evening all

Rahm Emanuel’s speech at the Iowa Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Des Moines tonight will be live on C-Span at 8:30 ET – here


A couple more videos from Australia posted on the WH YouTube channel today:


And another from ABC Australia:




OFA: Yesterday, four Republicans in the New Hampshire State House allowed a hearing requested by Orly Taitz, the notorious dentist-lawyer-birther who wants President Obama officially removed from the state’s primary ballot.

So in honor of conspiracy theorists everywhere, we’re re-releasing the campaign’s limited-edition “Made in the USA” mugs.

There’s clearly nothing we can do to satisfy this crowd – or anyone else who insists on wasting time and energy on nonsense like this.

But when it starts to make your head hurt, I’ve found the best remedy is to have some tea in my “Made in the USA” mug.

Works like a charm. I recommend Earl Grey.

Buy the mug here


**** Thanks to ChristiMtl for the link to Emilia’s post on Chris Matthews (here) – she says it all. ****


Tommy Christopher (Mediaite): Michael Moore Goes The Full Wingnut On President Obama Over Occupy ‘Crackdown’

This week began with a series of raids on Occupy movement encampments across the country … Filmmaker Michael Moore responded by accusing President Obama, via Twitter, of giving the “green light” for the raids. It’s just the latest in a series of unhinged attacks, on the President, by Moore….

…. At the time he made the accusation, there was absolutely no evidence to support it … The whole thing is so tin-foil ridiculous….What’s truly mystifying, though, is Michael Moore’s desperation to attack President Obama …. it’s rare that a liberal outpaces the most rabid of right-wing fabricators to do so.

…. this is just the culmination of a series of unhinged anti-Obama attacks by Moore … Perhaps most tellingly, though, he appeared on The View in September to express his “disappointment” with President Obama by saying, “Bill Maher had a good answer when he said that Obama was half white and half black. He said I went to the polls and I voted for the black guy and what we got was the white guy.”

…. A blogger at AngryBlackLady.com notes Moore’s curious obsession with “the white vote” in a talk he gave earlier this month. He told the crowd, “The only reason Obama won was because of 18 to 29 year olds,” and went on to explain that this was the only age group in which a majority of whites voted for Barack Obama….

….. It’s time that Michael Moore, and some of the others who are disillusioned with President Obama, think about what role his race plays in the ways in which they criticize him.

Full post here

327 Responses to “evening all”

  1. 1 jacquelineoboomer
    November 19, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Welcome home, Chips!

  2. 3 ChristiMtl
    November 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    There you are Chips……epic chat is right….474 comments!

    After watching the Iowa Family Forum, this will be refreshing…….

    • November 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      CM, thanks for providing me the link! Boy, that was a total freak show and an exercise in futility. Whew!!

      • 5 ChristiMtl
        November 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm

        You’re very welcome africa 🙂

        It’s like they’re from another planet…..wow……

        • 6 utaustinliberal
          November 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm

          Half the time I felt like I was hallucinating. It was very enlightening to watch. Just confirmed once again how batshit crazy the lot of them are. Live blogging the debate on twitter was H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S. Funny, funny tweets. Almost choked from laughter. Until the next freak show, which I believe will be on CNN aka teabagger central.

          • November 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

            Funny as all get up. To boot, Cain plans to overturn Supreme Court decision. Go figure. These people must go back to their hotel rooms and laugh at themselves, too. They know they’re a bunch of jokers.

          • 8 ChristiMtl
            November 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

            Yes the 22th on CNN at 8PM…………….and you’re right UT, these tweets are hilarious lol

        • November 20, 2011 at 6:54 am

          If they’re are not from another planet, I wish we were!

    • 10 Mel
      November 19, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      Rahm Emanual was just amazinf everybody should watch it, just perfect, and he went after Mit Romney
      with a vangence so I’am very confident that PBO will be re elected.
      To Michael Moore it’s time to STFU, PBO never ordered a Crackdown on the OWS’s , he in fact PBO
      said they are expresinf their frustation jusy as the TEAPARTY. Does MM has a proved that PBO ordered
      the Cradown? let’s call this M_ F@#$%R on his bullshit tired of this asshole sorry.

  3. November 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Had a long day too. It’s nice coming home to these postst

  4. November 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Evening All, American shoppers were out and about in NYC.. I bought another pair of shoes and they are so cute…

  5. 17 PoliticalJunkessa
    November 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Good Evening Chips! Good Evening TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    The time has come for a president who will be honest about the choices and the challenges we face, who will listen to you and learn from you even when we disagree, who won’t just tell you what you want to hear but what you need to know.

    Have a great evening, everyone! 😛

  6. November 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Okay, pass me the tin foil!!!! I keep reading so many people with hacked email and twitter accounts here at TOD. What’s happening? Is this site making things too hot for some? Talk me down or buy me some Reynolds wrap!

    • 20 HZ
      November 19, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      Hi Aquagranny911, I had some problems while on Twitter. Kept getting”You have twitted that already” whatever. It would pop up especially when I used certain names or thoughts on opposition issues. Everytime!! Moved on and stayed on writing. HZ

  7. 21 vitaminlover
    November 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    So nice to have our handsome President back home.

  8. 26 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Can’t wait for Rahm Emanuel’s speech. I need the brain bleach. I sent him a good luck tweet. After he gives his speech expounding on the accomplishments of President Obama, he’ll be on This Week with Christiane Amanpour and it’ll be fun to watch because he won’t let her peddle media BS about PBO.

  9. November 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks, Chips, for this place of refuge. Just tried to watch the Family Forum with all those fake family values people. And, I’m still burning over the Chris Matthews interview with Alex Witt this morning and just read Joy Reid’s defense of Tweety. I’m mentally exhausted.

    Anyway, since I’ve missed most of the comments (400+ from the last thread) and only dropping in to catch up with the President (MSM won’t give his trips airtime) let me just say, Happy Birthday to the birthday TODers.

    BTW, did you all see this? Lobbyists for American Bankers Assoc., two of whom are former Boehner aides, send memo with plan to discredit #OWS. http://upwithchrishayes.msnbc.msn.com/

    CNN accidentally covered it when their guest broke it to them. Ha! That’s one way to get CNN to do its job.

      • 30 symmetry11
        November 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

        I agree. This was a really good read. Be sure to check it out.

      • 32 eveingeorgia
        November 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm


        Thank you for this link! I was so angry about CM’s comments. After reading Emelia, I feel better. She really spoke for me.

      • November 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm

        Christi, this was brilliant. I’m quoting from it in a letter to Phil Griffin at MSNBC and Comcast my cable carrier who now owns this travesty of a cable network. I hope we all take time to write MSNBC and any sponsors we can find.

        Remember when Matthews insulted Hillary during the primaries and the network had to reprimand him? He was forced to apologize. Well, doesn’t our first lady deserve at least that?

        I’m also sending this article to the women’s orgs that support the president, too. We cannot allow Matthews to get away with this.

        And I will NEVER EVER watch his spitfest again.

      • 36 Janelle
        November 19, 2011 at 8:24 pm

        OMG, that was soooo worth the read—-thanks for posting it ChristiMtil!

      • 37 Bobfr
        November 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

        Our4thEstate Bobfr
        @MSNBC Your #NEWSTAINER @hardball_Chris should be required to offer an apology to First Lady Obama & then resign. Period.


        • November 20, 2011 at 2:38 am

          Hi Bobfr,

          I finally caught up with what that jerk Matthews, has been saying. I saw your tweet above and tweeted as is. I hope that’s okay I was just so mad. Haven’t posted on here in a while but I still have the ability to read unlike so many of our so-called journalist like Matthews.

      • 39 GGail
        November 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm

        Thanks ChristiMtl
        That was PURRRRFECT!!!

