NYT: The Obama administration has informed Democratic Congressional leaders that President Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner were starting to close in on a major budget deal that would enact substantial spending cuts and seek future revenues through a tax overhaul, Congressional officials said Thursday.

With the government staring at a potential default in less than two weeks, the officials said the administration on Wednesday night notified top members of Congress that a bargain with Mr. Boehner could be imminent. The Congressional leaders, whose help Mr. Obama would need to bring a compromise forward, were told that the new revenue tied to the looming agreement to increase the debt limit by Aug. 2 would be produced in 2012 through a tax code rewrite that would lower individual and corporate rates, close loopholes, end tax breaks and make other adjustments to produce revenue gains.

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  1. July 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Hey Chipsticks this just in from Twitter;

    pfeiffer44 Dan Pfeiffer

    Wrong. POTUS pushing for biggest deal possible, but nothing new MT @nytimes: NYT NEWS ALERT: Obama and Boehner Close to Major Budget Deal

    • 2 dotster
      July 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Yes, I see that NYT alert is being disputed. Who knows any more? Sigh. I did hear msnbc announce a few minutes ago that Standards & Poors is planning to meet with the House Repub freshman class, presumably to try to talk some sense into them.

      • July 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

        That’s going to be a waste of time.

        • 4 Bobfr
          July 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

          Probably, but Boehner only needs a few Republicans to join with the 181 Ds who voted against ‘crap and run’ to pass a ‘clean bill’ (and, perhaps even a major package).

          As to how motivated he is by now to cut a deal with Speaker Pelosi, well public statements such as this are obviously much more politely worded than what I’m sure Boehner is hearing from his Wall St buddies:

          “In its latest call for a deal, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce executive vice president for government affairs Bruce Josten wrote in a blog post today that “default is not an option.”

          “Failure to raise the debt ceiling would have calamitous results,” Josten wrote. “It would halt government operations, make our debt and deficit situation worse, debase the value of the dollar and threaten its status as the world’s reserve currency, and hamper U.S. growth and job creation.””


          Rusty, look, you can be out on the golf course for the next six weeks, all you have to do is say yes to Speaker Pelosi and she’ll be happy to buy you some golf balls (insert joke here) and send you on your way.

          Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

          • 5 utaustinliberal
            July 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm

            She’ll be happy to buy him some real balls so that when Eric Cantor and the teaparty release his limp balls from their chokehold, he won’t be left walking around with blueballs or a wrinkled, saggy orange oompa lumpa like mess.

          • July 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm


            I suspect he has the numbers now to pass a clean bill but he wants as many Republicans as possible some it doesn’t look like a Pelosi victory.

            Boehner has no wish to get crushed.

            • 8 Bobfr
              July 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

              I agree, derbingle. He also knows there is no way he comes out of this a winner and he may see a challenge to his remaining House Speaker, but that pales to what happens to him if he does not get a bill on the President’s desk that is veto proof, as you know.

              Intentionally forcing the US to default – which is what Boehner as Speaker of the House would be doing if he capitulates to the teabaggers is way beyond dereliction of duty.

              The President has all the remedy he needs in Section IV of the XIV Amendment to be sure that the US does not default.

              So, it’s not an issue of Boehner winning anything. It’s an issue of is he ready to be prosecuted for treason – along with a bunch of other teabaggers in the House. Because, treason it would be to harm the United States to the colossal extent that defaulting on our debt represents. That’s not hyperbole.

              Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

              • July 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm

                Reading all comments above, a thought occurred to me – should Boehner have to rely primarily on the democrats and loses his Speaker position, is he likely to switch sides and become a conserva-dem? There isn’t any possibility of that, is there? [Specter (or whatever his name was) switching sides so as not to initially lose his seat came to mind.]

                • 10 isonprize
                  July 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm

                  Yeah, except Specter lost his seat, and now we Pennsylvanians have Toomey. Sestak would have been GREAT if only his campaign would have actually engaged!!! Plus the Dems backed Specter out of some sense of twisted loyalty and folks just didn’t come out to vote like they should have… But, what the hell do I know?

              • July 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm

                Getting tag teamed by the President and his corporate base is not going to be a whole lot of fun.

