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evening all

Bloomberg: The U.S. auto industry is seeing demand recover faster than anticipated, with carmakers headed toward their best annual performance in three years at sales of 12.8 million vehicles.

Consumers entered this year’s final month demanding models ranging from big pickups to luxury sedans to fuel-sipping hybrids after pushing November’s sales to the fastest monthly pace since the government’s “cash for clunkers” trade-in program in August 2009….

…. Consumer confidence surged in November by the most in more than eight years, and the portion of consumers planning to buy a new vehicle within six months climbed to the highest since April, data from The Conference Board showed Nov. 29.

Full article here

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That’s a BFD of a breakfast!

Vice President Joe Biden has a breakfast meeting at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara

Vice President Joe Biden visits a shop in the Samatya Square neighborhood in Istanbul, Turkey, Dec. 4

Official White House Photos by David Lienemann

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Just when it looked like things couldn’t get worse for Willard:

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For Me4Obama:

😉

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President Barack Obama meets with advisors in the Oval Office, Dec. 5, 2011. Pictured, from left, are: Gene Sperling, National Economic Council Director; Dan Pfeiffer, Director of Communications; Press Secretary Jay Carney; Cody Keenan, Deputy Director of Speechwriting; and Senior Advisor David Plouffe. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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$1,000 in 24 hours? You people are just fantastic – thank you so much 😉

OFA

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Tuesday

9:35 The President departs the White House

12:25 Arrives Kansas City

1:55 Delivers remarks on the economy

4:25 Departs Kansas City en route to Andrews


168 Responses to “evening all”


    • 2 COS
      December 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      Those are beautiful photos of VP Biden. That table look so crowded, but enticing 🙂

    • 3 LOL
      December 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      Woohooo..Okay, I’m really starting to think (hope/pray/fast) that Newtmentum keeps going. And honestly, short of finding out Newt is a closet Islamic homosexual who sued Herman Cain for Sexual Harassment—-me thinks he has a good shot at the nomination. Newt can win Iowa, lose NH, win SC, and then almost all the southern states, and some of the Western States. The only problem I see is that most of the states have gone away from winner take all to appropriating delegates—-so this thing could last till May. And the longer it goes on, the bigger Newt’s head gets, and the more likely he will stick his foot in his mouth.

  1. 8 SueBee
    December 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    They love Obama/Biden in Turkey, when I visted a couple years ago thats all people wanted to talk us about.

    • 9 SueBee
      December 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      They can have that 11 hour flight from JFK though..;)

    • 10 Cindy Sweatt
      December 6, 2011 at 12:36 am

      SueBee you are so right. I worked on the 2008 election until the last 8 days when I left on a pre-scheduled vacation. I wore my Obama button everywhere. In Turkey everyone loved “Obama!” On the day he won, people in Italy were trying to buy my Obama shirt right off of my body. Of course I said absolutely “NO!”

  2. 11 Linda
    December 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Yum….do I see bread pudding on that table ??

  3. December 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Evening LOL, and Ms Chips! Can’t tell the last time I’ve been this close to the top! 😉

  4. December 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    This is why I cannot fathom Michiganders and their preference in the polls for Romney who loudly stated that the Auto companies be allowed to fail. I’m sorry but I see it as sheer inability to accept that a “black” guy “saved” them. Takes us back to that old 19th century saying that better to drown than accept assistance from a black person. I am livid

    Michigan, Wake Up!! You turned over your state to wingnuts and look what your governor is doing to you and your city governments, and selling off state assets to the highest corporate interests. PBO saved you and your livelihoods.
    Sheesh

    • December 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      ZIZI don’t despair. That poll was taken by the “rasmussen” of Michigan – EPIC/MRA. Here’s another poll done by SurveyUSA
      that includes calls to cell phones
      http://www.surveyusa.com/index.php/2011/10/14/in-michigan-obama-leads-romney-by-11-points-leads-paul-by-18-leads-cain-perry-bachmann-and-gingrich-by-more-than-20-points/

      • December 5, 2011 at 7:47 pm

        I hope you are right.

      • 19 JoJothecat
        December 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm

        I hope Michigan has learned their lesson and won’t vote GOP anymore. ALL of the GOP’ers wanted the auto industry to fail. We would not have a GM today and probably not a Ford Motor if PBO had let the american auto industry fail. We would not be talking about record autos being purchased because so many suppliers would have failed also. When Japan got hit by the earthquake and tsunimi it was hard to buy a japanese car so many people bought american cars. We will see what Michigan does, if they are leaning Romney or any GOP candidate I will not buy an american car next year as I plan to do.

