Bo in the snow – Feb. 10, 2010, photos by Pete Souza
MooOOooOOOooorning! Another busy-ish Sunday, but I’ll be in and out all day, and will catch up with the news – if there is any – later.
Congrats on first, ut!!
Morning UT and congrats on 1st.
Just sitting down this morning to get caught up – good morning all. Congrats UT on first!
Congrats UT. Hope you have a super Sunday. Hope everyone here has a Super Sunday. I’ll be looking over your shoulders because I’m spending time with my man. Our laps are full of four legged babies. I get Bear. He only weighs 80 pounds. He snuggles between me and the lounge chair. Nice way to stay warm. Oh, how I wish we could have gotten more.
Good morning to you all!
Mornin’ Chips. Love the pics of Our 1st Dog in the snow.
Good morning, Ms. Chips and all you lovely people! Bo in the Sno!! Loving it! Hope all is well and everyone is safe and warm.
Thank goodness for President Obama and TOD!
Now I can start my day with a smile!
Good Morning Dear Lady! So happy to be here with all of you!!
Jovie, don’t watch Chris Hayes this morning. You might destroy your teevee. He is having a “very serious discussion” on the legality of drone strikes.
I spotted Drones, with lasers, very very accurate. They were all bad Guys.
That is all!
Oh my! Did I really make the top 10? Just this once?
You did! Congrats, Lynn, way to work your way up the ladder!
I guess it pays to get my chores done early! Wishing you a joyful (and toasty warm) day, vc It’s such a pleasure to be here with happy, welcoming people who love the President and his family! Enjoying the links, byplay, photos and family feel of this place, is a treat I bribe myself with or I’d never get anything accomplished!!
Ah, Lynn, I see you have stumbled onto my strategy. Whatever doesn’t get done BEFORE I sign on, rarely gets done that day, except maybe cooking/eating.
I’ve definitely got the cooking and eating part down, but the cobwebs are still flapping in the draft. Oh well, tomorrow is another day and that bacon wrapped chicken is calling my name!
Good morning all. First bright, sunny day, we’ve had in a long time, although there’s ice on just about every surface. Look forward to another tv free Sunday morning.
“…another tv free Sunday morning.” I hear you, jackie. I stick with home improvement shows just for whitenoise…and the fact that everyone is happy at the end.
Enjoy the sun, but don’t let it fool ya!
Yes. that is what I do Lynn. Don’t like to hear the chitter chatter. I think they talk just to hear themselves talk
Top of the morning, a4alice. Glad to know I’m not the only one who’d rather learn something (even if I’m never EVER gonna need to know how to put in a floating dock or build a rabbit hutch) than listen to arrogant pontificators with delusions of functional intelligence.
Have a wonderful day and treat yourself well.
We have birds to listen to. ♫♪ Sparrows, Chickadees and a ruffled woodpecker. The joys of WY. Tip, you should not start feeding birds until the ones who naturally fly south have gone south. Then it’s ok to feed the ones who do stay around. You don’t want the southerners to become dependent in case something happens to you and their only source of survival. We also like to watch fish in the aquarium. We are are an exciting couple. ♫♪ Oh Happy Day…….
What is Chips Take on the Use of Drones and how it’s being portrayed in the media?
Hiya Jovie, to maintain my sanity I’ve avoided listening to most of the discussion – especially from the professional left crowd, eg Hayes. As for the rest of them, as many have said, it’s a pity they didn’t ask as many questions of Bush and Co and their ‘weapons of mass destruction’, instead of being cheerleaders for an unjustifiable war. It’s funny how they consistently hold this President to different standards.
I’m not a drones ‘fan’ (who is?!), lots about this makes me uncomfortable, but I reckon their use is way preferable to invading countries with a few hundred thousand ‘boots on the ground’, or blitzing entire cities from the air.
That Michael Tomasky article said it all for me, no one but the President himself has a clue what it’s like to have this responsibility, and no one but the President would be held responsible if one of these al Qaeda guys was left to roam around the planet causing death and destruction. As for killing Americans – as Tomasky said, “citizenship confers not just rights but responsibilities”. I seriously can’t get how we’re meant to mourn a guy whose only objective was to kill fellow citizens.
Good morning, TOD.
I’m sorry to say I’ve had to unfollow people in my twitter TL who are on this crusade to crucify the President for protecting us from Al Qaeda. It’s really beyond my comprehension that we are micro-managing a President and an administration that have to read and act upon intelligence reports describing the constant widespread threats we face every single day. The PL want to close Gitmo but they also want to risk the capture of AQ. I don’t see how that works out.
You know Meta, if those people were even sincere about the issue, if they had genuine worries about the rights and wrongs of it all, I wouldn’t mind hearing their point of view. But most of them aren’t remotely sincere, they couldn’t give a flying **** about drones or anything else, it’s just another way to attack PBO – and that’s all it’s ever about for them. They make me sick.
Many if not all of the Democrats apoplectic over drones were Hillary supporters in 2008. The irony is Hillary is much more in favor of using force than PBO.
So true Bill, and hardly a coincidence! Funny how they always tended to overlook the fact that Hillary was way more hawkish than PBO. An inconvenient truth for them.
WORD. It’s personal.
The sad thing about the pumas, ( jmo, Bill) SoS Clinton has just retired from a position she was born to hold and excell at. They should be proud of her, not wish things had been different.
That’s so true Bill. It’s all about politics, their long-held personal resentment of PBO for trouncing their preferred candidate – and nothing else.
So late to interject this…but this is a great read that captures this perfectly for me..http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/2013/02/liberals-in-black-and-white.html
So I posted something yesterday in which explaining why I actually like the drone program. Yes, there should be oversight, restrictions and rules for their use, but as a concept, it sure beats invasion of a country or region, or dropping bombs from the air, in order to get rid of a threat.
I was immediately bombarded by self-righteous liberals who wanted me to turn in my “liberal” membership card for even daring to mention drones in a positive light. I especially took it on the chin because I said, “I am at heart a pacifist.” Apparently, being a pacifist means you stand by and watch as thousands of others are killed, because to commit violence against the killer would violate someone’s concept of “pacifism.”
