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Chat Away

Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Chuck Hagel, Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008

Back in a while.


231 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. January 31, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Chipsticks thanks for new thread

  2. 10 Linda
    January 31, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    About Ed Rendell…..

    Remember the DC Madame ? She said that a prominent Governor from the North East used her services and that the wife of that Governor was also a high profile person..

    Ed former wife ( she stayed with him until his term ended and then divorced him ) is a Federal Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and a former First Lady of Pennsylvania. In 2003, she was named to the PoliticsPA list of “Pennsylvania’s Most Politically Powerful Women”.

    I don’t believe he was asked

  3. 12 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    That’s a hawt pic. Thanks Chips :) Congrats lovelyplains on #1!

  4. January 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Caption for 2013: President Obama and Chuck Hagel Looking On In Disbelief As Republicans Destroy Themselves

  5. January 31, 2013 at 3:33 pm

  6. January 31, 2013 at 3:35 pm

  7. January 31, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Hi All, missed the good stuff (and the hearing which sounds like bad stuff). Thanks for the summaries and comments.

    Here’s a really good piece about women’s reproductive rights.

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/172524/why-are-feminists-so-angry?rel=emailNation#

  8. 20 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    My my…somebody has an “Obama” complex already.

    • 21 4morefor44
      January 31, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      oh, knoller must luv him some christie kreme! finally someone who matches his girth and health habits. two peas in a pod….a very large pod.

      • 22 daisydem
        January 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm

        Why are people always taking jabs at Christie because of his size? People come in all sizes and shapes. I know because mine has unfortunately shifted and I am larger than I would like to be. We can not like his politics without calling him names (and there have been a lot of name calling on Christie here) or making references to his size. I don’t usually speak up about this kind of thing, but all Knoller did was announce an upcoming appearance, and out comes the reference to Krispy Kreme donuts. Please.

        • January 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm

          You are right Daisy. Nothing o add. You’re just right.

        • 24 theo67
          January 31, 2013 at 4:15 pm

          I have to agree with you on this. The focus on Christie should remain on his policies and the fact that he is completely unqualified to lead the country and the world. In this day of extremely high incidences of childhood obesity, and the prevalence of bullying in schools and in government – it’s important to think about these things and how we draw focus to the weaknesses of others. The fact is: Christie could lose weight in the next few years in time to run for President in 2016 – would that make him any more viable for the position? No. He’s not fit to have that much power, not with the policies he’s embraced and the fact that he seems to be all about just becoming President and not so much about serving the people.

        • 25 4morefor44
          January 31, 2013 at 4:18 pm

          i often joke about things i too could be accused of, so since i don’t get offended about things like that i might make jokes without thinking they might offend others. i apologize and won’t joke about that around here again since i have so much respect for most of the people here. now having said that, knoller and christie are truly odious people and deserve full mockery on other issues at all times though.

  9. January 31, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    • 28 yardarm756
      January 31, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      He’s where he should be, “Pundit/Expert Land”! :-)

    • 32 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      January 31, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      He’s full of Sh^+; he knows darn well, he was NEVER in the running. My President is too smart to have “Fast Eddie” within 100 miles of an appointment. He has barely been invited to the WH these last for years. That’s why he’s always criticizing PBO — you’ll notice that he’s the featured Dem soloist in the “PBO Doesn’t Socialize MEME Choir.” Eddie is po’d that he and Bill aren’t sitting on the Truman balcony, puffing away on cigars, laughing about “good times.”

    • 35 jackiegrumbacher
      January 31, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      The arrogance of Fast Eddy literally knows no bounds. For him to believe for one minute that PBO would consider his sorry, unqualified, unloyal self for any cabinet office is just jaw dropping. The man has spent the last four years trashing his president. He needs to spend the next four shutting up.

  10. January 31, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    LIVE VIDEO: Beyoncé speaks about upcoming Super Bowl performance WATCH: http://cbsn.ws/live

    • January 31, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      SO Beyonc’e just sang the national anthem acapella, (drop the mic) and said any questions? To a gathering of 1000 journalists from around the world!

      • 38 lisalovesobama
        January 31, 2013 at 4:08 pm

        That woman is fierce!! She can do no wrong in my book.