    • December 5, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      zizi,

      I call it the ‘ luxury of delusion’. read a story a couple of months back about an auto supplier, whose ass was saved by this President bailing out the auto industry…..he didn’t think he could support the President.

      I was like..

      W-T-F?

      YOU wouldn’t have a pot to piss in if it weren’t for this President, and you have the GALL to open up your mofo’ing mouth to utter anything other than ‘THANK YOU, PRESIDENT OBAMA’.

      G-T-F-O-H

  5. 21 LOL
    December 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    ZOMG that Romney 5 minute clip from the previous thread is BRUTAL..

  6. 22 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Good evening all. Watching the Rev; discussion on voting rights brought tears to my eyes and this to my memory:

    Thousands of Students March 7 Miles To Vote

    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/1-000-Prairie-View-students-march-for-voting-1647555.php

  7. 24 CTGirl
    December 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    “Let Detroit go bankrupt!”. Willard knew that would have destroyed the middle class and all but secure him a win. Selfish, disgusting jerk!

  8. 25 Linda
    December 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Clear Channel Replaces San Fran’s Only Liberal AM Station With Glenn Beck | Radio giant Clear Channel Communications is removing San Francisco’s only progressive AM talk radio station from the band, replacing it with mostly conservative content like Glenn Beck and Fox News Radio. As Brad Blog reports, Green960-KKGN will now move to the “radio ghetto” of FM HD2, which requires listeners to have an HD radio.

    Clear Channel, which now happens to be owned by Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital, said in a press release announcing the move that they saw an opportunity to “expand our footprint in this crucial arena as we head into an election year.” Clear Channel is the nation’s largest radio network and the vast majority of their talk radio content — 86 percent, according to liberal talk radio host Bill Press — is conservative.

    • 26 JoJothecat
      December 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      Does that mean you can’t hear Stephanie Miller in the morning? I predict they will be getting rid of Stephanie Miller and Randi Rhoads by September. They did the same thing in 2008, got rid of all the liberal talk show host right before the elections. People need to protest and talk to the advertisers, have them pull their ads.

    • 28 Chi
      December 6, 2011 at 4:31 am

      Cumulus Media just bought and literally shut down even the most moderate voices on KGO San Francisco…

      This just happened Friday and effective today it was all over for most of the liberal/moderate voices…

      Turns out Mitt Romney is part owner…

  9. 29 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    December 5, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    QUAYLE ENDORSING ANYTHING IS CERTAINLY OF LITTLE BENEFIT TO THE RECIPIENT…I BELIEVE HE’S STILL ON FLASHCARD PATROL WITH SARAH!

  10. December 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Another wonderful story – which is a must see for all Holiday shoppers. It also reinforces the notion that government regulation is a good thing.

    Government Ad Campaign Targets Counterfeit Goods
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/12/government-ad-campaign-targets.html

  11. 32 collegekay
    December 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Haha Quayle. What an idiot.

  12. December 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Good news for California seniors – I really like our insurance commissioner Dave Jones

    New financial protection laws to help California seniors
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/12/new-financial-protection-laws-to-help.html

  13. December 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    One more plug for this cute coupe from Florida (husband 98) who are now registered to vote. It is worth the click just to see how good the gentleman looks at 98 and to see the birthday cake that is decorated like the 2012 logo.

    Ready to vote at 98-years old
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/12/ready-to-vote-at-98-years-old.html

  14. December 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Quote For The Day III

    “One time we were having sex, and I was looking up at the ceiling, thinking about, ‘What am I going to buy at the grocery store tomorrow? What am I going to do with my kids tomorrow?'” – Ginger White on The Hermanator Experience.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/12/quo-1.html

  15. 43 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    December 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    It’s Beautiful Chips, Thank You soooooooooo Much. Off to change my Twitter Pic. 🙂

  16. 52 utaustinliberal
    December 5, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    BWAHAHAHAHA “Quayle to endorse Romney” 😆 😆 😆 😆 That’s one endorsement from one loser to another loser. If I were Romney; I’d say thanks but no thanks.

  17. December 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    From twitter:

    5:10 PM (Berlin Time) SECRETARY GEITHNER HOLDS A PRESS AVAILABILITY WITH GERMAN FINANCE MINISTER SCHAÜBLE tomorrow

    I think Berlin is +6hrs ahead of EST.