          • 13 desertflower
            July 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

            Good one, Bobfr….especially the part about the “golf” balls:)

            • 14 HZ
              July 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

              Yes, I love that one Bobfr. Remember when Tim Geithner (in a recent interview) pulled out his small pocket size copy of the Constitution and proceeded to read the Section IV of the XIV Amendment to the interviewer. POTUS is not playing, and he sure well knows what his plan is in this entire debate. You are right, Bobfr, Yes.We. Can….DO.More.Together!” Thank you Bobfr for your brilliant comments.

              • 15 tally
                July 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm

                DID HE?????

                “(hey asshole) CONGRESS SHALL ENFORCE (you freeloading deadbeats to pay YOUR BILLS.)”


                • 16 HZ
                  July 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm

                  Yes, he did Tally with his fine self.(now the fine self is in my opinion.) But Mr. Tim Geithner can read numbers to me any day of the week. Just being a little flirt.

                  • 17 tally
                    July 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm

                    HZ weakness alert!!!!

                    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

                    • 18 HZ
                      July 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm

                      Tally, that is what I get when our POTUS pick all of these FINE men to work for him. Tim is one of my most recent confessions of weakness. Check out AF1 pilot, SS head detail man, Timmy, Reggie, Jon, David P. , Holder, romantic eyes Jones, and Rahm(gone, but still present in my head) and on and on. Ok, I am going to be nice now.

                    • 19 Tally
                      July 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm

                      Glad to know I’m not the only one who’s all about the ManCandyβ„’!! 😎

      • 20 carol
        July 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

        I’m not sure anyone can talk sense to them, but we truly need it to happen.

        • 21 57andFemale
          July 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

          I heard a few days ago that they laughed a Republican economist out of the room when he tried to explain to them about the coming calamity.

          How is it possible, however, that Boehner can’t find 50, 60 votes out of 242?

          • July 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm

            Exactly. The Tea Partiers I believe number about 80. I get the feeling the other Republicans not in that group are feeling the heat from Wall Street just as much as Boehner.

      • July 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm

        A little off topic but worth interruption. There are two of the most amazing articles written about our lovely PBO on BWD’s site. One is Esquire and the other is The Progressive? Sorry, I cannot remember the mags name.

        The esquire piece will poetic and will knock you off your feet.

      • July 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

        how do you talk sense into brainless boobs?

  2. 32 MTmarilyn
    July 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I think we will be going thru ups and downs until this thing is over. What a roller coaster ride.

  3. 33 Bobfr
    July 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I’m with Pfeiffer … nice try NYT … next time Boehner’s folk call, don’t answer …

    I’m sure Speaker Pelosi will be gracious enough to Boehner not to make him walk on his knees to her office ….

    Cantor, in your case, buy knee pads, buddie …

    And the beat goes on …

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  4. July 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    MT, I think all of us are worn slick. The stress of the debt limit and having to listen to people raving about Obama is killing SS and Medicare gets you down. It is as if we are living in limbo with no way out if this nightmare.

    Hope you are having fun Chips.

    • 37 MTmarilyn
      July 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      Everyone is trying to figure out what is going to happen and they hope the point they are putting forward will be it. I wish they would all just say it is being worked on and we will know when the deal it struck. I hate this 24/7 news cycle.

      • 38 57andFemale
        July 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

        We’re all on our last nerve. Imagine what Obama is going through.

        • 39 GGail
          July 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm

          I’m waiting to see the “white smoke” coming out of the White House, then I’ll know that the President has something to tell us about the situation. Until then I’m gonna wait patiently.

    • 40 HZ
      July 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      Good Morning and Afternoon dorothyrissman. I understand how you feel. I just had my quiet time and loud time in my little special space in my music room/library where I pray, meditate, pray for my TOD and BWD family as well as our President and his Cabinet and WH staffers. But as you say , we get weary on the journey, but we will pull through together. Remember this dorothyissman, most or nearly everything in life comes to us through human instrumentalities, and most of our trials are the results of somebody’s failure or ignorance or carelessness. However, we will make this taking our bumps one moment at a time. Our beautiful gift in the Oval Office needs our prayers, good thoughts, and constantly lifting him up in good ways to be strengthen, given wisdom, and courage to fight for what is good and right. We will make it. It will be hard, but we can and will overcome and win with a loving victory. Now you have a wonderful day. Love you back also, HZ

  5. 41 Doris
    July 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    July 21, 2011 1:20 PM

    Where things stand

    About an hour ago, the New York Times raised a lot of eyebrows with an across-the-top, breaking-new headline that read, β€œObama and Boehner Close to Major Budget Deal, Congressional Leaders Are Told.”


