15
Jun
13

Ireland, The Sequel

…. for old time’s sake

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Sunday/Monday:

The President, the First Lady and their daughters depart for Belfast, Northern Ireland tomorrow (Sunday) at 9:20 PM.

They arrive in Belfast on Monday morning.

The First Lady will introduce the President at an event at the Waterfront Convention Centre in Belfast where he will deliver remarks.

While the President then travels to Lough Erne for the G8 Summit, the First Lady and her daughters will leave for Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.

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Handy map:

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The President’s Northern Ireland schedule:

Monday: Arrives Belfast. Delivers remarks at the Waterfront Convention Centre in the city when he will address his support for the peace process in Northern Ireland.

Meets Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the G8 Summit. Later, he attends the G-8 Summit at Lough Erne.

On Monday evening, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

Tuesday: In the evening, following the G-8, the President and the First Family will travel to Berlin, Germany.

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The First Lady and her daughters will visit Trinity College shortly after their arrival in Dublin Monday, lunchtime (local time)…..

(…. remember one of our fave pics from the President’s speech in Dublin? That’s Trinity College behind the very very excited young women)…..

(Trinity’s graduates include Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, among many other famous folk)

The First Lady and her daughters will view the world-famous Book of Kells:

Later in the day, the First Lady will meet the staff and families of the US Embassy in Dublin and attend a special performance of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre….

….oh, go on then:

….. where teenagers and children from a number of youth groups and schools will be invited to join the First Lady and her daughters.

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Tuesday:

Following an overnight stay in the Shelbourne Hotel ….. (LL? Deep breath: the Shelbourne is mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses)…..

….. they will go walking in the Wicklow Hills on Tuesday morning…..

…. this might be weather dependent – it is, after all, summer in Ireland:

….. and will visit the very lovely local lakes and Glendalough….

…… Glendalough is famous for its Early Medieval monastic settlement which was founded in the 6th century, around the time the GOP formulated its policy on women….

…..where they will also see the historical monastic site and round tower.

The First Lady and her daughters will then rejoin President Obama for their visit to Germany.

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And in Germany:

Wednesday: The President will have a meeting with President Gauck and Chancellor Merkel to discuss a wide range of bilateral and global issues.

Later that afternoon, at the invitation of Chancellor Merkel, President Obama will speak at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

On Wednesday evening, the President and the First Family will return to Washington.


161 Responses to “Ireland, The Sequel”


  1. 1 desertflower
    June 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    can’t wait to see the love!

  2. 15 Betsy
    June 15, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Congrats on first df!

  3. June 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Ok, Chips, now you’re going to make me re-read “Ulysses”. You know how to get to a lit geek. I’ve been meaning to re-read it anyway, after I finish the second volume of Proust.

  4. June 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Can’t wait for their trip to Ireland.

    • June 15, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Have to admit GB, I’m disappointed with the southern Ireland schedule, there are honestly 1,000 lovelier places the First Lady and the girls could have been taken to, but because the trip is short I understand, there wasn’t time to take them too far from Dublin – the west/north-west cost of Ireland is, in my VERY (!) humble opinion, endlessly more beautiful than the places they’ll visit, I’d love to have seen them taken there, but time governs these things.

      • 26 utaustinliberal
        June 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm

        Lookachu with your regional pride.

        Everything looks gorgeous. Thanks!

        Fess up…you are the girl doing the river dance right? And that man with the very questionable blouse is Wayne Rooney’s ancestor…right?

      • 28 overseasgranny
        June 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm

        Eh, Chips, the Wicklow Mountains this time of the year can be gorgeous, specially if the Rhodys are blooming. Glendaloch is fascinating even in the rain [please gods don't let it rain!] I still have hopes they will sneakily copter into Moneygall even for an hour. Could be that is staying off the schedule to keep the crowds down, making it possible. We’ll know if Henry shows up in Dublin perhaps.
        Loved this whole post.

      • 32 jackiegrumbacher
        June 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

        Chips, I’m still laughing about your comment on the GOP formulating its policy on women in the 6th century. Perfect!

