a year ago

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Claire Duncan, daughter of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, watch a tennis match at Camp David, Md., Oct. 3, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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154 Responses to “a year ago”

  1. 1 GGail
    October 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Good morning TOD family & Chipsticks. Have a wonderful Sunday everyone 🙂

  2. 2 Bill
    October 2, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Chris Hayes is a Morning Joe with brains and better manners. However, he and his guests spent the first hour of his show bashing President Obama for what he has not accomplished with no one defending the President. It was disgusting.

    • 3 Fred
      October 2, 2011 at 10:36 am

      too bad I can’t bash him on twitter or he would have heard from me.What a wimpy tool Chris Hayes 🙄

      • October 2, 2011 at 10:45 am

        Fred and Bill, I’ve been letting Chris have it on twitter all morning. So have many others. It was a disgusting show. Nothing but right wing folks. The “professional” left are spinning Pres Obama’s record on LGBT as “why didn’t he get it all done sooner.” I am livid about it.

        Here’s a question for you guys. I have to do some research on this, but November is sweeps month. This is when ratings for the networks really count because their advertisers place their ad buys off of this data.

        I think we should coordinate an extensive boycott of these networks. We could designate certain people to watch certain shows so we can continue to push back on their lies. But we need to tank their ratings big time.

        Please let me know what you think. We’ve got to hit them where it hurts.

        • 5 Bill
          October 2, 2011 at 10:50 am

          Great idea, proudofobama.

          I cannot find an email for Chris Hayes as I do not tweet.

        • October 2, 2011 at 10:55 am

          I think it is a boycott long overdue. Perhaps we can really pull it off this time.

        • 8 desertflower
          October 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

          Great idea. I’m already participating…I feel better already:) I’m In!

        • 9 utaustinliberal
          October 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

          Hey proud, hope your’re having a good sunday morning despite being frustrated at Chris Hayes. The one thing I will give Chris credit for was that he defended President Obama against William Cohan’s, Maggie Haybermann’s (Politico), Rina Suk’s(?) lies and whining that he took too long to repeal DADT. Chris said that though they may have been frustrated that PBO wanted to get the military, the defense department, and congress on an equal wavelength; that at the end of the day that method bore real fruit. He really stood up against his panel of guests on that topic.

          After that, the show kinda went to hell in a handbasket. Blaming PBO for Wallstreet, why won’t he go down to NYC and stand with the #OccupyWallStreet movement, how he’s losing small donors (such a stupid lie peddled by the NYT and Ben Smith and Maggie Haybermann of Politico), how WallStreet and Hollywood is abandoning him and not donating (another stupid lie), how PBO is going down in the polls (those polls especially Gallup are full of crap), how PBO is losing his base (another stupid lie) and yadi yada yah. The professional left really are a bunch of whiny losers.

          • October 2, 2011 at 11:09 am

            Hi Ut, yeah he did defend PBO on DADT. But he assembled that damn panel of right wing shills and just let them spew lie after lie. He has totally lost me as have all these so-called progressives. His boss Katrina is one of the worst. She tweeted something last night along the lines that PBO should done /said what he did months ago. I’m sick of their garbage. They are not with us and we must show them that we will not stand by and let them get away with this crap.

            And Hayes’ wife works for the President. Disgusting betrayal in my opinion. Here’s info from Wiki

            “Hayes is married to Kate A. Shaw, Associate Counsel for President Barack Obama and daughter of award-winning Chicago journalist Andy Shaw, who has also appeared a number of times on MSNBC.[9][10] Hayes and Shaw resided in Washington, D.C., until they moved to New York City, where Up with Chris Hayes is produced. [11]”

            • 11 anniebella
              October 2, 2011 at 11:17 am

              Too bad for Ms. Shaw, marry to that little wimp. i’m not a fan of Chris. The only one I trust to have the President’s back is Rev. Al.

            • 12 Fred
              October 2, 2011 at 11:49 am

              Andy Shaw used to work for ABC7Chicago and was a pretty damn good reporter.Hell I did not know that he has a kid working for our President 😯

          • 13 desertflower
            October 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

            What Norbrook has to say about all that:) I agree. These people are INSANE and detached from reality.

            • October 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm

              Norbook is right on. Everybody in our local party is concentrating on November 2011 and the local county commissioner, school board races. When I even mention the 2012 campaign everybody looks at me as if It was nuts. That’s next year, they say, we’ve gotta get these guys elected now. The media is fixated on the presidential election and because they have virtually no understanding of ordinary people, they project their own feelings on to everyone else. It’s epic fail.

              • 15 sjterrid
                October 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm

                This is so true. On saturday I was making calls at a phone bank in a neighboring district. They are electing a mayor and 3 council members. I asked one of the leaders about registering new voters and she said they haven’t decided anything yet, because they have been too busy focusing on the upcoming election. I think once the elections are over they will concentrate on next year’s election.

