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mixed news

Bloomberg: Claims for unemployment insurance payments in the U.S. unexpectedly fell last week to a four-month low, signaling the recent slowdown in payroll gains was caused by a lack of hiring rather than more firings.

First-time applications for jobless benefits decreased 7,000 in the week ended Aug. 6 to 395,000, the fewest since early April … Economists forecast 405,000 claims … The number of people on unemployment benefit rolls and those getting extended payments also dropped.

… The four-week moving average, a less-volatile measure of initial claims, dropped to 405,000, also the lowest since April, from 408,250.

… The number of people continuing to collect jobless benefits dropped by 60,000 in the week ended July 30 to 3.69 million. The decrease was the biggest since February….

…. The unemployment rate among people eligible for benefits, which tends to track the jobless rate, fell to 2.9 percent in the week ended July 30, today’s report showed. Forty-four states and territories reported a decrease in claims, while nine had an increase.

Initial jobless claims reflect weekly firings and tend to fall as job growth – measured by the monthly non-farm payrolls report – accelerates…..

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But ….

The trade deficit widened 4.4 percent to $53.1 billion from $50.8 billion in May, a report from the Commerce Department showed today. The deficit exceeded all estimates in a Bloomberg News survey of economists in which the median was $48 billion. Exports declined the most since January 2009.

Full article here


73 Responses to “mixed news”


  1. August 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

    The decline in exports, I wonder if that is tied to the Trade Bills the President has repeatedly asked Congress to pass?

  2. August 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

    The Republicans hold us hostage. Hope Americans will wake up and see what they are doing.

    • August 11, 2011 at 11:35 am

      we have to help them.. when we make calls and knock on doors this election we have to come armed with the facts and be able to discount all the media/gop talking points with our long fact sheets of info regarding all that POTUS has accomplished and ALL that repubs in Congress have prevented. and all the lies the media have pushed.

  3. 6 halo
    August 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

    BUT YOU WON’T HEAR ABOUT THIS NEWS TODAY!

  4. 7 Obama Grandmama
    August 11, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I was thinking about the newest push that PBO should call Congress back to work. I thought, “Right and they don’t come back then what? Also, they have not gotten around to working on jobs yet and what further damage will they be doing when they do come back?”

    The GOP said their concentration would be jobs when they got elected to the House in 2010. They instead worked to take reproductive rights away as well as any laws they didn’t like. What makes people think they regret their taking us to a dangerous place with their debt ceiling threats and are now ready to help the American people? I just wish those who do not like government would not run for office to destroy government.

    • August 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      Why does it fall to the president to call these grown men and women to come back to do their jobs? There branches of government are three separate distinct branches. The Congress writes the laws, the president signs them into law.

      Why is it that President Barack Obama has to do everybody’s job, including the lazy media? Then they quarrel because he’s taking a vacation. The gall of these people and their freadking double standard.

      • 9 utaustinliberal
        August 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm

        Also they aren’t obligated to come back to Capitol Hill if the President ever calls them back. I firmly believe a lot of them will ignore him just to portray the meme that he is “weak.” Why should he call them back? So there can be more gridlock and stock markets keep plummeting? What constructive jobs will they achieve. It’ll simply be another round of posturing, intransigence and face time with the media. The question the idiot pundits should be asking is why isn’t Boehner calling the house back? He is after all the speaker and the senate never went on full recess. It’s still open. The GOP did that through some procedural loophole so they could block any recess appointments President Obama could make like he did the last time.

        • 10 theo67
          August 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

          Exactly – it is Boehner’s job to call the House back, since all revenue related bills have to originate there. We don’t even know where he is and what he’s doing, yet the media wants to set a trap for President Obama, ruin a much needed break with his family and create yet another new crisis. Sometimes, I hate the media. Well… that’s actually most of the time.

          • 11 COS
            August 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm

            This morning Bill Press, so-called progressive was talking about this on his show. One question of the day was, should PBO take his vacation this month and should he do something bold like the FDR speech or something before he goes on vacation? I have never seen so many double standards for any president. Those repugs who are saying that PBO should not be going on his bus tour are afraid because they know how people react to PBO when he is out of Washington.

