Chat Away: The POTUS Wax Edition

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN - JULY 14: Waxworks of US President Barack Obama and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev are seen during the Waxwork exhibition in Astana, Kazakhstan on July 14, 2016. (Photo by Aliia Raimbekova/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A waxwork of President Barack Obama is seen during the Waxwork exhibition in Astana, Kazakhstan

34 Responses to “Chat Away: The POTUS Wax Edition”

  1. 2 misspat
    July 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    I am always late.. Second?

  2. 3 GGail
    July 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    This is my comment regarding Erica Garner (bringing it over)

    This is how a mind already filled with injustice can become severely impaired with rage. Grief counseling should be provided, not just offered, but provided to each person and especially each child in a family who has had a tragic death occur.

    Most of us know about the various stages of Grief, but the average person doesn’t and people who are not connected surely don’t understand this sadness, rage, anger, blame nor how to process it. She is a prime example of a person who does not need to be anywhere near a gun.

  3. 7 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    waxwork = not bad. not bad at all. 🙂

    • 8 pkayden
      July 14, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      Looks just like President Obama. Love it.

    • 10 vcprezofan2
      July 14, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you, NerdyW. I picture you in this medium-sized room gathering the pieces of a post together to wow us all. Who brings you your meals, I wonder (because naturally there’s no time to cook – I bet even one of Chips’ kitchen specials might come in handy)? Thanks, girl-chile; you have been a stellar friend and CC supporter and we appreciate all you do.

      [ps: When next you are in contact with our *Empress of TODsylvania* please give her a HUGE verbal, virtual hug from all of us.]

      • 11 cd4biden
        July 14, 2016 at 8:34 pm

        Yes, yes. Thank you vc for always holding our dear Chips so close in our hearts for us.

        • 12 vcprezofan2
          July 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm

          I miss her every single day, CD (as I suspect most of us do), and part of that very huge sense of loss and emptiness for me is because I have no real idea *how* CC is doing. Does she feel the overwhelming support of her online family? Does she realize that we grieve her mom’s departure too because she made her mom a part of our family? Does she know there are many shoulders here on which she can rest her head without having to say much?
          Ah, Chips Chica, I sure hope you are not so, so hurt that you feel isolated in any way. We honestly, genuinely love you – the you who has loved and shared here so selflessly. May blessings, loving memories, and peace be with you and your family!

  4. 13 nospin
    July 14, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Jesse Williams speaks about state sponsored violence.

  5. 14 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Oh dear, according to the LIVE Telegraph the # of people dead in Nice has shot up to 60. 😦 😦

    **Live** ’60 dead’ after truck crashes into crowd at Bastille Day celebrations in Nice ‘terror attack’

    Live ’60 dead’ after truck crashes into crowd at Bastille Day celebrations in Nice ‘terror attack’

  6. 17 Nerdy Wonka
    July 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm

  7. 18 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Maybe I shouldn’t have chuckled but, hey, I found this woman’s action somewhat funny, although I don’t see what her age had to do with anything. She was simply following instructions after all.

    A 91-year-old woman has been questioned by police in Germany — after she filled in the blanks in a piece of modern art based on a crossword puzzle.

    The pensioner, who has not been named under German privacy law, was questioned under caution after she filled in the work valued at €80,000 (£67,000) with a biro.

    “Reading-work-piece”, a 1977 work by Arthur Köpcke of the Fluxus movement, essentially looks like an empty crossword puzzle.

    Next to the work is a sign which reads: “Insert words”.

    The hapless pensioner explained to police that she was simply following the instructions.

    “The lady told us she had taken the notes as an invitation to complete the crossword,” a police spokesman said.

    If the musuem didn’t want people to follow the artist’s instructions, they should put up a sign to make that clear, she told police.

    Eva Kraus, the museum director, said the damage was not permanent and would probably be relatively easy to repair.

    “We do realize that the old lady didn’t mean any harm,” she said. “Nevertheless, as a state museum couldn’t avoid making a criminal complaint. Also for insurance reasons we had to report the incident to the police.”
    ……………………………… //


  8. July 14, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    PA Hospital employee fired after saying she’s ‘sick and tired of all this bullsh*t with the black people’
    14 JUL 2016 AT 15:42 ET

    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital fired a woman who posted on social media how “sick and tired of all this bullsh*t with the black people.”

    Diane Amoratis’ Facebook rant, was a response to an anti-police brutality protest near Erie, Pennsylvania that went viral after she posted it.

    “They should have bulldozed the BLM protest at the 24/25th district last night. Disgraceful!!! And for all the police officers who have to work amongst these trouble makers, you deserve all the praise in the world,” she said in the post.

    “Blacks kill each other every day, all day long, and it’s ok with them. Why not protest when Jamal kills Kalif???? Well, I AM WHITE AND PROUD TO BE WHITE!! WHITE LIVES MATTER!!!! POLICE OFFICERS LIVES MATTER!!!” she continued, before offering advice to the black community. “Keep your circus in your own neighborhood!!! Get a life, a honest job, and RAISE YOUR KIDS TO BE PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS!!!!”

    She closed the post by saying, “I am sick and tired of all this bull—- with the black people!! If you don’t like my post, then delete me as your friend.”

    Shock and outrage grew and it wasn’t long before a rumor began that she was a nurse at Jefferson University Hospital, however, NBC Philadelphia reports that a spokeswoman for the hospital denied that Amoratis was ever a nurse for the hospital.

    The hospital released a statement Wednesday acknowledging an employee had posted “inappropriate and inflammatory comments” on social media and that she had been fired.

  9. 22 Nerdy Wonka
    July 14, 2016 at 7:28 pm

  10. July 14, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Death toll in Nice France is said to be 73.

  11. July 14, 2016 at 7:38 pm

  12. July 14, 2016 at 7:47 pm

  13. July 14, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    The wrong state to have an accident
    Obamacare was supposed to improve health care equality. But for some people, state politics has made the problem much worse.

    By Rachana Pradhan
    07/13/16 04:55 AM EDT

    ASHLAND CITY, TENN. — In December 2014, Donnie Gene Rippy fell off a roof while shooing away ducks, breaking his back and too many bones to count. He underwent four surgeries to fix his shoulder, wrists and vocal cords.

    Rippy, a brick mason, had the misfortune to be uninsured. But his bad luck was compounded by where his accident happened. If he had lived about 50 miles north—that is, anywhere over the Kentucky border—he wouldn’t have to rely on ibuprofen and occasional cortisone shots from a local health department for his persistent back and knee pain. Chances are good he would also have gotten treatment for the memory and mood issues that developed after the fall. And he wouldn’t be mired in more than $60,000 in medical debt.
    Kentucky and Tennessee are similar in many ways: geography, demographics, income. But in 2013, the governor of Kentucky embraced the Affordable Care Act, expanding Medicaid coverage to tens of thousands of low-income families. Tennessee did not. As a result, about 280,000 Tennesseans, people like Rippy, don’t have access to the free or low-cost health care enjoyed by their neighbors to the north.

    “We’re all in the United States, but yet you have some states that have the Medicaid part of it and some states decided not to take it,” said Rippy’s partner, Betty Batey. “I just don’t think that’s fair.”

  14. 33 ouapiti
    July 14, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    What sad news about Nice. Especially in the middle of the Bastille Day celebrations. Moving images from St. Paul as well — thanks so much for the great posts, NW. Such difficult times…

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