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rise and shine

Morning everyone 😉

I won’t be able to catch up for a couple of hours, but chat away and I’ll see ya soon.

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258 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. 1 FiredUpInCA
    November 29, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Good morning all.

  2. 2 donna dem 4 obama
    November 29, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Good Morning Everyone!

  3. 3 nintendowii10
    November 29, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Good morning!

  4. 7 symmetry11
    November 29, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Good morning all!

  5. 8 desertflower
    November 29, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Love, love, love this picture! Morning…and thank you, Donna for letting us know this was up 🙂

    Sorry, but I have to ask again, for the kids, if you all will be so kind as to vote for a new sound system for the elementary school I work in…just vote! We can get in practice for the “BIG ONE” next Nov 🙂

    The kids work so hard to put on their performances, and we can’t hear them….so Pepsi is paying out to the top 15 vote getters…..we’re #20, and only have until tomorrow night at midnight!!! We need a big push!

    Text 73774 message code 109320

    Thank you so much….will let everyone know…you can only vote once/day….many thanks 🙂

  6. November 29, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Good morning, TODville!!

  7. November 29, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Good morning everyone! HOPE you all have a terrific Tuesday. It looks like Twitter is having some major issues this morning. I could only post two items.

  8. November 29, 2011 at 9:04 am

    where is the CBC on THIS?

    …………………………………..

    As Public Sector Sheds Jobs, Blacks Are Hit Hardest
    By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
    Published: November 28, 2011

    Don Buckley lost his job driving a Chicago Transit Authority bus almost two years ago and has been looking for work ever since, even as other municipal bus drivers around the country are being laid off.

    At 34, Mr. Buckley, his two daughters and his fiancée have moved into the basement of his mother’s house. He has had to delay his marriage, and his entire savings, $27,000, is gone. “I was the kind of person who put away for a rainy day,” he said recently. “It’s flooding now.”

    Mr. Buckley is one of tens of thousands of once solidly middle-class African-American government workers — bus drivers in Chicago, police officers and firefighters in Cleveland, nurses and doctors in Florida — who have been laid off since the recession ended in June 2009. Such job losses have blunted gains made in employment and wealth during the previous decade and undermined the stability of neighborhoods where there are now fewer black professionals who own homes or who get up every morning to go to work.

    Though the recession and continuing economic downturn has been devastating to the American middle class as a whole, the two and a half years since the declared end of the recession have been singularly harmful to middle-class blacks in terms of layoffs and unemployment, according to economists and recent government data. About one in five black workers have public-sector jobs, and African-American workers are one-third more likely than white ones to be employed in the public sector.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/us/as-public-sector-sheds-jobs-black-americans-are-hit-hard.html?_r=2

    • 23 prettyfoot58
      November 29, 2011 at 11:07 am

      Transit workers….sanitation workers….police officers….firefighters….prison workers…city and state workers…add health care workers

      these unions jobs were the ticket to the Middle Class for many Black Folks….so when these workers were hit by layoffs you can understand the tremendous impact that this has on the Black Community…

      these workers supported the small Black businesses as well..who have also taken a larger hit as well…

      • November 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

        Good Morning
        I think this is a 2 prong repug strategy 1) make unions lose money because the unemployed cannot pay dues and it drains their treasury trying to support them and 2) make AA, low-information voters angry at PBO so they either vote for them or not vote.
        Repugs are mean, devious traitors. We used to recognize treason in this country, try them and shoot them but not anymore. We cannot even say the word “treason”!

        • 25 Puddin'
          November 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm

          BINGO!!!! smilingl8dy, you hit both nails on the head…I have been saying this to friends since January 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, in 2008 a lot of donations to the Obama campaign were made by people like me…I gave the campaign a few pennies…but so far, this campaign, I haven’t been able to donate nearly as much because my business is down because some of my clients have less money because they lost jobs…

          • 26 HZ
            November 30, 2011 at 2:26 am

            Puddin’, thanks for sharing. I hope and pray that you will be fine as well. We will get through this. We will. Hold on and do not give up. Yes, it is very difficult, but trust me, you would not want another President, other than President Obama in that Oval Office ,to my knowledge and in my witnessing in my lifetime,. Keep praying and thinking positive in your inner being., because we are doing to work together and make this.HZ

  9. November 29, 2011 at 9:06 am

    We will hold down the fort chipper. Have a pleasant morning!

  10. November 29, 2011 at 9:06 am

    How to End the Nonsense
    by BooMan
    Tue Nov 29th, 2011 at 12:59:33 AM EST

    The Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. In other words, it gives money to be people who get laid-off. Their job disappeared. They didn’t get fired. And the way this is paid for is by levying a tax on employers. Instead of giving you an extra sixty or seventy bucks a month, they give that money to the state and federal governments, just in case they have to ship your job to India. It’s not really that complicated. People who are out of work through no fault of their own are given a weekly stipend to help them through the transition from joblessness to employment. When times are tough and lots of folks can’t quickly find a new job, the government extends the benefits from six months to a year, or maybe even for a longer period. The point is, people who did nothing wrong and are out of work shouldn’t be ruined financially and left homeless and bankrupt.
    But that’s not how people on the right see things. Newt Gingrich, for example, thinks that receiving unemployment insurance payments makes people lazy. He also thinks we should drug test people before they can receive the check that their employers paid for. That’s right. Maybe you didn’t want unemployment insurance. Maybe you would have rather had that extra sixty or seventy bucks in your paycheck. But Newt Gingrich wants you to pee in a cup before you see your own money.

    How about if we ask people to pee in a cup before they see any of their 401(k) money or collect disability insurance payments? How about if we require presidential candidates to prove that they don’t have genital warts? Does Newt want to sign up for that?

    I didn’t think so.

    Newt also thinks we should drug test people before we give them food stamps. So, if you’re an eight-year old and your mom likes to smoke pot, you get to starve.

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2011/11/29/05933/014

  11. November 29, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Christie really gunning for that VP slot, called the President every name in the book this morning, on the Today show.
    We know that is all msnbc will talk about today, as they love Christie!
    Anyways…

    • 30 hopefruit2
      November 29, 2011 at 9:18 am

      It’s amazing that all these GOP wannabe presidential candidates can spend 2 hrs trashing our current president, but cannot in a single sentence say what they will do to improve this country from what it is now. They are all a bunch of COWARDS.

    • November 29, 2011 at 9:21 am

      The more you see of Christie, the more repulsive he seems, so he may not be doing himself any favors by being on tv a lot. I hope the people in NJ are as fed up as the rest of us.

    • November 29, 2011 at 9:56 am

      VP is the usual attack dog spot, but I don’t know having two north east Governors makes sense for the ticket (assuming Romney here of course). Now to mention Christie’s reason for passing on running himself would sprt of disqualify him from running as VP or just make him a huge liar.

      • 35 Sue in Minnesota
        November 29, 2011 at 10:04 am

        saintroscoe…..lying doesn’t seem to matter to Republicans, they do it habitually……and seem eager to defend it.

    • 36 Esmerelda
      November 29, 2011 at 10:31 am

      Well, if he runs with Newt, I’m sure Chips
      will be glad to make a poster of both of them in Mankinis!

      • 37 nospin
        November 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm

        lololol Esmerelda – I sure had that same visual in mind.

        Gingrich/Christie 2012.

        lol I would pass out from laughter on TOD. Just the imagery alone would be a hoot.

      • 38 Sue in Minnesota
        November 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm

        Please, please, please Chica do not go there! There isn’t enough brain bleach in the world to cleanse the mind of that image.

        On a serious note, I can’t imagine Christie being considered physically fit enough to be President…..if he is not morbidly obese he is darn close.

    • 41 MsKitty
      November 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

      Funny that Christie can run his mouth about what PBO is doing wrong when he was too chicken to run for President because among other things he didn’t stand a chance of even carrying his home state.

      Let him go for the VP slot though because he’s gonna need a job come November 2013 anyway, as most of us in Jersey can’t even stand him.

    • November 29, 2011 at 10:46 am

      Yep. They’re already talking about POB’s low approval numbers – which I don’t understand. What is wrong with Americans? Why can’t they see that Republicans are obstructing darn near everything/

      • 46 hopefruit2
        November 29, 2011 at 11:01 am

        It’s the media pushing these poll numbers, not Americans. The MSM is obsessed with talking about PBO’s “low approval numbers” regardless of where they really are. It’s getting to the point where people are ignoring that kind of talk because it is overused and meaningless. The media has been talking about “PBO approval hitting an all time low” and will not get re-elected since 2009 and they haven’t stopped. Yet the reality on the ground and elsewhere, AND the fact that the GOP candidates are flailing, do not comport with this hackneyed narrative. The truth is that a 40% approval rating does not even mean the same thing that it meant 10-20 years ago. People are so much more attuned to politics and give responses based on 24-hr news cycle narratives and pollsters’ desires, that a 40% approval today would be the equivalent of a 60% approval 10-20 years ago.

        • November 29, 2011 at 11:17 am

          Hopefruit2, I’m not really into polls and I definitely don’t analyze them. Thanks for sharing some much needed info.

        • 48 Debz
          November 29, 2011 at 11:25 am

          How many times can PBO’s poll numbers hit “an all time low”? Fact is his numbers have never gone as low as St Ronnie or Clinton.

        • 51 prettyfoot58
          November 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

          Information is King and Perception is Reality…

          the truth of the matter is that many Americans do not know what is going on and depend on the so-called analysts to tell them what’s what….that is why MSM…the PL…etc… go out of their way to set the narrative…IMO….whoever controls the narrative wins….

          The roll-out of the Presidents Jobs bill…was his way of controlling the narrative…talking to the local media is another way.. the accomplishments of our President on his recent trip to Asia or his very successful meeting with the EU..will never be revealed by the MSM to the American People…

          but my friends…for many Americans who are on hard times..these thing do not really matter if you do not have a job…or are in danger of losing your home…and the President is well aware of this….

          hence his push on the Jobs Bill to jump start the economy…
          for my part…i send the link to this blog to as many friends in my circle as i can and i ask them to plz pass it on….i also send them the link to the white house website….

          because INFORMATION IS KING AND PERCEPTION IS REALITY

    • 52 Mae who love our CIC
      November 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      Christie spouts bullshit all day, but he is such a coward and he is scared to run because like the rest of his field he doesn’t want to know how useless he is on a national stage like the rest of the GOP candidates. Just a big ole bully.

