Chat On

President Obama delivers remarks during a Cinco de Mayo reception in the East Room of the White House, May 5, 2014

111 Responses to “Chat On”

  1. May 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Good evening, wonderful TOD family!

  2. May 5, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    GE TOD: Just got home….1 final left!!! Also… just got awarded a $5K scholarship for the fall pending I maintain a 3.5 GPA 😎

    “Last week, after Republicans pivoted to Benghazi in unison, The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein observed an interesting phenomenon. When it came time to put White House press secretary Jay Carney in the hot seat, reporters for smaller outlets—whose correspondents are consigned to the back rows of the briefing room—were interested in real, unfolding dramas: Ukraine, the Affordable Care Act, the Snowden disclosures, and so on.

    But when Carney moved to the big-name journalists at the front of the room, the only thing anyone seemed to care about was Benghazi….

    And that raises an interesting question, because in covering the story as a political scandal, just as Republicans want them to, the only scalps the media has really collected are their own. CBS suspended Lara Logan after “60 Minutes” aired, and later had to retract, her Benghazi feature; Sharyl Attkisson resigned from the same network, charging her former colleagues with liberal bias—reportedly because they didn’t adequately promote her Benghazi coverage; and ABC’s Jonathan Karl had to apologize last year after he passed along an inaccurate summation of then-unreleased White House Benghazi emails……”

    In feeding the story, Republicans have burned reporters in very public and damaging ways. It’s unclear why you’d have to manipulate evidence and promote pathological liars if the real story of Benghazi were anything like the Benghazi of the right’s fever dreams. Yet none of this has deterred those same reporters from returning to it anew, as if it were a brewing scandal, every time Republicans run out of other things to talk about. It’s like Benghazi Stockholm syndrome…………

    • May 5, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Wow, congratulations LP!!!!!!

      • May 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm

        TY Chiparoo!!! I have a 3.67 right now…..with 1 final left. I should be fine unless I face plant like my Indiana Pacers currently are 😦

        • May 5, 2014 at 9:44 pm

          Just don’t do a Manchester United LP and you’ll be fine 😦

          • May 5, 2014 at 9:49 pm

            Our coach is already on Moyes watch…… they were the #1 seed against the #8 seed (Atlanta Hawks, only team out of 16…to make the playoffs w/ a losing regular season record)….. took 7 games to win 4-3 series. Already lost Game 1 of Eastern semifinals to D.C. Wizards tonight…..

            • 10 vcprezofan2
              May 5, 2014 at 9:55 pm

              LP, I know you are an avid sports fan, but it’s only now occurred to me to ask – do you play on a team?

              • May 6, 2014 at 2:52 am

                Not at a collegiate level, VC. I played varsity baseball (pitcher/1rst base), basketball (2 guard), tennis, and nationally competed in chess tournaments (through my senior year in HS.) During warm-ups between innings my senior year in baseball the third baseman threw a ball across the diamond when he was supposed to be taking grounders…….the ball directly hit my left eye , and permanently damaged some vision. That ended my baseball exploits. I had a racist basketball coach who wouldn’t give me playing time even though I was the best shooter on the team. The only reason I made the team is because I beat the best shooter and every other shooter in a citywide hoop-it-up 3pt. competition. Keep in mind this was in Huntsville, AL. Sand n****r was his endearing word of choice towards me. The sad irony of winning the hoop-it-competition was I won a cash prize of a couple hundred dollars….. Little did I know I had just violated antiquated NCAA rules by accepting prize money at 16…. that made me ineligible for any athletic scholarship. I continued to play basketball & tennis (played as a member of my gym’s team in regional tournaments) until three years ago when I tore a ligament in my foot. After 9 months of rehab, the second time I stepped on a court I tore the same ligament again. I did rehab and tore a different ligament in the same foot 18 months ago…had a titanium contraption put in above my ankle, and haven’t been very physically active since. While taking some of my undergrad classes attending Auburn University, I ended up getting my NFLPA license, and ended up scouting football players in the South for an agency based in Atlanta. The biggest gems I found for the agency at the time was Corey Redding (played for Univ. of Texas, now w/ the Indy Colts) and Osi Uymenyiora (Div.II Troy) currently w/ the Atlanta Falcons I think. I had to give up that career path when my dad got sick, and I moved to Indy. Now it is “fear and loathing Naptown” I guess my biggest accomplishment was getting 32nd in the reserved division in U.S. National Chess championship back in my heyday….. I don’t know what prompted me to give you my *wikipedia* history of my non-professional exploits, but you got me to go down memory lane, and I was 🙂 🙂 🙂 the whole time. Ahhhh…….the good ol days 😎