    • 12 57andFemale
      August 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      They will tell you that they ARE concentrating on jobs — by lowering or eliminating taxes, regulations. The reason we don’t have jobs is because of “Democrats”. God.

      Be prepared, people: Rick Perry has ‘good’ jobs numbers in TX. All low-paying but that’s what they want.

      Perry is going to be a significant poster child for what ‘works’ in Republican-speak. The media is doing everything they can to end Obama’s presidency.

      There’s been a message vacuum this week and Republicans are filling it.

  5. 13 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    August 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

    The GOP’s main goal is to destroy PBO’s re-election prospects. Nothing more or nothing less. They won’t succeed if we don’t allow them to. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • August 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      Hiyaaaaaah, as we say back home. The will fail!!

      President Obama will be re-elected to complete fixing the mess they left on his watch.

      Evil doers are evil thinkers.

      And we will not allow them to rent any space in our heads.

      We will work to see this president re-elected.

  6. 15 Ladyhawke
    August 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I would amazed if anyone has seen any reporting on the Democrats “Make It In America” agenda. It’s 218 days and counting and nothing from the GOP on job creation. And the MSM wants to know what President Obama and the Democrats have done to create jobs.

    WHEN WE MAKE IT IN AMERICA, AMERICA’S FAMILITIES WILL MAKE IT TOO

    Democrats’ Make It In America agenda is based on the conviction that when more products are made in America, more families will be able to Make It In America. The agenda is intended to create the conditions to help American businesses produce goods here, innovate here, and create jobs here; it includes many of the wise investments necessary for America to out-educate, out-innovate, and out-build its international competitors. President Obama has already signed six Make It In America bills into law, many of which won bipartisan support. Business and labor leaders alike support Democrats’ Make It In America agenda—because Making It In America is central to the future of our competitiveness, our jobs, and our place in the world.

    Check out details on the agenda here:

    http://www.democraticwhip.gov/content/when-we-make-it-america-america%E2%80%99s-families-will-make-it-too

    • August 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Nancy and the Dem leadership have been working on this initiative for over a year! But Repubs have been doing nothing but obstructing.

      • 17 Ladyhawke
        August 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

        Exactly, and Jake Tapper and the rest of the jackals want to know what President Obama and the Democrats have done about jobs. The Republicans get a pass and the Democrats have to jump through hoops. The facts just don’t fit the the narrative they want to run with. So facts are ignored.

    • 18 theo67
      August 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Maybe someone can send this to Thom Hartmann – who has been screeching against the trade deals. I don’t believe the US can live in a bubble and rely on only 300 million people to run its economy. Globalization isn’t going away, but there are advantages in a more global economy – and if the US could just start innovating again, it could take advantage of those opportunities to sell stuff to a quickly advancing world. Instead of railing against trade deals, the President is shaping them to serve the unmet demands of more technologically advanced goods that can be uniquely made here. Might also want to send this to Dylan Ratigan – who was ranting yesterday about all the stuff we’ve already heard from President Obama, but Dylan was pretending that he’s made it up himself and lecturing the President about how to fix the economy and a broken government. No recognition that the President is the one who has been proposing an infrastructure bank since he first came into office, and many jobs initiatives (including something for the returning vets), yet it’s the very broken government that has been stalling progress. But, Dylan made it sound like the ideas are just so simple, but the President refuses to think of them or call Congress to act. Very deceptive.

      • 19 Ladyhawke
        August 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

        It really makes you wonder if they understand the roles of the EXECUTIVE BRANCH and the LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. This is just basic government 101. We have divided government and everyone still thinks President Obama should be able to make the GOP do as he tells them. It’s infuriating that the GOP does not get some scrutiny for their obstruction.

        It guess it is safe to say that most of the pundits and know-it-all experts (and some talk radio hosts) have never looked at the Democrats website or the whitehouse.gov website for that matter. The information is right there if they took the time to look.

        The only way that President Obama can help create jobs is with public/private partnerships that can’t be filibustered by congress.

  7. 20 Ladyhawke
    August 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

    GOP Ignores Jobs While Democrats Unveil Make It In America Agenda

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/make-it-in-america-job

  8. 21 GGail
    August 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Here is a good example of the Power of the People

    Hundreds protest Fullerton man’s death, call for release of video
    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-fullerton-death-20110811,0,6106396.story

    • August 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      This is so tragic and horrific. I hope they get to the bottom of it and the truth is known.

