First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Affordable Care Act enrollee Terry Rutherford at the Jessie Trice Community Health Care Center in Miami, Wednesday, March 5.
Well, look at you, Ms Firsty!!! Hellooooooooooo GGail!!
They got me working so hard – it aught to be against the law!!!
I don’t like to just lurk – I want to be in the action :lol:
Is the snow melting yet?
No. It’s breeding ever-new mounds of impassable snow – I didn’t know there was Viagra for snow but it’s my only explanation. Maybe we’ll crawl into the 30′s at the end of the week. It’s absolutely dreadful.
And how is your day going?
So, I get a minute to play and everybody else is busy – hmmf!
:razz: Hmmmmm, GGail. Wasn’t it you who ratted me out about missing so many days of work? I’ve had to work all of this week, including tomorrow! Of course, I plan to rub your nose in it on Friday when I’m ‘off’. Can’t wait!
Ok, Ok, Ok VC! But….you ARE working today too – right? ((((hugs))))
Just got home – decided not to worry about supper before signing on. ;) Sometimes I can lurk from work, depending on where I’m sent, but their computer systems are super archaic and extremely slow, and I can’t ever respond.
Not first, but a respectable 2nd. I’ve been bested by none other than her Excellency, The Glorious GGail – congrats on #1 :)
Nice to see you. I was feeling like I was at the airport waiting for AF1 to take off and I was at the wrong plane!!!!
So…If you want your crap Healthcare Plan you can keep it for another year……..!!!!!
I wonder if there will be any discussion in the USA of the Bill Clinton/Hillary Clinton/USAID debacle in Haiti.
In a nutshell—huge amounts of money collected and distributed and projects started.
Results? Not so much.
This is a genuine scandal and tragedy for Haitian residents. Nary a whisper in the propaganda swamp that is US “news.”
LIVE NOW: President Obama arrives in Boston – http://www.whdh.com/category/277466/7news-live-streaming-1-video
Congrats on first, GGail! …………..something the U.S. national team will never see in three months at the World Cup. Ukraine 2 – U.S. nil…….. I don’t think they are even going to score a goal. It’s gonna be a sad sight :(
Hey thanks LP!
Chips you owe Gail and myself one of those freshly-baked pies from the CT restaurant that PBO and the Governors visited. Thanks in advance! :)
Mmmmmmmm Yummy!!! Good idea HF
The motorcade awaits. http://t.co/WtTlf8nPkC— Tim Caputo (@Tim_Caputo) March 05, 2014
Jessie Trice Community Health Center in FL is doing great work to help families #GetCovered: Healthcare.gov http://t.co/xe2FIkNYMx— (@FLOTUS) March 05, 2014
If you know of any chefs, let them know.
Calling all young chefs: Submit your healthy recipes for a chance to join our #KidsStateDinner this year → go.wh.gov/iwgfY7— Let's Move! (@letsmove) March 05, 2014
FLOTUS just met with @RobinRoberts on the importance of eating healthy and staying active → instagram.com/michelleobama http://t.co/Kdk7byAhHI— (@FLOTUS) March 05, 2014
Sun dresses and bare legs while most of the country is all covered up in heavy winter gear. THIS is one of the reasons that i still live in Fla. (however, today in the NE part of the state it is cloudy and about 50 degrees).
They both look lovely.
Same in the NW, we even had a few hours of sun, after what seemed like apocalyptic rains all night. Poor worms washed up all over the sidewalks. I just get so distressed whem I see them suffering on man-made surfaces.
That’s all she wrote for today folks – I’ve got to go back to work (hugs & kisses to you all!)
Have a good (working) afternoon!
A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself with a gun he found inside his Riverside County, Calif. home on Tuesday, police told NBC Los Angeles.
How terrible that 5 year old shot and killed himself. Thank you NRA and cowardly Congress and whoever that gun belong too.
