catching up

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Robert Shrum (The Week): The GOP’s desperate hunt for anyone but Mitt Romney – Herman Cain unravels. Rick Perry stumbles. And Republicans keep praying that someone will rescue them from the flip-flopping Romney.

… Maybe tea is a hallucinogen; maybe the GOP is demented – and it will nominate him (Cain) anyway. If that happened, it’s certain that President Obama would win by even more then he did in 2008.

….. He’s the latest in a procession of preposterous Republican candidates who have soared across the party’s firmament … The GOP’s primary voters have been relentlessly looking for Mr. Un-Romney…..

Full article here


Alan Krueger (White House): Today’s employment report provides further evidence that the economy is continuing to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, but the pace of improvement is not fast enough.

Private sector payrolls increased by 104,000, and overall payroll employment rose by 80,000 in October. The unemployment rate edged down 0.1 percentage point to 9.0 percent, a level that remains unacceptably high.

Despite adverse shocks that have created headwinds for economic growth, the economy has added private sector jobs for 20 straight months, for a total of 2.8 million jobs over that period. We need faster economic growth to put more Americans back to work. Today’s report provides further evidence for why it is so important that Congress pass the President’s American Jobs Act ….

More here


Timothy Egan (NYT): For a Republican Party that has spent the better part of its presidential campaign proving that most of its candidates are not smarter than a fifth grader, the real scandal around frontrunner-of-the-moment Herman Cain is not what he knows. It’s what he doesn’t know.

…. China, said Cain with his clueless urgency, is “trying to develop nuclear capability.” Anyone who is gobsmacked by this category five level of ignorance concerning a country that has had nuclear weapons for more than 45 years has not been paying attention. Cain makes Sarah Palin, with her eagle-eyed view of Russia from Alaska, sound like a Council of Foreign Relations scholar on a gasbag high.

The clowns have finally taken over the circus, and I mean this with all due respect to those who labor with painted faces and oversized shoes…..

Full article here

Thanks Dorothy



Steve Benen: On the Senate floor yesterday afternoon, Senate Republicans killed a popular jobs bill, despite the fact that a majority of senators supported the legislation. But the public’s understanding of what transpired will be shaped by the media’s coverage…..

…. CNN’s headline, at least online, read, “Competing infrastructure spending measures fail in Senate.” Here’s the lede: “In a pair of votes aimed more at making political points than law, the Senate rejected competing Democratic and Republican proposals to boost construction of roadways and other infrastructure projects.”….

Politico’s report was even worse. The headline read, “Senate gridlock: Both parties block jobs bills.” And check out the lede: “Rival Democratic and Republican jobs bills failed in the Senate on Thursday, the latest sign of the partisan gridlock gripping Washington…..”.

No, no, a thousand times, no. This just isn’t what happened…..

Full post here


Long may he, eh, rain:

Cannes, Nov 4


I forgot to post our Friday tune – thanks for the reminder WIW 😉


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310 Responses to “catching up”

  1. 1 collegekay
    November 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    President Gorgeous. Yunmmmy.

    *goes to sit on the naughty mat* 😦

  2. 10 mb32
    November 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Re: that last pic with PBO in the rain…he can be my king any day… 😀

    • 11 hopefruit2
      November 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      Please join collegekay on the naughty mat!

        • 13 HZ
          November 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

          Please make room for me on the mat. Woke up from my nap, and Chipsticks had our POTUS in the rain, and I put myself in time out. We love our POTUS, Rain or Shine!HZ

          • 14 desertflower
            November 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm

            I think we can dispense with the mat. We need a padded room! Delicious:)

            • November 4, 2011 at 6:55 pm

              I think you’re right desertflower, good suggestion!

              • 16 nathkatun7
                November 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm

                Dear ladies of the TOD family: You all make us guys on this blog feel so jealous and envious of this President for his sexy appeal. O.K. speaking for myself, and not all the men here, I wish some women would be all excited about me after being drenched in the rain, like I was to day here in San Diego because I was so stupid not to pay attention to weather forecasts and went to work with no umbrella.

                Putting my male envy aside, I still deeply respect the intellect and charisma of President Obama. I know I’ve said it before, but I will say it again, President Obama is, without question, one of the best President this country has had in my life time. And I have consciously lived under nine (ten if you include my teen years) Presidents. The reception and genuine appreciation President Obama receives abroad: be it in Ghana, India, Brazil, Ireland, Indonesia, Germany, United Kingdom, China, South Korea, France, etc., is proof positive of how people in foreign countries love and respect him. To me the fact that peoples of the world love and respect our President should be an enormous source of pride for our country.

                • 17 hopefruit2
                  November 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm

                  Thanks for your honesty, nathkatun7! Very few men would be secure enough to post what you just did 🙂

                  • 18 Chi
                    November 5, 2011 at 5:23 am

                    We do also love and deeply respect our Nath…

                    Nath we love your amazing brain and heart which you share with us on this blog…

                    You remain an integral and indispensable part of us and it is thanks to your incredibly wonderful mind and heart…

                • 19 GGail
                  November 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

                  nathkatun7, we mean no disrespect to the wonderful and intelligent men who join us here at TOD. I bet you looked just as Delicious as our beloved President did today in the rain.

                  But, nathkatun7, I live in LA and they did mention rain in last night’s forecast and again this morning…..weren’t you listening? 🙂

                  • 20 theo67
                    November 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

                    In nathkatun7’s defense, I went out without an umbrella today, too. And nathkatun – if it makes you feel any better, I’m a woman, and no men were giving me any second glances today, as I looked like a drowned mouse… 🙂

                • 21 smoothscotch
                  November 4, 2011 at 9:52 pm

                  I’m with the ladies on this, OH MY, I wish. Anyways, It is understable the ENVY on display, and lack of logic exhibited by a lot of people in the media when they compare themselves to PBO, ie, present and previous politicians and the so called pundits, they fall short.I won’t believe they don’t indulge in envy and try to tear him down at every turn. The hate on display is remarkable as well as the, as you say, the reception he receives in other countries. I often ask people here when they make disparaging remarks about the President what they would do differently given the restrictions of the office and given the level of compromise he has indulged in, I generally don’t get a specific answer. I wonder why, hmmm/.

                • 22 desertflower
                  November 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm

                  nathkatun….your jealousy/envy regarding PBO need not be. PBO is a rare specimen. A mixture of incredible attractiveness,intellect,humor,etc..(I could go on and on, but it would get ridiculous) That said, there are many other ways for a woman to feel attracted to a man. Your candor and eloquence would surely but you on that list:) You are important and sexy to the women here at TOD:) May not be the entire WORLD kind of admiration that this President has, but I say that I bet you rock some women here with your amazing brain:) We love you….

                  • 23 desertflower
                    November 4, 2011 at 10:02 pm

                    See. You got me all flummuxed! I MEANT to say that your candor and eloquence would surely PUT you on that list:)

                    • 24 nathkatun7
                      November 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

                      Thank you all, ladies, for your kind comments. I feel honored to be part of this wonderful community. By the way, I really do appreciate the love and passion, on top of your brilliant comments, that you display every day about our great President.

