afternoon all

President Barack Obama greets veterans aboard the USS Carl Vinson, docked at North Island Naval Station in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

…. aboard the USS Carl Vinson, docked at North Island Naval Station in San Diego

….. on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson

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President Barack Obama meets with Trans-Pacific Partnership leaders during the APEC summit in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 12. Pictured from left to right are Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, Obama, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdul Razak and New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Bill English.


President Obama at the APEC CEO Summit with Boeing Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney in Honolulu



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231 Responses to “afternoon all”

  1. November 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Aloha Chips! Aloha TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    It’s a good time for us to do some soul-searching – every institution, not just Penn State – about what our priorities are and making sure that we understand that our first priority is protecting our kids. We all have a responsibility. We can’t leave it to a system. We can’t leave it to somebody else. Each of us have to take it upon ourselves to make sure that our kids have the love and support and protection that they deserve.

    Have a great afternoon, everyone! 😛

  2. 5 Bobfr
    November 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    America – Republicans love outsourcing, just ask the Chinese Communists & @MittRomney (whose fortune is largely the result of outsourcing).


    • November 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      Bob, if there were a Pulitzer Prize for tweets, I’d nominate you. You always hit the nail on the head.

    • 8 Bobfr
      November 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Hi Jackie and GGail,
      You are too kind. Much appreciate the complement, and GGail 😀 😀


    • 9 nathkatun7
      November 13, 2011 at 1:39 am

      Bobfr! Your tweets are so spot -on! You are are really a precious treasure! May OFA will recognize your talent and bring you on board help the campaign in enlightening people about these Republicans.

      • 10 nathkatun7
        November 13, 2011 at 1:43 am

        I meant to say: “May be OFA will recognize your talent and bring you on board to help the campaign….”

    • 21 desertflower
      November 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      Oh,my goodness…thank you for this Chips…very insightful conversation. I love his forward, long range thoughts….the guy asking the questions was very supportive of PBO….I think I heard him say that he was a Boeing exec ? Thank you.

    • 22 nospin
      November 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      thanks for this. I caught it just in time. Was very informative and the President had the opportunity to push back on the meme that he has seriously increased regulations under his administration. In fact he pointed out that his administration implemented less regulations than the previous TWO administrations.

  3. November 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Chips, you have done another wonderful job with collecting the video and images from San Diego — what a magical night. Thanks so much! Everybody was smiling and enjoying themselves, and our veterans deserved that recognition and recreation. Awesome.

  4. November 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm

  5. 27 GGail
    November 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm


    I thoroughly enjoyed the Carrier Classic. I still have warm feelings of pride today!

    It was so cute how reporter Jim Gray had to mention to POTUS that it was his birthday and that interviewing him was a birthday gift! Boy, those reporters sure do love President Obama!

    I’m kinda looking forward to tonight’s GOP debate – kinda 🙂

    I wish our President success during the APEC Summit and that he and FLOTUS get to do a little body surfing while in Hawaii.

    Thanks Chipsticks for keeping us (especially us on the “late” West Coast) up to date on all activities! 😀

  6. November 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    • 29 nospin
      November 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      good one.

    • 30 hopefruit2
      November 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      I’m with Alec on that one – although this won’t be until Christmas ’12 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • 33 Fred
      November 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      from your fingers to God’s hearts and ears Baldwin

    • November 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks amk for obama! Love him!

    • 36 nathkatun7
      November 13, 2011 at 2:11 am

      Alec Baldwin knows exactly what I want for the Christmas’ 2012. Right now, what I want for Christmas 2011 is to know that the Pragmatic supporters of President Obama have become a force to reckon with and are so fired up and ready to go in 2012. My other Christmas/New Years wish is for BWD to come back in force, in 2012, to reinforce what Chipsticks’ TOD, TPV, POU, and other pragmatic sites are doing to ensure that we re-elect this exceptional man we elected President three years ago. This wish is coming from a person who rarely asks for much during the holidays other than a nice glass of wine, and good conversations, with friends and family.

