news you may have missed….

Thank you Donna Dem – as she said: “The national networks didn’t cover the jobs protests against republicans like they did the republican teaparty townhalls two years ago, but they happened none the less.”

189 Responses to “news you may have missed….”

  1. 1 donna dem 4 obama
    September 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks Chips,

    Eveyone please share this video on twitter and facebook and everywhere you visit. We have to be our own media

    • September 3, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks for this Donna. It is so reassuring to see that ‘the people are’ speaking out. 😆

      “The national networks didn’t cover the job protests against republicans….” ‘We have to be our own media.’ These words actually tie in very nicely with a point raised by Zizi in the previous thread.

      Ms Chips, Zizi’s post is well worth sharing in a thread of its own. Pretty please with …… (fill in the blank). 😉

      • 3 donna dem 4 obama
        September 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

        I read or heard somewhere this week that in 2008 The Obama Campaign had 8 MILLION volunteers on the ground for his election. In 2010 we had 300,000. This is just more evidence as Zizi said that we did not build on the foundation that was put into place in 08 by this historical campaign. Far too many Liberals/Progressives rubbed their hands together and said the job was done…now its up to the President to do the rest. She nailed it about building the structure to effect change and too many of this Presidents supporters went to sleep after January 2009.

        • September 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm

          Yes and a lot of them continue to attack OFA as if OFA was built for them to use at their disposal while they just sit home and watch.

        • September 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm

          And, you’d think that all those people who sat our 2010 like that would be a little more concerned right now and get involved again. Well, I hope they do, but certainly some of the more vocal ones are still acting like cry babies.

          Watching these clips of protests gives me hope again. I’m very glad I finally got onto this site. Kos is way too depressing.

          • 7 Emerald
            September 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm

            Well, actually the people who didn’t vote in 2010 were the same people who don’t vote in any midterm–mostly young people and, sad to say, many minorities. They just don’t vote in large numbers in midterm elections. Never have. The emoprogs didn’t really influence that election as much as they, or we, thought.

            The difference in 2010 was that the other side was massively motivated, and our side was just normal.

            But 2012 is a presidential year, so we’ll get the young people and minorities back.

            • September 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm

              Yeah, that’s a good point. I just hope they all realize the huge difference that has taken place since they opted to sit out 2010 and the Tea Party has taken over our Congress. And I hope they decide to get involved this time.

        • September 3, 2011 at 11:32 pm

          Becase he was not on the ballot!

        • 10 kefauver
          September 4, 2011 at 8:49 am

          Yes, but if you tell the left-baggers that, they will say “Exit polling shows liberals showed up to vote, just more conservatives turned out. Liberals didn’t sit it out, blah, blah, blah . . .”

          I would love to have a link to the 8 million number vs. 300,000 number. I would just counter their tired BS with that info every time.

      • September 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm

        I second this. We need “A word from ZiZi”. It was really just brilliant.

      • 12 nathkatun7
        September 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm

        vcprezofan2, I totally, and enthusiastically, second your request to Ms Chipsticks! Zizi’s brilliant post deserves “a thread of its own”.

    • 13 a4alice
      September 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      you’re awesome Donna! Off to tweet it to The People!


    • 14 Jennifer
      September 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Chips and Donna. I even sent this to Rev Al, who knows, sure as hell doesn’t hurt to try. Maybe even Ed, why not? He’s supposedly all about jobs. Due to health crap, I have a hard time leaving the house but I have to help anyway I can. Even though it’s credited to Tip, it was actually his father that said “all politics is local.”

  2. September 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I noticed very scant coverage of the protest town halls this Aug. compared to last Aug. when every news outlet showcased the tea party protests. There may have been a snippet on p. 13 in the newspapers but nothing on TV news. No lead stories like last year. Wonder what the difference is this year. hmmmmmmm. Also I just noted that CNN said they will be covering Palin’s tea party appearance today—live and in its entirety. Funny, I don’t remember CNN covering the President of the United States as he held significant town halls across the Midwest recently. You would think those would be more important than airing a grifter governor drop out who is not even a presidential candidate appear before toothless wonders to bash our president. Strange and disturbing priorities.

    • 16 Fred
      September 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      come on now Dots my dear;you didn’t really expect the so-called “liberal” media who are complacent with them to show those Americans who are (finally) waking-up to what the Teahadists are doing to our Country to be shown on tv now did you ? 🙄 😉

    • 18 kefauver
      September 4, 2011 at 8:57 am

      The TEA Party is guaranteed coverage by the MSM. No matter what. One of the major TEA Party heads gave a speech in DC for some TEA Party event back in the spring and the only people there to listen were media members covering it. It was pathetic. The TEA Party is nothing more than an astroturf movement cooked up by extreme elements within the GOP.

  3. 19 Debz
    September 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you Chips, for this video and thank God for local news coverage. We would never see this on national news programs but most people do watch their local news. We aren’t as uninformed as the MSM would like everyone to believe.

  4. September 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    This video is part of the rebuild the dream movement or american dream movement I have been talking about. I ask that each of you go to this website http://www.rebuildthe dream.com and sign the petition that supports the “Contract for the American Dream”. I ask that you also consider joining in one of these protests. To do that go to MovOn.org, scroll down to the bottom of the front page and enter your zip code, it will tell you of the nearest group near you.

    There are several videos like the one Donna posted, I am collecting them at my blog. How cool would it be for a us to run a video like this one everyday. I will send more info when I have my page of republican protests finished.

  5. September 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Just wanted to repeat my comment from the last thread as it was near the bottom. Glad UKSam feels the same!

