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  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    February 25, 2015 at 4:40 pm


    • 2 vcprezofan2
      February 25, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Congrats, GDD!

    • February 25, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      🙂 Afternoon Donna!!!

    • 5 vcprezofan2
      February 25, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      So DD, (we can catch up since other people went out for a winter walk) how are the little princesses? Anyone conversing yet? 😉 😉 And are they still in love with daycare opportunities to make friends?

      • 6 donna dem 4 obama
        February 25, 2015 at 4:59 pm

        They love daycare. They have mastered dada and have begun to say mumum, apple and ball.

        I keep telling D-I-L to be patient and cherish this “quiet” time because when it changes she will never have another quiet moment again until she drops them off at college. 🙂

        • 7 vcprezofan2
          February 25, 2015 at 5:22 pm

          🙂 🙂 🙂 Yes, DiL should cherish this quiet time. Reminds me of one of my sisters who had a speech-delayed son. After months of worry and seeing ‘specialists, etc, he finally got it going. Since, she’s often heard to say he’s never shut up once he started speaking! 😀

    February 25, 2015 at 4:47 pm


    • 9 jackiegrumbacher
      February 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Sue. I must have missed the part about the town hall being on tonight. Thanks for the news. Have things warmed up some in your part of the world?

  3. 12 donna dem 4 obama
    February 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Chips, do I have a comment in moderation?

  4. 18 57andfemale
    February 25, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    • 19 arapaho415
      February 25, 2015 at 5:26 pm


      THANK YOU for tweeting about Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), which affiliates with the national Democratic Party.

      After reading this article I had two wishes for 2016 Presidential race (neither of which will happen)

      1) That #NoTermMitt would run for President
      2) That Mark Dayton would run for President and completely dismantle every smarmy, lying word uttered by this draft-dodging 1-percenter, who apparently was capable of raising only one offspring who didn’t make a career by milking others (that would be #NoTermMitt’s doctor son).

      I wonder where Mark Dayton has been since he became Governor? Does he offer vocal support of Dem policies and the MSM chooses to ignore?

      What a bio:
      – great-grandson of founder of Target
      – became a teacher and social worker in Boston and NYC after graduating from Yale

      And his post-Pawlenty (aka 2008 media darling) accomplishments (just one paragraph from HuffPo article):
      – By late 2013, Minnesota’s private sector job growth exceeded pre-recession levels, and the state’s economy was the 5th fastest-growing in the United States. Forbes even ranked Minnesota the 9th-best state for business (Scott Walker’s “Open For Business” Wisconsin came in at a distant #32 on the same list).
      – Despite the fearmongering over businesses fleeing from Dayton’s tax cuts, 6,230 more Minnesotans filed in the top income tax bracket in 2013, just one year after Dayton’s tax increases went through.
      – As of January 2015, Minnesota has a $1 billion budget surplus, and Gov. Dayton has pledged to reinvest more than one third of that money into public schools.
      – According to Gallup, Minnesota’s economic confidence is higher than any other state

      Hey Dems, WAKE UP and look at the specular job DEM GOVERNORS have done since the 2008 financial meltdown — actively tout their tangible accomplishments and stop hand-wringing over MSM and RWNJs, caused they’re not going away.

      February 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm


  5. February 25, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Chips, we must investigate.

    • February 25, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Appreciated your essay, LL. Thank you.

      I experienced one tiny moment of being thought ‘other’ (due to a long, hot summer on a commercial construction site & my Italian-heritage very dark hair (at the time) and skin becoming very, very brown). [mentioned this once before]

      I have reflected, meditated many times over the years on the damage that life-long exposure to such unjust, extremely hurtful behavior would do to a person. I’ve only grown more in awe of people of color as a result. The power and serenity in President and First Lady Obama’s smiles as just one example why.

      • 24 GGail
        February 25, 2015 at 6:57 pm

        Bob, that moment happened to you many many years ago – yet the emotion the memory evokes is like it happened to you yesterday. We understand & thank you for your empathy and for sharing that incident with us again.

