Chat Away

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a young girl during a “Get Out The Vote” rally at Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 1, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

102 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 4 MightyPamela
    November 1, 2015 at 12:41 pm

  2. November 1, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Anybody else read this story?

  3. 8 vcprezofan2
    November 1, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    pssst, TODobots! “Anyone” can be equal to /whisper/ the dog owner around here whose animal loves indestructible toys.

  4. November 1, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    November 01, 2015, 08:39 am
    Ryan dismisses calls for family leave law
    By Scott Wong

    New Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday dismissed Democrats’ calls for a paid family leave law as another “federal entitlement,” and said his position isn’t at odds with recent remarks that he wants to spend weekends with his young family in Wisconsin.

    “I don’t think people asked me to be Speaker so I can take more money from hard-working taxpayers, so I can create some new federal entitlement,” Ryan said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” “But I think the public wants to have members of Congress that represent them, that are like them.

    “Don’t you want your member of Congress to be a citizen legislator who lives with you, among you, who has your own kinds of concerns, who wants to spend time with his children on Saturdays and Sundays?”


  5. 13 jackiegrumbacher
    November 1, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Hi all. I’m racing off to do set up and decorating for our Salsa the Vote Event, which starts at 6:00 this evening. Clean up and take down won’t start until well after 8:00 tonight, so it’s going to be long day. Please send positive thoughts our way that we get a good turnout and some real enthusiasm for our candidates. We have terrific people running for office and they could all be winners if people would only turn out. Wish us luck!

  6. November 1, 2015 at 1:48 pm
  7. November 1, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    • November 1, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      In addition…the RNC canceled the next debate hosted by TELEMUNDO

    • 21 Don
      November 1, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      And he’s still going to get a their votes.

      • 22 0388jojothecat
        November 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

        I heard on NPR that Republican Hispanics told the RNC if they don’t stop this rhetoric in the primary “don’t look for their votes in the general elections”. Sounds like the GOP don’t care or won’t endorse Trump if he makes it that far.

        • 23 desertflower
          November 1, 2015 at 7:42 pm

          Yeah..we’ll see. If you do that nasty thing “one more time” we’re not going to vote for you!! Ok, One more time! This time I’m REALLY mad! They need to just do it now…why they still have ANY SUPPORT after this hate speech by the entire party…is beyond me.

    • 24 debz
      November 1, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Will they be all over TV and at Trump’s rallies shouting at him like they do to PBO?

  8. 26 donna dem 4 obama
    November 1, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Happy Sunday TOD

    Today is Italian Sunday in my home 🙂

    Spaghetti and Meat sauce
    Chicken Cacciatore
    Garlic Sauteed Spinach
    Garlic Bread

    Apple Pie w/vanilla ice cream (not so Italian)

    • 27 desertflower
      November 1, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      YUM! Makes me miss my Nana’s cooking for the family every Sunday:) All the family converged on my grandparent’s house for dinner…Italian grandmother = great cook!!

    • 28 Don
      November 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Now that right there is some good eating.

    • 29 MadameSoph
      November 1, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Apple Pie is VERY Italian!
      It’s known as “Crostata di mele”

      So change your menu to read “Crostata di mele con gelato alla vaniglia” and it will be authentically Italian 🙂

  9. 31 globalcitizenlinda
    November 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm

  10. November 1, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Happy Sunday, TOD!

    Inspired by VC ….


    bbl ……

    • 33 Don
      November 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      The gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

    • 34 vcprezofan2
      November 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      The sad thing is that these guys show not an ounce of ‘growth’ over the past six years! It boggles my mind that as a group they are all so small-minded and determinedly mean – totally messes with my personal theory that there’s a bit of good in the worst of us.

      • November 1, 2015 at 4:54 pm

        Unfortunately VC (from personal experience) – certain individuals are evil to their core and prove it by their actions, daily.

        • 36 vcprezofan2
          November 1, 2015 at 5:18 pm

          Bofr, I’ve been discovering that during these years of watching the Republicans ‘up close’ – a disturbing, yet eye-opening experience. What generally leaves me with mouth hanging open (at least in the beginning) was that they perform with such seeming unawareness of the impact of their actions on peoples’ lives. smh

  11. November 1, 2015 at 4:07 pm

  12. 38 Nena20409
    November 1, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Hello TOD Community.
    Happy Nov 1st 2015.
    We have been outside mowing and wrecking balls 😳 Raking leaves 😉 ……last day to drop off compost at the City Dump.
    It’s hard to get all caught up.
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners since last evening.
    Great posts, Chips and Nerdy Wonka.
    Thank you, TODers for all YOU Do 😉

  13. 39 Nena20409
    November 1, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    The Reason Citizen United is an undemocratic Law. SCOTUS Failed!
    Jan 21st, 2010. The Day, SCOTUS Killed Democracy.

  14. 41 Nena20409
    November 1, 2015 at 4:21 pm

  15. 44 Nena20409
    November 1, 2015 at 4:23 pm

  16. 47 Nena20409
    November 1, 2015 at 4:28 pm

  17. 48 Nena20409
    November 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm

  18. 49 Nena20409
    November 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I feel for those in Texas.

  19. 50 Nena20409
    November 1, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Later, TOD 😉

  20. November 1, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    other updates in the sidebar …. bbl ….

  21. 52 japa21
    November 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Just wanted to thank those who voted dfor my grandson yesterday. He came in first by just a few votes, so you put him over the top. If he could type he would thank you himself, but it would probably come out ;lsdhlilnm qveg. pou; nhqe .,j E HSdgsknh

  22. November 1, 2015 at 5:19 pm



    Why Marco Rubio is so effective and dangerous

    By Greg Sargent October 29

    Marco Rubio bashed the mainstream media with great gusto last night, eliciting roars of approval from GOP voters. Amusingly enough, the emerging media consensus appears to be that his attacks on them were brilliantly executed, never mind that they were pressed into service to evade just the sort of legitimate questions the media has been pressing him upon.

