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President Obama Honors 2014 Top Cops

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73 Responses to “President Obama Honors 2014 Top Cops”


    • 5 57andfemale
      May 12, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Congrats!

      • 6 Cindy
        May 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm

        HAPPY MONDAY 57andfemale!

        Hope that the family are all having a FANTASTIC DAY! How are the babies doing; Miss Pearl, Nickleby and Kasper, now that the snow has melted?

        • 7 57andfemale
          May 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm

          How is my good friend Cindy doing?

          Poor Miss Pearl. A HUGE thunder clap last night – I jumped. I didn’t even know it was raining. She went from zero to 200 on the anxiety scale. The house was really hot and muggy but I put her thundershirt on, gave her the Rescue Remedy. Poor baby was so scared……..

          Earlier in the day I had to dig Kasper out of the sofa springs – he decided to explore into the depths of the sofa after he’d torn down the underlining. He had his butt in the torn underlining like a sling and his head and paws were eagerly exploring those springs. He’s something else.

          • 8 Cindy
            May 12, 2014 at 5:54 pm

            Doing GREAT my friend,

            I “woke up” this morning, and was able to do for myself; everything else (worry, complaints etc…) is small in comparison. : )

            Time to write a book; Mr. Kasper Explores Couchy Couch : )

            Is Nickleby’s medical problems better, now that the weather is some what better?

            • 9 57andfemale
              May 12, 2014 at 6:15 pm

              The days we can ‘do’ stuff are the best………

              Cindy, I think Nickelby’s okay. All of them have been irregular eating their dog food, but I think that’s Daddee’s fault – I think he was putting people food in their food and now I’m trying to get them back to normal.

              Nickelby seems a little quiet to me, but all his tests are good. he needs his teeth cleaned and he won’t let me brush them so we face this periodically. To me, he’s my baby but I have to realize he’s 8, 9 years old, minimum. But always a baby to me…….

              CarolMae has been pushing me to get a decent picture, tweet it and then bring it over here. My Motley Crew!

              Be well, my friend. I love our chats.

              • 10 Cindy
                May 12, 2014 at 6:19 pm

                Good news,

                Thanks for sharing. Yes! get the pictures over here, I want to see this bunch after hearing the great stories.

                Have a wonderful evening.

  1. 12 Cindy
    May 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Yes! An AWESOME BEAUTIFUL DAY…..

    THANK YOU NERDY WONKA!

    Come on guys……..it’s over here : )

  2. 13 vcprezofan2
    May 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Made it!

  3. 17 jacquelineoboomer
    May 12, 2014 at 5:33 pm
  4. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    May 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks so much, NW!

  5. 22 GGail
    May 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks NW, I’m right on time!

  6. May 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Congrats on 1st Cindy :)

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    May 12, 2014

    Ambassador Daniel Baer, the U.S. envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) held up a new report issued today by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and High Commissioner for National Minorities as evidence of the dire human rights consequences of Russian and Russian-supported actors in Ukraine.

    “We see in this human rights assessment the human toll that Russia’s crimes have taken, creating a climate of fear and intimidation.”

    The Human Rights Assessment of the situation in Ukraine was based on several weeks of fieldwork that began in early March and concluded in early April. Teams of researchers fanned out across the country, including in Crimea after the illegal and illegitimate referendum on March 17.

    The report includes a number of damning findings that implicate Russia and pro-Russian groups who have been operating particularly in Eastern Ukraine. For example it notes that in late February, violent, organized groups “started arriving in buses or private vehicles, some of which had either no license plates or Russian license plates.”

    More at the link in the tweet:

    And, there’s this ….

  7. 27 vcprezofan2
    May 12, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    After over 30 years of exponential growth, the number of prison admissions in this country is going down…so much so that in 2012 it was at a two-decades low.

    The author of that piece, Stanford Psychiatry Professor Keith Humphreys, highlighted that as part of an overall trend.

