Chat Away

Randomness – chat on, see ya later.

103 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. July 5, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Good Sunday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!!!

  2. July 5, 2015 at 11:09 am

  3. 10 taiping1
    July 5, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Happy Sunday. Another good day with PBO. Hope the chair is fixed.

  4. 11 desertflower
    July 5, 2015 at 11:12 am

    I’m sure this pic was totally random:)

  5. July 5, 2015 at 11:20 am

    It’s interesting that Sec. Kerry had scheduled his statement before the conclusion of his two long meetings with Zarif.

  6. 14 Judith Fardig
    July 5, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Lots of diplomatic chess happening in Vienna. Still hoping for a good deal that President Obama can sign with confidence.

  7. 16 MightyPamela
    July 5, 2015 at 11:30 am

  8. 17 globalcitizenlinda
    July 5, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I am anxious about the Iranian Talks – so much on the line;

    I worry about Greece and all the unintended consequences – no nation is an island in this global economy and shocks anywhere could have impact where professionals least expect;

    I believe that the verbal exchanges have boxed everyone in a corner from which they will find it hard to recover once the people of Greece have voted either way.

    The goal to avoid public skirmishes, in which opposing parties have no/limited chance to save face or change position, is one of the reasons I admire PBO’s approach to policy making

  9. July 5, 2015 at 12:10 pm

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  11. July 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    There might be a Billy Joel music chat later. Just sayin’.

    • July 5, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      My answer to that article, I wouldn’t had voted for him twice if he was anything like ronald reagan.

    • 29 MightyPamela
      July 5, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      For sure – Ronald Reagan was a disaster. President Obama is the farthest thing from a disaster this country has even been blessed with. I refuse to give this stuff any clicks. Life is too good with PBO at the top.

    • 30 idon
      July 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      RONALD REAGAN had ALZHEIMER’S when he took oath of office the first time. He was so out of touch with reality, his staff had to write all his communications on index cards which he would read like an actor. REagan is the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. Every time I see anything even suggesting Reagan was not mentally impaired, I push back HARD.

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  13. 33 MightyPamela
    July 5, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Leaving a note as I stroll through, to say IMHO, there is nothing random about that man in the photo. Nothing I can see, anyway! 😉 🐻 ❤

  14. 34 FoxfireTX
    July 5, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    From the info the last two days, I suspect the sanctions issues are resolved. And I would guess the sticking point remains inspections, i.e., the military inspections, given the IAe is headed back to Tehran. I understand the concern on both sides, but Corker’s demand for anytime, anywhere inspections simply is ludicrous. There is no State that would allow inspection of military facilities without notice. We keep our newest military hardware hidden (remember the concern with the helo that crashed during the binLaden raid) and Iran will want to do the same. Not sure how this will get resolved, very difficult.

  15. 35 JER
    July 5, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Good Afternoon Everybody.

    View this post on Instagram

    What a night.

    A post shared by Bruno Mars (@brunomars) on

  16. 36 JER
    July 5, 2015 at 1:13 pm

  17. July 5, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    First, apologies. I apologize if this has been posted before because I have not been able to check in regularly and I may have missed it. However i think it’s good and important enough to try reporting it for those who matter have missed out if it has already been posted. I apologize for any good because I’m posting from my phone and its hard to catch then and easier to make them. I also apologize if the word going doesn’t work because I’m posting from my office. And i apologize because this comes from Daily Kos and i know many here dislike that site. I don’t go very and at the time this this was originally posted i didn’t even know of its existence. I if look up the original post and it came with a very sarcastic into which sort of proved the point of the article. This was written by Barack Obama in 2005 in response to a diary. If you ever need proof of the total consistency born of deep thought and strongly held beliefs that President Obama displays, this is it. This is his be has acted throughout his presidency, this is how he’s achieved as much as he’s achieved, this is what he method trying to get us to understand, and i think I’d particularly important á we face the 2016 directions. http://m.dailykos.com/story/2005/09/30/153069/-Tone-Truth-and-the-Democratic-Party?detail=emailclassic

    • July 5, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Okay, that was really bad. I’m laughing. The Swype gnomes must have celebrated a little too hard last night. So just ignore the jabber at the top and read the link.

  18. 39 Vicki
    July 5, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Good News: The “No” vote is ahead by 20 points with 15% counted.