      • 23 GGail
        August 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm

        Yes, it is meta, but the People of Fullerton dubbed “Kelly’s Army” kept up the pressure on the Chief of Police so much that he’s now gone out on medical leave – all because he would not make a statement that an investigation would commence into whether the police used excessive force on this one homeless and helpless man. I’m proud of the people of Fullerton. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

        • 24 theo67
          August 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm

          Exactly what kind of illness has so conveniently allowed this police chief to go on medical leave for up to a year so he can’t be fired? What kind of suspect doctor is involved in this seemingly fraudulent activity? Just too convenient – hope somebody asks for a record of illness to prove this “illness” didn’t just come up overnight. Why can’t he just own up to his shoddy handling of this tragedy?

          • 25 GGail
            August 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

            It is a ruse. The police chief CAN’T be fired if he’s on medical leave. It would take 3 City Council people to request the chief step down and at the time of his medical leave stunt, 2 council people had made the request. So the chief slipped out the door before the third council person could make the request. Believe me, the People of Fullerton is not gonna let him slip away so easily.

  9. 26 ChristiMtl
    August 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Here I am again with going after MSNBC sponsors. I’m still hoping that someone will post a recent list of MSNBC sponsors.

    The only thing I know is the main sponsors for Morning Joe is Starbucks…that’s a start. How many times we heard about boycotting this and that but it never takes off? From what I can see, only Color of Change was successful lately because they didn’t let go..and it was racism.

    The only time our voices with our emails and tweets are heard is when someone make a racist comment, like Pat Buchanan, he had to rectify what he meant, of course he was lying but he did it anyway, or something extremely out of line, the dick comment. But that’s it.-
    No network want to be associate with racism or anything that can damage their ”reputation”, well unless it’s Fox News.As if. That’s the only reason why we saw some results.

    How about our angry tweets about Grover Norquist? *crickets*
    -telling the truth about the GOP hypocrisy and insane opposition? *crickets*
    -the constant bashing and lies about the President? *crickets*

    And on and on and on….nothing change, MSNBC still pretend to be left leaning and is so much more damaging than Fox News because a lot of people believes that lie.

    If we keep complaining about Joe Scarborough and his crew on a daily basic and send our angry tweets and emails but drink our little cup of coffee from Starbucks or whatever products they sell, what impact do we have? ZERO. We’re only feeding the beast.

    Scarborough is considered by many as a ”moderate” who goes after both sides on ”left leaning” network. Is it true? of course not, It’s bull, he will complain about such and such about the GOP just to pretend to be moderate but bash the President non stop for almost all the time he’s on the air. If a guest has something positive to say about the President, he yells, he insults like the bully that he is and that person just crumble and finally agree with him. They’re not all like John Kerry lets say.

    So this far right nutjob control the narrative on his show and set the narrative for the day, how many times his crap is picked up by other channels, blogs?? every freaking day.

    He is dangerous and we just let him be, we let corporate media control the message every day.They want to destroy the President and they’re helping the far-right, and we just let them because we don’t go after what only matter to them, Money.

    So please guys, start something on twitter, boycott Starbucks, send them emails, tweet them, anything that can be done but this can’t be for a day or two, we can’t let go.

    I called my brother this morning at the office, he’s my boss, the company has about 300 employees, I asked him if he stops at Starbucks sometimes, he said to me. ”yes pretty much every day”. I asked him to please find another place and I explained to him why, He completely agreed with me because he likes President Obama and don’t want another Georges Bush in the WH. So he’s going to spread the word around.
    Boycott Starbucks.

    It’s just take a match to start a fire.

    I just copied what I saw on wiki about the association of Strabucks and Scarborough. We have to stop feeding the beast.

    Since June 1, 2009, Morning Joe has been presented as “brewed by Starbucks,” and the sponsor’s logo is now part of the show’s logo. Although the hosts have previously consumed Starbucks coffee on air “for free,” in the words of MSNBC president Phil Griffin, it was not paid placement at that time.[8] The move was met with mixed reactions from rival news organizations, viewed as both a clever partnership in an economic downturn and a compromise of journalistic standards.[9] Target Corporation now also offers a “Morning Joe” brand of coffee exclusively in its stores, many of which also incorporate Starbucks shops.