    I would like to ask one more time. Would everyone on this blog work their fingers to the bone to help re-elect PBO? I need him, you need him, the WORLD needs him. As the Beatles would sing: Come together right now.
    Thanks from your Canadian sister!

    • 25 donna dem 4 obama
      September 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Hi Barb!! You know I’m In and will do everything within my power to get him reelected!

    • 27 sam uk obama supporter
      September 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      Too right I feel the same canadabarb, I am in 100%!!
      Obama/Biden 2012!

    • September 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      I AM IN!! I will work in whatever capacity is necessary to re-elect PBO.

    • 29 Frenchie08
      September 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      I’M IN Big time!!!!!

    • 30 cuphalffull
      September 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      I am and I will. We are building a strong OFA organization in my rural Midwest county so it can be done even in the low population areas. Courage!

    • 31 jacquelineoboomer
      September 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm

      Oh, okay, you talked me into it … I’M IN! Thanks for your wonderful support, Barb!

    • 32 LunarSea
      September 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      Me too, absolutely…I’m in!

    • 33 sjterrid
      September 3, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      Hi barb, I’m in. I’ve been donating and making calls for OFA at phone banks and on line since 2008, and I don’t intend to stop. I was at a phone bank on thursday night making call into a close by congressional district that has a republican congressman. We were calling seniors to call their congressman, that voted three times to end medicare, and tell him to leave their medicare alone. I doubt he’s going to listen, but it gets the message out what the republicans are doing.

    • 34 hgerhard
      September 3, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      Canadabarb4obama – thank you! I will do anything and everything I know how to do to reelect my all-time favorite President. Forget that, I’ll learn new things as well. I have already learned to tweet and I will use up the last ounce of my friends’ patience to learn from them how to use cyberspace. Last week I reduced my remaining working hours to just one shift per week so I can spend more time working with OFA, Together we will prevail. Thank you again for all your support and energy. I agree with you 100% and as an “American by choice” I echo your statement. Yes, the WORLD needs him.

  6. 35 donna dem 4 obama
    September 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I just got a message from the Chairperson of the Maryland Democratic Party on Facebook.

    She posted this link and prefaced it with this quote: “For all who support the President but think he should get angrier. His cool is his power. He must never lose it.” (Wow I thought that was powerful so I just tweeted her quote)


    • September 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      I read this last night – A really good read! I check Smartypants’ posts daily; they are always thoughtful and well-sourced.

    • 37 Pamela
      September 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Totally agree… PBO is centered, IMO, he is heart-centered. So many of us who understand this, also work from a balanced, sane, compassionate place in our hearts. Haters do not know of this dimension, sadly, many of our so-called ‘leaders’ do know hve the experience of living from this center. President Obama does not have time to waste energy being ‘angry’, even for show. Nothing he does is for ‘show’. He is the real deal, he is here to get the work done, and he knows no one can get there alone. He is an astonishing example of the finest attitude a human being can reach and share. It is who he is.

    • September 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      This is exactly the kind of comments we need to be making. Quick and powerful comebacks to complaints about the President. Brove to Donna and that smart lady who is the Chairperson in Mass. Reading these types of posts gives me strength.

    • 39 Fred
      September 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      thank you
      thank you
      thank you
      thank you

      I NEEDED thank Donna.

      I needed that . . .

    • September 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      Indeed, Donna. I saw that on twitter and retweeted it.

      Also, yesterday I was talking to a friend about something totally different, but she told me about this quote and I loved it so much, I tweeted it.

      “SHALLOW BROOKS ARE NOISY” — Unlike the constant noise we hear daily, that is definitely NOT PBO.

      Back home, the old folks used to tell us: If listen to the noise in the market, you will never get anything done.

    • 41 Debz
      September 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      This is wonderful to hear. PBO goes along doing his job and has been more successful than any other since LBJ, yet the “angry” tough talking Presidents did not accomplish very much.

    • September 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      They are exactly right.

    • September 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you for that tweet from Maryland, donna dem 4 obama! I’m in the camp that President Obama should be himself.

      Weird things start to happen when we try to be something we’re not. President Obama is a brilliant, courageous, compassionate person and he has his own unique way of getting things done in spite of the raging opposition. He and his Admin are coming up with other ways to get things accomplished in the face of those who don’t want any good news for our country.

    • 44 nathkatun7
      September 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks Donna for sharing this and the video clips of August jobs protests, throughout the country, ignored by the national MSM! I totally agree with the MD Chairperson’s comment. I also read Smartypants’ excellent post yesterday. It’s indeed a must read.

    • 46 cuphalffull
      September 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      One thing that is important about town halls, there are other people there to reinforce the points being made and to make the representative answers the questions. When I call my GOP freshman rep, which i do regularly and will continue to do, I am alone in the activity. As I watched this film I longed for the ability to state the same things out loud with a group of people in attendance and let them hear the answers and my response to those answers. Our rep held no town halls this summer that I could find.

      • 47 jacquelineoboomer
        September 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm

        Next time Congress takes a vacation to “go back home and speak with constituents,” maybe voters should hold their own town halls … invite their Rep and Senators, and the media, and bring a camera to record it … and see what happens. I’m sure a nice Democrat in each community would lend a meeting space.

