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Chat Away

President Barack Obama watches as Vice President Joe Biden swears in Treasury Secretary Jack Lew during a ceremony in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2013. Lew’s family, pictured from left, are: wife Ruth Schwartz; granddaughter Eliora Lew; son Danny Lew; daughter Shoshana Lew; daughter-in-law Zahava Lew; and grandson Moshe Lew. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Okay, time to catch up with the news – back in a while with a round-up.

PS I still refuse to believe Jack Lew is a grandfather :???:


144 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. 1 Grab A Mop Grace
    February 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Hey TOD family.

  2. 8 AJ
    February 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Good afternoon, all!

  3. February 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    So, Hagel confirmed, Lew confirmed, VAWA passed, the stupid financial crisis of last month (or whenever-they all blend together) resolved for the time being. So far, Us 4 – Obstructionists ) ? It’s a little encouraging anyway…

  4. February 28, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Way to go Grab!!

    Yes We Can

    • 17 Grab A Mop Grace
      February 28, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks Bob!

    • February 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Bob, if Senator Kay Hagan were your senator, what would you say to her?
      All I can think of is something that’s against the law. what a traitor she is.

      • February 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

        She has enabled the GOP domestic terrorist to continue their insurgency against our President and the majority of Americans. That’s as kind as I can be, Sara.

        #FORWARD

      • 20 Bill
        February 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm

        Ask her if she is planning to vote with the Tea Party until her November 2014 election, and if so you are very disappointed. You could also ask her if she is now taking orders from Art Pope.

      • 22 kathryn kivett
        February 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm

        Well, she is, and I did….see last post….told her Dem’s in NC did not just walk in voting booth and automatically vote straight ticket….that in my mind a DINO was just as bad as an R…pandering to R’s would not earn Dem’s vote and that I was watching her…

        • 23 Bill
          February 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

          The frustrating fact of which Senator Hagen is aware is we all know any Republican would be a million times worse. Think Richard Burr.

  5. 24 Ladyhawke
    February 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    This photo of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s swearing in ceremony looks very suspicious. How do we know this actually happened? What’s he doing with his left hand. And why can’t we see the face of the whippersnapper in the fore ground. No wonder ace White House Press Corps reporter Ed “Cheshire Cat” Henry was so concerned about ACCESS. Maybe eventually the truth will be revealed. Exactly what was the White House trying to hide. Inquiring minds want to know.

  6. 26 japa21
    February 28, 2013 at 4:50 pm
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  8. 30 sonjiaduncan
    February 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I hope that all are well and we can count our islands of positive achievements among all the negative assaults.

  9. 31 utaustinliberal
    February 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    So freaking true. Politico’s latest article about the Woodward crap throws Woodward under the bus and pretends Politico had nothing to do with Woodward’s paranoia. Gotta love those D.C. pundit types. They’d kill their moms and dig the graves if it meant their agenda was furthered.

  10. 32 utaustinliberal
    February 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Second term Carney makes me smile.

  11. 33 57andfemale
    February 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Well, here’s a plausible explanation for the three Dem’s who defected on the sequester:

    The three votes Democrats lost—Hagan, Landrieu and Pryor—are all up for re-election next year, but I’m guessing their opposition had as much do to with cuts in ag subsidies as the bill’s revenue measures, which Republicans are going to try to spin as toxic to red-state voters.

    If Harry Reid was an effective leader, there should have been ways to secure these votes. Still wouldn’t have been enough but it would have been a whole lot better.

  12. 39 kasai
    February 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Good Day Tods’
    Since today is the last day of “Black History Month”

  13. February 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    So I’m lying here on my sick bed (sick couch really) and going through email. Message after message starts “Tell Obama,”, “Don’t let Obama…”, “Make Obama…” All from progressive/liberal/Democratic organizations. Even though I’ve supported them in the past, I am deleting without reading now. I am not going to order or make PBO do anything, because I trust him. I tried to think of how I’d feel if these emails had arrived in the Bush years: “Tell Bush”, “Make Bush”. I probably would have signed the petition or made the call. Of course it would have done no good at all. Is some of this ordering-the-president stuff because people felt so powerless during that time? And despite PBO’s steady progress they just don’t trust him yet to do the right and possible thing?