          • 16 hopefruit2
            October 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

            It’s not long before the media (and others in the blogosphere) start trying to make the OWS protests about President Obama. In fact, some have already started…I’m watching this protest very closely because if it’s simply another random “get angry” movement to rile people up against “government” while diverting attention away from goals and not actually accomplishing anything, then it’s nothing but a silly useless distraction. I see that Huffington is now pushing it, and when people like MM and West are part of anything, I am very suspicious of the underlying agenda.

            If anyone tries to drag PBO into this by asking why he is not in NYC at the protests, I quickly fire back and tell them why aren’t you demanding the same from the other politicians who are actually based in NY and are closely tied to Wall Street, such as Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Gov Cuomo and others? Don’t let anyone get away with trying to make this about President OBama – which is what some of them are trying to do.

            • October 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm

              Only the most painfully ignorant could suggest that a president could engage in a random rally and not make himself a target. People who say such things should just be laughed at. Some “reporters” also tried to make a point about how bad it was for the president that he was losing donations from Wall Street, which were now going to Romney. Frankly we should all shout this from the rooftops. It’s a big badge of honor that Wall Street is making fewer donations to the president. That puts him squarely on the side of the middle class and the ordinary worker at a time when anger against Wall Street is growing. He doesn’t have to march anywhere to show what side he’s on. He does that every day.

          • 18 Obama Grandmama
            October 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm

            I keep having a hard time seeing why supposedly enlightened intelligent PL people keep thinking the President of the United States should be boycotting with the people in the streets or taking sides with protestors against a state. If President Obama was not the President and was still a community organizer he could be out in the streets too or in the state in question.

        • 19 Mel
          October 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

          Oh crap are those the same guys that keep saying that PBO is loosing the LGBT support , did they wached at the HR
          dinner when PBO was intruduced? PBO has done more for all of our comunities than any other president in History.
          Most of the MSM and talking heads manufacture fuking lies.

          • 20 ChristiMtl
            October 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

            I just saw that on twitter, from Michael Moore:

            @MMFlint Michael Moore
            Today is Gandhi’s birthday. What better day for each of us 2 commit ourselves 2 the #OccupyWallStreet movement? If not now, when?

            Right! Ralph Nader BFF would helped Bush get elected and does everything to undermine the President and help the teabaggers Repugs.

            Yea the Iraq war was very Gandhi like…..the extremist GOP policies are so good for the poor and the sick.

            I don’t care about their stupid protest on Wall Street because the far left and libertarians hijacked it. It’s all about ”government”, President Obama.
            When you have the hater Cornell West on site with his plutocracy and oligarchy crap or whatever the heck he talks all the time, You know nothing will help the President, for them he is the enemy and they want him out.

            They are as extremists as the Teabaggers.
            Instead of going on Capitol Hill, protest the real responsible, the REPUBLICANS, but no, they can’t do that.

            I’m so sick of these hypocrites pretending to care,…

        • 22 theo67
          October 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm

          This sounds like a fantastic idea. I already boycott these shows, but I can join in on the twitter-fest. The thing is, the actual activists who actually work to make things happen were cheering the President’s accomplishments on the issues that matter to them. They are the ones who said that in two years,President Obama has done more than in decades before for their causes. So, when armchair critics like Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, et al pipe up and spout criticism, it really doesn’t carry any weight except for them and other whiners like them. The real people who have done the hard work over the years to bring about change, most of whom either volunteer or work for inadequate financial reward, are thrilled to have such a powerful and earnest candidate on their side in President Obama. I’m tired of listening to know-nothing, do-nothing professional whiners.

        • October 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

          By Jove,I think you’ve got it!I’ve starved the Fox for years,and won’t darken the door of a Walmart!That doesn’t mean that I won’t take someone there if they ask,nor do I dis-like my repubic-clan family and friends.I Just feel they have not had the self revelations that I have!

  3. October 2, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Good morning everybody.

    Today is a sad day for me. I lost my best friend. My confidant, my everything!! My mother died early this morning. Never have I felt such pain in the depths of my heart and soul.

    Will see you guys around!! Pray for me to find peace!!

    • October 2, 2011 at 10:37 am

      Oh africa, I am so, so sorry, my heart goes out to you. May your mother rest in peace and may you find the strength to get through this. Look after yourself friend, we’ll all be thinking about you. Love, C.

    • 26 Joy (Barbados)
      October 2, 2011 at 10:37 am

      I pray you do find the peace and healing that come with time. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

    • October 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

      Oh africa, I am so very very sorry for your loss, you have my deepest condolences.

    • October 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

      My heart aches for you Africa.

    • 29 Fred
      October 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

      oh Africa I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your mom.May GOD welcome her with open arms and may He give you the peace;courage;comfort and calm that you need.

      Sending you virtual hugs and my sincere condolences to you and your family from my family and I

      take good care of you until I see you again.The TOD family will be here waiting on you.