      • June 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm

        One day Chips. One day, POTUS will make it to your house. :)

  5. June 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm

  6. June 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    GG is in deep shit. Adept2U has a piece on TPV: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/06/the-nsa-fisa-and-glenn-greenwald-did-he.html

    I don’t think there’s any doubt that GG put Snowden into a position where he could not just leak classified data, but give it to the Chinese.

    • June 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      For the record, I am still not convinced that we know who played who, and for what purpose.

      In my opinion, Snowden entered Booz(e) Allen Hamiltion (HI) much, much too easily, given his credentials (note that he earned – according to BAH, $122K/y, about double *my* salary, and I have been a systems administrator for 7 years).

    • 47 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Yep.

      Would be amusing, given the distorted claims about PRISM, if the Chinese are being sold a boat load of red herrings & a couple of Brooklyn Bridges ;) In any event, crimes have been committed and GG is smack in the middle of it.

        • June 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm

          And the question if those seats were empty *on purpose* (EEEE-III-DOOONT-HEEEAAR-YOOUOUOUOU).

          • 50 desertflower
            June 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm

            Who the hell knows. They knew about all this, they just never wanted to be found out that they knew….that way they wouldn’t have to be responsible. Idiots. Big ass waste of taxpayer $$ to pay their paychecks they don’t work for.

            • 51 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
              June 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

              Agree 100% df. And, if any of them think they can pull the ‘plausible deniability’ stunt they’re both incompetent and crazy. #PBO will not be kind to those who skipped. We can be sure we’ll be hearing more about this stunt.

      • 52 jackiegrumbacher
        June 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm

        That would be amusing and raise a whole set of questions about a multidimensional game being played. In the meantime this little Snowden/GG team has given China the pretext to express outrage and thus mask it’s own role in the massive hacking of US military systems. It also further strains China/US tensions at a time when the US is planning an expanded presence in the Pacific. So who benefits? 1.) China, which gets to show the world how bad the US is. 2) Those who want US focus and resources to remain in ME and not shift to the Pacific benefit, temporarily at least. 3) And dear mother Russia, who gets to upset a budding alliance between two giant powers. Whoever is shifting the pieces, I still believe Snowden and GG are little pawns in some giant chess game, whose real players have yet to emerge. Unfortunately for the chess players, their pawns are very weak and pathetically inept.

        • 53 ranman11
          June 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm

          Jackie, great analysis. I am convinced that those Dems who claimed they knew nothing about the NSA programs (i.e., Sen. Merkel Sen. Udall, Rep. Ellison MN. et. al.) want you to believe that they were living under some rock.

          The most likely excuse for their unawareness is Plausible Deniability. It’s shameful that they would stoop that low and play that game on very important constitutional and security matter. I don’t trust them nor do I respect them.

          They are more dangerous to this country, than any outsider that wants to do harm. At least you know where the enemy is coming from.

    • June 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      On the ridiculous Naomi Wolfe piece on an earlier thread, one of the people commenting mentioned that the filmmaker Laura P??? and GG are set to collaborate on a film about whistleblowers…he thought it looked a bit Hmmmm…

    • June 15, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      A person commenting on the Naomi Wolfe screed on an early post noted that the filmmaker, Laura P???, and Greenwald are collaborating on a film about whistleblowers. Hmmm.

    • 56 waltjack
      June 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      I wonder if this guy is a manchurian candidate?

  7. 57 utaustinliberal
    June 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    These tweets are freaking awesome. Science! Gotta love it.

    • June 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      So Schrodinger and Heisenberg were driving in a car. Eventually, a cop pulled them over and ask Heisenberg, “Sir, do you know how fast you were going?” Heisenberg replied, “No, but I can tell you exactly where I was.” Thinking this was a weird response, the cop decided to check the vehicle. He come back up to Schrodinger and asks, “Sir, did you know you had a dead cat in your trunk?” Schrodinger replied, “I do now.”

      • June 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm

        And on the topic of immigration (sorts of).

        Two USSR physicists (does this reveal my age ?) attend a conference in the US. They drive their car on to the parking lot of the University that holds the conference. Unfortunately, they park in a reserved space. So a police officer comes up to their car and asks: Sirs, this is not a valid parking lot, I have to write you a ticket. The Russkies argue with hands and feet … the police officer seems to be convinced that they couldn’t possibly understand the No Parking signs.

