Chat Away

A staff member walks Sunny at the White House, January 22

89 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 mittromesia
    January 24, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Virginia beach is secure, very little snow.

  2. 4 MightyPamela
    January 24, 2016 at 10:43 am


  3. 6 amk for obama
    January 24, 2016 at 10:43 am

    bo or sunny? really?

  4. 8 JER
    January 24, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Morning Chips and TOD. Just came in from way too much shoveling. BTW, that is Sunny.

  5. 10 hopefruit2
    January 24, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Sunny. 🙂

  6. 12 hopefruit2
    January 24, 2016 at 10:48 am


  7. 13 No Child Left Behind
    January 24, 2016 at 10:51 am

  8. 14 No Child Left Behind
    January 24, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Good Sunday Morning TODVille!

  9. 15 JER
    January 24, 2016 at 10:53 am

  10. January 24, 2016 at 11:03 am

  11. 19 amk for obama
    January 24, 2016 at 11:03 am

  12. 25 PrayerWarriorforObama
    January 24, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Sunday blessings to everyone in the TOD family, especially those who are confined by snowzilla.

  13. January 24, 2016 at 11:07 am

  14. 27 carolyn
    January 24, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Good morning. To tag along with the info about the NRA on the previous thread, the headline in our paper today in OKC is: “Gun carry permits dip again in 2015.” Something is working for the good..

  15. 29 amk for obama
    January 24, 2016 at 11:23 am

    • 30 amk for obama
      January 24, 2016 at 11:29 am

      In a reversal from claims made on the campaign trail, Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign is now saying the senator and his family do have health insurance and never lost coverage. The late night Friday revelation came more than 24 hours after Cruz had told a New Hampshire audience that he and his family were without health insurance and were scrambling to obtain new coverage–and used the claim to slam Obamacare for the mess he was in.

      In statements to Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal, campaign spokeswoman Catherine Frazier blamed Cruz’s false assertion that his family had lost their health insurance on a misunderstanding. She said an insurance broker told Cruz that BlueCross BlueShield of Texas was dropping his PPO plan, but Frazier said that the broker did not tell Cruz his family was automatically being transferred to the carrier’s HMO plan.


      ofcourse, the rethugs get caught in a lie, it always someone else’s screwup.

      • 31 Don
        January 24, 2016 at 11:43 am

        Incredible, I have BlueCross BlueShield which I switched to from Humana because Blue’s premiums were very low for my family and I. Now if a moron like me can get his family covered how come a guy that’s running for President of the United States of America can’t figure out how to get his family covered and even didn’t know if his family was covered or not?

        • 32 amk for obama
          January 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

          the punk just outright lied to score some cheap political shot and failed miserably. I want him to keep doing that.

          • 33 Don
            January 24, 2016 at 11:49 am

            Lying or not, how do you fuck something so simple up? And this is the second time he’s used his family as a prop, the first time was when he said he spanks his daughters. This guy is a piece of work.

  16. January 24, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  17. January 24, 2016 at 11:28 am

    LOL….poor Dal 😀 😀 😀 😀

    The cop went all #BestMode LMAO

  18. January 24, 2016 at 11:30 am

    GM Chips, TOD! ….wonder if Danny would freak out seeing this fella 😕

  19. January 24, 2016 at 11:31 am

    USA! USA! USA!

  20. 51 vcprezofan2
    January 24, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Salut, tout le monde!

    My head’s feeling a little less woozy than it did earlier on this morning so I’m ‘in da house’ for now.

    As you’ve probably already figured out, there’s no @Interior recap during weeks that contain a public holiday so I’m sharing this with you today.

  21. January 24, 2016 at 11:41 am

    ‘In the wake of new Iowa and New Hampshire polls showing Bernie Sanders gaining, some say it’s time for Hillary Clinton to hit the panic button. “Clinton should ABSOLUTELY be nervous about the state of the race with less than three weeks before voters in Iowa head to the caucuses,” the Washington Post’s Fix blog blared last week. There are just two obstacles in this theory’s way: demographics and delegate arithmetic. In poll after poll, Sanders’s best group within the Democratic Party is liberal whites. Unfortunately for Sanders, Iowa and New Hampshire couldn’t be much further on the extreme end of the party’s demographic or ideological spectrum. According to our estimates, based on past exit polls and Census data, there is only one state where whites who self-identify as liberals make up a higher share of the Democratic primary electorate than Iowa and New Hampshire. You guessed it: Vermont.

    In fact, 98 percent of pledged Democratic delegates will come from states with lower shares of liberal whites than Iowa and New Hampshire. Just 447 of 4,051 pledged Democratic delegates – 11 percent – are tied to results in states or districts with higher shares of college-educated whites than New Hampshire. Moreover, just 13 percent of pledged Democratic delegates will be awarded in caucus states like Iowa, which as 2008 proved, tend to bring out more liberal participants than primaries. In other words, if Sanders prevails narrowly in Iowa or New Hampshire, his support among liberal whites and in college towns – essentially Portlandia – would be entirely consistent with a scenario in which he also gets clobbered by Clinton nationally…continued”

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    • 53 Don
      January 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Yep, leave it to an Obama guy to figure out the math the same way they did in ’08.

    • 54 amk for obama
      January 24, 2016 at 11:54 am

      dudebros are gonna be mighty pissed.

      but I am worried is favreau giving the game away too soon? In 2008, the O campaign team were totally tight lipped about their strategy and then they revealed it all after super tuesday.

    • 59 arapaho415
      January 24, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      GM LP.

      Hope you’re staying warm and dry in IN.

      Love this kind of stuff (though I am terrible at math).