              • 25 HZ
                November 4, 2011 at 9:16 pm

                Chipsticks and Desertflower, I just took another peek. I was thinking that photo needs to be inside a beautiful large umbrella. Remember ladies when Macy’s or then Robinson-May would have those promotions when you would purchased so much perfume then you would get a gift?

                I have 2 beautiful Paloma Pacasso umbrellas, black outside and black background with lovely dark pink roses all inside and on the outside, it is black with the hot rose color band around the umbrella and the word Paris written in dark pink letters. It is very elegant.

                Now ,if we had a black umbrella( with same nice trim(color taken from one of his ties worn there) and that photo spread throughout the inside of that umbrella, I would use my umbrella in rain or sunshine. Seeing nothing but our POTUS when you open the umbrella. Just a thought . However, it would be great to have one like that. Maybe Obama store could sell it. Ladies can dream, right?HZ

                • 26 GGail
                  November 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm

                  Yes, HZ, I too remember those store give-aways. A nice Obama umbrella would work just fine here in LA – rain or shine because our sun gets quite hot some days.

                  • 27 desertflower
                    November 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

                    Oh yes, HZ….we here in AZ would use that umbrella come rain or come shine! Mostly, to keep the relentless sun off our skin, because it hardly EVER rains here:) They promised us it WOULD rain today…but guess what? Nope. No rain. PBO is my sunshine…i would gladly sport that umbrella on a sunny day!
                    By the way…you made many of us get a “blast from our past” talking about those promotions….gosh, I feel old:)

              • 28 desertflower
                November 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm


  3. 29 Fred
    November 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    boy one of my Native American friends is mad as hell and this is spreading like wild fire.Now I don’t like to post this right-wing trash but why can’t they go away? 🙄

    ‘Wrong and hurtful’: Kris Jenner sparks outrage over ‘Indian giver’ comment


  4. 30 GGail
    November 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    A President SHOULD NOT look this hot! Oh my! That photo is going on my bedroom wall ! WHEW!!!!!

  5. 34 Bobfr
    November 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr

    Crush voter suppression #PresObama. Instruct the State Dept to wave fees for US Passports for all citizens eligible to vote on 8Nov2012 & who make less than $250,000/yr


    • November 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      Now that’s one hell of an idea Bobfr only i’d reduce the earning ceiling to about $80K. Since i think people making more than that have access to wheels.

      • 36 Bobfr
        November 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm

        Agree, yardarm, but the point I was making was a bit tongue-in-cheek regarding the $250K 🙂

        Let’s just hope they do it!!


  6. 37 Debz
    November 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Wet or dry our POTUS looks fine!!!

    November 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm


  8. November 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Senate Democrats are teeing up yet another vote next week on a provision of President Obama’s jobs bill. This time with a twist — they’re not going to ask that it be paid for with a surtax on millionaires.

    They’re calling this one the “Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.” A version of it passed the House on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis last month. It would offer a tax credit to companies that hire out of work veterans and increase an existing credit that already goes to companies that hire veterans with service-related disabilities. Dems propose to cover the $1.6 billion cost of the bill by delaying fee reductions that are scheduled to apply to mortgage loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    They also plan to attach the bill to separate, House-passed legislation to repeal a requirement that the IRS withhold three percent of payments from major contracts, in order to encourage compliance with the tax code.

    Republicans pay for that measure by limiting increased Medicaid eligibility under the health care law.

    These are two of the small ticket items in the President’s jobs bill. But since Democrats aren’t seeking to raise taxes on wealthy Americans it stands a better chance of getting GOP support.


    This has a good chance!!!

    • 45 theo67
      November 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      So, if they pass these two, then we’ll have clear evidence that they’re holding up recovery for 300 million in favor of 300,000 rich fat cats (70% of whom want to help and pay more taxes).

      • 46 theo67
        November 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

        Although, those increased eligibility requirements that they’ve attached to the measure and the delayed fee reductions for veterans mortgage financing sound suspicious.

  9. 47 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Lawdhammercy. MmmmMmmmMmmm. My My My. Ooolala.

    I’ll leave it at that.

  10. November 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    WASHINGTON–While the Herman Cain sexual harrassment controversy dominates click-by-click, minute-by-minute political news this week, the Obama 2012 campaign and the Democratic National Committee keep their eyes on their main target, Mitt Romney. Cain and Romney are basically tied in a Washington Post-ABC poll released Friday–the first sounding that the alleged sex scandal so far has not hurt Cain. The Obama 2012/DNC team is leaving Cain alone, letting him ruin himself by his bungled responses to the mess.
    On Friday, Obama for America Policy Director James Kvaal Policy takes aim at Romney’s economic plans as Romney speaks here at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation convention, where Cain will also deliver a speech.
    But there was no memo or web video slamming Cain.
    “Romney apparently operates under the false assumption that we can just cut our way to prosperity,” Kvaal writes. (his memo at the click).
    The DNC released a web video Friday morning on Romney’s expected spending plan with this line: “If it’s like his tax proposal, it’ll be something only a billionaire could love.”


    • 52 hopefruit2
      November 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      I agree – this Cain nonsense is time-wasting and an attempt to deflect from Romney’s serious flaws. Glad that the Obama campaign is not falling for this. Hope the voters aren’t either.

      • 53 nintendowii10
        November 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm

        Willard does enough damage to himself, with his daily flip flopping. One day he’ll say the sky is blue, the next day he’ll be saying it’s purple and pink. I’m waiting for him to say that his name isn’t Willard and he was never Governor of Massachusetts. 🙄

      • 54 utaustinliberal
        November 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm


  11. 55 nintendowii10
    November 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Posted from previous thread

  12. 56 nintendowii10
    November 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Romney on Medicare reform

    • 57 Chi
      November 5, 2011 at 5:11 am

      This Mitt Romney is such slimy, bold faced liar…

      But Freudian slip catches up with him…

      ‘…We must not let people LEARN about, sorry forget who cut Medicare…’ Oh Mitt, you suck so badly…

  13. 58 Fred
    November 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    thanks Nin ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  14. 59 GGail
    November 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    It’s raining here in Los Angeles and I have that PHOTO!!!!!! Mmmmmmmmmm!

    I’m on the naughty mat ……..with pleasure hopefruit2 😀

  15. 60 nintendowii10
    November 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Notice how none of the righty talking heads are discussing President Obama’s poll numbers now that they’re going up whereas last month all they could talk about is how sucky his poll numbers were.

    The American people want jobs, President Obama sent a jobs bill to Congress, and the Republicans UNANIMOUSLY voted AGAINST it, that is why his poll numbers are going up. The American people are realizing that he isn’t a dictator and doesn’t have a magic wand to magically create jobs. The House wasting money to reaffirm “In God We Trust” and wasting money to investigate a phony story about $16 muffins isn’t helping either, and the Herman Cain sideshow is throwing fuel on the fire.