This probably is Ms. Rutherford first time of having health insurance, how nice. And to have a hug from our FLOTUS just makes things even sweeter. Thanks to our POTUS and Speaker Pelosi for passing health care reform.
AB, if word got out that people would get a hug from Michelle Obama if they signed up for ACA, the enrollment would SOAR!!!
So Billionaire white men who don’t have to worry about anything if they or their family gets sick, want to tell us that we shouldn’t have the same.
CNN now has 4 of it's spokespeople on screen. Not a single one of them is any kind of scholar of Russia, speaks Russian, or lived in Russia.— Dan Murphy (@bungdan) March 05, 2014
UPDATE: Total of 40 unarmed military personnel from 21 OSCE States being sent to Ukraine. Read earlier press release bit.ly/1q5nXTy— (@OSCE) March 05, 2014
After days of blockading a Ukrainian military unit in Perevalne, Crimea, 600 troops, widely accepted to be Russian soldiers left the base— Salma Abdelaziz (@SalmaCNN) March 05, 2014
no!…..Russian soldiers returned to UA military base in Perevalne. happiness didn't last long , via @ukrpravda_news— (@Kateryna_Kruk) March 05, 2014
#Ukraine Prime Minister @Yatsenyuk_AP tells @AP Crimea situation resembles a 'coup' youtu.be/90nEOm3Q6AQ— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) March 05, 2014
from bloomberg news:
‘ When Washington residents voted in 1998 to raise the state’s minimum wage and link it to the cost of living, opponents warned the measure would be a job-killer. The prediction hasn’t been borne out.
In the 15 years that followed, the state’s minimum wage climbed to $9.32 — the highest in the country. Meanwhile job growth continued at an average 0.8 percent annual pace, 0.3 percentage point above the national rate. Payrolls at Washington’s restaurants and bars, portrayed as particularly vulnerable to higher wage costs, expanded by 21 percent. Poverty has trailed the U.S. level for at least seven years. ‘
Large crowd awaits President Obama in Cambridge. Some holding Ukrainian flags. #WCVB http://t.co/rpQuUV9RCj— Kelley Tuthill (@wcvbkelleyt) March 05, 2014
New post: Senate Ds sink Obama's civil rights nominee in resurgence of culture war paranoia: washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) March 05, 2014
I've been speaking to @BarackObama about the situation in Ukraine. We are united in condemnation of Russia's actions. http://t.co/7Rk2k8iOIK— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 05, 2014
Things There are Fewer Of Than GOP ObamaCare Repeal Votes
youtube.com/watch?v=AS4Ky5…— Donna NoShock (@NoShock) March 05, 2014
Things There are Fewer Of Than GOP ObamaCare Repeal Votes
youtube.com/watch?v=AS4Ky5…— Donna NoShock (@NoShock) March 05, 2014
Apparently, an anchor for Russia Today just quit on air over Putin’s invasion, giving a scathing resignation speech.
Now this is how it’s done!
I expect Putin apologists to extol Ms. Wahl as they did Ms. Martin | Video: RT Anchor Quits On Air thebea.st/1hNv8vb— Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) March 05, 2014
“Liz Wahl, in the network’s D.C. bureau, said she could no longer be “part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin. I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I am resigning.””
I expect GG to leap to her defense.
:D :D :D :D :D
TY, LL for this heartening news. If more people of good hearts speak up, and restaurant owners like the one in CT. celebrate our President’s visit I think it is a very good thing.
There’s this …
On claim of "third party" shooting Maidan protesters: How can a doctor tell from bullet holes who did the shooting? kyivpost.com/content/ukrain…— Simon Shuster (@shustry) March 05, 2014
… and the fact that the physician involved, several hours ago, walked back her comments. But, that doesn’t stop a hoard of Vlad’s paid trolls from spewing bs at #euromaidan.
Olga Bogomolets says she did not say what she is claimed to have said. #RT story begins to fall apart #euromaidan telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…— VMA (@geogvma) March 05, 2014
Need to scroll down the blog at the link ….
