120 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    January 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Say what?

    • 12 LadyTNT
      January 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Boo to WP!! They let me believe I might be number 1. Congrats VC!!! Hey Chips!!! Hope you both are having a good day so far!!

    • 13 vcprezofan2
      January 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Yes, LadyT, I see it’s you. ;) Having a great Monday, are you?

      • 14 LadyTNT
        January 13, 2014 at 3:10 pm

        It’s raining and I’m at work instead of in my bed!! You feeling me?! I’m with you on wondering if everything is ok with Dudette. She’s never gone this long without at least dropping a dime that she’s busy or out of town.

        • 15 vcprezofan2
          January 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm

          She hasn’t, LadyT; that’s why I’m a bit ‘nervous’ at her silence, but I won’t let myself speculate.

  2. January 13, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Congrats on 1st VC.

    From the bottom of the previous post …

    ————————
    Ah yes ….

    “For 500 marchers to assemble in Donetsk is the equivalent of 50,000 in Lviv or 500,000 in Kyiv. This is an earthshattering development, almost as important as the Euro Revolution itself. Think about it: Regionnaire hegemony in Donetsk has been broken. The place will never be the same again.

    Watching the marchers, I couldn’t help but think of the three 1965 marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Alabama, from Selma to Montgomery. The civil rights activists, both black and white, marched into the belly of the beast—and emerged triumphant.”

    …. the power of the people (especially educated people) …

    Yes We Can

  3. 20 Allison
    January 13, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Am i first?

  4. January 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Afternoon peeps. I survived Chuck E Cheese yesterday…lol.

    Maddie had a great time. I paid for the cake and the good and my other aunt made party bags for the kids and I made sure to have enough tokens got everybody. Maddie’s mom doesn’t always have money so she may have not been able to do much for Maddie tomorrow (her actual birthday) so she told me it was a godsend that I did all of that and she didn’t have to spend any money she didn’t have.

    At the end of the night we sang Happy Birthday to Maddie and she gave me a kiss and said thank you to me and my other aunt.

    It was a good night even with all the crumb snatchers. ..lol.

    (https://twitter.com/psddluva4evah/status/422821274323152896

  5. 30 utaustinliberal
    January 13, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Well, they do say karma is a ……

  6. 31 utaustinliberal
    January 13, 2014 at 3:17 pm
    • 32 No Child Left Behind
      January 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      The worst part of the Christie two-hour long presser is that he confessed in numerous occasions that he did ask Bridget why she did what she did. He didn’t even meet with her. Nothing. Zip. Christie didn’t want to have to report on their exchange to anyone. That would have compromised his stance of not knowing anything.

      As for his leadership style, he has a strong one if verbally bullying is what passes for leadership in one’s corners.

      • 33 Sue
        January 13, 2014 at 4:14 pm

        I think he has had a major Ronald Reagan moment. At least Reagan was a senior citizen and you kind of feel sorry about the Alzheimer thing but this guy!!

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      January 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      As with all Republicans, it’s about projection. The minute he said something like ythis, you could guess he was talking about himself.

      • 35 susanne
        January 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm

        excellent point– and a terrific retelling of all the salient info offered at the 2 hour press conference. :)

      • 36 99ts
        January 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm

        There was an article about this (on BJ?) that said how many times he used the terms I, me, my – and they took over the speech completely

    • 38 No Child Left Behind
      January 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Because the voters in those red states are made to believe that government subsidies are USUALLY taken by people of color, hence they vote against their own interests all the time.

  7. January 13, 2014 at 3:36 pm
  8. 40 LDS
    January 13, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Hello TOD family!
    This is so righteous that I am losing weight dancing to “Happy” song every day from the “Despicable 2″ sound track.
    I am so delighted with joy that this bully and his thug antics are being exposed.

    Please Mr. Bobfr tweet this to the “Dick” Mark Halpern who is giving props to the bully for standing there two hours supposedly answering questions.
    Obviously, he did not know shit. He could not even lie straight b/c he did not know.
    If Rudy Giulani comes to your support, you might as well resign.

    I wonder how many Super Bowl tickets this bully is sitting on?
    NJ folks are complaining they are all sold out. They did not get a chance to buy any.
    I am sending emails to all of my relatives in NJ to call Cory Booker and ask him does he plan to volunteer for a war since he his such a gallant man saving people and things? If not he should say so….
    Have a great day everyone!

