Chat Away

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr Jill Biden joke together while taping a Joining Forces public service announcement in the East Room of the White House, April 4, 2011 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


Work done, going to get something to eat – but it’ll be nothing like an LL menu, probably just a Cheesy Puff sandwich. 😕

See ya in a bit 😉

133 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 1 desertflower
    November 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm


  2. 13 desertflower
    November 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Cheesy puff sandwich? I have a preference for potato chips sandwiches with mayo…Yum. Not a staple, but I DO get a hankerin’ every now and then!

  3. 17 Pamela
    November 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Cheesy puff sandwiches are Soooo yummy!

  4. November 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Youth unemployment in Spain stands at 52%, per Euronews.

    In elections in Catalonia, separatist parties garnered 2/3 of the vote. Now there will be a referendum on independence.

    Interesting times.

    And Chips, you too can have an LL menu. Put away the cheesy poofs!

  5. November 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Hi everyone,

    Ralph had a neat post in the previous thread that hopefully all of you will read.


    In response to his last comment in that thread, I was typing the following as dear Chips launched this new thread!! So ….

    Agree. Moreover, ‘purpose,’ matters as I know you realize, Ralph.

    From my perspective (which could be wrong), Chips has always been unambiguous – the purpose of TOD was to support, re-elect and now continue supporting our re-elected President Obama – and have Fun!

    We have much to do to contribute to the next four years being the beginning of an era of pragmatic inclusiveness – recognition that class disparity is not sustainable and will not be tolerated by an ever increasing percentage of Americans.

    Wealthy Americans need not fear, in fact the smart ones know the class disparity that now exists is unsustainable and dangerous. Wealth is not inherently evil, but it should not be used as a mechanism to exclude others from achieving and, most definitely, can no longer be tolerated as a tool to skew policy and laws that enable the wealthy to shirk their proportionate responsibility to society.

    Those with the most should be compelled – by all of us, their fellow citizens – to do the most for those with the least – not just legally, but as a minimum criterion for their inclusion in Our American society.

    In concrete terms that means until folk like the Waltons, Kochs, and their ilk begin behaving as responsible US Citizens, everyone of us need to do everything we can, every day, to deny them cash flow, and to impede their destructive policy, legislative and governance agenda.

    That’s OUR responsibility in the emerging era of pragmatic inclusiveness.

    We each must take measure of what we consume, what we share, and what we contribute as we stand shoulder to shoulder with President Obama and members of his team. VP Joe Biden is a proven role model, for all of us, in that context.


  6. 27 jeff
    November 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I’ve been working on my writing and trying to stay away from politics as of late. It’s still filled with professional left mantra that is all fake and complete bullshit! I am trying to move on and keep a positive attitude about the whole thing but it’s time to move on and focus on important things.

    I still love coming on here and read the usual glowing positivity. 🙂

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  10. 50 utaustinliberal
    November 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Cheesy puff sandwich? *Sigh* What else can one expect from a Manchester United fan and squirrel hair loving defender.

  11. November 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Check me out guys! And please vote it up. 🙂 squee!

  12. November 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Bobfr/Ralph –


    And we have to really hold THE DEMS IN CONGRESS ACCOUNTABLE. They need to SUPPORT THE POTUS, or GTF OUT OF THE WAY.


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  14. November 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    So, I just returned from a bit of shopping at Northgate Market. What is Northgate Market, you ask? Well, it’s a chain of Latino supermarkets. And the one that opened over the past year in my hood was opened by none other than… Michelle Obama! So yes, I’ve been somewhere she has trod. Bought some dinner for us for tomorrow; tonight we have chiles rellenos made by wifey’s bff. And I got myself a couple of pupusas for lunch. Nothing like having pupusas washed down with beer while watching rugby on a Sunday afternoon. Life is good.

    • 85 desertflower
      November 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Sounds yummy:) I have a book question for you, LL…I’ll be travelling to see my dad in FL for his 80th birthday and need some good read on the plane. I prefer non fiction…the last good book I read (aside from re reading PBO’s books) was The New New Deal by Michael Grunwald. Excellent. Any suggestions? I was thinking of getting the Robert Draper book about the 111th Congress full of TP fools….

    • 91 susanne
      November 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      after living in new mexico for 20 years, i need red chile to feel seasonal–even in hawaii. hub just got back from the store with tortillas and cheese, and i’m about to break open a bag of dried hatch red pods. my family in new mexico had posole for thanksgiving–some regional traditions just make the holiday, wherever you are.

