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rise and shine

Morning everyone 😉

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196 Responses to “rise and shine”


  1. December 10, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Have a great and productive day…off to work now.

    Peace to all,
    Sue

  2. 3 Marlz (@marjgra)
    December 10, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Good Morning Family . . .
    Have a nice a rewarding day.
    Thank about what our President has said and pass it on!.
    Love you all. . .Marlz

    • 4 Marlz (@marjgra)
      December 10, 2011 at 9:36 am

      THINK and not Thank!
      But THANKS for helping to elect the best President of our generation!

      • 5 Dave
        December 10, 2011 at 9:47 am

        You are right and I don’t know what generation you belong too, but he’s the best in 2 or 3 generations. (Granted we don’t really know what JFK’s legacy would have been.) Just pointing that out since I remember how exciting it was when color TV and pop-top soda cans came out!

        • 6 jacquelineoboomer
          December 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

          And I remember coming home from high school to watch JFK’s humorous press conferences!

          • December 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm

            In my mind, President Obama is the best since FDR. I never thought we’d have another president that I loved as much as President Roosevelt who was, to many of us, like a father, but we did! Two or three generations is right, Dave — Barack Obama could be my son.

  3. December 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Good Sunday Morning TOD Family.

  4. 10 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Here goes Lawrence O’Donnell on Office Politics with Alex Witt on MSNBC saying that the most PBO could get in the 2012 election is 50.1% or 52%. That he can see a Newt Gingrich presidency. Anyone remember his STUPID prediction that Tim “T-Paw” Pawlenty would be the GOP nominee? Sometimes Lawrence is so full of himself that he tends to believe his own bloviated hype. #EpicMediaFail.

    • 11 vero804
      December 10, 2011 at 10:02 am

      That’s just guessing. Anyway, didn’t the president get 53% of the vote in ’08? He sees about a 2-3% decline…wow he’s so brave in his prognosticating….

      • December 10, 2011 at 10:11 am

        Of course, it’s the pre interview with Alex Twat- that is obvious.
        Everyone of her guests have a negative bent towards the President, so before the actual interview, the guest knows the questions and knows what she wants him to say.
        They all do it!

    • 15 Linda
      December 10, 2011 at 10:13 am

      I cannot stand him..

      blah…blah…Me..Me..Me…blah…blah…. I…I…I….blah….blah…blah….

      I know everything cuz I was a go-for ( yeah go for coffee ) in the Senate…..

      I was so great !!!!!

    • 17 criquet
      December 10, 2011 at 10:22 am

      Maybe he wants Gingrich to be the Republican nominee.

      • 18 Desraye
        December 10, 2011 at 10:59 am

        I am glad that the MSM think that Gingrich can win. Remember Newt needs to be the nominee. He will be much easier to beat than Romney. It does not bother me we talking heads said that because it will boost Gingrich ego.I not going to dismissed his analysis about the percentage of votes PBO can get in 2012.The GOP have been busy disfranchised alot people from voting.

    • 19 halo
      December 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Actually I think he’s right. Even with an ECONOMIC MELTDOWN of epic proportions, McCain still got 47%. It’s actually crazy if you think about it.

      • 20 Left-Indie
        December 10, 2011 at 11:29 am

        There we go again beating up on progressive talkers because he said just one thing or another we don’t like. He is absolutely right at any event. Good a president as Obama is, he has economic challenges, unlimmited money to attack him with, squishy liberals that like to have a gunfight in a cirlce, Fox News, un informed independents, Supreme court threatening Health care reform, etc. So, yeah, old Larry is right because he’s basically saying it’s going to be close but that the president will win. Stop beating up on liberal talkers at every chance. It’s counter productive.

        • December 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm

          But – if President Obama has economic challenges, then what are the GOP solutions that would make people vote for them? Every bill they’ve put forward to “address” the economy slaughters the middle class and the poor. They’ve focused on social issues while the country’s been crawling back from the edge. The only thing that would make people vote for these traitors is if they just want the torture to stop, so they give in to the demands, regardless of the certainty that the hostage will most certainly be killed.

          The economy needs improving, but the GOP aren’t the ones to do it. The President is the only one with a plan that actually moves this country forward, and we need to keep telling people that, instead of falling into the “economy is his weakness” trap.

        • 22 utaustinliberal
          December 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm

          Left Indie please quit your faux outrage. It smacks of crap. No one is beating up on “poor helpless liberal pundits.” When they make BS predictions we are well within our rights to call them out. Where the heck have you been these past weeks with Chris Matthews practically shilling for Newt Gingrich. Did you watch the segment where O’Donnell was so smug in his laughable predictions and also smugly proclaiming that voters shouldn’t give President Obama any credit for the economic recovery. I don’t consider Chris Matthews a progressive talker. I consider him as someone who says the most expedient and convenient thing to get ratings. Chris Matthews is not a real progressive. Not after the Bush years and his role as part of the media personalities that coddled Bush and praised his policies. Yes, on occasion, Lawrence gives astute observations but when he peddles BS, we have to call him out. If he is a true progressive or liberal as you assigned him that label, then he should be held up to higher standards and stop behaving in an egotistic know it all manner as though he’s on the ground working day in and day out on the re-election of PBO.

        • 24 bonkers
          December 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

          If these supposed “liberal talkers” are actual Liberals, then what they do 90% of time is what’s truly “counter productive.” Their near constant telling President Obama what he “needs to do” no matter how often they end up being proven wrong, and the fairly frequent anger toward the most Liberally successful President in many generations, hurts what President Obama is trying to do (see 2010 elections and Ed Schultz as example #348).