    • 43 carolyn
      February 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      I’m with you Mary. I pay no attention to those emails. If it says “Tell the Republicans in Congress…..” I pay attention. Do these people still not realize that it is Congress’s duty to legislate, to write the laws, the President cannot legislate them himself? These people needed to have sat in the classroom of my excellent American Government teacher, Mr. Snyder many years ago! We all listened to him…..he was a coach and handsome…..so we learned a lot. (He was a coach who defied coach stereotypes) I worked VERY hard in that class, but enjoyed it. AND, I know the differences between the duties of the three branches of our federal government. Scalia needs to take the course too!

      • February 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm

        Especially the new House members. They certainly seem to be ignorant. I think of how much the more senior members must long to smack the smirk off their faces, but they are so scared of being primaried.

    • 45 Bill
      February 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      I cannot think of anyone qualified to “tell” PBO what to do.

        • February 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm

          I was screaming at the radio in the car today as I listened to Mike P. (in for Ed). He was going on and on about what PO should do……mainly saying he should become the angry black man……said he has a right to be angry after the treatment he’s gotten the past four years. Then, he started on what he should do about the sequester and get this–PO should write a bill and then make Congress pass it……only has to be one sentence to stop the sequester!! God Almighty, yes, Carolyn, Mike P. needs to take that government class! Reminded me of the WHPC last week asking if he couldn’t do an executive order. You cannot fix stupid!!!!!!!!!!! BTW, I changed the station and listened to contemporary Christian music. Much better. :)

      • 49 yardarm756
        February 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

        FLOTUS? :-D

      • 51 vitaminlover
        February 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm

        Spot on!

    • February 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Once I get one of those emails, I immediately unsubscribe from the list, and let them know why I’m doing so. It’s quite liberating.

      • February 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm

        I probably should. Sometimes they do have things I agree with. I sometimes reply and tell them what I think. Then I get a letter about how much they appreciate my point of view ;)

      • 54 desertflower
        February 28, 2013 at 6:04 pm

        I saw your response to my batshit crazy, fucking moronic state and the gold/silver. WTF PLANET do these imbeciles live on? I have NO IDEA how to respond to your question, but I would think that the currency of the US govt is the ONLY legal tender. I’m seriously thinking of sending all those wackjobs that voted for this a damn fork, and tell them to stick it where the sun don’t shine….sideways!

        • 55 theo67
          February 28, 2013 at 6:06 pm

          I love it! We should all send pictures of cutlery to the State Assembly and ask them how much they think they’d buy with that “currency” in the real world. Loony toons.

      • February 28, 2013 at 6:17 pm

        LL O/T but whats going on here…..

        • February 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm

          Sighs. Where the FUCK do I begin?

          Okay, Roberto di Matteo was the Chelsea manager at the start of the season. He got the job after leading the team to its miraculous win in the Champions League last May as interim coach.

          This season started out a bit roughly, but not too badly. However, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich makes the late George Steinbrenner look like a paragon of patience. Roberto was axed.

          Then, in a moment of what I can only infer is insanity, the powers that be at Chelsea hired one of the few coaches guaranteed to incite the Chelsea faithful against the team; i.e., Rafa Benitez. Di Matteo had been a player as well as coach, and was loved in the stands. Rafa coached Liverpool, and handed Chelsea a couple of sharp losses in the Champions League back in the 00′s. It would be like Tommy Lasorda being hired to manage the Yankees.

          So, the Chelsea faithful let Rafa know every single game that he’s not loved. And he’s not even the permanent manager; he was hired as “interim” manager, always with the thought that he would be replaced in May at the end of the season. And Rafa is not the most, um, stable of folks. So, he finally broke down yesterday.

          Between Chelsea and the Lakers, it’s been a long sporting winter for me.

          • February 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm

            I remember during Champions League, following the win they were all so happy. But sounds like Abramvich (is that crazy Ukrainian?) is competing w/ Brooklyn Nets owner Prokhorov as who can be the Putin of the sporting world. At least Prokhorov’s worst exploits are shipping a bunch of escorts for Davos winter meetings!

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  17. 66 canadabarb4obama
    February 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    BUT, BUT, HOW COME ED HENRY ISN’T IN THE OVAL OFFICE, SUCKING HIS THUMB……IDIOTS

  18. 72 Lovepolitics2008
    February 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    In the last thread, Gazelle referred to a post on Smartypant’s blog. I thought it was so important, I’m reposting the quote:

    [.....] That’s why what Woodward is doing matters. And Noam Scheiber nailed it.

