Added to schedule:

9:50 The President delivers remarks at the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in honor of Secretary Gates; VP Biden also attends

Wow – thank you DreamChaser!



One more time?

42 Responses to “thursday”

  1. 1 EDP4BHO
    June 29, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Sure wish I could get out of work early, just to see his motorcade. I’ve only seen one when he was running. Saw him once after that, then once after he became President. Getting closer…….LOL 😀

    • 2 isonprize
      June 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      Yeah, EDP!! YOu got it fixed. Now to get you a picture… You may already have it, but here is the link to “Gravatar” the site that allows you to connect your wordpress account to use a cool picture. It’s pretty self-explanatory.


      • 3 EDP4BHO
        June 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

        Hahaha….thanks isonprize. Will get to that soon enough. So you’re going to see the Chief, I read? Lucky you. Will you throw out a great big juicy kiss for me? I’ll probably run right into the traffic on my way home tomorrow. Have a blast, will ya 😀

  2. June 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Good luck with that, last week I saw three military helicopter coming across the harbor heading to the heliport. I almost ran out to go to the corner hoping to see the President. My sister reminded me that the mayors’ meeting was over and he was not in town.

  3. June 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell read a SCATHING editorial from the St. Louis Dispatch today on his show. He introduced it by saying that it came from what right-wingers call “the real America” — a Missouri newspaper (of course he said this with the appropriate amount of sarcasm and contempt, pointing out that Manhattan is just as American as Missouri).

    The editorial was so good — and the man can read oh, so well — that I hunted it down online. It’s really a thing of beauty:


    “Eight Myths to Chill an Old School Republican Soul”

    When Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., quit the (no longer) bipartisan deficit-reduction talks last week, it was not exactly a “Profiles in Courage” moment.

    Serious deficit reduction can’t be — and shouldn’t be — accomplished without tax increases and broad elimination of tax expenditures, which would have the effect of raising taxes. The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform last year acknowledged that.

    But tax increases, in whatever guise, fail the current Republican purity laws. Mr. Cantor, who will be running for reelection next year, understands that very well. So does Mr. Kyl, who won’t seek reelection in 2012 — though he’s generously offered himself as a vice presidential nominee.
    It’s sad to see what has happened to the Party of Lincoln, and for that matter, the party of lesser mortals like George H.W. Bush of Texas, Bob Dole of Kansas and Jack Danforth of Missouri. No one ever would mistake them for liberals, but they were statesmen who put country before party.

    Today we have the spectacle of smart, patriotic men and women putting their brains and integrity on ice to please a party dominated by anti-intellectual social Darwinists and the plutocrats who finance and mislead them.

    Consider the mythology that makes up GOP orthodoxy today. Imagine the contortions that cramp the brains and souls of men and women of intelligence and compassion who seek state and national office under the Republican banner.

    • They must believe, despite the evidence of the 2008 financial collapse, that unregulated — or at most, lightly regulated — financial markets are good for America and the world.

    • They must believe in the brilliantly cast conceit known as the “pro-growth agenda,” in which economic growth can be attained only by reducing corporate and individual tax rates, especially among the investor class, and by freeing business from environmental rules that have cleaned up America’s air and water and labor regulations that helped create America’s middle class.

    • Though rising health care costs are pillaging the economy, and even though health care in America is now a matter of what you can afford, Republican candidates for office must deny that health care is a basic right and resist a real attempt to change and improve the system.

    • GOP candidates must scoff at scientific consensus about global warming. Blame it on human activity? Bad. Cite Noah’s Ark as evidence? Good. They must express at least some doubt about the science of evolution.

    • They must insist, statistics and evidence to the contrary, that most of the nation’s energy needs can be met safely with more domestic oil drilling, “clean-coal” technology and greater reliance on perfectly safe nuclear power plants.

    • They must believe that all 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States can be rounded up, detained, tried, repatriated and kept from returning at a reasonable cost.

    • Even though there are more than four unemployed persons for every available job, GOP candidates should at least hint that unemployment benefits keep people from seeking jobs.

    • They must believe that the Founding Fathers wanted to guarantee individuals the absolute right to own high-capacity, rapid-fire weapons that did not exist in the late 18th century.