  7. 37 hopefruit2
    November 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    From Twitter (Via Reuters):

    // Obama says broad outlines of trade deal reached http://reut.rs/vQEIBF
    11 minutes ago via Tweet Button //

    • November 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      I said a prayer for PO this morning……That he would be given wisdom, insight and understanding and just the right words in all his discussions with the other leaders. Do hope the trade deals are good for ALL.

    • 39 desertflower
      November 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      On that WH link from HI that Chips had up, he mentioned that backstage he had signed a piece of legislation regarding trade….many claps in the audience for that.

  8. November 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I was just goofing around on Twitter and found this, I don’t know how to link to a specific tweet, but it’s Alec Baldwin


    “@ThreeLogans: @AlecBaldwin What do you want for Christmas?” Four more years of Obama
    5 minutes ago

    Love it!

  9. November 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said Saturday the broad outlines of a deal had been reached on the TranspAcific Partnership and he predicted success for the agreement.

    “I am confident we can get this done,” he said.


  10. November 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    GROUPON CHAIRMAN INVESTS IN DEMOCRATS: The chairman and largest stakeholder of social media deal-finder Groupon, which went public with its holdings last week, is a major donor to Democratic causes, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics.

    By April of this year, Lefkosky had already donated $5,000 to Obama, the legal maximum an individual can give to a single candidate during an election cycle ($2,500 are for Obama’s primary campaign and $2,500 are for Obama’s use in the general election). Lefkofsky also donated an additional $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee in April this year, the legal maximum amount any single individual can contribute to a party committee in a single year.


    • 52 nospin
      November 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      lolol you are finding all the good ones.

    • 53 hopefruit2
      November 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm

      Now God is praying for our forgiveness….

    • November 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      God must love comedy. God told Palin, Perry, and Bachmann the same thing.

    • 57 globalcitizenlinda
      November 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      when will this embarassment and alleged serial women abuser go away??? at this rate he needs to ask God for forgiveness and apologize to the women victims for past unwanted sexual advances and for re-victimizing them now with the insults from him, his campaign and the rabid supporters

    • 58 nathkatun7
      November 13, 2011 at 2:32 am

      amk for obama, how in the world do you find these gems? To day I was talking to my nephew in New York, who is truly a Christian but who despises these holier than thou Christians. He lived in Australia 20 years and is very familiar with Rupert Murdoch. Any way, he was telling of a bumper sticker in Australia which said: ” PEASE GOD, SVE ME FROM YOUR DELUSIONAL FOLLOWERS.” Any way, with all these mean Republicans, who claim to have been told by God to run for President, I think that we need someone to re issue that Austrian bumper sticker.

  11. November 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm

  12. November 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Pres.Obama opens event with biz execs in Hawaii noting this is his birthplace. Jokes he can show them the hospital.

    13 minutes ago

    Retweeted by AVD911


  13. 66 globalcitizenlinda
    November 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Ha! Mr Shane Johnson in the video, has two reasons NEVER to wash his hands again!!!

    Good to see young people looking up to President Obama and Mrs Michelle Obama as standard bearers of what decent human beings should be!

    This First Couple sure does us proud whenever they go

  14. November 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    • 68 hopefruit2
      November 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      HAHA! RomNo would be just spinning ’round and ’round with the 130 mph gail force winds causing serious destruction, going no where.

      • 69 nathkatun7
        November 13, 2011 at 2:53 am

        Now I know why I love this site so much. You guys are incredible! I am totally in awe of your ability to combine humor with serious commentary.

    • 70 nathkatun7
      November 13, 2011 at 2:40 am

      Amk for obama: You are too much! I just love your zinger tweeter finds! This is so spot-on.

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  17. November 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Chips. Between you and ESPN i felt the urge to put to sea again. There’s nothing like the feel of a ships movements below your feet and the smell of salty air. It’s so odd to have these feelings after all these years.
    Yesterday there were some comments re: HuffPo that i found interesting. At the risk of incurring some one wrath, i would not dismiss HuffPo completely. There are some bloggers on that site that i believe are viable.
    The TOD family is like church where like-minded people come together in fellowship. With positive re-enforcement we need to be aware of the tricks and lies promulgated by the enemy. IMHO!

