Chat Away


Helloooooo everyone, sorry for the lack of updates today, things got a bit bonkers busy – will catch up in a while.

177 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. February 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm

  2. 11 utaustinliberal
    February 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Stop making excuses Woman! Did you hear Wonder Woman ever make excuses for not saving the day?

  3. February 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm




  4. 24 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Okay, I’m sneaking this one in before things get all somber again! πŸ™‚
    Then it’s back to work for me.

  5. 28 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    OT: Looking forward to seeing this remake!

  6. 32 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    • 33 theo67
      February 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Indeed – if 800,000 more people will be unemployed and drawing on unemployment insurance, and if the economy takes a hit, then how can an increase in federal benefit spending result in a decrease in the deficit? Isn’t the deficit reduction supposed to be that more people working pay into federal taxes, thereby helping reduce the deficit? One more piece of evidence that the GOP don’t have a clue about governing or economics.

      • 34 jackiegrumbacher
        February 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm

        It’s never been about deficit reduction. It’s only about making things difficult for PBO and forcing him to make cuts to so-called entitlements. Republicans could care less what happens to people and the economy as long as it reflects badly on the president. Their hatred knows no bounds. That’s why we have to make sure the blame lands in the right place, although that doesn’t do a thing to help the real people who are hurting.

  7. 35 vcprezofan2
    February 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    FYI, Chips Chica, I’m already all ‘chatted’ out! πŸ™„

  8. February 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Not to be unserious, but does anyone else have Dame Shirley Bassey playing on an endless loop in their heads?

  9. 52 vcprezofan2
    February 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Our President really is invested in our future (children). At first I thought he was holding Sasha’s hand but a look at the original says he’s ‘holding hands with a little girl’. There’s an entire generation out there who is being introduced to a more accessible president/presidency and one which I feel will be more involved politically as a result.

  10. 53 Ladyhawke
    February 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm


    Remarks by the President and Vice President at Meeting of the National Governors Association

    State Dining Room (February 25, 2013)


    Let me just close with this. There are always going to be areas where we have some genuine disagreement, here in Washington and in your respective states. But there are more areas where we can do a lot more cooperating than I think we’ve seen over the last several years. To do that, though, this town has to get past its obsession with focusing on the next election instead of the next generation.

    All of us are elected officials. All of us are concerned about our politics, both in our own party’s as well as the other party’s. But at some point, we’ve got to do some governing. And certainly what we can’t do is keep careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis. As I said in the State of the Union, the American people have worked hard and long to dig themselves out of one crisis; they don’t need us creating another one. And unfortunately, that’s what we’ve been seeing too much out there.

    The American people are out there every single day, meeting their responsibilities, giving it their all to provide for their families and their communities. A lot of you are doing the same things in your respective states. Well, we need that same kind of attitude here in Washington. At the very least, the American people have a right to expect that from their representatives.



  11. 54 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Who will be the first on your block to have one?????

    • 55 Dudette
      February 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Already available on your local toy store shelf. I was looking for gifts during Christmas time and saw remote controlled flying devices (planes/helicopters) with “super spy” cameras on them in K-Mart.

  12. 56 Ladyhawke
    February 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    On Spending, Why Won’t Republicans Take Yes for an Answer?

    By Matthew Yglesias


    Nice long Eric Cantor profile from Ryan Lizza is ably summarized by my colleague David Weigel, who observes that there’s a deep reason why Cantor’s bets on rejecting compromise keep not paying off: “The idea that you can be a deficit hawk while ruling out any tax increase, ever, is politically and mathematically untenable.”

    What I don’t understand, and what I think reams of congressional reporting haven’t yet explained adequately, is why Republicans are ruling out any tax increase. If you think back to the failed grand bargain talks, Obama was offering a bigger spending cut than House Republicans were proposing, but the GOP preferred an equilibrium with higher spending and lower taxes to one with lower spending and higher taxes. That’s a sensible preference ranking for a movement that’s deeply invested in Old Keynesian ideas about countercyclical fiscal policy, but it wasn’t Paul Krugman who rejected the Obama austerity packageβ€”it was John Boehner and Eric Cantor.



    • 57 Bill
      February 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      The Ryan Lizza profile is well worth reading. Lizza’s characterization is a vivid illustration of Cantor’s only goal being power with no clear political beliefs or philosophy.