        • 39 HZ
          January 31, 2013 at 5:37 pm

          Amen Lisa. She stated her standard for a person who does their work professionally seriously. I love her statement regarding the honor to be able to sing for the president’s inauguration. Honor and Pride. Then she proved it again to the world by singing it for them acappella (in an acoustically mildly dead room). Now write about about this . I loved it. The voice is an instrument, first of all. Anyone who has studied voice in college or privately knows damn well that the vocals are very difficult in those temps.HZ

      • 40 theo67
        January 31, 2013 at 4:18 pm

        That whole “scandal” was ridiculous, since Beyonce has sung live on many occasions (brilliantly and flawlessly) and it was her voice on the recording. Even Yo-Yo Ma played to a recording! If she’d screwed up the national anthem because of the weather, would they have praised her insistence on singing live? Ridiculous.

        • 41 jacquelineoboomer
          January 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm

          Good points, all.

        • 42 dotster3
          January 31, 2013 at 4:46 pm

          just to be factually correct—yo yo ma used a recording because the cello would make no sounds in the 20 degree weather—strings frozen.

          • 43 elo4obama/biden
            January 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

            …and did’nt Aretha sing live? I think she was VERY unsatisfied with her own performance due to the cold. She sounded good to me, but hey she’s a perfectionist. Beyonce and along with her own recording at a very poud and emotional moement. I guess when you have nothing to criticize you still find something to b@# about.

            It’s kinda funny, cause sometimes I’m so knocked over by her sheer stage presence, and dance routines and songs that don’t really showcase her voice

          • 44 theo67
            January 31, 2013 at 5:16 pm

            This is true. And I believe that was part of the reason Beyonce gave – her instrument (her voice) would be unreliable in cold weather, plus she didn’t have a proper sound check in advance of the performance. In both cases – I think they did the right thing.

  11. January 31, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    It’s obvious everyone in America with even the slightest capacity to perceive get it that #NEWSTAINERS suck …

  12. January 31, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Beyonce answering to the charge that she can’t sing. Go Girl!

    • 52 utaustinliberal
      January 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Hahahahahaha. Go Beyoncé! Love her “I love haters” comment. It was her voice at Inaug. 2013 and yet people were whining about nonsense.

      • 53 COS
        January 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm

        She says “any question?”. That whole ridicule of her was much ado aboout nothing. They were acting as if that was the first time someone had lip synched. The Queen of soul’s response was a little disappointing also.

        • 54 theo67
          January 31, 2013 at 4:21 pm

          I didn’t hear about the Queen of Soul’s response, but if she said anything negative, shame on her. Some of the egos of these performers blinds them to common sense, and the fact that they should support one another, knowing how hard it is out there. I’m glad Beyonce got her say.

  13. January 31, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Manchin just voted no on the debt limit increase. West Virginia is the poorest state in the nation and he votes No.
    What an Asshole!

  14. January 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Chips! I want to share this with you.

    • 59 Asher in Boston
      January 31, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Wow, that’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    • 60 vcprezofan2
      January 31, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      The growth of two beautiful young ladies – so sweet to see! Thank you SG2, I always feel so proud to see them. Don’t know why ‘proud’, but I just am!

  15. January 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Btw- Beyonce looks pretty damn good for just having a kid, almost impossible to look like she does.
    Maybe these Female Pundits are jealous?

  16. January 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    WATCH: Are the President’s Kids More Important Than Yours? [Fiore Cartoon]
    Why are his kids protected by armed guards at schools while yours endure the tyranny of gun-free schools?

    —By Mark Fiore
    | Thu Jan. 24, 2013 3:06 AM PST

    http://www.motherjones.com/media/2013/01/mark-fiore-president-kids-gun-free-schools

  17. January 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Debt limit bill passes 64-34, goes to the President for signature!

  18. 66 57andfemale
    January 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    When are they voting on Hagel? He needs the committee vote first and then the general vote. Anyone know the schedule?

  19. 68 amk for obama
    January 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm

  20. January 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    • January 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      ATLANTA – “Gun violence in and around our schools is simply unconscionable and must end. Too many young people are being harmed, and too many families are suffering from unimaginable and unnecessary grief. I pray that the student who was shot today at Price Middle School in southwest Atlanta recovers quickly and can return home to family and friends. A suspect has been taken into custody. I would also like the students, faculty and families of the Price Middle School community to know that they have the full support of the City of Atlanta as they heal from today’s terrible incident. The city’s Employee Assistance Program counselors are already at the school providing guidance for students, faculty and family members.”

