141 Responses to “Chat Away”


    • July 14, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Moooooorning Layla!!

    • 5 MightyPamela
      July 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Layla! Very many belated Happy Birthday wishes to you! That fella who brought in your cake had style! IMO! ;)

      • 6 Layla
        July 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

        Ty MP!!!! I know…what a guy!!!!!

      • 9 vcprezofan2
        July 14, 2014 at 1:26 pm

        Hey, MP, where’s that frog singing version of the birthday song that you shared years(?) ago? I am reminded of it right now and looked it up,. but couldn’t locate it.

        ‘Joyeux Anniversaire,
        des voeux les plus sinceres.
        etc. etc’

        It was sung by a frog with a much better singing voice than mine. I looked up ‘Frog singing “Joyeux Anniversaire” ‘ but didn’t hit pay dirt before giving up. Do you have it at your fingertips?

        • 10 Layla
          July 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

          This one…

          • 11 vcprezofan2
            July 14, 2014 at 1:37 pm

            {{{ Layla}}} That’s it! Merci BUCKETS!! :) :)

            Shameful on my part that you had to hunt up your musical tribute! And how come you were able to find it faster than I – I searched for more than five minutes before giving up.

            • 12 Layla
              July 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm

              I googled: Grenouille chante Bonne Anniversaire LOL!!!!!

              • 13 vcprezofan2
                July 14, 2014 at 1:45 pm

                Dummy me googled it in English ‘Frog singing ‘Joyeux Anniversaire’ or something such. Actually 1st time through I googled the entire thing in English, as in ‘Frog singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in French. Me, I am super smart with ‘The Google’. Explains why it always takes me forever to locate anything….if ever. :grin: :grin:

          • 14 anniebella
            July 14, 2014 at 3:11 pm

            Kermit look like he has been hanging out with Boehner too much. Better let Miss Piggy know about this.

        • 15 MightyPamela
          July 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm

          Yes! Sent to me by friend Jerome-Michel, who grew up in France! (ps: VC? It’s not a real frog.. But you knew that, oui?) :) :)

  1. 17 donna dem 4 obama
    July 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  2. 18 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    What?

  3. 19 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Afternoon, Layla! So very nice to see you up there!

  4. 21 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Here’s a good Smartypants read (as usual)

    Its Time to Leave Home

    In 1981 Bernice Johnson Reagon gave a speech that I believe was prophetic titled: Coalition Politics: Turning the Century. She begins by summarizing the impact technology has had on our social constructs:

    We’ve pretty much come to the end of a time when you can have a space that is “yours only”—just for the people you want to be there…To a large extent it’s because we have just finished with that kind of isolating. There is no hiding place. There is nowhere you can go and only be with people who are like you. It’s over. Give it up.

    David Simon captured how the re-election of Barack Obama sealed this change when he talked about the death of normal.

    America will soon belong to the men and women — white and black and Latino and Asian, Christian and Jew and Muslim and atheist, gay and straight — who can walk into a room and accept with real comfort the sensation that they are in a world of certain difference, that there are no real majorities, only pluralities and coalitions. The America in which it was otherwise is dying…

    What makes Reagon’s words so prophetic is that she talked about what our reaction would likely be to this reality. She warned that it would lead us to create spaces she called “home.”
    ……………………………..//

    http://www.immasmartypants.blogspot.ca/2014/07/its-time-to-leave-home.html

    • 22 jackiegrumbacher
      July 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Hey, VC, I read this and thought how hard it is to try to see the world through the eyes of a rabid right wing Republican without risking your own sanity. I know that seeing through others’ eyes is what empathy really means, but I am a weak soul and find this very, very hard.

      • 23 vcprezofan2
        July 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm

        JackieG, I hear you and agree. However, here’s my answer, cobbled together from the quotes Smartypants shared. I added the caps.

        ‘So whatever we think of the past, WE MUST NOT BE PRISONERS to it. Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; our progress must be shared.’ ~PBO

        ‘we are at the point where IN ORDER TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP we’ve got to do it with some folk we don’t care too much about. And we got to vomit over that for a little while. We must just keep going.’ ~Bernice J. Reagon.

