heads up – and chat away

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White House Live



A message from our Fundraising Queen, Donna Dem:

TOD I’ve been challenged to get 3 donations this weekend.

So I am on the hunt for 3 different donors at $5.00 each. Can you help me out with a donation for the President’s re-election?


See here

Hey, there are at least two dozen of you here who could that job 😉



Hiya people, have to go out for a few hours but will catch up later – have a perfect day 😉

224 Responses to “heads up – and chat away”

  1. 1 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Heads up, reposting from previous thread, the briefing should start shortly.



    THE HERO: Press Secretary Jay “Clark Kent” Carney

    THE BAD GUYS: The White House Press Corps aka The lazy media stenographers who carry water for the Republican Party and shield them from the scrutiny they deserve.

    TIME: 12:00 PM ET (check your local listings)

    • October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      Heh. Ladyhawke, IMO, our country would be better served if the WH press gaggle was summarily fired and replaced by the comedians.

      P.S. I was overlooked in the Halloween Costume “Sadie Hawkins”. If Michelle Malkin is not taken then I volunteer.

      • October 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm

        Great idea! A gaggle of comedians would be worth tuning in for. And the information would be a thousand times better.
        I always think of Michele Malkin with pom-poms from some video on You Tube. Don’t forget yours.

      • 5 Ladyhawke
        October 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm

        Pamela, see ut’s update at comment number 107 (this thread). It looks like the Michelle Malkin costume is already taken. So you have been assigned the Buddy Roemer costume. By the way, I was assigned Joan Walsh. I will have to brush up on my snide remarks about PBO. It’s going to be tough. A virtual Halloween Party at TODville. What fun? It should be a hoot.

  2. October 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Michelle Obama Prepares For 2012 ‘Battle’ With A New Speech And Packed Fundraising Schedule

    After three years as America’s Mom-In-Chief, First Lady Michelle Obama is ready for a fight.

    The 2012 presidential election is “another battle, and I am looking forward to doing it,” Obama told a packed house of Democratic donors in Chicago on Tuesday. “I’m going to be walking around, running around this country for the next 12 months making sure people understand what’s at stake.”

    Over the coming year, Obama is poised to set a new precedent for American first ladies, doing more than any first lady before her to help ensure that the president is reelected. Armed with a sharper message in recent weeks, Obama bears little resemblance to the reluctant campaigner of early 2008, who was fond of telling donors that initially, she “wasn’t exactly thrilled by the idea” of her husband running for president.

    Since mid-May, the first lady has headlined 23 fundraisers for the Democratic party, 9 of them in the past month alone. That’s nearly as many as President Barack Obama himself has done — his tally stands at 13 since Sept. 30. The first lady’s predecessor, Laura Bush, headlined 13 fundraisers for her husband’s reelection in all of 2003 combined.

    The recent surge in the first lady’s fundraising comes at a critical juncture in the overall campaign. The president’s attempts to mobilize his Democratic base have been hampered by poor job approval ratings and a do-nothing Congress. Against this dreary political landscape, the first lady is viewed as a ray of sunlight, with favorability ratings that far outshine the president’s and those of any would-be Republican challengers.

    The Obama campaign declined to publicly discuss the first lady’s role in the reelection effort, but officials have characterized it as an evolving one. According to Anita McBride, the former chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush, “this kind of an aggressive schedule for a first lady indicates that the campaign recognizes how much they really need her and her popularity.”


  3. 7 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Reporter asks about a comment from Bill Daley that both Republicans and Democrats have been against some elements of PBO agenda. Jay explains while it is true that every Democrat has not agreed with PBO on everything, the obstacle to getting anything done is the Republican Party. The reporters continue to try to make hay out of very candid comments made by Bill Daley in a recent interview.

    • 8 anniebella
      October 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      Would it had been to much for Daley to have keep his mouth close, but then when you think about it he was telling the truth about some of the gutless Democrats

      • 9 Ladyhawke
        October 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm

        It’s so disappointing. The problem is that because the media is just looking for controversy they overlook the essence of what Bill Daley was trying to say. The issue is that the Republican Party has been 100% against the American Jobs Act. That is extraordinary when you consider that the elements of the bill have had bipartisan support in the past. There is nothing controversial. Instead, they harp on the comment about some Democrats disagreeing with the President. I’m not saying they shouldn’t mention the fact that Democrats have not always agreed with PBO, but the real story is the orchestrated obstruction of the GOP.

        • 10 TrumpDog
          October 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

          I read the interview and – while I can appreciate the intent – Daley came off terribly.
          I was not at all inspired reading it.

          • October 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm

            The media has got nothing because they know who the real obstructionists are. If they want to make a big deal of Daley’s remarks, I would say proudly that differences of opinion are what make the Democratic Party great. We are a big tent with a lot of diverse people and we don’t require strict allegiance to every single party dogma. It’s healthy for there to be some disagreement. When you act in lockstep like the Republicans, you get automatic “no” votes on everything, like a bunch of robotic tin soldiers. That is no way to govern and it’s unhealthy for the country. Having a disagreement with the president in some things does not indicate a lack of support for him anymore than having a difference of opinion with a friend means you no longer support, respect and like him or her. I’m sure if PBO were asked about this, he would laugh and brush it off, saying, hey, that’s what families are like.

            • October 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm

              I do agree with you Jackie. After my first initial anger at the 2/3 recalcitrant dems, I began to rationalize that (though I think of them as traitorous) they do negate the ‘both sides’ are hyper partisan meme. One could argue that the dissidents are showing that they think for themselves – a non-existent ability on the GOP side. Of course that doesn’t mean voters shouldn’t get after them. I only wish Daley had been on the ball/savvy enough to explain these guys actions the way you did.

      • 13 57andFemale
        October 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm

        Daley is COS. He doesn’t get to be that ‘candid’ in an interview. It’s irresponsible. And unforgivable. That’s the kind of mistake Republicans don’t make, certainly not at that top level.

        He’s not my favorite, at all.

  4. 14 donna dem 4 obama
    October 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Utaustinliberal please sign up to be a writer/editor with the Obama Campaign digital team. You are such a talented writer the campaign could really use that talent.

    • 15 utaustinliberal
      October 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      Aww…..thank you so much Donna for that kind recommendation. I just tweeted the link to the application page so that other people could have an opportunity but I’m also thinking of sending in a couple of writing samples and applying myself. Hey…..what could it hurt? Thanks again Donna. 😀

      • 16 MTmarilyn
        October 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

        I think that is a great idea, utaustinliberal!!!!!!! Then we could really be representead here at TOD. I would love to read more of you writings!!!!

      • October 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm

        I agree with donna dem: you would be a formidable asset to the 2012 campaign. GO…FOR…IT. Another person I hope we “draft” is Deaniac from TPV.

      • October 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm

        Let me jump on the band wagon too. Go for it. You’re a helluva lot better than any in the Press Room. 🙂

      • 19 kasai
        October 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm

        I don’t need to watch cable..the fact is, I get my summary from you without all the BS twist and turns, I really hope that the Administration sees your skills.

        I am rooting for Uta:-) 🙂

      • October 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

        Oh, I’m so glad you are participating, UT! They’ll love you. I hope Chips is deciding to submit and Zizi as well. I really enjoy coming here several times a day to read the comments and insights TODers share. It truly lifts my spirits. Chips is performing an invaluable service. And if BWD is lurking in here somewhere, your battle scarred participation is a must! And what about Tally? What a great contribution you could all make. Who knows, maybe they’d have you all collaborate on a newsletter for the campaign—a gazette. Hmmm—sounds a bit like TOD;-)

      • October 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm

        I’m so glad you’re going to try this, UT. You’re a natural and it would be great career experience.

    • 22 defytheodds
      October 28, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      Go for it UT & WIW would be great too.

    • October 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      You would definitely have my vote, UTALib! In addition to your affinity with words, the political info you have at your fingertips would be a terrific asset. Go for it!

    • 25 nathkatun7
      October 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      Hi Donna, I enthusiastically second your plea to UT to apply to join the Obama team. Of course there are so many fine writers on this site who would be excellent addition to Obama’s team. I have in mind people like Bobfr, Tally, TienLe, Linda at WIW, hopefruit, Zizi, and the consummate realist, St Roscoe, just to name a few. Of course our own Chipsticks would also be great, but I would rather have her remain outside of the campaign, running this blog unfettered, to keep inspiring the troops.

      • October 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

        ‘our own Chipsticks would also be great, but I would rather have her remain outside of the campaign, running this blog unfettered’ 😆 😆 Sure you would! 😉 So would I! [ **whisper** Selfish souls, aren’t we? 😉 ]

  5. 27 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Jay making it clear that Republicans in congress are out of step with Republicans out in the real world. Republicans are not listening to their own constituents. Democrats, Republicans and Independents support the American Jobs Act AND the pay fors (asking millionaires to pay their fair share). It’s not that complicated.

  6. October 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Time to feature another Presidential Medal Winner

    Michelle McIntyre-Brewer: 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal Recipient

    • October 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      After reading your last 2 posts, WiW, I find I was totally remiss in my draft______ for Obama’s need for campaign writers and editors. IMO, you’d make an amazing editor not only in how you organize and prioritize but you also embody the Obama philosophy of “respect, empower and include”.

  7. October 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Who Burned the GOP Brand?

    Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza describe a new CBS/NYT poll:

    The poll also asked which class voters thought the Obama Administration and Republicans in Congress favored. While people were pretty evenly split on whether the administration favors the middle class, the rich or the poor, they were all but unanimous about which class the Republicans favor; 69 percent said Republicans in Congress favor the rich, while just 9 percent said the middle class and 2 percent said the poor.

