229 Responses to “Chat away”


  1. 40 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Awesome I know you will be there Xhips

  2. January 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Lovely. Looking forward to it

  3. January 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I kind if hope Barney Frank does not get to be Named Senator, because he will strongly oppose Hagel. Just what we need- Not!
    Unless, he gets confirmed before he gets named?

    • 44 Betsy
      January 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      I don’t know about his position on Hagel, but I would LOVE Barney Frank to be senator through the financial shit coming up.

    • 49 Bill
      January 5, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      I heard a Boston Globe reporter say today that Barney upset Governor Deval Patrick by pressuring him, and he may well appoint someone else. He said Vicki Kennedy was a possibility.

      • 50 Betsy
        January 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

        That is not a very good reason for not picking Frank.

        • 51 anniebella
          January 5, 2013 at 7:11 pm

          I don’t think the Governor were to please at Barney Frank going public with things.

        • 53 Bill
          January 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm

          It is difficult for us to know what type of personality conflicts some of the politicians might have. Many have tremendous egos. The reporter seemed to know what he was talking about. Frank does seem to be the logical choice.

          • 54 Betsy
            January 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm

            While I think Frank would be a fabulous choice, I would not mind Vicki Kennedy either, to be honest.

            • 55 anniebella
              January 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm

              One question, why didn’t Frank stay in Congress? Are run for the Senate seat. Knowing the Governor he will choose who he think is right.

              • 56 Bill
                January 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm

                Frank said he has just decided the last few days that he wanted to fill the appointment until the election in three or four months. He made the announcement on Morning Joe yesterday.

              • 57 Betsy
                January 5, 2013 at 9:02 pm

                I think he felt it was time to retire from the House. He has been there a long time. He is probably sick of the tea partiers.

        • 58 lamh36
          January 5, 2013 at 7:27 pm

          If the governor already had someone in mind before Frank, then all the press about Frank will become fodder against the person he does choose for the temporary position. So now if the Guv does go with his first pick and it’s not Frank or is not someone as “liberal” as Frank or who the “faux-gressives” like as much, then mark my words all we will hear is BS.

          If the governor had a different choice before Frank, then he should def be pissed that all the story will be about why he didn’t pick Frank rather than how his actual pick was a good one or not.

          so I can understand why the governor’s office would be aggrieved

          • 59 Lovepolitics2008
            January 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm

            YOu make a lot of sense lamh. Mr. Frank’s enthusiasm made him make a political mistake. He should have contacted Governor Patrick in private. It’s a shame because, I agree, Barney Frank could be of great help during the budget debate in the next few months. As for his opposition to Chuck Hagel… if Mr. Hagel has REALLY evolved on the issue of gay rights, a good conversation between him and Frank should settle the issue.

          • 60 Betsy
            January 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

            I can see your point.

      • 61 Dudette
        January 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm

        As much I’d like to see Barney Frank in the Senate, I can also see how Gov Patrick wouldn’t want to be perceived as getting bullied into the pick, especially if he (the Gov) has other political aspirations. Barney has to know this — he’s no political dummy. Hmm, maybe there’s a method to this madness, now that I think of it.

        I heard Vicki Kennedy was in the running before Frank made his desire known. but maybe Vicki should be the candidate to run for the full-term seat.

        • 63 Betsy
          January 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm

          Rachel Maddow talked about this last night. Rep. Mackey plans to run for the full-term seat. He is the guy who went after B.P. Oil.

          • 64 Bill
            January 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm

            Scott Brown has already come after Markey by saying he is not sure if Markey actually lives in MA because he has never seen him on the plane – aircraft as Willard would say – between DC and Boston. Brown simply is not smart enough to represent MA in the Senate.

            • 65 jacquelineoboomer
              January 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

              Brown’s not smart enough to represent MA at a roadside vegetable stand. There’s that.