  15. 93 jackiegrumbacher
    November 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Here’s how PBO’s re-election continues to bring us a thousand little moments of joy. Today husband and I were out for a walk and passed the local grocery store. An older couple we hadn’t seen in years, but knew to be Democrats, walked out, saw us and both of them lifted their hands, like they had just been declared the winners of a boxing match. I knew exactly what they meant and stepped forward to hug them . “We were worried, they said, but we’re very happy.” I said, “I know and it’s all I want or need for Christmas.” I told them we had to keep on working to make sure he could succeed and to clean our state house of a terrible governor. They agreed, we hugged again and they went on their way. We may not see them again for months or years, but today we shared the bond of joy that our president was re-elected and the world was a better place. It bound us together. It was cool. It made my day.

    • November 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      My library is full of regulars who are rabid Obots. I worked with one of them as a volunteer, and when she saw me the next day she gave me a bear hug and jumped up and down. The few patrons who are RWNJ’s have pretty much shut the eff up.

    • November 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Hello everyone – just back from a glorious weekend away in San Francisco for the long weekend, and periodic lurking to keep up with events on TOD… I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

      To add my feel-good story to Jackie and LL, my Dutch neighbor came running up to me last week at the elevator, breathlessly gushing about the election results, and barely making sense with half spoken sentences. I was the first in our parking garage to put up my 2012 bumper sticker, and a few put there’s on after mine (and a few more again after the election), and I think he wanted to share the moment with someone who was clearly an Obot. It was wonderful to see how excited he was – and how relieved!

    • 96 dotster3
      November 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      I like those moments too, jackie. Thanks for sharing. The guy who cuts my hair ran up to me when I walked into the salon a couple days after the election with a fist bump and an emphatic “Obama!” It’s connecting with those who knew how vitally important the results of this election was. Pure joy.

    • 97 Roberts in MN
      November 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      I had the same experience in ER at Mayo this sat week. I told theme heart just couldn’t stand the excitement & relief of having this election wound up the way it did. Everyone talked to was really glad that our President was reelected.

  16. 98 Ladyhawke
    November 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    What Grover’s Tax Pledge Actually Means



    Call Norquist’s pledge what it is: it’s a pledge to cut Medicare. A pledge to cut Social Security, Medicaid for seniors and the disabled, college loans, food stamps… And, it’s a pledge to raise taxes on your kids. Most of all, Norquist’s pledge is a promise to transfer wealth to the richest.

    It’s not a pledge to be fiscally responsible, balance budgets or set priorities. It’s a pledge to do the opposite of all that.

    That there are only a handful of Republicans willing to publicly object to basing their entire career on that kind of promise tells you everything you know about the GOP.



  17. 100 Vicki Green
    November 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    The news is full of fiscal cliff stuff.
    I do not yet know how PBO will respond.
    What I do know is that I will support his position with enthusiasm.

    The GOP must be worried sick. On Meet The Press David Brooks said that President Obama should resolve this without “humiliating Republicans.”
    Really? Why?
    (The GOP doesn’t understand karma. They don’t get that their disgusting abuse of PBO and the election results will have consequences.)

    • November 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      If an establishment figure like Bobo is saying this, you know that is what will happen. Delicious.

    • November 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      If they don’t want PBO to humiliate them, they should stop playing games and do what is needed to reach a viable agreement, and it doesn’t include: amorphous talk about closing loopholes they won’t identify, sticking to their guns and saying they won’t raise taxes on anyone when they know the president has said that taxes on the wealthy must be increased, and/or trying to gut Obamacare by making it a part of the budget negotiations, etc. I’m sick of their BS, and I know if I’m sick of it, PBO must be doubly sick of it. David Brooks, mealy mouth that he is, can go suck on a duck’s tail for all I care. Stupid, mean, hypocritical petty, lying, propaganda-creating, conspiracy theory-pushing, lazy, birther-endorsing, irresponsible people need to be exposed, and I’m including Brooks in this group, too, since he is determined to carry water for the GOP and its failed policies. The best thing the president in 2011 was to expose the fake budget guru, Paul Ryan, to his face. I’m going very colloquial for a few seconds: If you ain’t sh*t, don’t be surprised when someone tells you, you ain’t sh*t.

  18. 104 squarepeg
    November 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

  19. November 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I love it how in rugby only the captains of the contesting teams can speak to the referee. If anyone else starts to complain, it’s a penalty. Fist of iron!

  20. 108 vitaminlover
    November 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    The repubs do a good job of humiliating themselves.

  21. November 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Oooh man! So excited about getting a tweet response from Rep. Pelosi’s daughter, Alexandra.

  22. 115 squarepeg
    November 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Ok guys, I know it’s DU but you have to read this comment, on a thread about Tavis Smiley and Corny West:

    Here’s what they (Smiley and West) don’t get, imo

    First of all, Smiley and West’s antagonism towards Obama predates his presidency, and even his nomination as the candidate. Very early on in the primaries, before it became an extended Clinton-Obama contest even, I was driving along in the car and listening to Smiley’s Sunday NPR show. With West as his sidekick, I was shocked to hear them discussing how Obama was “not really a brother.” They focused on his white mother and grandparents and were, well, frankly a little racist in their comments. It was crazy bitter, and the antagonism was being laid on thicker than peanut butter. So it’s never surprised me that they have been critical of the president.

