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afternoon all

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Steve Benen: Every bit as interesting as the Obama administration’s big win today in a case challenging the Affordable Care Act are the judges who agreed with the White House’s reasoning:

    A conservative-leaning panel of federal appellate judges on Tuesday upheld President Barack Obama’s health care law as constitutional, helping set up a Supreme Court fight.

    A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a split opinion upholding the law. The court agreed to dismiss a Christian legal group’s lawsuit claiming the requirement that all Americans get health insurance is unconstitutional and violates religious freedom.

Full post here

More at the WH site here

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Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt sent this to reporters after Mitt Romney said in an interview that President Obama shouldn’t have written “a check first” to the auto industry:

“If Mitt Romney was President, there would not be an American auto industry. Industry experts have been clear: our auto companies would have faced liquidation if Mitt Romney had his way and more than 1 million Americans would have lost their jobs. Mitt Romney must explain to Michigan voters this week why he would have let Detroit go bankrupt. The loan package the President extended to the auto industry – combined with a restructuring plan – was essential to ensuring that the auto companies return to profitability and produce cars that will keep them competitive in the future.”

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Thanks VC

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Crooks and Liars: Multimillionaire Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told employees at a steel fabrication plant on Monday that government employees “are making a lot more money than we are”.

….. “The tax payers shouldn’t have to have money taken out of their pay checks to pay people in government who are our servants who are making a lot more money than we are.”

…. The former Massachusetts governor has a net worth estimated at up to $250 million.

More here

Thanks Loriah

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Steve Benen: We’ve been exploring for nearly a year the “sabotage” question: are Republicans trying to hurt the nation’s economy on purpose, simply to undermine the Obama presidency?

…. Pollsters, however, have shied away from the question — until very recently. Today, a new survey from Public Policy Polling, commissioned by Daily Kos and SEIU, put the question to respondents nationwide.

“Q: Do you think the Republicans are intentionally stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy to insure that Barack Obama is not reelected or not?”

Yes: 50%
No: 41%
Unsure: 10%

…. this is a rather striking shift.. We’re talking about the American mainstream accepting the idea that a major political party, for the first time since the Civil War, actively trying to undermine the strength of the United States in a time of economic crisis.

Full post here

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First lady Michelle Obama at the Riggs Library of Georgetown University where she delivered remarks and answered questions from students who participated in a day-long ‘immersion experience’ which included pairing with college mentors, taking campus tours, visiting classes and learning about the transition from high school to college.


154 Responses to “afternoon all”


  1. 1 Fred
    November 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    hit them hard

  2. November 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Good Afternoon to you too.

    I found this last night and it just made my day. Sometimes the Occupy folks get it right
    Occupy Chicago Greets Scott Walker – Gov. Wisconsin
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/11/occupy-chicago-greets-scott-walker-gov.html

  3. November 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Alice sent this to me a few days ago (virtual thanks). It is a must see. Please spread it around

    • November 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks for this, WIS! 🙂 will do.

    • November 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm

      Informative, and simple enough for me to understand. Thanks wIw & Alice.

    • 8 theo67
      November 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      This is really well done. A bit long (nearly nine minutes), but well explained and worth watching to really understand what’s at stake.

      I’ve heard GOP saying that the US is not a democracy; it’s a Republic. I’m not sure what the difference is in their minds, but I have to think that a Republic doesn’t mean that the people are supposed to be squashed by corporations.

      • 9 Obama Grandmama
        November 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm

        My brother is always saying we are not a Democracy we are a Republic. I thought it had to do with how directly the people are involved but am also unclear about the difference. I do think the video is very clear and easy to understand. It reminds me of the old how we get a bill educational film.

    • 10 DoNoHarm
      November 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      What is Working: Did you know this is republican propaganda? or am I missing the point.

    • 11 DoNoHarm
      November 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      What is Working: I should have detailed – the CU v FEC was very good, but take a look at some of the others. The one about “stuff.” Off base. Thanks for checking.

  4. November 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Lets all call our Senators today and tell them to pass the bill.

    Also contact wishy washy Dems and Republicans who may still ave a heart.

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

    • 14 57andFemale
      November 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      Speaking of wishy-washy Dem’s: I heard the Senate Minority Leader of Ohio on Ed Schultz this morning. She was passionate about the issues, but what also was the epitome of everything wrong with Democratic messaging: everything Republicans were doing was ‘unfortunate’. When questioned about the influx of money from right wing groups, she was quick to say support for either side was coming into the state.

      We are in the fight of our lives here — a fight for the next century: Republican/Koch/Karl Rove money is evil, and supports an evil, destructive agenda. If Democrats support the repeal of the bargaining rights bill in OH, it’s because they have a righteous battle on their hands for the soul of America and the defense of a robust middle class.

      Watch and learn (DWS): Republicans are outrageously using the race card to defend Herman Cain. I heard the head of the Iowa Republican Party say that it’s a virtue to ‘forgive’ Herman Cain, all the while lying about President Obama at every turn. And they do it with righteous indignation — every effing time. What Herman Cain says about family values is what matters — what he does is nothing more than a race-bating witch hunt by liberals. And they say it with a straight face.