  7. 48 DreamChaser57
    September 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I sent this to the Sierra Club yesterday, the subject heading on the message was Breaking: Obama’s Big Mistake
    I have grown weary of EVERYONE bashing the president, the Right, the Left, the professional LEFT, the TEA party, the Independents, everyone is just vicious and cruel, not to mention Cornel West, Congressional Black Caucus ….it’s all too much. Everyone is just pointing their finger trying to instruct President Obama how to lead with the recalcitrant republicans, everyone has their hand out, everyone wants his exclusive attention, it’s revolting.

    Here is my email I sent to the Sierra Club…..

    “i have requested to be removed from Sierra Club’s mailing list. i am not sure why i am still receiving messages. i think this president is incredibly receptive to environmental causes and i think that bashing him and encouraging your membership to express their rage is a critical misstep. we need more civility and respect in this society especially amid the vitriolic hazardous poltical climate of late. thanks for promptly removing me from your list many thanks”

    • 49 cuphalffull
      September 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      I have the same reaction when an organization triangulates with the President. I don’t think they have caught on yet that many people are feeling this way and that they must take that into consideration before they put out their information.

    • 50 LunarSea
      September 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      I too have the same reaction, but we really should think things through before acting and not just act on instinct. As a member you have a voice on their sites, publications and polls that you wouldn’t have otherwise.

      Heck I’m seriously considering joining the NRA just to get on the inside. That way I’d know what they are saying and doing and can voice my opinion. After all, that’s how the opposition does it.

      So yeah, think about it.

      • 51 Aquagranny911
        September 3, 2011 at 11:51 pm

        OH good luck on that. Some of those NRA people are nutfigging crazy. If you voice your true opinion someone might hunt you down and shoot you, so be really really careful with those folks.

    • 52 nathkatun7
      September 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      Well done DreamChaser57! They really need to be told the truth. They are undermining a President who, in my opinion, has done so much for the environment. I am sorry to say, but the Sierra Club is dominated by privileged well to do people who are solely concerned with just one issue. The President has to deal with a whole host of complicated and conflicting issues that can only be resolved through meaningful compromises.

      • 53 Aquagranny911
        September 4, 2011 at 12:00 am

        Agreed and they have gotten so strident and unyielding on some issues here in AZ that no one will listen to them anymore even on important issues like mining. If they were willing to listen and have dialogue with farmers and ranchers instead of treating these people like enemies, they might have more success. It’s sad but Sierra Club has become a dirty word here because they have been so arrogant.

  8. September 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you Donna Dem and Chips!! This is wonderful to see. Now if we can see this plastered all over the MSM in general we might see something happen when the president gives his joint address to the prepubescent Republicans in Congress who are more concerned with shooting down our president than doing anything at all to help the country’s economy.

    What would we do without this group here? You’re all wonderful.

  9. 55 taiping1
    September 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Great diary on http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/09/so-that-ignorance-wont-be-reason-why.html People’s View by ThisIsMyTime summarizing all of the president’s accomplishments with video and links for each of the accomplishments, sorted by areas. Bookmark it, share it, pass it on!

    Time to push back against media values. Time also to talk about values: do we believe in a government that looks out for the people, by the people? Do we believe in equality of opportunity, justice, caring for one another? Do we believe in a social safety net, specifically social security, medicare, medicaid? Do we believe that everyone’s vote counts?

  10. September 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    This video may be a repeat from a few days ago, but it is worth watching daily.

    It was created by moveon.org

    GOP Rep Eric Cantor – That’s Not How We Do Things in America


    The election will not be won or lost solely on the economy, it will be on the character of the candidates and the vision they have for America. We need to make sure everyone has a clear idea of the Republican vision.

    • 58 anniebella
      September 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      What is Working, Don’t worry, remember what the President said in a recent interview. He said once the GOP pick their candidate, he will be ready.He will let everyone know his vision for America and the radical Republicans vision. Let everyone under estimate this President. I want to remind the GOP, that Osama bin Laden under estimated him, now he is at the bottom of the ocean.

  11. September 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Oh fiddlesticks the link is to the wonderful smarypants article, not the video, lets try that again.

    • 60 Debz
      September 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      WIW, is this ad on TV and not just the web? I hope it is being seen by as many people as possible. This is great, they call out the GOP using words every one can understand. Excellent!!!

  12. September 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I wonder when and how the corporate heads of the major MSM’s will be brought to task?

    • 62 donna dem 4 obama
      September 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      It will only happen when We The People get fed up enough. When that bozo (sorry but that is how I feel about him) Keith Olbermann got suspended from MSNBC for not disclosing donations to Dems his supporters made over 300,000 phone calls to that network and the Corp. heads relented and Keith was put back on the air within a day or two. That’s the power we have but people haven’t gotten pissed off enough yet to force the Corp Owned Media to be held accountable for their bias, lazy, sloppy, irresponsible “reporting” .

      We tell ourselves that we don’t need the media but the hard cold reality is that they are the window into society and the public will always tune it to try and get a glimpse of what is happening in our world. They will either be informed or misinformed. For this Presidency it has leaned heavily to the misinformed side of things.

    • September 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      The internet. 80% of the US Population is on the internet. That’s roughly 250M people than can be reached without the MSM corporate filters. We all have email lists, facebook pages and twitter followers that we know personally and thus know the best way to engage them politically without turning them off.

  13. 64 utaustinliberal
    September 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks for this Donna. I’m going to tweet this to as many media folks and corporations as I can and ask why we aren’t seeing footage of such protests yet in August 2009 we kept seeing loop after ad nauseam loop of supposed “grassroots” teaparty coalition protesting over healthcare and death panels.

    • 65 donna dem 4 obama
      September 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      And in the rare occassion when the National News does show it they always spin it to where these protest are by the public show that they are pissed at the President because they don’t have jobs. It ALWAYS has to be PBO’s fault….