      • 53 HZ
        November 30, 2011 at 2:45 am

        Christie, has an ugly spirit. Plain and simple. This is not what people with a decent spirit within them need or want now or anytime soon. Those who like people with spirits like this are shameful. Healthy beautiful people do not thrive in a cesspool like the likes of Christie wade in everyday. Such an ungrateful and unhappy man. HZ

    • 54 nospin
      November 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      The msm can spin all they want but it all boils down to voters.

      and why would anyone want to focus on

      http://www.overoll.com/image/2415714
      http://www.overoll.com/image/2415712
      and
      http://www.overoll.com/image/2415711

      When we already have
      http://www.obama-dog.com/.a/6a010535222d03970c0115706ffbdb970b-800wi

      and

      No comparison.

  12. November 29, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Wis Dems Say They’re Already Halfway There On Walker Recall Signatures
    Eric Kleefeld November 28, 2011, 8:46 PM

    Wisconsin Democrats have made a huge announcement in their effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker. They say that in the first 12 days of the petition effort, up through this past Saturday night, they now claim to have collected over 300,000 signatures — more than halfway to the goal that they have 60 days total to meet.

    In order to trigger a recall against Walker, the Dems must meet a high bar: Signatures of at least 25 percent of the number of voters in the previous gubernatorial election must be collected in a 60-day window. That means the Dems must get over 540,000 signatures — over 9,000 per day, statewide — plus some significant buffer that campaigns routinely collect in order to protect against signatures being disqualified over one imperfection or another.

    But even against that lofty requirement, the Dems are claiming that in the 12 days since the recall launched, they have collected over 1,000 signatures per hour. Put another way, when measured against just the 9,000-per-day requirement, they claim to have taken only 12 days to reach where they had to be at about Day 33.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/wis-dems-say-theyre-already-halfway-there-on-walker-recall-signatures.php?ref=fpb

  13. 56 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    November 29, 2011 at 9:12 am

    GOOD MORNING EVERYONE…LOVE THAT SUNNY PICTURE OF OUR PBO! AN AWESOME PRESIDENT WHO DESERVES A PLACE IN THE SUN…GOD LOVE HIM AND HE DOES!

  14. November 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

    hearts; ♥ ♥ Good Morning Chips! Good Morning TOD Family! ♥ ♥ ♥

    Barack Obama Quote O’ The Day

    If we aren’t willing to pay a price for our values, if we aren’t willing to make some sacrifices in order to realize them, then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all.

    — from The Audacity of Hope

    Have a great day, everyone! 😛

  15. November 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I love this picture. I can feel the sun on my skin.

  16. 63 desertflower
    November 29, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Bet you Newt didn’t have THIS in mind when he spewed his vile idea!

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2011/11/drug-tests-for-citizens-who-receive-government-money.html

    • 64 Sue in Minnesota
      November 29, 2011 at 9:59 am

      Bob Cesca makes a very salient point……think of the jobs that would be created, and all the freed up monies from the hypocrites, and corporate welfare beneficiaries.

  17. November 29, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Good morning, family. Blessed day to all. I am off to serve in our food pantry–AKA Manna House. Check in later.

  18. November 29, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Monday, November 28, 2011
    Last Call
    Posted by Zandar
    The One Percenters complain that we can’t possibly spend any more money to help Americans in need right now, that we have to cut, cut, cut social programs and aid to the 99% as the Great Recession and the Housing Depression rolls on.

    Turns out the banksters got more money than anyone possibly imagined, including me. The Fed, over three years, made $7.7 trillion in emergency no-interest or low-interest loans to banks, including $1.2 trillion on one day, in order to save the financial system.


    The Federal Reserve and the big banks fought for more than two years to keep details of the largest bailout in U.S. history a secret. Now, the rest of the world can see what it was missing.

    The Fed didn’t tell anyone which banks were in trouble so deep they required a combined $1.2 trillion on Dec. 5, 2008, their single neediest day. Bankers didn’t mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans at the same time they were assuring investors their firms were healthy. And no one calculated until now that banks reaped an estimated $13 billion of income by taking advantage of the Fed’s below-market rates, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its January issue.

    Saved by the bailout, bankers lobbied against government regulations, a job made easier by the Fed, which never disclosed the details of the rescue to lawmakers even as Congress doled out more money and debated new rules aimed at preventing the next collapse.

    A fresh narrative of the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009 emerges from 29,000 pages of Fed documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and central bank records of more than 21,000 transactions. While Fed officials say that almost all of the loans were repaid and there have been no losses, details suggest taxpayers paid a price beyond dollars as the secret funding helped preserve a broken status quo and enabled the biggest banks to grow even bigger.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2011/11/last-call_28.html

  19. 69 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    November 29, 2011 at 9:27 am

    GOT SOME FUNKY AMERICAN JOBS ACT LETTERS FROM SENATORS..LUGAR AND COATS…SENDING THEM TO PBO TO READ. WE NEED TO GET RID OF THIS LACK OF COOPERATION IN 2012! PLEASE PRAY FOR THE PRESIDENT’S STRENGTH IN THIS UPHILL BATTLE HE HAS!

    • November 29, 2011 at 9:39 am

      I got one from Bob Corker about Freddie and Fannie. Replied and sent him the link from Bob’s Blog….Big Lies….was on here yesterday…..background of meltdown….corporate profits vs. personal income chart, etc. Then told him I was unsubscribing from his emails and I DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 71 HZ
      November 30, 2011 at 2:56 am

      Thanks Sue. You are so right. HZ

  20. 72 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    November 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Good morning TODville.

  21. November 29, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Iranians took over the UK embassy in Tehren!
    This is what they did to the United States, in 1979.
    Q the tough talk from all Republicans- 1,2,3… Send troops and bomb Iran blah blah blah.
    Knee jerk reaction of war first talk later!!

  22. 74 BigDaddyRich
    November 29, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Good morning, TODers!! Here’s a fine item from the New York Times about the new GOP “savior” Newt Gingrich: http://mobile.nytimes.com/article;jsessionid=25EFF49DB5679E8749C7B45A79562D2A.w5?a=873703&f=23

  23. 75 ChristiMtl
    November 29, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Bon matin everyone….

    Hahahahahaha I had to laugh when I saw that…..he’s so brave, that’s why he doesn’t go on any Sunday shows.

    Romney: Democrats Are ‘Afraid Of Facing Me’

    On the trail in Florida, Mitt Romney was asked about a tough new ad labeling him a flip-flopper released by the DNC yesterday.

    “It shows that they’re awfully afraid of facing me,“ he said, according to the Washington Post’s Phil Rucker. “But bring it on. We’re ready for ‘em.”

  24. November 29, 2011 at 10:00 am

    G’morning from Las Vegas! Rise and shine and let the vitriol begin! jk 😉 After watching the CNN video I have to applaud the Kansas teen for her firm stance on the uproar over this tweet. In my honest opinion I thought the CNN interviewer was a bit rude and treated this teen as if she was just a rebel rouser. In fact, I have more respect for this teenager because of her convictions than the reporter who was looking for a story other than what it actually was. Shame on her! Brownback is a blowhard. The teen just helped bring it to the forefront.

    Have an awesome day TOD peeps. 🙂

    • 80 Sue in Minnesota
      November 29, 2011 at 10:24 am

      I thought the interviewer was also rude………..she was very intent on shaming the young lady for her use of language. The onus belongs on the Governor and his staff as to why they attempted to censor and punish her for speaking her mind. I thought Emma was very articulate, especially for someone so young. Stand your ground girl.

      • November 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm

        Brownback ended up apologizing to her. My grandkids are in Shawnee Mission School district, one of the best. They sure gave Fred Phelps a go at it when he came to protest against gays. The entire school came out to meet him during school hours with signs of love. Seriously, they turned it around on Phelps led by the President of the student body who is openly gay.

      • 82 HZ
        November 30, 2011 at 3:12 am

        Hi Sue. Hope all is well in your camp. Love you. You are so correct in your thoughts. One of the most refreshing attributes of young people today that is so wonderful and noticeable more, it their honest attitudes when they feel that they have been wrong. Some will act it out, and if you are listening and watching, you will read them. Then others will just speak up and say it for all to hear.

        You can’t fool kids. They are smart, loving, generous, ready to learn, and so many are hardworking young people. We just cannot continue to disregard them. I love that about my students. They often kept my day going with all of the energy that I gave them. It still refreshing to see this in them. I love that, and hope and pray that these gifted and wonderful young people will not get discouraged and just give in.HZ

  25. 83 halo
    November 29, 2011 at 10:13 am

    “CONFIDENCE: From the AP:

    “Research group says consumer confidence in November rose to highest level since July.””

    LOOK FOR RETHUGS TO DEPRESS CONFIDENCE.

  26. 84 MTmarilyn
    November 29, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Good morning everyone!!! Our video queen Donna has a wonderful new video on the last thread. I don’t know how to bring it over. You all need to check it out. It was wonderful to wake up to early this morning.

    I just voted, Desertflower. Sure hope you win!!!!

    Have a great day everyone.

  27. November 29, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I see that one more demoness is out to ‘destroy’ repub’s ‘black’ answer to Obama. Pity to see Ms Cain is still ‘standing by’ her-ma(i)n.

    • 87 Bill
      November 29, 2011 at 10:49 am

      That skank, Ann Coulter, was on Morning Joe today. She was bleeped out a great deal, but she did not appear to repeat her line about “our blacks are better than their blacks” this morning. Her entire appearance was very awkard. Mika looked ill.

      • 88 hopefruit2
        November 29, 2011 at 11:07 am

        They are simply using Cain as cover for their racism. They know very well that Cain will not be the GOP nominee. If Cain was definitely the front runner and was ACTUALLY someone of good character and standing (as is Barack Obama), Coulter would not be out there defending him half as much as she is now. It’s easy for her to come out in “support” of this loser Black guy who is fulfilling every nasty stereotype her racist psyche ever held about Black males. Right now she is pushing Mitt Romney. Earlier this year she was pushing Chris Christie. She has never endorsed Cain for President, but only rushed to “defend” him while probably privately chuckling to herself that this “loser black man” will never be GOP nominee or President.

        • November 29, 2011 at 11:16 am

          yup, hf. Their black ‘icon’is imploding.