            • 71 carolyn
              January 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm

              I’m going to repeat what I said last week when Rep. Markey decided to run for the Senate, and people on here were disappointed, wanting Vicki Kennedy, or the younger Kennedy. We are not in Massachusetts. Each state has its own set of expectations and problems. We look on from the outside, and are not privy to what is needed inside.
              I read Boston.com and they are quite concerned that they are losing their seniority in the Senate by losing Kerry. Traditionally they have had clout in the Senate and House. Markey has much seniority in the House. Elizabeth Warren’s office is in a double wide on the Senate grounds while an office is prepared for her….she is low on the totem pole. Remember pictures of Pres.Obama’s Senate office when he was a junior senator? Scott Brown only had two years of seniority, not enough to move him very far. Seniority is very important in the Senate, which is why the South has so much clout. They don’t vote out their old guys.
              Anyway, I respect Gov. Patrick and believe he will choose the best person for Massachusetts in this interim period. I’m sure he doesn’t like to be bullied, who would? Frank’s PR push may backfire on him. This is the gov’s decision to make and he knows the state.

              • 72 Bill
                January 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm

                Well said. I trust Governor Patrick, and I would think he might discuss the choice with his good friend PBO.

              • 73 lamh36
                January 5, 2013 at 9:02 pm

                Agreed. I like Deval Patrick and it seems way more saavy than other in his place (way more political saavy than Cory Booker for example) and I can totally see him as President one day. He’s young enough, that he can wait for the best opportunity.

                I don’t like in Mass, but from outside looking in, I think Guv Patrick will make a good decision.

              • 75 utaustinliberal
                January 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm

                Well said.

            • 76 Betsy
              January 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm

              Sorry got the name wrong. Thanks for kindly setting me straight. Brown is an idiot and the people of MA saw that clearly in 2012.

            • 77 June Cleaver 2.0
              January 6, 2013 at 7:21 pm

              Yes, that statement is the epitome of how dumb Scott Brown is.

        • 78 idon
          January 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm

          I really want it to be FRANK because he would be awesome on the fiscal stuff, just awesome. And on a shallow note, he and his partner are my real life Cyrus and James. I would love to see his husband there for his swearing in – that alone would be so awesome. I also love the idea of Vicki Kennedy filling in and the idea of Markey running for the seat. Maddow did a great segment on him. Really, Markey NEEDS to be in the senate!

  4. 79 andogriff
    January 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I will be making a quick trip to the States too…. but sadly 5 days after the inauguration. Will certainly be watching whatever coverage we can get on TV over here though.

  5. 80 hopefruit2
    January 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    :) :) :)

  6. January 5, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    New thread. Hello TOD. A really busy day. I am looking forward to the President’s safe return.
    I wish we had a serious group in the House to make all the changes to move our country forward. I am really a little sick of all the domestic terrorist in congress. Let’s all hope we shall overcome the haters.

    • January 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Hiya Sonjia, my thoughts too – just imagine the wonderful changes for the better that would be possible if Congress wasn’t stuffed with those loathsome, hateful nut jobs.

      • 83 99ts
        January 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

        Some folks were talking about Steve LaTourette being a sane one – but a comment highlighted his words here – when asked what he will now do
        ” I’ll go back and find something productive to do with my life. As opposed to the last 18 years.”

        He considers that his time spent in congress was not productive – so who should he blame for that? There seem to be so many who want to be obstructive rather than productive – sad.

          • 85 anniebella
            January 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm

            Are people being unfair to the house republicans? Let me put the answer in plain simple English. Hell No.!!!! 2014 I wish we could get rid of every last one of the bastards.

          • 86 carolmaewy
            January 5, 2013 at 8:30 pm

            99ts, I think LaTourette has himself to blame. He is insane, too. They only need to look in the mirror and read the books by Mann & ? I hate when I forget names in the middle of a sentence. Books called “It’s worse than you think”. I wonder if he was part of the gang that banned French Toast. 😜 Just read the article. Where is the follow-up question about Boehner taking phone calls from the President. Why didn’t he take the Presidents call the night he won the election on the beautiful day of Nov. 6, 2012? He is a crying childish speaker. People need to know this idiot is third in line of the Presidency. We’re in big trouble as a Nation if that happened. We need to educate people about Civics. What happened to former justice Sandra Day O’Connors mission? I’m sure LaTourette will soon be a lobbyist if my crystal ball is correct.

  7. 87 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm

  8. January 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm

  9. January 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    It’s getting to the point when I go out, that I am looking for people with guns-

    A Daycare???