    The size of the prison population started to drop for the first time since the early 1970s and has kept dropping since. The rate of annual prison admissions fell to a two-decade low. Politicians on the right and left made common cause against mass incarceration in state after state, cutting sentences, promoting alternatives to incarceration, and closing correctional facilities. For the first time in 40 years, Congress and the President eliminated a mandatory minimum sentence. Marijuana decriminalization and legalization laws swept the land, and the intensity of pot enforcement swooned. Meanwhile, The Affordable Care Act and related reforms made addiction treatment more available than at any time in U.S. history.

    Now THAT’S what I’d call “seeing the big picture” on an important issue! Its a veritable collection of baby steps paying off.
    ………………………//

    http://www.immasmartypants.blogspot.ca/2014/05/something-else-that-going-downhill.html

  8. 28 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Congrats to Cindy for her GOLD!

    • 29 dotster3
      May 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      You can still use Au as far as I’m concerned, Nena. I knew what you meant——didn’t cause me one moment of distress.

      • 30 Nena20409
        May 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm

        Oh Dotster3.
        :) Well of course. We were all having fun.

        That is why I typed GOLD in caps.

        Today is the Day of Birth of One Notable Chemist: Dorothy Hodgkin. She would have been 104 yrs.

        Google gave her a shout out today.

      • 31 Nerdy Wonka
        May 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm

        There you go. Wading pettily into a discussion that had nothing to do with you and was started and ended hours ago. Did I say Nena couldn’t use Au? No. I simply asked if Au was alternate universe because Au has different meanings and she explained she was using Au, the symbol for gold. I realized I hadn’t heard that outside of a chemistry class and she realized she had forgotten the symbol for bronze. Then Chips and I joked about Man United never getting gold again. That was it. Friendly discussion over. No distress.

        But then here you come along, hours later, stirring the pot. Nice try, Dotster.

        • 32 dotster3
          May 12, 2014 at 7:42 pm

          Huh?—–geez and geepers creepers or creepy deep—–just trying to be nice to Nena. No trying to “stir the pot” —–that’s actually funny.

    • 33 Cindy
      May 12, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      yeeeaaaaaaaaa!

      Happy Monday evening Nena20409!
      Thank you for the congrats-I am wearing it proudly : )

      Hope you have a BEAUTIFUL night………..

  9. 34 Vicki
    May 12, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I am delighted that PBO announced some specifics about what we are doing to search for the girls in Nigeria.
    My question is this: Don’t we have sophisticated imaging devices that can detect movement beneath trees and greenery in forests?
    or have I been watching too much tv?

    I’m hoping we have all kinds of technology and Special Ops teams on the ground in Nigeria and that we will have some good news soon.
    The parents of these children must be so freaked out—horrifying.

  10. 36 MightyPamela
    May 12, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Straggling in, is it nap time yet?? ;)

  11. 37 dotster3
    May 12, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I missed this event, but this sounds like it was a cute moment….

    • 38 Nena20409
      May 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      I have just finished listening to the POTUS and he actually said that. But I thought it might have been Sunny. Now I know that it was a little girl…….thanks to Mark Knoller.

  12. May 12, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    “..With the clock running out on the seventh and final round of the 2014 NFL Draft on Saturday evening and the St. Louis Rams holding two of the last eight picks, Rams coach Jeff Fisher turned to general manager Les Snead and team president Kevin Demoff and said, “Let’s go get Michael Sam” — and the NFL changed forever……

    …..Late Friday night in Fisher’s office, as the coach met with Demoff and Snead, the subject of drafting Sam came up, and it was quickly dismissed. Yet privately, Fisher was contemplating the possibility that, if Sam remained on the board in the draft’s latter stages, he could simultaneously get value and strike a blow for acceptance and respect. On Saturday, as pick No. 249 neared, Fisher decided it was time to welcome Sam to the Rams’ family. He called Rams owner Stan Kroenke and told him of the plan, receiving a favorable response……

    …At 5:48 p.m. CST, the pick was called in, and the war room grew silent. Fisher rose from his seat and walked over to the pair of large television sets in one corner of the room, and scores of coaches, scouts and other Rams officials joined him. A couple of minutes later, when the pick was flashed on the two screens, the room erupted in applause, and Fisher began receiving hand slaps from nearly everyone in his vicinity. A few minutes later, as he paced excitedly around his office, Fisher revealed to me that he’d been privately considering the Sam move for several days. “I’ve been thinking about it,” Fisher said. “Look, he’s a good football player. We’re glad to have him. We got better when we took him. And we’re gonna do everything we can to get the most out of him. It’s exciting.”