    • 27 dotster
      August 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Semi-relatable here. Chgo. Trib had a story yesterday that a gay rights activist org. rose up to protest an appearance by Starbucks CEO at a conservative rt. wing evangelical mega-church near me. This mega church, Willow Creek, is mega, a city unto itself. Starbucks CEO was scheduled to speak at some leadership conference they were hosting, what he was doing there I don’t know. Since that church has a history of teaching anti-gay beliefs, even the pray away the gay biz a la the Bachmanns, this gay group, loaded with signed petitions, got the Starbucks CEO to back out. There was a statement from Starbucks owner that he didn’t agree with his CEO appearing there. And there was a couple of amusing statements at the end of the article from the pastor there, that they have changed some of their gay stances—–you now can be considered to be gay not from choice and you can be gay, you just have to remain celibate. Isn’t that nice of them? 🙂
      At least it shows that an organized objection can affect change.

    • 28 Mae who love our CIC
      August 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      Target has always supported the GOP.

  10. 29 Ladyhawke
    August 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    The Republican majority in the house has either ignored or voted down any jobs bills introduced by the Democrats.

    DEMOCRATS: ECONOMY AND JOB CREATION

    Democrats are fighting to repair a decade of damage and grow an economy based on hard work and responsibility, not greed and reckless speculation—an economy that strengthens our country and middle-class families for the long run. The current recession has touched nearly all of us in some way, but the heart of America’s promise is our resilience to overcome hardship. Democrats are committed to helping all Americans confront these challenges—spurring job creation, rebuilding our infrastructure, investing in clean-energy technologies, and restoring fairness and opportunity to our economy.

    We still have work to do, but Democrats are moving forward with a “Made in America” economic plan to strengthen American industries and create jobs for American workers by:

    – Ending tax loopholes that let corporations hide profits overseas, and investing those dollars in small businesses that create jobs in America;

    – Providing tax cuts to small businesses and expanding lending so that businesses can create new jobs;

    – Investing in a clean-energy economy, and providing tax credits to spark manufacturing of windmills, solar panels, and electric cars here at home; and

    – Putting Americans to work rebuilding roads, bridges, rails, and ports, strengthening our economy and our infrastructure across all 50 states.

    http://www.democrats.org/issues/economy_and_job_creation

  11. August 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing all that information. It would be great to see a list of sponsors. I live around the corner from so many coffee shops and most of the neighborhood avoids Starbucks. It would be great if we could get some momentum going on these sponsors.

    • August 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      This was supposed to be in response to ChristiMtl above! Not sure what happened.

      • 32 ChristiMtl
        August 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

        We have to do something, I don’t have any kind of impact lets say, I’m not well knowed, I don’t have a blog, I am still new to twitter, I don’t have thousand of followers but I’m hoping many people will pick this fight because it’s tragic that we let corporate media manipulate the messaging like this.
        They obviously don’t care about our angry emails and tweets since nothing change and quite the contrary it’s worst and worst every week.

        We definitely need a list of their sponsors, we have to start with MSNBC.

        • 33 edp4bho
          August 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

          Christi, I’m with you. I tried last night to find sponsors for Hardball. All I found were requests from nutjobs to boycott him. Will keep looking. So glad I can get in here now from work. I’ve missed a bit of commenting right away.

        • August 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm

          I don’t have cable or I’d stomach viewing these shows just to write down their sponsors.. possibly someone is willing to sit through them for a couple of days so we can start a list?

          • 35 ChristiMtl
            August 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

            I’m sure there’s lists online, no need to do that, I found a few but they were from 2008, we need something more recent.

  12. August 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Good Morning TOD family

    I read 2 stories at the Pragmatic Progressive that cheered me, and may sheer you also.

