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Chat Away

President Barack Obama waits as he is introduced for an event honoring the recipients of the 2011 National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation, in the Blue Room of the White House, Feb. 1, 2013. A bust of Christopher Columbus is seen at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


368 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. 1 carolmaewy
    February 1, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Again?

  2. 13 desertflower
    February 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Techy question please. What’s the best browser to use and why? Been having trouble commenting on a site I used to comment on all the time and we can’t figure out why. The man that runs the blog suggests that I change my browser….since I don’t want to mess up anything ELSE I might do, like begin to have problems HERE for instance, how do I do this? Can I just open a new browser if I want to comment there and then return to my normal browser for everything else I do??
    Help!! Help!! Help!! Thanks

    • February 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      I have no trouble with Firefox, DF.

      • February 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm

        And I sometimes keep both Firefox and Safari open at the same time.

        • 16 desertflower
          February 1, 2013 at 7:01 pm

          So you go between one and the other?? Do you see how clueless I am? !!

          • February 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

            Yes, a while ago Facebook killed Firefox each time I tried to go to FB. So, I opened Safari, logged onto FB and kept it open while I did everything else using Firefox – most especially, visiting TOD!

            Not clueless…just figuring things out.

            • 18 desertflower
              February 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm

              I did it!! I downloaded Firefox and what do you know…I can now make comments on the blog that I haven’t been able to comment on in ages:) Thanks everyone!!

      • 20 desertflower
        February 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm

        I looked at Foxfire….why do you like that one? amk needs to wake up and get his ass in gear here :) He had a good explanation about this whole question some time ago….what time is it in India right now? Can we call him? :)

        • February 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm

          I don’t know why I like Firefox…or even remember why I downloaded it years ago instead of using Safari. And I do remember AMK having a good explanation. Calling AMK…..

        • February 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm

          “What time is it in India right now? Can we call him?”

          :lol: Why not, go for it!!!!

          • 24 desertflower
            February 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm

            I’d probably wake him up and he’d get all kinds of grumpy with me…better to just spring it on him whenever he decides to join the rest of us…WAKEY,WAKEY, amk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            • February 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

              “I’d probably wake him up and he’d get all kinds of grumpy”

              Huh, like he’s only grumpy when he wakes up?

            • 28 amk for obama
              February 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm

              grog…grog,,, can’t a guy get his 8 hours of beauty sleep peacefully around here ? wimmin/smh

              Now, where is that damn coffee? …..

              Coming to your question, you can have different browsers -firefox/chrome/ie(uugh)/safari – open at the same time. Each one will have its own window and you need to swing between windows to see them. (unless you have a giantass screen of 21 inch or something, in which case, you can have two readable windows side by side). The downside is each browser is a resource hogger (i.e. your RAM) and will slow down your browsing speed. (Then you would be like Chips having gazillion pages open at the same time and then blaming amk/firefox for her silly overpriced apple going to sleep.)

              Now coming to the actual browsers, I rate firefox the best ‘cos

              1. It’s the best in terms of privacy. It cleans up after itself once you close the browser. (I rate google chrome the worst offender on this issue. It leaves behind plenty of garbage – of course under the guise of speeding up your browsing – and you have to manually clean it)

              2. The tool bars customization is the best in firefox. i.e. you can move any of your cut/copy/paste/reload/stop/bookmarks toolbars etc. to wherever you want on the page edges.

              3. It has a fantastic collection of add-ons for ad-blocking/track blockers. I have zero ads in my browsing.

              4.One of the add-ons I have is called NoSquint, which lets you customize how you view each site (size/color/background etc.). I have set all my sites to very very very dull grey background with white letters. Thus my eyes are saved from various color/font assaults.

              Having said that, the problem could be the site you trying to comment on has issues that has got nothing to do with the browsers.

        • 33 57andfemale
          February 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

          I just have the least amount of problems with Firefox. I find it’s easy to find what I’m looking for.

    • 34 yardarm756
      February 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      I’ve had fantastic results from Mozilla Firefox. At least it works real good with my Windows. I’m also using Avast virus protection And Advanced Registry Optimizer.

    • February 2, 2013 at 12:44 am

      I use Chrome and I love it.

  3. 44 Pamela
    February 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Was that a yes?

  4. 45 carolmaewy
    February 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I feel like a pig. 💰🐖

  5. 46 desertflower
    February 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Sad…GWB’s dog, Barney died today. Only nice thing about GWB was his dog. RIP Barney.

