Chat Away

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets audience members after delivering remarks on infrastructure, the economy, and creating jobs by increasing exports, at the Port of New Orleans in New Orleans, La., Nov. 8, 2013 (by Pete Souza)

113 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 16 GGail
    November 8, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    Bye Chips ❤

  2. 17 amk for obama
    November 8, 2015 at 12:23 pm


  3. November 8, 2015 at 12:32 pm

  4. 22 amk for obama
    November 8, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    aaand I am outta here.

  5. 25 JER
    November 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    President Obama is golfing at Columbia Country Club in Maryland.

    • 26 GGail
      November 8, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      Looks lovely out there today. I hope he has a relaxing time.

      Thanks & Good morning JER 🙂

    • 27 vcprezofan2
      November 8, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      I’m not a golf fan but I sure wouldn’t mind carting around PBO’s golf bag for him (means he could forget the golf cart and walk along…for the added exercise).

  6. November 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

    This is a big deal & will become a major story by tomorrow…I’m also 100% sure the FOX moderators will not mention it/issues at their debate

  7. 36 MightyPamela
    November 8, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you to the TODObots who went by The Spirit of Villarosa Facebook page and Liked it. The book will be a fascinating glimpse into more of our history, seen through the eyes of an early Pete Souza. Hope we can get Pete’s attention on it as well! Bye for a few hours, taking my lady to church. She ran out of money to pay me a few months ago, but I love her so much and she so loves to go to church with me, I volunteer now, and we get to spend some lovely time together each week! ❤ Love is what it's all about anyway! Bye!

  8. November 8, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    • 44 vcprezofan2
      November 8, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      The problem I have with all this is that many AAs are people of character who work hard to ‘pull themselves up’, so to speak, or to accomplish their potential and these never get mentioned, or rarely, and only sporadically. Then we get selfish, immature, &/ self-centred folk like Carson, Cosby, Thomas et al who become high profile then succumb to their egos and thus feed in to the prevailing beliefs about Blacks. It’s frustrating to see well-known role models being ….idiots!

      • November 8, 2015 at 1:41 pm

        I agree vc. You will hear a lot about Ben Carson, but the thousands of brilliant black doctors who legitimately earned their places at top-notch universities will go unnoticed…

        The media also ENJOYS using these high profile blacks to cast doubt on AA’s intelligence, abilities, honesty and integrity of character….that’s part of the reason why I refuse to feed into this Ben Carson frenzy. I knew he was another Herman Cain from day one.

      • 46 yardarm756
        November 8, 2015 at 2:38 pm

        There’s a term for them.

      • 47 0388jojothecat
        November 8, 2015 at 3:03 pm

        Hi all, I never thought that the term “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” fits in all situations. I know that me, my family, Barack Obama, Ben Carson, and a host of people born poor in American or came to America and made a success of themselves and when I say made a success of themselves–they are self sufficient, completed college or worked their way up from the bottom to the top or comfortable position, bought a home or worked hard until retirement…..we did not do this by ourselves. We had government help whether it was welfare, food stamps, affirmative action, etc., we got help but we did the hard work to prevail. It’s a not just AA’s but Asians, Whites, Hispanics any of us to worked hard and are good law abiding citizens. It’s folks like B.C. and the rest of the GOP clowns who have this fiction in their heads that they did it all on their own. Even DTrump if it were not the fact he had his daddy’s wealth he would be just another thug.

          November 8, 2015 at 5:28 pm


    • 49 Nena20409
      November 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      At John Hopkins, his employment for decades there was based on his abilities as a Neurosurgeon Never on his conversion nor on his ideological political transformations.
      In 2012/2013 when he was going to be the Commencement Speaker…….the Medical Graduate Students made their voices known. It was then that John Hopkins issued their statements and later, Dr. Carson supposedly withdrew his participation.

  9. 50 Nena20409
    November 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Hello TOD on a Sunday Glorious Afternoon from the State with 15,000 Lakes.
    Sunny. Breezy. It is to get up to 58F today 😉
    Congrats to all the Gold ⭐ winners since last night, starting with this fine post 🙂

  10. 51 Nena20409
    November 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm

  11. November 8, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Good Afternoon, Everyone 🙂

  12. November 8, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Why Missouri football players are going on strike
    By Cindy Boren November 8 at 10:35 AM

    Several dozen African-American football players at Missouri are threatening to stop participating in any football activities until the president of the university system is fired or resigns.