    “There is a body of respectable Washington opinion that considers Obama unworthy of the presidency: he hadn’t put in his time before running, didn’t grasp the majesty of the office, evinced no respect for the way things were done. He not only won without courting the city’s elders, he had the bad manners to keep his distance even after winning. This is the view Woodward distills.”

    Scheiber didn’t say it but I will…the black guy didn’t pay his proper respects to the white good-ole-boys club.

    That club is the heart of the beast in its death throes. Woodward is simply the latest to be howling at its demise.

    .
    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/02/its-what-woodward-represents-that.html

    Noam Scheiber nails it indeed. Many people say race is a factor. No doubt, but I’ve always believed a big factor is his ascendency to the presidency from his position as the Senator ranked 49th in terms of seniority. And the fact that he had the “NERVE” to beat the wife of an ex-president !!!!!!!! So not only he wasn’t part of the establishment, but he beat the dream candidate of the establishment !!! And on top of that, President Obama didn’t make his contempt for the” establishment” a secret.

    Gosh, no wonder the “american Versailles” hates his guts…

    When Ted Kennedy died, I was saddened not only by the loss of such a passionate advocate for the middle class and the poor, but also because I knew Barack Obama had lost a very powerful ally, an ally that could have been a shield protecting him from some of the shenanigans of a lot of the beltway insiders.

    • 73 theo67
      February 28, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      There’s a lot of excellent insight in this article.

      • 74 daisydem
        February 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm

        Indeed, and personally, I think race is a factor but I also think that President Obama’s intellect is a factor … the old fat white good ole boys in Congress don’t like intellectual rhetoric. Bill Clinton is very, very smart too, but he played down his intellect when he was President. He played to the good ole boys. President Obama just goes about being himself and his speech is elegant, calm; he has poise as well as charisma. They hate him for it; they are jealous and scared of it.

        • 75 hopefruit2
          February 28, 2013 at 6:44 pm

          I don’t think Clinton played down his intellect but he was not as progressive as PBO and therefore more acceptable to the establishment.

          • 76 99ts
            February 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

            I don’t think President Clinton had anywhere near the intellect of President Obama. Hillary is much much smarter than Bill and prior to Lewinsky the old boys fought her – not the President.

            • February 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm

              I think he is a very smart man. He just couched what he was saying in a ‘good ol’ boy’ voice.

              • 78 99ts
                February 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm

                I probably didn’t follow him enough to really know Mary, so no doubt you are correct – but to me he hasn’t looked so smart. He did do some stupid – and I find it interesting that he has really only become “beloved of the people” since the black man defeated his wife in the 2008 primaries.

                It is also sad that in the age of technology people have to dumb down their smarts – otherwise they are seen as nerds or uppity. That people cannot accept smart and intelligent leaders is surely a sign of the dumbing down of society – after centuries of enlightenment.

            • 79 dotster3
              February 28, 2013 at 7:49 pm

              Bill Clinton is exceptionally smart—–he can talk intelligently forever on any subject. But President Obama has the full package in addition to the high intellect—–the insight and good judgement, the elegance and decency and a unique charisma—-a once in a lifetime charisma, imho——to shine in all settings with all kinds of people. Many have described him as comfortable in his own skin, which I think is true and something Clinton lacked.

        • 80 jacquelineoboomer
          February 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm

          daisydem – They hate PBO for all of his attributes – the ones you mentioned and all the others. There’s no self-reflection going on in their minds and hearts at all, either. They need counseling (and some swift kicks, but I digress).

    • 81 Gazelle
      February 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      Lovepolitics, spot on. I felt an acute sense of loss with Ted’s passing, knowing PBO had indeed lost an invaluable ally.

  19. 82 JER
    February 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm
  20. February 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    This is following Indian Senate passing legislation yesterday for the same procedure for Plan Parenthood. Gov. Pence.

  21. 85 susanne
    February 28, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    wow. very interesting film on al jazeera site, following a girl baby in china, as she’s grown up over the past 20 years.

    ‘ Kay Kay is the face of modern-day China – a bright, educated and ambitious 20-year-old living in the booming southern city of Guangzhou.

    She represents a new generation of middle class Chinese ‘only’ children, benefiting from China’s economic growth as well as the single-minded dedication of her factory-worker parents.

    This unique film has followed her for her whole life, filming her and her family every year since her birth in 1992.