          Sure, it would be nice to have more of the MegaMedia practicing oh what’s it called….Journalism, that’s it, but in reality, President Obama won in an landslide already with nearly all the MegaMedia trying to make his opponent win and he’s going to do it again, so it doesn’t really matter that much what “liberal talkers” say, and I say they should be held accountable too for all their demonstrably wrong commentary. THEY are the ones who “need to” do things differently, not President Obama and his supporters who are out in their communities making Change happen once again.

        • December 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm

          Whether liberal or conservative, if a pundit says something dumb or wrong, we have the right to call them on it. Do these pundits give President Obama a break when they talk about him? Nope. They dish, they better be able to take it.

      • 27 Lovepolitics2008
        December 10, 2011 at 11:58 am

        yep, we have to acknowledge that fact, even if we don’t like it. The electoral math gave Barack Obama a great victory in 2008, but in terms of the popular vote, the results were disappointing. Given the absolute disaster of the Bush presidency and the weakness of the republican ticket, the gap should have been much wider.

        In other countries like Canada, France, Germany and others, McCain/Palin would have been crushed, creamed, annihilated at least 40/60 or even 35/65.

        The results of 2008 were for me an illustration of how much time and effort is needed to move America towards a progressive agenda. Despite the fact that people agree with liberals on the issues, it doesn’t translate into votes. Years of propaganda and dysfunctional media at work.

        • December 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

          Now, this I agree with. The problem is the electorate and either their ideological bias, or a lack of knowledge of what government does and what it means to be progressive. This is the very thing that makes any progressive candidate limited in their effectiveness, once they get into office. Because public opinion isn’t with them, and it’s very difficult to break through the GOP media gridlock. Even if someone as vocal and passionate about the middle class like Elizabeth Warren gets in, they still battle the same lack of progressive majority thinking that limits their ability to move people. The job is to educate more and more people, so that progressive thinking becomes popular thinking. Without that, then you’re still trying to hold on to only 50%+ of the vote, even despite common sense.

        • 29 Lovepolitics2008
          December 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm

          Replying to myself… One of the numerous things I admire Barack Obama for is how he has brought so many people into political activism, people who had never participated before. THIS is the long term solution for changing America for the better. “Be the change”, he said.

          I hope for the best in 2012, but whatever happens, Barack Obama’s vision will win in the long term. He has energized many people of all ages, and most of all, he has awaken a whole generation not only in his country but in the world. WHY do you think the PTB are SO afraid of him?

        • 30 bonkers
          December 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm

          Uhhhh….what?

          President Barack Hussein Obama won with that name and with his melanin-level by 10 million votes. Historically, that’s considered a landslide.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2008#Nationwide_results

          Canada elected Stephen Harper…France and Germany elected “conservatives,” and what’s the point of making up numbers based upon hypotheticals of other countries anyway?

          Here’s some ACTUAL facts, not OPINION that doesn’t stand up to simple scrutiny, that perhaps Larry O’Donnell could bring up more: President Obama is shattering his fundraising records so far, and the grassroots army he’s mobilizing is much bigger already than it was last time. If one believes that President Obama won by building the largest and most highly-trained grassroots political campaign in the history of the world, as I do, and that army is larger and more skilled than last time, then I’m predicting President Obama is going to win in even a bigger landslide than last time. That’s a “fact” in my mind. Elizabeth Warren is pulling well ahead of incumbent Scott Brown already and Teebaggerz are losing battles all over the country in statehouses.

          Stanley Ann’s son can now point to his amazing record of achievement thus far, as he did the other day when telling the White House Lapdogs to ask bin Laden about appeasement, instead of having to incessantly answer made-up issues like Rev. Wright and William Ayers, and deal with leftover sore-losers from the Dem primary, my facts say that 2012 is looking really good and he’ll win by well over 10 million votes. You’re just going to have to acknowledge the facts too.

          • 31 utaustinliberal
            December 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm

            Thank you so much for this analysis Bonkers. Yes the 2012 elections will be hard. All freaking elections are hard. Why does it seem that people keep forgetting that President Obama is not some wallflower campaigner. Is anyone here forgetting how heavily the odds were stacked against him in 2008? Clinton no matter how much she slipped up, was still a formidable candidate and PBO still came out on top. Look at the slate of GOP candidates. They’re all laughable; and that’s putting it kindly. PBO changed the electoral dynamics in 2008 and I fully expect him to do the same again in 2012; so silly pundits and their “expert” analysis can go suck an egg.

    • 33 anniebella
      December 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Amen utaustinliberal, O’Donnell is the same one predicting Tim Pawlenty to win the GOP nomination.

      • 34 anniebella
        December 10, 2011 at 11:32 am

        The President knows he will be in a battle, but it’s a battle he and we all intend to win. And I can’t and refuse to even think of a President Gringrich.

        • 35 anniebella
          December 10, 2011 at 11:34 am

          I know America has problems, but I don’t think it’s that sick or crazy, not just yet.

          • December 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm

            Beg to differ annieb. The MSM is framing this upcoming election like a football contest between two unbeaten teams. Most of the “games” spectators know very little about the game but love the uniforms, cheerleaders, and half-time performances.
            If people really knew what PBO has done and put in place. It would be a landslide in November. Ask the cancer patient in California wiw.

            • 37 jacquelineoboomer
              December 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

              Great, great summation of where we are. In my heart of hearts, I see a landslide for President Obama – and I’m already celebrating. Then, to keep myself on track, I remember “they” put Bush in office twice.