      Can you even imagine if Barack Obama had said ‘you’re picking on me because I’m black?’ And yet they get away with it. Because Democrats let them get away with it.

      I know this Minority Leader in OH does not answer to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz but when calling Republican behavior ‘unfortunate’, and copping a plea about the fact that some money has been spent by Dem’s in support of repeal passes for Democratic messaging, I want to scream.

      This party has got to get its act together. At every level. ‘Unfortunate’ was Tom Daschel’s tepid word for Republican destruction. I am frankly appalled to hear the same language out of Democrats over a decade later.

      • November 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

        Because many of the democratic elected officials are on the take!

      • 16 Linda
        November 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm

        What is she talking about….I saw last night that the Dems got 30 million and Kasich only received 7.5 million.

      • November 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm

        State level politicians are rarely polished and trained well enough to perform successfully on television. They win their seats at a very local level and then rise up the ladder, often through longevity alone. There are rare exceptions where stars emerge (hello PBO) from state assemblies and knock everybody’s socks off, but all too often they sound parochial, hackish, and not really ready for prime time when given too much exposure. There would have to be a massive national effort to train party politicians at all levels, which I’m not sure will ever be done. Republicans have very simple, really dumbed down (and dumb) messages that are usually easy to deliver, but at the state level most of them are generally pretty cringe worthy as well. I have an R state senator who rarely makes any sense at all, but he got himself re-elected. Much is forgiven at the local level and there is limited money for the opposition to nail the stupid.

  5. 18 nospin
    November 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    The caption in the first pic is epic.

  6. 19 57andFemale
    November 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    God knows I’m no expert, and I certainly don’t trust this Supreme Court at all — they are masters at twisted reasoning. However, to find the mandate unconstitutional opens up the biggest can of worms we’ve seen in a long time: it puts in jeopardy all kinds of ‘business-friendly’ practices; actually it puts the entire way of doing business in jeopardy. The Commerce Clause gets turned on its ear.

    However, I reiterate: this group of 5 loons could come up with God knows what in order to hurt this President.

  7. November 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    LMAO That caption says it all. DNC video about Romney and Detroit; one word: VIRAL!!!!

  8. 21 Debz
    November 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Love the caption on the first photo!!!! 😀

  9. 22 ChristiMtl
    November 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    lol the caption is funny

  10. November 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    You know, the asteroid flying by tonight misses the earth by 200k miles, but just misses the moon by 25k miles!
    I would have loved to see this asteroid clip the moon!
    Anyways…

    • 24 theo67
      November 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      I watched a show the other day called the history of the world in two hours. The moon’s existence is what stabilized the planet earth and allowed it to stop rocking wildly – which allowed it to sustain life. If the moon was impacted by an asteroid and it somehow impacted it’s gravitational orbit of the earth, I’m not so sure that it wouldn’t have an effect on earth… be careful what you wish for. 🙂

  11. 26 Dakota
    November 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Hey TOD Family!

    Just popped in to say hi. So swamped @ work! Have great day everyone!

  12. 28 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    November 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    THE QUESTION REGARDING REPUBLICAN ECONOMIC SABOTAGE DOESN’T EVEN NEED TO BE ASKED…IT’S CERTAINLY OBVIOUS! THE GOP HAS ALWAYS FOUGHT DIRTY. THEY WERE EXPOSED WHEN PBO ENTERED THE WHITE HOUSE. OUR PRESIDENT HAS SUCCESSFULY FLIPPED SOME ROCKS OVER IN THE DARKNESS. THE KOCH BROS. HAVE BEEN AT IT FOR DECADES…ALL CRONIES HOPING WE WOULD NEVER SEE IT UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT…THEIR EFFORTS? THE CORPORATE ENSLAVEMENT OF AMERICA!…PLAIN AND SIMPLE!

  13. 30 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    The sabotage question is a double-edged sword, since you have many Americans who themselves are saboteurs or like saboteurs. Count on at least 27% of the population that like assholes (even to their own detriment), lol, especially if it helps paint PBO as weak or ineffective. That’s why I like the fact that republican obstructionism is being met by executive orders and a continual campaigning by the President. It’s very wise that he has remained incredibly active and bold in response to their sabotage while this reality is seeping into the American conscience and becoming a meme. They need to be shamed and out-worked, and PBO is doing a great job at it.

    • November 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      He is doing a great job and he’s just gearing up. Once the campaign starts in earnest, he’s going to be using a megaphone on steroids, backed up with national and state ads and door-to-door campaigns. If there’s anyone left in the US who sees, hears, reads or just answers their door, they’re going to know who’s at fault for undermining the economy.

  14. November 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Chips here’s some video to go along with those awesome photos:

  15. 37 Bobfr
    November 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve written this before, but now I’ll just abridge it to the tersest version:

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    America – McConnell, Boehner & their fellow #KOCHMAFIAGOP are the 2011 revival of Jefferson Davis’ 1861oligarchic assault on the Union

    Nice to see that more and more Americans are beginning to realize just how dangerous the situation is …

    #PRESSON

  16. 39 halo
    November 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    That Mitt Romney? Cool. Ad had me cracking up.