                • 12 99ts
                  May 6, 2014 at 3:01 am

                  Wow LP – you’ve been there and back – so interesting reading about the TODers – I feel exhausted reading about your exploits – thank you so much for sharing

                  • May 6, 2014 at 3:07 am

                    My pleasure 99ts 🙂 I think my next go at it will be joining the S. Asian hemisphere by taking up cricket. I still have not figured out Aussie rules football, and rugby isn’t going to cut it for my crippled butt……

                    • 14 99ts
                      May 6, 2014 at 8:58 am

                      Stay away from the football (other than the game many of us call soccer – which is real football) – Cricket is a game favored by folks from all walks of life – it has gentleman’s rules which are not always followed by some of the players. Having been brought up with it – tis the live spectator sport of choice. It doesn’t come across well watching on TV – you really need to be at the game. Enjoy

                • 15 vcprezofan2
                  May 6, 2014 at 8:02 am

                  Goodness gracious! That’s quite a bit you’ve done in your ‘good ol days’ – you’ve pretty much taken the wind out of my sails! Remembering that you broke an arm (I think) not too long ago, I’m tempted to tell you to give cricket a pass as I believe the ball is quite hard. In any case, you have definitely packed quite a bit into your young life to date, more than many have done in lives that have doubled/tripled yours. Take good care going forward, especially on the field of sport! 🙂

                  • May 6, 2014 at 10:59 pm

                    I wish my broken wrist could be claimed as a sports related injury, VC. Fact is…… I fell taking out the trash in a ice/snowstorm 😦

                    • 17 vcprezofan2
                      May 7, 2014 at 8:43 am

                      O, I wasn’t focusing on the cause, LPlains, just the fact of ANOTHER bone in your body that you messed with got injured. I’m definitely not lending you any of my bones for safekeeping. 😉 😉

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      May 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      Well – very well done, sir! 🙂 😉

    • 21 dotster3
      May 5, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      Congrats on the scholarship, lp! I’m not even worried about you maintaining the 3.5.

    • 27 Vicki
      May 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Good going lovelyplains!!! Just wonderful news, so happy for you

    • 28 MightyPamela
      May 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      LP! Good on ya’!

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      May 5, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      LP, congratulations on your scholarship!! Fingers crossed for you last final.

    • 30 MightyPamela
      May 5, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      And so, both women are gone, why is J. Karl still sitting in that room?

    • May 5, 2014 at 9:51 pm


    • May 5, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      CONGRATS!! That’s a good-sized scholarship!! BRAVO!!

    • 33 jacquelineoboomer
      May 5, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Congratulations, LP! We are proud of you!

    • May 5, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Congratulations LP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 35 GGAIL
      May 5, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      LP,awesome Auburn Tiger!

    • 36 Judith Fardig
      May 5, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Awesome, LP!!

    • May 5, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      WTG, LP!

      You haven’t been goofing off with us at TOD, so here’s to the best exam results possible for your last final.

      Great to see scholarships go to worthy candidates.

    • 38 sjterrid
      May 5, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      Congratulations, LP on your scholarship. I’m sure you’ll do fine on your final.

    • May 6, 2014 at 3:02 am

      Thank you TOD family for all the well wishes. I means a lot. Hope everyone has a wonderful week personally/professionally. Only four days until the weekend!! I will try to parachute in from time to time and make sure AMK in not running wild. I feel like only a fellow Indian may be able to to balance his moral compass 🙂

    • May 6, 2014 at 3:15 am

      Congrats LP. Very Happy for you. Best of luck to you. I’m glad I didn’t miss this post.

