Chat Away

On This Day: President Barack Obama and Sen. Ted Kennedy walk down the South Lawn sidewalk at the White House April 21, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

109 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    April 21, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Hi. Bye.

  2. 5 57andfemale
    April 21, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Wow. This is a serious must-read:

    • 6 arapaho415
      April 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      GM/GA 57F.

      Thank you for this article. Explains why it’s impossible to engage in civil conversation with Berniebots, because they are incapable of seeing beyond themselves.

      IMO it would be helpful to have mandatory community service for middle and high school students in any area that does not have a “protected” status under CRA (Community Reinvestment Act, i.e., non-redlined areas) standards and match each student with another of a similar age in an underserved community. This would apply to both public and private schools.

      The service wouldn’t be onerous (e.g., no janitorial or dishwashing duties, etc.), but instead would match one privileged student to another of the same gender/gender identity (don’t want to encourage hanky panky for vulnerable students) in underserved areas — just ask them to hang out together and talk or play (non-video) sports to find common interests and discuss how to pursue those common interests. I think both students would benefit, and would give them the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective.

      From the article:

      “it’s a trainwreck that is painful to watch, but impossible to ignore.”

      “I see in the overparented child and the growing number of college students protesting on campuses with sensitivities and demands that seem disproportionate to reality.”

      “If we continue to walk on eggshells to avoid offending these hypersensitive young adults, we are empowering their victimhood status. If we continue to indulge their irrational demands, we are robbing them of the opportunity to learn how to function independently in the real world… “

      • 7 57andfemale
        April 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm

        Wasn’t this excellent? I sent a link to a very close friend with a daughter off to college in the fall, and also a 10 year old. Because she and her husband have done it right, against severe odds.

        I have another friend who is the spitting image of what is described in this article. No sense even trying to explain it to her, although she’s now panicked about her kids going away to college. You never expected anything of them, did everything for them, intervened, kept them from developing healthy friendships in order to keep them with you to “keep them safe.” And we now have an entire generation of kids who can’t do anything. Great.

        • 8 arapaho415
          April 21, 2016 at 2:23 pm

          It’s the generation gap revisited I guess.

          Wouldn’t wish the horrors of the Vietnam War and the drafting of teenage warriors again, but children of those who did live through that have no concept of not being able to be a perpetual student until they’re 30 or older (am constantly amazed at news reports of those in their mid- to late-twenties described as “students.”

          Probably because I was raised in San Diego, but everyone I knew there knew someone killed in Vietnam, which was just awful. Kids these days have no idea what it’s like to possibly have your fate decided on your 18th birthday by the date you were born (draft lottery). 😦

          • 9 57andfemale
            April 21, 2016 at 2:55 pm

            I don’t think any young person alive during the Vietnam war didn’t know someone who died and didn’t have first hand knowledge of the destruction of lives during that period. You could be drafted, but you couldn’t vote if you were too young or too black. I sat with my best friend, and we watched the lottery on TV. His number was 2. He joined the National Guard and was able to play flute in the band, but he was trained as a soldier, had to play warrior two weeks out of the year. Because by then we had already lost friends in the war.

            Women were still called “a spinster” on a mortgage application, if they had a bank pay them any attention.

            There were sooooo many assaults against individuals that required remedy. It was real.

            I don’t expect “the kids” to get it. Did I appreciate the Depression, WW II, the anti-Semitism my parents and much old brother faced? Not completely. But I was taught about them. I was taught to be respectful of history and to learn from it. There will always be a generation gap. But without adequate civics and history being taught and assimilated into thinking and values, it’s very tough.

            I believe there should still be a draft, or as Hillary and PBO dreamed of before her, a national service requirement. Hillary wants that in return for “free” tuition. It should be commonplace to serve your country. Mr. 57 talks about what he learned about the world, other areas of the country, other cultures by serving in the 60’s.

            Now we’re chauffeuring kids all day and night because they’re too lazy to get a damned driver’s license, do their laundry, or mow the lawn. God, I sound old, don’t I? Sigh.

            • 10 arapaho415
              April 21, 2016 at 3:17 pm

              Not to me, 57F, LOL.

              Appreciate your perspective, which I share and wholeheartedly agree with.

              See my original response to you about national service — I think peer-to-peer is the best way to grow when you’re an adolescent. A lot of what adults say sound like lectures to you at that age, but to hear what *real* hardship is from someone your own age will motivate many to make an actual difference in lives unlike their own privileged selves.

    • 12 jackiegrumbacher
      April 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks, 57. It’s a great article that explains a lot.

  3. 13 Judith Fardig
    April 21, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I saw a LOT of this behavior from well-to-do parents and striving kids when I did college choice advising. My target clientele was kids with authentic learning disabilities and Asperger’s, but too often parents of kids like the ones described by Gopal had pushed for an LD label so their kids could get extra time on the SAT/ACT, not because they were truly learning disabled.

