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On This Day: President Barack Obama greets the crowd after arriving for a campaign stop at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, Virginia, Aug. 2, 2012


83 Responses to “Chat Away”


  1. 25 Nena20409
    August 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    G <3 B has the Au :star: Yes!
    Congrats.

  2. August 2, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Congrats GB! …..is anybody watching the ManU/Real Madrid match at the “Big House”? …Chips, Rooney looked great in the first half…had an awesome backfoot pass to set up a goal, and not sure if he will get credit for their 2nd goal :cool:

  3. August 2, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Pressssssssss ON!!!

  4. 31 Nena20409
    August 2, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Part of the problem why the crisis and the slaughter continue every 2-3yrs…….Unfortunately.

  5. 34 kasai
    August 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Congrats ((GB))

    Good Day Beautiful People:-)

    Thanks Chips…beautiful essay prev. thread.

    In other News…I am still trying to be forgiven by Danny…I even sent him flowers..via tweeter. I guess Mama Chips supposed to have a talk with Danny, about “forgiveness” it’s gonna be be a long night:-)

  6. 43 Nena20409
    August 2, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Congratulations on their Nuptials. RFK’s grandson got hitched today.

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      August 2, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Nena, I believe this is RFK’s son. He’s 60 ish, which is the right age for a son, not a grandson.

      • 45 Nena20409
        August 2, 2014 at 5:54 pm

        That’s what happens when Nena :oops: didn’t read the article. I jumped and concluded that the Rep Kennedy in his 1st term got Hitched.

    • 46 arapaho415
      August 2, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      I’m exactly the same age as RFK Jr and absolutely ADORED RFK, and was devastated/inconsolable when he was assassinated (went to bed thinking that winning the CA winner-take-all would mean that he would be Dem Presidential nominee in 1968).

      However, RFK Jr., not so much.

      My nature is to avoid gossip/speculation, but I feel he badly mistreated/mishandled the divorce from his first wife, the mother of his children, who later committed suicide.

      So, for me, no celebration or congratulations to another Hampton wedding of self-absorbed elites.

  7. August 2, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Random awesomeness :cool:

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    • 50 arapaho415
      August 2, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Hope Carolyn is here to offer her thoughts, since this video is by KOCO, Oklahoma City.

      Beautiful video.

      Loved how enthusiastically the (gorgeous) anchors introduced the interview.

      And the vet is a poster child for how to look gorgeous at 91! He’s lived through some awful racism — not able to collect unemployment after his honorable discharge “because he looked too young” to have been a vet.

      Makes my blood boil. How many white vets heard the same “excuse.” An untold story that should be investigated further, while WWII vets are still alive to tell their stories.

      • August 2, 2014 at 6:36 pm

        On a side note is every local news station around the country using the exact same studio?

        • 52 arapaho415
          August 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm

          LOL.

          Their bar is high for stunning anchormen and women. Puts our local newscasters in Los Angeles to shame.

          • 53 carolyn
            August 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm

            I hadn’t seen that piece, even though we watch KOCO sometimes. They are the ABC affiliate. That was very positive toward the president, and extremely sympathetic to the veteran. This is the kind of story our local stations love.

            Yes, I do believe the anchors are chosen at last 70% for looks, men and women. Each network affiliate has a male/female team of anchors. I find their news more palatable than the national. Our NBC affiliate is much better than the national. You might remember their superb coverage of the Moore tornado. We don’t watch the CBS affiliate. They are very right wing and religious.

  10. August 2, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    So I’m a bit befuddled.

  11. August 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Back to bed. I think my fever has addled my wits.

  12. August 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Powerful Words….

  13. 60 Nena20409
    August 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    And this fool had his uncle and family killed for saying something he didn’t like. He is really rather repulsive in his looks.

  14. August 2, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    dodster and others were discussing Illinois politics in the Rise and Shine thread.

    Notes:
    1. The poll putting Rauner in the lead was done by a right-wing body.
    2. The term-limit referendum was stricken from the ballot – Michael Madigan (Speaker of the Illinois House) got it thrown out
    3. Not saying that Quinn isn’t in trouble, but there has been serious expansion of voting rights just in time for this election:
    a) Early voting days have been expanded
    b) Grace Period voting (where you register to vote and vote at the same time) – those days have been expanded
    c) They will be doing a huge push for high schoolers, who can now register and vote if they will be 18 by the November election
    d) There will be same day registration and voting available ON ELECTION DAY this November
    4. The ID needed to vote in Illinois is very generous.

    I don’t doubt that Rauner is another Scott Walker, but I also believe that Quinn can pull it out.

    ………………………………..

    here’s an article about the referendum:

    Mike Madigan wins court battle against referendums
    Fri, 06/27/2014 – 12:22pm
    Dan Mihalopoulos
    @dmihalopoulos | Email

    The $3 million attempt to change the way Illinois redraws legislative district boundaries ended Friday, marking a big victory for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his state Democratic Party.

