evening all

President Barack Obama waves to people gathered along the motorcade route from Osawatomie High School to Osawatomie-Paola Municipal Airport in Osawatomie, Kan., Dec. 6, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




Paul Krugman: One crucial thing you need to understand about political journalists is that with some honorable exceptions, they don’t know or care about actual policy …

…. Hence, the awful decision of Politico to give Paul Ryan an award as healthcare policymaker of the year.

…. what became painfully, embarrassingly clear during the debate over the Ryan plan was that Ryan is, well, incompetent …. it’s true that the plan “got everyone talking”, as Politico says – but mostly it got people talking about what a mess Ryan’s effort was.

Oh, and it was pretty clear that Ryan wasn’t being honest about his own numbers.

What’s going on here, I suppose, is that Politico is mistaking theater for policy. Ryan isn’t an important health care reformer, or even minimally competent in his attempted wonkery, but he plays a deep thinker on TV. And the people at Politico either don’t understand the difference, or they don’t care.

More here


President Obama returns to the White House after a visit to Kansas


Steve Benen: President Obama has decided that, from now on, foreign aid decisions will take into consideration how countries treat their LGBT citizens, and he directed U.S. agencies abroad to ensure our humanitarian and diplomatic efforts “promote and protect” the rights of gays and lesbians.

…. today’s announcement marks a historic first …. It also adds to a rather extraordinary record for Obama in this area in his first three years….

…. I realize there are still a sizable number of people in the LGBT community who are unsatisfied with the pace of change, and consider President Obama someone who has ignored, and even betrayed, their interests. Some have even vowed not to lift a finger to help with the president’s re-election effort.

I suspect many social-conservative activists find this inexplicable.

Full post here


Oh Willard…..

134 Responses to “evening all”

  1. 1 rikyrah
    December 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    What a great day.

    Our President took it to the American people and the GOP.

    I think we can say that the 2012 Campaign began today.

    and Chips!!

    SIX MILLION!!! 🙂

  2. 8 isonprize
    December 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    SIX MILLION!!!! Yeah, baby!!!!! Chica, you are the best!!!!

    Chica, Chica, she’s our girl!!

    The best damn blogmistress in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!!

    • December 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      Ah now stop isonprize, you’re making me 😳 The point here is that this place would echo, in a very sad kind of way, to my voice …. if it wasn’t for you magnificent people helping me along the road. So, the six million party is a celebration of YOU, not me 😉

      • 10 isonprize
        December 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm

        okay, okay, I’ll stop. I don’t mean to make you blush. But you do hold it together. And I want you to know that, I for one, am very appreciative. I have told so many of my friends that if they want to really stay up on real news about Pres. Obama, they need to turn off the TV and check out TOD for real news of what Pres. Obama and his administration are doing. Pretty much any blog on the blogroll will give more credible information that the talking heads of TV.

        Uh oh, I”m doing it again. Chica, Chica!!! she’s our girl!! …. 😆 :lol;

        • December 6, 2011 at 10:52 pm

          Oh yeah, holding it together and getting it out 7 days a week..that’s worth $6 Million Bucks right there. Actually, it’s priceless..what this means for our country.

          Steve Benen & Chips. And, he thought PObama’s speech in Kansas was amazing, too. Will have more on it tomorrow. He’s someone who’s earned my trust on what kind of a speech the President gave..not someone who’s paid to whine.

      • December 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm

        Naw. That dog won’t hunt. Center stage and take your bows. 😉

        • 13 jacquelineoboomer
          December 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm

          Exactly. There’s a point where it’s about “bringing out the best” in others, and that starts with Chips!

          • 14 nathkatun7
            December 7, 2011 at 2:45 am

            Jacqueline O, I totally cosign your comment about Chipsticks “bringing out the best.” For me the best includes my other favorite person, BWD. I am so elated to see her post comments on this magnificent blog. On top of that, I truly love Chipsticks’ witty sense of humor.

            • 15 AJ
              December 7, 2011 at 7:42 am

              Yay! A Chipsticks appreciation thread! Add me to the list, please…it takes a special kind of person to cheerfully produce and hold together a blog/board of so many different personalities, even though we all have a deep appreciation of PBO in common. Brava, Chips, we love you!