  4. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    April 21, 2016 at 11:53 am

  5. April 21, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Quick question: I thought it was illegal for the DNC to specifically support a specific candidate in a race. A rabid Berner on Twitter made this statement, “The DNC spent $12 million just for mailers & on line ads 4 her. Glasshouse.” 4 her obviously refers to HRC. I doubt this is accurate. But I want to check my assumption here before responding.

  6. 16 vcprezofan2
    April 21, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Greetings, TODobots! Thursday blessings everyone! Sure I’m a bit late, but I’m here – somewhere – now. 🙂

  7. 17 vcprezofan2
    April 21, 2016 at 12:15 pm

  8. 20 JER
    April 21, 2016 at 12:17 pm

  9. 21 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I apologize, but my initial thoughts upon seeing this breaking news were VERY inappropriate.

  10. 22 jacquelineoboomer
    April 21, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I love cities, but this is beauty surrounded by concrete trees!

    • 23 jackiegrumbacher
      April 21, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Oh, JO’B, how I would love to be there. New York gets under your skin and into your bones and your always, always miss it.

      • 24 jacquelineoboomer
        April 21, 2016 at 8:25 pm

        Truth be told, when I was 15, I wanted to move to NYC and read my poems for James Baldwin. Ha. (These were poems which today sound like Hallmark greeting card verses written by a 15-y/o, but I digress.) Almost decided to work there in my 30’s, but wasn’t able to move, and the commute …


  11. 25 JER
    April 21, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    NOW: Hillary Clinton Participates in Gun Violence Prevention Discussion in Hartford, CT – http://abcnews.go.com/Live?stream=4

  12. April 21, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    The Do Nothing GOP….

    More urgently, Democrats say, is the lack of approval of Adam J. Szubin, the acting under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Treasury Department, even as Mr. Szubin oversees Treasury sanctions that target some 6,000 people and institutions.

    • April 21, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      April 21, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      This is congressional malfeasance on a grand scale, PF. Voters who reflexively vote R are giving approval to malingering cowards who refuse to do their job, but accept payment from the taxpayer. Wake up, America!

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  14. 33 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

  15. 34 donna dem 4 obama
    April 21, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I somehow missed this whole brouhaha with the White House over this ad a few weeks ago. This might answer why she has started to slip in the polls. 😦

  16. 36 57andfemale
    April 21, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Bernie is so out of his league in this election. He is completely ill-prepared to be POTUS:

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  19. 39 Allison
    April 21, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Not sure if this is true. I hope not

  20. 44 donna dem 4 obama
    April 21, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    OMG Not Prince!!! 😦 😦 😦

    • 45 GGail
      April 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      I don’t think it’s been confirmed by a credible department/source

    • 51 vcprezofan2
      April 21, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      // ……………………………

      Prince had a special relationship with Toronto, the city where he once lived. Just last month, he performed two concerts at the Sony Centre that had been announced only two days earlier.


      Prince shows Toronto crowd he can play a purple piano as well as the guitar

      In his review of one of those shows, critic Nick Krewen wrote, “It probably comes as little surprise that Prince, the legendary singer and songwriter who is as prolific as he is enigmatic, is as big a monster on piano, technically speaking, as he is on guitar.

      “For close to 90 minutes during the 7 p.m. show at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts — his second two-show appearance at the venue within 10 months, announced only 48 hours earlier — the Minneapolis native revealed his prowess on the ivories as he performed a variety of hits, covers and yet-to-be-released material on a purple electric grand.

      “It’s not that anyone doubted the multiple-Grammy-Award-winner’s ability to dominate another instrument as well as the 57-year-old wields a guitar; it’s just that most haven’t had a chance to see him work it proper, since the axe is usually his contraption of choice. And when he has turned to keyboard performance in recent years, it’s usually to embark on a medley of some of the abundant hits he’s harvested over a 38-year career that’s been spread over the pop, rock and R&B genres.

      And concluded: “there’s little argument that Prince is King.”

      ……………………….. //


  21. 52 GGail
    April 21, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    How sad…
    A 2-year-old Indiana boy fatally shot himself Wednesday evening after discovering a gun in his mother’s purse, authorities said.

    The boy retrieved the gun when his mother “momentarily stepped away,” leaving her purse on the kitchen counter, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said in a news release.

    “The grieving mother is cooperating with detectives and after detectives questioned her she was later released,” the release stated. “This incident is being investigated as a death investigation.”

    Police who responded to the home Wednesday night found that the 2-year-old had suffered a single gunshot wound and was unresponsive. The boy was taken to a local hospital, but died from the shooting.

    It was, police said, an “unfortunate tragedy.”

    “Obviously, this is an extremely difficult environment for the first responding officers and EMS personnel,” the department’s news release said, “and should serve as a tragic reminder to all gun owners to think about safety around small children.”


    • 53 99ts
      April 21, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      An “unfortunate tragedy” which could have been so easily avoided. Guns don’t seem to be very good at protecting the family.

    • April 21, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      How many ‘tragic reminders” do people need? How many times has this happened? I’m beginning to think people should be prosecuted. Negligent homicide.

