334 Responses to “a very, very important poll”

      • 3 COS
        December 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm

        Chips, you are so creative. I absolutely love this background and the picture of the leader of the free world in the upper left hand corner:) I am truly in the Christmas spirit now. 馃檪

        • 4 Obama Grandmama
          December 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm

          As I was reading the other post I thought I was having a medical episode as I thought I was seeing spots before my eyes. Then the white spots increased. I went into the poll post next and the spots increased and then made sense. I think it is cure now that I know I am not experiencing an eye problem.

        • 6 Cindy Sweatt
          December 19, 2011 at 2:01 am

          “Very Important Poll” ha ha ha, or should I say ho ho ho. I thought you were going to ask something more important–like where Boner should go for Christmas? I don’t really care just as long as he goes. I truly hope he never comes back. What a great Christmas present that would be. He honestly makes my skin crawl-I am not exagerating.

      • December 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm

        Hey Chips, wha’d’you dothat for? *accusingly *You tampered with the snow! They aren’t dancing with me anymore! You spoiler, you!

        • December 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm

          Yikes, is the snow malfunctioning? It’s still fluffy and white for me, busy here making a nine foot tall Jay Carney.

          • 9 jacquelineoboomer
            December 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm

            馃檪 馃檪 馃檪

          • December 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm

            It’s still white and fluffy, but it only dances with me sometimes now. 馃槮
            Tien Le pointed out on the last thread that if you move your cursor while it’s falling it moves with you, so I had fun dancing with different flakes for a while. I’m trying to get one to twirl in a circle but so far, no luck. 馃槅
            Now (after something you did, I’m sure) it dodges with me sometimes and at others it ignores me! Humpff!
            Nevertheless, thanks for the Christmas reminder. You just might have shamed me into putting up the decorations,,, 馃槈 .. maybe tomorrow.

            • December 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm

              Ha, I only just noticed the cursor thing!

              “I鈥檓 trying to get one to twirl in a circle but so far, no luck”

              馃槅 馃槅 馃槅 馃槅 馃槅 馃槅 馃槅 馃槅

              You’ll end up so dizzy you’ll be ill!

            • 12 Cindy Sweatt
              December 19, 2011 at 1:52 am

              Not getting the cursor thing. Thought it was my computer (now what!) but I really like it.

          • 13 GGail
            December 18, 2011 at 10:57 pm

            Mine even falls from right to left then goes from left to right.

            Makes it kind of hard to gather to make a snowman of any kind 馃檪

          • 14 Sankofa
            December 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

            Yay…..”sticking tongue out”……………

    • 15 desertflower
      December 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      You’re on a roll! Or on the “Sno BALL” !

  1. 16 jacquelineoboomer
    December 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Oh, Chips, please keep the snow! It will help keep us “nice” – not “naughty.” Well, some of us.

    If I could vote twice, I would. But I’m too “honest” for that. Ha!

    • 17 Betsy
      December 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      Yes, me too. How did you do it? I’d love to have that on my desktop.

    • December 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      At first, I thought my monitor was on the blink. Then I remembered what blog I am on. Then, I knew that it had to be chipsticks! Let it snow, let it snow!!!

      I live in Alexandria, VA . A couple of winters ago, when it snowed it was heavy enough to have the trees at the rear of my apartment take the shape of old men walking with their heads down. It looked quite hideous at night looking down from my balcony at the trees.

      I have pictures on my iPhone. If I figure out how to upload them, I would share them.

  2. 20 ChristiMtl
    December 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Please keep it! It’s so festive….I love it

  3. December 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snoooow…lol 馃槅

    路.路Rock Wuz Here.路.

    FIRED UP…!!

    READY TO GO..!!! 馃榾

  4. 23 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Love it!

  5. December 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    when I saw for the first time it put a smile on my face. LOVE IT.

  6. 25 holymoly
    December 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Keep it 馃槅 I thought i needed my eyes checked at first but i like it

  7. 29 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @NancyPelosi Koch servant @SpeakerBoehner will violate Norquist pledge. Dirty oil $$ for the 1% trumps not taxing 160 million Americans.