        • December 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

          Spot on. He knows exactly what he’s up against and what he’s been up against these last four years. Inspite of the constant barrage and what lies ahead, he is ready to fight and we will be here to help him along every step of the way.

          It kills me when people in the media seem to think they know more than the President or more than he and his campaign team. These are the same people that these very MSM people wrote off, laughed at and thought had not a chance against Hillary. They come back and repeat the same nonsense.

    • 40 Obama Grandmama
      December 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Chris Matthews had a be careful what you ask for warning for Dems that thought Newt would be a gift to run against.

      • December 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

        The most common theme I’ve heard from the right about Gingrich is that they think he’s going to devastate President Obama in the debates. They have all sorts of explanations explaining their forgiveness of his past crimes, because they just want someone who will defeat the President in what they think will be a spectacular fashion. When you’re dealing with those who have eschewed facts and suspended reality – they will believe whatever it takes – and that’s what makes Gingrich dangerous.

        • 42 Left-Indie
          December 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

          This is true and maintly relies on his ability to create great sound bites on the spot. He is very good at this. Gengrich is Frank Lantz except meaner. In a debate with the president, it’s a certainty that he would create the sound bites that would make the right salivate. But Obama is better at laying bare the issue little by little until he builds a case that is devasting. Problem is he needs time to do it and debates do offer that.

  5. December 10, 2011 at 9:47 am

    One last comment before I walk out the door. I live in Florida. We have Rick Scott who stole millions from Medicare, got caught, got fined, got everything but jail…we under estimated him and now he is our Governor. Do not think that the electorate is smart enough to cast an intelligent vote. Republicans ran ads AGAINST this man and he still won.

    Now look at the GOP….scares the heck out of me! THE USA elected BUSH TWICE and RICK SCOTT! WE have got to work harder for PBO…this is not going to be easy! Uniformed people vote all the time. Informed voters whine and stay home..2010 anyone?

    • 45 vero804
      December 10, 2011 at 10:03 am

      That always killed me about Scott winning. I am a very partisan voter. I vote straight D even if I don’t know the person. I honestly can say I would abstain from voting if I had a D candidate who was basically a criminal and definitely a fraudster.

    • December 10, 2011 at 10:08 am

      They successfully scared seniors with the hcr law cutting 500 billion in Medicare, and it worked.
      That said, out of 11 million votes, he only won by 60k votes!

      • 47 Left-Indie
        December 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

        This is the point. And sure, they scared the old folks, but the old folks were primed to be scared of this B.Hussien guy anyway. Even now after they found out the healthcare scare is B.S, Obama has very low ratings with the old, white crowd. The poorer they are the worse he does. Go figure.

        • December 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm

          Left- Indie I agree with you sometime we Obama support forget how to think outside the box. It is good to say what If, to keep us on our feet. Not just say Obama got this in every situation. Which is not true, He’s only human, He’s not superhuman, and yes Mitt or Newt can win the Office of the President. Just like Rick Scott and the rest of those mean people won their Office. I don’t think that Obama (got this) all the time, I sometime think he don’t got this,and that is when I work harder for him to win for us, It is really our fight the Nation fight the World fight not just the Democrats and Republicans fight, It is bigger then that. And it scare the hell out of me for our country to have a Republican for our President next year not for my benefit but for the World.

        • 50 Desraye
          December 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm

          Some of it is due to racist.

          • 51 Mae who love our CIC
            December 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

            Desraye I agree. If a hypothetical white male or female was running on the record of President Obama there would not be a discussion. He would not have any opposition. That person would win reelection by default.

            • 52 hopefruit2
              December 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm

              Exactly Mae. Consider for a moment that PBO and Gingrich’s roles were switched. Gingrich was the incumbent who had staved off a major depression, caught OBL, achieved major other foreign policy victories, implemented HCR, and numerous other domestic accomplishments, not to mention an upstanding citizen who embodied “family values”. PBO on the other hand had a record of adulterous affairs, ( including dumping an ailing cancer-stricken wife), displayed excessive materialism in the face of economic recession, not to mention a very problematic political history as house-speaker during the Clinton presidency.

              Do you honestly think that anyone in the media (left or right) would be hailing PBO as a major force against the incumbent Gingrich if their roles were switched in that way?

              • December 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm

                The Gingrich factor is more about the electorate, than the candidate. Those on the right are willing to buy anything to fuel their hate-filled objective to get President Obama out of the White House. That’s what makes this difficult. You only have to read some of these comments on the national newspapers to see that some people are living in an alternate reality. They have rationalized their illogical, fact-free positions, and they cannot be moved. Common sense and logic need not apply.

          • December 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm

            So true even from the democrat, some people don’t want to face that we have racist democrat. Yes some whites voted for obama out of fear of McCain, not because they were OK with a black President, Now some of those same people going to vote for mitt or newt just to get that black man out of the White House, I have stop taking to some white co-worker because they bash obama and every reason they give is bull so i just let them know it not his job performent but his color. They are OK with blacks but not when blacks or overseer of them.

        • 55 Obama Grandmama
          December 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

          Rachel had two women that wrote a book about the Teaparty on talking about their research and that the TPRTY members are supporting Newt due to the fact that they are from his era during his speakership and like his fight. They are mainly older whites. They do not relate to the 99% argument as they do not think the younger people have paid their dues like themselves. They don’t like handouts and want people to have worked and paid into the SS and Medicare not just get it. Atleast that explains why they still want the SS and Medicare but don’t want or care if others get it. Pure spite and selfishness!

