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Coming up:

The President has no public events scheduled for today, tomorrow or Sunday.

On Monday, the President will welcome the leaders of the European Union to a summit at the White House.

On Tuesday, he will host Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands for a meeting in the Oval Office.

On Wednesday, the President will travel to Scranton, Pennsylvania where he will deliver remarks urging Congress to act to extend and expand the payroll tax cut that has given tax breaks to millions of families across the country this year. In the evening, the President will travel to New York City where he will attend campaign events.

On Thursday, the First Family will attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse.

On Friday, the President will host the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior and deliver remarks.


A day late, but, well, never too late!



Morning everyone ๐Ÿ˜‰

247 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 25, 2011 at 7:54 am

    OMG. . . this is epic. . .
    GOOD MORNING TOD family. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  2. November 25, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I don’t like this turkey either.

  3. November 25, 2011 at 7:58 am

    ugly frog and uglier princess. both are never gonna change.

  4. 7 Ceb
    November 25, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Good morning everyone, hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

    Wow! ABC did a spot, without snark, on the campaign store. I can hardly believe it.

    November 25, 2011 at 8:07 am


  6. 22 Fred
    November 25, 2011 at 8:08 am

    good morning TOD family.I pray POTUS and family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I pray God watches over him and guides him and blesses him

    on a little bit of a sad note Mrs Daley lost her battle with cancer yesterday ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  7. 23 Linda
    November 25, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Good Morning.

    It is the Grey Hoodie and the Soy Candle for me.

  8. 24 nintendowii10
    November 25, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Anyone remember the holiday special POTUS and FLOTUS did a year ago that Common hosted? I’m hoping they do it again, it was truly something special to watch and enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 26 mtmarilyn
    November 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Good morning Chips and TODville. Hope everyone had as wonderful day yesterday as we did. We had our dinner last night and the food and company was wonderful.

    Was that ABC story on national news? I am so surprised they did it is without any snide remarks. The piece Lawrence did was powerful.powerful.
    Tomorrow is local Saturday. What that is here is to shop at local stores. Truthfully, I don’t like to shop this weekend at all. We will be putting up our christmas lights outside while the weather is good.

    • 27 57andFemale
      November 25, 2011 at 8:50 am

      I’m going to a few art and craft fairs on Saturday. For many years, all of my Christmas gifts come from local stores, artists or are handmade. Everyone is always amazed at how unique my gifts are, but the biggest gift goes to me — supporting my community and local artists and artisans.

  10. 29 mtmarilyn
    November 25, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I may have to change my mind about shopping today I just got an email saying there is a 25%blessing off all items in the mydemocrticsto e.come.To.help Nancy out I might buy some things.

  11. November 25, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Good morning.
    Despite Merkel messing around, the business channels say this is supposed to break all records for shopping, on black Friday.
    Me thinks, shoppers are ready to start spending, which is important, comfort zone.

  12. November 25, 2011 at 8:56 am

    (Reuters) – At the peak of the United States’s war in Iraq, the U.S. military had more than 170,000 troops, 500 bases replete with tents and toilets, kitchens and motor pools, and an airline that flew hundreds of times a day across the country.

    Moving day has lasted more than a year.
    The U.S. withdrawal from Iraq after nearly nine years of war is believed to be one of the largest removal jobs in history. At the start of the year logistics experts calculated there were nearly 3 million pieces of equipment to be moved, from airplanes, helicopters and tanks to laptops and lights.
    “It is the largest move of military equipment we have done since World War Two,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Brooks, a U.S. military historian.


    • November 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

      Just thinking about all the money wasted on this war makes me want to weep. Had a fraction of those resources been invested in rebuilding our infrastructure and strengthening our schools, so much good would have been accomplished. Instead we made a few wealthy defense contractors very rich. I am so thankful that PBO has brought a close to this fiasco. People need to understand that electing a Republican–any one of them–means more useless wars and greater burdens on the middle class. In 2012 we either go forward as a nation, building strength for the future or we go backward.

  13. 37 desertflower
    November 25, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Morning! They said that the tryptophan in turkey isn’t enough to make you crash and burn after Thanksgiving dinner…I beg to differ! 8pm…crash! Done! Yummy dinner though….if I do say so myself ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope all of you had a good one, too!

    THIS is a must read. Must, must, must….

    http://emiliawahoo76.blogspot.com/ She has a point. Many points actually. The major one being that “Youngsters” don’t know jack about Civics and how govt actually works! You know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T TEACH CIVICS ANYMORE…..these kids have NO IDEA how their govt is supposed to work…and they don’t seem to care. We have work to do!

  14. 40 ChristiMtl
    November 25, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD’ers….I hope everyone is having a nice holiday.

    I just checked what Adbusters was up too with their Occupy Christmas. I didn’t know that today was their 20th annual ”Buy nothing day”. I just hope there won’t be incidents all over.

    ”Letsโ€™ use the coming 20th annual Buy Nothing Day to launch an all-out offensive to unseat the corporate kings on the holiday throne.”

    ”This yearโ€™s Black Friday will be the first campaign of the holiday season where we set the tone for a new type of holiday culminating with #OCCUPYXMAS.”

    They have OccupySears, OccupyMacy, OccupyTarget, etc.

    So the Canadian anti-consumerist Adbusters started the OWS movement, co opted right away by Michael Moore and other frauds and now they have a new target.

    This is such a mess, I wonder how many of these anti-consumerist advocates uses Blackberries, IPhones, IPad, laptops, etc. It’s ok I guess for things that THEY need.

    Again, I just hope that there’s won’t be incidents all over between the ”occupiers” and police officers and customers.

    • 41 TrumpDog
      November 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

      They are losing a lot of support with some of their antics.
      They need to stick to one message else they will come off as bratty attention seekers

      • November 25, 2011 at 10:03 am

        They will marginalized themselves further by trying to mess with Xmas. The whole horizontal leadership notion excludes most people who have no time to hang out. There is a reason why it is called representative democracy!
        On the news this morning it said there were enthusiastic crowds of shoppers out.

      • November 25, 2011 at 10:53 am

        Good Morning, Everyone! To those who are going shopping – Enjoy yourselves! The economy will thank you. ๐Ÿ˜‰


        ‘They need to stick to one message else they will come off as bratty attention seekers’

        I do believe the instigators are attention seekers with little awareness of the damage they can cause! Below is an excerpt I posted yesterday that profiles the leaders of Adbusters. I think that today’s way of communicating socially has opened the door wide for irresponsible people to do MAJOR damage to society because they can have a far greater outreach to other unthinking sheeple.

