a ghoulishly good evening

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First Lady Michelle Obama waits with Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg in the Green Room of the White House before making remarks to the White House Historical Association, Oct. 31. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


This is excellent:

GOPolitico: Anchors from nine local television affiliates will spend a day behind the scenes at the White House on Tuesday, meeting with top officials and getting brief individual interviews with President Obama before broadcasting evening newscasts from the South Lawn.

“Live from the White House” is a 21st-century update to the “radio row” tradition, which brought talk-show hosts to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to interview West Wing officials going from microphone to microphone during their drive-time shows.

The White House is building risers on the South Lawn for the evening newscasts, which are being spread out by time zones – three from the East, two from Central, one from Mountain and two from Pacific.

The anchors will get to ask White House press secretary Jay Carney a question during the daily press briefing; have lunch with senior adviser David Plouffe; interview a White House staffer from each station’s home market; get an on-camera tour with a White House curator; and tour the White House kitchen garden with Sam Kass, White House assistant chef and policy adviser.

The ringmaster is Josh Earnest, principal deputy White House press secretary, who said the mission is “to increase interest and raise the profile of the president’s efforts to strengthen the economy and create jobs in local communities across the country, and explain to Americans how their communities will benefit from the president’s agenda.”

The stations and their anchors will be from Portland, Ore. (KGW, NBC, Tracy Barr); Phoenix (KSAZ, Fox, John Hook); Denver (KUSA, NBC, Adele Arakawa); Minneapolis (WCCO, CBS, Amelia Santaniello); Houston (KTRK, ABC, Dave Ward); Omaha (KETV, ABC, Rob McCartney); Tampa (WTVT, Fox, Mark Wilson); Hampton Roads (WAVY, NBC, Tom Schaad); and Philadelphia (WPVI, ABC, Brian Taff). A 10th participant will be Nikole Killion, representing Hearst stations.

“The highlight of the day will be an opportunity to briefly interview the President from the Cabinet Room about the American Jobs Act,” Earnest said. “The anchors will also interview Cabinet secretaries … about how the bipartisan proposals included in the president’s American Jobs Act would create jobs in their community and put money in the pocket of every single American worker and small business owner.”


Also tomorrow: The President has a ceremony at which he’ll sign a proclamation – which the White House will identify later tonight …  discusses legislative strategy with House Democratic Leaders ….. welcomes the crew of the final space shuttle mission to the Oval Office ….. The First Lady holds a Let’s Move event for children In New Orleans and does fundraisers in New Orleans and Houston ….  On Wednesday the President will push for $60 billion in new spending in an 11:25 am ET speech in front of the Key Bridge at Georgetown’s Waterfront Park in Washington, DC.


AP: President Barack Obama is in excellent health and tobacco free, his doctor said Monday in the results of the president’s second physical exam since taking office.

In the two-page report released by the White House, Dr. Jeffrey C. Kuhlman also said Obama is physically active, eats a healthy diet, stays at a healthy weight, and on occasion drinks alcohol in moderation.

“The president is in excellent health and ‘fit for duty’,” Kuhlman wrote. “All clinical data indicate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency.”

….. The president is 6-foot-1 and weighs 181.3 pounds, according to the report. His blood pressure was recorded at 107 over 71, up from 105 over 62 in February 2010, but still well within the normal range.

…. The president also has “periodic physical therapy” to deal with recurrent upper right back pain, and he had benign skin tags removed from his neck.


Eugene Robinson: Responding to his insurgent campaign’s first crisis, Herman Cain was upbeat and defiant. “To quote my chief of staff and all the people around this country, ‘Let Herman be Herman,’ ” he said Monday. “And Herman is gonna stay Herman.”

I was afraid of that.

Cain’s policy positions range from the ignorant to the unworkable to the just plain goofy – and yet he is running first or second in most polls for the Republican presidential nomination. He trumpets his utter lack of government experience as a selling point and boasts of not knowing foreign leaders’ names. If through some bizarre series of events he were actually elected president, the result would surely be an unmitigated disaster.

It’s not yet clear whether this remote possibility has been made even more unlikely by reports that Cain faced allegations of sexual harassment from two female employees when he headed the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

…. He needs to answer more questions about the alleged harassment …. I hope he does, because we’re running out of bandwidth. Cain’s famous “9-9-9” tax plan would be ruinous. He wants to privatize Social Security. He believes that “extensive foreign policy experience” is not something a president needs, since when he was named chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza, “I had never made a pizza – but I learned.”

So many reasons to oppose this loopy candidacy, so little time.