  17. 40 Fred
    November 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Inside Edition showed President Obama’s David Axelrod in the Cain/Bialek’s segment.Probably in an attempt to smear both our Axe and POTUS.

    I IMMEDIATELY emailed IE and I got their number too for anyone who is willing to call.

    Do you have a comment about a story on Inside Edition?
    E-mail us at: email@insideedition.com

    Call us at: (212) 817-5555

    Write to us at:

    Inside Edition
    VIEWER COMMENTS
    PO Box 1323
    Radio City Station
    New York, NY 10101

    David A.Axelrod & Associates
    http://www.axelrodpc.com/about.html

    *****Obama for America’s campaign headquarter in Chicago is (312) 698-3670
    If anyone can get in touch with Jim Messina (spelling) please do.Thank you

    • November 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      But its not Obama’s David Axelrod. Did they show our Axelrod face?

    • 42 HZ
      November 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      I just called the Chicago office and spoke with a very nice and very alert young man who was very grateful for the calls. I asked them to please get their legal team to check into the story and he promised that he will pass it on to Jim Messina. I asked to speak to Mr. Messina or someone in the legal office of the campaign.

      He was very interested in finding out more about what they ran, and he asked for my name and phone number. Great contact.

      The reason that I called is because I read something regarding the two Davids.

      Let us stay on this. He was very polite and very grateful that we are involved with keeping the false attacks.HZ

    • 44 Obama Grandmama
      November 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      Isn’t Inside Edition on the local FOX stations?.

  18. 45 Linda
    November 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    If anyone is interested…they start discussing the Affordable Care Act at the 1 hour mark…..The prediction is that the court will uphold the mandate 7-2 or 8-1 with Thomas possibly being the only dissent in the 8-1 decision.

    American Constitution Society Preview of 2011-2012 Supreme Court Term

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/American-Constitution-Society-Preview-of-2011-2012-Supreme-Court-Term/10737424190/

    The entire discussion is excellent.

  19. November 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Tuesday predicted the Senate would easily approve an amendment to the bill repealing the 3 percent withholding that would create a new tax credit for companies that hire veterans, an idea championed by President Obama.

    “We’ll vote on it soon, in the next day or two,” Durbin said on the Senate floor. “It appears now that this bill, inspired by President Obama’s jobs bill — and added to it I might add, the work of the Senate Veterans [Affairs] Committee under Sen. Patty Murray — is likely to pass on a bipartisan basis, and it should, in time for Veterans Day.”

  20. November 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Hurray!!! I voted today in our off year election in KENTUCKY. The Democrats are expected to do very well from Governor/Lt. Governor on down ticket. We had no issues or initiatives on our ballot this time. Only voting for top state government officials. Repug scum David Williams (R-Asshole) is expected to lose spectacularly in his bid for the governorship. He has been a despicable political figure in KY state politics for a very long time. 1 hour left for polls to close.

  21. November 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Take a look at this ‘new’ Romney ad prepared by Huntsman. I liked Smartypants introduction too.

    http://www.immasmartypants.blogspot.com/

    • 51 donna dem 4 obama
      November 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      Huntsmans ads are fantastic!

      • November 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm

        Sweet, eh? We can at least give him/his campaign credit for these. Otherwise he hasn’t done or said much to stand out in this race.

        • 53 donna dem 4 obama
          November 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm

          No he hasn’t but the Obama Campaign really does need to hire whoever is producing these videos once ole mittens wins the nomination. 🙂

    • 54 Debz
      November 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      I am glad Huntsman is going after Mittens, since none of the other repugs are. Mittens makes my skin crawl, watch those videos above, he is so smarmy and condescending. Maybe Huntsman is regretting his decision to quit the ambassador job, so now he is helping the President..LOL 🙂

      • November 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm

        Willard strikes me as being unusually wooden, and trying too hard. Truthfully he puts me in mind of someone on the upper end of the autism spectrum who had to be painstakingly taught social skills and who cannot ‘read’ social cues. Eureka!! As I wrote that I also remembered that some on the spectrum are quite literal and have difficulty with the nuances of language – which might explain the fact that Willard thinks his flip flopping is normal, and that his contradictory statements say the same thing. Reminds me of a long ago experience with a higher functioning autistic toddler who agreed to everything,

        – Would you like to go outside to play?
        – Yes. Would you like to go outside to play.
        -Or do you want to stay in and play video games?
        -Yes, do you want to stay in and play video games.

      • 56 anniebella
        November 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm

        So now Mitt the flip flooper is trying to take credit for the auto industry comeback. What a bold face liar Romney is.

  22. November 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Anyone plan on watching this press conference?
    not planning on watching this BS of a press conference. I’ll follow on twitter.

  23. November 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    President Obama will veto an attempt to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s net-neutrality rules if it passes the Senate, the White House said in a news release Tuesday.

    “The Administration strongly opposes Senate passage of S.J. Res. 6, which would undermine a fundamental part of the nation’s Open Internet and innovation strategy — an enforceable, effective but flexible policy for keeping the Internet free and open,” the White House said.