    • 45 Dudette
      May 6, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Awesome news! Congrats on the scholarship, LP!

  3. 46 vcprezofan2
    May 5, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Way to go around here, Nancie! /waving in the royal fashion/ 😀

    • May 5, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Wasn’t showing up so I kept on knocking on the door. Then boom: In! I came in loudly. Congratulations to LovelyPlains! What an honor, with very tangible meaningful reward. Gold star to you.

    • 48 MightyPamela
      May 5, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      …Elbow. Elbow. Wrist. Wrist. Wrist…..

      • 49 vcprezofan2
        May 5, 2014 at 9:50 pm

        Hmmm. Somebody has done too much royal watching (from the good ole days). 😀

        • 50 MightyPamela
          May 5, 2014 at 10:03 pm

          I am unashamedly fond of the Royal Family. We have shared genes from a few generations back… So I’m told.

          • 51 vcprezofan2
            May 5, 2014 at 10:12 pm

            My ‘fondness’ died abruptly when Diana died. In fact I quite detested Charles after that.

            • 52 MightyPamela
              May 5, 2014 at 10:18 pm

              I understand. I should amend my statement to one of ‘with some reservations’…

              • 53 vcprezofan2
                May 5, 2014 at 10:25 pm

                Yea. I liked the ‘boys’, more because they were Diana’s sons, but I stopped reading about them once they attained adulthood.

  4. 54 MightyPamela
    May 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Aaaannnnnndddddd, the rearguard, in faithful last place…. 😉

  5. May 5, 2014 at 9:57 pm

  6. 56 jacquelineoboomer
    May 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Happy Birthday Evening, CanadaBarb! Hope you are enjoying your birthday dinner. Wish I could be there, young lady!

  7. 57 jacquelineoboomer
    May 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm

  8. May 5, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    • 59 vcprezofan2
      May 5, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      BTW, Bobfr, is Lawrence himself back? He ran into my mind today for some strange reason and i wondered about his recovery.

      • May 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm

        I don’t know VC because I don’t view (‘Live’) any of those programs. My hope is that he is doing well and following his Twitter TL along with all his other information sources. Also, just want to let him know that his voice matters greatly. Thank you.

        • 61 vcprezofan2
          May 5, 2014 at 10:55 pm

          We have something in common, Bobfr, 😉 I don’t view any of those programmes ‘live’ either.

            • 63 carolyn
              May 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm

              My husband turned to The Last Word this evening during a commercial of the Kings/Ducks hockey game, and it was Ari Melber still
              Does anyone know what actually happened to LOD? He’s been out quite a while, so it must be serious.

              • May 6, 2014 at 12:31 am

                He and his brother, Michael, were in a serious car accident while in a cab in an (undisclosed by MSNBC) foreign country.

                I don’t know any more than what MSNBC said at the time (seems like it happed 4-6 weeks ago), but that’s got to be a traveller’s worst nightmare. You’re at the mercy of some crazy cab drivers out there.

                Hope both are healing well.

      • 65 jacquelineoboomer
        May 5, 2014 at 11:36 pm

        I’ve missed his show for a bit … what recovery?

        • 66 57andfemale
          May 6, 2014 at 7:50 am

          Car accident several weeks ago while they were in a cab. He and his brother will make a complete recovery, but it’s taking awhile.

  9. May 5, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    There’s a decided whiff of desperation to the GOP’s sudden re-embracing of Benghazi. PBO has gone from strength to strength this year, in a manner which even our corrupt media can’t hide. If Boehner were secure in his majority, he wouldn’t be diving into the Benghazi nothingburger. That he is indicates to me that he may have some polling which is less than rosy for the GOP in keeping the House. And the latest CNN poll—which puts the GOP ahead in the generic ballot—also says that a majority of voters think Dems should keep the Senate.

    • May 5, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      LL, I think the internal polling the GOP is doing is informing them that they are going to get clobbered. And, they have ZERO capacity to do anything about it, because if they attempted any form of reasonable governance their #KOCHBRO #ALEC enabled #teabaggers will destroy them in the primaries, ironically thereby, manifesting an even bigger defeat by Democrats on 4 Nov 2014.