    It’s also historic — and until about 15 minutes before history was made, only one man had a clue what was about to happen.”

  13. 40 Nerdy Wonka
    May 12, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Holy Whaaaaaaaaat?!

  14. 43 GGail
    May 12, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Clay Aikens opponent has died

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/12/usa-north-carolina-aiken-idUSL1N0NY1LI20140512

    U.S. congressional candidate Keith Crisco, who battled “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken in a May 6 Democratic primary race in North Carolina deemed too close to call, died on Monday, the state elections board said.

    Crisco, 71, a businessman and former North Carolina commerce secretary, died after a fall at his home in Asheboro, according to the Asheboro Courier-Tribune. His campaign could not be reached immediately for comment.

    • 44 Nena20409
      May 12, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      I had read that he was found dead.

      So sad.

      I sincerely wish his family my deepest sympathy.

  15. 45 hopefruit2
    May 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Chris Hayes is looking for attention on Twitter. Trying to be funny with his fake link-bait tweets…

  16. May 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    A really novel invention & way to be proactive…….could be a nice gift to donate as well.

    “In developing countries, clean drinking water is not a given. According to the World Health Organization, every year, around 3.4 million people die from water-related illnesses. To put it in perspective: That’s roughly equivalent to Los Angeles’ entire population. Accessing clean water often means waiting in line for a truck to haul it to you, boiling it (an energy-hungry option) or running it through a ceramic filter (expensive). But the truth is, more often than not people don’t clean it at all.

    A new project from the Water Is Life organization is looking to simplify the purification process with a high-design solution. The Drinkable Book, as it’s called, looks like something you’d keep on your coffee table, but it’s actually a full-on water purification system…..

    ….Each page is its own little filter that can clean up to 100 liters of water (that’s around a 30-day supply). This means each book can provide a single person with up to four years of clean water. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon and University of Virginia developed a special kind of paper that’s coated in silver nanoparticles, which kill bacteria. “Some socks use silver nanoparticles to prevent fungus from growing on athletes’ feet,” explains chemist Theresa Dankovich, the project’s lead scientist who has been researching this process since 2008……”

  17. 47 Nena20409
    May 12, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20140512/us–obama-india/

    POTUS praises India for having held their National elections.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is congratulating India on its national election and says that country has set an example for the rest of the world.

    In a statement, Obama praises India for holding the largest democratic election in history. He’s calling it “a vibrant demonstration of our shared values of diversity and freedom.”

    Obama says the U.S. looks forward to India’s formation of a new government after election results come in. He says the U.S. will work closely with India’s next government.

  18. May 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm
  19. 51 hopefruit2
    May 12, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    I’m suffering from Bates Motel withdrawal this evening. Serves me right for allowing myself to get addicted in the first place.

    • 52 Nerdy Wonka
      May 12, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      I feel the same way about True Detective and even worse, season 2 of True Detective won’t have the amazing talents of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

      Luckily for me, I have Fargo on FX to tide me over. It’s really great. 10 episodes and Billy Bob Thornton is doing a masterful job. I happily recommend that to you.

      • 53 hopefruit2
        May 12, 2014 at 7:43 pm

        Hmmm…I will have to check out those as well. I love Billy Bob’s acting as a rule so I’ll probably enjoy Fargo. I was planning on bingewatching Breaking Bad over Memorial or some such weekend, but really, can I afford to have YET another vice at this time?

        So many vices…so little time…SIGH…

        • 54 Nerdy Wonka
          May 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm

          Wait…wait…wait. Don’t make a rash decision. LOL. Breaking Bad binge watching is a great vice to have. Just 5 seasons and you are done.

          ::chants: do it…do it…do it…do it….