    • 75 nospin
      November 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      point taken Yardarm756

    • 76 desertflower
      November 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      did you go sailing today? 🙂 Hard to keep a sailor away from the sea.

      • November 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm

        Naw df. It’s too cold in Chicago. Beside i’m not that much into sails. i like power. 🙂

        • 78 desertflower
          November 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

          I get it! I SHOULD have said, “Did you go on a boat?” Power boats count 🙂 What did you think of that ballgame on the carrier yesterday? My husband was on the KittyHawk….we lived in Coronado while he was there…loved that!

          • November 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm

            Loved the game but the big bird farm was too much for me. My last home port was ‘dago too but on a “tin can”(Destroyer). We were real sailors, not passengers on a sea going hotel. 😆

            • 80 desertflower
              November 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm

              HAHA! “sea going hotel” It’s true:)

              However…..real sailor…I’ll raise you one! Husband retired from Submarine duty 🙂 THAT’S a “real sailor!” Tell you what, I understand why sailors aboard a sub have to do all they do, and go through the tests they do to see of they can handle that duty! Holy shit…first, (as my husband says) you have to be a little nuts to go on something that sinks on purpose!
              Second….I was on his boat. For a day.I could not WAIT to get off that thing and smell the fresh air and have my feet touch the earth! Special, special thank you’s have to go out to all those that serve on subs. Steelyeyed killers of the deep.

            • November 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm

              In my day, being a submariner was not post-racial unless you were a cook or worked in the engine room. Also, wearing glasses was a no-no. You see df, i was one of the first black Electronics Technician in the USN. i won’t bore you with my tales of woe. Just know it was the late ’50’s and Dr King was a kid. It wasn’t pretty but i made it and was the first black instructor at Electronics Technician A School in 1963.

              • 82 desertflower
                November 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm

                Congratulations, yardarm! That’s HUGE! You are a ground breaker…you came before my husband in your naval career…..You made it 🙂 Hugs to you, yardarm…big hugs! Thank you for your service, dedication and determination to blaze a path for all others to follow your lead.
                Is that you in your avatar?

                • November 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm

                  No. i just explained the same thing to a4alice.”Close but i’m afraid not. That’s Dorie Miller, the first black to get the Navy Cross for shooting down a Japanese plane during the attack on Pearl Harbor.” Like i said close but i’m a tad cuter. 🙂

            • 84 a4alice
              November 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm

              Yardarm! You changed your avatar! Is this you?

              • November 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm

                Close but i’m afraid not. That’s Dorie Miller, the first black to get the Navy Cross for shooting down a Japanese plane during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

            • November 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm

              Oh you made me laugh so hard! My Hubby was on “tin cans” (a real sailor) until they pulled his sorry scientific ass off to go do other things.

        • 87 nathkatun7
          November 13, 2011 at 3:15 am

          You know yardarm 756, the weather in San Diego to day was not that much better for sailing. As someone who has been in London so many times, to day’s weather in my “sunny San Diego” reminded of London. It was rainy, very foggy, and a bit cold for San Diego standards. I am glad the President was here yesterday and not today. Unfortunately, I was not able to be any where near the President yesterday. But that didn’t prevent me and my fellow Obama supporters from celebrating the President’s and the First Lady’s presence in San Diego.

  18. November 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    President Barack Obama on Friday upped the pressure on the deficit supercommittee to reach a deal – and told the panel’s two leaders that he would not accept attempts to override automatic cuts that would occur if the panel fails.

    Obama made separate calls to the co-chairs of the panel, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), the White House announced Friday. In those calls, Obama urged Murray and Hensarling and the rest of the supercommittee to strike an agreement that balances revenues and spending cuts to slash at least $1.2 trillion from the nation’s deficit.

    And the president told Murray and Hensarling that undoing the so-called trigger – talk of which has picked up in recent days as Congress faces the reality of steep defense cuts – would be unacceptable. Several lawmakers, notably Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), have said they would work to overturn the automatic cuts — known as a sequester — to defense.


    What a corrupt buncha crooks. May be the americans who elected these dishonest punks do deserve them.