  10. 103 Pamela
    January 5, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Hey y’all! Quick (all day) car repair, $979.36. Cryin’ here… :(

    • 104 andogriff
      January 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      So sorry to hear this, Pamela, ugh!! Maybe you don’t have to pay it all at once?

      • 105 Pamela
        January 5, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        Oh, yeah, it’s all done, but thank you andogriff! I had to vent a bit somewhere, and kitty does not enjoy hearing about my struggles! ;)

    • 106 Pamela
      January 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Oh dear, I spoke too soon: It was $1,041.71 with all the bits added in…. Back to work tomorrow for me! Aren’t I blessed to have work, truly, I am. I mean it! :)

      • 107 Pamela
        January 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm

        But I gave some money to the homeless man outside the grocery store anyway. I remind myself I have it pretty good, expensive repairs and all that!

        • 108 jacquelineoboomer
          January 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm

          Pamela – That one endearing act of kindness will be returned to you seven-fold, even though you’re not looking for a return and might not recognize the connection when it comes. I know this for sure. You never know who that homeless man was, in any event.

      • 109 nathkatun7
        January 5, 2013 at 10:46 pm

        Pamela, I feel your pain! I paid $1480.26 for repairs the week before Christmas. On top of that I have to replace all four new tires and I am looking at $460-600.

  11. January 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm

  12. 120 FiredUpInCA
    January 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Blogsophere Flashback to the 2012 general election: ‘OMG! The Romney is running all these ads against the President!!!!! Why isn’t he answering back!?!?!

    The vast majority of The Obama Diary commenters: ‘Chill. He’s got this.’

    Guess who was vindicated? (Yet again.)

    “Analysis: Obama’s ad team used cable TV to outplay Romney”

    “During the final weeks before the November 6 election, with polls showing a tight race, Obama’s campaign exploited cable TV’s diverse lineup to target women on channels such as Food Network and Lifetime and men on networks such as ESPN.”…

    “The Obama team used the fragmentation of cable TV’s audience to its fullest advantage to target tailored messages to voters in battleground states.”…

    “For instance, the Obama campaign identified zip codes surrounding Ohio tire-manufacturing plants and purchased cable ads touting Obama’s efforts to block tire imports from China”….

    “Obama’s cable TV push started in April. Romney’s began in September.”…

    “The Romney campaign also simply did not have enough bodies to handle the labor-intensive business of planning, negotiating and placing ads on hundreds of TV stations simultaneously, according to several Republican consultants and media analysts who asked not to be identified.

    Obama’s campaign had 30 full-time media buyers. The Romney campaign relied heavily on a single person, Kincaid, with help from one or two others from time to time, according to sources close to the campaign.”…

    http://news.yahoo.com/analysis-obamas-ad-team-used-cable-tv-outplay-130238892.html

  13. January 5, 2013 at 8:21 pm

  14. January 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I find it very interesting, that McCrystal comes out with his Book, criticizing the President in Afghanistan.
    Why?
    Because the WH intends to announce Troop numbers this week and a postwar plan.
    Now, the media will be focused on this fool and his Pro war agenda.

  15. 133 donna dem 4 obama
    January 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Hello TOD!!!

    I’ve had guest all day today so I am just catching up. I read that as the Inauguration is approaching that some of you have expressed an interest in getting together here in DC. I would love to meet as many of you as possible if you plan to be here. I have to have some minor surgery this Friday (the 11th) and will be a little limited for the Inauguration because you essentially will have to get to the Mall by 5-6AM in order to get a good spot and will have to stand for 6 or 7 hours. Normally this would be no problem for me but I think it will be too much so soon after my surgery.

    Now that doesn’t mean that we can’t meet up on Saturday or Sunday before the Inauguration on the Mall or a meal or drink or something….

    I read a suggestion that we might have an Inauguration Meet up Thread and I am open to ideas. My TOD ;)email contact is donnadem4obama@gmail.com

    • 134 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Donna, I’m available to come down for a meet up on Sunday. I have a memorial service on Saturday the 19th; and my health precludes me from being on the mall on Monday. I’ll email you my contact info.

    • 139 amk for obama
      January 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      dd4o

      Don’t ever post your mail id in a public forum. Not a good idea at all.