    • 42 utaustinliberal
      July 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      I’m just going to wait until I hear concrete news from the White House or from President Obama himself. The msm and their up and down speculation is enough to give a person high blood pressure. πŸ˜‰

  6. 45 Fred
    July 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    this is the time to pray for guidance from God and the Holy Spirit

    • 46 HZ
      July 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Good Afternoon my dear family member Fred. You are right in your statement. We pray and ask for God’s wisdom to be granted in our asking and His Holy Spirit to guide and grant the strength for POTUS to stand firm with his commitments to do what is good and right for all. I believe he will, and I know we have faith and hope for God’s best in this situation. I hope you are keeping cool in the heat. Love you back also, HZ

    • 48 Doris
      July 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Amen, I agree with you totally Fred.

  7. July 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    okay, seriously guys, this article must be shared. After reading it, I don’t know how I feel. It’s not a negative article, but at the same time, I don’t know how I feel about it:

    • 52 Doris
      July 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Lisa, I gave it a quite perusal. What are the points that particularly bother you? I have an opinion, but would like to know more of what you feel.

        • July 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

          Hey Doris! I can’t put my finger on it. It’s not a bad article, in fact on the whole the way it reads sounds good. Maybe my reservations have more to do with the “cold blooded killer/assassin” thing. I don’t know. I think maybe I’ll re-read it. ❓

          • July 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

            I think that I was just left perplexed after reading it and I don’t know why. Normally I read an article and I’m like: nope, hater. Or nope, there is some misunderstanding here. Or I can say yes, this makes sense i do or I don’t agree but I understand what is going on. I can honestly say that after reading this I think I’m perplexed, and I honestly don’t know why.

          • July 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm

            a few of the lines are snark. I think the writer is just referring to the conventional wisdom that is out there on Obama.

      • 57 HZ
        July 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

        Lisa, I also took a look and reaad the entire article. To me it is one opinion about our President with some facts, but I am not concerned about it. I have always felt a loving sincere, open honest, compassionate, an visionary person about President Obama, and I will continue to love him the same. I feel that President Obama is very sincere and grounded in his core values, and that is how he manages to govern daily. So that is my two cents. Be joyful and happy. We have been given a great gift from God to enjoy, pray for, and help him to help others. We will be fine.

        • July 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

          Yeah, totally HZ. I’m not worried at all, I just wanted to see if there was something wrong with how I was reading the article.

          • 59 Doris
            July 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm

            What HZ said. He’s so totally multi-faceted, I think we all see him differently. He’s hard to encapsulate and when folk try to do that they come up short. It’s like he’s something out of this world. We will study him for ages. As old folks used to say, his momma raised him right. He has a heart of gold, but he can be tough and unpredictable. Probably only Michelle really know who he is, lol. I don’t think I want to know, it would probably blow my mind. Having said that, I take folks opinion of him with a grain of salt and stick to what I’m seeing and love about him.

            • July 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

              ” He’s so totally multi-faceted, I think we all see him differently. He’s hard to encapsulate and when folk try to do that they come up short….”
              ——– Yes. Yes, Doris. This makes sense. It’s like when people try to pin down an Obama Doctrine based on a series of unrelated moves he’s made. They wind up more confused than they were at the beginning because they try to put him in a box: he’s an assassin, he’s a liberal , he’s a this he’s a that. It’s hard for people to write about him when they are used to 2-D characters and you’re right, even though the writer acknowledges that PBO is multifaceted, he still tries to put him in a box with the seven stories/plots of Obama. I think you are also right in saying that possibly the only one who truly knows him is Miche and himself. We really will still be wondering about how his mind works, what made him what he is, 100 years from now. I love this president. I honestly don’t believe anyone else could do the job he has done and will continue to do at this time in history. We are so blessed.