    Giving Shape to Democratic Ideas vs. Whining About It
    http://thepragmaticprogressive.org/wp/2011/08/09/giving-shape-to-democratic-ideas-vs-whining-about-it/

  13. August 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    More good news
    Falling gas prices provide motorists some relief
    I have included a video of President Obama discussing gas prices earlier this year.
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/08/falling-gas-prices-provide-motorists.html

  14. August 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    A story to build on chips great jobs story.

    Hiring Demand for Recruiters Steadily Increasing in 2011, Despite Job Market Concerns
    includes a video of President Obama’s weekly address on creating jobs.
    http://theobamadiary.com/2011/08/11/mixed-news/#comment-90395

  15. August 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Finally another Health Care success story

    Health IT Training Creates New Careers
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/08/health-it-training-creates-new-careers.html

  16. 43 Fred
    August 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    yes yes yes 😀
    Pelosi Names Van Hollen, Clyburn And Becerra To Deficit Super Committee

    Newt Gingrich doing what he does best :lying about the President 🙄
    Gingrich: Cut Off U.N. Funding If They Recognize Palestinian State
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/08/gingrich-cut-off-un-funding-if-they-recognize-palestinian-state.php

    Romney tells Iowa audience: “Corporations are people, my friends.” 🙄
    Video after the jump …
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2011/08/ooops_5.php?ref=fpblg

    • August 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      I especially like Becerra… I remember him specifically from some other committe- that was televised with POTUS attending.. and Becerra was well spoken, very intelligent, calm rational.. just came off to be smart. Nancy Pelosi has tweeted that this should be an open/ televised committee- hopefully (with our help) that will happen. America needs to view this entire group in action- and really see who’s on their side.

      • 45 utaustinliberal
        August 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

        Yay!!!! Love Clyburn and Van Hollen. Don’t really know Becerra. But ok. We have all our players. Crossing my fingers that something productive and balanced comes out of this committee and thank goodness it’s a straight up or down vote so no teabagger can hold the bill up demanding weird and nonsensical amendments.

      • 46 theo67
        August 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm

        The only thing about televising anything with Repubs is that they turn into political soundbites. When they can’t be seen, it seems that they do actually talk like normal people occasionally. I’m not sure – transparency can be good, but with this Repub bunch, it seems to be a disaster for getting stuff done. Only way to make TV work with them is to catch them by surprise – like with the “Boston Massacre” when PBO brought them down in their own den (of inequity).

    • 47 Ladyhawke
      August 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      Pelosi Names Van Hollen, Clyburn And Becerra To Deficit Super Committee

      Excellent choices. Nancy Pelosi is my hero. I love that woman.

    • August 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      I nailed to of these three. Becerra is very close to Pelosi, a lieutenant of hers really, Van Hollen is a future leader once the Pelosi/Hoyer group move on, Clyburn is great on messaging and fighting for the little guy. I would have liked to see another woman or two but these are good choices.

      I expect the MSM to light up these picks outside of Van Hollen though.

    • 50 GGail
      August 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      Pelosi Names Van Hollen, Clyburn And Becerra To Deficit Super Committee

      Leader Nancy Pelosi is soooooo smart! – YEAH! And I agree, the committee meetings should be televised.

  17. 51 edp4bho
    August 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    testing.

  18. 52 edp4bho
    August 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    yes….I got in, finally 😀

  19. 56 nintendowii10
    August 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    It’s really pissing me off when the fucking jokers in the media are asking what is PBO doing about jobs and why isn’t he focused on jobs.

    Wasn’t it ONE YEAR AGO that the Republicans were campaigning on jobs?

    THE REPUBLICANS GOT THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE BECAUSE THEY LIED ABOUT JOBS, WHY ISN’T THE MEDIA ASKING WHY AREN’T THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS FOCUSING ON JOBS LIKE THEY PROMISED?!!!!!!!

    It seems like the only pepople in the media asking that question are Reverend Al and Randi Rhodes. Loudmouth Ed is too busy blaming PBO for the failure of Wisconsin to win three Senate seats in the special recall election, Cenk Uygar is too busy still being sore and bitter from Rev Al taking his timeslot on MSNBC, Christ Matthews is the Mitt Romney of cable news, you never know where he is going to stand… it’s just SHAMEFUL that these hacks in the media do nothing BUT opine against PBO and not do their jobs.

    • 57 edp4bho
      August 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      I am still inclined to hop a train to DC when these devils come back to work. I can’t just sit and do nothing. I still say we ought to have a flash mob ala You Tube via Facebook. Why not? Everybody can take a vacation day. If it’s on Sept. 7, that’s a Wednesday. I’m game.