    If this lead holds, the people of Greece have done the courageous thing. Which is to join with their leader, Alexis Tsipras, to stand on their feet and fight for their democracy rather than to fall to their knees in front of the IMF, EU and ECB.

    • July 5, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Contrary to American belief , independence or secession from the European Union is the least of The Greeks problems. Each country in EU must be viewed through the prism as a separate US state. Taking into account the heritage, culture and mentality of the people amongst other idiosyncrasies. Greece was a mess before joining the EU and will more than likely be so if it secede. From my nearly twenty years living abroad as an expat in Europe I know there are two countries which have always always had difficulties collecting revenues from its citizens, Greece and Italy; the later has it own private police called the Garda de Finazia ( Money Police) which are armed police officers who enforce Italy’s tax laws and collects the money; don’t think IRS agent sitting in cubicle sending out letters think a police force with the sole purpose of controlling money. They are armed and drive around in cruisers on street just like any other law enforcement officers. In fact there are perhaps more of them than regular officers.

      The mafia and other elements are the reason for the difficulty of both states to gather taxes on business and personal property; I’m not generalizing and saying all Greeks or Italians don’t pay taxes. What I’m saying is that many of the top 1 % get around it and sometimes in unscrupulous ways example the former primer of Italy Mr. Berulisconi ….

      In short it’s gonna be a rough ride but I wish the Greeks the absolute best. Greece is a beautiful country and its people very hospitable.

      Greece was impoverished before entering EU and more than likely will remain if it leaves the union.

      They need institutional reform, a revolution and yes a rebirth of democracy where everyone pays his fair share.

      Just my opinion.

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    • 65 0388jojothecat
      July 5, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Sometimes you need the enemy close to KNOW how they operate instead of how THEY tell you how they operate. If Bernie is lucky to get elected he’ll have to also try to get re-elected, I.e. Jimmy Carter.

  23. July 5, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    • 67 Vicki
      July 5, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      No, but right now HRC and BS are our choices.
      Hang on.
      This may change soon.

      • July 5, 2015 at 2:26 pm

        The Dem primary winner…needs more than just my vote to win the general election…they need my blood sweat and tears…they need my enthusiasm…after the primary…the President will be in full effect….we will have to make our voices heard…we cannot allow them to throw the Presidency away

        PS…by August we will know if the VP will be in the race…i think that he won’t run…i hope that i am wrong….bracing myself for the wave of disappointment…

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  25. 71 desertflower
    July 5, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Krugman on Greece http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/?_r=0

    Austerity Arithmetic

  26. July 5, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    It’s now ~ 835 pm in Vienna ….

  27. 79 desertflower
    July 5, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    And this. http://www.interfluidity.com/v2/5965.html

    h/t BJ and Chris Hayes

    Akin to what Mittens was saying…

    • 80 desertflower
      July 5, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Greece is a remarkable country full of wonderful people, but along dimensions of development and governance, the place is plainly pretty fucked up. It has been fucked up that way for a long time, for decades at least. This has never been secret. Anyone who has visited Athens knows it has far more in common with Bucharest or Istanbul than with orderly Western European capitals. In the run up to Greece’s joining the Euro, everyone who wanted to know knew that Greece’s qualifications to join the Eurozone were, shall we say, ambitious. Mainstream establishment banks “helped” Greece and other Southern European countries with accounting fudges that, while perhaps obscure, were not secret even at the time. Despite protestations when these deals hit the news in 2010 that officials were “shocked, shocked”, they were explicitly blessed by the agency that compiles the statistics on which Eurozone entrance was based in 2002 and Greece’s gaming was extensively reported in 2003 (ht Heidi Moore, both cites). The Euro was and ought to be primarily a political enterprise. In order to sell the common currency to Northern European elites, its architects required Eurozone members to meet strict “convergence criteria” and especially the requirements of the Stability and Growth Pact. But in practice, those criteria have always been interpreted flexibly. Most Eurozone members have broken their promises at one point or another, including both Germany and France. The Euro was a unification project, and erred (not unreasonably, I think) on the side of building a big tent.

      Germany and France may have missed their Stability and Growth commitments now and again, but they are not fucked up like Greece is. Greek governments — not the current, much maligned Syriza, but decades of its predecessors — treated the state like a teat from which clients and friends of electoral victors might suck. The Greek state has been a shady, opportunistic borrower, no doubt, the kind of character no one would lend money to with any great expectation of seeing it back.

