173 Responses to “the latest”


  1. 1 tally
    July 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I am so in love with Jay Carney.

  2. 3 Debz
    July 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you chips, I missed it before. I also love Jay Carney.

  3. 4 Debra
    July 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Obama 2012!

  4. 12 gc
    July 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    He is an amazing man. My sister emailed me last night. She had caught an old video of the Obama’s on Oprah. “They are so in love, they are so gorgeous, he is so respectful of her….” We are like 99% in awe, 1 % wistful 🙂

    Ms Maddow, you coulda been a contender. (OT)

  5. July 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Mom! We’re being good.

  6. 15 louc1
    July 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Wanted to say earlier – Have a wonderful time Chipsticks – you deserve tons of R & R! Enjoy yourself!

  7. July 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Oh that video is amazing. My favorite photo is the one where he’s reaching to shake the service guy’s hands. **Sigh**

  8. 17 Debz
    July 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Love the video, Debra!! My favorite photo…..all of the above. PBO all swagger all the time.

  9. 18 Ladyhawke
    July 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    President Obama didn’t endorse the gang of six plan itself because he hasn’t seen the details. What he wanted to make clear was that the plan mirrored the structure that he had been advocating all along. It’s the balanced approach that he was endorsing. At this point the only group not on board with the balanced approach is the House GOP. Their intransigence just got magnified big time.

    Obama tries to box in House GOP

    President Obama stopped by the White House briefing room, offering an update on the status of the debt-ceiling process. I’ve seen some reports suggesting the president endorsed the Gang of Six’s compromise, but that’s not quite what he said, and it seems to miss the point of Obama’s comments.

    In general, the president stuck to generalities, saying he’s seem “some progress” of late, and dismissing the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” charade out of hand.

    Specifically on the Gang of Six, however, Obama said their apparent agreement is “broadly consistent” with the approach he’s pushed, and praised it for touching all the bases — it cuts spending while increasing revenues, as part of a larger, significant debt-reduction package. He added that he’d still need more details before evaluating it fully, but added, “I think that we’re on the same playing field. “

    This, however, is what struck me as key:

    “So here’s where we stand. We have a Democratic President and administration that is prepared to sign a tough package that includes both spending cuts, modifications to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare that would strengthen those systems and allow them to move forward, and would include a revenue component. We now have a bipartisan group of senators who agree with that balanced approach. And we’ve got the American people who agree with that balanced approach.”

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_07/obama_tries_to_box_in_house_go030966.php#

    • 19 utaustinliberal
      July 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks for this info Ladyhawke. President Obama and the democrats have come to the table with multiple plans, willing to compromise on sacred cows such as SS and Medicare and the American people in poll after poll are recognizing who is the adult in this debate. The intrasigence on the GOP side with 14 days to go is unbelieveable. Children don’t act like this. At a point, children realize when they’re in the wrong and are willing to compromise to move on. Crying out loud does everything always have to be a battle? Raising the debt ceiling has always been a procedural vote with none of this posturing, intrasigence, stubborness and downright meaness that is playing out in front of the camera all because their top priority is to kowtow to the teabagger wing of the party and make President Obama a one term President. I hope the democrats keep this issue at the forefront of the public’s mind come 2012 because we all know how short the American peoples attention span is and how they suffer from political amnesia.

  10. 20 Ceb
    July 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    “If you’re tough you don’t have to talk about it.” This sums up PBO’s character and strength. He also said “I’m skinny,but I’m tough. ” What a man, what a man, what a man, what a man, what a mighty good man!

    • 21 CarolineAnna
      July 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Say it again now! (I’m dancing to that song riiiiiiiight now) God bless this President!

    • 22 Audrey
      July 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      That’s right! Really tough people do not shoot off at the mouth to prove they are!

      Jon Stewart the asshole take note!

      A friend suggested that someone in Murdoch’s gang must have something on Jon Stewart! He is suspiciously reverent and turns a blind eye to all nasty Murdoch news even as he tries to denigrate PBO for lstrange inexplicable reasons!

      God forgive me, but I now officially HATE Jon Stewart and I hope he is destroyed!

      • 23 hopefruit2
        July 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm

        Audrey you may be right… FOX NEWS probably cut a deal with him to push his false equivalency BS with the “rally to restore sanity” last year.

      • 24 dotster
        July 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

        I don’t hope he is destroyed, but he has become obnoxiously anti-Obama all the time now. I wanted to smack him last night—–his whole opening segment was mocking Obama, making fun of him. It was really ugly. I’m not sure what has come over him, but I have some ideas. But he is unwatchable any more, a smug, full of himself, unfunny, jealous, hate-filled person.

        • July 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm

          Ditster- I agree wholeheartedly with your comment. Sorry to say but Mr False Equivalent meme man has been dubious for quite a while.

        • July 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm

          He and his writers have been portraying Obama as wishy washy for a while now.

