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monday

1:0 Michelle Obama and Jill Biden host a lunch in honor of Deborah Mullen, wife of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, who retires this week

4:0 Michelle Obama speaks in the East Room on retaining women in STEM fields


107 Responses to “monday”


  1. 1 a4alice
    September 26, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Morning TOD how’s everybody today? Feeling great myself.

    I’m at work but I thought I’d use the congress critters on the side here to contact them on supporting the AJA. also chips in the schedule FLOTUS is doing a presentation about STEM fields. what’s that? is it an acronym for something?

  2. 8 Fred
    September 26, 2011 at 9:08 am

    good morning TOD family.May God and the Holy Spirit continue to guide;bless;protect our President.May God give him good health;energy;calm;focus;patience and help him make good decisions for us.

    no kidding Sir 😉
    “I mean has anybody been watching the debates lately? You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. It’s true. You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have healthcare. And booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay. That’s not reflective of who we are.” – Barack Obama, speaking at a Democratic fundraiser yesterday.

    • 9 PoliticalJunkessa
      September 26, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Good morning, Fred. 🙂

      I LOVE that quote!

      PBO is ready and willing to call ’em all out. Gawd, I wish Perry were the nominee — he (and all his cheering/booing teabagging fans) would be flamebroiled and as crispy as the Texas plains by the time POTUS got through with him!

      • 10 Fred
        September 26, 2011 at 10:22 am

        good morning PJ 😉

        I love it too.I hope he continues to pound them 1 candidate at a time;1 issue at a time as much as possible;wherever possible

  3. 11 Fred
    September 26, 2011 at 9:09 am

    FLORIDA: Lt. Governor Calls On Christians To Rise Up And Take Over America 🙄

    • 13 dotster3
      September 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

      And I’m reminded of what Obama told one of his audiences yesterday, that if we are interested in a fact-based America, we have to work hard for him. This is why he’s saying that this election is even more important than ’08. It’s for all the marbles.

    • 14 Debz
      September 26, 2011 at 11:04 am

      Frightening!!!!

    • 15 Lovepolitics2008
      September 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      This is the kind of video that should be sent to every “frustrati” so they wake up and, despite their frustration, do EVERYTHING they can to keep the radicalized GOP out of power. The BIGGEST priority is to beat this republican party so their establishment takes some SERIOUS measures to reign in their lunatics.

      The video should be also viewed by moderate republicans and independants. People have to wake up!

      Send it also to local media, national media. So maybe they’ll stop dismissing researchers who are trying to shine a light on dominionists and other radical facist movements.

    • 16 theo67
      September 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      These people are crazy. There’s no difference between their religious fervor and that of the fundamentalists around the world. They are so worried about Sharia Law, but they’re living the same standard of religious fervor.

      These are members of government, not preachers. It’s getting scarier by the day.

  4. September 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

    GGRRRRRRR:

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_WATERS_OBAMA_SPEECH?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    What a MORON!!!

    Just tweeted her:

    .@MaxineWaters @officialCBC Ummmm, it’s not rocket science. He was talking to you. #EmoProg

    • 18 a4alice
      September 26, 2011 at 9:23 am

      Bah! I just saw that – off to retweet!

    • 19 utaustinliberal
      September 26, 2011 at 9:35 am

      I saw Maxine with the rat on her head that she passes off as human hair on the CBS Early Show this morning and she was at it again. Saying the CBC was the one who got PBO into the whitehouse. That he had better be listening to them and their complaints and he should be providing jobs for African-Americans on the double. She said that when PBO told the CBC to stop whining, stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying; that he sure as heck wasn’t talking to her and she didn’t appreciate that tone; the only thing she appreciated was that she was proud the CBC had lit a fire under him so he would finally start fighting for them. She’s such a bitch. She was so rude and condescending towards PBO. Sureeeeeeeeee the CBC got PBO into office. 🙄 It had nothing to do with grassroots supporters who put in blood, sweat, and tears. It had nothing to do with PBO, FLOTUS, and their teams who worked night and day and overcame so many obstacles. The CBC NEVER had his back. They were in the fox hole with Hillary Clinton. They never wanted PBO to win. She’s such a scumbag.

      • 20 dotster3
        September 26, 2011 at 9:46 am

        She won’t stop, will she? I see she described Obama’s words Sat. night as “inappropriate” and “curious” during her ongoing belittling and criticizing of Obama. She seems to be on some personal vendetta campaign. I know she has to be aware of all the pushback from her recent remarks, but she doesn’t seem to care about the harm she’s trying to inflict.