A little music playing in Kyiv ….
At Kiev city hall, now run by Maidan activists, playing piano in a bulletproof vest http://t.co/KSTn1u6pv9— Michael Crowley (@CrowleyTIME) March 05, 2014
Filling in for a Knoller Fail with the very important details that President Obama enjoyed a Korean beef sandwich and chili for lunch. And I see the café owners already have a big sign out in front bragging “Obama eats here!!!” and have named his sandwich choice “the Presidential Korean bbq beef”…..
OMG. This sign is so cool. Love and respect for POTUS, good to see.
Love that sign Dotster Knoller, too cute!!! Thank you!
:-) Café Beauregard in New Britain, CT quick to boast about their Customer-in-Chief today
nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Pre… http://t.co/0W34VXRUat— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) March 05, 2014
President Putin’s Fiction: 10 False Claims about Ukraine
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March 5, 2014
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As Russia spins a false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine, the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, “The formula ‘two plus two equals five’ is not without its attractions.”
Below are 10 of President Vladimir Putin’s recent claims justifying Russian aggression in the Ukraine, followed by the facts that his assertions ignore or distort.
1. Mr. Putin says: Russian forces in Crimea are only acting to protect Russian military assets. It is “citizens’ defense groups,” not Russian forces, who have seized infrastructure and military facilities in Crimea.
The Facts: Strong evidence suggests that members of Russian security services are at the heart of the highly organized anti-Ukraine forces in Crimea. While these units wear uniforms without insignia, they drive vehicles with Russian military license plates and freely identify themselves as Russian security forces when asked by the international media and the Ukrainian military. Moreover, these individuals are armed with weapons not generally available to civilians.
2. Mr. Putin says: Russia’s actions fall within the scope of the 1997 Friendship Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
The Facts: The 1997 agreement requires Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Russia’s military actions in Ukraine, which have given them operational control of Crimea, are in clear violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
3. Mr. Putin says: The opposition failed to implement the February 21 agreement with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
The Facts: The February 21 agreement laid out a plan in which the Rada, or Parliament, would pass a bill to return Ukraine to its 2004 Constitution, thus returning the country to a constitutional system centered around its parliament. Under the terms of the agreement, Yanukovych was to sign the enacting legislation within 24 hours and bring the crisis to a peaceful conclusion. Yanukovych refused to keep his end of the bargain. Instead, he packed up his home and fled, leaving behind evidence of wide-scale corruption.
4. Mr. Putin says: Ukraine’s government is illegitimate. Yanukovych is still the legitimate leader of Ukraine.
The Facts: On March 4, President Putin himself acknowledged the reality that Yanukovych “has no political future.” After Yanukovych fled Ukraine, even his own Party of Regions turned against him, voting to confirm his withdrawal from office and to support the new government. Ukraine’s new government was approved by the democratically elected Ukrainian Parliament, with 371 votes – more than an 82% majority. The interim government of Ukraine is a government of the people, which will shepherd the country toward democratic elections on May 25th – elections that will allow all Ukrainians to have a voice in the future of their country.
5. Mr. Putin says: There is a humanitarian crisis and hundreds of thousands are fleeing Ukraine to Russia and seeking asylum.
The Facts: To date, there is absolutely no evidence of a humanitarian crisis. Nor is there evidence of a flood of asylum-seekers fleeing Ukraine for Russia. International organizations on the ground have investigated by talking with Ukrainian border guards, who also refuted these claims. Independent journalists observing the border have also reported no such flood of refugees.
6. Mr. Putin says: Ethnic Russians are under threat.
The Facts: Outside of Russian press and Russian state television, there are no credible reports of any ethnic Russians being under threat. The new Ukrainian government placed a priority on peace and reconciliation from the outset. President Oleksandr Turchynov refused to sign legislation limiting the use of the Russian language at regional level. Ethnic Russians and Russian speakers have filed petitions attesting that their communities have not experienced threats. Furthermore, since the new government was established, calm has returned to Kyiv. There has been no surge in crime, no looting, and no retribution against political opponents.