    • December 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      I love Geitner and his loyalty to PBO in spite of all of the ridicule from the PL. Thanks Meta.

      • December 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm

        I agree – Geithner has worked hard and has spent most of his life in public service. He was handed a disaster, and while rocky at times, he’s managed to pull the country from the brink. I think Larry Summers probably slowed him down a bit – but, after hearing Geithner speak at various town halls, I’m so glad that he’s got President Obama’s back.

  18. December 5, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    So Madonna’s gonna be doing Superbowl half-time. I kind wish Madonna would go back to her Justify My Love phase for just one moment. I would pay even money to have her do a show where some gay dudes or ladies are kissing, vogueing or maybe a white chick kissing Black Jesus in front a a burning cross ala Like A Prayer just so Janet “Ms Jackson if nasty” can get some vindication. Janet can be all “Oh ya’ll thought my wardrobe malfunction scarred kids for life you puritans…say hello to some LGBT couple loving!”

    But Madonna is now just an AARP-eligible mother of two who’s most controversial move now is dating some younger dude who’s old enough to be her son or much younger brother, but ain’t nothing controversial about that.

  19. December 5, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    The Quayle endorsement is just a cynical move by Willard to insert himself into tomorrow’s news cycle cuz of the historic speech that PBO will be making in Osawatomie. He’s such a stalker!

  20. 64 desertflower
    December 5, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    If anyone wants to cozy up with a little something to drink…and read the Select Committee on Ethics report on Newt, and his motivations for such actions…here you go. I’m actually reading it now, but thought that I would pass this on for anyone else that was so inclined to refresh their memory to what a slime bucket this guy is….happy reading!

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-105hrpt1/html/CRPT-105hrpt1.htm

  21. 65 desertflower
    December 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Just a taste of what I’m reading from the Ethics Committee regarding Gingrich. I had to laugh, because I guess he and Trump came up with a new TV show today…little working kids…The Little Apprenti….WTF?

    The first project was a television program called the
    American Opportunities Workshop (“AOW”). It took place in May
    1990. The idea for this project came from Mr. Gingrich and he
    was principally responsible for developing its message. AOW
    involved broadcasting a television program on the subject of
    various governmental issues. Mr. Gingrich hoped that this
    program would help create a “citizens’ movement.” Workshops
    were set up throughout the country where people could gather to
    watch the program and be recruited for the citizens’ movement.
    While the program was educational, the citizens’ movement was
    also considered a tool to recruit non-voters and people who
    were apolitical to the Republican Party. The program was
    deliberately free of any references to Republicans or partisan
    politics because Mr. Gingrich believed such references would
    dissuade the target audience of non-voters from becoming
    involved.
    AOW started out as a project of GOPAC, a political action
    committee dedicated to, among other things, achieving
    Republican control of the United States House of
    Representatives. Its methods for accomplishing this goal
    included the development and articulation of a political
    message and the dissemination of that message as widely as
    possible. One such avenue of dissemination was AOW. The
    program, however, consumed a substantial portion of GOPAC’s
    revenues. Because of the expense, Mr. Gingrich and others at
    GOPAC decided to transfer the project to a 501(c)(3)
    organization in order to attract tax-deductible funding. The
    501(c)(3) organization chosen was the Abraham Lincoln
    Opportunity Foundation (“ALOF”). ALOF was dormant at the time
    and was revived to sponsor AOW’s successor, American Citizens’
    Television (“ACTV”). ALOF operated out of GOPAC’s offices.
    Virtually all its officers and employers were simultaneously
    GOPAC officers or employees. ACTV had the same educational
    aspects and partisan, political goals as AOW. The principal
    difference between the two was that ACTV used approximately
    $260,000 in tax-deductible contributions to fund its
    operations. ACTV broadcast three television programs in 1990
    and then ceased operations. The last program was funded by a
    501(c)(4) organization because the show’s content was deemed to
    be too political for a 501(c)(3) organization.

  22. 66 LOL
    December 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Wish I could say I was surprised “BP says Halliburton ‘intentionally destroyed evidence’ after Gulf oil spill”
    http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/05/us/bp-halliburton/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

  23. December 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    URP:

    New Twist in the Obamacare Lawsuits
    The legal case against the Affordable Care Act may have just become weaker. And it’s not because of anything that happened in Washington. It’s because of something that happened in Florida: The filing of bankruptcy papers by Mary Brown, who until recently owned and operated an auto repair shop near Pensacola.

