Chat Away

@UCIrvine: Zot! Zot! Zot! President Barack Obama reppin’ UC Irvine! Thank you, @BarackObama!

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  1. 1 Nena20409
    June 14, 2014 at 5:14 pm


  2. 8 Roberta in MN
    June 14, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Cips

  3. June 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Missed it but I know I will get to see it here later. Chips is tops!

  4. 11 Nena20409
    June 14, 2014 at 5:22 pm


    The Rams announced on Thursday that they had signed all 11 players selected by the team in the 2014 NFL draft, including Sam. A first-team All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri, Sam signed a four-year, $2.65 million contract, with $46,000 of it guaranteed, reported Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports. All of the Rams’ rookie signees went through some financial education before signing their deals.

  5. 16 GGAIL
    June 14, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    What a day!

    • 17 vcprezofan2
      June 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Indeed. I’ve been bounced off the internet so many times today I’m starting to take it personally! Of course I missed PBO’s speech after setting up a ‘house party’ with offspring to listen together since they never had an invited speaker yesterday. In fact, I’m not sure how long I’ll even be allowed on THIS time, so if I disappear again, that will be it.

      • 18 MightyPamela
        June 14, 2014 at 5:56 pm

        Thus, you are experiencing the conditions known by astrologers as “Mercury Retrograde”, all manner of communications seem to go through at least moments of utter, unexplainable turmoil, transportation runs amok, planes and trains off schedule, telephone and other media of communication become unpredictable. All this seems to be true, and MP has been observing since 1968, so. Not much to be done, just stay calm. Breathe, and remember This, Too, Shall Pass! (cycle ends on July 1.) hang in there, VC!

        • 19 vcprezofan2
          June 14, 2014 at 7:19 pm

          I’m back again! Hmmm. Seems like I’m allowed one entry before I get the problem connecting to server message. when I try to dialogue.

          JULY 1st!!! Honey that’s TWO entire weeks away!!!! I can’t hang in THAT long without going crazy!
          Phone company very helpfully told me that I’m not over my ‘limit’ in GB usage. These things happen sometimes. Why don’t I unplug the modem, wait a few minutes then try again. Am I too far away from the modem, yak-yak-yakity-yak. Nothing I’ve tried, including the suggested unplugging, has worked for longer than it takes me to sign back on and send another message!

          This had better pass quickly! Oh, and by the way, since I had phone company on line AND they suggested a better ‘deal’ than I now have, I’ll be getting a more modern modem – therefore faster they claim- and about 20 more GBs for about $5 less than my current plan. We won’t mention that according to their files on average I wasn’t even using all the basic GBs that I have, not to mention the 40 extra usage ones I had been paying for monthly! If you ask me, all corporate people are crooks. There, I feel better!

  6. 20 JER
    June 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    • 21 anniebella
      June 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Sasha probably is at summer camp. Just me guessing, I have no reliable source

    • 22 globalcitizenlinda
      June 14, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      thanks for this tidbit;

      funny, but I was just going to comment on whether the First Couple had plans to spend this Father’s Day without the two First Daughters

    • 23 jackiegrumbacher
      June 14, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      I’m glad the president will have one of his daughter’s with him. That’s going to make the day very special to him.

  7. 24 dotster3
    June 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Decent AP reporting on PBO’s grad speech. Also notes that he—-I’m assuming he and FL—-will spend the rest of the weekend on vacay at the Rancho Mirage home of their WH decorator friend and his partner, the ambassador to Spain. I’m wondering if that is the same house referenced in the first post today re. speculation that the Obamas may be interested in purchasing for post-presidency. Likely as not a false rumor but I even checked it out—because—-Obama–spectacular views, too contemporary for my taste but no one’s asking for my approval—-looks like it could be a secure location, a little bit lonely looking.

  8. 31 JER
    June 14, 2014 at 5:53 pm

  9. 34 Dudette
    June 14, 2014 at 5:56 pm

  10. 38 JER
    June 14, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    • 39 Nena20409
      June 14, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Hold on, First Lady, hold on. 😉

    • 40 anniebella
      June 14, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      FLOTUS is going to have to hire someone to check the weather, and let her know if it windy or not. I’ll take the job.

    • 41 jacquelineoboomer
      June 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      [I know everyone else was too polite to mention, but looks like the dress is on top of the head of the guy to the left in the photo. Oops. I’ll be “good.”]