    The House approved a resolution to repeal the rules in April. The Senate version is sponsored by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and has an additional 42 Republican co-sponsors. It has no Democratic co-sponsors.

  24. November 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    The New Bottom Line, one of the organizations leading the “move your money” movement and the national “Bank Transfer Day” on Saturday, announced today that nearly $50 million had been removed from Bank of America and other Wall Street banks. With that as a start, the movement has set a new goal: $1 billion withdrawn from Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and other big banks.

    ~snip~

    To get to $1 billion in withdrawals, New Bottom Line is enlisting churches, local governments and other organizations to get involved in the effort, and is offering a tool kit individuals can use to move their dollars. A parallel effort, meanwhile, has been organized to turn the single Bank Transfer Day into “Move Your Money Mondays.”

    ~snip~

    The Credit Union National Association is offering anecdotal reports of some credit unions seeing as much as 10 times their normal new account openings on Bank Transfer Day and through the month of October.

    http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2011114508/move-your-money-moved-50-million-goal-1-billion

    • 60 donna dem 4 obama
      November 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      Our company sent out an email last Wednesday letting the employees know that they can setup accounts with Nassau Federal Credit Union. I spoke to the payroll manager today and she said 24 employees have moved their money since last Friday. 🙂

  25. November 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Good ad. Huntsman must be using a lot of his own money. Not sure how this benefits Huntsman, though.

    • 62 Eleroy
      November 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      Huntsman is auditioning for the V.P spot. He cannot be Romneys’s V.P because of the double whammy Mormon problem and so Jonny is looking for consideration with any of the other established Christian right candidates like Rick and even Michelle Bachmann!!!

      Jon Huntsman is a lazy, lazy man and just wants the big job title and influence, but does not really want to do any heavy lifting!!!

  26. 63 Lightfoot
    November 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    “…Contemptible piece of $h!t”, haaa, ha!!!! 😀

  27. November 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Here’s a “must read” entitled, Occupy The Koch Brothers—And Stop The American Nightmare

    ~snip~

    Consider what the Koch brothers have actually been “defending”:

    Their $45 million effort to buy control of Congress. That’s the amount of money Forbes magazine says Americans for Prosperity spent in the 2010 elections. That money helped Republicans control the House with the most extreme group of conservatives elected in modern history. With this group firmly in control, every effort by the Obama administration to move legislation to revive the economy has been thwarted and previous successes in health care and financial reform have come under unrelenting attack. The stream of anti-regulation, anti-labor legislation passed by the Tea Party-besotted House is pretty much lifted straight from the Koch brothers legislative agenda.

    The destructive efforts of the American Legislative Exchange Council to co-opt state and local governments. Rather than promoting state and local governments as entities that are particularly equipped to respond to the public interest because of their proximity to the people, ALEC mounts campaigns that leave state and local governments facilitating private greed rather than serving the public good. In August The Nation’s Lisa Graves explained that “of all the Kochs’ investments in right-wing organizations, ALEC provides some of the best returns: it gives the Kochs a way to make their brand of free-market fundamentalism legally binding.” Examples include legislation that allows energy companies to avoid fines for polluting, that push privatization of public education, and that prevent states and localities from regulating the rogue behavior of financial institutions.

    ALEC’s efforts to suppress voter turnout. The Koch brothers’ fingerprints are all over the efforts by various Republican governors and legislatures to pass voter ID laws that use trumped-up allegations of voter fraud to deliberately disenfranchise voters most likely to oppose their agenda. “It was ALEC’s draft legislation that inspired a spate of recently passed voter ID laws that, if allowed to stand, are expected to marginalize the impact of students and people of color at the polls in Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Kansas,” Adele Stan reported for the AFL-CIO blog. Patrick Caldwell at the American Prospect wrote that “the rules are often configured specifically to favor the Republican base at the expense of excluding likely Democrats.”

    ~snip~

    http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2011114402/occupy-koch-brothers-and-stop-american-nightmare

    h/t Isaiah J. Poole

  28. 65 GOVCHRIS1988
    November 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Dang. I thought he was doing good. RIP D!!!

    • 66 QuietObserver
      November 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      I was actually trying to follow that ridiculous Cain news conference when I saw this news break on the internet. RIP A lot of people have been leaving us lately.

      • 67 QuietObserver
        November 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

        ^^Random typo in my name. Oh, and Cain is done. This scandal will help fill the time between now and the Romney nomination.

  29. 68 dotster3
    November 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    OMG—-this Cain press conference—-just asked about his referencing “the Democratic machine”—–is that the entity that’s out to get him, to bring him down? Evil Democrats? Herman Cain has now said Herman Cain about 172 times, constantly referring to himself in the 3rd person—-which is nauseating to the max. He said Romney calling accusations “disturbing” meant that Romney thought it was disturbing that all these gals were making false accusations against him. Nice try, Herman Cain. Herman Cain said that Herman Cain’s wife said that Herman Cain would never do anything like that. Well, that settles it then. Herman Cain said that Herman Cain has never done anything wrong ever, that the money paid out was for “agreements”, not settlements, out of the kindness of the Restaurant Assoc.’s heart, I guess. Again saying the only gesture he has ever made with any woman ever was to say some woman was the same height as his wife. Right-o. That’s real believable. Twilight Zone time.