  16. 61 Linda
    November 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    News Corp. Journalist Arrested As Hacking Scandal Widens | The News Corp. phone hacking scandal spread to another publication today as police in the U.K. arrested a reporter for the Sun newspaper, the country’s largest circulation daily, on charges of bribing police officers. This latest development is a major blow to News Corp., which has maintained that illegal activity was restricted to the now-defunct News of the World. Meanwhile, police announced today that they believe almost 5,800 people were targeted in the company’s phone hacking operations — 2,000 more than originally thought.


  17. November 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Hmmmm……..Amazing how Reuters and Quinpintuck (sp) polling is more favorable to the president than Gallops. The two previous mentioned polls has PBO anywhere from 5 to 16 points over all Rethug candidates and Gallup pretty much has him tied or behind everyone. Gallop has definately changed their methodology. If I remember correctly they were not to pleased with PBO maintaining good no.s earlier tbis year. They are trying to set us up folks.

  18. 69 CTGirl
    November 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I think we should forget about a “naughty mat” and just go for a naughty island (more room). Wow! Sizzling!

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  20. November 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Photos of POTUS today……..OMG, sigh, swoon, faint………

  21. 85 ChristiMtl
    November 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Angry black lady has a great article on her blog from Extreme liberal.

    With Friends Like Michael Moore, Who Needs Enemies?

    It’s worth the read and there’s a video of one of Michael Moore’s speech…..the Naderiste in chief,.

    From Micheal Moore:

    ”So young people didn’t come out in 2010, they stayed home. Well it’s because they are young people, cuz they don’t suffer fools, cuz they don’t take bullshit. You promise them something, you better do it or they’re gonna call you on it. They don’t like hypocrites, they don’t like somebody that doesn’t follow through, they’re like DAD, YOU SAID YOU’D STOP THE WAR, DAD, YOU SAID YOU’D CLOSE GUANTANAMO THE FIRST DAY, DAD…I’M NOT VOTING.”


    • 86 nintendowii10
      November 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      Michael Moore has pissed me the fuck off with being the huge fat hypocritical piece of shit he is.

      He has the nerve to demonize Wall Street and Goldman Sachs, all while taking Wall Street and Goldman Sachs dollars to fund his films.

      He has the nerve to make racist remarks about how he voted for black Obama and got white Obama.

      As far as I’m concerned, Michael Moore as as much a piece of shit as Herman Cain and the rest of the right wing filth that want to bring out POTUS down 😡 😡 :evil::evil:

      • 87 Mel
        November 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm

        Yes Michael is a piece of SHIT AND A opportunist he is making his $$$$$ millions on the people
        he pretends to care , and why KO and RM call this mother fucker out? I was talking to people here
        in my comunity that like MM and I told them that MM is using the left for his on benefit, and thet were
        mad at me so I explained how rich he is.

    • November 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      Old man Michael Moore, the expert on what all “young people” are thinking. What a joke. Guess what Michael? Barack Obama’s name wasn’t on the ballot in 2010 and there was little magic going on in other races. As I’ve said many, many times, people were still tired in 2010 and didn’t get the energy rush needed to come out in droves. The only motivated people were the far right R’s because they were spurred by rage. This happens, all the time, in off years. When I did calling for the two main candidates in my state, I got a lot of ‘who are these people?’ responses. The enthusiasm just wasn’t there and it had NOTHING to do with PBO.

      Now the energy is rising again because people can actually “see” the consequences of their not voting in 2010. The whole world around them is starting to stir with presidential ads and activity and the most dynamic person in our history is going to be on the ballot and talking to them directly. And on the other side will be a guy named Romney who puts them in a coma when he opens his mouth. There is NO comparison in the world between an off year and a presidential year and any “pearls of insight” that MM cares to deliver are worth exactly zero. MM is an exploiter, period. If he felt he could get more customers by sucking up to the president, he’d be on his knees, kissing his feet. Ugh, now I have that ugly image in my head.

  22. November 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm



    That’s all I got to say on PBO’s pic in the rain.

    • 90 donna dem 4 obama
      November 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      It’s far too much fineness isn’t it!

      Chips you may want to take that one down and put it back up and take it down and put it back up so that we can take this delicousness in small portions. 🙂

      • 91 theo67
        November 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm

        This is an excellent idea. I keep going back to the top of the page to look at that picture. Taking me forever to get through the post, and you can forget about work…

  23. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    November 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    So today Cain admits he’s totally funded/pushed by the Koch Brothers?

    Previously, he said he didn’t “have a close relationship” with them.

    • 93 nintendowii10
      November 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      Cain previously called them (the Kochs) “patriots” and “good stewards” of America 🙄

      But what’s even more shocking is that he gets applause for those remarks.

      • November 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm

        Sorry, but the idea of anybody applauding the Cain brothers is nauseating. Those guys are so repulsive and evil intentioned, they almost carry a whiff of sulfur about them. Cain’s admitted association with them would alone doom him in a general campaign, except he’ll never get that far.

  24. 95 donna dem 4 obama
    November 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    My Goodness…wet and fine. Gee!!!

  25. November 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Political AnimalBlog
    November 04, 2011 4:05 PM

    It’s come to this: ‘War on wealth’

    By Steve Benen

    Over the last three decades, wealth has become increasingly concentrated at the top. The middle class is struggling with stagnant wages and a growing class gap; poverty rates are soaring; the jobs crisis seems never-ending; and a growing number of Americans are suggesting it’s time for a larger conversation about economic inequalities and tax fairness.

    Some of the responses to these developments are more ridiculous than others.

    In a promo for the upcoming “Your Money, Your Vote” Republican debate on CNBC that aired on today’s edition of Squawk On The Street, a voiceover asks, “How will candidates end the war on wealth?” During the voiceover the ad shows images of the Occupy Wall Street protests.


  26. 98 JoJothecat
    November 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    “Anyone who is gobsmacked by this category five level of ignorance concerning a country that has had nuclear weapons for more than 45 years has not been paying attention. Cain makes Sarah Palin, with her eagle-eyed view of Russia from Alaska, sound like a Council of Foreign Relations scholar on a gasbag high”.

    The GOP believes in giving THEIR candidates a pass when it comes to lies, flip-flops, sexual scandels, and being totally stupid. They apparently tolarate it less in women then in men. For Herb Cain’s poll numbers and fund raising to increase after all this, we have our work cut out for us. The GOP would rather put a dumb black man in office who knows less than Sarah Palin than to have an intelligent, capable, admired man in THIS president is beyone me.

  27. 99 Linda
    November 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm


    Chris Matthews is losing his voice….must be Karma.