  11. 42 JER
    June 14, 2014 at 6:02 pm

  12. 44 dotster3
    June 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Found this interesting for a bunch of reasons. First—intrigued because of the much more attractive destination in Nevada than the Bundy ranch. Love that the ex-wife of T Boone Pickens rescued the 600 Mustangs which were set for slaughter and they get to run free and have lives they were meant to have. And—-she’s 60 something? And the spelling of what I always thought was teepee is tipi in this article. And too bad that the exorbitant cost to experience this eliminates most people—–$1000/night for a “tipi” with no electricity and no indoor facilities seems a tad steep. Cottages also available for $1500/night—–think that might get you a lamp and a toilet.

  13. 45 hopefruit2
    June 14, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Let’s see the NY Times find a way to blame President Obama in 6…5..4…3..2..1…

    • 47 jackiegrumbacher
      June 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      Dotster, you are providing a cornucopia of information about the president’s trip. Thanks for all the updates.

  14. 49 JER
    June 14, 2014 at 6:38 pm

  15. June 14, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Throughout the History of the United State….blk folks and others who have felt disenfranchised have sought redress from the Federal Government…if this ruling is allowed to stand…what does that say about the VRA?? will it become null and void…will we have any redress re: Voter Suppression

  16. June 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Warning, the video is very clever but it is harsh ….

  17. 52 Layla
    June 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Hey Bob, did you get a chance to read StoneKettle Nation’s article on the Iraq war…fabulous IMHO A good response to what the repubs are going to say tomorrow on the Sunday shows to some easily influenced people

  18. June 14, 2014 at 6:52 pm
  19. 55 Nena20409
    June 14, 2014 at 6:54 pm


    The bat poop Gov of PA, Colbert or whatever his last name is…… he is now asking POTUS to help end the Transit strike? Funny the guy that spouts Sate’s right is now saying what exactly? Hey, mister, just quit like the half-term Gov from AK……Ms Palin.

    Isn’t the Gov, The Executive in PA? Isn’t it part of his job? What is PA paying him for? He’s a goner come Nov 2014.

    • 56 Layla
      June 14, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Just like the FL Gov did some time ago….

    • 57 jackiegrumbacher
      June 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      It’s Corbett, Nena, and he’s so incompetent he doesn’t know he’s doing or what he stands for. We are working very hard to ensure that his days in that office are very, very limited.

      • 58 Nena20409
        June 15, 2014 at 10:22 am

        Thanks Jackie. I knew I had his name wrong, but was too lazy to look Corbett up. Then in my haste, I did a Nena and spelled STATE as Sate. I don’t have thick fingers. I wear glasses and I have long finger nails. Facts and yes….. 😉 ….lame excuses for my never ending typos.

  20. 59 globalcitizenlinda
    June 14, 2014 at 7:18 pm

  21. 60 globalcitizenlinda
    June 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I don’t know if anyone here is following the Twitter TL from someone posting under this name @jenanmoussa;

    bio says she is a “roving reporter for Arabic Al Aan TV from Dubai”;

    confession: I have never watched this media outlet before so I do not know the political slant of the outlet or the credibility of this particular reporter. so please do your independent evaluation of her credibility;

    her account sent out a photo of what she claims is a mass execution of Iraqi soldiers by ISIS;

    Warning : exercise caution because of the nature of the reporting means that this is a gruesome photo;

    if this is what ISIS is doing on the ground in Iraq, then it the ordinary people are facing some very dark days ahead;

    the ISIS’ presence is going to bring news reports which will test the conscience of people who believe in a common humanity for all

    • June 14, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      I’ve been seeing my Tweeps retweeting her. Expect Iraq to be flooded by Iranian fighters now.

    • June 14, 2014 at 7:37 pm


      • 63 globalcitizenlinda
        June 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm

        that is the core problem => many groups determined to inflict maximum damage on each other and with the many using their religious belief as a public justification for political goals, personal enrichment and stroking people to despise all kinds of diversity;

        what a waste of so many lives!

  22. June 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm


  23. 65 Jovie
    June 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    You see? F-18s. I told you? 🙂

  24. June 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    • 68 dotster3
      June 14, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Religion again, taken to extreme, as is so often the case.

    • 69 anniebella
      June 14, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Who gave him the right to kill sinners? Jesus never went around killing sinners, he tried to save sinners.