        • 16 nospin
          December 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

          exactly. Center stage indeed.

      • December 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm

        Both! All! But, you started it, Chips. With your belief in this President and those wonderful pics in your photo journal. 😛 Mahalo!~

        And, if this stupid award to Paul Ryan from Politico doesn’t clinch the recognition of their fawning gopolitico idiocy..nothing will. Good job on mocking their feeble attempt at awards.

        The Award should go to President Obama and they would see that if they got their head outta you know where. Obamacare is the gift that keeps on giving.

    • 21 Betsy
      December 7, 2011 at 2:35 am

      I totally concur. Chipsticks ROCKS!!!!@!!!!!!!!!!

  3. December 6, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    You totally outdid yourself on the Politico spoof. This is exactly the level of “thinking” that would lead these idiots to choose Paul Ryan (?????!) as health care policy maker of the year. Did they just put a bunch of names in a hat and pick Ryan at random?. Makes more sense than choosing him on purpose. I think Krugman was too kind to these guys.

    • 23 Pamela
      December 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      No, Jackie, when they want a loser to win, they fill the hat with no other names but his, then no matter which piece of paper they choose, the loser wins! Old old trick, and this crowd is just a bunch of old old tricksters. They think no one is paying attention, they think people don’t care. But that paradigm is dead now, only they don’t know it!

  4. 24 GGail
    December 6, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    What a Day!

    Thank you Mr. President 🙂

    Thank you Chipsticks – you are truly ONE OF A KIND 😀

  5. December 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    ugh!!! Lawry dedicating his entire first segment to Eye of Newt 🙄 ugh. thought I’d be hearing stuff about PBO as his opening segment. that was the most important thing to happen today. what an ass. 😐 he even had Coward Fineman on. had to switch stations.

  6. December 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I don’t understand Steve Benen’s assumption that there is still a large portion of the GLBT community is dissatisfied witb PBO. He must be talking about emoprogs, Pumas, and Dinos then. The gay pride parades held this spring and summer across the nation were highly supportive of the president and he has collected plenty of cash from the afluent gay community.

    • December 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      I agree. I think Benen has a distorted view of gay and lesbian support based on a few blogging emoprogs. They absolutely don’t represent a large portiono fthe GLBT community.

      • 29 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        December 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm

        Exactly forus50. Where is he getting this impression? I have never seen any approval polls from the gay community published by anyone. E’m sure he doesn’t hang out with gays on a routine basis. I believe his statements were more opinion than facts based on the rantings of Rachel Maddow and Dan Choi. President Obama has done more for the gay community than any one human being on earth and that is a fact. If there are gays that can not see this miracle they have in the Whitehouse then they deserve any negative consequences that come their way if they do not support him for re-election. Obama/Biden 2012

        • 30 Puddin'
          December 7, 2011 at 12:24 am

          Toure was on Last Word and at the end of his time on air he just had to say the Obama Administration was hypocritical because Hillary is telling other countries about Gay Rights…and this adminstration hasn’t 100% embraced Gay Rights and Gays are still being treated like second class citizens…Lawerence O’Donnell had to take him to school…Lawerence schooled Toure on how we are ahead of most countries re Gay Rights…

          • December 7, 2011 at 1:16 am

            I was so disgusted with that whole segment. I watched the shows tonight to see how they reacted to the President’s speech. I was so disappointed by Lawrence and his focus on the GOP race. And when I saw Gaga screeching at President Obama, followed by Toure saying the Administration was hypocritical – as though people in this country are being killed by the government for being gay… I just shook my head. So disappointing.

            • 32 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
              December 7, 2011 at 11:25 am

              hmmm……………….didn’t know all this happen on LOD. Again these gay representatives in the media probably don’t represent the majority of Gays. I have heard that the gay population can be racist as well. Go figure…….hate someone else when you have a rough time in society. MIND BOGGLING.

    • 33 anniebella
      December 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Maybe the LBGT will be more satisfied with Newt, Romney, Bachmann, Perry.