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-cohn/98145/affordable-care-act-mandate-lawsuit-nfib-mary-brown-bankruptcy-court-standing

    • 68 halo
      December 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      That was a very intersting story. It’s amazing how people even AFTER they go end up in a situation like Ms. Brown are so wedded to their ideology that they don’t realize their own situation would be helped by the ACA.

    • December 5, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      I wish the author had made more of a case to show that now that this woman is bankrupt, she will actually be in more secure circumstances with regards to her health, because she can get subsidies and ultimately more affordable health care. It drives me crazy that there are people who say health care reform is impinging on their “liberty” to get sick and die, in the richest country in the world.

      • December 5, 2011 at 10:29 pm

        Plus – she wasn’t even supplying her employees with health care, and now those same employees will be able to join exchanges that could help them afford decent health care for the first time ever. She’s so selfish and blinded by whatever is driving her.

  24. 71 JoJothecat
    December 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you Chips for everything. I loved the video of the folks camping out to get tickets to hear the president in the Kansas high school, it brought tears to my eyes that everyone seemed to friendly, all races, looking forward to see and hear the president. Great pictures on VP Joe Biden, the greatest VP of the 21st century, I am so glad that PBO picked him as his VP.

  25. 72 desertflower
    December 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    More…Sounds eerily familiar….

    2. renewing american civilization

    The second project utilizing 501(c)(3) organizations
    involved a college course taught by Mr. Gingrich called
    Renewing American Civilization. Mr. Gingrich developed the
    course as a subset to and tool of a larger political and
    cultural movement also called Renewing American Civilization.
    The goal of this movement, as stated by Mr. Gingrich, was the
    replacement of the “welfare state” with an “opportunity
    society.” A primary means of achieving this goal was the
    development of the movement’s message and the dissemination of
    that message as widely as possible. Mr. Gingrich intended that
    a “Republican majority” would be the heart of the movement
    and that the movement would “professionalize” House
    Republicans. A method for achieving these goals was to use the
    movement’s message to “attract voters, resources, and
    candidates.” According to Mr. Gingrich, the course was, among
    other things, a primary and essential means to develop and
    disseminate the message of the movement.
    The core message of the movement and the course was that
    the welfare state had failed, that it could not be repaired but
    had to be replaced, and that it had to be replaced with an
    opportunity society based on what Mr. Gingrich called the
    “Five Pillars of American Civilization.” These were: (1)
    personal strength; (2) entrepreneurial free enterprise; (3) the
    spirit of invention; (4) quality as defined by Edwards Deming;
    and (5) the lessons of American history. The message also
    concentrated on three substantive areas. These were: (1) jobs
    and economic growth; (2) health; and (3) saving the inner city.
    This message was also Mr. Gingrich’s main campaign theme in
    1993 and 1994 and Mr. Gingrich sought to have Republican
    candidates adopt the Renewing American Civilization message in
    their campaigns. In the context of political campaigns, Mr.
    Gingrich used the term “welfare state” as a negative label
    for Democrats and the term “opportunity society” as a
    positive label for Republicans.

    • 73 JoJothecat
      December 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Sounds like Bush’s “Ownership Society” that was supposed to help the inner city and the disadvantage become homeowners. What it did was help the con artist flip houses and the banksters bet on these bad mortgages that took down the economy. Newtered Grinches “contract on america” did nothing for the poor or inner city. I would not trust him or the GOP for any programs that want to help the poor or disadvantage, it’s more of of program to take advantage against the disadvantaged.

    • 75 ROH108
      December 6, 2011 at 1:03 am

      I Love it, See what happens to HATERS… They get what they DESERVE. Thank you for posting you made my night.

  26. 79 defytheodds
    December 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Good News From DCCC: Redistricting

    We are pleased to report that House Democrats are poised to make critical gains in redistricting.

    Earlier this year, Republicans told anyone who would listen that they would wipe Democrats off the map during the redistricting process with their new majorities in state legislatures. Not so.

    Now, even the Republicans admit Democrats are gaining seats in redistricting. Our best estimate today is that Democrats have gained 7 new seats, with the potential for more on the way.