  22. 55 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2016 at 1:03 pm

  23. 56 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm

  24. 62 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Well, here goes… 😦 😦 😦 😦

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  26. 65 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    May he RIP. Very sad.

  27. April 21, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Prince has died.

    I need to cry.

  28. 70 Allison
    April 21, 2016 at 1:26 pm

  29. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    April 21, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I just went to read the lyrics to Purple Rain, and will listen to the song next … if you’ll bear with me, I wrote this yesterday about a friend who is having a disappointing time in her life that she wasn’t prepared for, and will share it here after learning of Prince’s death … since it seems to fit the mood of the day now, for anybody who was a fan of his (as my son and I were). I dedicate this to his musical genius, which will be missed.


    Broken Clouds

    The weather call said
    Seventy-four and broken clouds
    In Lexington
    And I thought to myself
    Oh, I know, I know
    Broken clouds
    Here and there throughout our lives
    Broken clouds in our hearts and
    Broken clouds in our souls
    We hardly ever
    Dwell on them
    Or look at them
    We press forward
    Diverting our eyes and our minds
    From the very sight of them
    The very thought of them
    But there they are
    Memories of broken clouds
    Splitting in two because of
    The sunny days that fool us
    Into thinking they are gone for good
    Broken clouds
    Broken clouds.

    • 73 Judith Fardig
      April 21, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you for sharing your poem, Jacqueline. 2016 has been brutal for creative people (esp. men) in their 50s and 60s. Gone too soon!

  30. 74 CEB
    April 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    OMG! this is such a shock! After his brief hospitalization a photo that showed him riding a bicycle showed up a few days ago. We are loosing too many gifted people and we are only 4 months into 2016.

  31. April 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    You can’t find much Prince on youtube.

    So, let’s smile and cry with the Charlie Murphy skit.

    ” Game..blouses..bitches.”

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  33. April 21, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I thought he performed one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows….

  34. 81 jacquelineoboomer
    April 21, 2016 at 2:05 pm

  35. April 21, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    WOW! Was able to get a quick nap and awoke to the news that Prince has left us. We never know when will be the day or hour… RIP, Prince.

  36. 83 Dudette
    April 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    My heart hurts!

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  39. 88 Neena20409
    April 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Purple Rain is Gone.
    Doves Cry is weeping
    So Sad. I am not able to do anything.
    Sam Prince 3 Times. Just baffled.
    He didn’t smoke, Drink nor part-take in any form of Drugs.
    He was a Jehovah Witness Practitioner. I am feeling that his Flu like issue last week turned ugly. Pneumonia? No Medication might have killed him way too early.
    I am just weeping.

    • 89 sherijr
      April 21, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      or his heart, Neena. Pneumonia was my thoughts also.

    • 90 GGail
      April 21, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Neena, you’re feeling and thinking what I’m feeling and thinking. I became concerned last week when our radio station KJLH mentioned Prince being taken off of his plane due to illness and now…today.

      Bless him for providing us so much good music.

  40. 91 Nena20409
    April 21, 2016 at 2:31 pm

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  42. 93 Dudette
    April 21, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    BET retweeted this!

    Okay, I can’t… 😫

  43. 95 57andfemale
    April 21, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    This will be the only time I quote George Will (on open primaries):

    “Parties are indispensable instruments of representation because they aggregate interests and articulate distinctive doctrines of justice. But parties cannot do this if they can be hijacked by drive-by voters with no durable interest in the parties, acting on transitory whims, or even to make mischief by burdening a party with a weak candidate.” – See more at: http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/#sthash.j0a7MEMN.dpuf

  44. 97 donna dem 4 obama
    April 21, 2016 at 2:47 pm

  45. 98 Dudette
    April 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm

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    • 105 donna dem 4 obama
      April 21, 2016 at 2:58 pm

  51. 106 CEB
    April 21, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    The last big concert that I went to was one held by Prince in what was then the new stadium in my city. My sister, who is a few years younger than I and was the one who turned me on to Prince, ran to the stadium like we were teenagers. Prince was going through his spiritual stage so while there was none of the overt sexuality of some of his earlier performances, this one was still electric, with all of his varied musical skills on display. This small man was the maestro, the magician, that held us in thrall. Unlike many, I do not need to run to ITunes or a record/music store to get copies of his music; I need only go to my CD collection and digital collections to pull a selection.
    Today I am thinking of Janelle, and Beyoncé, and usher and many other young artists who were influenced by him. I never paid much attention to Beyoncé until I saw her perform on the Emmy’s with Prince. It was the first time that I realized that he actually had a voice that was not being well-served by the bubble gum music that she sang with Destiny’s child. She later talked about Prince giving her a music lesson and how he said that it was very important for an artist to be able to actually play a musical instrument an to be able to read music. It is amazing to me that some musicians who were into serious ‘sex, drugs, and rock and roll” can survive well into their 70’s, while others like MJ, Prince, Natalie, and Whitney leave us at much earlier ages. I am so sad and shocked.

  52. April 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Watch A Rare Video Of Prince Debuting A Longer Version Of ‘Purple Rain’ In 1983
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