7. Mr. Putin says: Russian bases are under threat.
The Facts: Russian military facilities were and remain secure, and the new Ukrainian government has pledged to abide by all existing international agreements, including those covering Russian bases. It is Ukrainian bases in Crimea that are under threat from Russian military action.
8. Mr. Putin says: There have been mass attacks on churches and synagogues in southern and eastern Ukraine.
The Facts: Religious leaders in the country and international religious freedom advocates active in Ukraine have said there have been no incidents of attacks on churches. All of Ukraine’s church leaders, including representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate, have expressed support for the new political leadership, calling for national unity and a period of healing. Jewish groups in southern and eastern Ukraine report that they have not seen an increase in anti-Semitic incidents.
9. Mr. Putin says: Kyiv is trying to destabilize Crimea.
The Facts: Ukraine’s interim government has acted with restraint and sought dialogue. Russian troops, on the other hand, have moved beyond their bases to seize political objectives and infrastructure in Crimea. The government in Kyiv immediately sent the former Chief of Defense to defuse the situation. Petro Poroshenko, the latest government emissary to pursue dialogue in Crimea, was prevented from entering the Crimean Rada.
10. Mr. Putin says: The Rada is under the influence of extremists or terrorists.
The Facts: The Rada is the most representative institution in Ukraine. Recent legislation has passed with large majorities, including from representatives of eastern Ukraine. Far-right wing ultranationalist groups, some of which were involved in open clashes with security forces during the EuroMaidan protests, are not represented in the Rada. There is no indication that the Ukrainian government would pursue discriminatory policies; on the contrary, they have publicly stated exactly the opposite.
What's worse than extremists in @Senate_GOPs? Cowards in the @SenateDems. Shame on @ChrisCoons, @SenBobCasey, etc. wapo.st/1hMD8g1— Ben Jealous (@BenJealous) March 05, 2014
#Ruslana makes a presentation on the atrocities committed by Putin against the People of Ukraine on the #EuroMaidan. http://t.co/Feks8iN27b— U.S.-Ukraine Fndtn (@usukraine) March 05, 2014
I don’t follow any of that Hillary stuff on twitter so I don’t know whats up but is this a real account or a fake because someone sent me a message in my mentions that this was a fake account. I’m still not sure why they sent me that message because I don’t associate with any of this stuff. I went fishing on their TL and this tweet they sent out certainly seems to endorse that crazy LaRouche woman running in TX and it makes me wonder????
Texas US Senate Candidate DEMOCRAT @KeshaRogers2014's Election Eve Statement youtu.be/jKQXO2hKwCc @TheRealRoseanne @MMFlint @roblowe @cher— Hillary Clinton 2016 (@VoteHillary2016) March 04, 2014
It’s a “real” account, it’s just not Hillary’s.
That site is packed with LaRouche hate. Doubt if Secretary Clinton has any affiliation with it at all. Kesha is a nut.
Strange. Maybe it’s a RWNJ account posing as HRC supporter?
Worse than RWNJ – LaRoucheNutJobs!!!
Why is she a Den when she hates PBO?
Getty Images makes the bulk of its images free to use: http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/5/5475202/getty-images-made-its-pictures-free-to-use
Woah, this I must investigate – thank you LL!
Rolling out it works automatically with WordPress.
:oops: I can’t figure out where you find the embed linky thingie. Help!!!
I found it, but it turns and turns.
Basically, you have to click on an image you want. Then it comes up in new window. At the bottom of the image there’s a button to embed. After that I’m not sure, as it just hangs for me.
Ah, thanks LL, found the embed code, will play around with it. This is very, very, very, very exciting!