    Below are some important developments from the last few weeks:
    In Texas, a court recently ruled the redistricting map violated the Voting Rights Act. The court released interim maps in Texas that give Democrats 3-4 pickup opportunities.
    In Colorado, a court chose the Democrats’ map, giving us one pickup opportunity.
    And in Arizona, a court delivered a stinging rebuke to Republican Governor Jan Brewer following her illegal power grab, and reinstated the independent redistricting Chair. We now have 1-2 pickup opportunities in Arizona. With 30 percent of seats left to be redrawn, our opportunities to pickup seats will only increase. We’ll keep you posted!
    Stay tuned to @Stake for all of the latest updates from the campaign trail on the road to 2012. Thanks again for your tremendous support and onward to victory!

    Robby Mook
    DCCC Executive Director

  27. December 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    From the Ron Paul campaign …… ouch:

    “We agree, of course, with former Speaker Gingrich — this is a country of people of enormous talent. Those who deliver thousands of babies like Dr. Paul and those who spend their time focusing on promoting themselves for profit. We even have those who lobby, but don’t call it such because, as they say, they can make $60,000 per speech. While those of us in the Paul camp might disagree with Newt Gingrich about whether Donald Trump is the right man to host a serious political debate, we do agree New York is a wonderful place to go at Christmas. We are sure two average Americans like Speaker Gingrich and Donald Trump will have a wonderful time picking out gifts for their wives. We suggest a place called Tiffany’s, we hear it is quite nice this time of year and given their celebrity status they can probably get special deals and $500,000 lines of credit.”

  28. December 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Senate clears Obama judicial nominee

    By Josiah Ryan
    The Senate on Monday afternoon cast its only roll call vote of the day confirming Edgardo Ramos to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York by a 89-0 margin. 

  29. 99 Lorraine
    December 5, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Ax is on Morgan’s show. Sorry, I didn’t post this before now.

    • December 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      I caught the tail end of the interview. Maybe someone cn post the video if they find it. I am watching the beginning of O’Donnell’s show where he summarizes what everyone said about the main topic of the day and today was slam Newt and the Donald day. I could not help but laugh out loud. This is a real circus and I am loving it.

  30. December 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Tuesday

    9:35 The President departs the White House

    12:25 Arrives Kansas City

    1:55 Delivers remarks on the economy

    4:25 Departs Kansas City en route to Andrews

    • December 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      From the photo you posted above, it appears they’re still working on the speech. I can’t wait. BRAVO to the team that is preparing for this event.

      • December 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm

        Chips, thanks for the Picture of Kansas for Obama/Biden. I saved it. Wish I could blow it up somehow and post it on my rooftop when his chopper flys over from MCI to Osawatamie. I’m still trying to think of a way to at least get within walking distance of the town just to watch the excitement. Those highways are going to be shutdown. I have a friend with an airplane but we anticipate that the airspace will be closed also. I quess if we tried, we could at least get an escort. Now how scary is that? Ummmmmm, got my thinking cap on. Anybody with ideas?

        If 103 year old Auntie gets a special ticket to see him I will be happy.

  31. 104 desertflower
    December 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Forever a prisoner here. Damn…I wish he’d go to Switzerland!

    http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/daily-mail-george-bush-cancels-switze

  32. 111 LOL
    December 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Ughh…Peru, KS is about 3 hrs away from Oosawatamie. He probably won’t make it there—would have been nice to go back to his mother’s hometown. And I just read something very disturbing….Kathy Gingrich Lubbers (Newt’s daughter) is 3 years OLDER than Callista.

    .
    I know love is blind…

  33. December 5, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    This Democrat to Republican & vice versa is getting real confusing to this foreign-American! Apparently Regan was a Democrat at one point?
    http://emiliawahoo76.blogspot.com/

    Apart from that point however, I find it sad that this political story told by Regan in 1948 – rich get richer; poor get poorer – was the same in 1910 as evidenced by Roosevelt’s speech in Kansas, and remains the same in 2011 as decried by the 99%! It’ll be even sadder if voters do not remove the Republicans from the House 2012!

    • December 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      Its been like this since forever. I love watching period pieces and there isn’t a decade or a century or a country where income inequality wasn’t a problem. Sad.

  34. 118 Elly in MD
    December 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I’m one of those folks that boosted car sales in November. I am so proud to say I bought American, from good old “Government Motors.” My new car is a Chevy Cruse Eco, built in various ways to be more fuel efficient (not a hybrid, though), it really does get 42 mpg even with some city driving thrown in. It’s quiet, fun to drive (stick shift) I love it and I feel great about it. I’m a Michigander, had to do this for my state (and family members both retired and currently working in the auto industry). My husband wasn’t thrilled, would have liked an Audi or something, but he admits it was a good buy.