  9. 41 57andfemale
    January 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm
    • 42 dotster3
      January 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Just read about that—-that’s what it’s come to in this country—–everyone has a gun, any irritation is liable to end in gun violence. For texting??? Why didn’t they just move? I’m sure the theatre wasn’t full for a 1:30 show. All these shootings affect people’s sense of well being. Mr. dotster and I went to see American Hustle recently——-we were kinda laughing but also creeped out about a guy a few rows in front of us who was acting strange, looking around, running in and out, changing his seat, kept getting closer to us. Without the theatre shootings, it would never dawn on us to be perhaps concerned—–we wouldn’t have noticed or just thought he was some kook. It’s sad that this is now the new normal in this country. I keep wondering when people will be fed up, say that’s enough and become determined to force a change in our gun laws.
      And in other shooting news, a 17 yr. old was shot while waiting for the school bus in Chgo today—–someone tried to steal her cell phone and then shot her in the abdomen. (Chgo Trib)

      • 43 57andfemale
        January 13, 2014 at 5:23 pm

        We are replacing basic social skills, empathy, anger management or any kind of conflict resolution with a gun. A gun is the only answer, to a frightening number of Americans. What I don’t hear anywhere near enough is that society has RIGHTS to feel safe in their everyday actions. That is being stripped from us and given to the NRA. It’s despicable.

  10. January 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Happy Monday, TODville,

    Surprised that we haven’t heard squeals of excitement from our North Carolinians, anniebella, kathrynkivett, bill, et. al., about President Obama’s trip to NC this week. One of my fav domestic trips of his was to Asheville. Hoping he stops for some tasty BBQ while he’s there!

    Dotster and at least one other TODer expressed her outrage about this yesterday, but you know, a picture is worth a thousand words:

    The $450K per year rehab figure refers to Ethan Couch, who killed 4 innocent people while DUI and crippled for life two of his “friends” and yet got only probation as the judge bought the defense’s claim of “Affluenza” — or the judge was bribed and the defense psychologist has a stake in the CA rehab facility, Newport Academy.

    Confirms what we all think about the North Dallas elite. Selfish, entitled, above-the-law affluenza jerks.

  11. 45 Linda
    January 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    The latest in this medical cost saga comes from new data released last week by National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest nurse’s organization. In a news release, NNU revealed that fourteen hospitals in the United States are charging more than ten times their costs for treatment. Specifically, for every $100 one of these hospitals spends, the charge on the corresponding bill is nearly $1,200.

    According to NNU’s data, thetop 10 Most Expensive Hospitals in the U.S. listed according to the huge percentage of their charges relative to their costs are:

    1. Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, Secaucus, NJ – 1192%
    2. Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Painsville, KY – 1186%
    3. Orange Park Medical Center, Orange Park, FL – 1139%
    4. North Okaloosa Medical Center, Crestview, FL – 1137%
    5. Gadsden Regional Medical Center, Gadsden, AL – 1128%
    6. Bayonne Medical Center, Bayonne, NJ – 1084%
    7. Brooksville Regional Hospital, Brooksville, FL – 1083%
    8. Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, Davenport, FL – 1058%
    9. Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia, PA – 1058%
    10. Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill, FL – 1052%

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ralph-nader/medical-price-gouging_b_4589748.html

    • 46 57andfemale
      January 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Health care providers play fast and furious with these numbers: often insurance companies and the ‘networks’ enjoy ‘discounts’ that greatly reduce what is actually paid.

      I took Hubby to the ER after he and our dogs were attacked by a pit bull and bull dog. He wasn’t bitten, but pulled down on his (then 71 year old) knees and dragged. (It was our dog Kasper who sustained serious injuries). I still took him to the ER to make sure that he was okay. They took x-rays, checked his vitals, cleaned his wounds. He is in a Medicare HMO and here is how the bill read:

      Cost: $2,000.00

      Humana preferred provider discount: $1,500.00

      Patient Co-Pay: $50

      Actual cost billed to Humana: $450.00

      Which, I’m sure, was the actual cost of the services.

      Now, if it had been me, who was uninsured at the time, I would have been billed the full $2,000.

      The true travesty of American health care is that there is no control over what the industry can charge. That’s the true scandal.

  12. 47 Jovie
    January 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    You see? People are stupid. This is what scares me in 2014 midterms.

    • 48 LDS
      January 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      I do not believe the media. Not scared at all…..
      Jovie, how are you? Happy New Year!

