Chat away…


Photo of POTUS making statement on ACA today in East Room


A member of the audience and her guide dog at today’s ACA speech by Pres Obama in the East Room



POTUS and VP meet w just-confirmed Cabinet Secretaries Thomas Perez (Labor) and Gina McCarthy (EPA) in Oval Office







61 Responses to “Chat away…”

  1. 1 vitaminlover
    July 19, 2013 at 12:03 am

    We are the night owls.

  2. 10 Dudette
    July 19, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Good one for me to stroll out to…

    Goodnight my lovelies! 🙂

  3. July 19, 2013 at 12:21 am

    • 13 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 19, 2013 at 12:54 am

      There was an interesting discussion on my local progressive radio station yesterday. They likened the Senate deal on nominations to dog training. Harry has finally stumbled upon a discipline tactic for handling the GOP. The guy on the radio is Mike Mcintee. He said “stumbled upon” because like a lot of others he had been frustrated by how long it took him to get there. His point was that the GOP behave badly like a dog jumping up on you to get treats because it has always worked before. Now that they didn’t get what they want they are like sad and confused dogs who can’t figure out what changed. He also said the real brilliance is that Harry only threatened to shoot the hostage (changing metaphors here) which is the real beauty because it means he can still use the threat.

      Since we have an old dog of our own who has learned a new trick we should reward him with praise and treats in order to reinforce the behavior. The segment was hilarious and one person called in and asked if they could now whack a republican with a rolled up newspaper.

      The segment ended with a suggestion to contact Harry and bombard him with praise for using the threat and asking him to do it again for judicial nominations.

      • July 19, 2013 at 1:00 am

        Still not out of the woods(non-judicial)….. UN Ambassador Sam Power, FBI Director Comey (Rand Paul says he is placing a hold on him) whoever is named to replace DHS Napolitano, and today John McCain is going to put a hold on JCOS Dempsey’s next 2-yr. term……

        • 15 Walking_on_ Sunshine
          July 19, 2013 at 1:09 am

          Harry Reid still has the hostage. But you’re right. The point is I’ve been watching his timeline and he seems quite pumped up about what he did. I think he might be getting a taste for red meat. I’m off to go give him a little treat on twitter.

        • 16 theo67
          July 19, 2013 at 1:10 am

          So much for national security…

        • 17 Vicki
          July 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

          ATF director?

  4. July 19, 2013 at 12:22 am

    • 19 vitaminlover
      July 19, 2013 at 12:27 am

      I don’t blame him. President Obama is a Master Chess player. Putin better recognize who he is dealing with. His beady-eyed self is silly putty in Obama’s hands. And there is nothing he can do about it.

    • 20 hopefruit2
      July 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

      I’m not sure why the media insists on elevating Snowden beyond the worthless, narcissistic (and STUPID) brat that he is, but it’s highly unlikely that PBO’s potential change in plans have anything to do with Snowden. In fact, I think it’s the other way around – that BECAUSE of the already strained relationships between the PBO & Putin, Snowden selected Russia as a place to seek asylum.

  5. July 19, 2013 at 12:55 am

  6. 22 globalcitizenlinda
    July 19, 2013 at 1:30 am

  7. 23 jacquelineoboomer
    July 19, 2013 at 2:17 am

    Goodnight, guys! Sweet dreams, all. Tomorrow is another day …

  8. July 19, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Dear Chips,

    Will not post a link to this comment without your approval.

    Twitter’s 140 character limitation is a very fine communication discipline.

    I would not need 140 characters to post the following message, if I can link to the context and details noted below.

    So, the most efficient way for me to convey the message to Mayor Bloomberg, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, etc., is to describe the details here and post a URL that links, here.

    The message is the following:

    1 The ‘Gun Culture’ in America is antithetical to a free, just & compassionate society;

    2 The ‘Gun Culture’ in America BENEFITS, EXCLUSIVELY, gun/ammo profiteers and their servants (primarily, ALEC employees, NRA employees, Federal & State elected officials, & the corporate media, be it print or broadcast/cable #NEWSTAINER);

    3 The ‘Gun Culture’ in America is a direct consequence of Madison’s enabling slave patrols (aka ‘militia’) in his efforts to forge sufficient support to ratify the US Constitution;

    4 The ‘Gun Culture’ in America is thus rooted in the inescapable denial of basic human rights to any non-white person;

    5 The ‘Gun Culture’ in America, 21st Century Version, is indistinguishable in its intent to deny human rights to any non-white person & is vastly more lethal than anything Madison and his fellow SLAVE OWNERS could have imagined, because a gun to them took an expert a minute or more to load as opposed to any yahoo, today, being able to unload a Glock 9mm handgun with a 33 round clip in SEVEN SECONDS.