Funny thing, though. While I was taken to task for admitting I like drones, no one suggested an alternative. And when confronted with the question of what they would do to stop a credible threat capable of killing thousands of people, they tended to ignore the question and reassert their position that all violence is wrong, period.
This black-and-white mentality is killing the progressive movement.
We expect this simple-minded style of though from the right wing. One reason the right wing is so incredibly irritating, and why their policy decisions are generally so bad is because their rank-and-file followers think about everything in black-and-white terms They are largely incapable of thinking in shades of gray.
Read the entire thing. Worth the time
Good morning DF. Especially here in a state that treats illegal immigrants like the dirt we walk on, I find this drone controversy ridiculous and an opportunity to attack the President. How many lives were saved by taking out these al Qaeda leaders? So one was an American citizen. He was involved in attacks to kill American citizens. Why is it any different than when police launch a manhunt here in the U.S. for the killing of another American. Is there a difference? I wish we had gotten rid of the entire Republican Senate and House.
Nailed it. A frustration for me with the PL and hair on fire anti-drone crowd is that they have yet to provide a credible, logical, and factual alternative to drones that would yield a lower collateral damage. Nothing. They have no solutions. All talk, talk, talk, whine, whine, whine ad nauseam.
Their solution is to nicely ask the “suspects” to show up in court so they can be tried by a jury of their peers. If they are convicted they can then be hit by a drone.
My feelings exactly Chips – plus we have no idea what is going on out there. PBO is the one being briefed by his staff on security issues so I trust him to make the calls.
Chips, is the link to the Michael Tomasky article a few posts back? I am not caught up yet. Thanks so much for starting and keeping this blog going. I am almost over my TV habit. I do have to check the weather occasionally. I wish I were out playing out in the snow with my dogs. I wonder how Bo like other dogs. Has that ever been covered?
You summed it up beautifully for me, Chips. Don’t like drones; don’t like war. But, given the reality that there are enemies to fight (everyone not at the Kumbaya stage, yet), and there are troops to protect (many of whom are committing suicide from the trauma of over a decade of war), I can accept drones as the next evolution of warfare. I know there’s a controversy on how “civilians” are being counted, in terms of casualties, but I don’t think it can be denied that there’s a smaller impact to a society with quick, temporary strikes, versus long, drawn-out war. Plus, I trust President Obama, and know he’s making the best decisions he can make. I agree that we need Congress to implement some controls to guard against any future, reckless President with this extraordinary power. The President has called for Congress to act to “reign him in” and all future Presidents – and Congress has responded by being sensational and feeding the media hype, but doing nothing tangible to address this real and actual concern – not of this President, but with any unscrupulous one that might come after him.
Very well said, Chipsticks!
Three Pastors were having lunch together at a diner.
The first Pastor said: “Ya know, since summer started, I’ve been having trouble with mice in my church. I’ve tried everything. Noise, spray, cats. Nothing seems to scare them away.”
The second Pastor then said: “Yea, me too. I’ve got hundreds living in the basement of the church. I’ve set traps and even called an expert to get rid of them, yet they still won’t go away.”
With a grin on his face, the third Pastor said: “I had the same problem, so I baptized all mine and made them members of my church … Haven’t seen one back since!”
That’s sunday service for you folks.
Thank you for all the photos in the previous post about candidate Obama announcing his run. They bring back so many memories. It’s fascinating that his vision of a campaign with “ownership” by the volunteers/voters is something that he has stuck with and has worked so brilliantly. It is always impressive to see how many different folks volunteered for the campaign, so many for the first time, many ex-Republicans and independents, and devoted months of their lives to him.
And I realized looking at one shot from the day of his announcement – there’s a huge American flag draped over a building in the background – I remember how the Republicans used to be the ones who had a lock on patriotic images; well the Obama campaign put an end to that……Oh and remember how super-duper the Clinton campaign’s strategists were supposed to be? At one point her main guy seemed to think that “winning” a big state in the primary was enough, forgetting that the votes were split proportionally. The Obama campaign knew how to win in low-profile primaries. They had one guy who knew where to focus attention within a state to give an advantage for primary outcomes……and remember how Clinton blew through so much money she had to lend some to herself? The Obama campaign has always been super-stingy and it paid off big-time. They’ve been like that from the beginning.
Republicans on the Sequester: Then and Now
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was in the background. We need her opinion before we can move ahead.
I can’t listen to Republican lies on a Sunday morning (or any morning, for that matter).
The 2011 ransom note and the GOP’s sequester
By Steve Benen
Republicans now want Americans to believe this was all Obama’s fault. Let’s consider the evidence:
1. Republicans created the debt-ceiling crisis.
2. Republicans wrote the ransom note and named their price.
3. Republicans endorsed, accepted, and voted for this plan, saying they’d accept the consequences.
and 4. Republicans now refuse to compromise (again) to deal with the mess they created.
So we’re supposed to believe this is Obama’s fault? That’s only true if you ignore literally every detail and pretend reality has no meaning.
Let’s make this plain: the sequester is a key part of the ransom the GOP settled for during the debt-ceiling crisis they created. It’s a little late to pass the buck now.
That said, if Republicans don’t like the sequester, they have a terrific option available to them: they can cancel it and end this stupidity once and for all.
Good morning. Hope everyone is safe and sound after the snow.
“Hallelujah”—most popular song of all time? Everyone, it seems, who sings has sung it—-300 versions. I think I love every version.
Loved that link Dotster, LOVE that song! Lots of great versions, but Jeff Buckley’s one is hard to top for me!
I love the version done by KD Lang at the Canadian Winter Olympics in 2010. I may be biased…
I do too
k.d. was amazing. Her voice box does real justice to the music and lyrics. It is covered on her album ‘Songs of the 49th Parallel’.
Worst Speaker Ever: John Boehner Uses Pathetic Twitter Campaign to Blame Obama for Sequester
By: Sarah Jones
But see, the problem is that we never would have needed the sequester if the Republicans hadn’t decided to hold the country’s economy hostage by refusing to do the most basic task of raising the debt ceiling in order to pay off the things they already voted into existence.