    • December 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

      Didn’t he win because there were two other candidates in the race who split the vote against him?

    • 60 Mary Gray
      December 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      You are so right. Most of the electorate really won’t know about Newtie Tooties’s past.

  6. 61 FiredUpInCA
    December 10, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Morning TOD folks. I was over at smartypants and had a great stroll down memory lane — back to April 2010:

    “So lets also look at the presence of a populist message in the midst of talking about deficit reduction. Perhaps folks will remember the important speech President Obama gave last April on fiscal policy. It came just after Rep. Ryan had released his infamous deficit reduction plan.

    “Now, to their credit, one vision has been presented and championed by Republicans in the House of Representatives and embraced by several of their party’s presidential candidates. It’s a plan that aims to reduce our deficit by $4 trillion over the next 10 years, and one that addresses the challenge of Medicare and Medicaid in the years after that.

    These are both worthy goals. They’re worthy goals for us to achieve. But the way this plan achieves those goals would lead to a fundamentally different America than the one we’ve known certainly in my lifetime. In fact, I think it would be fundamentally different than what we’ve known throughout our history…

    More here: http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2011/12/president-obama-has-always-embraced.html

  7. December 10, 2011 at 9:51 am

    GM all.It’s a great day for me today. As part of corporate social responsibility of my company, my family & I have been running a non-profit school entirely financed by my company in a very rural part of India. Our first batch of students passed out two years ago with 100% success, most of them scoring A+ in all subjects.

    I just now received the great news that a totally smart girl student of that first batch (she has been the top ranker of our school from kindergarten to class 10) has been offered an engineering admission in Stanford with 75% scholarship. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. December 10, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Changed the channel to something that would not raise my blood pressure.

  9. 82 carolyn
    December 10, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Congratulations AMK. You are doing something right.
    I consider 2010 a lemming election. You remember lemmings….they are the creatures that will follow their leader off a cliff to their deaths. 2010 was a strange year. The mood was terrible in the country, and many voters vote the mood when an earthquake like that is in progress. I think, and hope and pray that that mood is past. Florida is an object lesson we all need to keep in our minds at all times, but I believe, hope, the electorate has awakened from that nightmare. We know that this election happened because so many Democrats stayed home because the President had not brought their utopia in two years!!! I don’t believe this will happen in 2012.
    Sometimes LOD wants to be clever and cute, and when he does, he comes off stupid. He’s better when he’s not trying.

    • 83 FiredUpInCA
      December 10, 2011 at 10:31 am

      I’ll be honest. The swing voters and self-identified indies of the electorate stress me out on a daily basis. I have no idea how they arrive at their final voting decisions. What did they see in a GOP that ran up astronomical debt with two unfunded wars and a radical unfunded re-working of Medicare? Why did Republicans carry voters over 65 by an 21 points, after they betrayed them with the donut hole-creating Medicare D bill. It did two things these voters are supposedly adverse to 1) created massive federal debt 2) put government hands on their Medicare.

      Why are young more prominently engaged in fighting wealth inequality now, then when financial reform was being debated.

      I don’t get seniors who are uninformed but vote or young people who are informed but don’t vote. The clownfest known as the GOP presidential nominees are certainly frightening, but an unpredictable, self-sabotaging electorate scares me more.

      • December 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

        The political immaturity of voters of the world;s oldest democracy is staggering.

        • 85 Left-Indie
          December 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm

          FiredUp, my heart is heavy on that comment of yours. The uninformed is up for grabs and the Rethugs are better at us on the quick, memorable sound bites. They’re good at the stupid-evil sounds bites idiots will often repeat back to you: Death panels. You’re either with us or against us. Death Tax. Obamacare. Apology tour. Pro life (pro life! this from a group who recently cheered for the death penalty)… Look, Obama is just not the man for this sort of thing, grand speaches are his thing, but by golly can’t we come up with our own Frank Lantz by now? Why are our points not lazer sharp? Why aren’t the Dems singing from the same song? If the president is the leader of the party, he should whip this into shape because, unfortunately, a lot of low-info voters (mostly indies) will wait until last minute and run with the last snapshot in there head.

  10. December 10, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Texas supreme court overture democrats redistricting objection-

    The Supreme Court Friday night blocked a redistricting plan for Texas drawn by a panel of federal judges, putting the justices in the middle of a partisan battle over how the state’s electoral maps should change to recognize the state’s burgeoning minority population.

    Texas had objected to the judicially drawn maps, which analysts said would increase chances for Democrats and minorities, and favored maps drawn by the Republican-dominated legislature. Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) requested the Supreme Court’s intervention; the justices will hear arguments Jan. 9.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-blocks-redistricting-plan-for-texas/2011/12/09/gIQARe4UjO_story.html

    Activist judges, much?

  11. December 10, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Ron Paul is hitting college campuses with his talking points- military is bad, out of Afghanistan now and legalize marijuana.
    Kids will live him.
    Unfortunately, the rest of his policies are garbage and very restrictive towards government and minorities.

    • 90 vero804
      December 10, 2011 at 10:09 am

      I went to a college democratic event at a local private college this week and you are so right – the issue for them is military bad, marijuana good. Interestingly enough, they were asked if they’d support a system where each American had to give 1 year back to the country in the form of military or some other type of service to the country when they got out of high school or college, and no one agreed. I was kind of surprised by that.

      • December 10, 2011 at 11:50 am

        Military Bad; Marijuana Good has been the clarion song of College Kids everywhere since the sixties.

        Ron Paul trolling for supporters on campus isn’t going to help him unless his name is on a ballot.

    • 92 Desraye
      December 10, 2011 at 11:03 am

      This is why some of his supporter are klds. They really don’t know what kind of country we will have if he won. They are naive.

  12. 93 vero804
    December 10, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I had an interesting conversation with someone who works for the state board of elections. He said that there has been a lot of studies, etc. done looking into voter fraud and he said the evidence is just not there to show that voter fraud is a problem. He said this is laughably partisan issue made up from nowhere. We all know that, but it’s always interesting to hear from someone who deals with elections for a living.

    • December 10, 2011 at 10:22 am

      Rev. Al is all over this and is holding rallies throughout country.
      It’s actually a good voting issue!

    • 95 jacquelineoboomer
      December 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      vero – Rev. Al also took down one of the state legislators from Florida this week. The guy admitted that proven voter fraud cases were minuscule. Not that he admitted the new laws were wrong – oh, no – but it was a great takedown for anybody watching.

  13. 96 vero804
    December 10, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I love how deliberate Mitt Romney’s messy harido is lately. He’s trying sooooo hard to be relateable. Poor guy.

    • 97 Britt
      December 10, 2011 at 11:42 am

      The worse thing he has done was act like he flies coach normally. Mitt, we know you are worth hundreds of millions of dollars, he is likely flying private like Oprah and other wealthy people.

      • 98 jacquelineoboomer
        December 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm

        Which is good, in a way, because I wouldn’t want to have him sitting next to me on a cross-country trip.

    • December 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

      Speaking of hairdos; remember John Edwards getting bad press for his expensive haircuts? Mitt doesn’t need to use campaign funds to pay for his grooming, but it’s still fodder for poking fun if it comes out how much he spends to take care of his hair.

  14. December 10, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Congratulations, *amk* 🙂

  15. 101 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Proud of Obama. If you’re on the twitterverse or on TODville Congratulations!!!! You celebrity you. 😉 Your tweet was just read by Alex Witt on Weekends With Alex Witt. Good on you for defending PBO and letting the GOP Media know that there are millions of us out there who have PBO’s back. Your tweet was comprehensive and spot on. You’re 100% right. PBO isn’t afraid of Romney or Newt because they both don’t stand a chance against him in 2012. Baggage much?

    Chips……slowly but surely, we’re making headway. 😀

    • 102 desertflower
      December 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

      🙂 We will have a lot more “stars” here as we all start calling out the lies, en masse. Great news!

    • December 10, 2011 at 10:49 am

      Gracias, UT! As you said, slowly but surely we’re making a difference. I keep saying I’m not going to watch those shows because of the lies, but then I think we have to challenge them as much as we can. And PBO’s supporters are stepping up to do it. We’re tired of them lying about our brilliant President. This morning Chris Hayes allowed fake Buddy Roemer lie and say PBO hadn’t accomplished anything. This makes my blood boil.

      That anyone would suggest the Rs can match PBO is mind-numbing stupid.

      Chips — I have another comment pending because I forgot to sign in. You can just delete it.

      • December 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm

        Way to go Proud!! I missed it. Had to go weeding through your tweets to find it . I turned my TV off after Up with Chris. Thank you for the push back. I love twitter, at least it helps give us a chance to push back. Bravo!!

      • December 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

        Lies about Obama is how they keep their rating, because this upset us, so we watch to see what the next lie going to be, and get upset about that lies and watch some more to see who or what they are saying about Obama. I’m not saying it wrong or right, just saying it the game they play, The boss tell them what to put on and what to say and how to treat Obama, I was told by a former Reporter. They put Al on to be pro Obama so we won’t think they are just like FOX a Obama basher 24/7, only 22/7 the hour of 3:00 – 4 and 6:00-7 are Pro Obama hours the rest is like watching FOX News

        • 106 Lovepolitics2008
          December 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm

          “The boss tells them what to put on and what to say and how to treat Obama, I was told by a former reporter.”

          Dun, I’m not asking for a name but could you tell us if you’re talking about national media?

          Another question: what were the feelings of this reporter about the situation? What are the feelings of other “reporters” ?

          • December 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

            he was a local news reporter years ago in palm beach county florida, Don’t know where he at now, I have not seen him in the News in years. He was not big, They told him where to go and how to report the news even if it was half true, or just trying to spin people opinion on something.

        • December 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm

          ( I was told by a former Reporter) not now but years ago, about the games in News. Sorry I was not more plane. My statement should have been If they did it then they are doing it now, I beleive.

          • December 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

            Sorry for the misspell plain and believe, will try to do better so you can understand my typing. I depended on spellcheck to much in the past.

      • December 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm

        Chris Hayes needs to quit using his show for republicon propaganda. Too many Americans suck up the insane profiteering left and the facist rw talking points as if there were facts involved.

  16. 111 desertflower
    December 10, 2011 at 10:33 am

    This is great news, as Smartypants points out…for the nation, but most especiially for the people in AZ District 1…now represented by Paul Gosar. The idiot bagger that would love nothing more than to drill up 1 million acres of the Grand Canyon for uranium.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2011/12/first-navajo-woman-to-run-for-congress.html To have this woman, represent the people of her district, as the first Native American ever to hold a seat in Congress, representing AZ would go a long way in helping repair AZ, and help promote PBO’S vision for America. I hope that she wins this seat!