  21. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    A Tip To Add To Our Playbook: “How To Get Through a Senate Hearing 101″ ~

    I’ve totally lost it with the Repukes at the hearing, whom I’m now muting. Just listening to Dems and Hagel. Doing rhyming games with myself. What rhymes with Vitter, I ask myself? Ha!

  22. 87 xtine
    January 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    When do they actually vote on Hagel?

  23. 94 kathryn kivett
    January 31, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I have a headache!

  24. 95 kathryn kivett
    January 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I’m kinda likin Angus King…..seems to have more sense than anyone there besides Hagel

  25. 97 vitaminlover
    January 31, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    more loves:

    I love Bo.

    I love Champ.

    I love Beyonce.

    I love the 47% because they were underestimated.

    I love Valerie Jarrett.

    I love Nancy Pelosi.

  26. January 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm

  27. 100 cookemom
    January 31, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I think that Senators should declare how they are going to vote before the hearing. If you are a ‘no’ vote, then you can only observe the proceedings. If you are a ‘yes’ vote, then you get to ask questions that embellishes on how the nominee intends on moving the President’s agenda forward. That should save quite a bit of time on folks just grandstanding and mugging for the camera.

    • 101 jackiegrumbacher
      January 31, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Cookemon, that’s a downright brilliant idea. If you’ve already declared that your mind is closed, then shut up. What a joy that would be.

  28. 102 kathryn kivett
    January 31, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    What the hell does the Dept of Defense do?…….He is not applying for Sec. of State or President

    • 103 forus50
      January 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      He is going to cut into their payola. Defense contractor lobbyists and other war profiteers not going to be happy about a certain DOD Secretary Hagel. All pissed off profiteers from the military industrial complex — of which the Senate is one powerful wing of that complex.

  29. 104 Pamela
    January 31, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Knock. Me. Out. with this photo, why doncha?! Ai yai yai…..

  30. January 31, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    per Sam Stein: Joe Manchin apologized to Hagel for the shitty hearing and disrespect.

    I’m paraphrasing.

  31. 112 Jovie
    January 31, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Why is Manchin caucusing with democrats, if he votes with Republicans more than half the time?

  32. 113 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Sessions says to Hagel, “You’re holdin up, well.” No kidding, Sessions, ya got a lightweight questioning a heavyweight. Sheeesh.

  33. 115 kathryn kivett
    January 31, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Amazing story from Hagel about going to Nam………….but I have a question……why are so many of these R Senators so whimpy looking…just watching Sessions and shaking my head between the split screen…

    • 116 jacquelineoboomer
      January 31, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      kathryn – why do I think you are at the same point in watching these hearings as I am … as in: very distracted, almost ready to lose it, thinkin’ about throwing a shoe at the image of the wimps!

      • 117 kathryn kivett
        January 31, 2013 at 5:05 pm

        and sitting here wondering why am I wasting my time…ALL DAY LONG……..part of it is entertainment….Sessions is down right comical in his lack of brains…on the other hand being scared shitless that he lacks brains.

    • 119 jacquelineoboomer
      January 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      BTW, not to speak for you with my thoughts!

      • 120 kathryn kivett
        January 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm

        you pretty much nailed it

        • 121 jacquelineoboomer
          January 31, 2013 at 5:22 pm

          :)

          I just looked up Sessions’ bio. He’s my age, and yet has not picked up any smarts, yet. He’d probably lose at a game of Jeopardy, methinks, unless a staffer put a cheat sheet in front of him. He makes me want to GAG.

  34. 122 Linda
    January 31, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    The President decides when military force is need, not the Sec. of Defense………

  35. 124 utaustinliberal
    January 31, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    What is clear from this hearing is that the GOP wants to extract their pound of flesh from Hagel for not supporting the ignoramus known as John McCain in 08. This hearing is petty beyond belief. No wonder Joe Manchin felt compelled to apologize for the despicable behavior shown to Hagel (by the GOP).

    • 125 jacquelineoboomer
      January 31, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      I don’t like Joe Manchin at all, but today he’s one of the more sane and respectful ones there, so I’ll give him that.

    • 128 vcprezofan2
      January 31, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      ‘What is clear from this hearing is that the GOP wants to extract their pound of flesh from Hagel’

      I caught a bit of the hearing (up to the point Johnnie McC was settling in on the surge) before I left home, but it seems the tone did not change much after my departure. The thought that passed through my mind was that these were FRIENDS of Hagel, as some of them started out by saying, and yet they were disparaging in their questioning. I wondered if these were the ‘relationships’ media were frequently lamenting that PBO hadn’t cultivated. It doesn’t seem that Hagel’s cultivated (repub) friends are objective enough, professional enough, or even patriotic enough to assess him fairly.