    • 70 Bill R.
      June 14, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Frankly this is evidence, not of religion as a basis for murder, but of likely psychotic disorder, delusions, probably with command hallucinations. Late adolescent onset of Schizophrenia, Paranoid type.

    • 71 Nena20409
      June 15, 2014 at 10:27 am


      Interesting his Mormon Religious Fanaticism was NEVER brought up in the National News Media.

  25. 72 Jovie
    June 14, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Why doesn’t the media interview this administration?

    • 73 Layla
      June 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      All these ‘formers’ can STFU! This administration WILL NOT inform the media of all of the steps they are taking, just the bare minimum

    • 74 jackiegrumbacher
      June 14, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      It’s amazing isn’t it, Jovie, that they continually interview powerless, discredited people from the Bush administration, but fail to get the real scoop from those currently working on the problem. Who do they think cares what these hasbeens have to say.

  26. June 14, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    This is a piece by Fareed Zakaria. He has a good clear description of the conflict and makes no bones about why there is a problem. And the problem is not President Obama. He cites facts.

    ….how did Maliki come to be prime minister of Iraq? He was the product of a series of momentous decisions made by the Bush administration. Having invaded Iraq with a small force — what the expertTom Ricks called “the worst war plan in American history” — the administration needed to find local allies. It quickly decided to destroy Iraq’s Sunni ruling establishment and empower the hard-line Shiite religious parties that had opposed Saddam Hussein. This meant that a structure of Sunni power that had been in the area for centuries collapsed. These moves — to disband the army, dismantle the bureaucracy and purge Sunnis in general — might have been more consequential than the invasion itself…..

    ….But let’s remember why this [US] force is not there. Maliki refused to provide the guarantees that every other country in the world that hosts U.S. forces offers. Some commentators have blamed the Obama administration for negotiating badly or halfheartedly and perhaps this is true. But here’s what a senior Iraqi politician told me in the days when the U.S. withdrawal was being discussed: “It will not happen. Maliki cannot allow American troops to stay on. Iran has made very clear to Maliki that its No. 1 demand is that there be no American troops remaining in Iraq. And Maliki owes them.” ….

    • 76 99ts
      June 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      And then we have

      “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging President Barack Obama to assist Iraq’s beleaguered government to repel Islamic militants.” The problem for Mitch McConnell is that like most Americans (and me) he has no idea which “Islamic militants” he is talking about. McConnell speaks of “gains made in Iraq by American soldiers” – he really is off his meds.


      “Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is challenging McConnell in the November election, said she would not support sending U.S. troops back to Iraq. Grimes said the United States should play a supportive role by providing useful intelligence.”
      Suddenly “providing intelligence” is not such an illegal disgusting thing to do.

      I will never understand why some people (usually, but not always, men) want to use military strength to impose their will on others. Given the attachment to guns by so many on the right of US politics, perhaps I should not be surprised that they continually see military options as the solution to all world problems.

        • 78 99ts
          June 14, 2014 at 8:32 pm

          For people like McCain – I do think it is now more than $ Layla – they want to force the world into “doing it their way” – and the world doesn’t want to go there. Other than our completely out of touch PM, there have been no world leaders pledging to march into Iraq behind the US – even in 2003 – there were few – and those few are gone. The original invasion related to $ and oil – but to do it again – the mind boggles.

          • 79 Layla
            June 14, 2014 at 8:49 pm

            99ts, McCain is insane, obvious to all. He just wants war, does not matter where it is…The others, the repubs and the MIC want money, lots of money. They use ideology to do so.

  27. June 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    A complaint about limited providers in networks is being addressed naturally as ObamaCare is proving a success to insurers

  28. 81 Jovie
    June 14, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    • 82 99ts
      June 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      I hate the heading and the tweet. THIS is what should be in both

      “Obama granted Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s request to create a presidential emergency board to mediate the dispute between the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and its engineers and electricians unions.”

      Corbett asked for help – yet the heading “Obama order forces Phila. rail workers back on job”

      Sometimes I so wish PBO would tell the state governors to sort out their own messes – to come back when the workers are granted a living wage – probably why I am not the one in charge!

  29. June 14, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    • 85 Layla
      June 14, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      You Mr Bob always make me happy!

    • 86 99ts
      June 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm


      “All we fought for in Iraq.

      All we fought for in Iraq is on the cusp of vanishing.

      That’s what Mitt Romney says.

      We fought for. We fought for. We.