  6. 52 carolmaewy
    February 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Yes, I read he had cancer. :(

  7. 56 desertflower
    February 1, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Someone posted this site the other night… just checked in to the Great Dane cam…SHE HAD HER PUPPIES!!! GO SEE!!

    http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/great-dane-service-puppies-indoor-puppy-room

  8. 64 jacquelineoboomer
    February 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    All I have to see is a photo of the President as he stands in a doorway waiting to enter an event, and I just have to stop and think how much I love him as a human being. And how happy the folks on the other side of the door will be to see and hear him. We are so lucky. He’s OUR President. For FOUR MORE YEARS. Thank you, God in the heavens above.

    • 65 carolmaewy
      February 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      You sure you aren’t looking at his backside girl? :cool:

      • 66 jacquelineoboomer
        February 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm

        Shhhh. I thought we agreed that was between you and me. Ha! (And what were you lookin’ at, missy?)

        No, really, I love him even without thinking about … uhm … that.

        • 67 carolmaewy
          February 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm

          Whoops, I thought I was direct messaging. We can loosen now that he has been inaugurated twice and sworn In four times. ;)

          • 68 jacquelineoboomer
            February 1, 2013 at 7:39 pm

            Ha! It’s that “sworn in four times” thingie that’s the best! I laugh every time I think about it. :)

  9. 69 COS
    February 1, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Why does MSM turn everything PBO says or does into some sort of “gate”.? So now the new thing is “skeetgate:. Unbelievable!!!!

    • February 1, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      It gets more pathetic every year COS. The real reason they have to invent ‘gates’ is because there are no real ones – truly, is ‘skeet-gate’ the best they can do? :roll:

    • 75 carolmaewy
      February 1, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Please tell me your kidding?

    • 76 hopefruit2
      February 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      The MSM is obsessed with President Obama. His name in their print & televised reports, radio broadcasts, tweets, blogs, etc, brings clicks, views, reactions, and hence ratings. They are also jealous of him yet fascinated with him at the same time. That makes them obsessed…they can’t shake it.

      • 77 Nena20409
        February 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm

        HF….it is a dislike and hate things going on.

        Love/Hate Fest I, get.

        Or perhaps it is Envy/Scorn fest?

        Whatever version of sadistic form they they have adopted, it is pathetically wicked, mental and twisted.

        • 78 hopefruit2
          February 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm

          Envy, but not scorn. There is admiration that is not readily or openly acknowledged, but the admiration is there all right.

    • February 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Yes, that WaPo twerp Glenn Kessler is doing an in-depth investigation into whether or not PBO actually does shoot skeet at Camp David, as if anybody gives a crap. Pure MSM idiocy.

      • 80 anniebella
        February 1, 2013 at 9:02 pm

        Hay media it doesn’t make any difference to me if POTUS shoot skeet at Camp David or if he doesn’t. Am I alone?

        • 81 jackiegrumbacher
          February 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm

          Couldn’t make myself care, AB. But this is about catching him in a lie, which they haven’t figured out is not his style. People who lie for a living find it hard to believe that anyone could actually tell the truth.

        • 83 theo67
          February 1, 2013 at 10:04 pm

          I could care less if he shoots skeet at Camp David, and it actually makes me feel better that he’s got some comfort around guns, given that he (and his family) are surrounded by plenty of them (thankfully) every waking moment – and even the non-waking moments.

  10. February 1, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    This Sunday’s Super Bowl will be punctuated by dozens of ads featuring everything from adorable puppies to kids in Star Wars outfits. But one commercial you won’t see is a controversial ad by the carbonated beverage company SodaStream that takes on soda giants Coca Cola and Pepsi.

    That’s because the ad has been pulled after pressure from the mammoth corporations led Super Bowl host CBS to take it down from its programming…..

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/02/01/1529101/the-super-bowl-ad-soda-industry/

  11. 88 0388jojothecat
    February 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    One of the medal recipients was from my local area…California Institute of Technology (the MIT of the West). Sanford University and other California Universities were represented.

  12. February 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    For you West Wing buffs, or political drama seekers, “House of Cards” 13 episodes starring Kevin Spacey as a House Majority Whip (was advised by Stenny Hoyer/Kevin McCarthy) was promised SOS by new president, plots his revenge. Netflix original series premiere today.