Here’s a refresher on what actually happened. After creating the debt ceiling disaster for no reason other than his inability to control the Tea Party caucus, Boehner admits to walking away from the Grand Bargain with the President.
Now that the sequester is here, suddenly John Boehner is sending out pictures from Bob Woodward’s book and the Republican Party is desperate to pin the blame for it on Obama.
The sequester is the direct result of the Republican attempt to use the debt ceiling as a weapon of mass economic destruction. Now Republicans are trying to pin the need for the sequester on Obama, which is like blaming someone for putting iron bars on their window after you steal from them.
Stephanie Cutter is on this Week ABC!
Nicole Wallace has no original thoughts, all talking points from Fox news. Sure, she is on message, but she is fake.
Tell Nicole Wallace I said she could go to HELL!
She goes on teevee when she is selling a book.
Most of them do. And they cannot sell their books without resorting to some made-up nonsense about the President.
Two women came before wise King Solomon, dragging between them a young man.
“This young man agreed to marry my daughter,” said one.
“No! He agreed to marry MY daughter,” said the other.
And so they haggled before the King, until he called for silence.
“Bring me my biggest sword,” said Solomon, “and I shall hew the young man in half. Each of you shall receive a half.”
“Sounds good to me,” said the first lady.
But the other woman said, “Oh Sire, do not spill innocent blood. Let the other woman’s daughter marry him.”
The wise king did not hesitate a moment. “This man must marry the first lady’s daughter,” he proclaimed.
“But she was willing to hew him in two!” exclaimed the king’s court.
“Indeed,” said wise King Solomon. “That shows she is the true mother-in-law!”
hmmmm this somehow seems vaguely familiar…..
morning or should I say gunnite Amk!
G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats ut on #1!
A big-game hunter went on safari with his wife and mother-in-law. One evening, while still deep in the jungle, the Mrs. awoke to find her mother gone. Rushing to her husband, she insisted they both must find her mother.
The hunter picked up his rifle, took a swig of whiskey, and started to look for her. In a clearing not far from the camp, they came upon a chilling sight: the mother-in-law was backed up against a large rock with a large male lion standing in front of her.
The wife said: “What are we going to do now?”
“Nothing, the lion got himself into this mess, let him get himself out of it.”
…..LOL! I see you are in an MIL state of mind this morning.
These are the guys that are just OUTRAGED at our deficits.
@McConnellPress: Time to go Mitch! Enough sucking money from the pharm industry & screwing American people. #GREED http://t.co/Y4jbuhwb— Lori Myers (@lmhoeper) February 10, 2013
Orrin Hatch defended the provision claiming that failure to extend the benefits to the drug makers would hurt rural Americans. They need to be voted out!
Wow. The more one learns, the more sickened one becomes.
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch on Amgen’s Sweet Senate Deal http://bit.ly/WXMDj4 via @BillMoyers
Gabby Giffords continues to amaze me. Here’s a NYT article about how she’s doing and what her latest efforts are:
Giffords Eases Steadily Into New Life, and Cause nyti.ms/152755C Brave woman. Good read. Go @GabbyGiffords and @ShuttleCDRKelly !— (@a4alice) February 10, 2013
Thanks a4alice – wonderful article. Gabby gives me encouragement when I am feeling down about any effectiveness I can have in gun control arguments.
Stephanie Cutter and Keith Ellison are getting in some Truths, some everyday truths, that get lost in the republican MSM Propaganda.
I would say they are being successful in getting the message out.
More of what they are selling, please!
I didn’t get to hear them this morning, but I know I’d agree with your comments! Rep. Ellison is fabulous. Not to mention the fabulous Stephanie Cutter! So glad she’s continuing the journey with us, six years in!
WORD: As MSM/GOP search to find some1in the likeness of PBO, they have serious problem on many levels. Start with CONSISTENCY. Rubio, nope!— KSK(africa) (@lawalazu) February 10, 2013
Indeed. The GOP/MSM contingent is consumed with jealousy/anger/rage that they have been thus far unable to find their “Obama” among their never-ending list of pathetic wannabe’s. Rubio is the next calamity – the fall could be as early as next week.
Yes Africa – it will be interesting to see how this one plays out. Someone last post or upthread said he was the next Sarah Palin (read: GOP disaster). Let’s see what happens!
That’s true. And Rubio does not even generate the kind of excitement in the GOP base that Palin did. No amount of MSM hype is going to change that.
The Republican Party is completely made up of Sarah Palins at this point. People who are grifters, liars, no integrity, less intelligence and self-interested – willing to sell their souls for a little more cash. Anyone they nominate at this point will be the next Sarah Palin.
Their latest wannabe is Dr. Ben Carson. They think he “really dissed” PBO at the prayer breakfast, as though that was appropriate.
2016 will have its mittbot in christie and rest of the 2012 batshit crazy gang with rubio playing cain, that paul spawn, bachmann, that texas crud, perry and sick rantorum playing himself.
I like that tweet about consistency. Pres. Obama is all about consistency-with-personal-and-professional-growth. We’ve seen six years of it. Heard two minutes of Alex Witt on MSNBC this morning, where she proposed the question, “Which President Obama will show up at the SOTU?”
'This should hurt everybody' http://t.co/G08XQtF7— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) February 10, 2013
It’s not just “Chicago’s struggle with violence”, but America’s struggle with violence.
Curiosity rover makes historic hole on Mars… and this is what it looks like: bbc.in/YORD8I http://t.co/aJ0wAxDA— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 10, 2013
neat. why aren’t we terraforming Mars now? We should have started doing that like 20 years ago!
Because we don’t have transporter technology. Yet!
dang! but if we can dream it we can do it. I bet they can they’re just hiding the tech in Area 51
The fresh borehole on Mars (L) is 2.5 inches/6.4 cm deep & .6 inch/1.6 cm wide. The test hole is 2 cm deep. twitpic.com/c2842c— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) February 09, 2013
http://t.co/vj6cbp7g— (@amk4obama) February 10, 2013
Actually this is what I pictured: http://www.petfinder.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/153525871-cat-agression-part-1-632×475.jpg
Last night I saw a tweet from Mediaite and it just pissed me off. To think that these “experts” are invited on shows to give their opinions to millions of people and that some of them are heading up major publications or news sites. Take for example tina brown from the daily beast. On bill maher she said that we would have impeached george bush on drones by now.