        {This is a long article so Iโ€™ll just put it out there for anyone who might be the least bit interested in seeing who is really pulling, or trying to pull, the strings of Occupy. Full disclosure – I read only pages 1 & last two paragraphs of 6.}



        Lasn and White quickly hammered out a post-Zuccotti plan. White would draft a new memorandum, suggesting that Phase Iโ€”signs, meetings, camps, marchesโ€”was now over. Phase II would involve a swarming strategy of โ€œsurprise attacks against business as usual,โ€ with the potential to be โ€œmore intense and visceral, depending on how the Bloombergs of the world react.โ€ White could hear the excitement in Lasnโ€™s voice. Even as Lasn vented about the morningโ€™s counterrevolution, he was doing what he could not to splash.

        This is how Occupy Wall Street began: as one of many half-formed plans circulating through conversations between Lasn and White, who lives in Berkeley and has not seen Lasn in person for more than four years. Neither can recall who first had the idea of trying to take over lower Manhattan. In early June, Adbusters sent an e-mail to subscribers stating that โ€œAmerica needs its own Tahrir.โ€ The next day, White wrote to Lasn that he was โ€œvery excited about the Occupy Wall Street meme. . . . I think we should make this happen.โ€ He proposed three possible Web sites: OccupyWallStreet.org, AcampadaWallStreet.org, and TakeWallStreet.org.

        โ€œNo. 1 is best,โ€ Lasn replied, on June 9th. That evening, he registered OccupyWallStreet.org.

        White, who is twenty-nine years old, was born to a Caucasian mother and an African-American father. โ€œI donโ€™t really fit in with either group,โ€ he told me. He attended suburban public schools, where he began a series of one-man campaigns against authority. In middle school, with his parentsโ€™ blessing, he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. In high school, he founded an atheistsโ€™ club, over the objections of the principal. This led to an appearance on โ€œPolitically Incorrect,โ€ and atheist organizations flew White to their conferences to give talks. โ€œIt all went to my head,โ€ he said. โ€œI became a little ego child. Ego destroys. I was too young to understand that.

    • November 25, 2011 at 11:02 am

      My friend asked me about the Occupy Movement. I summed it up for her:
      They take up space.
      They can’t agree on anything.
      They haven’t accomplished anything in the last two months.
      They’re costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
      When things get rough they blame the President for not getting involved.

      She replied: They sound like Congress.

      • 45 prettyfoot58
        November 25, 2011 at 11:32 am


        i would not say that they have accomplished nothing….they have given voice to the frustration and anger that folks feel at the inequality of the system…and it has touched off similar protests worldwide….but because there seems to no single focus or objective…or a strategy…the “movement” is in danger of being co-opted…

        and i think this more than anything else frustrates me….

        Presssssssssssssss ON!!

      • 46 a night owl
        November 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

        LOL Tien, that is brilliant! Great punchline.

        Does anyone remember that horrific story being circulated about the Seattle OWS woman who suffered a miscarriage as a result of police brutality? Well, it looks like that story is unraveling:


        The whole thing is just one big muddle of dysfunction. OWS from its inception has been a hopeless mix of naive dreamers, radical anarchists, and a few opportunistic grifters. There was a possibility for it to evolve into something better, but the anti-adaptive traits mentioned above were baked into the movement’s DNA from the beginning.

      • 48 anniebella
        November 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm

        Tien Le, maybe we need to find that loud mouth heckler in New Hamsphire and give him a copy of these words from you.

    • November 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      Let them try. If the confrontations that have occurred today at certain stores are any indication. OWS needs should be more worried about brutality from shoppers not the police.

    • 51 nospin
      November 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      Oh well. I like so many others took advantage of all the sales. I spent all day shopping online and pretty much completed 75% of my Christmas shopping. I even bought some things for myself to boot.

      I only took a break to check in at TOD and I certainly intend to finish up tonight. Great deals especially when I can combine coupons found on the web to get even more savings to deals that are already 60% off. ๐Ÿ™‚

      For those who have children and celebrate the holidays, good luck with getting folks to buy into the concept of not shopping for friends and family.

  15. November 25, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Good morning TODers, I hope everyone had a beautiful holiday yesterday.

    It looks as though OWS has given Van Jones the boot. By their view he’s tainted because he worked for “The Man”, but how do they square this argument with worshipping Dylan Ratigan who worked on Wallstreet.


    • 53 ChristiMtl
      November 25, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Thanks bjw2, if you check in the article:

      ”As Glenn Greenwald noted in a recent Salon article, โ€œWhite House-aligned groups such as the Center for American Progress have made explicitly clear that they are going to try to convert OWS into a vote-producing arm for the Obama 2012 campaign.โ€

      ”Before the Occupy movement emerged, Jones said the first task of Rebuild the Dream was to elect Democrats.”

      The ”movement” was coopted from the start by Naderistes like Moore, libertarians like Greenwald, Republicans like Ratigan.

      Lets say not really fans of the President huh?, They hate him with passion.

      So of course they don’t want anyone who would advocate voting for the President.

      Frauds all of them,..

      • November 25, 2011 at 9:26 am

        I caught that CM. As soon as I read the quote form Glen Greewald, I thought, oh this movement has really taken a turn for the worst.

        • 55 ChristiMtl
          November 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

          Definitely, no wonder he was so angry a few weeks ago with the SEIU with their #OccupyCongress.

          So these ”leaders” like Greenwald choose who can and who cannot be part of the ”movement”.

          • 56 nintendowii10
            November 25, 2011 at 9:50 am

            and yet, wasn’t it OWS saying that they don’t want ANY leaders speaking for them? Fucking hypocrites!

            • 57 donna dem 4 obama
              November 25, 2011 at 10:04 am

              Yep the same ones that want the “Leader of the Free World” to speak for them about police methods on protestor.

              • 58 Fred
                November 25, 2011 at 10:11 am

                I call bs on Greenwald.This fool is working for Koch so I think he is planting the seed of anger and like they say divise to conquer is the way to work.Remember Breitbart and that O’Keifee goon said they’d infiltrate the Obama campaign so watch out.I hope the POTUS doesn’t embrace these folks cause behind the scenes they might be working towards his downfall

                • 59 ChristiMtl
                  November 25, 2011 at 10:27 am

                  A great article in TPV about this fraud!

                  Gleen Greenwald is obsessed with President Obama.

                  Glenn Greenwald, #Occupy, Glass Houses and Stones

                  See, Greenwald recently 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, an admittedly leaderless, specific-policy-goal-less, decentralized movement is actually so centralized that they have trademarked and copyrighted the phrase “99 percent.”


              • November 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

                The more and more I think about it, it was wise for this president to not marry himself to this movement.

                • 61 Fred
                  November 25, 2011 at 10:30 am

                  absolutely BJ

                • 62 ChristiMtl
                  November 25, 2011 at 10:32 am

                  Another article about Adbusters. Canadians are not too thrilled about them either.

                  ‘Occupy’ instigators Adbusters urge disciples to wreak holiday-shopping havoc

                  The fact that stores are located on private property and don’t like people camping out on their doorsteps will likely force supporters to be creative in attracting attention to their cause, Lasn said.

                  “We’re hoping that a lot of the occupiers … will start engaging in credit card cut-ups and flash mobs and various pranks and shenanigans in malls.”

                  Sally Ritchie, vice-president of communications for the Retail Council of Canada, denounced “Occupy Christmas” as an outrage that would threaten the livelihood of workaday Canadians.

                  People who make a living in retail depend on the revenue generated during the industry’s peak period, Ritchie said. Disrupting it would be particularly mean-spirited in light of the precarious global economy, she added.


                  • November 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm

                    Christi, I just had a look at the crowds in a video describing the chaos resulting in the pepper spray incident in a California Walmart (woman, trying to get the crowds out of her way, sprays the line in front of her). I mean, it looked like chaos even BEFORE the pepper spray incident and I don’t think it could be any worse with the OWS kids in there. Let them try “occupying” Black Friday — they might or not might come out of it with their heads intact.

                    I used to love Christmas shopping before these “Black Friday” promotions. The malls of a couple of decades ago were beautiful, the music wonderful. It was a joy to be among other people and everyone, in my rosy memory at least, were happy. But the Black Fridays of today look like war in a contained battle field, the piled-high shopping carts look like tanks pushed by determined commandos.

                    We have a half-block wide Walmart squatting in the northern end of our valley and I wouldn’t put a foot in that madhouse, even on a normal holiday weekend, even on a slow Monday. But then, I didn’t want a Walmart here in the first place. They don’t pay their people a living wage and they carry too much junk.

                • 64 Lovepolitics2008
                  November 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

                  President Obama knows history and has a deep understanding of the different characteristics of political and social movements. I’m pretty sure he’s NOT surprised watching the way things are unfolding. The anarchy, the co-opt by Michael Moore and co. , the lack of focus, the way OWS told him to stay away and yet cried for him to intervene when things got difficult…

                • 65 Puddin'
                  November 26, 2011 at 12:06 am

                  You are right…a few of us said this day one…we had a feeling it was going to end up being a big mess…PBO’s attachment/siding with these people 100% would be right up the GOP’s alley…thank GOD PBO is too smart…

    • November 25, 2011 at 9:18 am

      rotflamo. van jones kicked in the nutz by the clueless ows mob ? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      Oh, karma. What a sweet beeyotch you are.

      • 67 ChristiMtl
        November 25, 2011 at 9:30 am

        Just saw this on twitter:

        ”Van Jones And Democratic Party: You Do Not Represent The Occupy Movement, elections cannot produce the change we want”

        • November 25, 2011 at 9:40 am

          This is why I held back my support, by that very statement it illustrates that these people are clueless.

          The way I feel “Move along, there’s nothing to see here”.

          • 69 donna dem 4 obama
            November 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

            But unfortunately they are making our jobs harder. Far too many of these youth on campuses are buying into this meme. Hopefully at the end of the day they will come around and vote Obama/Biden 2012 but right now they have these kids thinking their votes won’t make a difference and that will mean constantly reminding them what will happen if the Repubs win everything next year.

            • 70 Lovepolitics2008
              November 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

              Agreed and it has me very very concerned. What is the most important thing that President Obama has tried to do in the past four years.? Create a new generation of political activists, Engage the new generation in the political process.

              I can have empathy for those kids who are discouraged, and I would say that big public demonstrations can have their utility: OWS has really had in impact in terms of denouncing the income inequality in America. Everyone now is talking about the 99%.

              However, the youth has to understand that they have to be ALSO active on the electoral, legislative front. WHen you are at war, you don’t concentrate all your forces on the same place, you don’t let ANY flank without protection. Gosh, don’t those kids ( and the naive adults like MM) see what “staying at home” lead to in 2010? Attacks on unions everywhere, attacks om voting rights, unconstitutional immigration laws, massive layoffs of public employees, and on and on, and on…

          • November 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm

            Want DO they want? Ask Ohio if the ELECTION on Issue 2 produced what they wanted….”the right to bargain”?

            This is what I’ve read Michael Moore has said …that “they’ve tried voting and it doesn’t work”. So Moore and his profiteering liars have co-opted OWS? All of it? To me it looks LAZY..camping instead of VOTING.

        • 72 donna dem 4 obama
          November 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

          So camping out in parks and wanting the President to make a statement about the decisions of police activities during their sit-ins at the parks will “produce the change they want”. ????

          What a hot mess!!!

          • November 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

            The used teabaggers voted and sure got what they wanted at Midterm 2010 and our country has been on a downward spiral ever since with President Obama fighting to keep it steady. What do they want? The republicons to take over? Will that make their campers happy?

            The corporatemediawhore$ should be thanking them.

          • November 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm

            The parks are public places. The tent settlements deprive the rest of the right to enjoy our parks. Very arrogant and dismissive to ordinary people. A boon for the right wing. Tea Party used the system through voting. OWS are anarchist in inspiration.

        • November 25, 2011 at 9:58 am

          I just tweeted the following:

          LMAO … #OWS gave Van Jones the boot, because he worked for โ€œThe Manโ€, but you worship Dylan Ratigan who worked on “The Wallstreet”.

        • November 25, 2011 at 10:07 am

          This OWS crowd is in their on world and, and they are alienating a lot of people. I saw where they plan to occupy the stores to keep folks from shopping. This may hit corporate America, but it also interferes with the 99 percenters who are employed there. For some people, the jobs offered around the holidays will be the only job which they have been able to find for a long period of time.

        • November 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

          Did they happen to say what CAN produce the change they want? That would at least show they’ve thought about it.