  14. September 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Here is a web page with several videos about the protests, there was very likely a protest in a town near you. Be encouraged


  15. 67 CEB
    September 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks to all who contributed the videos of the various nation-wide protests against the job-killing repubs. Just as social media was a great tool in the liberation of the people of North Africa and the Middle East, it is, and will be a major weapon in re–electing PBO and getting more Dems in congress. These videos can also be a comfort to those who feel despair or frustration; there is action going on all over the country even if we are not aware of it all of the time.
    I have begun educating my 12th grade students regarding media bias and where and how to find real information about what is going on in our state and nation so that they are well-informed new voters (already talking to them about being registered voters).

  16. 69 Kasai
    September 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Good Day Everyone:-)
    Just got back from volunteering..had a registration drive at the Farmer’s Market…passed out flyers..even here at Issa’s district people are fired up lots of Latino community:-)

    Anyhow..I was reading this article…

    The GOP War on Voting
    In a campaign supported by the Koch brothers, Republicans are working to prevent millions of Democrats from voting next year

    And it’s obvious that we have our work cut out….These republicans, will use any trick in the book and then some, to make sure PBO is not re-elected, they know that once he gets 4 more years, He will be fearless, unstoppable, This man..put a lot of political capitol at risk by passing the most sweeping legislation in history, He did, when it was unpopular he rushed it through like he knew that the obstructionist we have today would be “impossible” to pass…and he did in just 2 years…He’s vision has always been for long run.
    Forget the noise…..Distractions….and work harder to re-elect him…We need him, This country and the world needs him.
    We are ready to take this country back as we envision our children to live in a place of democracy and not hate and divsion.

  17. 72 Fred
    September 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    no wonder the rain is coming down hard in Chicago and hell if it happens to snow too I won’t be surprised but THANK YOU Richard Wolffe for having the courage to say what a LOT of us have known for 3 years now 🙄

    Wolffe: Opposition To Obama Speech Possibly Based On Skin Color

  18. September 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Some good stories to keep us going

    The thin green line: Investing in urban parks

    Good for NY

  19. September 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I don’t remember a single time that PBO had positive media. He survived relentless attacks and endless “Rev. Wright” on a loop efforts to marginalize and destroy him. He rose above these attacks and showed in his character that he was not the demon the press was trying so hard to portray him as. He was not the “other,” he was one of us. PBO had a gruelling primary fight that cost lots of money and used up a lot of human resources on the ground. At the end of the primary, his senior organizers said they learned a lot and would do better in the general. In the general, the organization was tighter, the chief activists on the ground were more experienced and the whole operation ran more smoothly. They learned and they grew. This time the President said it would be harder. So they started earlier, they’ve begun the fundraising that they can dedicate to the general because there won’t be a primary battle. They are, according to a friend inside in the Chicago OFA headquarters, twice as many as the last time, with far more resources and starting months earlier. They are highly trained, battle-hardened veterans (the Navy Seals of organizing) who know every nuance of everything that is going on in each state. All across the country the organizing schools are getting started, the groups are growing. A quiet army is building way under the radar of the msm. The media see all the shining objects on the right side, but the real light is growing on the president’s side. I believe we will see millions and millions on the ground in 2012 and they will be better trained and more committed than ever. They will understand the ugly, stark contrast between our president and the truly horrific candidates on the right and they will work til they drop.

    Each state is going to have to train an election protection army to observe every single poll in America. We have to know the election laws cold and we have to overcome them. PBO won’t be stopped and neither will we. We have a leader who engages our whole heart. They have leaders who engage only their hate.

    • 79 Marlz
      September 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Well stated.

      • 80 Doris
        September 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm

        Wow, Chips hope you make this comment by Jackie a thread. This is a very powerful comment indeed. Thanks Jackie. This is the best of today.

    • September 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      😆 Jackie! Thank you for this little peek at the inside. It cheers the souls. 😆

      This video was shared at the POUnite site and the words seem quite relevant:

    • 83 LunarSea
      September 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      I’m loving it!

    • 84 jacquelineoboomer
      September 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      You had perfect pitch on that one, Jackie. Thanks so much.

    • 85 Debz
      September 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Great comment, Jackie! We worked under the radar to get PBO elected and we will do it again to re-elect him. The MSM is more interested in their shiny objects, but that is a good thing, we will surprise them again!

    • 86 Bobfr
      September 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      Excellent Jackie.

      These two sentences are crucial insights:

      “They will understand the ugly, stark contrast between our president and the truly horrific candidates on the right and they will work til they drop.

      Each state is going to have to train an election protection army to observe every single poll in America.”

      Thank you

      Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

    • 88 nathkatun7
      September 3, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      Wow Jackie! Thank you so much for this wonderful and uplifting comment! This is indeed no time for us Obama supporters to be discouraged. Rather, this is the time to be energized and work as hard as never before to ensure the re-election of this great man.

    • 89 Uche
      September 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm


      Thanks for your insight and your eloquence.
      I have posted a few times on different threads that what will ultimately matter in 2012 like it did in 2008, is the ground game…and frankly,I have not seen anyone with better grassroots game than PBO. This is not to say we will be complacent….we will work even harder this time knowing what and who we’re against (baggers of the T and F stripes, MSM,CBC etc). Jimmy Cliffs classic reggae song ‘the harder they come, the harder they fall’ comes to mind.