      • 140 donna dem 4 obama
        January 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm

        Thanks Amk but its a made up account just for TOD (Its my TOD screen name). I don’t use my real name. I’ve taken precautions.

    • 141 symmetry11
      January 5, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      We don’t have tickets, but it looks like we may still be coming. Count me in.

      • 142 donna dem 4 obama
        January 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

        Let me tell you about the horror story about all those supporters who got tickets in ’09 and never got to see the Inauguration.

        On the morning of the event they were told to go to the tunnel under the Capitol and line up and wait for instructions. Unfortunately, they were forgotten and no one ever came to get them so thousands of supporters were stuck in that tunnel and after traveling to DC to see history they never got to witness it. Yikes!! I felt soooo bad for them.

        The public viewing is fine. They have really big screens all over the Mall for your viewing and the people in the public areas had a partying good time before, during and after the Inauguration. :)

    • 146 Judith Fardig
      January 6, 2013 at 1:13 am

      I would be so inspired to meet TOD folks. I had suggested the Day of Service event on the Mall, but that may be packed too. Donna, if you or Chips can track how many of us are interested, that would help us plan.

  16. 147 hopefruit2
    January 5, 2013 at 8:38 pm

  17. January 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    • January 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Realize, as with FICA cap, and other issues, that I’m being repetitious but the timing is meant coincide with that long flight from HI to DC and the hope that perhaps Ms Jarrett might glance at her ‘direct messages’ and see the list (kindly created by dudette, btw) :)

      #FORWARD

  18. 150 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    After five years, do you think I can now claim Barack Obama as a dependent on my income tax? https://store.2013pic.org/

    • 154 HZ
      January 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Good Evening Chips and my TOD Family. Hope everyone had a great day and enjoy your evening. Hope POTUS and FLOTUS had a great vacation.

      Hope all who meet up will have a great time during the Inaugrational Celebrations. Great times still to come.HZ

  19. 155 forus50
    January 5, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    • 156 dotster3
      January 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      I’m hoping, hoping, hoping. Gun violence is so out of control in this country—-read any news site in any city in the country any day—–we can’t just continue on this path, saying it’s too big, too hard, too many guns already out there, the NRA is too powerful, they own Congress —-and every other excuse in the book. It is past time for steps to be taken to try to at least put a dent in all the death and destruction from guns—–and in younger and younger hands. And if that tragedy in Ct. won’t motivate sensible people to do something, then I don’t know what ever will. We’re the only civilized country in the world with this problem.

      • 157 forus50
        January 5, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        Yup, so sad that it’s so out of control. Just like every other problem POTUS has had to deal with huh? Good grief, I am so thankful that guy is our guy, the leader of the free world. I’m LOVING that headline. I keep reading it. It’s a BFD that Joe B. will get credit for.

    • 158 COS
      January 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      PBO probably figures that he is already blamed for taking away guns, therefore he should do as much reform as possible. Good for him.

  20. 159 hopefruit2
    January 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    LMAO! Nerdy and Psych are like two peas in a pod!

  21. January 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Chips, everyone, check the graphic!

  22. January 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    So, I am watching football, and whose Gace pops up? General Stanley McChrstal, live interview Monday with Matt Lauer. And the way Bob Costas Promoted it was not so touching.
    See?

  23. January 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    India Gang Rape Victim’s Father Reveals That Her Name Was Jyoti Singh Pandey

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/india-gang-rape-victims-father-reveals-that-her-n

    Jyoti means “light”, may the light of the Divine surround her and her family.

  24. 172 dotster3
    January 5, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    And speaking of gang rape, we have our own gang rape case here in Steubenville, Ohio. I know it has been noted here, but this is the most unbelievable disgusting thing I have ever read——-this gang rape of this 15 yr. old honor student, knocked out with a date rape drug, carried from party to party and raped multiple times by multiple attackers, many on the beloved h.s. football team—–and the cover up by everyone in authority—-local law enforcement, school and sports officials, now state law enforcement—–all seemingly have ties to these amoral, sociopathic young guys. It is revolting, the whole thing, especially these guys laughing about it on vid afterward etc. etc. Gross beyond belief.

  25. 180 yardarm756
    January 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Time for some humor?