      • 49 Jovie
        January 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm

        I am ok sometimes then I have my bad moments. May move to vegas or Denver next year or two.
        Sick of florida! :)
        Ty for asking…

        • 50 catrst
          January 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm

          I read almost all the TOD entries each day and look specifically for your posts. So glad to see you today. Please keep up informing us.

      • January 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm

        i do not take the polls seriously….the press takes polls in order to validate their meme….

        Christie got the majority of the vote in the Governor’s race but keep in mind that less then 50% of the electorate voted.

      • 52 idon
        January 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm

        I don’t believe the PEW POLL or NBC’s report, whjch is exactly what I’m going to reply I.DON’T. BELIEVE. U.

    • January 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      this is just un.effing.believable. america, you get what you deserve.

    • 54 dotster3
      January 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Polls always lag. As more becomes known, and more Christie bad deeds seem to be coming out daily, I expect his approvals to sag.

    • 55 99ts
      January 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      The media do not attack Christie – they are all very sad about what happened – and how sad it will be if the best Governor ever had anything to do with this etc etc. If Christie loses his job because of this – it will not be because of the media – nor because of the voters in NJ. The day Mark Sanford won a seat in congress – after disappearing from his job as Governor to chase after a woman – that was the day when it was clear republicans will accept anyone – as long as they rant against President Obama.

      The WORST thing Christie has ever done in republican eyes is communicate with President Obama about the storm – and Christie did that to win over the democrats he needed to be re-elected. The man is little short of a pig in his behaviors – he is rude and insufferable and the media write him up as the second coming of the lord.

      Christie will have to be impeached – he will not resign – he knows enough people will support him as long as he says “I am sorry” in 7735 different ways.

  13. January 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    tweet corrected.

    I need some sleep..

  14. 57 LDS
    January 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Stupid is as stupid does……in this case as stupid thinks.
    Somethings you just have to drop and leave alone.
    There is a remnant that will never ever get it.

  15. 58 Don
    January 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Christie with his bridgegate and the Clintons with their Uma Thurman “Kill Bill” inspired revenge list makes me what to say fuck it and become a brain dead Teahadist.

  16. 59 Jovie
    January 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm
    • 60 Jovie
      January 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      I mean this tweet–

      • 61 Jovie
        January 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm
      • 62 57andfemale
        January 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm
      • 63 57andfemale
        January 13, 2014 at 5:26 pm

        Eff Joe Lieberman. he singlehandedly killed his own proposal for Medicare for 55 and older when he got wind of the fact that liberals liked it. That petty, miserable POS. The liberals took away his party identification when he lost the primary and he became an insufferable a**hole from then on.

        Had that group of people been able to buy into Medicare, it would have been a huge influx of cash to Medicare and the private plans would have been easier to maintain.

    • 64 carolyn
      January 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      From what I have noticed in past polling, this is too soon to get an accurate read on the effect of last week’s events. These events take a couple of weeks to filter through people’s minds and influence people’s opinions. As far as I’m concerned, this was a politically motivated poll. Too early!!!

      • 65 57andfemale
        January 13, 2014 at 4:44 pm

        I saw a tweet earlier that said, in the same poll, there was a definite weakening of support in favorability, I think and something else. I’ll never find the tweet now.

  17. January 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm
  18. 67 Linda
    January 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    In an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, Gates explained that Obama was consistent with his belief in the Afghanistan strategy:

    MR. INSKEEP: Have you been surprised by the strong response to the early reviews of this book, which – you haven’t said everything that’s in the book, but have noted your criticism, in some cases, of the president, the vice president and others?

    MR. GATES: Well, frankly, I guess the thing – the only thing that has really troubled me a little bit is that some people who have a narrative on Obama and the war got out there early with their take on my – on what I’ve written, and I think shaped their discussion of the book to support their narrative of what had taken place without taking into account some of the more measured and counterbalancing discussion that’s in the book. The book is about a lot more than just Afghanistan and about the Obama strategy in Afghanistan, although obviously, the wars both in Afghanistan and Iraq are central to the book itself.

    MR. INSKEEP: Well, you do write -

    MR. GATES: I think that – I think that as the days since those first stories came out – and frankly, other journalists, I thought, had a more balanced and nuanced approach to discussing the book, and I think as the days have gone along, some of that nuance and balance is beginning to come into the reporting.