      In other words, no matter which way they rotate, they’re screwed – as long as WE drive the most spectacular mid-term election turn out, evah!!!

      Yes We Can

    • 69 Ladyhawke
      May 5, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      And how about that “Year In Action – We’re Not Done Yet” video narrated by President Obama. How cool is that? It must have caused a few sphincter muscles to tighten up. While President Obama is governing and getting stuff done (in spite of their intransigence), the GOP is relegated to hysterical Benghazi witch hunts, repealing the ACA, and Paul Ryan’s draconian budget. Plus no to immigration reform, UI, minimum wage, ENDA, on and on. Whatever it is, they are against it. That’s some platform for the 2014 midterms.

      And then there is this terrific post from Smartypants today …….

      A little riff for the naysayers


  10. 70 hopefruit2
    May 5, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I’m watching the Bates Motel Season Finale right now… I’m riveted.

  11. 71 carolyn
    May 5, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Congratulations Lovelyplains on finishing a semester in fine form and on the scholarship. Our exams are this week…..not as rough from the professor’s side! Students have the harder task during this time, but I have no doubt you will come through with flying colors, and that scholarship will be yours! I’m sure you’ve said before, but what is your major?

    • May 6, 2014 at 12:21 am

      IIRC, LP mentioned before that he wants to be a radiologist, so no doubt his major is Chemistry, or some other really *hard* and competitive major.

      Since I was a Liberal Arts major, I’ve probably completely mucked this up, but LP is keeping his nose to the grindstone until after his last final.

  12. May 5, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Dear Friends,

    This cannot be stressed enough and must be spread as widely and persistently as possible ….

    … countless lives depend on how effectively Tzar Vlad’s lies and travesties are made inescapably obvious to everyone.

  13. 74 vcprezofan2
    May 5, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Somebody I know is heading towards the land of Nod. Catch you later!

  14. 76 carolyn
    May 5, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Okay, here’s the latest on Westboro Baptist Church which I just heard on the news. We here in central Oklahoma are having horrendous grass fires, burning buildings, and increasing because of our drought and high winds and high temperatures. Well, the news channel just learned that Westboro church is going to PICKET the city where the fires are, to say that they are like the fires of hell. What next!

    • 77 jacquelineoboomer
      May 5, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Sorry to hear about the continuing fires, and hope you’re not near any of them. As for Westboro, there are no words.

    • May 6, 2014 at 12:27 am

      The Guthrie fire(s) were reported on CBS network radio news today.

      The report said it started as a controlled burn that got out of control because of the wind.

      I’m not familiar with the weather patterns in your region, but in SoCal, Santa Anas (devil winds) nearly always follow our infrequent rains. If that happens in your area, I can see how the planned burn became a uncontrolled fire, leaping from treetop to treetop.

      Hope conditions and the fire(s) improve quickly there.

      I’m surprised that the Westboro Church is still around after its leader died. How do they get their funding?

  15. 80 jacquelineoboomer
    May 5, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    A tweet of mine from back in December just got R/Td. An awful reminder that Chuckie always brings out the best in all of us. Disliked him then; more so, now.

  16. 87 jacquelineoboomer
    May 5, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Warning: Disgusting images ahead

    Let’s never forget what we must never let happen again! Only Democrats in the White House for the next 30 years, please!

  17. 88 jacquelineoboomer
    May 6, 2014 at 12:04 am

  18. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    May 6, 2014 at 12:23 am

    I only partially follow Charles, and never fully read his columns. But he pretty much summarizes what we’re all up against, here.

  19. 91 yardarm756
    May 6, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Ooops here it is!

