163 Responses to “Chat Away!”


    • 2 MightyPamela
      January 3, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Hiya Cutie! How are my dears hanging today??

    • 3 hopefruit2
      January 3, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Congrats Chips on #1!

      • January 3, 2014 at 6:17 pm

        Thanks Hopefruit, my awesomeness knows no bounds :cool:

        • 5 hopefruit2
          January 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm

          I see that we are already full of ourselves this early in the year? And indoor sunglasses…AGAIN?

        • 16 99ts
          January 3, 2014 at 6:25 pm

          Your ego has that same boundless awesomeness. It loves being No 1. :)

          Good (very warm) morning from my world. I am chatting – as usual – on the last thread. Of all the comments about health care – this one from Josh Marshall surely has to be read 5 times – it is so hard to believe

          “It is amazing to witness the sheer depths of rage, denial and disgust many people experience as they see millions of people gaining access to affordable health care for the first time.”

          No wonder it was so easy for GWB to get 99% of the country to agree to go to war for a non existent reason. He took their hate of their fellow man and directed it outside of the country. When these people have no “outsiders” to hate – they turn on their own.

  1. 17 MightyPamela
    January 3, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    What!

  2. 24 dotster3
    January 3, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Winner!

  3. 26 GGail
    January 3, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I am so confused and turned around. This having a Holiday smack in the middle of a week has thrown me off. I was wondering why/how did the WWW get published already, it’s not Friday…?

  4. 29 hopefruit2
    January 3, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I am looking forward to my President’s SOTU address later this month.

  5. January 3, 2014 at 6:28 pm

  6. 33 dotster3
    January 3, 2014 at 6:29 pm

  7. January 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    When does PBO and Flotus and fam return…to the WH

  8. January 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Afternoon, Obots!

    I had a two-mai tai lunch with the missus at Trader Vic’s. I am now going to take a siesta. That is all.

  9. 43 desertflower
    January 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    :)

  10. January 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    “What Reid is proposing is to change the structure of the program, so that those in states with a high unemployment rate – but one that’s not high enough to qualify for the maximum of 73 weeks, the top tier – would get the maximum length. In other words, the duration of benefits would last longer for more people”.

  11. 49 utaustinliberal
    January 3, 2014 at 6:56 pm

  12. 50 forus50
    January 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

  13. 51 dotster3
    January 3, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I give this Zionsville, In. mom of 5 a ton of credit for starting Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, something she was compelled to do after Newtown. She’s not just talking, she’s doing. Her org. now includes 130,000 moms, chapters in every state. They’re working on this most important gun issue daily.

    http://archive.indystar.com/article/20140103/LIFE/301030016/Shannon-Watts-takes-gun-lobby-motherhood-her-weapon

  14. 52 hopefruit2
    January 3, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    When OWS was busy preening and posing for the cameras, heckling (mostly Dem) politicians,, and trying to undermine our President’s fundraising efforts under the guise of the “no money in politics” mantra, there was no mention of Bill de Blasio ANYWHERE. But now they’re trying to take credit for his success? Oh Please…

    • January 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      That woman is the dregs of humanity, truly.

    • January 3, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      This woman and her ilk always poke their heads out of the gutter to claim undeserved credit. They do absolutely no work, undermine real progress and claim it’s “not enough”, and then want to claim credit for work they had no hand in. Goodness – none of these emoprogs even supported the Occupy movement during its heyday!

  15. 55 forus50
    January 3, 2014 at 7:09 pm

  16. January 3, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    More on the US minimum wage, published by USA Today during the last week of December (via @politicalwire) in 3 tweets.

    See upthread for link to NYT article published at about the same time re: Dems push for Minimum Wage increase, especially in potential pick-ups in red (South Dakota) and purple (New Mexico) states.

  17. 59 dotster3
    January 3, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    LingOL at chips’ church sign tweets. Churches need a sophisticated review committee before plastering those (sex) messages out there for all to see and giggle at.

  18. 61 Ladyhawke
    January 3, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    5 Reasons The GOP’s Obamacare Sabotage Will Have To Get Even More Desperate

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/5-reasons-the-gops-obamacare-sabotage-will-have-to-get-even-more-desperate/

  19. 62 hopefruit2
    January 3, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    It’s quite heartening to see that the American people are not stupid.

  20. 64 JER
    January 3, 2014 at 8:25 pm

  21. 65 JER
    January 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm

  22. 69 amk for obama
    January 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm

  23. 70 MightyPamela
    January 3, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Mighty.