  13. February 25, 2013 at 3:13 pm

  14. 66 Ladyhawke
    February 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm


    A muddled message gets messier and more mendacious

    By Steve Benen


    With the sequestration cuts just days away, Republicans have spent the last several focused on rhetoric instead of policy. By any sensible standard, GOP policymakers have invested no real effort on resolving the problem, and have instead devoted all of their energies in winning a public-relations fight once the sequester starts doing real damage.
    And yet, Republicans’ sequestration message “is all over the place.” GOP leaders believe the sequester will be awful but they want to let it happen. The policy was integral to the Republican fiscal plan and it’s entirely the White House’s idea. When Republicans say the cuts will hurt, that’s fine; when Democrats say the cuts will hurt, it’s evidence of scare tactics.

    And now Republicans are simultaneously convinced the cuts will hurt and help the economy.



  15. 67 japa21
    February 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm

  16. February 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Quick Twitter break … inquiring minds …


    back to my meeting …. Hi VC, my mind is always focused, but flexible!! πŸ™‚

  17. February 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Bonehead to give a presser on sequester soon. Well that rhymes, get it……a presser on sequester. Now if only his message amounted to more than a nursery rhyme straight out of ding, dong school. Not to disparage my preschool learning in the days before what is commonly known as day care these days.

  18. 82 ewok2
    February 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Uh… when is our next manufactured national crisis episode II due, after the sequestration thingy? Can’t wait for the sequel sponsored by the GOP.

    • 83 jacquelineoboomer
      February 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Just keep your eye on the bouncin’ hopey-changey ball. We might be allowing “immigrants” to stay or something. My immigrant great grandparents would be smiling, I’m sure.

  19. February 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I’m so sick of Karzai, he is claiming U.S. forces raped, and tortured Afghan locals. I know the strategic importance off leaving a footprint in Afhganistan ( keep eye on Pakistani Nuke) but im sick of this joker using our brave soldiers for local political gains.

    • 85 Don
      February 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      lovelyplains, Karzai has to play this game in order to keep Al-Qaeda off his ass. Tust me, in his heart of hearts he wants a strong U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

      • 86 jacquelineoboomer
        February 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm

        I agree. It’s ugly, but I think you’ve captured it.

        • February 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

          I know he has to play this game, my only problem is the moron always overplays his hand, and then the riots come……….and then the attacks on forward military installations………and then embassy staff and soldiers lives are put at unnecessary risk.

          • 88 Don
            February 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm

            lovelyplains, you are so right about almost everybody that goes up against President Obama, they overplay their hand.

    • 89 theo67
      February 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      I heard something about this the other day. From what I gather, it’s not American troops, but special forces who work with Afghans as subcontractors – and it’s the subcontractors who were committing the crimes. I may be wrong, but it didn’t sound like it was actually the American troops who were committing the crimes; just the people they were partnered with. Either way, I cannot blame Karzai for being offended by this kind of behavior – the Afghans who are being victimized are people who also need protection from violence – no matter the source.

      • 90 Dudette
        February 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        Then why won’t the media say it’s the subcontractors instead of smearing our troops with the dirty deeds of the damned mercenaries?
        Oh, never mind… that was a rhetorical question.

  20. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    February 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    The bully fights back against Emily’s List campaign against Chris Christie … his staff seems to use the word “big” a lot … just sayin’ …


    “New Jerseyans don’t really care what big-money Washington DC groups do to distort records to support their big government agendas,” Christie spokesperson Mike DuHaime told TPM by email.

  21. 92 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm

  22. 93 susanne
    February 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    good morning chips and tod ohana!

    good news from science (they had me with the title):

    ‘ Pivotal research in the New England Journal of Medicine today confirmed well-worn notions that the Mediterranean diet — including produce, olive oil, nuts, etc. — significantly reduced rates of heart attacks and strokes, as compared to a low-fat diet. Now, to make these foods as accessible as corn sugar. ‘


  23. February 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Paging jacquelineoboomer, I repeat paging jacquelineoboomer…………..

  24. February 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm

  25. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    February 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    More good news, instantaneous fightin’ back – for a change, on CNN:

  26. 107 Bill
    February 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    The Republicans said at their five minute presser that PBO and Harry Reid must work things out. They criticized PBO for going on the road and offered nothing.

    • 108 anniebella
      February 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Who was it that said he would not work with the President one on one anymore? I believe it was John Boehner. Who was it that just got back from a ten day vacation? Boehner and the House .

    • 109 jackiegrumbacher
      February 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Um… how come Boehner has each new Congress read out the Constitution at the start of each session and he doesn’t know what’s in it. It’s the job of the US House to set spending. Does he think his role is merely decorative? If so, the decoration stinks.