    Voters say the darndest things!

    The identification of the GOP as mouthpiece for the selfish interests of the wealthy is a stubborn image, difficult to overcome at the best of times. For three years, however, Republican leaders have been doing their utmost to confirm the stereotype – and to quash and quell any attempt to counter that stereotype. Did we really spend months and months arguing that one of the things most wrong with the US tax code is that the poor and unemployed pay too little tax? Yes we did. Head shake. Face slap.

    Given the terrible economic fundamentals, this reckless self-branding by Republicans may not in the end be enough to save President Obama from himself. But if he does manage to eke it out, the CBS/NYT result is the beginning of wisdom as to how and why.


    • October 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Rep. Ryan can’t run away from his own budget that gave further tax breaks to the one-percenters (millionaires and billionaires) at the expense of forcing the old, poor and disabled to have to pay more. GOP cuts have all been targeting the safety net to keep giving tax cuts to billionaires because they need these billionaires to give money to the Rove and AFP SuperPAC attack groups if they have any hope to win in 2012 and beyond.

    • October 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      Frum is very caustic about the president and I dislike his dismissal of all that PBO has done and s trying to do for the middle class. The pres has been getting his message out on the road and that is also what is making the R’s support of the rich crystal clear. The president minces no words on this issue. That said, the R’s have have foot in mouth disease for some years now. They have lost all subtlety and are seeming “off” on their messaging. Looks like their puppet masters these days are more leaden footed than they were in the past.

    • October 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      Yet people without the pot or the window, continue to vote for these vandals.

  8. October 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I wanted to send a note of support for the video posted on the last thread. It featured Progressive Dems delivering petitions to Boehners office. I think the movement is useful if for no other reason than it has focused anger at Wall Street, and Republicans, instead of President Obama and public employee pensions.

    With that said I have another video to post
    The 99% – Why Am I here?

  9. October 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Keeping It Together
    by BooMan
    Fri Oct 28th, 2011 at 10:32:28 AM EST

    I guess my timeline is slightly different from the Speaker’s, because I’d say that it’s been about six weeks since the president made it absolutely clear that he’s done trying to forge compromises with a party that won’t compromise. But let’s take a look at John Boehner’s thinking anyway.

    “There is nothing that has disappointed me more over the last eight weeks than to watch the President of the United States basically give up on the economy, and give up on the American people, decide he’s going to quit governing, and spend his entire next 14 months campaigning,” Boehner said.

    The lead Republican went on to say that the president should try to find more areas of agreement between the two parties. That notion has been one of contention, with the president maintaining that his jobs proposal consisted entirely of ideas previously supported by Republicans.

    “If the president is serious, he ought to be up here working with us to find common ground to solve the issues that the American people want us to solve,” Boehner said.

    What John Boehner means is that the Democratically-controlled U.S. Senate and the president of the United States should capitulate to whatever the House of Representatives wants to do, even if what the House wants to do has no relationship to what the Democrats promised their constituents they would fight for. What I find ironic, though, is that nothing has disappointed me more than how the activist left pushed Obama to stop compromising with the Republicans and take his case to the people, and then six weeks ago when the president decided to do exactly that, the activist left decided to pour all their energy into the Occupy Movement. I’ve discussed this before, and my thinking has been evolving. It feels like that the precise moment the president gave up on working with the Republicans, the activist left gave up on the congressional process. It’s like something snapped after the debt ceiling fiasco. I think it destroyed hope all around. And people are reacting differently to it depending on their situation.

    The one positive thing I am feeling is that I have the sense that the Republican talking points and arguments seem a little more detached from reality and a little more irrelevant or impertinent than they did before the Occupy Movement got started. It’s just a feeling, but if it’s right it might mean that the debate is moving in a more favorable direction. And the movement gives people a way to stay politically involved instead falling into despondency. So, that’s good, too.

    I just worry that the left is splintering at a dangerous time.

    I feel compelled to remind you all again that a key component of the McConnell Plan of total obstruction is to frustrate the left so that it turns on itself.


    • 43 anniebella
      October 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      There is nothing else which I need to said about John Boehner which hasn’t already been said before. He isn’t worth the time of day, with his lying do nothing self.

  10. October 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Political AnimalBlog
    October 28, 2011 10:45 AM

    Get to know the ‘Personhood’ Amendment

    By Steve Benen

    Opponents of abortion rights have been pushing constitutional amendments — at the federal and state level — for nearly four decades, so at a certain level, the “personhood” proposal on the ballot in Mississippi may not seem extraordinary. After all, as is well known, pro-life activists consider embryos and fetuses to be people.

    But this isn’t just another state initiative.

    A constitutional amendment facing voters in Mississippi on Nov. 8, and similar initiatives brewing in half a dozen other states including Florida and Ohio, would declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, effectively branding abortion and some forms of birth control as murder.

    With this far-reaching anti-abortion strategy, the proponents of what they call personhood amendments hope to reshape the national debate.

    “I view it as transformative,” said Brad Prewitt, a lawyer and executive director of the Yes on 26 campaign, which is named for the Mississippi proposition. “Personhood is bigger than just shutting abortion clinics; it’s an opportunity for people to say that we’re made in the image of God.”

    No matter what one thinks of the campaign, the part about this being “bigger than just shutting abortion clinics” is absolutely true. The “personhood” measure would ban every possible form of abortion, but it also goes much further.

    There’s been some great reporting on this lately, including this piece from Kate Sheppard who explained this week that an approved “personhood” amendment would “likely outlaw several types of birth control and possibly make all forms of hormonal contraception illegal.” Irin Carmon had a related piece, noting that the initiative “would almost certainly ban common forms of birth control like the IUD and the morning-after pill, call into question the legality of the common birth-control pill, and even open the door to investigating women who have suffered miscarriages.”

    Michelle Goldberg, meanwhile, added that the “personhood” amendment would also very likely prohibit couples from using in vitro fertilization (IVF) to have children.

    In other words, we’re talking about a very radical proposal. The next question is, do national Republicans support this?

    Mitt Romney was recently asked whether he would have supported a similar measure as governor, and he replied, “Absolutely.” So, does this mean he supports the “personhood” measure in Mississippi? Keith Mason, co-founder of a group supporting the Mississippi’s initiative, Personhood USA, told Politico, “We always seem to get two stories from Romney.”

    Imagine that.

    Last week, Rachel Maddow took Romney to task, and offered a helpful lesson on the sexual-health basics, in case the former governor needed a refresher. Rachel added that Romney “apparently does not understand” the idea that he, as Romney himself put it, “absolutely” endorses.

    If some enterprising campaign reporters could get to the bottom of this, and determine whether Romney supports “personhood” amendments or not, voters would benefit from knowing the answer.


  11. 45 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Reporter questions why PBO is doing executive orders NOW. Implying that he didn’t do much in the beginning. Jay schools the reporter and explains that PBO took bold action when he came into office. And bottom line, PBO has been issuing executive orders all along, but the media stenographers were not paying attention. They are only concerned now because President Obama is calling out the Republican Party for their obstruction. Jay asks are you saying PBO didn’t to everything he should have the first day in office. Amazing…..

    So is the reporter Dan Lothian saying President Obama should not be issuing executive orders to help the American people? Just astonishing.

    • 46 utaustinliberal
      October 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      These jackals astound me with their level of stupidity. Where have they been since January 20th, 2009? Their lazyness is mind blowing. People like them don’t deserve six figure salaries for sitting down and doing nothing. Oh shoot; wait, they do accomplish one thing: Spreading Lies.

    • 47 FiredUpInCA
      October 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      Ever since Woodward and Bernstein brought down the Nixon White House and had a movie made about them, a generation of reporters has come to believe that their primary duty is to be adversarial and cynical rather than fair and accurate. It’s similar to the obsession of the chronically depressed left who believe holding feet to fire is their prime directive, even when those same feet are walking in the same direction, toward the same goals.

      • October 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm

        They got to where they are by toeing the company line – in this case protecting the 1% (and thus becoming one themselves in many cases). You have that one blonde on Fox who is a Rhodes Scholar – she really can’t believe the garbage she is selling, but she’s getting mid six figures at least to do it, so why does she care?

      • October 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm

        Ever since Woodward and Bernstein brought down the Nixon White House and had a movie made about them, a generation of reporters has come to believe that their primary duty is to be adversarial and cynical rather than fair and accurate

        Well, it helped of course that the Nixon Administration itself was adversarial and cynical (dont’ get me started and quote a part of the “Begatting of the President”.

        There’s no excuse now.

        Accurate accounting is all that is necessary.

    • October 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      You know I remember every single news outlet, at the start of Pres. Obama’s presidency, all in a frenzy that he was DOING TOO MUCH! Now they want to pretend that he’s only now doing something.

      • 51 nathkatun7
        October 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm

        Exactly! It really doesn’t matter what the President does the GOP media will always find an excuse to attack his actions. in my humble opinion, the mainstream media are totally in the pockets of the tea bag-Republicans.

    • October 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      LH, are you reporting on today’s (Friday’s) presser? I was away from home so didn’t see today’s, but It seems to me that someone asked that particular question yesterday. Maybe they are trying to see if the answers change. Sigh! It’s so said that the public is exposed to these frauds so often, Their face time with Jay should be cut back to once weekly; they might be a little more prepared then. {I’m dreaming, I know.]

      • 53 Ladyhawke
        October 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm

        yes, I was reporting on today’s press briefing. The jackals are so lazy. They are constantly repeating and rephrasing the same question over and over again. And the same question is asked for several days in a row. It’s like Groundhog Day sometimes.