          If we can convince Meta to watch it and then looooove it, you can hop on board too. :)

          • 55 hopefruit2
            May 12, 2014 at 7:51 pm

            Ha! That’s what I’m afraid of Nerdy..I’ve heard such good things about BB from so many reliable sources…I may need a 12-month detox plan after the 5 seasons…but I will go ahead and set up a weekend for just that. I will deal with the consequences whatever they may be. :) :)

      • May 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

        FX always has great original programming. I’m enjoying Fargo(Cohen Bros. I believe)…..and still have not decided if I like the “Americans” but have watched every episode of the first two seasons. Justified w/ Timothy Olyphant is pretty great…didn’t like last season thoug( I still have cravings for “Deadwood” on HBO which he was the lead) and “Sons of Anarchy” is one of my favorites. “Rescue Me” (Dennis Leary) was when FX got me watching the channel on a regular basis. If you want to watch a really well written (Mike Judge “Office Space & Alec Berg “Curb your Enthusiam” “Seinfeld”) funny show “Silicon Valley” on HBO is hilarious…comes on after “Game of Thrones”….and on AMC this new series “Turn” about a colonist-turned spy against the British… based in 1776 while G. Washington’s army was almost defeated is a pretty good series. AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” is a good show based on building the continental railroad during slavery w/ Common as a lead character….new season starts in the summer.

        • 59 Vicki
          May 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm

          Oh! Another Turn fan.

          • May 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm

            I’m really into historical period dramas……. PBS Masterpiece has a show “Mr. Selfridge” about an American business man who moved to London, and opened a department store in the mold of Harrods….it is set prior to WW2 and stars Jeremy Piven, of “Entourage” fame.

        • 61 Nerdy Wonka
          May 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm

          Thanks, LP.

          Yeah, Justified, Turn, Hell on Wheels, and Sons of Anarchy are good.

          As for Silicon Valley, I have tried and am continuing to try but that show irritates me because I’m all, what the hell is this?! The character with the curly hair turns me off with his douchebag pointless behavior and theorizing. I keep waiting for the laughs and after the show is done, I’m all, holy crap, I just wasted 30 minutes of my life. It’s puzzling to me because the guys who did Office Space, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Seinfeld know how to write good comedy yet Silicon Valley has been falling flat episode after episode.

          • May 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm

            Yeah the curly ginger can be quite annoying….. so much of the writing is “insider” Palo Alto lingo…..it kind of reminds me of Sorkin’s “Newsroom” either you hate it or love it…..

  20. 63 Roberta in MN
    May 12, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Has anybody had trouble logging onto CBS Primetime? I think their site is down. :-( Wanted to start watching some programs from last night. Darn.

  21. May 12, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    How many states is that have raised their minimum wage to at least 10.10/hr

    Hawaii
    Maryland
    Washington State
    Connecticut?
    The Mayor of Philadelphia raised the minimum wage for employees of contractor and sub contractors…

    what other states?

    • 65 Nena20409
      May 12, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Minnesota.

      District of Columbia.

    • 67 vcprezofan2
      May 12, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      My only comment is I wish they would all get to $10+ sooner. To have to wait 2, 3, 4 years to get there doesn’t seem that helpful to me if you are living in a tight space. Why not just do it, at least in a year? And I’m not just referring to Vermont.

      • May 12, 2014 at 8:09 pm

        yes…whenever they talk about workers wages…Most times it is a gradual process…but I am glad it is happening

        • 69 vcprezofan2
          May 12, 2014 at 8:13 pm

          Don’t get me wrong, PF58, I am glad too. I am only frustrated that they won’t jump right in earlier, knowing as they do that wages have stagnated for ages! But, I am grateful it IS happening.

  22. May 12, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Answered my own question…..

    Since the President called on states and employers to raise the minimum wage…Wonderful things are happening….

  23. May 12, 2014 at 8:03 pm
  24. May 12, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Since MSM loves the #Benghazi story so much, have they covered this in-fighting between two CA Republicans over #Benghazi?

    What’s that, crickets you say?

    Ladyhawke linked to an Up With Steve segment this morning where Dave Wiegel said that GOP voters he’s talked to say their concern is that President Obama wasn’t aware/didn’t care what happened or that the military was told to stand down. Neither of which is true, of course.

    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/whats-benghazi-really-all-about


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