    It gives a rare, personal narrative to the decades of transformation that China has undergone. From her childhood and school days through to her university life where she struggles to get to grips with China’s economic imperatives in the face of environmental issues. ‘

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2012/11/2012117113043777660.html

    • 86 theo67
      February 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Sounds fascinating. I heard some caller on Randi Rhodes’ radio show yesterday lamenting that the trade deficit has grown exponentially with China in the last 20 years. The person clearly didn’t realize that the world has shifted on its axis in the last 20 years, since China started operating in the world as a capitalistic machine. This is what President Obama meant when he said, “the ground has shifted beneath their feet” – anyone who is measuring today’s economic balance of power with the standards of 20 years ago has not been paying attention. China did not wake up yesterday and decide to be a super power. They have been working at this over the last two decades to position themselves from a place of economic strength, even though they’ve ignored their democratic and domestic issues.

      The United States has wasted four years battling the GOP, instead of building competitiveness using President Obama’s ideas, and if people don’t wake up, it will spend the next four years slipping even further behind. These things don’t happen overnight. And the gradual nature of growth or decline is not easily made up. What the GOP have done these past four years will reverberate for at least one, maybe two generations.

      I’m going to look for that program that you mentioned, because it sounds very interesting. I wish there was a corresponding show that would show the decline of opportunities over the past 20 years for American children because of GOP policies. I just read an article recently from Forbes on the 10 best countries to be born in 2013, and the US did not make the list. In order from 1 to 10 it was: Switzerland, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Singapore, New Zealand, Netherlands, Canada, Hong Kong. Americans should take note.

      • 87 susanne
        February 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm

        one quote from the film: a country is like a person; if you’re poor, you’ll get pushed around. the countries you list as desirable places to be born this year are all economically and socially stable. adults choosing a place to spend time often choose warm climate, good food, and scenic beauty. clearly, babies are more strategic!

        • 88 theo67
          February 28, 2013 at 7:38 pm

          Definitely makes one question the anti-socialism crowd. There’s something to be said for ensuring that your citizens have an across-the-board high standard of living, with access to shelter, education, stability and security. The GOP follow a philosophy that is the exact opposite of Maslow’s “hierarchy of needs” that drive human motivation. This is why they can appeal to such a neanderthal and craven crowd – because the people are so deprived that they can’t see beyond their basic needs in order to think of other people.

  22. February 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm
  23. 90 Jovie
    February 28, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    OMB offers sequestration guidance

    By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 2/28/13 2:33 PM EST
    President Obama will order sequestration on Friday unless there is last-minute congressional action, the Office of Management and Budget said in Thursday guidance to federal departments and agencies.

    “The president has been clear that sequestration is bad policy that was never intended to be implemented, and the administration remains hopeful that Congress will act to avoid it through an agreement on balanced deficit reduction,” controller Danny Werfel said in the memo. “However, because legislation may not be enacted to avoid sequestration before the current deadline,” federal agencies have planned for cuts to take effect.

    Werfel instructed the heads of federal departments and agencies to keep examining their finances and “to engage in intense and thorough planning activities to determine all specific actions that will be taken as soon as practicable.”

    Agencies should also communicate to affected stakeholders about spending cuts, Werfel said, and while “communications will vary greatly by agency and by stakeholder, but agencies should be as specific as possible in order to provide sufficient detail to be helpful to these stakeholders in understanding the implications ofthe reduced budget authority resulting from sequestration.”

    The memo also urges agencies to limit new acquisitions to ones that “support high-priority initiatives or where failure to do so would expose the government to significantly greater costs in the future.” They should also apply greater “scrutiny” in hiring new personnel, awarding employees discretionary money, and committing to travel for conferences and other events.

    Lovely!

    And they have setup government shutdown on march 27 and debt limit on may 19.
    And they will keep doing this until the country revolts either against the republicans or the president.
    Hopefully, it’s the republicans!

    • 91 theo67
      February 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Your last paragraph is the most important. It’s like the country is fast asleep. Today, the stock market is close to its all-time record. Economic indicators are all booming. Unemployment insurance claims dropped more than expected. And the country is on the verge of economic collapse because of the actions of the GOP and their tea party ignorant members. How are people not outraged by this?! People will lose their jobs, their support, the gains on their 401k. The deficit will grow. Precious time will be lost that could have been used to invest and grow the country and boost the economic recovery. This is the most irresponsible thing that the GOP have done yet, and in the eyes of the world, it just makes the country look like it’s being controlled by a bunch of treasonous buffoons! The really curious thing is that while the rest of the world is dying and protesting in the streets to push back against austerity and its disastrous effects – the people in this country and like zombies, marching ignorantly into economic crisis. It’s unbelievable!

