rise and shine

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10:30 AM President Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey (Woot!)

4:20 The President, First Lady and their daughters participate in a service event



Andrew Sullivan: How to beat Romney – run ads like this:


Deaniac (The People’s View): … I have always known that Glenn Greenwald is a opportunistic, dishonest, fact-ignorning blowhard. But today we get to add ironic to that … Greenwald wrote a column accusing the SEIU, a union that has endorsed President Obama for re-election, of attempting to “co-opt” the Occupy Wall Street movement. Why? Well because apparently …. they have trademarked and copyrighted the phrase “99 percent.”

…. The very same Glenn Greenwald who is accusing the SEIU of trying to use OWS’ language (heaven forbid!) for their own purposes …. (is) trying to sell (and promote) winter gear for the OWS protesters being disbursed by the notorious Firedoglake. But of course, Greenwald fails to mention that he stands to financially gain from donations to FDL, as the treasurer of FDL’s PAC, Accountability Now, and his company, DMDM Enterprises, is used to taking money for “administrative expenses” from Accountability Now.

An examination of FEC reports shows that Greenwald’s DMDM Enterprises received more than $40,000 from FDL’s Accountability Now from 2008-2010, and of course, we have no idea how much more he has received as salary as Treasurer…..

Full post here



New Hampshire yesterday:


Morning everyone

84 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 Ceb
    November 23, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Am I first? Good morning everyone.

  2. November 23, 2011 at 8:40 am

    By Lynn Sweet on November 23, 2011 6:15 AM | No Comments
    WASHINGTON–At the CNN GOP presidential debate on Tuesday, current front-runner Newt Gingrich called for a “humane” immigration policy and said he was “prepared to take the heat” for his stand, which he got from his rivals. On Wednesday, the Democratic National Committee sort of stood up for Gingrich, using him as a foil to target Mitt Romney, who the Obama team believes will eventually get the nomination.
    The DNC, looking ahead to an Obama–Romney matchup next year, said in a statement, “During last night’s debate, Mitt Romney’s extreme anti-immigrant views were on clear display. Romney once again went to the right of every other Republican presidential candidate, refusing to agree with others on the stage that tearing apart families is wrong or that we shouldn’t implement an extreme and inhumane immigration policy. This kind of attitude is harmful to our country, our nation’s families, and our standing in the world. It certainly runs counter to what we stand for and doesn’t reflect our values as Americans.”
    Romney, the one-time governor of liberal Massachusetts, has moved to right, where he must play if he is to be viable in a GOP primary. Look no further than the lonely single digit moderate Republican 2012 contender Jon Huntsman registers in every poll.
    Today’s touch of political irony: While Republicans who oppose any notion of amnesty are slamming Gingrich for his proposal to let long-term illegal immigrants stay in the U.S., the DNC applauds the Gingrich position.

  3. November 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Office of the Press Secretary

    November 23, 2011

    Background on the Pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey

    WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, November 23, 2011, President Obama will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony in the Rose Garden. The President will celebrate the 64th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wish American families a warm, safe, and healthy holiday.

    The President will pardon Liberty and its alternate Peace, both 19-week old, 45-pound turkeys. The names of the turkeys were chosen from over 100 submissions to the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association’s web site that highlighted the National Thanksgiving Turkey. Many of the submissions came from Minneapolis and St. Paul school children who learned this year about the importance of agriculture to the world food supply and to our local economies.

    After the pardoning, the turkeys will be driven to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. The National Thanksgiving Turkey will be on display for visitors during “Christmas at Mount Vernon,” a special program through January 6. After the holidays, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate will live in a custom-made enclosure at Mount Vernon’s nationally recognized livestock facility.

    Both birds were raised in Willmar, Minnesota under the supervision of National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga.

    Jaindl’s Turkey Farm in Orefield, Pennsylvania, gave President Obama’s family two dressed turkeys that will be donated to a local area food bank.