  20. September 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Kyes Stevens and her prison arts project change women’s lives


    There seem to be a flurry of stories about prison rehabilitation programs. In the President’s second term he might be able to make some progress on this issue.

  21. September 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    GoodGuide–an iPhone app provides ethical and environmental information for products


  22. September 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Medicare fraud: Obama administration brings enforcement into the 21st century


  23. 93 LunarSea
    September 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I saw that jobs protests video via a twitter link earlier and was thinking the same as everyone here. Why are we not hearing about this in the national media like we did all those anti-HCR focused meetings? But we all know the answer so yeah, that WAS a rhetorical question.

    The irony of all this is they taught us how to act at these meetings and now that the shoe is on the other foot, they can’t handle it. Kinda funny, no? Run and hide little piggies!

    Make no doubt about it, jobs have become the voters’ rallying cry of 2012. In 2000 many different factions of the conservative movement -who otherwise had nothing to do with each other- came together under the single social issue of abortion rights. It brought them out in droves and gave them a handy win.

    American worker’s rights and jobs will be the unifying issue in 2012. It will bring together different factions within the Dem party, as well as others that may not normally have anything to do with the Dem party. I think they know this and that is why we are seeing all the voter fraud under republican rulers. It’s the only way they can win this time, so it is imperative that we inform people of changes in voter reg and do everything we can to GOTV!

    In their ostentatious steadfastness to denying this president any victory, they have unwittingly delivered the votes needed for his re-election.

    I love the smell of a good irony in the afternoon (^..^)

  24. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    September 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Not to bring up the CBC again, but … Just watched the recording of the MLK Memorial Dedication dinner from a week ago. At the start of my recording, C-Span was interviewing Chairman Cleaver. He referred to the townhall in Detroit, which the CBC (including Rep. Maxine Waters) participated in, a while back. This is totally paraphrased, but he said during the townhall, when everyone was asking them (read: putting them on the spot) about jobs and saying they should ask PBO (ho hum) to do something or other about unemployment, especially in these hard-hit metropolitan areas, they told the crowd they didn’t want to look among the AA community as though they were bashing the President, but if the crowd released them to do so, they would apply pressure (ho hum) on PBO. Something like that.

    So, when confronted by voters about why the CBC “and PBO” (I haven’t seen the video of the townhall) didn’t have any plans they had executed for job creation, the starry-eyed, deer-in-the-headlights-looking members of the CBC immediately came up with the answer that they would have given their recommendations to the President, but they didn’t want to appear to be bashing him. This is so far fetched, I can hardly stand it.

    1. They each have a responsibility to their own constituents to work for them, no matter who is President.

    2. I’m not buying the implication that because there’s a President who happens to be black, anything they do individually for their districts would look like Obama bashing. Huh? How’s that for convoluted logic from the CBC.

    3. I guess maybe Chairman Cleaver could legitimately have felt this way. But then, after what he says is the “release” from the townhall participants to more or less go after PBO, he goes straight to the media to go after PBO. Couldn’t he pick up the phone and call President Obama at the White House, and ask for a meeting to talk strategy? Have they sent their recommendations to the President, in any case, after that townhall?

    • 96 LunarSea
      September 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      I have nothing NICE to say about the CBC at this time, so I will do as my mother taught and just say nothing! Their time is running out

      • 97 Doris
        September 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm

        Yep, ignoring them.

      • September 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm

        I think I love you LunarSea

      • 99 Fred
        September 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm

        their time ran out on November 2008!

      • 100 nathkatun7
        September 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

        Well said LunarSea! Oh the wisdom of mothers! And in my case my grandmother who always taught us that if we had nothing good to say about a person it was best not to say anything. May be members of the CBC will take time to examine their own actions and records, and especially those members who have been in Congress for decades, to see how well they’ve been serving their constituents, instead of seeking permission to be unleashed to attack the President.

    • 101 anniebella
      September 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      jacquelineoboomer, I’m agreeing with LunarSea, I better not say exactly what I think of the CBC right now. It wouldn’t sound to good.

  25. 102 LunarSea
    September 3, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I hear lots of great suggestions on how we move the ball forward come 2012 and if I may add another:

    Find out what voting laws have changed in your state and please add this info to the comments sections on your local news sites. Also send the info directly to your news contacts.. Finally write, call, twitter the major news outlets with the info and ask them why they are not reporting something so fundamental to our society.

    Feeling a little blurry getting started? WiW has a great list of media contacts and you can visit FAIR at http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=111 for more contact info, or join the concerted efforts of FAIR to receive alerts of actions to take at http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=6

    It will take all of us coming together to fight back. I understand and appreciate that some prefer knocking on doors or making calls or signing people up, but that for any number of reasons that is not doable for others. But a quick post in your local paper or phone call or letter to news org can be done from the privacy of your home with little or no effort and will make a world of difference.

    Thanks for all your efforts.

    • 103 Doris
      September 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks LunarSea. These are the type of comments and information that keep us moving in a postive and focused direction. Not all of us can get out and knock on doors, etc., but we can phone, email and make use of other online services to get the President re-elected. Thanks.

      • 104 LunarSea
        September 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm

        Yes. We. Can.