  36. 129 utaustinliberal
    January 31, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Only Angus King so far understands that the Defense Secretary is in charge of management and doesn’t set policy (that’s Pres. Obama’s job).

  37. 131 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Sessions thinks “his boy” Hagel is going to Defense to spy on the President and perhaps have the military overthrow the government, now led by President Obama. Really – his questions are amazing.

  38. 132 prettyfoot58
    January 31, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee heard testimony from a half-dozen voters and community groups, including the NAACP and the League of Women Voters. All who testified gave accounts of confusion at the polls about voter ID and the identification requirements for first-time voters.

    • 133 jackiegrumbacher
      January 31, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Glad they’re doing this, but nothing will get done unless they get some Repubs on board. We still need four more Dem state senators to make a difference, not to mention a new governor in 2014. .

  39. 135 kathryn kivett
    January 31, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I get the feeling that…..as I look at a crystal blue sky with not a cloud to be found, these Ah’s would argue that it was snowing…

  40. 138 prettyfoot58
    January 31, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Whether austerity has “worked” depends on its intended function. Now that the Bureau of Economic Analysis has reported a 0.1% drop in GDP during the last quarter—fueled largely by declining government spending—we can probably dispense with the myth that sharp spending cuts encourage growth or reduce the country’s public debt-to-GDP ratio

    • 139 theo67
      January 31, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      This is the story the media, if they weren’t biased, should be shouting from the rooftops: that the GOP economic theories have been firmly and irrefutably debunked, as well as exposing the GOP agenda to destroy this country – as long as it means the Presidency of Barack Obama would go down as well.

    • 140 susanne
      January 31, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      that’s the most important statement the press can make right now: ‘whether austerity worked depends on its intended function.’ americans need to see the rethugs are willing to take down the country in order to gain power. it’s hideous, and god-help-us true. that photo of lyin’ ryan is a little reminder of the lengths they were willing to go to.

    • January 31, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Also the fact that there was all the tension and uncertainty about the debt ceiling, etc.

  41. January 31, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    You know, you have to give David Beckham props. He just signed a five month contract to play for Paris SG, and is donating his salary to charity.

  42. 145 prettyfoot58
    January 31, 2013 at 5:28 pm

  43. January 31, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Dont know much about Colorado Lt. Gov. Garcia, but he is Hispanic and expected to be name Labor Secretary http://t.co/5kSFUG2X

  44. 147 dotster3
    January 31, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Arrest made in today’s notable Tx. shooting—-Asst. D.A. shot and killed by 2 masked gunmen as he walked from his car to the courthouse. He was said to be heavily investigating the Aryan Brotherhood, no confirmation if white supremacists were the shooters. Also significant tidbit—-the prosecutor was said to be a gun enthusiast and always carried a gun on his belt—-did not matter this morning, there goes that argument.

    http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2013/01/county-employee-shot-outside-courthouse-in-downtown-kaufman.html/

  45. 148 sherijr
    January 31, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    It is possible for Ted Cruz to get stupider as the day gets longer. whoknew

  46. 149 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Sounds so stupid, first of all, for that rude squirt Sen. Cruz of TX to thank Chuck Hagel for hanging in there during this “long hearing.” Probably Cruz’s ass is tired. But the Department of Defense is a 24/7/365 operation. Military personnel are on call 24 hours a day – and he will be, too. As SECDEF, his endurance and the endurance of all of the people who work for him is expected to be unlike anything this guy Cruz will ever endure.

    Take me now, Lord. (Kidding, Lord.)

  47. January 31, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    The Sec Def is a Civilian in charge of the Pentagon, manages the money appropriated by Congress and is 6th in line succession for the Presidency.

  48. 154 Dudette
    January 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Woot! We might be seeing some cool new photos from Vogue — Annie Leibovitz and her team were in the Heezy today!!!

  49. 169 criquet
    January 31, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Did anyone hear/see any reports that CNN fired Soledad O’Brien? If so ,why? She was definitely one of the few journalist left at CNN.

  50. 191 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    The Senate hearing is over, thank you, Jesus. And everyone bowed their heads. Amen.

    P.S. Half of this committee looked like rabid dogs, who haven’t eaten in a while. No integrity among any of those dogs – they just did it for show. Sick-e-ning.