    • December 7, 2011 at 12:04 am

      As someome who left, with relief, a supposed Dem-supporting site a couple of years back because of anti-Obama bile from the extreme element of the LGBT movement, I can completely vouch for Steve Benen’s comments, he’s spot on – as ever.

      Uncomfortable as it might be to acknowledge, there is a tension between a section of the gay and black communities, some in the gay community blaming African Americans for that Prop 8 vote in California a few years back – even though it seemed like Mormon money was the bigger issue (I’m not bashing Mormons, I have NO time for any organized religion!)

      There remains a section of the Firebagger left that is gay and viciously opposed to President Obama – eg Greenwald, Choi and Arvosis – despite all the amazing progress that has been made for LGBT issues by this adminstration. I have my own theories about it all, let’s just say there is NOTHING President Obama could ever do to satisfy this wing of the LGBT movement, nothing at all.

      • 37 Puddin'
        December 7, 2011 at 12:35 am

        I had an discussion with one of a lesbian friend (who is black) after the ’08 election…she spat out that bs about the voters were the reason why they were on the losing end of Prop 8…I told her it was their “poor” campaigning…they took for granted that CA is a liberal state, so they let those other folks get their message out in front early on in the campaign and they never recovered…they messed up!

      • 38 nathkatun7
        December 7, 2011 at 3:10 am

        Thanks Chipsticks for speaking Truth. For some reasons there are still many in the gay community who dislike President Obama, irrespective of all he has done to advance their rights.

        By the way, a heartfelt congrats. on the wonderful work you’ve done with your blog. I am sure the over 6 million people, who visit here, feel the same as I do about this incredible site you’ve created.

      • 39 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        December 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

        Thanks Chips. Your explanation has opened my eyes. Haters are going to HATE I guess. No matter what you do to try and help their cause. What a shame.

  7. December 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Chips- you get the best snark award.
    You nailed it.

  8. 41 halo
    December 6, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Welcome back, Mr. President!

  9. December 6, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    GREAT snark, Chips!! That could so totally be GOPolitico’s front page, for sure.

  10. December 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Chip, you should separate the GOPolitico headlines, so we can tweet the hell out of that f*****g masterpiece!

    • December 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      BWD, you’re making me ****ing blush 😆

      Here’s a direct link to the GOPolitico piss-take:

      (Click on it twice to make it BIG!)


      Love ya.

      • 45 utaustinliberal
        December 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

        Holy cow Chips! No lie; for a second when I saw the banner headline for the Politico awards, I thought it was real, until I scrolled down and realized it was another of your genius snark creations. You’re really getting good at this Chica. Made me LOL. 😀

  11. 47 Tally
    December 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Even TOD family! I have a favor to ask – please go rate this pro – Obama article UP!


  12. 51 Dave
    December 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    There should be WARNINGS when pictures of Koch Maggots, Smarmy Piers, Crazed Callista, Grandma Gummy McConnell, Bawlin’ Boner, Prancing Marcus, Eric The Douche, Disingenuous Greenbag, Imbecile Sean and Mitt The ____________ (fill in the blank!)…WARNINGS before those repulsive pictures pop up. I’D RATHER SEE GOAT PORN.

  13. 54 auni
    December 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I’m late, but congrats Chip on this huge milestone. Did you ever think this would happen? Love ya’

    December 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm


  15. December 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    2011 Master of Snark Award goes to: Chipsticks McGee (I just totally made up that last name, lol). That “Politico” piece is a thing of beauty. They’re all clueless — thanks for reinforcing the proper response to these infotainers: laughter and mockery.

    It’s been a great day, TOD Family. Have a great night all!


    • December 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      Frankly, it’s a fools errand. The dems just scraped by all those state senate recalls.

      • 65 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
        December 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm

        I wouldn’t call it a fools errand. Nothing is impossible. Look at what we chieved in Ohio. I am rooting Wiconsinites on and pray that they gather enough signatures by the deadline. I am surprised you would make a statement like that amk.

        • December 6, 2011 at 11:58 pm

          I’m looking at the political reality. Please look at the results of concentrated campaign just for a few state senate seats. It didn’t bring in the change that was desired (and is still desirable). And you think you can rustle voters enthusiasm in the entire state ?