              • 61 Doris
                July 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm

                Lisa, I’m crying. You and HZ, girl. Isn’t he something wonderful. It’s too much for me to figure out, lol. Boy, I’m glad we have each other. Love you girlfriend.

                • 62 Lisa
                  July 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

                  Love u too Doris. Don’t know what I’d do without u all πŸ˜‰ hope I never find out πŸ™‚

          • 63 HZ
            July 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm

            No, I do not see anything wrong with how you were reading it, Lisa. You were just concerned with how it was registering within your heart. But be as calm as you can be, and know that we are a family here who listens to each other, share our feelings with each and try to help each other be as productivve as we need to be to get through this journey. Okay. Now please relax and do not get your pressure up. We are here for each other to discuss and help in any possible way that we can. I know that you would do the same to encourage me in my questions and concerns. Love you back also, HZ

            • 64 Doris
              July 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

              Have I told how much I love you lately. You always make me cry. I’ve got too much to do today and you have gone and got me all emotional. Thanks for comforting Lisa and me too.

              • 65 HZ
                July 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

                Doris, I do not want to make you cry, I just want to help in my small way just as I feel you would do to me. I just want us to remember to be here for each other because we know that not everyone wants to see our President succeed. I do not drink coolaid anymore, but I do try to drink a big cup of faith to help me get through the day. Believe me, I do not know how I would travel through this journey, if I did not. So I try to help when I can, Doris. Words are powerful. They can help to heal, calm us, oinspire us, or destroy us. But we are a beautiful family here, and we will stand with each other for the good.

                • 66 GGail
                  July 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

                  HZ, you are a beautiful person and I appreciate your words of wisdom. I’m also still smiling over your list of “hotties” you posted in an earlier post. May God continue to bless you HZ! πŸ™‚

            • July 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm

              Thanks for always being so gracious and kind HZ. Love you too πŸ™‚

              • 68 HZ
                July 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

                Lisa, your kindness deserves my kindness. That is what makes this family so special here. So be happy, and read as much as your heart desires, I always enjoy reading your comments and I know that from that, you know how to discern the goodness in an article and ponder on it until you are satisfied with the facts.

    • 69 desertflower
      July 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      That’s the article that BWD has up…it’s a good article. I think very realistic, actually. I know that I haven’t always agreed with the President on everything…why should we have to? I think the article praises the thoughtfulness, the toughness,the human ness of this great President.Just because he is at times puzzled by the seemingly contrary actions of PBO, I think that he is somewhat in awe of his greatness and ability to get hard things done…especially in this poisonous political climate.The man is remarkable. Let there be no doubt.

    • 71 PoliticalJunkessa
      July 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      I love it, Lisa.

      This sums it (and him) up perfectly:

      “We love Obama β€” even those who claim to despise him β€” because deep in our hearts and all over our lives, we’re the same way β€” both inside and outside our jobs, our races, our cities, our countries, ourselves. With great artists, often the most irritating feature of their work is the source of their talent. Obama’s gift is the same as his curse: He’s somehow managed to be like the rest of us, only infinitely more so. ”

      I agree with this, and I’ve often thought that even those that hate PBO are endlessly fascinated with him exactly because he’s living a boundless life — he’s totally himself and comfortable in his own skin. He’s fluid. He broke out of convention. He broke the mold.

      I like the article because it details PBO’s enormous gifts and accomplishments while throwing in just a dash of irreverence (which I think is very healthy — after all he’s only human). I also agree with the author in that in the future we will look back on this time with fondness and wistfulness. That’s why I’m trying to enjoy every. single. moment. now. Even in all the political madness, I recognize how lucky I am to be witnessing the Obama Age — which is really more about US and how WE will shape our future than it is about this one spectacular man.

      • 72 meta
        July 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

        Yes, PJ, exactly. I think it’s a good read because it challenges people to get outside their political ideology and see the man for who he is – an amazing individual who is making history and breaking stereotypes on a million different levels.

    • 73 prettyfoot58
      July 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm


      • 74 dotster
        July 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm

        Loved it. It was beautifully written, all encompassing, deeply thought. The writer made a giant effort to define the undefinable Obama, and I applaud this piece which dug beneath the surface. I thought when he said this about Obama, it pretty much summed up the whole piece for me: “He is who we hope we can be.” Yes.