  19. 90 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    About time. . .
    Presidential statement: Italian PM Berlusconi has resigned –

  20. November 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

  21. November 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Bill is on a roll today!!

    • November 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      This story is making me sick to my stomach….If the victims were all black, my questions is….Where’s the outrage from the black community??? I hope that Rev. Al, puts some light to this story, since he’s the only leader I see fighting for equal justice.
      “White Privilege” indeed, I know that if the victims were white..I doubt it that Penn State would be playing today.
      Will be emailing Rev.Al, once I do more digging….

      • November 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

        That was a disgusting display of arrogant, clueless class.

      • 101 GGail
        November 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

        I’m not sure that all of the kids were black. The mother interviewed on the morning show was a white woman.

        It’s a disgusting abuse of power over any child – of any race.

        Sick and disgusting. And the institution that allowed someone like that to continue is just as much at fault as the perpetrator!

        • 102 dotster3
          November 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm

          Not sure either—-one of the former 2nd Mile kids who was interviewed—-said he cut off his relationship with Sandusky because of too much hand on leg while driving plus other creepy stuff—- was a 20-something white guy. He was being groomed as a young kid also with game tickets and gifts and visits to the locker room etc. Said he can’t remember details but family members say he came home one day and said “That’s it. I don’t want to go anywhere with him again.”

      • 103 nathkatun7
        November 13, 2011 at 3:44 am

        Kasai, We are on the same page. I am absolutely convinced that if the vast majority of victims were white, the PA governor, who was the AG, when all this happened, would be in a very hot seat! Like you, I hope Rev. Al sheds some light on this. Lets also put pressure on the so called progressive media personalities, like Lawrence O’Donnell and Rachel Maddow, to dig dipper about this story. Lets also send the message to the other mainstream media, (ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, WashPost, NYT, and others) that we expect real and comprehensive investigations about this horrific crime. I wish some body was asking the PA governor, who was the State’s Attorney General, what he knew; and when he knew about thee allegations.

  22. November 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Don’t if anyone posted yet, but check this out: FLOTUS TO BE GRAND MARSHALL AT NASCAR!!


  23. 108 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm

  24. 117 GGail
    November 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I am so proud of President Obama! Hearing him speak at that APEC Summit interview (THANKS CHIPSTICKS!), my pride grew while listening to POTUS give comment to each question and how at ease he was in giving these answers without notes or teleprompter.

    How I wish I could follow him just for one day while he attends meeting after meeting. His knowledge and ability to engage people is just astounding!

  25. November 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Let me see if this cool pic posts. Otherwise see this site.


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  26. 146 Fred
    November 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    you rock POTUS 😉

  27. 147 desertflower
    November 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Just a note…Foreign policy clown show starts at 8pm Eastern !

  28. November 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Gee, If it were not for chips, we all would not know the President is on a very important trip.
    Let’s see, who would I rather have keeping us updated, chips or Norah Odonell?

    Rhetorical question.

  29. November 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Romney says- happy veterans day, I am privatizing your benefits-

    MAULDIN, SC — Over barbecue and sweet tea with 12 veterans here Friday, Mitt Romney appeared to brainstorm a fundamental change to the way the nation pays back the people who put their lives on the line in the military.

    Talking with the veterans about the challenge of navigating the Veterans Affairs bureaucracy to get their health care benefits after they leave active duty, Romney suggested a way to improve the system would be to privatize it.

    “Sometimes you wonder, would there be someway to introduce some private sector competition, somebody else that could come in and say, you know, each soldier gets X thousand dollars attributed to them and then they can choose whether they want to go on the government system or the private system and then it follows them, like what happens with schools in Florida where they have a voucher that follows them. Who knows.”


    He just lost the Veterans vote. DNC, can you hear that?

    • 160 Brittany
      November 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      Hopefully he will lose the veterans votes. However, he might not, because people tend to vote against their interests. I still don’t understand how women can vote for a politician regardless of party that want to supress women’s rights.