    • 120 JoJothecat
      December 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      Thank you Elly in MD, I would like to hear from others that bought American Motors in the past three years….what did you buy, do you like it, how was the price, how does it ride, etc. I really want to buy American for the first time and for my last car. I first bought a Toyata, then another Toyota, then a Mazda and back to Toyota. I will not buy another Toyota ever again, I like the Ford hybrids, I hear good things about the Ford Edge..good gas mileage, I like the Ford Explorer looks. I really want an all electric car but only Nissan and Toyota has all electric for now. I like the looks of the Volt but I am not so sure about GM. I need to hear how people like the Volt. I saw the CEO on Charlie Rose and he said some not so nice things about Obama and he still does not get that Americans DO want fuel efficient cars. That guy has not learned a damn thing from what I heard from the interview.

  35. December 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    The only roll call vote of the day took place around 5:30 p.m. on the confirmation of Edgardo Ramos to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. He was cleared 89-0.

    The Senate also confirmed Andrew L. Carter, Jr. to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, James Rodney Gilstrap to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas and Dana L. Christensen to be a United States District Judge for the District of Montana all by voice vote on Monday night 

    On Tuesday the Senate will convene at 10 a.m. and will hold an up-or-down vote on cloture on the long-delayed nomination of Caitlin Halligan to fill one of three vacancies on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  

    The Senate adjourned just after 6 p.m. on Monday night. 

    –/

    Reid is doing a good job getting these judges through. Since January, he has averaged 1 per week’

  36. 123 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Because of #TheSAMERS we got Bush in 2000 resulting in millions of jobs off-shored & millions of Americans impoverished #REJECTtheSAMERS

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Because of #TheSAMERS we got Bush in 2001-2008, a Trillion $ deficit, an illegal war, 9/11, & vast inequity. #REJECTtheSAMERS #OBAMA2012

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Had America listened to #TheSAMERS in 2008, GM & Chrysler would be dead. Osama would still be alive, And … #BEWAREtheSAMERS #OBAMA2012

    #YesWeCanDOMoreTogether

  37. 128 Elly in MD
    December 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Back to American cars – If I had the money, I would have bought a Volt, just because they look so extremely cool. If I had a commute of a certain distance it might make sense and save a lot of money on gas, but I don’t drive far for work…..For the Chevy Cruse Eco, the final price for the car itself was just under $20,000 (then taxes +++). I thought about a Ford Escape but decided on something smaller and more fuel efficient and it would have cost more. To be honest, there are probably better cars at better prices out there but I followed my heart and bought American. My husband says I’m trying to save the economy all on my own.

    I am naturally a very cheap person, we had not bought a new car in many, many years. But recently I just feel like spending money. And I’m sure there are others like me. For all the people who do have jobs and have been putting off purchases, you can only do it for so long. “Pent up consumer demand” has to kick in sometime, right?

    • December 5, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      Elly,
      I feel exactly the same way. I am not a spender by nature anyway but took it to another level and went into lockdown for no particular reason the last few years – maybe subconsciously unsure about everything. But for the past few months I have been buying clothes and presents and going out to dinner and enjoying every minute of it. About 90% of my spending has been with small businesses too so I feel like I’m doing my little part. Here in Chicago, the stores and restaurants are packed every day of the week since late Fall. It’s morning in America and if we can win back Congress and a second term for POTUS America will be such a great country again.

    • December 5, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      Good for you Elly. I am also looking. I have a Honda that I dearly love and it only has 90,000 miles on it. I am going to wait three years and give it to my granddaughter when she can start driving. In the meantime I am looking. Maybe I can build up my savings account since I had an absolute catastrophe three weeks ago when my basement backed up with sewage. Hiring the cleaning, the plumbers, the furnace man and another plumber cost me $10,000 dollars. I need a new hot water heater and a few more things. They broke the gas connection to my dryer and I can go on and on but this is life. At least I am very fortunate to have a roof over my head. It is a good thing I had previously been saving like mad since I retired. Enjoy your car and give me an update on how your like it.

  38. 131 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 5, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Elizabeth Warren has a new ad up

    • December 6, 2011 at 12:10 am

      OMG, watching this ad reminded so much of PBO when he was running for president. The people were so engaged. Elizabeth is a natural. Scott Brown start packing your office now. 🙂

    • December 6, 2011 at 12:13 am

      Go Elizabeth! She’s the real deal.