  30. November 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    She’s spectacular, inside and out:

    More photos added to the post

    • 76 QuietObserver
      November 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Love that color on her 🙂

    • 77 anniebella
      November 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Believe it or not, I was just about to ask where there any pictures or report about FLOTUS visit to Georgetown today, and wow I see this beautiful picture of FLOTUS, with that million dollar smile. Thank you Chipsticks

    • 80 desertflower
      November 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm

      Honestly. She takes my breath away…what an absolutely extraordinary woman. Inside and out. She makes me proud.

    • November 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      Gorgeous dress. I think she wore that during their last visit to England/Westminster Abbey.

      • 83 HZ
        November 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm

        We have such a lovely, intelligent, caring, and gracious FLOTUS. I love her in purple. Everything she wears is so lovely. Between our POTUS and FLOTUS smiles, the entire world lights up. What beautiful human beings. I love our First Lady, and she represents our nation in the most beautiful and gracious manner.HZ

    • 84 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 8, 2011 at 7:26 pm

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  31. 85 collegekay
    November 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Heavy D died today. 😦

    • 86 JoJothecat
      November 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Oh no….. I just saw him on teevee two weeks ago of a rerun of a movie he was in. I always thought he was so cute. I am not a fan of rap but I liked his music. May he rest in peace and condolences to his family.

  32. November 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    BAGHDAD – As U.S. forces prepare to leave Iraq, there is a lot of talk among service members about deployments past. Many soldiers have spent years of their life in Iraq and have seen the changes here firsthand.

    Spc. Yaareb Hassan, a petroleum supply specialist with the 123rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Armored Division, may be on his first deployment, but he is no stranger to Iraq.

    Hassan was born in Iraq, and for the first 28 years of his life, Iraq was not a place that he deployed to: it was home.

    He spent several years working with U.S. forces before coming to America and joining the U.S. Army.

    After graduating from Baghdad University in 2003, Hassan worked as an interpreter for U.S. Forces in Iraq. Following this job, he joined the Iraqi army as a communications officer.

    With new equipment coming in from American forces, his ability to read English was beneficial. The technical manuals for new equipment received by the Iraqi army from the U.S. were written in English.

    Hassan used his ability to read and comprehend English to train other Iraqi soldiers on the use of communications equipment.

    After he finished his three year term in the Iraqi army, Hassan went back to work with U.S. forces as an interpreter. This position helped him receive a U.S. visa in August 2009.

    http://www.usf-iraq.com/news/headlines/coming-home-under-new-conditions

  33. 88 anniebella
    November 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Don’t tell me that Cain is trying to blame the Democrats now for these women coming out of his closets? I didn’t watch Cain press conference this evening. Since I am so brain washed, why waste my time listening to his lies.

  34. 89 Linda
    November 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Herman Cain released a press release that is almost shocking in it’s nastiness. He decides to do everything he can to destroy the character of Sharon Bialek. He lists court cases that have been filed against Sharon Bialek, two bankruptcies, and a paternity issue. The press release is misleading and unfair, but that’s not why it’s so bad for Cain.

    Cain was a defendant in five lawsuits that ended in $10.5 million in judgements, related to his tenure on the board of Aquila, Inc., when he screwed over a whole bunch of employees as a member of the board of directors by mismanaging retirement accounts and improperly pressuring employees to fill their retirement accounts with company stock.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/08/1034350/-Cain-gets-REALLY-nasty,-shoots-self-in-foot?via=siderec

    Sorry for the Kos link ….but sometimes he has better reporting…

    • 90 dotster3
      November 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      All these denials by Herman Cain about the total innocence of Herman Cain might run into a few road blocks. Herman Cain said he had no recollection of Ms. Bialek. I imagine Gloria Allred is prepared to refute that with the people who were invited to a private party in his hotel room one night, Bialek and boyfriend included. Also there supposedly is video from the recent Tea Party convention —–ewwwww—–where she approached Herman Cain, saying “Remember me?” Also this Treasury Dept. employee whose name was leaked who said she was also harassed by Herman Cain is said to be of highest character, said to not be the type who would frivolously throw out these kind of charges. And she is supposed to come forward shortly to confirm that Herman Cain is not as innocent as Herman Cain has testified about Herman Cain.

      • 91 hopefruit2
        November 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm

        Herman Cain is toast – he’s just not qualified to president on any measure whatsoever. He won’t get the GOP nomination, much less win the general. However, something about Ms. Bialek’s story doesn’t sit right with me. The video (if it exists) from the Tea party convention is meaningless if it was only a month ago (when Cain’s poll numbers had already risen and the decision was made to take him down). I’m now seeing on Twitter that the person pictured in a photograph with Cain was not Ms. Bialek, but a blond reporter by the name of Amy Jacobson.