        Until he finds the tome on the backseat entitled “Statistical Quantum Mechanics”.

      • 63 utaustinliberal
        June 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm

        Bahahahahahahahahahahaha. Good one.

  8. June 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Wow! Love the travel itinerary – no Moneygall ?

    • 66 anniebella
      June 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      How far is Moneygall from where the G-8 summit is to be held?

      • June 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm

        It’s only around 100 miles from the G8 Summit to Moneygall Anniebella, but separate ‘countries’ – if you count Northern Ireland and the Republic as separate (!)

  9. 68 overseasgranny
    June 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Nice pictures of Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains here:

    http://www.declanmccarthy.ie/index.php?view=thumbnailList&category=9

  10. 69 Ladyhawke
    June 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Is it possible to talk about the inequities in our justice system without mentioning race?

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/06/is-it-possible-to-talk-about-inequities.html

  11. 70 arapaho415
    June 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I wonder why the schedules of FLOTUS and POTUS are so *insane* this week. Each of their trips has the “If it’s Tuesday, This Must be Belgium” feel about them (1970s movie with Suzanne Pleshette and others).

    You’d think they could squeeze Moneygall into FLOTUS’s trip. :(

    If you want to vicariously celebrate, check out @ThomasErdbrink (Tehran bureau chief for NYT) timeline. Here’s a sampling:

  12. 74 utaustinliberal
    June 15, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I heart Jon Favreau.

  13. 76 arapaho415
    June 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    And more…

    It sounds like this is like November 4-5th 2008 for those in Tehran:

  14. June 15, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    This sounds like great fun, I´ve been to Ireland myself, beautiful country :)
    I also like that there will be a speech at the Brandenburg Gate, but I heard there will be restricted access, limited to 4500 people unlike in 2009. But I might be mistaken… I think it´s for security reasons.
    Probably I´ll not be able to watch it live, because I´ll have oral exams in the afternoon, but I´m still excited. :) Let´s hope the so far crappy weather for a “summer” will be a bit kinder. Not that I mind wet shirts on that man…

  15. 80 Layla
    June 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Hi everyone! Work done, yeah!!!! I see some good “stuff” happened today..going to catch up now.

  16. 81 vcprezofan2
    June 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Does anyone with Irish background know if Irish dancing strengthens, or weakens, the knees? I am curious to know what effect it has on the knees of those terrific dancers, like I know ballet, though pretty, leads to ugly feet.

  17. 102 Ladyhawke
    June 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Why Wasn’t I Told About This?

    By JM Ashby

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    Less than half of the Senate actually attended this all-hands-on-deck briefing, much to the dismay of Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

    —————————-

    http://bobcesca.thedailybanter.com/blog-archives/2013/06/why-wasnt-i-told-about-this.html

    • 103 MightyPamela
      June 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Nice karmic touch, well done Mr President! They are never in their seats, even when ” in session”… How much more have they ‘not been told’? Eff’ers…..

      • 104 theo67
        June 15, 2013 at 7:18 pm

        These Senators and Congress people have spent the last several years ignoring the state of the country and its people, and chose instead to attempt 37 times to repeal a law that helps people and the country’s bottom line, and naming numerous post offices – how could they possibly be expected to find time to attend important briefings negating their accusations of tyranny.

  18. 105 Ladyhawke
    June 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    An Outbreak of Reasonableness in Tehran: Top Ten Conclusions from Iran’s Early Election Returns

    http://www.juancole.com/2013/06/reasonableness-conclusions-election.html

  19. June 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm

  20. 107 desertflower
    June 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2013/06/14/2160241/veep-creator-armando-iannucci-on-dick-cheney-being-in-your-twenties-in-dc-and-hbo-sitcoms/

    Oh…I don’t know. It just stuck out to me…

    I’ve always wondered if Dick Cheney was more powerful because he appeared to have no desire to run for futher office; that, you know, he was unconcerned about his reputation.