    • December 6, 2011 at 12:21 am

      I like that she’s optimistic, and she’s not spending time (yet) just focusing on the nonsense that Scott Brown represents. She’s just focusing people on the future, and what they need to fight for. I can see why President Obama and her are friends.

      • December 6, 2011 at 12:25 am

        Scott Brown won that seat by default. Cokley was not a good candidate but she appears to be a good AG or whatever her title. I beloeve that she just filed lawsuits against banks.

    • December 6, 2011 at 12:53 am

      Thanks for that ad, Alycee! Elizabeth Warren is just what we need in the Senate. And, she supports our President.

  39. December 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I am just now getting the chance to view the video from Osawatomie, Kansas. I LOVE those people on line — there were some real characters in the midst. Obama supporters are always the most cheerful, smartest, and most generous people around. So excited about tomorrow!

  40. 138 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Chips, thanks for the reminder up top (forgot to do it when first posted this weekend). Donated a little for myself and a little for those that want to but are unable. Thanks so much for keeping us informed, entertained, and sane. I’ve been ill for several weeks and on those days that I’m unable to get up and about, I can always stop by here and have my spirits lifted. Thanks.

  41. 141 dotster3
    December 6, 2011 at 12:08 am

    DWS and Sen. Gillibrand at WH holiday party tonight

  42. December 6, 2011 at 12:22 am

    More on Roosevelt’s speech in 1910. There is no audio or video of his speech but these are some of the things he said.

    http://www.ksn.com/news/local/story/Looking-back-at-Teddy-Roosevelts-historic-Kansas/Q1GXOL4ko06nKi-Mq-Zdiw.cspx

  43. December 6, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Wish we could have that middle class tax increase countdown clock as an animated application for websites. It would also be a reminder for folks to call TPTB.

    • December 6, 2011 at 1:42 am

      This is an excellent, must read, story. And I’m sure that it could have been written by tons of people in this country who have discounted the health reform act without finding out what’s in it. I feel for this woman battling cancer, but what a Godsend that she found out that President Obama had put something in place to help her.

      I heard a clip of Chris Hayes mentioning that he doesn’t/didn’t really know what was in the bill, but I could swear I heard him on Rachel bashing the bill back when it was in the process of being passed. I could be wrong. But, this woman’s story can be echoed by many. I read the bill when it was still in debate. It was long, but not impossible. I also read all the summaries and cheat sheets that the White House put out. I have great health insurance (and could afford to pay for pretty good private insurance if I lost my job) – but that didn’t preclude me from possibly being rejected if I got sick because of some pre-existing condition, like acne or migraine headaches. I don’t know why people who needed help couldn’t be bothered to investigate the bill for themselves, instead of taking other people’s word for how horrible it is.

      I’m glad this woman changed her mind.

      • 146 SueBee
        December 6, 2011 at 3:12 am

        This is just an example of the Democrats in congress not taking the time to fully explain what was in the bill and how it benefits us. They left President Obama alone and in the cold to explain it himself, when he was also trying to keep the country from going into a depression. Shameful. Sorry, but I am still bitter over the Summer of 2009 and the 2010 election.

  44. December 6, 2011 at 2:52 am

    12/06/2011 2:31

    President Barack Obama is channeling President Theodore Roosevelt, embracing a mantle of economic fairness for the nation’s middle class Tuesday that draws parallels to the progressive reformer’s calls for a “square deal” for regular Americans more than a century ago.

    Obama intends to use a speech in small town Osawatomie, Kan. – where Roosevelt delivered his “New Nationalism” address in 1910 – to lay out economic themes of giving middle-class workers a fair shake and greater financial security, concepts the president will probably return to repeatedly during the 2012 campaign.

    http://m.miamiherald.com/mh/db_42944/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=9qozgrhE

  45. December 6, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Another video from Osawatomie:

    http://www.kctv5.com/story/16193297/osawatomie-students-eager-to-hear-presidential-speech

    The local museum will be selling commemorative coins with FDR on one side and PBO on another! Sweet the way the whole town is so excited.

  46. December 6, 2011 at 4:58 am

    The 99 percent are arriving in D.C. today…..and while we wait for them to all arrive in the Capitol by plane, train or automobile, the massive set up for The People’s Camp is well under way.
    This afternoon, the organizers and 99’ers that have already arrived in Washington for this week of action are present on our designated spot near the National Mall, helping us pitch tents and create signs and banners.
    Everyone is in good spirits and there’s an amazing level of energy and excitement in the air that’s hard to miss! For up-the-minute updates, stay tuned on Twitter via hashtag #99indc.
    Check out some more photos from today’s set-up at 14th and Constitution Ave NW after the break. (You can also check out our Flickr feed for more).

    UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Added photos from the evening enjoyment portion of Day 1 of “Take Back The Capitol.” View all photos after the break.
    Continue reading on next page →

    http://www.seiu.org/blog/

    Media blackout again!

  47. December 6, 2011 at 6:55 am

    The new press secretary for the campaign was interviewed by politico-

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/69430.html

    Stephanie Cutter worked as an assistant senior adviser in the WH, and now she is csmpaign press secretary. We will be seeing her every day, shortly!

  48. 162 vero804
    December 6, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Man, Huntsman is pushing it real hard this final month….oy. He was just on the Today Show making as much sense as a conservative can. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he doesn’t catch on.

    Have a nice day all!

    • December 6, 2011 at 7:21 am

      He gets an award for being at 2% and yet all media outlets love him, even liberal!
      I find this, strange!

    • 164 Chi
      December 6, 2011 at 8:47 am

      I absolutely hope he catches on so that he gets properly vetted and exposed for the complete fraud he is…

      But even more importantly, so that those of you who see him as a threat and ‘inevitable’ if he somehow manages to get the nomination, actually bear witness to his complete implosion under the high beam of front runner spotlight…

      A cheap, inferior, super-affected imitation without an original idea can be sniffed a mile away…

      Not even the PL or the corporate media can hide the extreme stench of this phony, rehearsed weasel…

  49. 165 donna dem 4 obama
    December 6, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Good Morning TOD!

    Please SHARE this FAR and WIDE!!!

    ‘Obamacare’ to the rescue
    A woman who felt President Obama had let the middle class down has changed her mind.

    {Snip}

    Which brings me to my apology. I was pretty mad at Obama before I learned about this new insurance plan. I had changed my registration from Democrat to Independent, and I had blacked out the top of the “h” on my Obama bumper sticker, so that it read, “Got nope” instead of “got hope.” I felt like he had let down the struggling middle class. My son and I had campaigned for him, but since he took office, we felt he had let us down.

    So this is my public apology. I’m sorry I didn’t do enough of my own research to find out what promises the president has made good on. I’m sorry I didn’t realize that he really has stood up for me and my family, and for so many others like us. I’m getting a new bumper sticker to cover the one that says “Got nope.” It will say “ObamaCares.”

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-ward-in-praise-of-obamacare-20111206,0,6794828.story

    • 166 desertflower
      December 6, 2011 at 8:04 am

      Thanks for this donna….BWD posted the same story above…but it’s a “spreader” 🙂

      • 167 donna dem 4 obama
        December 6, 2011 at 8:15 am

        You know DF in some ways this article angers me. I am a political junkie who breaths everything this administration has done and to see how our media has let people in this country down such as the author of this opinion piece infuriates me. Yes people have to take responsibility and search out info for themselves but believe it or not the majority in this country rely on our media to inform them. When you have network news focusing on “death panels” and “a strong public option” instead of the substance of the bill people such as this person are left with misconceptions and half truths. I don’t know how much else this President could have communicated the facts about this Health Care bill but they were given little to no help from our media. It was all about the sexy, sensationalized aspects of the reform rather than the substance. Then you had the so-called “progressive” media bashing aspects of the bill and trotting out every Dem in Congress they could find to confirm their bashfest. I’m sorry this person had to go through this awful health situation to find out the facts but that’s the environment that we live in. The whole thing just pisses me off.

        • December 6, 2011 at 8:37 am

          THIS! I am saddened by her situation but it really turned me off when she talked about how she campaigned for him, then turned the hope into nope on the bumper sticker. Then I guess she feels that she’s making some sort of amends by basically saying ‘next time I’ll do more research before I turn on him.’ to me this just reeks of another case of Magic Negro Syndrome. It’s good that she recognizes the good in ObamaCare but I don’t like the underlying message and it doesn’t exactly put her in a good light. She’s just another liberal who now likes Obama because something he did affected her. I know PBO would be more gracious in his response to her op-ed, but hey, I’m no Barack Obama. Best wishes to the author though. Cancer , like AIDS is a horrible diseases that I hope will be cured soon. They devastate too many good people who don’t often get the chance to fulfill their wonderful potentials.


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