        • 92 dotster3
          November 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm

          I know Amy Jacobson—-didn’t know she was still working as a reporter, she got in a little trouble with her odd behavior with a famous murder suspect here—–went to his pool party!!!???—- and was given her walking papers—-and she is much thinner than Bialek. Both blondes, but there would be no confusion on which it was.

          • 93 Fred
            November 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm

            oy Amy Jacobson.she was caught parading poolside with her children at Craig Stebic’s house in a bikini while he was under suspicion over the disappearance of Stebic’s house Lisa back in 2007 I believe.Her husband filed for divorce not long after this went down

          • 94 hopefruit2
            November 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm

            Amy Jacobson was the one who said that she witnessed Cain and Bialek hugging at the Tea Party Convention.

        • 96 dotster3
          November 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm

          I do agree that this Bialek lady’s past is as messy as can be. A whole string of constant troubles. Plus she’s a crazy tea party loon. But that’s not to say that someone with a messy past can’t be the subject of sexual harrassment. Who knows. But there are all the other ladies with the same complaint, and I just don’t see someone doing that for the heck of it, for no reason. Too much grief and repercussions. Cain’s rt. wing rabid supporters will try to destroy Bialek—-it’s already started. She said she’s tough. She’s going to have to be.

      • 97 Obama Grandmama
        November 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm

        I have the Ed Show on right now and think earlier either on Ed or Chris Matthews I saw a clip about the second woman that came out against Herman Cain mentioning that all the women may get together and do a conference together. That would really be great!

  35. 98 nintendowii10
    November 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    The Cain Clown Circus is a distraction from Multiple Choice Mitt… everyone knows Cain is a joke candidate.

    • 99 hopefruit2
      November 8, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      Thank you. That presser was ridiculous and the Romney/Huntsman supporters in the media were only too happy to jump on the distraction.

      • November 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

        I have never seen so many American flags displayed at a Clown Circus in the USA. I was waiting for Herman to sing a closing hymn that he just wrote: “Take my Feet Lord, Close My Mouth and Lead Me Off This Stage.” HZ

        • 101 PurpleShoesLA
          November 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm

          😆 😆 😆 😆 good one! Let the choir say AMEN!

          I applaud all of you who can sit through anything this jacka## has to say. I can’t stomach it. I still haven’t fully recovered from the travesty that was the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, and probably never will. Interesting how the story about Clarence Thomas’ etchics problems concering failing to disclose income his TB spouse received from the Heritage Foundation has fallen off the radar.

  36. November 8, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    article about Miche’s event today along with a short clip. at close to the end she says to the kids: “what makes my kids different is that they hear my mouth every day.” to which the kids chuckled.

    http://georgetown.patch.com/articles/michelle-obama-invest-100-percent-in-yourself#video-8384497

    • 103 JoJothecat
      November 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks lisalovesobama….this is the only place we see stuff like this.

      • November 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm

        Yes, thanks so much for this link, Lisalovesobama. These students are so blessed to be in her presence and hear her encouraging words of wisdom. Our beautiful and caring First Lady, Michelle Obama.HZ

  37. 105 desertflower
    November 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    So, the humble victim thinks that HE should be the other face on Mt Rushmore!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, Lord…give me strength.

    • 106 Mtmarilyn
      November 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      Desertflower, we had company nlast night and I wasn’t able to look for the Grover Norquist information until this morning. I believe my husband must have seen something from the “The Last Word” thurs night. I have look all over and could not find any show Grover was on live last week. I found lots of information but not the show he was sure he heard. This is frustrating for him because he was so upset but can’t remember when it was or which show it was. I’ll keep looking.

      • 107 desertflower
        November 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm

        Oh, thank you marilyn:) If you can dig that up, that would be wonderful…but please don’t stress over it. Quayle’s town hall is tonight…I have to gear myself up to hear the constant lies…if I had the $$$$ I would put flyers in the windows of all the cars with that wonderful info from the WH that does a comparison of the Dems plans, and the do nothing Republican “plan”…Will go and take notes…maybe get a question answered. I really want to go to see how much people are paying attention and to see if he gets ANY blowback from his poison and lies. Hope my heart and stomach hold out…I guess I could always sit up front and walk out in his mid sentence if he really pisses me off. He’s get the hint.

      • 108 elo4obama/biden
        November 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm

        Did you check TOD, I recall a clip on one of the pages being shown. I did not watch it though.

    • November 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm

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      hahhahahahhahahahhahahahahahhahahahahhahhhahahahah—————– Oops. Gotta go to the bathroom. Just wizzed myself.

  38. 117 nintendowii10
    November 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    R.I.P. Heavy D

  39. 120 Fred
    November 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    VIDEO:GOP Rep. Joe Walsh Melts Down, Screams At Constituents: ‘Dont Blame Banks!…I Am Tired Of Hearing That Crap!’
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/11/08/364180/joe-walsh-melts-down-bank-lobby/

    • 121 dotster3
      November 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      He is the scummiest congressperson ever—–would he please exit stage right now? Maybe he’s crabby because he has a child support court date coming up. Someone asked a question politely and he blew up, saying that really “pisses him off” etc. all in defense of the poor widdle banks. He’s nuts.