        Afrikaan: Ja, ons kan
        Croatian: da možemo
        Czech: Ano, můžeme
        Danish & Norwegian: Ja, vi kan
        Estonian: Jah, me suudame
        Filipino: yes namin
        Finnish: Yes We Can
        French: oui, nous pouvons
        Galician: si, podemos
        Haitian Creole: repons lan se wi nou ka
        Hungarian: igen tudunk
        Icelandic: Já við getum
        Indonesian: ya kita dapat
        Irish: yes is féidir linn
        Latin: sic possumus
        Latvian: jā, mēs varam
        Lithuanian: Taip, mes galime
        Malay: Ya, kita boleh
        Maltese: iva nistgħu
        Polish: tak możemy
        Portuguese: sim, nós podemos
        Swahili: ndiyo tunaweza
        Turkish: evet biz
        Welsh: ie gallwn

        **fun with google translate**

    • 106 Debz
      September 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      When we do knock on doors and make calls, we need to make sure voters have the information on any changes in the voter laws. If any one works with or speaks to senior citizens, if possible, offer to take them to get the proper id for voting.

  26. 107 Me4obama
    September 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm


    Someone posted here yesterday that 5 NASCAR DRIVERS SNABBEB PBO, well it turns out the Media was trying again to create another embarrassing story on PBO. Read it and correct yourself if you called these guys a REDNECKs or whatever was said about them. Peace and Love.

  27. 116 LunarSea
    September 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    O/T Sitting on my deck enjoying on of the last warm evenings of summer and the dragonflies have begun their evening dance in the sky. I know nothing about these creatures but every night in the summer just as the sun starts to go down, the sky over the yard and deck have them by the dozens flying about. It’s pretty kewl as they almost look like fairies flittering about. Soon the evenings will be too chilly. Will enjoy them while I can.

    • 117 ChristiMtl
      September 3, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      LunarSea, I have one phobia in life….dragonflies. If I see one, I scream and run, regardless of the circumstances, if there’s people around or not, I just run in the opposite direction lol.

      Pretty embarrassing,!!

      • 118 LunarSea
        September 3, 2011 at 6:44 pm

        ROFLMAO -No worries. Everybody’s got to have at least one phobia. Mine is lightening, if I’m out in it. If I’m in a safe structure then I can enjoy it.

  28. 119 LunarSea
    September 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I was just showing a friend the video on the protests and noticed that they keep talking about the dozens of protesters. Those crowds looked about as big or larger than the teabagger get togethers where they were described as thousands in attendance.

  29. 122 LunarSea
    September 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    A little nugget from my twitter timeline: (I don’t know how to take a pic of it)

    DefendWisconsin by oopsieee

    Anti-Nazi protesters outnumbered the National Socialist Movement 50-to-one today in West Allis http://twitpic.com/6fjsfa/full via @jcsachs #wiunion

    Hope the link works, else copy and paste into browser

  30. 129 LunarSea
    September 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    meet Tickle Me Emo. (for those who question the emoprog name for the frustrati this should explain it)

    • September 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      Hehehe. Omg!! This is soooooooo emoprog! Love it!!

    • 132 nathkatun7
      September 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks, LunarSea, for sharing this “Tickle Me Emo.” As an oldie person, who is not so tuned in to the latest lingo, I never quite got what people were talking about when they used the term “Emoprogs.” Now I know! The term fits perfectly those characters who are always whining about everything President Obama does!

    • 135 LunarSea
      September 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      How are things going for you Jovie? Haven’t seen you on this or other blogs for some time now. Good to see your positive links again. You were always good at finding stuff we would never hear of otherwise.

      • September 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm

        I am good. Thanks for asking! It is apparent to me, that the goal of tge GOP is to injure tge president as much as possible, before he starts to campaign.
        He does have a good record to run on, and a lot depends how he frames this jobs speech!
        Reminds me of his race speech, when everybody said he was done and even the right had to admit that it was one for the ages!

    • 138 LunarSea
      September 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      great myth busting read. I will save for rebuttals.

      Should we send it to that Bachmann wench of it is too much information that would make her brain explode?

      • 139 desertflower
        September 3, 2011 at 9:32 pm

        Thanks,LunarSea…I thought so too! Send it to her if you like….someone with a brain will have to explain it to her though, and I’m not sure she surrounds herself with many of those kinds of people:)

  31. September 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    OMG. Read this ASAP: http://www.truth-out.org/goodbye-all-reflections-gop-operative-who-left-cult/1314907779. Except for the mention in first paragraph about healthcare bill being a budget buster, this is an amazing insight to the GOP–and the Dems, but it is mostly about the GOP. Anxious to get your comments. Warning: It is quite long, but worth taking the time.

    • 142 LunarSea
      September 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      Just saw your post soliciting comments. I read it before and it was amazing. Wanted to gag at the cynical nature of their actions. Of course this pinpoints quite accurately the RW agenda. What is so upsetting is the way it was so planned out so long ago, how closely they’ve stuck to the plan and how well it’s working.

      Could you imagine? That is some serious treasonous behavior and it leaves me speechless.

      I think they did leave out 1 really crucial element in their plan however: us. The electorate!

      • September 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm

        Agree. That part about planning out so long ago and how they’ve stuck to the plan was not new for me. I read two of John Dean’s books last year and that is one the main points he returns to numerous times in both books. He gives many examples and has each well documented. He points out their SOP and that it has been that way for many years; how they have perfected it. How they create crisis and/or chaos when a Dem is in the WH, convince the people they can do a better job, get in, then have NO desire or motivation or knowledge of how to govern, screw things up so badly the people elect a Dem again and things are in such a mess–as now–then they start their crisis and chaos all over again.

        Don’t know if any of you heard Ron Reagan yesterday make the point that the GOP believes that NO Democrat has any right to the WH…..that that right is ONLY for a Republican and this time, their disrespect is even greater because this Democrat is black.