    With heavy financial support from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and some of the richest people in Illinois, the Yes for Independent Maps group had hoped to create a new process for devising Illinois legislative maps after each census.

    In doing so, they took aim at a key lever that Madigan — the longtime state Democratic boss from the Southwest Side — has used to perpetuate and enhance his party’s control over the state Capitol.

    But a Cook County judge ruled Friday in favor of a lawsuit filed by Madigan’s lawyer, saying it was unconstitutional for ballot initiatives on redistricting reform as well as term limits to go before the state’s voters in November.

    http://politics.suntimes.com/article/springfield/mike-madigan-wins-court-battle-against-referendums/fri-06272014-1222pm

    • August 2, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Right on …Right on..

    • 67 dotster3
      August 2, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Thanks for all the info, rik. I can’t stand Rauner and his continuous supply of (self-financed) TV ads.

    • 68 57andfemale
      August 2, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      MORTIFIED that I forgot this. Frankly, as my addled brain struggled to remember, I thought it was only the term limits got struck from the referendum. So happy it was the redistricting as well, which scared the hell out of me.

      People always underestimate Quinn. He comes out swinging when it counts. I still think Rauner is a threat. I deplore the mindset that falls for blustery b.s. I remember when Schwarzenegger was running for gov in CA. Idiots interviewed said they were voting for him because he would “kick ass.” As if his movie characters were real. Rauner is courting that mindset.

      If IL Dems come out to vote, Quinn wins.

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  16. 70 vcprezofan2
    August 2, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Time out – refueling is in order

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  19. 73 Nena20409
    August 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I hope that is a great sign. Hopefully, something good is right around the corner to find some potential manageable drug containment is found.

  20. 75 desertflower
    August 2, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    About that poison water in Toledo….

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/green/blog/bs-md-senators-water-funding-20140707,0,6515696.story

    Nationwide, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has projected more than $100 billion is needed over the next 20 years to upgrade or replace aging water infrastructure. Without more federal help, businesses could wind up paying more to help maintain water and wastewater systems, the senators warned, and jobs are in jeopardy from continuing deterioration. But Congress has failed for years to reauthorize federal revolving loan funds for drinking or wastewater projects.
    “We need to make a commitment to our water infrastructure,” said Cardin. He has introduced a bill to provide $50 million a year in matching federal grants to communities to make their systems more resilient and sustainable in the face of changing climate conditions. As chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Mikulski has pushed for $200 million in increased funding in a pair of measures.

    So basically, Congress won’t spend the $$ to upgrade or maintain …..same shit, different day. America, did you expect your elected officials to WORK FOR YOU?? Better vote in the ones that will!

    • 76 arapaho415
      August 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Our aging infrastructure is opportunity in disguise.

      If you did an inventory of when the infrastructure that we rely on for our daily lives (i.e., water pipes, etc.) and for fun (i.e., roads in many of most beloved National Parks) were built, you’d realize that most of them were built 75-95 years ago. So many of the gorgeous roads and bridges in our National Parks (e.g., the “Going to the Sun” road in Glacier National Park) were built by FDR’s CCC.

      The GOP are so consumed with their reactionary tactics (vote for me!!! because I’m against the Black President!!!) that pander to their dwindling voter base that Dems have a real opportunity for #LandslideDems2014 and beyond.

      I agree with everyone in TODville that the thought of no President Obama and our current First Family in the White House after Jan 20, 2017 is dismaying, but PBO will be absolutely energized when Dems are the majority in both houses of Congress after #LandslideDems2014. I think the pace of domestic changes in 2015 and 2016 will be swift, and may even silence emoprogs and emoputins.

      The foundation will be built to continue that momentum forward with the 2016 Presidential elections. A chance to rebuild our infrastructure with 21st century technology will be a lasting legacy of the Obama Administration, and I can’t wait.

      • 77 desertflower
        August 2, 2014 at 7:35 pm

        {{{apapaho}}} Choose Hope:) Great comment..

        • 78 arapaho415
          August 2, 2014 at 7:46 pm

          DF,

          I have some questions about rearing Monarch caterpillars, which you’ve done in your classroom.

          Would you be willing to e-mail me, arapaho415@hotmail.com (I know amk and others frown on sharing e-dresses on a public forum, but this is my “Twitter inbox” — basically only receives mail from Twitter letting me know when I get a response, etc.)?

          I promise I don’t share TODville e-ddresses — you can ask carolmaewy or mtmarilyn, whom I’ve exchanged e-mails with.

          Thanks!

  21. 79 Nena20409
    August 2, 2014 at 6:28 pm

  22. August 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    An Honest Voice in Israel
    By Philip Gourevitch

    http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/honest-voice-israel

  23. August 2, 2014 at 7:02 pm


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