        • 21 Fred
          September 26, 2011 at 10:24 am

          of course it’s “inappropriate” because He was right and called Waters out on all her bs without naming her.She is reacting as someone who is guilty and is on the defense 😆

          • 22 GGail
            September 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm

            And her words also sound like someone who’s feelings have really been hurt because they were “called out” in public! This old guard of Congressional’s have nothing more to teach us. They need to be grooming the future Representatives, to continue the journey, instead of making fools of themselves. Max will be hearing from me AGAIN!

      • September 26, 2011 at 9:48 am

        OMG. She is too, too, too much. What arrogance. And you know what? That stuff about PBO not talking to her? Rings hollow because she is sounding mighty defensive these days. ARGHHHHH. It’s a shame she has her constituency so bamboozled because she needs to be replaced.

      • 24 PoliticalJunkessa
        September 26, 2011 at 9:56 am

        To be expected. I knew the whiners would whine. Totally predictable. Funny how they never invite her and her crooked wig to the shows unless she’s throwing shade. Whatever!

      • September 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

        ut, do we even know if Maxine Waters was even at the event on Friday night?

        • 31 anniebella
          September 26, 2011 at 10:50 am

          I ask the question, where were she at Saturday night? Why didn’t she attend the CBC Award? Why go to the tv news shows when you could have face the President face to face. She is a snake if I have ever seen one.

          • 32 prettyfoot58
            September 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm

            I think that it is time for the CBC to rein Maxine Waters in….i tweeted this to the CBC this morning….she is becoming an embarassment….

            she is beginning to sound more and more like a spurned woman….

            why not support the President and support the JOBS bills….

            on a real tip…we in the black community do not like airing our dirty linen in public…because we know that the disunity that it shows will and can be used against us….so who indeed is she speaking for and to when she airs her disagreements about the President…to the MSM

      • September 26, 2011 at 10:46 am

        Except for John Lewis, all I remember is the cbc being clintonites. Fuck’em.

        • 35 anniebella
          September 26, 2011 at 10:51 am

          You are so right there, I remember the same thing. Most of them were supporters of Hillary.

        • 36 Debz
          September 26, 2011 at 11:09 am

          I will never forget the horrible things these Clintonite CBC members said about PBO during the primaries. If this foolish woman thinks anyone in the CBC had anything to do with the President’s election, she is just delusional!!!

        • 37 L3
          September 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm

          John Lewis was a Clintonite too. It was the threat of a primary challenge and a loss of support from his constituents that forced him to back the President. He really likes PBO as far as I can tell. He had a problem because he committed to the Clinton’s long before anyone thought PBOs candidacy would be viable. He talked about how difficult it was to make that call to Hillary. He was very emotional about it. At least that’s the way I remember it.

      • 38 Mel
        September 26, 2011 at 11:20 am

        utaustinliberal; I watched the CBS Show maxine is still fucking whinning she should shut up support PBO or
        get the fuck out of the way. what was that about latinos Sotomayor comments were all about? she is getting on
        my nerves sorry.

      • September 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm

        ^This. Have y’all seen this article?

        http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2011/09/25/2011-09-25_obama_right_to_tell_congressional_black_caucus_foundation_to_stop_complaining_re.html#ixzz1Z4so3PKO

        “Obama supporters charge that some of Obama’s more vocal black congressional critics – Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), and Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus – were Hillary Clinton supports who are now engaged in a policy of “I told you so.”

        Ordinary (African-American voters) are hurting and want action, but they are not going to abandon ship and are not the ones who are all but saying (Obama) sold-out,” said a Democratic staffer for a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. “That’s coming from people who didn’t back Obama from the start.”

    • September 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

      I’m still tweeting this woman about this mess.

      .@MaxineWaters @officialCBC Oh, and don’t start in on trying to insert a wedge with Latinos. It’s not going to happen. #FAIL

      .@MaxineWaters @officialCBC So far, you & the Tea Party are the only ones who’ve organized a freakin’ BUS TOUR against PBO. Do your job.

      .@MaxineWaters Anyone can see on govtrack.us that you have introduced ZERO jobs bills in 111th and 112th congress. What are you waiting for?

      .@MaxineWaters @officialCBC It’s a shame you won’t hear the true message in PBO’s CBC speech. The American people are CRYING OUT for unity.

    • September 26, 2011 at 11:07 am

      LOL..she deserves that and more!