  8. 75 desertflower
    July 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Just a little taste of what will happen, but hey, no big deal.http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2011/07/nobody-needs-this-crap-anyway-right.html

  9. 76 desertflower
    July 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Everyone loves Gerry:http://www.doonesbury.com/strip

  10. 77 Fred
    July 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    wtf 😯

    News Corp.’s Times Of London Cartoon Shows Starving Children Bemoaning Phone-Hacking Scandal Coverage

  11. 79 tally
    July 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    If you guys haven’t already – you should go read THESE COMMENTS at NYT:


    It will make you feel MUCH BETTER.

    • 80 tally
      July 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Here’s just ONE in a list of AWESOMENESS:

      reno nv

      In light of this weird prevailing notion that the government is like a household, let us look at what a Balanced Budget would mean to a household: No mortgage for a house – a mortgage is deficit spending;
      no car loan – a car loan is deficit spending; no Christmas presents on the credit card – credit cards are deficit spending.

      With a household balanced budget requirement, you can only buy those things for which you have available cash, so instead of buying a house and paying it off over thirty years, you have to save for twenty years to accumulate the full purchase price (you’ll get your first house about the time the kids go off to college.) Instead of buying a car and paying it off over three to five years, you have to save up until you have the full purchase price in hand.

      Let’s say that there is a great catastrophe in the land, such as a Hurricane Katrina or an economic recession/depression. Do you really want the government to say “Oh, sorry, but we did not budget for that, you are on your own” (which actually was the response of a Republican official in response to a recent catastrophe!)

      Government officials take an oath to defend the Constitution; taxes are constitutional – paying our already incurred debts is constitutional; fealty to Grover Norquist, et alia, is not constitutional.

      • 81 desertflower
        July 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

        I read them, Tally…I say let’s put THOSE smart constituents in office and get rid of the ones there that have no clue as to the oath they took, nor the responsibility they have…and to whom.

  12. 83 tally
    July 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    For the Tweeters:

    Where is the Congressional ETHICS COMMITTEE on the KING NORQUIST pledges? #DoYourFuckingJob #GOPFAIL #MEDIAFAIL

    • 84 Betsy
      July 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      Tweeted this. Thanks.

      • 85 Tally
        July 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm

        YW! πŸ˜€

        I am watching Larry O & Ezra Klein talking about King Norquist and his PLEDGE – and I WANT TO PULL MY FUCKING HAIR OUT!!!

        When is someone going to talk about how these people shouls still be in Congress when they hold this tratorous pledge above their OATH OF OFFICE?????

        Yes, the NYT had that great OpEd – BUT FOR FRAK SAKE!!! If one Democrat signed such a pledge the GOP would scream bloody murder!!


        ok – sorry

        Princess Potty Mouth is in THE RED TENT. I’m allowed. πŸ˜€

  13. 86 meta
    July 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    The family of Aaron Neill, Pastor Stephen Neill of Moneygall’s son, has set up a get-well page for him. You can sign here:


    Young Aaron has surgery tomorrow. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

    More updates here: https://twitter.com/#!/paddyanglican

    • 87 MTmarilyn
      July 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you meta, I just read your post on the other thread and was hoping you would update it. They are definitely in my prayers.

    • 88 COS
      July 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks Meta for posting the link. I signed it. A little OT, Randi Rhodes entire how has been about the Alan West issue. I am really glad that this was brought to the light.

    • 91 GGail
      July 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you meta! You’re the best for sharing this with all of us!!!! I signed it and bookmarked it so I can follow Aaron’s progress.

  14. 92 Doris
    July 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Chuck Todd tweet. Dem leaders summoned to WH at 5:30.


  15. July 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Voters in Ohio will go back to voting booths to possibly repeal Kasich’s psycho union busting bill:

    Also, in relation to the so called news that the WH and Bonehead had been close to a deal:

  16. 97 utaustinliberal
    July 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Hey guys this is from Think Progress via twitter : BREAKING: Military to certify Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal tomorrow http://thkpr.gs/qjP7Lh

    Freaking sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!! I wonder what Maddow and Choi have to say now. President Obama freakin ROCKS!!!!!!