  28. 81 Don
    July 5, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    I see both Stiglitz and Krugman are out and about making sure everyone sees their erections. Maybe they should both go over to Greece and DP its government.

  29. 82 carolyn
    July 5, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    TOD family…..I haven’t commented in over a week, as my husband has had a health crisis. Monday night I took him to the ER, totally dehydrated. I knew if I didn’t get him to the hospital, I would not have a live husband in the morning. He has been in the hospital since then. He is improving, and the team of doctors working on him have worked and worked to discover what is causing his problems. He has congestive heart failure, his heart works at 20%,but his pacemaker pretty well keeps him going on that count. What they learned is that even though he was totally dehydrated, and had been trying to hydrate, his bladder was not functioning, so it was pushing on the kidneys, and causing problems. He was put on a catheter to empty his bladder and get all the toxins out. He will remain on one for at least two weeks.
    Tomorrow he goes to a skilled nursing facility, he is not able to come home. He is improving. Tuesday I did not think I would have a husband today, so I am very thankful today. My son drove up from Dallas Tuesday and his family came Wednesday. Steve, our son, has taken the night shift every single night since Tuesday, and I have done the day. You all know that people in the hospital need someone with them! My son has shown himself to be a rock in a crisis.
    I do not know how long he has…..I hope and pray he improves and can have some good quality time. He is 84, however, and as the doctors say, the body is wearing out. We will be thankful for every day we have him.
    For my sanity, I have kept up with TOD while sitting by his bed…….so thank you, all of you for your contributions and helping me laugh sometimes.

    • 83 Don
      July 5, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Bless you Carolyn, my mom went through the same thing. You have a close family, and a close family can make all the difference in the world.

    • July 5, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      {{{{Caolyn}}}} keeping you, your husband and family constantly in my thoughts.

    • 85 Obama Grandmama
      July 5, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      My prayers are with you, Carolyn.

    • 86 FoxfireTX
      July 5, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Ah Carolyn, so very sorry. Went through nearly the identical thing with my dad 4 years ago. Still miss him every day but he was ready, tired of fighting the battle and we had to respect that. You, your husband and your kids are in my prayers.

      • 87 HZ
        July 5, 2015 at 3:21 pm

        Precious Carolyn, {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Loving hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} of strength to you and your family during this time. Your son is an angel. I will keep you and your dear husband in my thoughts and prayers as you make this journey of trials and testing. Lots of love to you, Carolyn.HZ

    • 88 desertflower
      July 5, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      {{{carolyn}}} love and hugs to you and your family.

    • 89 a4alice
      July 5, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      sorry to hear Carolyn. My mom had the same thing. thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • July 5, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      God Bless you and your husband Carolyn. May you feel the comfort of the Divine at this difficult time. Much Love.

    • July 5, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Blessingsssssss to you and your family carolyn…may “grace” visit upon you and your husband…

    • 92 0388jojothecat
      July 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      ((((Carolyn))))) prayers to you, husband and family.

    • 93 57andfemale
      July 5, 2015 at 4:44 pm


    • July 5, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      carolyn, what a terribly frightening series of events for you and your husband. I hope he has the best of care and is able to rest comfortably. Thank goodness for your family. Please also take good care of yourself and know that you are both in our thoughts for healing.

    • July 5, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Prayers for your husband.

    • 96 sjterrid
      July 5, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      My prayers for you and your husband, Carolyn, while he is facing this health crisis. I’m glad that your son is there with you and is able to be there with you, looking after your husband in the hospital.

  30. July 5, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Go Greek people!!

    • 98 Obama Grandmama
      July 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      I kept hearing that in the days when the stock market was down it was because of the worries about what would happen with Greece. I hope the effect on the world economy in whatever the outcome is for Greece is minimal. It seems we are all interconnected.

  31. 99 globalcitizenlinda
    July 5, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Question: Given her insistence on austerity, who do the developments in Greece affect the German Chancellor (and the other EU leaders who support her tough stand” ?

  32. 100 0388jojothecat
    July 5, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Sometimes you need the enemy close to KNOW how they operate instead of how THEY tell you how they operate. If Bernie is lucky to get elected he’ll have to also try to get re-elected, I.e. Jimmy Carter.

    • 101 0388jojothecat
      July 5, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      This comment meant to be posted above on BS (how appropriate) not having ex-Wall Street people in his cabinet.

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