    A 6 year old and a 4 year old are raking the yard.

    The 6 year old asks, “You know what? I think it’s about time we started learning to cuss.”The 4 year old nods his head in approval.

    The 6 year old continues,”When we go in for breakfast, I’m gonna say something with hell and you say something with ass.”

    The 4 year old agrees with enthusiasm.

    When the mother walks into the kitchen and asks the 6 year old what he wants for breakfast, he replies, “Aw, hell, Mom, I guess I’ll have some Cheerios.

    WHACK!

    He flies out of his chair, tumbles across the kitchen floor, gets up,and runs upstairs crying his eyes out, with his mother in hot pursuit,slapping his rear with every step.

    His mom locks him in his room and shouts, “You can stay there until I let you out!”

    She then comes back downstairs, looks at the 4 year old and asks with a stern voice, “And what do YOU want for breakfast, young man?”

    “I don’t know,” he blubbers, “but you can bet your fat ass it won’t be Cheerios!”

  26. 189 Elly in Maryland
    January 5, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    About the Inauguration – I agree that it’s not worth getting tickets. I had a ticket last time, obtained through my Senator. We had to stand in a long line that turned chaotic in the end, and when we got onto the area, it was so far back I still relied on the Jumbotron to see. It would have been less hassle just to show up on the Mall, and that’s what I intend to do this year.

    For staying warm, I think the most important thing is footwear. I’ll be wearing good winter insulated boots and wool socks.

    • 190 isonprize
      January 5, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      hand warmers and foot warmers!! You can get them in the sporting goods section of most stores, they’ll cost you maybe $3-4. They lasted 8 hours. The BEST investment I made!!

      • 191 sabreen60
        January 5, 2013 at 11:12 pm

        Don’t forget a warm hat. You lose a lot of body heat through your head :D

        • 192 isonprize
          January 6, 2013 at 12:30 am

          oooh, sorry. I made some assumptions, and a hat , scarf, gloves and turtleneck were definitely included in my attire.

          In fact, I had on five layers of strategically thought out clothing. And TRUST!! as cold as it was in DC on that day, I needed EVERY layer!!!

          While I don’t know for sure, I can’t imagine that they DIDN’T have heaters on that stage. There is no way Michelle would have let her girls go out without hats if it wasn’t heated.

  27. 193 dotster3
    January 5, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    No shock I know, but Repub Party is almost solely a rural, southern, conservative party now—–and knowledge of that fact makes it impossible to expand their party—-which is fine by me.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-fiscal-battles-show-divide-in-republican-party-20130105,0,5971785.story

  28. 194 Dudette
    January 5, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    • January 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      Not to be parochial, but kinda cool that L.A. has one store on the list and NYC has NONE. Teehee.

      • 196 99ts
        January 6, 2013 at 2:13 am

        Some of those buildings are almost unbelievable – There are no building in my country more than c. 200 years old – so the European bookshops look just amazing.

        I think I found my favorite ones (& they were 2nd hand shops) in Oxford in England – virtually underground caverns that went on and on and on. Hours later we emerged in a very dazed state.

    • 197 desertflower
      January 5, 2013 at 11:49 pm

      Beautiful bookstores….great site. Thanks, dudette:) Now, off to bed I go! Have a good night…see you all tomorrow

  29. January 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    here’s me ranting on Dailykos just few minutes ago. I know I know, why did I go there? These leftwing nuts need to be challenged on their sopboxes, so I go there on occasion to see what they are bleeping to the world

    So Frontpager BrooklyBadBoy has the nerve to accuse the Obama administration of torpedoing “Regular Order” legislating in order to govern by “undemocratic’ 2-man deals, such as what took place between VP Biden & McConnell. So here’s my response.

    ********************

    Bullshit we are not living in genteel times!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Regular Order in a House full of gerrymandeered lunatics is what got you this:

    1. Expiration of Violence Against Women’s Act
    2. Sandy hurricane bill shut off
    3. 33 repeal Obamacare votes
    4. No jobs bill
    5. No infrastructure bill
    6. Umpteen worthless defense of DOMA taxpayer $$$ waste
    7. Repeal 14th Amendment bills
    8. Unconstitutional calls for 14th Amendment citizenship clauses
    9 Worst of all a Tea party terrorist against the full faith and credit of the United States — Debt ceiling hostage taking.