      Oh, so it’s we now, is it, Mitt?


      I must have missed you over there, but it was a busy place. We. The guy who helped set up “pro-draft” rallies and yet somehow managed to avoid service in Vietnam is upset about losing what “we” fought for? We. “

      • 87 anniebella
        June 14, 2014 at 8:37 pm

        I don’t recall Mitt Romney fighting for nothing, not in Iraq or Vietnam. We were told America was going to invade Iraq because they had WMDs……A Big Fat Lie.

      • 88 nathkatun7
        June 14, 2014 at 9:25 pm

        Jim Wright’s brilliant and righteous article needs to be shared widely! Thank you so much, 99ts, for sharing it with us.

        • 89 99ts
          June 14, 2014 at 9:57 pm

          Roberta first mentioned it on the last thread – I am usually a little late finding Jim’s new posts – but he surely is a living treasure

      • 90 MightyPamela
        June 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm

        This article has destroyed me. I was going to finish the evening with a simple cup of tea, but having read this, decided a glass of wine would be more beneficial. My father was a Naval Intelligence Officer, in the OSS, in WWll. Of course, he never told us kids what it was like, or what he saw and knew, but I’d wager he would agree in total with this article. God rest his Soul, he’s been gone nearly 18 years, and I miss him every, single day. He would have loved Barack Obama. Amen.

        • 91 99ts
          June 14, 2014 at 10:04 pm

          Hi MP – my dad served in WWII – and as many rarely spoke of his service – but in the last few weeks of his life opened up about the fact that he spent 4 years being scared witless – 99% of the time. He always said there were no heroes – only fools who knew know better – the rest of them did all they could to get out alive.

          So when folks like Romney want to send our youth to fight their wars – I think of the ruined youth of my Dad and my granddad and the millions of others who were and are forced to be old before their time – and I think of those “fools” or heroes who gave their lives – and I join you in your glass of wine.

  30. June 14, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    This could have impact on other rural areas. MT has an odd system where early voting ballots are issued by a statewide computer system with a sequential number, meaning only one center. Their compromise is to close the one office two days a week and have satellite offices those days in remote areas. It’s a start and will help impoverished people who would have to drive as much as a 100 miles round trip to vote.

    ….Montana Sen. John Walsh on June 25 will chair a Senate Rules Committee hearing examining the hurdles voters in rural areas face due to long distances to polls, lack of easy access to mail voting and the lack of infrastructure. The committee will also hear about ways states have tried to make voting easier for people….

  31. 94 Jovie
    June 14, 2014 at 8:09 pm

  32. 97 desertflower
    June 14, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Pretty much… http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2014/06/mccain-calls-for-emergency-blame-game-on-iraq.html

    Citing the deteriorating situation in the war-torn nation, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) on Saturday called for Congress to convene an emergency blame game on Iraq.

    “This is a dire crisis,” McCain said. “It’s time to roll up our sleeves and do some serious finger-pointing.”

    McCain said that he hoped Congress would act swiftly to assign blame to a long list of culprits he identified, including President Obama, the Joint Chiefs, the media, and everyone who did not vote for him in the 2008 election.

    ( satire alert! It’s Borowitz:)

  33. 101 desertflower
    June 14, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    When you look up shameless hack in the dictionary….you SHOULD see her staring back at you! Evil, shameless Bitch.


  34. June 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm

  35. 104 amk for obama
    June 14, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Trust the man u boy to drop the ball.

  36. 105 amk for obama
    June 14, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    99ts – you’re right, you’ve got your own dumbya.

    A good luck message from the Australian prime minister to the national soccer team at the World Cup was somewhat undermined when Tony Abbott got the Socceroos’ captain’s name wrong.

    Wearing a team scarf draped over his suit, Abbott greeted skipper Mile Jedinak as “Mike” in a video posted online before the Ange Postecoglou-coached Socceroos’ Group B opener against Chile on Friday.

    “Ange, Mike and the Socceroos, in this World Cup you have the opportunity to make the world game our national game,” Abbott said.

    “Throughout this cup we’ll burn the midnight oil as you take the field in our name.”

    The video was hastily taken down but not quick enough for it to appear on major news and social media websites.

    Australia lost the Chile match 3-1 in Cuiaba.

    The gaffe follows the conservative prime minister’s mispronunciation of Canada, as “Canadia”, earlier this week while on an official visit to the country.


  37. June 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

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