    • 49 terim
      September 26, 2011 at 11:34 am

      Can we tweet Maxine Waters office number when asking people to call? I’m really not that familiar with Twitter – are we allowed to tweet telephone numbers…

    • 52 GGail
      September 26, 2011 at 11:56 am

      BRAVO meta! Give Maxine HECK!!!!

    • 53 MoObama
      September 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      Why can’t the DNC find someone to run against her?

  5. 54 desertflower
    September 26, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Who wanted this yesterday????? http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/09/pass-this-bill.html WITH video.

    • 55 desertflower
      September 26, 2011 at 9:38 am

      THIS IS A MUST SEE!!! Great video…..hope it airs on all networks, ALL THE TIME! Dems bad at messaging? NOT THIS TIME!!

  6. 57 Fred
    September 26, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Texas Doctor On Perrycare: ‘This Kind Of Thing Happens In Somalia’

    A deep health care divide in Rick Perry’s Texas

    many working Texans who don’t have an offer of employer based insurance or qualify for Medicaid, are falling through the gaps of the state’s patchwork health care system, relying on a complex web of community health care centers and charity care for basic health care services. The results are often deadly:

    Dr. Katherine Yudeh King, a pediatrician at Ben Taub General Hospital, which serves a large uninsured population, said one of her patients, a 15-month-old boy, died from dehydration due to diarrhea because his family brought him to the hospital too late, assuming they could not afford care.

    “This is the type of thing that happens in Somalia and other developing nations, not something that should happen in Houston,” said King, one of the founding members of Doctors for Change, a group that advocates for universal health care in Harris County.

    http://articles.boston.com/2011-09-25/news/30201319_1_health-care-preventive-care-mammograms-and-colonoscopies

    Bellow are nine other indicators of the state’s dilapidated health care system:

    1) Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country — 24.6 percent — and the number of uninsured that has grown by 35 percent during Governor Rick Perry’s 11-year tenure.

    2) Overall health care quality for Texas is poorer than in every other state, especially when it comes to preventive, acute, and chronic care, as well as care for diabetes.

    3) Texas places 39th among the states in the percentage of adults over 50 who receive recommended screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies.

    4) A fifth of Texas’ pregnant women receive no prenatal care in their first trimester.

    5) 16.8 percent of children are uninsured, more than all but one other state, and only half of Texas children have a medical provider who knows them and coordinates their care. More than a third of them have not received recommended medical and preventive care within the year, and immunization rates are low as well.

    6) Texas also ranks last in the country in the percent of children who receive needed mental health care.

    7) The state cut two-thirds of the funding for women’s health clinics and underfunded Medicaid by almost $4 billion, in addition to cutting hospital reimbursements.

    8) Perry vetoed a bill in 2001 that would have expanded Medicaid services and added cancer screenings such as Pap smears to women’s health services. In 2003, Texas tightened the eligibility requirements for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and as a result, 237,000 children were kicked off its rolls, said Garnet Coleman, a Democratic state representative from Houston who has served in the Texas Legislature for 20 years and is a member of the House Public Health Committee.

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/09/26/328198/texas-doctor-on-perrycare-this-kind-of-thing-happens-in-somalia/

  7. September 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Lady Gaga was at the fundraiser last night in Woodside (a very beautiful and elite community in the wooded hills not too far from Stanford University) and apparently (this from a tweet from Peter Maer of CBS) during the Q & A w/Pres Obama she called on the attendees to help prevent bullying. PBO thanked her and discussed anti-bully effort.

  8. September 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Good Morning Eveyone

    CALL TO ACTION

    Today the senate is voting on the CR that the House passed, which funds disaster relief but cuts energy jobs.

    Call Harry Reid and thank him for passing the bill without the cuts and ask him to remain strong as they consider the House version of the bill .

    I would also ask everyone to call their Senator and say 2 things

    1.Do not agree to budget cuts in the CR, vote against the House version of the bill.

    2. Support the American Jobs Act and the Buffett rule

    I know this is one more thing to do, but as the President says “Democracy is hard work”

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/05/contact-congress-address-phone-twitter.html

    Thanks folks.

  9. 66 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 26, 2011 at 10:48 am

    JUST called Rep Waters office and ranted. Very nice young man on the other end listened to everything I said. I was calm and polite but my rant was fact based. I just called my Lt. Gov…video above…wow….really scary woman and she has a nasty woman answering the phone. I was polite and all she wanted to do was argue with me. I was not into to arguing…I told her I was just calling to voice my opinion. She works for me!!!