    • 100 SueBee
      November 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      He lost it because he talked about that dang book at nauseum! Now he is focusing on Gallup’s Right leaning poll..all the other polls has Obama leading everybody in all swing states…Our MSM really suck

      • 101 nintendowii10
        November 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

        These talking heads ALL pick and choose polls that make President Obama look bad. Last month all they could do is talk about his poll numbers, now that a majority of them are going up, they struggle to find one outlier poll that disagrees with the rest. It’s a feeble attempt to distract from the fact that the Republican candidates suck and that they are blocking the AJA to make PBO a one term president.

      • 102 Linda
        November 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm

        I turned it off when that segment started….

  28. November 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    It’s amazing how much having good co-workers can make even the hum-drum days of work seem bearable. Thx to my co-worker who bought me a chocolate cheesecake sampler for my b-day tomorrow, I’ll be on a sugar high all night…lol.

    If I could find a song that describes the magic that is chocolate cheesecake, I’d post it!

  29. November 4, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Breaking TOD news: there is now a shortage of Naughty mats due to high unexpected consumption on the TOD today!!!!

  30. 124 m
    November 4, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I have so much catching up to do! We lost power in CT last saturday so as a result I lost my daily connection to TOD! Not sure how I survived this week without TOD!

  31. 134 nintendowii10
    November 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Nurses March To Tell Obama To Tax Wall Street To Heal America

    • November 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      they should march to tell Congress instead of PBO. PBO knows what’s what, it’s congress who are sitting on their million dollar asses.

      • November 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm

        Concur Lisa. We will need to continue to inform people that we do have three Branches of Government. You are so correct, POB knows the fact, Congress writes the laws.HZ

      • 137 nospin
        November 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm

        I thought it but I didn’t say it.

      • 138 nathkatun7
        November 5, 2011 at 1:12 am

        Exactly, Lisa! I am sorry, but I get so frustrated with supposedly well meaning people who seem not to understand how our political system works. The President cannot unilaterally impose a tax on Wall Street!. The Constitution gave the power of the purse to Congress. The Nurses should indeed be Marching to “tell Congress ” asking Congress people to Tax Wall Street! No wonder Congress is not responding to the people’s needs. Many people are busy blaming the President, who is on their side, instead of putting pressure on Republicans, and a handful of their Democratic enablers, in Congress who are busy obstructing measures “To Heal America,” because they care more about protecting the interests of the Rich than they do about “healing America.”

  32. 139 Bobfr
    November 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    American women of voting age – I hope you now realize that voting Republican is equivalent to moving to Afghanistan & marrying a Taliban


  33. 140 Bobfr
    November 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Received a form letter from Nancy-Ann DeParle, as I’m sure many of you have, asking for specific suggestions as to how the President can create jobs independent of Congress.

    As you know, at Donna’s suggestion I had submitted a petition with just such a specific suggestion but simply do not have the time to try to find 25,000 folk to vote for it.

    So, I did take a moment to complete the web form. If any of you want to cut and paste and send it to her, no problem. As you know, I have zero pride of authorship or any other restriction on these types of messages.


    Let’s strengthen our National Security by lowering unemployment and improving our logistics infrastructure.

    Divert 2 % of the Fiscal 2012 Defense & Homeland Security budget to repair roads, bridges, ports Roads, bridges and ports are key logistical infrastructure elements, vital for our National Security. Our National Security is threatened by high unemployment as well as the deplorable status of thousands of miles of roads, major bridges and ports.

    Issue and Executive Order that designates 2 % of the Fiscal 2012 Defense and Homeland Security budgets be diverted to repair and improvement of roads, bridges and ports.

    Moreover, request that a comparable amount be added to the Fiscal 2013 & 2014 Defense and Homeland Security budgets to enable improvements to roads, bridges, ports and broadband fiber & wireless communications systems.

    States, Counties, Cities, and most importantly, Companies receiving contracts would be requested to match the Federal dollars at some reasonable level. Parameters for consideration of the scale of matching funds could include the economic impact on State, County, City economic development and, for corporations, their profit margin.


    • 141 donna dem 4 obama
      November 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Yes I rec’d the email as well. On on it Bob. Everyone please take a moment and send Bob’s suggestion.

    • 142 GGail
      November 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks Bobfr. I will copy and paste onto my email that I received. I will also send these to my family and friends so they do likewise.

      Thanks so much for your participation!

    • November 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      I copied and pasted. Thanks so much for providing this well thought out suggestion. I hope they do it.

      • November 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm

        I didn’t copy and paste, but summarized the idea–and said I read it somewhere else so it wasn’t my idea. 🙂 Think it is a good one! Thanks, Bob.

    • 145 Bobfr
      November 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      Thank you so much Donna, GGail and WiW! It’s fantastic that you find it useful and are sharing with others.

      I had sent the following as a letter to the President. It is a derivative of the above idea, so I submitted it to Ms. DeParle as well, just in case it might represent an even more compelling justification for job creation:

      Protect our national electric grid from ecosystem chaos while upgrading it.

      As evidenced by events just these past few days in the NE, climatic chaos is reality.

      Irrespective of whatever humans do to reduce our mindless destruction of our ecosystem, we now must begin preparing for the reality of massive disruption of the electric and communications infrastructure of our Nation.

      I request that you issue and Executive Order to the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Energy directing them to present you a plan to begun transferring as much of our electric grid below grade as possible. The effort can be tied to the expansion of a dense fiber optic network throughout the contiguous 48 States.

      The Executive Order should have them allocate, on a emergency basis, up to 5 % of their Fiscal 2012 budget to begin as rapidly as possible the transition from poles to underground. In doing so, you would also be creating thousands of construction jobs and could have DoD designate knowledgeable personnel to begin training Veterans with skills necessary to be employed working on the project.

      You could request public utilities to contribute from their pension funds matching investment and could make similar requests to the financial sector and other major sectors negatively influenced by disruption of electricity and communications either directly or to their clients.

      No doubt our National Security & economy will be increasingly at risk due to climatic chaos and we need to take steps now to mitigate.


      • 146 Chi
        November 5, 2011 at 4:45 am

        I thought of you Bob once I saw the Nancy De Parle WH video…

        Thank you for all your hard work and amazing mind and heart…

    • 147 a4alice
      November 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      gah! Excellent Bob will do!

    • 148 Betsy
      November 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      Me too. I sent it to the WH from DeParle’s email. Thanks for your excellent writing.

    • 149 nathkatun7
      November 5, 2011 at 1:34 am

      Dear Bobfr, I truly appreciate all your tireless work. Your recommendations are, without a doubt, imminently sensible and very valuable. But, I don’t think the President can issue executive orders to divert Defense and Homeland Security budgets to fix infrastructures without explicit authorization from Congress. Obviously, I may be wrong on this. So, I would like to kindly request that you explain fully how the President can implement your suggestions without violating the laws passed by Congress.