    • November 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      Whoa~ Joe…if you keep losing your *ish* in public you’ll end up in physical restraints, receive a mega dose of an anti-psychotic drug (hopefully in a spot that brings you much discomfort), and then dragged off to a locked unit on a psych ward.

      On second thought, carry on!~

  40. November 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Lieberman says, bomb iran, right now.
    You know, before all our troops leave Iraq.
    Hurry, he says, quickly, before all our troops leave Iraq.
    That way, when Iran retaliates, they will hit American forces in Iraq, and we will have to keep our troops there.
    Hurry, he says… Like he is panicking.

    Good grief!

    • November 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      That tool still breathes? 🙄

    • 127 desertflower
      November 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      Joe and his buddy McCain both need to find an island somewhere and leave the rest of us alone. The guy is LONG past his time.

      • November 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm

        No wonder their little Lindsey was steaming at Attorney General Eric Holder this morning in a Judiciary Committee Hearing on:The Justice Dept. Oversight. Lindsey is always rude(IMO) to AG Holder during those hearings. I truly believe that he is very jealous of AG Holder.

        Holder stayed cool and collective with his fine and intelligent self. However, Chairman Leahy held the order during the hearing. I like Chairman Leahy because he is a great listener and he is very supportive of POB.

        I also appreciate his replies to my letters, especially concerning the judicial nominees getting their votes through in a timely manner. Lately, they have been confirming more even through the process has been slow.

        I know that Grassley was notified of our letters, and calls because he was on the Senate floor last week whinning about this very fact.HZ

  41. November 8, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Another veto?-

    The White House is threatening to veto a resolution set to come up for a vote in the Sentate this week to overturn a key Environmental Protection Agency air-pollution rule.

    “The administration strongly opposes [the resolution], which would overturn a core Clean Air Act rule that limits pollution that travels long distances and contributes to soot and smog in downwind states,” the White House said in a formal “statement of administration policy.”

    “By blocking this rule, [the resolution] would cause substantial harm to public health and undermine our nation’s longstanding commitment to clean up pollution from power plants.”

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will force a Senate vote this week on the resolution, which would overturn EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. The rule limits harmful air pollution that crosses state lines.

    • November 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks, Jovie. Will be watching and checking this one out. Will pull up Senator Rand Paul’s record this week. They really want to completely gut the EPA. POB will not allow it to happen.HZ

  42. 131 desertflower
    November 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    THIS SHOULD BE INTERESTING!!!!!!!!!!!!
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/08/us-creditsuisse-tax-disclosure-idUSTRE7A70NJ20111108 Please, let us ALL know who the ultra rich tax evaders are!

    • 132 Fred
      November 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      yes yes yes name names people

    • November 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      This has been an ongoing process under the Obama administration, and has had excellent results:

      Prepared Remarks of IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman before the 23RD Annual Institute on Current Issues in International Taxation, Washington, DC

      IR-2010-122, Dec. 9, 2010

      ~snip~

      During my tenure as Commissioner, I have made cracking down on offshore tax abuse a major priority. I believe our approach follows a natural course…cleaning up the abuses of the past and then mining and leveraging the data we receive to mount a greater attack on the abuse. A perfect example is our Voluntary Disclosure Program and our work on UBS. We had approximately 15,000 voluntary disclosures from individuals who came in before the special VDP program ended last year. And since the special program closed, we have received an additional 3,000 voluntary disclosures from individuals with bank accounts from around the world.

      Collecting additional revenue for past misdeeds – as important as that may be – is not the only important consideration here. It is equally important that we are bringing 18,000 U.S. taxpayers, and counting, back into the system…back into compliance… so they properly report and pay their taxes for years to come.

      Most of you know that a few weeks ago the IRS withdrew the John Doe Summons in the UBS matter. We did so due to our success in obtaining the account holder information we sought through the summons and obtained under the August 2009 agreement with the Swiss government and UBS. We’re closing the chapter on the UBS affair, but as we do so, let’s make sure we see it within a larger context.

      ~snip~

      http://www.irs.gov/irs/article/0,,id=232223,00.html

    • November 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      This: “Sure the President is taking heat on this now. But the focus can now be on jobs (on which there has not been a single piece of legislation), and Republicans who are gloating now may not be so cheerful when it comes time to make the cuts they demanded.”

      And what has PBO done over the past two months? Bring the conversation to focus on jobs. Brilliant.

  43. 136 Me4obama
    November 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Chips, when I click on “Follow this List” it asks me to save or copy image. It doesn’t follow the list on the Twitter page. I need help please when you get a chance.

  44. 137 Fred
    November 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    good evening and night TOD family.Thank you again.Thank you Chip

  45. 139 P
    November 8, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Michelle Obama SPEECH from earlier today.
    http://www.georgetown.edu/webcast/michelle-obama.html
    Pic 1. is hilarious 😆 😆 ….I think you got the caption right Chips..PBO’s face says it all 😆

  46. November 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Did I see this correctly? A Democrat in KY?

    Race for KY Gov called for Beshear (D).