      • 40 EDP4BHO
        November 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

        I just got done reading and was going to post it here. She was spot on, with info I hadn’t known about. Chris is a snake, pure and simple. Will never ever allow him on my TV.

      • 41 desertflower
        November 19, 2011 at 8:36 pm

        AWESOME READ…justifies everything that everyone has been screaming about today…and then some!

      • 42 nospin
        November 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm

        Chips and TODers – this is a definite must read.

      • 43 utaustinliberal
        November 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm

        Definitely a must read for everyone. Emilia calls it as it is. She called Chris Matthews to a T. Just tweeted it. More people need to be enlightened.

      • November 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm

        That’s completely brilliant ChristiMtl, thank you so much for the link – just added it to the post.

      • November 19, 2011 at 9:17 pm

        Thank you for that link!!! I just tweeted it! Thanks ChristMtl!!!!

      • November 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm

        Emilia did a great job. Really enlightening. Mathew is a troubled man, Time for him to fade into the sunset.

      • November 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm

        Great commentary. Captures exactly how I felt about his interview.

      • 48 Asher in Boston
        November 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm

        I am so angry at this saliva spitting douche bag, matthews. What a hateful SOB. Never will I ever ever watch his effing show again.

      • November 19, 2011 at 11:24 pm

        Thanks for that, ChristiMtl..that was excellent! I left a comment but it didn’t seem to go through. I saw chips left one. It was excellent work deconstructing Chris Matthews’ beltway bubble bobble lies.

      • November 20, 2011 at 12:09 am

        Wow. that is spot on.

        • 51 HZ
          November 20, 2011 at 2:58 am

          Really was a4alice. Must read. Called my best friend in another state and we read it together and discussed it. Thanks so much ChristMtl for the link.HZ

      • 52 JoJothecat
        November 20, 2011 at 12:24 am

        Good read in deed, Thank you ChristiMtl and thank you for bringing Emilia’s post to us!

      • 53 Sankofa (@loves2travel14)
        November 20, 2011 at 1:40 am

        Hi Christi, I tweeted this to @hardball_chris. I knew a very long time when he was apopletic and popping a vein about clinton, he was NOT a friend to the Democratic party NO matter how he framed himself. It was mentioned earlier that WE keep watching him hoping he will have a good day and take someone to task or say something positive but he’s like the abusive boyfriend that knocks your friends, your thoughts and every now and then throws a compliment to keep us accepting his toxic behavior in hopes he will give us another compliment. His job is to get ratings on his OPINIONS and when they don’t coincide with FACTS, we should not be enablers of his kind of poisonist behavior. It’s been said he has a racist side, I can see that and he is affected by his “white superiority” mindset that PBO has not invited him to WH parties or behaved in a manner he finds acceptable or hasn’t schmoozed enough. WHEN did the most intelligent, compassionate, hardest working president guided by his “North Star” need to become a Minstrel Show to be acceptable. These are CM’s issues not the president and I, for one, have no patience or tolerance for his outright lies, deep seated anger and toxic show. Turn him off, quit subjecting ourselves to the “every now and then he gets it right” mess. His paymasters have given him and condoned his talking points, he hasn’t been reprimanded by head honchos yet so he knows what he is doing and why he is doing it. Sometimes, he goes off script as in his comments about the First Lady but was he called out by is bosses for taking it to another level? Nope! What he and all the right and left liars have not been able to accept (and it drives them to outlandish behaviors) is President Hussein Obama is the 44th president and will be the 45th president and the future will be kind to him and there is absolutely NOTHING they can do about it. They are to be ignored for the hot mess they have become. Negative attention is still attention.

    • 54 Frenchie08
      November 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Yes, this was a really good read. Very eye opening. Thank you!

  10. November 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Great recap of the Australia visit from ABC Australia:

  11. 60 globalcitizenlinda
    November 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I could be wrong but I feel that the right wingers who have been so arrogant throughout Prez Obama’s term are feeling somewhat politically disoriented during the last few weeks as the stupidity of their candidates is continously mocked and rejection of their extreme policies is put on display and trickle-down is being challenged across the nation

    • 61 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      *disoriented* – I think you might be right. And with that crew of candidates, and all their spinning and gyrating, they’ll be *walking into walls* soon!

      RNC = Vertigo 2012

  12. 62 MTmarilyn
    November 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Good evening everyone. I can’t wait to hear Rahm.

    Wonder which Teapubs will be on the Sunday shows tomorrow. Wish Anita Dunn would be on some shows. She is a great advocate for the President.

  13. 63 bonkers
    November 19, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Haven’t been able to follow things too closely recently, but did the CBS/Scott Pelley “debate” of Repubs actually have Teebagger Senators ask the candidates the leading, stage-managed questions?!? If true, I almost can’t believe it. The Repub takeover of all the MegaMedia is officially complete if that’s what Scott “Democrat Party” Pelley allowed to happen.

    • 64 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Not sure if they had a couple teafolk senators or representatives, but – yep – that’s what happened. It was ODD and CREEPY to say the least.

      • 65 bonkers
        November 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm

        So they had talking point robots feed other robots to expand upon each talking point, and then call that a “debate”…for President of the United States. You proud of yourselves Scott Pelley and CBS?

        • 66 utaustinliberal
          November 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm

          Oh yeah they had Sen. Jim DeMint and Sen. Lyndsey Graham ask the candidates stage managed questions. It was sickening to witness. Molly coddling them as though they aren’t supposed to be running for one of the most difficult jobs in the world.

  14. November 19, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Oh, hi Chips, did you bring supper back with you?

  15. November 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Hello all, it’s so good to have a new thread. I hope everyone has been able to replace all the negativity with a sense of well being in knowing all the things that were achieved by the POTUS on this trip.

  16. 70 GGail
    November 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Chipsticks – soooooo glad to have you back!!!!!!!

  17. November 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I got more info from that 2 minute AFP news clip than the majority of news from American media. Concise info and did you notice the way the reporter basically stayed in the background?

  18. 72 globalcitizenlinda
    November 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    have had a long day and yes I am tired.

    only good thing is that I have totallly revised my future plans so that I can give my best effort to President Obama’s re-election campaign in a state where my efforts are needed most – a few more months fighting for the cause should not hurt.

    will relocate in time for PBO’s Jan 2013 inagguration and hoping for my ultimate swing state to once again be called for President Obama victory column in Nov 2012.

  19. November 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Here’s an epic takedown of the two-time Bush voting, Iraq war supporting, John Boehner lovin’ Chris Matthews – http://politicsanonymous.com/?p=5671

    He hated and railed against Clinton while Clinton was in office, joked with Boehner in 2006 while trashing Hillary’s 2006 Senate campaign…

    • November 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      Matthews is a phony. He’s a racist republican. That’s why he was always talking about can Obama win whites, can he win the Penn blue collar workers. He’s pathetic and needs to be stopped from polluting the cable waves with his hatred of our President.

      • 76 hopefruit2
        November 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm

        There are many of those republican media hacks who jumped on the “liberal” bandwagon in the late 00’s when it was profitable and politically convenient to do so. Their true colors are now coming out – and they are frustrated because they were truly thinking and/or hoping that PBO would have self-imploded or be thoroughly dumped by now. Despite their best efforts to see that happen it hasn’t happened, and if anything, it’s the GOP that seems to be imploding and flailing.

      • 77 Asher in Boston
        November 19, 2011 at 10:40 pm

        Yeah, Proud. I do remember that meme of, can he win the Penn blue collar workers. Well, how disappointed he might have felt when they called PA for Sen. Obama. And yes, he is a racist loser IMO.

    • November 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      The author of the link you’ve provided, saintroscoe, is Marion Watts.
      The author of the exact same article at HoosLeft is by Flaming Emilia whose link has also been posted here.
      Ergo, Marion Watts and Flaming Emilia are the same;-)

      She’s dynamite, prolific and gets around! All good.