  34. 150 dotster3
    November 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Just a quick update for those familiar with my sharing about my Ct. daughter and family still without power after last weekend’s storm. She just sent me a news link that said President Obama has today authorized additional FEMA assistance for Ct. I didn’t realize there were different categories of aid but they are now eligible for Category A assistance. I’m taking credit because obviously someone at the WH read my comment last night when I said I hoped this happened because I didn’t want Ct. mad at Obama. 🙂 Probably nothing to do with the gov. requesting additional aid. It was me, for sure. 🙂

    • 151 Fred
      November 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      happy to know ur daughter is doing well Dots and the President is helping 🙂

    • November 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      The thing is, local and state government are slower than the federal government.
      FEMA is overloaded and probably the most worked agency in the federal government.
      Moreover, they got no more money…

  35. 153 dotster3
    November 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Remember that David Gregory who was joyfully dancing away with Karl Rove? That’s the real David Gregory. He’s not even trying to hide the fact that he’s strictly carrying Repub water. He is all over every program today with “bad news for Obama”. I can’t stand him.

  36. 158 Linda
    November 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    The White House rejected the subpoena request from Congress for the Solyndra documents..

    • 159 theo67
      November 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      Good – this whole Solyndra thing is nonsense.

      First, companies fail – it happens all the time.

      Second, the real culprit is Congress, who are refusing to provide subsidies to the green technology sector, to counteract the enormous subsidies that the Chinese are giving to their companies, undercutting the US companies (who are focusing on innovation to make better batteries, while the Chinese are building cheaper, poorer quality batteries but getting ahead in the market because of the subsidies).

      Third, why didn’t this investigation start under the Bush Administration, where the approval process began?

      And finally, how does this investigation create jobs?

    • November 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      hahahhahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahaha. wish they could shove their rejection down congress’ throat.

      1 Hard working President: priceless
      300 million plus Americans: disheartened
      13-14 million Americans: unemployed
      2 Houses of Congress: fucking useless
      Tell Congress to do their damn jobs

      ps- had a conversation with a fellow student and co-worker. She was saying how she feels that there is no difference between Democrats and repugs and how neither party looks out for the poor or the middle class. She’s getting married to her long time boyfriend in under a year. She talked about being afraid of “bringing kids into the world.” she said she was afraid for her future. She’s a few years older than me, probably 27, 28 or so. No one that young should be so desperately afraid of their future. No one.

      • 165 donna dem 4 obama
        November 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm

        Lisa I know I sound like a broken record but I hear this constantly on Facebook. It is so frustrating. I spoke with some people this morning at a business conference and they were saying essentially the same thing. I reminded them of all the things that PBO has accomplished and one girls response was that these accomplishments are good things but that they are not making people feel better about their lives right now and that I wouldn’t have had to list all these accomplishments if they had had the impact that was intended. Another person said that PBO was a good man but that a President should be able to get Congress to do what he needs them to do. She said GWB was able to get Democrats to pass legislation so why can’t PBO? Sigh!!! My frustration level went right off the chart!

        • 166 Sue in Minnesota
          November 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm

          Well do they realize Congress should be acting on their behalf. Have they been represented by the actions of their Congress people? Have they made their voices heard? Well if they haven’t felt the immediate impacts of what the President has accompolished, tell me what legislations over the year, say from the last administration they did feel an immediate impact from. Unfortunately the MSM and the Republican party are working over time to raise the dismal thinking of easily persuaded Americans. I guess I would say that to throw up your hands in frustration and fear will guarantee that your lifestyle and your economic security will sink deeper and faster than what you have ever considered or imagined. People also have the ability to choose hope over despair, so their thinking is ultimately theirs to control.

          Donna thanks for doing all you do…..it is frustrating, and hard work, but you keep at it. I applaud you for your commitment and determined spirit. I would have probably gone off as I consider their defenses pretty weak.

        • November 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm

          it’s amazing just how uneducated some people are. My co-worker and I had an hour long conversation where I talked about PBO’s jobs bill and what’s in it, I also talked about the obstructionist congress and how PBO broke the bill down so repugs could vote on it. She talked about Bill Clinton and how she loved him and I had a little conversation with her about that tool too. reminding her that Clinton aided in deregulation, NAFTA, welfare reform, 3 strikes you’re out, etc. Then I mentioned that Clinton was president during the internet and computer boom and that Clinton himself didn’t really do anything to create those jobs. Just because he was president during that time doesn’t make him responsible. I think she walked away from the conversation at least more aware and more willing to vote PBO again. Can’t fricking stand Clinton. I also complained to her about his sudden resurfacing during PBO’s term, where the fuck was he when Bush was giving away the surplus Clinton left to Bush’s millionaire and billionaire friends. She agreed with that.

          • 168 donna dem 4 obama
            November 4, 2011 at 7:02 pm

            I reminded them that the next President will be selecting at least one and maybe two Supreme Court Justices and do they really want one of these nutjobs in the Republican Party making this decision. My frustration comes from having to have to educate these people when if our lazy, sloppy, irresponsible media did their jobs we wouldn’t have to constantly remind these people of these things. Instead right now a whole year out from the 2012 election all we hear (based on what I read posted on this blog) is gloom and doom for this Presidents re-election. A lot of the way they feel is psychological. There hear that things are bad so whether they are or not they believe it. Not to mention all that wasted energy by our youth sitting in tents in parks having a “conversation” when so much could be done with that movement to get Congress to act.

            • 169 Chi
              November 5, 2011 at 4:41 am

              …sitting in the parks having a ‘conversation’ when so much could be done with that movement…

              Thank you…

          • November 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm

            In addition to the constant trashing of Obama’s actual record with lies and distortions, I’m also sick to death of claims that Democrats “had no spines” and couldn’t pass anything. Republicans held Congress from 1994-2006 and rigged the filibuster rules. If you’ll remember, they pretended to try to kill the filibuster, and in the process, ended up simplifying the rules, making it easier for a single senator to hold up a bill anonymously, and require 60 votes for cloture, to to release that hold.


            Read these and tell me Democrats weren’t trying really hard to make things better. Again; these are bills that were PASSED by the Democratic House, and BLOCKED by 40-41 solid votes in the Senate. Compare these to the complete SHIT the current Republican-led House is producing, and then tell us again how there’s no difference between the two parties.



          • November 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm

            Donna, here’s a list of what PBO has accomplished that you can show her, along with the other information from PCTC that I’ve posted.~

            One of the most irritating things I hear these days is the idea that President Obama is really no different than Bush, or that he’s a “disappointment.” Both of those characterizations are flat ignorant. If you truly believe that, you’re in serious denial, and you can’t be paying very close attention. In fairness, perhaps you were in a coma for the eight Bush Years, and if so, I forgive you. But please join the real world. So far, this Barack-obama president has done most of what he said he would do if elected, and he’s not even through his first term. Imagine what he could have done by now if we supported him, and gave him a Congress that doesn’t look at him as if he’s the demon seed. Not only is he NOT a “failure,” he’s pretty much the opposite. And no, I don’t just say that because he took out Osama bin Laden and helped Libya determine their own destiny for the first time in a while.