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2011/12/first-navajo-woman-to-run-for-congress.html

    • 112 utaustinliberal
      December 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

      What the? That mofo wants to drill the Grand Canyon for uranium? The Grand Canyon? A historical landmark? A historical treasure? There really are cracked in the head people born every minute.

      • December 10, 2011 at 11:06 am

        That fight has been going on for years and our friend McCain has not helped. He has been strangely quiet of late on the issue. He used to be against the drilling — now, who knows.

      • December 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

        It’s because the President put a stop to it, so, naturally- they are against it.

      • 117 desertflower
        December 10, 2011 at 11:37 am

        Oh yes, darlin’! I went to Ben Quayle’s town hall about a month ago, and he brought Mr. Gosar with him to this event….they BOTH think this is such a wonderful “job creating” idea!!!! Imagine, one of the “Wonders of the World” being dug up and made to look like a strip mining operation! WTF? Tourism is a MAJOR part of AZ’s economy. People come from ALL OVER THE WORLD to visit this pllace, yet they think it would be a fabulous idea! These people are nothing more than whores for big corporations. They care nothing for the environment, nothing for rules, nothing for law, nothing for people. (Of course, since corporations are people, we may have a semantics issue) They are toxic.People need to wake up, and wake up fast. That is why we all need to be engaged, speak out, and push back ….not only against the lies, but against the agenda that they have planned for America. It would be unrecognizable if they had their way. Fascism at its finest. A plutocracy at its finest.That is NOT the America I want for me, my children or anyone else’s family. Luckily for us, they have no shame, and as long as they keep opening their mouths to boast,and we keep calling them out, if this works the way I hope it will, the Republican party, in this version of itself, will be wiped out for generations.

  17. 118 Linda
    December 10, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Help !

    Does anyone remember which video has the music from Prince’s ” if I was your girlfriend” playing in the background ? I cannot find it.

    😦

  18. December 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

    George snuffulopagas is moderating the debate tonite.
    Will he ask the GOP why they are not wearing a lapel pin?

  19. December 10, 2011 at 11:47 am

    On Saturday, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden will attend the 112th edition of the annual Army vs. Navy football game at FedEx Field. The President’s departure and arrival on the South Lawn will be open press.

    On Sunday, the First Family, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden will attend Christmas in Washington at the National Building Museum. This event is pooled press.

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2011/12/president_obama_official_sched_781.html

  20. December 10, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Republican Incumbents Out of Touch and Increasingly Vulnerable
    Overview

    The latest Democracy Corps survey of the Republican House battleground shows the incumbents out of touch with their districts, a climate less favorable to Republicans, weakening support and vulnerability to attack. With numbers virtually identical to those of Democratic incumbents leading into the 2010 disaster, the House is surely in play in 2012.
    http://www.democracycorps.com/strategy/2011/12/december-battleground/

  21. December 10, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Anyone else notice the defeaning silence coming from the PLs regarding voter suppression? I mean those who can’t seem to see anything PBO does without whining. Thanks to The Rev. Al, NAACP, Ed Schultz and a few others, we see coverage on this. But I don’t see the same frever with which the axe was being brought down on the Administration for health care.

    Voter suppression is a moral outrage. It is the height of inequality, yet, as PLs run over each other to align themselves with OWS, we hear very little if anything about voter suppression.

    Voting suppression is tantamount to breeding inequality, so where are the firebreathers?

  22. 146 Insomniac
    December 10, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Bonjour, TOD Fam!

    Cruising through my Youtube like list and rediscovered this…http://youtu.be/RGn2ePSboKY and thought I’d share. Took me back and made me smile and remember.

  23. December 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I am so proud today of these women. Two of them are from my native country, Liberia.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/10/world/europe/norway-nobel-peace-prize/index.html

    Liberia has come a long way after decades of a nasty civil war. Liberia was founded by freed slaves from this country and was a tiny paradise on the West Coast until the nasty intrusion beginning in 1980.

    It robbed so many of us of a chance to grow up at home and contribute to society there. Liberians tended to travel abroad to receive higher degrees and return home, very few did not return home. Then with the civil strife, we began to see the greatest exodus ever. Today, thousands of Liberians are scattered all over the globe. As a semblence of peace takes hold, some are returning home, but far too many of us find it difficult to go home. Where do you go to and how do you start all over after spending most of your formative years outside the country. Still, a great number of Liberians are going home, and that’s heartening. I too, hope to go back to Liberia in the not too distant future.

    Congratulations to the women on their achievement.

  24. 148 desertflower
    December 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Read these comments, and keep in mind that these comments ARE FROM REPUBLICANS!! (the ones with brains that actually still THINK!)

    http://www.republicansforobama.org/node/9789#comments

  25. December 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Have to share this email with you guys from my son, who has been an IBEW union member for 24 years, and an Obama supporter, and posts on several blogs:

    Hi mommy (he is 42 :))

    “Shit Romney and Puke Gingrich in a colossal battle for the hearts and minds of the turd party.”

    I think that just about sums it up!

  26. December 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Good Morning TOD family.

    I continue to be impressed and encouraged by stories of OFA volunteers. Here is another story to share

    New Faces at OFA Florida

    When you view the story, click on the image and you will be taken to Flickr where lots of images can be seen.

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/12/new-faces-at-ofa-florida.html

  27. December 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Encouraging story – Occupy teams up with a Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team to save a mans home. Video includes video with homeowner. I believe he may be able to negotiate with the bank and stay in his home. I hope this happens more often – there is so much dishonesty in this foreclosure mess.

