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Chat Away

Pyramid Rock Beach, Kaneohe Bay (Photo by Pete Souza, Jan. 1, 2012) – hey, any Hawaii-ish excuse to post one of the perfect pics

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Chat on!


170 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. 6 Carol
    December 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I miss the President..

  2. 7 LDS
    December 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Float on, Mr. President…….Float on…..
    Congrats , Magapie!

      • 9 LDS
        December 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm

        Ms. Chips, sorry I missed your shout out.
        I stepped out to get chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallows. Making S’mores with the kids tonight. I sneaked me some ice cream when they were not looking. Merry Christmas to you and Danny Boy! I have been so busy these days and by the time I play catch up,it’s another day. LOL! So glad to see our First Family on vacation. It just warms my heart.
        Thank you, Ms. Chips for all you do and God bless your “efficient elves” that have helped you this year so that you can have your mini vacations that YOU so well deserve.

        This time of the years makes me more grateful than ever.
        2013 has been a great year! If anyone is thinking otherwise, their asses are doom and gloom because they know time is winding down and they are running out of schemes and plots, so they go back to Plan A. Which is so obvious, so transparent. It is pathetic and predictable.

        The best is yet to come! If they think POB is going to lighten up on their dumb asses before he leaves office, they have a rude awakening ahead of them. They have disrespected him and the Office of The Presidency from the first day he was sworn in. When it is over, they will remember his name.. I am so glad that so many people have affordable health care. This is the best gift anyone can give and receive. I am truly looking forward for 2014 to kick some asses out of Congress and be rid of that Tea Party circus clowns.
        Merry Christmas to all!

  3. 10 susanne
    December 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    aloha chipsticks!

  4. 30 anniebella
    December 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I heard Oregon St. is in Hawaii for a basketball tournament, maybe POTUS and FLOTUS might attend the game.

  5. 31 susanne
    December 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    love love love that photo of pbo in the ocean! wish he could commune with his childhood self there daily.

  6. December 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Enjoy the view!!!!

  7. 36 susanne
    December 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    hope the first family gets to play on the water a bit. this photo journal shows the beach and bay where the obamas are vacationing. (note to chips: probably reeeally coooold there, though :) )

    http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2013/10/lanikai-sailing/

  8. December 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    It’s that time of year when websites are retrospective overdrive.

    But take a look at this photo. Anyone who harbors an ill thought against Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly have no soul, are empty vessels (yes, I’ve seen vile comments and tweets about them).

    Here’s the caption of the photo in @nycjim’s tweet:

    Mark Kelly leans his head on the shoulder of his wife and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords as they attend a news conference asking Congress and the Senate to provide stricter gun control in the United States on March 6 in Tucson, Arizona. Giffords and Kelly were joined by survivors of the Tucson shooting as they spoke outside the Safeway grocery store where the shooting happened two years ago that killed six people.

    And, of course, January 21, 2013 made the list:

    Final photo from Mashable’s list:

    • 39 MightyPamela
      December 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      SilverFox alert: just behind POTUS’ left arm!! Ah, those were the days, eh, HZ? Eh, Carolyn? Sigh.. ;)

    • 42 99ts
      December 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      RW hate speech took out one of their own & still the GOP in congress will not control guns – and they support the hate speech. That picture of Mark and Gabby should win any photo competition

  9. 43 amk for obama
    December 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Just cool and comfortable 20 deg C here. Jus’ saying.

  10. 99 utaustinliberal
    December 21, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Like a BAWSE.

    • 100 dotster3
      December 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Good—-hope he enjoys himself to the utmost and plays every day. To h with all of the snippy, snarling critics. Start counting, Knoller.

    • 101 99ts
      December 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Love it UT – does he leave the jackals behind in DC when he heads to Hawaii – or do they tag along to count the rounds of golf?

      • 102 utaustinliberal
        December 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm

        They go with him because it’s protocol, but they’re kept away from him when he goes to do private stuff like golfing, working out, hanging out on a private beach with his family, etc.

        • 103 99ts
          December 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm

          Thanks UT – So they get to have a great vacation & whinge about it – wonder if there will ever be a pundit who will tell the truth about PBO – like wishing for the moon

    • 104 anniebella
      December 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Oh no !!!!! Do Mark Knoller know that POTUS is playing golf on his first day of his Christmas vacation in Hawaii?

  11. December 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve been a librarian for 5 years and haven’t done this for my family: I just ordered books for everyone on my list from Amazon. Even my 2 year old nephew is getting a book: a collection of Dr. Seuss. Gotta start warping their minds early.

    • 107 carolyn
      December 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      My grandkids are used to getting books from g’ma and g’pa. The BEST gift…….

      • 108 dotster3
        December 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

        I always give books also—-got many wrapped under the tree right now—-for kids from 2 mo. to 12 yrs. old. Recommending a book for anyone looking for a last minute gift for a little one—-”My Penguin Osbert”. My daughter said today that every year her kids, now 10 and 12, get out all their xmas books for re-reading and maybe their most fave is the penguin book—–which I gave to one of them when he was 3. They still laugh with it and love it—–about a little kid who asks Santa for a real live penguin and gets more than he bargained for, having to be out in the snow with him all day every day, take ice cube baths with him, eat yucky stuff with him etc. Love books that last, that kids love for years.