      She’s a white southerner who not only calls out dogwhistling, but she also writes that the Democratic party should aggressively fight for the southern vote. She cites Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, and George Clooney as good, popular Democratic southerners who should be called upon by the DNC chair to actively campaign for the Democratic party in the south. She warns against giving-in to an elitist coastal write-off of the so-called redneck vote.

      • 79 donna dem 4 obama
        November 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm

        She is a good Facebook friend of mine. I start each day out on FB reading Marion’s commentary. She is a fierce advocate of PBO and has no problem calling folks out when they start their whining. I just love to read her posts. She out did herself today. This article on tweety is a masterpiece.

      • November 19, 2011 at 11:33 pm

        Yeah, I just saw the same post by Marion Watts and I said to myself..I thanked Emilia! Glad she’s got it on at least two different sites!

        Great..Toby Keith sure has changed and I didn’t know that about Alan Jackson..that he was one of us.. 🙂 Thanks fancieful~

  20. November 19, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Guam – On the heels of announcing that the Asia-Pacific region is a “top priority” of U.S. security policy, President Barack Obama will only be making a brief refueling stop on Guam on his way back to the U.S. mainland. While the White House and Andersen Air Force Base won’t make any official statement, KUAM News has confirmed with sources that President  Obama will spend approximately two hours on Guam on Saturday night. 

  21. November 19, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    It must be in here somewhere, but need to know what is the most effective way of dealing with Chris M. I sent him an email, but need to contact a boss–who should I call, email—whatever. Will NEVER watch him again. He reminds me of Newt somehow–thanks

  22. 84 halo
    November 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    When is PBO scheduled to arrive in DC?

  23. 86 Me4obama
    November 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm


  24. November 19, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    thanks for being back Chipsticks!

  25. November 19, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Hiya everyone, did you all get that email from OFA about the very, very wonderful ‘Made in the USA’ mug?

    Just wondering, when you clicked on the link did your own name show up or someone else’s? Not for the first time, when I clicked, the name, address, phone number and company of someone else appeared – this time it was a James F. Pierce, I was Barb something or other before. 😕

    Thankfully, credit card details don’t appear, but this is a strange old glitch. I tried contacting OFA about it before but never heard back.

    Am I the only one with this problem?!

  26. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    November 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Can’t wait to see Rahm on C-Span shortly!

  27. November 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Whewwwwwww!!!! Finally here at home in Tod’s ville, I feel like I was in a battleground fighting the smears of PBO and FLOTUS on tweeter from CM.
    Thank you Chips for bringing me to sanity.

  28. November 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    RAHM!! Dang I missed the ‘debate’.. whatever shall I do? 😉

    Tuning into the Mayor~ for some hard-ass Fu**ing Facts.. in honor of Mr. Mayor, I felt the need to dash in a few F-bombs.

    • 98 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      Thanks for doing the Mayor’s introduction! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing how Rahm behaves – or doesn’t behave! Either way = fine with me.

  29. 99 Bobfr
    November 19, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    It’s unprecedented that 1 political party would script & record all the attack ads as a gift to their opposition. Thank You #KOCHMAFIAGOP

    As with the very cool “Made in the USA” slam at the birthers, we can expect so much fun thanks to the millions of $$$ these GOP clowns are spending being stupid, ‘debate’ after ‘debate’ recording their nonsense for us to use, liberally :), in 2012.


  30. November 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    is it its me? Palin seeing on cspan is OWS people.

  31. November 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Bob..If we feel the same watching these Repubs debate…I wonder how our President must feel….since he has to debate one of them.

    • 106 Bobfr
      November 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      He probably can’t stop laughing and at the same time must recognize the horrible fail our education and society are to have spawned such hate-filled, narcissistic idiots.


      • 107 Mae who love our CIC
        November 20, 2011 at 5:06 am

        The more hateful the more illiterate. Such a wasteful emotion. No concrete words or ideas will flow from hearts and minds consumed with hate. Hate is the cover, and this is what the GOP has become. This is why they always say to President Obama you go first with your plans so that we can copy your paper. This is why they adopted the memo of no, too illiterate to formulate an idea. This is why they like to sign pledges and to be led around by their nose. Just plan ole dumb, dumb.

  32. November 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Oh, good to know that Chipsticks could take some time and be in a space to give goodness to the beautiful spirit that is in the core of that beautiful being of hers.

    Yes, I am guilty of a little rant, but I hope and pray that I willl NEVER disrespect Chipsticks’s space here and all that she does to make her beautiful space such a wonderful haven for all of us. I just could not live with myself, if that would ever happen, Chipsticks and TOD family. So PLEASE let me know when I am out of place. I really do mean this from the depths of my being. I take this space as an honor and total privilege to be a part of.

    Chipsticks works too hard for me or anyone to disrespect it. I hope that I will NEVER do that to you, Chipsticks. I love this place so very much, and I do not hurt anyone or anything that I love. I am not a hurting person, but I do have a presence about me that may come on strong in certain situations where I feel others have gone too far when it comes to justice and complete fairness. It runs in my core being and my family .

    I love you, Chipsticks so much and I thank you for bringing us back to a sweetness within this beautiful haven. Thanks so much.HZ

  33. November 19, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Cspan just started covering the Iowa Democratic Jefferson Jackson dinner.

  34. 115 jacquelineoboomer
    November 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I really like Sue Dvorsky, Iowa Democratic Party Chair.

    She’s In!

  35. November 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    whats he meand IF? If we still believed in Hope & Change? Ain’t no if.

  36. November 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    loved the congressman who said we should stop complaining and get busy reelecting PBO

  37. November 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I wish they weren’t sounding like we (dems) are so down and out.. my gawd all that POTUS has accomplished in three years is amazing. Dems need to be touting that for the entire next year- all our accomplishments w/ unprecedented obstacles by crazy repubs in Congress.

  38. 124 dotster3
    November 19, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Anyone think Rahm is an interesting choice? I checked, and for the last 10 JJ dins, all but Al Franken have been future presidential candidates. Rahm adamantly denies that he has any intention of ever seeking the presidency, which he did again this week when questioned by Chgo reporters. I thought maybe someone like Martin O’Malley would be the one, as it is supposed to be sortof a stepping stone to a future candidacy. Anyhoo—-just wondered what others thought. Think Rahm will be great. Have read some excerpts from his speech, and I think it’s going to be a good one.

    • November 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      I didn’t know that history – thanks dotster.. as to Rahm, I don’t follow him close enough to know his plans.. but I too am a Martin O’Malley fan.. 2016 should be an interesting.. and hopefully strong field of candidates.

      • 126 bonkers
        November 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

        I appreciate his support of President Obama over the years, but I’m not a big fan of Rahm in general. I don’t see him as much of a leader nationally, and that temper…yeesh. Martin O’Malley and Elizabeth Warren are our two best options so far in my opinion. True leaders in the fullest sense and can win nationally.

  39. 127 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Iowa Democratic Party Chair Sue Dvorsky is a sweetheart! Love her enthusiasm.

  40. 129 dotster3
    November 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Are they passing around a collection plate/bucket?

  41. 131 GGail
    November 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I’m glad that I’m watching the Iowa Dem Dinner all the way through.

    Their Iowa Dem Chair, Sue Dvorsky is a whirlwind. I can just imagine her and DWS putting their heads together.


  42. November 19, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Tommy Christopher (Mediaite): Michael Moore Goes The Full Wingnut On President Obama Over Occupy ‘Crackdown’

    This week began with a series of raids on Occupy movement encampments across the country … Filmmaker Michael Moore responded by accusing President Obama, via Twitter, of giving the “green light” for the raids. It’s just the latest in a series of unhinged attacks, on the President, by Moore….