            Is he perfect? No, he’s human. Does he deserve some criticism? Sure. But criticism about certain specific problems is one thing; taking on an overall “Obama sucks” meme not only has the potential to put another Bush into power, but it’s also a lie. Just because you wanted a president who would give you a unicorn that farts the Star Spangled Banner, doesn’t mean he’s not doing well at the job we hired him for. What follows is a PARTIAL list of Obama’s accomplishments so far. Unlike many such lists, there is a link to a citation supporting every single one. Anytime someone, right OR left, tells you Obama sucks, or is a “disappointment,” show them this list and tell them to kiss a part of your body not usually considered pleasant to kiss.



            h/t Milt Shook

          • 172 nathkatun7
            November 5, 2011 at 2:41 am

            Hi Lisa, Itotally share your frustration about miseducated, or misinformed people. One of the most important reality that people who criticize President Obama miss is: No President, including Bill Clinton and Goerge W. Bush, had to constantly be required to meet the 60 votes in the Senate in order to pass his preferred legislation. President Clinton’s famous economic stimulus bill was passed by 50 senators plus VP Al Gore, as President of the Senate, casting the tie breaker. He was not required to meet the 60 vote threshold that President Obama has to meet about every single piece of his proposed legislation. All the seminal bills of George W. Bush, including his two tax cut deals for the rich, and authorizing the war in Iraq, were not subjected to the 60 votes, filibuster requirement. So any one who says Clinton and Bush were able to make congress pass their bills ignores the fact that they were never constantly required to garner a super majority of Senators in order to advance their agendas. This is, by the way, the critical difference, between the way the Senate has treated President Obama, compared to the way past Senators treated the previous 43 presidents.

            Lets be clear, the MAJORITY of Senators voted to proceed debating President Obama’s jobs bills. It was the MINORITY who voted to kill the jobs bills without debate. The problem is that, ever since President Obama was elected, the Senate no longer operates on the concept of majority rule. Rather, the new operating rule is that in order for President Obama to get his bills debated or passed, or his nominees approved, he has to win super majority of senators and not just simple majority allowed to other Presidents. I am willing to bet that when a white president is elected, in the future, the senate will go back to passing bills by a simple majority. once we have a white President, the filibuster will only be used for highly contentious bills but not to every bill . So to argue that President Obama has not been able to enact all the things he wants, without acknowledging the Republican filibuster obstructions that demand a super majority for everything he wants is, to say the least, very misinformed. I submit that NO OTHER PRESIDENT IN HISTORY WAS SUBJECTED TO THE REQUIREMENT THAT A SUPER MAJORITY IN THE SENATE IS REQUIRED TO DEBATE OR PASS HIS BILLS, OR APPROVE HIS NOMINEES, THE WAY PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS! I challenge any scholar of Congress, or the presidency, to cite an example of any of the past 43 presidents who was constantly required to produce a super majority in the Senate in order to pass his proposed legislations or for the Senate to approve the people he nominated to serve in his administration.

      • November 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm

        The basic premise of this post is simple. The current incarnation of the Republican Party is absolutely incompetent to run government, and the evidence is clear to anyone who bothers to look. I start with the national debt and economy, but I go a whole lot farther. Stick with this to the end, and you’ll have a hell of a tool to use to show people. We have to defeat these people politically, and all we need is the truth. The two parties are NOT the same. The Republican Party is demonstrably less competent than the Democratic Party, and their political ideology is demonstrably a sham.

        Let’s start with whether or not we’re “broke.” If anyone you know thinks this country is “broke,” as Congressional Republicans keep repeating over and over, find out which planet he’s from, and send them this article.



        h/t Milt Shook

  37. 174 Fred
    November 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    how can Rick Perry use stem cells to have his back surgery? I mean aren’t they doing all they can to prevent others (I mean I know I got mine so go fark yourself somewhere else but still) from getting access to this? 😯 🙄

  38. November 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Slightly, em, off topic:

    These are for sale on an art website.

    Does anyone know who are they are? I think the first one might be Rick Perry.


  39. November 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Their goes Katrina vanden heuvel saying, the only way the Prez will win is if he goes to Wisconsin and Ohio,

    Whatever! That is one of the stupidest talking points, the far left ever had.


    • 182 nintendowii10
      November 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      If I recall correctly, Obama won MORE swing states than just Ohio and Wisconsin in 2008, and he’s expanding that map. These emoprog talking heads just enjoy hearing themselves bloviate just as much as righty talking heads. 🙄

      • 183 Betsy
        November 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm

        There were a number of errors on Hardball by people like vanden heuvel and David Gregory and that Susan Page woman tonight…i was screaming at the TV!!!!

    • 185 Chi
      November 5, 2011 at 4:31 am

      It has indeed been such a revelation to observe some people I once thought quite highly of…

      Katrina Vanden Heuvel, what a disappointment…

      The ego and narrow mindedness only made worse by the absolute certainty in their shallow, idealistic theoretical ideas…

      The petty, childish tantrums and grudges strongly held and propagated for full effect…

      Because they demand validation and grasp for relevance by slashing and burning the only guy who can move their desired agenda along…

      And worse, they do this at the expense of the very same ideals they claim to be advocating for and in whose name they attack…

      Katrina and her Nation magazine lost the subscriptions of my entire family and circle of friends…

      My mother actually stopped reading her copies preferring to junk them with the other random junk mail, months before her subscription expired…

      This entire exercise has been so worth it even if it has been sad and disheartening to watch…

      I think that many of these PL types are going to regret their pathetic responses and general behavior during this Presidency…

      But so much worse, they will all pay dearly and most will by their own hand and doing if not completely self-destruct, will disappear into complete obscurity…

      And to think so many of them were relatively obscure to begin with…

  40. 186 Ladyhawke
    November 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Anxiously awaiting Rev. A. This voice of reason.

  41. 187 nintendowii10
    November 4, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Douchebag Can’tor wants an up or down vote on House Teabag bills while refusing to talk AJA… god I can’t STAND him!!!! 😡 😡

  42. November 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Does anyone have a video for the show that Steve Benen was on yesterday, he always cheers me right up.

    • 189 Sue in Minnesota
      November 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      Linda, he was on the Ed Schultz Show …on the segment “Are Republicans Sabotaging the Economy”….Steve Israel, followed by Steve Benen provided commentary for that particular segment. The show aired Thursday 03NOv.

      Sorry I do not know how to embed the video.

  43. 190 Linda
    November 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Why does Chris Matthews put JFK on such a pedestal ? What the heck was so Great about him anyway ?

    • 191 nintendowii10
      November 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      One of the TODers on a previous thread posted where Tweety said PBO was the last Kennedy brother, now Tweety is saying PBO should take pages from JFK… Tweety flip flops more than Willard and Herman Cain combined! 🙄

    • 192 CTGirl
      November 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

      Sadly, it’s not even about JFK, it’s just Matthews trying to sell hs book 😦

      • 193 nathkatun7
        November 5, 2011 at 2:56 am

        Exactly! You really hit the nail on the head CTGirl! I hope no one thinks that Chris Maththews’ mythology about JFK, intended to sell his book by denigrating President Obama, is the same thing as a serious scholarly analysis of JFK’s presidency.