    MR. INSKEEP: You’re talking about the fact that you wrote that you felt the president lacked passion about the war in Afghanistan. Is that the comment you think was seized upon?

    MR. GATES: No, I think – I think it was – I think it was more focused – was the reporting that I – that I felt he came to have doubts about whether his own strategy could succeed, and I think that some of the early reporting suggested that he made the decision in December or November of 2009 believing it wouldn’t work. I don’t believe that for a second. President Obama would never do that, in my view. I think when he made that decision in November of 2009, he believed that strategy would work.

    Sec Gates is pushing back in every interview……

  19. 69 Jovie
    January 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm
    • 70 idon
      January 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Excellent. Me and hubby just signed up yesterday. We got a huge subsidy but will have a 2000 deductible and pay 283 a month. The premium doubles if someone in your household smokes. The real premium is only about 142. But still we are very happy to be card carrying members of Obamacare!

  20. 71 dotster3
    January 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Caught a little bit of a discussion on Alex Wagner’s msnbc show——-about the relative lack of attention being given to the environmental disaster in W.V.——-that in one of our states 300,000 people can’t even wash their hands, have no access to safe water——other than the drinking water that has been brought in from outside their area. This is unbelievable and probably should have been getting more attention than the Christie saga. And as was mentioned, who would feel safe drinking down a big glass of water there even after the ban is lifted. They said there are 26% more birth defects in that state than elsewhere, that much of their environment has been polluted by the coal industry, that it is “dangerous to live there”. And now they have a slipshod. sleazy 2 time convicted felon who was responsible for this last chemical spill (Freedom Industries)—–and the politicians owned by the coal industry, allowing them to get away with avoiding all regulations—–bad for business is the familiar excuse. The whole thing there is just tragic.

    • 72 carolyn
      January 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Sad to say, if this were happening in a bigger state, one with more “sex” appeal, it would be getting the attention it should. Think of the noise made if this was happening in New York, or California, or Ohio, or Virginia……you get my drift. West Virginia is tucked away and has been used and abused for hundreds of years. Their people’s health is already among the worst in the country, mortality rates are high, length of life is low….as dotster stated, birth defects are higher than elsewhere…….and I think we’re getting a good lesson as to why.
      Also, there seems to be no one standing up for the people against the industry and these felons…….Press members don’t want to make the trip to WV, and they need to if they’re going to do any sort of real reporting. But, as we’ve seen in other instances, i.e. New Jersey, the absence of the national media gives the local press the opportunity to do real work and shine.

    • 73 99ts
      January 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      The media will not call out republican states – I’m not even sure it is about size. The Koch bros own the company that makes the “stuff” that freedom industries was distributing. No-one from anywhere is talking – absolute supression of speech by the coal industry

    • 74 donna dem 4 obama
      January 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Unless the national media can somehow make this a negative story about President Obama or his administration (ala the gulf oil spill) they are simply not interested. It’s ODS to the nth degree with these people. Otherwise, nothing to see here :roll:

    • 75 yardarm756
      January 13, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Sad to say but the people there won’t say anything because they depend on the perp’s for their hazardous jobs.

  21. 76 Linda
    January 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Senate is voting on Robert Wilkins now.

  22. 77 susanne
    January 13, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    though i still haven’t heard or seen reports of the first lady’s departure, the maui news online has a poll today, asking what activities we’d recommend for mrs obama during her stay. implication is she’s still there?

    ‘Which activity should head Michelle Obama’s list during her visit on Maui?

    Sunrise at Haleakala
    Snorkeling
    Surfing
    Drive to Hana
    Hiking in the Crater
    Whale watching
    Shopping
    Lahainia sunset ‘

    click the link to vote!

    http://www.mauinews.com/

  23. 78 57andfemale
    January 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm
    • 79 Linda
      January 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Why does the HL say he was fired ? The article says he resigned..

      • January 13, 2014 at 6:12 pm

        Good question. How sad…..makes me sadder because I am a very active UM. We don’t have any gays in leadership positions, but we sure have a number of gays who attend and/or members. Some of you may remember my story from Father’s Day. Pastor baptized 6 kids–AA, bi-racial and white and they have two fathers! Congregation stood and applauded loud and long afterwards!!!!!

        • 81 carolyn
          January 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm

          This is sad. We attend a Congregational/UCC church……”open and affirming”…….our choirmaster/organist is incredibly talented, funny, a professor at a nearby university, loved by the congregation…….and oh yes…..he is gay…..but that is not his most salient feature.

