ignore the byline for this video….

        this is PBO…Press onnn

    • 93 a4alice
      January 18, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      /applauds/ well said PrettyFoot!

  20. 96 forus50
    January 18, 2015 at 3:45 pm


    “…Conducted last week in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings, the poll found that 42 percent of French people oppose the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, which are considered blasphemous and highly offensive by many Muslims.”

    It’s a complicated issue; we would assume that what the cartoonists did wouldn’t be considered a crime here in the US. However, replace Mohammad with Jesus in the US and you have a teenager facing 2yrs in prison for simulating oral sex with a statue of Jesus in someone’s yard. It’s not hard to believe that the authorities in Pennsylvania wouldn’t have considered this a crime if it had been a statue of Mohammad.

    I think we’ve a long way to go to treat all religions equally as it seems the laws in most countries regarding free speech and hate crimes that are related to religion are often written and/or interpreted in the mind’s view of the majority religion.

  21. January 18, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    So wanted to see my Florida State Seminoles visit the White House. Really disappointed that they did not visit.

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