          • 27 Eleroy
            July 20, 2011 at 2:37 am

            Okay, I see how brave and courageous Jon stewart really is!!! This is the same guy who kowtows to Fox news and tries to suck up to O’reilly and the rest of the tribe!!! That Jon Stewart?!! This is the guy who has the nerve to call out the President?!!!

            Jon Stewart obviously has some serious skeletons in his closet and his skewed and distorted version of President Obama, most democrats (except the Jewish ones & the White New Yorkers amongst them) and black politicians as a whole exposes this little, spiteful narcissistic man for the weasel he is!!!

            I also suspect that he and Rachel Maddow have teamed up in their campaign against President Obama.
            but in the end, it is Jon Stewart and Rachel Maddow who will disappear into obscurity and relegated to cautionary footnote status if that!!!

        • 28 EDP4BHO
          July 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm

          I’m mean. I’d like to see him destroyed. Why not? He deserves it. They can call it entertainment, I call it riot inducing rhetoric. We have a very divided populace based on the color of a man’s skin. And anyone who contributes to that mob mentality in any way needs to be taken down a few. Seriously !!

          • 29 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
            July 19, 2011 at 9:03 pm

            You guys HAVEN’T figured it out yet? C’mon folks lets get with the program!! RACISM PBO’s opponents LARGE AND FAR!!

            • 30 Eleroy
              July 20, 2011 at 2:40 am

              And it traverses political affiliation too: conservative, republican, liberal, progressive the whole lot of them!!! Their racist attacks on President Obama cannot be dismissed or explained away!!!

  11. 31 Dakota
    July 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    OT: I just received this in an email:

    House Government Reform and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrel Issa has led one partisan witch hunt after another since his party became the majority and he became committee chair. But his latest grasping-at-straws attempt to shame Democrats has blown up in his face.

    Rep. Issa accused Democratic appointees on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission – the independent commission established in 2009 to investigate the causes of the financial crisis – of financial mismanagement, disclosing confidential information, conflicts of interest and unethically pursuing a partisan agenda. But the documents produced in this investigation not only failed to substantiate these claims, they actually demonstrated improprieties by some of the Republicans on the Commission.

    Now, Chairman Issa wants to brush it all under the rug and look the other way. We can’t let him!

    Join PFAW’s petition to the Government Reform and Oversight Committee now demanding that they investigate improprieties by Republican members of the FCIC.

    Chairman Issa and Members, House Government Reform and Oversight Committee:

  12. 33 ChristiMtl
    July 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Check this out guys, I’m shaking.

    Urging Obama’s Assassination is Lawful Online Speech, Divided Appeals Court Says

    • 34 ChristiMtl
      July 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      I tried to copy the link, it doesn’t work. the hell with that, I’m angry at the moment. I am sick and tired of the PL, angry left, Green, Hamsher, Choi or whatever sociopaths who treats the President as if he was a dog.

      Day after day after day after day, the same hatred, vicious attacks, Never ever they give him credit for anything.

      It’s not because you don’t use the n word and that you have a black friend that you are not a fucking ugly racist at heart.

      Disagree with his policies, fine, be angry, fine….but he is not a dog, he is not your servant,

      They way they treat him, I can’t take it anymore.

      • 35 utaustinliberal
        July 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm

        Wait….. A divided appeals court decided that urging Obama’s assassination is lawful online speech. Whaaaaaat???? When is it lawful to urge a President’s assassination? Heck if you send death threats or threats of anykind to a federal official you are arrested immediately. But when it comes to the President, we’re divided? Hey Christi could you get more info on this? It’s puzzling.

        • 36 ChristiMtl
          July 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm

          Here UT

          http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/07/obama-assassination-speech/

          He did this 2 weeks before the 2008 election, the ruling was today.

          • 37 utaustinliberal
            July 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

            Thanks for this Christi. It’s ridiculous that some lame loophole gives this a-hole his freedom. First of all he was specific in exactly what he wanted to do to President Obama. And he possessed the same weapon that was contained in his threatening rants. If everyone went around threatening federal officials and getting off on so called loopholes, how do you separate the frustrated from the truly disturbed? There was no precedent for that bozo getting off based on free speech. That’s just ridiculous.

          • 38 sam uk obama supporter
            July 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

            What the fuck!!!!! Unbelievable! I thought that threatening the life of a publicly elected official was a criminal offence. They may just be words written on a blog but there are people who are crazy enough to act upon those words even if it is not the author of the threat. By inciting violence against the President then surely they would be culpable should the unthinkable have happened. I’m afraid that the Judges’ summing up for the majority is the biggest load of bullshit that I have ever read.

            In my eyes a threat is a threat and there are enough batshit crazy people out there that could have acted upon this miscreant’s words. Thank God that no one did and I pray daily for the safety of your amazing President and his family.

      • 39 lisalovesobama
        July 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm

        this bullshit is sick and stupid. this country is going to shit because of psychos on the far left and the far right. You can’t even trust the damn courts anymore. fuckers 😡

    • 41 meta
      July 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      This is absolutely nauseating. How much more evidence do they need to prove that there is a crazy and hostile environment out there full of nuts who have proven they will cause harm?