          • 90 Mae who love our CIC
            November 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

            He imploded before he started. It is all a game for him. Cain knew that his private life would not hold up to scrutiny. He did not think that he would get this far along. He felt powerful that he was the front runner of the GOP for a minute. And he thought that he continue to do his song and dance and everything would be fine. I will be glad for his family that he realizes that the game is over. The lights are off. He is embarrassing, he has lost all respectability and that he played himself.

            The sad thing about this is that it may cost him his marriage.

            • 91 nospin
              November 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

              “The sad thing about this is that it may cost him his marriage.”

              No it won’t. His wife knows exactly what time it is and she made her peace with it for whatever reason a long time ago. I was able to tell from the interview she had a few weeks ago that she had been there and done that. When she was asked about her husband’s qualifications she rolled her eyes and made some noncommittal sounds in the back of her throat. She knows what’s up and made her choice.

              She isn’t going anywhere.

              • November 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm

                Nospin, I’m inclined to agree with you. Since the first two accusations were made I’ve quietly thought ‘Here’s one reason his wife is so rarely seen campaigning with him’. She knows the nature/ego of the beast.

                I have a theory about those (mostly republican) politicians whose wives are hardly ever seen (on the campaign trail) with them, or who do not live with them. It is my belief that the wives are tremendously relieved to get away from them, if only for a time, and in one case (Cindi) I would not be at all surprised to discover that she is an abused wife.

                These are the ones who readily come to my mind as being eager to put some space between themselves & hubby without doing so legally. [Of course, if I’m honest I’ll confess that I feel this way because I listen to these men and wonder who could feel comfortable with, or loving towards, them save a mother.]

                Mrs. Boehner & John
                Mrs. Romney & Willard
                Mrs. Religious Victim & Rick P.
                Mrs. G. & Herman
                Cindi Mc & John

                • 93 nospin
                  November 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm

                  “I listen to these men and wonder who could feel comfortable with, or loving towards, them save a mother.”

                  well said.

          • November 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm

            I guess “their blacks” really aren’t better than ours. 🙄

      • 96 prettyfoot58
        November 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

        THIS STUFF ON MORNING JOE HAS THE RING OF A MINSTREL SHOW…ALL THEY NEED IS BLACKFACE

  28. November 29, 2011 at 10:36 am

    November 29, 2011 9:25 AM

    ACA shrinks ‘doughnut hole’ for seniors

    By Steve Benen

    Most of the Affordable Care Act won’t take effect for a few years — and if court rulings and the 2012 elections go a certain way, it may not take effect at all — but there’s already evidence that the reform law is having a positive effect.

    Access to coverage for young adults between 19 and 25, for example, is quickly improving, and the law is also having a positive impact on slowing the growth in Medicare spending — a priority Republicans pretend to care about — as hospitals transition to a greater focus on value and efficiency, required under the ACA.

    And this week, we’re learning that seniors are now better able to afford their prescription medications. (thanks to reader N.G. for the tip)


    Medicare’s prescription coverage gap is getting noticeably smaller and easier to manage this year for millions of older and disabled people with high drug costs.

    The “doughnut hole,” an anxiety-inducing catch in an otherwise popular benefit, will shrink about 40 percent for those unlucky enough to land in it, according to new Medicare figures provided in response to a request from The Associated Press.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_11/aca_shrinks_doughnut_hole_for033766.php

  29. 98 debbyeOh
    November 29, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Good morning everyone! My goodness, looks like our President is getting a great stretch there! It makes me feel relaxed just looking at it!

    Man I am so sick of Morning Joke trying to convince us that Huntsman is The Man! It was really pitiful. On a good note, they had Russell Simmons talking about OWS, and of course, good ol’ Joe tried to get Russell to rip on President O, but he didn’t take the bait. He said the President can’t do any reform/change on his on. So, good for him, he probably won’t be asked back soon.

  30. November 29, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Frank Barney is retiring ? WTF ? Come on, Barney. You can do it after 2016.

    • November 29, 2011 at 10:53 am

      They did some ugly redistricting and there will be about 345,000 new people in this new district. He said he had planned on retiring at 75, but because of this redistricting he’s leaving early. He said he doesn’t know the people and they don’t know him. He would only be able to serve a couple of years, which is not enough time to solve most of the problems confronting that district. He also said he didn’t want to have to try a raise millions of dollars. I think he’s a little tired and this would be a tough fight.

      • 101 prettyfoot58
        November 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm

        FOR SOMEONE WHO IS BE TOUTED AS A FIGHTER….THE TIMING SEEMS OFF TO ME…WHY WOULD HE RETIRE NOW…THERE IS MORE TO THIS STORY….KEEP YOUR EAR TO THE GROUND…

        • November 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm

          I think this is a strategic move on his part. He was planning on retiring in 2014 anyway but getting another Dem elected for his district will be easier in 2012 than in the midterm, especially with the redistricting. Barney is a staunch Dem. I suspect he will put all his considerable political acumen and energy to support his replacement and PBO. It will be interesting to see who they propose for his slot. Barney probably already knows who it will be.

          Dang! I sure will miss this old war horse but sometimes a gentleman just like a lady knows when it is time to go home!

        • 103 AJ
          November 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm

          No,y’all… Sabreen is right. I am in Barney’s district and this is exactly what happened. He perferably would’ve gone another term, but the redistricting was going to mean too much time getting to know a new region, at the expense of his current one…which included the hardscrabble fishermen and women of Fall River and New Bedford (who, by the way LOVE him and all he’s done for the Massachusetts fishing industry. Gay? Jewish? No problem for these guys. Barney’s brought home the bacon for them again and again, and they are really going to miss him. So are we in his non-fishing neighborhoods.)

          • November 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

            Hola, AJ! Hopefully he already knows and has a good Dem to replace him. Imo, this was a well planned and calculated announcement on his part. Any ideas about who he may be supporting for his job? I just love Barney and I can’t imagine he would just abandon you all. He has some kind of plan but Dang, I will miss him myself!

            • November 30, 2011 at 3:26 am

              I like Barney Frank. He is a hard fighter for the people, and he has always been that, and I admire him for his fighting for the people, especially when others have tried to out think him. There is only one Barney Frank, and I appreciate his service and I am sure that the people of Mass., have also appreciated his service. He will be missed so much. I wish him the very best.HZ

  31. 106 57andFemale
    November 29, 2011 at 10:57 am

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_11/aca_shrinks_doughnut_hole_for033766.php

    I have said, since the Thursday before election day 2010, when I received info from HHS about exactly how much seniors were benefiting from ACA, and benefiting faster than any other constituency, that the administration is flat out blowing it on this messaging.

    You can flame me for not being positive, but this drives me insane. Seniors voted in droves against Obama in 2010, and didn’t receive information until many of them had voted early. And here we are, a year later, and this is all still a well-kept secret.

    Hours and hours about Herman Cain. Hours of coverage about Chris Christie and Liz Cheney bitching that Obama didn’t do enough ‘negotiating’ or ‘banging heads’ or whatever he didn’t do about the supercommittee. Democrats who — even in a decent messaging session like Schumer on Ed Schultz last night — take time to say that John Kyl is a nice man and a friend before they criticize.

    Democrats forget what their mission is when they get in front of the cameras — push our agenda and suck the breath out of Republican lies. There is no reason anymore to say that Kyl is a nice man, wasting precious air time. Hammer him. And find the time to push accomplishments, no matter what the question. Republicans are trained to push their agenda, no matter what the question. Every Democrat should tell seniors that they are saving massive amounts of money on prescrption drugs from Obamacare (word chosen deliberately — I’m proud of it). That seniors are benefiting the fastest from ACA, and Obamacare includes a 50% discount on brand name drugs from pharmaceutical companies. That Republicans gave tax dollars to drug companies while Obama and the Democrats returned that tax dollar to life-saving, affordable drugs for seniors.

    Why is this so hard? Republicans do it so well, and all they have is lies. Why can’t we do it with the truth?

    • November 29, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Really ? The ‘admin” is to blame for this ? Where the fuck are the dem congress critters ? After all, they fucking voted for this. Stand by your fucking vote.

      Pahdon my fucking french.

      • 108 57andFemale
        November 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

        Actually, I meant the administration and every Democrat who gets in front of the camera. There should be more presence from the administration concerning ACA and it should be out there, all the time. But EVERY Dem who gets in front of a microphone ought to push our accomplishments. Don’t get into the minutiae of arguing on Newt’s or Mitt’s turf concerning ACA — say what it’s doing for seniors right now. Let that be their answer.

        I see republicans do it all the time — they don’t answer a question, they lay out their agenda. It’s a tactic that Democrats need to learn.

    • 109 hopefruit2
      November 29, 2011 at 11:18 am

      I would wager that some of these Democrats in congress are also benefiting from the pharmaceutical and Insurance company profits, and therefore don’t want to endanger that nice relationship by letting seniors know just who is and isn’t on their side.

      But ultimately, the media controls the narrative and the media is a component of the Republican party at this time. I believe that when PBO is out there campaigning, in his SOTU address, and during the Democratic convention, the American people will get to see and hear for themselves just what this President has accomplished over the last three years – and that information will be unfiltered. There comes a point where reality gets in your face and you simply can’t ignore it as much as you’d want to. When seniors see for themselves that their costs aren’t going up, there are no death panels, and they still have the same doctor (unlike they were told in those chain emails they got from the right-wing shady groups), they will put two and two together.

    • 110 FiredUpInCA
      November 29, 2011 at 11:33 am

      Flashback to June 2010, five months prior to the November midterms, when seniors overwhelmingly backed the GOP by 21 points:

      “NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The government is mailing $250 checks this week to seniors who fall into the gap in Medicare’s prescription drug coverage.

      The first checks will be sent June 10, three weeks earlier than scheduled, to about 80,000 people. The rebates are the first step in closing the Medicare “donut hole.”

      The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that about 4 million seniors will get the rebates in 2010.

      The move is one of the first tangible results of the health reform law. At a press conference last month, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said closing the donut hole is “one of the biggest ways the new law is going to help seniors.”

      A good portion of these seniors who never had a donut hole until a Republican president and Congress created it with passage of Medicare D, received relief from this donut hole because of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and they still voted overwhelmingly for the GOP in the hopes that they would protect Medicare from the Democrats.

      It is was one of the most irresponsible votes in a generation when you consider the hell it unleashed from Gov. Walkerism to the debt ceiling crisis.