    The action stems from troubling racial incidents on the Columbia, Mo., campus, incidents that Missouri’s Legion of Black Collegians believes were poorly handled by Tim Wolfe. The group announced its decision, using the hashtag #ConcernedStudent1950 and a photo of 32 black men on Twitter on Saturday night. Included in the photo is Russell Hansbrough, the team’s starting running back. Concerned Student 1950, the student activism group leading the protests, is named for the year Missouri first admitted African-American students.

    “The athletes of color on the University of Missouri football team truly believe ‘Injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere,’” the tweet read. “We will no longer participate in any football related activities until President Tim Wolfe resigns or is removed due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experiences. WE ARE UNITED!!!!!


    • 55 yardarm756
      November 8, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Pure economics……no football will reduce the cash flow…..folks listen when the $$’s stop flowing.

  13. November 8, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Remember when FLOTUS were giving a speech and some heckler interrupted her and FLOTUS walk over there to the heckler and told the heckler off. Be careful feminists, because I don’t think FLOTUS will put up with your B.S. anymore then she put up with that heckler.

  14. 57 Nena20409
    November 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm


  15. 58 Nena20409
    November 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Delusion has got to be the Middle Name for Dr. Carson.

    • November 8, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    • November 8, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Okay, can we stop with the Ben Carson frenzy. I’m not going to post anymore tweets or articles about him here. This guy is not running for President. He’s never going to be President. He’s not going to be the GOP nominee. So we shouldn’t be spending time on someone who is not a presidential candidate – like Sarah Palin was in 2008.

      Right now, he’s simply being used by the media to create a negative impression about ALL black people in general, and yes, that includes President Obama.

      • 61 Vicki
        November 8, 2015 at 1:56 pm

        hopefruit—“includes” President Obama??? More likely directed at President Obama. The media seem united in an enormous effort to link anything and everything even remotely bad directly to PBO.

        They are frustrated and desperate as the excellence of our President rolls serenely on. “Can’t touch this” might be a possible theme song for our not-a-lame-duck Leader.

      • November 8, 2015 at 5:07 pm

        He’s the current frontrunner in the republican party. As far as I’m concerned I’m not seeing the negative impression of black people at all.

        • 65 hopefruit2
          November 8, 2015 at 5:40 pm

          He’s not the current frontrunner, and he never will be. But even if he were, so what? They’re all interchangeable – prior to the actual nomination election. If Carson were to become the nominee, yes I can see that level of scrutiny would be warranted and necessary. But for now, it’s just more of the same.

          “As far as I’m concerned I’m not seeing the negative impression of black people at all.”

          You don’t have to see it. But at this time, the primary media discussion is how “vetted” Carson and POTUS were…Carson’s words are now being used to amplify that question but we’ve repeatedly heard the same question being brought up about PBO from day 1. If you notice, Carson has had very little to say about Trump, Bush or any of his potential Dem opponents should he win the GOP nomination. Why do you think that is? Because his GOP sponsors have advised him to make his “candidacy” about attacking POTUS at all costs. POTUS is not on the ballot, and
          Carson is not running to win the GOP nomination. But here we are talking about POTUS and Carson being “vetted.”

    • November 8, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Well, he’s wrong. But on the other hand, the media investigated President Obama for things he WASN”T lying about.

        November 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm


        • November 9, 2015 at 11:21 am

          I agree Sue. He is RIGHTLY being scrutinized for his LIES. President Obama was WRONGLY being scrutinized when he was telling the TRUTH. Unfortunately for Carson, his lies go back a long way and he can’t get rid of them now. President Obama has been honest ALL his life.

  16. 70 Nena20409
    November 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    • November 8, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      We don’t need more US troops.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 72 Nena20409
        November 8, 2015 at 1:58 pm

        Unfortunately……this Metro Russian Airliner that was ‘Terroristically’ brought down would eventually get US to send more of our Special Ops to Syria. ISIL/Daesh must be Eradicated. To Not is just Not Good for Us and the World at large.

        This is coming from one who is unequivocally against most wars……

  17. 73 Nena20409
    November 8, 2015 at 1:53 pm


    Not Once did Sanders speak up against the Crude, Cruel, Wicked, Racist, etc comments made by many on the right or the Birther and Religious bigotry by the US News Media against then Sen and Later President Obama. Sander stayed mute. His Many times for speaking up were to Challenge Dems to Primary Pres Obama many times on The Thom Hartman Show.