Full article here


😆 – thank you Marlz




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134 Responses to “a ghoulishly good evening”

  1. 1 JoJothecat
    October 31, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    The photo of the president playing basketball…..be still my heart.

  2. 7 CTGirl
    October 31, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    My president is fit! Lucky Michelle 🙂

  3. 13 collegekay
    October 31, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Aww he has back pain. I’d be happy to rub his back. 😀

  4. October 31, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    The brilliance of President Obama is STAGGERING. BRAVO.
    NEVER underestimate President Barack Obama.

  5. 20 Ladyhawke
    October 31, 2011 at 8:28 pm



    Bringing the local affiliates to the White House for the day is beyond brilliant. President Obama never ceases to amaze me. This White House team is so original and so creative. They are a classy bunch. Talk about circumventing the media firewall. This is just awesome.

    President Obama continues to mop the floor with the Republicans. The conversation has changed big time since the joint session of congress. It’s no longer all about deficits and draconian cuts – it’s about job creation and the American Jobs Act. Every day in every way, President Obama makes the Republican Party look like amateurs.

    • 21 dotster3
      October 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Agree about the brilliance of bringing in the local reporters for the day. Great opportunity for them and an opportunity for President Obama to get some straight reporting on the AJA, minus the shallow, vapid sniping and critique of the beltway media.

    • 22 Mel
      October 31, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      I’am sure the AJA bill will pass 65% of the people agree that include indies , The brilliance of this WH is
      just amazing to get all the local media and as far as I’am concern Cain and Perry are done Mitten
      will NOt be able to challange PBO, We are on truck so keep the faith TOD people.

    • October 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      I’ve made a point before about the “supply-and-demand” effect at work when the President, Vice-President, Cabinet Secretaries and other major Administration officials don’t get “face time” in the national media. You open up a huge opportunity for anyone who *does* want to interview them, especially in the wake of huge events such as the fall of Qaddafi or bin Laden, major policy initiatives like the American Jobs Act and so forth.

      Create that kind of vacuum in coverage and *of*course* other people will rush in to handle it. Everyone is trying to boost ratings and advertising dollars, and if the local news or obscure cable shows like Politics Nation/That Reverend Al Guy are the only places you can hear from those people, then they’ll become extremely popular guests. Barack Obama is no longer a Senator or a candidate — he’s the President. Ignore him at your (economic) peril…

      • 24 Uche
        October 31, 2011 at 11:55 pm

        Well said Ralph. I hope they (The WH) continue to utilize the local media to bypass the ditto-heads on national cable. There is no weapon more powerful, with the combination of the Presiden’t AJA push across the land.

  6. 25 Judith Fardig
    October 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I don’t need any Halloween candy when you send us such eye candy!

  7. October 31, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Rev. Al makes me LMAO



    • 27 Ladyhawke
      October 31, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Me too rikyrah. Rev Al seems to get such glee from putting heavy emphasis on WILLARRRRDDDDD. It’s hilarious. It cracks me up every time he says it. He is the voice of reason. I am so thrilled he has his own show. He keeps it real.

  8. October 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Beautiful photo of Michelle and Caroline Kennedy added 😉

    • October 31, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      Oh my gosh, truly gorgeous. WOW. These are two women who are incredible role models.

    • 31 Me4obama
      October 31, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      Chips I tweeted that Photo to tweety Mathews so he can have a tingle down his leg since he is pimping his book about JFK.

      • 32 jacquelineoboomer
        October 31, 2011 at 9:10 pm

        Maybe Chris will remember that Caroline (JFK’s daughter, Chris!) came out strongly for candidate Barack Obama!!!!!!!!!!

        (I am so angry with Chris, I could spit. But I’ll leave that to him.)

        • October 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm

          Jacque I’ve also been angry with Chris…I’ve been tweeting him..and will still fight this nonsense until he blocks me.He’s lost his mind.

          My tweets

          @hardball_chris .
          You forgot to mention that PBO never had the benefit of “White Privilege”.. Walk in his shoes before you talk nonsense.

          @hardball_chris .Seriosuly? PBO could have thought JFK a few things:How 2 handle 2wars/AL-Queda-OBL/Ghaddafi/Mubarrat/Libya/Terrorist at home

          • 34 Sue in Minnesota
            October 31, 2011 at 10:12 pm

            And how to be a faithful and commited husband, treating all women with dignity and respect, but especially cherishing Michelle.

            Tweety needs to get back on his meds….stat!