  13. February 1, 2013 at 7:51 pm
  14. February 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    President Barack Obama speaks before awarding the National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation in a ceremony at the White House on February 1

  15. 119 Ladyhawke
    February 1, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Five problems bigger than the national debt

    Commentary: We’ve got all kinds of problems, but debt ain’t one

    By Rex Nutting

    ——————————————–

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – With even top Republicans such as Eric Cantor beginning to question the political wisdom of waging perpetual warfare over the deficit, it’s possible that Washington may slowly turn its attention to other, more pressing matters.

    What could be more urgent than deficit reduction? you may ask.

    My answer: Almost everything.

    If deficit reduction was ever urgent, it no longer is. We’ve already accomplished most of the deficit-reduction required in this decade, nearly enough to stabilize our debt, but at a great cost to current economic growth. We’ve sacrificed with high unemployment, tepid growth and underinvestment in public goods.

    Not to mention our inability to get anything else done while we bicker about deficits.

    —————————————————

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/five-problems-bigger-than-the-national-debt-2013-02-01?pagenumber=1

  16. 120 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Heads Up — NAACP Image Awards on NBC — now!

  17. February 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Stephen Chu is stepping down! He will be missed, great for clean energy and R&D, average manager.

  18. February 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule Friday that will expose financial relationships between doctors and industry in compliance with President Obama’s healthcare law.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/280651-cms-releases-long-overdue-sunshine-act-rule-

    Awesome! Right wing heads implode!

  19. February 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm
  20. 143 jacquelineoboomer
    February 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Walmart has a Black History Month commercial up. I hate it when these companies are so transparent in their eagerness to leech onto what they think will get them more business or will have folks not notice they really don’t care about any of the people they “serve” in their communities – just their own bottom line. Maybe they should pay a full-time wage and allow unions in (and quit selling assault weapons off the rack), there’s that.

  21. 144 Xtine
    February 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    At times I try to stay away from talking heads on my teevee. But, this evening, I got caught up in a little of it, not so much the yelling back & forth by Tweety, et. al, but a smidgen of a thought came to me as I listened: they’re reading TOD! For example, Tweety mentioned something to the effect (paraphrasing) of “someone beating up the wife” re: the Hagel hearing. I swore someone here said the exact same thing yesterday. Then that Arkansas bigot got some sunlight. This, though, was mentioned via several sites today, but we can claim advancing it to the sunlight! :) Anyhoo, TOD is able to influence the narrative out there. Let’s keep on putting sunlight where MSM doesn’t want it to shine! Bless all our fab Twitter Warriors and for the most amazing commenters ever — who’re here @ TOD! Woo-hoo, Chips! :)

    • February 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Ah, as I suspected Xtine, VC is Tweety!!!! Amazing Twitter warriors here, heroes!!!

      • 146 Xtine
        February 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        LOL! More likely VC had a “talk” w/ Tweety (wink-wink) and made sure he’s digging around for his tingle-in the-leg-thingy! Or else! Be afraid, Tweety, be very afraid! :) Go VC!

        On a more lovely note: thank you, Chips, for all your hard work, especially in keeping the nasty trolls out, and making this such a spirited, wonderful place to come and exchange ideas, learn, laugh, and just plain listen to some great music! Damn, the way the music here is going, you might need to set up a “Jukebox” on that side panel one day! Late night party animals meet @ the Jukebox! :)

    • 161 carolmaewy
      February 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      I think I said it. :) :) :) I’ve been sending some MSNBC hosts how fed up with them.

  22. February 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm
  23. 175 99ts
    February 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Hi all – time for me to wake up and be out and about on a fine and sunny day (late night reading todd, late morning sleeping in) – enjoy your evening

  24. 178 desertflower
    February 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    amk…..thank you for your precise and detailed answer to my question:) I knew that you’d love waking up to us talking smack about you BEFORE coffee…I seriously was thinking of calling you, but thought better of it….grumpy men without their coffee is NOT a good thing. Thank you for your detailed and throughly anal engineer answer to my question. It was perfect:) And exactly what I did:) Rest of the family helped….your answer was just the cherry on top!

    • 179 amk for obama
      February 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Heh, why you calling an engineer?

      FF is teh best.

      • 180 desertflower
        February 1, 2013 at 9:02 pm

        I thought you said that’s what you did! My bad? Whatever…:) I don’t care what you do, thanks for helping me out…..didn’t know about the deleting when you left FF…maybe I’ll use that exclusively:)

  25. February 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm
  26. 199 amk for obama
    February 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    How do you get a one-armed blonde out of a tree?