  51. 203 lamh36
    January 31, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I think I pissed this chick off on my FB page today..lol. she posted after the ATL shooting that President Obama “NEEDS” to talk more about violence in the inner cities like Chicago, Detroit and such like he “talks about Newton all the time”.

    I pointed out to her that POTUS has always mentioned Chicago in his remarks, and made a point to say that no child should feel unsafe at school and that there is only so much POTUS can do outside of EOs. I told her that it’s Congress job to make laws. So she then says she’s aware of the remarks, but POTUS needs to “DO SOMETHING” more to let people know that it’s important to him.

    Ok, so then I told her that POTUS could give speeches in Detroit, visit students in Chicago and sit down with people in LA, but their is only so much that he can do with words. Congress has to do their jobs.

    So then she says, well then he should give speeches or something to show he cares. So then I basically told her that speeches only go so far. it’s congress that needs to do something. I also said that the reason the tea party and gun rights advocates seem to be so powerful is because even though they are small, the lobby their members of congress, they “march” they “rally” and they make calls.

    then I said that people today think that just posting tweets or FB rants that get liked by their “friends” mean they are advocating for something, but the real work is outside of social media. i told her the majority of congress critters don’t even monitor or post to their pages anyway, they are mostly run by interns, and I told her that it’s still the old ways that work to lobby congress (phones, emails, faxes, sit-ins, etc).

    I told her that yes social media was a part of why OfA was so successful, but that it did not take the place of person to person contact. “Boots on the ground” is what made OfA and the Obama campaign different from the rest.

    i told her that when POTUS urged people to call their congresscritters, that even people in blood red states called their people, cause even if they were few and far between they wanted their person to know that they had constitutions on the other side of the aisle as well.

    So she said “well how can “we” help “you” and that she would continue to post stuff to FB “if that was alright by me”…I just laughed cause then I knew that she just wanted to be a keyboard warrior and didn’t want to do any real work, so I just told her something to appease her. I’m too through with her when it comes to political advocacy.

    • 204 squarepeg
      January 31, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      I saw a person on FB come right out and say that PBO didn’t care about black children only white children because he hasn’t visited the parents of slain children in Chicago. It’s sad the lies that people believe and that they would believe that he doesn’t care for black children when it’s just not true.

    • 205 theo67
      January 31, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      If your conversation happened on FB, then your message may have reached other willing ears that needed to hear it. Good job!

    • 206 cookemom
      January 31, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      I don’t know if the person actually lives in Chicago or not. I don’t know if she has been directly impacted by the rampant violence. If she were, I would accept her comments as those of frustration. She probably voted for PBO and loves him as we do. However, if she perceives that in seemingly disproportionate attention, great homage being paid to Newtown, rather than her own children, her dismay is understandable. I would not even begin to attempt to address someone in that situation, unless I had the same personal experience. If she hadn’t been directly involved, then her anger is just looking for a place to land. These are not normal situations and people will not process the same information in the same way. Chicago is sticky for PBO, but he will do what he can to help, the best he can.

      • 207 lamh36
        January 31, 2013 at 7:46 pm

        she does not have any children and she a NOLA native who lives now in NYC.
        there has always been a disappropriate amount of attention paid to white victims of crime than those of color. this is the state of our media before PBO it will continue after PBO. the problem lies with the media’s discrimination when it comes to violent crime victim and kidnapped victims. she made no mention of the media or Congress. she laid it at the feet of POTUS only. and basically said because POTUS didn’t specifically reference the cities she mentioned that POTUS didn’t care.

      • 208 lamh36
        January 31, 2013 at 7:49 pm

        ETA: She’s a high school “friend” who I know fairly well. She’s cool peeps, but sometimes she really gets on her high horse about things and we get into a spirited discussion

        • 209 cookemom
          January 31, 2013 at 7:57 pm

          Oh ok. I am so torn about how this whole Chicago thing has been handled. I would never put this at PBO’s feet no more than I thought he should get involved in the Chicago teacher’s strike as many did. It is sticky for him because the Mayor has close ties to him and imo has not done enough soon enough with this. For many that’s close enough for folks to think PBO should be more vocal. Of course, the minute he gets anymore involved, then he becomes a Chicago Marxist, Mobster, Roger Ailes, Jeremiah Wright protege. Either way, I do understand why it took 20 white kids to die a horrific death for attention to finally be paid to the deaths of children on Chicago’s South Side. If the Sandy Hook deaths can help stop the Chicago deaths, it doesn’t matter that they were the necessary faces of national attention to this matter.