        ‘vomit for a little while about that, and get busy dealing with the world as it is rather than as we want it to be. IN THE END, IT’S ABOUT SURVIVAL …’ ~Nancy L

        I have to add that I’ve only come to this point of trying to ‘partner’ with the Repubs because of all the work I’ve seen PBO doing. I do NOT like them – I never will – but I am better able to accept PBO’s ‘willingness’ to partner with them, to try and accept some of the (miniscule) concessions they might make because it is the way forward….for now.

        • July 14, 2014 at 2:11 pm

          yes VC and Jackie…..

          i felt this too….but I am a weak soul and find this very, very hard.

          but……

          The President partnered with Iran to handle issues in Iraq…..he partnered with Russia (even willing to give him credit) to handle Syria…he even partnered recently with Perry around the refugee crisis at the TX border…..after reading her (Smartypants) piece…i was even more impressed with our President (if that is possible)…

          so i thought what can i do in my small way….i thought of our current Gov’s race in PA…there are GOP voters who do not like Corbett and maybe willing to vote for Wolf the DEM….there is a coalition forming called ..A Fresh start for PA…if some how we are able to gather those GOP voters…..ya never know…

          • 25 vcprezofan2
            July 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm

            And there you have it, PF58! At times we may have to form coalitions with unexpected partners in order to move the ball down the road, because we can’t go it alone and because they too benefit from the moderated outcome more than from both sides being intransigent.

  5. July 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    John Oliver: The rich keep the game rigged while Americans cling to false optimism

    By Tom Boggioni
    Monday, July 14, 2014 9:16 EDT

    In an extended segment on HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver turned his gaze on income inequality, noting that Americans overwhelmingly believe that the system favors the rich while, at the same time, accepting it, believing they too will somehow be rich someday.

    “Our main story tonight, is income inequality.” Oliver began. “A good way to figure out which side of it you’re on, is whether you are currently paying for HBO, or stealing it.”

    Noting that President Obama recently delivered a speech where he used the expression ‘income inequality,’ twenty-six times, calling it “the defining issue of our times,” Oliver pointed out that Democrats immediately retreated on the issue in the face of accusations of class warfare.

    “So basically, income inequality has become just another topic of conversation we prefer to avoid in America, like Japanese internment camps or that time we gave Roberto Bengini an Academy Award. National tragedies, equally wrong,” he said.

    Pointing out that income inequality is not exclusive to America, Oliver explained that it “rising faster here,” with the average income of the richest ten percent now sixteen times as large as the poorest ten percent.

    “At this point, the rich are just running up the score,” Oliver said. “If our economy was a Little League game, someone would have called it by now.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/14/john-oliver-the-rich-keep-the-game-rigged-while-americans-cling-to-false-optimism/

    • July 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you, Rikyrah, for bringing this here.

      Income inequality is only getting worse here, and being promoted by those who want to widen the gap — our elite, self-absorbed media who cheerlead the corrupt GOP.

      • 29 0388jojothecat
        July 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm

        Unfortunately many wealthy DEMs are just fine with income inequality as long their benefits like the estate tax is not touched. The RW always claim some poor farmer can’t pass down the family farm without their heirs having to pay estate taxes or lose the family farm. This is bull.

  6. 30 Ladyhawke
    July 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    A COURT IN PURSUIT OF AN AGENDA.

    Full Show: Is the Supreme Court Out of Order?

    By Bill Moyers – (Speaks to NY Times columnist Linda Greenhouse and Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick)

    ——————————–

    The latest session of the US Supreme Court was especially contentious, with important decisions on the separation of church and state, organized labor, campaign finance reform, birth control and women’s health, among others, splitting the court along its 5-4 conservative-liberal divide.
    .
    .
    “You can’t look at the Roberts court and say that they’ve done anything other than systematically unravel voting rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights [and] environmental progress,” Lithwick tells Moyers.

    Greenhouse adds: “I think it’s hard for anybody looking at this court objectively to come away not thinking that it’s a court in pursuit of an agenda.”