  12. October 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    October 28, 2011 10:05 AM

    RNC discovers the safety net

    By Steve Benen

    I’d hoped to be first to the scene on this one, but Yglesias beat me to it. It’s a fun story anyway, though.

    An alert reader passed along the latest fundraising pitch from the Republican National Committee, ostensibly sent by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). The lede is a stunner.

    This is a copy and paste of the image of the actual RNC mailing, with my source’s name and address redacted.

    It may be a little tough to read, but the text says, “America is at a tipping point. 14 million Americans are unemployed and 9.3 million are underemployed. Our debt has grown over $4 trillion in less than three years and will be above $16 trillion before the end of 2012. The safety net for the poor is coming apart at the seams and no one in Washington seems to care.”

    Remember, this is a fundraising appeal sent to Republican donors by the RNC.

    The latter is right to note that there’s a jobs crisis, though it seems pertinent that President Obama has presented a popular and effective jobs plan that congressional Republicans have killed. The letter is also right to note that the deficit is quite high, though it matters that Democrats have unveiled sensible, moderate debt-reduction plans that Republicans have rejected.

    But putting that aside, a Paul Ryan letter sent by the RNC is concerned that “the net for the poor is coming apart at the seams and no one in Washington seems to care”?

    You’ve. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me.

    Ryan is the one swinging the machete at the safety net precisely because he doesn’t care. Put it this way: there’s only one party in Washington trying to slash spending on unemployment aid, student loans, food stamps, and job training, and I’ll give you a hint, it’s not the Democrats.

    That said, if the RNC believes concern for the safety net is likely to appeal to Republican donors, it’s probably safe to say the Occupy movement has already changed the national conversation in rather fundamental ways.


      • October 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm

        Perhaps it is because Jon Kyl is one of my Senators, but I think he is one of the most revolting Senators in Washington. I thank God every day that he is not running for re-election in 2012.

    • 57 utaustinliberal
      October 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      #GOPHypocrite much? Paul Ryan has some nerve soliciting donations by pretending to be “concerned about the poor.” Has he looked at his Kill Medicare bill? It decimates the safety net for the elderly; most of whom are middle and working class. Ayn Rands lover needs to get a reality check.

    • October 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      Typical rethuglican rovian tactic. Accuse falsely the opposition of what you yourself are doing. The dems better get ahead of the curve on this one since the american voters have a proven track record being gullible and stoopid.

      • 59 FiredUpInCA
        October 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

        The GOP consistently uses this tactic because it works. Even though seniors had received $250 checks in the mail from Democrats prior to the midterms after created a donut hole through Medicare D, a few fear-driven, fact-free seniors went and rewarded the GOP with 21 percent more support than any other group.

        Democrats conceived and created Medicare. They’ve sustained and defended it for decades. The GOP is the party that radically adjusted it so seniors would pay more out of pocket for critical prescription medication. Democrats sought to remedy that by sending checks to offset the costs. In the face of all that evidence, that they could touch and feel, the fearful few were somehow persuaded that Democrats sought to destroy Medicare and the only way to save it was by giving Republicans a majority during the midterms.

        To review: The only party creating greater out-of-pocket expenses for prescription medicine were Republicans. The only party sending money to fix that were Democrats. The only party radically changing Medicare was the GOP. The only party protecting it, Democrats. Yet somehow this got twisted in the minds of the people directly benefitting from the Democrats and directly hurt by the GOP.

        This is why I know that all the messaging in the world can’t combat willful ignorance. Willful ignorance just has to be outnumbered. We’ve been put at great risk in terms of collective bargaining, public sector layoffs, a war on women’s bodies, economic recovery and the full faith and credit of the U.S., because of the willful ignorance of a fear-driven rather than fact-driven few that must be overwhelmingly outnumbered in 2012.

    • October 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      Here is my contrary take on this one, for argument’s sake:

      ‘Remember, this is a fundraising appeal sent to Republican donors by the RNC.’ And because it is, the RNC may just be gloating as they inform their wealthy donors that “the net for the poor is coming apart at the seams and no one in Washington seems to care”?

      Thus, if the recipient Republican donors could care less about helping the poor, etc, – and many of them don’t – they will pat their guys on the back for dismantling the social net by donating liberally.

    • 62 jacquelineoboomer
      October 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      Wow – got through an entire piece by Krugman and didn’t cringe. He must be mellowing. 🙂

  13. 63 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Ann Compton is concern trolling about the stress that OWS is causing for local mayors and governors. She seems to think PBO should be weighing in on this. I’m not sure what she expects PBO to do. Meanwhile, this is a free country and petitioning our government is a time honored tradition. Ann wants to know if the protesting is counterproductive. Unbelievable….

    Why isn’t Ann questioning why the Republican Party is obstructing the Dodd-Frank legislation? And blocking the appointment of a Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?.

  14. 64 donna dem 4 obama
    October 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Does anyone know where I can find out how many days per year the previous congress under Speaker Pelosi worked?

  15. 75 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Ed “Cheshire Cat” Henry is now questioning donations made to President Obama. He is clearing smirking while asking this question.

    • 76 symmetry11
      October 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      Bill Press asked about whether or not the WH will give out candy on Halloween. These people are jokes.

      • 77 Ladyhawke
        October 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm

        I could not believe that. How do you sit around all day and wait to go to the White House Press briefing and ask such an inane question? It’s really mind boggling to think that these so called reporters are pulling down six figure salaries. I have not seen anything resembling journalism from any of them. This is exactly why President Obama needs to go directly to the American people himself. The media has abdicated it’s responsibility to educate and inform the public with the facts.

  16. 78 Fred
    October 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    The E-Mails The Feds Say Show Texas Lawmakers Trying To Limit Voting Power Of Hispanics

    The feds say there’s “ample circumstantial evidence” that the redistricting maps signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry had the effect and intent of limiting the voting power of Hispanic voters. But what’s the evidence exactly? Let’s take a look.

    The most telling evidence Justice Department lawyers cite in terms of the state redistricting maps is a comment from state Rep. Beverly Woolley, who led the redistricting process in Harris County (an effort which excluded any minority members of the Harris County delegation). “[Y]ou all are protected by the Voting Rights Act and we are not,” Woolley told a number of minority representatives. “We don’t want to lose these people due to population growth in the county, or we won’t have any districts left.”

    In another instance, Rep. Joe Farias said he needed “more Mexicans in [his] district” but rejected areas where Hispanics were politically organized.

    DOJ’s expert report also cites emails to and from Rep. Lamar Smith, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee which oversees DOJ. The expert says the emails make it clear that “racial as well as political data were most accurately driving the line drawing.”

    Smith had said in an early email that they agreed “not going to seek (Justice Department) preclearance but will go to a three-judge panel in D.C.”

    Here’s an email that Smith was copied on that discusses moving Hispanic voters around, with analysis from DOJ’s expert:

    Feds: Rick Perry-Signed Texas Redistricting Plan Reduces Voting Power Of 479,704 Hispanics


    In E-mails, Texas GOPers Worried Feds Would Say Redistricting Map Diluted Hispanic Voting Power


    DOJ: Texas redistricting maps discriminatory


  17. 80 Fred
    October 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    lawd hammercy 😆

    NJ GOPer In ‘Rentboy’ Scandal: ‘I Don’t Know’ If Pics Of Me In My Underwear Are Real


  18. 81 Fred
    October 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I can’t keep up with you bro 😆

    Timeline: Cain’s Offers His Fifth Position On Abortion, Now Allows Exceptions For Rape Or Incest


  19. October 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    First row on the right. i think his name is Jim Henry? Anyway, he’s as good as used toilet paper. ;-p

  20. 83 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    More obsessing on the Bill Daley interview. Continued focus on the Democrats who didn’t agree with President Obama. Again Jay says of course every member of the Democratic caucus has not agreed with everything. But it’s the Democrats who support the American Jobs Act. 100% of the Republicans have voted against it.

    Mike V. has concerns about an executive order that creates a website. He is poo pooing this action. He is concern trolling about how effective the executive orders will be typical. Clearly carrying water for the GOP.

    Now bringing up Condi Rice book. Saying the Obama administration ignored some advice provided by Rice in her book as they were leaving office on Middle East peace process. Unbelievable. Jay says EIGHT YEARS OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION DID NOT YIELD A PEACE AGREEMENT. Ouch, so apparently getting peace with Israel and Palestine is a difficult task. Stay tuned….

    • 84 Fred
      October 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      damn Jay reminding them how much they covered for Condi’s arse for 8 years in proper English 😉

      • 85 Ladyhawke
        October 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm

        That’s why I am crazy about Jay. With his mellow persona he told the press to their faces – If President Bush didn’t do it in 8 years why are you questioning why President Obama has not done it in 3. Talk about double standard. Amazing…

    • 87 nathkatun7
      October 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm


      Jay could have added that neither did the EIGHT YEARS OF NIXON-FORD (with SoS, Henry Kissinger); nor the EIGHT YEARS OF ST. RONALD REAGAN; nor the FOUR YEARS OF GEORGE H.W. BUSH; or the EIGHT YEARS OF BILL CLINTON! Actually the only President who achieved some peace concerning the Middle East Peace was the much maligned JIMMY CARTER. President Carter’s 1978 Camp David agreement brought about peace between Egypt and Israel that has endured up to this time.

  21. 88 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Jay stressing that the super committee output must be BALANCED. This is a no brainer. The jackals are chomping at the bit for some dramatic negotiations between President Obama and congress. The bottom line is that congress has all the information they need. They just need to their job and bring up the AJA for a vote. There is nothing complicated about the bill. Just pass it already.

