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@KaptainKulk: Beautiful. Syrian kids watching Tom & Jerry at a screening for them organised by volunteers in Budapest.


125 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. 1 desertflower
    September 5, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Children laughing and smiling. Nothing better…especially children of war.

  2. 4 desertflower
    September 5, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Thank you, Chips. Beautiful photo.

    • 5 vcprezofan2
      September 5, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      How was your ‘young one’s’ *adult* par-tay?

      • 6 desertflower
        September 5, 2015 at 5:37 pm

        I think he’s still partying:) I haven’t seen him since Thursday. Seriously.

        • 7 vcprezofan2
          September 5, 2015 at 5:39 pm

          You both work too much! You need to coordinate some ‘healthy sense of leisure’ to celebrate this milestone together. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • 8 Judith Fardig
      September 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Congratulations, DF! Kids are kids all over the world. I still think it’s a crying shame that little children who crossed into the US in the summer of 2014 were spit on and screamed at instead of being treated with compassion. Damn Boehner and his GOP cronies for blockading the Senate CIR bill instead of bringing it to the House floor for an up or down vote. They seem to have gone all in on cheating for 2016 instead of addressing comprehensive immigration reform. The rhetoric from Trump on down is hateful!

  3. 9 desertflower
    September 5, 2015 at 5:20 pm

  4. 14 MightyPamela
    September 5, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    How can any of us imagine the relief of these young people, after what they may have witnessed and survived? That children are able to live in the present, to set down the agony their families have been living, and to laugh and use their active kinds, this is how the future will be shaped and assured. Light and Love all around the powerful Souls in these young bodies. ❀

  5. 21 hopefruit2
    September 5, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    This horse is excited because she’s soooo looking forward to PBO’s SOTU address in January! πŸ™‚

    • 22 vcprezofan2
      September 5, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Are you in January *already*? Pleeeaaase, Hopef, January is synonymous with cold, let’s hang on to summer a bit longer, not to mention fall! Horsey, you keep your pretty piebald (if that’s what you are) self quiet there!!!

      • 23 hopefruit2
        September 5, 2015 at 6:48 pm

        Hehe…Horsey is having a blast. She doesn’t care about the season/weather…all she knows is that she can’t wait to watch her President give his final SOTU address πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        I on the other hand, am holding on to the last bit of summer, just like you vc πŸ™‚

        • 24 vcprezofan2
          September 5, 2015 at 6:53 pm

          Alright, if we both hold tight we may just be able to delay the winter. πŸ™‚ I have no wish to spoil my fall by anticipating snow shoveling – it’ll be more than enough when it arrives in its season!

  6. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    September 5, 2015 at 6:08 pm

  7. September 5, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Thank yooooooooou for posting Nerdy!

  8. 28 Vicki
    September 5, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Hi everyone. Another long day with friends and I just read Bob’s explanation of the Iran Vote numbers and machinations. Wow. What would we do without the smart folks on this website?
    THANK YOU Bob!!!!
    Like others here have mentioned I did not understand the games. I thought that all we needed to do was get to 41.
    Now I have a (slightly) better understanding and look forward to the end of this entire matter.

  9. September 5, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Speaking of young ones, this video will make you melt. What child or parent hasn’t had this moment?

  10. 51 jacquelineoboomer
    September 5, 2015 at 6:25 pm

  11. 53 jacquelineoboomer
    September 5, 2015 at 6:28 pm

  12. 54 Nena20409
    September 5, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Congrats DF on your Solid Au ⭐

  13. 55 Nena20409
    September 5, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    The photograph up thread shows the resilience of Children.
    I have just heard on BBC that over 10K Syrian Refugees have crossed in to Austria.
    Hungry…..the Gov’t should be ashamed of themselves.

  14. 56 jacquelineoboomer
    September 5, 2015 at 6:49 pm

  15. 67 Nena20409
    September 5, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    • 68 jacquelineoboomer
      September 5, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Yes, everyone should just calm down and wait another couple hundred years for the dust to settle. Ugh.

  16. September 5, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    • 70 jacquelineoboomer
      September 5, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      I can’t bear to read that, but I believe I heard that the father said something like he was going to bury his sons, and then sit by their grave and wait to die. This family suffered and lost, but no one will forget them – and many other refugees, I also believe, will be helped because of their tragedy. Rest in peace, little boys.

      • 71 vcprezofan2
        September 5, 2015 at 7:59 pm

        Didn’t his wife die too, JO’B? I thought I saw that somewhere yesterday but I haven’t heard anything else related to her.