    And, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow …. 馃榾


  8. 30 ribletsonthepan
    December 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    LOVE IT!!!! Put a big fat smile on my face. We got snow! :-))

  9. December 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    It’s ridiculous that McConnell is coming out to support Boehner not voting on the Senate Bill that got 89 votes in the Senate. Given that wide bi-partisan support there is no way the House should be allowed to not vote on it. For a House bill to have 89% support it would have to get 387 votes.

  10. 35 auni
    December 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    No snow here in SW Washington—-

  11. December 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Ooooh, look what you did! NIce—don’t make me cry.

    • 37 jacquelineoboomer
      December 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      I know what you mean! Adorable. Should help keep us in the spirit of the moment! I’ll try to be good.

  12. 38 jacquelineoboomer
    December 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Way O/T, but it’s the snow! I have a little framed Christmas sampler – a letter to Santa Claus (the spelling is Daniel’s!).

    Dear Santa,

    Mom said I had a begood and I ben tryin. If you see fit I wood like a red drum. Mom says I don’t need one onacount a the nois. but I like one just the same. My lil sister Milly wants a doll she cant rite. I ben real good Santa least I ben tryin.

    Love, Daniel

  13. 48 CEB
    December 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I like the entire holiday look; makes me smile. Let’s keep this or any other seasonal look that your creative mind comes up with. I have always liked the topical decorations on the Goggle home page and this is similar.

  14. 49 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm


    The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary

    For Immediate Release December 18, 2011
    Statement by White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer

    The bipartisan compromise passed in the Senate yesterday received 89 votes, including 39 Republican votes, and Speaker Boehner himself just yesterday called it a 鈥済ood deal鈥 and a 鈥渧ictory.鈥 The near 90 percent approval by the Senate reflected the view by the overwhelming number of Senate Republicans 鈥 as well as Democrats 鈥 that the best way to achieve the President鈥檚 goal of ensuring that taxes were not increased on 160 million Americans as we enter the New Year was to support this bipartisan compromise. If House Republicans refuse to pass this bipartisan bill to extend the payroll tax cut, there will be a significant tax increase on 160 million hardworking Americans in 13 days that would damage the economy and job growth. After months of opposition, we are glad that Republicans were finally showing a willingness to not raise taxes on middle class families. As the President said yesterday, it is inexcusable to do anything less than extend this tax cut for the entire year, and Congress must work on a one year deal. But they should pass the two month extension now to avoid a devastating tax hike from hitting the middle class in just 13 days. It鈥檚 time House Republicans stop playing politics and get the job done for the American people.


    • 50 jacquelineoboomer
      December 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      I like the terminology – “the President’s goal of ensuring that taxes were not increased” …

      He totally seized the issue away from Congress, subliminally keeping it for his goal alone! Good messaging.

    • December 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      I don’t think these releases really have any effect. Pres. Obama will need a prime time address tomorrow once the GOP House plays it’s games. Spell out what the Senate agreed to, and how the GOP House is putting in so many policy riders that have nothing to do with UEI extension or payroll tax cuts, but it’s the GOP backing out of a deal because they were afraid it would help.

      89 Senators, including 39 Republicans voted to pass the 2 month extension and Boehner wouldn’t even put it to a vote because he was afraid it would pass.

  15. 55 rikyrah
    December 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    December 18, 2011 10:15 AM

    Those who deserve 鈥榮corn and disdain鈥

    By Steve Benen

    Facebook Twitter Digg Reddit StumbleUpon Delicious

    With the U.S. war in Iraq coming to its overdue end, it鈥檚 worth noting those who got the policy wrong 鈥 and continue to ignore the error of their ways.

    This week, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), arguably Congress鈥 biggest cheerleaders of this tragedy, delivered a lengthy tirade condemning President Obama for ending the conflict and bringing U.S. troops home, arguing, among other things, 鈥淎ll I will say is that, for three years, the president has been harvesting the successes of the very strategy that he consistently dismissed as a failure.鈥

    That鈥檚 actually backwards. Obama didn鈥檛 dismiss the Status of Forces Agreement reached between the Bush administration and Iraqi officials in 2008; the Status of Forces Agreement reflected exactly what Obama was proposing at the time. Officials in both countries completely rejected the course McCain recommended at the time, and as we now know, that was the right move. It鈥檚 curious that McCain would forget this relevant detail.*

    In any case, the bitter Republican senator added, 鈥淚 believe history will judge this president鈥檚 leadership with the scorn and disdain it deserves.鈥


    • 56 jacquelineoboomer
      December 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      Key words: *the bitter Republican senator*

      • 57 Cha
        December 18, 2011 at 10:59 pm

        And, to be absolutely accurate, Jacqueline, we might as well add LIAR. Poor poor McCain is being scorned and shown disdain Now because he’s just Freaky Idiot. I imagine, joe LIEbermann, is drooling right there beside him.