    • 30 Betsy
      October 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

      So sorry for your loss. Will have you in my prayers and thoughts.

    • 31 ChristiMtl
      October 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

      Oh Africa, I’m so sorry for your lost! 😦
      My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
      Sending good loving thoughts your way

    • October 2, 2011 at 10:44 am

      So sorry. (((((((((((((((africa))))))))))))))

    • 33 JoJothecat
      October 2, 2011 at 10:45 am

      {{{{{{ africa }}}}}

      So sorry the sudden loss of your mother. You and your family are in our prayers. May your mother rest in peace.

      • October 2, 2011 at 10:47 am

        Dearest Africa, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My own beloved mom has been gone for many years so I know how it feels to lose the person who was there to protect you when you were little and who was your friend when you became an adult. May the knowledge that she is in a better place and the wonderful memories you have of your mother, bring you peace.

    • 35 hopefruit2
      October 2, 2011 at 10:45 am

      africa I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences to you & your family. May you find peace and comfort in the coming days, weeks and months, and may your mother rest in peace.

    • 36 GGail
      October 2, 2011 at 10:46 am

      africa – my heart breaks for your loss. But you must believe that God will give you peace and the strength to carry on. We are praying for you today and we’re with you every step of the way. My condolences to you and your family. May your Mother rest in peace now.

    • 37 utaustinliberal
      October 2, 2011 at 10:46 am

      Hey Africa, I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I pray that the good Lord give you comfort, peace, warmth, and strength to deal with this tragedy. I hope your mom is in a better place and watching over you and yours like a beautiful angel. Take heart my friend.

    • 38 dotster3
      October 2, 2011 at 10:48 am

      So sorry, africa. My thoughts are with you.

    • 39 Blue
      October 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

      I’m sorry to hear about your losses, but don’t be sad, because those two people are with God, which is the best place to be. Imagine being with God, and working for him as a guardian angel protecting over you? That’s the best job in the entire world, because the spirit world is the real world, and everyone of us, will met our maker one day, for that’s a day to celebrate, not to succumb to great sadness and devastation. Cry if you must, but be strong in the process, and move forward with peace, knowing that they are fine in God’s grace and love. God bless you and keep you close within his sight. Be strong and stay strong!

    • 40 Cos
      October 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Africa, my heart is saddened for you. You and your family are in my prayers. I feel your pain cuz I lost my mother years ago.

    • 41 Debz
      October 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Africa, I am so sorry, you have my deepest condolences and my prayers.

    • 42 donna dem 4 obama
      October 2, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Africa, I went through this a few years ago. It is a painful experience. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers.

    • 43 desertflower
      October 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

      africa…my heart aches for you and tears are streaming down my face….I know your pain with every inch of my being, as I felt the same way about my incredible mother. I miss her every single day.I pray that you will find a way to get through this most difficult time.It is unimaginable heartache, I know…but it will be alright. I am proof of that.Take the time you need to grieve her passing, and celebrate her life.I wish you could feel the hugs of all of us, wrapping around you, giving you strength during this time of heartache.You are loved.When you have had your time to get your thoughts together, I will tell you more, so that you will know she is with you always.Peace and strength to you, my friend.I’m so sorry for this deep loss.

    • 44 lochelle
      October 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

      I am so sorry for your loss. May the Lord give you strength during this tremendously difficult time. I will keep you in prayer.

    • October 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

      Bless your heart, africa. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will find peace as it is all around you. Let the pain happen…fighting it only makes it worse. Breathe and do what is in front of you.

    • 46 globalcitizenlinda
      October 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

      Extremely sorry about your loss. May the Almighty comfort you and your family during this very difficult time and may your mother be granted eternal peace

    • 47 CTGirl
      October 2, 2011 at 11:25 am

      So sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • October 2, 2011 at 11:31 am

      Oh, africa. What a sad shock to come to you. I hope you find comfort and strength in the days ahead. We will keep you in our thoughts. Take good care.

    • 49 Alycee
      October 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

      ((((Africa)))). Through the pain and tears, may you also take joy and comfort in the knowledge that your Mom is still with you for she lives in your heart. You and your family are in my prayers. May God Bless you; and may the peace of the Lord be with you.

    • 50 Anna Luc
      October 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      Africa, pleas accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. Take care of yourself

    • 51 Ladyhawke
      October 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      africa, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. This is devastating news. I hope the comforting thoughts of love, affection and concern from your TOD family will sustain you during this time of deep sadness. We will be here for you when you are ready to return.

    • 52 holymoly
      October 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      Africa you have my deepest condolence. My prayers are with you and your family and may she rest in peace.

    • 53 zizi
      October 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Dearest Africa,
      I am terribly sorry about your mother’s passing. Have my deepest sympathies. Will pray for soul and you too. Cherish your fondest memories of her. Blessings to you.

    • October 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      My deepest sympathies africa. May your mother rest in peace.