  17. 101 tally
    July 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Poor Dan. What will he be angry about now?

    • July 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      He’s already moved on to DOMA. And was complaining yesterday that there was too many white folks testifying at the senate hearings on RFMA. So it sounds like he’s ready to parry from LGBT issues to race issues to keep himself in the spotlight.

      • 103 tally
        July 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm


      • July 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

        He’s just looking for another way to boost his profile. He complained about the witnesses bc he wanted to be one. Ugh. πŸ™„ can you imagine if that tool had been called on to give his statement? It would have been 2 steps forward for LGBTQ issues and 50 step backwards into “Let’s deny them their rights!” The guy is dangerous and a total and absolute toolbag. πŸ˜•

        • 105 tally
          July 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

          SO TRUE!!!

          Did anyone see the AWESOME Senator FRANKEN hand that douchebag Minnery HIS ASS yesterday regarding the meaning of Nuclear Families???

          My Dearest TOD Family – ENJOY!

  18. 106 tally
    July 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Just watching what’s going on with the Debt Drama……

    Obama reminds me of a fly fisherman… quietly patient, putting more bait on the hook……

    And for every minute the GOP delude themselves this won’t be a clean bill or they will get out of getting rid of the Bush tax cuts… a minimum of 10 people turn against them, and side with the POTUS.

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Even Norquist can’t control his own monster…… πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    • 107 Fred
      July 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      you are way too funny Tally πŸ˜†

      oh and Choi said he was gonna back that Johnson guy for President πŸ™„

      • 108 tally
        July 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm

        What Johnson guy??? seriously. who??

        • 109 utaustinliberal
          July 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm

          Gary Johnson former Gov of New Mexico who wants marijuana to be legal (I have no problem with that…. might as well tax it, get some revenue for the country), wants to repeal child labor laws, I don’t think he supports gay rights or he is kinda wishy washy on that fact, doesn’t seem to think that racism exists or ever existed, doesn’t think some of the teaparty rhetoric towards PBO has been racist b/c hey in the age of Obama racisim has suddenly disappeared into la la land and on and on and on.

          • 110 tally
            July 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm

            I say we legalize the lot of it, tax it to the sky, then we could grow industrial hemp and solve damn near everything from renewable fuel to fixing the economy. And the Oil, Lumber, Alcohol, and Cotton lobbies could have a 500 gallon tanker of STFU. I’m never going to do it because it’s LEGAL. Puhleese.

            But this dude sounds like a loon. I’m sorry – repeal child labor laws???? 😯

      • 111 Hachikō
        July 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm

        My dear Fred, why do you care what Dan Choi says? Choi has proven himself irrelevant. Just ignore him.

      • July 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm

        My question for psycho Choi: who cares? Johnson ain’t going nowhere and nobody wanted Choi’s vote anyway. Does he think his vote will influence anyone else’s? Who does that tool think he is? Oprah? She’s the only one America cares to have tell them how to vote, what to read, the best clothes and products to buy. Last I heard, she has ended her show and no one else has taken her time slot. Tell Choi to let me know when he’s been offered Oprah’s old job, maybe then I’ll care whether or not he breathes. πŸ™„
        ps- I miss Oprah. I wish I had the OWN network 😦

  19. 113 Hachikō
    July 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Hi TOD family. Hope we’re all surviving the heatwave. It’s awful here in NYC.

    Anyway, yesterday, ChristiM and meta posted information about Reverend Canon Stephen Neill’s son, Aaron being seriously ill and undergoing surgery. If you remember, Rev. Neill is the Anglican minister who traced POTUSβ€˜ Irish roots.

    His son Aaron had surgery to remove a brain tumor. Here’s the link to the Iris Free Press article about 14-year-old Aaron: http://irishfreepress.com/?p=33697 Thanks to meta for posting it.

    Today, I sent this tweet to Rev. Neill: “@paddyanglican Best wishes for a full, speedy recovery for little Aaron, Rev. The whole Obama Diary gang is praying for him. God bless!” http://twitter.com/#!/marabout40/status/94088349719080960

    Rev. Neill responded: “@marabout40 hey guys thanks so much for that πŸ™‚ God bless you all :)” http://twitter.com/#!/paddyanglican/status/94117716792840192

    I just wanted to pass on his thanks to the TOD family.