    • 58 vero804
      December 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      That seems to be an under-reported issue. The SOFA agreement was negotiated and agreed to at the same time the president was campaigning for the same timeline that lo and behold became the agreement between our country and Iraq in 2008. IMO there would be no SOFA in 2008 if it weren’t for the president campaigning on such a timeline.

      • 59 Obama Grandmama
        December 18, 2011 at 7:41 pm

        That’s exactly as I saw it at the time, if it hadn’t been for the President campaigning to end the war in Iraq and all of his opposition against it the Iraqis would have most likely not have brought the idea up.

    • 60 Linda
      December 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      McPow !

      Maliki Votes for Obama

      By Charles Krauthammer
      Friday, July 25, 2008

      In a stunning upset, Barack Obama this week won the Iraq primary. When Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki not once but several times expressed support for a U.S. troop withdrawal on a timetable that accorded roughly with Obama’s 16-month proposal, he did more than legitimize the plan. He relieved Obama of a major political liability by blunting the charge that, in order to appease the MoveOn left, Obama was willing to jeopardize the astonishing success of the surge and risk losing a war that is finally being won.

      Maliki’s endorsement left the McCain campaign and the Bush administration deeply discomfited. They underestimated Maliki’s sophistication and cunning.


      • 61 nathkatun7
        December 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm

        Thanks for sharing this, Linda. It’s really amazing how people like McCain are allowed to re-write history by our so called mainstream media.

  16. December 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Truly it’s more snow than what we’ve got here in MN

  17. December 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Was looking at old vids of Miche when I saw flurries and PBO in a santa cap. Awesome, Chips! Love it, love it, LURVE it!!!!

  18. 68 GGail
    December 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    You make our blog site so very special Chipsticks!



    I LOVE U 馃榾

  19. 69 rikyrah
    December 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Boehner is Still Bad at His Job
    by BooMan
    Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 05:50:20 PM EST

    John Boehner is really starting to take “not very good at my job” to a whole other level. First he has a conference call with his members to praise the deal the Senate reached on the payroll tax holiday extension, and then he declares that he his opposed to the deal. I guess he is basically “Speaker-in-name-only.”

    Mr. Boehner鈥檚 remarks on 鈥淢eet the Press鈥 came less than 24 hours after a conference call in which he tried to sell the package to his rank and file, pointing to a provision that would speed Republican-supported construction of an oil pipeline, known as Keystone XL, from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
    But many Republican lawmakers were not buying what their leader was urging them to do, chiefly because they objected to the tax cut extension鈥檚 cost.

    Mr. Boehner鈥檚 decision to back away from a deal on the payroll tax cut is similar to his actions during debt-reduction talks with President Obama in July.


  20. 75 Linda
    December 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Whoa…..now it is a blizzard…… ( I miss living in the North )

  21. 76 Dudette
    December 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Hey, the snow itself is pretty, but it doesn’t seem to play nice with Vista.

  22. 77 maritza
    December 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Please keep the snow coming!

    In a couple of years if I am stil kicking my vote will be “What snow? I don’t see any.”!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. December 18, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Did you guys see this yet? They hardly waited until the gate swung closed at the border. I swear, religion is the warrior’s best weapon for the millions who choose to use it that way.

    tandmark Mark Manning
    Iraqi president issues arrest warrant for his vice-president on terror charges [from the @jricole blog]: http://bit.ly/sWwqRL

    The minor differences between Shia and Sunni Muslems: http://islam.about.com/cs/divisions/f/shia_sunni.htm