    April Ryan asking about the black farmers settlement. It took a long time. She wants to know if its a feather in PBO’s hat. April only asks questions related to the African American community. I would love to know if she did this with President George W. Bush administration.

    Mark Knoller wants to know where the IDEAS for the executive orders come from. A perfect gossip columnist question. Just nosy.

    • October 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Jay should remind the jackals about Boehner and the GOP taking the world economy to the bring of collapse in the debt ceiling negotiations and causing a rating downgrade and than bragging he got 98% of what he wanted. How is that negotiating? He could have got 70% and made a deal weeks before and prevented a downgrade and the brinkmanship and uncertainty, but he wanted it all. So how are you supposed to negotiate with somebody who wants 100% and willing to hurt/kill economy to get it?

    • October 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Let’s see. The settlement lingered for a few decades including under Clinton and got settled and passed within 2 years of this President’s first term.

      Memo to April: Duh?

    • 91 Fred
      October 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      good grief! I mean there is a lack of black journalists in general but ffs we don’t need the April Ryan type of ‘journalists’ in all honestly 🙄

      as for Mark Knoller I better not get started . . .

      • 92 Bri
        October 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm

        April is a bad “journalist.” I remember when she tried to stir up fake drama between Desiree Rodgers and the East Wing/FLOTUS in a 2009 presser, and she has a bad attitude.

        • October 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm

          She sure is bad Bri. I will never forgive her for that. She gets on my nerves with the “what sayeth you” intro to her dumb questions.

          • 94 Ladyhawke
            October 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm

            Oh cos, you had me cracking up about “what sayeth you” coming from ace reporter April Ryan. That drives me crazy when she says that. The other thing that makes me nuts is when she says “what is THIS White House doing to (fill in the blank)? It always sounds so accusatory. She is so annoying.

        • 95 Ladyhawke
          October 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm

          Oh, I remember that one. The other day she had the nerve to question whether President Obama was really a man of peace. You know he received the Nobel Peace Prize but he’s going around taking out terrorists. Jay Carney schooled her and said she should listen to the speech he gave when he received the Nobel Peace Prize and oh by the way April, President Obama will do everything in his power to protect the national security of this country. You do know that’s part of his job description don’t you.? There is no contradiction in being a man of peace and protecting Americans and this country from harm. We didn’t start this war with OBL and his ilk. They attacked us.

      • 97 Fred
        October 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

        meant to say honesty 😉

      • 98 nathkatun7
        October 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm

        I totally agree with you, Fred!

  22. 99 Bri
    October 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Lobbyist working for POTUS is the big story today.

    • 100 Ladyhawke
      October 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      Well, they had to come up with something to try to neutralize all of the good news that’s been flowing. Taking the AJA to the people, the stock market is up, the financial crisis in Europe is being addressed, Libya has been liberated, the Iraq war is ending, PBO approval numbers are rising, Jay Leno appearance was terrific, the executive orders are being well received, the economic outlook seems to be improving, congress is at 9% approval, on and on.

      You should have seen Ed Henry concern trolling about the donations to lobbyists. Oh, the tragedy. What will people think. But he said x, y, z during the campaign. Oddly, Ed didn’t want to talk about lobbyist donations to the unhinged and deranged GOP presidential candidates. Odd.

  23. 101 dotster3
    October 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    David Gregory to fellow So Concerned About Obama Andrea Mitchell—–said he was just “stunned” about how “downcast” Obama was on this last trip. They are really pushing this theme. They both just agreed that Obama needs someone to give him a pep talk before he can give a pep talk to supporters. What a bunch of hooey. This is about the 3rd day in a row where Andrea has been pushing this “Obama is so down in the mouth, Obama is so downcast, so stunning about how down Obama is”. Total BS.
    And I have to be Andrea Mitchell on Mon.? This is going to be tough. I’m too happy and laughy and optimistic and not a very good actress. How can I pull this off, will I be able to put on a fake sad and concerned about Obama face? I better get practicing in the mirror, sniff some onions. see if I can produce some fake tears of sadness.

    • October 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      Ahhhhhhh, has she been watching the same speeches as us? where was she for the Leno interview? Where has she been for all the EO’s PBO’s been announcing? are those the actions of someone “down in the mouth?!!” Wish I could tell her WHERE to stick HER mouth. 🙄

    • 104 Ladyhawke
      October 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      How do you think I feel, I have to be Joan Walsh. Sheesh…..

    • 105 Fred
      October 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      are they suggesting the President take some uppers or that they want away from the American people telling them the truth so that he be the least effective and let the jackasses control the narrative? hell no! the POTUS be with the people so that he can open as many eyes as possible

      Gregory and Mitchell are 2 frigging predictable 🙄

    • October 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      They’re testing out this little right-wing talking point to see how many gullible people accept it. And you have to be pretty gullible to believe old Andrea instead of your own eyes as you see him bouncing around the country stirring up crowds. If he does get downcast, its when he hears people talk about their struggle for jobs and hard times. This is compassion, Andrea, not depression. As for Anderson, he’s so enamored of himself that he seems always to be posing as if he practices each little gesture in the mirror. He’s mouthing what others tell him so he can get their approval and rewards, like an obedient dog who does well. Fortunately, when the president is out and about he sees real people and gets good local coverage. So all of these liars can eat dirt.

    • 108 anniebella
      October 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Maybe she is saying that because she think the WH will give her an interview to prove that he was not downcast. The media is trash and that includes Mitchell and Gregory, all of them.

    • October 28, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Which means that David and Andrea are in a blue funk, probably about the President’s rising poll numbers.

  24. 110 Bri
    October 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    The media is ridiculous. Hillary said she IS not running for President, so who cares about how she is polling against Republicans, and it is not rare that WH staff members do not stay on for a second term.

  25. 112 hopefruit2
    October 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    While the media tries to distract us with nonsense about PResident OBama and SOS clinton, the GOP is having a major internal war about their current field of uninspiring candidates. Right now George Will has just thrown a major tantrum about Mitt Romney in his latest column. According to Mr. Will:

    // “Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable, he might damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate: Republican successes down the ticket will depend on the energies of the tea party and other conservatives, who will be deflated by a nominee whose blurry profile in caution communicates only calculated trimming. Republicans may have found their Michael Dukakis, a technocratic Massachusetts governor who takes his bearings from ‘data’ … Has conservatism come so far, surmounting so many obstacles, to settle, at a moment of economic crisis, for THIS?” //

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/67070.html#ixzz1c6H16Gbh

    • 113 donna dem 4 obama
      October 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      At that rally I attended earlier this week I spoke to a former congressional aide that said she can see a scenario where the Repubs actually don’t end up with a clear winner after the primaries and they end up with a floor fight at the convention for a nominee. Pass the popcorn that would be a mess worth watching.

    • 114 utaustinliberal
      October 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      BWAHAHAHA. I looooooooove Halloween because it brings about GOP intraparty cannibalism. More please. Hope George Will continues to throw tantrums and castigate Romney.

      • 115 nathkatun7
        October 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

        I am also delighted to witness GOP “cannibalism.” By the way, UT, I just found out you nominated me to wear the Joe “You Lie” Wilson halloween mask! I have absolutely no problem with that. I am right now searching for his picture because very few people know how he looks like. I am just thankful that you didn’t ask me to wear one for your fellow Texan anchor baby Gomer (I think I misspelled his name, but I am sure you know who I am talking about) because he is truly in a class of his own. But then again, I have two parties to go to and I am inclined to wear Wilson to the first one and Gomer to the other (sp)!

    • 116 Me4obama
      October 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you Hope for this nice read, as I have said many times, Romney WILL NOT be the GOP Nominee.

    • October 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      They’re still hoping for a hero to join, even this late. The candidates are so lacking that coming in this late wouldn’t matter. However to be on the NH ballot you need to be registered and official by Friday, and Iowa can’t be much later. I believe it’s two months before the Primary date for ballot purposes (maybe Iowa doesn’t have ballots as it’s a caucus).

      Problem with a hero coming in late is Mitt Romney. He’s not going to get out of the way. And with NH basically blocked off from any new challenger, and Mitt likely to win Nevada – said new candidate would need to be religious right enough to than win in Iowa/SC or they’d be shut out of four of the first five primaries. Basically this candidate would have to be able to win Florida easily to even contemplate it. I think there is really only one candidate that could still jump in now and win it – Jeb Bush. He’d lock down Florida and have the fundraising necessary to have longevity against Romney in a long drawn out process. The issue being is that he’s focused on 2016, and if he didn’t get in before, why would he get in now when the President’s polling is trending up and the GOP Congress polls 9% favorability.

      I think the GOP will abandon the idea of defeating President Obama and will focus on the Senate and holding the House. I think Rove is fundraising off of President Obama but will put his $200M into Senate races. Because senators elected in 2012 will be sitting in 2016 when the next President comes in with a mandate. And the plan is Jeb Bush or Chris Christie comes in with as many Senate Republicans as possible. Rove dropping $20M in a Senate race as close as Virginia, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Massachusetts, Florida, Wisconsin could be could have all seats end up Red.

      GOP keeps the House and flips the Senate and Pres Obama is pretty much screwed to try and do anything.

      • 118 prettyfoot58
        October 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm


        you have presented the scenario which will most likely play itself out…that means that these races for Congress are more critical than they have ever been before….

        The Struggle Continues…

    • 119 theo67
      October 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      Yes – I heard Paul Ryan on NPR this morning, when asked what Republicans he thinks have run a strong campaign, he said: Jon Hunstman. Does he mean the guy with the “dashes” instead of numbers on his polling results? And Paul Ryan wants to propose answers to solve the deficit issue? Really?