      • 58 theo67
        August 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm

        I think Rev Al said yesterday that there’s a march in DC on Aug 27 – might want to see if you can join that one. I’ll be on vacation – otherwise, I would have flown in for it.

  20. August 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Poll news: Pres O leads repubs in North Carolina:

    Obama leads Romney by 3 points in the state, 46-43. However most of the undecided voters are GOP leaning so it’s probably best to think of that match up as a tie. The numbers are an improvement for Obama compared to a month ago when he and Romney were dead even. We’ve seen a general improvement in Obama’s numbers as opposed to the Republican alternatives in the wake of the debt deal. My take on the fallout from that based on the polling we’ve done is that it hurt Obama’s image a little bit but it probably hurt the GOP’s image even more.

    /snip/

    Against the rest of the GOP field Obama has pretty healthy leads- it’s 8 points over Rick Perry at 48-40, 10 over Michele Bachmann at 50-40, and 13 over both Herman Cain and Sarah Palin at 50-37 and 52-39. There are a lot more undecided Republicans than Democrats in all of those match ups so the final results would probably be closer if voters really had to cast their ballots today but the margins are wide enough it’s pretty safe to say that he would beat any of those four at this point in time.

    http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/

    • August 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Nobody has campaigned against Romney yet. GOP have been campaigning against President Obama for two years – never stopped since the McCain general campaign. Which is why Perry needs to get in – he’ll play to win. All the other candidates seem to be playing to be Romney’s VP.

      • 61 theo67
        August 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

        I think it’s because the VP wannabes just want the office without actually having to do any work to solve the problems. They are hoping to cascade in after their GOP president and slide into a country where the President just needs to be ceremonial – plus, they go on the “it’s your turn” system, and apparently, it’s Romney’s turn.

  21. 62 HZ
    August 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Good Afternoon TOD Family. I said that I was going to be quiet today and try to catch up on my rest because for a long day for me as well as for other, I am sure. I first want to thank all of my TOD family and Chipstiscks for your kind words, your loving care about my medical outcomes, and your sincere prayers, meditation in thoughts. I appreciate it so very much. I said that I would give my family here an update after visiting having my gastrointertinal procedure. He also concluded from the all the many tests and the procedure that I have a very , very bad case of IBS. Colon has no cancer cells,, no polypd gomy nddcdc. He stressed that my stress levels will cause the attacks to be very painful, so try to counter the stress with pleasant and less stressful situation. I understand that, and that I why I do the things that I mentioned so often when I am here with you all. However,I conveyed to him that I will do my very best because the attacks are awful. He said that is the case with many patients. I am happy that there is not colon cancer. I still have such a difficult tiem, but I am doing what good patients must do. I do what I have to do. However, I ask my TOD family to keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I just had some quiet time with to ask for guidance in chooseing my fights, and making sure that I keep my water habits constant with my lifestyle. I am going to be fine. When the pain comes, I know what to do. I am blessed to have a loving brother(even though he is on a another coase with a very demanding and high profile job, we have a great relationship. But I try not to burden people with my burdens. I try to stay close to my faith of prayers, meditations, and find the time to relax. Because so or later, I know me, I will get fired up. So I want you all to not worry. I will tell you when to worry with me and for me. You all have been so wonderful with me through all of this. I was cervy concerned as Chipsticks will tell you. And I want to thank Chipsticks for allowing our TOD family for sharing our concerns about each other and sharing our love to help each other in anyway that is possible. Thank you so much, my wonderful Chipsticks. I will be good today, but I still have some letters to write. God has placed so many wonderful, loving, and thoughtful, and comforting angels of mercy and grace around me, and I am so thankful to all of you. We will win this,but we must pray together, meditate together, and do all of the great things to bring this win off for our future and and nation. I received a beautiful letter from headquarters with a letter from Presisdent Obama. It is to the point and very true as to what we need and must doo. I love you all so very much. HZ (Excuse the spelling etc., I can’t see what I am typing.)