  24. December 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Found this, can’t remember where…………

    Dear Mr. Santa Clause,
    I do not enjoy your line of business. I would Also like to keep this on a professional level. Soon you will be getting a letter from my lawyer. I am filing for a restraining order and i am sueing you for a small some of money. About $5,000,000. I am doing this for the following reasons:
    Trespassing on Private Property
    Identity Theft
    Damage to property
    Breaking and entering
    breaking Curfew Law
    NO flying licsence
    NO Seatbelt (bad influence on the children)
    Breaking the speed limit
    Animal Abuse
    Flipping The bird to an officer

    I hope you can accept this letter before the holidays. The court trial will be held on December 24, 2007 at 6 p.m.. When you get the call from my lawyer he answers to the name of a Mr.Bernstien. (apoligies to Sam Bernstien)

    From your only beleiver.
    Little Joey Bill

  25. December 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Love the snow & the President in his Santa hat… just lovely Chips, well done 馃檪

  26. December 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I DO NOT bring negative articles here. But this one blew my mind. If you don’t want to read it, please don’t.


    • 88 maritza
      December 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm

      Sabeen60, thanks for the link JUST for the record but I am not going to read it either. That is a sick asshole.

    • 89 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      December 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      Our4thEstate Bobfr
      Has Rep Ron Paul requested FBI investigate his supporter calling for assassination of the President & family? tinyurl.com/cxo5oep


      • 90 dotster3
        December 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm

        I saw that you posted that on twitter. That is criminal and outrageous. Shouldn’t this monster racist be in jail? Are Paul and his supporters going to step forward and condemn this fellow Paul fan, and, like you said, ask for a FBI investigation. This is inciting violence against the POTUS and his daughters.

    • 92 Linda
      December 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      I read it….and my stomach flipped.

      One of the posters contacted the Secret Service …they asked for the url and a screen shot.

      Watch…he will claim he was drunk or something. He is a Ron Paul supporter.

    • December 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      Oh boy, Sabreem I ‘d like to see this guy put in a cell and interrogated until his hair falls out. What a filthy little ….

    • 95 desertflower
      December 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      I read it. He’s a failed politician and a Ron Paul Libertarian. People that saw his FB page were outraged and called the SS, who were interested enough to ask for the URL and other identifying info.

      I’ve heard enough excuses in the “But I’m not a racist” to last me the rest of my life . These people make me sick. Dr. Paul what a ugly following you have! Thankfully, there aren’t that many.

      I have no doubt that the SS will be on this…but you may want to forward to the FBI. Just in case.

    • 96 ChristiMtl
      December 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      I’m shaking………disturbing, disgusting…….I’m sick to my stomach

      Facebook faux pas????? they call that a facebook faux pas???….Jail time for this sycko!

    • 97 Sankofa
      December 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      I just called the FBI field office in CA and they referred me to the Secret Service. I told the agent about jules’ threat and the article, told him jules had a FB page but took it down but I could send the article if he needed verification. He asked some more question about what he threatened, said he appreciated the info, they had 1 other report on this and thanked me for calling about it. They ask for your name and number BUT don’t be hesitant to call them. The more people that call, the quicker and harsher will be the punishment. And good ol boy jules needs to be punished. Call them and report him. Go to http://www.secretservice.gov/field_offices.shtml, find your state and call. THIS needs to stop and maybe WE can make ol jules an example. Go, call, the Secret Service is wating…………. Thinking about it, just ONE call, really?……call TODers.

  27. December 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Love the snow!!!!! Keep it. We don’t have enough of it here in MT yet. Thanks for keeping us up on all the news. I am way behind. Too much going on at home. Off to another Christmas Party! Have a beautiful evening everyone!

  28. 100 meabloom
    December 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I Love the snow! My first time ever seeing snow was last since I am originally from the Sunshine State (FL).

  29. December 18, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Meryl Streep is going to be on “60 Minutes”. 馃檪

  30. 102 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 18, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Yo #emoprogs – once again you burned your scalps to a crisp for no good reason – tinyurl.com/7v3fcx4 Lucky you, you’ve got OBAMACAREs


  31. December 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I almost didn’t see the snow. I was hysterically when I saw a smiling President Obama in a Santa hat. LOL!!

    Too cute!

  32. December 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Reading Ed Henry鈥檚 time line because he鈥檚 talking with Boehner鈥檚 aide and Pfeiffer (WH team).