  18. 79 Nena20409
    November 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I am sorry TOD.
    Dr. Carson can Never be ignored nor avoided.
    Dr. Carson reminds me of Justice Thomas. Dr. Carson is using the same Tactics to avoid and deflect scrutiny. I am a student of Political Science. I remember very well……the Late Sen Ted Kennedy was willing to go Nuclear on Thomas. It was Harvard Professor Ogletree(sp) and many of his African American Colleagues begged the Senator to allow the nomination to go through. The Senator did. He warned about Thomas. The Senator voted against Thomas.
    Carson’s rise to political fame is by insulting Pres Obama at a Breakfast Prayer Meeting in 2013. Now, what is Carson doing? He is injecting Pres Obama’s name at every turn to detour criticism from the right leaning Press while gaining greater Favorable ratings with the RWNJs. He is systematically using The Hate by his base to Gin up popularity. It is No Accident.
    As the saying goes…..Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    • 80 yardarm756
      November 8, 2015 at 2:52 pm


    • 81 0388jojothecat
      November 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      This is the scrutiny that we’ve have been waiting for on B.C. He has been allowed to have his lies not be challenged for too long. The press is finally doing it’s job because the Corporate Press cannot allow B.C. to continue being the lead candidate. Next it will be D. Trump who will get scrutiny and his demise. We need to be focused on the candidates corporate wants which might be Kaish, Rubio, or Bush once these other clowns have been crushed.

      • November 8, 2015 at 5:01 pm

        If you think that Ben Carson was ever going to get close to being the GOP nominee for 2016, I have a bridge to sell you.

        I’m not saying he should be avoided or not scrutinized. However, I’m asking folks to have a bit of perspective here. Carson is only pulling (at most) 29% of the GOP vote at the moment. He has pretty much maxed out, and once the others like Jindal, Christie, Kaisch and Paul drop out, those votes will go to Jeb Bush, not Carson. Carson is a liar, a certified loony, lies about himself and others, is ignorant of basic facts, and has exploited other people’s ignorance to get ahead. But this is also true of just about EVERY GOP political candidate in recent political history.

        Why are we so focused on the “lead” GOP candidate before he/she is actually nominated, when we have our own Dem candidates and down ballots to worry about? It really matters not who the lead candidate for the GOP is right now – unless you all truly believe that some of these candidates are actually worthy of the presidency, which I shudder to think may be the case. They are all the same, and one is just as ignorant, nasty and dangerous as other. They have ALL said vile and untrue things about PBO. One of them even went to so far back in 2011 – that PBO had to release his long form birth certificate – and YET that person is still being given a platform on NBC to this day.

        Trump and Carson have roles to play; they are performers in the GOP clown show, decoys and distractions to divert people’s attention away from the GOP’s establishment candidate. Carson & the GOP are desperate, and he is now yelling PBO’s name all over the place as instructed to by his GOP sponsors, but notice the WH or PBO has not responded to a single word uttered by Carson? Because he’s not worth it and they know that.

        • 83 Nena20409
          November 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm

          As of today…….looking at all the polls, Trump and Carson occupy 47-55% of all the National Polls and sometimes in IA and at times in NH poll numbers.
          2015 isn’t like 2011.
          There is a high probability that Carson or Trump could win IA and Trump could easily win NH. Now should that occur, the chances of Trump winning SC and NV would increase. Should that happen, I don’t see how Trump doesn’t win the GOP Presidential nomination.
          Yes, as of now…..the Uber GOP Billionaires loath the prospect of a Trump Victory. Why? They fear Trump in a way as they feared Teddy Roosevelt. The difference, TR wanted the people to benefit and Trump is for Trump……the reason many Uber Billionaires fear him. They can’t control him.
          The GOPer Billionaires are moving towards Rubio for they can control him. The GOPer Grassroots, particularly the Evangelists, they are sold on Carson thinking wrongly that Carson will somehow get them the AA votes should the Latino votes repeat the 2012 voting patterns.
          The singular one Dynamic in all this is ODS.
          The ODS has uprooted the usual voting patterns in the GOPer psychic.