    Wave !

  27. February 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    This one (even without the music) makes me sob. Every. Time.

    • 206 theo67
      February 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Goodness – I was holding my breath the whole way through that video! It’s so hard to believe the affection that the lion had towards his friends. I loved that he was able to adjust to living in the wild, but that his heart remained unchanged for his friends. Wow – simply awesome. If you’ve ever heard a lion roar in the African jungle, you know how truly incredible this video really is. Brilliant.

  28. 207 amk for obama
    February 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    A blonde walks into an appliance store, and asks to buy a television set.

    “Sorry,” says the owner. “We don’t allow blondes in here.”

    The blonde leaves and dyes her hair brown. The next day, she returns and asks to buy the television.

    “Sorry,” says the owner. “We don’t allow blondes in here.”

    So the next day, she dyes her hair black and goes to back the store.

    The owner again says “We don’t allow blondes in here.”

    Then she turns her hair into a Chips-esque green and goes back to the store and asks about the tv.

    The owner again sez “We don’t allow blondes in here.”

    “Hey,” says the blonde, shocked, “how did you know I am a blonde?”

    “You’ve been trying to buy a microwave, missy.”

  29. 210 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Kerry Washington just gave a hands down brilliant speech at the NAACP Image Awards. She received the President’s Award for her acting and activism and whooo….does she deserve it!

    She campaigned for Pres. Obama in 08 and 2012 all over the country, she spoke at DNC 2012, she’s on Pres. Obama’s committee for the arts and has spoken to congress for continued funding for the arts and been on Nerdland and other political shows advocating for education, arts funding, empowerment of women, and she’s also campaigned for measures that help prevent violence against women. Plus her acting is phenomenal.

    It is definitely a must watch.

    Plus, Scandal won for Best Drama and Kerry Washington won for her role on Scandal.

  30. 217 amk for obama
    February 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    There was a blonde whose house was on fire.

    She calls the fire department screaming, ”Help me, help me. My house is on fire. Please!”

    The fire department operator says, ”Okay, okay. Calm down and we’ll be there soon. How do we get to your house?”

    The blonde answers, ”Duh, in that big red truck!”

    Why did the mirror have 6 holes in it?

    A blonde tried to shoot herself!

    How do you confuse a blonde?

    Tell her to count the stairs on a escalator.

    ///

    gotta run. see you folks later.

  31. 218 desertflower
    February 1, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    OK…I thought I’d try to comment using FF…and I can’t comment here when I try to post a reply in the box. Now what?

  32. 219 desertflower
    February 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Did you see this? http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/02/us-twitter-hacked-idUSBRE91100I20130202

    (Reuters) – Anonymous hackers attacked Twitter this week and may have gained access to passwords and other information for as many as 250,000 user accounts, the microblog revealed late on Friday.

  33. 220 Xtine
    February 1, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Random thought: We went from 74F degrees mid-week to don’t-smile-cos-your-saliva-will-help-deep-freeze-your-teeth! 3 daus. Global warming, anyone?!!

    • 221 theo67
      February 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      Yikes – where are you? Although, I did have my air conditioning on for a bit this afternoon in the valley of Los Angeles, but I’ve now got my fireplace on…

    • 222 Dudette
      February 1, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      Xtine, are you my Georgia neighbor? We had a 30 degree drop in temps from yesterday to today. Freaky!

  34. 223 Dudette
    February 1, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Found that Neville Brothers video that carol and Dakota were talking about in the Rosa Parks thread.
    Nice one. Never heard this til now. Thanks ladies!

  35. 227 Lorraine
    February 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Speak a word Harry!!!!! Peach!!!

  36. 228 Dudette
    February 1, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    This story from that orange site was mentioned on an earlier thread. Had to tweet it. Wow, can’t believe these people.

    Here’s the actual list on the NRA website: http://nraila.org/Issues/FactSheets/Read.aspx?ID=15

    • 229 hgerhard
      February 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      The news from Massachusetts: Scott Brown is NOT running for U.S. Senate in 2013!

      • 230 Dudette
        February 1, 2013 at 10:14 pm

        Yeh, that’s cuz he thinks he can slide into the Gov’s chair in 2014.

        Alright MA people, listen up: You were smart to dump him out of that Senate seat in favor of the brilliant Elizabeth Warren. Didn’t that feel good? Isn’t it great to have a competent Governor now? Well keep that going? Let the teabagger centerfold stay home with his truck in 2014 too. Do it for your State. Do it for the country!