  6. February 25, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Putin should have learned from Afghanistan …. we can expect a substantial increase in partisan attacks until he gets his troops out of Ukraine, including Crimea.

  7. February 25, 2015 at 5:40 pm

  8. 27 Allison
    February 25, 2015 at 5:43 pm

  9. 34 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 5:45 pm

  10. February 25, 2015 at 5:49 pm

  11. 36 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 5:50 pm

  12. 37 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 5:50 pm

  13. 38 vcprezofan2
    February 25, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    // …………………………….

    Even among those who recognize that the President’s veto yesterday is not the end of this story, almost no one is noting step #4 above. President Obama will likely approve whatever Sec. Kerry recommends. Need I remind anyone of John Kerry’s commitment to addressing climate change? Nuff said.


    • 40 Linda
      February 25, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      Congress had a hearing on PBO immigration executive ” action ” today and had a Law Professor from Florida International University there to bad mouth PBO.

      She kept saying executive ” order ” which is NOT THE SAME as an executive ” action “. What a dumbass.

      • 41 Linda
        February 25, 2015 at 6:18 pm

        Executive Actions Versus Executive Orders
        Definition of Executive Actions and List of Examples

        Executive Actions Versus Executive Orders

        Executive actions are any informal proposals or moves by the president. The term executive action itself is vague and can be used to describe almost anything the president calls on Congress or his administration to do. But most executive actions carry no legal weight. Those that do actually set policy can be invalidated by the courts or undone by legislation passed by Congress.

        The terms executive action and executive order are not interchangeable. Executive orders are legally binding and published in the Federal Register, though they also can be reversed by the courts and Congress

        So….their BS that the President is changing law is a lie.


        The link uses the example of Gun Control…

  14. February 25, 2015 at 5:55 pm

  15. 43 Deb
    February 25, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Can President Obama issue an executive order to keep DHS functioning and funded because it involves national security?

    • 44 Linda
      February 25, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      I don’t think so…..Congress holds all purse strings.

        February 25, 2015 at 6:24 pm


      • 46 idon
        February 25, 2015 at 7:52 pm

        Yes he can but he has to use an article in Constitution to do so. I don’t recall the article’s number.

    • 47 arapaho415
      February 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Agree with Linda and PBO.

      The founding fathers gave the pursestrings to Congress, and now Congress must do their job. #YouHaveOnlyOneJob

      Love Josh Earnest’s pushback to the WHPC jackals when he digs Congress for returning from (yet another) week-long vacation.

    • February 26, 2015 at 1:09 am

      Nope! when it comes to funding, Congress reigns supreme.

  16. 49 MightyPamela
    February 25, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    ❤ _^..^_ ❤ She's home. What a cycle.

  17. February 25, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    and because this is just AWESOME….

    • 52 carolyn
      February 25, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Bravo for that mom! That was exactly the right thing to do. I loved how she said would you like for me to touch the front of your trousers? That pulled him up straight! And they were all trying to blame the girl. So tired of this trash.

    • 53 vcprezofan2
      February 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      This was excellent! Well worth reading you folks who don’t normally follow links. 😉

    • February 25, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      That mom raised a smart daughter. Sorry can’t say the same for the boy’s parents and the so-called adults at their school. I just don’t understand how adults just sit by and do nothing when kids are being bullied until the person who is bullied strikes back then they don’t want to punish the bully. I think these adults were the bullies in their youth.

      • 55 99ts
        February 25, 2015 at 8:28 pm

        It is also a very wrong reaction to a sexual attack issue. When the boy reaches 18 he will have been taught by his teachers and family that it is OK to touch girls – even when they say NO – this is why women get to be sexually assaulted – because boys are not told it is wrong. I think this is very different to being a bully.

  18. February 25, 2015 at 6:25 pm

  19. February 25, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    True and that is frustrating. However, we know this is more than we would ever have seen from a Republican administration……….McCain or Romney.