  24. 92 anniebella
    February 28, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Today the House is gone for a long week-end, will be back Monday, excuse me but didn’t they just come back from a ten day vacation. Now if the President were taking time like that off, those crazy ass haters would be attacking him all over the place.

    • 93 susanne
      February 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      it’s amazing–this is the only news site where that info has been reported and repeated. i guess the msm just take it for granted that boner will schedule a holiday whenever there’s important work to be done. but we should all be outraged, and by ‘we’ i mean the msm and everyone within range of their reporting. it’s ludicrous that we always hear about pbo’s rare golf game, but never about these travesties of representative government.

  25. February 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I believe its time for some mid-day levity…..cut through any tension….one day till the weekend.

  26. February 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    This Harlem Shake will give you nightmares…

  27. February 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I may despise E.Cantor more than Bonehead. I dont know but…………….

  28. February 28, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Viola Liuzzo. Being from Detroit this name has a special resonance. I remember hearing about her death and wishing I was old enough to go south and work for civil rights. I don’t think I’d really have had the courage though. As usual, spoil the taste by reading the comments.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/28/politics/civil-rights-viola-liuzzo/index.html

  29. 115 99ts
    February 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I can’t even think of a comment – although the one provided by the school district sure sounds like the NRA (or Sarah Palin) provided guidance on the wording
    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/texas-school-worker-shot-during-handgun-training-class

  30. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    February 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I’m late watching his show, but Rev. Al showed some great footage from local news stations around the country – including the Deep South – as to what the sequestration cuts will mean locally. “Little” things like Meals-on-Wheels for homebound seniors, education assists for low-income students, Head Start programs, the price of meat at the butcher shop. Go, Rev. Al! All politics is local.

    • 117 99ts
      February 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      I have helped a couple of elderly relatives sort out their living arrangements – and access to adequate and regular meals is critical. Services like meals on wheels help people maintain independence and help the families not be concerned about both the health and safety of their folks – so in those programs you mention – that was the one that jumped out at me.

      • 118 jacquelineoboomer
        February 28, 2013 at 7:53 pm

        Me, as well. My aunt lived until she was 95. A couple of years before her death in 2009, she was still living by herself in the home she moved into when she got married in 1939, although my uncle was long since deceased. She did not want to move into her son’s home or a retirement home. Her son was quite concerned that she was still cooking all of her own meals, and his wife helped her get hooked up with the local Meals on Wheels chapter at a minimal “cost” (she also didn’t want any of the family to “go to any trouble” bringing meals for her, before this, so that was even out). The Meals on Wheels volunteers not only brought “way too much food” (according to her) each day, which she thoroughly enjoyed, but also were very kindhearted and would visit for a few minutes, giving her something else to occupy her day – and a story to tell the rest of us out-of-towners who would call her.

        Sickens me that there are other folks like my aunt who might see their FREAKIN’ FOOD not being delivered BY VOLUNTEERS AT MINIMAL COST. It’s a totally successful program, so let’s get rid of it, eh? Most of the current Republicans in Congress are dogs, as are most of the voters who put them there.

        • 119 HZ
          February 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm

          Jacquelineooboomer. “Sickens me that there are other folks like my aunt who might see their FREAKIN’ FOOD not being delivered BY VOLUNTEERS AT MINIMAL COST.” This also tears my heart to pieces. It is so awful to see this happening right before our eyes in a country such as ours. The souls of these men and women in Congress surely speaks volumes of ugly and rotten cores. HZ

          • 120 jacquelineoboomer
            February 28, 2013 at 9:57 pm

            I agree, HZ! My aunt could afford to buy food and had family who could have helped her, but due to her wishes and her family’s concerns, Meals on Wheels was the best solution. I think not only of her (and keeping her away from the hot oven, where she could have gotten hurt!) but all of those who really have no other alternative than that program!