    Stay cool everyone!

    • 114 Fred
      July 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      we are melting here in Chicago Hachiko πŸ˜†

      send my best wishes to Rev Neil and my prayers to Aaron if you can please πŸ˜‰

      Hope all is well with you πŸ˜€

    • 115 MTmarilyn
      July 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you for tweeting for all of us. I signed the card too. They are in my prayers.

    • 116 GGail
      July 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks Hachiko. I signed the “Get Well” blog that Aaron’s uncle set up. Meta posted the link. I must confess that it is quite comfortable & cool here in Los Angeles – due to the heat dome that’s over the midwest and east coast. πŸ™‚

  20. July 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Rev. Al showed a clip of the Bonehead walking with a whole bunch of aides and press singing: “zippity do-da, zippity doooo.” You can tell the Bonehead was not meant to be in the spotlight. He’s so strange and awkward! But he appears to love all the fuss nonetheless.My advice to him: don’t get too comfy Rusty. You’re only borrowing the seat, the title and heck, by the time 2012 comes around, you’ll be bowing and scraping so low before Mz. Nancy from Cali, that you will even beg her to take your oversized ‘phallic symbol’ of a gavel too ( thanks Tally πŸ˜‰ ). Bonehead πŸ™„

    • 121 tally
      July 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      SERIOUSLY!!! Didn’t you HOWL when you saw the ridiculous SIZE of that thing???

      I instantly thought – well, now we know Orangetina has a needle-dick.

    • 126 Me4obama
      July 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      Lisa he was singing, Boner is an Idiot to sing with that Rusty Voice.
      OT: Cenk to be a special guest on Keith olberman and he is now claiming the whitehouse is the one that told his Boss that he needs to tone it down. I don’t watch Keith and I won’t miss anything he has to say about the whitehouse pushing him out.

  21. 129 Me4obama
    July 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    The President did an interview with NPR. He has a beeaaauuuutiful Voice.

  22. 136 COS
    July 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Hey Meta if you are still here, did you know that Romney had the nerve to be here at the Inland Valley Mall in North Hollywood in front of the empty stores still complaining and blaming PBO for empty lots and buildings. He is also repeating that same old lie about him creating jobs. He need to be stopped.

    • 137 tally
      July 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      WHAT??? WHEN???

      That douchebag is in MY hood????

    • 139 tally
      July 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      More importantly – THERE ARE THREE OF US IN THE SAME HOOD?????

      • July 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

        The Force is strong in us Angelenos.

        • 141 tally
          July 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm

          ’tis! πŸ˜€

        • 142 GGail
          July 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm

          We are mighty and strong! I also saw the City Rep there to refute Rommey’s appearance on television. So he was negated before he left the airport! LOL!!!!! We DON’T PLAY HERE IN OBAMA COUNTRY!

          • 143 Tally
            July 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm

            DAMN RIGHT!!!

            Mitts – go play over the boarder in AZ – although even there it’s getting a little purple.. πŸ˜€

      • 144 COS
        July 22, 2011 at 12:50 am

        Tally, I didn’t know that you were in my hood. So nice to know that you, Meta and myself are in the same hood. πŸ™‚ yes, that liar was here in CA today. He is totally ignoring the fact that his record on job creation during a prosperous economy was no. 47. I guess he is going to find all of the empty buildings in the U.S. and blame PBO.

    • July 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      Old dog, old tricks. Saw him doing the same thing last night on Lawry’s show. After he said something particularly stupid and pithy, his group of 5 supporters started to hoot and holler trying to sound like there were more people with him than there actually were. —– It was probably more than 5 but it sounded like 3. πŸ™„ Mitt’s a dummy. Can’t wait for PBO to rip him a new one. πŸ™„

  23. 146 Hachikō
    July 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Great news guys!
    Secretary of Defense & Joint Chiefs To Certify DADT Repeal Tomorrow http://tinyurl.com/3rm8mu9

    Woot! Woot! POTUS gettin’ it done!