    • 55 bjw2
      October 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      Oh Africa, I’m so sad to hear of your lost.

      Please know that I will think of you while you take to his time to step a way.

      I pray for peace of mind for you and yours.

    • 56 theo67
      October 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      Africa – my heart goes out to you. May your mother rest in peace.

    • October 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      you are in my prayers. I’ve been there and know your pain. it will be hard and long , but you’ll get through it

    • 58 Frenchie08
      October 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      Lots of love to you Africa! You are in my prayers!

      • 59 Dakota
        October 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm

        Africa, I am so sorry. May God Bless and comfort you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. We love you.

    • October 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      My heart goes with. There are no words but know that she is in a better place. She stayed her course and finished her race. Be strong; joy will cometh in the morning.

    • October 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Africa, I am so, so sorry. Nothing in the world is more painful than losing someone you love. I will pray for you and hope the Good Lord brings you comfort.

      • 62 carol in ky
        October 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm

        My sympathy to you and your family Africa. May you find solace and freedom from the pain
        you’re feeling right now, and may your dear mother rest in peace. God bless.

    • 63 mtmarilyn
      October 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      Oh Africa, my heart goes out to you! Loosing your mother is such a great heartache. I still miss my mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • October 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      Africa my heart breaks for you. I am so sorry to hear that your precious mother died today. You are in my thoughts and prayers, may God grant you solace in your grief and may He keep your mother in eternal peace.
      Please be kind to yourself, take things at your own pace and know that you are loved so very much. My thoughts are also with the rest of your family at this time.

    • 65 lmrj
      October 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Someone once told me that the loss of one’s mother is a universal loss. They were absolutely right. So sorry for your loss Africa. May God give you and your family the comfort you need. Take care of yourself.

    • October 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      I feel your pain,my Mother was just diagnosed with lung cancer.She’s with me now,and I’ll do what ever it takes to keep her here for as long as I can.If it weren’t for her,I wouldn’t be here!Nor would I be related to Pres.O either.(His Mama,and her are fourth gen. twice removed cousins.)Much respect to yours,that she be in the Lords comfort in peace,and that there be no more pain.

    • 67 nathkatun7
      October 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Africa, Very sad to hear the news of your mother’s passing. May you and your family find strength to endure at this difficult time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • 68 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      October 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      So sorry africa. Sending you my thoughts and prayers. My own mother passed away last year. It gets a little easier each day.

    • 69 sjterrid
      October 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      Oh Africa I’m so sorry that your mother died. God bless her soul. and may she rest in peace. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • 70 Chi
      October 3, 2011 at 3:57 am

      Dear Africa, may God bless your family at this very difficult time and always…

      May your dear mother rest in perfect peace…

      Take care dear…

    • 71 Mae who love our CIC
      October 3, 2011 at 4:13 am

      My heart aches for you. My mother passed away August 2009 and my dad October 2010. Your mom is still present in your heart and mind. No you will not be able to talk with her and she respond to you, but you can enjoy the memories of her. They will sustain you in your deepest grief. Our parents are asleep. Although they are absent in the body, they are much alive. Love you much and God will sustain you with his love.

  4. October 2, 2011 at 10:36 am

    How does that work for his wife? Does she still work at the White House?

  5. October 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

    dancing with the rabid rethug base.

  6. October 2, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Reposting the toon


  7. 77 Uche
    October 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Africa….so sorry for your loss. It must be hard, but I wish you divine strength to come to terms with this sad news. May her soul RIP.

  8. 78 collegekay
    October 2, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, Africa.

  9. 79 Linda
    October 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

    africa…..my deepest condolences for your loss….take care.

  10. 80 criquet
    October 2, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Africa, my deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    If words can help, many have given expression more eloquently than I could and so I join with them in the hope that you find solace and healing in time but we know you will never forget her and that is as it should be.

    • 81 anniebella
      October 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

      I am so sorry about your lost. Know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

      • October 2, 2011 at 10:47 pm

        Africa, my heart aches for you, Lord I’m so sorry to hear the loss of your Mom :-(. Please know that you will be In my prayers and thoughts constantly. Take one day at the time, do let your body go through the channels of healing. It’s okay to grieve. Please know that I love you my Friend, and may God wipe every tear from your eyes 🙂

  11. 83 desertflower
    October 2, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I am reposting this story on this thread. IT IS A MUST READ/PASS ALONG!!! It is that important….Koch Bros doing illegal business with IRAN…among other things….
    I hope this is the information that takes them and all their ill gotten gains, down!

  12. 84 Fred
    October 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

    VIDEO: Crazy Eyes “Blames” President Obama For Arab Spring Uprisings

    • 85 desertflower
      October 2, 2011 at 11:21 am

      The woman needs a mental health clinic. Really, MN? You need to vote this crazy woman out. She’s certifiable.

    • 87 ChristiMtl
      October 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      Yea it’s so much better to live under the rules of a ruthless dictator.