  30. November 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    LOL get your popcorn ready….Here we go……….


    Coalition of Conservatives Launches

    “Not Mitt Romney” Effort in Early States

    New Web Site with Petition, Web Ad and Publishes Iowa and NH Op Eds

  31. November 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Methinks he’s happy to be in Hawaii!

    • 168 desertflower
      November 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      He looks relaxed, fabulous, and in his element. I have to say that watching that on the WH site…that blue background was moving like crazy….and was rather irritating! I just tried to focus on his face 🙂

      • 169 GGail
        November 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

        Me too df

        That background was sending me on a trip unless I focused on the President’s face (which gave me the excuse to ogle) LOL!!!

        And of course then I was able to hear the excellent answers and explanations he was presenting to the questions.

  32. November 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Yes indeed……….:-) very very happy

  33. November 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I’m going to add a quote I remember from President Obama when he was a Senator. It tell’s it all about Republicans. “Politics Is Show Business For Ugly People” Everytime I see the clown car of Republicans I think of this quote. I found the video with the quote, I wanted to share it, it’s from 2005 when President Obama was elected to the US Senate. Right after his great 2004 speech.
    This was a tribute by Hill Harper, song by Fantasia and President Obama was awarded the NAACP Chairman’s Award.

  34. 175 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Love that they are having a great time on twitter with the “fiction” that Oreilly wrote. . .

    Oreilly’s book is CRAP!

  35. November 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    A group of self-identified conservatives say they plan to sabotage the effort to recall Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker, which begins on Tuesday, by burning and shredding recall petitions they’ve collected and misleading Wisconsinites about the recall process.

    These plans, discussed in Facebook posts that were first reported by the blog PolitiScoop, entail posing as recall supporters and gathering signatures, only to later destroy the petitions. They also include telling Wisconsinites that they can only sign one recall petition (which is false—they can sign different petitions as long as they each correspond to a different organization) and directing signature collectors to the homes of registered sex offenders. (Requests for comment were sent to each of the Facebook posters who allowed messages from other users.)

    In one post, Will R. Jenkins says, “I’ll be able to destroy 15-20K signatures.” If things go well, he adds, he might even “be able to destroy upwards of 15-20% of the entire collected ballots in the state of Wisconsin”:



    • 179 desertflower
      November 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      I am certain that the recall folks know this is going on. However the disturbing thing is, that these so called “people that love and value the Constitution” would purposefully destroy signatures that are correctly received to recall this man, is offensive and repulsive. They don’t care a lick about the rules of law…they only care about themselves and their narrow, ignorant, bigoted agenda.

    • 184 Betsy
      November 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      I read about this and I also read that this is against the law and punishable by prison. I would love that.

    • 185 globalcitizenlinda
      November 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      could these actions also be illegal? I could be wrong but I recall hearing in my state that if you destroy election-related material that affects another person’s access to the ballot then you could end up being charged with a crime that could lead to prison.

  36. 186 halo
    November 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    He’s going to be an amazing statesman!

  37. 187 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I guess this is Occupy Hawaii:

  38. 188 Betsy
    November 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

  39. November 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Last week the Bloomberg administration announced new eligibility rules that would make it harder for homeless people to get into city shelters, a cost-cutting measure astutely timed to coincide with the approach of winter. After a major outcry by homeless advocates and city council members including Speaker Christine Quinn, the city agreed last night to delay the measure pending a court review on December 9th.

    Under the policy, originally set to go into effect next week, the city could refuse someone a bed at a shelter unless they proved they had no other housing options, such as staying with relatives or friends. Department of Homeless Services commissioner Seth Diamond claimed the new eligibility guidelines would prevent people who have alternatives to the shelter (like a princely spot on someone’s floor) from filling up space reserved for the chronically homeless. Critics pointed out that redefining what counts as “homeless” and throwing bureaucratic obstacles at people in desperate financial straits is not the same thing as actually combating homelessness.



  40. 192 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    They deserve each other!!! Where is the popcorn!

    Andrew Breitbart Targets Michael Moore In New Attack

    • November 12, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Well, nobody from the left will attack him, but MM lies too. They all do! That is why DC is broken!

    • November 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      If Michael Moore hadn’t intentionally gone after the president and tried to take him down, I would be defending him right now, but instead I say, “sorry buddy you’re on your own”.