      • 67 CoyoteMarti
        December 7, 2011 at 12:08 am

        amk, remember that most of those senate recalls were all done, by definition, in red-leaning districts. They were always going to be squeakers. The Walker recall, on the other hand, will be state-wide including the bluest of the blue Milwaukee and Madison areas… places that have been dying to voice their anger but haven’t been able to yet. And all this activity going into 2012 is keeping up the energy for the national ticket as well. Fools errand it definitely is not.

        • December 7, 2011 at 12:19 am

          From the jovie’s piece

          “The rate at which signatures are collected is slowing down, but most people expected that after the initial surge of people who signed the petitions as soon as they could.

          Now the gathering process gets tougher, Wainscott said.”

          Read more: http://www.wisn.com/politics/29937613/detail.html#ixzz1fp5l3ODA

          It’s a question of voters enthusiasm, not just anger alone. The turnout in recall elections wasn’t that great either.

          • 69 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
            December 7, 2011 at 11:34 am

            We will never succeed with pessimism. Miracles do happen or we wouldn’t have the first AA president in the Whitehouse. I say PRESS ON Wisconsin. The rest of the Progressive nation has your back. 😀

            • 70 nospin
              December 7, 2011 at 11:40 am

              “Miracles do happen or we wouldn’t have the first AA president in the Whitehouse.”

              worth repeating.

              PRESS ON

  16. December 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Congrats Chips on that milestone achievement. I really appreciate your work. Keep it up.

  17. December 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    9:45 AM
    Obama and Biden meet with Senate Democratic Leadership.

    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    Carney and Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin hold an off-camera gaggle in the Brady Press Briefing Room.

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:15 PM
    Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Harper of Canada.

    3:00 PM
    Obama and Prime Minister Harper of Canada deliver statements.

    4:00 PM
    4:35 PM
    Obama attends a campaign event.

  18. 73 a4alice
    December 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Totally a day late and a dollar short but a heartfelt congrats to you Ms. Chips on the 6 mill! Holy cow! 🙂 Thanks so much for all you do. I’ll ante up tomorrow 🙂

    And yardarm! Nice to see yah 🙂

    Nitey nite fam


  19. December 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Re-watching the speech. Missed the Tex-Kansas part. Hilarious! Love how he caught himself and the crowd laughed with him! PBO is so awesome!

    • 75 Puddin'
      December 7, 2011 at 1:01 am

      According to Huff & Fluff…the “gaffe” was huge…like go in the back yard and get pick three “switches” so I can braid them together before I beat your behind, kind of gaffe…I was afraid to look at the video…I should have known better!

  20. 77 JER
    December 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Congratulations Chips on all that you do and your milestone. You help me to maintain my sanity.

  21. December 6, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    PARIS (Reuters) – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner meets French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris on Wednesday to press for decisive steps towards resolving Europe’s deepening debt crisis as the region’s leaders prepare for a crucial summit this week.

    Geithner voiced strong support for a Franco-German blueprint for an overhaul of the European Union (EU) treaty during a visit to Berlin on Tuesday, after credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s fired a second warning shot at the bloc in 24 hours by threatening to cut the credit rating of its EFSF rescue fund.


  22. December 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    So apparently, I’ve been living under a rock. I thought the Iranians shot down our drone. Didn’t realize they captured one. How did they do? How do we get it back, how comes we can’t destroy it remotely? Where’s the self destruct butto?

    • December 7, 2011 at 12:45 am

      There have been conflicting reports. I’ve heard that the plane fell from a great height, so there can only be pieces – maybe a few large pieces. And there’s suspicion why the Iranians haven’t released pictures to show it’s intact – since they’re claiming that it’s intact. I’ve also heard that they captured it, and the self-destruct malfunctioned. I haven’t heard anything definitive, though.

      • 82 jacquelineoboomer
        December 7, 2011 at 1:04 am

        CNN had their reporter assigned to the Pentagon on earlier, who said the CIA had options to order it destroyed via a bomb or send somebody in to get it, etc., but since it’s in Iranian territory, that was all nixed.