  24. 74 MightyPamela
    January 3, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Has.

  25. January 3, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I’m all sneezy. Cranky-alert. :???:

    • 79 amk for obama
      January 3, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Danneeee, watch out !!!

      • January 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm

        I just sneezed violently and woke him up. Feel bad. Although I thought the ‘you-are-a-serial-killer’ look on his face was excessive.

        • 81 amk for obama
          January 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm

          who knows better than danny about all the bones you have got buried in your backyard?

          • January 3, 2014 at 9:05 pm

            I almost buried him in the back garden today. He disappeared, there was a worrying silence, I finally found him with my supersonic walking shoe thingies’ laces in his mouth. The life chewed out of them. And when I retrieved the remains from his mouth, he looked at me with so much hurt I almost apologized.

            • 83 amk for obama
              January 3, 2014 at 9:11 pm

              Ever heard of closet thingies? Buy one of them (heck, buy a dozen, if you need to), put your thingummies inside and hang a Beware Dog sign on the outside.

            • 93 forus50
              January 3, 2014 at 9:15 pm

              Good attempt at diversionary answer there. Now back to the bones question.

            • January 4, 2014 at 1:08 am

              1. My dog Tess (sheltie(, in the later years of her life became petrified of my sneezes. No one else’s, just mine. She would lie at my feet as usual and if I sneezed, she’d give me a very reproachful look, and walke carefully, in a kind of hunched way, all the way to the other side of the room to hide behind my daughter’s chair until it was safe to come out again. If Gwyneth (daughter) was upstairs, one sneeze would make her move to the kitchen, another drove her to the bottom of the hallway stairs, and a third up into my daughter’s room, who would thereupon yell down, “Are you sneezing down there????”

              2. My previous dog Bryn, (a Welsh Corgi :) ), loved my shoes. No one else’s, just mine. they were black slip-on Rockports, reasonably expensive. After he did it the first time, I would be careful to leave them on table tops or closet shelves. Then would come the inevitable day when I would slip up and wake to find another pair of Rockports had bitten the dust. I think we did this five times representing @ $400 worth of shoes. (I have funny feet and am on them most of the day so need good support shoes). Since I always purchased an identical pair of black slip-ons, I’m pretty sure every time he found them he was thinking, “Damn! I thought I took care of these already!”

  26. January 3, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    “Google knows where you are, what you search for, what you bought. It knows what porn you stream, what political rhetoric you consume, and — through G+ — it can compare that knowledge to your social graph. Facebook is doing the same thing, in increasingly annoying ways. Target uses informatics and inference, based on massive data sets compiled from your shopping and mine, to spot women who’ve just learned that they’re pregnant, and to send those women special offers and coupons for expectant mothers”…

  27. 104 amk for obama
    January 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Tunisia’s national assembly has begun voting on a long-delayed new constitution.

    It is to be voted on article by article and politicians hope it will be adopted by 14 January – the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution.

    The hope is that its adoption will help end the stalemate between the country’s opposing political factions.

    The assassinations of two opposition figures last year pushed the country into a dangerous political crisis.

    Correspondents say the new constitution will be a major milestone in the country’s democratic transition.

    It has taken more than two years to agree on a draft text.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25593514

  28. January 3, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    LOL.

  29. 106 Bill R.
    January 3, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    This update from Cover Oregon on enrollments to date. They are still struggling with paper mode, but it is going forward, with 140k enrollments as of Jan. 1:
    On New Year’s Day, new benefits went into affect for more than 140,000 Oregonians. This includes people enrolled through Cover Oregon directly and those who used the “fast-track” option for the Oregon Health Plan. Right now, tens of thousands more Oregonians now have access to the health care they need, when they need it, bringing peace of mind and financial security to individuals and families across the state. And although the Cover Oregon website isn’t fully functional, we were able to create a paper application process that, with your support, has helped us make monumental strides to enroll Oregonians in health insurance.

    One Oregonian who now has health coverage is Heather Hines, who shared her story with the Oregonian. http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/steve_duin/index.ssf/2013/12/steve_duin_cover_oregon_helps.html In 2007, Hines had only catastrophic coverage with a $5,000 deductible when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, because she can no longer be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition, Hines will start the New Year with peace of mind. Through Cover Oregon, Hines found a health plan that met her needs and cut her annual deductible from $5,000 to $750, while her monthly premium increased just $44.