      She’s nuts.
      Too bad she has no chance to be the nominee though

    • 88 theo67
      October 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      So – the right wing lunatics think that the Arab Spring is a bad thing. That millions of people are finding their way to democracy and freedom is a bad thing. That many of these revolutions are ousting dictators with relatively little bloodshed is a bad thing? That those dictators who have looted their countries and kept their people in abject poverty are being led to justice by their people in their courts is a bad thing? That US military lives are not being put in harm’s way, but that these people are fighting for their own freedom is a bad thing? That many Arab minds and hearts are being won over and the US (mainly the US President) is being heralded in the streets and publicly thanked for supporting but staying out of the battle – is a bad thing? That the youth of these countries are taking hold of their futures and daring to dream,and provide opportunities for generations behind them – is a bad thing? And that the global community is working together to secure peaceful and democratic and fair transitions for these new countries is a bad thing?

      One has to wonder who these GOP really are, and what their values are, and what their motives have been all these years when they’ve professed a desire to bring democracy to the world, even if it meant invading other countries, and losing millions of lives – including thousands of their own. Who are these people – and are they a minority, or do they really represent the will of the country? This is why people think badly of Americans, when they hear people like Bachmann spouting this hurtful and harmful nonsense.

  13. October 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Africa, may the love and the memories you shared with your mother comfort and strengthen you in this time of physical loss, knowing that her spirit will always be with you. May the kind of peace that passes understanding be yours even as you mourn her passing. We promise to hold you up in our thoughts over the difficult days ahead. {{Africa & family}}

  14. 94 globalcitizenlinda
    October 2, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Hey TOD Family, something has been bugging me on and off. The issues concerns these right wingers who bash “Big Government” but are personally making every effort to exploit the benefits of being an elected government official.

    I believe that by raising the profile and engaging in activism on three areas can help us ordinary people and Obama-supporters get congress’ attention and movement to act favorably to benefit our country and ordinary people.

    Here are my suggestions which we could start here on TOD and wage through free media platforms:

    (1) loud congressional critters say they hate government so much. at the same time they are pushing cuts in programs that benefit the less fortunate (such as housing). then can we The People demand that ALL members of congress who use their offices as their DC residence should MOVE OUT IMMEDIATELY and stop relying on “big, bad, government” for their personal accomodation. Hypocrisy at its best should be chastized and challenged for results.

    (2) if congress is going to work two weeks and give its self a vacation for the third week then ALL members of congress need to give back 1/3 of their pay. which other worker in the US gets this kind of benefit?

    (3) Any member of congress and senate who does not support the American Jobs Act should forfeit their pay and benefits (especially health care) since they are not doing the job that people sent them to do. No Jobs plan for Ordinary People means No Pay or Benefits for Elected Officials.

    can activism on these issues work?

  15. October 2, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Chris Hayes is getting hammered on twitter. He responded with this:

    To the folks saying out table was full of right-wingers, I think you should look more closely at @ARC_RinkuSen ‘s work and bio.

    • 97 Fred
      October 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

      too bad we don’t have the Fairness Doctrine.Just this morning we had 2 asswipes in John McCain/Hailey Barbour against O’Malley on Bob Schieffer’s show.So 3 if you count Bob ” I have the ears of the Republican Party” S against 1 huh? 🙄

      he is on tweeter also so have a field day with this gizzard 🙄

    • October 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      This Rinku person responded to my tweet with this nonsense:” My work @colorlines and @racialjustice speaks to my politics. @liberalphenom @chrislhayes.”

      I responded with this: “Sorry, heard no balance or fairness in your assessments this morning.”

      Someone tweeted that this woman said PBO should give back his Nobel Peace Prize.

      • October 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

        Colorlines is the place/blog site that Kai Wright, I believe, writes from.. she/he is the one who wrote a commentary a couple of days ago with the title: Obama needs to stop complaining and get to work. This after the CBC speech and the uproar over the ‘bedroom slippers’. Colorlines appears to have an agenda..and it doesn’t seem to be based in actual facts.

      • October 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

        I don’t really care about her “work.” The discussion is focused on right now, today. UGH. I shouldn’t even be getting into these twitter messes because I don’t watch these shows. I just go on what you good people report and it makes me furious.

    • 101 Chi
      October 3, 2011 at 4:15 am

      These days right-wing, PL/left-wing, progressives…same difference…

      Can’t tell them apart any longer…

      They all sound the same and their talking points are the same mashed-up mumbo jumbo…

      And they are all in it for the money, notoriety and eventually the much after gold price: influence which translates to even more money…

      No honor, no truth no integrity…

      And especially no core values…

      Except for the hunger for fame and fortune…

      Which they do not mind grasping for at the expense of the one man who would actually bring about the type of society and ideals many of them once raved about and still pretend to be advocating for…

  16. 102 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 2, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Hope this is not offensive to anyone, but could not help posting here . . . (from Twitter)

    LOLGOP Pete Nicely
    Never forget the Tea Party’s reaction when they found out who won the the 2008 election: http://youtu.be/vcZ9ku_wInw

    • 103 theo67
      October 3, 2011 at 3:29 am

      This is really funny, Marlz – someone posted this a few weeks ago, and I don’t remember anyone being offended, so I think you’re ok. It’s funny, and pretty accurate regarding the tea party folks.