    • October 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      I have a slightly different take on this. I think the weakness of the Repug field is strategic hedging by the corporate puppetmasters. Here’s how:

      1) An independently strong Presidential candidate cannot be guaranteed to be 100% malleable by the corporate poobahs, because that candidate will think that they are beholden to the PEOPLE who have made them popular. That candidate, should he win the presidency, will WANT to make concessions in order to maintain the goodwill of the people, and not be totally beholden to the base. That is what I call the Obama paradox. The GOP moneybags are learning their lessons from Pres. Obama’s predicament. Being independently popular means you cannot be controlled by any single entity. The moneybags WANT someone they can control, therefore they need a weak candidate. They will then use their money leverage and shell wingnut institutions to get that candidate into power, then blackmail said candidate into being permanently grateful to the poobahs.

      2) Actually to the Repug party, the Presidency is really just an icing on their wingnut cake. It is not deathly essential at this time to their agenda. They have other potent options. They are using the slate of circus presidential candidates to distract us while they enact almost irreversible poison at the state and local levels. In any case, they are fully fearful of President Obama’s capabilities, and thus cannot guarantee 100% that they’ll get the presidency this time around so why waste good candidates then rue the loss if it happens. What they can guarantee is poisoning our politics and hope that we the 99% throw up our arms in despair and flee the political realm. Aha, they then swoop in and seize the spoils. They are playing a long game of fundamentally changing our society such that our dissent will not matter because the changes will be deeply structural.

      Presidencies come and go but movement conservatism is playing for keeps. And dismantling the commonweal is important step one in their calculation. That is their game.

      Ours is to DISRUPT. DISMANTLE, & DEFEAT them.

  26. 123 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Chips, Linda (What is Working), Tally, Bobf, and Utaustinliberal should sign us for this. Just remembering a few of the great writers on this blog. I am sure they would do great!

  27. October 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Does Andrea Mirchel and Julie Mason have dinner on Dupont Circle every night?
    You would think so. Andrea is telling everyone how the President feels. I thought those were President Obamas feelings?
    How does she know how or what he is feeling?

  28. 126 donna dem 4 obama
    October 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Yummy…every Friday our very own TOD Master Pastry Chef (the incredible meta) never disappoints.


    • 127 Debz
      October 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Yummy is right!!! Thank you meta, I have had her site bookmarked for a long time and like trying out those recipes. 🙂

  29. 128 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    THE G20 SUMMIT (November 3 – 4, 2011) in Cannes, France


    2012 And The Half-Filled Glass

    I must confess I’ve never been much of an optimist. Whenever I see a truly beautiful day, my mind tends to focus on the clouds that I’m sure are coming over the horizon to ruin it. For nearly fifty years, I’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop. Whoever came up with “May the bluebird of paradise shit on your head” must’ve been thinking of me. Taking good news in stride has been the biggest challenge in my life.

    But this week two things occurred that lifted my spirits up several notches. The first was today’s news that European leaders have apparently reached a deal to save the euro, sending the Dow up more than 300 points. The S&P 500 is up more than 13% this month, its biggest gain since 1974. For those of you who’ve been paying attention, this could be the biggest break – and by break I mean good – the economy has gotten in years. The sword of Damocles that was hanging over the head of most of the Western world has, for the moment, been stilled.

    While details are still a bit sketchy, the highlights are as follows: a 50% write down of all Greek debt (which still has to be agreed to by Greek bondholders); and the setting aside of $1.4 trillion in rescue funds for other fragile economies on the Continent, including Italy and Spain. Assuming there are no last-minute snags or foul-ups, 2012 could be a very good year, economically speaking.



  30. October 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Instead of bringing the oil sands on a pipeline through numerous states, why not use the Mississippi River to move the oil with super tankers?

    I solved the problem!

  31. October 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Huntsman on rival Romney: He’s a ‘perfectly lubricated weathervane’
    By Daniel Strauss – 10/28/11 01:35 PM ET
    Jon Huntsman called Mitt Romney a “perfectly lubricated weathervane,” criticizing the former Massachusetts governor on flip-flopping positions.

    “This is when the candidates need to stand up and show a little bit of leadership,” Huntsman said Friday on CNN. “You can’t be a perfectly lubricated weathervane on the important issues of the day, whether it’s Libya, whether it’s the debt ceiling, whether it’s discussion about the Kasich bill in Ohio where Gov. Romney has been missing in action in terms of showing any kind of leadership.” 

  32. October 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Uh oh- huge Pakistani rally demanding a halt to drone strikes.
    I am beginning to think that the Pakistsnis are…

  33. October 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Barack Obama Has Succeeded in Provoking Paul Ryan

    —By Kevin Drum

    | Wed Oct. 26, 2011 1:35 PM PDT

    Jon Chait has an epic takedown of Paul Ryan’s much-ballyhooed speech today about class warfare (Ryan is against it) and the politics of fear and envy (he’s against that too). It’s worth a read.

    But Ryan’s weak grasp of facts aside, what I’m really curious about is why Ryan gave this speech. You see, it was a fairly nasty speech, and Ryan doesn’t usually give speeches like that. After all, he has a reputation as a policy wonk — the Republican Party’s star policy wonk, in fact — and partisan stemwinders do nothing but undermine that reputation. So why did he do it, instead of giving a milder, numbers-heavy address that said pretty much the same thing?

    My guess: Obama has gotten to him. Back in April, Obama invited Ryan to a speech about the budget and then ambushed him. With Ryan sitting expectantly in the front row, Obama ripped into Ryan’s budget plan and reduced it to shreds. Ryan was stunned. Since then, following a brief respite to fight over the debt ceiling, Obama has kept up his attacks. I think this has rattled Ryan, causing him to lose his famous cool.

    That’s just a guess, of course. But regardless of whether this upsets David Brooks, it suggests that Republicans are finally feeling a little heat, which is forcing them to defend the indefensible a little more loudly and a little more explicitly than they’re really used to. Good.


    • 138 JoJothecat
      October 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm

      Yep….all the fox horses-asses and all the fox corporate-hand-maidens can’t fool all the people over and over again.

    • 139 Ladyhawke
      October 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm


      thanks rikyrah, what an absolutely glorious read. President Obama is drinking the Republican Party’s milkshake and they are squealing like stuck pigs. It is immensely satisfying to see them whining and crying like babies. They can dish it, but they can’t take it.

      This reminds me of when President Obama told Paul Ryan to his face what he thought of his budget plan. Paul Ryan’s response was that President Obama had poisoned the well. I couldn’t stop laughing when he said that. It was hilarious.

      President Obama’s speech makes the Baby Paul Ryan cry


  34. October 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Here is a sampling of cans new web ad Western–

    Here’s a sampling:

    White man without any cool facial hair: Those some purdy flowers you got there, mister.
    Black man with cool mustache: Pretty YELLER flowers.
    White man with cool mustache: Well I’m glad you like ‘em.
    B.M.W.C.M: Yup. I bet… That yer as yeller as those flowers right there.
    W.M.W.C.M: Why’s it always gotta be about color? What are you guys, liberals?

  35. 143 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm


    PamelaBrown53 needs a costume for our Halloween Party on Monday. Pamela will be happy to be Michelle Malkin if that costume is not already taken.

    Thanks, ut

    • 144 utaustinliberal
      October 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      Okey dokey Ladyhawke. Okay pamelabrown53 you are now assigned the role of Buddy Roemer as your Halloween costume. Buddy Roemer is running in the GOP clown race for president. He was a former DEm who became a republican, made his money through big banks and wall street and now he pretends that he is part of OWS and understands their pain and he wants to “get money out” of campaigns after he has benefited from lobbyists and the like. Have fun. 😉

  36. 145 Fred
    October 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    VIDEO: Chef Mario Batali:President Obama Needs A Knife

  37. 146 Fred
    October 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Michelle Obama, White House Chefs On “The Nate Berkus Show” In November

    Design master has “exclusive interview” with First Lady…

    First Lady Michelle Obama Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass, and Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford will all be featured on NBC daytimer “The Nate Berkus Show” on Monday, Nov. 7, the production company announced today. It’s the first time all have been on the show. Berkus is an interior designer beloved by Obama pal Oprah Winfrey, who produces the show, and he took his crew to film at the White House during the October 5th Fall Harvest of the Kitchen Garden, according to an East Wing spokesman. (Above: Mrs. Obama in action during the event)

    Berkus has an “exclusive interview” about healthy eating with Mrs. Obama: “Nate joins the First Lady on the South Lawn for her only interview in daytime about how viewers can change the way their families eat – today!” notes the publicity announcement.

    Berkus tours the White House Kitchen Garden with Kass, and then visits the kitchen for a lesson in healthy cooking from Comerford. It’s part of the pre-launch for Mrs. Obama’s forthcoming book, “American Grown.”

    The episode announcement has plenty of exclamation points:

    “Nate makes a trip to the most recognized home in America to pay a visit to First Lady Michelle Obama in a daytime television exclusive! He joins the First Lady to celebrate the White House’s “Fall Harvest Festival” and teach viewers how they can fill their homes, backyards and kitchens with healthy food for their families.

    First up, a tour of the White House vegetable garden only for Nate’s viewers with Assistant White House Chef, Sam Kass – get the inside scoop about what’s on the First Family’s dinner plates and how everyone at home can start their own gardens, too.

    Next, the White House’s longtime Executive Chef, Cristeta Comerford, spends time with Nate in the White House kitchen – learn how to cook a meal that’s fit for the First Family! Then, Nate joins the First Lady on the South Lawn for her only interview in daytime about how viewers can change the way their families eat – today!”