        • 72 jacquelineoboomer
          September 5, 2015 at 8:02 pm

          Yes, I believe she did. I think I saw that today. Poor man.

          • 73 vcprezofan2
            September 5, 2015 at 8:09 pm

            Sigh! Some people get so much to bear in this life. Hope he has the strength and support to weather this going forward.

            • 74 jacquelineoboomer
              September 5, 2015 at 8:10 pm

              I do, as well. Seems as though relatives have been speaking up, and appears those around him in some of the images are supportive.

  17. September 5, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    You might need to click the picture to see the whole thing…

  18. 77 Nena20409
    September 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    It very possible that I maybe in the minority here for saying this….so pardon me in advance.
    I was always Never a fan of Record Filibusters engineered over the years by McConnell in the US Senate.
    I wanted a Vote in the Senate for the #IranDeal. I am okay with Pres Obama using his Veto pen on this. Pres Obama has always proven his determination, strength, firmness and his unabashed zeal for Peace.
    Here is why.
    The Iraq war, there was a vote count. History recorded it.
    To seek PEACE, it is ONLY appropriate for Dems in my opinion to demand a rigorous debate, then a Vote. This way, the GOPers can Never skirt away from their Votes for War.
    Iran has Never wanted war with US. They will abide by the P5+1 agreement. They have, thus far. History will once again prove those who voted No for the warmongers that they are.

    • 78 EricFive
      September 5, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      I certainly disagree. This is an agreement among nations and it would be best to not have PBO have to use his veto. PBO being forced to use his veto pen would be because the Iran Deal did not have the support of his own party (which would not be the best look on the world stage). In reality and according to precedent, Congress should not have a vote on this deal anyway. Since all the GOPers running for president are on record being against the Iran Deal I don’t see any chance of them or any Republican “running away” from their opposition. The filibuster is not in and of itself “bad”. Don’t let the abuse of filibusters by the GOP color your perception of the Dems using a filibuster on this occasion. To do so would be an embrace of the “both sides do it” nonsense that removes context and historical precedent from political discussions.

      • 79 vcprezofan2
        September 5, 2015 at 8:48 pm

        The Republicans have so messed up the workings of Congress that it has made it difficult IMO for the average citizen to get a handle on what is the norm and what the norm should really be. They have done such a ‘good’ job screwing up previously workable systems and replacing them with garbage that going forward *their* messed-up alternatives will now forever (?) be a part of the dialogue. Such a shame, really that they were never called out enough for this, Even now, I cannot recall hearing of *one* major news report on the fact that ALL Republicans have chosen to vote against the #IranDeal. I probably should say ‘have been ordered to’ instead of ‘chosen’. This is a transaction involving the major countries of the world, and (whether they can legitimately scuttle the deal or not) the fact that Republicans get a pass with not showing leadership is sad. There is no way it should be acceptable for an entire party of elected officials to shirk their paid duty! While I want the Democrats to vote in support of the deal (because I believe it’s the right thing to do), it bothers me that they are, and have been, single handedly running the government. Every time there is a major national decision the Democrats are the ones being forced to bear the brunt of decision making. It’s ‘not fair’ that they are almost always the only part of the government feeling the pressure and making concessions. {And somewhere along the way I think I got all convoluted but I’m just leaving it.)

        • 80 99ts
          September 5, 2015 at 9:05 pm

          They are also attempting to do the same with SCOTUS and the courts. When they agree – the courts are fantastic – when they disagree – liberal courts – unconstitutional. The GOP yell so loudly the only way the dems get a look in is by quietly following the law and precedent.

          I agree also that the dems are carrying the load – the GOP – 100% votes NO and most don’t even understand what is at stake. The current refugee crisis is a direct result of people voting on foreign issues with the only consideration being – The USA will win the war! Absolute lack of any planning as to what would happen after Iraq was bombed into submission. For the last year of WWII there was as much effort put into planning the peace as there was to winning the war.

          • 81 vcprezofan2
            September 5, 2015 at 9:18 pm

            What worries me most, TS, is that by doing nothing Republicans are systematically and methodically destroying much and because the MSM is so dumb, partial, or whatever, they have encouraged their irresponsible and dangerous behaviour. There’s no way Republicans should have been allowed to get away with collecting salary while they consistently try to destroy the country. The MSM should have been sounding the alarm en masse for years now. What the Repubs have been doing is *criminal* – I think.

            • 82 EricFive
              September 5, 2015 at 9:39 pm

              The present day GOP would not be able to exist without a complicit media. It did not happen by chance. GOP policies favor corporations and 1%ers through its no tax/no regulation policies. Corporations and 1%ers own the media and use that control of media to help the GOP gain/maintain political power so GOP can implement their desired policies. That is why all cable news is basically different shades of the same shit.