    • 107 forus50
      January 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Bill, it’s so surprising with seeing Oregon struggle with the state exchange website when the state is so much a leader in technology and government programs including voting by mail. I saw the head guy resigned. I hope it all gets worked out soon!

      • 108 Bill R.
        January 3, 2014 at 11:09 pm

        It’s a simple matter of them hiring the wrong contractor. They hired Oracle, supposedly a leader in website technology. Oracle promised a state of the art technically difficult website interfacing with over 64 databases. Turned out Oracle couldn’t produce. The website they produced couldn’t do all phases of direct enrollment. So now Cover Oregon has had to hire another team to come in and try to paste together a system that will do enrollments. Right now a person can complete and submit an application online, but the eligibility for tax credits online isn’t complete. So you can do part of it online, but the rest is done by people, so it’s a slow process. Most Community Partners and insurance agents are still doing paper apps still.

  30. 109 donna dem 4 obama
    January 3, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Gear up TOD looks like we’re about to fight for a minimum wage hike in 2014.

  31. January 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Hello everyone! So much good news out there! I ran across this very interesting article about a man who fought with Libyan rebels. He said the NYT article confirmed his assessment of Benghazi. Very interesting article with reasonable, understandable points. Gives the NYT article “legs” that it should have.

    VanDyke — an American who fought with Libyan rebels to oust Gaddafi — says the report vindicates his initial assessment of Benghazi, and says people mentioning Al Qaeda have a fundamentally flawed view of Al Qaeda as a top-down organization with regimented ranks….

  32. January 3, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I just lost my comment somehow! Hello again if it appears magically. I wanted to let you know about this article that supports the NYT Benghazi article. He obviously understands the subtle nature of conflict in that region.

    The Benghazi report out of The New York Times has met with much fervor on both sides of the political/military aisle — with Republicans saying the Times ignored evidence of Al Qaeda’s involvement.

    Others, like Matthew VanDyke, say the report highlights the nuance of the attack, which was lost in the wake as political and military pundits sought to score points.

    VanDyke — an American who fought with Libyan rebels to oust Gaddafi — says the report vindicates his initial assessment of Benghazi, and says people mentioning Al Qaeda have a fundamentally flawed view of Al Qaeda as a top-down organization with regimented ranks…

  33. January 3, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    This is from his blog. For some reason my comments don’t seem to be appearing. Not sure what is going on!

  34. 113 dotster3
    January 3, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Interesting………..

  35. January 3, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Gnashing of teeth because millions of Americans now have health care; vicious attacks against providing a minimum wage and UI (earned) benefits; & unrestrained hatred of immigrants and immigration reform will combine to obliterate the GOP on 4 Nov 2014 – and beyond.

    AS LONG AS WE VOTE

    Yes We Can

  36. 118 Vicki
    January 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    NYC already a better place. The De Blasio administration has eased the rules for admission to Homeless Centers and increased outreach efforts to keep everybody in from the cold. Mary Brosnahan who is the heroine who champions New Yorks homeless is finally getting some help to the people who need it the most.

    Not just the homeless but better lives for tenants too. Folks who have suffered in cold buildings for years now will be heard by their City Gov’t.
    Tenants are urged to report lack of heat which is a big improvement over the departed regime.

    The new Mayor isn’t waiting one second to walk the walk.

    • January 3, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      “The new Mayor isn’t waiting one second to walk the walk.”

      He sure isn’t, Vicki. Very impressed with his actions yesterday and today.

    • 120 jackiegrumbacher
      January 3, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      This is terrific news, Vicki. The needs of the homeless and those in cold living conditions are immediate and desperate. Anything that can be done quickly will save lives now and through the winter. There are going to be tedious battles ahead for the New York mayor, but I’m glad that he’s focusing on what can be done and on his own. I wish we all had leaders like like this in our cities and states.

      • 121 Vicki
        January 3, 2014 at 11:11 pm

        I think the progressive wave thing is real not just a msm talking point.
        In years to come I think we will see many leaders like Bill d B.

  37. 122 MightyPamela
    January 3, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Astronomy Alert: Quadrantids Meteor Showers 4 January 2014 at 25 meteors/hour, for a rural, moonless sky. Okay?

  38. January 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    btw, I’m a graduate of Georgetown Medical School …..