        None of that may be true; we may never know. But if there are no photos being tossed about by Iran, that sounds as though it’s not intact.

        Also can’t believe we can’t remotely dismantle something that ultra sophisticated.

        • 83 jacquelineoboomer
          December 7, 2011 at 1:06 am

          And, of course, the CIA and Defense Department won’t confirm whether the drone was being used over Afghanistan or the Iran/Afghanistan border and it strayed into Iran – or over Iran itself.

          • 84 jacquelineoboomer
            December 7, 2011 at 1:08 am

            My brain is fragmented tonight – sorry. It was also stated that the CIA is worried the drone technology will be given to China or Russia by Iran. No kidding.

  23. 86 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    December 6, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Congrats, chips, on your MILESTONE. As they say you have come a long way BABY! 😀 😆

  24. December 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Al Giordano (on Facebook today)
    If you’re surprised at today’s Gallup poll showing Newt Gingrich far ahead of Romney and the other candidates for the GOP nomination for president, you probably missed my April 9, 2010 story telling you this is exactly what was going to happen! I told you this 20 months ago. I think he will very likely be the nominee. And I’m telling you today that 11 months from now Obama will be reelected to a second term…

    • 88 MJ
      December 7, 2011 at 2:10 am

      Thanks for posting this little tidbit from Al. I really miss his smart commentary about our domestic electoral politics. Wasn’t he the one who coined the wonderfully descriptive term “poutrage” for members of the PL?

  25. December 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Congratulations our fierce, funny, ferocious Chips, blogger extraordinaire, who has created the best community for Obamacrats, Obamabots, on the webs. Your dedication, humor, and perseverance is legend, much like that of our president. So thanks! On to the next million and four more for 44.

  26. 91 terim
    December 6, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Sorry I’m late, but congrats on the 6 million plus hits! Chipsticks, you do an amazing job.

    • December 7, 2011 at 12:30 am

      Congratulations. My go to place after Jackeens and Al Rodgers quit certain blog sites. IT is a lot of work and I appreciate your dedication to the president. We have the front row sits with your blog Chips.

  27. 93 bebe
    December 6, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Congratulations Chips! You are the greatest, and I am so proud of you. Thank you for the professional that you are. I am so proud of our President. I think of him as a son. In fact, I cannot bear to hear any negative comments about him. That is why I watch all of his speeches on c-span TV, c-span.org, or whitehouse.gov. I refuse to listen to any pundit try to interpret what I have just heard. Our President is the most articulate person on the face of this earth, and I can certainly understand what he is saying when he makes a speech.

  28. December 6, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Best. Headline. Ever. Republicans Worried Women Won’t Vote For Assholes http://jezebel.com/5864520/republicans-worried-women-wont-vote-for-assholes

  29. 97 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    December 7, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Congratulations Chipsticks on the 6 Million hits. I started reading this blog around 1 million hits. I believe that was a little over a year ago. How the time flies when you’re having fun! Thanks for everything.
    I’ll put in my 6 for 6 million now 🙂

  30. December 7, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Speaking of Politico…..They just got punked. They received a fax supposedly from SEIU saying they were withdrawing their endorsement. Tweeted the story and then found out it was a hoax. DUH. What a bunch of MORONS.

    • December 7, 2011 at 12:49 am

      Someone tweeted and said that SEIU will be sending out a formal statement reconfirming their endorsement. Just goes to show the disastrous state of the media.

      • 101 jacquelineoboomer
        December 7, 2011 at 12:59 am

        Forget the old “two sources” or “doublecheck” rules – not when they are trying to stir trouble and/or hurt the President.

        They are useless in the grand scheme of things.

    • December 7, 2011 at 1:36 am

      Common sense should tell them to check this story out first. They are so pressed for the scoop and to trash Pres.Obama that they would just run with anything.

  31. December 7, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Devils in the details, but this sounds good–

    WASHINGTON – House Republicans intend to propose a gradual increase in Medicare premiums for wealthy seniors to help cover the cost of renewing Social Security payroll tax cuts and benefits for the long-term unemployed, officials said Wednesday.