              • 83 vcprezofan2
                September 5, 2015 at 9:46 pm

                ‘The present day GOP would not be able to exist without a complicit media.’ << FACT

                But where/when do you see it ending, Eric? Do they (GOP & MSM) get to destroy everything before there is realistic pushback?

                • 84 EricFive
                  September 5, 2015 at 9:56 pm

                  The internet is a vital asset in disseminating information and countering the propaganda. Most of the GOP’s obstruction has been tolerated because of racial politics (i.e., folks accept fuck up roads because it is framed as opposing the Black President). When PBO finishes his term that weapon will not be available to the GOP and a little sanity may return to Washington. The role racism and animosity toward the first Black President has played in the insanity that has beset Washington (and the country) cannot be overstated.

                  • 85 vcprezofan2
                    September 5, 2015 at 10:05 pm

                    So, in a sense, we wait. Sigh. (TY for responding.)

                    ps: I’m dreaming that the ‘first Black President’ will be instrumental in directing some intelligent and directed pushback post WH. He (and Michelle) would, I think, be the most credible person(s) to lead a revitalized citizen movement towards a more participatory democracy.

                    It’s my personal dream when I want to perk myself up from the political mess I see.

  19. 86 jacquelineoboomer
    September 5, 2015 at 7:28 pm

  20. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    September 5, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    If I were a refugee
    I’d walk by you
    I’d sit nearby and
    Bow my head
    I’d hope you saw me
    Hope you thought
    You knew me
    Knew I could be you and
    Knew you could be me
    Hope you’d help me
    Before I was dead
    Nearby you
    With my bowed head.

  21. 110 MadameSoph
    September 5, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    JoJo, I’m not on instagram, but I just sent an email to everyone I know who has any kind of pet with your instructions for the CFeed Food Frenzy contest for the Cat Posse. Hopefully you will get a few hits from some of them.

    From everyone at my house, thank you for all you do for kitties!!! >^..^^..^< πŸ™‚

    • 111 0388jojothecat
      September 5, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you so much MadameSoph. The lady who started CP has such a big heart and needs all the help with food.

  22. 112 jacquelineoboomer
    September 5, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    This image cracked me up! Can’t wait to see Joe sitting behind him. The other guy? Not so much.

  23. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    September 5, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    More good stuff.

  24. September 5, 2015 at 8:30 pm

  25. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    September 5, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    O’Malley’s Comm Director’s taking on Trump.

    • 117 jacquelineoboomer
      September 5, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      Embedded tweet:

      • 118 0388jojothecat
        September 5, 2015 at 9:04 pm

        For someone who wants to be president he should try to educate himself on these matters instead of tweeting nasty things about immigrants, Megen Kelly, and Univision.

        • 119 99ts
          September 5, 2015 at 9:08 pm

          Just reeling at the thought of this man being President – I guess the only state dinners would be for people from Europe and down under who refuse to take in refugees.

          • 120 vcprezofan2
            September 5, 2015 at 11:10 pm

            I’m reeling at the fact he has the seeming unchallenged freedom to prance and strut and insult so many people, cultures or nations under the guise of running for the US presidency. The GOPs have stripped away most of the ‘exceptionalism’ that surrounded running to lead the most powerful country and has turned the run into a farce.

        • 121 jacquelineoboomer
          September 5, 2015 at 9:13 pm

          I don’t think he really wanted to be Prez until he got going, and saw all the Stepford adulation he started getting. But otherwise I agree!

        • September 6, 2015 at 1:51 am

          To me the Donald represents the so called “Ugly American” perfectly, and just after PBO restored America’s image around the world.

  26. 124 jacquelineoboomer
    September 5, 2015 at 9:11 pm

  27. 125 EricFive
    September 5, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    I have been noticing a lot of folks, both online and off, talking about wanting PBO to have another term. I realize most of this is in jest, but it underscores an undeniable truth that folks are getting braver in expressing publicly, i.e., we have been BLESSED to have PBO as our leader. Some people are “waking up” but more I think are feeling increasingly confident in voicing their support. Strange as it sounds, it has actually been controversial to support the President of the United States during the age of Obama (controversial in the eyes of the MSM/GOP and the sheeple who follow their lead). With PBO’s policies increasingly bearing fruit and his increased Executive actions following the 2014 midterms, the greatness of his presidency is becoming harder and harder to refute. This is giving formerly cowed individuals the confidence to publicly voice support and pine for a third term. Folks are starting to realize we will lose a great deal as a nation when PBO finishes his term.


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