    ——————————–

    http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-is-the-supreme-court-out-of-order/

    • 31 jackiegrumbacher
      July 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      LH, we need to have more people talking about this and calling the right wing of the SCOTUS out for the harm it’s wreaking on our rights, but we need to remind ourselves that 4/9ths of that court is fighting FOR us, not against us. The current makeup of the Supreme Court stands in such opposition to the population of this country that it must be our number one priority to change it.

  7. 32 JER
    July 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

  8. 34 JER
    July 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    • 35 GGail
      July 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      JER, these facts of truth are all though-out the US – so there is no excuse for Congress to not be aware.

      These should be additional motivation for citizens to GOTV and be HEARD!

  9. 36 amk for obama
    July 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    • 37 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      July 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      THIS CARTOON SAYS IT ALL…YOU CAN BEGIN WITH INDIANA MILITIA PICK-UP DRIVERS…REAL WINNERS FOR HUMANITY!

  10. 38 GGail
    July 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD!

    Chips – excellent R&S – especially the photo’s of that man not minding one bit that rain is falling on him! What a Man! :-)

  11. 41 donna dem 4 obama
    July 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

  12. 42 donna dem 4 obama
    July 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    smh/ :shock: :mad: :shock:

    • 43 0388jojothecat
      July 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      They just want money. Whenever I mention giving my time making calls I get no response.

  13. 44 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    July 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    HERE’S MY QUESTION FOR THE DAY…IF SELFISH,GREEDY AMERICANS OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL THEM…THINK CHILDREN FROM ACROSS THE BORDER ARE DEMONIZING OUR COUNTRY…DON’T EXPECT THEM TO WANT TO RAISE ANYONE’S WAGES BUT THEIR OWN.

  14. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    July 14, 2014 at 12:50 pm

  15. 46 japa21
    July 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

  16. 47 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    The (long) article doesn’t admit it, but I’m pretty sure this is #Obamasfault… ;)

    In 2011 at the height of piracy, 237 attacks took place in the zone of the Horn of Africa, the Red Sea, and the northwest Indian Ocean. So far in 2014, there have been seven attacks, all of which failed, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

    The number of pirate hostages has also dropped, from 1,206 in 2011 to 38 today.

    In June, 11 sailors from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, and India were freed after nearly four years, with little or no ransom paid.

    “With a few very small exceptions, we’ve had two years now without any successful piracy attacks,” says Alan Cole, regional coordinator of the maritime crime program for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

    “What’s happened is that the odds of success for the pirates have dropped, and it’s become an increasingly hazardous business to be in,” Mr. Cole adds. “The chance of getting killed or captured is pretty high now, and watching so many men disappear off over the horizon and not coming back does suppress interest in this as a career path.”
    …….//

    https://ca.news.yahoo.com/captain-phillips-strikes-back-off-horn-africa-pirates-120004638.html

  17. July 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Hello Whitehouse… They don’t care!

  18. July 14, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Good morning everyone!

    Fun fact of the day: Heaven 17’s “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang” was banned by BBC Radio because its legal department felt it libeled Pres. Reagan. You can’t libel the guilty.

  19. July 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Are Quakers Republicans?

    • 51 mtmarilyn
      July 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      I was raised a Quaker, most of my family are Quakers (Friends). We were (are) Republicans, my father and my brothers were conscientious objectors. I am now a member of the United Church of Christ. I know my family would gladly be a part of not paying for wars. This is just the start of many lawsuits. We will see. It is hard for me to discuss politics with any of them.

      • July 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm

        Surprising to hear that Quakers lean Republican (although their most famous President, Nixon, was obviously GOP).

        My twitter profile uses a phrase I heard spoken by a Quaker friend-of-a-friend, “peace never escalates.”

        Had no idea I was promoting the GOP agenda, LOL.

        • 53 mtmarilyn
          July 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm

          I will be attending my 50th HS reunion in October. I attended a small Quaker HS in a very small town in KS. Of my 13 classmates, I am the only one (that I can tell so far) that isn’t conservative. One is a professor at Liberty College. It will be interesting to see how everyone feels in October. I have always felt because of my background I became very liberal. Not sure where things have changed. In all my readings and teaching, I have felt Quakers should be very liberal. I do have afew cousins that I know are liberal but all of us who have strayed do not live in Kansas anymore. I really don’t believe my parents would go along with the GOP agenda nowadays. They were very loving people of all types. We were taught never to judge. Our home was open to all.