    The anger you should be expressing is the hostile takeover of our democratic processes by a kamikaze band of seditionists and lunatics whose sole aim is to DESTROY our democratic system of governance and the very existence of government itself.

    Your wishful wistful call for regular order is a quaint relic of civil times. In 2008 – 2010 there was no government by crisis even though we were in a full blown recession.

    If you hate the fiscal deal. Fine but the facile argument for regular order when the deal plus the breaking fo two traditions — the Hastert Rule & the technically unconstitutional reversal of the bill originating in the House is what saved us.

    You have a problem? pay attention to what is happening in districting and local/statewide elections. Our negligence in 2010 is what landed us in this situation.

    Until you can tell me how Louis Gohmert, Huelskamp, Massie, Bachman and their talibanesque ilk can be made to understand just exactly how our government works, that they cannot just take it hostage, anything you say is pure smoke!

    We have to do whatever it takes by any means necessary to ride this putrid tea party bronco off the rails until we reach some semblance of sanity. Then we can talk regular order. Else the very wheels of government will come to a screeching halt. Or that is what you want?

    • January 5, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      Zizi,
      He is an idiot. The other day he had a diary about PBO doing things for blacks to keep off the streets. Does he not understand that PBO is actually looking for blacks because he is also looking after the least among us. PBO still remembers what it is to be on food stamps. Do the comgress criturs eve know what that is?
      Good job for pointing out to him as a lot of them just agree with him cos of how the feel about PBO.

    • 200 amk for obama
      January 6, 2013 at 12:13 am

      That idjit obama hater is still there? Jeez.

  30. 203 forus50
    January 6, 2013 at 12:12 am

    OK do you think he understood what he was retweeting?

    https://twitter.com/ii_burke

  31. January 6, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Rest well friends …. safe journey home Obama family ….

    #TrustBarack

  32. 206 susanne
    January 6, 2013 at 2:28 am

    aloha mr president and ohana~
    we wish you didn’t have to go, but we’re so grateful that you’re going to washington for the inauguration and four more exciting years of good work. mahalo nui loa for gracing our islands with your mana once again~

    ‘ President Barack Obama and the First Family departed Honolulu aboard Air Force One Saturday night, ending an annual Christmas vacation that included the usual activities—hiking, shave ice, and lots of golf—but also required a brief return to Washington by Obama to deal with the looming fiscal cliff. ‘

    http://bit.ly/WxEZIf

  33. 207 amk for obama
    January 6, 2013 at 2:35 am

    “The world’s oldest woman passed away at 116. They keep dying. I think that title may be cursed.” –David Letterman

  34. 209 amk for obama
    January 6, 2013 at 2:38 am

    “The Golden Globe nominations were announced yesterday morning, and ‘Lincoln’ got seven nominations. Finally, a Republican who might win something.” –Jay Leno

  35. 210 amk for obama
    January 6, 2013 at 2:39 am

    “The U.S. Census Bureau says that by the year 2043, white people will be in the minority in the United States. By that time, the country will be 15 percent black, 31 percent Hispanic, and 1 percent Republican.” –Jay Leno

  36. 211 amk for obama
    January 6, 2013 at 2:41 am

    “Barbara Walters chose General David Petraeus as the most fascinating person of 2012. What a coincidence. So did Paula Broadwell.” –Jay Leno

    “Barbara Walters’ ‘Ten Most Fascinating People’ show was on last night. Number one was General Petraeus. I think if this guy was a little less fascinating he would probably still have his job.” –David Letterman

    “HBO is planning a new movie similar to ‘Game Change,’ but based on the 2012 election. The network said they’re not sure who will play Mitt Romney — then Mitt Romney said, ‘Hey, I’m not doing anything.'” –Jimmy Fallon

    “Yesterday, the Senate floor was reserved for farewell speeches from retiring senators. Each senator received a fitting gift: a gold watch that stopped working years ago.” –Jimmy Fallon

  37. 213 susanne
    January 6, 2013 at 4:43 am

    ‘ These days it seems like everyone goes around declaring the “word of the year,” but the tradition began with the American Dialect Society, which met last night in Boston for its 23rd annual Word of the Year vote. It’s a spirited event, where the members of the society—a group of linguists, lexicographers, and other professional language scholars—argue for their choices. And we were there! Here are some of the words that were discussed.