  4. November 23, 2011 at 8:43 am

    This is a good read
    Romney being an a-hole on Immigration is sure to lose big time the Hispanic/Latino vote.

    • November 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

      Ten bucks says once he gets the nomination his father being born and living in Mexico for a stretch will become much more public knowledge. Than of course maybe not, since the reason the Romney family was in Mexico was to flee government’s opposition to polygamy.

  5. 10 Bill
    November 23, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Even if one disagreed with Rev. Al’s politics it would be difficult to say he is not a very likeable and fun person.

  6. November 23, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Good morning everyone from Grenada 🙂

    Man those GOP dopefuls are a disgrace. They belong on the cartoon network, not in or anywhere near the White House.

  7. November 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Does anyone have the audio from PBO’s interview with Rev. Sharpton?

  8. 15 Proud of Obama
    November 23, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Good morning all. Rev Al is the only one who consistently focuses on exposing the GOP.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:58 am


    • 19 prettyfoot58
      November 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

      Gooooooooooooooood Morningggggggg…Chipsssss and the whole TODers…Fam…

      I am so very THANKFUL to be able to come here each and every day…this site is filled with such LOVING, wWITTY, DEDICATED…PASSIONATE….INFORMATIVE folks….

      i do not remember how i found your site Chips…but i am so happy that i did….


      Much love and respect to all…

      if i knew how to make a heart icon this is where it would be…(((smilin))…

  10. 21 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    November 23, 2011 at 9:07 am

    GoodMorning My TOD Family, looking forward to see Malia and Sasha with PBO pardoning the turkey. I am so excited.

  11. 23 Fred
    November 23, 2011 at 9:09 am

    good morning TOD family.May God watch;bless and guide POTUS and FLOTUS and the kiddies.We haven’t seen them in a little while so I can’t wait to see them.May everyone’s day be blessed

  12. November 23, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I certainly hope there is a time on PBO’s schedule today when he calls it a day and has quality time with his family and a chance to enjoy Thanksgiving. Yesterday I sent an e-mail to the White House thanking him for all his does and assuring him that there are millions of us in his corner. I so want him to have a time to rest and restore his spirit and then stuff himself with turkey and pie. No one has earned it more.

    It’s great to see the DNC responding so rapidly and finding just the right way to twist the knife into Romney for his soulless comments about immigrants. Ironic that yesterday was the day Romney believed he had successfully laid a trap for the president with his lying ad and it was he who ended up royally skewered, not the president. This idiot should not try to play games with the master. Note to Romney: you will always be outclassed, out smarted and out maneuvered by the president. Our president may be slim, but he is way above your weight class.

  13. 26 rikyrah
    November 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Wednesday, November 23, 2011
    Through A Teleprompter, Dorkly
    Posted by Zandar
    At this point we’ve taken a right turn at the evil mirror universe and ended up in the really, really sad reality where a major party “frontrunner” is lying about their own name.

    Responding to Wolf Blitzer’s own self-introduction — in which Wolf said “and yes, that is my real name” — Romney began: “I’m Mitt Romney — and yes Wolf, that’s also my first name.”

    Except Romney’s first name is “Willard,” and “Mitt” is his middle name.

    Franz Kafka would have cracked by now, Francis Bacon would have run from the room screaming, and I’m pretty sure Oscar Wilde would have chewed off his own leg after just three of these debates. Makes me feel pretty good about my being able to continue to stomach the Abyss here, but it’s not just staring back, it has position papers written by Cthulhu.

    It’s enough to drive a man mad.


    • 27 rikyrah
      November 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

      I hope you twitter folks tweet Rev. Al, and tell him that WILLARD lied about his own name.

      I only say this, because Rev. Al LOVES calling him WILLARD, and this could be a hilarious segment on his show.

  14. 28 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    November 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Like PBO said, he will run clips of the GOP debates in his ads verbatim. Romney is tossed, and he chose the wrong time to extreme right wing himself.