  20. 55 Ladyhawke
    July 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Press Secretary Josh Earnest is at the podium ……

  21. July 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm

  22. 57 dotster3
    July 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Person just shot and killed on Gunpowder Drive in Indianapolis.

    http://wishtv.com/2014/07/14/person-shot-killed-on-indys-northeast-side/

  23. 58 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I see the Chips-Obama Travel Group isn’t going to Africa this year, but leaders from the African continent are coming this way in August.

    • 59 vcprezofan2
      July 14, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      ‘President Obama in August will welcome leaders from across the African continent to the Nation’s Capital for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first such event of its kind. This Summit, the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government, will build on the President’s trip to Africa in the summer of 2013 and it will strengthen ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions. Specifically, the August 4-6 Summit will advance the Administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people. At the same time, it will highlight the depth and breadth of the United States’ commitment to the African continent, advance our shared priorities and enable discussion of concrete ideas to deepen the partnership. At its core, this Summit is about fostering stronger ties between the United States and Africa.

      The theme of the Summit is “Investing in the Next Generation.” ………………..//’

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit

  24. 61 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    ;) ;) Happy (Belated) Birthday, Layla! :grin:

  25. July 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm
  26. 72 MightyPamela
    July 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Out early to run errands, before the heat sets in. Again.

  27. 73 Dudette
    July 14, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Warning Ladies… It’s that picture of that guy you like. :-D

  28. 75 miss pat
    July 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Hi folks; I finally got that twitter thing on my computer. Now how do I tweet? Do I hit the bird? How do I follow someone? Do I put on my shoes and hit the road and follow someone? Please tell me how. Break it down like you are talking to a 2 year old. Thanks in advance.

    • July 14, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      I’ve been known to give erroneous Twitter advice, so keep that in mind.

      However, I am technically challenged, so I know what it’s like to read instructions and be more confused than when I started.

      I tweet from the Twitter “Home” page (upper left hand corner). There’s a box on the left-hand side where you can compose tweets — Twitter counts the number of characters and shows you in red numbers with a minus sign when you’re over 140 characters and won’t let you send tweets more than 140 characters.

      You can attach photos by clicking on the camera icon below the tweet you’re composing (on the left hand side), then select the file of the photo you want to send.

      You can link to a website by copying the URL (web address) into the tweet you’re composing.

      I follow people by going to their Twitter address, e.g., twitter.com/theobamadiary

      I’ll follow you if you want to let us know your Twitter handle.

      It’s easy to follow people who have just followed you. Go to “Notifications” at the top of your Twitter screen and you will see Tweets from people who have replied to you and see who just followed you. If you double-click on a person who has just followed you, you’ll have the option to click on the “Follow” button to follow them too.

      • 77 miss pat
        July 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

        Thanks to you both. I wrote down everything and will start trying. Here is what my daughter wrote down as my twitter handle pwalkerbooks there is a little symbol before it that looks like@. I am going to ask her to make me another one for my own use this one is for my books. Thanks again.

    • 78 donna dem 4 obama
      July 14, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Don’t take this the wrong way but I taught myself via here: “Tweeting For Dummies”. It breaks it down quite well.

      http://www.dummies.com/how-to/internet/Blogging-Social-Networking/Twitter/Getting-Started.html

      And when I can’t find the answer there I come here and ask Nerdy Wonka. :)

  29. July 14, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Precisely.

  30. July 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    You mean T baggers?

  31. 90 jackiegrumbacher
    July 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Donna asked on a previous thread what Dems are doing for the election and, though I replied, it was after everyone had moved on, so here’s a brief summary. First, I’m virtually positive that all of the OFA donor mailing list info was incorporated into the massive repository known as Vote Builder, which is maintained at both the state and local level. At the county level, every newly registered voter is put in the central db (a small group of us receive copies so we can send out welcome brochures). Every call we make is used to update the data with changes of address, phone numbers, etc. In our area, the governor’s and US House race have paid organizers in place whose jobs is to reach out to voters and build a cadre of volunteers. They also have weekly phone banking and canvassing opportunities that are all modeled on the two presidential campaigns. This is heavy voter registration time, as all of us are aware, so if you know how to register, use every opportunity to do so. Most counties have both agricultural and street fairs and if your county party has a booth at these events, please call and offer to fill in a time slot. Bottom line is that serious campaigns are being professionally run, the data bases are being updated and there are virtually limitless volunteer opportunities. There is not a “national” campaign as in presidential years because a lot of the issues and concerns people have are local, but I have heard all of our candidates speak with knowledge and authority on national issues. The DCCC has an active hand in our US Congress race and I know our state party is doing all it can to help with state house races.