            • 35 HZ
              October 31, 2011 at 11:56 pm

              Sue, hope you are feeling better. Will keep you in my thoughts. We need you in this army for 2012. Good night, Sue. Love you.HZ

        • November 1, 2011 at 9:42 am

          Yeah, what Is Chris’s problem? Now Is he flipping and flopping too? Dang!! 😦

      • 37 mb32
        November 1, 2011 at 2:57 am

        Maybe I’m mis remembering but didn’t Caroline say that PBO was the first candidate she felt inspired by – like how people felt about her father? She even tried to get into politics in 2009 but the NY gov handled it so badly…smh Why didn’t Tweety interview her? Bet she would’ve set him straight!

    • 38 jacquelineoboomer
      October 31, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      Chips – Not to get greedy (who me?), but any video of the First Lady from the event today at the White House?

  9. October 31, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Political Animal
    October 31, 2011 4:45 PM

    An aversion to ‘too many facts’

    By Steve Benen

    Republican pollster Ed Rogers recently reflected on “the psychology of GOP activists,” most notably in the context of the presidential nominating contest. (via DougJ)

    Our team wants someone authentic, creative, fresh, bold and likeable. And we don’t have much tolerance for too many facts or too much information. In politics, a bumper sticker always beats an essay. Cain’s 9-9-9 is a bumper sticker; Romney’s economic plan is an essay. Perry’s rationale for giving the children of undocumented workers in-state college tuition rates is an essay. No hand-outs for illegal aliens is an effective bumper sticker.

    It may seem rather insulting to rank-and-file Republican voters to hear a prominent GOP pollster say they have an aversion to “facts” and “information,” but that only makes Rogers’ candor that much more refreshing. His assessment may be mildly impolite, but it seems fair given what we’ve seen in Republican politics of late.

    My larger concern, though, isn’t limited to Republican voters’ discomfort with evidence. The real problem, it seems to me, is that these voters are represented to Republican policymakers who also “don’t have much tolerance for too many facts or too much information.”

    I continue to believe the radicalization of the Republican Party is the most important political development in recent decades, but it’s accompanied by a related trend: GOP officials who simply don’t take public policy seriously.

    With Rogers’ assessment in mind, it’s tempting to think Republican lawmakers in Congress, for example, simply dumb things down for public consumption. They avoid depth of thought because these officials know their supports “don’t have much tolerance for too many facts or too much information.”

    But are they dumbing things down or are the shallow sound-bites a reflection of their own limited understanding of contemporary debates?

    It would seem this dynamic contributes to the “wonk gap” — which has been evident for quite some time — leaving us with conservative “experts” who don’t even fully appreciate the details of policy debates in their own fields.

    I’m reminded of something Jon Chait wrote in January, after National Review published a defense of a health care policy argument that was, on its face, ridiculous.

    Most people are not policy wonks. We really on trusted specialists to translate these details for us. This is true as well of elected officials and their advisors. Part of the extraordinary vitriol of the health care debate stems from the fact that, on the Republican side, even the specialists believe things that are simply patently untrue. As with climate change and supply-side economics, there isn’t even a common reality upon which to base the discussion.

    Paul Krugman added at the time the wonk gap goes well beyond health care: “Monetary policy, fiscal policy, you name it, there’s a gap…. [T]o meet the right’s standards of political correctness now, you have to pass into another dimension, a dimension whose boundaries are that of imagination, untrammeled by things like arithmetic or logic.”

    The issue is not just someone on the left thinking those on the right have the wrong answers. Rather, the issue is the lack of intellectual seriousness on the right, making it impossible to get beyond the questions. Much of this, I suspect, is the result of an entire party that doesn’t “have much tolerance for too many facts or too much information.”


  10. 44 Me4obama
    October 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Am the only good girl here, so I will not stare at the Picture of PBO playing Basketball for more than…….. 10mins. Oh well… 131/2 mins, I SWEAR.

    • 45 JoJothecat
      October 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      No-one can resist him…so just give in and join the rest of the “bad” girls :).

    • November 1, 2011 at 3:07 am

      Me4Obama, I had this very picture as my screen saver for a while but so little work got done I HAD to change it (still PBO of course – hubby often teases me that my computer won’t work without a picture of the President on it!!)
      I agree though the basket ball photo is TOO distracting (drool). Seeing things like that I can’t be good no matter how hard I try!

  11. 47 VotingPoet
    October 31, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    My God there’s alot going on and he just keeps on keeping on. Love him.Peace, J

  12. 49 utaustinliberal
    October 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Heads up guys: PBS is showing the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented to HUGE President Obama supporter Will Ferrell right now. Jack Black just gave an AMAZING opening!