  10. September 26, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Just made my calls to Alexander and Corker.

  11. 70 proudmemberofglobalzero
    September 26, 2011 at 11:12 am

    How do I post a tweet I sent to Morning Joe? He sent me an email that stated he sent it out to all of his followers

  12. 74 57andFemale
    September 26, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Here’s what I don’t fathom and never will: I really cannot get my brain around the beyond excessive greed of Republicans that dominates everything else. Republican businessmen have to be smart enough to understand the danger of a tea party-run administration, that the world is in significant danger with sociopaths who don’t care about dropping nuclear bombs to solve their black/white views of the world and other horrors unleashed on this planet and its inhabitants.

    Their alternative is Barack Obama — he is sensible, willing to work from their perspective in damn near almost everything. They will get a good deal of what they want, to the disappointment of progressives. They have already skated through without consequences to Wall St. or the banksters. And most importantly, sensible regulations actually stabilize the economy and will lead to steady, dependable growth and profits for them. It’s not as if their alternative to a Republican is effing Ralph Nader, for God’s sake: it’s Barack Obama who will always give them a seat at the table.

    I don’t understand it. I’m not talking about the rabid low-information voter that makes up the Republican electorate — I’m talking about those who have the money to influence elections. The world is in peril under any Republican in 2011 and Barack Obama is just fine for their world view. I do not get it.

    • 75 Lovepolitics2008
      September 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      They’re using the extremists to gain power but they think they’re going to control them afterwards. Don’t forget they have the media to help them manipulate public opinion.

  13. 77 nintendowii10
    September 26, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I believe I know why Maxine is ranting and raving at how PBO shamed her and the rest of the CryBaby Caucus (CBC) Saturday night, to distract from her ethics violations.

    She has no room to be crying when her bitch ass is corrupt… PBO schooled her crybaby ass, and she can’t stand it.

    I also feel that the media wants this meme of PBO vs “the blacks” so that they can spread the meme that PBO has lost his AA base… they’re so desperate to focus the attention on PBO in a negative light because the Repub candidates are crashing and burning.

  14. 78 terim
    September 26, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Please call Maxine Waters at 202-225-2201 and tweet her at @MaxineWaters and tell her to stop undermining President Obama. Also, please call the CBC at 202-226-9776. You can tweet the CBC at @OfficialCBC, and you can email them at congressionalblackcaucus@mail.house.gov Please also send tweets to @repcleaver.

    Enough is enough. I think it’s time that we start calling the CBC out.

    Also, I’m relatively new to twitter. Can I tweet office telephone numbers for Maxine Water & the CBC?

    • 79 nintendowii10
      September 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

      All this garbage from Maxine Waters and the CBC remind me of a year ago when Robert Gibbs called out the “professional left.” He didn’t name anyone specifically, but Ed Shultz, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Arianna Huffington, they were ALL on the defensive as if they were guilty.

      • September 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

        Right there. If he wasn’t talking about you why holler? Naturally she walked right into the media trap and started doing exactly what she swears she ain’t doing. Where’s you jobs bill Maxine?

    • 81 a4alice
      September 26, 2011 at 11:34 am

      take a look over on the side of Chips’s blog here – you will see an icon that says “contact congress” in there is all manner of ways to contact everyone including their twitter accounts. just click on who you want and off you go!

      Way to go Terim! 🙂

    • September 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Yes you can tweet phone numbers.

    • 84 prettyfoot58
      September 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      I tweeted the CBC telling them that iit is time to rein in Maxine Waters….

  15. 85 Linda
    September 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

    This is off topic…but I just saw this on an Alaska blog I read.

  16. 92 Fred
    September 26, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Fox Chief Roger Ailes Acknowledges Conservative Bias: ‘We Are The Balance’ ( like we needed this asshole to fess up for us to know 🙄 )

    “Every other network has given all their shows to liberals. We are the balance,” Ailes said

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/09/25/roger-ailes-repositions-fox-news.html

    http://thinkprogress.org/media/2011/09/26/328536/roger-ailes-we-are-the-balance/

  17. 93 Fred
    September 26, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Criticizing ‘Extreme Right Wing,’ GOP Rep. Mulvaney Says It’s Politically Impossible To Balance Budget Without Raising Taxes

    One local Republican, South Carolina’s own Rep. Mick Mulvaney, had some sympathy for the views of these voters. He told a local paper that he was not surprised by the results and that he thought it was politically impossible to deal with the budget deficit without raising taxes. Mulvaney stressed that he intends to do this mostly through eliminating tax loopholes, even if that does bother “the extreme right wing of the party” that just wants to “starve the beast”:

    However, U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a Republican from Indian Land, said the results did not surprise him. “I don’t think it’s possible to fix this problem politically without raising taxes,” he said. But that position hinges on Mulvaney’s definition of a tax increase. Mulvaney said removing loopholes in the tax code that benefit some companies – but not others – would require those companies to pay more taxes. But he doesn’t see that as a tax increase.