    …. The whole thing is so tin-foil ridiculous….What’s truly mystifying, though, is Michael Moore’s desperation to attack President Obama …. it’s rare that a liberal outpaces the most rabid of right-wing fabricators to do so.

    …. this is just the culmination of a series of unhinged anti-Obama attacks by Moore … Perhaps most tellingly, though, he appeared on The View in September to express his “disappointment” with President Obama by saying, “Bill Maher had a good answer when he said that Obama was half white and half black. He said I went to the polls and I voted for the black guy and what we got was the white guy.”

    More here: http://www.mediaite.com/online/michael-moore-goes-the-full-wingnut-on-president-obama-over-occupy-crackdown/

  43. 138 GGail
    November 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    You tell ’em Sen Harkin!

  44. November 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Harkin is telling the truth- no patience for the BS whiners.. NONE.

    • 140 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      I’m really getting a good feeling about our Democratic Party, nationwide, if our Iowa friends are any indication of the esprit de corps and hard work needed to win big in 2012!

      #PressOn Iowa and everywhere else!

      Here’s comes Rahm …

  45. 141 dotster3
    November 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    What I remember from last time was the long wait for Obama, and Nancy Pelosi, even though she had to introduce the others, gave away her true feelings about who she was supporting when she introduced him. And the place was raucous, rockin’. I remember the Obama supporters chanting as they marched down the street to the rally.

    • November 19, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      Dotster, that was a tense evening. When PBO showed up with all his supporters, it was exhilarating. As I watched Nancy Smash introduce each candidate, I held my breath. But sure enough, when she introduced PBO, you couldn’t help but feel her warmth for him. THOSE were amazing days.

      • 143 vitaminlover
        November 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm

        Just watch and see, meta there are going to be even more memorable days. They are going to be even more amazing.I am so looking forward. This is going to be even more miraculous and phenomenal !

          • November 20, 2011 at 3:26 am

            Here is another AGREED!! AGREED!! Meta. We are going to rock and roll in 2012.!!!! Love this spirit in the air. It has to go from town to town, city to city,state to state, and change the world!!!! Here we come.

            Oh, you all give me soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much faith and hope!!!! Thank you All. I love you with my candles, music, mediations, and joyful, joyful, joyful intellect that you all spread around this beautiful place. Good night to my Chips and TOD Family!!!!HZ

  46. 147 GGail
    November 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Here he comes!!!!!!

  47. November 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Effing RAHM!!!! It had to be said 😉

  48. 149 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhmbbbbbbbbbbbbooooo is here!!!!! Woo hoo!

  49. 150 dotster3
    November 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Hahahahahahaha! He’s beginning to miss the wisdom of Sarah Palin!

  50. 151 GGail
    November 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    That’s right Rahm – remind them what POTUS PROMISED AND HAS DELIVERED!!!!

  51. 152 hopefruit2
    November 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    You tell ’em RAHM!

  52. November 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I love RAHM!!!!! He is telling it like it is!!!!

  53. November 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Tell it Rahm.. we got screwed for 6 long awful years.. and now they care about a “balanced budget”!

  54. 155 COS
    November 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    i am loving Rahm calling Mittens out.

    • 156 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Rahm’s speech tonight should go viral! Every other speaker from this point on can just use his words!

      I’m really, really proud of Rahm (not to mention President Obama)!

      • 157 COS
        November 19, 2011 at 9:44 pm

        I agree Jacqueline. He is saying what PBO is not able to say right now. Those independents and so called liberal democrats who are considering voting for him need to think twicce.

  55. 158 jacquelineoboomer
    November 19, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    What is so very nice is that Rahm is a guy who used to work for President Obama, and he still respects and admires him. That says even more about President Obama than the Mayor, but I congratulate Rahm for standing by “our” man.

    • 159 COS
      November 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      Yes, he has that up close and personal view of PBO. Great speech. I just saw on Yahoo that Cain and Gingrich teared up at the debate. (hypocrites)

    • November 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      I just got in and caught the last 10 minutes. What I heard was fantastic!! Loyalty means everything to me when it comes to PBO.

      • 163 jacquelineoboomer
        November 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm

        meta – If you can watch the full video later, I’d recommend it. He hit all the talking points and his remarks could just be the template for upcoming speakers on behalf of PBO.

        • 164 jacquelineoboomer
          November 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm

          And when Dems hit the talking points, it means they are telling the truth about PBO’s record!

          Just for clarification!

      • 165 COS
        November 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm

        You should see the entire speech Meta. He really drew a stark contrast between PBO and Romney.

      • 166 ChristiMtl
        November 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm

        I can’t believe that I miss Rahm….arrhhh something came up and I had to go for an hour or so.

        Speaking of loyalty….Anita Dunn was fantastic this morning on Up with Chris…..I love her!

        • November 20, 2011 at 3:31 am

          I think this is going to be the focus that POB will take in pointing out what was, is, and has been delivered by him. Now which do you want to continue to deliver to your door for another 4 more years. Your choice. Who do you want in the Oval Office? You have a choice.HZ

  56. 169 halo
    November 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm


  57. November 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    WOW!!! what a speech. I am ready to fight for the middle class and for this President!!!!!! Press On!!!

  58. 172 GGail
    November 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm


    You did the President proud!

  59. 173 GGail
    November 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Rahm and an open mic – scary

  60. 178 jacquelineoboomer
    November 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    If anybody’s watching C-Span TV, you might want to turn to something else. Think the wives of Gingrich and Perry will be on next (or soon).

    No thanks.

  61. 180 utaustinliberal
    November 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Rahm was friggin fantastic! Great speech. It was fun live tweeting. 🙂

  62. November 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Chips I just found your main competition. This blog is a blast!

  63. 192 nospin
    November 19, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I went to the Mediate site to read the article on Michael Moore and there is someone posting under the name NoSpin.

    That is not me.

    • 193 ChristiMtl
      November 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Me personally, I never ever read the comments at Mediate….it’s nasty.

      Thanks for the link nospin………..freaking Naderiste…..it was all over the news in French Québec as well, newspapers.

    • 194 desertflower
      November 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      We are kindred spirits 🙂 Some time ago, the same thing happened to me…someone posted vile comments as desertflower….you should have SEEN all the warnings I got here and TOAITR!

      • 195 hopefruit2
        November 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm

        And there was also a fake BWD on an OFA site!!!

        • 196 nospin
          November 20, 2011 at 9:54 am

          I think that will probably be something we all have to look out for hopefruit2. Because folks know they cannot get past the iron gate at TOD (because of our fearless leader) they will try to use some of the names of regulars at other sites to try to pass off negative spin as something coming from supporters.

          We will all know how bad it is if we see someone posting under the name “Chipsticks”.

    • 197 Eleroy
      November 20, 2011 at 2:28 am

      I saw that and thought it was you!!! I was so pissed and was going to really give it you here at TOD!!! Thanks for clearing that up.

      • 198 nospin
        November 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

        “I was so pissed and was going to really give it you here at TOD!!!”

        My hope is that was a joke otherwise, please recognize that I can give as good as I get.

  64. 199 jacquelineoboomer
    November 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Good. Lynn Sweet of The Chicago Sun Times already has tweeted the transcript of Rahm’s remarks at the Iowa JJ:


    • 200 Elle
      November 20, 2011 at 8:36 am

      That was brilliant! I am saving it and sharing it. If only all Democratic politicians proudly shared our President’s accomplishments as Rahm has.

  65. November 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    PEEPS, if you’re a team leader/volunteer with OFA, you will appreciate this. We are now going to receive national leaderboards each week. I just looked at this week’s numbers and for CA and the work CA is doing for NV, they are really, really good. Really proud of the collective effort to phonebank and conduct 1- on- 1s. Super impressive. We have a real great MACHINE at work to re-elect PBO!!