    Exactly. He had no one to pander to, so, and he had a president who was happy to accept all his, well in the first term anyway, all of his advice. I was told that when Obama moved in they discovered that Cheney had set up an operation in the White House. They had a whole team of staff monitoring emails, anyone within the administration who emailed someone else within the administration, a copy was automatically sent to Cheney’s team so he could oversee everything. That’s an extraordinary, I mean , he was probably the most powerful vice president in recent times.

  21. 110 carolyn
    June 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    The first time I flew to England, we were over Ireland, and someone said “Look out the window.” I looked, and saw such GREEN…..I’d never seen that color before…..it is a green I could never have imagined, and have never seen anywhere else. There’s a reason it is called the Emerald Isle! And for someone who lives where the predominant ground color is brown…..it was absolutely wonderful. I hope this trip is wonderful for them. The German people are highly favorable toward President Obama too. In fact, traveling in Europe has become much more enjoyable since the election of 2008!!!

  22. June 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Just a comment before I go attend my guests: It’s quite ironic that all the moderate Presidents of Iran — Rafsanjani, Khatami, and now the president-elect — have all been clerics.

  23. 113 desertflower
    June 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Why we need to STRENGTHEN VOTING RIGHTS, not take them away!! ARE YOU LISTENING SUPREMES?????

    http://stevemuratore.blogspot.com/2013/06/voter-suppression-bill-sent-to-brewer.html

  24. 114 utaustinliberal
    June 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Huge news.

  25. 117 Layla
    June 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Barack Obama ✔ @BarackObama

    “I try every day to be for Michelle and my girls what my father was not for my mother and me.” —President Obama http://OFA.BO/AXiZca

  26. June 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Ok, the cream my doctor prescribed is working like a charm. Thank goodness; I feel almost human.

  27. 121 Ladyhawke
    June 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Bob Cesca ‏@bobcesca_go 2h

    ———————————————

    Greenwald isn’t revising or clarifying his story, he’s entirely denying the existence of his story. Absolutely bizarre.

    —————————————————–

  28. 122 utaustinliberal
    June 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

  29. June 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Oh no, another scandal! I think there’s some substance to this one…

    • 124 desertflower
      June 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Ha! In Issa’s poor excuse for a “mind” he thought that said “Michael” and he was on to something! Finally! :)

  30. 125 desertflower
    June 15, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Bob Cesca ‏@bobcesca_go 1h
    Now: “we did not claim that the NSA document alleging direct collection from the servers was true.” Which is it? http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/42134_Greenwald-_We_never_claimed_direct_access_was_true

    Bob Cesca ‏@bobcesca_go 1h
    GG: “they’re tapping into the servers of the largest Internet companies that ppl around the world use to communicate” http://goo.gl/i40Mp
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    Stinks to high heaven. Anyone else notice that the administration and PBO haven’t been running around with their hair on fire….haven’t read anything about US trying to capture Snowden. All very low key…maybe on purpose, or maybe what he thought he got was planted there for him to find? Remember the police went to his house before we even knew about this…I think they knew about him much earlier and were watching him to see what he’s do…..plausible?

    • 126 Layla
      June 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      “maybe what he thought he got was planted there for him to find” DF this is what I have thought and stated all along.

    • 127 Nena20409
      June 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      They try too hard. Their projection to tarnish this POTUS from day one falls apart and instead crying Uncle, they dig deeper.
      Thank goodness, Karma, Prudence, Fate, and even a twist of Poetic Justice……can’t all be fooled at the same time…….Hence their Bumbling, Crumbling, Fumbling, Tumbling, etc.

  31. 128 dotster3
    June 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Haha—did a babystitting stint with my sweet adorable 3 yr. old grandson today—laughing about my daughter telling about taking him bowling for the first time yesterday. Said it took about 20 minutes for his ball to roll down the alley and some of them didn’t make it—but he thought the whole thing was so awesome he asked if he could have a ball return for his “birfday”—–thought that device would be nifty to have around—-all balls coming right back atcha from wherever they had landed. When daughter said that wasn’t going to happen, he asked her if she could get on the computer—now—-and order a bowling alley for his house—–and he said “please”. Wish I could post the cutest of all time photo from her facebook page—without all the personal stuff—-of this little guy in his khaki cargo shorts hanging below his knees with about 6 inches of leg visible and his Hawaiian “bowling shirt”, looking down the lane in awe. Historic cuteness—-I promise, not lyin’.