    • 121 HZ
      February 28, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      I love that Jack Lew and POB had the ceremony in the Oval Office with family members. I am elated that Mr. Lew was confirmed and will get on to doing the work as our Secretary of Treasury.HZ

    • 122 COS
      February 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      I saw that Jackie, and I think it is great that this is getting lots of local coverage. A lot of these folks in the south and in these republican districts don’t realize that a lot of the things they enjoy everyday are due to the Democrats. As long as they continue to enjoy these amenities, with no interruptions, they could care less that the democrats are responsible. Sometimes things need to hit close to home and not be taken for granted. The repugs could care less about these constituents who continue to vote for them year after year.

  31. February 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Greatest VP ever. The man carries his heart on his sleeve….

  32. 126 jacquelineoboomer
    February 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm
  33. February 28, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Updated w/ PDF of legal brief if you want to print… http://t.co/sMrqH6cqy4

    • February 28, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      This is exactly what the lawyers arguing the case against Prop 8 had hoped for. Theodore Boutrous, a lawyer who is arguing for the plaintiffs along with Ted Olsen, emails me this: via Greg Sargent
      “This is a powerful brief by the United States placing the full weight of its authority in favor of equality for all Americans. This is an important day in this nation’s history. If the Court agrees with the United States that ‘heightened scrutiny’ applies, that is a clear path to marriage equality across the United States, because marriage bans in other states cannot satisfy that standard, either.”

  34. 129 Janelle
    February 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Here’s a story from today with FLOTUS and 6500 Chicago kids; it talks about the $50 million partnership with Nike….she just truly makes me smile. She’s like no other First Lady:

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9010308

  35. 131 susanne
    February 28, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    flotus dancing on dr oz show, with cute kids– flotus in high heels, says no problem, think ginger rogers!

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/kids-teach-michelle-obama-some-new-dance-moves

  36. 132 susanne
    February 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    okay, liblib–NOW it’s over :)

    ‘ Around 70 people, mostly men, showed up outside Muslim Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters today after a Facebook event calling for a “Harlem Shake-style protest” went up on Tuesday. ‘

    video:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/protesters-in-egypt-do-the-harlem-shake

  37. February 28, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    just found out that my nomadic, flighty, always broke (I swear to God there were times when I had to give her money just to buy groceries and have gas in her car to get to work) completely unreliable sister has come into a large sum of nmoney via the state lotterry. I’m pretty sure I’m happy for her, but i am seriously burdened by envy. I am literally completely in shock and my head is just trippin!

    So please, I seriously need someone to let me know a good prayer to say to get the envy out of my heart I have right now

    BTW: Nothing I did for my sister was done expecting anything in return. I wasn’t trying to court any blessings. that’s why I’m upset that I have this feeling right now. I’ll get over it, but that il green monster is riding my back right now.

    • 134 Bill
      February 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Try to convince her to find a reliable financial adviser. There are so many stories of lottery winners losing it all. The energy helping her may calm your envy. Best of luck.

    • 135 Don
      February 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Lamh36, revel in the fact that you are the responsible one. I would be more shocked if you didn’t show any emotion at all, there worst things than envy. Maybe your sister receiving this money is a test for both you and her.

    • 136 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      February 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      lamh36, from the school of been there, experienced that…

      Thank God that he has Blessed her bountifully; and pray that he grant her the wisdom to use and invest it wisely. Also, thank Gog for making it possible for you no longer having to supplement her lifestyle.

      Next, if you have a decent relationship with her, encourage her to place 95% in a 90 to 180 day CD to give herself a cooling off period before making major spending, investing decisions.

  38. February 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Too cool. “Barack Obama gives you permission to have an awesome St. Patrick’s Day party.”

  39. February 28, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Pathetic absence of any reputable news organization….. sad state of affairs.

    • 139 jacquelineoboomer
      February 28, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      The MSM in this country are still at the golf course, checking to see if POTUS and Tiger are expected.

    • February 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      I’m no longer getting alerts Chips. Did I do something wrong? I’ve been playing around with stuff, but I didn’t think I canceled my email. Please help. I’ve missed the last two. Thanks a lot.

  40. February 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Check out this article written by a venture capitalist. I am reluctant to share this, yet we need to know things like this are out there and I’m sure floating around right-wing sites. I found this on Forbes after I looked at the 10 best places to be born and raised in 2013.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/billfrezza/2013/02/27/sequester-this-president-obamas-colossal-media-blunder/. Fortitude needed before you read though none of it will surprise you.

  41. 144 99ts
    February 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Barney Frank and Ed – talking about reality – good session.


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