OH REALLY?! george bush LIED to us on Iraq and TORTURED detainees at gitmo. Was he impeached for any of that?!!! NO! So how is it that he would have been impeached over drones? GTFOH!! If ALL bush was ever guilty of his killing an American turned terrorist with a drone, his legacy would have been FAR better than it is now. How the hell do these opinionators have any damn credibility?
Someone else on the show goes on to talk about how Democrats have to be hawkish. No, not really. While Americans trust (or used to) GOP more on national security, Pres.Obama is not using drones willy nilly to impress you. There are real threats out there. Its the world we live in and we are the United States. Thanks to our past mistakes (understatement) in foreign policy, EVERY President is going to have to deal with it whether they are a pacifist or hawk.
Bush used those powers to “SCARE” Americans…..PBO is using these powers to “PROTECT” Americans and that is what the GOP hates because those powers have given him Foriegn Policy cred and positives. The GOP wants the terrorist to attack us because that is the only way they can stay elected.
In fact, right after 9/11 the Congress gave the Executive Branch more power to go after these Terrorists, in order to keep us safe.
So, under Bush, they gave him More power to carry out covert missions.
Under this President, they want to strip him of that power, because they distrust him.
to add another point…Jovie…
many folks ask the question……why when wall street is doing its best in a very long did they not support the President….
the answer…they do not trust him…because he is not ONE OF THEM….
Oh Nicole you twerp. RT @igorvolsky: Nicole Wallace on Marco Rubio: "He's modern, he knows who Tupac is."— Steve Beste (@stevebeste) February 10, 2013
And by her standards that is an important qualification to be POTUS.
The stupid is strong.
i so loveeeeeeeeeeee that statement,,,,
THE STUPID IS STRONG!
Isn’t he dead?
Long long long time.
Does he know that?
I think he knows. I don’t think Nicole Wallace does.
Good Morning, guys!
You know, Bo’s experiences give new meaning to the expression ‘it’s a dog’s life’; in actuality that dog even has his ‘own’ photographer(s). He certainly has his own vast portfolio of pictures to audition for any role that interests him after his WH run!
John McCain is just a bitter old man
Is he on the idiot box again??????????????????/ He’s part of the REASON it’s even CALLED an idiot box!
I would be OPPOSED to the current use of drones under a different president. Thank gawd we have a brilliant, well-informed, deliberate and sober-minded leader making the difficult decisions after careful and thorough consideration. Otherwise……….
But where was this Congressional concern under Bush?
They were scared of Rove and Libby, henchmen.
This is an old battle, that they ate taking out on this President.
I guess they would prefer our Sky scrapers to come tumbling down, or 160k troops to invade Iran and Yemen?
Jovie or anyone for that matter…why do you think drones raise such passions? Is it because the target has a name and face, because soldiers blow up all kinds of folks in Afghanistan and it doesn’t seem to matter?
poignant question….another question….is it because an American citizen was targeted and killed…even tho he conspired to destroy and kill Americans….
Another question- the Boy that was taken Hostage by that guy and then took him to a Bunker.
The outcome? A Dead American Citizen taken out by a Police officer to save another life.
How is that for a poignant point and question?
How do you like them apples?
Thank you jovie. That happens ALL THE TIME. This American Citizen” was given no “due process” because he put someone’s life in danger. Where are Rachel, Chris Hayes, et al., with their outrage about the police killing this poor poor poor American citizen?
Excellent point, Jovie. How many police get off each year after killing a civilian on the streets of America who ends up not having posed a threat of any sort, but the police had to make a judgement call aimed at protecting other civilians.
Exactly, Jovie! The guy was not read his Miranda rights and tried by a jury of his peers. He was taken out in order to save an innocent child. I am sick of all these “holier than thou” critics of the President who know fully well that if terrorists attacked Americans he is the one who is held responsible not them. Look at how John McCain and Lindsey Graham want to impeach him because four Americans were killed by terrorists in Benghazi. I bet you if those terrorists had been taken out by drones before they attacked and killed our diplomats, our “holier than thou” progressives would be up in arms.
No, they also say they care when the drone strikes civilians. However, these same people don’t want the US to intervene when terrorists attack other Muslims. Those innocent civilians can die as long as its not by our hands.
It’s the idea of an airman or CIA agent in a office building somewhere in a comfy chair watching a screen, operating a joystick and trigger button and blowing a group of combatants and bystanders into a greasy smear of blood, guts and bone fragments 10,000 miles away. It’s not rationale because how is that different from doing it from 15,000 ft up in a cockpit? Well, there is the POSSIBILITY (virtually non-existent with our air superiority but the possibility) a pilot could be shot down or crash. The vast majority of Americans, including me have no concept of combat or danger except the crap we watch all of our lives. But the drone kill does have a creepy sense to it.
Or, we can send in troops, say 160k troops to invade Iran, Yemen and mali?
Their are no American citizens being targeted. Once you sign up with Al Qaeda, you have given up got Citizenship and a traitor to your country.
Lets stop feeling bad for Anwar Al Awlaki, shall we?
You’re a hundred percent right and I don’t feel a bit sorry for htat maniac. But drone warfare does have it’s unique aspects and that bothers people. It’s a horrible but necessary tool for us against an extremely dangerous but asymetrical threat. Every one involved especially PBO “wish” it wasn’t necessary and hope for a future where it isn’t. And when the strike takes out the target and bystanders including children, well it it’s thought provoking for sure.
I wish somebody would go on these news programs and say it exactly like that.
Me too. I am sick of this sh*t.
But that argument ignores advances in technology. It implies that people should still be forced to fight hand to hand with knives, swords, bare fists, etc., because it would be face to face. The closer the fight, the more traumatic to the troops. It’s not the troops starting the wars – they’re only fighting them. The only way to really protect the troops and end this fighting is to avoid starting the wars in the first place – but that’s not the world that we live in.