  17. October 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Condolences to you, Africa

  18. 107 Fred
    October 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    mofo’s please 🙄

    VIDEO: Cheney Says Obama’s Anti-Terror Strategy Is Successful But Demands An Apology For Not Calling It A ‘War On Terror’

    Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Vice President Dick Cheney firmly agreed with host Candy Crowley that Obama has waged a successful war on terror and that he has secured more successes than the Bush administration. But Cheney slammed Obama for failing to call his anti-terror efforts “what it is,” a “war on terror.”

    Citing Obama’s Cairo speech in 2009 in which he criticized the Bush administration for “overreacting to the events of 9/11″ and called for a ban on torture when “we [the Bush Administration] were never torturing anyone in the first place,” Cheney said he felt that Obama owes the Bush administration an apology. Insisting that enhanced interrogation techniques helped identify the location of Osama bin Laden, his daughter Liz Cheney added that “he slandered the nation” in Cairo and “he owes an apology to the American people”:

    For the record, the Bush administration actually admitted to using torture techniques in 2008 and, as Bush’s Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld noted, those techniques did not lead to the location of Osama bin Laden.




    October 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm


  20. 120 Fred
    October 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    VIDEO: McCain: GOP Candidates Should Have Rebuked Debate Audience’s Booing Of Gay Soldier 🙄

    VIDEO: McCain Rants Against DADT Repeal: ‘Today’s A Very Sad Day’

    Today on CBS’s Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer confronted Sen. John McCain — who actively opposed the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ — on whether he thought the GOP candidates should spoken up about the now-widely condemned audience reaction. McCain replied, “Yeah, I do”:

    SCHIEFFER: Do you think that the Republican candidates should have spoken up at that debate about [the booing]?

    MCCAIN: Yeah, I do. But a lot of times when you’re in a debate you think about what you’re going to say, what the question is going to be. It’s hard to react sometimes. But I’m sure…I would bet that every Republican on that stage did not agree with that kind of behavior.


  21. October 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Hi everyone,

    If you’re tweeting Chris Hayes make sure you have the right guy – this is his account:


    or this:


    I noticed some people on Twitter are sending messages to the wrong Chris Hayes!

    ie http://twitter.com/#!/ChrisHayes

  22. 126 Fred
    October 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    VIDEO:Today on ABC’s This Week, Herman Cain even offered a poor defense of the debate audience booing of gay soldier.



    “I happen to think that maybe they were booing the whole “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” repeal more so than booing that soldier. But we didn’t know that,” said Cain. However, he did say that “in retrospect” he should have responded to the booing.

    • 127 Ladyhawke
      October 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      The Commander In Chief called out the clown car GOP presidential candidates who think they are qualified to be the leader of the free world. If you want to be Commander In Chief then you must support and defend all of our troops without exception. I was out of my seat.


      President Barack Obama – Human Rights Campaign Speech – October 1, 2011

      We don’t believe in a small America. We don’t believe in the kind of smallness that says it’s okay for a stage full of political leaders — one of whom could end up being the President of the United States — being silent when an American soldier is booed. (Applause.) We don’t believe in that. We don’t believe in standing silent when that happens. (Applause.) We don’t believe in them being silent since. (Applause.) You want to be Commander-in-Chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient. (Applause.)


    • 128 Bill
      October 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      “Herb” Cain was of draft age during Viet Nam and did not serve in the military. He worked as a civilian in the Department of the Navy and after the government paid for his master’s degree he went into the private sector. He does not mention that he was a chicken hawk or that the horrible government paid for his master’s. He will never be asked about any of this.

  23. 132 GOVCHRIS1988
    October 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm


    My condolences to you this morning. I hope that you and your family garner much needed comfort and support. Your friends and acquaintances here have your back as well.

  24. 133 Fred
    October 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    but you are asshole 🙄

    On ABC’s This Week, host Christiane Amanpour confronted Herman Cain about a comment he made to ThinkProgress. “There’s this creeping attempt…to gradually ease Sharia Law and the Muslim faith into our government,” Cain told us in March.


    After showing Cain his quote, Amanpour asked him to respond to Chris Christie, who has said, “This Sharia law business is crap, it’s just crazy, and I’m tired of dealing with the crazies.” Cain responded:

    CAIN: Call me crazy. … Some people would infuse Sharia Law in our courts system if we allow it. I honestly believe that. So even if he calls me crazy, I am going to make sure that they don’t infuse it little by little by little. … American laws in American courts, period.

    AMANPOUR: American laws are in American courts. So the people of this country should be safe for the moment.