    • 202 COS
      November 19, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Meta, Dems are silent but deadly. They criticize us for lack of enthusiasm, but we are going about our business behind the scenes. I don’t care how many polls are taken saying that PBO and Romney are even, I don’t believe any of those polls.

      • November 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm

        And that’s how it’s done, y’all.

      • 204 Maritza
        November 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm

        COS, the polls were very “close” on 11/03/08 and “that one” won so we will do it again!

      • November 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

        That’s an excellent way to see it, COS. You are absolutely right about the work that is going on behind the scenes. I don’t want to say much in a public forum, but I’m astonished at where we’re at right now.

      • 206 hopefruit2
        November 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

        Exactly, and the loudmouth “liberals” and “progressives” who appear in front of the TV every day or every week are not even Democrats as they may otherwise claim. I’m looking at you Bernie Sanders, Michael Moore, Tweety and Olbermann. They do NOT speak for me or the “base.”

    • November 19, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      Any plans for Cali folks to go into Az? With Mitt on the ticket, Az might be a better play than Nv.

    • November 20, 2011 at 3:48 am

      You are so right on what is taking place as you well know, Meta . The Ca and NV thing is working behinds off. Not playing at all. National has given it instructions and ppl are moving. it is moving with pride, and serious work. Enjoy.HZ

  66. November 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I thought it was very interesting that Rahm went mainly after Romney. They’re really seem to be sure that he’ll be the nominee.

    Brilliant speech by the little guy.

    • November 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      Yep. Romney can run, but he can’t hide. He’s going to have to come out and face the music soon.

    • November 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      In all likelihood he will be, but with Mitt skipping out of Iowa debate tonight, Dems can help Iowa find somebody other than Mitt. That’s very important if there is any chance at beating Mitt in the primaries. If Mitt wins Iowa than he skates to an early primary win, and NH might go hard for Huntsman given their contrarian nature and not supporting Iowa winner.

      • November 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm

        In all likelihood, mitt loses Iowa, then wins NH, then wins Nevada, and then loses south Carolina.
        Sound familiar?
        It should, it is what happened to Hillary.

        • November 19, 2011 at 10:51 pm

          Florida will be before Nevada, which makes Nv basically useless. Whoever wins Florida will probably win the primary.

          • November 19, 2011 at 11:00 pm

            Oh yah Florida is January 31st, but they hit their delegates cut big time because they moved up.
            So, it is half the state it was!

          • 220 jacquelineoboomer
            November 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm

            Isn’t it the talk that Romney knows he can’t win in Iowa because of the Evangelical Christians who vote big during primaries, but is pretty sure he’ll win in New Hampshire?

            Not that any of them should win anything.

            • 221 COS
              November 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm

              Doesn’t Romney live in New Hampshire? Was Perry at the debate? TPM did not mention him?

            • November 20, 2011 at 10:51 am

              Yeah, but he’s polling in a 4-way tie in Iowa at the moment. Also he should at least make an attempt with the Evangelical voters because he’ll be asking for their vote come the general. If he showed up – even if he got kicked around – I think he’s win begrudging respect from them. SC and Florida have their fair share of Evangelicals as well.

              Last night was a “value voters” debate where the candidates spoke about their religious faiths quite a bit – I guess Mitt doesn’t want to put himself in that situation.

      • November 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm

        I’m not afraid of him at all. Once it’s one-on-one against PBO, he won’t be able to run away from himself like he’s doing now with the help of the media.

      • 228 Eleroy
        November 20, 2011 at 2:23 am

        How can Iowa go for Huntsman when he is NOT polling directly below Romney!!!

        Newt Gingrich is polling better than Huntsman in N.H so why would they skip from Romney to little Jon SR???

        • November 20, 2011 at 10:55 am

          Iowa won’t go Huntsman, but Mitt is basically in a four way tie there and Iowa voters are in a pickle where they might vote Romney because they want to stay relevant in the process. If they vote for one of the freaks and geeks that go nowhere after Iowa it makes their caucus look useless and past it’s time of any importance.

          In NH they’d skip from Romney to Huntsman, over Newt, because Huntsman is going all-in in NH, has been there exclusively for months now and won’t leave before the primary and he’s most like Romney. So if Romney voters say “We can’t give it to Romney, he just won Iowa, they could go to the next best thing (in their eyes) to Mitt and that would be Huntsman. Huntsman is polling around 10% in NH.

  67. November 19, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Hey Chip, I want to know what Politico has to say, but I don’t want to go there. I expect you to provide us with the headlines.


  68. 232 Bobfr
    November 19, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Any doubt that Dems are going to support President Obama and are going to be ultra-aggressive from now until election day 6 Nov 2012 should have been completely erased by tonight’s Democratic event in Iowa.

    Game ON!


    • November 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      Ha! TPM doesn’t even consider Huntsman worth mentioning. He of course skipped it as well.

      • 239 hopefruit2
        November 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm

        Apparently Mitt Romney was invited but didn’t attend. Huntsman was not invited.

        • 240 jacquelineoboomer
          November 19, 2011 at 11:15 pm

          I think some venues use the percentage rule when inviting candidates to debate. When you’re below minus a gazillion in percentage points, you’re disinvited.

    • 241 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      First Boehner, non-stop, now this. What is it with all of these Republicans crying all the time?*

      Sounds like Santorum, Cain, Bachmann, and Gingrich all “teared up” during tonight’s debate.

      *Of course, they’re all crying because they know they won’t get to be President in 2012. There’s that.

  69. November 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    The President will be home at 1:25am.
    I for one, am glad he is home. Seems like the country needs him more then people in DC let on!

    • 243 anniebella
      November 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      I am glad to here that. I tell you if I was Michelle and the girls I would be waiting to welcome him home. Cause it seem like he has been gone for along time.

      • 244 Eleroy
        November 20, 2011 at 2:20 am

        I too can’t wait for him to get home to his Michelle and the girls!!! The trip was a huge success but it must have been hard for the girls to have him gone this long!!!
        (And as much as I like the aussie PM, I think her obvious crush on our President made me want to say mor than once, please back away slowly m’aam!!!)

        • 245 anniebella
          November 20, 2011 at 3:18 am

          I agree with you Eleroy, Then you add in that nutcase shooting at the White House. Barack Obama needs to be home with his family for awhile. Not the President, but daddy and husband.

    • November 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      And he’ll probably be up at 8am dealing with the Super Committee mess. I still expect an agreement unfortunately.

  70. November 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Just in- after rahmbos speech–mitt romney campaign is asking for all emails and correspondence between Rahm and the Obama campaign.

    …… Just kidding.

  71. 250 anniebella
    November 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    One thing I am convince of, Chris Matthews and Michael Moore need some mental help.

    • 251 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      You are right. Maybe someday, we’ll see them on teevee as subjects of “Intervention.” Or on Celebrity Rehab, because they both think they are ones.

    • November 20, 2011 at 12:52 am

      Maybe they should get together and see who can project the most ignorant disingenous PObama hate from their spittle and pores? Freaking verbally duke it out until only one is standing.

      Wondering if Tweety is getting any clues with all this pushback he’s receiving that YES WE DO Connect to the Prez and we are Ordinary Citizens. The Best Kind.

  72. November 19, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    How does a guy at 1% get all this media attention.
    Huntsman is doing Saturday night live.
    Surely, they can do better?

    • 254 hopefruit2
      November 19, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      They can do a lot better but the NBC and MSNBC are trying to give huntsman as much exposure and make him into a “star.” before the primary caucuses. (Obama was on SNL in Oct 2007) the reaction was extremely positive. I guess they are hoping he will be like Obama.