        • 109 dotster3
          December 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm

          Also recommend for new babies, which we are blessed with around here—-”On the Night You Were Born” by Nancy Tillman, dare anyone to read it without choking up. I got it for my new grandbabe when she was born (and for all her cousins before her) Got her Tillman’s newest for xmas, “I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love.” All her books are keepsakes and lovelies.

          http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17166733-i-d-know-you-anywhere-my-love

          • 110 dotster3
            December 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm

            Also got my 3 daughters The Goldfinch—–hope it’s as excellent as its rave reviews because I haven’t read it yet. Said to be a book that comes along only a few times a decade, a stay up all night, tell all your friends book.

    • December 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      I took a peak at the design awards for libraries that Dudette posted on the previous thread.

      For me, the best library is Juneau’s. It’s 4 stories, mostly glass. When I visited AK in 1999, you could look directly into the cruise ships docked next to the library from the 3rd floor. Amazing how many people don’t leave cruises when they’re at a port of call.

      Also like my local library which was built as part of one of our munipals parks and has lots of tall windows at angles which provides lots of areas with relative privacy. It also has a huge saltwater aquarium in the children’s area which is a big hit with the kids. The children’s wing is new, built less than 10 years ago. This is what taxpayer dollars are for.

      Here’s what the GOP RWNJs get away with by not letting their “base” know what good public dollars can provide.

      • 112 magapie
        December 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm

        I’d love to beat those sorry old worthless fuckers until my knuckles bled. BUT……..OH, right I abhor violence!! Yeah, and….well, probably wouldn’t get the chance and they should just be in jail for fraud, malfeasance and mass war crimes.

        • 113 LDS
          December 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

          Magapie, please do not get me started on these two “worthless fuckers”. I just cannot believe how they are able to sleep.
          So much blood on their evil hands. They will be held accountable one day. Jail is too kind.

      • 114 LDS
        December 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm

        And this dumbass has a library?
        Do you think those enablers even know they were screwed or they are just to hateful to care?
        It is pathetic when you know better and you don’t care. It will keep on happening.
        How ignorant is that?

    • December 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Same here. I would prefer to buy at a local bookstore, but Amazon is just so easy to search and find, see reviews, etc., etc. HYPOCRITE!! *SIGH*. I bought a “History of the Super Bowl” book for my kid, thinking it would have lots of info and stats AND action photos. But when it arrived – ZERO PICTURES. Only summaries and statistics. (I PROBABLY could have taken a little more time and figured that out when I was ordering.) So I go in to my Amazon account to return the book and I get the message: Since your such a good customer, just keep the item and we’ll give you a credit anyway. Of course they are saving on handling, and probably sold it to me for $15 and their cost was $4.50! Anyway, going to give it to him and see what he does with it!!

    • 116 lockewasright
      December 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      ‘If I Ran the Zoo’ is proof that Dr. Seuss is Satan. Try reading it aloud for story time, you’ll see.

      • December 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm

        When I return from vacation I have a visit from a winter camp. The day they visit I’ll be reading Dr. Seuss. Pray for me.

        • 118 lockewasright
          December 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm

          I have a house full of kids tonight since each of my two has a sleep over guest. I am about to grab my hardbound Suess collection and read to them. I like to read The Sneetches to visiting children if I am not confident that they are getting the story’s message at home.

  12. December 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Oh my after so many tries to get on here and finally make it to be at the end of the last blog. However I will not give up and if you dear Dudette will post the youtube I would appreciate it. If anyone gets through this without a hanky I am surprised. This beautiful young man we will hear from again. Flash mob at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston this past week by the Berklee School of Music. http://www.berklee.edu/news/students-surprise-mfa-crowd-o-holy-night

  13. 120 jacquelineoboomer
    December 21, 2013 at 7:38 pm
    • 121 99ts
      December 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      My heavens – I actually read the article GrooveSDC pointed to – more white supremacy and hate on black – I cannot believe someone has said it – I cannot believe that some people have to live with this level of racism – but I can believe that the media pundits support it.

      I so like that twitter has given people a voice to fight this racism and hate that used to be hidden from the majority.

      • 122 LDS
        December 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm

        Believe it, 99ts. It is real.
        They used to do it on the golf course and behind closed doors of Board Room meetings. What still hurts me is those who did not speak up and still don’t. And they say they are not racists and make excuses for relatives when they have one beer too many. It starts with a joke.
        ” I AMJUST KIDDING” is not an option.
        My grandmother used to always tell us,”What is in you, will eventually come out”. I believe that.
        It will come out through a joke, alcohol, hurt, pain, even death. It will happen.