    Occupy group finds solidarity with anti foreclosure movement
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/12/occupy-group-finds-solidarity-with-anti.html

  28. 158 jewelz
    December 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Chips—

    Thanks for everything that you do to bring awareness to the great things that are happening in the Obama Administration .

    I also would like to ask if it’s possible for anyone that is good with video editing to make an obamdiary youtube video compilation of all the legislation that President Obama signed into law from 2009-2011. It will be a powerful campaign resourceful video-guide to send to people that are unaware of the great things that this president and the democratic congress did in the face of extreme opposition from republicans and the media. II think that sometimes when people see things visually, it leaves an impact. And we can have every member on this site share the video on facebook, twitter, and other social media. Maybe it can even go viral before the 2012 presidential election. There are millions of people out there who have no clue of things president Obama signed into law that directly impact their lives, and would be a way for us to remind the voters about the exceptional job President Obama has done on behalf of the people. I know Rachel Maddow did a show about this at the end of last year after the DADT repeal, but, I would like us to do one maybe with clips from WHITEHOUSE.GOV, C-SPAN, and other credible news source. Basically the video will include clips of president Obama signing the bill, what the bill means and its impact on the American people etc. I don’t know if you guys are receptive towards the idea, I just thought I might throw it out there. Thanks.

  29. December 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    If anyone has someone in their life with PTSD – this is a story worth sharing. A vet and his dog, the ways the dog has helped this soldier is just amazing. I hope the medical community will continue to use animals for illness instead of medication wherever possible. I know my dog keeps me sane and happy, they just ooze love.

    A Young Vet and His Dog
    http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/12/young-vet-and-his-dog.html

  30. December 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I love this. The CFPB is still functioning and their first offer is a new way to write a credit card agreement: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/credit-cards/knowbeforeyouowe/ Simple, to the point, easy to understand, protects the consumer. Yeah, I can see why the Banks and GOP would be opposed to this.

  31. December 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Hb-194 is officially on the Ohio ballot for November. That will bring lots of democrats to the polls!

  32. December 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Just got called by ofa, wanted to know if I was available to volunteer after Holidays?
    They are doing voter registration drives.
    I said, of course I am available.

  33. December 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Looks like it’s going to be Gingrich winning Iowa and maybe NH.

  34. December 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    More on the nascent Russian Spring. From the BBC:

    Thousands of people have attended the biggest anti-government rally in the Russian capital Moscow since the fall of the Soviet Union.

    As many as 50,000 people gathered on an island near the Kremlin to condemn alleged ballot-rigging in parliamentary elections and demand a re-run.

    Other, smaller rallies took place in St Petersburg and other cities.

    -snip-

    Demonstrations in the immediate aftermath of the election saw more than 1,000 arrests, mostly in Moscow, and several key protest leaders such as the anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny were jailed.

    A message from Mr Navalny was released through his blog, saying: “The time has come to throw off the chains. We are not cattle or slaves. We have a voice and we have the strength to defend it.”

    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has never experienced popular protests like these before, the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg reports from Moscow.

    During his decade in power, first as president then prime minister, he has grown used to being seen as Russia’s most popular and powerful politician.

    But as one of the protesters put it to our correspondent, Russia is changing.

    Story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16122524

    • 169 Desraye
      December 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      People are tired of being of oppressed. They want democracy.

      • December 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm

        And we bring this back to PBO. When he said during his campaign that “the ground was shifting beneath their feet”, he wasn’t just referring to the US political situation. Earlier than any other politician I think he could sense there was a hunger for real political engagement and freedom in the world’s mustier corners.

        • 171 desertflower
          December 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm

          Absolutely.That’s why this must be his fault, too 🙂 People all over the world want the same basic things…the first is not being oppressed. I hope that they make this happen for their country. The world is having a growth spurt.

        • 172 bonkers
          December 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm

          Yes, but John King at TeeNN condescendingly said President Obama has a “long list of failures” in foreign policy. Nevermind little things like the historic Cairo Speech where Stanley Ann’s son was hosted by Hosni Mubarak, and where Our President predicted and encouraged the “Arab Spring” that’s spreading around the world now, including in the US. And outside of Libya, where it is was minimal historically speaking, not a single US bomb was dropped or troop life lost.

          Hey John-boy…if you get a chance to “interview” President Barack Hussein Obama, be sure to ask him about his “long list” of foreign policy “failures.” C’mon Johnny, you can do it! I believe Stanley Ann’s son would have another “Game. Set. Match. Hit the showers – permanently.” moment.
          http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2009/11/obama-on-ali-always-the-champ/1

  35. December 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Ok, this is a very interesting article from BBC News. There’s a wrestling league known as “Lucha Libra USA”, which brings Mexican wrestling to the US. It’s audience, obviously, is mostly Latino. They’ve started hiring Anglo wrestlers, and one of them is known as “RJ Brewer”, who implies he’s the son of Gov. Brewer of AZ. His character is a nativist, anti-immigrant extremist. As the league’s founder says:

    …the goal is to show the cultural reality of the Hispanic community in the US.

    “We want to deal with current matters. We do that all the time. And with each character we try to achieve an effect, get impact.

    “We create characters that have to do with what’s going on in the real world and with the experiences that Latinos have as immigrants.”

    Article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16097158

  36. 177 desertflower
    December 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Head’s up…Arizona trying to poison you 🙂 Why we’re at it, let’s get rid of that useless govt oversight!

    http://www.kpho.com/story/16232779/cilantro-recall-under-way-in-7-states-including-a

  37. 179 desertflower
    December 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    This is funny! (Not) Face the Nation ought to be a real barn burner!