      Four million seniors had tangible evidence in the form of a $250 check coming from the Democrats and a donut hole coming from the GOP, yet they still vote overwhelmingly for the GOP.

      I humbly submit no amount of persuading or messaging can cure that kind of willful and committed ignorance. Seniors who voted GOP, Independents, Democrats and Occupiers who still cannot see the difference between the parties are beyond messaging at this point. They simply need to be outnumbered in 2012.

      • 111 prettyfoot58
        November 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm

        They simply need to be outnumbered in 2012.

        THISSSSSSSSSSs

        • November 30, 2011 at 3:32 am

          Yes, Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss FiredUpInCA. Thank you. They are holding the stub to the check. I hope they will remember it and carry it into the voting booths with them Nov. 2012!!!!HZ

    • 113 nathkatun7
      November 29, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      I am not sure what you think the administration can do, in terms of messaging, if the media refuses to cover the message? I am sure you know that It’s not the President and the Democrats who are obsessed with Harman Cain, Chris Christie and Liz Cheney. I’ve said before and I will say it again, the problem facing President Obama and the Democrats has nothing to do with messaging; rather, the problem has to do with the media choosing to ignore, or completely distort, the President’s message.

      • November 30, 2011 at 3:39 am

        Hi nathkatun7, thank you for your comments. They are totally appreciated by me. You can have the greatest lesson to teach and may get the opportunity to actually teach it, but if the students walk out of your class, and tell the entire school the very opposite of what your lesson was about, and how well you excuted your lesson, it is done, simply because of the the unfairness to the messenager. Basically, they do not like the teacher. We get it, MSM. They do it to POB all of the time. Plain and simple.

        These people in the MSM have no intentions of being fair to POB, and our Presidents knows that. His team is no slouch in recognizing who is for them, and who is against. And most importantly, we know. So we will continue to use the resources that we have and help him and the team get the message out as best that we can. We will keep his back!!!!!!HZ

  32. 115 Debz
    November 29, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Morning TOD family!!! It’s snowing here so that photo looks extra good. 🙂

  33. 116 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 29, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Decorated Marine Sues Contractor

    By JULIAN E. BARNES
    Two months ago, Dakota Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama for his service in Afghanistan, the military’s most prestigious award. On Monday, Sgt. Meyer alleged that a defense contractor has called him mentally unstable and a problem drinker, ruining his chances for a job in the defense industry.

    In legal papers filed Monday, the Marine claims that BAE Systems, where he worked earlier this year, retaliated against him after he raised objections about BAE’s alleged decision to sell high-tech sniper scopes to the Pakistani military. He says his supervisor at BAE effectively blocked his hiring by another defense contractor by making the claims about drinking and his mental condition.

    Sgt. Meyer’s complaint is likely to pose a more difficult challenge for BAE, a British company with extensive U.S. operations, than a typical employment dispute. In the September White House ceremony, Sgt. Meyer was hailed for braving enemy fire as he tried to save the lives of fellow Marines who had been trapped in a Taliban ambush.

    more at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204753404577066703457602304.html?mod=wsj_share_tweet

  34. November 29, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Just in–

    THE WHITEBOARD
    IN IRAQ: VP Biden is in Baghdad on a surprise visit. A White House official tells the pool reporter:
    “Vice President Biden has arrived in Baghdad, Iraq. While here, the Vice President will co-chair a meeting of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee. He will also meet with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani, Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, and other political leaders. The Vice President will also participate in, and give remarks at, an event to commemorate the sacrifices and accomplishments of U.S. and Iraqi troops.”

    “Over nearly three years in office, the Administration has kept its promises on Iraq. American forces withdrew from Iraq’s cities in July 2009. The United States ended its combat mission in Iraq on August 31, 2010, and drew down to fewer than 50,000 troops from approximately 144,000 in January 2009. Throughout this period, violence in Iraq has remained at its lowest level since 2003. On October 21st, President Obama and Prime Minister Maliki agreed that it was in the best interests of both the United States and Iraq to draw down U.S. forces by the end of 2011 and embark on a new phase in our relationship—a long-term strategic partnership across a range of sectors. In accordance with the 2008 Security Agreement between our two nations, all U.S. forces will leave Iraq by December 31, 2011.”
    Pool-

  35. 118 rikyrah
    November 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Quote For The Day

    “[The Republican Party] consists half of people who think like Michele Bachmann and half of people who are afraid of losing a primary to people who think like Michele Bachmann and that leaves very little room to work things out,” – Barney Frank, the witty Speaker of the House we never had.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/

  36. 119 halo
    November 29, 2011 at 11:25 am

    VP Biden is in Baghdad on a surprise visit. A White House official tells the pool reporter:

  37. 121 Marlz (@marjgra)
    November 29, 2011 at 11:27 am

  38. 123 hopefruit2
    November 29, 2011 at 11:28 am

    If that’s true – GOOD. This guy is too much of a useless distraction. We need to be more focused.

    • 124 57andFemale
      November 29, 2011 at 11:57 am

      My husband just said that Cain made a statement today that he’s ‘in it to win it’. If Clinton could philander, why can’t he? A paraphrase from my husband’s paraphrase.

      • 125 nospin
        November 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm

        I don’t blame him. Stay the course Cain. SayPay did so why shouldn’t you. Campaign slogan should be “Grifter for Life”

        lol Stay the course.

    • 127 hopefruit2
      November 29, 2011 at 11:36 am

      THANKS Nintendo!

      • 128 Debz
        November 29, 2011 at 11:48 am

        Lawrence let this idiot get away with too much trash talk against the Prez. I am am not impressed.

        • 129 hopefruit2
          November 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

          I agree. Pawlenty essentially doubled down on the Romney lie that the President is afraid to talk about the economy, and Lawrence didn’t challenge him on that but simply moved on to the next topic.

          • 130 Debz
            November 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm

            That is what bothers me, the lie that the President is afraid to talk about the economy is easily debunked, since PBO has been talking about the economy constantly. All LOD had to do is say that.

    • 132 dotster3
      November 29, 2011 at 11:44 am

      In addition to all the lady reasons, or because of them, Cain has been getting pressure from some Repubs that it’s time to step aside, that he’s damaging the GOP brand, that he’s wrecking their reputation. This may be true, but their reputation was already plenty wrecked.
      But whatever Cain decides to do now, I can’ figure out what he was thinking running for president, jumping onto the national stage so ill-prepared. He would have been a lot better off without exposing himself, his lack of knowledge, his likely extra-marital activities etc. He could have still booked his speeches and written his books to the gullible. Now he’s damaged whatever respect or credibility he once had. Just dumb.

      • 133 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        November 29, 2011 at 11:48 am

        Let’s see:

        He leaves the book tour on tuesday;
        Ms. Gloria throw him out on Wednesday;
        OBAMA 2012 signs go on the front lawn on Thursday….

        • November 29, 2011 at 11:53 am

          Heh.

          Herman Cain was never a viable candidate and he knew it. He’s a phony idiot whose main attribute is arrogance and who would have never gotten this far without the Tea Party and the destruction of any semblance of a responsible Republican Party. They are all failures.

      • November 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm

        I don’t think he ever planned to catch on. He was going to be a bit player, with the run nothing more than a book publicity tour than he’d drop out somewhere along the line without anybody really noticing or caring. However he caught on and he sort of bought into the idea without thinking about the level of scrutiny it would bring.

      • November 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm

        Yes dotster, you are so right, Icertainly agree with you. Every time I hear Herman Cain’s name, the first thing comes to mind, Is that he’s a womanizer, and that he thinks he’s God’s gift to Women 😦 :-(, yuk!! Turns me completely OFF! 😦 😦

        • 137 nathkatun7
          November 29, 2011 at 11:51 pm

          Look, I detest Herman Cain’s ideas and his behavior was despicable. I also think he was not going to be the GOP nominee. But why is Cain’s behavior towards women, especially when it comes to this latest incidence, worse than those of Newt Gingrich? How come the media is giving Newt Gingrich a pass? Now that Gingrich is the front runner how come his womanizing, especially the way he treated his first wife who was afflicted with cancer, is not receiving close scrutiny? I am sorry, but I detect double standards.

      • 138 nospin
        November 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        He never planned to run. This was just to make money. That is why his responses and behavior was so in your face stupid. Problem was that voters disliked Romney so much, they were willing to overlook almost anything as long as it didn’t look, smell, walk or had hair like Romney.

      • November 30, 2011 at 3:53 am

        Doster3, it is called in their Bible of values that they mock constantly but do not read and try to live it,”Those who going about digging holes for others, will fall into them themselves.” They need to stop this mess. Trying to set up standards for others when they are bankrupt themseleves in these areas. I am so tired fo these sorry people. But we are going to be moving with all hands on deck for 2012.HZ

    • 140 FiredUpInCA
      November 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

      *sings*

      People all over the world get on the Cain lust train, the lust train.

      It looks like the Cain train got derailed at the Ginger White depot. Finally (I hope).

      Every rule that applies to anybody running for President — examination of extra-marital affairs, taping of editorial board interviews, knowledge of domestic and foreign policy — this man wanted suspended for him. No Cain, no how. Sit down, go away and please take the Fox News job you have been auditioning for this whole time.

      • November 30, 2011 at 3:58 am

        FiredUpInCA, you are speaking truth. Looks like he did not pass the ‘research and homework assignments.’ Mr. Cain, you can do that, but the teacher will bust you everytime, if they are a great teacher. You need to drop this class,;’ Mr.999′, immediately. Dean’s Office,notice sent today.Bye, bye, Herman. And please take your 999 with you.HZ

  39. November 29, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Senate Democrats on Tuesday released a bill to extend and expand on the payroll tax cut that would otherwise expire at the end of this year.

    The Middle Class Tax Cut act, S. 1917, would cut the employee and employer payroll tax to 3.1 percent, half of the 6.2 percent tax they would normally face. The bill applies this cut to the first $5 million in payroll for companies, which Senate Democrats estimate will cut payroll taxes in half for 98 percent of U.S. companies with payroll below that cap.

    The bill also includes a “surtax on millionaires,” which applies a 3.25 percent tax on modified adjusted gross income over $1 million, or $500,000 for a married individual filing separately. This tax would take effect in 2013.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/195849-senate-dems-unveil-payroll-tax-extender-bill

    • 143 Jessica
      November 29, 2011 at 11:54 am

      So when all the Republicans vote no on it what happens then?

      • November 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm

        We get to make more campaign ads to hammer them with back home. Keeping the Senate is paramount.

        • 145 Jessica
          November 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm

          I’d rather have the tax cuts then the campaign ads. If I don’t have I have to pay 600 more in taxes.

          • November 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm

            I don’t think the choice is to have campaign ads OR lower taxes. Republicans are never going to vote for increased taxes on the wealthy. The only way the tax cuts go forward is if there’s a cut to some essential government program elsewhere. Better to get it on record that the GOP was willing to make the middle class pay more and were only interested in protecting millionaires. The GOP isn’t planning on doing anything good for the middle class, at this point.

            • November 30, 2011 at 4:02 am

              But when I saw turtle tonight, “We Got You Min. Leader and your little men. You all are a disgrace to mankind with your mean-spirits, but something good will come to those who deserve this goodness. You can’t stand there with your foot on the neck of the middle-class much longer. We will come out of this.HZ

  40. 148 Don
    November 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Poor T-Paw, Lawrence just made him look like a total fool.

    • 149 hopefruit2
      November 29, 2011 at 11:48 am

      Yes, all he did was to repeat the lie by Romney that PBO is “dodging” talk about the economy. Since when? PBO talks about the economy at every opportunity he can! I wish O’Donnell had pushed him a bit more on that fact.

  41. November 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Gee, coulter went off on Kennedy too, at least Barnacle stuck up for him!–

    Ann Coulter was bleeped on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show on Tuesday but the censoring didn’t work and the conservative pundit could be heard using some words not fit for TV – apparently about Sen. John McCain.

    Coulter appeared to call John McCain (R-Ariz) a “douche bag” on the morning show, in the context of a conversation where she said she preferred conservative principles to mere consistency.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/69284.html

  42. November 29, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I might get one of these cars- a new Telsa-s electric car-

    MT SNEAK PEEK — Tesla Model S: MT got an early look at the new Tesla Model S, the first auto designed from the ground up to be electric. It comes out next July and will feature three battery pack options — the best giving it a 300-mile range on a full charge. It also has a 17-inch dashboard screen — the size of two iPads put together — that controls just about everything in the car, from Internet radio to tracking energy consumption. Best of all: The passenger can read POLITICO: http://politi.co/sqQTrP. It will also feature the largest panoramic roof of any production car. More pics: http://bit.ly/sZOX0h

  43. November 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Morning guys, I hear there’s a longer version of that awesome DNC anti-weasel ad. I’ve only seen the short one. Did you see the longer?

  44. November 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    FHWA 65-11
    Monday, November 28, 2011
    U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces More Than $215 Million for Repairs to Damaged Roads and Bridges
    37 States and Territories Receive Reimbursement for Emergency Relief Efforts
    WASHINGTON – The U.S Department of Transportation will provide more than $215 million to states across the nation to cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today.

    “Communities suffering from disasters have been hard at work restoring vital transportation links so that people can resume daily activities as soon as possible,” said Secretary LaHood. “They did their part, and now it’s our turn to give the states the money they were promised to help pay for that work.”

    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will provide a total of $215,198,775 from its emergency relief program to 34 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and federal lands agencies to reimburse them for repairs to roads and bridges caused by storms, flooding, hurricanes and other natural and catastrophic disasters.

    “States and communities can continue counting on our support in times of need,” said FHWA Administrator Mendez. “Everyone pulls together when disaster strikes and we are committed to help as much as we can now and in the future.”

    Among states that will receive funding, California will receive $43.4 million for flooding and earthquakes, North Dakota will receive $31.5 million for flooding in the Devil’s Lake region and Vermont will receive $15.4 million for flooding and damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

    http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2011/fhwa6511.html

    Shh, don’t tell the Republicans. You see, all the Republicans are having a confab in Ehoville!

  45. 164 Linda
    November 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Darn….forgot to sign in again….

    Former Treasury Secretary Paulson Gave Insider Information To Hedge Fund Buddies | According to Bloomberg News, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, who was at the helm when the financial crisis hit in 2008, leaked inside information regarding the government takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to several hedge fund traders, including former colleagues of his at Goldman Sachs. There’s no evidence that the traders used the information, as “tracking firm-specific short stock sales isn’t possible using public documents,” but at least one trader contacted a lawyer and was told that “Paulson’s talk was material nonpublic information, and [he] should immediately stop trading” Fannie and Freddie. As Reuters’ Felix Salmon put it, “Paulson was giving inside tips to Wall Street in general, and to Goldman types in particular: exactly the kind of behavior that ‘Government Sachs’ conspiracy theorists have been speculating about for years.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/

    Where is Paulson these days ?

    • 165 utaustinliberal
      November 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      Probably hiding under a rock, hoping rightfully outraged citizens don’t kick his ass from here to mars.

  46. November 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Good Morning TOD Family

    A great story of a judge with a good idea.

    St. Louis judge gives kids chance for success
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/11/st-louis-judge-gives-kids-chance-for.html

    • November 30, 2011 at 4:16 am

      Thanks for sharing WIW. I love to see the judicial system where there are wonderful judges taking this type of positive action. Let us hope for many more great judges to do such. HZ

  47. 168 Linda
    November 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    This is just heartbreaking…

    Student Commits Suicide Because Of Immigration Status | In a heartbreaking story, Action 4 News reports that Joaquin Luna, an 18-year-old undocumented immigrant in Texas, committed suicide Friday night because of his immigration status, family members said. Letters Luna wrote before his death showed that he was worried his immigration status would keep him from achieving his dreams of being an engineer, and he had been frustrated after Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act, which would have provided a path to citizenship for undocumented students who met certain criteria. Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act in 2010. Luna’s brother Diyre Mendoza said his brother didn’t see any other options because of his immigration status. “He was saying he was going to do this because he wasn’t going to be able to continue with his college,” Mendoza said.

    • 169 hopefruit2
      November 29, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      This is very sad indeed. But wasn’t there some version of the DREAM Act which was signed as an Executive Order by the President?

      • 170 Linda
        November 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

        I think they changed how they were going to prioritize deportations.

        But Texas has a form of the Dream Act…so I am not sure what happened here.

      • November 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm

        Lord have Mercy on the Luna Family. This hurts. Umm, I feel so sad about this 😦 Have Mercy Lord.

        • November 30, 2011 at 4:31 am

          This is so heartbreaking on some many levels. I wonderful also if there is anyway that we can get this to Sen. Dick Durbin’s office? I would love to do what I can. I will figure something out. This hurts like hell, excuse me, well it does. Ofcourse, we do not have all of the details, but to me it is NOT right on many levels. These people had the opportunity to get this vote through the Senate and we were short of what, like 4-6 votes as I recall.

          My heart is sick over this type of stuff. I ask God to please forgive us for allowing these ugly acts to continue to happen. We have enough sense to sick down and work these things out. Another great live is gone. It is very hurtful to read about the Luna Family. May they received comfort from the beautiful angels of mercy and love, and peace.HZ

  48. November 29, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Found this wonderful site which helps you see who contributes to who.

    the sunlight foundation – Influence explorer site

    You type in the name of a company and it tells you who they contribute to

    http://influenceexplorer.com/organization/koch-industries/6aab47626721430cb16834a0e29bbcc6

    Koch Industries.

    You can also enter a politicans name

    http://influenceexplorer.com/politician/mitt-romney/d2d1b6f4ea644455b8845be3b4c8116c?cycle=2012

    Mitt Romney

  49. November 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    To see all the projects the sunlight foundation does go here

    http://sunlightfoundation.com/projects/

    This site is somewhat addicting.

  50. November 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    MAKING IT OFFICIAL – The EPA today is publishing its final provisions amending the greenhouse gas reporting rule, providing a one-time extension of the 2012 reporting deadline to Sept. 28, 2012, from March 31, and clarifying monitoring and reporting provisions for numerous sectors that are required to report data to EPA under the rule. Affected segments include underground coal mines, industrial wastewater treatment and petroleum and natural gas systems. The Federal Register notice: http://bit.ly/vkRR77. EPA’s fact sheet: http://1.usa.gov/uoyjiY.

  51. 177 relellit
    November 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Good Morning everyone here is some humor for the day. Last night Lawrence O’Donnell played a short clip of Cedric the Entertainer making sounds of a train pulling into a station. I can’t find the clip. Anyhow it was funny.

    Herman Cain Train Pulls In Under Secret Service Protection After More Sex, Lies, Video Tapes, and another lying “B”!!!

    Yup, that’s The Low Down

  52. November 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    FIRST LOOK: WHITE HOUSE PUSH ON PAYROLL TAX CUT – Per a White House official: “As the White House continues its push to urge Congress to act to extend and expand the payroll tax cut, CEA Chairman Alan Krueger will make his first appearance at Jay Carney’s daily press briefing [today] to make the case for why the economy and middle class families can’t afford to see taxes go up at the beginning of next year.

    “If Congress doesn’t act, approximately 160 million workers will be hit with a tax increase, with a typical family earning $50,000 a year seeing their taxes go up $1,000 next year. Krueger will make the economic case for why passing the expanded payroll tax cut the President proposed in the American Jobs Act will help the economy, provide even more relief to middle class families and encourage small businesses to grow and hire.”

  53. 179 rikyrah
    November 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    November 29, 2011 11:25 AM
    We tried their theory’
    By Steve Benen

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), vice chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, chatted at some length with Greg Sargent yesterday, offering some encouraging remarks about Democratic goals in 2012. Most notably, Schumer, far from being intimated by “class warfare” accusations from Republicans, intends to focus heavily on economic inequality as a key campaign issue.
    And while Greg’s whole report is well worth reading, I was especially struck by this exchange.


    “Middle class incomes were declining,” Schumer said, speaking about the last elections. “But in 2010 Democrats were not seen as focusing on those issues, but rather seen as focused on health care, which was the right thing to do, but the benefits were not well understood by most voters. Republicans came in and said, ‘We can solve your problem by shrinking government.’”

    “We tried their theory,” Schumer continued. “The American people resent government paralysis, but most of them would say that government is doing too little to help them, not too much.” Schumer added that Dems would make 2012 an “election of choice” in which Democrats are the ones focused on the “decline in middle class incomes.” […]

    Schumer insisted that Dems had even managed to turn the deficit into a winning issue for them by insisting on shared sacrifice by the wealthy. “Even in the deficit argument, it’s swinging in our direction,” he said. “People want a balanced approach.” In other words, Dems can win on turf historically favorable to Republicans — the deficit — precisely because of the public’s growing preoccupation with inequality.

    T

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_11/we_tried_their_theory033769.php

  54. November 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    DID LENDERS FORECLOSE ILLEGALLY? – FT’s Shahien Nasiripour: “Ten leading US lenders may have unlawfully foreclosed on the mortgages of nearly 5,000 active-duty members of the US military in recent years, according to data released by a federal regulator. JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America this year reached legal settlements in which they agreed to pay damages to nearly 200 service members who claimed that their homes had been improperly seized. Data released last week by the Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which regulates national banks, shows that 10 lenders – including BofA, but not JPMorgan, which was not part of the study – are reviewing nearly 5,000 foreclosures of homes belonging to service members and their families to see if they complied with the law.” http://on.ft.com/rpbVKP  

  55. 181 jacquelineoboomer
    November 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Not much sun here this morning in the Midwest, so I really loved seeing that first photo, Chips, of the Muslim Kenyan praying to the Sun God! (Hope any new people here know that was snark!)

  56. November 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Chipper had some stuff to do today, so we all stepped up and provided great links and information.
    Good job everyone.
    I am going golfing at the Base.
    Peace-

  57. 188 Ladyhawke
    November 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    From: Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

    Deciphering Speaker Boehner’s Supercommittee Spin

    =========================================

    In today’s USA Today, Speaker Boehner did his best to spin away the Grover Norquist pledge. But the facts are clear: Democrats pushed for a big, bold and balanced plan with tough choices. Republicans offered an unfair and unbalanced plan that extended Bush tax cuts for people making more than a million dollars a year, repealed the Medicare guarantee, and failed to include a jobs proposal.

    SPEAKER SPIN:

    “Republicans are focused on the American people’s No. 1 priority: jobs.”

    FALSE.

    After 322 days in the House Majority, Republicans have failed to produce a jobs agenda—and instead voted against Democratic initiatives that create jobs.

    SPEAKER SPIN:

    “That’s why I did everything possible to support the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.”

    FALSE.

    …Before the 12-member supercommittee ever met, House Speaker John Boehner warned that they had better not agree to any new tax revenue. [Washington Post, 11/22]

    Grover Norquist, a leading anti-tax activist, says Republican leaders in both chambers have assured him that they will not agree to tax increases to reduce the deficit. [The Hill, 11/15]

    While Speaker Boehner called the Republican Supercommittee plan a “fair offer,” the New York Times says “the proposal is highly deceptive — the main goal seems to ensure even deeper tax cuts for the wealthy — and demonstrates why the committee seems headed toward a deadlock.” [11/15]

    ==========================================

    http://www.democraticleader.gov/blog/?p=4617

  58. November 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Good morning, everyone.
    This is so sad. A family is torn apart because Congress failed to do their job. I wonder whether any member of Congress could handle this if it happened to any one of their children. It says a lot for the richest country in the world when a child’s despair is so great that taking their own life is considered the only result . This is very disturbing. Every member of Congress should receive a copy of this video.

    My heart is very heavy after viewing this video. The pain the family is experincing is painful to watch. I will pray for comfort and peace.

    • November 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      Suicide is so drastic and final that the reasons for it are probably more complex than the immigration issue, although that may have been what tipped the balance. This young mean was fighting a deep depression and didn’t know how to ask for help.

      • November 30, 2011 at 4:40 am

        Yes, LDS and Jackie G. I just read it and it torn at my heart. I wrote a note to myself to try to contact Sen. Durbin’s office and see if he has seen or heard of this situation. I am hoping that he will be able to bring this to the Senate. He often show photos and short stories about students who have missed or would miss their dream, if the Dream Act was not passed.

        These Senators have a lot to be accounted for. This is another sad one, indeed. Let us pray for the family to be comforted, and try to make contacts to our Senators to share with those working with Senator Durbin on the Dream Act. Senator Durbin has worked so hard on the Dream Act. HZ

  59. November 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Smartypants is a must read today, with several pieces up. Particularly note her article, with great links, about the African American response to the Occupy movement.
    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2011/11/elon-james-white-tweets-it.html

    Elon James White tweets it…

    …and then writes about it at The Root: Dear OWS: Welcome to Our World.

    While the Occupiers were dealing with such abuse, during civil disobedience, communities of color suffer these type of injustices simply because it’s Wednesday, and they may look like someone else. That’s what happens to us — and it’s accepted as if it were just a day of the week.

    Monday, Tuesday, abuse at the hands of police officers, Thursday, Friday …

    I’m someone who supports Occupy Wall Street. I didn’t write that tweet in an attempt to undermine the cause or to belittle the suffering of those who have been victims of the police. I wrote it to highlight the fact that these issues aren’t new. Abuse of this kind is all too familiar to the black community. If someone hasn’t directly experienced it, they probably know someone who has.

    Read more….

    *********************************

    Emilia is also on the OWS case re their political ignorance. I linked to her Headuppassitis previously; now she’s giving us part 2 with a good piece exposing the Ron Paul wing of the Occupy movement. She has equally good stuff up now, but this piece was dated Nov. 27, 2011.
    http://emiliawahoo76.blogspot.com/2011/11/headupassitis-ii-ron-paul-is-owss.html

    Headupassitis II: Ron Paul Is OWS’s Cafeteria Candidate

    There are a lot of things which concern me about the Occupy movement – the ideas which participants hold indicating that voting isn’t worth the effort or that both political parties are the same.

    The first idea is not only stupid, it’s being insidiously played and touted to these people as a viable stand by celebrity media talking heads, each with their own personal agenda, many of whom are pimping publicizing books, and several of whom touted Nader as a viable candidate to the young, naive and stupid who voted in 2000.

    We all know where that got us.

    But what totally gobsmacks me the most about a lot of the participants in the Occupy movement, is their fervent embrace of Ron Paul as the candidate of their dreams. Time after time, I’ve read article after article stating that many of the Occupy Wall Street supporters were turning to Ron Paul, as the only candidate of real change and stating that both the Democratic and Republican parties were mirror images of each other.

    Read more….

    • November 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      I understand and share your concern about OWS and their ‘not voting sends a message’ b.s. I wish they would act like interest groups from the right, who formed alliances and delivered votes to Republicans virtually decades before they showed any results. It’s the correct way to effect change that actually changes public perception and discourse. Republicans have been geniuses at it for the last 35 years. Progressives just don’t get it.

      That being said, let me try to put your mind at rest a little bit: there were far left factions that even defined public perception of civil rights and the Vietnam war that were at the forefront of protests and news coverage in the 60’s and early 70’s. But what they accomplished that had far-reaching consequences was changing the public perception of war and civil rights in this country. For all its many faults, OWS has changed the subject and defined a problem in simple terms: the 1% vs. the 99%.

      Now, the danger that can happen now is far different than missteps could have caused 40 years ago. We had what appeared to be a permanent Democratic majority in the House that could pass things, and a good many moderate, if not liberal, Republicans who worked together. If OWS succeeds in suppressing the vote, then what will take over this country is too disastrous to imagine. We will lose the country. I, for one, do not relish ‘revolution’. I like systemic change over a number of years that becomes ingrained in American political discourse.

  60. November 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    If Cain is out, (I’m not so sure he will be, but will double down), where does his supporters go? Will he endorse any of the remaining candidates? He endorsed Romney in 2008 – don’t know if that will matter this time around, maybe unless he doesn’t endorse him I guess and it will be “Why in 2008 and not now?”.

    He blamed Perry for the initial leaks of the settlements, so I’d bet he doesn’t like him too much. Cain will want to remain relevant so I can’t see him endorsing Santorum or Bachmann either.

    Would Newt want the endorsement – because it could be framed as “one adulterer supporting another”? Of course Newt could say that was 20 years ago and he’s found religion since then and atoned and been forgiven.

    I suspect there will be some deal-making behind the scenes with Cain looking for who will give him the best offer and who has the best chance of actually cashing in that deal ie winning the nomination.

    Perry and Cain are both Koch funded, so if the brothers are calling the shots, maybe they try to give Perry an second act by having Cain endorse Romney and then hope Newt flames out and Perry is the last Not-Romney standing mere weeks before Iowa.

    • 195 jacquelineoboomer
      November 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Makes my head spin … another reason why I’m glad I’m NOT a Republican!

    • 196 donna dem 4 obama
      November 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      Oh I’m so hoping he doesn’t leave. Double Down Cain…Double Down.

      His arrogance has carried him this far why stop now? Shoot I want there to be at least 4 viable candidates heading into NH after Iowa. Split that vote and keep this clown show going. Of all the candidates I am least worried about it’s Cain. He is a simply a sideshow but 12-15% support will keep votes away from Romney and Newt. Mass confusion with their votes is what we need and Cain provides this.

      • 197 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        November 29, 2011 at 1:51 pm

        Exactly donna. Some folks don’t get the fact that more candidates in the primaries is better for the Obama campaign. That means the money continues to remain split and they continue to bump heads in the media (albeit no one is really attacking Mitt). The more caos leading to the Rep Convention the better. Unfortunately I have a feeling eveyone will bow our eventually to Romney so he can Flip/Flop his way to the nomination and start the true general election. My take. Obama/Biden 2012.

      • 198 nospin
        November 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

        I am with you on this donna dem – Run Cain Run

        • 199 AJ
          November 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

          Donna, Keith, nospin….exactly! The more people, the more confusion, the more gaffs, the more scandals the better! In fact, is it too late for Palin to change her mind??

          • 200 nospin
            November 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm

            “is it too late for Palin to change her mind??”

            lololol AJ we are seeing eye to eye. I was thinking SayPay – where you at? Plenty of room on the clown car.

            too funny.

    • 201 Desraye
      November 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      Where does his supporters go? They will go to Newt.

      • 202 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        November 29, 2011 at 1:52 pm

        I hope Cain remains in the race. And I hope Newt miraculously wins the nomination. If Newt wins it is a gauranteed landslide for the President’s re-election.

      • November 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

        Yep, that’s where they’ll go. They’d love to go to Perry, but even they understand what an idiot he is. Newt’s biggest advantage is that he can sound smart. That is way above what the average Republican voter ask for.

    • 205 Brittany
      November 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      Cain is finished. I said yesterday that he will dropout the race by Friday.

    • November 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      Cain has so much contempt for women that I don’t think he’s going to want to go out with the stain of mere women “doing him in.” This is less about the presidency and more about his own ego and pride right now. I’m betting he’ll want to retain his swagger and show all of us that he’s a tough man who doesn’t bow to normal pressures. Wouldn’t surprise me if he decides to carry on.

      • 207 hopefruit2
        November 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm

        The problem with his staying in the race is that he will continue to be an MSM distraction at a time when the voters can ill afford to be distracted by the media’s nonsense. Every 2-3 weeks there’s going to be some story from some woman with a she-said, he-said back and forth, with no one really coming forward and making any definite statement, but a lot of speculation, rumor; Cain making half-denial or non-denial, lawyers on each side saying a whole lot of nothing, Cain hogging the spotlight by giving press conferences on CNN…it’s just going to be a mess. Meanwhile, Romney and Huntsman who are a far bigger threat continue to be portrayed in the media as “sane” and “moderate” and “reasonable” and after 2-3 months of Herman Cain stories, voters will begin to believe what the media tells them about Romney and Huntsman.

        • November 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

          Excellent point, hopefruit!

        • 209 nintendowii10
          November 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm

          Hopefruit, Huntsman is not a threat. For one, many of the far right consider him a Democrat in disguise. Secondly, he’s barely polling at 1% and is not able to get any name recognition… FFS even Santorum is making more noise than he is.

          The republicans may be desperate, but the Repubs would nominate Herman Cain long before they would nominate Jon Huntsman. As for Willard, the Obama White House and Democrats are already attacking Willard as the presumptive inevitable nominee. Willard isn’t a threat either.

          • November 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm

            I see a lot of normally sane people on twitter saying that Huntsman is one Republican they would consider voting for. I always remind them that Huntsman wholeheartedly supported Paul Ryan’s Ayn-Rand-inspired plan to kill Medicare and Social Security. He also endorsed Sarah Palin. And when he’s not spouting tea party nonsense, he’s pretending that President Obama’s words are his own.

          • 211 nospin
            November 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm

            I am with you nintendowii10. Huntsman would be crushed in a debate with PO. I am not falling for the hype.

            Hang in there Cain.

        • 212 donna dem 4 obama
          November 29, 2011 at 3:32 pm

          Whether Cain is in or not the media already has their playbook and Romney will get no more attention than they want to give him. They are dying to push Huntsman to the forefront but the silly Republicans won’t play along. Cain’s running in this campaign is good for Dems because it brands the Repubs negatively. This idea that somehow if distractions are eliminated this reckless media of ours will somehow start to consentrate on covering Romney just isn’t born out by anything I have seen thiem do thus far. There are so many things the media could be reporting on Romney, Perry or Newt but they don’t and they never will unless their hands are forced just as this situation with Cain forced them to cover his story. Our media is sensational driven not fact driven. The 4th estate lost their way on our way to Iraq and I doubt that they are interested in finding their way back to reality anytime soon.

          • 213 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
            November 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm

            Absolutely donna. The media is an epic fail in all of its manifestations as far as the American people are concerned. As I have mentioned before my boycott of the MSM started with what you mention in your post……………..IRAQ. MSM lost credtibility in my household in 2003 and it has never returned. They have done nothing to restore my trust since. Obama/Biden 2012.

  61. November 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    This might be why Newt has been cozying up to Cain all this time: he knew about these women all along. Smartypants has written about this before, cautioning us to pay closer attention. Newt is pretty cagey and has been playing this whole process like a pro. It’s been very eye-opening for me. If Cain does decide to drop out, he might accept Newt’s guidance about whether or not to actively endorse anyone. If Newt does not want Cain’s open endorsement, but does want his supporters, he will find a way to make that happen. I suspect though that many of Cain’s support has already transferred to Newt if his rise in the polls are any indication. He just might be the natural place for Cain support to go since Perry is even too dumb for them.

    • November 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      Does anyone know how the Rove wing of the R. Party feel about Newt? Do they think he’s electable?

      • 216 hopefruit2
        November 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm

        I don’t think Newt is going to be the nominee. Gingrich has way too much baggage, especially in his history of relationships with women and no amount of “debating skills” can compensate for that. No sane woman voter would pull the lever for him. (Arianna Huffington is NOT a sane woman). Again, he’s simply the distraction du jour. You can know who the Rove wing of the R. party wants to be the nominee simply by watching Morning Joke. The two candidates they have been pushing are Romney and Huntsman – these are the two we should be focusing on.

        • November 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm

          Isn’t Huntsman also a Mormon? Also he is tainted by his association with PBO and he is actually rather “liberal” and mainstream in his views. Sorry, I don’t think the Repugnants want Huntsman now either. I think that the real powers in the party know they will lose this one. They will concentrate on Reps and Senate races and keep their powder dry to ran a viable presidential candidate in 2016.

          They know PBO has this one and they will want to block him every way they can during his next four years just like they have been doing. This is why we need to focus on our local races just like our lives depend on it because they do! Not saying we should not be working our buns off for PBO but we also need to give him a Congress and Senate who will work with him.

        • 218 nintendowii10
          November 29, 2011 at 3:16 pm

          Huntsman is attacking Romney for flip flopping… all to get maybe to 4%.

      • November 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm

        Not a clue on that but my Sis who is politically astute thinks the Newtster will get the nomination, mostly because the fringie Dominionist Repugnants hate LDS almost as much as they hate Dems, Liberals, POC, the poor, and PBO. These people have a lot of power and $$$ in the Repugnant party and no way do they want Romney.

        The Republican party has gotten so skewed. They have allied themselves with extremists, warmongers, Wall Street bankers and religious freaks. The average American, even low info types, are starting to see them for what they are as Karma starts to bite. Repugs have gotten so full of their own lies and rhetoric that they no longer even pretend what their real motives are. Most of them are starting to flap out there all naked in the wind and people don’t like what they are seeing.

        They have nothing new to add to real political discourse. Gay bashing, brown bashing and woman bashing is getting real old real fast as the party of “values” shows that all they really value is money, especially when they can get yours.

  62. November 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Lowering the Curve – The Media’s Mainstreaming of Lunacy

    What the MSM has done and continues to do is to play the sound bite game, same as the candidates, using whatever little speck of blue they see to claim there is not a cloud in the sky. The bigger picture is ignored. The tough questions are not asked. The dumb answers are not analyzed. The mainstream media, the allegedly “left wing media elite” lifts the Republican hopefuls up worshipfully before the American people and wants us to believe that if we bite into a shit sandwich, it won’t taste like shit. But shit is shit, and lipstick on a pig does not make the pig something other than a pig. The Republican Party and the MSM are selling America bill of goods and will continue to do so because as is true of every other corporate entity, it is in their best interest to do so.

    But the Republican Party has no mainstream candidate to offer. They could no more find a mainstream candidate right now than water could fall upward. And its their own fault. They have so divorced themselves from reality – and from what the American people repeatedly state they want – in order to cater to the whims of a fanatic minority, that they have in essence become a fringe, regional party with national aspirations. It won’t work. Not even the right-wing corporate media can put enough lipstick on that pig.

    ~snip~

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/lowering-the-curve-the-medias-mainstreaming-of-lunacy

    h/t Hrafnkell Haraldsson

  63. November 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Team Obama Launches Their First Two Ads To Mobilize The Troops For 2012
    November 29, 2011
    By Jason Easley

    The Obama campaign released their first two ads designed to mobilized the troops and get the band back together for 2012. Here’s the text, “I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message. I need you to do me a favor – it’ll only take a minute. The 2012 campaign is underway, and the outcome will depend not on what I do, but on what you do. Starting right now, call the number on your screen or visit JoinObama.com to help build our campaign in your community. It’s up to you to fight for the values we all share. Don’t sit this one out.”

    Video for the second ad: It starts with one person making a decision — that things need to change, and they’re going to help change them. That person finds another person who shares their values. They go out and find a few more — and before long, neighborhoods come together. Communities organize. A movement builds. It all starts with you, making a decision to get involved — because we’ve got so much more to do. Call the number on your screen or visit JoinObama.com to let me know you’re in.”

    ~snip~

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/team-obama-launches-their-first-two-ads-to-mobilize-the-troops-for-2012

    • November 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Notice the different phone numbers for each ad – this is more a test case it seems. They’re going to be micro targeted it seems and they want to see how each does and how many of the targeted audience calls the number.

  64. 223 Ladyhawke
    November 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Heads Up Guys – Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the jackals momentarily. I think he has a guest today to talk about the payroll tax cuts.

  65. 224 donna dem 4 obama
    November 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Forgive me but I just got a link in my message box from a FB Friend and it was titled “lookie here at who is going to congress next week”. It was a dkos link where MOT is joining up with SEIU next week to take OWS to Congress. So after 2 1/2 months of chanting, drum circles, and park evictions they are taking their message to where it should have started.

    I won’t link to the diary but yep Ministry of Truth at dkos is asking people to join him in DC next week to occupy Congress.

    Unfrigginbelievable!!!!!

    • 225 hopefruit2
      November 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      If that’s the case, then watch the MSM, and PL interest in OWS plummet. No more Dylan Rotigan, Buddy Roemer, MMFlint, Hamster, or Naomi’s. These Ron Paul supporters don’t want to occupy congress.

    • 226 Brittany
      November 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      They are so unorganized. I was listening to Rev. Al about an hour ago and he said he is having another rally next month, and they will call out specific politicians that are holding up parts of POTUS’ jobs bill, OWS need to take not on how to organize.

    • 227 nintendowii10
      November 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      I read how Milt Shook debunked all of MOT’s hogwash and exposed him as a fake whining emoprog. It’s a thing of beauty:

      http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/2011/08/the-professional-left-is-killing-us-example-1.html

      • November 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

        Jesse La Greca/MinistryofTruth is a grifter. Up until his OWS “celebrity” he was basically an online beggar at Daily Kos. He’d write a story blasting the President and than ask for donations because he was a week away from not making rent. Than a day or two later he’d write a somewhat more positive diary about the President and make the same plea for donations or to buy some lame ass book he’s selling.

        He’s basically Joe the Plumber for the left. Dumb luck give him his moment in the sun and now he’s grifting for all it’s worth.