      I can almost bet, next week he’ll be on KO and others cable outlets crying foul.

    • November 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      Well, here’s Emilia citing Breitfart:

      Even a Broken Clock …
      I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really hate to cite Andre Breitbart for anything, but as the old saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

      Although she’s gone after MM mightily herself on a number of occasions:
      A Reporter Really Doing His Job Exposes Michael Moore as a Liar and a Hypocrite
      The Michael Moore Appropriate the Occupy Movement Holy Papal Tour continues (coupled with a book-signing tour). This is blatant fame whoring. Arianna Huffington must be chewing nails and pissing rust at such shameless self-publicizing.

      I don’t know what is more embarrassing – Moore’s grifting or the naivete in the people in these protests to give blanket belief that Moore, or indeed, any passing celebrity, would really, really, really be paying more than lip service sympathy to their cause?

      And here, too:
      Michael Moore’s Wall Street Strikeout
      Has Michael Moore jumped the shark? I don’t really know, but I think he’s about to effect a massive strikeout of Casey-at-Bat proportions, or, at least, of hypocritical proportions.

      More and more Moore … he’s becoming worse than a parody. He’s aping his boy crush, Julian Assange – remember him? Moore donated $20k of his own funds (pocket money, really) to Assange’s defence fund. Moore’s money is Moore’s money, and he can do with it what he likes, but whilst he might champion Assange as a freedom fighter for transparency, the blunt fact remains that Assange was fighting extradition to Sweden to answer two charges of rape.

      Personally, I love reading Emilia’s take-no-prisoners snark and her good research. I am also testing amk’s html tag advice.

  41. November 12, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    The L.A. Times had a big, scrumptious article today titled, “Political campaigns a gold mine for late-night comedians”, chock full o’ great lines about the GOP clown car of candidates. But one quote stood out for its spot-onitude:

    “It’s a theme park for variety show writers, this group is,” said Andrew Nicholls, formerly head writer for “The Tonight Show” under Johnny Carson. “You’re looking for human foibles — and here you have ignorance, arrogance, stupidity and foolishness crammed into the smallest number of people. It’s like a Kardashian wedding minus the gifts. Unfortunately, it’s gonna last longer than the Kardashian marriage.”

    So few words, so much oomph.


    h/t GottaLaff

  42. 197 desertflower
    November 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Great quick read…plus added “eye candy’ for the females here…..:) in the form of Clooney/ Gosling …that alone…!


  43. November 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm

  44. November 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    via twitter

    Get out the popcorn! You know how they got Al Capone on tax evasion? Maybe we’re finally going to see a some Wall Street bankers go to jail for something, even if it’s not for crashing the economy. But if we’re going to audit futures trading, it could break the backs of food and oil speculators who are driving up the cost of food worldwide:

    Federal regulators have ordered an audit of every American futures trading firm to verify that customer money is protected, a move that comes after roughly $600 million in client funds were discovered to be missing from MF Global, the bankrupt brokerage firm once run by Jon S. Corzine.

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the federal regulator searching for the missing money at MF Global, will audit many of the nation’s largest futures commission merchants, according to a person briefed on the decision. Exchanges like the CME Group will examine smaller firms to ensure they are keeping customer money separate from company money, a fundamental rule on Wall Street.


  45. November 12, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Whoops~ Popcorn anyone? LOL!

    I’m not sure how you differentiate regular teabagger nuts from a ballistic state, seems all of a one to me. Anytime they’re fighting in the ranks though is a good thing for us.

    Tea Party groups were incensed that the Senate this week voted to set up a health care exchange as part of what they call “Obamacare” — even though it stopped the feds from stepping in.

    Eight Republicans voted no on legislation, even though state government won’t be running the Travelocity-like site where people can buy health insurance starting in 2014.

    They weren’t assuaged by a resolution declaring for support for Attorney General Bill Schuette’s lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and claiming it violates the constitution.

    Neither were Tea Party groups, who warned Republicans that there would be consequences for voting “yes.” Scott Hagerstrom, head of the free-market Americans for Prosperity of Michigan, went so far as to claim Gov. Rick Snyder is “misleading” Republicans in an attempt to curry favor with the President Barack Obama administration.