  19. 87 Nena20409
    November 8, 2015 at 2:25 pm

  20. 88 Nena20409
    November 8, 2015 at 2:27 pm

  21. 89 Nena20409
    November 8, 2015 at 2:59 pm

  22. 90 yardarm756
    November 8, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Good afternoon…….11/11/15

  23. 91 globalcitizenlinda
    November 8, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    During his eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney and the other members of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. in Charleston who were murdered, PBO asked us to consider:

    “what it is we are teaching some of our children that is causing them to hate?

    this is something that comes to my mind when I see young people (e.g. those on the college campuses) participate in acts that they know will hurt others who are of another background different from them.

    older people are expected to be harder show and experience a change in attitude and actions;

    but what I can’t understand is the young people;

    I am immersed in the community of my Alma Mater at The Ohio State University;

    OSU’s student and staff population is diverse with people from all over the world.

    But it is still within this community, dominated by young people, that I have personally been victimized;

    first direct incident was when a bunch young men, ridding in a Jeep within the campus community, decided to haul super-sized cup filled with ice at me as I walked along on the path.

    they then proceeded to laugh very loudly and backslap each other with glee;

    it was broad daylight;

    why would you do something like that to any person and then think it is funny;

    next, calling the police on you for starting your own car (wrote about this here when it happened earlier this year) ;

    then there was the person who hated the thought of PBO becoming POTUS he took it out on me on the freeway;

    Early one morning, I was almost run into the city’s biggest and deepest river by a driver in a pick-up who did not like the “Obama sticker” on the bumper of my car.

    At least he shouted out the reason and pointed many times to it as he crossed two lanes into mine on the free way.

    he pushed me to the very edge of the lane till all I could see was the fast moving water and the concrete that separated us;

    he then sped away but still shouting;

    I was scared since it was just after 4.30 a.m. and we were the only two cars in that section of the road.

    More recently (a week ago), while waiting for the light to change, a male driver in the next lane started cursing me out & said it because of my 2008 & 2012 Obama stickers on the bumper of my car (yes, my car is still proclaiming who I supported and I still support).

    I just ignored him.

    but as he sped away when the light changed, he kept cursing at me.

    Because he was still cursing me he was not watching as he made the left turn at the light;

    I watched with horror as he almost hit another car;

    wheels started squealing at he fought to control his car and avoid the other car;

    luckily the accident was avoided;

    my greatest fear these days is because the state is now Open Carry, will the next incident be someone shooting me.

    Frankly, this is something that worries my parents and siblings back home a lot and it was a point of discussion in this weekend’s phone calls

  24. November 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Real Estate Shell Companies Scheme to Defraud Owners Out of Their Homes
    Relying on the secrecy of limited liability companies, white-collar thieves are targeting pockets of New York City for fraudulent deed transfers, leaving the victims groping for redress.

    NOVEMBER 7, 2015

    Partially paralyzed and reliant on a wheelchair, Ozella Campbell spends a lot of time watching television. It was under those circumstances in February 2014 that she saw a commercial urging her to call MyHouseIsADump.com, a company that offered to buy houses in as-is condition, in cash, and to close the purchase within seven days.

    She called the toll-free number and within hours, she said, a well-spoken young man appeared at her brownstone, a longtime family home in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a Brooklyn neighborhood in the throes of transformation.

    The next day, the man’s associate arrived.

    “He said, ‘You don’t have to pay any more bills,’” said Ms. Campbell, who was $1,000 behind on her electric bill at the time.

    A third man, named Alex, ostensibly the boss, arrived next. He promised, Ms. Campbell said, to pay her delinquent mortgage, provide for her housing for two years, and pay her $43,800. He also hired a lawyer for her. All she had to do was sign over the deed to her house.

    More than a year later, Ms. Campbell, 75, is in limbo. Her former home at 679 Jefferson Avenue is owned by an entity called Jefferson Holding LLC and she is left with her delinquent $529,000 mortgage.


    • 93 jackiegrumbacher
      November 8, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Sadly, Rikyah, so many elderly people without friends or relatives to turn to succumb to charlatans. They sign up for schemes like this one or bogus reverse mortgages or other ‘get money quick’ cons and are left confused and destitute. I hope there are legal services she can turn to to address these wrongs. Maybe the NYT article will get her and others like her the attention she needs.

  25. 94 globalcitizenlinda
    November 8, 2015 at 4:21 pm

  26. November 8, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    For Minority Students at Elite New York Private Schools, Admittance Doesn’t Bring Acceptance

    Admitted, but Left Out

    WHEN Ayinde Alleyne arrived at the Trinity School, an elite independent school on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, he was eager to make new friends. A brainy 14-year-old, he was the son of immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago, a teacher and an auto-body repairman, in the South Bronx. He was soon overwhelmed by the privilege he saw. Talk of fancy vacations and weekends in the Hamptons rankled — “I couldn’t handle that at that stage of my life,” said Mr. Alleyne, now a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania — and he eventually found comfort in the school’s “minority corner,” where other minority students, of lesser means, hung out.