  13. 52 PurpleShoesLA
    October 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    As Chick Hearn would say (our dearly departed LAKERS announcer): “No. 44 , “Air Obama”, double fake, dribbles into the key, stops, pulls up, and up for 2!!! Nuthin’ but net! An easy bucket as he leaves his defenders planted on the ground and the crowd goes wild!”

    Love the focus and determination on PBO’s face as he goes up for the easy jump shot. Oh yeah! Michelle looks stunning of course, but she’s in purple so why wouldn’t she? 🙂 The Rev Al clip was brilliant!!

    Happy Halloween everyone. It’s starting to get dark here in LA so I’m off in search of CANDY 🙂

  14. 54 FiredUpInCA
    October 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Just likeTARP… Just like Solyndra…

    Another initiative of the Bush administration that they’re trying to lay at the feet of the current White House occupant:

    “WASHINGTON – There is new information about how much the Department of Justice new about the controversial ATF tactic of letting guns “walk” into the hands of criminals.

    Gunwalking is a controversial investigative tactic in which police allow suspects to traffic guns without stopping them in order to see where they end up….

    In a memo, Brueuer’s deputy wrote him that, in a case called “Wide Receiver” started under the Bush Administration, “ATF let a bunch of guns walk” in an effort to catch the big fish of Mexican drug cartels and said the gunwalking case could be “embarrassing” to ATF.”

    TARP, Solyndra and gunwalking, which the right has tried to politicize and clutch their pearls over, began with the most right wing government we’ve had in decades. All of these are the work of their Golden Boys, Bush & Cheney.

    Why are they pulling this disingenuous crap every other news cycle? Do they actually want to impair the ability of law enforcement to monitor gun trafficking among criminals by any means necessary?

  15. 56 gcwp1
    October 31, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Heads up from dark, cold CT: Town mayors are postponing Halloween until

    Stay safe all

    • 57 nathkatun7
      November 1, 2011 at 1:52 am

      gc, I am very sorry to hear you’ve been hit with very rough weather in CT. You guys in the East have really had your share of violent weather this year. I hope the weather improves for you very soon so that you can get back to normal. Life is very unfair sometimes. Here we are in Southern California, with temps in the 60’s and 70’s, yet some of us still have the nerve to complain about inconsequential things. Please stay safe my friend, and Happy Halloween!

  16. 58 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    October 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    whooo hooo! The “Live from the Whitehouse” broadcasts includes Minneapolis.

    • 59 Sue in Minnesota
      October 31, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      Lucky Amelia…….lucky Minnesota! I have to confess I’m very excited about this opportunity.

      • 60 Roberta in MN
        October 31, 2011 at 10:42 pm

        Me too. I think it’s great how our President is going around the media to get his message out. He has one smart staff (and of course POB too) Love the pics of President and of Michelle. (He has some nice bums)

  17. 61 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Clown Perry. . .

  18. October 31, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    TPM Editor’s Blog
    Cain Timeline (Work in Progress)
    Josh Marshall October 31, 2011, 5:32 PM 931

    I’m trying to put together a Herman Cain harassment timeline. This is a work in progress because I’m having a hard time keep track of it all. So bear with me.

    1. Politico allegations are false. Story is crap.

    2. Yes, there were allegations. But they were false.

    3. Yes there were allegations that were false and I don’t know what money was paid.

    4. I don’t know whether money was paid. And it would be wrong for me to find out whether money was paid because it’s confidential.

    5. There was a in-depth investigation. And I was cleared. But I don’t know anything about it.

    6. Here’s the gesture that led to my getting accused of harassment.

    7. Okay, I remember some discussion of a settlement number.

    This baby is enough of a moving target I think we need to crowd source it. Which parts am I missing?


    • 63 dotster3
      October 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      The part that doesn’t make any sense that he was sued for harassment for merely saying the lady was the same height as his wife, demonstrating by holding his hand under his chin. Uh—-no. Not believable, Herb. Try again. Maybe in his next series of memories. Or maybe he will just break out into song again. The whole thing is embarrassing—– for our country—–all these candidates—-hardly POTUS material.

    • 64 Marlz (@marjgra)
      October 31, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      Remember, as CEO he does not remember if any payment was made or how much it was. He is expending five figures ($10,000 – $99,000) and he does not have a clue??

  19. 65 Ladyhawke
    October 31, 2011 at 9:31 pm


    Herman Cain Compares U.S. Foreign Policy To Making Pizza


    Presumably, President Cain will be going around to foreign countries where the U.S. has all manner of dealings — being briefed, one hopes, on the names of various heads-of-state before going — and asking the ordinary people there whether or not U.S. foreign policy tastes good.