    The precise details remain to be worked out as the leadership consults with rank-and-file Republicans about the legislation, which has grown significantly in recent days and is expected on the House floor next week.

    GOP officials described the plan on condition of anonymity because no final decision has been made.

    In addition to the extension of payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits that


  32. 105 mtmarilyn
    December 7, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Oh, Chips! You have done it again. You must have a line right into Politico! I imagine they are upset that you have preempted them. Krugman really nailed them too.

    I am still soaking in the President’s speech today. It was so powerful! Good night.

  33. 106 LadyTNT
    December 7, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Congrats Chips on hitting the 6 million mark!! I love this blog and the people. Y’all keep me informed and laughing.

    I just finished watching the speech and it was brilliant. I’m surprised that some of the regular TODer’s didn’t point out that PBO smacked the side of the podium. Since you guys have pointed it out, I always wait too see if he does it or not. He did it today!! So, not only did we feel it, he felt it too! I love it!

    • December 7, 2011 at 1:23 am

      I didn’t see that! I’m going to go watch it again – I’ve been trying to keep up today with TOD, twitter, good articles, even watching these silly MSNBC shows (which I won’t do again). I’m going to end the night watching the President and Hillary’s speeches. Get some good karma for the evening. Good night! 🙂

    • 108 JCAfrica
      December 7, 2011 at 10:12 am

      He did LadyTNT! Thought it was just me!!!

    • 109 nospin
      December 7, 2011 at 11:47 am

      “PBO smacked the side of the podium.”

      lol I always watch for that as well LadyTNT.

  34. 110 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 7, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Behind the scenes — 2011 White House Christmas


  35. 111 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 7, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    America – Reality that matters to 99% of You – #OBAMACARES + #OBAMADELIVERS = you & your family wins. #REJECTtheSAMERS #ZEROGOP2012 VOTE

    Yes, you can expect lots more of Reality that matters to 99% of You – #OBAMACARES + #OBAMADELIVERS = you & your family wins. 🙂


  36. December 7, 2011 at 2:13 am

    State of play: President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet at the White House Wednesday, where they are expected to unveil a border security and trade agreement.


    Seems like their is something big everyday.

  37. 113 anameti
    December 7, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Congratulation Chips on 6 million hits. Thanks for providing us a forum to celebrate PBO’s presidency. Cheers!

  38. 114 anniebella
    December 7, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Did anyone see that jackass Michael Moore on that other jackass Piers Morgan show? Moore was talking about how Obama was getting more money from Wall St. than all the GOP candidates combine. He went on to say more trying to imply that the President was control by Wall St. and how we the people wanted to know why none of the people no Wall St. haven’t been sent to jail. Moore and Morgan is a disgrace.

  39. December 7, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Tweet from Kansas basketball coach Bill Self:

    Great day. Just met President Obama. So down to earth, loves ball.

    • 121 dotster3
      December 7, 2011 at 8:19 am

      Pretty cool—-was in love with Self when he was at Illinois—2 of my daughters’ alma mater—-then was real mad at him when he left—-and now after much time has passed, am able to appreciate him and his coaching skills again.++===

  40. December 7, 2011 at 4:40 am


    Americans United for Change, a labor-backed Democratic group, is going up tomorrow with a campaign driving home the image of Mitt Romney as a ruthless capitalist, and using the image of the iconic Wall Street raider, Gordon Gekko.

    The campaign includes a site, RomneyGekko.com, which quizzes visitors on whether Gekko or Romney said a given quote, an @RomneyGekko Twitter feed, and plans to show up at Romney’s high-dollar events. 

    Also, fake ads, like the one above, “Morning on Wall Street.”


  41. December 7, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Stocks and U.S. index futures rose on speculation the region’s leaders will agree on steps to ease the debt crisis at a summit tomorrow. German bonds gained after bids exceeded the target at an auction.
    The Stoxx Europe 600 Index jumped 0.6 percent at 10:10 a.m. in London. Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures increased 0.7 percent. The euro strengthened 0.2 percent to $1.3429. The yield on the German five-year note fell three basis points to 1.08 percent. Copper advanced 0.9 percent and palladium gained to a two-month high.