    Boehner鈥檚 aide is claiming that the 2-month deal was heinous. Ed Henry asked if so heinous why did 39 Repubs vote for it. Boehner鈥檚 aide said it was because PBO was demanding to start his vacation now. Henry asks what proof does he have of that. Henry pointed out to Boehner鈥檚 aide that Boehner declared victory in a conference call and the aide says he was only talking about the pipeline. Boehner鈥檚 aide is pretending that they care about 鈥渦ncertainty鈥 and not kicking the can down the road. Pfeiffer reminded them that Repubs didn鈥檛 mind kicking the can on the debt ceiling when they proposed raising it little by little. Henry asked Boehner aide about the pipeline language if they amend the bill. No answer yet.

    In the tweet where Boehner鈥檚 aide is so concerned about 鈥渦ncertainty鈥 I replied that this whole thing is bullshit. The GOP knew this day was coming and that they should pass a clean bill and knock it off.

  33. December 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    How America And The Mainstream Media Got Breitbarted On NDAA
    December 18, 2011By Jason Easley and Sarah Jones

    鈥淎n edited video of Carl Levin claiming that Obama wanted the language in the NDAA caused outrage among many Americans, but the full Levin video reveals the opposite.
    The YouTube video claimed to be proof that Obama is going to sign a citizen imprisonment law:
    However, in the first 30 minutes of the debate Sen. Levin stated that the NDAA provisions do not apply to US citizens:

    Hours prior to the YouTube proof video Sen. Levin stated on the Senate floor that the Obama administration requested that the provision be changed so that it does not apply to American citizens, but he explained the provision wasn鈥檛 changed because it already didn鈥檛 apply to American citizens, 鈥淭he administration officials reviewed the draft language for this provision the day before our markup and recommended additional changes. We were able to accommodate those recommendations, except for the administration request that the provision apply only to detainees who are captured overseas. There is a good reason for that. But even here, the difference is relatively modest, because the provision already excludes all U.S. citizens. It also excludes all lawful residents of the United States, except to the extent permitted by the Constitution. The only covered persons left are those who are illegally in this country or who arrive as tourists or on some other short-term basis, and that is a small remaining category, but an important one, because it includes the terrorists who clandestinely arrive in the United States with the objective of attacking military or other targets here.鈥

    People need to stop believing everything they read from certain pundits and every claim made in a two minute video.鈥


    I will never understand why people have to lie so much and exaggerate when it comes to these issues. The truth is bad enough 鈥 that Republicans have been using spending bills to box in Democrats so they can tie the WH hands on GITMO. detainees and civil liberties. Instead it was ZOMG Imperialist Obama is going to lock up bloggers!!!!

    • 115 Cha
      December 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      At first I read: “How America & M$M Got Breitbart on NDAA”! I thought “Oh GOOD”.. Pay BACK! I bet the Profiteering left were having Cows and Bullshyte over this.

  34. 116 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    December 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @SpeakerBoehner so your #teabagger caucus is about to violate their solemn oath to Lord Norquist & raise taxes on 160 million Americans Hmmm


  35. December 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I voted for the snow, but am not wild about it, simply because I know we’re going to get our fair share of it here in CT, and the older I get, the less I like it. But whatevs.

    I LOVE Obama in the Santa hat. Keep that until Groundhog Day, please!

  36. 119 desertflower
    December 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Isn’t it weird to be guilty of ethics violations…..when you have no ethics to begin with?


  37. 122 isonprize
    December 18, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I like the snow, but it seems to do something odd to my screen. The lower border keeps appearing, going away, then reappearing. You know, the little area at the bottom of the screen that show that a website is loading… Weird. It’s annoying, but I’ll put up with it to see Pres. Obama in his Santa get up!! 馃槅 馃槅

  38. 125 Linda
    December 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Senior Citizen Flash Mob Performs To ‘Last Christmas’ In Lawrence, Kansas Target (VIDEO) Too Cute

  39. December 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Oh what a great intro to the diary. I love. PBO can come down my chimney any time he wants to. Wait, does that sound nasty?
    I just got back from seeing The Help. Viola Davis is stunning. She had better get the best actress with both the Golden Globes and the The Academy Awards.

    Oh god. Those are snow flakes. I thought something was wrong with my computer. Chips you are just the best.