    • November 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      The thing about jack was, he played the DC game and had the press with him. He was always at parties, but congress did not like him either. Not one bill passed from his agenda.

      • 195 Sue in Minnesota
        November 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm

        So what does Chris say about ? I think Chris wants to hobnob with the President, and the President could care less about the DC insiders club.

        • November 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm

          Sue, I believe that Tweety has not gotten over the fact that POB made that statement with Brian Williams about him and Pat and Keith. That pissed Chris off, and Chris has never been the same. He started lifting up Clinton etc. But Chris just does not get it. We do not want POB to be a JFK.

          Let JFK be who he was during his presidency and let President Barack Obama be who he is during his presidency. And I am not being resprectful to JFK, infact, I liked JFK during his presidency. Hung on every word just like we do POB, but I know that POB is never going to be JFK nor should he be. Because to put it bluntly, President Barack Obama is going to be just who he is and not one inch of Anyone else. So Tweety needs to move on.

          If Tweety was smart, he would keep his mouth shut, and listen, take notes, try to get some interviews from POB and write some decent books on President Obama who has made a great step in our history and will go down as one of the greatest Presidents of our time. He will need POB before POB needs him. POB IS the President. Case closed.

          But Tweety needs to remember, that you should never burn a bridge that you might have to use to cross over the next time. And you never know when that next time is going to come knocking at your door.HZ

          • 197 smoothscotch
            November 5, 2011 at 12:15 am

            If you don’t mind, what statement? I’d like to know what’s up Chris’s behind.

            • 198 Sue in Minnesota
              November 5, 2011 at 3:48 am

              Brian Williams did a series of interviews called Inside the Obama Whitehouse, June 02-03 2009. You can pull them up on You Tube, this comment was made in the 5th segment, President Obama takes Brian Williams out to lunch at 5 Guys for burgers. Brian asks him essentially if he watches politcal cable shows and he says no he doesn’t find cable chatter very persuasive, he likens it to WWF wrestling (Yikes) and happened to mention Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Pat Buchanan. I think it was a stupid question……why would the President factor in any of the what is being said on cable…….Brian Williams either doesn’t take the responsibilities of the office very seriously, or he has an exaggerated sense of the MSM’s importance and influence on decisions being made through out the administration. Perhaps some egos were bruised, but that is a reflection on those that took offense IMO. They all seem to think they are movers and shakers, the media should concentrate on information, and quit trying to exert influence.

      • November 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm

        ” Not one bill passed from his agenda.”
        ———-then shouldn’t Tweety recant what he said last week about how JFK could have taught this president a thing or two? Taught what? how not to get his legislation passed? How to party on your daddy’s dime, bang hot chicks and look good doing it? DId Tweety even do his research? What the fuck is in that stupid book, then?

    • 200 nospin
      November 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      he could care less about JFK. He cares more about book sales.

  44. November 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Nobody says ‘Barack Obama’ quite like the French:


  45. November 4, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    did y’all hear about Mittens’ economic plan released today: cut, cut,cut. Cut NPR, Planed Parenthood, Repeal Obamacare, privatize our social compact. wow.

    • 212 TrumpDog
      November 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      Isn’t this the same bullshit the GOP has been talking about for the past year or so?
      Romney is such a follower- he’s so not a leader. No core values or principles, just say whatever he thinks people want to hear.

      • November 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm

        I don’t think there are any lower more despicable words to use to describe Mittens. I think we’ve all run out of terms to describe just how whorish and stink Mittens is.

  46. 214 Tulips
    November 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Im being tweeted by GGreenwald he called me ignorant because i ask him what he is doing down at the OWS movement he works for Koch whom their protesting. Ha! he called me a cultist.

    • 215 Linda
      November 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      I got banned at HuffyPuffy for going after him there….a 48 hour ” Time Out” for being critical of a ” professional “

      • 216 nospin
        November 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

        “a 48 hour ” Time Out” for being critical of a ” professional “”

        but they can be critical of PO?

        go figure

        • 217 nintendowii10
          November 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

          I’ve been banned so many times at HuffyFluffy that I simply don’t care anymore. They only want people who criticize and whine about PBO, but if you call them out, you get banned, well FUCK THEM! 😡 😡

    • 218 Fred
      November 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      if you can please remind him that he defended a KLAN member not that long ago and that it’s better to be a “cultist” than to be a Klan apologist 🙄
      please and thank you Tulips

    • 219 nintendowii10
      November 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      Funny how Glenn Greenwald calls you a cultist when he is leader of THE biggest cult out there… he is so thin skinned it’s pathetic, I remember when Deaniac at The People’s View called him out and Greenwald called The People’s View a cult.

  47. 220 Fred
    November 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    why can’t the GOP let people marry.I mean Kim Kartrashian can monopolize my tv screen after calling-off her sham of a “marriage” after 72 days and yet folks who have been committed to each other for years can’t?

    • 221 AJ
      November 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      But…but…isn’t the Kardashian divorce the most IMPORTANT news story of the week? Well, that and the Conrad Murray trial. I mean, geesh, where are your PRIORITITES??

    • 222 nathkatun7
      November 5, 2011 at 3:39 am

      Oh Fred, you are killing me! “Kim Kartrashian!” That’s just priceless! Thankfully, I was not drinking any coffee when I read this, otherwise I would have had to invest in a new keyboard. Any way, bravo, for your comment.

  48. 223 FTL
    November 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    HA HA HA HA Kim Kartrashian!

  49. 226 nospin
    November 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Rev Al knows he is wrong — he has “Koch-Cain” on his backdrop.


  50. 231 Linda
    November 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Look at Jonathon Capehart…he is growing a beard….how cute he looks.

  51. 233 collegekay
    November 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Chips, the site is running a lot faster now for me (and videos aren’t crashing). Thanks for whatever changes you may have made. 🙂

  52. 234 nintendowii10
    November 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    As much as I respect Rev Al, he’s making too much out of the Dr. Conrad Murphy trial.

  53. 235 Bobfr
    November 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @maddow American LGBT of voting age – Hope you now realize that voting GOP is equivalent to your moving to Tehran, going to a mosque & stating you are gay


  54. 241 Seriously?!
    November 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Sweet Baby Jesus, this man is GORGEOUS…in every way imaginable.

  55. 242 Me4obama
    November 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Chips I don’t normally ask much from you, but only today, please take down that Picture of PBO WET. As a COMMITTED soon to be wife to My Sam Kass, I don’t want any temptations running through my mind before the wedding. Thank you.

  56. 269 nintendowii10
    November 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    As much as I don’t want to agree with the panel Erin Burnett is having to discuss the Cain fiasco, I have to. The Cain sexual harrassment allegations are going to fizzle out (because Repuke primary voters don’t give a shit), but Gergen pointed out that Cain has ZERO chance to win against PBO.