    • 129 Nena20409
      June 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Wonderful dotster ;)

      Keep enjoying your 3yrs old grandson

    • 130 arapaho415
      June 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Sounds adorable. Kids are so darn cute at that age.

      I know you said you were on twitter, but don’t like your moniker, so maybe you don’t use it much, but I think you can down a pic on any Internet page (except copyright protected, like annoying enough, Flickr) and save the pic to your hard drive as a JPEG or similar image. You can then upload to a tweet by clicking on the camera icon in the lower left corner of the tweet you’re composing. Make sure you see your image near the bottom of your tweet before sending, then, voila, a sharable image.

    • 131 MightyPamela
      June 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      :lol: HaHa! Hilarious! 3 is a great age, still like to be cuddled, unlike the fiercely independent 4 year old!

    • 132 theo67
      June 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Great memory for you to cherish, dotster!

  32. 133 vcprezofan2
    June 15, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    OUR “Father of the Year” is a kind, caring, empathetic man – always has been. Remember this ‘prequel’?

    http://theobamadiary.com/2010/11/08/the-kindness-of-strangers/

    • 134 arapaho415
      June 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      My favorite story of all time.

      Thank you for linking to this wonderful story that the MSM ignored.

      Funny that there were only 17 comments on that thread. Guess TODville wasn’t as chatty then, LOL.

      • 135 vcprezofan2
        June 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm

        :grin: Oh there are some goodies in the archives with only one comment! Mama Chips has patiently nurtured our village through its growing pains and I notice that Vitamin Lover has been by her side from real early on.

  33. 136 arapaho415
    June 15, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Waiting for the mea culpa from MSM and all the self-righteous emoprogs who ennobled the Snowden traitor. Let’s keep a tally.

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1260306/edward-snowden-classified-us-data-shows-hong-kong-hacking-targets

  34. 137 Nena20409
    June 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Poor Tiger Woods…..it is just Not Happening today. Started at +3 then with Birdie at 1 and then down goes everything…..I stopped watching at his +6.

  35. 138 Layla
    June 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Morris the cat runs for mayor of Mexican city

    stumbleupon: Morris the cat runs for mayor of Mexican city digg: US Works With Sudan Government Suspected Of Aiding Genocide reddit: Morris the cat runs for mayor of Mexican city del.icio.us: Morris the cat runs for mayor of Mexican city

    OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ | June 15, 2013 06:23 PM EST | AP
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    MEXICO CITY — This mayoral hopeful in Mexico promises to eat, sleep most of the day and donate his leftover litter to fill potholes.

    Morris, a black-and-white kitten with orange eyes, is running for mayor of Xalapa in eastern Mexico with the campaign slogan “Tired of Voting for Rats? Vote for a Cat.” And he is attracting tens of thousands of politician-weary, two-legged supporters on social media.

    “He sleeps almost all day and does nothing, and that fits the profile of a politician,” said 35-year-old office worker Sergio Chamorro, who adopted the 10-month-old feline last year.

    Put forth as candidate by Chamorro and a group of friends after they became disillusioned with the empty promises of politicians, Morris’ candidacy has resonated across Mexico, where citizens frustrated with human candidates are nominating their pets and farm animals to run in July 7 elections being held in 14 states.

    Also running for mayor are “Chon the Donkey” in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, “Tina the Chicken” in Tepic, the capital of the Pacific coast state of Nayarit, “Maya the Cat” in the city of Puebla and “Tintan the Dog” in Oaxaca City, though their campaigns are not as well organized as that of Morris.

    Politicians repeatedly rank at the bottom of polls about citizens’ trust in institutions. A survey last year by Mitofsky polling agency ranking Mexicans’ trust in 15 institutions put politicians and government officials among the bottom five. Universities and the Catholic Church were the top two, respectively.

    Morris’ cuteness, the clever campaign and promises to donate money collected from the sales of campaign stickers and T-shirts to an animal shelter has attracted cat lovers, but Chamorro said most of his supporters are citizens tired of corrupt politicians and fraudulent elections.