Miss Lindsey is going to “get to the bottom” of Benghazi or he will stop the confirmations of Hagel and Brennan.
……..Miss Lindsey…….. bah hah ha hahaha
Since Benghazi was a CIA mission, they know the answers will never be forthcoming, that’s just an excuse. They need to call Petraeus back so he can explain why he refused to testify under oath and why he changed his story.
Miss Lindsey has his nose far up John McCain’s backside and he has lost all the oxygen to his little brain.
As a species from the FEMALE Kingdom…..oops, Queendom, I profoundly object to Lindsey Graham being called a “Miss”. Lindsey Graham is an “IT” I tell you. An IT….. Yes, an IT
Very good point.
I have no problem with this President’s use of drones. Zip. Zilch. Nada. For the previous President to KNOW that AQ was planning a major attack on our homeland and DO NOTHING to prevent it, IGNORED IT, was far worse to me than this targeted killing of terrorists! AQ is just about decimated now BECAUSE of the use of drones and no boots on the ground! That “American” was no more American than any enemy combatant that would do harm to America or Americans. He gave up his rights when he plotted against this country and its people. Fuck him and all the others just like him. You can’t have it both ways. And the PL whiners that are “so concerned”….fuck them, too.The have short, selective memories and their opinions mean nothing. I am deeply grateful to PBO for keeping this country safe from attack and realizing the larger threat from those that wish to do us harm.
This!! This!! This!! and THIS AGAIN!!
Well said desertflower!
df – you have spoken for me on this issue.
Fanned, Faved, Tipped, Rec’d, Retweeted.
Thanks guys:) I took a time out to have a phone conversation with my BF in CT…this is how I feel…hf, did you really Tweet that? Thanks, if you did:) I’m so over this bs from these talking head idiots that think they have the moral high ground…they know nothing!
Heh…the answer to your question is not yet. I’m in the process of breaking it down into tweetable nuggets. That is a skill that Bobfr and Ut naturally possess and which I badly need!! :)
Bless your heart for trying so hard:) You don’t give yourself enough credit….:)
Hey df read this from Smartypants, it is a great read:
Thanks for this, Betsy. As usual, PBO is miles ahead of everyone.
Bravo, DF! I am with you 1000%
In anticipation of Valentines Day—-Sam Cooke—-Cupid. Just played it on CBS Sunday Morning, now in my head for the day. Mr. dotster and I sang along and remembered all the words! Brains intact—-yay! Loved this song and Sam Cooke. And what has happened to music?
What a find! Thanks for the memories. Maybe I need to dig out that old J. Mathis tape….
“Stand you ground” allows citizens to kill Americans because they “feel” they are threatened. What is the difference?
Good question! And do Americans trust those people (i.e. their neighbors) who use that law as an excuse to commit murder and get away with it, e.g. Zimmerman? Because all I’ve heard from the whiners on TV is that the “trust me” argument from President Obama isn’t working for them.
oh gah – time to go paint trim…… later cats!
Since today is the actual anniversary I decided to tweet the Os a thank you for their willingness to serve
.@BarackObama .@MichelleObama This Feb/10 date touches off many positives for me. Thank you both, & the girls 2, for your decision to serve— Vick C. (@sonamie) February 10, 2013
RT’d and Fav’d. Thanks VC.
Thank U, Hf! I actually can really list positives that impact ME apart from better mental health, go figure!
awesome VC RT’d
BTW, when you are finished renovating, you are welcome to bring your experience north. I doubt you would want to NOT USE your newly developed skills.
Ha! the fun of being a homeowner. This house is a little over a 120 years old and is still standing….and in spite of how we’ve tinkered on it so far it continues to stand. Poor old thing….
She’s no doubt preening from the current TLC. Sounds more like, ‘well-loved old thing’ to me, Alice!
“when you are finished renovating” that a wish that never happens with a 120 yo home.
you’re right! I remember asking a friend who also has an older home how she prioritizes what needs to get done. Her reply was “Do the next thing that’s rotting!”
A tease for Scandal fans.
Thursday, we return #10MonthsLater and David Rosen is the client. What else will have changed? twitpic.com/c205ys— ABC's Scandal (@ScandalABC) February 10, 2013
I can not wait!!!
Hey Utaustinliberal, isn’t it kinda an understatement to use the word “tease” in reference to Scandal?
Excellent point, NCW – that show is just barely on this side of X-rated! I was stunned by this week’s episode, and fairly disgusted all around with Fitz. Outraged by other people’s actions, but perfectly ok with his own.
Morning CHIPS & TODs BO is looking fabulous in the snow! Now to backtrack – while computer stays on…
Basically, what Graham is saying, he will filibuster Hagel, unless somebody comes out and says the President broke the law in Benghazi, for running naked in the streets there.
Short of that, we can expect a filibuster.
Tell Graham Cracker I said to go to hell and crumble to irrelevant bits while he’s there!
Agreed. I usually would say: For so an so to Go to Blazes. . It is like Fatuous;)….I prefer that over the S Tupid verbiage……Same thing……..yet one is less objectionable.
But after today ……I agree 1001%…..Lindsey Graham is so right for hell. So too is for the Dick Cheney.
Hay Harry Reid, what are you going to o about that little lying Lindsey Graham. Told you we couldn’t trust those Republicans, but you Dems didn’t have the backbone.
NotSOTU: I beat the Clintons and Citizens United money. Dealt with ME dictators, auto and health ins execs and unions. Bring it on, MoFos.— TheBestIsYetToCome (@sweetbay) February 10, 2013
He not only beat the Clintons, but he made them work for him, too – and they owe him their current “fame” for rehabilitating their torn up reputations.
Good Morning my Chips and TOD Family. Thanks for the photos of our First Dog. He is such a joy to watch. I hope that everyone will have a beautiful and safe Sun.