    In 2011, when Mr. Alleyne was preparing to graduate, seniors were buzzing about the $1,300-per-student class trip to the Bahamas.

    He recalls feeling stunned when some of his classmates, with whom he had spent the last four years at the school, asked him if he planned to go along.

    “How do I get you to understand that going to the Bahamas is unimaginable for my family?” he said in a recent interview. “My family has never taken a vacation.”


  27. November 8, 2015 at 5:01 pm


    To Be Black at Stuyvesant High


    When the bell rings and the school’s 3,295 students spill out of classrooms into the maze of hallways, escalators and stairs like ants in a farm, blacks stand out because they are so rare. Rudi was one of 64 black students four years ago when she entered Stuyvesant, long considered New York City’s flagship public school. She is now one of 40.

    Asians, on the other hand, make up 72.5 percent of Stuyvesant’s student body (they are 13.7 percent of the city’s overall public school population), a staggering increase from 1970, when they were 6 percent of Stuyvesant students, according to state enrollment statistics. Back then, white students made up 79 percent of Stuyvesant’s enrollment; this year, they are 24 percent, and 14.9 percent systemwide.

    Hispanic students are 40.3 percent of the system. Currently, they make up 2.4 percent of Stuyvesant’s enrollment, while blacks, who make up 32 percent of the city’s public school students, are 1.2 percent.


    No one claims that the disparity is caused by overt discrimination. But in a school that is devised to attract the best of the best, parents and educators alike find the demographics troubling. It has become a question of perception as to who belongs.

    The school’s parent coordinator, Harvey Blumm, said that when he visited middle schools whose enrollments were overwhelmingly black and Latino, it was not uncommon to find students who had never heard about the specialized high school exam; or to meet students who had signed up for the exam, but had never thought of taking a practice test or prep course — something common among white and Asian students; or to have guidance counselors tell him that Stuyvesant “isn’t for our kids.”

    RUDI, who lives in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, attended sixth and seventh grades in Jamaica, and eighth grade in Mount Vernon, a Westchester County suburb. Her father, Donovan Miller, a director of accounting at Bronx Community College, recalled asking a colleague for advice about enrolling Rudi, the youngest of his three children, in “the best New York City high school.” The colleague advised Mr. Miller that he had to sign her up for the specialized high school exam and, if he wanted to improve her odds, to have her take some kind of test preparation program.

    Many Stuyvesant students start preparing for the exam months, even years, in advance. There are after-school, weekend and summer classes run by large companies like Kaplan and Princeton Review, as well as by neighborhood outfits like Aim Academy, in the predominantly Chinese enclave of Flushing, Queens, and the Khan’s Tutorial branch in nearby Jackson Heights, home to thousands of families from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.


  28. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    November 8, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    The article in the tweet I have attached below echos my sentiments.

    All that pontificating by the pundits the day after the elections in KY and Houston mean absolutely nothing. We get creamed at every off year election because we JUST DON’T VOTE in off year elections and the Democratic Party isn’t doing anything to change that scenario. If there is not going to be any national organization like OFA to GOTV next year we may end up in big trouble. So far the Democratic Party is only good at begging for money and telling us to panic because the Republicans are beating us at every turn. How on earth is that a strategy to keep the White House?


    Headlines triumphing these election results as shifts in what Americans want as a whole gloss over the majority of the electorate whose voices weren’t heard this week at the polls. The media’s framing of the election results largely failed to note the role low voter turnout played in allowing conservatives to win in the first place, further perpetuating the silencing of those kept from the polls through systemic barriers and potentially discouraging supporters of health care and equality from re-engaging in fights that could have been won if more people had made it to the voting booth.

      November 8, 2015 at 5:17 pm


    • 99 Vicki
      November 8, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Donna, My personal observation of turnouts this Tuesday and another local vote last month where our longtime friend and neighbor lost his seat is that we have an electorate that is tuned out. This Tuesday I was the only voter in a big school gymnasium. At 1:00 on a pleasant fall day. The election workers were reading or sitting in a stupor.

      NYC has had 27% turnout for a long time with the only exceptions being the endless lines we formed to vote for Barack Obama.