        • 144 FTL
          September 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm

          That was a very disturbing article but I am not surprised. I just justifies all the things I have heard in my community(African-American) for years about republicans. I can see why my granddaddy kept saying that “they” will never allow PBO to be elected. Well he said it up until the moment he was elected. All I have to say is they will not succeed. Look at Germany and these other countries that had this type of issue. They were eventually thrown out. I just hope that the damange that was done in those other countries is not done here. Just like most people with any kind of sense does not want to be called a Nazi are said to be part of the KKK it looks as if in the future, hopefully the very very very near future, no one will want to be called a republican. My Pastor gave a sermon once that said PBO was elected for such a time as this. Now I know why he was because he is a fighter. We need to fight with him. We all need to do what we can. I do believe we will come out of this better. This is a transitional time just like the Civil War Era and the 60’s. Transition is always hard.

          • September 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm

            I think you make a good point about this being a transitional time for our country and yes, it is difficult. PO told us many times it would be.

            I am saying goodnight…..going to listen to ‘my’ Tennessee Vols. Winning at this point 35-9 near end of 3rd quarter.

        • 146 LunarSea
          September 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm

          It is amazing. And no I didn’t hear Ron Reagan say that, but I have heard it said numerous times, that they believe they are the entitled ones. And I agree they have done it to all Dem presidents including Carter and, well, we know how far they went with Kennedy.

          But as you noted it is even more pervasive this time around because there is a black/white man holding that position they feel they are entitled to. Altho they would attack any dems with the same ruthlessness and toward the same end, it has allowed them to really gin up the darkest reaches of the extreme fringe dwellers to really gum things up.

          They are such screw-ups when they do regain power that I am at a loss as to why ppl keep falling for the same schtick

        • 147 Ladyhawke
          September 3, 2011 at 10:15 pm


          Ron Reagan yesterday make the point that the GOP believes that NO Democrat has any right to the WH…


          The only time there is VOTER FRAUD is when the VOTE IS NOT FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

          The Rolling Stone article by Ari Berman entitled “THE GOP WAR ON VOTING” needs to be required reading for every American. The Republican Party continues to make a mockery of our democracy. First they have to be EXPOSED, then they have to be STOPPED. And it is ironic that it is going to take Attorney General Eric Holder of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to stop the Republican (anti-government) Party from stealing the 2012 election. The Civil Rights Division will be guaranteed full employment because they are going to have a lot of work to do to clean up the GOP systematic attempt to disenfranchise voters.

    • September 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      I read it too. We need to send it to Plouffe/Pfeiffer. I never knew Mcconell hated the President more than he loves his country. It is sickening.

  32. 149 LunarSea
    September 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    ShannyMoore, a blogger from Alaska who kept us informed of Palin the Quitter’s antics and history during the 2008 elections posted this pic she took at a state fair. Says it’s among the most sought after item by fairgoers: http://yfrog.com/mel7ij

  33. 153 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    What has the President done in the last two years??? Nothing you say??

  34. 156 taiping1
    September 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    We have a lot of work to do! We are the millions that the media ignores and we will reelect President Barack Obama and a democratic Congress!

  35. 158 taiping1
    September 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    sorry, the link didn’t work: We have a lot of work to do:


    • 159 donna dem 4 obama
      September 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      My goodness taiping that is a powerful video and still true today. I remember when he gave that speech…it was his “closing argument” and he kept us inspired to work hard right up until the final moments of that election. Thank you for posting this. I’ll be sharing this one. I’m feeling rather FIRED UP and READY TO GO!

    • September 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
      I’M IN…FIRED UP & GOIN’! 😉

      • 161 taiping1
        September 3, 2011 at 11:23 pm

        Thanks! I couldn’t get it to embed even though I followed your instructions faithfully! LOL.

      • 162 taiping1
        September 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm

        This video sends chills through me every time I watch it. Just looking at all the people reminds me that we are America: diverse, young, old, every race, committed to the vision of what America can be. We cannot let the media and the GOP cynicism dampen our enthusiasm and our belief that we can perfect this union. In the same way that our ancestors fought for better working conditions, for equality and justice, the right to vote, we can continue in that hallowed tradition and fight in every way we can to honor their sacrifice and reclaim a future that we can all believe in.

  36. 163 donna dem 4 obama
    September 3, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Please share:

    Contrary To GOP Claims, Small Businesses Say Taxes And Regulation Aren’t Holding Back Hiring

    Republican politicians and business groups often blame excessive regulation and fear of higher taxes for tepid hiring in the economy. However, little evidence of that emerged when McClatchy canvassed a random sample of small business owners across the nation.

    Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/09/01/122865/regulations-taxes-arent-killing.html#ixzz1Wwrp2LNJ

  37. September 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Yesterday, when POTUS and Sasha took off for camp David, marine one allegedly had a severe maintenance issue. As a result, they had to emergency land- somewhere!
    From that unknown spot, they both drove the rest of the way, Unharmed!
    If it is not one thing, it is the next…

    • September 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      They landed in Frederick, Md. and motorcaded the rest of the way. The reporting was that it was due to bad weather. But I noticed they had to scramble fighter jets about that same time because a small private plane had wandered into air space over Camp David. I wondered if that could have been the problem. And tonight I see there is a national security alert re. small planes.

      • September 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm

        Are you saying it could have been an attack against the president?
        Guess we will never know, unless a house democrat leaks it to the press! Lol!

        • September 4, 2011 at 1:27 am

          I think it was just the weather. S few here remarked that the President was flying in a full suit and it was strange, but then I read that a weather advisory had been made even before the took off, so I’m guessing the President left quickly without changing clothes to try and beat the inclement weather.