    Hagerstrom called the passage of the health care exchange a “bribe” to get more federal dollars. “What they’ve done is basically declared war on the Tea Party and Tea Party activists,” he declared.


    h/t Paddy

  46. November 12, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Good evening, TODers. I’ve been very worried lately and let me explain why. I see how hard our beloved President works and his extensive list of accomplishments resulting from that hard work. To make matters worse, he has the audacity to always look so damned good doing it. Making it look effortless. When I listen to him I always feel like everything’s under control. All the angst promoted by our media goes away.

    So this is my dilemma. Who is going to be worthy of my vote in 2016? I’m going to be comparing everyone to the Obama presidency and they’re just not going to measure up. Rather unfair, but true. I think I’m going to need a third term.

    • 203 desertflower
      November 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      What a lovely “dilemma”!

    • 204 hopefruit2
      November 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      I would love to have a third term too sweetbay! However, there are a select few individuals who I think could come respectably close to what we have right now..Hopefully our President might help us out by endorsing someone whom we can trust.

      Governor O’Malley (MD)
      Debbie Wasserman Schultz
      ELizabeth Warren

    • 205 ber6964
      November 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      I know exactly how you feel!!

    • November 12, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      Well, have you heard about this? From The Fierce Advocate?


      Sorry, Joe-you’re a great Vice President, but….
      I hate giving HuffPoach any links, so I’m just going to post what Joe Biden said about a potential Presidential run in 2016, since President Obama WILL be re-elected in 2012, no matter what the LOSERS who have nothing better to do than comment at HuffPoach have to say:

      Vice President Joe Biden wouldn’t rule out the possibility he could make a run for the White House in 2016 on Sunday morning.
      During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Biden said that he’s currently focused on President Barack Obama’s reelection effort ahead of 2012, but “not closing any door” on vying for the presidency himself down the line.
      “I’ll make up my mind on that later,” he said.
      The 68-year-old vice president told CNN’s Candy Crowley that he’s probably in the best shape of his life and enjoying his job.
      “I wouldn’t have run for president in the first place and I don’t think the president would have picked me unless he thought I’d be good at the job,” Biden said. The former U.S. senator from Delaware ran in the 2008 race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

      Read more at the site.

  47. November 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm


    Well, at least Mica took privatizing Amtrak off the table. But, they still want to kill HSR.
    What is so bad about HSR?
    I wonder what the republicans did when the metro in dc was built in 1972?
    Under a republican administration- the worst one!

  48. November 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    As we honor our military veterans throughout the day today, Mitt Romney is preparing for war against Iran. In a Thursday commentary in the Wall Street Journal, Romney accused President Obama of being too weak against Iran and said he would prepare America to go to war with the Islamic nation.

    Romney said he would increase military aid to Israel and send carrier battle groups to the Persian Gulf in order to back up diplomacy “with a very real and very credible military option. These actions will send an unequivocal signal to Iran that the United States, acting in concert with allies, will never permit Iran to obtain nuclear weapons. ‘Si vis pacem, para bellum.’ That is a Latin phrase, but the ayatollahs will have no trouble understanding its meaning from a Romney administration: If you want peace, prepare for war.”



    • November 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      He is tacking way to the right and nobody is noticing?

    • 210 anniebella
      November 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      We are bringing our troops home from Iraq, thank God. We need to start bringing them home from that other war. And now this fool is already talking about starting another war. Thank God he won’t get the chance to start anything cause he won’t be President.

  49. November 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    ROME — Marking the end of a tumultuous week and of an era in Italian politics, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi resigned Saturday evening after Parliament approved austerity measures sought by the European Union.


  50. November 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Hey gang, not to dampen the mood, but I just mustered up the courage to read the Grand Jury’s report (http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/264788/sandusky-grand-jury-presentment.pdf) about the henious charges against Penn State’s ex-football coach Jerry Sandusky, and I must admit, I am still shaking–especially after watching a clip today from a postgame interview of the interim headcoach after Penn State narrowly lost to Nebraska today.