      • 229 donna dem 4 obama
        November 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

        Wow Nin. I somehow missed this article. I have bookmarked it for future reference. Its a masterpiece for sure.

      • 230 nathkatun7
        November 30, 2011 at 1:04 am

        Nintendowii10, Thank you so much for sharing Milt Shook’s brilliant expose of the idiocy of the “emoprog.” His post is a must read for any one interested in dealing with truth and political reality. As you said Shook’s post is indeed “a thing of beauty.”

  66. 231 donna dem 4 obama
    November 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    The jackals have started to (badger) question Jay with their Republican Talking points and you can watch it live here
    : http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • November 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Hmmm, it won’t load for me today.

    • 233 bonkers
      November 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      Jackals actually have some skills and smarts. I always thought “lapdogs” was a better description of the MegaMoney/Repub shills that make up the White House Press Corps. Especially the little yappy kind. Eric Boehlert of Media Matters wrote a good book about this:
      http://www.amazon.com/Lapdogs-Press-Rolled-Over-Bush/dp/0743289315

      Little yappy lapdogs are bred for quiet companionship and to be pampered. Yep, sums up the MegaMedia propagandists!

      • 234 bonkers
        November 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

        Wow. Had no idea that thumbnail image would appear! Another thing about lapdogs…they yap like crazy when a stranger comes in the yard or house, yet never really do anything about it. I often envision this scenario when I see the people like Todd, Chuck or Jake Yapper act all tough on President Obama or Carney with the latest Repub talking point, no matter how easily debunked it is. A room full of lapdogs yapping away at the intruder President Obama. They will continue yapping away until a Repub gets back in there and pats their tiny heads again and brushes out their hair and puts a bow in their hair, and all will be well in MegaMedia world once again.

  67. 236 auni
    November 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    When I went to the Portland OR encampment, they were registering voters every day. Had a good talk with a college gal there about the necessity of getting out the vote. I have a feeling the “don’t vote as a message” crowd is an underhanded way some Repub sympathizers are trying for leverage. Just a thought

    • 237 donna dem 4 obama
      November 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      There are many Paulites (Ron Paul Supporters) who are actively involved at OWS spewing the both sides are equally bad so don’t vote for either meme and yes there are some groups that are doing things such as “registering voters” but from what I have been told these actions are not sanctioned by the OWS General Assembly. OWS takes no political view at all. They are strictly apolitical. So if groups are registering voters they are basically doing it on their own. I am very happy to hear that you are seeing this take place in Oregon but I know that a friend of mine tried to convince OWS Philly to do this and it was voted down.

      • 238 nintendowii10
        November 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm

        It’s the emoleft ambulance chasers like Michael Moore and Dylan Ratigan that are killing the OWS movement. While some of the folks are doing something meaningful like auni posted, the media focuses on the attention seekers who intimidate police and who yell nonsense about revolution and other emoprog rants. And the mic check OWS attempted at President Obama was just PATHETIC, it’s just ugly to attempt to publicly shame any politician, Democrat or Republican.

        I don’t mind a movement with objectives, but OWS has degraded themselves to being cheap political theatrics and bumper sticker rhetoric, a mirror image of the Tea Party, minus the guns and gay/Muslim/Latino hating rhetoric.

      • November 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm

        Every single interview I’ve heard on the radio from an OWS person has had them stating that they are “disappointed” in President Obama, after working to get him elected, and they are now taking matters into their own hands – because the system is broken and both parties are useless. Every single one of the people on the ground that has come on the radio. After they mic checked the President last week, (and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of that), and then proudly proclaimed that they were “too busy” to listen to the President’s message – I washed my hands of them. This is an election year, and there will only be two real choices – President Obama or hand the country over to a Republican through one of three ways: vote directly for a Republican, don’t vote, or vote for a third party. That’s it.

  68. November 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm

  69. November 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Huff and fluff has an article that says the president will unleash dirty trucks this election cycle, because of his Chicago thuggery.

    Oh, he must mean his own damn self. I love how Republicans accuse the President of something they have been doing, since they were Born!

    • November 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      Dirty tricks!

      If he unleashed dirty trucks, I would be all for it. I have a dirty Ford Escape, and it is a pretty scary!

      • 244 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
        November 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        😆 😆 I hope you enjoyed your golfing jovie. Huff & puff can go to hell

      • 245 hopefruit2
        November 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm

        Jovie do us all a favor and unleash that dirty Ford Escape directly in Boehner’s arse. We will all chip in to buy you a brand new sparkling clean truck!

  70. November 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Former Treasury Secretary Paulson Gave Insider Information To Hedge Fund Buddies

    According to Bloomberg News, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, who was at the helm when the financial crisis hit in 2008, leaked inside information regarding the government takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to several hedge fund traders, including former colleagues of his at Goldman Sachs.

    There’s no evidence that the traders used the information, as “tracking firm-specific short stock sales isn’t possible using public documents,” but at least one trader contacted a lawyer and was told that “Paulson’s talk was material nonpublic information, and [he] should immediately stop trading” Fannie and Freddie. As Reuters’ Felix Salmon put it, “Paulson was giving inside tips to Wall Street in general, and to Goldman types in particular: exactly the kind of behavior that ‘Government Sachs’ conspiracy theorists have been speculating about for years.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/11/29/377486/paulson-leaked-inside-info-fannie-freddie/

    h/t Pat Garofalo

  71. 247 auni
    November 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Rats! Missed the press yappers–hope it will be posted later today. I love that Jay. I’m going to be 70 in Feb., so I’m old enough to take Jay be the hand and say, “Stay steady Son, we are with you 100%”.

  72. November 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Mastermind of $850,000 Smear Campaign Against Occupy Wall Street Co-Hosting Mitt Romney Fundraiser |

    Two weeks ago, a leaked secret memo written by a Republican lobbying firm, Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford, outlined an $850,000 plan for the American Bankers Association (ABA) to combat the growing resonance of the Occupy Wall Street movement’s message — that we need an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthiest 1 Percent. (The ABA claims the smear campaign proposal was unsolicited and that they decided not to act on it.)

    Today, Politico Influence reports that one of the four masterminds of the proposed smear campaign, Republican lobbyist Sam Gelduldig, will be co-hosting a Young Professionals for Mitt Romney fundraiser in Washington D.C on December 14. Before becoming a lobbyist Geduldig was a top adviser to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). This year, Geduldig has lobbied on behalf of various finance industry clients, including the ABA, Financial Services Roundtable, Financial Services Forum, MasterCard, American Insurance Association, and Koch Industries (which engages in significant commodities trading activities).

    http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/11/28/376973/mastermind-of-850000-smear-campaign-against-occupy-wall-street-co-hosting-mitt-romney-fundraiser/

    h/t Josh Dorner

  73. November 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Afghans say that the Pakistanis attacked first. That I believe, the Pakistanis were probably assisting the Taliban.

  74. November 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    States Accept Federal Health Grants, Despite Claiming That Health Law Is Unconstitutional |

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it is awarding $220 million in grants to 13 states to help them create exchanges as required under the Affordable Care Act, bringing the number of states that are “making significant progress” in creating exchanges to 29, the agency’s press release claims. But interestingly, nine of the 13 states receiving funding have Republican governors, and seven are part of lawsuits claiming that the law is unconstitutional. Nebraska, which has put exchange implementation on hold until the Supreme Court upholds the law’s constitutionality, also accepted the ACA grant. So far, 13 states have passed exchange legislation and five governors “have taken some form of executive action to continue exchange planning after legislatures balked.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2011/11/29/377790/states-accept-federal-health-grants-despite-claiming-that-health-law-is-unconstitutional/

    h/t Igor Volsky

  75. November 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    A new poll found Jon Huntsman with the support of 11 percent of likely Republican voters in New Hampshire, his best showing so far in the Granite State.

    The conservative pollster Rasmussen Reports released its poll Tuesday, finding the former Utah governor trailing Mitt Romney (34 percent), Newt Gingrich (24 percent) and Ron Paul (14 percent). 

    So, with all those media aparences, Huntsman is now at 11% in NH, good for 4th place. Man, does the media live this guy.

    • 252 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
      November 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      With a few weeks away from tye primary in NH, he might be able to catch Willard.

    • 253 nintendowii10
      November 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      I think New Hampshire is a lock for Willard, and even Newt knows it, that’s why Newt is in South Carolina.

      As for Huntsman, I don’t see why some on here think he’s a threat when he’s in last place. FWIW, John McCain was in last place as well summer of 2007, but Huntsman is no John McCain. John McCain is well known and already ran for President once before and had the support of the Republican establishment, whereas Huntsman is a virtual unknown Repub with no establishment support. Even if he somehow got the nomination, just listen to the man speak on the stump and ask yourself, do you see this man winning over the hearts and minds of voters? He’s BORING as hell to listen to… he has no charisma, no appeal. Any “indies” who’d vote for him probably weren’t going to support President Obama in the first place.

      • November 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm

        Huntsman is McCain’s protege. Apparently, McCain met with him while he was still Ambassador to China and convinced him to throw his hat in the ring. I think McCain couldn’t stand the chance that Mitt would win the nomination. Plus, I think Huntsman is aligned with Bloomberg and Arianna Huffington and that “no labels” group. Not sure, though.

    • 255 L3
      November 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      That’s the only place where he’s been campaigning on a regular basis.

  76. November 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    A Democratic amendment striking language from the Defense spending bill that toughens U.S. policy on military detainees appeared headed to defeat Tuesday, as a bipartisan group of senators argued the amendment would weaken the ability of the United States to continue its war against al Qaeda.

    The Defense spending bill, S. 1867, contains a section on detainees that authorizes the president to use “all necessary and appropriate force” to detain people suspected of terrorism. It also requires the military to maintain custody of certain suspected al Qaeda supporters, and specifically exempts U.S. citizens from that provision.

    ///–

    So, it’s the last part that is the poison pill. If the President signs this, he cannot go after US citizens abroad that want to kill us. Crazy. Sounds like a setup!

  77. November 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    11/29/2011 15:54
    President Barack Obama’s Medicare nominee Tuesday got unexpected support from one of Congress’ Republican stars. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told The Associated Press that Marilyn Tavenner is “eminently qualified” to run Medicare.

    http://m.miamiherald.com/mh/db_42944/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=OVaNuSdW


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