  40. 131 vero804
    December 18, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Ugh…Mark Knoller on twitter is so annoying. POTUS should’ve been in Hawaii on vacation by now, POTUS will be missing a few days of vacation…on and on about POTUS’s vacation like the Congress doesn’t have any vacation plans too.

    • December 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      I keep telling you my friend, he is probably a GW supporter and hated it when we did it to him.
      It’s called revenge. Imagine, the WH press corps has an ax to grind?

  41. 133 auni
    December 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Any news about the First Lady? I assume she arrived safe and sound.

    • 134 susanne
      December 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      aloha from hawaii!
      we haven’t heard anything yet here, but we’re so excited to welcome our beloved first family once again! the weather is sunny, with a few puffy clouds in the blue, blue sky, and a light breeze to cool the 81 deg temp this afternoon. i know they’ll have a relaxing holiday, here where we (too) call them family. just stay out of the surf, though, sasha and malia–it’s awesome big right now!

      • 135 Cha
        December 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

        Aloha from Kauai, susanne~~~ Thank you, susanne, for the weather report. I’m so excited for First Family being together on your Island at this Holliday time. Hope P Obama is able to follow soon.

        • 136 anniebella
          December 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm

          I have been wondering if the First Lady and the girls arrive in Hawaii yet? If they left Saturday they should be there by now,

          • December 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm

            Hi anniebella, I read earlier they arrived, safe and sound.

            • 138 anniebella
              December 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm

              Thank you Chipsticks, that’s all I wanted to know. Now let’s hope and pray President will be joining them soon. I don’t know though, if that crazy Boehner have his way. Don’t Boehner want to go home to his wife and family for Christmas? I imagine she hopes he stays away. I have never seen Boehner’s wife.

  42. 139 halo
    December 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Boehner’s 180 day was why I was so concerned with Democrats going all over TV and twitter saying the deal kills the pipeline.

    • 140 Linda
      December 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      Why can’t they keep quiet….?

      • December 18, 2011 at 8:49 pm

        Because, the likes of Ed Shultz, the young Turks, Keith olberman and Adam greens navy said that Obama caved. So, we all pushed back. And look what happened?
        Hope they are satisfied?

    • December 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      The Dems were all over TV saying the deal kills the pipeline because the liberal blogopshere, emoprogs and even some more reasonable “supporters” were loudly bombarding the intertubes pissing on POTUS and Dems for accepting the 2 month extension w/the language of the pipeline inlcuded.

      Ergo, no whining, no reason to issue statements about pipeline…so how this is totally on alleged “supporters” IMHO.

    • 144 vero804
      December 18, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Yep…I was a little concerned that the House would react negatively to all of the instant “hurrahs” about the pipeline deal being DOA. We’ll see. This whole thing is so much more complicated than it has to be.

    • December 18, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      John Boehner was told this prior to the vote. This is not the Democrats or the emoprogs or the media. This was a public statement made by the State Department. Boehner and his caucus were warned.

    • 146 Betsy
      December 19, 2011 at 12:09 am

      I was worried about the same thing yesterday.

  43. December 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    WH rips Republicans for playing games-


    Hehas tge upper hand again, because the Senate also passed a version overwhelmingly.

  44. December 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    his year, House Republicans made it a top priority to roll back regulations they say are too costly for business. Last week, the GOP won a long-fought battle to kill new energy efficiency rules for bulbs when House and Senate negotiators included a rider to block enforcement of the regulations in the $1 trillion-plus, year-end spending bill.

    The rider may have advanced GOP talking points about light bulb 鈥渇reedom of choice,鈥 but it didn鈥檛 win them many friends in the industry, who are more interested in their bottom line than political rhetoric.

    Big companies like General Electric, Philips and Osram Sylvania spent big bucks preparing for the standards, and the industry is fuming over the GOP bid to undercut them.

    After spending four years and millions of dollars prepping for the new rules, businesses say pulling the plug now could cost them. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association has waged a lobbying campaign for more than a year to persuade the GOP to abandon the effort.


    oh, the schadenfreude.

    • December 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      I absolutely ADORE Frank Schaeffer — he is near the very top, if not the top, of my pundit list. I totally understand his background and love his courage in rejecting it. I wholeheartedly agree with his perspective on the 2012 election — President Obama will roll. I’ve never doubted it. We just need a sane Congress to work with and then the sky is the limit!