  15. 29 debbyeOh
    November 23, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Good morning TOD family! I want to offer prayers for everyone in this wonderful community to enjoy Thanksgiving Day, and however you give thanks! I feel blessed to have discovered this site, which such fierce defenders of the President. And Chips, what can I say: you are an amazing asset to the President’s arsenal to fight the good fight! I’ll be getting my little celebration on, so I’ll probably check back in on Friday. Love you guys! ~debbyeOh~

  16. 33 rikyrah
    November 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

    November 23, 2011 8:35 AM

    Will being ‘humane’ cost Gingrich?
    By Steve Benen

    Opinions vary as to what, exactly, caused Rick Perry’s precipitous fall from “frontrunner” to “struggling second-tier afterthought,” but I’d argue the collapse was the result of one fleeting moment of sanity from the Texas governor. In September, Perry endorsed a sensible immigration policy, suggested his opponents don’t “have a heart,” and immediately saw his support plummet.

    The key takeaway from this is that immigration remains fairly radioactive in Republican politics. With that in mind, as John Dickerson explained this morning, Newt Gingrich took a major risk in last night’s debate…..

    More here: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_11/will_being_humane_cost_gingric033680.php

  17. 34 Ladyhawke
    November 23, 2011 at 9:24 am


    The Republicans Just Aren’t That Into You, Deficit Hawks

    By Jonathan Chait


    The failure of the supercommittee to solve the long-term deficit problem has prompted a wave of reporting and commentary on the general theme, which says that it is very sad that the two parties can’t put aside their differences to reduce the deficit, and What Will the Markets Say?, and Think of the Children. What all this misses is that there is not going to be a bipartisan agreement to reduce the deficit. Why not? Because you can have a bipartisan agreement when two parties disagree about solutions to the same problem. You can’t have a bipartisan agreement when they don’t agree on what the problem is.



  18. November 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Good morning TODville!!

    Still laughing at the Republicans with blueberry pie all over their faces.

    • 36 theo67
      November 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

      Someone should do a similar ad with the GOP stealing America’s money with their unpaid tax cuts and wars, and end with the Romney picture that shows money sticking out of every orifice, and some voiceover saying – “what money? we didn’t steal any money”….

  19. 37 Ladyhawke
    November 23, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Obama Justice Department Sues Utah Over Immigration Law


    Add Utah to the list of states the federal government has sued over their controversial immigration laws.

    In a suit filed in federal court in Utah late Tuesday, Justice Department officials argue that the government “has preeminent authority to regulate immigration matters.”

    “Utah’s adoption of its own immigration policy disrupts the federal government’s ability both to administer and enforce the federal immigration laws including as set forth in the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”), and to establish and pursue federal policies and priorities pertaining to, inter alia, the identification, apprehension, detention and removal of aliens unlawfully in the United States,” the suit claims.
    DOJ has already filed suit against Arizona, Alabama and South Carolina and is in discussions with Georgia and Indiana (and, until today, Utah).

    The American Civil Liberties Union and National Immigration Law Center had filed a class-action suit over Utah’s law back in May.



  20. 38 a4alice
    November 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Morning everyone! Hope everybody is going to have a great Thanksgiving!!!

  21. 39 TrumpDog
    November 23, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Deaniac rocks.

    If SEIU had slammed the president and endorsed Romney, Greenwald would be cheering them and welcoming them into the OWS movement

  22. November 23, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Let’s not fall for the newt is humane (or even human) crap just because he mouthed a 30 – second soundbite in a phony debate. The present crop of the rethug candidates are liars personified. All minorities – race, class, political and economic – better wake the fuck up.

    • 41 nospin
      November 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

      but Newt’s statement was the right thing to do at the right time. Knowing that stance put him on the opposite side of folks who were in that forum, knowing that his statements would be construed as controversial in this strange tea bagger world we are now living in. . . Newt Gingrich chose to do the right thing and for that I applaud him.

    • 42 theo67
      November 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      What I love about the ad is that Newt’s position is basically the position of the Democratic Party, and so Newt kind of acts as a stand-in for President Obama. If any of Newt’s fans support what he said last night, then they’re supporting the President’s position, by default. It neutralizes that position in the General, if by any chance, Newt makes it there. And I don’t put anything past these voters – they’re looking for someone who can beat President Obama, and since they think Newt is smart and professorial – they might just go for him.

  23. 43 Dudette
    November 23, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Bachmann may have leaked classified information during GOP debate on National Security:

    “Americans probably had no idea that six of Pakistan’s nuclear sites had come under jihadist attack. That is, until Republican presidential candidate spilled the beans on national television Tuesday.

    During the CNN-hosted Republican presidential debate on national security, Bachmann, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, revealed that 15 nuclear sites in Pakistan were vulnerable to attack, and attempts had already been made on six of them.

    CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer asked the candidate if she agreed with Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s pledge that he would send no foreign aid to Pakistan.

    “We have to recognize that 15 of the sites, nuclear sites, are available or are potentially penetrable by jihadist,” Bachmann explained. “Six attempts have already been made on nuclear sites. This is more than an existential threat.”

    “At this point, I would continue that aid,” she added. “Pakistan is a nation that it’s kind of like, too nuclear to fail.”

    A National Journal fact check found that the U.S. had never publicly admitted that 15 of Pakistan’s sites were vulnerable to attack, or that six of them had already been attacked.

    “[H]er comments on Pakistan’s nuclear program represent either a news-making leak of previously unknown classified information or another in her recent series of seemingly-random, and highly inaccurate, public comments,” Yochi J. Dreazen wrote.

    After all, the candidate also recently said that Hezbollah was working to create “missile sites” in Cuba — and there seems to be no truth to that.”


    The irony is blinding!

    • 44 Lovepolitics2008
      November 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

      I hope this last episode is enough for the republican leadership to “resign” that lunatic from the Itelligence Commitee.

    • 45 Obama Grandmama
      November 23, 2011 at 10:37 am

      I have wondered when Michele Bachmann says things about security in these debates if she is illegally divulging classified information. I always have worried about her serving on the Intelligence Committee but worry more with her so freely mixing her Bachmannisms and potential information she may have garnered from her access to intelligence information.

  24. November 23, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I see that gopolitico is gunning for Elena Kagan on ACA hearing. Nothing about uncle tom’s whitey wifey being a hcr opposing teabagger and the ‘conflict of interest’ there. nucking futs.

  25. 47 desertflower
    November 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Just in time for Thanksgiving…a brand new conspiracy theory from the people that SHOULD be in the insane asylum this Thanksgiving, but are spending their time stuffing themselves silly on hate, fear and ignorance….Happy Holidays….!!


  26. November 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

    KALAMAZOO, Mich.— U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he’s awarded $150 million to Michigan to buy a rail line for high-speed passenger service between Chicago and Detroit.

    LaHood said in a news release Tuesday that the project “will increase the safety and reliability of Amtrak’s Wolverine and Blue Water services” and create 800 jobs this spring.

    The money enables the Michigan Department of Transportation to buy much of the Chicago-Detroit rail corridor.

    On Oct. 5, Michigan said it had agreed to buy the tracks between Kalamazoo in western Michigan and Dearborn in suburban Detroit. The U.S. said then that it was giving Michigan $196 million for signal and track improvements.

    The project allows speeds of up to 110 mph on 77 percent of the Detroit-Chicago line, cutting travel time by 30 minutes.

    Chicago Tribune-

  27. 49 anniebella
    November 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

    The proof that the healthcare reform indeed does work is that picture of that woman standing there with that message on that paper she is holding. Obamacare works.

    • November 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Everybody assumes it won’t happen to them – until it does. I call it the genetic lottery. There is nothing that woman did to cause those tumors – it can’t be claimed it’s her fault or doing. Just like thousands of other health issues that happen to us that is none of our doing. Than there is the accidents that cause emergency room visits – they’re called accidents because they’re not planned and then can happen to any of us at a moments notice. Walking out of your house you trip and fall off your porch and break your arm that requires surgery – that’s $25,000 out of pocket without any health coverage.

      • 51 Obama Grandmama
        November 23, 2011 at 10:40 am

        I have been hoping to find a list of which healthcare components go into effect in which years so I can use it as a political positive.

        • November 23, 2011 at 11:16 am

          Obama Grandmama~ You should be able to find the answers to any additional questions that you may have in the Health category under Issues, which is located on the main page of WhiteHouse.gov and/or HealthCare.gov

          How It Works

          The Act will not be implemented all at once. Portions of the law have already taken effect like provisions that implement a new Patient’s Bill of Rights that put an end to some of the worst insurance company practices. Before reform, cancer patients and individuals suffering from other serious and chronic diseases were often forced to limit or go without treatment because of an insurer’s lifetime limit on their coverage. Insurance companies can no longer put a lifetime limit on the amount of coverage enrollees receive, so families can live with the security of knowing that their coverage will be there when they need it most.

          Up to 20,400 people who typically hit their lifetime limits will benefit from this provision.

          Along with nearly 102 mil. consumers who will no longer have a lifetime limit on their insurance policy.

          Benefits Starting on September 23, 2010
          If you purchase or join a new plan on or after September 23, 2010 insurance companies must:



    • 53 itgurl_29
      November 23, 2011 at 11:02 am

      This woman’s story is exactly what my sister experienced. My sister had numerous fibroid tumors in her uterus and could not get any kind of insurance. Turned down at every turn. My sister is a social worker and the cost of surgery is way more than her own salary. The myomectomy and hospital stay cost over 50,000 dollars. And this isn’t even counting the the cost of the numerous follow up doctor visits after the surgery. Her tumors had gotten so big to the point where she looked like she was about 4 months pregnant. Luckily, the ACA was passed and she was able to get insurance and surgery about a month after it went into effect in her state. My sister is fibroid free, pain free, and not in debt because of President Obama’s ACA.

      So when I hear the fauxgressives talking about how ACA means nothing and it’s a failure, I just wanna SLAP these people. They don’t give a damn because they never have to worry about getting sick because they are privileged and have insurance. They don’t care about the tens of millions of people who are able to get help becaues of ACA. They’d rather feel righteous in their utopian purity than work to make things better for others. They disgust me!

  28. November 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Can anyone point me in the direction of Rahm Emmanuel speech in Iowa at the JJ Dinner? I have read some of the transcript and I want to see the video. I searched on CSPAN but couldn’t find it. If someone can be so kind as to post it it would be appreciated.

  29. November 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

    A Park Ridge man convicted of transporting stolen jewelry worth about $70,000 nearly 30 years ago said Monday he was surprised to learn he had been pardoned by President Barack Obama.

    Martin Kaprelian, 72, was one of five people pardoned by the president Monday. In a brief telephone interview, Kaprelian said the pardon was “a surprise to me.”

    “I really don’t have much to say,” Kaprelian said. “This is a private matter. It’s Thanksgiving time, and I have a lot of gratitude and thankfulness that something like this would happen in my life.”

    Kaprelian declined to talk about his conviction or why he was pardoned before ending the conversation, saying he wanted to watch the 9 p.m. news.

    Kaprelian was sentenced to nine years in prison and five years of probation in 1984 after being convicted of conspiracy to transport stolen property on interstate commerce and similar charges, the White House said.


  30. 57 Obama Grandmama
    November 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

    “President Obama is now saying exactly what candidate Obama did three years ago mocking McCain’s words.”

    NO, he is not. He is not saying if we talk about the economy we’ll lose. He is talking about the economy and jobs everywhere and all the time trying to get people to call their legislators to get the AJA then its parts passed. Quite different, I’d say.

    • 58 edp4bho
      November 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Glad you caught that and called it out. Liars-R-rethugs !

    • 59 nospin
      November 23, 2011 at 11:34 am

      Obama Grandmama – no one is falling for that okey doke when President Obama is the only one traveling the country to push the AJA. In fact he is the only one traveling the world promoting the US as a nation of innovators and hard workers and he repositioned the US as a serious competitor in the Asian Pacific. Just last week brought home billions of dollars in contracts for our nation. So how is that not talking about the economy?

      Chile please. That is why I don’t even pay this short term diversion any mind. My thought is the ad from Romney proves Willard is a bald faced compulsive liar and is not fit to wipe the as*ses of anyone who enters the White House. The man lies about his own first name for christsakes. Willard Mitt Romney has no values and no core.

      That trait alone should be an automatic dis qualifier for anyone running for President. That is how you end up in a country with our troops at war based on a lie. Been there. Done that. Never again.

    • November 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      Exactly,. They’re lying their swarmy asses off AGAIN. I think the Obama Campaign/or Dem Org should make an AD that uses ALL of Obama’s words quoting McCain and title it “Williard IS Lying Again”..and then have a smattering of his other LIES.

      And, Flood New Hampshire with it.

  31. November 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Has anyone else noted how NPR mostly pushes GOP agenda now? On Morning Edition today the interview focused on Noonan (PBO just a salesman not doing a good job) and David Brooks. Earlier this week a two-day highlight of the GOP whip. We are contending with RW and GOP-tilted media even in the supposed “liberal” media sector. Only makes me more determined. Sent off letter to KQED: will cancel my annual donation.

    • 62 edp4bho
      November 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

      NPR has been on that roll for atleast a year. Seems they are trying hard to keep their federal funding, thereby compromising any values they may have had. I tune them out nowadays.

      • November 23, 2011 at 11:31 am

        And the march towards right-wing conservatism continues at NPR… Case in point:

        October 3, 2011
        NPR Turns To Public Television For New Leader

        NPR’s board of directors announced Sunday that it had dipped into the world of public television for its new president and CEO: Gary E. Knell, chief executive of the company behind the beloved children’s show Sesame Street.


        Knell, 57, said he hopes to “calm the waters” at NPR after a rocky year in which the institution lost several top executives and faced renewed challenges to its funding. A lawyer, Knell will arrive at NPR equipped with some political savvy as well. Three decades ago, he served as a committee counsel to Senate Democrats. More recently, Knell says, he collaborated with Republicans such as Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on childhood obesity issues and was appointed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the U.S. National Commission on UNESCO.

        Knell also previously oversaw several business and trade publications in Asia and served as a senior vice president and general counsel at WNET — the dominant public television station based in New York City and a significant producer of public television programming. Knell said he would seek to increase funding for NPR’s journalism from governmental, corporate and foundation sources. Otherwise, he said, he wants to get out of the way of its journalists, whom he called “amazingly fabulous.”

        “The point here is that it’s not about liberal or conservative. It’s about fairness,” Knell said. “We’ve got to make the case that we’re delivering a fair service — not only in the way we do our jobs but in the way we disseminate the news.”



        h/t David Folkenflik

        • 64 theo67
          November 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

          As soon as you hear someone who worked for the Bush Administration say “it’s not about liberal or conservative” and discuss the need for “fairness”, a la Huffington, you know they’re planning to attack President Obama. They’ll do the dance of telling us something bad, then softening it with something good a day later.

    • 65 Dudette
      November 23, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Sadly, yes I have noticed this in the past few months.

    • November 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      IOW, they’re now gopropaganda machine # how many in our Country? Shame on their cowering souls.

  32. November 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Dem strategist accuses Romney of invoking Rev. Wright in new ad
    By Justin Sink – 11/23/11 08:54 AM ET

    Democratic strategist Tad Devine, an adviser to Al Gore and John Kerry’s presidential campaigns, accused Mitt Romney’s campaign of invoking controversial pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright in a recent ad.

    Devine said Wednesday that he was “shocked” to see what he believed to be imagery of an African-American church in an ad released Tuesday by Romney’s presidential team and airing in New Hampshire. The ad, Romney’s first of the campaign, is “clearly an attempt to bring back Rev. Wright and race,” Devine tweeted.

    In the ad, a series of images including those of a foreclosed home and empty businesses flash by as text criticizes President Obama’s economic record. But at two points, the imagery cuts to well-dressed African-American women walking down a large hallway, and pans over a predominantly black audience.

    Devine believes that these images were selected intentionally to invoke the Jeremiah Wright controversy.

    “I was really surprised and even shocked to see a “flash” scene in the new Romney ad that depicts an African American church congregation (eerily reminiscent of Rev Wright),” Devine said in a post to his Facebook page early Wednesday. “They are obviously trying to raise the race issue through the backdoor. Maybe they are worried about how poorly Romney is doing in South Carolina.”


    • 68 Obama Grandmama
      November 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

      I would hope the foreclosed section of the Romney ad would backfire as he was the one saying let them all go bankrupt and lose their homes.

    • 69 theo67
      November 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      I kind of hope that Romney tries to invoke the race card. He should remember what happened the last time someone tried to do that to President Obama during a campaign – it resulted in one of the most historic speeches out of the campaign. And it showed President Obama’s courage and wisdom.

      If Romney wants to try invoking race again during this campaign, then we all have three year’s worth of racism to use as examples of how this country is not post-racial. There are three years of pent up anger and disgust by thinking people of how racists have attacked this President and his family, and how racists have disrespected the Office of the President of the United States. They have three years to look themselves in the mirror, and for the media to revisit their glowing reports of the original race speech, and their behavior as puppets and water carriers for the most vile elements of the Republican Party during that time.

      I hope Romney opens that door.

  33. November 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

    We were running late, as we occasionally do. The rally speakers were to begin at 1 pm and we arrived at the hotel at 1:30. We rushed to check in so that we could get to our room, bundle up and get out there. Luckily, our hotel was across the street from the Capitol, so the commute was short.

    But just was we began finishing up at the front desk, we noticed Mahlon Mitchell and John Nichols standing together, just feet away.

    Mahlon Mitchell is the president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin and a Lieutenant in the Madison Fire Department. He is also considering a run for Governor after all the signatures are collected.

    John Nichols is the Washington Correspondent for The Nation Magazine, a political blogger, book author and a man who has taken the Wisconsin plight under his wing since its inception. He has been one media participant who can be truly counted on to get the story out there without the usual conservative influence. I stick to my belief that the notion of “liberal media” is a myth.


  34. November 23, 2011 at 10:56 am


    WASHINGTON – Thousands more very low-income senior citizens and persons with disabilities will have access to affordable supportive housing thanks to $749 million in housing assistance announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants will help non-profit organizations produce accessible housing, offer rental assistance, and facilitate supportive services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.   


  35. November 23, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Yes, once again he fails to connect with people in New Hampshire. 😛 For some reason the cheers starting as the teacher introduced the president and the high school band playing ‘Hail to the Chief’ just made me tear up.

  36. November 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Wow, I’m so amazed at how many places my simple little “I am ObamaCare” picture is showing up these days. And seems like it’s gaining ground too. I was inspired by the “I am the 99%” images everywhere but wanted to share MY story and what was going on in MY life and use it as a real face on health care reform. I hope it helps people realize there are real lives behind these issues, not just hypothetical numbers.

    By the way, for those interested, I am 7-weeks post-op today. Doing really good. Got my clearance last week from my doctor. My surgery was $40.301.02 just for the hospital before insurance. My portion is $4,155 which is still a LOT of money but something I can pay off over time. $40k would have bankrupted me. So PCIP saved my life and lets me get back to being a healthy, productive member of society. Why it’s even a debate that everyone has the right to medical care is beyond me.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing!
    -Miss M. Turner

    • 74 nospin
      November 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Thanks for posting Ms. Turner. You and others like you who share their stories truly make a difference.