    It seems for now, though, that despite Cain’s new professed expertise, he’s still just offering up platitudes and not engaging in how his potential presidency would actually affect the U.S. around the globe.

    thinkprogress.org/security/2011/10/31/357587/herman-cain-foreign-policy-pizza/Herman Cain Compares U.S. Foreign Policy To Making Pizza

    • 66 dotster3
      October 31, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      Couldn’t believe that he compared his pizza guy experience to POTUS, when he said he’d never made a pizza before he became CEO, and he did just fine. Well then, the most powerful position in the whole world should also be a breeze. OMG.

  20. 67 LunarSea
    October 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Evening everybody. Orly Taitz here. I am so proud of my brother in spirit, Rick Perry.

    Why the other day he and me and me and him and he and my soul mate ‘the Donald’ were sitting around wondering why the good people of this country are not pressing the Obama to come clean about his birth certificate. I mean come on now! He even hinted to the fact that he was born in Kenya when he showed the video of himself being born, during the WH Correspondents Dinner.

    Well the three of us decided right then and there, I think it was on our 6th round of Boone’s Farm pure unaldulterated gut rot wine, that we will not let him slide this issue under the rug any longer. (And no, I don’t mean under ‘the Donald’s’ hair!) I mean, the American people deserve to know, right!?

    So send a big ‘thank you’ to Dick (head) for bringing up this important issue once again. I just know there are hund… err… thousa… umm I mean, millions of concerned citizens who are clamoring for the truth.

    When my husband bought my citizenship with all his money, I knew I would finally be able to make a name for myself in this fine land of opportunity and I do believe I have found a way with this important matter. I just got my hair done so I can be ready when the press comes knocking on my door once again. They love interviewing me about this, because I’m such an expert on the matter.

    So while ‘the Donald’ is working his magic of saving another American business, and while I beg my husband for the money to pay off my fines for wasting the judges time with what they impertinently call ‘frivolous lawsuits’, we hereby pass the torch to our next big honcho from Texas, Rick Perry.

    Now y’ll be sure to show the man some love for all his brave, proud work.

    PS Did I mention I’m also a dentist? Well if you ask me I think someone should investigate that set of pearly whites Mr. Obama likes to flash. I don’t think they’re real. I think we should talk to his dentist and get to the bottom of this.

    And I mean like real soon!

    • October 31, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Hi Orly T. Reince Priebus (RNC chairman) here. I’m just checking in and then checking out for the night. I’m here to comment on my boy, Herman Cain. He did us white folks proud today singing that ole Negra spiritual. I like it when blackies like Herman sing and tap dance and make us white folks laugh. I hope my boy Herman didn’t really think we were gonna to let him stay on top of the Republican presidential ticket. No sir-e-e-e buddy. It’s time for our token colored boy to learn his place and let the white man move into his repectable place on top of the presidential ticket. You know, someone like Perry or Romney or hell even Newt. BTW, it’s time for me to go check on that email I sent out earlier today. You know, that email showing that other colored boy shot in the head. Gotta go. Reince Priebus signing off for the night.

      • October 31, 2011 at 10:29 pm

        “Hi Orly T. Reince Priebus (RNC chairman) here”

        In. Tears. 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

      • October 31, 2011 at 10:31 pm

        You NAILED Orly T and Reince. Cain the Coon, nothing but a minstrel show distraction to take attention away from Romney.

      • October 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm

        There you have it. Cain is the RNC minstrel. A cross between Mantan Moreland and Stephan Fetchit. Don’t forget to scratch your head!
        G’night y’all and you to Chips. i’m off to the VA to get the tubes checked.

    • 72 LadyTNT
      October 31, 2011 at 11:43 pm

      boone’s farm!! LMAO at this!

  21. 76 Marlz (@marjgra)
    October 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Had to share this. . . thought it was funny!

  22. October 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Helloooooooo, just added tonight’s video of Rachel Maddow on that Rick ‘Hic’ Perry speech.

  23. 79 Proud of Obama
    October 31, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    ChIps and TOD family I want to thank you all for the most fun day. You guys just had me laughing out loud at your role-playing. Chips, your way with words — like putting “hic” in your story about good old Rick –is just hilarious. You guys are brilliant and real hoots.

    • 80 Proud of Obama
      October 31, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Oops typing on my little iPhone and spelled Chips wrong. Probably time for bed too.

    • 81 Cos
      October 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      Proud, I was thinking the same thing. I have never laughed so much in one day. Thanks Chips for sharing all of these videos. I was wondering if Rick Perry would make the nightly news, and he did. He and Cain were definitely exposed today.