        • 123 99ts
          December 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm

          When I was younger – probably until the 1970s – the jokes were there and I used to laugh – in my world mainly about the native Australians – but I had a colleague who studied in Arkansas and he came back with all the jokes (c. 1974).

          I’m not sure what kicked in my conscience that this was so wrong – but I so appreciate your comment, it made me reflect on how I used to be & used to join in by laughing at the jokes.

          I think it was Mandela & a RW state leader who supported apartheid in the early 1970s (declaring a state of emergency when white South Africans came her to play rugby) that made me realize that it was not “kidding” or funny.

      • 124 jacquelineoboomer
        December 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

        I didn’t read any of it. I just know I wouldn’t be on “their side,” whatever it is! It was just fun reminding ol’ creepy Jake that he’s a loser.

  14. 127 amk for obama
    December 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm
  15. 128 amk for obama
    December 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm
  16. 132 lockewasright
    December 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Holy crap! Did I ever cut my index finger today! OUCH!!!

    • 133 jacquelineoboomer
      December 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Sorry! You okay?

      • 134 lockewasright
        December 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm

        I’m alright. I am just gonna have a scar after a week or so of one really sore finger. I was trying to open a package of ear buds for my son with a pocket knife. It slipped off of the package and went into my finger with a lot of umph behind it. I spend most of my free time in the kitchen with chef knives, cleavers, and such. I know better than to push a blade toward myself instead of away! Well, at least the kids got a lesson in thinking about what you’re doing and making smarter choices than the one I made.

  17. 136 Nena20409
    December 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Honestly, there needs to be a HUGE distraction between Mankini and POTUS Chips. Please I beg of You, Chips, a bigger pictorial banner. Mankini is just too offensive for my 4eyes. Thank you in advance ;)

    • 138 theo67
      December 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      5.3 million families that are sleeping better at night.

    • 139 LDS
      December 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Wow! Thank you for the numbers, Mr. Bobfr.
      I know it is going to reach even higher before the year is over.
      2013 was a bad year for POB, my ass……..
      They are reaching for straws and POB has the last and only one sucking them up in his milkshake.
      Enjoy your vacation, Mr. President. Job well done. You have earned every second.
      I pray that you come back rested, restored and ready to kick-ass.(again)

      We must give him a Congress that is for the People. By the People.
      (Dems that includes you)

    • 140 Nena20409
      December 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      As it was once said:

      The haters can’t fool ALL, all of the time.

    • December 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      WOW. That’s great news.

    • 142 nathkatun7
      December 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Great news! Thanks Bob for sharing it.

  18. 143 dotster3
    December 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    So sad. Claire Davis, the lovely innocent girl who was shot in the head by the student gunman in her Co. high school last week, has died. She had been in a coma and in critical condition since the shooting but all who loved her were still hoping for an eventual recovery.

    • 144 anniebella
      December 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Wow, that is sad news. Pray for her family.

    • 145 Nena20409
      December 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      So very sorry for her, her family and friends.

    • December 21, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      How many more families have to deal with their children dying to guns right before the holidays? May she rest in peace and may her family find some measure of comfort/solace at this very difficult time.

    • 147 nathkatun7
      December 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      This is so, so, sad! Yet another young child robbed of life by senseless gun violence. May she R.I.P. I pray her family, and all the people who loved her, find strength to cope with this terrible loss.

      • 148 HZ
        December 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm

        Another young life cut short of living out her dreams and goals in life. May we be urgent in our actions to help POB and his administration to push Congress to get to work on a good and decent gun-safety-controlled bill. This has to stop.

        May Claire’s family and friends be comforted by our thoughts and prayers. ().HZ

  19. 149 amk for obama
    December 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm
  20. 153 amk for obama
    December 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm
  21. 154 amk for obama
    December 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm
  22. 157 amk for obama
    December 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Jim Messina, who served as President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign manager, said Thursday that he is not considering an appointment in the Senate to replace departing Sen. Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat.

    The comments came on the heels of a report in The Hill earlier on Thursday that said Messina had received calls in the last day from “high level” officials in Montana asking if he would serve as a placeholder for the senator, according to a source familiar with the conversations. Obama is asking Baucus to serve as U.S. ambassador to China.

    While he received the queries, Messina, who served as chief of staff to Baucus, took to Twitter to deny that he’s mulling a Senate appointment.

  23. 158 amk for obama
    December 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    LOL.

  24. 161 africa
    December 21, 2013 at 8:41 pm
    • 162 amk for obama
      December 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      The most redenkulous objection from the rc. Follow the pope into 21st century, you idjits.

    • 163 dotster3
      December 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Sorry for this, but I just got an amusing vision of a “contraceptive challenge”——as an athletic event—-maybe even an Olympics event. :)

    • 164 amk for obama
      December 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      The plaintiffs’ beliefs “remain the same, but in the interim, the law has changed,” Jackson wrote.

      Boom.

  25. 166 africa
    December 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    From the frying pan into the fire. Hmmm.

  26. 167 amk for obama
    December 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Any one planning on a new chat way thread? Or shall I do it? LL?


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