    • 147 utaustinliberal
      October 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Awesome!!!!! Please Fred remind us again come monday November 7. I’d love to watch the show on the CW with FLOTUS, the uber sexy, hot, yummy, delicious, scrumptious, gorgeous, hunka hunka hunk of HUBBA HUBBA come to mama! Sam Kass, and Criseta Cumerford.

  38. 149 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm



    The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show, 10/28/11

    The End of the Iraq War; The Vanity of Liberal Perfectionism; Compromising with the Republicans; Political Reality; The Right Doesn’t Buy Votes; Pat Buchanan and His New Book; The Weird Herman Cain Commercial; Nancy Grace Nipple Complaints to the FCC; and much more! (Not safe for work)



  39. 150 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    RANDI RHODES is broadcasting now….

    Here’s what she’s talking about today:


  40. October 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Today, the President issued guidance on accelerating technology transfer and commercialization from federally-funded research. As the largest funder of physical science research and steward of 22 National Laboratories and facilities, the Energy Department has an obligation to play a leading role in the implementation of this mandate. Over the past two years, the Energy Department has advanced a number of initiatives to commercialize the Department’s research and development (R&D) so the United States can out-innovate the rest of the world.


    • 153 Debz
      October 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      We never heard any thing else from Trump’s “guys” he sent to Hawaii, I guess the crazy sheriff’s “people” beat them to it. They found the “smoking gun”, OH MY!!!

      • 154 JoJothecat
        October 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm

        On Lawrence O’Donnell’s show this week, Trump admitted he NEVER hired anyone to go to Hawaii…unbeliveable.

    • 155 desertflower
      October 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      This guy has enough of his OWN problems! My guess is that he’s trying to divert attention from himself…he is as corrupt as they come.His time is long past over.

      • 156 nathkatun7
        October 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm

        “My guess is that he’s trying to divert attention from himself…he is as corrupt as they come.” You know desertflower, I’ve had the same feeling about Donald Trump trying to hide something. On the other hand, he probably is a nutty, crackpot, racist like the rest of the “birthers.”

  41. October 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    SOLYNDRA FALLOUT: The White House has ordered an independent review of more than two dozen Energy Department loan guarantees. Chief of staff Bill Daley says a former Treasury Department official will conduct the review, the AP reports.

  42. 158 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    jUST SAW THIS . . .

    • 159 utaustinliberal
      October 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      AWESOME!!!!!! We’re #1 We’re #1 We’re #1 OUR guy is #1. A lot of republicans and Democrats in their constant moaning and whining never seem to understand how incredibly LUCKY we are to have Barack Obama as President of the United States. Millions of people around the world would give their eye teeth to have him as President or Prime Minister. But we have him, we have him, we have him, and we’re not gonna give him up. We’re instead gonna give him four more years. #4MoreFor44.

  43. 162 Fred
    October 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    An Obituary: The $16 Muffin Myth (9/20/11 – 10/28/11)

    October 28, 2011: The day the muffin myth died.

    The $16 muffin myth, 38 days old, had a short but eventful life. Conceived by mistake due to a misreading of incomplete expenditure information from an August 2009 conference at the Capital Hilton in D.C., the $16 muffin was born in a Justice Department Inspector General report on September 20, 2011.

    The $16 muffin myth, or “Muffingate” as it was known, was quick to make friends, especially since it was born at just the right time. Thanks to conservatives like Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) talking it up, “$16 muffins” was plastered all over the Internet and Bill O’Reilly even mentioned it on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

    Pretty soon the White House was instructing agencies to be more careful and take precautions so that they wouldn’t wind up with the burden of a $16 muffin themselves.

    But soon things took a turn for the worse.

    On Sept. 23, the Capitol Hilton said the $16 muffins didn’t really exist. The next day, DOJ said it was “clear that the muffins did not cost $16.” The $16 muffin myth was further weakened once the Inspector General came out with a statement saying that the $16 wasn’t for just muffins but rather included “other food and beverage items, such as coffee, tea, and fruit, were included in the charged amount.”

    Finally on Friday afternoon, October 28, just after 2 p.m., the DOJ’s Inspector General said they wished the $16 muffin myth has never even been born.

    “We regret the error in our original report,” DOJ’s Inspector General office said in a revised report.

    In it’s weakened state, people didn’t seem to care about the $16 muffin myth anymore. Most of the outlets that mentioned it in the first place didn’t even tell people what bad condition it was in. As a result, people will still be thinking the $16 muffin myth is alive and well long, long after it’s death.

    The DOJ’s Inspector General’s office is hoping everyone can move on and prevent tragedies like this from every happening again.

    “Finally, we hope that our correction of the record for this 1 conference among the 10 conferences we reviewed does not detract from the more significant conclusion in our report: government conference expenditures must be managed carefully, and the Department can do more to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and accounted for properly,” they said in a statement.

    Rest in peace, muffin myth.


  44. 163 Fred
    October 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Bill Clinton Backs Obama Jobs Plan

    Bill Clinton plugged President Obama’s jobs plan on Friday during a speech at Georgetown University, Politico reports.

    “I like the jobs plan, I think it would help,” Clinton said. “I like the student loan plan which is a national system which we made option the direct loan program.”

    Clinton went on to warn that it would be impossible to fix the economy without first solving the housing crisis, which he said would require “politically controversial” decisions.

    “But the problem is, everybody’s been hurt by this now. Everybody,” Clinton concluded.



    • 164 jacquelineoboomer
      October 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Not “everybody,” Bill; not you. Go home.

        • 166 nathkatun7
          October 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm

          Double Amen, Lisa! Why wasn’t Bill Clinton this active, and this outspoken, during G.W. Bush’s presidency? These days he seems to be all over. He also has a way to cleverly appearing to be supporting President Obama , while at the same he uses language that certainly appear to be criticizing and undermining the President. My grandmother always warned us about “two-faced people.”

    • 167 Sankofa
      October 29, 2011 at 2:51 am

      billy goat, please shut up and go away…you had your turn and you “blew” it. Stop trying to be the “shadow” president of Undermining. Hillary, come gitcha man……

  45. 168 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Major Legislation Enacted – 111tth Congress vs 112th Congress


    These wiki sites may not be totally up to date. But look at the list of major legislation enacted in 111th congress versus the 112th congress. The contrast is just staggering. Everything came to a screeching halt in February 2011.



    • 169 JoJothecat
      October 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      Stunningly jaw dropping comparisons. It’s as though there is no one working in the 112th Congress. This congress will go down in history as the least productive when the country needed them to be during truly tough times. Wow.

    • October 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      Teapublicans believe in Grover Norquist’s philosophy that we should shrink government down until it is small enough to drown in a bathtub. It is not surprising that the 112th Congress is not interested in governing. It’s only interested in women’s uteri , repealing health care and naming post offices before they try to privatize them.

    • 171 nathkatun7
      October 28, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks Ladyhawke for sharing this. We must find a way of sharing this information with the majority of Americans who are are being poorly served by the so called mainstream media.

    • 173 Ladyhawke
      October 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      Romney has perfected the flip flip flip with a triple axle. It is flawless. Perfectly executed. I have no clue what this man stands for. He has no core convictions. It must be exhausting trying to keep up with what he said the last time on any issue.

    • 174 criquet
      October 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      And yet this from the TPM website even after all the Scott Walker and Republican anti-worker legislation.
      What is wrong with people?

      ” PPP: Obama Up By Three On Romney In Wisconsin
      President Obama has dropped quite a bit in Wisconsin versus former Mass Gov. Mitt Romney, but he’s still up three in a new survey from Public Policy Polling (D). Obama bests the rest of the GOP field by 7 to 14 points, despite an approval rating of 44 percent against 51 percent disapproval.

      All the Republican candidates have horrible favorability numbers: not one goes over 35 percent, and the only one in the race without a unfavorable rating over 50 is Herman Cain, who clocks in at 42. And yet despite Wisconsin voters’ clear issues with the GOP field, the President still faces problems in the state.

      From PPP:

      In most states, the impact of the independent vote is overblown, but here they make up almost a third of voters. While exit polls report that Obama won them by 19 points in 2008, they favor Romney by four now. “Wisconsin is looking more and more like it might return to the swing state column next year,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Obama is persistently unpopular there and the recall elections over the summer showed how closely divided the state is.”
      Tags: 2012

      • 175 utaustinliberal
        October 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm

        If Wisconsinites don’t recall Scott Walker in 2012 and don’t give their electoral votes to President Obama, they have only themselves to blame. Wisconsin was pretty much ground zero for the Koch Brothers and ALEC; so I hope that the ground game is blazing hot. I hope people have long memories and don’t forget how their collective bargaining rights were dragged through the mud.

  46. 176 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Huntsman ad. . .

    • 177 Ladyhawke
      October 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      I love it. Huntsman to doing the work for President Obama. The snide remark about leading from behind will surely come back and bite the Republicans in the arse during the general election during debates and in ads. This nonsense about leading from behind is just as silly has making a big deal about using a teleprompter. It’s childish and certainly not presidential. But on second thought, maybe all of the GOP presidential candidates should join Michele (with one L) Bachmann and vow never to use a teleprompter for any of their speeches. They should have to commit their speeches to memory. And no crib notes either.