    I just heard the interim coach for Penn State say in the postgame interview that after today’s football game (where he felt his players fought their hearts out ), the “healing process can now begin.” My question is how can the healing process begin when this tragic case hasn’t even been resolved yet? When all of the victims’ voices have not been heard? When the perpetrators and enablers have not been punished for the countless henious crimes that took place on and off the campus of Penn State over a 15 year period as key football coaches and head administrators looked the other way? When Penn State has not paid its debt to the known and perhaps 100s of unknown young boys who were abused by that monster of a man Jerry Sandusky? No, the healing process has NOT begun!

    Anyone attending today’s football game to celebrate Penn State’s last home game of the season (and worst the legacy of their “hero” Joe Paterno) after what we now know took place there should drop their heads in shame.

    • 213 anniebella
      November 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      How the hell could that McQueary guy walk out of that place after he witness that man in the shower with that little boy? That is what I don’t get. Paterno was a great coach, but how the hell could he and the others go to sleep each night knowing what was going on, how the hell could any of them. When I see some folks, not all, seem to be more concern about football than those kids. It really piss me off.

    • 215 globalcitizenlinda
      November 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      well, make the Penn connection of what else has been dominating the media reports the past few days (sexual assualt charges against cain).

      in my mind, the people who looked the other way in the Penn child abuse case seem to share the same attitude as those who have donated 9 million dollars to support a pervt for the candidacy of the POTUS

  51. 219 COS
    November 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Anyone listening to the APEC CEO briefing right now?


    • 220 hopefruit2
      November 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      From what I’ve heard upchucktodd and norah O’Donnell are being stupid as usual.

    • 221 Ladyhawke
      November 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      I just caught the tail end of it. Unfortunately, I got to hear Jake “The Snarl” Tapper try to turn the word lazy into a controversy. Apparently he was referring to a comment that President Obama made earlier today where he implied the United States may have been a bit lazy about promoting trade with the APEC countries. I need to check the transcript for exactly what PBO said. But I think that is close. So bottom line, President Obama is showing leadership and all the jackals can do is look for something to create a negative narrative. I absolutely loathe the jackals.

      Were you able to listen to the entire briefing. Let me know your thoughts.

      • 222 nospin
        November 13, 2011 at 12:57 am

        “President Obama made earlier today where he implied the United States may have been a bit lazy about promoting trade with the APEC countries.”

        He didn’t imply it, President Obama said it and it was the truth. He also said we (America) should not sit back and allow others to take the lead when America is so great and has the best workers, the best technology etc. etc. etc. in the world.

        So Jake can get over it.

  52. 223 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Newt Gingrich’s Second Wife Dishes Hard To Esquire: His Money Woes, His Philandering, His Meltdown

    • 224 hopefruit2
      November 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      This guy has more baggage than a boeing 747.

    • 225 GGail
      November 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm


      Mankini is some kind of SMUT. But he’s right “some people do want to hear what he’s telling them as oppose to what he does in his life.

      He is very good with words and can get many people to overlook his morals…but not ALL of the people.

  53. 226 a4alice
    November 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Listening to the Bob and Chez show while I wait for my pasta to cook It’s a good one in prep for tonights debate http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-bob-and-elvis-show/id380996798

    • 227 Ladyhawke
      November 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      a4a, I love Bob and Chez. I listened to this weeks podcast today. It was really good.

      I love the fact that President Obama is showing the GOP clown car candidates what it takes to be the leader of the free world. I listened to President Obama being interviewed today and there is no way in hell any one of the GOP candidates could have handled an interview with such aplomb. President Obama was just terrific. He looked relaxed. He responded completely and thoroughly to every question. He got positive feedback from the audience several times. He is brilliant and a class act.

      Comparing the GOP clown car to President Obama is like comparing a box of crayons to a Mont Blanc Pen. I can’t wait to see the live blogging of the “foreign policy” debate tonight. Heaven help us. All they are going to do is say they would do the opposite of everything President Obama has done. Now there’s a foreign policy agenda for ya.

  54. 231 Cathy from MN
    November 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Anyone have any more insight as to what Reggie Love is leaving the President at the end of the year? I am sorry to see him go; I think the President needs someone he can trust in that position.

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