      We need a nationwide positive gigantic thing to motivate the Democrats to turn out. It’s hard to see where any of the present candidates are likely to turn the tide. Saying “SCOTUS” until we are hoarse is unlikely to do the trick.

      We need some powerful magic.

        November 8, 2015 at 5:35 pm


    • 101 Nena20409
      November 8, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      In 2002, 2006 and 1998, there were No Dem Voter depression.
      The Problem is simple……DNC and their lackadaisical performance in having a plan to energize and get the grassroots ready to sustain the changes made.
      It is also about Never defending Pres Obama as they did Clinton during his time.
      Nationalizing the election……by touting the Dem accomplishments instead of always weak-kneed and almost afraid of their own shadows.

    November 8, 2015 at 5:10 pm


  30. November 8, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    uh huh

    uh huh


    THE WATCHDOGS: A third of Chicago city workers make $100k or more


    POSTED: 11/07/2015, 09:01AM

    Nearly one out of every three workers on the city of Chicago payroll made $100,000 or more last year — a far higher percentage of six-figure employees than in state or Cook County government.

    That’s according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis that for the first time combines city workers’ salaries, overtime and other extra pay.

    Twenty-six city workers drew paychecks that eclipsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pay of $216,210, the analysis found. They included a police detective, two fire department ambulance commanders and two water department operating engineers.


    And 152 workers more than doubled their base pay through OT and a wide range of pay incentives — including “specialty pay” in the fire department and “baby furlough day” buybacks for police.


    A sizable chunk of that money — $256.1 million — was for “other” pay, according to the data City Hall eventually provided to the Sun-Times in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. That includes retroactive raises, duty-availability pay, uniform allowances, holiday pay, end-of-career compensatory time payouts and shift differentials.

    Ninety-six percent of that “other” pay went to police and fire employees — the city’s two largest groups of workers.

    On top of that, the city spent $240.8 million on overtime. Police and fire personnel collected 67 percent of that OT. Ten employees made more than $100,000 apiece in overtime: four police officers, three water department operating engineers, two emergency call operators and a fire captain.


    • 105 99ts
      November 8, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      The whole concept of leave – be it holiday pay, sick leave pay or “baby furlough day” is ruined by having a buyback option. Most employees in Oz get a minimum 8 days sick leave a year & whinge that they can’t “cash it in”. It is like health insurance – exists for if and when you need it. Mr 99 accumulated months of sick leave over many years – then one year he had 2 major health issues – had 6 months sick leave – on full pay – because he was sick.

      • November 8, 2015 at 6:08 pm

        I don’t take a lot of days off. I take my personal business days, but that’s pretty much it. Haven’t taken a real vacation in awhile. It’s always in the back of my mind- ‘ what if I get sick?’. So, I keep my time for that possible rainy time in life.

        • 107 99ts
          November 8, 2015 at 7:05 pm

          It is SO much easier when you are ill to know you are still being paid, – those days are an insurance policy.

  31. 109 0388jojothecat
    November 8, 2015 at 5:25 pm


  32. November 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    found this in the POU twitter feed.
    I am speechless.
    Their racism killed their child.

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    When your hatred for POC outweighs your love for your child.
    Just had an infant die that I could’ve saved,but parents said no nigger nurses

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    I am the most qualified peds cardiac nurse in this facility. I knew exactly what to do…ive done it a million times before…but..

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    The father, with his confederate flag shirt and camouflage pants, made sure I didn’t get in the room. And now his child is dead.

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    Yes yall. A white family had a child come in N critical condition. Crashing fast. I went to respond bc i am the one who should have.

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    The family said no nigger nurses. And blocked my entry When my sup explained I was the most qualified & the only one who had done it before

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    The dad threatened to bash our faces in if I so much as stepped foot in the room. I walked in anyways, trying to talk the other nurse thru

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    What to do. But some things…u just have to do urself. I got ready to and was physically removed from the room.

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    That baby died bc his parents refused to allow a black nurse to save his life.
    And this isn’t the first time I have seen this happen. Sick

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    To be forced to watch a child die…that you KNOW you could’ve saved….is soul crushing.

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    Their hatred murdered their child.

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    This is the second time in my career this has happened. Babies whose lives I could’ve saved, dead bc parents refused “Nigger Nurses”…

    FierceFemtivist @FierceFemtivist
    Staff standing around stunned. Sobbing. Meanwhile dad’s only comment is “make sure no niggers touch my kids body”…while staring at me.

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