        • September 4, 2011 at 7:35 am

          No—just saying they may have been cautious because of that and made the decision to drive the rest of the way.

    • 169 anniebella
      September 4, 2011 at 4:54 am

      We have to keep praying for our President, and his family.

  38. September 3, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Check out this video on YouTube: Let’s Join Together!

    Sent from my iPad

  39. 171 E
    September 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    The pl really have lost all sense. I was just at the huff and the pl refused to believe that pres. Obama has accomplished anything. Someone brought up what the prez actually said about the EPA decision, with sources and they act that the source doesn’t exist and then that person bring up Jane hampsher ( who is a complete phony) and that she is best friends with Grover Norquist and she backs it up with facts and source and they still act like it’s no true. The PL really has lost there minds, they are basically begging for Prez Perry. As I recall prez Obama did say this bs with the republicans was going to happen and what was the PL solution? Stay home and now they can’t help but blame the prez for everything. I just don’t understand why they think that pounding your chest and yelling will get anything accomished. Someone please help.

    • September 4, 2011 at 12:15 am

      The pl Are not in it to help the left win elections! They are in it fir the money! The right wing press is much more focused and disciplined!
      If we ever had the equivalent of fox news…

    • 173 Tally
      September 4, 2011 at 12:25 am

      I think that was me (bardgal) on HP – I got in that exact dick dance over there (I hate when I get sucked in to the vile cess pool) about the EPA and linked the POTUS statement, then they said, “Liar” and linked “proof” with a link to FDL – to which I said, ‘ jane is backed by norquist”, and linked Chips’ awesome long proof thesis on that…..

      yeah, that was me.

      no fucking idea why I still even go there.

      • 174 e
        September 4, 2011 at 12:37 am

        Yea that was you from your pic. by the way nice takedown. It seems that all they want is all bark and no action.

        • 175 Tally
          September 4, 2011 at 1:00 am

          That place needs to implement an IGNORE button so you could shut out the GOP paid Blog Warriors it’s been overrun with.

      • 176 nathkatun7
        September 4, 2011 at 3:29 am

        Tally, I trully admire your courage! That site is really a despicable “cess pool”. I stopped long time from clicking or commenting there. Nevertheless, I am glad that you took the fight to them in order to expose the TRUTH. Lets hope your truth telling reached a few innocent people who may not have known that they are being misled by Jane (norquist’s buddy) and all the vocal firebaggers.

  40. 177 Valerie
    September 4, 2011 at 12:30 am

    The FBI has issued a national warning about al-Qaida threats to small airplanes 😦


  41. 179 e
    September 4, 2011 at 1:03 am

    That what kills me sometimes why do they believe that yelling and screaming accomplishes anything? They love bring up harry Truman but Truman did not get the stuff he wanted and we all know he loved humiliating congress.

  42. September 4, 2011 at 1:34 am

    The whole Sunday lineup is a hit job on the president. Just one individual after another, including Maxine waters on MTP:


    Wow. I gotta say, DC hates the president! The powers that be-want him gone! Scary stuff!

    • September 4, 2011 at 1:57 am

      Likely done because they feel they need to balance things out because the networks are giving the President an hour on Thursday evening.

      • September 4, 2011 at 2:22 am

        Then boner will give his speech the following week!

        • 183 anniebella
          September 4, 2011 at 4:47 am

          This is alot of B.S. from the media and Boner. When did Boner decided to give a job speech, when President Obama decided too. What a jackass Speaker Boner is.

      • 184 nathkatun7
        September 4, 2011 at 4:12 am

        Nah! Sorry to disagree with you StR. This is the MO of DC Sunday talk shows ever since President Obama was elected. Steve Benen at WM has ably documented how the Sunday shows always book more anti-Obama Republicans. They did exactly the opposite during George Bush’s presidency and justified that by claiming that they wanted to hear more from the party in power and that is why they booked more Republicans than Democrats. Then When Democrats were in power, the MSM switched they justification for booking more Republicans than Democrats by claiming that they wanted balance to counter the Democrats. Interestingly the favorite Democrat booked by Sunday shows was none other than Joe Lieberman who supported Bush. He is still a favorite so long as he is out bashing President Obama. In the case of President Obama, It’s not just that there are more Republicans booked for the Sunday shows. In most instances, though not always, Democrats who are likely to get the invites for the MSM Sunday shows are those who bash the President. May be that’s why they chose Maxine Waters. I seriously doubt that she would have been chosen if she were a solid supporter of the President. I don’t ever remember her being chosen during either the Clinton or the Bush Presidency even though she has been in Congress for a very long time. So Why now? Bottom line: I am with Jovie on this one: the MSM media hate President Obama. “The powers that be-want him gone!”

    • September 4, 2011 at 9:37 am

      There’s nothing scary about it. We all knew this from day 1. Read Hopefruit2’s post from yesterday http://theobamadiary.com/2011/09/03/weekly-address-9/#comment-108132 and check out the video of the jobs protest. They’re the ones who are scared because the President is winning and his message is resonating. Also keep in mind that truth to tell only us political junkies are tuning into these Sunday morning talking heads. The overwhelming super majority of the country is watching anything but.

  43. 187 Fred
    September 4, 2011 at 6:35 am

    good morning TOD family

    where on earth did these kooks come from? I mean really what’s the deal with them and funeral directors? 😯

    Two Freshman Congressmen Share Funeral Service Roots, Urge Involvement at Advocacy Summit

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