        • February 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm
        • 232 hgerhard
          February 2, 2013 at 8:47 am

          Deval Patrick is not running for re-election in 2014. It’s a shame, but that’s his decision. I do not believe that Scott Brown will “slide into the Gov’s chair”. There are a lot of qualified Democrats to run for (1) Markey’s seat and (2) Governor. Massachusetts is a deep blue State. Scott Brown took advantage of the general feeling of anxiety in the country and, more importantly, of a poorly run Democratic campaign. That is not likely to happen again. In fact, Massachusetts Democrats already turned things around in November of 2010 – after the Scott Brown debacle – and returned a 100% Democratic delegation to the U.S.House of Representatives and re-elected an embattled Democratic Governor. I will forever take satisfaction that I was part of the 2010 campaign to re-elect Governor Deval Patrick. And then, in 2012 we elected Elizabeth Warren who defeated Scott Brown by 8 points. That election was great because it relied on the efforts of grassroots activists. I have no doubt that Scott Brown has made his decision based on the renewed vitality of the Democratic Party. It’s now up to us to keep growing.

  37. 233 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Fitz and Olivia Pope at the NAACP Image Awards.

    • 234 cos
      February 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      My goodness, they look like a real couple in real life. Is (Fitz) married in real life? :)

      • February 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm

        I was kind of wondering the same thing. They’re old friends but they have some real chemistry. It took me a while to warm up to him but now I get it.

        • 236 theo67
          February 1, 2013 at 10:27 pm

          Yes, I had a hard time with them, too, because I thought he was unworthy of her (characters). I’m starting to invest in them as an on-screen couple, though. It’s just seems complicated. I still have to watch this week’s episode, though. But, they do have chemistry in real life – that’s for sure.

      • 237 anniebella
        February 1, 2013 at 10:29 pm

        They’re actors, and if you are a good one you can act like your enemy is your best friend. I’m not saying they are enemies just good actors.

      • 241 lisalovesobama
        February 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm

        Oh boooo! He’s married and has 2 daughters. :(

  38. 242 carolmaewy
    February 1, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    These are the R’s: The seven Republicans who have joined 53 Democrats in support of the legislation are Sens. Kelly Ayotte (NH), Susan Collins (ME), Mike Crapo (ID), Dean Heller (NV), Mark Kirk (IL), Jerry Moran (KS) and Lisa Murkowski (AK).

    THE REST OF THE REPUBLICANS WHO DID NOT VOTE FOR IT NEED TO BE VOTED O-U-T !!!!
    It was from TPM according to my FB friend. Hope I’m not posting bad info.

  39. 243 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Wooohoooooo! Tony Goldwyn aka President Fitzgerald Grant. HOT!

  40. 244 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Olivia and Fitz!

  41. 247 carolmaewy
    February 1, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    This is what Sen. Leahy tweeted: JUST TOPPED ‘magic number’ of 60 bipartisan cosponsors of my #VAWA legisl.; We’re moving briskly toward Senate vote on the Leahy-Crapo Bill
    I retweeted it, but I don’t know how to post it here. Maybe someone could do that? ;)

  42. 251 Dudette
    February 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm
  43. 253 dotster3
    February 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm
  44. 254 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    This is Kerry Washington’s fabulous speech at the NAACP Image Awards. A Must Watch.

    • 255 theo67
      February 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      That was truly brilliant and inspirational. Wow – I didn’t know she had all that wisdom and eloquence in her. Amazing! I knew I liked her!

    • 257 yardarm756
      February 1, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Thanks ut. Somebody turn my damn faucets on again. Seems like lately everytime I come to this site I bust a pipe.

    • 258 nathkatun7
      February 1, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Thank you so much UT for sharing this. Kerry Washington’s acceptance speech was incredible! It brought me to tears! She is not only a beautiful and talented actress but she is also a caring person who is deeply dedicated to serving the cause of advancing education and human respect. It just worms my heart to see such talented young people who understand the importance of community, sharing, and laying a foundation for future generations.

  45. 259 utaustinliberal
    February 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Scandal fans!

  46. February 1, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Ok, back from Super Bowl party shopping. Contrary to my better instincts, the missus accompanied me. But, contrary to my expectations, we were out of there in quick fashion. Now we just have to decide what to have our guests bring.

  47. 266 Dudette
    February 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Look at this! Honestly, these people are really just the lowest of the low!