    • November 19, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Should play well in Iowa and for “value voters” in other states that Huntsman skips their debate to be on SNL…

      • 256 hopefruit2
        November 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm

        It’s clear that the media is desperately looking for a “white/Republican” and moderately more-to-the-right version of Barack Obama. And they are increasingly frustrated that no one seems to be able to fulfill that role. I mean who appeared on SNL during the DEM primary season around the same in the campaign?

      • November 19, 2011 at 11:04 pm

        Not to many conservatives like snl, however, the morning Joe crew endorsed huntsman and the snl set is upstairs from the set of morning Joe.

      • 264 Lovepolitics2008
        November 19, 2011 at 11:59 pm

        The media is definitely on Huntsman’s side. I have the feeling though that many power brokers in the GOP prefer Romney because he would be easier to control if he was elected.

        StR, I’m not sure Huntsman is only working for 2016. I think he really wants it. Can he pull it off ? Things are so fluid right now that everything could happen.

        • 265 Chi
          November 20, 2011 at 5:06 am

          And Huntsman wouldn’t be controlled even more…have you heard him pandering in gibberish as he licks his lips…

          You are so funny…

          I think too many people have fallen for the media packaged version of Huntsman…

          It was just a few short weeks ago that a similarly touted inevitable Rick Perry was been pushed by the very same people in the media…

          That is until he actually showed up and started climbing in the polls…

          Jon Huntsman has said or done absolutely nothing that remotely makes sense and is actually more a figment of the imagination of those who are looking for what looks embarrassingly like a poor imitation of President Obama cast in white…

          Jon Huntsman is so shallow and has nothing to offer and I actually wish he would get some sort of boost in the polls so that he actually gets the full inspection that will expose him as nothing more than a lemon all shinied up that won’t even get through the driveway before it completely sputters out…

        • November 20, 2011 at 11:00 am

          His major problem is that he and Romney are vying for the same voters and Mitt is the established name with the experienced campaign and long donor list. For Huntsman to catch fire he needs Romney voters to leave Mitt because Huntsman is not going to get any of the not-Romney voters, as he basically is Romney.

      • November 20, 2011 at 12:54 am

        Huntsman wasn’t invited.

  73. 268 jacquelineoboomer
    November 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Ewww. I should not say such a snarky thing, but it appears to be the fright night portion of C-Span.

    First, Scott Brown’s wife, about whom I am not the least bit impressed. Now, a woman named Callista Gingrich – who’s claim to fame, I guess, is having a husband named Newtie – is on, whom I heard say that “their” main job is getting President Obama out of the White House. Before I muted her, that is.

    What goals these people have – just to drag others down. Far reaching? No. For the common good? No. For those less fortunate? No.

    I have no pity for them, but they all just cry out for it.

    • 269 desertflower
      November 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      Hope you don’t have nightmares tonight! Dipped in botox….scares the hell outta me! kind of like Jan Brewer(our very own cryptkeeper) Yikes!

      • 270 jacquelineoboomer
        November 19, 2011 at 11:12 pm

        She does look like Jan! And to be even snarkier, her facial features are so finely honed, she looks like a pencil drawing.

        (Normally, as a woman, I wouldn’t mock another woman for her “looks,” but – let’s face it – Callista doesn’t have any.)

        Now, some big hair lady’s on – who looks an awful lot like Christine O’Donnell.

    • 275 ChristiMtl
      November 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      I don’t like to comment on someone’s look………but that picture of Calista Gingrich posted a few days ago scared the heck out of me….it looked like an Halloween mask.

      I don’t know if it’s Botox or what….but yickes

    • 278 Obama Grandmama
      November 19, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      When I first saw a photo of Callista I thought she looked so much like Cindy McCain. Then I thought about older Republican men liking women to look a certain way. I have heard it called arm candy. Guess others have thought a similar thought.

  74. November 19, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    This will be repeated at 11:59 tonight.

  75. November 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday Syria could slide into civil war but she did not foresee the global community intervening in the same way it did in Libya.

    “I think there could be a civil war with a very determined and well-armed and eventually well-financed opposition that is, if not directed by, certainly influenced by defectors from the army,” Clinton told NBC news in an interview in Indonesia, where she was attending a regional summit.

    “We’re already seeing that, something that we hate to see because we are in favor of a peaceful protest and a nonviolent opposition,” she said.

    • 283 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2011 at 11:47 pm

      I could only read a portion of that. Is he suggesting that only poor children should work?

      If he only had a heart.

      My grandfather – born in 1885 (gulp) – had to go into the coal mines in Pennsylvania at age 11 to help support his family.

      The year my mother, the coal miner’s daughter, passed away – 99 years after his first job – she told me she was still angry with her grandfather for making her dad do that.

      That’s what having a heart looks like, Republican dogs. In human years.

  76. 284 desertflower
    November 19, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/19/romney-i-will-not-support-tax-hikes-by-super-committee/ What a sheep. Guess what Willard? YOU don’t get a say as to what the Super Committee does!

    • November 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm

      However, quietly, Romney is running to the right in the primary. You see, if he was so concerned about the GE, then why is running so far to the right?

    • 286 theo67
      November 20, 2011 at 12:50 am

      Since 70% of the country supports tax hikes (on the rich), I’m curious how Mitt thinks he can win with 30% of the vote. Either they are planning to steal the election, or they will sponsor a third party candidate to try and steal votes from President Obama – neither of which is beneath them.

  77. November 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Here are the flickr photos of the OFA women events today-


    Oh ya, no enthusiasm? Lol!

    • 288 jacquelineoboomer
      November 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      Great photos. Loved the cardboard cutouts of POTUS and FLOTUS at the one party. Also the Thanksgiving placard on the table in another photo that said something like “Thankful for our President … for obvious reasons” – and the obvious reasons pointed to a photo from a GOP debate! Good one.

  78. 289 desertflower
    November 19, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    She listened to this drivel so we wouldn’t have to….pepto bismol’s stock is going to shoot right up before a year is out!


    • 290 theo67
      November 20, 2011 at 12:59 am

      In her article, she mentions that Ron Paul said “If we were determined, we would have repealed Roe v Wade by now”. How does this jibe with the libertarian way of thinking? He’s fine dismissing Civil Rights and allowing discrimination because it interferes with the rights of private industry to be as racist as possible, but allowing a woman the right to control her own body is a bridge too far? He’s a hypocrite, and the people on the left who follow him are confused idiots who haven’t fully thought through their support.

      • 291 Chi
        November 20, 2011 at 5:18 am

        This is how one knows that many Ron Paul supporters have no clue what this evil man really stands for…

        They are so stoned out of their minds and salivating at the thought of the decriminalization of marijuana that they give this crazy, soulless man’s other policy ideas absolutely no thought…

        The fact that Arian nation types are his biggest following should give some of those ridiculous black people I saw used in one of his campaign ads serious pause…

  79. 292 Ladyhawke
    November 19, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Rahm Emanuel Addresses Iowa Democratic Dinner


    Rahm Emanuel spoke about the accomplishments of the Obama administration to date, the 2012 presidential campaign, and weaknesses of the Republican field, and the future of the U.S. economy under both Republican and Democratic control. His remarks were delivered at the annual Jefferson Jackson fundraising dinner in Des Moines, Iowa.



    35:00 Tom Harkin video

    38:00 Rahm Emanuel

  80. November 20, 2011 at 12:57 am

    So this is what they are up to over at that orange site: They photoshopped Pres. Obama’s face onto the face of the cop at UCDavis that pepper sprayed those students. Got the link from twitter that led to a diary telling readers that the picture wasn’t funny.


    • 294 JoJothecat
      November 20, 2011 at 1:07 am

      That’s why so many people (black and white) have left that site as the racist, libertarian, suckers that they are.