  42. December 7, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) — The White House and Pentagon are near agreement on a draft five-year defense budget that flattens expenditures though 2017, with the lowest war spending since 2004, according to an Office of Management and Budget document.
    The OMB also endorses a Navy plan to delay by two years start of construction on the Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. CVN-79 John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier, and provides $508 million to bankroll the new U.S. Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq. OMB said the White House has yet to decide on whether defense civilian employees and military personnel will get a pay raise.
    Defense spending in 2013 would be reduced 1 percent from this year’s pending $525.3 billion budget request before growing annually 1.8 percent in 2014, 2.3 percent in 2015, dropping to 1.9 percent in 2016 and increasing 2.2 percent in 2017, according to the 23-page document, a Nov. 29 OMB “pass-back” budget to the Pentagon. Bloomberg News obtained the document.
    “This is the first time the Obama Administration has proposed a defense budget for the coming year that is less than the previous year,” said Todd Harrison, a defense budget analyst for the non-partisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington.


  43. December 7, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Hi Chips, Congratulations on reaching the 6 million hit milestone. Here’s to many more (raises glass~ yeah I know it is on 6:30am).

    Pres Obama was amazing as usual. Great day !!!!!!

  44. 127 criquet
    December 7, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Congrats on the $6 mil milestone.

    Know what they say about bees to honey- you’re that honey and we’re the bees and hopefully busy ones!

    Great ,great job day in day out and I do believe that you know it is really, really, really appreciated. Thanks so much.
    I can’t comment or visit as often as I would like but it is the first site I come to when I get online.
    Bravo, Ms Chips, onward to 7 mil and more!

  45. December 7, 2011 at 7:21 am

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas Jayhawks basketball coach Bill Self had a chance to talk hoops with Barack Obama during the president’s trip through Kansas on Tuesday.

    Self said he received an email from Obama’s staff inviting him to a speech being delivered in Osawatomie, Kan., a small town about 60 miles from the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence.

    Self initially declined the invitation because of the Jayhawks’ game Tuesday night against Long Beach State, but he wound up meeting Obama before the president delivered a speech that touched on the economy and began to lay the groundwork for his re-election.

    “You know, pretty cool. I don’t suppose he emails everybody,” Self said. “So I emailed back and said, ‘Sorry, I have to respectfully decline. We have a game and we have to practice.’ And they said, ‘Well, you could come to the meet and greet.’ ”

    Obama asked that Self go last so that they could spend a little extra time discussing hoops.

    Obama is a big basketball fan who regularly plays in pickup games, and he’s attended numerous games during his time in office, including a matchup last month between North Carolina and Michigan State that was played on an aircraft carrier in San Diego.


  46. 129 criquet
    December 7, 2011 at 7:33 am


    I don’t go to the Orange site except in exceptional circumstances like when a great friend sent me this link and insisted I read it.
    It was a good one and would be useful in rebutting all those ridiculous claims about the majorities President Obama had and really puts into perspective just how amazing his achievements have been.

    The post was written to call the RNC Chairman out on all of his nasty vile lies and highlight just how bad David Gregory is as well.
    Anyone who still goes there may find it useful.

  47. 130 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Good Morning TODers. Boy o boy do I looooooooooove twitter and my twitter TODers. You people are on fire calling out BS of the GOP. So much fun rebutting and calling out lies with evidence and having those media liars eat crow. 😀

  48. 131 Linda
    December 7, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Good Morning…..

    “You can just hear the GOP’s mind rumbling..­..OSAWA-WH­AT????? OSAWATOMIE­?????

    That sure sounds like a village in Kenya!!! Whattaya mean, Kansas?
    NOOOOOOO – KENYA!!!!!”

  49. 132 desertflower
    December 7, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Morning! I just found this from my readings this morning……wow, what a difference a President and party make…..considering all the judicial nominees that have been blocked for PBO, I found this:

    Speaking of which, your quote of the day: “I can’t thank Jon Kyl enough for making sure the judges I nominate get a fair hearing and an up or down vote on the floor of the United States Senate.” (President George W. Bush, November 28, 2005)

    Jon Kyl….Dick of the Year.

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