  45. 160 donna dem 4 obama
    December 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Good evening TOD Fam…I have be so busy spuring the economy with Christmas shopping and decorating and getting the house ready for next weekend that I have barely had a moment to stop by. Chips the snow and holiday decor is FABULOUS!

    There seems to have been a lot of emoprog drama that I am soooo glad I missed.

    It seems I have a lot of catching up to do. 馃檪

  46. 162 defytheodds
    December 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Al Sharpton Reinvents Himself For His Second Act

    At 57, the Rev. Al Sharpton is a long way from the young, overweight firebrand and street activist, known for his perfectly coiffed ‘do and his closetful of multicolored jogging suits 鈥 the provocateur whom some people wanted dead.

    On a chilly January day 20 years ago, a drunken man with a steak knife stumbled through a mass of protesters in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and plunged it into Sharpton’s chest. The man, Michael Riccardi, said at the time that he thought killing Sharpton would make him a hero in the neighborhood.

    Today he is a lean and dapper multimedia activist, who has carved out a public and political niche that few if any black activists have ever enjoyed. He hosts a daily talk radio show based in New York; leads the National Action Network, a social justice organization headquartered in Harlem that, since its founding in 1991, has seeded chapters in cities across the country, including Washington, D.C., and Atlanta; and more recently, has become the face of the cable news show “Politics Nation” on MSNBC. (He still has the perfectly coiffed ‘do.)


    Sorry it’s from HP. 馃檪

    • 163 isonprize
      December 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      It’s from HP, so I won’t click on it. I’m so suspicious of HP that I figure they will be bashing Rev. Al in 3…2…1…

  47. 164 Pamela
    December 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Well, y’all, and Chips Dear, I really do not see any snow, I thought it was the white spots on the holly leaves, until I started reading….. Maybe it doesn’t show up on iPad?

    • 165 lovingandlaughing
      December 18, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      Yes, no snow on my Ipad either which is okay with me! It is so cold in CT tonight, I don’t need snow to add to the fridge temps! brrrrrrrr.

  48. 167 Cha
    December 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I thought they were falling stars when I first saw them and liked them! Out here in Hawai’i now I’ve forgotten all about Snow. 馃槢
    Thanks Chips for keeping it so Holiday Seasonal & Good Spirits for us!~

  49. December 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    When did snow flakes turn black ?

  50. December 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    (ILIGAN, Philippines) 鈥 As a storm that killed more than 650 in the southern Philippines raged outside the store where she works, Amor Limbago worriedly called home to check on her parents, but their cellphones just kept ringing and later went dead.

    Limbago, 21, rushed home as soon as the flash floods receded and confirmed her worst fear: Her parents and seven other relatives were gone, swept away from their hut by the river. They had eagerly planned a small Christmas dinner in that hut just days earlier. “I returned and saw that our house was completely gone,” a weeping Limbago told The Associated Press from Cagayan de Oro city. “There was nothing but mud all over and knee-deep floodwaters.”


    How could our media miss this?

  51. 175 carolyn
    December 18, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    “A sane and compassionate president is in charge.” Thank you Frank Schaeffer. You stated beautifully what I have been feeling, and know. I , too, believe that in three years time, even the nasty left will see the wisdom of President Obama. His vindication (tothose unwilling now to acknowledge him) will come in his second term.

  52. 176 vitaminlover
    December 18, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I love snow. Last year it snowed here on Christmas day in Alabama. Would love to see more.

  53. December 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    WHOA. Who left the windows open?

  54. 180 ChristiMtl
    December 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I don’t know if it was posted earlier……….this is why I don’t support that movement

    Occupy Activists Stake Camp at Obama Office

    Occupy Des Moines activists on Saturday vowed to shut down President Barack Obama’s campaign offices and set up a camp outside they plan to maintain around the clock.

    “We have every intention to keep this place closed down until we are satisfied,” said Frank Cordaro, an activist and founder of the Catholic Worker group in Des Moines.

    A handful of activists went to Obama’s nondescript office in a downtown strip mall after larger rallies to mark the three-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York. They had hoped to read a statement demanding Obama cut military spending by half and “dismantle our U.S. military empire … so we can create jobs, balance the budget, meet our peoples’ needs here and help the human community to heal our dying planet.”