    • 91 Vicki
      July 14, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      I find this very encouraging,jackieg. Thank you for posting it. The last I heard Corbett was trailing by 22% or as MSM/GOP call it “toss-up.”)

    • 92 donna dem 4 obama
      July 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks JG.

      Okay so that must have been what we used to make build volunteers and make calls to supporters in my Governors primary last month. The woman who ran Lt. Governor Browns volunteer primary campaign for Gov. was our old OFA leader in the 2012 campaign but she is no longer associated with OFA and is doing local work on his campaign. Here in MD other than replacing Gov O’Malley this Fall we don’t have any other contested campaigns in the entire state and honestly because of the demographics once Lt. Gov Brown won the primary he pretty much has won the Governors race. We just have to turnout voters in key areas this November which shouldn’t be a problem.

      I wonder will local grassroots still have access to other states voter rolls as has been the case in the past in order for someone like me in a solid blue state to be able to make calls in PA? I guess DCCC will have something online setup but I bet they won’t start it until after Labor Day.

      • 93 jackiegrumbacher
        July 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm

        Donna, If you are out of state and call the campaign that you’re interested in or sign up online, I’m sure that you will access to a call database.

  32. July 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    • 95 vcprezofan2
      July 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Republican leaders have been so thoughtless and uncaring about the lives of average Americans, that I strongly suspect they are waiting for a major catastrophe to happen on one of America’s bridges so they can grandstand. Much like they have been doing with Benghazi! I do not think in any of their meetings that they have entertained the idea of pro-action in this area. What’s another life or six, if Repubs can use the failure to kick-start or rejuvenate a campaign of some sort, probable monetary. Republicans are very, very ugly on the inside.

  33. July 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday, Layla!!!! Hope you see this. :) …..from the “other” Lala. hehehe

    o/t: News just released in last few minutes here locally: Pilot Flying J (Owned by the Haslam family) reached an “understanding” w/the Federal Government and will not be prosecuted. $92M penalty. Agreement that employees COULD STILL be prosecuted. Now, who is surprised at this???????!!!!!!!! And obviously, willing to continue to throw employees under the bus. Geez. Slime!

  34. July 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    “In parallel to this, Russia is conducting a powerful foreign policy operation to enhance EU pressure on Ukraine in order to force Ukraine to stop active operations in Donbas. And the “first echelon” of the Russian lobby in the EU appears to be Germany.

    Therefore, after a pause taken by Putin in the Ukrainian conflict (or rather a slight decrease in the activity of conflict escalation), Russia is once again demonstrating its determination to continue the aggression.

    Only the active ATO in Donbas (primarily, to cleave out terrorist forces and the Russian army in the Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts from the state border with Russia, with the creation of a “buffer zone”), and harsh reaction by the international community aimed at forcing the Kremlin to stop military aggression against Ukraine, can counteract this plan.”

    Urge you to read the complete report at the link in the tweet.

    #TrustBarack

  35. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    July 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Happy Monday!

    Remember the government shutdown? Here’s what FedSmith.com reports about it:

    Government Shutdown Baby Boomers Crowd D.C.-Area Maternity Wards

    Some federal workers apparently kept busy during last year’s government shutdown; exactly nine months have passed since the work stoppage and suddenly, local maternity wards are unusually crowded.

  36. July 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    ‘Muted’ Filmmakers Discuss The Film With Joy-Ann Reid On MSNBC

    Let’s be honest, for the most part, unless the film stars Kevin Hart or deals with slavery, the mainstream media, and in particular television, doesn’t focus much on black films, except for those predictable “The Year of Black Cinema” type articles which appear every few years or so.