    • 63 utaustinliberal
      August 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Will be keeping you in my prayers HZ. Stay positive. 🙂

    • 65 GGail
      August 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you HZ for giving us an update on your medical appointment. We will continue to lift you up in prayer…and…remember…DRINK YOUR WATER 😀

      • 66 HZ
        August 11, 2011 at 11:19 pm

        Thank you GGail for your thoughts and your prayers. I need them all. Yes, I have a plan for the water. A must for sure.

    • 67 Fred
      August 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      ouch HZ I know what having IBS ifeels like . . .worse kind of abdominal pain;constipation;diaherra(I want to sincerely APOLOGIZE to my TOD family for being so graphic)bloating you name it.Waiting for the results of the colonoscopy and upper endoscopy is horrible.So happy you don’t have any polyps HZ 😀

      stay AWAY from greasy and spicy food like a bad habit and if I may suggest try Nexium.

      • 68 HZ
        August 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm

        Fred, thanks for taking the time to write your comments to me. Yes, you are right on the points. It is very painful to have the stage of IBS that I have. You have described some of the symptoms exactly. Yes, the colonscopy and the endoscopy waiting was a terrific experience because all of the worst thoughts are going through the mind all at once. However, I finally wrapped my brain around the facts and my own research and prayed about it for physical strength and mental focus, and the results were bearable. thanks for your thoughts, Fred. I do not eat spicy food or fried food at all. I have always been very good with my diet. I will read up on your suggest and see if my other conditions will allow me to try it. Thanks so much, Fred. You and my entire family always give me hope, peace, and love. I love you back also.HZ

    • 69 theo67
      August 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      Excellent news, HZ. Please don’t get too stressed with things – we need you healthy!

      • 70 HZ
        August 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm

        Thanaks so much, Theo67. The stress issue of all of this is so important. My doctor was very direct with me about that aspect of my condition being kept on the right path. Thanks agaain, theo67.

  22. 71 Ladyhawke
    August 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    How New Fuel Economy Standards Are Creating New Jobs

    A fundamental part of President Obama’s strategy to energize our economy is making smart investments in research and technology to create jobs for American workers. Today, the President will be visiting the Johnson Controls advanced battery manufacturing plant in Holland, MI to highlight the key role that innovative technologies will play in the future of the U.S. auto manufacturing industry, helping automakers achieve historic fuel efficiency standards, spurring economic growth, and creating high-quality domestic jobs in cutting edge industries across America.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/11/how-new-fuel-economy-standards-are-creating-new-jobs

  23. August 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    The same progressives who are up in arms about what Walker, Kasich, Snyder, Scott et al are doing to their States by running roughshod with their majorities is exactly the same thing they wanted the President to do in 2009 and 2010 – except States don’t have the 60-vote super majority threshold.

    Similarly they now champion the idea that Dale Shultz might rein in the Walker agenda but spit fire against Lieberman wouldn’t sign off on their progressive agenda.

  24. 73 Mae who love our CIC
    August 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    When I think it an elite group of people are trying to destroy this country as we know it. And it is the greed of money that cause them to act insane. They want to live in this country where they have the freedom to do anything they wish to do within the laws in which we are governed. They want their wealth to be maintained out of the country. When they own companies they want to exploit the workers in other countries to produce goods and services at a lower than our minimum wages. They probably skirt around standard environmental issues in other countries, polluting them as well. If they could have it their way they would bring the jobs back only if they could hire workers at less than the minimum wage, no minimum hiring age, unlimited hours of work with no breaks, no days off, unsafe work conditions, etc. Unions were formed and exists to protect the workers. The GOP and the tea party are very unreasonable. They care nothing about the American people. They don’t want a thinking man as our President. They want a puppet. They want a liar such as Romney because if you as candidate are running for office and your ideas can help this country just why would you withhold such valuable information. Any name on the GOP side will do nothing but try to discredit President Obama with lies. I declare in Jesus name, it will not work. Every tongue that rise against him shall be defeated. As for as Bachmann with her crazy tail looking self as if she is demon possessed talking about a TelePrompTer. They have to demonize President Obama because their pea brains has nothing to offer just more hate. I can’t even imagine having another President in office after 2016. We have got the best man ever. God bless you President Obama. I know my comments are all over the place
    Those who were looking to march need to hook up with Rev Al. They are doing something August 27th if I am not mistaken. Peace.


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