    • 296 theo67
      November 20, 2011 at 1:11 am

      Dailykos won’t even make it into the footnote of history. Look back at the idiots from FDR’s days. Does anyone know their names? We just know that there were a bunch of idiots who made life difficult for everyone else. Look at the fools who told Lincoln he looked like a monkey – nobody knows their names.

      These Dailykos people make a living via being negative and pessimistic. They are pathetic, sad little people who are missing out on an historic presidency that is lifting the whole world up and teaching people of the world to hold their heads up and be self-sustaining.

      I still am awed by the wisdom in President Obama’s inauguration speech. This section was addressed to the Muslim world, but is totally applicable for the people seeking to destroy this country – and that includes Dailykos, the PL as a whole, and the GOP: “we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy”.

      President Obama has treated everyone with respect and they have treated him with disdain. That smallness reflects badly on them.

  81. November 20, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Regarding Matthews…What I wish would be the big push back by all of us and all those Americans that have worked with out first Lady. What has our fist lady done? Per Matthews “And Mrs. Obama —…… But what has she done, obesity? How bout connecting with the American people bout being Americans? I don’t think she’s … I don’t think she’s happy. I don’t think they like being in the White House. and the American people can tell that. They don’t seem thrilled at the fact that the American people have selected them as our first family. I don’t sense the gratitude, the happiness level. the thrill of being president. Bill Clinton loved being president every minute and you knew it. … and that’s what the American people like. they like knowing their president’s happy.”
    Our fist lady…What has she done!!! Where are all you Americans that have seen, felt first hand what this amazing woman has done, opening the White House to so many, the warmth she brings. Where is the push back? What other first lady has done so much! Is it just me or is this sickening on so many levels.

    • 299 Eleroy
      November 20, 2011 at 2:02 am

      What a fucking asshole Chris Matthews is!!! I HATE this buffoon who has been handed a media platform to spread this diseased crap!!!

      The revisionist history on the “happiness” and “gratitude” of previous presidents and first ladies is madness.

      Chris Matthews NEVER analysed ANY OTHER first lady not even Laura Bush who just left the White House with her husband who left this country shattered!!!

  82. 301 Taz
    November 20, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Good evening everyone. I look forward to the President arriving home. I really wish someone would shut Michael Moore’s big fat pie hole!

  83. November 20, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Another thing,…we don’t deserve our President and our First Lady. The rest of the world can see what so many in America can’t. I am a white woman, I don’t know if Matthews is saying this __hit because of the color of our first families skin, I hope not. How happy was Laura Bush? Did anyone call her out, Pat Nixon? Betty Ford? All happy campers that expressed gratitude for letting them be in the White House! What is the double standard here? Mrs Lincoln, she hated her time in the white house, Lincoln was not Mr happy either, so perhaps they were undeserving too! What could a first lady do that was more “American”? We here at TOD all love our first lady…what can we do?

    • November 20, 2011 at 2:03 am

      Here’s a copy of my letter to MSNBC:
      A new low was reached today on MSNBC. Professionalism, honesty, fairness and just simple decency were abandoned in an utterly vicious and completely uncalled for attack on the President, the First Lady and the entire family. This is the death of journalism and the beginning of unbridled hate mongering and propaganda. No apology can erase your complicity in stoking the flames of hatred against a good and decent man and his family. You are compelled to live with the consequences.

    • November 20, 2011 at 4:55 am

      What really caused pain to my heart (literally …had to take two heart pills to stop what was taking place in my chest) was the audacity to leave out what our First Lady, and Dr. Biden has done to bring to the forefront the need to make our military men and women be recognize as human being who have given us so much all of these years, and now we get a REAL Open and Loving Opportunity to help them adjust to their lives as they return home,. some just to catch a breath and then go back for another duty and another one, and another one.

      Have the call from our First Lady as she and Dr. Jill put on their sweats to have some quality time with our military children, families here at home in the Whitehouse and on the Whitehouse lawn, at the sites where I military men and women are serving us. There she works asking Congress and the CIC and Sec. of Veteransto get funds to help Fight for our homeless military men and women;, helping to bring to America’s attention of building a home for military women who need a home until they find one, children having their mom or dad read books to them at night while dad or mom is on duty far away from their children while fighting for our safety oversees.

      Going to local schools where children are sitting in classes and the teachers do not now that some of these students have parents who are on duty or have been on multiple duties, or even brought back in a casket to Dover and other home towns all across this countries. Being able to visit the Whitehouse as NEVER before for specially planned activities for military families and their children for holidays and to see their President and First Lady hug them, read to them, and share a big hug like no one but our FLOTUS can give to them. How is that working for our heart, CM?

      Having their First Lady and Dr. Jill Bidne plan and take baskets of beautiful gifts to baby showers for our military families. Our First Lady delivering toys for our military children for the holidays, must I go on? No, it hurts too damn hard to do so CM.

      How dare you ,CM talk to Us about our beautiful and hard working First Lady working her heart and bottom off to give love, hope, needs, homes, medical help that our military has not seen in years for their families? Dr. Biden taking off to travel with FLOTUS to city to city, state to state to honor our military men and women who have given CM and the likes a safe place to lay their heads each day and night just because of what FLOTUS has worked so hard( and still calling us to do along with POB and VP Biden to do by getting in involve with one of the Most Precious Teams in our country, Our Beloved Military….and CM wants to say our FLOTUS is not doing anything worthwhile, not happy, and all the other lies, Shame on you. Seach your heart tonight and think how that young man or woman who is awaiting the 14th or 20th surgery tonight in some hospital because of putting his/her life on the line for you CM and all of us daily. and our FLOTUS from day one started to bring the awareness to our attention in a manner that has NOT been done by any FLOTUS and Dr. Biden and our POTUS ever.

      Tell your lies and hate to these brave men, women, mothers, fathers, grand parents, and those precious children that their FLOTUS has not done anything of good mention to the American people that really counts…And FLOTUS just does NOT talk about it, she gets out there with our military men and women and do what she preaches to us to do.

      .YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED CM. Just plain painful to my heart tonight. But I do forgive, because I must move on to help our FLOTUS,and POTUS to continue to call us to do the right things.: But CM, you hurt the hell out of me, when I thought of this one Our Brave Military !!!! (there are so much more that she has done and still is doing) Soon and Very Soon” because of our FLOTUS and Dr. Jill Biden, and POTUS we will see some very precious children see their mom and dads walking into that door of that home. Oh, Lord We Ask for your love and favor tonight AmenHZ

    • 306 globalcitizenlinda
      November 20, 2011 at 5:58 am

      one needs to ask CM these 2 questions:

      does the current First Family need to bring their declaration of their happiness to you CM so that you can approve it in your capacity as ……?

      why do you think that this President needs to ‘stay up until midinight’ entertaning the current hateful and corrupt members of congress, senate and political class (whose only goal has been to try and destroy him) when he the US and the world are facing so many urgent problems that seek solutions from the POTUS?

      something tells me that CM and others are tearing their hair out because this President dedicates some time to his family and he has not had any personal scandal that they can use to trash him – personal decency is not welcome among the current political class

      • 307 nospin
        November 20, 2011 at 10:07 am

        great thoughts but my response would simply be – @Chris Matthews, accept the fact that President Obama and his family are better than you.

  84. November 20, 2011 at 2:02 am

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has roared into the lead of the Republican nominating race, brushing off concerns about his work for a troubled housing company, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.

    Twenty-four percent of registered Republican voters would support the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives if the contest were held now, an increase of 8 percentage points from roughly a week ago, according to the poll, which was conducted on November 18-19.


  85. 309 theo67
    November 20, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Hi all – President Obama has landed. (I hope this link works)

    • November 20, 2011 at 2:14 am

      Thanks, theo67 – the link works and now I can go to sleep. Good night all!