    • November 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story with us, Ms. Turner.~ 🙂

    • November 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      So very glad that you’re doing well Miss Turner.. and I too appreciate you telling your story and putting a face & a life to the reality of why “ObamaCare” is so right and necessary. Stay well & best wishes to you.

    • 77 Fred
      November 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      thanks Miss Turner and I wish you a speedy recovery and continued success

    • 78 PoliticalJunkessa
      November 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experience. We will do our best to spread the word. I am so happy that you are doing well and that you won’t have the added burden of a crushing medical bill while you are healing. Wishing you all the best for a healthy future!

    • November 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      Miss Turner, thank you so much for sharing your story. I am so pleased that you are doing good after your surgery and that you have got clearance from your doctor. It is so true, health care reform isn’t just numbers and statistics, it is real people and real lives, your story proves that. Once again thank you for sharing it here.

      Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

    • November 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you for coming here to share the rest of your story. I know that $4,155 is a big bite but you can do that over time way better than the $40k. My own daughter may have died without ACA because she got diagnosed with a heart condition and her insurance was going to cancel her but they were stopped and she got the surgery she needed. She’s your age with two small children. It’s important to tell these stories so people will know the truth.

      I wish you continued health and joy in your life. Thank you again for sharing with us here. May you be blessed.

    • 81 debbyeOh
      November 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      Ms Turner, thank you for putting a face on Obamacare! The President said he’d own the title after the GOP tried to use it as a put down. Hopefully, as people hear your story and others with stories like you, they will realize how important affordable healthcare truly is! Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving Day!

  37. November 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Republican debate: candidates stumble again on foreign policy

    It was a night long on rhetoric, short on substance as the eight Republican hopefuls squared off yet again, this time at historic Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C….The stated themes were national security and foreign policy, but the group instead engaged in a lively round of Obama-bashing, coupled with a race to demonstrate who was the toughest, strongest and most hawkish potential commander-in-chief.

    Main topics included illegal immigration, with Gingrich sounding a plea for compassion; Iran, with most of the candidates standing for support for an Israeli strike on the purported nuclear weapons plants in that country; Afghanistan, with spirited barbs about withdrawal; and Pakistan, with the candidates largely at a loss as to how to deal with that troublesome nation. The debate kicked off with a competition among the group to show the greatest commitment to country and liberty by reaffirming, strengthening and extending the Patriot Act. Most of the pack was enthusiastic about the measure, passed by the administration of George W. Bush soon after 9/11.


    So the race continues. Some wags have pointed out that, by the time the Republican National Convention rolls around in August, every American will have spent 15 minutes as the Republican frontrunner. It looks as if Romney will clinch the nomination, despite his low standings in the polls. Most put him at less than 25 percent of the crowded field. Gingrich has his chance in the sun right now; over past months, Perry, Bachman, and Cain have briefly flashed as the new hope of the GOP. But all of them need a foreign policy tune-up before any of them has a chance at that coveted commander-in-chief position.


    h/t Jean MacKenzie

  38. November 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    James Murdoch resigns from newspaper boards

    Amid a massive scandal involving the hacking into phones of public and private figures, James Murdoch has resigned from the boards of companies that publish its British newspapers, Reuters reported Wednesday. One of the companies, News Group Newspapers, is named as a defendant in the civil lawsuits that have been brought against the News of the World as a result of the phone-hacking scandal, the Guardian reported.

    “News Group Newspapers is the company subject of a string of lawsuits for alleged breaches of privacy stemming from phone hacking, and it is the business unit that anybody wanting to sue either the Sun or News of the World would have to cite as a defendant in a legal case,” it stated.

    The reports are based on regulatory filings, which show that Murdoch resigned in September. Murdoch, who is Rupert Murdoch’s son, will still be chairman of the News Corp unit that houses its British newspapers, called the News International division, according to the London Evening Standard.



  39. November 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Ms. Turner, thank you for sharing your story. You have put a face on the President’s
    Health Care. I know there are many others with a positive story like yours. Your truth
    helps to disqualify the many false stories that have been promoted. Again, I thank you.

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