    Watch it:

    In July, Cain met with a small group of Muslims and said he was “truly sorry for any comments that may have betrayed my commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it.” It’s therefore disappointing that Cain is still clinging to his anti-Sharia rhetoric.


    The “creeping Sharia” threat, as CAP explained in our report “Fear, Inc.,” is the product of a hate campaign organized by a small number of Islamophobic actors who are trying to cast suspicion on the presence of all Muslims in America. In fact, Cain’s language of “American laws in American courts” is lifted directly from a right-wing lawyer named David Yerushalmi, who has been leading an effort to pass anti-Sharia measures in roughly two dozen states.

    As the ACLU has explained in a thorough legal analysis, the “creeping Sharia” rhetoric is a mythical menace and a fabricated threat:

    There is no evidence that Islamic law is encroaching on our courts. On the contrary, the court cases cited by anti-Muslim groups as purportedly illustrative of this problem actually show the opposite: Courts treat lawsuits that are brought by Muslims or that address the Islamic faith in the same way that they deal with similar claims brought by people of other faiths or that involve no religion at all. These cases also show that sufficient protections already exist in our legal system to ensure that courts do not become impermissibly entangled with religion or improperly consider, defer to, or apply religious law where it would violate basic principles of U.S. or state public policy.


  25. 134 Anna Luc
    October 2, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    This is OT but I have to share. Yesterday, I stumbled on a talk by Prof. Melissa Harris-Perry on C-SPAN2. She spoke on current US racial politics and the Civil War. I knew she was smart, but OMG this woman is brilliant and funny. Here’s the link and pass it on—http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/301205-1

  26. 135 Fred
    October 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    VIDEO: Cain Calls Perry ‘Insensitive’ To Black People For Not Changing Racist Name Of Family’s Hunting Camp

    During an interview on Fox News Sunday, fellow presidential contender Herman Cain criticized Perry for not taking action to change the name of the camp for so many years. Cain, the only African American candidate in the GOP race, called Perry’s complacency about the racist slur “insensitive towards…black people”:

    CAIN: My reaction is that’s just very insensitive…That is a more vile negative word than the N word, and for him to leave it there for as long as he did before I hear that they finally painted over it is just plain insensitive towards a lot of black people in this country.

    In response to a series of written questions from the Post, Perry claims that he and his father quickly painted over the rock when they noticed it in the ’80s, and repeatedly tried to cover it up after that. But that account of events differs sharply from what most people interviewed by the Post remember. Seven people said the block-lettered name was clearly visible at different points in the ’80s and ’90s — one remembered seeing it as recently as 2008. A local resident of Paint Creek, Texas, who visited the property with Perry recalled seeing the rock and thinking, “This is going to embarrass Rick some day.”


  27. 139 Fred
    October 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    VIDEO: New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin Sneers At Wall Street Protesters, Estimates Only 80 There

    Speaking on CNBC’s Squawk Box program yesterday, Andrew Ross Sorkin, a financial columnist and editor of the New York Times’ Dealbook blog, a special business section devoted to covering Wall Street, condescendingly dismissed the protests:

    SORKIN: Do we think about the–Not to be so America-centric, but do we think that the whole Wall Street protest is overdone, real, not real? Were there really a lot of people down there? Were there a lot? I could never tell.

    COHOST: Well uh they arrested 80 people. Right?

    SORKIN: Right. But I dont know if that was like all 80 of them.

    For the record, thousands have demonstrated against Wall Street and the numbers are growing.

    Sorkin, the author of “Too Big To Fail,” has faced scrutiny over the years for his cozy relationship with powerful hedge fund managers and big bank executives. Media reporter Gabriel Sherman covered Sorkin’s sometimes “fawning quality” for powerful financial titans:


    While he has written critically about the financial mandarins he covers, a fawning quality can ooze into his prose that some other Timespeople find unbecoming. “Over at the power table is Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, or should I call you the man who can do no wrong?” (December 30, 2007) … “Trying to defend Stephen A. Schwarzman, Wall Street’s whipping boy of the moment, seems like a lose-lose proposition … But hey, somebody has got to go to bat for Mr. Schwarzman. Might as well be me” (July 29, 2007) … Or the second time the word subprime appears in his column, two months before Bear Stearns blew up, when credit and real-estate markets had already begun their steep nosedive. “I know many of you aren’t in a party mood,” Sorkin wrote. “Things were going great until summer, when the subprime mortgage thing really took us down a notch—and ruined more than a few golf games.



  28. 141 Ladyhawke
    October 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm



    Republicans Take Offense to Obama’s Competence Because It Shows Them Up for What They Are
    The reason Republicans always sound so petty and juvenile these days is because Obama has shown them up to be the incompetent, bad actors they have been. And he had the good grace not to throw it in their face, which only insulted them more, as they were supposed to be the party of grown ups.