It works fine with a blog post. Just tested it on a test post. The embed code won’t work posting a comment.
Take a look at my post “Getty test” to see how it will look. Centering might be an issue. I’ll have to play.
Just did a test post too, centering was fine, just highlight the code and click the center icon.
It worked, thank you LL!!!!!!!
and if you use the center tags around the embed code, it centers pretty well.
Wait, now the embed button has gone missing on me :???: Have they changed their minds?
There may still be some pictures which aren’t free.
I want EVERYTHING free!!!!! :lol: Ah, don’t we all.
Ah, it appears under some photos and not under others – peculiar.
Yep, not all of them are free of charge. Or, they haven’t updated all their images. This just happened today, after all.
Ok, it was my browser.
Republicans Have Thrown 2 Million People Off of Unemployment Benefits Since Dec 28 zite.to/1i9dr8m— Donald Mason (@Mason8777) March 05, 2014
#Ukrainians wrote letters to their Heroes in #Crimea defending the country : Ukrainian officers, thank you! http://t.co/us0tPXAJg8— Euromaidan PR (@EuromaidanPR) March 05, 2014
I am ultra pissed that some democrats joined with the republicans in blocking Debo Adegbile!
With you on that, Jeff.
Looking forward to working w/ the President & my colleagues to expand opportunity & put money back into the economy. #RaiseTheWage— Deval Patrick (@MassGovernor) March 05, 2014
Also too! :-)
What some people will do for love…
He knows the pain of losing a loved one. He took action to avoid it happening to other people. Love & pain cut deep. http://t.co/OtWeQWfOTx— Randomness (@deepscotsman) March 03, 2014
Let’s see if this works:
[getty src="148320646?et=BVbFwxyfCEmVsapuzftb2A&sig=L1cTqTzID3bo1NnmwVcblotpAX9BQAYpJ1kGsA0IDBQ=" width="400" height="675"]
if you copy URL you can post straight to comments……
Actual Louisiana resident Sir Patrick Stewart has an Obamacare horror story –> dems.me/1orErlh— DCCC (@dccc) March 05, 2014
Private sector job creators in Kentucky are backing Alison's jobs plan. Read what they're saying: bit.ly/1kz0Ks9 #KYSen— Alison L. Grimes (@AlisonForKY) March 05, 2014
VIDEO: OUR INDEFATIGABLE SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY
Remarks After Meeting of International Support Group on Lebanon
Mar. 5, 2014: Remarks by Secretary Kerry during his Eropean trip
Secretary Kerry (Mar. 5): “We agreed to continue intense discussions in the coming days with Russia, with the Ukrainians, in order to see how we can help normalize the situat
Mar. 4, 2014: Secretary Kerry held a solo press availability in Kyiv, Ukraine.
#UniteBlue http://t.co/pjRmlUo4py— Jeanne K. (@SnarkAmendment) March 05, 2014
Rachel talking about GOP Texas legislature removing any chance of women getting help to terminate a pregnancy in Texas
Putin’s Golden Dilemma
When is PBO scheduled to give remarks in Boston?
It’s 7:20 EST Hopefruit, but I’m not sure if it will be streamed, it said ‘Print Pool for Remarks Only’ in the schedule.
Thanks Chips. I’m hoping there’s a stream somewhere – even if it’s local and glitchy.
.@FoxNews warns IRS official: Testify if you want the death threats to stop #p2 #tcot zite.to/1kz25z7— R.Saddler (@Politics_PR) March 05, 2014
Death threats are perfectly valid to GOPers – as long as they are not for one of their own!
http://t.co/NkENtzUeSO— Humanity (@GooglePics) February 27, 2014
Lindsay Graham says when Obama threatens Putin "everybody's eyes roll." And if anyone would know about people's eyes rolling around him…— Bill Maher (@billmaher) March 03, 2014
Sen. Harkin on the floor now, calls Adegbile vote one the lowest points of the Senate.— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) March 05, 2014
Wow! Get a first look at footage from the highly anticipated #Annie trailer w/ @iamjamiefoxx & @IAMQUVENZHANE: et.tv/1hKffFG— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) March 05, 2014
I thought Sandra Fluke had changed her mind about running – now I see on Twitter that she’s filed some paperwork for a congressional seat in CA?