  13. July 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    thanks for posting this, I’ve been out and missed the whole thing.

  14. 43 Fred
    July 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    lawdhammercy 😯 🙄 😆

    Bachmann Aides Shove ABC’s Brian Ross

    Michele Bachmann’s relationship with the press has always been tense at best, but it spilled over into open conflict on Tuesday as aides to the Congresswoman allegedly shoved ABC reporter Brian Ross.

    Ross was chasing after Bachmann after an event to ask about a Daily Caller story on her migraine condition. According to TIME’s Swampland blog, things went downhill from there:

    “That’s when things got interesting. Ross dashed after Bachmann, repeatedly asking whether she had ever missed a House vote due to a migraine. She ignored him. Ross pursued her into a parking area behind the stage. Her aides grew alarmed. When Ross made a beeline for the white SUV waiting to carry Bachmann away, two Bachmann men pounced on him, grabbing and pushing him multiple times with what looked to me like unusual force. In fact, I have never seen a reporter treated so roughly at a campaign event, especially not a presidential one. Ross was finally able to break away and lob his question at Bachmann one more time, but she ignored him again.

    Afterward, I asked Ross-a hard-nosed pro who nevertheless seemed slightly shaken-whether he’d ever been treated so roughly. “A few times,” he told me. “Mostly by mafia people.”

    TPM reached out to Bachmann’s camp for comment and will post their response.

    Update: ABC Vice President Jeffry Schneider condemned Bachmann’s behavior in an interview with the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent. He added that ABC has footage of the incident and will likely post it on their website soon.

    “He was certainly shoved around and pushed,” Schneider said. “It’s unfortunate when physicality is involved. He was just doing his job.”

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/report-bachman-aides-shove-abcs-brian-ross.php

    • 44 Karen Sr.
      July 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      Bachmann’s campaign strategy sounds a lot like Sharon Angle’s. She wouldn’t speak to anyone but FOX, either. The Not Ready for Prime Time Players.

  15. 45 meta
    July 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    OMG, these people have lost their damn minds.

    Allen West: Obama Supporters Are ‘A Threat To The Gene Pool’

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/07/19/272794/allen-west-obama-supporters-gene-pool/

  16. 49 Xtine
    July 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Allen West who? Developing selective amnesia with these idiots!

    • 50 meta
      July 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      I don’t blame you, there’s so many of them. Allan West is one of the new GOP Tea Party frosh Reps from Florida. He was a total idiot during the campaign and they elected him anyway. This country is in so much trouble, I don’t even know where to begin.

  17. 53 dotster
    July 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    If anyone caught my teabagger rep., Joe Walsh, on the opening segment of Hardball, you saw Exhibit A on the type of person you get when you don’t show up to vote. He may be the most obnoxious, lamebrained, unqualified, bad word, bad word to ever serve in Congress, and there’s some fierce competition. Sane people did not bother to show up to vote for sane Melissa Bean, who was never good enough for the PL types, but who was normal and decent and showed up to vote with Obama and the Dems on key votes. The hate-filled baggers did show up to vote and edged out Bean and we have this embarrassing disaster of a person representing our district, who is part of that nutty, uninformed, belligerant Repub freshman class in the House who is cluelessly causing all the needless obstruction now in Congress. He is a real piece of work and does not belong in our government. Disgusting.

    • 54 utaustinliberal
      July 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      I saw him Dotster. I was aghast at what an animal he was. He was ludicrous, ridiculous and just plain abhorrent to say the least. Everyone on twitter couldn’t believe that a human being let alone a congressperson such as he exists. Yuck.. disgusting. You’re right when you say this is what we get when idiots don’t go out to vote, but sit back and blindly listen to fools like Rachel, Ed, Hamsher and the like.

    • July 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      I know all about this fool that you are talking about. He has call President Obama a liar. This is the B.S. that this President has to deal with, these crazy fools like Joe Walsh, these crazy tea parties. Where if everyone had gotten out and voted we would had alot less of them to deal with. And maybe it would be Speaker Pelosi, instead of that orange cry baby we have now. I hope people like Ed, Rachel, and all those Progressive Liberals are satisfied with helping to ruin this country.

      • July 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm

        Did anyone see Rev. Al and another one of those Tea Party nuts. These people are not qualified to be serving in Congress. And the guy who work for President Clinton said that under GW Bush only eight millions jobs were created. In eight years, but in a terrible crisis, having to deal with crazy bunch of Republicans, people expect this President to have jobs following like river of water in two and a half years.