    • 267 jackiegrumbacher
      February 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Dudette–These people live in their own hell because they’re walking shells of human beings–heartless, brainless, soulless. I don’t even want to imagine what living with that much hate feels like. These are people who pull wings off butterflies, take delight in injuring cats and dogs and laugh at those with disabilities. They are the dregs of humanity–cruel, ugly, sadistic creatures.

    • 269 anniebella
      February 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Why is anyone stupid enough to listen to gun control testimony from someone with a traumatic brain injury? I will tell you why, John Martin, because even with a traumatic brain injury Gabby is still ten times smarter than a S.O.B like you. These are sick people hateful bastards, and my them and their guns rot in Hell.

      • 270 theo67
        February 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm

        It goes right over their silly, empty heads that the fact that she has a traumatic brain injury from a GUN SHOT is the reason why she’s one of the best advocates to give testimony on the matter.

      • 271 anniebella
        February 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm

        It was suppose to be may them and their guns rot in hell.

    • 272 nathkatun7
      February 1, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      These are utterly vile and evil people! They can pretend to be Christians all they want, but if there is actually such places as heaven and hell, I am pretty sure they are going straight to hell.

  48. February 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Ugh Ezra Klein on LOD….change channel. Lets see what HGTV is showing.

    • 274 Dudette
      February 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      I think Lawrence doesn’t do Fridays anymore. He mentioned something like that after the election coverage was over.

    • 275 anniebella
      February 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Hay Lawrence O’Donnell, how about using Joy Reid? She is much better than Ezra Klein. When is MSNBC going to come to their senses?

      • 276 Dudette
        February 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

        Excellent idea!! You are so right. She is being wasted. Maybe CNN will snap her u since they’re busy cleaning house over there. SOMEBODY PLEASE!!

  49. 278 Dudette
    February 1, 2013 at 10:09 pm
  50. February 1, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I LOVE that photo of POTUS in the doorway waiting to be announced. He looks so humble and you know he has personalized all the accomplishments of those who he will soon be giving awards to. Chips, it reminds me of your comments about first seeing him and the big ears. lol.

    This still is how I remember how I came to know of him. I was half mad that he made me like him too much and in turn get involved in politics. I know you all have seen it before but it’s a good Friday night video.

    • 280 carolmaewy
      February 2, 2013 at 12:57 am

      Thank you forus50. I have never seen it.

    • 281 carolmaewy
      February 2, 2013 at 4:22 am

      I think I have listened to this at least three times tonight. Couldn’t sleep so I’m back here listening again. Is there a written version? It gets better every time I hear it. Always picking up something new. This kid is brilliant. Hope he is still involved. Do you know if Pres. Obama has heard it? Thanks again for sharing it.

      • 282 forus50
        February 2, 2013 at 9:48 am

        HI carol, yes it is brilliant isn’t it? I heard it early sometime in 2007 and won’t admit how many times I’ve watched it since lol. It was getting so many hits back then on youtube (and it was before will.i.am’s video) so I would like to think POTUS saw it but don’t know for sure. I haven’t been able to find it in a written version.

  51. February 1, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Yes We Did ….

  52. February 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm
    • February 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Yes. AMAZING! So was Kerry Washington. Fabulous show.

      • February 1, 2013 at 10:45 pm

        That Kerry Washington can do anything she wants and if she ever decides to run for US Senate or even the Presidency I would definitely NOT want to be running against her. She is a FORCE FIELD and reminds me so much of PBO when he was a Harvard Law student.

        Yes We Can

        • 292 Dudette
          February 1, 2013 at 10:49 pm

          I gotta say it — she’s AWESOME!!

        • February 1, 2013 at 10:52 pm
        • 294 anniebella
          February 1, 2013 at 11:10 pm

          I know I have got to check this Kerry Washington out, to see what all the fuss is about.

        • 295 nathkatun7
          February 2, 2013 at 12:05 am

          You are absolutely right! Kerry Washington is indeed “a FORCE” to be reckoned with! I just love to see smart and poised young people, Like Kerry Washington, dedicate themselves to picking up the torch of freedom and human dignity that their fathers and mothers, and their grandfathers and grandmothers, on and on, passed on to them. If it’s true that we are immortal, Paul Robeson must be filled with joy to know that there are young people, like Kerry Washington, who are carrying on his legacy of being an artist activist, dedicated to advancing the cause of freedom and human dignity.