    “Morris has been a catalyst to show the discontent that exists in our society,” Chamorro said. “Our message from the beginning has been `if none of the candidates represent you, vote for the cat’ and it seems people are responding to that.”

  36. 139 Nena20409
    June 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Shipping magnate Paul Soros dies in NYC at 87

    June 15, 2013 06:04 PM EST |

    NEW YORK — Paul Soros, a successful innovator in shipping and the older brother of billionaire financier George Soros, has died in New York City. He was 87.

    Soros’ son, Peter, says his father died early Saturday after a long bout with a host of illnesses, including cancer, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130615/us-obit-paul-soros/?utm_hp_ref=homepage&ir=homepage

  37. 140 carolyn
    June 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Sounds like the administration is just letting Snowden run himself out, get himself into more and more trouble. I bet he thought they’d be after him as soon as he got that first bit out. Instead, the administration is acting like he doesn’t exist, which I know is not what he wanted. If he had stopped, or they had picked him up immediately, there would not have been as much to charge him with, and he would indeed have been a hero to many groups. But, by letting him stay free, and perpetrating more deeds, he is digging himself a deeper well, and when the time comes there will be many more charges for him. Now, he’s sharing details of US spying, not just saying the US does it…..his info has been highly questionable, and what is his purpose now, but treason?
    Obviously he does not have a grasp about diplomatic relations and treaties between countries.

  38. 144 dotster3
    June 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    In weird news—-hanging bras from the ceiling tradition resumes at 105 yr. old Milwaukee bar. Gals either liberate themselves or with help from their bar companions—–as they slip out of the harness and it gets hoisted and hung——-get a cowbell in recognition—–with cheers all around. Gesture now includes a $5 donation to breast cancer research, so —-all for a good cause, I guess. Freedom!

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-milwaukee-brasbre95e09n-20130615,0,3836719.story

  39. 147 arapaho415
    June 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Not good news for Turkey.

    So much news from the Middle East west Asia today.

    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/everyone-who-enters-taksim-square-will-be-treated-as-a-terrorist-turkish-eu-minister.aspx?pageID=238&nID=48875&NewsCatID=338

  40. 148 criquet
    June 15, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Has anyone seen this?

    http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-difference-between-lightening-bug.html

    If not please read and pass on .
    GG completely exposed. He is a total charlatan.

  41. 149 criquet
    June 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    • 150 theo67
      June 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Oh – I love the sound of this. I might buy the book just for this reason. That’s if I can’t just read the chapter in the book store, of course…

  42. June 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Boy Wonder has a sad

    Former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told conservatives Friday that Obamacare helped President Obama defeat Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, decrying the “empty promises” of the law that hadn’t yet been implemented.

    “This was our challenge that Mitt Romney and I had in this last election,” Ryan said in a speech at the annual Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, DC. “We had to argue against the promise and the rhetoric of President Obama. The great soaring rhetoric, all of the empty promises.”

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/06/paul-ryan-obamacare-helped-obama-defeat-romney.php?ref=fpb

    • 152 COS
      June 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Unfortunately for Romney and Ryan, the majority of the people did not think it was soaring empty rhetoric. They never learn.

    • 153 theo67
      June 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Forget “empty promises”. Paul Ryan is an empty suit.

      • June 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm

        Paul Ryan will be with his family this Thanksgiving washing clean pots and pans in a soup kitchen.

        • 155 theo67
          June 15, 2013 at 8:14 pm

          Ha! That’s about the only thing he’s actually qualified to do, and he didn’t even actually do it the last time he tried to pull a fast one on the public. The dishes were already clean!

  43. 156 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    #TrustBarack

  44. 157 Vicki
    June 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I share the excitement about The Obama family in Ireland.
    Possibly I’m even more excited to see how POTUS is greeted in Germany. Remember summer of 2008, then Senator Obama, greeted by 100,000 cheering Germans waving America flags?

    Cue the RW/MSM “Only 50,000 Germans greeted PBO this time. See, he’s losing popularity. Last time TEN MIILION showed up.”
    Or something equally untrue and ridiculous.

    we will see.

  45. 161 desertflower
    June 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    MO DOO DOO is at it again…. “Bill Schools Barry” Ignorant hack


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