      • November 25, 2011 at 9:47 am

        He has been kissing up to the OWS movement since it’s inception, and was slowing starting to attack the administration, well I’m right there with you AFB, karma is a sweet beeyotch!

        • November 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

          egg.sack.lee. Hope van jones gets back his fucking senses at least now. Pahdon my fucking french.

        • 80 donna dem 4 obama
          November 25, 2011 at 10:02 am

          He thought that if he took their side on some issues they would embrace him. I remember him going all over the place saying, ” that progressives are going to launch an โ€œOctober offensiveโ€ to rival the Tea Party, in the spirit of the Arab Spring protests across the Middle East. โ€œEverybody should hold onto their seats. October is going to be the turning point when it comes to the progressive fight back. You can see it coming,โ€

          He was going to piggyback his group onto OWS but he quickly learned after he made that statement in early October that this was not anything remotely similar to what he thought it was.

          You cannot spend two years bashing Dems and then flip the script and get people motivated to go vote Democratic. You are either a Dem supporter or you are not and nothing about OWS is supportive of the Democratic Party. They have made that perfectly clear.

  16. November 25, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Egypt’s military rulers picked a prime minister from ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s era to head the next government, according to state television, a choice that will almost certainly intensify criticism by tens of thousands of protesters accusing the generals of trying to extend the old guard and demanding they step down immediately.

    Kamal el-Ganzouri, 78, served as prime minister between 1996 and 1999 and was deputy prime minister and planning minister before that. He also was a provincial governor under the late President Anwar Sadat.

    The Obama administration, meanwhile, hardened its stance, urging the generals to transfer power to a civilian government immediately.

    “We believe that Egypt’s transition to democracy must continue, with elections proceeding expeditiously, and all necessary measures taken to ensure security and prevent intimidation,” The White House said in a statement. “Most importantly, we believe that the full transfer of power to a civilian government must take place in a just and inclusive manner that responds to the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people, as soon as possible.”


  17. 83 Linda
    November 25, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Yesterday was the 20th Anniversary of the loss of one of my all time favorite performers…Freddie Mercury. RIP.

  18. 86 donna dem 4 obama
    November 25, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Our absolutely delicious Sam Kass was on The Today Show-Inside the First Family’s Thanksgiving Feast. Watch and enjoy (just ignore Gregory)


  19. November 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Ed Koch just endorsed Bloomberg for a third party run.
    What a jerk!

    • 90 ChristiMtl
      November 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

      Oh great, what an idiot

    • 91 Linda
      November 25, 2011 at 9:24 am

      1% er endorsing another……Yawn…..

    • November 25, 2011 at 9:36 am

      Let’s see how this plays out with the OWS crowd. Michael Moore and the Naderites were singing his praises before the crackdown.
      This third party initiative is a 22 million campaign, from unnamed doners. I don’t think this idea will go over well with the purists.

      I say good the more the merrier.

      The president is the only one who has a solid base going into 2012.

      • 93 Lovepolitics2008
        November 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm

        Moore and Nader are absolute idiots. Do they think Bloomberg would fight for the middle class? Or is it that in their delusion, they think that the whole system needs to crash so people with their lives detroyed will magically usher in the progressive nirvana?

    • 94 Lorraine
      November 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Did he take back his endorsement of President Obama? Also, NBC/Wall Street Journal did a poll with Bloomberg being the 3rd party nominee, President Obama still wins reelection.

    • 97 Lovepolitics2008
      November 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Are Big Oil and Big Banks going to pull the plug on the GOP ??

      And most of all, is Bloomberg REALLY going to run ???

    • 98 anniebella
      November 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      I feel like every now and then Ed Koch want to get his name in the spotlight. There are just some people who don’t know how to ride off into the sunset. Hear me Ed Koch.

  20. November 25, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Good morning to you TOD! I have a funny story – we went to my brothers house for Thanksgiving and I was bringing candied yams and corn pudding. My oven died!!! so I threw everything into my cast iron pots and baked them on the grill! It worked out pretty well.

    Maybe there’s a stove on sale somewhere on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

    Hope everyone has a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. November 25, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Just talked to mom- she said she went shopping at midnight last night, went to 3 different stores, and the lines were line Never before.
    She got frustrated and left! Lol!

    • 104 donna dem 4 obama
      November 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

      If only people in this country would line-up to vote for “every” election the way they will line-up for some electronic gizmo or pretend sale. I can only dream about how much more this President could accomplish. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. November 25, 2011 at 9:51 am

    The Road To 270: Team Obama Maps Out Their Victory Plan


    I sometimes wonder who tpm thinks reads their articles?

  23. 106 desertflower
    November 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Chips…you might especially like this one for the trolls…. “Report Shithead” Has a nice ring ๐Ÿ™‚

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2011/11/25/ive-got-your-button-right-here/ Joe LIEberman is an idiot. Glad to see HIM gone soon!

  24. November 25, 2011 at 10:01 am

    One more thing friggin’ ‘murikans should be thankful for to PBO. One more corporate oligarhy (sic) to take a hike.


  25. November 25, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Good morning y’all..!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    FIRED UP…!!

    READY TO GO..!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    +############### ++++ +++++###########++

  26. November 25, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Rep. Gabby Giffords serves Thanksgiving to troops at Arizona base. http://www.cnn.com/video/standard.html

  27. 119 desertflower
    November 25, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Company NOT HIRING until Obama is gone. I see a phone number on that truck….just sayin’


    • November 25, 2011 at 10:35 am

      oh how bout we not using your product until u start hiring.

    • 121 desertflower
      November 25, 2011 at 10:35 am

      Watch the video…the guy doesn’t have a CLUE. SURPRISE!!!

    • 122 Linda
      November 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

      I will spread the word here in Georgia….We own a roofing company and rent that kind of equipment all the time. We are also members of two Associations in the State as well as the National Association.

      • 123 desertflower
        November 25, 2011 at 11:17 am

        Thank you, Linda….I am really curious to know what exactly he thinks that PBO has done to HURT his business…I really MAY call that number.

        • 124 hopefruit2
          November 25, 2011 at 11:40 am

          And that’s the problem I have with this segment right there. They simply present the situation, allow this guy to spew drivel about the “Obama” economy not allowing him to hire (even if he wants to), and they don’t question or challenge him to show provide evidence of how PBO has hurt his business. This is enabling the spread of anti-Obama propaganda. If you don’t challenge and simply report and let this man get away with misleading info or lies, you are part of the problem.

          • 125 JoJothecat
            November 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm

            Someone left a comment that all this guy does all day is blog on facebook (see story about Lierberman) and he lives off his wife’s inheritance. He’s a bully in the subdivision he lives in and neighbors are afraid of him…that says it all.

          • November 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm

            Exactly why I call the american fourth estate the fifth columnists. teabaggers, tundra twit, jtp, bachmann, this nutcase from GA should never have been given legitimacy and platform to spew their bullshit without even a fucking pushback.

      • 127 Linda
        November 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

        Here is his fax…the coward disconnected his phone.

        Fax: 770-574-7521

        Also…check out where the first google link goes now.


    • 128 GGail
      November 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

      I glad he’s getting a lot of negative feedback! IDIOT!

    • 129 anniebella
      November 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

      I started to watch that video, but then I STOP. If you won’t give someone a job just because of the color of the man in the White House, you are a racists fool, who really don’t give a “D” about this country. I believe alot of businesses are doing the same thing. To these hateful racists Republicans it’s all about destroy the ship to get the black captain.

    • 130 Titti
      November 25, 2011 at 11:33 am

      He has disconnected his phone – I would’ve called him as well. He needs to be very careful – he might just end up paying for this very dearly if people boycott his business.

    • 131 Dudette
      November 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      The real reason he’s not hiring is no one wants to work for him or do business with him, because he’s an a-hole.

  28. November 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Re: OWS rejection of Democratic Party

    Mature Lisa’s reaction:

    This is why ows is doomed to fail. They have a good message but are guided by sheer stupidity ie: voting doesn’t get the change we need. This ridiculous assertion is what’s going to ensure that they lose public support and it will ensure that they will lose the battle. What do they thing Egypt and Lybia and Tunisa were about? It was about a movement to form a representative democracy where the populace felt that they could and would be heard by their government. If OWS thinks that they can get what they want just by crowding streets and being nuisances at PBOs events, they are just being plain naive. We have inalienable rights: the right for life, liberty and the pursuit of peace and happiness. But these rights and protections aren’t free. We also have a social contract that says we do the right thing, and our government protects us. We must, must, must participate and do our parts in order to maintain our democracy and part of our obligation to this country, to our government and to the constitution, is to vote. To vote with a clear mind, a steady heart and true conviction that the ones we vote for are, to the best of your knowledge, the best qualified for the stewardship of this country. OWS is good in theory, horrible in application and that’s a sad thing.

    Not so mature Lisa’s reaction:

    Suck. It.

    • 133 Brittany
      November 25, 2011 at 11:00 am

      OWS should take two thing from the Tea Party, which is organization and VOTING matters. I am always amazed by many Americans that think voting in elections doesn’t matter, if it didn’t matter other countries and billionairs would not be trying to rig elections. Sometimes people just need to think.

      • 134 JoJothecat
        November 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

        It’s their excuse for being lazy! I am sorry but they are the few that want INSTANT gratification. They do not want to put in the hard work and if they fail are not persistant in pursuing their dreams. It’s easier to blame others and the fact they have enablers like Michael Moore and others.

    • November 25, 2011 at 11:05 am

      Anarchists- the truly do hate America.

    • 137 anniebella
      November 25, 2011 at 11:08 am

      Are OWS that stupid? The Republicans were in control they would wipe everyone of them out of the away.

      • 138 hopefruit2
        November 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

        No, OWS isn’t that stupid. The originators ARE Libertarians to begin with and they being bankrolled by some of the same Wall Street folks they claim to be against. They were NEVER supportive of this President. They endorsed the Tea Party and began this “movement” in an election year knowing fully well it would hurt the Democrats more than the Republicans. They would be just fine with a Republican in the WH. They have no problems allowing themselves to be co-opted by the Professional Left because their goals are one and the same. To get the Black President out of “their” White House. And they will attempt to brainwash millions of young people into helping them doing their dirty work.

        • November 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm

          Was wondering why the majority of these protests were taking place in Democratic areas. Nobody protest against someone that agrees with them and wants to help but gets rejected at every turn. Anger toward Obama but where are the Mitch McConnell signs or John Boehner, Eric Cantor effigies? Oh that’s right they don’t do politics unless it’s Obama’s fault.

          Now it’s stop people from shopping. Stop something that could be a windfall to the U.S. economy. They want jobs but won’t support the AJA and want to stop people from spending which would create jobs. It’s a Republican front loaded with the usual PL suspects, What am I missing?

        • 140 anniebella
          November 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm

          hopefruit2, you make alot of sense.

        • 141 nathkatun7
          November 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm

          Thank you hopefruit2 for your incredibly astute commentary! Your take on this OWS movement has been absolutely spot-on! It’s clear, at least to me, that the originators, and some of the prominent supporters, of OWS share with the teabaggers one overriding goal: making sure that President Obama is not re-elected. Until many of us who support the election a Democratic Congress and the re-election of the President fully grasp the reality that the #1 goal of OWS, we will waste valuable time and energy trying convince them to be on our side.

    • November 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      Well stated, Lisa. My head’s with Mature Lisa. My heart goes with ‘not so mature.’ At this point, the Ows are in the way of progress. I’ve lost all patience with them.

    • 143 lmrj
      November 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      The following is a conversation on Facebook between my relatives who live in Oakland about the OWS movement. Born and raised and living most of their entire lives in Oakland. This conversation is the general feeling I get from most of the people I know there:

      B: “Like I said before. Call in the National Guard. These people don’t even live in Oakland. Take this mess to your own city. They don’t even know what they are protesting now. Go home. Go somewhere. Who is in charge? Certainly not the city leaders. Put them on a bus and bus them out of town far away from Oakland.”
      D: “I can hear you saying this too lol when they were evacuated last week out of the 33 arrested only 8 were from Oakland so you’re right in that aspect.”

      K: “Right On B Tell The Truth..”

      โ€จโ€จB: “In all aspects! As you can see I’m very emotional about this.”

  29. November 25, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Another 140 megawatts of wind power, enough to power over 38,000 homes, is set to be up and running in Pennsylvania by 2013 thanks to German wind turbine company REPower Systems, which on Wednesday announced it had inked a deal with American wind developer EverPower to provide 68 wind turbines for a planned wind farm in Somerset.

    โ€œThis is one of the largest single orders for REpower,โ€ said Andreas Nauen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of REpower Systems, in a statement. โ€œWe appreciate the confidence our US customers place in us.โ€


  30. 145 GGail
    November 25, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Good morning TOD fam and Chipsticks!

    Hope everyone had a wonderful time yesterday – I certainly did.

    Love LOVE the ABC report on the Obama items!

  31. November 25, 2011 at 11:02 am

    โ€œThe Obama administration has gotten much more aggressive in antitrust than the Bush administration was,โ€ Jeffrey Jacobovitz, an antitrust litigator with McCarthy, Sweeney & Harkaway PC in Washington, said in an interview. โ€œItโ€™s a new dawn for merger enforcement.โ€
    Under Republican leadership between 2005 and 2008, U.S. regulators cleared two acquisitions by Dallas-based AT&T, two by Verizon Wireless and Sprint Corp.โ€™s purchase of Nextel Communications Inc., according to a summary prepared by the FCC. Under Obama appointee Genachowski, the FCC has increased its scrutiny of wireless carriers, examining unexpected charges on monthly bills and exclusive contracts with handset makers.
    โ€˜Public Interestโ€™
    The agencies have different mandates, with the Justice Department checking how deals affect competition and the FCC examining competition as well as other factors under the rubric of โ€œpublic interest,โ€ such as whether a merger would eliminate jobs or change the quality of phone service.


    But but but Mika said…

  32. 147 Fred
    November 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

    to watch FLOTUS receive the Christmas tree ๐Ÿ˜€

  33. 148 Jessica
    November 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Waiting on Flotus and the girls to receive the Christmas tree.

  34. November 25, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Medvedev not only says he will strike US missle bases, he also wants out of the new START treaty.
    WTF is with all the saber rattling?
    I guess Jon kyl was right about the Russians, they cannot be trusted!

    • 153 anniebella
      November 25, 2011 at 11:18 am

      Jovie you can trust the Russians about as much as you can trust these Republicans. Believe me President Obama is no dope and neither is Medvedev.

    • 154 hopefruit2
      November 25, 2011 at 11:19 am

      Lehme guess…a US Media report… I also would not quote Jon Kyle as being “right” about anything.

      • 155 desertflower
        November 25, 2011 at 11:23 am

        Please. Kyl is an ignorant, self serving,propaganda spewing, ass. I wouldn’t trust him about anything.

        • 156 desertflower
          November 25, 2011 at 11:23 am

          PS…Kyl “This statement was not meant to be factual” THAT Jon Kyl?

        • November 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

          You are right about that!
          But Putin is regaining , control and it shows.
          He said in a quote that he will strike at US missle bases.
          That is pretty serious statement, don’t ya think?


          • November 25, 2011 at 11:45 am

            He may be gaining control in some circles, but he’s losing support of the people. As evidence, increasingly his public appearances are met more with jeering and incessant booing from his once adoring public.

            You see this eternal leader thingy has run it’s course, and the Arab Spring has begun putting the nails in the coffin of that idea.

          • 160 Brittany
            November 25, 2011 at 11:48 am

            I don’t feel like the Russians are bold enough to do such a thing.

      • November 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

        No, he and china are involved with trying to Reshape world power, towards their own self interest. They see this recession as a way forward, towards that goal.
        Both countries just met in an emergency meeting, after the President put troops in austrailia. Which was brilliant, btw, it curbs both these countries plans and gives them pause.
        Thus, this saber rattling, is a response to the President saying, hold On a minute, that is our turf!
        Expect these two countries to try snd sabotague afghanistan and Russia will also stick up for Iran.
        Me thinks, the President has changed his policy towards Russia, as Putin looms over medvedevs head.
        Just saying!

    • November 25, 2011 at 11:28 am

      “I guess Jon kyl was right about the Russians, they cannot be trusted!”

      LOL…man if I thought that about John Kyle, I would be too embarrased to admit it

      • November 25, 2011 at 11:32 am

        Putin. It’s all about putin taking over next year.
        Remember I said that.
        Anyways, no need to beat a dead horse!

        • November 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm

          Jovie, Most of us agree that this is all about Putin. Medvedev is engaging in domestic sabre rattling. I do worry that Putin will “win” because he was never out of the picture. Plus, the whole history of Russia and how it became the U.S.S.R. is a lesson of people who are so downtrodden that they have supported authoritarian regimes.

          Doesn’t mean that we need to freak out and spread the word of Jon Kyl, the super committee’s “napalm king.

    • November 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      Relax jovie. Sabre rattling is done by all countries all the time. That’s what every pol worth his salt does and will always do. No bfd.

    • 176 nathkatun7
      November 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      Jovie, normally you link to the the source(s) of your information, but in this case you don’t. Until I see the source(s) on which you based your statement I am not ready to jump the cliff and start praising that snake oil salesman, Jon Kyl.

  35. 178 desertflower
    November 25, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Grab some more coffee, sit down and watch Andy Borowitz…life lessons that will leave you laughing . He’s wonderful

  36. November 25, 2011 at 11:22 am

    A Cooking Innovation We Should Be Thankful For: Jonathan Alter
    By Jonathan Alter
    November 24, 2011 7:00 PM EST


  37. 180 Linda
    November 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Here are a couple good sites for American Made Products.



  38. November 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Happy Black Friday everyone. HOPE you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. My family went to Disneyland and had a wonderful time. If the huge unexpected crowds are any indication, the economy is getting much better. Thanksgiving week is one of the slowest times and according to all the cast members and frequent park visitors we spoke to, they have never seen the park this busy at this time. THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA!!

    The down side was that we stood in lines that took 75 minutes to get on a ride. Another down side is that Disneyland, ABC, Warner Brothers, etc. are obviously in bed with the Koch Brothers โ€” signs everywhere promoting Dixie and Brawny products. I couldn’t help but think that the control such a place has on us — the deliberate inconvenience, the huge mark up for food, drink and products, taking advantage of a public that keeps coming back for more abuse, is where the Republicans want to take the whole country and the world.

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our beloved President, First Family and the Nation.


    • November 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you, Jackie! I didn’t know about this site. I just looked through it — lots of wonderful, centering things to do. And I lit a candle for President Obama with so much appreciation and love.

    • 183 eveingeorgia
      November 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      Just lit mine for PBO, and forwarded the site to friends. Thanks, Jackie.

  39. November 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Since then, 105,000 of the 540,208 signatures needed to trigger a recall election have reportedly been collected, Republicans have set up a website for people to report “foul play or suspicious behavior” and a progressive advocacy group has created a $10,000 fraud fund.
    Throw in the Madison police investigation into a man ripping up a recall petition on Midvale Boulevard on Madison’s west side last week, a Facebook page where anonymous posters boast of ripping up thousands more petitions and complaints about covering up a veterans park sign with a recall sign in DeForest, and the effort to oust the governor is proving to be a divisive, highly charged political endeavor, to say the least.
    “I had no idea it would be like this,” says Gary Nelson, a Madison resident who was collecting signatures on Monroe Street Wednesday afternoon. (Similar volunteers, by the way,ย will be posted Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. off East Washington Avenue near Reindahl Park on Madison’s east side; and beginning at 10 a.m. near West Towne Mall and beginning at 8 a.m. on University Avenue near the Hilldale Shopping Center, according to recall drive organizers.)


  40. 185 donna dem 4 obama
    November 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Holy Moley Malia is stunning. Poor PBO its a good thing he has men with guns guarding her over the next few years. ๐Ÿ™‚


  41. 193 Linda
    November 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Arguing that the whole incident had been a stupid misunderstanding, Tatyana Limanova, who has already been fired for her on-air gaffe, insisted she was not insulting Mr Obama even though she raised her middle finger demonstratively immediately after mentioning his name in a news bulletin.


    • 194 Fred
      November 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      good riddance to horrible rubbish!

    • November 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      Weird. msnbc should have fired Halperin for projecting his own self onto calling our President a “dick”. When it’s ol Halperin who’s the real dick.

    • 197 jacquelineoboomer
      November 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      The newswoman almost looked as though she were giving a cue for the next segment. Who knows. Anyway, she got fired, so everybody got a good message out of it.

      However, I’m not worried so much about her … it’s Dick Halperin who should have been fired, big time.

  42. 198 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    November 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    #teabaggers proved elections matter – Witness the damage done by GOP Congress & governors the past 11 months. #OccupytheVote #ZEROGOP2012


  43. November 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Upthread Hopefruit2 expressed this concern about #OWS: “And they will attempt to brainwash millions of young people into helping them doing their dirty work.”

    Here is the reason why I’m not concerned about these fringe-dwellers accomplishing that goal (if indeed it is their goal). They are missing three critical components to sustain this ‘movement’ by attracting large numbers of young people to their cause the way the hippie movement did:
    1. Sex.
    2. Drugs.
    3. Rock & Roll

  44. 201 Linda
    November 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    This is very good.

  45. November 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I loved that ABC News spot about the Obama 2012 store! Especially that they mentioned more than once that they are Made in the USA products and the Obama Made in the USA mug. Great! I want more and sent them a comment praising the piece at


    Loved it! Thanks, Chipsticks.

  46. November 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Look at this nut. He claims he won’t hire anyone until PBO leaves office. He ignores the nutty Congress. But I don’t think he was prepared for the backlash he got:


    • 204 Fred
      November 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      excuse my language Africa but fuck him

    • 206 FiredUpInCA
      November 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      As sick and twisted as this guy is, he is just saying out loud and explicitly what the top companies won’t admit to as they hoard $2 trillion in Bush tax cut cash and profits.

      The hoarders: ‘We need a Republican President (Bush), Republican House and Senate to give tax breaks to job creators so we can create millions of jobs.’

      $2 trillion later….

      The hoarders: ‘We can’t create jobs and hire because there’s no demand. We need a Republican President (Romney, Cain, Gingrich), Republican House and Senate to give tax breaks to job creators so we can create millions of jobs.’

      • 207 jacquelineoboomer
        November 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm

        Yep. And we have our name from your suggestion for a new teevee show: Job Hoarders.

        Those companies should fail. They’ve already failed the American people.

      • November 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm

        My first comment didn’t post because I did not sign in. But FiredUP, I am borrowing job hoaders for twitter. Thnx.!!

      • 209 nathkatun7
        November 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm

        Well said FiredUpInCA! I am absolutely convinced that the “hoarders” are aiding and abating the Republican agenda of denying President Obama a second term. We must identify the “hoarders” and if President Obama is not re-elected, we should launch a massive boycott of their products. They must not be allowed to benefit from victimizing us.

  47. 210 donna dem 4 obama
    November 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Mitt Romney still faces a trust deficit with GOP voters
    Mitt Romney may lead the Republican presidential field, but many GOP voters see him as someone whose views on the issues change with the political tide.

    Massachusetts governor hasn’t inched above a quarter of Republican voters in national polls. For many GOP voters in early primary states, hesitation about Romney comes back to one thing: their perception that he has routinely molded his views to suit the political mood, with ambition his overriding principle.

    “He’s not a person we could trust to lead our country,” said Angela Cesar, a 41-year-old Republican from Ypsilanti, Mich., who said Romney had changed his position on too many issues. “He’s going to be listening to voices outside. I want someone who can hear his own voice โ€” a clear voice.”


    • 211 jacquelineoboomer
      November 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      *I want someone who can hear his own voice – a clear voice.*

      Ummm, hey lady Republican, we got one. He’s in the White House, and we plan to keep him there. How about your vote?

  48. 212 FiredUpInCA
    November 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Gingrich holds firm on immigration, hits Romney along the way

    “Gingrich, the former House speaker, sent his Twitter followers two links Wednesday, one to a page of his campaign website detailing his 10-step plan and another to a 2007 interview with Romney….

    The link to the video was accompanied by a Tweet from Gingrich that read “Here’s a trip down memory lane โ€ฆ So what’s your position on citizenship for illegals again? (I oppose it.)”

    However, the clip does not reflect his full point or the end of his sentence.A more complete video provided by the Romney campaign shows the candidate went on to say “but they should not be given a special pathway, a special guarantee that all of them get to stay here for the rest of their lives merely by virtue of having come here illegally.”


    Where have I seen that dishonest editing tactic before? Romney: Misleading editing is okay for me, but not for thee.

  49. November 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    President Barack Obama left the White House just after 11:30 a.m. Friday to play golf at Andrews Air Force Base. His partners are Martin Nicholson, Walter Nicholson and Reggie Love, according to a pool report.

  50. 219 carolyn
    November 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    As several have said Wow! Malia is gorgeous! Seems that she passed straight through the awkward stage teenage girls usually experience to stunning. She walks gracefully, like a ballet dancer. What a family. I notice everyone wants to pet Bo.

    • November 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      True! Love seeing them.

    • November 25, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      Hi Carolyn, Hope all is well with you. Malia is a very stunning and beautiful young lady. Both young ladies are going to keep Daddy busy. We are going to keep the prayer lines open for him.

      Both girls took ballet classes. Also, our First Lady loves ballet and also took ballet classes when was a young lady. The girls are so well rounded and represents their mother and fathers so beautifully. Just such a joy to watch them grow up right in front of our eyes. Refreshing. Plus, Bo is such a sweetheart as well. HZ

  51. November 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Belgium credit rating downgraded by S&P


    Hungary’s debt downgraded by Moody’s to junk status


    germany, uk and france better watch out. There is no end to the greed of bankstas, ‘investors’ and these ‘raters’.

    • 223 Fred
      November 25, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      bloody hell ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    • 224 FiredUpInCA
      November 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      The S&P inflated ratings on $5 billion of securities in 2006 and 2007, then the agency, run by the major GOP contributor, downgraded the full faith and credit of the United States.

      They have no credibility and their relevance is overdue for a downgrade.

  52. November 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq โ€“ Communication skills can be taught when it comes to human interaction or technology, but one Soldier has learned a communication skill set with horses that goes beyond words.

    Spc. David Mayfield, satellite communications operator and maintainer, 62Nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, from Troy, Mo., installs and maintains equipment for satellite communications to units on Contingency Operating Base Adder, but back home his specialty is his ability to communicate with horses.

    โ€œI was 15, and I was looking for work,โ€ said Mayfield.

    Through a friend, he heard about a local ranch where they trained horses. He walked over to the farm and met with the owner: a man by the name of Dennis. He asked Dennis if he was in need of a ranch hand. โ€œI told him up front I didnโ€™t know anything about horses,โ€ said Mayfield.

    That day the owner showed him around the ranch and the horses that were trained there.

    โ€œHe showed me some of the ways he taught the horses, and he felt like I picked up on it pretty quick. He said, โ€˜Come back and weโ€™ll talk about wages.โ€™โ€

    When Mayfield returned, Dennis offered him $25 a day, a meal and the chance to learn how to train horses.

    โ€œOld school ranchers and horse trainers can be a little tough to work for,โ€ he said. โ€œYou have to prove yourself. The first month, I never even sat in a saddle.โ€

    In fact, Mayfield spent a good amount of time on the ranch performing other menial tasks before he started working with the horses.

    โ€œWe were out of weed-eater twine,โ€ said Mayfield. โ€œHe handed me a rusty butcher knife and said, โ€˜Cut some of these weeds down.โ€™โ€ Mayfield laughed as he recalled the day, remembering how ridiculous he thought the task was, then went on to explain the importance of cutting the weeds.


    • November 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      Great share Jovie! I really enjoyed this article. It reminds me of growing up around wranglers and ranch hands who could sit a bucking horse and calm it right down. It’s a gift. I wish good fortune to this young man in all his endeavors.

  53. November 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Andrew Fazekas
    for National Geographic News
    Published November 25, 2011

    This weekend NASA’s biggest and most ambitious Mars rover to date is set to launch on its nine-month journey to the red planet.

    Called Curiosity, the rover’s mission will be to search for clues to whether Mars ever hadโ€”or still hasโ€”environments favorable for life.

    (Related: “Viking Mission May Have Missed Mars Life, Study Finds.”)

    The compact car-size, 2,000-pound (900-kilogram) robot is due to lift off Saturday from Cape Canaveral in Florida aboard an Atlas V rocket at 10:02 a.m. ET. If anything delays tomorrow’s lift-off, NASA has until December 18 to attempt the launch.


  54. 229 Ladyhawke
    November 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm


    Politics Stops at the Water’s Edge

    After two foreign-policy debates, we still have no idea what most Republican presidential candidates would do about the actual issues facing America abroad.


    Listening to Republican debates, one gets the sense that diplomacy is easy, U.S. power is unquestioned and feared (or at least should be), and every global challenge to the United States is an existential threat. But then again, this has been the debating style of everyone not named Huntsman or Paul: Say as little of substance as possible, stick to platitudes, and blame Obama for everything. Indeed, in a question on foreign aid, Romney somehow figured out a way to get in an attack against “Obamacare.”



  55. 230 FiredUpInCA
    November 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    For their role in knowingly inflating the value of dubious mortgage backed securities and for their downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, I hoped the S&P 500 is sued into bankruptcy:

    (Reuters) – A federal judge has said credit ratings are not always protected opinion under the First Amendment, a defeat for credit rating agencies in a lawsuit brought by investors who lost money on mortgage-backed securities….

    These agencies had argued that the Constitution protected them from claims they issued inflated ratings on more than $5 billion of securities issued in 2006 and 2007, and backed by loans from former Thornburg Mortgage Inc and other lenders….

    S&P has asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission not to file threatened civil charges over its ratings for a 2007 offering, Delphinus CDO 2007-1.


  56. 231 donna dem 4 obama
    November 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Oh Oh Willard better watch out Newt is drawing large crowds….

    • November 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Ohhh, these people are just desperate. Thanks for the chuckle.

    • November 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      Newt could be a real threat to Romney, and unlike dim bulbs like Perry, Cain and Bachmann, Romney will think twice about attacking Newt in debates. Romney changed his whole primary strategy, deciding to challenge in Iowa and try and end it early by pushing his financial and organizational advantage he has over everybody else in the primary.

      Newt has actually smartly boxed in Romney on the immigration issue. Either Romney agrees with the “humane approach” and causes Republicans to further distrust him or he stays hard right on the issue and Newt makes the case to the party power brokers that Romney can’t win the general because he’s kissed the Latino vote goodbye and not only that but will hurt the down ticket races in the south as a result.

      I still give Romney a strong edge to win the nomination until Newt shows he’s got a viable campaign apparatus – fundraising and boots on the ground. I think his best play would be to talk Rick Perry out of the race and then take all his campaign staff already in states and boots on the ground. I think Perry has had enough, but needs to be offered a way out to save face. I don’t think you can offer him the VP spot this far out, but maybe just promise a long honest look for him as potential VP and than promise him a cabinet spot.

      Perry drops out and endorses Gingrich, Newt takes most of the staffers and I think Newt becomes the accepted anti-Romney and he starts pulling voters from Bachmann and Cain and could get near 50%.

    • 235 prettyfoot58
      November 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      He was giving away….32 in flat screen Tvs… ๐Ÿ˜€

  57. 237 Linda
    November 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    The nutcase in Georgia that said he will not hire until PBO is gone is being outed ……

    Was Bill Looman Involved in Botched Terror Plot in 2010? He is part of the North Georgia Militia…


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