Lots of uplifting thoughts and prayers sending forth to our First Family. HZ
President Obama today declared an emergency exists in Connecticut and ordered federal aid to supplement state, local response. More here: http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2013/02/10/news/doc5117b887f1aa1748552361.txt
In case you missed it: Everyone loves small government until it starts snowing:
ow.ly/hyvdn— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) February 10, 2013
Oh so true. LOL
Leave it to Emo's to figure out a way to throw shade on POTUS family. #nerdland— Dessalines (@Kyrondo) February 10, 2013
@sherifffruitfly @MHPshow Looking at the detrimental aspects of the Obama's family imag in that it does not reflect nontraditional families— Dessalines (@Kyrondo) February 10, 2013
@eclecticbrotha @mini_you Too Ozzie & Harriet/Leave It To Beaver – Does not reflect reality of the modern American family.— Dessalines (@Kyrondo) February 10, 2013
So a broken family is what they are Stupidly asking for?
For the love of Humanity……if these fools are out of stuff to discuss……just CLOSE shop…….Really?
Yes, their strong family is problematic for the country, according to Melissa, because stable and happy families like the Obamas are rare.
Um….. So whats going on? Melissa has a problem with the Obama marriage and family? Is that the gist? She wants PBO to not love his wife and family as much as he does? She wants him to have affairs, fight with his wife, get a divorce and have Miche and the kids exit the WH? I don’t get it. Is she saying that instead of showing what a good example the Obama family life is, that instead, they as a family are setting unrealistic expectations for other black families? Serious? I hope that’s not what she’s saying cause that sounds like envy to me. Wasn’t she a single mother before she recently got married? Tell Melissa she has a husband now, let the Obamas have theirs while she has hers.
Yes, that’s what she was saying according to the tweets I’m reading. And yes, it’s obviously based in straight up jealousy.
that is NOT what she said….
there was a guest who wanted PBO to talk more about “untraditional” families…but there was significant push back from the man on the panel about how PBO is a significant role model for him as a husband and as a father…he also talked about how images of the Blk Family that the Obamas represent/ are not the images that are promoted in our society…
Never Never did MHP say that she had trouble with the images presented by First Family…..in fact she seem rather happy about them….not sure what the twitter folks meant…but twitter can sometimes go off the deep end
MHP is now on her second marriage. And it stands to reason that she was unhappy in the first – perhaps that’s where the envy is coming from.
i did not seee all this from that segment….check out the segment and see for yourself…
Yes – I will check it out. My limited assessment is based on my Twitter TL, not from first-hand info.
I’m not getting why MHP felt the need to get into this. All I am going to say about Melissa Harris Perry is this, get rid of her and replace her with …………. Ms.Joy Reid.
Absolutely! Joy Reid is serious about her time on TV – she doesn’t waste it with nonsense like this just being sensational and provocative. This latest nonsense from MHP is insulting. And it ignores the fact that the President came from a broken home, and implies that good role models aren’t real role models. She’s out of line with this crap.
why can’t we have both….i like MHP and Joy Reid…
I love Joy Reid, and wish she’d have her own show on MSNBC. She’s a rock among pebbles.
OK, this is way, way, way over the top and way past the limits of decency. The President and First Lady are beautifully in love. They have an honest and enduring relationship and two gorgeous happy children. Why people want to begrudge them for this is just purely cynical. UGH.
Why not celebrate a great example of a family unit that works? I just don’t understand people that need to create drama where none exists.
Since when has a First Family ever been “non-traditional”?
Thank you meta. I really am FED UP with these pundits who justify their outrageous 6-figure salaries with the most ridiculous crap they can come up with to fill up a worthless 2-hr slot on cable TV.
My take on MHP is one of disgracefully misrepresenting the family life of millions of families who are just like that of our president. The shameful aspect of this is that MHP knows this , but she refuse to acknowledge it. Money will make some people talk, look, and act like fools.
MHP is a mouth-piece for the establishment of greed, envy, hatred of the president’s personal family life, but she is feeding the masses with little nuggets of ignorance.
POB will be known in history for being a great father, loving and beautiful husband, and great leader of the free world. Always. Where will we find MHP in the books of history? A carrier of water for those who know better, but chose to act wrongly and ugly. The young and old alike will not remember her for anything worth their while except, she was a “chatter head on msnbc.” History? Elegant President? Decent Human Being who talked the talk and Walked the walk; loving father, and a beautiful and loving husband to a beautiful and loving wife.
Now, I hope and pray that MHP will seek to change her ways, otherwise, she is just “a loud sounding cymbal and a loud off tune instrument of another instrument in the off-tune orchestra of mankind.” And believe me, that is a sad ass orchestra to be a member of. So MHP , this too shall pass. We are moving on with the humble, decent, loving, caring, brilliant, and fine father who is daily trying to live with harmony running through his household with thanksgiving to be our Maestro for one of the finest world orchestras ever in our lifetime.
MHP, you missed the “real audition for our orchestra,” so we are moving on to continue to make great music for the audiences all over the world with their loving children, wives, grandmothers, grandfathers, and loving mothers who poured all that they/we had into this man we now have as our 44th President of the United States,,:” Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, President, Barack H. Obama.” Pause. You may be seated.HZ
Yesterday MHP said Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) could become POTUS. Anyone who would suggest that is completely out of touch. I wonder about MHP sometimes.
Sometimes?! That’s The Cow’s bestest friend. They can both go take a long walk off a short pier. Haters.
She also wrote an article a few years ago praising Sarah Palin’s reality show, saying she was a role model. I was driven to write to her and tell her that she really should think about her words a little more carefully.
Bill, Did MHP really say that? Haley has as much chance of being President as Sarah Palin had. 0
She did, I almost fell off my sofa.
They are insane.
Drones aren’t the problem; the problem is that President Obama is killing every motherfucker in sight that fucks with this country. President Obama has effectively out “patriotic” those that claim to be patriotic, and in doing so he has presented America with her greatest fear, a black man with a gun, or a drone.
Pretty much:) He “out does” them all better at EVERYTHING he does, and we can’t have THAT now, can we?
Love those Bo Obama’s frolicking in the snow. Bo made the snow workable
Left and right doing their best to destroy President Obama’s national security creds.
I didn’t watch MHP’s show this morning, but everyone seems to be saying that she’s not happy with the Obamas’. Please tell me what happened, and please tell me she isn’t trying to discredit the Obama marriage?