    They try to paint him as having spent like a “liberal” and thereby jacking up our debt, when they know that the debt was incurred under their boy, who left 2 wars, a Medicare Part D drug program and the Bush tax cuts off the budget. They never had a plan to pay for those things – just ran them up on the Republican Daddy credit card while they handed out entitlements to buy votes.

    I know, that’s exactly what they accuse Democrats of doing. But guess who Daddy turned out to be? Guess who paid the bills that Georgie and his frat buddies charged? It sure as heck isn’t a Republican.

    The guy who paid and is paying the Republicans bills is the same guy who led the charge to get the bad guys in order to keep us safe. Turns out, Big Daddy isn’t a Republican. Turns out, he is one bad ass mo-fo who manages to carry himself with the affable, easy-going confidence of the truly competent. He can do in half a term what Republicans could not in two full terms.

    The President pwns Republicans on a daily basis, and just like all sour, immature losers, Republicans can’t take it. Their only solution is, like the petulant little fools they are, to yell, “You lie!” and obstruct anything that would be good for the country, while hoping no one notices that this President has made them look like the doddering, pandering, ineffectual fools they are.


    • 142 desertflower
      October 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks for posting that here, Ladyhawke! It’s a keeper…I may do what one of the commenters said and copy this for my Republican friends still in denial.

      • 143 Ladyhawke
        October 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        ds I agree it’s a keeper. The writer said what I have been thinking, but was not able to put into words. It’s an excellent read. Nicely done.

      • 144 carol in ky
        October 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

        Loooooovead this article!!! It’s going on my desktop and being sent to all my repug friends. Barack Hussein Obama is the MAN!

  29. 145 Fred
    October 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    VIDEO: Fox News to bank whistleblowers: STOP SNITCHIN

  30. 146 carolyn
    October 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Africa, my deepest sympathy goes to you on the passing of your mother. I remember that same loss, and it happened in 1984. To me, my mother was a wonderful friend, but she was somehow my defense against the universe and all it threw at me. After she was gone, I felt somewhat defenseless for a while, but that feeling passed. I do think about her every day, and it has become a comforting, warming thought with the lessening of the deep, horrendous shock. A loving mother who is a friend, is one of the greatest gifts we can be given.
    Because of my upbringing, I always go to scripture at times like this. The part of a verse that comes to me today is “…and underneath are the everlasting arms.” May you feel the support of those everlasting arms holding you up in these next painful days. Also, you know that many on this blog are holding you up too.

    • October 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      Africa, my deepest thoughts of comfort comes to you at this time. I have been very ill(still recuperating)
      but I read this about your precious mother, and I felt that I needed to write you.

      Africa, I know that it is and will be difficult for you during this time. I loss my most precious gift, my mother a few years ago, and I still cry like a baby so much. It just hits you so hard at times. However, I have learned that it is fine. I would not have the capacity of these tears, if she had not been such a wonderful, caring, hardworking, core values, giving, and just plain loving mother for me. So the source of my tears are to be. She was one of the best a daughter could have. I am older now, but I can remember her tenderness like she was just changing my diapers or feeding me.

      So hold onto those precious memories, Africa. Cry when you want to, need to, and have to. It is okay. That is your precious mother. We only get one in this life. Hold those memories so close to your heart and bring them up when you so desire to and need to. Be comforted, my dear Africa. I will have you in my prayers as well. Sending hugs of comfort to you now,HZ

  31. 148 a4alice
    October 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Hey Twitterers: I just got three invites from people asking me if I wanted to be part of their “Mafia” family. It provides a link to click. I’m thinking that it’s probably not real. so just a heads up. Don’t know how to find out for sure if it is not real though. but better safe than sorry.

    • October 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      Yeah, i got two of them both from TODers. It appears to be real but i haven’t entered the site yet.

    • October 3, 2011 at 8:28 am

      I have received a number of request for mafia family. I have no interest or time for game playing. My daughter ask me if I sent her a invite to join and I didn’t. I believe we have been hacked. Ignore any request to join from me.

      • October 3, 2011 at 8:52 am

        thank you Sonjia for writing this, I too received many requests the last couple of days.. one came from YOU! Sooo we know we’ve been hacked, I also received one from africa, and since I knew of her loss yesterday, I also knew there was no way she was sending me requests to ‘play’ some online mafia game. Very glad I’ve ignored them- thanks for posting about it.

  32. October 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Dear Africa…You have my ddepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved mother.
    I went through that loss in 2007 so I understand the deep pain.
    Please take comfort in knowing that time helps to heal the pain. Treasure your memories
    of her they will soothe your soul on difficult days. Blessings to you always.

  33. October 3, 2011 at 2:28 am

    My sincere sympathies, Africa. I know how you feel; I lost my Mom in 1985 and miss her every day.

  34. October 3, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Africa I offered a prayer for your Mother and family. My Mom passed a few years ago and I still miss her and sometimes picking up the phone to call to share family news.

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