  52. 210 dotster3
    January 31, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I really like Bradley Cooper—-on Tweety, who shares my love of the movie, Silver Linings Playbook—–in which Cooper starred—–nominated for all the awards, including Oscars. He was great in that movie and seems really great in person, was going to Walter Reed and show his movie and hang out with the patients there.

  53. 211 utaustinliberal
    January 31, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Whoa….that was 8 hours of pure idiocy. Angus King was the only one who asked substantial questions. He was the only one who realized that the job of Defense Secretary is management and not making policy. He was the only one who understood that Hagel is in charge of Defense and not State.

    After approximately 8 hours of questions, America and Chuck Hagel have come to the conclusion that Republicans are morons and Ted Cruz is leading the brigade.

  54. 213 utaustinliberal
    January 31, 2013 at 6:14 pm

  55. January 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    An afternoon / evening music break.

  56. 220 dotster3
    January 31, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Extremely frustrating to me that the little 5 yr. old is still holed up in that small underground bunker with the school bus driver shooter and hostage taker for the 3rd straight day. And I notice the news has managed to get Obama mentioned in this story too, as they seem to do with all news stories, no matter what. I have read about the hostage taker’s anti-govt. views and horribly violent whack job habits, but today is the first day I see Obama included in the news accounts. The local police chief in that rural Alabama area——hmmmmmm—–said the bunker man hated all govt., “from Obama on down”. Seemed extraneous and unnecessary to me, not every event has an Obama connection, people.
    Hoping for a good outcome here, feel sorry for the little guy’s family—-can’t imagine it.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57566816/alabama-child-hostage-situation-in-third-day-with-shooting-suspect-boy-holed-up-in-bunker/

    • 221 theo67
      January 31, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      We know who these people are at this point. This behavior is par for the course. I just hope that child comes out unharmed. Apparently, the little child is autistic – even more traumatic when you’ve got an additional factor adding to the already horrific event. He should just let the child go.

    • 222 99ts
      January 31, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      And who would it be who stirs up these seriously insane people to act in such “anti government” fashion – it sure is NOT President Obama and the democrats

  57. January 31, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    • January 31, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    • 225 Nena20409
      January 31, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      When exactly did Israel become the 51st state? When did confirming a DoD nominee become about another nation? Hagel and the senators all took oath to defend and uphold the Constitution. The last time I have read the Constitution…..NOT one mention of Israel. Yet idiots with ugly faces like Andrea Mitchell and the rest of these Dan Senor types…..are allowed to keep truly bastardizing our system of government and those who are nominated to help run this nation.

      If these people want to, why don’t they ask Israel to be the 51 state and get We The People to Vote on it?

  58. 226 dotster3
    January 31, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Good—NBC Nightly News just aired that segment of the Newtown dad, Dave Wheeler, speaking at the Ct. gun hearings on behalf of his son, Ben, who was one of the massacre victims. He was profound saying, “The liberty of any person to own a military-style assault weapon and a high capacity magazine and keep them in their home is SECOND (pause) to the right of my son to his life.”

  59. 227 HZ
    January 31, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Received an email update which has a behind the scenes video of Gabby and Captain Mark Kelly at the Judicial Committee Hearing yesterday. For those of us who want to find a way to participate, this organization would be a great start to help get the word out and also help support what we want to do to also help POB on this very important issue.

    http://action.americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/testimony-video.

    Thank you all. HZ

    • 228 Nena20409
      January 31, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Chips had a link on the Rise and Shine post…..or was it the Post before that. Yes. The Pictorial Post dedicated to honor Gabby Gifford.

  60. 229 susanne
    January 31, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    charles pierce on cruz control:

    ‘ I just sat through an amazing panel on the liberal MSNBC teevee network in which the folks discussed Ted Cruz, the new senator from Texas, and you could just see the creation of the next Paul Ryan right before your eyes, primarily through the craftsmanship of Dana Milbank, whose argument is that Cruz is not really a Tea Party fanatic but, rather, a shrewd and smart operator — He Went To Harvard! — driven primarily by ambition and not batty ideology. Milbank’s argument is that this makes Cruz less malignant. Unfortunately for Milbank, our old friend Clio, Muse Of History called bullshit on this argument almost immediately. ‘

    Read more: Daily Politics Blog – Charles P. Pierce – Political Blogging – Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/#ixzz2JbEkBkT8


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