    “If we do our job on fixing the tax code, lowering the rates but broadening the base, it may result in more revenue to the government,” Mulvaney said. “And that does bother the extreme right wing of the party sometimes, who just want to try and starve the beast. “(But) we are trying to bring fairness to the tax code and equity to the tax code.”

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/26/2425604_p2/poll-raising-taxes-is-an-option.html

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/09/26/328254/rep-mulvaney-tax-increases-south-carolina/

  18. September 26, 2011 at 11:55 am

    You guys got me cracking up, with your Maxine Waters comments.

    Meta gurl, looks like she done ticked off the worng person.

  19. September 26, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Oh Chips honey, I don’t know what happened to that last post.

  20. 99 Fred
    September 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    VIDEO:Netanyahu: Obama Just As Friendly To Israel As Bush ( do NOT read the comments in that article )

    Speaking during Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rose to defend President Obama from recent criticism that he hasn’t been as strong an ally as his predecessors were.

    In the US “you see this tremendous, tremendous sympathy and affinity for Israel,” Netanyahu said. “And I think that bipartisan support is expressed by any person who happens to be the president of the United States, including President Obama.”

    When asked if President Obama was as friendly as his predecessor, Netanyahu declared: “They are all friends of Israel, equally representing this friendship of America.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/25/netanyahu-insists-obama-just-as-much-a-friend-of-israel-as-george-w-bush/

  21. 101 Fred
    September 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Fox’s Roger Ailes Produces New Series To Attack Regulators Who ‘Sit In The Basement’ And ‘Try To Ruin Your Life’

    Ailes raises a Fox initiative that he cooked up: “Are our producers on board on this ‘Regulation Nation’ stuff? Are they ginned up and ready to go?” Ailes, who claims to be “hands off” in developing the series, later boasts that “no other network will cover that subject … I think regulations are totally out of control,” he adds, with bureaucrats hiring Ph.D.s to “sit in the basement and draw up regulations to try to ruin your life.” It is a message his troops cannot miss.

    The point of the series is supposedly to “expose how excessive laws are drowning American businesses.” So far, Fox has used the campaign to bash everything from financial regulation and environmental protections to labor law. In one segment, Fox framed a new law in Seattle requiring businesses provide workers with paid sick days as something that will inevitably lead to job loss

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/09/26/328321/fox-president-regulation-nation-ruin/

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/09/25/roger-ailes-repositions-fox-news.html

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  23. September 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    So….. sfter making a few calls to your senators, Harry Reid and Maxine Waters.

    Lets read some cheerful stories

    Old Saturn Plant Could Get a Second Chance – jobs for the unemployed
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/old-saturn-plant-could-get-second.html

  24. 104 Fred
    September 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    VIDEO: Paranoid NRA Chief: Obama Leaving Gun Owners Alone Is ‘Conspiracy’ To Take Away Guns

    “Why should I or the N.R.A. go sit down with a group of people that have spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment in the United States?” he asked

    LaPierre conveniently ignores the fact Obama is a supporter of the Second Amendment who, much to the chagrin of his liberal base, has actually expanded gun rights

    National Parks Gun Law Takes Effect in February
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2009/05/national_parks_gun_law_take_ef.html

    But as Crooks and Liars points out, you just can’t please some people. Last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida, LaPierre took his paranoia about the president to new heights, claiming that the fact that Obama has not pursued gun control actually proves he’s orchestrated a “massive conspiracy” to take away guns:

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/nra-claims-massive-obama-conspiracy-not-ban-

    LAPIERRE: They’ll say gun owners — they’ll say they left them alone…In public, the president will remind us that he’s put off calls from his party to renew the old Clinton ban, that he hasn’t pushed for new gun control laws…The president will offer the Second Amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he’s actually been good for the Second Amendment. But it’s a big fat stinking lie!…It’s all part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment in our country…Before the president was even sworn into office, they met and they hatched a conspiracy of public deception to try to guarantee his re-election in 2012.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/09/26/328300/paranoid-nra-chief-obama-leaving-gun-owners-alone-is-conspiracy-to-take-away-guns/


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