    • 311 vitaminlover
      November 20, 2011 at 2:21 am

      Welcome home, Mr President, Sir. Get some good rest. Hug Mrs. Obama and Malia and Sasha and Mom-in-Law and pat Bo on the head. Sleep very peacefully and safely in Jesus Name. The angels are encamped all around you and yours. Amen

    • 312 globalcitizenlinda
      November 20, 2011 at 5:38 am

      welcome home Mr President. yes the link works just fine, thanks

  86. 313 bonkers
    November 20, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Since Chris Matthews seems to be the issue of the day, and little reminder is in order about how truly creepy this little boy is:

    Dude is one f-d up nutjob. A perfect tool for the Billionaires who own the ENTIRE MegaMedia and pay him millions. Writing letters is a waste of your time. Like Pat Spewcannon, he has his job in order to keep actual Liberal policy from ever being enacted. They are doing EXACTLY what their bosses want them to be doing. The owners DON’T CARE WHAT YOU OR I THINK.

    Please, those of you here with a conscience…ignore anything he ever says in the future, even when he rips on some Repub and seems to support President Barack Hussein Obama. It will happen again and soon, so ignore it completely. He is trying to use you. Regarding Tweety Matthews I’d suggest the Timothy Leary Method: Turn off. Tune out. Drop kick. ALWAYS. Don’t be fooled again.

  87. 314 Bobfr
    November 20, 2011 at 2:12 am

    “Regarding Tweety Matthews I’d suggest the Timothy Leary Method: Turn off. Tune out. Drop kick. ALWAYS. Don’t be fooled again.”

    Same applies to @MMFlint and all their ilk.

    I’ve advocated that approach for sometime. Now, it’s essential.

    Thank you!


    • 315 bonkers
      November 20, 2011 at 2:21 am

      Just one example of thousands of the pure genius of President Barack Hussein Obama. He developed a strategy, using tried and true techniques for Organizing, to bypass the stranglehold the Billionaires, who pay mental midgets like Matthews have on America, and the industrialized world’s public discourse. They still have some influence on the process, but it’s waning rapidly, thanks to Stanley Ann’s son. President Obama will win no problem, but if we get back back the House and strengthen the Senate, oh boy, people like Tweety Matthews will really become irrelevant fast, since no amount of their lies will overcome the incredible improvements that will happen to the economy and society in general.

      Fired up! Who’s Ready to Go?!? Press On, indeed!

    • November 20, 2011 at 2:30 am

      The only problem with the Timothy Leary method, when you drop out your voice is lost. When untruth is spoken, and re-spoken and spread, it becomes the “truth” to so many. Just ask the birthers, the Muslim pushers. So if we say nothing, or not respond…well their message go unchallenged..they win and control the dialogue. If we are “the people” where are our voices!? My first Lady will not be judged by this buffoon!

      • 318 bonkers
        November 20, 2011 at 2:42 am

        I agree. I was meaning more in terms of expending precious energy trying to get MSRNC to change their line-up or get Tweety Matthews to magically become a Journalist.

        Yes, we must never “tune out” when it comes to getting involved in your local levels and engaging those you know and love in honest debate, in order to undue the damage of Matthews and his employers. It’s really the only way we’ll be able to combat the propaganda machine until more Liberals are elected and laws are changed back to encourage actual Democracy again, like we used to have. Good point, Carla, and thanks for it! I’m in!

      • 319 nospin
        November 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

        agreed. There should be push back and we can make a difference there.

  88. 320 Bobfr
    November 20, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Reality. GOP detests the 99%. #PresObama works 24/7 FOR US. That is an evidenced-based FACT. Time 99% of us joined him & crushed the GOP.


  89. November 20, 2011 at 2:37 am

    spanish voters are about to commit harikiri a la brits and italians. Why do the stupid voters think and believe that rightwingers will protect the middle class beats me.


    • 322 Eleroy
      November 20, 2011 at 3:41 am

      It is a predominantly catholic country and there is always an attempt to make social and cultural issues the prime decider. No different really from the catholic church here in America cooperating with the GOP!!!

  90. 323 FiredUpIn
    November 20, 2011 at 2:58 am

    This interactive circle graphically displays who owes what to whom and how tightly integrated the world economy is:


    • 324 hopefruit2
      November 20, 2011 at 8:48 am

      But but but Mitt Romney said that we should just ignore the UK and let them solve their own problems! Thank you FiredUP.

  91. November 20, 2011 at 3:19 am

    By Lynn Sweet on November 19, 2011 8:33 AM | No Comments
    WASHINGTON–The Obama re-election team is looking to capture NASCAR voters and one way is for First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of the vice president to appear at a big race. On Sunday, the first and second ladies hit southern Florida–Florida a key 2012 state–to pitch their “Joining Forces” initiative to help military families at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    According to the White House, “Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden will recognize service members and military families from the local community at a special BBQ lunch prior to the race. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden will also invite a military family to join them as they serve as Grand Marshals for the championship race to lead the pre-race ceremony and offer the most famous words in racing: “Gentlemen, start your engines.” “

  92. November 20, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Good night and Good Morning chipsticks and TOD family:

    I could not sleep tonight no matter how hard I tried to get it together with my sporadic comments and my long phone call to another state where my Best Friend resides.

    I knew it was somehing that had been nagging at my heart and I could not let it go, so I prayed, and meditated for a time in the quietness of my home to ask my heart to please release me of the rapid beats that I have no control of. Finally, I began to get some relief. It is a very scary situation when it does occur. I tried to think of what had brought on the attacks, and slowly, but surely, I received my answered through this quiet time alone.

    I was hurting inside from taking in the ways and thoughts of my actions in responding to the CM situation throughout the day. It was pain that I had not help to have a channel to release itself. So I go up and prayed and asked for help. I begin to write from my heart what I felt that I needed to get some relief to take the pain away which helps the racing within my chest.

    I know that there are misspelling, sentence structures, usuage of words, and punctuation marks needed, but I expressed what I needed to do. What is right for me at my core concerning how I reacted to all of this. I do not regret my comments on Twitter to CM, but I knew the pain and racing were headed for a physical wreck.

    So I wrote from my heat the above comments to share. As I wrote, I could feel my heart take a better and peaceful course which I needed before I would lay my head on one of these pillows tonight. It was our Beloved Military and our FLOTUS.

    I ask my TOD family to read it with forgiveness of the spelling,and all of the elements a beautiful teacher would read and understand my heart. So for those of you who are the great(and I really do mean that ) please just try to understand my heart and its pain as I was being true to it in the process. Forgive me. It is not sloppy on my part, it is just mistakes that comes with a heart that is so full and must follow its core of what is right within. Thank you. Do not worry, I will be fine. When I trust my inner spirit to be true to real like mother taught me, the rest will take care and heal for the right timing. Good night and Morning TOD Family and our Military Families all over the world. FLOTUS and POTUS and the TOD Family have Not forgotten you in all of this Noise. Love you all back so much.HZ

    • 327 theo67
      November 20, 2011 at 6:02 am

      You have to take care of yourself, HZ. The CM’s of this world are not worth ruining your health or peace of mind over. Trust me, I doubt the President spends much time on these people. There’s too much to do, and these people are not participating in the work. They stand on the sidelines and throw stones, intent on destruction. And when we give them attention, we feed them and keep them alive. They’ve been around for a long time in various forms. And good always overcomes evil – so my sister says.

      So, take time to calm yourself, and keep these people and their role in the grand scheme of things in perspective. We all lose it every once in a while, and it’s perfectly understandable. But, save your energy for the real battles to come. The following year will be full of lies and they will only increase in their ferocity. Keep your eyes on the prize.

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