    1. hashtag

    Hashtag won for Word of the Year. Though it didn’t look like an early favorite, the crowd was won over by arguments that it was the most linguistically interesting. It is a word for a written symbol in a written medium that has now crossed over into speech. What’s more, its purpose is for speakers to make comments about their own speech. The word of the year is a word for talking about words, making it a very wordy word indeed.
    ~
    5. self-deportation

    Won for “Most Euphemistic.” ‘

    Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/158826#ixzz2HBeChm3p
    –brought to you by mental_floss!

    and with that, good night tod ohana~

  38. 214 utaustinliberal
    January 6, 2013 at 5:36 am

  39. January 6, 2013 at 6:32 am

    I just spent a zillion dollars at the Inauguration store! Ok 65 bucks but HEY! @Politico making a big deal about Obama’s big bundlers not contributing. When will the MSM learn it’s “The People” who re-elected Barack Obama not some zillionaire. sigh. I do hope they chip in….in the end!

    • January 6, 2013 at 6:55 am

      Good morning. They likely won’t learn it was “The People” who re-elected PO. Oh well…….. I, too, hope the big $ folks chip in.

    • 217 Don
      January 6, 2013 at 8:52 am

      aamom you are spot on, it was “The People” who re-elected President Obama, it was “The People” that gave damn near a billion dollars to his campaign. And it is “The People” that President Obama dutifully serves on a daily basis.

  40. 218 utaustinliberal
    January 6, 2013 at 7:11 am

    • 219 99ts
      January 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

      I loved the story behind this one – Hillary had dropped papers on the floor & didn’t want a photo taken of same

  41. 220 amk for obama
    January 6, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Mars rover finally looks set to drill

    Nasa’s Curiosity rover is very close to drilling into its first Martian rock, with the set-up operation likely to begin next week.

    After breaking for the holidays, the mission team would be raring to undertake the task in the coming days, said lead scientist John Grotzinger.

    The robot has driven about 650m from its landing site, dropping down into a depression known as Yellowknife Bay.

    It is in this depression that the target rock will probably be chosen.

    All of Curiosity’s instruments have been commissioned. The drill is the only tool that has yet to be deployed.

    Its hammer action will enable the device to retrieve powdered samples from up to 5cm inside the rock, which can then passed to the rover’s onboard laboratories for analysis.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20901931

  42. 221 amk for obama
    January 6, 2013 at 8:03 am

    House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) likewise insisted that Republicans hold the line, telling his members they must demand that every dollar they raise the debt limit be paired with commensurate spending cuts.

    But other Republicans counseled caution, warning that pressure from the business community and the public to raise the $16.4 trillion federal borrowing limit renders untenable any threats not to do so and will weaken the GOP’s hand if their stance is perceived to be a bluff.

    In an appearance Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) came out against the strategy of waging a showdown over the debt ceiling, calling the move a “dead loser” for the GOP.

    Some Republicans on Capitol Hill are similarly hesitant to entertain the possibility of using a government shutdown or the debt ceiling as bargaining chips.

    ///

    They got nothing. The moneyed interests will prevail.

  43. 222 amk for obama
    January 6, 2013 at 8:07 am

  44. 225 JER
    January 6, 2013 at 8:55 am

    First family leaves Hawaii, headed back to D.C.

  45. 227 amk for obama
    January 6, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Former South African President Nelson Mandela has recovered from a lung infection and surgery to remove gallstones, the government says.

    “President Mandela has made steady progress and… continues to improve,” President Jacob Zuma’s office said.

    Mr Mandela, 94, spent almost three weeks in hospital last month, and has since been receiving treatment at his home in an East Cape province village.

    It was his longest stay in hospital since he left prison in 1990.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20927108

  46. January 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

    McConell- spending and debt will dominate our conversation, we think that guns is nit as important.
    It seems I should be a Democratic consultant, because I can tell the future. Where the Republicans are concerned, just be as cynical as possible.


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