    • 82 hopefruit2
      October 31, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Yes I really enjoyed our lil’ Halloween fun party! Everyone was great in their costumes! Thanks to Chips and TOD family 🙂

  24. 83 Me4obama
    October 31, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Am off to google Heman Cains wife. Is he marriage because I never see him holding his wife hand or whoever is his better half.

  25. 91 Ladyhawke
    October 31, 2011 at 10:15 pm



    In 2010, Eric Cantor wrote in the book Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders that, “Government doesn’t create jobs and build wealth; entrepreneurs, risk takers and private businesses do,” but just months earlier he was still requesting federal money for job creation.

    In October 2009, Cantor and several other Congressmen from both parties sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for $60 million in federal funds to be added to the Title XI Ship Loan Guarantee program. Cantor and the others wrote, “Once an application for a Title XI loan guarantee is approved, the construction order is immediately placed in a shipyard, instantaneously creating and sustaining thousands of jobs in the shipyard and supplier base for two to three years.”

    While speaking the language of the tea party publicly, Eric Cantor was doing the exact opposite privately. It turns out that Cantor knows that government spending creates jobs. He admitted as much in his own letters. The tea party and Republican voters have been sold an empty bill of goods. Their leaders talk about cutting government spending publicly while angling privately for more taxpayer dollars for their districts.

    It seems that the Republican zeal for cutting spending only applies to programs that they ideologically disagree with like Medicare.

    Eric Cantor, the same man who claims that the government can’t afford disaster relief, begged the Obama administration to pour millions of federal dollars into his district in order to create jobs.

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Eric Cantor.



  26. October 31, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    the Rachel Maddow is wonderful.

    • October 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      the video. when Rachel is on like this, she packs a whallop.
      she got to slam Perry AND Willard in this one ——she was a little slick with the slam against Willard, but I loved it LOL

      • 95 anniebella
        November 1, 2011 at 3:11 am

        After watching that video the media better find out if Perry isn’t on some kind of pain medication for his back. First his wife with her foolish speeches, now him. Speaking of Anita Perry, where have she disappear too?

    • 96 Cos
      October 31, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      I laughed out loud at Rachel. She made it even funnier. 🙂

  27. 97 dotster3
    October 31, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Can’t believe that Melissa Harris-Perry just referred to GOPolitico as part of the “liberal media”, saying that Cain may get a pass on this harassment mess because the origin was from liberal Politico. What???? She must have never clicked on that website, or she might have noticed a steady stream of anti-Obama, anti-Dem offerings. And she’s really going out of her way to defend Cain, saying that he may gain some admirers for being a bit frisky around the ladies. Not her best appearance. We all need to judge by the content of character.

    • 98 Cos
      October 31, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      Dotster I heard that. I think some liberals on the PL actually think that GOPolitico is liberal. That is bullpuckey as Rachel would say. Lol

    • 99 Roberta in MN
      October 31, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      Melissa must have been on her snarky side tonight. I think she is aware of what GOPolitical is.

    • 101 LunarSea
      October 31, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      Umm, did Ann say something? Or was that the clucking of hens I heard?

    • 102 theo67
      October 31, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      She’s disgusting – but, will probably get away with saying something like this because people don’t expect anything more from her.

    • 103 Ladyhawke
      October 31, 2011 at 11:29 pm


      Wow, our black is better than their black. Unbelievable. And of course, poor widdle Herman Cain is a victim of the “liberal media” meanies. The irony is that this accusation was made on fair and balanced Fox.

      Let’s just disregard the fact that GOPolitico has been researching the story for three weeks and had given the Cain campaign a heads up. And let’s just disregard the fact that Herman Cain himself has given contradictory accounts of what he knew and when he knew it. Herman Cain the black Republican who thinks he is qualified to be the leader of the free world has not handled this scandal well.

      By the way, did you see the video of Ann Coulter last night with Geraldo? She was out of her mind hysterical over the Herman Cain scandal. It was fascinating. It was like trying not to look at a car wreck on the highway. You don’t want to look, but you can’t help yourself.

      Ann Coulter Blames Liberals For Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Report


  28. October 31, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Wow! I don’t watch Rachel Maddow and actually find her voice a little grating, but that segment on Rick Perry is devastating. She’s right. You will not be able to look at Perry again without seeing a drunken, witless, juvenile buffoon. Perry’s supposed strong suit was that he was the alpha male, the big daddy that a lot of Repubs look for. He was the tough guy and even his bullying manner was supposed to be a strength. Now, he’s not even the Beta male, he’s a twerp and a childish, simpering one one at that. When his campaign says he was just having fun and being himself, they actually damn him. They’re saying this is what he’s like under his mask and what he’s like is utterly ridiculous.