      • 178 nathkatun7
        October 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm

        I am just so sick of this idiotic phrase “leading from behind,” which is totally an OXYMORON! How in the world does any one lead from behind? You are either a leader or you not. Check out the definition of a leader in all the dictionaries. You cannot be both a leader and a follower. This meme: “leading from behind” is purely a manufactured jargon! There is absolutely no such thing as leading from behind. You are either the leader or you are not. Clearly, this is what’s wrong with the American media that they would repeat such nonsense, or allow politicians to get away with repeating such nonsense. Either President Obama led in Libya or he didn’t! If folks are convinced he didn’t then they should say so. If they say he lead “from behind” then they are conceding that he lead, but are trying to hoodwink people by manufacturing the expression that the President “lead from behind” so as to diminish his accomplishments. For a supposedly sane Republican, Jon Hutsman, to repeat such a nonsensical statement is quite telling.

    • 180 Ladyhawke
      October 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm



      Over the summer, for example, Huntsman’s spokesperson said, “You know your job creation record is bad when you brag about leapfrogging a state ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The reality is Mitt Romney’s record on job creation was abysmal by every standard.” It was an immediate clip-and-save quote.

      This morning, Huntsman used the “perfectly lubricated weathervane” line, which is oddly perfect, and this afternoon, Kombiz flagged this brutal video the Huntsman campaign put together.
      Romney, it would seem, has two main flaws as a candidate. He’s a cowardly and uncontrollable flip-flopper with no core convictions, and he has an atrocious record on job creation. And on both fronts, I’d argue that Huntsman is hitting Romney on both counts more effectively than anyone in either party.

      If Democrats — Obama’s re-election team, the DNC, allied super PACs, etc. — are smart, they’re taking note at what Huntsman is up to. This is content that should probably be used again in 2012.



    • October 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      I really love this commercial. I think it’s the best thing Huntsman has done in this sorry, miserable, doomed campaign. 🙄

    • 182 lmrj
      October 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

      Great optics! 😀

  47. October 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    October 28, 2011 12:35 PM

    Cain’s support is not without limits

    By Steve Benen

    Herman Cain, reason be damned, continues to ride high as a top-tier Republican presidential candidate. Polls show him leading in some states, and despite any campaign organization in any state and a reluctance to show up in early nominating states, Cain is effectively running second nationwide.

    Clearly, a lot of Republicans like Herman Cain, his astounding flaws notwithstanding.

    But it’s worth appreciating the fact that not all support is created equal. Dan Balz, for example, sat in on a focus group in Cincinnati, moderated by pollster Peter Hart for the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Republicans in the group thought Cain was just great.

    Confirming Gallup polls, Cain was viewed as the most likable of the candidates, a people person, a hard-working businessman, a potential problem-solver and someone who many said would be a good neighbor. “He’s Main Street,” said Becky Leighty, a Republican. “He’s not Wall Street, and he’s not a politician.”

    At one point, Hart asked the participants to think back to fifth grade and the types of students they had encountered. From a list that included descriptions such as “teacher’s pet,” “loner,” “hard worker,” “nerd” and “know it all,” Hart asked them to write down which most applied to Cain, to Romney, to Perry and to Obama.

    The majority described Cain as the classmate who was the “hard worker,” with others saying he was the “all-American kid” or “the kid everyone respects.”

    And then we get to the punch-line.

    Toward the end of the evening, Hart sat down at the table and braced the group with perhaps the most telling question of the night for Cain’s candidacy. “Here’s what I don’t get,” he began. He noted that Cain had been described as down to Earth and a good neighbor, but he also recalled how the group had described the country as being in terrible shape and noted that Cain is running a campaign with little staff or infrastructure.

    “Do you think this person could be president of the United States?” he asked. “Is anybody willing to raise your hand and say, ‘I would be comfortable if he became the next president of the United States?’ ”

    Not a hand went up.

    Obviously, this is just one focus group, and it’d be a mistake to draw sweeping conclusions from one relatively small group of voters.

    But I nevertheless think this speaks to a larger truth: Cain may enjoy some support, but when push comes to shove, the notion of this guy actually serving as president of the United States is a concept that’s just hard to swallow — even for people who like him.


  48. October 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    The Democratic Party should be making this into a pamphlet and passing it out, along with voter registration card ON EVERY CAMPUS IN AMERICA.


    Political AnimalBlog
    October 28, 2011 2:55 PM

    GOP hostility towards student aid intensifies

    By Steve Benen

    Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul wants to eliminate the federal student loan program. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich believes student loans are a “Ponzi scheme,” which really doesn’t make any sense at all.

    And Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain added his list to the GOP leaders who no longer want the federal government to help young people pay for higher education.

    Speaking by satellite to a New York education forum sponsored by The College Board, a membership association of colleges that administers standardized tests like the SAT, Cain proposed local avenues to replace existing federal tuition aid structure.

    “I believe that if a state wants to help with college education, that they should do that,” he said from Arkansas, where he is on a campaign swing. “Secondly, you have people living within communities within states that are willing to help fund those kinds of programs. So I do not believe that it is the responsibility of the federal government to help fund a college education because herein, our resources are limited and I believe that the best solution is the one closest to the problem. The people within the state, the people within the communities, ultimately, I believe, are the ones who have that responsibility.”

    It’s not just presidential candidates. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) last week told voters the Pell Grant program is “unsustainable” (it’s actually sustainable with some sensible reforms, making Paul’s drive to gut the program unnecessary*) and that he was outraged that the Obama administration “confiscated the private student loan industry” (that never happened).

    As a factual matter, Ryan has no idea what he’s talking about, and Cain’s idea about shifting all college aid responsibilities to states won’t work. But even putting these pesky details aside, why is it Republicans are so eager to make it harder for young people to further their education?

    College tuition costs are soaring to the point of being “out of control.” Young people are entering the workforce shouldering $1 trillion in student-loan debt. Given global competition and the need for the most educated workforce the nation can muster, policymakers should be making every effort to make higher ed more accessible, not less, at costs that are more affordable, not less.

    And yet, here we are, with national Republican figures cutting funding for student loans, pushing for the elimination of student grants, and in the case of some GOP presidential candidates, calling for the end of federal student assistance altogether.

    Talk about losing the future….


  49. 185 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I have joined Twitter and getting to love it. Lots of information and gives me the option of reading or not reading/viewing if I don’t feel like.

    One of the things I am not liking is our TEAM. If we are following each other, why block someone? I would like to know the reason as I am still learning. Am I “retweeting” too much? Is that what you call spamming?

    If that’s the case, let me know privately via twitter mail and I will no longer follow you.

    Thanks. . .

    • 186 utaustinliberal
      October 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      Hey Marlz, love your twitter fierceness. If a TOD’er blocked you on twitter, they probably mistakenly did so. Send them a direct message and tell them you’re a TOD’er. Hopefully that should clear up the confusion. 🙂

      • 187 Marlz (@marjgra)
        October 28, 2011 at 5:18 pm

        Thank you UT . . . I am just very passionate about President Obama and doing the little I can do to ensure his reelection. Every information I get from here or on Twitter is placed in an email to be sent to everyone in my address book . . . no matter the party affiliation. We have to be fierce as I do not like to be defeated and I see if we do not fight, then we will have an alternative that I certainly am not looking forward to in this CENTURY!

    • 188 Uche
      October 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks for retweeting my tweets…..you’re doing great on twiterverse!.

  50. October 28, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    October 28, 2011 2:05 PM

    A ‘perfectly lubricated weathervane’

    By Steve Benen

    Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman, arguably Mitt Romney’s most effective critic, called the former Massachusetts governor a “perfectly lubricated weathervane” in light of his several dozen flip-flops.

    Right on cue, Romney appeared eager to help prove Huntsman right.

    Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney is trying to cement his status as a skeptic of man-made global warming after coming under fire from conservatives this summer for saying that humans contribute to climate change.

    “My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet,” Romney said during a speech in Pittsburgh Thursday, a clip of which was posted by the liberal blog Think Progress. “And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.”

    Here’s the video, posted by Brad Johnson.

    The problem, of course, is two-fold. First, Romney is completely wrong on the policy. The overwhelming majority of climate scientists have ample evidence pointing to human activities driving climate change, and reducing carbon emission is exactly the right course.

    And second, Romney, who’s never met a debate he wouldn’t take both sides of, is on record believing the opposite of what he said yesterday. “It’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors,” Romney said in June. “I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that.”

    What’s more, as Johnson noted, as governor, Romney “presided over plans to regulate carbon dioxide as a ‘pollutant,’ and was advised by Dr. John Holdren, now President Obama’s scientific adviser.”

    Over the summer, Rush Limbaugh said of Romney’s approach to climate science, “Bye-bye, nomination.”

    Limbaugh may have underestimated the “perfectly lubricated weathervane” to spin in the other direction.


  51. October 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Booman has a great post on the OWS movement that I think a lot of people will agree with. Pleae check it out.

    On My Ambivalence

    by BooMan

  52. 191 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm


    Republicans Done Jumped the Shark, Fox News Poll Favors Obama’s Job Creation Policies


    Well slap me silly and call me Susan, but on this day the Right Wing just thrown it’s feathery limb around President Obama’s job proposals. In a just released Fox News Poll, taken over October 23rd to 25th, a plurality of respondents favor the President’s jobs bill, and a majority believe the President has good ideas for the economy, he just hasn’t been able to implement them.

    Not only that, but 53% of those surveyed believe that President Obama understands the economic pain that everyday Americans are going through.

    Here is the breakdown:


    • 192 utaustinliberal
      October 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks for all the wonderful articles Ladyhawke. I’ve been tweeting like mad and spreading truth far and wide. You ROCK!!!

    • October 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      Okay, Ladyhawke, I am slapping you silly and calling you Susan. 🙂 You crack me up. Thanks for posting this wonderful news. PBO and his staff certainly hit the ball out of the park on his AJA . I am sure this is not the results Fox wanted to see.