          I cannot imagine the church service without his contributions…..both chorally and instrumentally. This man’s resignation sounds like a tremendous loss to this congregation.

  24. 83 dotster3
    January 13, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Movie theater shooter today in Tampa is a retired Tampa police officer. He got mad at the couple in front of him texting during the previews, shot and killed the man, injured his wife/girlfriend. Open carry—–not good for business. Soon people will be too frightened to go anywhere.

    • 84 99ts
      January 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      Movie theaters might as well close down – everything will soon be made for TV, video or download. The NRA is ensuring people no longer talk to each other – let alone go outside their homes.

    • 85 No Child Left Behind
      January 13, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Since we are talking Florida, I guess the retired police officer can use “stand your ground” laws.

  25. 86 Linda
    January 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Cory Booker is hanging with the Republicans on the Senate Floor…..he was just smoozing with McWar and Ayotte.

    • 87 99ts
      January 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      He reached his level of incompetence as Mayor – sad

      • 88 yardarm756
        January 13, 2014 at 6:16 pm

        Not so fast trish. Let’s wait and see what develops, eh. I, for one, am not upset yet.

        • 89 99ts
          January 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm

          He is against PBO on peace yardarm – and sends out tweets about Christopher Robin when queried. he just wants to be superman – without facing real life issues

          • 90 yardarm756
            January 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

            I would argue that the peace thing is a bit of a chess move to further enhance PBO’s creds with Iran to reinforce his position. It let’s them know that he is the one that stands between them and the life killing democratic “mob”.

            • 91 99ts
              January 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm

              I find it hard to read it that way – none of the dems siding against him are that smart & the one thing the democrats need in 2014 is solidarity – otherwise the US will do nothing except hit on the poor for the next 2 years

              But I always like a discussion between friends – and you are much closer to the issues than I ever could be – given the geography and the nationalities. :)

              • 92 yardarm756
                January 13, 2014 at 7:10 pm

                Mine is just a theory and is viable in so far as it tends to throw the rwnj’s off track. I bet Booker is on PBO’s speed dial. And it’s a good way to study what’s happening in the enemy camp. A “Judas Goat” in reverse so to speak……Leave the nationalities out of it. You guys had similar problems with the aborigines, yes?

                • 93 99ts
                  January 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm

                  We currently have similar problems in all types of ways – the US white male culture is alive and well down under

                  And I blame you cause I was late to the new thread :)

  26. 95 yardarm756
    January 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm
  27. 100 57andfemale
    January 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    FYI, if any of you stream progressive radio, tunein.com is not affiliated with Clear Channel, like iHeart Radio is. That’s where I’m going to hear Randi Rhodes these days.

  28. 102 donna dem 4 obama
    January 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    You all really need to read this 2011 article from Steve Kornacki about NJ politics to really understand what’s happening there and how Christie got so many Dems on-board with him.

    p.s. that Norcross guy is not really a Democrat IMO. He’s a conservative masquerading as a Dem in order to wield his power in that blue state.

  29. 103 Linda
    January 13, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    The vote on Wilkins has been 50-43 for the past 15 minutes.

  30. 105 yardarm756
    January 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm
  31. 106 Linda
    January 13, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Yippee !!!!!!!

    Wilkins is confirmed……….there are now 7 Dems on the DC court for life.

  32. January 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm
    • 112 99ts
      January 13, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Clean water is to my mind the 100% most important utility we all need. Living for days without power is ghastly, but I cannot even totally imagine living without water for cooking, cleaning, bathing etc.

  33. 113 yardarm756
    January 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    It looks like the Wilkins judicial nomination is gonna make it.

  34. 114 vcprezofan2
    January 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Sooo, somebody at twitter didn’t have enough to do so decided to give twitter another facelift? :roll:

  35. 115 JER
    January 13, 2014 at 6:36 pm
  36. 116 99ts
    January 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    So the media complains non stop about DC politics – but ignore the states – Pierce on Wisconsin

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/scott-walker-special-interest-grifting-

    I do adore his descriptive names
    Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their Midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin

  37. 117 JER
    January 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm
  38. 118 dotster3
    January 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm
  39. January 13, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Slime… So many people have said this better than I. Just wanted to weigh in here. And has anyone found those little rosebud lips kind of creepy…? (Nothing implied with “weigh,” but of course there is…)

    Gato


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