    • 105 LunarSea
      October 31, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      he he he. Sucks to be Perry or Cain today. 😆

    • 106 theo67
      October 31, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Well, remember that he tried to excuse his birther nonsense by saying that Chump likes to have his fun, and he wanted to just poke the President a little about his birth certificate and his grades – to have fun. He’s not serious.

  29. 107 Ladyhawke
    October 31, 2011 at 10:42 pm


    That’s it, The Last Word Lawrence O’Donnell just lost me. Lawrence just introduced Tweety so that he can hawk his new book about Kennedy. My gag reflex kicked in and I made skid marks to the remote. Tweety has been obnoxious lately, or should I say he’s still obnoxious. Whatever. I just had to look away. Looks like Criminal Minds reruns for the rest of the evening.

    • October 31, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      Saw it Ladyhawke; both LO and Matthews were drooling all over Kennedy.

      when LO asked Chris Matthews about Cain and the sexual harassment charges, he had the nerve to say Kennedy’s many LIASONS with various women OUTSIDE his marraige were ROMANTIC, not harrassment. WTF?

      I’M SO DONE WITH THIS MOFO. And PBO has what to learn from Matthews, Kennedy and his book?

      • October 31, 2011 at 10:57 pm

        If they want to go across time and space then PBO could have taught JFK a few things about Love, Marriage and Commitment to the one you married and the mother of your children.

        They sound stupid.

      • October 31, 2011 at 11:18 pm

        I tweeted Chris “Tingle Leg” Matthews that as someone who has had everything made easy in his life, he is unqualified to give advice to PBO who had to work for everything he has. Told him that a tingle up his leg doesn’t make him an expert commentator on anything. Senator Ted Kennedy and Caroline Schlossberg both said that PBO reminds them of JFK, and they would know since he was a brother to Ted and father to Caroline. I’m sick of these uniformed pretenders like Matthews, Coulter, Knoller, etc.

      • 112 anniebella
        November 1, 2011 at 3:05 am

        Ametia, that statement by Chris Matthews says it all right there. Matthews is losing it. There’s a screw lose somewhere with Matthews. How the hell can Matthews say that Kennedy cheating on his wife with those women were romantic, so let’s ask Matthews wife if he cheated on her with number of women would she consider that romantic? He keeps telling us to buy the book, I rather donate that money to Obama for America.

    • 113 Cos
      October 31, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Ladyhawke I fast forwarded thru that Tweety section.

  30. October 31, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Dotster, about Melissa Harris-Perry thinking Cain could get a pass on this.. could somebody or bodies tweet her and let her know that it’s actually GOPolitical and imv even if it were a liberal site..it doesn’t excuse Cain one farthing. She sounds like the freaking insane wing accusing this of being a liberal story. Who the hell cares where it came? It’s causing cain to cough up lies and then explain his lies some more.

    I couldn’t reply under your post for some reason so I did it this way..thanks dotster.

    • 115 Obama Grandmama
      November 1, 2011 at 12:02 am

      I hope the harrassment scandal does not overshadow the inappropriate and illegal financial problems with Herman Cain’s funding for his campaign. That seems like a far more serious discovery.

  31. 116 LunarSea
    October 31, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I have been reviewing all the posts from today (a fav bedtime ritual) and got a biggest chuckle from the GOP presidential poll data/chart ChipsChica posted. In particular the part that has ‘Ron Paul’ neck and neck with ‘Don’t Know’ Do you think he’s seen it. LMAO

    Okay, I like to laugh at the baffoons, but really the thought that people in this country would actually vote for these miscreants is horrifying.

  32. 117 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    October 31, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Every day is Halloween for Ann Coulter. Scary on the outside and scary on the inside. I remember her sitting next to George Carlin on an evening talk show a few years back and he looked genuinely horrified.

    • 118 Cos
      October 31, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      Wow, the young AA guy at the end of Lawrence’s show was spot on re his description and comparison of Cain to PBO.

      • October 31, 2011 at 11:13 pm

        He was great Cos, just uploading the video of him now, will add to the post in 10-ish minutes.

        • 120 Walking_on_ Sunshine
          October 31, 2011 at 11:52 pm

          Thanks for very quickly uploading that. My God as I was watching Coulter and Limbaugh talk my blood was actually boiling. I shouldn’t watch those people it just makes me so angry. The way they use race constantly but then turn around and play the victim is enough to make me want to scream. The blatant hypocrisy is just astounding.
          I saw this young man Toure on TV for the first time last week and he is very impressive. I so admire people who can deal with this kind of BS calmly and effectively. I never heard of him before last week but he seems to be a really effective voice of reason. I’m going to get that book of his. I really want to know what he has to say.