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2011/12/10/sneak-preview-of-yet-another-gop-media-bias-sunday/

  38. 181 jacquelineoboomer
    December 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    *let’s get rid of that useless govt oversight*

    Exactly. As RWNJs would say: survival of the fittest …

    … until one of them gets “salmonella in THEIR herbs.”

  39. 184 Ladyhawke
    December 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    THE BOTTOM FEEDING OF AMERICAN POLITICS

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

    Last night, former Senator Byron Dorgan was a guest on The Ed Show and he totally eviscerated Newt Gingrich. He read from a letter written by the former disgraced speaker where he explained to the GOP the language they should use the describe their opponents and the Democrats. He said they should use words like sick, pathetic, betrayal, anti-flag, anti-American, traitor, corrupt, shame and disgrace. Of course, this language was poll tested. Apparently, many in the caucus said they wished they could speak like Newt.

    Byron Dorgan does a nice job of explaining how obnoxious Newt Gringrich is and why he should be disqualified for running for president in the first place because of that letter. He essentially wrote the book on how to tear down your opponent.

    Howard Dean and Joan Walsh were also interviewed but I found Byron Dorgan’s comments the most compelling. At one point during the discussion he used the term “bottom feeder”. He said Newt’s tactics represented the bottom feeding of American politics. That about sums it up.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/45619938#45619938

    • December 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you for that, Ladyhawke! That’s a keeper. It should be interesting when Pres Obama goes against him or williard, who I think can be every bit as nasty as leroy. In fact, the more I know about the fig the more I think williard is trying to prove he can be just as vicious and vile.

    • December 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      And, here’s a link I found at Political Correction/MediaMatters that includes that letter and a whole history of newt hypocrisy. It’s like going up against the Devil personified and all that entails. It really is Good VS Evil and my money is on Good.

      Newt is a sick, anti-flag, traitor.and just fundamentally an asshole. Anyone can play that game.

      http://politicalcorrection.org/factcheck/201105110003

  40. December 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    More indication that the Internet is ushering in an age of revolution much like the printing press did. From the BBC:

    There are a few other new developments too. This was the final election in which state-controlled still TV has still played a decisive role. Internet penetration in Russia has already grown massively but, by 2016, when the next voting cycle starts, as much as 75% or 80% of voters will have online access.

    Internet access has enabled activists to speak directly to voters disengaged with the political class

    And, although 80% or 90% of users surf the web in search of celebrity gossip, dating or bargains, politically-minded citizens now have a free platform to engage in debates and organise themselves.

    Unmasking the vote-rigging would have been impossible without smartphones, Facebook and Twitter.

    Online activism made offline self-organisation not only possible, but effective.

  41. 188 Ladyhawke
    December 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    You’re A Mean One, Newt Gingrich (VIDEO)

    I suppose if you charge $60,000 per speech, collect $1.8 million from Fannie and Freddie, and have a Bling account of $500K at Tiffany’s, that you might just be a little out of touch with the needs of the poor. However, Newt Gingrich has taken the rich asshole stereotype to new depths. Newtie thinks that child labor laws are “stupid,” that poor kids don’t understand the concept of earning cash unless it’s by illegal means, and that disadvantaged children should be put to work cleaning shitters in their local schools. Doctor Seuss has to be doing a spinning face palm in what used to be his place of rest. Reality has outdone the fertile imagination of the man who created green eggs and ham.

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/12/09/youre-a-mean-one-newt-gingrich-video/

  42. 189 Linda
    December 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    This is what we have heard so far…..

    —-

    Get use to it Libs,

    Sarah will be your president.

    President Donald has a nice ring to it.

    Michelle by a landslide in 2012.

    Perry’s going to win and has the answers to fix America.

    We’ll finally have a real black man as president in 2012.Herman Cain.

    President Mitt will be what America needs; he was a self made business man.

    Newt will crush Obama in the debates and be president.

    ====

    Help!!

    • 190 desertflower
      December 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      I say, let them all move to the colony on the moon (Newt’s idea) and they can have their own little “Garden of Eden” Leave the rest of us the hell alone! problem solved.

      • 191 desertflower
        December 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

        here you go!
        http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2011/12/newt-gingrich

        More troubling for Mr Gingrich’s supporters, at the end of these roads (or, at least, the ones Mr Gingrich chooses to walk down) are big-government solutions. As David Brooks writes today, the candidate “has no Hayekian modesty to restrain his faith in statist endeavor. For example, he has called for ‘a massive new program to build a permanent lunar colony to exploit the Moon’s resources.’ He has suggested that ‘a mirror system in space could provide the light equivalent of many full moons so that there would be no need for nighttime lighting of the highways.'” Practical solutions to America’s problems these are not. But heck, they’re a lot more interesting than, say, putting LED bulbs in street lights. My colleague calls it “brilliant nonsense”. Quite right.

    • December 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      Exactly! At every turn we are supposed to be shaking our knees and that big scary dog turns out be a pint size dog afraid of its own shadow and peeing on itself.

  43. 194 utaustinliberal
    December 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Heads Up TOD: PBO, VP Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden at Army vs. Navy game on CBS right now. PBO just delivered a message to a West Point Cadet.

  44. 196 Linda
    December 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    As soon as the media gets the memo from the Big Money Republican Establishment…they will turn on Newt and he will be toast.


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