      • July 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm

        Hey Walsh is also a deadbeat who didn’t pay his mortgage. Yep, his district sent a guy to congress whose home was foreclosed on and he’s making decisions about the countries budget and financial future. He also barely won in 2010 — by little more than 500 votes. This is what the American people get. Those who voted for this fool and those who stayed home.

        http://www.chicagomag.com/Radar/Deal-Estate/November-2010/With-Joe-Walsh-the-Northwest-Suburbs-May-Send-a-Foreclosed-Homeowner-to-Congress/

        • 58 dotster
          July 19, 2011 at 8:22 pm

          He has a huge messy past, the foreclosures are only a small part of it. Our local Repub newspaper didn’t bother to report much of these truths. Many of us tried with letters to the editor and in comments online. But this was at the heart of the teabagger frenzy. They didn’t care about the quality of their teabagger, they were voting for him anyway. Walsh’s teabagger supporters were rabid, were obnoxious and disruptive to a League of Womens Voters lady who tried to conduct a debate and threatened her and her family afterward. They also threatened Bean and her family. These people are nuts. Really nuts. And we have one of them representing us in Congress.

    • 59 ChristiMtl
      July 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      I almost threw my remote at my tv screen. I was livid.

      Beside being a fucking animal. MAJOR psychosis here, did you guys see when he kept saying to Tweety:

      Your president, your president.

      No legitimacy to President Obama?? And this asshole birther is in Congress??

      Anyone who voted for this POS need to have their head examined.

  18. 62 Fred
    July 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    FLASHBACK: Rick Perry Once Supported The Largest Tax Hike In Texas History

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/07/18/271314/rick-perry-tax-hike/

    One Of Romney’s Top Fundraisers Is A Lobbyist For A Robo-Signing Foreclosure Mill
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/07/19/272677/romney-fundraiser-lobbyist-foreclosure-robo-signing/

  19. July 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Please someone help me understand the free trade deal, I support Obama but scare of the deal in-pack on working class people. The reason, the city where I was born, Alabama had about 10 factories Now we have one small plants, the town look abandon, crime and drug have taking over, the people have no hope for a better life, the high tech factories are 2-3 hours away, they don’t hire that many blacks. It hurt to see once a nice community go down the tube, because the job went to china. Fruit of the loom, (300 jobs)were one of our main plants , they move oversea but sells the product in walmart, target ect. This happen in city to city where I grow up. It hurt to visit, they was once proud people now they don’t have no jobs just Gov. hand out. In which the Gov. is now cutting out.

    • 64 professorx10
      July 19, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      The trade deals are more for the people overseas to buy our products. Selling our goods. Buy our made in the USA goods.

    • 65 Me4obama
      July 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      Dun, those where George W Trade deals that were unfair to American workers and helped ship Jobs overseas. The President’s Trade deals are endorsed by union leaders and the President wants those jobs back to the US. A little patience is needed to undo all the damage that was done by Bushy.

    • July 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      We are in a race with China to over take green technology manufacturing….these trade deals would help to ensure that we remain competitive in the manufacturing of these products.

      Short and simple when these countries buy batteries, solar panels, wind turbines and other green products we hope that these trade agreements will open the door for more opportunities to export these products.

    • July 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      Hey dun, good to know there’s another Alabamian onboard theobamadiary.com Express. Woot! Woot! 🙂 I don’t know too much about the President’s policies regarding trade other than to say I agree with what other posters have said. I do know that President Obama wants to bring manufacturing jobs back home to the U.S.A. He wants to heavily tax those companies that ship jobs overseas and give incentives to U.S. businesses that create jobs here. Lord knows, we need more jobs here in the state of Alabama especially in small towns like where I live.

      • July 20, 2011 at 12:45 am

        thanks, Alabamian for the information.

        • 71 majii
          July 20, 2011 at 3:49 am

          The president and democrats in the Senate want an amendment to these trade deals that will provide funds to retrain workers who may lose their jobs as a result of their approval by the Senate. After screaming at PBO and the WH to send them to Congress for months, the republicans walked out on the debates because they wanted no part in helping Americans who may be impacted by the treaties if this amendment passes in the Senate. Hearing this made me very angry at the republicans who are always trying to portray themselves as patriots. Please pass this information about republican obstruction on these trade deals to everyone you know, dun. I seem to recall reading the information I shared with you on The Hill web site, and the link gobrooklyn provided to TPV is an excellent resource for debunking the lies that are being told about these treaties. PBO isn’t the problem. He’s still focused on helping American workers. It is, as usual, the republicans who are against anything/everything PBO and the democrats propose, even if it will help the nation and its people on the path to economic recovery.

  20. 72 meta
    July 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Now nutcase West is going off on Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. He’s a violent creep.

    • 73 Fred
      July 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      such a douchebag

      Allen West Calls DNC Chair ‘Vile,’ ‘Despicable’ And ‘Not A Lady’
      http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/allen-west-calls-dnc-chair-vile-despicable-and-not-a-lady.php

      • July 19, 2011 at 7:17 pm

        Holy smokes he sounds insane.. he’s the same one folks wrote about earlier that attacked we Obama supporters??

        Boehner needs to take his crazy colleagues and get them in hand ASAP. THIS is BS.