          • February 2, 2013 at 2:21 am

            Precisely, nath, precisely. As President Obama has enunciated for decades, the vast majority of Americans are very fine folk and among them are individuals of exceptional leadership skills. The ever strengthening of our society is entirely reliant on those who are a generation or to ahead enabling the younger folk to thrive. That is OUR MANDATE and we will never waiver in making it reality.

            #FORWARD

            Yes We Can

      • 297 0388jojothecat
        February 2, 2013 at 12:36 am

        Admiral Michelle Janine Howard, WOW s right…..she was just amazing. A woman who is so petite but so powerful. Not one of the men in the house or senate can hold a candle to this woman in the military.

    • 298 yardarm756
      February 2, 2013 at 12:48 am

      Yeah Lootenant. She was the Task Group Commander during that first Somali pirate bit where 3 SEAL snipers wiped out those pirates in the covered life boat. Her flag was on the BOXER, I believe and there is just a few seconds of her on video as she welcomes the rescued Capt aboard her ship. You wouldn’t know her tough ’cause she’s a tiny thing. She was an Admiral then 1 star. I guess they they retired the term Commodore.

    • February 2, 2013 at 2:34 am

      Yes We Can

      time for a bit of rest ….

  53. 309 kasai
    February 1, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Good Evening Tods:-)

    I know must close my eyes and ears….about the NAACP….We West Coaster still have some catching up to do…LOL!
    Love you all….
    Thank you Chips for all the goodness you spread:-)

  54. 313 anniebella
    February 1, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    So who is going to win the Super Bowl? I think I am more interested in seeing Beyonce than the game, and also the kids from Newtown singing.

  55. February 1, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Piano/Cello Cover) – ThePianoGuys

    • 331 Dudette
      February 1, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      That was neat! Cellist reminds me of David Byrne (Talking Heads), but of course, DB’s a silver-haired fox nowadays.

  56. 332 0388jojothecat
    February 1, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Ms. Kerry Washington is so great, gracious, wonderful and talented. So nice to see Diane Carroll. I will never forget the teevee series “Julia”. It was such a uplifting show, displaying an intelligent smart beautiful single mother who happen to be African American raising her young son alone. I wish there were more shows like “Julia” and “The Cosby” who gave us wondeful actors like Diane Carroll and Phylica Rashad.

    • 333 Dudette
      February 2, 2013 at 12:00 am

      Yep, when Julia came on, everyone in my family gather around the TV to watch it. Same thing for Bill Cosby in I Spy, same thing for Uhura in Star Trek, and of course, anything Sidney Poitier (who at one time was engaged to Ms. Carroll) did.

  57. 334 carolmaewy
    February 1, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Don’t forget the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet! They have the Kitty half-time show and gerbals in the blimp! ;)

  58. 335 carolmaewy
    February 1, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Has anyone heard from Dona? If you’re lurking Dona sending hugs.

  59. 336 Dudette
    February 2, 2013 at 12:01 am
  60. 337 Dudette
    February 2, 2013 at 12:03 am
    • 338 0388jojothecat
      February 2, 2013 at 12:09 am

      and our laziness. If we don’t get out and vote EVERY election. It is our duty.

      • 339 Dudette
        February 2, 2013 at 12:24 am

        Being well-informed about the issues and making your voice heard by participating in the political process is the price of citizenship.
        You get what you pay for.

  61. 340 Dudette
    February 2, 2013 at 12:21 am
    • 341 0388jojothecat
      February 2, 2013 at 12:42 am

      Is that Lincoln? I think that all the past and future Presidents would get a kick out of hangin’ with PBO. I bet 10 to 20 yrs from now those of us still around will see one of our future Presidents who, as a young kid, was inspired by PBO and owes his getting into politics to him.

  62. 343 Dudette
    February 2, 2013 at 12:37 am
  63. 348 Dudette
    February 2, 2013 at 12:39 am

    ‘Nite Y’all!

  64. 349 prettyfoot58
    February 2, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Chris Christie shows why he can’t be trusted

    …This week, he vetoed the Foreclosure Transformation Act, which would create a loan and financing program through the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency that would allow developers and nonprofit groups to buy foreclosed properties and turn them into affordable housing units.

    http://sulia.com/channel/hurricane-sandy/f/4abae72f-5579-41af-aa5c-34a23185120c/

  65. 350 Dudette
    February 2, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Okay, now I’m really leaving. See you guys!