  20. February 25, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    True …..

    “Mr President,

    If young Ukrainian heroine Nadiya Savchenko dies of starvation in Russian prison this will not perhaps in any way upset the feelings of your electorate. But you should think about the impression it will make on international public opinion. It is quite likely, and easily foreseeable that public opinion will react to that even more acutely than it has to the annexation of Crimea and war in Donbas. People are made that way, that sometimes the death of one person shakes them more than the death of hundreds on the battlefield. The attitude to you beyond Russia is already unenviable, but after Savchenko’s death you would be better to stay away from western capitals. Crowds there will meet you with insulting cries and hurl foul-smelling things at you, while Savchenko’s name will be known everywhere. There will be legends about her, people will write books, make films. Streets and squares will be named after her.

    Please don’t shame yourself and Russia yet again and do not let this courageous woman die.

    Judging by the absurdity of the charges laid against her, she should simply be released.

    Vladimir Voinovych


  21. February 25, 2015 at 6:40 pm

  22. February 25, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    • 65 taiping1
      February 25, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks for posting! GOP and Israel want more war: the only way to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear weapons is a negotiated settlement with peaceful nuclear power and close monitoring. What no one ever talks about (the elephant in the room) is that Israel has nukes and I suspect would use them as long as they have the maniac Netanyahu in power.

  23. February 25, 2015 at 6:49 pm

  24. 67 arapaho415
    February 25, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    For those east of the Rockies who are thinking about going south for warmth…

  25. February 25, 2015 at 6:51 pm

  26. 69 arapaho415
    February 25, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    You know, I know nothing about college athletics, but this seems extreme to me.

    How could they do this to @Salsa_Nacho? (Love the twitter handle, rivals my fav Cali license plate TACO LOX).

  27. February 25, 2015 at 6:52 pm

  28. February 25, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    “”Please understand, there is no reduction (of restrictions) at any time that permits Iran to build a nuclear weapon,” Kerry told US lawmakers when pressed whether a deal with Tehran would eventually allow them to develop atomic arms.

    “Iran is forever forbidden from building a nuclear weapon, that is the nature of membership in the Non-Proliferation Treaty which they are a member of.””

    • February 25, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      Correct link ….

      • 73 99ts
        February 25, 2015 at 8:33 pm

        My understanding is limited Bobfr – but under what world rules is Israel the only country in the region allowed to have nuclear weapons. Personally – I would like NO_ONE to have same – but why only some?

        • February 25, 2015 at 10:43 pm

          See my response to nospin, 99. Israel will come under enormous pressure to adopt the NNPT and, in time, disarm it’s nuclear capacity, if Iran complies. We and the Soviets enabled their nuclear capability to provide them leverage that they actually never should have been allowed to obtain.

          • 75 99ts
            February 25, 2015 at 10:46 pm

            thanks Bob – my day is in utter disarray & after posting I realise I am 2 or three threads behind – appreciate your reply.

      • 76 nospin
        February 25, 2015 at 8:53 pm

        How about Israel? Are they forever banned from building a nuclear weapon?

        • February 25, 2015 at 10:40 pm

          Israel has a nuclear arsenal that is both aircraft and missile deliverable, nospin. One of the many consequences of a successful negotiated settlement with Iran is that Iran would be joined by SA, Egypt and others in demanding the Israel ratify and sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and begin to disarm.

  29. 78 jacquelineoboomer
    February 25, 2015 at 6:54 pm

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  31. February 25, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    The man has 9 lives, but big if true:

  32. 83 Vicki
    February 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Add David Price D from NC and an Iran expert to SkipTheSpeech list.
    That is 3 today: Tim Kaine Jan Schakowsky David Price—-one senator and 2 congresspeople. I hope the momentum increases.

  33. 87 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    • 88 nospin
      February 25, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      hahahaha of course he would.

      All Congress has to do is pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform. They already have the bill.

  34. February 25, 2015 at 7:17 pm


  35. February 25, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Is there a link to the townhall? I can’t watch TV, nor do I really want to. tune in to MSNBC.

  36. 96 jacquelineoboomer
    February 25, 2015 at 7:38 pm

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