        • 75 EDP4BHO
          July 19, 2011 at 7:25 pm

          That person is certifiable. I think it is only a matter of time before his own demons get the best of him and take him down. He is no laughing matter. Politicians don’t talk like that normally. I was reading one of the articles posted here today, and a side article listed the celebrity rethugs. Angie Harmon is one and she said that R’s don’t point fingers at people and they are class. Yeah, right, dumb bitch. Good thing I don’t know who she is, I’ve heard her name, but there is absolutely nothing good one can say about rethugs. And anyone who thinks so seriously needs psychological help.

          • July 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm

            Oh I know who she is: she was on Law & Order- brunette.. I heard that about her years ago that she was a right-winger.. one of the reasons I stopped watching. I’m so turned off by watching anyone when I know their politics are republican.. can’t help it 😉

            Some of these tea-bagging representatives are gonna have a huge blow out by the time the election gets here.. I think some of them are hanging on to their brain matter by a thread anyway- when POTUS starts kicking their repub Presidential candidate all over this country.. these kooks are gonna lose it bigtime.

            • 77 EDP4BHO
              July 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm

              As for rethug entertainers, I make it a point to call them out nowadays. There was a time when it didn’t matter, but with today’s racist crop of rethugs, I feel anyone who still identifies with them in any way, shape, or form, is not caring about the little person. Thus, I don’t find them entertaining because I cannot seperate who they are from the way their party treats my President. Pluck em all !

            • 79 Betsy
              July 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm

              She’s a “born-again” Christian and super conservative. I’m a born again Christian too, but a liberal. I wonder who God loves more??

              • 80 dotster
                July 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm

                She’s born again, alright. Just saw a photo of her when she was in high school, compared to what she looks like now. Not even the same person——major work done on all aspects of her face.

              • 81 EDP4BHO
                July 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm

                I’ve always believed that God is no respecter of persons, so these clowns have a bit to answer to for their malevolent views.

            • 82 COS
              July 19, 2011 at 9:03 pm

              Angie Harmon is now on a show called “Rizzoli ans Isles”. I won’t watch it anymore. B$$$$.

            • 83 majii
              July 20, 2011 at 4:02 am

              I do the same thing when I discover that an actor is a lying, racist, bigoted, far right republican/conservative, sherijrjr. I boycott every movie and TV program they appear in/on. I can deal with a real conservative because I’ve discovered that they share some of the same beliefs that I do, but I have no use for Nugent or Angelina Jolie’s old decrepit daddy whose name I make zero effort to remember. I will now add Angie Harmon’s name to my list.

          • July 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

            That Harmon woman is another Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

            • 85 desertflower
              July 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm

              http://www.superiorpics.com/angie_harmon/ Pictures for those who want to refresh their memory….she’s from TX.

            • 86 Eleroy
              July 20, 2011 at 2:46 am

              But they are not racists!!! They have “black friends”!!! LOL!!!
              I saw that idiot Angie Harmon pull that one out her ashole!!!
              She hates President Obama, and this is even before the man had spent a month in office!!! But she is not a racist you know, since she has black friends in hollywood such as Garcelle beauvais!!!

              The woman is pure evil, you can see it in her eyes!!! Racist bitch!!!

              • 87 majii
                July 20, 2011 at 4:22 am

                She may be “friends” with Garcelle Beauvais, but I hope she is never inclined to believe that Garcelle ever really lets her guard down in her presence. Garcelle makes conversation with her, but Garcelle knows exactly who and what Harmon is. I can’t recall the number of times I’ve held seemingly cozy conversations with people who have racist leanings they never restrained themselves from showing in their words and actions, but I can also recall the number of times that I ever trusted them enough to shared any of my intimate thoughts and feelings. My best friend is Anne. my former colleague, who happens to have been born white, and who rejected the tendency to classify and stereotype others on the basis of their race, religion, national origin, sexual preference, etc, early in her life. This made her a sort of odd duck among the other white teachers on the faculty in the red state of GA, so she asked me why they didn’t invite her to their social gatherings. I told her that it was because she has nothing in common with them. After I added some specific details to this statement, she began to understand why she was a social outcast among them. That Anne approached me instead of them to inquire as to why she was being excluded from their social activities shows the level of trust and friendship we developed over our years on the job teaching in classrooms next to each other, so when Anne asked me to teach one more year until she would retire, I agreed without hesitating.

                • 88 majii
                  July 20, 2011 at 4:27 am

                  “without hesitating one second. Real friends support each other when one of them has to deal with a difficult situation. I would have never done this for any of the others who were rejecting her socially because her views of the world are different from theirs.

          • 89 desertflower
            July 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm

            She’s married to Jason Seaborn….of football Giants fame.Beautiful on the outside, ugly on the inside

      • July 19, 2011 at 7:38 pm

        IOW: A woman who doesn’t know her place.

      • 91 Puddin
        July 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm

        That Norquist (sp?) guy was visibly pissed yesterday when he was on Chris Matthew’s show…he must have sent out a memo tell all of them to just go certifiable; be has rude, loud, obnoxious and despicable as possible….they were all super crazy today. The GOP is losing and they can’t stand it. OMG is this what we are going to have to deal with until Nov 2012?