I didn’t see the segment, but based on my Twitter TL, it appears she was concern trolling the Obama Family as being “too aspirational” and therefore “problematic” particularly to gay families and other families who feel they will never match up. I guess, PBO needs to have an affair for MSNBC to be satisfied that he is no longer “problematic.”
I saw the segment and, although I don’t recall every word, I think Melissa and the panel had a mixture of views, but most of it was pro-Obama-family, IMHO. There were comments like “Mrs. Robinson is playing a big role behind the scenes” and the like, and they did touch on “other” families, but it wasn’t a total putdown, at least I don’t recall that, and one of the gentlemen on the panel said HE aspires to be a better dad and husband BECAUSE of President Obama – works for me. Melissa also added at the end that although Pres. Obama and Mrs. Obama have become a great role model for families, one should always remember that he, in particular, was raised by a single mom with her own vision and education and career aspirations, and by his grandparents, and he ended up as President – but it wasn’t a negative comment, I don’t think. (I raised a son as a single mom, too, so I think I would have noticed a negative on that part.) Maybe I’m wrong – but that’s my take.
Well, I’m glad to hear that maybe it wasn’t another slime job. It just seems like the goal posts are always shifting for the First Family. Thanks for your take.
Keep in mind I’m a glass-half-full type, sometimes to an excess, which sometimes annoys people, but at least they weren’t Republicans for whom I show no mercy!
Jacqueline I didn’t see the segment, so thanks for your input – your take on it may be a lot more accurate than mine.
I didn’t see the segment either hopefruit2, and glad I didn’t.
But I thought the show was to be about politics. Hello MSNBC, get some dam nerve and call Joy Reid.
MSNBC, what she isn’t light skin enough, her hair isn’t long enough, she ain’t the kind you white guys go for to put on tv . Joy Reid is a star in the making.
Not that college is everything, but Joy Reid graduated from Harvard University and MHP graduated from Wake Forest University.
US First Lady Michelle Obama mourns slain Chicago,IL teenager, that had just attended the inaugurataion 2 weeks ago. youtu.be/nVbcnG9F1fo— The lovely Plains (@DaRiverZkind) February 10, 2013
I think the Clintons had a great marriage; I mean if you throw out the fact that Bill had an intern blow him while Hillary and Chelsea were sleep upstairs. Other than that, it was a marriage filled with love and commitment.
I’m sorry for my language, Chips, sometimes this stuff gets my blood boiling. I’ll try to comport myself a little better.
Why? It’s the truth. There’s no whitewashing the fact that Clinton was a known and wanton philanderer. But it’s wonderful to see how people like to pretend that phase of his life never existed. Just like they pretend that he didn’t sign ADT, DOMA, the repeal of Glass-Steagal, etc. yup, it’s amazing what a difference 13 years can make.
What are you going to DO @SenatorReid about Graham's abuse of the rules & dangerous, unjust obstruction of the President? cc @whitehouse— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) February 10, 2013
MUST, MUST, MUST, MUST READ! AND PASS!
It is a must, desertflower. Thanks for the link.
DF – great article read it from beginning to end as well as some of the commentary. Really interesting to read gun supporters views and then people who were from outside the US giving their viewpoints on what they see looking in from the outside.
I might have to go back and read the comments…I didn’t do that, just the article…which was the MUST, MUST MUST, MUST part
excellent piece, df. thanks for the link.
yes, i read a lot of the comments, too. i think ‘debates’ on big issues are happening in these comment streams now. here’s one bit i found interesting, from a comment:
‘ I look at the “debate” these days about guns as though it were a debate on the merits of slavery. A few people prosper, and the system is productive, but the level of suffering at some point will cause the system to collapse. ‘
What beautiful pictures of Bo in the snow.
While the GOP is pretending that the impending sequester is not their fault, I hope WE are all doing our bit to remind our contacts, to remind their contacts, and so on and so on, that Boehner got 98% of what he wanted, and he and his cohorts know exactly the harm they could cause.
Hi tweeple, thanx all 4 retweets & PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO REMIND YOUR CONTACTS THAT #GOPs KNOW THEY'RE HARMING NATION youtube.com/watch?feature=…— Vick C. (@sonamie) February 10, 2013
May want to include this, too vc
TY, Df. I watched that and noticed that while the GOP stooge was allowed to make his point uninterrupted, he couldn’t grant the same courtesy to his opponent. Being loud, pushy and rude seems to be all the Repubs excel at.
Tom Cole is from the neighboring congressional district to mine. Loud, pushy and rude describe him well.
Criteria to run as a Republican?
POTUS http://t.co/TlWWidvS http://t.co/Y01UrIkT http://t.co/XyFYipWn http://t.co/lFfCvZ8f http://t.co/GfHnemmK http://t.co/TF63C5O9— Jeff Gauvin (@JeffersonObama) February 10, 2013
I love that look he gets when he knows he’s being silly!!
with all the weighty, serious, life-or-death issues he carries on his heart and mind, it’s wonderful when he has a chance to be playful.
Note the folks in the background – all smiling/glowing/basking in the presence of their luminous President!
Well, Ms. Perry you may go stick your nose in a corner, The Obamas have a marriage that is more common than you think in the black community, Everyone does not have constant drama in their lives, families and marriages. You should be looking for ways to be stable yourself. Get real, girl and lay off of my First Familly.
nicely stated vitaminlover, couldn’t agree more.
Amen vitaminlover. Thank you.HZ
Another very good read….h/t to Booman
Just got done with the article, df. Definitely bookmarking this one. Lots to think about.
I hope those of you who watched MHP this morning will write her. Like many public pundits, she is somewhat thinskinned, but she needs to know how people feel.
i saw this segment that folks are talking about….this is not what happened…at no time did MHP disparage the relationshiop of the First Family….
there was a guest who wanted the President to talk more about “untraditional” families…there was a gentleman who talked about the positive impact that PBO has had on him as a father and husband….there was discussion about how the images of the First Family break thru alot of stereotypes about Blk Families….
this is how i saw it….i would suggest that those who did not watch it….to watch it…and judge for yourself…
Glad to hear this point of view. This sounds balanced. I’ll check it out.