    And it’s even rarer for short black films. Which is why it was unusual and refreshing to see that MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid, on her network program, “The Reid Report,” actually took the time out to profile “Muted” with the filmmakers – director Rachel Goldberg, producer Tara Tomicevic and writer/actress Brandi Ford.

    The powerful film, which was fully funded through a very successful Kickstarter campaign, stars Chandra Wilson of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Daniele Watts and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. It tells the story of a black mother whose young daughter is missing, as she struggles, not only with the anguishing search for her daughter, but also with the media’s indifference to her situation – a plight that I don’t need to tell you has been shared by many black parents.

    The film recently had its world premiere at the American Black Film Festival in the HBO Short Film Competition, which has a broadcasting deal with HBO that will start in February 2015.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/filmmakers-of-short-film-muted-discuss-the-film-with-joy-ann-reid-on-msnbc-20140711

    • 103 donna dem 4 obama
      July 14, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you rikyrah. Also, let me take this opportunity to thank you for all the information that you bring here. I may not always have time to respond but I must say that I generally learn something new everyday from you.

  37. 105 Linda
    July 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    A Nevada court has put a warrant out for rancher Cliven Bundy’s son Lance after he failed to appear at a court hearing, the Associated Press reported Monday.

    The hearing and resulting warrant follow from Lance Bundy’s 2012 felony conviction on burglary and weapons charges, according to the AP.

    Lance told the news agency he was aware of the warrant, issued July 8, and working with a counselor to comply. He had been scheduled to appear before a district court judge who is overseeing a drug diversion program in Clark County, Nevada.

    Lance told the AP that he had a surgical operation to address nerve pain on the day of the hearing.

  38. 106 Gazelle
    July 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    One of the comments in an article Desertflower posted a few threads ago re: the Austin BBQ guy:

    “I have found very few people that call themselves conservative who can have an intelligent conversation about POTUS without injecting complete idiocy at some point. Whether it’s the birth certificate, imperial presidency, reverse racism, socialism, etc. The bottom line is this, conservatives truly believe certain groups of people are expendable. The president thinks all people have value. Compound this with the fact that his life is the best example yet of how just his very existence arouses hate from the master race set and then that existence is validated in the most patriotic way… The POTUS is black, he’s cool, he’s smart, and most of all he’s showing the world who all the haters are. Most were able to conceal their hate but since Obama has been in the White House they can’t resist wearing it like an ugly tattoo on their forehead. Ignorance doesn’t know better and just needs to be informed. Idiocy doesn’t want better and needs to be isolated.”

    .
    Indeed!

  39. 108 jacquelineoboomer
    July 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    This hater just crawled on his belly like a reptile into my TL. The topic, of course, is helping the children at the border. Wonder which border his ancestors came through?

  40. July 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm

  41. 114 desertflower
    July 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Can one of our wonderful BT’s post this graphic? They are INSANE! This is the Republican Party. Any questions?

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017202575

  42. 116 desertflower
    July 14, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Look who actually got arrested compared to who SHOULD have gotten arrested.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/14/politico-cuts-live-feed-as-protester-with-handcuffs-tries-to-arrest-dick-cheney/

    Satan’s spawn.

  43. 117 anniebella
    July 14, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Did you hear about the FBI found out that two police officer were members of the KKK. How about that. I do not remember if they said the officers were from Florida or where.

  44. 120 57andfemale
    July 14, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Son of a bitch, here’s their plan:

    • 121 desertflower
      July 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      of course it is…and this is why idiots that don’t pay attention vote against their own best interests….and even when you tell them facts, they refuse to believe you because we “libtards” are such revolting creatures! Imagine wanting ALL OF AMERICA to be successful and flourish…shame on us!

    • 122 donna dem 4 obama
      July 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Of course it is and they get away with it because our no good media won’t call them out on it so they just keep doing what their doing.

      • 123 desertflower
        July 14, 2014 at 3:33 pm

        Wonder if people would like to know that their property values could go down because of this….

      • 124 57andfemale
        July 14, 2014 at 3:43 pm

        PBO has taken off the gloves. I can literally hear him say, “Highway bills have ALWAYS been passed. This is the GOP attempt to ruin the economy.”