        • 92 theo67
          July 20, 2011 at 12:52 am

          Yes – I noticed that they were all obnoxious and super rude, super crazy today. Explains it – they’re taking their marching orders from Norquist.

    • 93 majii
      July 20, 2011 at 3:53 am

      Has West forgotten WHY he is no longer an officer in the Army? Has he forgotten that he left the Army in DISGRACE because of what I would call conduct unbecoming an officer in the U.S. military?

  21. 94 Me4obama
    July 19, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I just read that Ron Paul said in the wallstreet journal that his sons want to meet the Obama girls. That man is an idiot.

  22. 107 Me4obama
    July 19, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Dick Durban just said the Gang of Six proposal will not pass before Aug 2nd deadline that means the President will end up signing a clean Bill and the Teapublicans will end up Big losers as always. I love my President.

    • July 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm

      Me too. Go ahead, Mr. President. He keeps exposing the GOP for the incompetent lunatics they are.

    • 109 meta
      July 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      The idiots stalled and stalled and stalled so they could play their high wire act and now the joke’s on them. I expect the theatrics to continue unabated until the last hour. These have to be the stupidest people to ever hold some of the highest offices of the land. Their rank ignorance, arrogance and cynicism turn my stomach.

  23. 110 Nellcote
    July 19, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Michelle Obama to Appear on ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,’ Promote Outreach to Homeless Vets
    July 19, 2011 1:39 PM

    ABC News’ Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports: First Lady Michelle Obama will tape her first appearance on network reality TV this week as a guest star in ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

    The White House says Mrs. Obama will travel on Thursday to Fayetteville, N.C., where she will roll up her sleeves and help expand a community resource center for homeless female veterans located just outside the gates of Ft. Bragg.

    The first lady’s participation is framed as part of the “Joining Forces” initiative she began with Dr. Jill Biden to provide support and recognition to military veterans and their families.

    George Verschoor, executive producer of “Extreme Makeover,” said Mrs. Obama will work specifically on a new greenhouse and a children’s playhouse at the center, the Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House.

    She is also expected to participate in a special project to honor the center’s founder, Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy veteran, he said.

    “When the first lady first saw this story, she was so moved by Barbara Marshall and the work she’s doing,” Verschoor said. “The first lady has said she not only wants to do something for the whole house… but she also wanted to do something personal for Barbara.”

    Marshall, a former chaplain, has served hundreds of women veterans since opening the center a little over a year ago, Verschoor said, but her center is only able to provide living accommodations to five women at a time.

    “Her problem is the house is so small,” he said. “So that’s what we’re doing this week: expanding the capacity of the house and to all of her resources so she can help even more.”

    The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.

    Mrs. Obama, no stranger to the television limelight, has previously appeared on PBS’s “Sesame Street,” Nickelodeon’s “iCarly,” Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” and a mix of daytime TV talk shows and late-night comedy.

    Her appearance on “Extreme Makeover,” which will air in October, follows a similar one by former First Lady Laura Bush, who was featured in a 2005 episode taped at a Biloxi, Miss., home damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

    • 111 EDP4BHO
      July 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      Now this I can wrap my mind around. Extreme Home is the ONLY reality show I’ll watch, frankly because it showcases real people with real problems, and dedicates itself to making better lives for them. God bless them continually, and God always bless our First Lady. Can’t wait, I’m so excited 😀 😀

    • July 19, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      I know you might get tired of me saying this, but I can’t help it. It’s the way I feel. I just think we have a wonderful First Lady. I am so proud of her.

    • July 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      Wonderful! My First Lady is going to be fantastic on that show — it’s tailor made for her persona. I know she will shine.

  24. 114 Me4obama
    July 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Barney Frank needs to sit down his Lazy ass and let the President win this game to the end. He just announced that he will not vote for the Gang of six proposal. Sit down and shut up and let the President Box the Repukes in a box.

  25. 124 Me4obama
    July 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Did you guys see the NBC polls? PBO has the upper hand and I want all this democrats to shut up and only go on the attack to the Republicans when they open their mouth and let the President do the Adult work.

  26. 128 EDP4BHO
    July 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Lawrence O’Donnell says Peeparty bill passed in House with 5 Dems voting for, 7 thugs voting against. We will find out who these Dems are and make their lives hell, right y’all?

  27. 141 Karen Sr.
    July 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    The Road Not Taken-David Brooks

    There was a Democratic president eager to move to the center. He floated certain ideas that would be normally unheard of from a Democrat. According to widespread reports, White House officials talked about raising the Medicare eligibility age, cutting Social Security by changing the inflation index, freezing domestic discretionary spending and offering to pre-empt the end of the Bush tax cuts in exchange for a broad tax-reform process…

    But the Republican Party decided not to pursue this deal, or even seriously consider it…….So let us pause to identify the people who decided not to seize the chance to usher in the largest cut in the size of government in American history. They fall into a few categories:

    The Beltway Bandits. American conservatism now has a rich network of Washington interest groups adept at arousing elderly donors and attracting rich lobbying contracts. For example, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform has been instrumental in every recent G.O.P. setback. He was a Newt Gingrich strategist in the 1990s, a major Jack Abramoff companion in the 2000s and he enforced the no-compromise orthodoxy that binds the party today.