    • 110 anniebella
      February 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      And Boehner job is to do what?

  27. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    February 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Somebody give me worse expletives than I’m thinking about Eric Cantor, please. I’ve run out of ones that really hit the mark.

  28. February 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm

  29. 119 jacquelineoboomer
    February 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    So, Boehner “came here to save the American Dream.” And I’m gonna buy y’all a new bicycle today.

    Where’s that spray paint?

    • 120 japa21
      February 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      He tells the truth, just depends on whose American dream you speak of. The drams of the top 1% he wants to save. The rest, not so much.

  30. February 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Interesting development….. Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist’s are raising money to use for Police Dept. gun buyback programs!!

  31. 127 yardarm756
    February 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    The Stranger!
    A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

    As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey.

    But the stranger… he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.
    If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn’t seem to mind.

    Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet.. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)

    Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home – not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our long time visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush.

    My Dad didn’t permit the liberal use of alcohol but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.

    I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked … And NEVER asked to leave.

    More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family.. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents’ den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

    His name? ….

    We just call him “TV.”

    (Note: This should be required
    reading for every household!)

    He has a wife now….we call her ‘Computer.’

    Their first child is “Cell Phone”.

    Second child “I Pod”
    And Just Born Last Year Was a Grandchild:


  32. 130 vcprezofan2
    February 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Is this story about Mrs. Paul Ryan and the postal service true? I haven’t followed it further that the info in the tweet …..

    • 131 anniebella
      February 25, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      What’s next for the Ryans, dismantling Homeless Shelters?

      • 132 anniebella
        February 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm

        The wonderful Ryan family going to a shelter and pretending that they care about the people in that shelter, and washing dishes, pots and pans which was not dirty. Phonies.

    • 133 jacquelineoboomer
      February 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      I was going to try to do a search about little Mrs. Janna, but I almost threw up a little in my mouth thinking about them, if you’ll pardon that expression, and will have to turn that over to somebody else.

      UPS and FEDEX want the USPS to close, but both – at least I’ve recently personally confirmed that for FEDEX – use the Postal Service to deliver some of their packages. The “word” is that’s in rural communities, but I live in a city and received two FEDEX-shipped packages delivered to my door by the USPS, and both UPS and FEDEX trucks are on my street every damn day.

    • 135 jacquelineoboomer
      February 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      I don’t know. Maybe my brain is in shock, but is that not the worst thing Eric Cantor’s tried (that isn’t connected to a woman’s vagina, of course)? Just when we think it can’t get any worse … Eric Cantor regurgitates something else more despicable than his last spew. This guy needs a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past, not to mention the Ghost of FDR.

      Come on, unions, use THIS to increase your membership! First the American Dream concept of a full-time-permanent job with benefits goes away in lieu of all part-time or temporary with no benefits work, then no overtime pay, then what?

      • 136 japa21
        February 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm

        In his mind, this is a blow against unions. In reality, most people earn hourly wages and they won’t be happy with this.

        • 137 jacquelineoboomer
          February 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm

          To them, what we call “people” are either “unions” or “corporations.” And don’t forget the big ones, “takers” and “job creators.”

    • 138 jacquelineoboomer
      February 25, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      I just sent this out individually, to as many unions as I could think of:

  33. 145 japa21
    February 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm

  34. 148 anniebella
    February 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    What we have to remember is 2014…2014…2014….2014….2014

  35. 149 susanne
    February 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    women’s voices in journalism– excellent read:

    ‘ Between January and November 2012, in a study of 37 newspapers from the New York Times to the Traverse City Record Eagle in Michigan, women were quoted in 20 percent of all stories about the election.

    Throughout the year, women were used as sources in 18 percent of print stories in major newspapers and also on television, with a high of 23 percent of sources being women on National Public Radio. The lowest percentage of women used as sources was 11.9 percent at Fox News, with a high of 27.3 percent of sources being women at Time Warner. Women accounted for 25 percent of all guests on Sunday pundit shows, with only 14 percent of interview subjects on those shows being women.

    This explains why I am often screaming at the television, throwing down the newspaper, clicking out of a digital news site or raging at the radio. The voices and viewpoints of women are not heard because so few journalists ask them to speak.
    The lack of women is not just in news media. Some claim the Oscars were watched globally Sunday by 1 billion viewers. The 81st Academy Awards featured more actresses than actors on the red carpet, but not nearly as many women behind the scenes. Only 9 percent of directors of the 250 top grossing films in 2012 were women, with documentaries having 39 percent female directors.