      • 121 dotster3
        October 31, 2011 at 11:14 pm

        Toure’—–he’s always spot on.

      • October 31, 2011 at 11:31 pm

        Yes, Cos. Toure is a wonderful and very insightful young man. I wish that he would have a show. He is deep, focus, and highly intellectual in his thoughts. Interesting life story. You might enjoy researching on him. HZ

        • 123 LunarSea
          October 31, 2011 at 11:38 pm

          Well thanks for that clip ChipsChica -you’re fast!

          And I agree with everyone’s assessment -Toure was right on the money. Perfect

      • 124 ribletsonthepan
        November 1, 2011 at 2:26 am

        Thats Toure, Love him —Novelist, Social & Music Critic Extraordinaire. He has a serious new book out on Race, Identity, Politics as defined, ‘Who’s Afraid Of Post-Blackness?’ Done with humor, bravado & reverence to contemporary culture. And thats my opinion based on excerpts I’ve read and the FABULOUS MUST-SEE appearance at Busboys & Poets, taped via CSPAN BookTV > SEE HERE: http://www.booktv.org/Watch/12894/Whos+Afraid+of+PostBlackness+What+It+Means+to+Be+Black+Now.aspx OR HERE: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Afrai. And if you think Melissa Harris Perry’s critics become un-hinged when challenged on white privilege, you ought to read Toure’s tweets ( @Toure ) just for laughs. He frequently retweets folks twisting themselves up in knots to call-out his alleged racism all the while exhibiting white privilege with insults & invective …..he never shies away from criticism.

    • 125 anniebella
      October 31, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      Ann Coulter made some comment about our blacks are better than their blacks. The right wing nuts blacks are better than the liberal blacks. That Coulter woman is a crazy bitch.

      • 126 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        October 31, 2011 at 11:54 pm

        anniebella. I think she’s pure evil.

        • 127 anniebella
          November 1, 2011 at 2:55 am

          Walking on Sunshine, to me it sounds like some slave master saying my n*gg*rs are better than your n*gg*rs. That’s how stupid she sounds. And Limbaugh’s wife should have told him not to leave the house with that shirt on, it adds 20 pounds to that big mouth. It wouldn’t hurt him if he would get up “Let’s Move” some. Sorry to say the only thing that moves on that racists idiot is his big mouth. I remember Limbaugh challenging the President to come on his show. It would have been a good idea for the President to challenge Limbaugh to a day at the gym.

      • 128 LadyTNT
        October 31, 2011 at 11:55 pm


  33. 129 desertflower
    October 31, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    My goodness. What a day. Figures that I would be Tweety on a week that he was such a self absorbed, clueless shit.Seriously, I couldn’t even BEGIN to keep up with all the stuff he’s said in the past few days! I haven’t watched him…today was especially, shall we say “Full of tricks and not treats!” When I came home for lunch today from work, the dog ( not just ANY dog…she’s a Great Dane) had an “accident” that stretched from one end of the house to the next:( As soon as I opened the front door, I knew I was in for a disaster. I WISH Tweety had my day…would serve the little weasel right! HE should have been the one knee deep in dog shit, not me! Anyway, was hard to keep up with the all the idiocy from him today…I haven’t even been able to keep up with all of Chips wonderful posts….What I did read of those “in character” today was a bunch of folks having a great time with this….it was fun for me, as well….what I was able to get to anyway. Think we should have a go at this again! So much crazy, so little time.

    • November 1, 2011 at 12:04 am

      Desertflower, I am so sorry to hear about your dog. Hope everything was safe with him. You were wonderful as Tweety today. You had him down to the line.

      Get some rest and relax. Always enjoy your comments, links and beautiful spirit. HZ

    • 131 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      November 1, 2011 at 12:12 am

      Oh dear. You have had a bad day. Sorry to hear that and I hope tomorrow is better. Have not been able to keep up with Tweety, other than the JFK comments.
      I was supposed to be Sarah Palin…… always a pain in the ass, but I think she may really go away for good now (I hope). Didn’t have much time with all the partying and trick or treating going on.
      Good night. Tomorrow can only get better.

  34. November 1, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Michelle canceled that Enron fundraiser tuesday in Houston.
    Whoever scheduled that is a fool, to begin with…

  35. November 1, 2011 at 9:20 am

    “Our blacks are better than their blacks.” — Ann Coulter

    Crazy as crazy does.

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