    Norquist is the Zelig of Republican catastrophe. His method is always the same. He enforces rigid ultimatums that make governance, or even thinking, impossible.

    The Big Government Blowhards. The talk-radio jocks are not in the business of promoting conservative governance. They are in the business of building an audience by stroking the pleasure centers of their listeners.

    They mostly give pseudo Crispin’s Day speeches to battalions of the like-minded from the safety of the conservative ghetto. To keep audience share, they need to portray politics as a cataclysmic, Manichaean struggle. A series of compromises that steadily advance conservative aims would muddy their story lines and be death to their ratings.

    The Show Horses. Republicans now have a group of political celebrities who are marvelously uninterested in actually producing results. Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann produce tweets, not laws. They have created a climate in which purity is prized over practicality.

    The Permanent Campaigners. For many legislators, the purpose of being in Congress is not to pass laws. It’s to create clear contrasts you can take into the next election campaign. It’s not to take responsibility for the state of the country and make it better. It’s to pass responsibility onto the other party and force them to take as many difficult votes as possible.

    Full and better read here:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/opinion/19brooks.html?_r=1

    • 142 Bobfr
      July 19, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      When you’ve got a David Brooks talkin-at-ya that way, Republicans, you know you haven’t just gone of the track, you’ve left the known universe.

      We’re not talkin black holes and ‘through the looking glass’ kinds of gone, we’re talkin before the ‘big bang’ GONNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEE ….

      Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Togehter!

      • 143 isonprize
        July 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm

        Bobfr — YOU KNOW THAT’S RIGHT!! Brooks slamming Republicans. That’s when you know that are through!!!

  28. 144 Bobfr
    July 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Well, the Republicans in the House with 5 Ds voted to pass ‘Crap on the middle class and Run’ bill …. Interestingly, 9 Republicans voted NO along with 181 Ds.

    We know this trash has zero, as in ZERO, chance of ever becoming law.

    But, the value of it to all but a few lame Democratic candidates come this time next year, is incalculable but enormous.

    Onward!

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    July 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    • 145 Ladyhawke
      July 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      It’s just astounding that 5 Democrats actually voted for the GOP Cap, Cut and Balance bill also know as DUCK, DODGE and DISMANTLE.

      Last night Lawrence O’Donnell interviewed Robert Greenstein of the Center for Budget Policy Priorities to explained the implications of the GOP Balanced Budget Amendment. I would love for those 5 Democrats to watch that interview and read the post below and explain why they still think it was a good idea to vote for it.

      Greenstein Statement on the “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act” That the House Will Consider on July 19

      ==================================

      The “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act” that the House of Representatives will vote on next week stands out as one of the most ideologically extreme pieces of major budget legislation to come before Congress in years, if not decades. It would go a substantial way toward enshrining Grover Norquist’s version of America into law.

      ==================================

      http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3537

  29. 146 rockpopple
    July 19, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Hey folks.

    Did a political comic for some buds and they liked it, so I thought I’d just drop it here. Enjoy!

  30. 152 meta
    July 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    5 Democrats who voted for Republican BS Cap & Balance charade:

    Boren (OK-2)
    Cooper (TN-5)
    McIntyre (NC-7)
    Matheson (Utah-2)
    Shuler (NC-11)

    • 153 meta
      July 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      And bear in mind, this bill DOES NOT RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. In fact, it prohibits any increase until the Balanced Budget Amendment passes Congress. Which is NEVER. INSANE.

      • 154 Ladyhawke
        July 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm

        Saint Roscoe made such a good point today. He said the Republicans supported the tax cuts during the lame duck session in December. Then they supported the budget deal back in April. The tax deal and the budget deal both added to the debt. BUT NOW with all of that the GOP is against raiding the debt limit. Since it is the responsibility of congress to ensure our debts are paid, I think it is a violation of their oath of office to try and force a default. It’s irresponsible, Un-American and unpatriotic. I wish the media would point that out.

    • July 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      I think Shuler might as well go ahead and join the Tea-Republican Party. He is a disgrace.

  31. 157 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    July 19, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    C’mon guys!! All this BITCHING and complaining. We all know what we are up against. President Obama is taking these psychotic wingnuts to the WOODSHED with this Debt deal and everyone is GOING BONKERS with JEALOUSY and ENVY!! President Obama has stated many times the road would be ROUGH, HARD, and TREACHEROUS. He also said we would meet fierce resistance. Why is everyone on this board acting SURPRISED AND SHOCKED? We live in America where RACISM is practically a BIRTHRIGHT.

    Lets focus on the TASK at hand and re-electing this magnificent MAN. His accomplishments, deeds, personality, spirit, commitment to America, family, and GOD speaks for itself. Time to STOP the WHINING and be positive.