So will I prettyfoot. I will check it out myself. I know it’s best to always do that.
Hello all! Probably OT. We needed a laugh today & are watching “Wanda Sykes: Me” & she’s LOL! Show was done in DC, 2009 & on HBO on demand.
Love Wanda:) When she goes on about her Spanks, I cry! The DC Correspondence Dinner had the stuffy guys uncomfortable. ALWAYS a treat!
12:00 mark…Limpballs. Priceless.
And of course, this one:)
oooh ha! I forgot about all the camera shots to a boiling mad Trump as Meyers zinged him.
DF, she hit upon those spanks & we fell out! There’s so much LOL in this show we had to hit pause so many times just so we could LOL & not miss the next LOL! Good way to uplift!
I’m so looking forward to the State of the Union speech this Tuesday. It’s the first Congressional address from President Obama – and he’ll be the only elected official in the room who doesn’t have to worry about his words being used against him in another election. We should hear some hard truths. Congress has let this man and this country down time and again – and I’m including Democrats in there a little bit. And their slow-walking of the gun control legislation and falling for the drone nonsense doesn’t auger well for them doing bold things this year. By now, the President should have a full Cabinet. He should have had a budget years ago – since he’s presented one every year. He should have had the American Jobs Act passed. He should have had the support of Democrats in pushing his legislation, but I can count on two hands the number of times I’ve seen Democrats on TV supporting the President’s agenda – and it’s usually the same few people who are supporting him (Pelosi, Wasserman Schultz, Kerry). I plan to pop the popcorn early.
Very well-said theo. I am really looking forward to the SOTU address. You just reminded me to pick up some popcorn at my local grocery.
Here’s the best popcorn, if you pop your own—–small tender kernels. (trying to be helpful) From the Amish in Indiana—-all great products—-
Hmmm…looks very nice. I didn’t realize the Amish did stuff online. You’ve ordered from them in the past?
All the time—-it’s a regular stop for us when we travel between Illinois and fam in Ct. Great food. People swarm from all over to eat all their homemade, homegrown meals—like 300 for lunch on a Tues. Not diet food but really good. I always pick up their noodles, canned chicken and beef, salad dressings, etc. And the things you can only get there—fresh baked bread, cookies, pies—everything delish. Ha—I sound like a sales rep. No connection, just a happy partaker.
What would you do?
How do we get the terrorists? sulia.com/my_thoughts/3b…— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) February 10, 2013
@bobcesca_go B.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) February 10, 2013
BOOM! Obama going to Chicago to 'talk about the gun violence' (que the black emoprogs in 3,2,1…)
chicagotribune.com/news/local/bre…— AAmom (@AVD911) February 10, 2013
Do you know what one IDIOT said in response to this? “He’ll be talking about guns, not violence. It’s never the root of the problem with this President”. GRRRR smh
The last time I checked handguns were not invented or used to grow crops, cut vegetables, or wash or iron laundry. Handguns are used to kill living things.
And how does that idiot know what PBO will say exactly?
Black emoprogs? Oh you mean people like West and Smiley, those two proverty pimps?
Yup. Certain members of the CBC as well.
For those negroes demanding PBO give a speech on gun violence Becareful what u wish for 'cuz come Thursday, you gon' get it. #p2 #blacknews— PragmaticObotsUnite (@PragObots) February 10, 2013
Two “persons of interest” are being questioned in the Hadiya Pendleton case. I know there is a $40,000 reward now. No charges filed yet.
‘ Police who are investigating a series of sexual assaults in the southern French city of Marseille have arrested identical twin brothers.
The 24-year-old unemployed delivery drivers, named locally as Elwin and Yohan, were placed under investigation on Friday.
Officers say they are sure that one of the two men carried out the attacks, but that they do not know which.
Standard DNA tests are unable to differentiate between their DNA. ‘
So then, the answer is to charge both! We had an incident with twins in our neighborhood….one nice warm Sunday evening, a car came zooming down our street, and children were playing. We got the license numbe and reported it, they picked a man up and gave us a court date. When it came time to identify the man, he and his identical twin stood up, grinning from ear to ear. The judge asked which one it was….we couldn’t say, so the charges were dropped. We’d been had. A friend who was also a judge said, you should have said both of them, and charged them both. We were so stunned, we just mumbled, as they knew we would.
amazing–if this happened in a movie, we’d say it was unbelievable
Our County Attorney actually did that here to get out of a speeding ticket. The officer couldn’t tell the justice of the peace which one he gave the ticket too. The county attorney was known to have had an affair with every woman in his office. He had a son that played baseball with my oldest son. Whenever he came to the games, he was always reading something. While he was County Attorney I had property business in front of the county commissioners and he was included in all meetings. He had this big neck and I always wondered why he bought a shirt a collar size too small and buttoned it to the top. We’re not that formal here. Guess how he died? ……… Sexual asphyxiation. Yes, spell check tells me I spelled it right. My hubby had come on Sun. after being gone for the week-end. First thing he said to me when he got home was Do you have an alibi? 🙈🙉🙊
Wow. Now what?
“Michelle Obama is a lover of Kimchi,” notes headline in the Korea Times…
Kimchi is the national dish of Korea, and First Lady Michelle Obama is getting props in the country’s media after the White House on Wednesday night released a recipe for housemade “Simple Kimchi.” The recipe was posted to Mrs. Obama’s @FLOTUS Twitter account, and after Obama Foodorama noted that it is the first new recipe release of President Obama’s second term, Korea’s SBS television and radio network linked to the post and reported that the recipe “has become a hot topic” and “netizens have shown great interest.” Above, a screengrab of the SBS story, which features a photo of Mrs. Obama and a headline that seems to read “Michelle Obama soaked in Kimchi,” according to Google translate.
This blogger (Zandar) is spot on about The MSM’s sudden interest in Drones.
New post, back in a bit!
Report: Cheney slams Obama nominees as ‘second-rate people’
02/10/13 01:53 PM ET
The former vice president said Obama’s performance thus far had been “dismal.”…
What does he mean, second rate People?
Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.