    Thus, the following pragmatic approach to forcing a major change in gun access, stand your ground laws, etc., is offered (note: I do not own a gun, I was raised in a ‘gun culture’ and know how to use many different types of guns, & my entire professional career has been focused on preserving life, not ending it):

    1 Ultra-wealthy individuals like Mayor Bloomberg finance the creation of ‘Special Operations Quality’ handgun training programs in every metropolitan area of the US (if you need an example of what I mean by ‘Special Operations Quality’ training a segment of the Nat’l Geographic Movie ‘Seal Team Six’ depicts a scene of members of the team on a firing range with their handguns – that’s what I mean);

    2 EVERY BLACK male and female between the ages of 13 and 26 can enroll free of charge;

    3 Upon completion of the training, each trainee would be provided a suitable license (State dependent) to carry a handgun, provided a FREE 9mm handgun with at least a standard 15 round magazine, and would be required to do regular training to continue possessing the gun.

    Conceal carry, stand your ground, and lots of other ‘laws’ will change, PRONTO, if the above protocol is followed.

    We have a massive wild fire blazing throughout our society and, given all the evidence, the only way to staunch it is to FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE.

    I never thought I’d write anything like this, but my analytical self leaves me no choice.

    We want to end the ‘Gun Culture’ in America, the fastest way to do so is to enable every descendent of SLAVES, to be an expert in the use of a modern handgun.

    • July 19, 2013 at 3:17 am

      Btw, as some of you know, I’m a white male. I’m 65 y/o. I agreed with Malcolm X when he delivered this speech:

      I agree with him, even more, today and that is why I posted the comment.

      As further historical context, it’s worth noting:


      It’s way past time for the convergence of Irony & Karma to catalyze major reformation of gun control in the USA. Well trained, thus highly disciplined Black US citizens fully armed may be the fastest way to launch, sustain and complete that reformation.

      It may well be that Malcolm X could not have been more insightful and pragmatic.

      • 26 ericfive
        July 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

        I agree Bob. I posted a comment along those lines a couple of days ago. I referenced how the emergence of the Black Panthers in 1960’s California lead to sweeping gun restrictions.

    • July 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Epic, Bob!!

      Have to say, my dream is that no one carries a gun, but I know that’s woefully unrealistic. What does everyone else think of these ideas?

      • July 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

        Thank you, Chips.

        I’m white and am privileged that I don’t own a gun and don’t ever have any intention of owning one.

        As noted, never thought I’d write an assessment like this, but the analytical pragmatist at my core insists that the reality is an unprecedented ‘gun culture’ is now an American epidemic.

        Emulating, with the addition of comprehensive training and licensing (at no cost to black Americans), what the Black Panthers did in Reagan’s Red & bigoted CA that led to some of the toughest gun control measures in the Nation, might just be the way to catalyze significant change. If I were wealthy I’d start funding and building the program, today.

        • July 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

          Interesting thoughts Bob, as I said I have a hopelessly unrealistic dream of no one owning guns, but I know you are looking at the issue in a much more practical and realistic way. I’m still a little resistant to the idea of even more people being introduced to the use of guns, albeit responsibly and more safely, need to get my head around this!

          • July 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm

            I want a different option, badly. I just don’t see it. Perhaps someone else will. But, I have lived long enough to know that my initial rejection – of the sentiments expressed in Malcolm X’s last speech & the actions of the Black Panthers – at that time of those events, was not due to any racism on my part but a longing for any solution other than more guns and potential violence. At this point, an orderly, well trained and highly disciplined black civilian population as responsible gun owners seems the most potent available deterrent and highly likely catalyst to a bunch of current State laws being struck from the books and significant gun control legislation replacing them.

            You have no idea how much I appreciate the dialogue. As a white person I could not be more ashamed that we are still fighting the Civil War and that many folk in America would own slaves tomorrow if they could.

            #FORWARD Together

    • 33 99ts
      July 19, 2013 at 6:11 am

      Common law went missing in the USA when the supreme court decided corporations are people too. The next ruling by the Supreme court will no doubt count everyone, other than old white rich men as 3/5 of a person.

      The Federal government – via the FDA is now supposedly responsible for all side effects on drugs they approve. This will mean more people have no access to many life saving drugs because the FDA will be obligated to NOT approve drugs where any hint of possible problems exist.

  9. July 19, 2013 at 7:06 am

    “Fla. governor tells protesters he won’t push for changes in self-defense law”



    Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday told a group of protesters that he will not call for changes in the state’s self-defense laws following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.