    Follow the example of our UNFLAPPLE leader and stop with the HYSTERICS and EMOTIONAL tirades and mood swings everytime you see anti-Obama rhetoric. Do you all see PBO going into tantrums with this totally uncooperative Congress? We will defeat the enemy as long as we STAY focused, diligent, and persevere. STOP THE MADNESS PEOPLE!!! KEEP HOPE ALIVE!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • July 19, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      Well said Keith, I feel I may have to take a break away until Chipsticks returns in 3 weeks.

      Every issue cannot be about Rachel Maddow and what she thinks the President thinks about or not about the LBGT community.

    • July 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Keith, I most definitely have to agree with you. Hear,hear!

    • 160 EDP4BHO
      July 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      IOW, don’t get mad, get even. Right Keith. I’m in !!

    • 161 desertflower
      July 19, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      We all love you, Keith:) Thanks for that smack upside the head…truly:) The other piece of this puzzle that people seem to have, not forgotten, but pushed aside….President Obama isn’t campaigning yet:) HE hasn’t packed the house and reminded everyone what has happened under HIS watch….I will especially like it when he reminds those with “selective memories”! When the crazies keep talking, and the only adult in the room speaks…well? No contest.I think 2012 is going to be HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 162 ChristiMtl
        July 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm

        You know what Keith, this is why I have so much to learn about President Obama. Sometimes I do get angry, yes, bad days, good days. Sometimes I can’t take how cruel people are with him, how unfair, the lack of respect, how corrupt the media is.I feel very protective of him. But I know that deep down, it doesn’t accomplish anything and I should follow his example more, he always remains calm and gracious.

        It reminds me of that part of A Singular Woman that we all read:

        The group took a walk, with Barry running ahead. A flock of Indonesian children began lobbing rocks in his direction. They ducked behind a wall and shouted racial epithets. He seemed unfazed, dancing around as though playing dodge ball “with unseen players,” Bryant said. Ann did not react. Assuming she must not have understood the words, Bryant offered to intervene. “No, he’s O.K.,” Ann said. “He’s used to it.”

        He is used to it and sometimes it makes me very sad that he is used to it.

    • 164 gc
      July 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      It’s kind of redundant for me. But I think a lot of people on our blogs complain and fret and STILL do the hard work. I can’t read too much of it because it depresses my energy level and I want to ostrich, not fight. The days polls come out, I skip most of my favorite blogs entirely.

      You are cool, K in C-bus. Good night!

    • 165 isonprize
      July 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      Every time you wanna bitch about an issue, go out an help someone register to vote. Find your local summer organizer and ask them what kind of help they need! Make some phone calls! Knock on some doors to get some “I’m in” cards signed. Ask your neighbor or friend to volunteer with you.

      WE CAN DO THIS!!

      “Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.”
      — Barack Obama

      • 166 gc
        July 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm

        And if you’re like me, not wanting the canvassing type of work, there is always data input and clerical. I need to finish up with my medical stuff this week, but will contact OFA to ask about these kinds of tasks the week after. And if I’m hpusebound for a bit, there are letters to write.

        • 167 isonprize
          July 19, 2011 at 11:28 pm

          gc, THAT’S what I’m talking about! Data input, and all the other stuff that will help get Barack Obama elected!! Plus, we gotta get the House back from these crazed lunatics.

          Yeah, we can fuss and bitch and moan and complain. BUT WE GOTTA DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!

  32. July 19, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Meanwhile back at the ranch there is Jonathan Turley- http;//jonathanturley.org/2011 disapproving and getting personal of MSNBC having Rev Al as an anchor. What a damn nerve. Do read…and give him some ‘twitter’ !!
    P.S Strange that he wasn’t moved before to write about all the lying scumbags,racists,propagandists and loose canons that we have to suffer through on a daily basis.

    • July 19, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Did Mr. Turley have anything to say about Mark Halperin calling President Obama a dick? He better leave Rev. Al alone.

    • 170 Eleroy
      July 20, 2011 at 2:58 am

      LOL!!! Funny Jonathan Thurley has no problem with the grand wizard, Pat Buchannan!!!
      Jonathan Thurley I remember as both Keith and Rachel maddow’s original go to person to bash President Obama in the early days!!!

  33. 171 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    July 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    We also have to remember that there are also DEMS on the Corporate take as well. One of PBO’s goals was to help clean up Washington. Meaning making special interest, lobbyist, and PACS less influential in the Capitol building. Well both Rethugs and Dems have their special interest. Not suprising that 5 Dems voted for this LUDICROUS legislation. Keep focused folks and watch, support, and spread the GOOD word about our Prez on twitter, facebook, myspace, and emails. YES WE CAN…..AGAIN!!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • 172 isonprize
      July 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Yeah, why you think Travesty, while not an elected official, is so pissed with Barack? Pres. Obama is messing with his corporate money!!! LOLOL 8) 8)

      OOOH, that means I gotta get another new voter registered tomorrow.

  34. 173 EDP4BHO
    July 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Good night folks. Tomorrow’s another day to be outraged, but ever more determined to kick butt. Peace all 😀


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