      Thanks for the link, great synopsis of what really matters — the VOTING schedule, not gossip, not speculation, not outrages over GOP candidates trying to outdo one another in level of stupidity (and risk to voters).

      Once again, CA casts its votes among the final group of states (DC is a week later, but they don’t have nearly 40 million residents).

      I’m pretty much ignoring pundit blather and speculation about winners/losers, but would prove interesting if CA were a deciding factor this year. (Read an article [nytimes IIRC] that offered the theory that blue state GOP have an outsize influence on the outcome of primary elections.)

      • January 24, 2016 at 12:32 pm

        GM, Arapaho! I too am ignoring pundit blather…fortunately I don’t have time to watch these fools anyway 🙂 In the end, I think it will turn out for the better that the D nom is not immediately decided ala McCain ’08 b/c it just creates a dead period where no one pays attention except for the continuous negative attacks on the nom….so If this drags out a little longer than it should I think it will be a net gain….I’m also dreaming of the scenario where there is a floor fight at the GOP convention in Cleveland, but because Reince is a genius he scheduled it the same two weeks as the NBA finals :mrgreen: meaning they wont be able to use the “Q”

  22. January 24, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Man, this guy is too dumb for words.

  23. 68 amk for obama
    January 24, 2016 at 12:13 pm

  24. 69 amk for obama
    January 24, 2016 at 12:17 pm


  25. 70 amk for obama
    January 24, 2016 at 12:18 pm

  26. 71 amk for obama
    January 24, 2016 at 12:20 pm

  27. January 24, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    is this taking Snowzilla 2 another level??

  28. 77 vcprezofan2
    January 24, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    I just realized that there was a mass shooting in a school in western Canada a couple of days ago! 😦 😦 I don’t get why some folks feel issues can no longer be ‘resolved’ without recourse to guns & murder.


    The Canadian Press | January 23, 2016 | Last Updated: Jan 24 10:01 AM ET

    LA LOCHE, Sask. — As phone calls started coming in from panicked students and teachers about a shooter on the loose, RCMP sped down the street to the local high school and found its main doors blasted with holes.

    Mounties say one officer quickly spotted a boy with a gun inside and chased him through the building. Within a few minutes, and without a fight, police say he surrendered.

    But so much damage had already been done.

    Saskatchewan RCMP say that during the eight minutes the teen was in the La Loche Community school on Friday afternoon, he shot nine people.

    Two staff members died.

    Then they learned there were more victims.

    Two brothers, one 13 and the other 17, were discovered dead in a home not far away.

    On Saturday, RCMP announced that they had charged a 17-year-old suspect with four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

    He can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

    ……………………………….. //


  29. January 24, 2016 at 12:31 pm


  30. January 24, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    • 83 MadameSoph
      January 24, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Wow, PF, that article and comic is the best explanation I’ve seen yet, of both the many different ways circumstances outside their control can advantage/disadvantage someone and also why so many people react negatively to simply hearing the word “privilege”

      That cartoon could be a comparison of the differences between my ex’s and my life growing up. I have not had the kind of privilege that comes with economic advantages or family background connections and he had a soft landing every step of the way. But here is what I try to tell people who don’t understand the idea of “white privilege”: I have black ancestors but my skin is very light and my hair is straight. I don’t get profiled just walking around like my friends with dark skin do. Two daughters of friends are the same as I. One white parent, one black parent but they came out looking very white. The only reason they know about “driving while black” and other dangers/indignities experienced by darker skinned friends and family because they hear the stories and see these things happen in front of them. The problem is that if you don’t have family and friends of other shades/cultures you probably don’t know how real this is. One of my first boyfriends had a good job and was a good citizen but he had very dark skin and would get stopped by the police for ridiculous bullshit every other week – things like “rushing a pedestrian” etc. I try to share my dual knowledge/experience with “white people” who don’t understand and have seen the light bulb switch on sometimes when they finally get it.

      Anyway, I gotta go to work, but also wanted to praise your earlier comparison of PBO to ObiWan Kanobi! That made my day! The Force is strong with our PBO! 🙂

  31. 84 globalcitizenlinda
    January 24, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    the things a candidate does and says as the race comes to a close may influence whether people previously on the sidelines make a special effort to vote and how they choose to vote.

    …. like in sports, the way a person closes the race matters;

    ….. we all know of instances where competitors who where seemingly ahead for most of the race make a few dumb or over-confident moves which cause them to loose it all;

    …. I am watching the candidates’ behavior and actions in the last few days and I can’t help shaking my head at the utter stupidity of some;

    — PBO always told us that he is a fourth quarter player and results of elections and policies prove that … no stupid or overtly overconfident stumbles …. always the perfect closer (not much different from the Kenyan runners in the marathons … so perhaps there is something in the genes of his heritage)

  32. 85 JER
    January 24, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Sarah Palin (Tina Fey) endorses Donald Trump (Darrell Hammond) for president at an Iowa campaign stop.

  33. January 24, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    uh uh uh
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    How it feels to be a poor mother living without heat during a blizzard

    By Terrence McCoy January 23 at 6:54 PM At the end of a row of abandoned homes in one of Washington’s poorest neighborhoods, it’s 7:30 a.m., and Chamika McLaughlin climbs out of bed. She dreads this time of day. It’s when she has to make a choice between two terrible options.

    Does she stay cold? Or does she put her life at risk?

    McLaughlin pulls on a blue hat, wraps a black sweater around her slight frame and pads into the kitchen. Hands tucked in her armpits, she shivers in the early-morning chill. School is canceled today, and her 12-year-old son, sleeping in one of the apartment’s two bedrooms, will soon awake. She has to get the house warmer. So, as she’s done countless times over two heatless winters in this apartment, she reaches for the oven dial.

  34. January 24, 2016 at 1:57 pm

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