    By no means is this list complete. It almost makes you feel sorry for the people who pretend to believe this stuff. Almost.

    • June 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      😯 😳

      Yipes. That’s a LOT of text — it didn’t look like so much on the website. Didn’t mean to take up the whole page. I apologize. Chips, you may edit down if you need to.

      • June 29, 2011 at 9:31 pm

        No worries PJ, when the text is that great I can never get enough! Just posted an extract and link, thank you so much, it’s brilliant.

        • June 29, 2011 at 9:45 pm

          Phew! So glad you could use it. Yes, brilliant indeed — one of the most succinct portrayals of today’s pitiful TeaO’Pee that I’ve seen yet. And Lawrence read it so well — it was today’s Rewrite.


  4. 9 isonprize
    June 29, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I’m in, I’m in, I’M IN!!!! :mrgeen: 😆 😀 😆 😀 😆 :mrgreen: I’m there tomorrow as a volunteer for Mr. President, Commander In Chief, Barack Hussein Obama when he visits Philadelphia, PA for a fundraiser.

    I’M IN!!! Wooooooo hoooooooo.

  5. June 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    FLOTUS suppose to be going to some where for a fundraiser., is it this week or next? And where will she be going?

  6. 28 meta
    June 29, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Appologies if this has already been posted – I’m just getting in and catching up with the day’s news here and elsewhere – but I think it’s significant. Ezra Klein sounds a note of pessimism:

    How you know the negotiations have truly failed
    The best advice I’ve gotten for assessing the debt-ceiling negotiations was to “watch for the day when the White House goes public.” As long as the Obama administration was refusing to attack Republicans publicly, my source said, they believed they could cut a deal. And that held true. They were quiet when the negotiations were going on. They were restrained after Eric Cantor and Jon Kyl walked out last week. Press Secretary Jay Carney simply said, “We are confident that we can continue to seek common ground and that we will achieve a balanced approach to deficit reduction.” But today they went public. The negotiations have failed.

    “The primary goal of President Obama’s presser, which just wrapped up, was obvious,” writes Greg Sargent. “He was clearly out to pick a major public fight with Republicans over tax cuts for the rich.” That’s exactly right. But he didn’t want this fight. He wanted a deal. And he wasn’t able to get one that the White House considered even minimally acceptable. After putting more than $2 trillion of spending cuts on the table, they weren’t even able to get $400 billion — about a sixth of the total — in tax increases.


    Please read the whole thing. And damn the right-wing nutjobs for bringing our country to this moment because of their hatred for us and President Barack Obama.

    • 29 EDP4BHO
      June 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      Let’s hope they are proven wrong. In fact, add prayer to that hope, and if we all contribute our faiths, PBO will prevail.

      • 30 mb32
        June 29, 2011 at 11:03 pm

        I really think PBO will use the 14th amendment and say that the debt ceiling is unconstitutional. It’s the only last resort he has to keep the world from falling into chaos.

        I think the folks at ThinkProgess and I went “hmmm” at the same time when he didn’t answer Chuck Todd’s question about its constitutionality…we will see

    • June 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      We’re going to see how much the Republicans love this country. For so long the haters talked about the Obamas didn’t like America, but who is it threaten to destroy it. The Republicans.

  7. 33 Doris
    June 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Don’t forget. Rev. Al in for Ed.

    • 34 lisalovesobama
      June 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      Al doing a good job but can’t stand the lady in the middle: short fake blonde hair. “Obama could have done more to sharpen the divide…. a mistake the president and democrats have made from the beginning is giving more than they should especially when public opinion were on their side.” —— thank you so much President Know-It-All. WIth your great wealth of experience and obvious intelligence, why aren’t you president instead of just a two bit barely there talking head?

      • 35 Doris
        June 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm

        Did her attitude or snark remind you of someone? Obviously, a member of the PL. This left teabagger can go suck a lemon. My President is doing a fabulous job.

  8. June 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    LOL at this Lisa: why aren’t you president instead of just a two bit barely there talking head?

    Yep indeed… barely there talking head. I like.

  9. June 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    The 450,000 donor mark has been reached and surpassed:)

  10. 41 Doris
    June 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Thank you DreamChaser for this beautiful animation. Just breathtaking.

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