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First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Affordable Care Act enrollee Terry Rutherford at the Jessie Trice Community Health Care Center in Miami, Wednesday, March 5.


144 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. 1 GGail
    March 5, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    My turn!

    • March 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Well, look at you, Ms Firsty!!! Hellooooooooooo GGail!!

      • 3 GGail
        March 5, 2014 at 4:26 pm

        Hiya Chips!
        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:

    • 4 57andfemale
      March 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Congrats, Gail!

      • 5 GGail
        March 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm

        Thx 57!
        Is the snow melting yet?

        • 6 57andfemale
          March 5, 2014 at 4:53 pm

          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?

  2. 7 GGail
    March 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Helloooooooo Chipsticks!

  3. 8 GGail
    March 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    So, I get a minute to play and everybody else is busy – hmmf!

    • 9 vcprezofan2
      March 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      :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!

      • 10 GGail
        March 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm

        Ok, Ok, Ok VC! But….you ARE working today too – right? ((((hugs))))

        • 11 vcprezofan2
          March 5, 2014 at 4:42 pm

          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.

  4. 12 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Not first, but a respectable 2nd. I’ve been bested by none other than her Excellency, The Glorious GGail – congrats on #1 :)

  5. 15 Linda
    March 5, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    So…If you want your crap Healthcare Plan you can keep it for another year……..!!!!!

  6. 16 Vicki
    March 5, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    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.”

  7. March 5, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    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 :(

  8. 21 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    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! :)

  9. 23 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 4:32 pm

  10. 24 vcprezofan2
    March 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Knock! Knock!

  11. 25 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

  12. 26 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    If you know of any chefs, let them know.

    • 27 CEB
      March 5, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      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.

      • 28 MightyPamela
        March 5, 2014 at 6:17 pm

        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.

  13. 29 GGail
    March 5, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    That’s all she wrote for today folks – I’ve got to go back to work (hugs & kisses to you all!)

  14. 31 Linda
    March 5, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    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.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/boy-accidental-shooting-death

    • 32 anniebella
      March 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      How terrible that 5 year old shot and killed himself. Thank you NRA and cowardly Congress and whoever that gun belong too.

  15. 33 anniebella
    March 5, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    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.

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      March 5, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      AB, if word got out that people would get a hug from Michelle Obama if they signed up for ACA, the enrollment would SOAR!!!

    • 35 anniebella
      March 5, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      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.

  16. 36 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 4:42 pm

  17. March 5, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Conflicting reports:

  18. 38 susanne
    March 5, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    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. ‘

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-05/washington-shows-highest-minimum-wage-state-beats-u-s-with-jobs.html

  19. 39 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 4:56 pm

  20. 40 donna dem 4 obama
    March 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm

  21. 41 Nerdy Wonka
    March 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm

  22. 42 donna dem 4 obama
    March 5, 2014 at 5:27 pm

  23. March 5, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Apparently, an anchor for Russia Today just quit on air over Putin’s invasion, giving a scathing resignation speech.

  24. March 5, 2014 at 5:51 pm

  25. March 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    There’s this …

    … 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.

  26. March 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    A little music playing in Kyiv ….

    :)

  27. 55 dotster3
    March 5, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    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”…..

    http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/President-Has-Lunch-in-New-Britain-248597091.html

  28. March 5, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    President Putin’s Fiction: 10 False Claims about Ukraine

    Fact Sheet
    Office of the Spokesperson
    Washington, DC
    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.

    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/03/222988.htm

  29. 60 donna dem 4 obama
    March 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm

  30. March 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm

  31. 62 donna dem 4 obama
    March 5, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    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????

  32. 85 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 6:23 pm

  33. March 5, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Touching …

  34. 87 Jeff
    March 5, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I am ultra pissed that some democrats joined with the republicans in blocking Debo Adegbile!

  35. 89 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm

  36. 92 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    What some people will do for love…

  37. 95 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 6:40 pm

  38. 96 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm

  39. 97 Ladyhawke
    March 5, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    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

    ——————————————-

    http://video.state.gov/en/secretary-of-state/video/3298299051001

    • 100 99ts
      March 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Rachel talking about GOP Texas legislature removing any chance of women getting help to terminate a pregnancy in Texas

  40. 102 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    When is PBO scheduled to give remarks in Boston?

  41. 105 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 6:48 pm

  42. 107 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm

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  45. 110 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 6:55 pm

  46. 111 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    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?

  47. 118 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    LOL!

  48. 119 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Since Selfies are the latest rage, why don’t I refresh your memories a bit: Geraldo’s Selfie….

  49. 131 JER
    March 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm

  50. 132 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 7:06 pm

  51. March 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Working on a new post, it’ll be done, oh, around June :???:

  52. 135 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Don’t forget tomorrow evening folks at approx 7:30PM ET, the WH’s taping of In Performance :)

  53. 136 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2014 at 7:14 pm

  54. 139 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 7:16 pm

  55. 140 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 7:21 pm

  56. 141 Dudette
    March 5, 2014 at 7:28 pm

  57. 143 desertflower
    March 5, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    How much do I LOVE Stephen Colbert???????????????? A shit ton. Truly, deeply, really. A shit ton:)

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/03/05/late-afternoon-open-thread-3/

    • March 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      One of the comments…..

      Elizabelle says:

      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

      love that!


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