        Or damn it, DWS, put together an ‘entertaining’ team of Dem’s who delivers that message, with passion.

      • 125 57andfemale
        July 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm

        Boehner gave PBO the bestest, new line: “Will you finally take responsibility for something?”:

        I want to hear that line thrown in their faces every, effing day.

  45. 126 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Since this is dated last week some of you may have already signed the petition; this reminder is for those who haven’t. [**There’s a link in the actual post.]

    Our new bill to fight Hobby Lobby – July 9, 2014 | By Elizabeth Warren

    I was stunned by last week’s Hobby Lobby ruling.

    Stunned that we live in a world where the Supreme Court of the United States of America would even consider putting the interests of big corporations before the fundamental rights of American women.

    Stunned that the Court would establish precedent for one enormous slippery slope on letting employers deny individuals health coverage for any medical treatment.

    Today, my Democratic colleagues and I are fighting to do what the Supreme Court failed to do: to protect the basic rights of American women and families.

    Led by Senators Patty Murray and Mark Udall, we’ve just introduced a new bill – the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act. The bill reverses the Supreme Court’s decision by making it clear that employers cannot deny access to any of the health benefits required by the ACA – not immunizations, not blood transfusions, not HIV treatments, and not birth control – while preserving reasonable accommodations for religiously exempt employers.

    If we’re going to respond to Hobby Lobby, it’s got to be through a legislative fix. And if the Republicans won’t fight for the women they represent, then we’re going to take that fight to them. Let them explain why they think employers should decide what health care a woman can get covered by her insurance .

    **Sign up now to show your support for the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act.

    I cannot believe that in 2014 I have to send you an email about protecting access to birth control. We’ve got a lot of other big problems in our country to tackle right now.

    Millions of people still haven’t recovered from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. More and more young people are drowning in student debt. Too many workers are struggling to stay out of poverty on a minimum wage, and millions of others are struggling to save for retirement. Seniors keep getting told they’re going to have to get by on less.

    But the Republican Party has made it clear: They want to spend their time working to deny women access to birth control and punch as many holes in the Affordable Care Act as they can.
    ………………………//

    http://m.elizabethwarren.com/blog/our-new-bill-to-fight-hobby-lobby

    • 127 57andfemale
      July 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Can Elizabeth Warren run for President? Please? I know I’m dreaming, but……

      Please?

      • 128 vcprezofan2
        July 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm

        She’d need someone to ‘balance’ her, but you never know.

        • 129 57andfemale
          July 14, 2014 at 4:14 pm

          According to Charlie Pierce, who is a close, personal friend: No way, no how. Then I read this, and believe she could win……

          • 130 vcprezofan2
            July 14, 2014 at 4:22 pm

            I believe she *could* win, but personally, I don’t think she has a broad enough platform.

            • 131 57andfemale
              July 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm

              You’re probably right. But it’s going to hurt my heart to see Hillary tag right which, frankly, is where she really is. But we may need that cold, clear headed, focus that an experienced politician gives us. I’m good with it.

              • 132 vcprezofan2
                July 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm

                I don’t know, 57F. Sometimes ‘experience’ can be overrated; plus we know from the man in the WH that ‘clear-headed focus’ is not restricted only to the ‘experienced politician’. Personally, I would place O’Malley ahead of Warren, and I see the two together as having great potential.

                Also, too, ;) I currently rate Hillary’s experience as passé, ‘old’, irrelevant, etc.

                • 133 57andfemale
                  July 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm

                  I agree completely: O’Malley first, and he would capture all of us.

                  Warren is comfortable to support where support is needed: a female characteristic that would be so potent if properly identified and supported..

  46. 134 Linda
    July 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Abandoned kitten update :

    The 2 that survived learned how to drink water out of a bowl……!!!!

  47. 138 57andfemale
    July 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    • 139 Linda
      July 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      I used the CFPB against Wells Fargo Bank when they demanded I give them our Gross Receipts when I was calling to re-active our business card. They tried to claim it was ” Mandatory ” under Dodd-Frank, which CFPB said….. Um….. No it isn’t.


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