  24. 147 Fred
    July 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Rahm walked out on Mariane Childers when she kept on asking about where his kids would go to school.He said HE is the mayor not his children and that they were off limits.She kept on nagging him some more and he told her to piss off and walked away πŸ˜†

    I was hoping he’d tell her to fuck off but maybe next time πŸ˜‰ she and Carol Marin are Pumas πŸ™„

    • July 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha! I was hoping he would say “fuck off ,” too Fred. His response to her was so demure and so NOT Rahm! What do you know, a tiger and change his stripes! Good for him! πŸ˜‰

      • 149 utaustinliberal
        July 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm

        Hahahahahaha. He was so demure in his “piss off.” Maybe if that PUMA – can someone explain to me what PUMA means? I know people call Hillary supporters PUMA’s but what does the PUMA mean? – crosses his path again with dumb questions, he’ll tell her in succint terms “fuck off.” I so love Rahm… ahem.. let me correct myself Mayor Emannuel and I sure have missed him, but I love that he’s holding a fundraiser for PBO and is staunchly behind him.

        • July 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

          My guess:
          Petty, Ungrateful, Mofo Asses. ——-> that’s just my guess 😐

          ps- Rev Al says Tom Joiner will be on the show with him tomorrow.

        • 151 MsKitty
          July 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm

          PUMA = Party Unity My Ass

          • 152 GGail
            July 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

            Ahhhh, MsKitty, lurking are ya? LOL!!!! Well, come on in – as you can see we are a lively bunch who lovessssss them some President Obama and his Administration and his Family. πŸ˜€

        • 153 nospin
          July 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm

          PUMA = Party Unity My Ass

        • 154 LunarSea
          July 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm

          Just to add that the PUMA (party unity my ass) is the acronym for the disgruntled Hillary supporters who resisted her call to unite behind then Sen Obama. They were pissed, not at her new support for him, but that he MADE her do it. (that jedi mind trick no doubt) Which is why these staunch Hillary supporters have been a thorn in PBO’s side ever since.

          Now to be clear, not all Hillary supporters fall into this group, just the die hard, ‘we will never play nice together’ crowd. And the name is what they called themselves. (cause they thought it was oh so clevah!)

    • 156 Me4obama
      July 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      She was trying to make a name for herself. Rahm Rocks.

  25. 157 tally
    July 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Filed under – HolyFuckingShit you must be KIDDING!

    – The Democratic-led Senate will be working through the weekend. The Republican-led House will take the weekend off -BECAUSE THE GOP ARE DOUCHEBAGS.:

    – The White House issued another veto threat today, this time over House Republican efforts to gut the EPA – BECAUSE THE GOP ARE DOUCHEBAGS.
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59596.html (apologies for the Politicao link)

    – Why is Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) turning down federal funds aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect? Apparently because he’s not a good governor. AND BECAUSE THE GOP ARE DOUCHEBAGS.

    And other good stuff over at my online Boyrfriend – Steve Benen’s column:

  26. July 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Just what is all this talk that the President and Boehner is near some deal. It’s all over the news, and it’s all over the news that the Democrats will not be happy. I can’t wait to hear what’s going on.

    • 159 utaustinliberal
      July 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      Hey anniebella, that was the NYT reporting wrongly that PBO and Boehner were close to a deal. Jay Carney during the press briefing today, corrected that false narrative and said there is no deal yet.

  27. July 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    From my twitter timeline:

    RT @pfeiffer44: @KevDGrussing There are lot of bad rumors and worse reporting today #truth #news #MediaFail ..!! #ShotsFired..!!

  28. 165 MeaBloom
    July 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Way off topic but I just saw some new photos of our lovey First Lady at the Extreme Home Makeover event and reading “Where The Wild Things Are”. Maybe someone else could post the link. Great photos.

  29. 168 MeaBloom
    July 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    It was AP images. Sorry!

    • 169 utaustinliberal
      July 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      Not to worry. Lisa has links to the Extreme Makeover Home Edition event attended by the First Lady. The links are on the “how wallstreet reform is working for you” thread. πŸ™‚

  30. July 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Should be a very interesting and informative program with Tom Joyner on the Rev. Al program tomorrow. Tom Joyner is a great supporter to the President. In fact, Tom had our beloved VPOTUS on a few months agao. Nice.

  31. 172 Me4obama
    July 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm

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