  47. 149 isonprize
    November 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    For anyone who may be interested. Here’s a (slightly edited) repost of the awesome day my son and I had today!!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Just getting back to the computer after a WHIRLWIND of a day… WOW!!! 😆

    So, I’ve been volunteering on the campaign since 2007 In addition, to canvassing, phonebanking and all the rest of the campaign stuff, I always try to volunteer for the Pres. Obama events. So, it helps to work the campaign (and do what you say you are going to do!) and get to know your regional field director. Whenever there is a presidential event, try to volunteer for it and get to the training on time!

    Me getting to the airport this time was sheer luck. I happened to be looking at the staffer when it was announced that they had an addtional assignment. I just said, ” I’ll do it” having NO CLUE what it was. When the staffer said that they needed someone at the airport. I almost passed out.

    It’s not random people that meet him at the airport. They are all screened and checked out by Secret Service in advance. We were screened also. And actually, that is refreshing to know. I’m happy that no one can just randomly meet the plane at the airport!! There were all kinds of people. Some had relatives who were White House interns, others had relatives who were Secret Service agents, some were campaign donors, others were campaign volunteers. A mix of ages, all cultures, some in suits, others in jeans, though I will say that you could tell that all the kids were “on their best behavior” About 25 people in all.

    So, we waited and waited and waited some more. The kids played well together. We got told (a bazillion times) that we needed to use the bathroom before we boarded the bus because once we got to the waiting area, we would not be allowed to leave. Got screened again before we boarded the bus to go to the viewing area. They told us (about a gazillion times) that Pres. Obama may not have time to come over to meet and shake hands. Waited on the bus, which was good, because the kids could now see the runway, but we were still near the indoor waiting area. And if you had to use the bathroom, that was cool. but (guess what??) you got screened again after you came out of the bathroom. (But again, I’m cool with all of that…!!!)

    The bus cranked up. and off we went for about a 2 minute ride to the runway. It was a gorgeous, clear, sunny, unusually warm November day. By this time it was about 68-70 degrees. 8) Since we were all prepared for it to be FREEZING, folks started peeling off jackets and gloves. We were situated between two of those roller staircases that they drive up to the plane, but “penned in” by the barriers that are used to close off a street.

    A few planes landed, then about a 5 minute lag, and all off a sudden you see this HUGE plane gradually getting bigger and bigger, closer and closer. The distinctive ‘hump’ on the front of Air Force One was visible. I immediately knew that getting up at 5:30 this morning was ALL WORTH IT!!

    Air Force One touched down as smooth as butter then disappear behind some of the airport buildings to taxi around to where we were. WHERE WE WERE!!!! I was surprised that it came so close. Then MIchael Nutter (Mayor of Philadelphia) Chaka Fattah and Bob Brady, (two Pennsylvania US Reps) were there to meet him. And I believe Secretary Kathleen Sebelius traveled with the President.

    Then Pres, Obama walked straight over to us. I got video of him walking. I LOVE THAT MAN’S STRIDE!!! ( 😳 Sorry Chica, I’ll behave) My son was the 3rd hand he shook. My son said ” Hi, President Barack Obama!” He said. “Well, who is this tall young man? So, nice to meet you!” I caught the audio on tape, but not the video because I was so close and so nervous, I forgot how to use my video camera. But I recovered enough to get them in the same frame of the camera shot.

    Pres. Obama just seems so down to earth, so “normal” His hands are soft, but strong. His voice, gentle but firm. He looked everyone, including me, directly in the eye. He spoke or shook hands with every single person, then waved and hopped in the “beast” I got some video of the motorcade and Air Force One just chillin’ on the runway.

    Then I dropped my son off for the rest of his day. And crazy me? I went and canvassed some turf for election day. Ran into a few folks that forget it was election day(!!) got 7 campaign volunteers and knocked about 50 doors. Wanna lose some weight? Canvass in a city neighborhood. Going up and down those stairs is a workout!!! Then I voted, got the kid, got some din-din, and here I am.

    All in all, an AWESOME DAY!! (I hope this post isn’t too long…) 😆

    • 150 Mtmarilyn
      November 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      Thank you for such a great report. I hope you send a picture to Chips. Thank you for all your work. You are an inspiration to us all.

    • November 8, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      Fantastic! I’m so happy for you both. Thank you for taking the time to share your amazing experience with us. What a day.

    • 152 lovingandlaughing
      November 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm

      So great…all of it! I love that you had the amazing opportunity at the airport ths morning and that you then helped to get out the vote later in the day! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • 153 utaustinliberal
      November 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      Awesome news. Happy for you both. 🙂

  48. 154 EDP4BHO
    November 8, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I have to end my night here with an observation of the children at Head Start. Being they are about 3 and 4 years old, doesn’t it seem that they are some of the most irreverant among us? I mean, and this is just chiding, they really could care less who PBO is. I find it humorous, but in a few years they can look back at this moment and it will wow them. Gotta love the little children. They will humble you in a heart beat. That was one of the best videos I’ve seen of PBO and children and I love them both. Have a blessed night, all !


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