  53. October 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Chips et al,

    Ya’ll have got to find the video from the last segment of Hardball where Tweety discussed Marco Rubio with 2 Latino Dem Congressman, Luis Guitterez and Loretta Sanchez.

    What they had to say is exactly what I’ve been hearing from my Latino friends here in Texas and what I’ve been trying to tell certain factions all over the blogosphere that Marco Rubio may play well in FL, but he will not plays as well as GOP hope nationally, particularly after this fiasco over when his parents really came to US.

    I’ll keep looking for it, but I hope someone can find it when it becomes available.

    • 196 utaustinliberal
      October 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      I just saw the segment too lamh31. It was very eye opening. Rubio has pretty much shot himself in the foot as a possible VP pick for the eventual repub nominee. A lot of Latinos are disgusted with his teabagger politics. He embraces the far rights immigration policies in a bid to constantly appeal to the crazy section of the GOP and now we find he’s been lying about his background/resume. As a national candidate this will not play well with a huge segment of the Latino voting block. Some Cubans may still be in his corner, but others have crossed him off their list.

      • 197 Uche
        October 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm

        Don’t bet on it UT…the GOP is now very far removed from all reality, they are now thinking with their spinal cord. McCain made the calculation that plucking a vacuous know-nothing from Alaska will automatically get him all the women vote. Romney, or any one else who becomes their nominee will not bat an eye-lid in picking Rubio in anticipation of locking up the Latino vote. The demise of the GOP was written the day they started lying in bed with the TP. There is a saying where I come from : anyone who fetches ant-infested wood is only inviting the lizards for a feast!
        Their members in congress have started to feel power sliping away from them with the President’s new tactic of bypassing them…and they’re going ballistic about it – and we ain’t started yet!

    • October 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      I seen it and it was brutal.

      Rubio thought changing his parents immigrant narrative would play better with the T-Party and conservatives.
      I guess he felt that he would be less acceptive if he told the truth.

      How pitiful.

    • October 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Lamh, many thanks for the tip-off, I missed Hardball – just uploading the video now, will post it in the new Catching Up thread very soon. Thanks again.

  54. October 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    i just turned on the tv to watch Rev Al. I got the tail end of Tweety’s long winded stream of consciousness. He was promoting his book on JFK. He ended by saying something like: “President Kennedy was a hero with much he could teach our current president.” Huh?!!!! WTF! Am I missing something? Tweety used Clinton -who was no prize then (as president) or now (as resident goofball and backstabber)- to say PBO doesn’t measure up and now he’s using Kennedy? I love what I know about Kennedy, flaws and all, but seriously? There is no comparison. Tweety is an idiot who grows more senile everyday. 🙄

    • 202 utaustinliberal
      October 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      Tweety was pretty good today and then he had to ruin it with his “Let Me Finish” segment. When he said what he said about JFK being such an uber hero who could teach our current President blah and blah, I just rolled my eyes. It’s like, here we go again. Another unsolicited advice from the armchair quarterback. I think JFK was a great President, no doubt about it, but PBO has way more transformative legislation and is the most progressive President we’ve ever had. I think JFK could have learned a lot about foreign policy from President Obama.

      • 203 donna dem 4 obama
        October 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm

        “I think JFK could have learned a lot about foreign policy from President Obama.” ~ utaustinliberal, truer words were never spoken.

    • October 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      President Kennedy was a hero with much he could teach our current president.” Huh?!!!!…….Lisa, I bout lost It when Chris said that. I mean what’s he talking about. Well, he would make a terrible supporter, Friend, wowwwwwwww, I really didn’t want to believe my ears when he said that??????????? These so called Journalist, I just don’t DANG It get them????? 🙄 🙄

    • 205 nathkatun7
      October 29, 2011 at 12:01 am

      Hi Lisa, If you can, send “Tweety” a copy of the video: “Eyes on the Prize,” episode 2, titled “Fighting Back.” JFK did not fair so well with his indecisiveness during the chaos in Mississippi in response to James Meredith’s admission, as the first black person, at the University of Mississippi. We just cant let these so called journalists promote revisionist history.

  55. 206 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Politics Nation with Reverend Al is on now…..

    – Bob Schrum and Michael Steele will be on the show tonight.

    – He’s going after Paul Ryan and the hypocrisy of the Republican Party.

    – He’s going after Rick Perry

    • October 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      soon as I saw Steele I switched stations. Currently watching some scary movie on AMC. Gonna give that fart-breath nincompoop 6 minutes before I tune back into Rev. Al.

      • 208 Ladyhawke
        October 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm

        I understand completely lisa. It’s ok to switch back now. Bob Shrum was great and he had the facts but it was hard to get a word in edgewise because they were talking over each other. Michael Steele was as delusional as ever. He was spouting the same old tired GOP talking points about taxes. Rev Al called Steele out nonetheless and made him look like a fool.

  56. 209 dotster3
    October 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Cantor spoke at Northwestern’s Kellogg bsns. school today, said Obama and Dem’s push to raise taxes on wealthy was demonizing those who have earned success, that it would wreck entrepreneurship and stifle job creation. Repub rt. wing talking points all the way.

    • October 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      Earned success by breaking the backs of the poor and middle class. Yup. They must be so proud of their successes. Cantor is pure demon seed. Hope the bastard rots.

    • October 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      Because entrepreneurship and job creation were problems during the 1990’s when the millionaires’ tax rate was 4 percent higher under Clinton…

    • 212 nathkatun7
      October 29, 2011 at 12:26 am

      Here is what I would say to Eric Cantor:

      “Dear Eric, President Clinton raised taxes on the wealthy! The result: record employment and a budget surplus. Then President Bush came and offered massive tax cuts to the wealthy; at the same time that he waged two costly wars, and especially the illegal and unnecessary war in Iraq! The result: massive deficits, anemic job creation and finally the massive financial collapse that brought about the great recession of 2008-2009. So Eric, WTF are you talking about? I hope the students at Northwestern’s Kellogg business school are not as stupid as you think and will recognize that you are peddling false ideological claims that have no basis in economic reality. Why not come clean, sir, and tell the students that your primary goal is to deny President Obama a second term; and that what you and your fellow teabag-Republicans are doing is all aimed at achieving that goal, even if it may result in hurting millions of ordinary Americans who are out of Jobs.” At least be a man, Eric Cantor! Tell the truth about the goal of the organized and relentless teabag-Republican obstruction to everything President Obama proposes; including many policies and ideas that Republicans have supported and championed in the past.”

  57. 213 Ladyhawke
    October 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Romney: U.S. ‘Should Not Play The Role Of Leader’ In Mid-East Peace, ‘Follow’ Israel Instead


    • 214 Fred
      October 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      now THAT would be ‘Leading From Behind’ 🙄

      can someone tweet that and my reply to the President’s people please?

      • 215 nathkatun7
        October 29, 2011 at 12:50 am

        Sorry Fred, but please don’t buy into the idiocy of the oxymoronic phrase “Leading From Behind.” It means absolutely nothing!
        It seems to me that what Romney is proposing is that the U.S. should stop offering leadership in the Israel/Palestinian crisis, and should instead FOLLOW Israel leadership. Whatever Israel wants the United States should come out in support. To me that’s not leadership. That is simply following the Israel leadership. Unless Mitt Romney is clueless, his follow the israel policy is not likely to sit well with Palestinians who expect the United States to, at least, try to be an honest broker by leading their ally, Israel, to enter into genuine peace negotiations with them. I repeat, What Mitt Romney is advocating is not any kind of U.S. leadership. Rather, it’s a complete abandonment of U.S. leadership. So please don’t buy into this false meme that there is such a thing as “Leadership From Behind.” You either lead or you follow! Romney proposes that U.S. should follow Israel leadership in the Middle East Peace.

  58. 217 lmrj
    October 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Honkies for Herman Cain?… AND they made a bumper sticker? IDIOTS! Cannot believe this…..
    I hope it’s embedded.

    • 218 lmrj
      October 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      Guess the clown show continues.

    • October 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      What In the Ham Sam Is that Herman Cain sticker Is about????? See like I’ve been saying all along, Herman Cain, embarrasses me, big time. Does he know WHO HE IS??????????? Does he know what time It Is??????? Does he know WHO his Friends are?????? noooooooooooooooo, he’s the brain washed one. He’s down right Ignant, as the old folks use to say. He makes me draw up whenever I see or hear him. 😦 😦

  59. October 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden led a U.S. delegation to Saudi Arabia Thursday to offer condolences for the death last week of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.
    The delegation, which included veteran Sen. John McCain and CIA Director David Petraeus, arrived and left on the same day.
    It met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal, Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz and other members of the Saudi royalty in Riyadh, the capital.
    Nayef is considered the most likely candidate to become the new crown prince and eventual successor to King Abdullah.


  60. October 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Finally, David plouffe on MTP, otherwise all republican candidates all over in Sunday!

  61. 222 dotster3
    October 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Couldn’t believe that NBC Nightly News had Chuck Todd come on for “Breaking News”! which turned out to be that the WH has ordered independent review of energy dept. loans. Todd called it “typical Fri. night news dump”, and it looked like it just gave him an excuse to go thru all the Solyndra mess again, which he did in detail. Breaking News??? Sheer desperation for a negative Obama story,

  62. October 28, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    And Mittens is having a bitch fest about a probe into the Automotive Green Energy Loans. All this means, is that the Republican still don’t have a clue about the economy or a jobs plan. Man, I can’t wait to give this useless, nine percent, GOP congress the boot.

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