    What they do not get is how hard Obama has worked to help poor communities under the radar: through the stimulus bill and much legislation that has in it hidden but definitive benefits to the poorest Americans: an expansion of the SNAP and CHIPS programs and repeated extensions of unemployment insurance; investments in Head Start and Early Head Start, and child care assistance; childhood nutrition programs; a focus on the lowest performing schools; a huge expansion of the Pell Grant program; etc.

    What they do not get is that Democrats don’t get elected by overtly focusing on the idea of poverty. Really. People don’t like to identify as a member of the party of the poor; they don’t like to think their hard-earned dollars are being given to “those people.” It’s sad but true. But while you never heard Obama talking about “the poor”—it was always “the middle class and those struggling to get into the middle class—many of his policies have been aimed specifically at trying to get things done for that segment of the population, without pushing political hot buttons that would undermine the passage of such legislation. It’s been a rather stealth program aimed at poverty reduction. That has been his interest since he came to Chicago to work among its poorest constituents as a community organizer, and I believe it remains his commitment, even as he is duty-bound to serve as president of all the people, rich and poor, black and white.

    • 116 Theo67
      November 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Excellent comment! I share your views about how President Obama has been working to lift the poor into the middle class, or providing them with “ladders of opportunity” as he says, to lift themselves out of poverty. He’s been working for the poor and middle class all along.

    • 117 57andfemale
      November 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      I’m really pissed that progressive radio in Chicago is now broadcasting their self serving b.s.

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  24. 119 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    QUESTION: What does “#TCOT” mean???

  25. November 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington DC is on Thursday Dec 6th! Details here:

  26. 124 dotster3
    November 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    There’s only one thing that the Lesser Knoller hates more than Obama playing golf. It’s when the Sunday football game cuts into 60 Minutes start time. He is always so steamed about that. I have a strong suspicion that the Lesser Knoller is not fond of “sport”. (Willard term)
    No comment.

  27. 127 squarepeg
    November 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I’m having a little fun with this racist tebagger on twitter; He keeps asking me what I bought with my EBT card. I said I bought your momma’s underwear. LOL I need to stop

  28. November 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Speaking of the future happening “under the radar”…

    From the Department of Transportation website:

    “The Department of Transportation is working with States to plan and develop high-speed and intercity passenger rail corridors that range from upgrades to existing services to entirely new rail lines exclusively devoted to 150 to 220 mph trains. Implementing these corridor projects and programs will serve as a catalyst to promote economic expansion (including new manufacturing jobs), create new choices for travelers in addition to flying or driving, reduce national dependence on oil, and foster livable urban and rural communities.”

  29. November 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Late to this, but on yesterday’s @Mark Knoller thread, commenters said they haven’t seen him on television.

    He’s a radio reporter; I hear him occassionaly on @knx1070 the all-news CBS affiliate in Los Angeles.

    CBS radio has a “Weekend Roundup” feature which airs for an hour on Saturday on @knx1070. It sounded like they didn’t cover President Obama’s southeast Asia trip, instead focusing on the Israel-Gaza-Egypt-Hamas war and the fiscal slope. (I admit I didn’t listen to the whole hour, because any coverage of the “fiscal slope” is just speculation at this point.)

    I’m old enough to remember when a President’s historic Asian trip would have made it onto the “Weekend Roundup.”

    The networks need to just admit that they are as obstructionist against PBO as the GOP (who seem to becoming less so; Congressmen/women and Senators are accountable to their constituents, unlike the abhorent MSM).

  30. November 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Also, did y’all see this from @ebertchicago?

    “[Dennis] Miller: Elizabeth Warren? Is that the chick that says she’s an Indian?
    Leno [chuckling]: Well, yeah, no.
    Miller: She’s about as much Indian as that stripper chick Brando sent to pick up his Oscar for The Godfather, all right?”

    “Leno and Dennis Miller are unfair to Sacheen Littlefeather. Brando was nuts but she was courageous. http://bit.ly/V63G3l


    Love how the GOP hate immigrants AND native people. Only like themselves (don’t see themselves as immigrants I guess).

    Also, see this article on the late Ambassador to Libya Christopher J. Stevens:
    “Stevens’ mother Mary Commanday is the first cousin of Chinook tribal elders Catherine Herrold Troeh and Charlotte Davis, both of whom are well known in Pacific County, the historic homeland of the tribe that met Lewis and Clark at the mouth of the Columbia River.”

    What could be more all-American than Lewis and Clark?

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