    And though much has been made about HBO’s series, Girls, only 26 percent of creators of television shows were women, and 15 percent of television show directors in 2012 were women as well.

    Herein lies the insidious nature of the progress of women in our culture that does start with media. The person in the newsroom becomes the person in the media boardroom who becomes the person who decides who is quoted, who is featured, who is on the TV show who by having a profile as a public intellectual or thought leader becomes the person who is regarded in the larger world as an influencer. ‘


  36. February 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm

  37. February 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Motive ….

    Yes We Know

    • 153 99ts
      February 25, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      EXCELLENT Bob – we well know who would be in line to do just this. I have a personal opinion that all hedge funds should be disbanded – period. People making money out of others misfortunes (failing companies) is obscene. Massive economic harm has been achieved by hedge funds – worldwide.

  38. 154 kasai
    February 25, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Good Day Tods’

    I know many of you have seen the United Blue Ribbons on Twitter…I was very skeptical from the beginning..
    This Dm was sent to me..and wanted to share what you think…Thanks


  39. 155 kasai
    February 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    LOL!!! Strike that…that’s what I get for not reading the entire blog…lol!

    My apologies for re-posting.

  40. February 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    2 good reads.. headline out of #1 Bob Woodward, well no explanation needed #2 Eric Cantor confirms on the record he is Brutus reincarnated.

    • 158 99ts
      February 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Cantor is thrilled to be Brutus – he has no doubt been studying the role for many years. His life work – to destroy democracy.

  41. 159 CarolMaeWY
    February 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Holding hands sent me to you tube. Hope you enjoy. Please be aware I do not share the religious statement written at end, but it shouldn’t be offensive. The song is repetitive, so you might not get that far anyway.

  42. 164 Melanie
    February 25, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    POTUS will meet with Sens. McCain and Graham tomorrow at WH to talk immigration, per admin official.— devindwyer (@devindwyer) February 25, 2013

  43. 165 anniebella
    February 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Really. I will tell you, I don’t know how POTUS does it because I couldn’t trust McCain or Graham. And would not want to meet with either one of the weasels.

    • 166 Dakotakota
      February 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Oh Anniebella, you took the words right out of my mouth. The POTUS must a “saint” to be able to deal with this vermin! I don’t want them anywhere near my POTUS…breathing their foul stench on him! I couldn’t do it. I’d be doing time.

  44. February 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm

  45. 168 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    In case you’re interested or know someone who might be [collegekay, are you out there?]

  46. February 25, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    • 170 99ts
      February 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Why does Gov Christie seem to be at the forefront of the Gov pictures? Are the dems trying to turn him dem – or does he think the close association with the President will make his state’s voters forget who he really is?

  47. 171 utaustinliberal
    February 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Ben Affleck talks about how cool it was having First Lady Michelle Obama at the Oscars.

  48. February 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Ahhh…..the irony

  49. 175 Dudette
    February 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Obstruction thy name is Republican (or maybe that’s the other way around – either way it’s messed up)

    Senate Confirms Robert Bacharach to the United States Court of Appeals
    Jennifer Palmieri
    February 25, 2013
    06:14 PM EST

    This evening the Senate confirmed Robert Bacharach to the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Oklahoma. Judge Bacharach waited 263 days for a Senate floor vote, only to be approved overwhelmingly, by a vote of 93-0. Not only was Judge Bacharach supported by the two Republican Senators from Oklahoma, he was recommended to the White House for this judgeship by Senator Coburn in October 2011. Yet, early last summer, Senate Republicans blocked Judge Bacharach from even getting an up or down vote – the first successful filibuster of a judicial nominee who had bipartisan support in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    In short, Republicans recommended Robert Bacharach for this important position, endorsed him publicly, supported him nearly unanimously out of the Judiciary Committee, then blocked him from getting a vote – and now, after almost a year of pointless delay, joined in unanimously confirming him. Even Senator Coburn, himself a participant in this partisan chicanery, called this β€œstupid.”

    Unfortunately this is not a unique case. On February 13, the Senate confirmed William Kayatta for the First Circuit from Maine. His nomination languished for 300 days, yet he was easily confirmed with 88 Senators supporting him. And next up is Richard Taranto for the Federal Circuit, whose nomination has been pending for 333 days.

    To put this obstruction in some perspective, the average wait time for President George W. Bush’s federal appellate judicial nominees, from Committee vote to confirmation, at this point in his presidency was 35 days. By contrast, the average wait time for President Obama’s federal appellate judicial nominees has been 147 days… [more in the article]

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