    The Republican governor returned to Tallahassee late Thursday and for nearly an hour met with seven members of the protest group that has been camped in part of his office for three days.

    “The protesters again asked that I call a special session of the Legislature to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. I told them that I agree with the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, which concurred with the law,” Scott said in a statement following the meeting. “I also reminded them of their right to share their views with their state legislators and let them know their opinions on the law.”


    I don’t think anyone is surprised by this stance. It just reinforces what needs to be done in 2014.

  10. 37 amk for obama
    July 19, 2013 at 8:18 am

    This is really pissing me off.

    • July 19, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Exactly. Apparently, it’s the NYS Comptroller DiNapoli who’s writing the letter to PBO, I guess as a political maneuver to win the support of LGBT. The link @Dispatches provided doesn’t even work, so I’m linking here


      • 39 amk for obama
        July 19, 2013 at 8:40 am

        Having gotten their big demands on dadt and doma, a big thanks to Obama who put his neck out for them and got zilch in return, how about them canvassing for other people’s issues like VRA, ACA and gun control? This 100% self-obsession is a big turnoff.

        • 40 vcprezofan2
          July 19, 2013 at 9:14 am

          I hope you tweeted that, particularly the last part of the first sentence along with the last sentence. If not, PLEASE do it; I’d surely RT that! Self-obsessed indeed! Nothing PBO is ever enough. 🙄

          Oh, and Good (early) Evening to you! 😀

    • 41 Nena20409
      July 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      I agree with you 1001%.

      Any group is allowed to make demands and pres Obama is asked to get it done. Apparently, Congress is no longer parts and parcel of the 3 branches of government in US? But if pres Obama says, writes, speaks or pay a slight attention to issues facing the Black Community……that is labeled divisive, that is labeled that he is POTUS for All? That is dissected, analyzed, opined, then termed as Unpresidential?

      Hmm? With this POTUS, the standard are doubled, tripled and quadrupled beyond what the 43 POTUS’ before him?

  11. 42 amk for obama
    July 19, 2013 at 8:18 am

  12. 43 Jovie
    July 19, 2013 at 8:19 am

    The Republicans don’t like race to the top they only like no child left behind–/

    House boosts states rights in amendment votes to education bill
    By Pete Kasperowicz
    The House on Thursday evening accepted several Republican amendments to an education reform bill, H.R. 5, that would give states more flexibility to set education policy.

    Members also accepted a Democratic amendment, but that is not likely to win over many Democrats in the final vote on the bill Friday. Democrats say the bill would give states too much control over education, and possibly allow states to slide backward, while the GOP says states should have this local control over standards for teachers and testing.

    To be honest, I ain’t big on either one, but race to the top is better.

    • July 19, 2013 at 8:28 am

      I think a lot of Republican run states would push more for vouchers and more private schools. The problem there would be that the private schools could be selective of who would be accepted into their schools. Guess who would be left out. In addition, more funding/resources would be taken away from public schools…schools that are already underfunded.

      • 45 hopefruit2
        July 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

        I agree swbluega – when GOP argues for more “flexibility to set education policy” it’s just a code for Libertarian policy, and we know what THAT means.

        • 46 Vicki
          July 19, 2013 at 9:51 am

          Exclusive excellent private schools for Their children.
          50+ students with low-paid teachers for Our children. Michael Bloomberg said on videotape that children learn just as well with 50+ students per class.

  13. 47 Jovie
    July 19, 2013 at 8:32 am

  14. 48 Jovie
    July 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

  15. 49 amk for obama
    July 19, 2013 at 8:41 am

  16. 52 amk for obama
    July 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

  17. July 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Morning everyone, will have R&S up in a bit.

  18. 56 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    July 19, 2013 at 9:20 am

    GM TOD.

  19. July 19, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Investigators looking into whether Va. first lady got free dental work, 2 people say
    By Laura Vozzella and Rosalind S. Helderman, Published: July 18

    RICHMOND — Investigators looking into gifts to Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his family have asked questions about whether first lady Maureen McDonnell received cosmetic dental work for free, according to two people familiar with the probe.

    Federal officials have been investigating allegations that a dentist within the large Richmond-area practice of W. Baxter Perkinson Jr. provided cosmetic dentistry services at no charge to the first lady, according to the two people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

    Questions about gifts to the McDonnell family expand, two people familiar with the investigation say.


  20. 59 amk for obama
    July 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Another bomb blast in a mosque kills 20 iraqis. What exactly the aq/taliban/other violent fringe elements aim to achieve by killing their own?

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