She’s going for Henry Waxman’s seat.
Ah…okay, makes sense.
Actually, she decided NOT to run for Waxman’s seat and is running for Ted Lieu’s state Senate seat.
Well, I’m behind the news.
Apparently, Dems think Wendy Greuel can win?
Yeah, Wendy has a big network in L.A.
BREAKING: Vladimir Putin to enter the GOP Iowa Caucus. #FoxNews #p2 #GOPFail #Ukraine— Joseph J. Santorsa (@Marnus3) March 05, 2014
Since Selfies are the latest rage, why don’t I refresh your memories a bit: Geraldo’s Selfie….
You are sooooo cruel, I had just about forgotten that :cry:
I’m just bringing us all for a gentle ride down memory lane – no harm intended at all!
That’s up (down?) there with Newt’s Mankini.
Is that a threat of sorts? :)
You’re lucky PBO is busy in Boston right now. Otherwise I would have been complaining to him. But for now, I will behave.
….. for now, I will behave.”
Too late, you mentioned the Geraldo selfie, that behavior of the VERY worst kind.
// Ducks and runs at super speed…
It’s slippery slope from Geraldo to Carlos Danger. Just say NO! :-D
OH MAN, that is so WRONG.
In this photo, moments ago, President Obama's #AirForceOne lands with the #Boston skyline in the background. http://t.co/ww4Z2SXdBW— Mark Garfinkel (@pictureboston) March 05, 2014
Remember, the correct answer is Benghazi. It's always Benghazi. @Mysstyblue @ToConservatives @politicususa http://t.co/gVD3esV4uM— ROAR! I'mma Dinosaur (@DanRetz) March 05, 2014
President Obama walks away from podium after speaking on raising the minimum wage at Central Connecticut State Univ http://t.co/BZZV4iquwm— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) March 06, 2014
Working on a new post, it’ll be done, oh, around June :???:
Oh my, oh my, oh my. Have I said enough?? Oh my.
Don’t forget tomorrow evening folks at approx 7:30PM ET, the WH’s taping of In Performance :)
Performers tomorrow include Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 06, 2014
It’s a BFD: Joe Biden and Eric Holder Challenge Republicans To Fund Rape Kit Testing politicususa.com/2014/03/05/its… via @politicususa— (@TRUTH_TWEETERS) March 05, 2014
Deeply grateful to the @whitehouse & @VP for dedicating groundbreaking funds to #endthebacklog of untested rape kits: ow.ly/uhml— Mariska Hargitay (@Mariska) March 05, 2014
For more info on the backlog – hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in the US – visit endthebacklog.org #endthebacklog— Mariska Hargitay (@Mariska) March 05, 2014
Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault #NOMORE @Mariska @NOMOREorg http://t.co/6w39sxrW3H— ♡ destynie ♡ (@JoyfulDestynie) March 05, 2014
What Year Is This?!! WestJet Passenger Leaves Super-Sexist Note For Female Pilot news.yahoo.com/westjet-passen… via @YahooNews— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) March 06, 2014
@AFSCME We can do something about that in #Nov2014 #Vote'— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) March 05, 2014
POTUS’ FY 2015 budget aims to reduce backlog of untested rape kits and assist prosecution of sexual assault cases wh.gov/lmszW— Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) March 05, 2014
How much do I LOVE Stephen Colbert???????????????? A shit ton. Truly, deeply, really. A shit ton:)
One of the comments…..
March 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm
The Lord takes away a functioning US media.
But He or She gives us Stephen Colbert.
Have to be happy with that
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