    Toobin points out how Thomas and Cain both victimized themselves, Gergen says Cain’s numbers will go down nationally.

    But the Cain nonsense is nothing more than a sideshow against Flip Flop Willard, that’s why the Obama White House has focused more of its attention on Flip Flop and not Cain.

      • 271 nintendowii10
        November 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

        Now Bill Burton on Erin Burnett hammering poor old Flip Flop for running for POTUS for 6 years and STILL being behind Herman Cain 😆

        Burton wont answer whom he prefers for PBO to run against, and Burnett is frustrated with the amount of cuts Flip Flop is offering

    • November 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      kochCain was never a viable candidate. He was hired simply for shucking and jiving purposes and to show that repugs couldn’t possibly be racist.

      • 273 nintendowii10
        November 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

        Cain was a front for Rush Limbaugh and the hard right to show they’re not racist “See, we have our black!” 🙄

      • 274 Sue in Minnesota
        November 4, 2011 at 8:36 pm

        That didn’t turn out well did it, “our blacks are better than their blacks.” I’ld say it just brought the truth home.

      • 276 nathkatun7
        November 5, 2011 at 4:54 am

        Absolutely spot-on, Lisa! Herman Cain, Like Michael Steele before him, is being used as cover for Republican racism against President Obama. People should have carefully listened to Ann Coulter. She said Cain would be an excellent VP nominee. She never said Cain would be an excellent Presidential nominee. I am thinking, that the GOP intended to throw a bone to the AA, and confuse so called liberals, by nominating Cain as VP candidate; just as they tried to do to women when they chose Sarah Palin in 2008.

  57. 278 TrumpDog
    November 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    First let me get this out of the way; my president is absolutely YUM.

    My favorite momentin the Friday video is where Michelle is giving a speech and does a hula move. Obama steps back and looks at her. Too cute.

    I love him.

  58. 280 nintendowii10
    November 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Having watched Erin Burnett’s Out Front a couple of times, I’m enjoying it. Although I disagree with some of the political aspects of her show (hosting Repukes and their talking heads), it’s more of a news oriented show focusing on news stories other than what’s going on in politics. If you’re looking for a laid back oriented show that focuses on more than just politics, Out Front isn’t a bad look… I prefer it over Tweety repeat on MSNBC 🙂

  59. 281 nintendowii10
    November 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Looks like some of the Occupy folks are taking it to the Republicans


  60. November 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Alert Chipsticks and family: I am now watching on C-SPAN a program:College Student Supporters of Pres.Obama that is sooooooooooooooooooo GREAT. It aired on Wed on C-SPAN. Please check online and try to watch this. It features, college students from different colleges, Mayor Nutter Philadelphia, Jim Messina, and Melody Barnes. It is very informative and soooooooo supportive of POB.

    Very informative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please watch, if you can.HZ

  61. 289 vero804
    November 4, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I hate Chris Matthews, and the way he is UNASHAMED in pushing his book on his show. I’m finding it quite tacky.

    • 290 nintendowii10
      November 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      That’s why I recommend Out Front as opposed to the Tweety repeat with Erin Burnett. Sure, the political aspect won’t be tasty for some TODers because she does host Repuke talking heads and doesn’t challenge them much, but it is a show that focuses on other news stories outside of politics. Tweety became too much for me a couple of years ago when he continued to host Tom Delay, who is now a convicted felon, yet Tweety was joking with Delay as if they were at the local bar… completely unprofessional.

      • 291 vero804
        November 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm

        We’ll see. I usually get home around 7, so Tweety’s show is new to me then. I may just watching Entertainment Tonight while I’m making dinner around that time instead of any of these cable news shows.

      • 292 Obama Grandmama
        November 4, 2011 at 8:53 pm

        I Tivo the MSNBC shows I want to watch and have left Chris Matthews out as he is too schitzo over his support and lack of support for PBO. Yesterday as I was watching one of the shows I Tivoed I caught the end of Hardball as it had run over into the show I had taped. I was so mad that everydqy he is trying to put down Obama I may never watch him again. Is the Out Front Show on CNN?

    • November 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Tweeety is ridiculous. Wifey must be putting on the pressure. Louis Vuittons, Coach and Dolce & Gabbanas don’t come cheap you know. He’s gotta work hard for the money or his honey won’t treat him right. That’s what happens when an old fogey marries a hot woman.

      • 294 L3
        November 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm

        Did Chris divorce Kathleen because she is an attractive woman but she is not a young woman and I would not describe her as hot. I guess when I hear hot I think of someone much younger than him.

      • November 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm

        You know llo, i’m less concerned about that than i am his continuous rant about PBO should be more like JFK. That pisses me off. BHO ain’t no bean-town blueblood and has different thought processes. i wish people would quit telling him what he should do and STFU!

      • 299 smoothscotch
        November 4, 2011 at 11:42 pm

        I thought he was married for decades to the same person and they have kids together?

        • November 5, 2011 at 1:24 am

          I’m not speculating about how long he’s been married or if this is his first or only marriage. My premise is that there is nothing viable about Tweety as a husband. He’s a windbag without a brain between his ears. He’s offensive and ridiculous. There is also nothing remotely attractive about him….. This leads me to speculate about why anyone would marry him and the only thing I could come up with is the reason Tweety seems to be burning his behind trolling his book all over town, especially in all the low places. In terms of his wife, in comparison to him, she’s a hot number.

  62. 301 vero804
    November 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I don’t think moving Ed to 8 and Lawrence to 10 was a good idea. Haven’t settled in, and I find myself changing channels each time.

    • 302 criquet
      November 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      I must say though that tonight, Ed has been very good so far and speaking truth to power.

      • 303 nintendowii10
        November 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm

        Hopefully Ed keeps on hammering the Republicans and less of the whiny “President Obama is selling liberals and progressives out!” rants he’s been known for. I lost a LOT of respect for Ed when he told people not to vote last fall and blamed the failure of Wisconsin to overturn the State Senate Republican majority on President Obama not showing up. Keith Olbermann and Cenk Uygar both got canned because that’s all they would do, and now both of them are on a network that isn’t going anywhere ratingswise.

        • 304 criquet
          November 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm

          Totally agree that Ed was extremely stupid telling people not to vote in 2010 and can be so short-sighted and uninformed or playing some game bashing the President. Of late though, he has been better.

  63. November 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    President Obama and Sarkozy make joint French TV appearance:


    It’s coming up anytime now.

  64. 307 anniebella
    November 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    What time will the President be arriving back in D.C.?

  65. 309 m
    November 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I noticed how in a few of the images above a few of the soldiers with the blue berets) seem to be sneaking peaks at President Obama when they are actually probably suppose to only be looking forward. Thought that was pretty cute. Also, I just love the very end of the west wing week video after President Obama zips up the NASA jacket. He just looks so completely happy.

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