  39. 128 amk for obama
    January 3, 2014 at 10:13 pm

  40. 134 jacquelineoboomer
    January 3, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Oh, great, wind chill here in Central Illinois over next couple of days “coldest on record in 20 years.” Parents are advised to “cancel appointments for little children.” Oh, and, “Frostbite can occur within 10-15 mins.”

    Lived in Florida for 17 years before coming here 3 years ago, and our winter weather here wasn’t that bad until this year … I was lulled into thinking that would last!

    We won’t have it as bad as other areas, for which I am thankful, but bad enough.

  41. 141 jacquelineoboomer
    January 3, 2014 at 11:53 pm

  42. 142 jacquelineoboomer
    January 3, 2014 at 11:55 pm

  43. 143 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Friday night ramblings!

    I like this “Nice never really knowing you” part.

  44. 144 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I have totally killed off this thread. #RunningFreeInTheStreetsOfTOD

    • 145 jacquelineoboomer
      January 4, 2014 at 12:08 am

        • 147 jacquelineoboomer
          January 4, 2014 at 12:19 am

          Glad to see ya! Thought I was the only one here tonight. I’ve started to think about sending out some “humorous” (my version) one-liners on Twitter to perfect strangers, so you may have saved me. Or them. :)

          • 148 theo67
            January 4, 2014 at 12:23 am

            I’m suffering from a pretty ugly cold, so I just popped in to see who was still around. Heading off in a few minutes, so you may still end up sending out those one-liners… sorry! :)

            • 149 jacquelineoboomer
              January 4, 2014 at 12:25 am

              No problem. I quite enjoy the solitude once in a while! Not sure the strangers on Twitter will, but, hey.

              Feel better!!!!!

              • 150 HZ
                January 4, 2014 at 11:29 pm

                Theo67, this is HZ, I hope you feel better. Get plenty of rest.

                It was a lovely day out here on the west coast, but my sinus problems are kicking up from being out running errands today. Tired, but had not been able to get on for a day or so because of a doctor’s appt., arranging and paper work.

                I hope all is well with my TOD family. I hate it when I get behind on my checking in. So much on my plate at the moment, but I am so grateful to be able to check in, even if it takes me sometime to read everything.

                Good night to Chips, Danny, and all of my loving family here. (()))HZ

      • 152 99ts
        January 4, 2014 at 6:25 am

        I have been reading some newspapers from pennsylvania 1892 – there were complaints that the President of the New York Rail was paid $166 per day ( a true 1%er) yet those who labored in all weather to keep the rails clear were paid way too little!

        It doesn’t seem to have gotten any better!

        • 153 jacquelineoboomer
          January 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm

          My grandfather was born in western Pennsy in 1885 and became a coal miner at age 11 – if it weren’t for the union, there would still have been young boys going into the coal mines when his sons were born in the next century. All for the almighty dollar! Of course, this was happening and still happens all around the world – not just in America.

          • 154 99ts
            January 4, 2014 at 7:15 pm

            Strange isn’t it – we were brought up thinking the US, W. Europe, Australia – all treated their workers well – it was those other countries who treated their poor so badly – and not too long after the unions came under heavy attack and things started to fall apart.

  45. 156 jacquelineoboomer
    January 4, 2014 at 12:25 am

  46. January 4, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Will keep on this message ….

    Yes WE MUST

    Rest well TOD or, for those of you already into 4 Jan, Good day :)

    • January 4, 2014 at 2:52 am

      Good Day to you Bob…just trying to catch up with all my reading.
      Thank you TOD for putting all the new in one area…don’t know what I would do without you knowledgeable people!!

  47. January 4, 2014 at 6:14 am

    I start my day at TOD then spend the rest of tweeting our stories on Twitter. follow me @avd911

  48. 161 vcprezofan2
    January 4, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Goood Mooorrning, TODobots!


Comments are currently closed.

@BarackObama

@WhiteHouse

@FLOTUS

@blog44

@PeteSouza

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.

@TheObamaDiary

@NerdyWonka

@Lib_Librarian

@Our4thEstate

@DaRiverZkind

@zizii2

RSS OFA

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

Categories

Archives

Blog Stats

  • 28,787,252 hits

WH Flickr

P121714PS-0068

P121714PS-0299

P121714LJ-0556

P121714LJ-0491

P121714LJ-0460

P121714LJ-0412

P121714LJ-0392

P121714LJ-0386

P121714LJ-0367

P121714LJ-0320

More Photos

%d bloggers like this: