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sunday

See you all later today 😉


316 Responses to “sunday”


  1. 1 Fred
    August 7, 2011 at 7:45 am

    have a good day Chip 😉

  2. 2 mtmarilyn
    August 7, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. I pray the President has a beautiful day of rest and relaxation with his family.

    And may all here have a beautiful and peaceful Sunday.

  3. 3 mtmarilyn
    August 7, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I have written 2comments. Not sure where they went. I know on the first one I forgot to check in with my name.

    Just wanted to say prays for everyone and I pray our President has a beautiful day.

  4. 4 HZ
    August 7, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks and TOD Family. Hopeing and praying that everyone will have a beautiful Sunday. Rising early(could not sleep), so keep the mind busy. Going into some quiet time of devotional and inspirationl time for our TOD Family and our President. I am having my onw Sunday morning service at home today. I am thinking about Africa. Are you okay Africa? I am healing just fine. I will keep my faith close to my heart and my head for support as well. We are going to weather all of this TOD family. I will be praying for our strength, our patience, and for our continued support of Chips and our site here. We are truly a very blessed family here and at BWD. We give thanks Lord for our President, Vice President and their team. Lord, watch over them this blessed day, and give them wisdom in carrying out all of their duties for our nation and the world. Protect them and their families, and guide President Obama’s steps all along the way. Remove the haters, small-minded people from his path, and give him clear directions as he makes this long journey. Let him be not discourage, nor fretful in any situation, but let him be peaceful, focus, loving, and full of strength provided by your Divine hand. Let us not take this beautiful gift for granted, but let us pray for him, lift him up with our beautiful and postive spirits always. Let us focus on supporting him and his team laying out the focus for help putting Americans back to work, clearing the path for The Affordable Healthcare Act to service those of us who really need it, Lord. And Father as families prepare for their children to go off to college, Father please provide the grants, loans, and all financial assistance that they will need. Keep us safe, strong, and loving even toward our enemies because the fight is on and it is fierce, but Nothing is too big for you Father God. We humbly thank you for our lives this morning, and we pray for our service men and women all across the globe. Help us to love more, medidate more, pray more and do good things for those who need good things in their lives. We ask this humbly, Amen.

    • 5 collegekay
      August 7, 2011 at 8:21 am

      Amen!!

      Good morning all.

    • 6 Fred
      August 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Amen HZ.

      how are you? how did the treatment go? Had my 1st one on Monday and boy oh boy…
      2 nd one tomorrow morning for the next 5 to 8 weeks.I wish you a speedy and I mean speedy recovery

      Fred 😉

      • August 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

        HZ and Fred,

        Sending you good wishes and saying prayers for you as you go through treatment. I was in a serious car accident last year and underwent five surgeries as a result and extensive rehab so I can imagine what you’re going through. God will see you through. He did it for me.

        • 8 HZ
          August 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

          Oh, thanks so much proudofobama. I am hoping that you are doing fine also. Please take care , and I will remember to lift you up in my prayers as well. I know that God will see you, Fred, and me through all of this. He has never failed me in my most demanding hours of physical difficulties. Thanks Proudofobama.

        • 9 Fred
          August 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

          thank you so much POO for your wishes;Yes He always does

        • August 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm

          I will join proud in saying best wishes to both of you.

      • 11 HZ
        August 7, 2011 at 11:37 am

        Hi Fred. Thanks for asking. The procedure went fine. The doctors and their staff were excellent which is always a must for me. I am eating with more of an appetite now which is better for me. I feel better as each day produces more strength. Yesterday, I was moved by the goodness of the angels of strength to do some things in my dining area of my home. I have a follow-up appointment on Wed. I will see what is next. Fred, I will certainly pray for your treatment for Monday. You are in my prayer book. Ok? We will make these things work because we have so much love and beautiful hearts in our TOD Family. So know that, okay. Love you back also, Fred.HZ

        • 12 Brian
          August 7, 2011 at 11:50 am

          I’m so glad to hear that you are doing well, HZ. You are one of the pillars of this site, and I will always be grateful for your kind and wise words.

          • 13 HZ
            August 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm

            Brian, thank you. I am counting on being fine going forward. You know, Brian, we have the most beautiful, sturdy, gracious, and millions of wonderful foundation made up of strong respectful pillars of any site in the world, thanks to our Builder Chipsticks and our great Architect, our President Barack H. Obama. With pillars like you and all the rest of us, we are blessed to have such a wonderful and beautiful Family Building, The TOD Family Bldg.. Thank you, Brain.

        • 14 Fred
          August 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

          glad it went well HZ.It is important that you regain as much strength as possible and eating does that.Take it easy and let us know how the follow-up appointment goes.Thank you for the prayers HZ.Yes even from our keyboards we are doing work for the President and our Country 🙂

        • August 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm

          Wishing you the best at your next visit, HZ.

    • 17 EDP4BHO
      August 7, 2011 at 10:44 am

      Amen HZ. What a beautiful prayer, as are so many prayers given on this site. I had my own meditation and prayer session as well this morning. Giving thanks to the Almighty for his many blessings, and the prayer I have for PBO and Admin. is:

      I pray that through his administration, in our country and around the world, justice would run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream. Amos 5:10

      Stay strong, and that is especially for those here who have recently gone through or are going through health challenges.

      • 18 HZ
        August 7, 2011 at 11:44 am

        Good Morning EDP4BHO. Thanks for your comments. I love the book of Amos.(The Fig Picker) I am always ready and willing to pray that prayer in Amos. We will continue to pray for our leaders in this country and around the world so that we all may live a peaceful life.
        Yes, we have many here in our family who also are going through some difficult times, but we will continue to pray and lift each other up with kindness and a word of encouragement. Love you back also. HZ

    • August 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      Very good go see you back HZ- get well soon and take good care, thank you for your prayers~

  5. 20 Ladyhawke
    August 7, 2011 at 8:22 am

    THIS IS A VERY GOOD SIGN:

    I have noticed in the last few weeks twice when the Democrats have forcefully called out the media for not asking the right questions and pushing a both sides do it meme. The first time I saw this in action was at a press conference with Majority Leader Reid, Senator Schumer, Senator Boxer, Senator Rockefeller, and Whip Steny Hoyer about the FAA re-authorization stalemate. There was some righteous indignation and reporters got a ear full. The press conference was about 35 minutes fierce advocacy for the American worker.

    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/FAAReaut

    The next time I saw this push back in action was with Senator John Kerry appearing on Morning Joe. If you have about 15 minutes to spare, you will be impressed with how Senator Kerry dresses down the media for sloppy and one-sided reporting. I am going to send this video to DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and ask her to ensure all Democrats view it and follow suit when ever possible.

    (Video) John Kerry’s prophetic plea: don’t allow tea partiers on the debt ‘super committee’

    ————————————

    On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, Sen. John Kerry dressed down the media for giving equal time to mad people who think defaulting on the debt is a good thing. But that’s not the most important thing he said.

    Kerry also implored his Republican colleagues not to allow the extremists whose mania for slashing government and refusal to allow a dime’s worth of revenue to come out of the pockets of the rich, onto the “super congress” that will try to negotiate a grand bargain on debt and deficits (if it isn’t declared unconstitutiional before it gets a chance.)

    Why? Because if the tea party faction has its way, the Republican side of the bipartisan commission will be stacked with anti-tax, anti-government lunatics of the same stripe who brought us America’s first-ever credit downgrade.

    ————————————

    http://blog.reidreport.com/2011/08/video-john-kerrys-prophetic-words-dont-allow-tea-partiers-on-the-debt-super-committee/#more-26038

  6. 21 dotster
    August 7, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Today Show doing a hatchet job on President Obama again today. Jenna Wolf just asked David Gregory, “How big of a blow is the S&P downgrade to the president?” And Gregory expounded about the loss of prestige and respect from around the world etc. etc. etc. And then they seemingly tried to link Obama to the horrific loss in Afghanistan yesterday. The RNC couldn’t have programmed it any better. I know that the administration thinks it’s wiser to not have the president address the S&P decision directly, but I’m not so sure. I always think it’s better to hear his calm, clear, truth telling thoughts rather than allowing the media to frame everything in their distorted way.

    • August 7, 2011 at 8:29 am

      the media is absolute crap. how quickly they forget the cause of the SAPs debacle. Nice to see where their priorities are though. All about tearing this president down.

    • 23 utaustinliberal
      August 7, 2011 at 8:44 am

      The same thing happened on the Chris Matthews show this morning. Chris kept yapping up and down “Obama is weak, Obama is timid.” He needs to to a big jobs bill. Not once did his panel of idiots, Gloria Borger, Dan Rather, Andrew Ross Sorkin and Rania Foorqua (?) mention that bills originate from congress. Congress is the legislative body. And this congress that we have thanks in part to people staying at home and pundits preaching doom and gloom and telling people to stay home doesn’t seem to realize that a jobs bill and an infrastructure bill would be beneficial for the country and the economy. The panel never pointed out that we have this intractable minority of nutjobs who were ready to let this country default all because they want President Obama to be a one term president. Dan Rather yepy telling that President Obama should get in front of congress and the American people and just yell, yell, yell. That’s all he should do. Yell and then yell some more so that the American people will realize he’s strong and macho. I wanted to slap Rather for his abject stupidity. After President Obama yells, then what? He just yells but proposes no solution? How is that productive? How does that reassure the American people? After Rather offered that stupidly “astute” political piece of drivel; Chris then added “Yeah… absolutely. Give ’em hell Barry!” That just ticked me the fuck off. Really ticked me off. It was like he was their whipping boy. The lack of respect and doublespeak was frustrating. First they said PBO was anti-big business, anti-wallstreet, and was stifling growth; then they said he was too close to wallstreet, that the middleclass doesn’t trust him, that he’s a big corporation guy. Then Chris released a poll where he had asked his 12 regulars who the middleclass trusted to fight for them and rein in wallstreet. PBO or the current crop of gop presidential candidates. 10 out of 12 of them said PBO!!! And some of the bumbling idiots in the room were part of the 10 who ticked the box for PBO. The idiocy of “expert analysis.”

      • 24 Ladyhawke
        August 7, 2011 at 8:57 am

        I think we need to send Tweety this article to read.

        PLEASE CUT THE CRAP: More Politics 101: Obama is SMARTER Than Us!

        http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/2011/08/more-politics-101-obama-is-smarter-than-us.html

        • 25 Sue in Minnesota
          August 7, 2011 at 9:47 am

          So they want an angry President…will they give him the luxury of a “tax credit.” Personally I think President Obama is capable of being angry, but I don’t think they would like or could handle what he can bring.

          These people don’t get President Obama do they? Either not very astute observers, or insisting on seeing what they believe.

          • 26 Obama Grandmama
            August 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

            The reason S&P gave for the downgrade was the need for the governing body to get along enough to work together, that they are at an impasse. I know the buck stops here with the President, BUT it takes two to tango. If the opposing party only obstructs and tries to create or manufacture crisis when we already have enough how in the world can the media blame it on the Prez especially when he had been warning Congress repeatedly to get it done? What scares me most is people, even smart people who are busy and not paying attention listen to the media and believe what they say. That is where I think we have to step in with holding the media accountable.
            Just heard on NPR this morning about the religion rally in TX with Rick Perry having drawn 30,000 people. Looks like he will announce soon. It seems this rally may have been his attempt to nail down the religious right vote. I think we may need to find all the negatives and questionables about Perry incase he ends up the GOP candidate. I do remember a succession speech, refusing the stimulus then taking it and using it to pay down state debt instead of for jobs. Anyone else remember or have info?

            • August 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm

              That texas cowboy prayed for Obama yesterday–what bullshit. Oh, and he prayed for his safety. What in the hell is that about. Subliminal powers maybe.

            • 28 Sue in Minnesota
              August 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm

              At least the voices on the internet recognize the misdirected impacts of the MSM. I do also think it is alarming that millions of Americans with busy lives, are exposed to MSM’s influence and ingesting this junk food without critical thought.

        • August 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

          Good idea. I send him stuff constantly but he never responds by talking about it on his show. None of the msnbc hosts ever acknowledge anything that is supportive of PBO. Maybe we could crush them with a tons Milt’s piece.
          Chris has always been a fair weather friend. Mostly he is a jackass. MSNBC constantly has Howard F.,the biggest ass, on his show.

          The NYT editorial today was Obama has to step up. I get so tired of it. It’s all PBO’s fault. I try to think about it rationally–everyone is freaked and they are looking to Obama to be the savior. I do not know if that is even possible. Two other nasty articles about him. Of course the ice queen, Dowd, is back on her BS. How in the bejeezes is he supposed to solve this?

        • 30 Obamappreciator
          August 9, 2011 at 12:25 am

          Ladyhawke,

          That was one of the best, most exhilarating political reads I’ve encountered in months! It’s sooo good to have the PL/faux-gressives called out for the GOTP-enablers they all too often tend to be. Tell you one thing: the author makes me feel really, really glad all over again that I voted in last November’s midterms (especially since I live in California–we could have ended up with Gov. Meg Whitman {{shudder}}. I think that the Faux-gressives who sat out that election–to “teach Obama a lesson”–and then have the chutzpah to continue complaining about the President since then are in many ways as bad as the Teabaglicans. Maybe worse, come to think of it.

          Thanks so much for providing that link. 🙂

      • 31 Sue in Minnesota
        August 7, 2011 at 9:00 am

        Scizophrenia! Why aren’t they on their meds!

        I also wonder who rents the space inside their heads……paid not to apply critical thinking by their corporate masters…..they serve no valuable purpose.

      • 32 Lovepolitics2008
        August 7, 2011 at 10:08 am

        It’s the myths of Reagan and LBJ at work. LBJ passed the civil rights because he “twisted arms”. Regan fired the air traffic controllers. They were “strong”. Kennedy entered the legend too when he defied the Military and saved the world from a nuclear war. These events are absolutely entrenched in the collective american memory. And they cemented a FANTASY that the President is very powerful when in reality the Constitution makes him much less powerful than a Prime Minister in a parliamentary system.

        You would hope that if ordinary people buy into that myth, at least national journalists or “pundits” , who’ve watched the game being played for years, who are SUPPOSED to know history, would be able to put things into perspective. To take into account the fact that LBJ benefitted from a better majority and from a LARGE civil rights movement… To take into account the fact that the republican party of today has been highjacked by their extremists… etc etc… But no. They’re as blinded by fantasy as the generic american voter. Sadly, one reason that national pundits are not able to put things in perspective is, in my opinion, because the media rewards mediocrity. Excellent journalists don’t make it to the top. People who do are the stenographers, people who don’t do anything to upset their “bosses”, people who accept to play the game in order to move up. Look at who are the stars of a giant like CNN: John King ( !!! ), Wolf Blitzer ( !!! ). I mean… they wouldn’t be worthy of lacing the shoes of Walter Crondike…

        Have you guys seen “Broadcast News” , an old film (1987) starring William Hurt. It depicts the world of national media pretty harshly. It was probably very accurate and the media has WORSENED since…

        • August 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

          LBJ had to wait his own party out 83 days to get anything on Civil Rights. In fact he suspended Senate business. They were very good at bottlenecking anything that had an inkling of not being watered down. That better majority consisted of some hardcore dyed in the wool racists who bolted after he signed the bill.

      • 34 Roberta in MN
        August 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

        Thanks for the update. I started watching and turned it off. Now I don’t have to. I am following you on twitter. Mine is @bertinMn

    • 35 Ladyhawke
      August 7, 2011 at 8:47 am

      Of course, they have their narrative and they are sticking with it . Either they didn’t do much research, or they just decided to ignore anything that didn’t support their narrative. It’s really astonishing how the only person that ever gets blamed for anything that happens is President Obama. Meanwhile, it was the Republican Party that had the bright idea to hold the country hostage and insist on no revenues.
      So the S&P downgrade is only a problem for President Obama?? Unbelievable. A simple google search produced the articles below.

      Russia to ‘Ignore’ U.S. Credit Downgrade as U.K., France Voice Confidence

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-06/european-nations-rally-to-voice-backing-for-u-s-after-s-p-cut.html

      Asia, Europe to ‘Stick It Out’ With U.S. Debt After S&P Cut

      http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-08-07/asia-europe-to-stick-it-out-with-u-s-debt-after-s-p-cut.html

    • 37 Fred
      August 7, 2011 at 9:16 am

      David Gregory is a known Republican shill so doesn’t surprise me as for Gloria Borger;she’s been getting out of pocket for a few weeks now too
      we need to tweet Gregor and call Tweety out because he should damn know how the Legislative process works and remind his selective memory that the President signs Bills into Law and that it’s the Congress who writes the Laws and can someone remind his butt that the Democrats got about 10 Jobs Bills that were shot down by the Teahadists

      really these Teahadists and their shill exhaust me

      • 38 HZ
        August 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm

        Fred, I am constantly telling David off because of his bias reporting. He is lazy, in my opinion. Can’t stand him. These people are going to have justice come down upon them. You just can’t continue to lie, lie, and hurt people with the lies.

    • August 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      who in the administration said the president shouldn’t address it directly?

  7. 40 dotster
    August 7, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I see crazy Rev. Hagee, who spoke at Rick Perry’s Prayerfest yesterday, compared Perry to Abraham Lincoln!!! Yes, they’re just alike. OMG! This is the Hagee who has shared all kinds of nutty, disturbing, ugly opinions denigrating Catholics, Jews, Muslims and, oh yah, gays caused Hurricane Katrina. This whole thing is very disturbing to me, this attempt to intermingle politics and religion. And can anyone explain the appearance of all those black pastors on stage alongside Perry and Hagee? What could they be thinking, if anything?

    • 41 Sue in Minnesota
      August 7, 2011 at 9:12 am

      IMO they are not true spiritual leaders. They are opportunists using religion as a means of fleecing their flock, organizing their useful idiots to support and propel their own power grabbing agendas. Blasphemy. They disgrace true Christians.

      • 42 HZ
        August 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

        You know Sue and Dotster, I was in my devotional time of music, prayer, reading, and tears, and I was restless for a few minutes. Then in closing, I turned to a section about false teachers and fake spiritual people/leaders.(leaders to where I always ask), These people really need to stop this crap. Power hungry people. Listen to Frank Schaffer write about these people. They want that power of the politics. These old men who dummy down the scriptures for their own greedy purposes. make me ill. I am not calling names, but I know of some of the big names who are pushing this mess. They really do need to stop mixing religion and politics. These hateful, ugly, and vile comments about this President sure as hell do not sound like Jesus teachings. Excuse my language. I saw Perry’s picture up there praying and raising his hands all up in the air just pissed me off. Yet look at what is being reported daily almost about how he is treating people in his own state with his ugly actions. Enough of the mocking God. God is going to deal with these suckers. I am pissed now. I hate that mess when they pull this stuff out of their little dirty bags. “Well, if we call Jesus name and say this long prayer and call for a renewing of our nation…etc…” the people will come out and vote for me.” In my opinion, they are ‘those fallen evil angels that God threw out. Right-wing, wrong heart winger’, I call them. Well, this crap is going to come back abd bite them in the behinds real soon. I am so pissed, I am going out to Sees and help the economy for my President and all of the people who need our help in the job market. Yes, I am going to buy 30 Butterscotch lollipops in a few minutes. Love you all back also.HZ

    • 44 Lovepolitics2008
      August 7, 2011 at 10:28 am

      The crazyness of the dominionist movement isn’t exclusive to white people. There are a few black churches caught up in it. Fortunately, they are a tiny minority.

      Looking at the push for a Perry candidacy, I wonder… I think the corporate establishment is furiously searching for the right person to put on the republian ticket as the VP candidate, in the case Romney or Huntsman wins the nomination. The #2 has to excite the evangelicals and make them accept to vote for the mormon presidential candidate. And, of course, the establishment don’t want a repeat of the “Palin” problem. They’ll do anything to block Bachman, COUNT on it. Perry is trying to position himself I think. The establishment will go for Perry, Rubio or Huckabee.

      Another possibility is that they are juggling with the idea of pushing Perry into the Presidency, but use him as a figure head and control things behind the scenes . A repeat of the Presidency of Bush 43.

      I hope americans wake up and don’t fall for any of it. In a sane world, Barack Obama would cruise to a second term. In the craziness that we are witnessing, it will be harder. But he will prevail.

  8. August 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

    john Kerry on and he’s fricking stellar. so focused. David Gregory is an assmonkey. hate him so much. 😕

    • August 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

      jphn mcbaneofmyexistence is lying on PBO. wow.

    • 49 Sue in Minnesota
      August 7, 2011 at 9:16 am

      David Gregory is hugely creepy. Honestly, the main reason I quit watching was I couldn’t stand his looks, even more than I didn’t like his attitude.

      • August 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

        i don’t usually watch this crap. I only did it bc of Kerry and Goolsby. That’s it. Mcbainofourexistence saying withdrawal is a bad idea. At least Gregory is slightly calling him on his bs.

    • August 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Lisa,

      I saw Sen. Kerry and he was so awesome. He has been on point with every appearance. He has not held back blasting the tea party. He called the S&P action a “tea party downgrade.” I’m going to try to get that to trend on twitter. As for McCain, I send Gregory a tweet abt how glad I am McCain lost and that it’s such a shame he’s still sooooo bitter about it.

  9. August 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Lisa, I want that assmonkey off Meet the Press like yesterday.. I think Lawrence O’Donnell would be a better fit.. Does anyone know about the ratings for assmonkey gregory?

    • August 7, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Lawry would be better. I don’t know what his ratings are, but I hope they are horrible. Can’t believe he booked that Obama hating bitch to go up against that John Castillanos(sp) CNN contributor guy……. well maybe I can, he wanted a repug and a professional nincompoop’s opinion of PBO: “oh, he’s a failure, he’s a loser, he needs therapy.” —– At least Assmonkey will finally have guests who agree with each other. Disgusting ratfaced fink. 😕

  10. August 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

    oh, fuck. it’s a round table with goolsby, greenspan, the bitch and the repug. shit. should I watch? If I do I’m afraid I’ll dig out my eyes. I haven’t watched that bitch since I declared war on her the day before she called PBO a liar on national tv. 😕

    • 55 Sue in Minnesota
      August 7, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Oh Rachel! Honestly I have a weak constitution, I gave up these shows a long time ago. They screwed with my outlook, wasted a lot of time being wound up and mad.

      Whatever you decide, do not gouge out your eyeballs 😯

      • 56 HZ
        August 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

        Oh, I know I am waiting for Sees to open. Lisa, you will need a lollipop after watching that liar . Also, Sue would you like for me to pick up a few for you as well. They also have Vanilla and Latte, I think. I will get 60. In that way we will have some more sweetness to enjoy as we talk about the sweet POTUS, FLOTUS, and VPOTUS and SLOTUS. That should send a little something into the economy. I am serious, however, I probably will eat them all by this time next week. There goes the Affordable Healthcare Act. Stomachache, visit to doctors, more jobs. I also have a very good supplemental that is very high that I have to maintain each month. Work the job creations. Healthcare hired more jobs this time around, right?

        • 57 Sue in Minnesota
          August 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

          HZ ,girl you are on fire today. Clearly you are on the mend and coming back better than ever. You deserve a treat today and everyday as a return for what you so generously share with this world, your loving yet indomitable spirit. If 60 lollipops is ‘good medicine’ go for it. Where do I send my donations for the lillipop fund?

    • 58 isonprize
      August 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

      How’s that ‘no more cursing’ going for you, Lisa??? 😆 😆 😆

  11. August 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Good Sunday Morning Everybody,

    Thank you Chips for this blog and welcome back.

    I don’t quite remember how I came to your blog. I don’t even remember my first post. But what I know is that this has been a haven for me in more ways than you will ever know. Not only does it give me the room to unabashedly support my president and share with people who feel the same way, it has been a support group of sorts for me.

    I can’t thank you enough for the breadth of information you bring us daily. Similarly, I am grateful to be a part of a diverse group of thinking, sharing and compassionate people

    It has helped me keep my sanity and keep some things in perspective from day to day. Whether it is on a day when the problem this president faces are almost too difficult to comprehend or one that we celebrate him for, I can come here and laugh at Lisa’s wit, UTs (thankfully) quick and informative summaries of some program that I possibly would not otherwise have the stomach to watch, Bobfrs depth and perception of an issue and how he delivers them to us, or glean much from the succinct words from Tally or the calmness exuded by HZ and her soothing words of wisdom. And the list could go on and on.

    This week, as we can already see, as reported by Dotster and UT, the knives are out for our president, but, no matter what, he will have us to push back and have his back. We would not be able to do that collectively without a place like this. So, thank you, again.

    Glad to have you back.

    As we all fight against the naysayers, I want to once again share one of my all time favorite quotes:

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
    Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —- Margaret Mead

    Hope everyone’s day is a little brighter than yesterday.

  12. August 7, 2011 at 9:43 am

    david gregory egging the bitch on in ‘Obama doesn’t plant a flag.’

    • August 7, 2011 at 9:43 am

      the repug blaming Obama for everything.

    • 64 Elaine
      August 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

      Would someone tell me who the bitch is. I am no watching gregory today.

      • 65 Sue in Minnesota
        August 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

        Rachel Maddow.

        • 66 Elaine
          August 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

          Oh that bitch. I no longer watch Rachel Maddow. She will not get over the fact that the president will not adopt her life style even though he has done so much to assure that the gay community is not discriminated against.

          • August 7, 2011 at 10:29 am

            They ought to be careful what they ask for. I mentioned in an e-mail that I sent to her and others that they are quick to blame President Obama for what ails the community, yet I have never seen them take on the people in the gay community that vote for Republicans the very Republicans who want to not only repeal DADT but strip away their rights.

            Why, I asked is she not having a conversation with these people, instead of hating on this president.

            • 68 Sue in Minnesota
              August 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm

              The ends always seem to justify the means….Dan Choi case in point. A very unhealthy contributor to the debate.

      • August 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

        i refuse to say her name. she has the show after Lawry on MSNBFOX at 9pm. She called PBO a liar on national tv and I guess laughed when Ms. Huff N Puff said PBO needed therapy.
        ps- she looks like an old hag. If this were The Portrait of Dorian Gray, she would be the portrait. she looked like absolute shit. I couldn’t believe it. It’s like the tv makeup they applied couldn’t hide the ugly. Or maybe becoming a bitter, hateful bitch who bends over for Comcast has left an indelible mark on her than no makeup, probably no cosmetic surgery can remove. Poor twit looks like she spent most of her life working the streets (no offense to hookers, theirs is the oldest and most reliable jobs in existence). But still, she looks like Comcast rode her hard and put her away wet. Or maybe the strain of selling her soul has finally gotten to her. hm. Poor bitch 😦
        pps- I am now going to ask The Father for forgiveness for all my bad thoughts about her, especially on a Sunday. and also my apologizes to all of you for spreading my ill humor especially in light of the fact that she wasn’t as awful as she usually is. But I despise her, so………….

        • August 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

          Lisa,

          You are a hoot. I turned assmonkey off because I just couldn’t stomach watching she who shall not be named. I figured if anything good was said by Austin I would catch a clip later. Ugh I can’t stand her. She’s hateful and just hates this President who’s done more for her community than any other. She’s selfish and only cares about her “issue.” Damn the country. My issue is most important and if Obama doesn’t act when I say and say exactly the words I want him to say, then damn him.

          I really despise her too. I never watch her show anymore. Well, I watched when Melissa guest hosted. But other than that, I do not miss her silliness and hatefulness at all. She has certainly sold her soul.

          I’ll tell you one thing, I will keep fighting all the haters because I’m not going to live under a lying, greedy, hateful repug in the WH. Ain’t gonna happen.

          • 72 Sue in Minnesota
            August 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm

            I think her own emotional immaturity, and heightened sense of competitiveness is crossing her up. For some reason, narcassistic perhaps, maybe petty jealousy, she is obsessed with one upping him. I don’t hate her, I think she is wasting her own potential to be much better,
            but I no longer am willing to listen to her abuse of him. As others have pointed out she blatantly lied about him, openly mocked him, and I have a low tolerance for both of those behaviors……CLICK, OFF!

            Watching the Biography Channel’s Documentary on Barack Obama there was a similiar dynamic that occurred on the Harvard Law Review.
            The liberals and progressives were upset and resented his inclusive relationship with the conservative members on the board. They disliked that he was able to be friendly with them on and off the board. People seem to want to covet him, to own him and control him. People often project their own insecurities onto him, which in reality has nothing to do with him and reveals alot about them.

            Those are my instincts anyway, arm chair analyst that I am. Hope no one asks to see my license 😕

            • August 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm

              GAAAAAHH!!! Which I had the Biography channel! That sounds so interesting and I missed it 😕 —— your arm chair analysis sounds good to me.

              • August 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm

                wish sorry, not which. 😕

              • 75 Sue in Minnesota
                August 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm

                You can watch it over the internet Biography.com It’s played in segments, so that is a little annoying, but on the whole it is very good.
                You know Lisa I trust my instincts, they usually are pretty good. How I use them continues to require attention and work on my part.

        • 76 HZ
          August 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm

          Lisa, I still love you, and I am not about to stop. You speak the truth with much flavor. I have my days when I can’t stand another lie about President Obama. I have a wonderful and loving neighbor in the condo next to me, and he knows when someone has pissed me off about the President Barack H. Obama. I get loud and flavorable. Then I really do quietly ask God for forgiveness of my fleshly side coming out. You said it for me as well. I will get you a few more lollipops. Okay.

  13. August 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

    greensapan cited the IMF saying that increasing taxes isn’t good, neither is cutting expenditures, but the latter is less horrible than increasing taxes.
    ps- the bitch going after SAPs.

    • 79 lo_chelle
      August 7, 2011 at 10:12 am

      Greenspan is last person who should be discussing US fiscal issues, given his role in the great financial meltdown of 2008. Check out this article.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/business/economy/24panel.html

      It is absolutely galling how some are still given a platform after pretty much admitted they were in the tank all along. The media doesn’t care, as long as they have enough people to repeat the same deceptive talking points of their misleading narrative.

      • 80 Sue in Minnesota
        August 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm

        Agreed.

        They are either covering their asses for their contributions to the mess, or even more frightening to me, they are cemented in their belief systems and unable to adjust or reformulate their thinking. They have closed their minds.

    • 81 Fred
      August 7, 2011 at 10:12 am

      Alan Greenspan is married to Andrea Mitchell

    • 83 Anya
      August 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      I find this incredibly unhelpful, not to mention undignified. I don’t know the background to your hatred of Rachel Maddow, but Ms. Maddow is on our side. Yes, she’s a critic of the President from the left, but so what? In a democracy people are entitled to challenge their President. We need to be unified against the enemy, not tear our own side. How’s that better than what the FDL folks do?

      @ Elaine “She will not get over the fact that the president will not adopt her life style even though he has done so much to assure that the gay community is not discriminated against.” What do you mean by “the president will not adopt her life style”?

      • August 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm

        Anya, you are entitled to your opinions about her, as am I. I despise her and do not find her useful in the least.

      • 85 Anonymous
        August 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm

        Anya, perhaps your comment should instead be directed at Rachel Maddow who has a medium and an audience but uses it to beat up on and damage the President who is on “our side”?

      • 86 Sue in Minnesota
        August 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

        Anya I respect your opinion, but recognize that each of us has different threshfolds for what we will support.

        I watched her religiously. Her first trespass for me was her ‘mock ‘address to the nation regarding the BP spill. Trust me I wrote and expressed how I found that very offensive, in very responsible and civil terms. Next big let down was how she was less than objective surrounding the DADT repeal. She was unable to seperate herself personally from the issue. I can understand that, what I can’t condone is the hissy fits she embarked on. It was very off putting. Increasingly her criticisms of President Obama struck me as personal and less than constructive. And yet I witness her coodle and placate the likes of Meghan McCain and Nicole Wallace……and the way her and Keith personalized Jon Stewarts criticism of MSNBC political programming made me realize, she is better dishing than she is receiving. Last straw she lied about the President and mocked him for fund raising within the gay community. Very unflattering and unnecessary.

        She could be so much better, and truly a unifying and constructive force coalescing the Left, Progressives and Democrats , but attacking, mocking and insisting that the President is a liar is not the way to do it. Were she to limit herself to debating his policies, I would still be onaboard as a regular viewer, but she went beyond, she has made it personal and she is demeaning his character. I wouldn’t stick around if someone was abusing me, and I won’t stick around and enable abuse of those I care about, respect and who’s work is making a difference in the lives of Americans, whether those Americans can appreciate that fact or not.

  14. 89 dotster
    August 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I see another “family values” Repub politician bites the dust. Wi. county GOP chair, Amber Hahn, resigns from her post after drunkenly crashing her car with her 3 children inside. Also noted was the fact that she appeared on FOXNews recently posing as an upset parent at public school teachers who teach union history without hosts noting that she was a GOP officeholder and activitst. Bye bye Hahn, glad your kids weren’t harmed by your reckless behavior.
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/08/06/wisconsin-gop-official-resigns-after-drunken-crash-with-kids-in-car/

    • August 7, 2011 at 10:25 am

      They are just a bunch of hypocrites. Karma is a bi**h, isn’t it?

    • 91 GGail
      August 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      That’s a sad story. She is a hypocrite and unfortunately, she will get a pass if she enters a treatment center for her alcoholism. I really feel for her children. And deceitful of FoxNews for not putting on the scroll that she was in addition to being a parent of public school children, that she is (at that time) a WI county GOP chairperson. SHAMEFUL!

  15. 92 utaustinliberal
    August 7, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Ok. Just watched State of the Union with Candy Crowley because she had Larry Summers(Former Chair of the National Economic Council in the Obama Administration before he resigned and Goolsbee took over) and Califronia Governor Jerry Brown (D). Unfotunately the moron who runs Forbes; Steve Forbes(aka GOP shill machine and blame Obama for everything game player) was on too.

    Crowley asked about the impact of the S&P downgrade and if it was petty politics or about the US economy. Surprisingly Forbes who on a normal day loooves wallstreet and agencies like S&P’s lambasted them. He said that it was politics and the Obama Admin. was right to call them out. That this is an agency that used to be the gold standard and is now so tarnished they couldn’t see truth if it hit them in the face. Summers concurred, saying that he looked at their math and it was erroneous to say the least. He said that the Obama Admin is well within its rights to heavily rebuke S&P because every economist has said the US is the best place to invest and put your money both foreign and domestic. He also said that if you ask mulititudes of investors they all say that the US is the best place and the downgrade is stupid because the US will always pay its debts and has a strong economic outlook.

    When asked about the reasoning behind S&P’s downgrade which they admitted wasn’t economics but the brinksmanship of Washington in the debt debate especially the intrasigence of republicans, Forbes immediately blamed PBO and the dems for their lack of compromise and for walking out of deals. Summers immediately corrected that out and out lie. He called out the republicans but he also righfully blamed Americans who didn’t heed PBO’s advice and come out to vote to keep the dems in power. He said if Americans had listened to PBO, we wouldn’t be in this horrific mess. He blamed republicans for holding the country hostage and effectively screwing with the middleclass and their savings and
    401K(s)

    When asked about the economy and the slow growth, Forbes blamed PBO for his over regulation of business, his hate of business, government spending yadi yada yah. He also blamed healthcare reform for tanking the economy; which by the way is a categorical lie. Ever since healthcare passed and it’s being implemented piece by piece, the healthcare industry has been adding jobs in every end of month jobs report. In the July jobs report the healthcare industry added over 31,000 jobs. That doesn’t seem like it tanked the economy to me. He also blamed Dodd-Frank Financial Reform because it leaves businesses uncertain and because of regulations they don’t want to invest; aka PBO but the kaibosh on our illegal betting, risk taking and backing of junk bonds and now we have to be accountable and act responsibly. Summers who worked in the White House when a lot of these measures were enacted was the best person to speak on this manner. He was wonderful. Very factual and informative and if dems in congress and other liberal activists were listening to him, he just armed them with info for 2012. He said that PBO called this a long time ago. He said that PBO wanted the stimulus to be much bigger and he was lucky to get the amount he got. He said that PBO fought everyday and was successful in getting unemployment benefits and payroll tax cuts extended for as long as he did which helped the economy. He said that if PBO had not acted quickly we really would have had a great depression and there was a financial report released this week that said the country was in even worse shape than had been previously reported and PBO saved our bacon so everyone should be thanking him that he stood firm in getting a stimulus, financial reform, payroll tax cuts, unemployment benefits, healthcare reform and several jobs initiatives. He said that if people are smart they’ll start calling up republicans in congress and demanding them to support PBO’s infrastructure initiatives because that will boost the economy in a huge way and they will call out senate republicans for blocking over 180 bills that would have greatly helped the economy and he said if people are smart they’ll support PBO and push for tax revenues. Repairing roads, buildings, bridges, municipal facilities etc etc is good for the economy because not only do you put construction workers back to work, you also put a lot of people with degrees to work also. He said that people are lucky to have PBO as President because he fights hard for the middleclass and people need to remember that without PBO the repubs would have destroyed the economy in not raising the debt ceiling. He said regulation is good for business and no one should listen to the other side when they say PBO overregulated wallstreet. He said he fully expects the economic outlook to be better if only people would demand that republicans stop playing chicken. Summers really had PBO’s back and lined up all his accomplishments. It was brilliant. He touted all the wonderful things PBO had done as though he was gearing up to run PBO’s 2012 campaign. Freaking sweeeeeet.

      • August 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

        I saw him UT and he really did an excellent job. That Forbes is a slimy bastard. Got his riches through daddy, I believe, and has no sense of fairness in his being. Tried to run for president and failed miserably. Just a hateful person.

      • 95 HZ
        August 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

        Thanks so much UI. You are so patient to summarize this for us. My pressure goes up when I watch. In fact, my cardiologist ordered that I back away from so many of the programs because I confessed what I was doing which caused my pressure to rise tooooooooo high. I am doing better now. So thanks so much, but you make sure that you do not get upset watching some of these. Okay? Love you back so much UT. HZ

    • 96 donna dem 4 obama
      August 7, 2011 at 10:33 am

      I completely agree with the people need to DEMAND that the Repubs stop playing chicken with our economy. I tell you we could all take a lesson from the Wisconsinites. Those people don’t give Walker a moments peace. We should be lining the walls of Congress everyday, visiting their local offices in their districts standin room only. Never give them a moments rest. I don’t care how red their district is we have got to start shaming these Republicans into doing the right thing. Protest unceasingly like they do in Wisconsin. Tweets, email, faxes, blogging and Facebook are wonderful but nothing puts the pressure on like in-your-face politics.

      Can you imagine if the shoe had been on the other foot and it would have been the Dems holding up the debt ceiling. The Repubs would have been in Washington by the thousands. I just think (in large part to due to the new media mediums) we have become way to passive. This President cannot do it alone and it shouldn’t take a request from him to shut down congresses phonelines we should be doing it each and everyday. Sorry about the rant but we need to take it to the streets IMO!!!

      • August 7, 2011 at 10:39 am

        I’m with you Donna. I’m getting tired of all this complaining on the Internet I’m ready to take it to the streets!

        Their rioting over in the UK and over in Israel they’ve been having massive demonstrations every day. When will we get off our asses over here and make our voices heard and start demanding accountability in the media and from those elected officials.

        • 98 dotster
          August 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

          If any kind of demonstration is planned, it needs to be singularly focused this time. Whenever Dems stage a protest, it dissolves into a messed up, mixed up, confusing lost opportunity. I was so disheartened by the anti-war protests which ended up attracting every cause under the sun from every known left interest group and the whole message was lost. It needs to have one message and the discipline to stick with that and nothing else. It is not time for “Free someone or other” demonstrations.

          • August 7, 2011 at 11:34 am

            Our demonstration should be two-fold

            #1 Demanding accountability in the Corporate ran media
            #2 Demanding shared sacrifices in the economy

            Because it’s those two issues that are destroying our country.

      • 100 Me4obama
        August 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

        I agree we need to take it to the streets like the 300,0000 Israelis who demonstrated in the streets demanding social justice.

        • August 7, 2011 at 10:52 am

          Me4obama see my post down thread. If you use twitter please use the hashtag #Takingittothestreets and start posting on blogs and on facebook.

          Remember it starts with us, no more hand wringing from me I want action.

          ONE VOICE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!

      • August 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

        Wouldn’t that be incredibly cathartic and potent? I’d love to storm that whole mess. Stop playing with our country.

    • 104 Ladyhawke
      August 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

      ut, this is exemplary reporting. You are amazing. It certainly sounds like Larry Summers was the right person to get booked today. It’s great when the facts get out like that. I hope I can catch a rebroadcast of this segment. Thanks so much for keeping us up-to-date. Your update made my day.

    • August 7, 2011 at 11:09 am

      UT, you are a ray of sunshine. I love your factual accounting, sans hyperbole writing style. You really capture the essence and are a pleasure to read. Thank you for watching those shows so we don’t have to. I’m very pleased that there was some real live push back from the Democrats. Very refreshing.

    • 106 EDP4BHO
      August 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

      UT, what would we ever do without your excellent, excellent reporting of the facts? YOU are my TV. I don’t need to turn it on and can have all the info I need to understand what’s being reported. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please don’t ever leave us 😀

    • 107 desertflower
      August 7, 2011 at 11:33 am

      Glad you watched and reported so we don’t have to:) I don’t have the stomach for it. You are simply the BEST at letting us all know what happened…thanks bunches!

    • 108 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks UT. NO way I could stomach the Sunday morning news shows. As you all know I don’t even watch local news. I don’t miss any of it. I get all my news from selected sites on the internet and this is one of them. Thanks again UT for being the eyes and ears of supporters who refuse to go into the SNAKEPIT of hate that is the MSM. KUDOS!! 😉

    • 110 Sue in Minnesota
      August 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      UT you would make a great journalist. Thanks for the thorough recap.

  16. 111 Fred
    August 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

    thank you UT 😀

  17. August 7, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I’m very sad to see that BWD is going on hiatus of undetermined length. I know she is tired. Her tweets have been trending toward the negative lately and who can blame her? The media is disgusting. I dread Sundays and afternoons because the entire web is full of reflection of all the ugly crap that the MSM is pumping out. So she is taking time off. Love her and wish her the best and hope to see her again soon.

    • 113 donna dem 4 obama
      August 7, 2011 at 10:39 am

      I was saddend to read that as well. She takes this negativity to heart and it makes it difficult to stay positive. In every meeting that we have had with our local OFA leaders they tell us constantly to turn the tv off and stop following every single piece of legislation. They remind us that PBO takes the long view when it comes to policy. We are told that we will not be able to remain focused on motivating others to work toward his reelection if we allow ourselved to become mired in the day to day, Its hard to do in this new media but I really do turn that stuff off. Her work will be missed!

      • August 7, 2011 at 10:46 am

        I’m very glad your group is hearing that message because it’s so very true. It’s so toxic and demeaning, it will sap the life out of you.

      • August 7, 2011 at 11:11 am

        Donna,

        I’m reminded of what David Plouffe said about the campaign. He said they had to pay no attention to the polls, media and the pundits and focus like a laser on the ground. He said what they saw with the voters on the ground was totally different that what the media was pushing and what the polls showed. That focus enabled them to win Iowa and of course the nomination.

        We must keep working on the ground. My birthday house party resulted in a group forming a team to put together a huge voter registration drive for Sept. It’s going to be awesome.

        This is what we must do. We’ve got to get the votes for PBO. We’ve got to take the right information to the folks in the communities.

    • August 7, 2011 at 10:41 am

      Our attentiom here today is almost entirely focussed on the media and the media is laser focussed on the job it is paid handsomely to do. Rachel, for instance, was hired by MSNBC to do a job. She is doing that job. When, of when will we wake up and TURN OFF the propaganda machine?

      • August 7, 2011 at 10:52 am

        Can you imagine if their viewership dwindled down to the nuttiest 27%ers? That’s empowerment!!

      • August 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

        Maybe instead with could share strategies for registering more voters, engaging more volunteers, raising more money.

      • 119 lo_chelle
        August 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

        I agree – it is good to be informed and call them out when necessary but bringing up every talking point (and we know the talking points) it can be distracting and disheartening. While the media may be obsessed with the current reality show that is politics and its unending obsession w/ President Obama, there are a lot of people out here who don’t watch the drivel and have a valid reason not to trust the media. I stay encouraged despite it all because President Obama has been very successful over the last 2.5 years, despite the constant barrage of nonsense – he stays focused and so does his administation. They don’t cowtow to the media and call the media out for the circus it is. The media knows this, so they try to discredit or dehumanize him including trying to legitimize a radical political group. Part of this is racism, the other part is a real fear of people waking up to the game that has been perpetrated for a very long time. They are frustrated because nothing sticks despite the sluggish recovery of the economy. His poll numbers are not bad, they can’t catch him in any real scandals, so they try to bully him and get him to pay attention to them. I say all the time and I will say it again – THEY SUCK but we need to stay focused and strong. We knew from the beginning this was a fight and I really feel like we are battling for the soul of our country. I am actually FIRED UP and can’t wait until PBO goes into full campaign mode.

    • 120 dotster
      August 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

      Oh no. That makes me sad too. We need more pro-Obama sites, not fewer. I imagine she gets exposed to a lot of ugly that we don’t even know about. It is draining and exhausting just having to deal with all the junk that is out in the open. Hope she can rejuvenate and come back.

    • 121 desertflower
      August 7, 2011 at 11:37 am

      Me as well…I think it’s for sanity. Can’t blame her there. Hope she will come back when she’s recharged and ready to keep doing the tireless work for us in time for reelection of our great President. More important for her to take a break, and I am so grateful for her tireless efforts to keep us informed of positive developments.Prepare for a deluge of new posters, Chips! They’ll be here with us, I’m sure….and that’s a good thing:)

    • 122 Obama Grandmama
      August 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      My main blog activity has been with BWD. I just recently came to this site. I am really sad BWD is going on hiatus. I will miss the fellow posters. I left the OFA blog so long ago and only pop in on rare occasion as I cannot stand the repeated trolls and drama there. I am glad I can still have this site to participate at.

    • 123 Sue in Minnesota
      August 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      I am saddened as well. However I think she has to manage her life in the best way she knows how, and I trust that she is taking care of her needs. She will be better for the break.

      Both of these blogs require an enormous amount of effort and energy, especially considering the fact that Chipsticks and BWD have insulated their communities from much of the viral hatred and uncivil behavior that reigns freely over the internet. That opens their lives up to a lot of trash and negativity. I have to admit, everytime we welcome a new comer, and the thought of this community expanding is exciting, I worry about Chipsticks work load. I wonder if there aren’t ways in which we can support them and make their jobs easier.
      Chipsticks you will have to ask for help if you need it, and in whatever way you need it. I am pretty secure that almost everyone here would be willing to assist you in whatever way you deemed meaningful.

      Personally I would like to see you at the Whitehouse, lunching with our POTUS and FLOTUS, and if not that, I would like to get you to D.C
      for the swearing in of his second term. You are a force for good and you have had his back from the beginning, and with a common and unifying belief in one person you have built a community. Gratitude is not enough, but perhaps a day will come when we can offer more.

  18. August 7, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I would suggest she listen to Randi Rhodes because she will give her the 3 hour injection she needs 5 days out of the week.

    http://www.randirhodes.com/main.html

    • 125 desertflower
      August 7, 2011 at 11:38 am

      YES she will!!! Go post that over there for her:) I have done that many times before, but a little “reminder” would be good:)

      • August 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

        I did see a really nasty post about this site, so I will send her a private e-mail. I personally don’t care for a lot of the comments on her blog because some of the people are wishy/washy.

        • 127 Eleroy
          August 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm

          Exactly Michele!!!

          Unfortunately in a bid to not be labelled “Obamabots” and “brainwashed cultists” by the very same manipulators who will do everything to destroy President Obama, rather unstringent parameters of discourse and access was allowed and a few crafty types slipped through and poisoned the well.

          The pretense at genuine concern through constant hand-wringing and hair on fire posts only served to depress and suck the oxygen out of everyone. These crafty types were careful not to reveal their true agenda which is to either turn these few pro-President Obama blogs against the President by planting seeds of doubt and the subliminal insertion of the very same negative talking points that have blanketed the blogosphere.

          The more important task was to actually weaken or outrightly shut down the few pro-President Obama blogs with their exhausting, never-ending concern-trolling!!!

          We cannot and must not let them succeed in invading and disrupting the few safe havens that a brave, strong few have invested much time, energy and great effort to create and maintain!!!

          They are wily and have gotten quite good at presenting themselves as well-intentioned supporters, but many of us have perfected the art of sniffing them out from a mile away!!!

          We must not let up in our fierce and unadulterated support of and commitment to our phenomenal President!!!

          This great man’s ability to move our country foward in a positive direction is only as good as the support he has to do so and we most not waver in our support!!!

          We must stay alert and determined because now that BWD has closed down her blog, they’ll now move here in full force as some have steadily tried to in the last couple of months!!!

          Remember this: There are a million and one blogs out there that cater to the same narratives the concern-trollers try to force into discussion here and hence the mind-boggling question of why they still want to bring those fake concerns and posts that are designed to frustrate and depress, here!!!

          We must focus on the positive and strong plans of action that will continue to build up support for our great president not depress it!!!

          We must do everything in our power to stop the chipping away and demeaning of our great President and it starts by not allowing anyone, yes not even those who insist they are doing it under the guise of fake holding his feet to the fire (whateve that means!!!) and those who insist that their insults termed criticism is healthy and shows that they are not “purists” – whatever the hell that means!!!

          We must do everything to correct the negative memes and misinformation out there. We must not expand upon them or even allow anyone push them – in other words, we must push back on people who come here or any place else using phrases like “cave”, “spineless” and all those other false and insulting narratives that have been pushed to cast aspersions on this President. Don’t give a damn if they label themselves supporters!!!

          Proud Obama warriors, stand strong!!! Do not give in or give up!!! We can do this!!! When the going gets tough, we must only get tougher and more determined!!!

          Yes we can!!! Yes we must!!!

  19. August 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Well you guys are much better than I am because I have not watched one of those jackasses this morning. I never plan to because I knew all the B.S. I would see and hear. So I didn’t want to hear it, so I didn’t watch MTP or any of them.

    • August 7, 2011 at 10:37 am

      It’s really not rocket science to imagine what all these jerks are going to say. The script has been written and it’s not a surprise. I can’t watch it – too depressing and too demoralizing. It’s even hard for me to read about it. Not because I want to stick my head in the sand but because IT NEVER VARIES. It’s the same ugly demeaning offensive stuff every day.

  20. August 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Good morning all.

    By the posts this just reinforces my reasons for not watching these news shows and they also tell me that we have a fight on our hands.

    Our fight will be on two fronts, one being the republicans and the other being the media. What’s telling about these Sunday TV shows is they never have a take no prisoner democrat on to punch back although as of late John Kerry has become a true fighter.

    I will email Tweety today and ask him to find old copies of School House Rock, because he seem to have forgotten that all spending appropriation bills start in the house of representatives and if he would do some research he will find out that democrats have put forth job bills only to have them blocked.

    Lastly, whats going on presently is what people have been discussing for over a year or more and that is the republicans aim is to make the economy worst so that they can win in 2012.

  21. 133 Me4obama
    August 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/300-000-israelis-take-to-streets-in-third-rally-for-social-justice-1.377323

    I wonder when Americans will wake up and go tom the streets.

    300,000 Israelis take to the streets to rally for social justice.

  22. 136 desertflower
    August 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/origins-of-the-debt-showdown/2011/08/03/gIQA9uqIzI_story.html
    Interesting read…Note the arrogance and no compromise attitudes. I’m certain no one here will be surprised, but a good read

  23. August 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Screw all this hand wringing and complaining I’m ready for a revolution!

    Demanding accountability in the media and from our government officials. If Egypt can do it then why can’t we? I will be posting this message on various sites on the Blog roll and hopefully it will catch on.

    #takingittothestreets

    • 138 donna dem 4 obama
      August 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Love it bjw2. How do we tweet this? I’m not good at tweeting but if someone will start it I know how to retweet 🙂

      • August 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

        Log into twitter and simply state a simple message including the hashtag. Doing so automatically creates a twitter page for the hashtag.
        You can also add to the message different organizations you want to receive the twitter message.

        Example: Since our voices are not being heard we will be #takingittothestreets @cnn @msnbc

    • August 7, 2011 at 11:14 am

      I recently sent Color of Change and MoveOn a tweet asking about organizing a rally on Washington. Never heard a word back. How do we do this? It would be awesome if we could time it for the tea party congress/ return in September.

      • August 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

        I just posted on WeeSeeYou and gave them the hashtag…I also asked if they had any ideas please let us know.

        #takingittothestreets

        I will go and post on TPV also.

    • 142 Kasai
      August 7, 2011 at 11:36 am

      I wrote a long blog yesterday on this site with my suggestions….I didn’t get any response…but here it is.

      If anyone have suggestions or ideas please send them to OFA or the DNC…I ‘ve already sent them plenty of email..I WILL NOT DONATE, unless they use their funding where it belongs, proper representation on TV….and the use transportation for us that want to march…They have 9.1% population unemployed that are willing to demonstrate.

      Remember Egypt didn’t happen by accident…they listened to PBO in his Cairo Speech….and organized to throw a dictator of over 30years…..If we can teach them..WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE….we not doing our job to lead by example.

      I remember in one of his speech PBO once said:

      ‘ I AM HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY MARCHED”

      • August 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm

        I don’t know if organizations directly backing PBO like the DNC or OFA can bus people into Washington to march. That’s why I was wondering if there was an organization not directly tied to PBO which could help us organize like the Human Rights Campaign headed by Joe Solmonese or the NAACP or one of those organizations that have the ability to organize and move huge numbers of people.

        • 144 Sue in Minnesota
          August 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm

          I think your point is important. I think it is imperative that it remains outside of party politics.

  24. 145 Me4obama
    August 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Guys we need to go to the streets. How can we sit here and complain each and everyday without any action. Why do we have to wait for the President to act on our behalf. Let’s start a Progressive Revolution calling for demonstration all across the country on the day congress gets back to town. Let’s start Tweeting TODAY with #Ameriacawakeup. Lets decide on the date the action will take place. We need to shake up the Media the way Egypt shocked the world and now the Israelis are on the streets everyday demonstrating. TIME TO ACT we have been paralyzed sitting on our asses doing nothing to show this president we are here in masses and we will fight for his and our beliefs.

    • August 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Looks like both the House and the Senate are back on September 7th. Here’s their calendar (notice all the holidays – GAH):

      Click to access calendar120910.pdf

      • 147 Fred
        August 7, 2011 at 11:05 am

        September? are they shitting me? 😯 this whole time the Teahadists are gone;the media will be up the President’s ass demanding (how I don’t know :roll:) that he does something or whining that he isn’t doing anything 🙄

        • August 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

          yup, they get 5 weeks of vacation not to mention they only really ‘work’- and I use that term loosely- two weeks out of every month. In terms of the latter, I’m speaking specifically about the House of Reptiles.

        • August 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

          Yeah, look at that calendar? See all that yellow and blue? IT’S RIDICULOUS.

        • 150 Sue in Minnesota
          August 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

          I think it’s an insult that typical Americans have to work 5 days a week, some have to work more, to pay their salaries and their benefits. They take home !75,000 + and think it permisable to work a three day work week:shock: What planet are they from? I know my Rep isn’t spending the balance of the working days in the month meeting face to face with his constituents. I think this is a supreme waste of tax payer’s dollars.

        • 151 Anna Luc
          August 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm

          Didn’t you hear? PBO is going on a road trip in August. A bus tour no less. Takin’ his case straight ot the heart land, baby!

    • August 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

      how to we organize a march?

      • 153 Me4obama
        August 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

        Lisa how did the Egyptian people throw out a Dictator, they organized the March, by spreading the word on twitter, facebook. They didn’t have any leadership, it was a grassroots organization. How did the Libyan people start fighting gadaffi by organizing, now the Israelis are doing it, LETS DO IT TOO.

        • 154 Kasai
          August 7, 2011 at 11:45 am

          Amen….Me4obama…

          Egypt listened….to a word of Hope from a great Leader…and that’s all it took….

    • 155 Kasai
      August 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      I am reminded of this video………PBO…has yet to see us march on his behalf…..We don’t just need to show up on his campaign trail…

      He needs US…every time his heart is heavy, but keeps on smiling..just because He doesn’t want to let us down…We need to give him comfort and love by Showing UP…in every State, City….like Me4Obama mentioned…WE ARE the majority We CAN’T let the minority hold us back………I am fired UP…and out Volunteering………

      ” I AM HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY MARCHED”

  25. 156 donna dem 4 obama
    August 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

    This is my tweet. (not sure what the hell I’m doing but anyway…). ” Tpubs stop playing games with my country and work with the dems in Congress to put people to work. #takingittothestreets”

    Please follow me I’m NoShock on twitter.

    • August 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

      Great! SEE, you can do it!!

    • August 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

      I’m going there right now. I will also head over to WeeSeeYou and other blogs to spread the word.

    • August 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

      Donna

      Just followed you on twitter. I am not very twitter saavy either, but i agree we need to be on the streets. I am hoping that several groups can join together to call for a march on Washington ASAP. I will pass this along to the American Dream movement I am working with. Using this blog we can keep each other informed of plans for demonstrations.

      • 161 desertflower
        August 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

        Good. That’s the ONLY way to make this huge enough to make a difference…we have to involve the big groups like MoveOn and American Dream….as much heartache that we sometimes have with PL, they still have the same goals as we do in their hearts…it’s HOW they go about getting there is where and why we disagree….it has to be massive enough to have them pay attention, and not see a smattering of people in certain places that they can dismiss as irrelevant.Can we choose a day and involve our local Dems and advise them as to what we’re doing…? Involve the media///call REV AL’s Action Network…those are the heavy hitters that will make America notice!

  26. 164 Me4obama
    August 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Guys let’s all decide on the plan and we all go to Twitter and spread the word. My suggestion is “I AM IN FOR THE REVOLUTION” #takingittothestreets then we need to decide on the date.Lets do it people. This is our life this teabaggers are messing with and the Media.

  27. 170 utaustinliberal
    August 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Maryland is soooo lucky to have Martin O’Malley (D) as their governor. He’s smart, responsible, quick, intelligent, on the ball and a HUGE defender of PBO. I’m keeping my political eye on him, Gov. Schweitzer, Gov. Patrick, and Mayor Booker in the future. Martin was on this week with christiane amanpour the carrier of gop water. Jeff Sessions (R) of Alabama was on and my goodness was he ignorant. He said the S&P downgrade was PBO and the dems faults that if they had only agreed to Cut, Cap and Balance and a Balanced Budget Amendment then all this mess would never have happened. He said that spending by the Obama Admin got us into this mess, that Obama added more debt to the deficit than GWB ever did and then this is when I recognized what an illiterate this idiot is. He said that when President Obama talked about spending and investing in education; that was a stupid idea. Investing in education is a stupid idea.

    Martin O’Malley in that gentle but sensible tone eviscerated Sessions. He said that such ignorant thinking is what got America into this economic mess. He said that Sessions was ignorant for his thoughts on education. That Sessions was part of the band of reckless spenders who allowed Bush to run up our debt in a frivolous manner and now he wants to call for fiscal responsiblility? He said that Sessions was ignorant for thinking that CCB and a BBA would have solved our crisis and that in supporting such radical teaparty ideas, you put America at risk. He called out the teaparty for their intranisgence and said that PBO had a deal on the table but Boehner walked out because the teaparty weakened him and he lacked convictions. He said that the media should stop treating both sides equally and apportioning blame equally to both sides. That when they elevate the teaparty, they give them credibility and legitimacy. PBO has been pushing hard for a jobs bill but the gop keeps blocking him and the media does nothing to point this disaster out. He said that if the teaparty had compromised as the dems did, then tax increases would have been on the table and the downgrade would not have happened. He then finished by saying that not once has any republican proposed a jobs bill since taking power, so they have no right to level blame at PBO.

    • 171 donna dem 4 obama
      August 7, 2011 at 11:11 am

      I love love love my Governor. He sent me a message that he was going to be on her show and I tuned in. He was great and Martin is so fine. No only is he polictally brillant but he can sing, dance and play instruments and is the best governor in the nation. Okay…down Donna 🙂

    • August 7, 2011 at 11:14 am

      I am definitely on Team O’Malley.

    • 173 Ladyhawke
      August 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

      Thanks again ut, I am seeing some serious message discipline from the Democrats when it comes to pushing back on the media. See my post way up top of the thread. It is long past due for the Democrats to call our reporters, hosts, pundits, who ever is pretending that both sides do it. The pox belongs on one house and that house is the Republican Party.

      The lazy media stenographers are so terrified that the right wing will accuse them of being liberal if they tell the truth. It’s pathetic.

  28. 174 Me4obama
    August 7, 2011 at 11:04 am

    We need to put our plan in place, this is how Revolutions are started. We use #takingittothestreets, then you give your reasons why, and the date we will take it to the streets. And iam suggesting the date congress is back in town. Let me know your suggestions. I CAN’T SIT HERE AND COMPLAIN ANY MORE. We need to spread the word Tahir square style.

  29. 182 Fred
    August 7, 2011 at 11:12 am

    oh shit it’s on! 😀 😀

    Sen. John Kerry: This Is The ‘Tea Party Downgrade’
    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/08/07/289962/sen-john-kerry-its-the-tea-party-downgrade/

    National Journal: ‘It’s hard to read the S&P analysis as anything other than a blast at Republicans’ 😯
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/08/06/289926/national-journal-standard-and-poors-republican/

    Facing Backlash For Disenfranchising Voters, Gov. Walker Reverses Course On Plan To Close Several DMV Offices
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/08/06/289545/facing-backlash-for-disenfranchising-voters-gov-walker-reverses-course-on-plan-to-close-several-dmv-offices/

    • August 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

      Thanks so much Fred, these are three incredibly encouraging stories.

      I found this story to be encouraging. The Incredible Shrinking Tea Party –
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-incredible-shrinking-tea-party/2011/03/03/gIQAJkxewI_blog.html

      Also this video and article by Thom Hartman was an eye opener.

      VIDEO- Thom Hartmann: “Progressives shouldn’t just be FIGHTING the Tea Party – we should be LEARNING from the Tea Party too.”

      http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2011/08/04/video-thom-hartmann-progressives-shouldnt-just-be-fighting-the-tea-party-we-should-be-learning-from-the-tea-party-too/

      • August 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

        I agree with the WaPo blog statement that the Tea Party’s influence in Congress has peaked. For all the ranting they did and bizarre attempts to make the Country over in their own image, they really haven’t accomplished anything more than showcasing just how radical and tone-deaf they are. The Republicans proved that they really weren’t prepared to shoot the hostage, just rough us up a bit with their rhetoric and outside political maneuvers (the S&P debacle). The Tea Party has shown their cards and shown they don’t know how to play the game at all. How can they be taken seriously now?

    • 185 desertflower
      August 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

      Thanks, Fred. Saw ALL of these and they are ALL what the Dr ordered. The thing is, WE KNOW WE’RE RIGHT ON THESE ISSUES> Not a guess, it’s proven! WE KNOW how to do this! If Wisconsin can do this, ME can do this, WE CAN DO THIS! YES WE CAN! There will be no bigger boost to this President, than showing him we REALLY have his back! No idle words, and promises…no talking on blogs…actually GET OFF OUR ASSES AND MOVE! Mrs O’s campaign of “Let’s Move” just morphed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) If people can’t make it to Washington, then this needs to be in ALL 50 capitals! Simultaneously happening. No need to cut people off because they can’t afford to get to DC in these trying times.50 state strategy works!!!!

  30. August 7, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I just posted over at WeeSeeYou and asked them if they had any ideas. I would also ask everyone if you have Facebook to start posting on facebook.

  31. August 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I’m going to make a request. Not sanguine about the reception, but we keep talking about pushing back against the Republicans, this is me pushing back against the non-stop profanity. I haven’t said anything about it before because I rarely read the comments, but with BWD taking an extended break, this will become my primary place to go to interact with folks. It’s actually kind of appalling how raunchy and hateful it’s become here. Hating on the Republicans and the media with vitriol is just as bad as them doing it to us or the First Family. The President asked us back in January when Gabby Giffords was shot to tone things down. I know for a fact that it is possible to express displeasure without swearing and name-calling. If I may suggest this: before you hit send, think of Christina Taylor Greene and ask yourself if your comment is worthy of her belief in our Democracy?

    • 188 Kasai
      August 7, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Thank you Tien Le 🙂

    • 189 ChristiMtl
      August 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      I have no problem with the more ”colorful” comments whatsoever. It is better to vent online sometimes than keeping it all bottled up inside. People express their frustrations and views in different ways.

      I would never want the posters who are more ”expressive” lets say to change one iota.

      Like for me, I am not a religious person, I don’t mind at all the viewers who post prayers or express themselves this way.

      I respect the differences. We all have a common goal and we all respect each others.

      Just my opinion.

      • 190 ChristiMtl
        August 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

        I meant people, not viewers.

      • 191 RinaX
        August 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm

        I agree completely.

      • August 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm

        I was kind of hoping people would get the part about the vitriol and not just focus on the profanity.

        I don’t really have a problem with salty language; it’s the non-stop use of it, with no regard to the feelings of others that is a problem. If the only way you can express yourself is to profanely bash people, then I’d say more than a blog is in order to cope with the feelings of rage and hatred. I just think we are better than that here.

        • 193 Anonymous
          August 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

          I skim through a lot of the venting to get to the good ideas, and today there are: Facebook, marches, Tweetering Sept 7.

        • 194 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
          August 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

          Tien Le, the poster Tally is one of our regulars here. Her mouth can be on fire at times. She is one that could use your advice. Hopefully she catches your posts in this thread. WE all have been guilty of some profanity. I know I was yesterday after finding out about the S&P downgrade. 😳

          • August 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm

            You’re right there…I totally adore Tally and wouldn’t ask her to change even a comma of her great writing.

          • 196 ChristiMtl
            August 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm

            Yes Tally, Lisa, Ut and others and you know what? They are all fantastic and I would hate to see them change in any way and it would be such a shame in any of them leave, this place would not be the same, I love their passion.
            I did it myself on occasion and I don’t feel guilty about it one bit.
            It’s venting, it’s letting go of frustrations.

            What is this? Censorship? Now we have to worry about not to say this or that not to offend a few?

            Again, it’s the same as posting prayers. For people who are not religious, why would it be offensive? It’s call respect. You just skip it.

            The rules here are simple, no attacks on the President, and respect of others.

            If Chips wants to change it and ban salty language and whatnot, I’ll stay on Twitter.

            No matter how much I think Chips is the best, absolutely fantastic person, and this blog is a safe haven in this madness, if this place change to please some, I won’t stick around.

            I don’t want this place sterilized!

            • August 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm

              Thanks Christi. I guess we’ve all become comfortable in expressing ourselves on the salty side, but I will endeavor to be more conscious of everyone’s feelings. Perhaps instead of cursing every time I post, I’ll limit it to two or three times per thread………….what? I can’t quit cold turkey. In terms of the vitriol towards the teahadists, Bonehead, Turtle and their minions, I don’t know if I can stop that, but I can try not to allow my supreme dislike of them to become so great that it overwhelms me and in turn overwhelms y’all because I posted it.

    • August 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      Tien Le, I try my best to keep my language clean. I try not to go down the hate path, but I admit I do sometimes, because I am so sick and tried of the treatment, the disrespect, the hate, the racism this President have to deal with. At this point I can’t say that I like Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann when they stand before you and lie, lie, lie. If a Republican stands up and say I disagree with the President, but is respectful as he talk of their disagreement, okay I can deal with that. But that worthless deadbeat Dad Joe Walsh standing on tv calling the President a liar, or that Congressman from Coloroda calling the President a Tar Baby, or Pat Bachanan calling the President a boy. I am sorry but I’m going to speak up and out about these people because to be honest they don’t deserve anyone’s respect.

      • August 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm

        I agree, they don’t deserve much respect. But the people who are reading the comments here do deserve our respect. Colorful language has its place. I have been known to use it myself. I just think that the less it is used, the more effective it is.

    • 202 LunarSea
      August 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      OMG – Let me explain what I just heard.

      ‘my favorite place is closing so I’m going to make this my new favorite place and as such please conform to my wishes so I can feel comfortable here’

      Just saying, that’s what I heard. Odd way to announce yourself.

      It would be nice if you can join without the demands. I enjoy reading your posts even when I disagree. However, this board is what it has been for some time now. I’m sorry, but I agree with most responses here about the need to vent as well as pray. I don’t do ‘religion’ but don’t mind folks posting their prayers. I don’t curse so I skim over those words.

      I must say I’m a little worried that with BWD shutting down effectively, there will be lots of people coming here and while I will enjoy seeing everyone I am not looking forward to it changing to meet everyone’s needs. That would only cause it to loose it’s flavor for me. For those of us who call this spot a haven and refuge, I really like it just the way it is.

      ChipsChica has created a very welcoming, non-judgmental environ here. I hope you can enjoy it in the same spirit because I really do enjoy your posts.

      Thank you. Welcome and Peace out.

  32. 204 Fred
    August 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

    deadbeat dad Joe 😆

    Town Hall Attendee Tells GOP Rep. Joe Walsh: ‘Let’s Tax The Rich’
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/08/06/289618/joe-walsh-townhall-tax-rich/

    Rick Perry Pushes ALEC-Backed Education Policies To Turn Texas Universities Into Businesses
    http://thinkprogress.org/education/2011/08/04/287851/perry-alec-universities-businesses/

    Cantor Opposes Extending Unemployment Benefits: We Need To Stop ‘Pumping Up’ Jobless Americans
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/08/05/288965/cantor-unemployment-pumping-up/

  33. 206 donna dem 4 obama
    August 7, 2011 at 11:48 am

    TOD’ers I love the idea of a rally but I don’t want this to turn into one of those one day event that I’ve seen take place here in Washington. I would love for this to be a rally cry. We could start with a big rally here in DC and then we would be given the order to have rallies by the thousands in the Tpubs districts. If thousands showed up in their districts and we registered voters and got committments that people would call and email and show up in their offices on a daily basis I think that would have a great impact. I think it would terrrify the tpubs to see us registering voters by the thousands. We need to remind them who their contituents are.

    • August 7, 2011 at 11:54 am

      Yes, that’s the spirit. A rallying cry, not just demonstrating but registering voters and signing up volunteers to organize their neighborhoods.

    • August 7, 2011 at 11:59 am

      As Rev Al said “there are show room activists and then there are activists that actually put their boots on the ground”.

    • 209 Me4obama
      August 7, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Donna you beat me to the suggestion, I have the same idea down below. This can’t be a one day event, no. It is the start of the Revolution to hold the media accountable on their two sides is to blame nonsense. The tweets have to be directed at the Media and let them know that September is #takingittothestreets, month. Let’s do it people.

    • 210 lmrj
      August 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      BRILLIANT AND EFFECTIVE ACTION!!! Demonstrations are good, but IN THEIR FACE ACTION AND RESULTS are BETTER!!!

  34. 211 Me4obama
    August 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Another suggestion I have is, this can’t be a one day event, we need to tweet that “september is a #takingittothestreets, month. Some people won’t make it to the streets on a particular day and date because they are busy, but if we organize and declare september then it might catch on afer a week or two, people in Egypt were ignored tye first week and after week two numbers started to grow and the rest is history. Revolutions are not done in a day and trust me the Media will ignore us if they think it’s a one day affair and judge us by the numbers. So let’s make september as the start of this revolution and put the focus directly on the media people so they take notice. Waiting for your suggestions too.

    • August 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      I agree Me4obama that will be our rallying cry on facebook, twitter and the like.

      September will be the month for #takingittothestreets

    • August 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      I will start working on some action plans for the momth of Septembers and we call all share our ideas.

    • 214 EDP4BHO
      August 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Not to glorify the type of “flash mobs” that have been taken hold across the country, some light-hearted fun, still others have been violence prone, but if these young people can get together in a moment’s notice, could not we responsible, purpose-driven adults do the same?

    • 215 LunarSea
      August 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      ‘September will be the month for #takingittothestreets’ works for me. I’m in!

      • August 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm

        this is a stellar idea. It also allows people who don’t live in DC, and who have other constraints, a certain flexibility in terms of the time frame since it’s the entire month of september.

  35. 217 donna dem 4 obama
    August 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    John Kerry this morning on MTP. We need every single Dem in Congress speaking in this one voice.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/44050235#44050235

    • 218 Ladyhawke
      August 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      I totally agree donna. Senator John Kerry epitomizes what it means to be a statesman. I have tremendous respect and admiration for him. And I am still giddy about the dressing down he gave the media on Morning Joe the other day. It was a thing of beauty that needs to be studied and repeated by his colleagues.

      • 219 Ladyhawke
        August 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm

        Love it. Senator John Kerry calls it “THE TEA PARTY DOWNGRADE”. Works for me. I could just imagine David Gregory squirming in his sear as Senator Kerry was telling him a bit of truth. I know he was itching to interrupt to stop the flow of facts. I am glad he resisted. Senator Kerry was on a roll and making sense. The MTP viewers were entitled to hear his comments without the injection of GOP talking points from David Gregory.

      • August 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm

        David Axelrod also used tea party downgrade. I’ve been tweeting that too. Let’s make it trend and drum it into people’s mind.

  36. 221 Ladyhawke
    August 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Here’s something tweet worthy – because the obvious question below would never be asked by any of the lazy media stenographers.

    MCCONNELL TRIES, FAILS TO IMPRESS S&P:

    ————————————-

    In other words, McConnell prioritized “impressing” S&P, and then went to unprecedented lengths to convince the agency that the nation’s fiscal health is unsound. Greg concluded:

    [T]he leader of Senate Republicans continues to claim that the use of the threat of default to leverage policy ends is a good thing that should be employed again in the future. Even if you agree with McConnell’s assessment — as I’m sure many conservatives do — it’s still a matter of fact that the embrace of the debt ceiling as a weapon for policy ends is a primary reason S & P downgraded the U.S. credit rating. That seems like a rather important part of the story, wouldn’t you say? WILL SOMEONE ASK MCCONNELL WHETHER HE STANDS BY HIS CLAIMS IN LIGHT OF THE S & P REPORT??

    Those strike me as good questions.

    ————————————–

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_08/mcconnell_tries_fails_to_impre031364.php#

    • 222 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      August 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      ummm………….the Head of S & P is directly linked to Mitt Romney. Their downgrade is directly proportional to who they want in the Whitehouse. They gave some nice talking points for the Dems as a reason for the downgrade, but I’m not buying it. The Teathugs are still blaming the President at FULL FORCE. Again guys expect Mittens to be the GOP nominee and for the full force of the Good Ole Boy Rethug machine to be behind him. He will be a puppet and face for Corporate America while all the dirty work is being done behind the scenes by Evil Task master (see George W. Bush). Karl Rove and Dick Armey and the Koch brothers are masters at this. Mark my words.

      Back in May (after Bin Ladin) it was looking like a LANDSLIDE for PBO for re-election, but the Teathugs have made it much more difficult. We are going to have to work hard folks. A mass demonstration is a start to get notice for the nation’s middle class and our rejection of the biased Media and the hostage taking of our government by one party. LETS DO THIS PEOPLE. Reveren Al has been mobilizing one for August 27th in Washington.

      • August 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

        Yes, the downgrade is no doubt part of the Romney “Misery Index” that he tries to promote. Frankly, given S&P’s abysmal track record, their credibility is most definitely called into question.

  37. 224 MTmarilyn
    August 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. Chips I am so glad you are here to stay. BWD is going on hiatus for awhile. I don’t blame her but it is a blow to my sanity. Thank goodness for all you wonderful people who come here. I know I am going to have to start twittering. Thanks for the diary with all the information and addresses. We will succeed I know. Good will overcome evil.

    Talking about a rally. Didn’t I hear Rev Al say there is to be a rally on the 27th?

    I will be gone for the day and check in tonight what is going on. Have a good day everyone.

    • 225 Me4obama
      August 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      We can no longer rely on Rev Al, The labour movement rallies or other people. This is the People’s Movement, we the people, I don’t care if am the only one taking it to the streets where ever it might be, but am going to do it. IF NOT NOW WHEN, IF NOT US WHO. Spread the word peole.

  38. 226 ChristiMtl
    August 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I don’t know what is happening or happened on HowardKurtz show but a lot of people are angry on twitter. Something about Rev. Al.

    • 227 donna dem 4 obama
      August 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      He doesn’t think Rev Al deserves a show. Blah blah blah. There is basically NO diversity on these cable shows. Rev Al is an Obama supporter and when he critiques the President he tries to be fair. He doesn’t bash or name call or insult the President’s manhood so the other pundits don’t like him because in more than on way he doesn’t fit their mold.

      • 228 ChristiMtl
        August 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm

        THAT is the difference with Rev. Al, he can criticize something but never insult the President or question his integrity or motives.

      • 229 Eleroy
        August 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm

        Rev Al has been shaming them by pushing back when the same regulars they also have on their shows offer some b.s!!!

        IIn doing that as forcefully and clearly as he has done, Rev. Al exposes the other hosts for the incompetent and even complicit Obama haters they all are!!!

        They obviously do not like and are getting very worried, hence the push to silence Rev Al!!!

  39. 230 Me4obama
    August 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I have so far tweeter the following:

    I will Not sit here and wait for the Media LIE FOR THE TEABAGGER DOWN GRADE. Septemeber is #takingittothestreets, month. To,
    @hardball
    @rachelmaddow
    @andersoncooper
    @chucktodd
    @lawrence

    The same message to different people. Off I go to do more media people then I will post over at OFA, and later I will tweet some celebrities so they can pass it on, on, on, on. LET’s DO IT PEOPLE. No more talk and complaing, time to do what the people that came before us did for us. Get off your comfy sofas and march until your feet hurt.

    • August 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks Me4obama, man it’s time to get busy…..the medicine for getting us out of this demoralized feeling is to become proactive.

      I’m a child of the 60s and 70s so this is right up mu alley!

      Tomorrow I will be going to my local Democratic headquarters to do phone banking for the SB5 union bill so I will be spreading the word there also.

    • 232 Anonymous
      August 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      Excellent, Me4Obama. Could someone please twitter for me: 1) September is #takingittothestreets because “Boehnor, where are the jobs”?! and 2) september is #taking…….month because the rich need to have taxes raised and close the damn corporate loopholes.

      Thanks,

      pamela

  40. 233 donna dem 4 obama
    August 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Okay I need to start a Facebook page for this event and strategy. I’m Donna Skinner on Facebook. Feel free to friend me.

    Any ideas? So should I name it “Takinittothestreets”?

  41. August 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I would suggest for those who listens to talk radio to try calling in on those shows such as Randi Roads and others to try and spread the message.

    #takingittothestreets

    • 240 donna dem 4 obama
      August 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      I just read upthread that Rev Al is already doing a jobs march at the end of August in conjunction with the MLK Memorial events. should we try and coordinate with him?

      • 241 hopefruit2
        August 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

        It might be best to keep them separate, so that the message of each march doesn’t get diluted with too many different “issues” on the table.

      • 242 Me4obama
        August 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

        Donna that’s a one day event. It will have 10 seconds play on cable. This has to be a grassroots out of no where revolution. There so many people out there that feel the way that we do, those are the energies that we need to tap into and wake up the media. Or else we will have many people quitting on us because trust me it’s not going to get better it’s only going to get worse by each day, week and month. Unless we put a stop to it so many people won’t be with us by the end of the 2012 because the media is telling them everyday that PBO sucks and he is not good for this country.

        • 243 Sue in Minnesota
          August 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm

          MSNBC covered last years rally in full. I wanted to go, ended up donating my airfare to a local group to help with their expenses and watched from home. I had responsibilities then that I am not limited by now. I think swelling his ranks should not be so easily dismissed.

          I love the fire and passion here….but I think it is best to come from an organized plan. I have never done this before, but I think some coordination initially would do much to assure that these efforts are a success. Establish a plan and then solicit commitments from people to participate, once you have a feel for the level of commitment, then start to broaden your solicitations.

          I don’t want to tamp down anyone’s enthusiasm or energy, I want this to work…..I believe the Coffee Party is an organization that can be engaged. Reading at PoliticusUSA an article written by Fran Joy “Democrats, It’s Time To Stop Bashing Obama” Aug 4, she would be a good person to connect with. Also Emily’s List has experience with organizing, they have been involved with mobilizing out of state supporters to help with the Wisconsin recalls. These are just random ideas, but I think it’s important to first build a coalition that will support and promote your efforts.

      • August 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm

        I think that if we do this, we do it by ourselves without the involvement of OFA, the DNC or any other groups. Just supporters of PBO, who are tired of the unfairness in the media. Also, I think it has to be well coordinated so that draws the kind of attention we want to garner, in order words, force the issue so that it is not ignored.Can it be done on the streets and online simultaneously? I think the more tech savvy can perhaps speak to how that would work.

        Also, we ought to be ready for mischief from people who would want to cast a negative light on the president. Strict rules about no violence and the sort should be a part of what we do. I think it should be well planned and not done hastily, especially if it is going to be protests in the streets.

        And hopefully the protest has to be sustained as some others have suggested.

    • 245 desertflower
      August 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Send her an email:) Let her announce it on the air.

    • August 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      Maybe we could even get Randi involved too? Maybe she could march with us?

      • 248 Eleroy
        August 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm

        She would be a great headliner to speak at the march!!! The only thing is she tries to keep party affiliations out of the equation so as to remain credible!!!

  42. 249 Me4obama
    August 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Does anyone have a list of media twitter usernames. Guys let’s not fail to try, we still have plenty of time to spread the word until September if we don’t let up. If it doesn’t happen at least we will know deep in our hearts that we gave it our all and didn’t just complain and took abuse from Media but we took action.

  43. 252 donna dem 4 obama
    August 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    “Our job is only to hold up the mirror – to tell and show the public what has happened.”~~
    – Walter Cronkite …. The poor guy must be spinning in his grave 😦

  44. 254 donna dem 4 obama
    August 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    BTW-Chips don’t you go anywhere. You are our last best hope of sanity on the blogs!

    That’s an order my friend. If you ever get tired…just call my name and I’ll Be There!

  45. 255 donna dem 4 obama
    August 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I’ve got to go fix dinner. Later TOD’ers!

  46. 256 RinaX
    August 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Personally, what I think is better than any one-day march is to make sure we attend any town-halls that our Republican or Democratic reps have, and make sure that we speak up there. Even if the media doesn’t give us the coverage they gave the teabaggers, the reps need to know that they can’t hide from their constituents or their responsibilities. It’d be better to have some sort of schedule per state of when and where these types of events are held.

  47. 258 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    August 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Sad news folks. One of our sister sites The Only Adult In the Room founded by Blackwaterdog is going on Haitus for a while. She is leaving the blogosphere indefinately. 😦 This is sad because we need as many STRONG PRO PBO sites as we can have at this turbulent time. She will be sorely missed. I hope she gets the rest she needs and can resume when the heat of the election comes upon us . So I suggest any regular posters or lurkers who frequent that site to go say goodbye. She says she will be communicating with us through Twitter, Facebook, and email of course. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • 259 Kasai
      August 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Keith based on what she wrote below… I am not saying Goodbye just yet…:-)

      “I have every intention to come back well before the election and I hope to see you all”.

      I am keeping hope alive..that she comes back sooner than later. 🙂

  48. August 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I would make a suugestion for everyone to contact their local democratic headquarters and local unions, also the idea of making voter registration a part of the action plan is also a godd idea, because since Acorn was axed we have to be the ones to make up the void.

  49. 262 terim
    August 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I’m a longtime lurker, who recently reactivated my twitter account. (I never knew what to do with it.) Anyhow, is “#takingittothestreets” a group or a link on twitter? I’m trying to find my way on twitter, but it’s hard. I’m following a lot of people from TOD thanks to a link in another post. My twitter name is terim1965.

    • August 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      we are trying to build momentum for a march on Capitol Hill. We’re trying to make that hashtag trend and get people mobilized for a revolution. The idea is that if Egypt did it, so can we. You are welcome to join, every voice counts.

  50. 264 Kasai
    August 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Great suggestion Bjw:-)

  51. 265 Fred
    August 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    this is catching FIRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    Axelrod: This is a “Tea Party downgrade”
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/08/07/ftn/main20089207.shtml

    I didn’t both reading it but the fact that Axelrod said the same thing Kerry said means someone probably on THIS site must have tweeted something to Kerry so I want to send each and everyone of you on this site a virtual hug 😀

  52. 266 Kasai
    August 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Fred..I don’t understand why #Obambusname# is trending on tweeter…with some disgusting comments…We need to fight back hard

  53. 271 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    August 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    THIS IS A TEAPARTY DOWNGRADE!! 😀 This should go viral and all Dems should be pushing this meme through August. Before the Congressional Teathugs get back from their undeserved break.

  54. August 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Donna – Thanks so much for coordinating the takingtothestreets movement. I would be happy to help in any way I can.

    I love to make lists, so let’s start with your facebook page, – please post the URL. Then if you make a facebook page for takingtothestreets I can also link to that.

    Would folks like a list of facebook pages that is similar to the twitter team page I have? If so then here is what we can do…

    I have a wiki page which was originally created to list the facebook pages of elected officials. I have just expanded it to include the names of what I am calling the Obama Facebook Team.

    So… go to this page
    http://facebook-gov.wikispaces.com/

    Click on the EDIT button in the upper right corner. Then enter your name and the address of your facebook page (the address is the stuff at the top of the page that starts with http://www.facebook.com/?. When you have finished entering the information pres the Save button on the right side of menu bar at the top of the page.

    If anyone can’t make the wiki work, just send me an email at whatisworking@gmail.com

    Each day I will check for new listings and then pretty soon we will have a web page at my blog that lists all the facebook addresses for our team.

    While you are at the wiki you may want to add the facebook pages of any elected officials that are not listed there.

    Thanks everyone!!

  55. August 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Since this seems to be the day for throwing out ideas, I have had one brewing for many months now.

    The Republicans in the Senate love to threaten Filbuster in order to kill great legislation.

    I had the idea that we should respond to any filibuster that is held with an “Obama accomplishments filibuster”

    We would gather at cities across the country, in a public place, to read the accomplishments of President Obama. We do this as long as the Senate Filibusters, into the night, hour after hour, as long as it takes.

    If the press covers it – great, if not then we video tape it ourselves and put it on Youtube.

    It would be wonderful to have a crowd, but even if it is only one person we keep reading his accomplishments and the Senate Filibuster turns into a nationwide ad for President Obama.

    There are several lists of his accomplishments we could use as starting points for the script we read from. I would recommend we include a brief paragraph about why each accomplishment is important or how it affects the average person. Once that is created we can post it at my blog.

    The next step would be for each of us who are willing to participate to begin to think of where they want to gather, a public square, in front of a courthouse or government building.

    Next we will each need to find someone who can film the event. If you can’t find anyone, everyone who has a camera as part of their computer could create the video using the YouTube feature where you make a video live.

    Finally I would encourage everyone to join a group they could call on for support so you can generate a crowd. OFA, the Democratic Party, the American Dream Movement, Facebook friends from your community, a neighborhood organization, etc.

  56. 276 Kasai
    August 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    WISW, You are indeed a treasure. I’ve followed your work for a while, words fail me to express my gratitude for all you do.

    Much Respect ~ Kasai

  57. 277 Anya
    August 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    @ lisalovesObama — I find the vitriol and refering to woman as a bitch, instead of her name, incredibly unhelpful, not to mention undignified. I don’t know the background to your hatred of Rachel Maddow, but Ms. Maddow is on our side. Yes, she’s a critic of the President from the left, but so what? In a democracy people are entitled to challenge their President. We need to be unified against the enemy, not tear our own side. How’s that better than what the FDL folks do?

    @ Elaine “She will not get over the fact that the president will not adopt her life style even though he has done so much to assure that the gay community is not discriminated against.” What do you mean by “the president will not adopt her life style”?

    I find attacks against Rachel Maddow, mostly centered on her sexual orientation, instead of her views. This is not overt, but clearly noticeable. This is unbecoming, specially from a site that supports human rights and social justice. I agree with Maddow on most issues, but I often disagree with her on tactics, This is not the same as the rightwingers who hate the President. I think it will serve our cause best if we stay away from the denomination that characterizes the right and the FDL types, instead, we should challenge critics when they’re wrong.

    • August 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Anya, got your point. Okay folks. Everyone just breathe. Yes, it gets over the top sometimes but humans get that way at times. Please, let’s not waste precious time picking at each other here or defending other’s stance. We have to get along, because the bigger goal is doing something pro-active, positively positive and empowering. So, moving forward…..

    • 279 nintendowii10
      August 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      Ms. Maddow thought that Arianna HuffnPuff’s statement “The President needs therapy” hillarious, how can you say that either of those bitches are on our side?

      Sorry, I agree with lisa, Ms. Maddow and HuffnPuff are bitches. And how is Maddow “challenging” President Obama though endless bitchfits?

      Ms. Maddow is upset because her hero, Anthony Wiener had the nerve to sext his penis on Twitter, lied about it, and ended his political career. I have ZERO respect for her and consider her as much an enemy of PBO as the Teapugs on the far right. Fuck her and the horse she rode in on!!!

    • 281 Elaine
      August 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      Maybe I used the wrong words when I said her lifestyle, what I mean is that when he refused to say he was for same sex marriage, her comments about him became more anti obama then pro obama. I have no intention of attacking her for her sexual orientation, but I am not going to let her slide because of it. Her opinions are largely based on what the presidents does concerning the gay community so therefore I will call her out. Human rights and social justice, you bet, I am AA and I know all about human rights and social justice, I am 66 years old and I know when someone is against you because of your race or some ideal that you hold, Rachel might be on our side but she looks out for her own personal interest first, and thats OK . So when someone is critical of her do not assume its because of her sexual orientation, my comment was to explain why I feel her opinion of the president has changed and it has, she might still be on the side of the left, but she is not on the presidents side (in my opinion)

    • 282 Anonymous
      August 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      I don’t go there either Anya. I restrained myself re: Sarah P and that was extremely hard.

    • August 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      didn’t you already post this upthread? Repetition isn’t going to change my mind, but since you like it so much: You have your opinions about her and I have mine. I DESPISE that witch-since you so object to the correct term- and I find nothing useful about her in the least. Thank you.

    • August 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      They call him weak, unready for prime time, a gangster, a backstabber, a liar, they say he needs to grow pair, he’s a secret homophobic, a closet republican, he kisses a$$, is a wall st puppet and every manner of other derogatory and de-masculating terms they can think of.

      However has anyone noticed that when the tables are turned all of a sudden, that isn’t nice of us? Dag, this is the play in the media everyday. You can see it on twitter and on blogs and quite frankly it’s the same old playbook that’s torn and ragged around the edges from over use.

      So here’s my take. Unless you have spoken out openly Anywhere At. All. in defense on the way this president or his wife are spoken of in derogatory terms, don’t get your panties in a bunch when we call out those talking heads who seem more interested in pushing their personal agenda than presenting the unbiased facts.

      As for Maddow in particular, she has been a major disappointment. I used to admire her. Unfortunately until she doesn’t let her sexual orientation get in the way of her reporting she will have to accept that she will be called out for not being impartial and for getting personal when she should be objective.

      ‘Obama must have hated that’ -Rachel Maddow reporting on NY passing Gay Marriage Act. This didn’t belong in that segment at all and pretty much ruined a good story for many people.

      Anthony Weiner could denigrate the president to no end on every station that would have him, but then it’s the president who is ‘not man enough’ to come to his rescue when his short comings finally catch up to him.

      People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks. If she can’t be civil or objective when reporting on issues that matter to her, maybe it’s best to just stay off the topic. Kinda like FauxSpews and their Murdock scandal. lol

  58. 285 Anonymous
    August 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Watch out for the weasel Paul Ryan now saying “I might be open to raising revenues through reforming the tax code if it’s three or four to one spending cuts to revenues increase”.

    This jackass seems to think we won’t count the cuts only debt ceiling initial cut of $1T. He wants 4-to-1 cuts in the Super Congress negotiations meaning 300B in revenues to 1.2T in cuts, so when the total bill is laid out it would be $2.2T in cuts and $300B in revenues – a whole 7% of the debt/deficit reduction will be new revenues.

  59. August 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    YESSSSSSSSS. Tim Geithner has informed President Obama that he will remain in office as Treasury Secretary.

    THANK YOU, Tim. I know this is another worry lifted from PBO’s shoulders.

    • 289 Fred
      August 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      this is good news 😀

    • August 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      Very good news. The President does not need another thing to worry about right now.

    • 291 nintendowii10
      August 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Now HuffNPuff will have a negative Geithner headline… not that I care 🙂

    • 292 majii
      August 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      I am so glad that TS Geithner gave the finger to Jim DeMint. DeMint was calling for PBO to fire Mr. Geithner, and he was doing it to distract from the fact that it was the teapublicans in the House HE recruited who caused the S&P downgrade.

    • August 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      I love you Tim! Thanks so much. I wish Austin had stayed too. 😦 I’ll miss him.

      • 294 Eleroy
        August 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm

        Goolsbee had to return to the University to keep tenure I belive Lisa, but he is stiil being very effective in his participation in the media I hear!!!

    • August 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      I really like his smarts. He’s gotten such a bad rap from the the frustrati moles. He was the one who came in after Bush gave the banks billions in TARP funds with no requirements of payback or behavior changes or anything in return.

      Geithner re-wrote it as best he good for the funds that were left when PBO took over. That’s when Huffington, Greenwald, Hamshire and others at DKOS went into overdrive with their ‘fire Tim’ campaign. They knew what he was trying to do and tried to turn him into the villain in the public’s eye. Tim (yes we’re good buds on first name basis =lol) got most of the money back, but he fought a fierce battle out of the public eye to accomplish that.

      Make no mistake Geithner saved American taxpayers on that toxic deal. Not to mention he was an important numbers man in the auto rescue plan.

      He’s one of those quiet, unsung heroes working largely unseen everyday. I’m glad he’s staying.

  60. August 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    DWS is not tweeting about the TeaParty Downgrade. I think they’re all in sync.

    • August 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      Grrrrr, typos…….I MEANT, DWS is NOW tweeting using the phrase TeaParty Downgrade.

    • August 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      I think that’s letting the GOP off the hook. They are the tea party. The so called moderates in the party are all bullied by the tea party. Boehner seems to have made an agreement (probably in order to win Speakership vote) that any bill would first have to pass Republican caucus – essentially putting the whole country in control of the tea party.

      The Republican Party is the Tea Party.

      • 300 Sue in Minnesota
        August 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

        StR I so agree, the Republican Party is the Tea Party, they have been obstructionists from the beginning of this administration.
        McConnell’s declaration that his main goal is to see that the President is a one term President should never be ignored. The Tea Party caucus are useful idiots being manipulated by the like of the Koch brothers, Grover Norquist, and powerful entities….they are tactical deployments serving a larger Republican strategy.

        IMO, there is no daylight between Republicans and Tea Party because they are one and the same.

        • August 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm

          I agree, but remember, GOP needs the Teahadists especially if they want to follow through with their plans of making PBO a one termer. The more we sabotage the Teapugs, the less the GOP will want to claim them, causing an even bigger chasm between them that Dems can exploit.

          • 302 lmrj
            August 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm

            The bigger the chasm the better. Remember the Dems still have to be able to compromise with the repubs in order to create deals and pass jobs bills. They can’t really publicly demonize them and make it even more difficult. Using their own repub tool against them and creating a chasm at the same time works for me. They’re on point. Look how well corporate jet owners worked! 🙂

            • August 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm

              Imrj, the debt ceiling was raised. Just imagine what the downgrade of the US credit would be if no deal were made. And who would they be blaming, while Obama that’s who.

          • 304 Sue in Minnesota
            August 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm

            Point taken, but why not inspire more moderate Republicans and independents to abandon the Republicans because of their extremism and limited agenda serving 2% of the wealthiest among us.

            We probably are suggesting different routes to the same end….I just don’t think Republicans deserve a pass. They are already working overtime to rewrite history, and distort the present. There are plenty of moderate Democrats, but the extremists on the right continue to push the whole Republican party to the right, continually eliminating what was once a moderating force. I think the Republican philosophy of business above all else is extreme in itself. When corporations become bigger than their government, government of the people, by the people and for the people will fail. I swear they will drag us back to a slavery based economy if we allow the Republicans to prevail. And they will continue to use every divisive opportunity to keep 98% of the population, dependent on the work they provide and divided amongst ourselves. Poor, divided and desperate we will have given them the keys to the kingdom.

    • August 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      forgive me if i’ve missed this somewhere on the messages, but I’m for a #teapartydowngrade hash tag to go with #mediafial.

  61. August 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Since TOAITR is on hiatus I will start posting my “cheer up” stories here. sometimes these stories are directly related to President O and government policies, sometimes not. They are always intended to cheer us up and give us strength.

    Let’s start with a video produced by Steve Sulkin

    “Yes We Can (Change Our Destiny)”

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/08/yes-we-can-change-our-destiny.html

    • 308 Sue in Minnesota
      August 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      I for one appreciate a good cheerleader……thanks for injecting the positive into our collective conscience.

    • 309 Sue in Minnesota
      August 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks WiW….

      The first 34 seconds of this video should be our mantra, repeated everyday we are alive to face.

      Simply inspirational …..and reassuring to know “it still lies before us”

      Yes.We.Can.

    • August 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      Yay, WIW. Looking forward to you being here.

    • August 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      I love your site. I refer many friends there and try to leave your links wherever appropriate. I use it for info all the time and would hope that you do continue to keep us updated. I get mail alerts of new post but I say Post Away!

      Althought I have never figured out how to post with my discus account. I’ve tried numerous times praising/ agreeing with your articles but while it seems like it was accepted, the post never shows. I use firefox but don’t have that problem other places.

  62. August 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    For environmentalist and all who love trees.

    Sprouting Soon: Solar Panels Sculpted As Artificial Leaves
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/08/sprouting-soon-solar-panels-sculpted-as.html

  63. August 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    This story just makes me want to hug this lady
    Principal Opens Food Pantry After Learning 10% of her Students Were Hungry
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/08/principal-opens-food-pantry-after.html

  64. August 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Finally – good news for bikers in boston.

    Boston rolls out new bike-sharing program
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/08/boston-rolls-out-new-bike-sharing.html

  65. 315 Obamaperson
    August 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Chips:

    I am criss-crossing you will not leave all of us. What I am saying is that I appreciate your blog more than any other, and I never, ever give you a hard time. Not ever. I noted blackwaterdog left today. That hurts. I have a sinking feeling that she can’t take trolls at the same time the President is having a hard time. In my mind, she should just kick whoever is being unfair off, and forget them. The rest of us need her, and we definitely need you. I found you through her blog. Please keep on keeping on. Be here with us as we go through shadows of uncertainty and then hopefully feel a rise when justice is restored, and our President is appreciated as he should be.

    Thank you for incomparable service to a of us Obama people.

    • 316 EDP4BHO
      August 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      We can all agree that Chips takes no prisoners, and will kick a troll to the curb without batting an eye 😀


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