  66. 351 carolmaewy
    February 2, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Many of you may have turned over to 2/2/13, but their was another birthday today. It may have been recognized by someone who tweeted pr posted a video of a little black boy singing a few lines. I just got this on FB and thought I’d share. Sorry, I don’t know how to get a photo here. I’ll try and tweet it.
    Today would have been the 111th birthday of my favorite poet and Missouri native, Langston Hughes. I wanted to share one of my favorite poems – I, Too. -Debra

    I, too, sing America.

    I am the darker brother.
    They send me to eat in the kitchen
    When company comes,
    But I laugh,
    And eat well,
    And grow strong.

    Tomorrow,
    I’ll be at the table
    When company comes.
    Nobody’ll dare
    Say to me,
    “Eat in the kitchen,”
    Then.

    Besides,
    They’ll see how beautiful I am
    And be ashamed–

    I, too, am America.

    ~Langston Hughes

    • 352 carolmaewy
      February 2, 2013 at 1:08 am

      You probably know I’m not Debra. ;)

    • 353 nathkatun7
      February 2, 2013 at 1:22 am

      I also love this Poem, as well as his other poem about the Rivers. I wish all the Obama haters would read and internalize, this poem, especially this:

      “Besides,
      They’ll see how beautiful I am
      And be ashamed–”

    • February 2, 2013 at 1:47 am

      Mother to Son
      BY LANGSTON HUGHES
      Well, son, I’ll tell you:
      Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
      It’s had tacks in it,
      And splinters,
      And boards torn up,
      And places with no carpet on the floor—
      Bare.
      But all the time
      I’se been a-climbin’ on,
      And reachin’ landin’s,
      And turnin’ corners,
      And sometimes goin’ in the dark
      Where there ain’t been no light.
      So boy, don’t you turn back.
      Don’t you set down on the steps
      ’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
      Don’t you fall now—
      For I’se still goin’, honey,
      I’se still climbin’,
      And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

    • 356 prettyfoot58
      February 2, 2013 at 1:57 am

      I am a great Fan of Langston Hughes as well…

      my favorite poem is:

      Negro Speaks of Rivers

      I’ve known rivers:
      I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
      flow of human blood in human veins

      My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

      I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young
      I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
      I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
      I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
      went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy
      bosom turn all golden in the sunset

      I’ve known rivers:
      Ancient, dusky rivers.

      My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

      Langston Hughes

      • 357 carolmaewy
        February 2, 2013 at 2:33 am

        Thank you to all who replyed and shared their favorites. They are beautiful. My computer is going up and down, so thanking you all together. :)

  67. 358 carolmaewy
    February 2, 2013 at 1:16 am

    “I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.”
    - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

  68. 359 prettyfoot58
    February 2, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Planned Parenthood Says New Regulations Ensure Women Can Get Birth Control at No Cost

    WASHINGTON – Planned Parenthood Federation of America today said that the revised accommodation to the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit will ensure that women can access no co-pay birth control as part of basic health care. Following is a statement issued by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

    see more here

    http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/planned-parenthood-says-new-regulations-ensure-women-can-get-birth-control-no-cost-40886.htm?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_content=birthcontrol&utm_campaign=ppact

  69. 360 Gazelle
    February 2, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Testing, Chips!

  70. 361 utaustinliberal
    February 2, 2013 at 1:55 am
  71. 363 jacquelineoboomer
    February 2, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Happy Groundhog Day!

  72. 364 carolmaewy
    February 2, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Enjoy Groundhog Day. Watching the classic “Ground Hog Day” movie tonight.

  73. February 2, 2013 at 8:52 am

    OH. MAH. GAWD. This is not to be believed!! If you’re a fan of Scandal, this will throw you into a complete tizzehhhh!!

    • 366 99ts
      February 2, 2013 at 9:27 am

      “I have never loved to hate someone so much” “They both got daddy issues” “Never trust a woman named Becky”

      “See Karl Rove about to have a coronary on Fox news when they called Ohio for President Obama – ya all need to see that sh.. go watch it” “Ain’t nothing else to do out here in Oklahoma except be cold and watch conspiracy theories”

      “I may have to do a recap of my recap to work out what happened”

      I know nothing about the show – but I love this lady – 15 minutes non stop.

  74. 367 pugeretto
    February 2, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Morning TOD, Sandal Fans & CHIPS! Have a great weekend. I’ve been checking in, but having problems with computer, but catching up. Thanks.


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