  20. 92 Bill R.
    May 6, 2014 at 1:23 am

    This is our Governor:

  21. 99 susanne
    May 6, 2014 at 5:09 am

    just dropping in, rather late. thought you’d like to read this piece from the new yorker. here’s an excerpt:

    ‘ Around dawn on October 23, 1983, I was in Beirut, Lebanon, when a suicide bomber drove a truck laden with the equivalent of twenty-one thousand pounds of TNT into the heart of a U.S. Marine compound, killing two hundred and forty-one servicemen. The U.S. military command, which regarded the Marines’ presence as a non-combative, “peace-keeping mission,” had left a vehicle gate wide open, and ordered the sentries to keep their weapons unloaded. The only real resistance the suicide bomber had encountered was a scrim of concertina wire. When I arrived on the scene a short while later to report on it for the Wall Street Journal, the Marine barracks was flattened. From beneath the dusty, smoking slabs of collapsed concrete, piteous American voices could be heard, begging for help. Thirteen more American servicemen later died from injuries, making it the single deadliest attack on American Marines since the Battle of Iwo Jima.

    Six months earlier, militants had bombed the U.S. embassy in Beirut, too, killing sixty-three more people, including seventeen Americans. Among the dead were seven C.I.A. officers, including the agency’s top analyst in the Middle East, an immensely valuable intelligence asset, and the Beirut station chief.

    There were more than enough opportunities to lay blame for the horrific losses at high U.S. officials’ feet. But unlike today’s Congress, congressmen did not talk of impeaching Ronald Reagan, who was then President, nor were any subpoenas sent to cabinet members. ‘


  22. 100 kathleenp444
    May 6, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Conservative Money Front Is Behind Princeton’s “White Privilege” Guy

    In all the furor over Tal Fortgang—the privileged white Princeton freshman who wrote so passionately about how he’s not a privileged white guy—no one, not even the New York Times, noted that his post was made possible by a conservative group that bankrolls and grooms college kids for right-wing leadership.

    Fortgang became a celebrated partisan lightning rod for writing a post last month, “Checking My Privilege,” in which he characterized himself as a marginalized student, unable to contribute to hot topical debates on campus, because his peers discount him as just another white dude who can’t see how his talents are accompanied by gifts that less-fortunate students don’t have.

    “I have checked my privilege. And I apologize for nothing,” he concluded, in a right-wing “I built that,” Marine Todd-style mic-drop that was republished by Time and heralded by conservative media as righteous manna from heaven.

    Fortgang hardly seems like a made-for-TV conservative star. His socioeconomic privileges are precisely what makes it hard for him—or any 20-year-old white male first-year Ivy Leaguer, really—to assess the blindspots in his own reasoning. He’s called Palestinians “cowards” who are worse than Hitler and complained that he’d like to punch opponents of George Zimmerman in their “fat idiot faces.”


    • 101 Lynn
      May 6, 2014 at 6:50 am

      Thanks for the link, Kathleen. This fits in with the Powell Memo of 1971. I think I’m gonna be sick. BBL

    • 102 57andfemale
      May 6, 2014 at 7:54 am

      Are WE grooming Dem’s? Why oh why can’t Dem’s get their act together structurally and plan for the long term?

  23. 103 globalcitizenlinda
    May 6, 2014 at 6:12 am

    morning everyone!

  24. 104 globalcitizenlinda
    May 6, 2014 at 6:22 am

    don’t know how this will affect the situation on the ground in NATO-neighboring Ukraine

  25. 105 globalcitizenlinda
    May 6, 2014 at 6:38 am

    renewed fighting (with an emphasis on religious & ethnic differences) and internal-displacement is one of the reasons SoS Kerry’s visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) last week matters;

    here again we see ordinary people being urged to turn on each other (just like in Ukraine, Southern Sudan etc.) by leaders who want power;

  26. 109 Linda
    May 6, 2014 at 7:17 am


    I think Chuck Todd just called out Morning Joke on his praise for Bill Clinton since the Joke voted to impeach him back in 1998.

    • 110 Ladyhawke
      May 6, 2014 at 7:34 am

      RACHEL MADDOW 05/05/14

      Right regrets contrasting Obama with Clintons (12 minutes)


      Steve Schmidt, Republican strategist, talks with Steve Kornacki about the awkward position Republicans are in having lionized Bill and Hillary Clinton to make President Obama look bad only to have to tear her down again as they look ahead to 2016.



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