    But it’s worth drilling down on one key reason why Rubio is so effective and dangerous — to his GOP opponents, and potentially in a general election as well. It’s this: Rubio knows how to feed the angry preoccupations of many GOP base voters while simultaneously coming across as hopeful and optimistic.

    The expectation going into last night’s debate was that a showdown was inevitable between Rubio and fellow Floridian Jeb Bush, who has to reassert his position as the dominant establishment alternative to Donald Trump (or, now, Ben Carson, though his rise seems likely to prove fleeting). This required putting Rubio, who is trying to usurp that role, in his place.

    A lot of conservative primary voters may well hear such talk and conclude Jeb Bush is talking down to them — that he mostly has contempt for their preoccupations and fears. But Rubio has shown an ability to speak directly to those preoccupations and fears while simultaneously sounding the sort of hopeful, optimistic, forward-looking tone that fits comfortably with Jeb’s theory about the need to broaden the party’s demographic appeal.

    This isn’t just because Rubio is young and Latino. His formula is a bit complicated. Last night, Rubio, in what appeared to be an appeal to the deep resentment of many of these voters, skillfully converted legitimate questions about his personal financial management into evidence of Democratic and elite media contempt for his relatively humble upbringing, which he proceeded to explain he had overcome through hard work. Rubio’s narrative is both laden with legitimate resentment and inspiring!


  23. 60 Vicki
    November 1, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    6,000 prisoners are going to leave prison on an early release program brought to us by President Obama.
    I watched CNN for the first time in months (years, maybe?) and won’t make that mistake again.

    Poppy Harlow covered this story without mentioning The President once!!!! The release of people who were incarcerated for unjustly lengthy sentences was presented as a danger to the rest of us.

    Instead of credit for a compassionate approach to our fellow humans, CNN gave us NYC Police Commissioner Bratton who concern trolled and the ex-prisoner Ben Kerik who wrung his hands and played on our fear and hate responses.

    CNN is disgusting hate mongering filth.

    • 61 Vicki
      November 1, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      Maybe we need to look at what is happening here and now in our sad country rather than on the ugly GOP spectacle.

    • 63 Vicki
      November 1, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Ari Melber is tweeting that POTUS will be making significant criminal justice reform announcements tomorrow. I am eager to hear what our sensational President has to say.
      Maybe CNN’s concern trolling is a pre-but.

    • 64 susanne
      November 1, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Never fear, as soon as one of those released individuals does something, anything, that could fan the flames of outrage, President Obama’s name will be used repeatedly in every news story. Wearing decent clothes, when more worthy Americans go to thrift shops? Got a job that some more worthy American should have gotten? Didn’t get a job and was seen talking with a friend, when more worthy Americans are at work? Smiled while walking outside on a pleasant day? Whatever– all Obama’s fault.

      • 65 99ts
        November 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm

        He no longer cares about the dipsticks and the media susanne – doing the right thing is the 2nd term goal

  24. 66 JER
    November 1, 2015 at 6:23 pm

  25. November 1, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    • 68 0388jojothecat
      November 1, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      He ran for President in 2008 & 2012 i thin, was front runner for 2 secs then settled on spokesman for reverse motgages. I liked him as an actor. He looked older than his actual age. Condolenses to family may he rest in peace.

  26. November 1, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots
    The #60minutes report on white heroine addicts paints them as victims to sympathize with. I doubt Blk heroine addicts wld get same treatment

    Imperator Amazonia @Blackamazon
    when it was crack cocaine and back folks it was criminal . You know how much of thriving working class black NYC got destroyed by crack?

  27. 71 amk for obama
    November 1, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    even spoiled brats behave better.

  28. 72 amk for obama
    November 1, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    the bubble is getting smaller and smaller. or is it getting bigger and bigger to point of bursting?

  29. 73 amk for obama
    November 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    • November 1, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Why are the GOP Clowns whining about the debates they agreed to do? The Democrats didn’t make the decision. They can’t handle the debates, they can’t handle tough questions being asked of them, how the hell will they deal with the tough job of being President. What a bunch of wimps they are acting like.

  30. 75 amk for obama
    November 1, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Go fedex. 7th basel title – 😎 rafa – 😦

  31. 88 amk for obama
    November 1, 2015 at 8:56 pm

  32. November 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    uh huh

    uh huh

  33. November 1, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Joseph Gilbert @Jdgbert
    @PragObots @nytpolitics – It’s been 3 days since Ryan said that I’ve heard nothing from immigration activists. #immigration

  34. 91 amk for obama
    November 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    toddys and bt. every single effing day.

  35. November 1, 2015 at 9:06 pm
  36. 93 amk for obama
    November 1, 2015 at 9:20 pm

  37. November 1, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Have you seen this? Look at racial injustice through the eyes of the victims. Interactive video. INTENSE!

  38. November 1, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Out of the goodness of their f’ing little lilly white hearts, they’re going to give Blacks Manhattan!


  39. November 1, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    • November 1, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      President .Obama maybe be the most admired man in the world, but there is no way Hillary Is the most admired woman. I am biased and I will admit it, but my choice for most admired woman is First Lady Michelle Obama. Hillary doesn’t even make the top five.

  40. 102 globalcitizenlinda
    November 1, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    if I had any say in the way the DNC is running its campaign schedule, I would have jumped at the chance of gop’s refusal to debate on NBC and claimed the slot for my party and my candidates;

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