    • 181 Lovepolitics2008
      December 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      “We have every intention to keep this place closed down until we are satisfied”.

      How democratic. How brilliant. How full of wisdom.


    • 182 Desraye
      December 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Yea , it was mention in the other thread. My response was PBO supporters can meet somewhere else. Someone also said that the MSM could not wait to jump on a story like this because it is something negative about Obama.And as you can see ABC is reporting on it like its really important.

      • 183 isonprize
        December 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm

        Yup, I’m still giving the whole “occupy” movement the side-eye. ‘until we are satisfied’? Who said you get to be satisfied? Satisfied with what? Who died and left you king? Do they think Republicans would do anything for them? I’m sick and tired of their whining…. If they are not talking about occupying a voting booth, then I am DONE with them…

        I know each area has different “occupy” groups, but most seem to be whiny, bratty, self-absorbed complainers.

  55. December 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I like the snow, but it strains my pc a bit so I didn’t vote. Turn up the sound for a dog who looooooves snow!

  56. December 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Here’s a short video of a young man trying to document US post offices before any disappear.


  57. December 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    North Korea’s ‘Supreme Leader’ Kim Jong Il has died …. hmm, wonder what might happen there now? Does his son take over?

  58. December 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Kim Jong Il has passed away.

  59. December 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I’m going to leave a plate of pie on the table for when Santa comes to my house.

    • 201 donna dem 4 obama
      December 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      Pie, Cake and Cookies GF…just sayin!!

      • December 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm

        And maybe a burger and fries!!

      • December 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm

        DD4O, is Mr. DD going to be baking Christmas cake? I have a weakness for homemade cake, and if Meta insists on the pie I just might come by your place instead. Just clarifying my options ’cause I really don’t feel like baking this year, or even putting up the decorations.

        • 205 donna dem 4 obama
          December 18, 2011 at 10:40 pm

          Yes ma’am we discussed the dessert menu today. Pineapple upside down cake, Cheesecake with strawberries and Yellow Cake with chocolate icing. Sorry no fruitcake (I hate fruitcake) 馃檪

          • December 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm

            馃槅 Ooooo, I’s got choices? Hmmmm! Gotta tell Meta I’ll visit her New Year’s D. 馃槅

            You hate the fruit cake made with wine/rum soaked fruits, orange peel, and optional walnuts??!! No sweat, I’ll have your share. The thought alone is enough to make my mouth water. I could eat that alone and ignore the main dishes – which is why I rarely bake it.

          • 207 DreamChaser57
            December 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm

            Oh no, I love fruitcake and so does my Mom. Will anybody stand up for fruitcake!!!!????????? I am starting a fruitcake brigade.

            • December 19, 2011 at 2:54 am

              I shall definitely stand up for fruitcake seeing that we Trinis look forward to the season filled with much traditional christmas goodies and house to house visitations. So therefore, I shall be a slave in the kitchen this week, like most houses in Trinidad, making black fruitcake (the fruits have been soaking with plenty rum/ cherry brandy/sherry), pastelles, garlic pork, ham, turkey, souse; the drinks, sorrel, gingerbeer, and of course ponche -a – creme ( like eggnog but laced with an overabundance of rum). and lots of carols and parang music as the musical atmosphere.

    • December 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      Make sure Santa doesn’t eat it all in case I decide to drop by later.

      • December 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm

        Though I really would prefer Christmas fruit cake instead of pie.

        • December 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm

          I actually had a piece of amazing fruitcake a couple of weeks ago. My friends bought it from the Dominican nuns. Super moist and really great dried fruits and nuts. It’s possible to make great fruitcake!!

          • December 18, 2011 at 11:21 pm

            Yep! It is! Super, super moist! I actually soak my fruits all year in a large glass jar, baking only for Christmas and my birthday, when I feel so inclined. When I don’t feel like baking it myself I can usually guilt my sister into doing it for me ….. if I share my fruits.

  60. 213 collegekay
    December 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Wow bin Laden, Gaddafi, and Kim Jong Il in the same year.

  61. 219 collegekay
    December 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I love the snow Chips, along with PBO’s cute self in the corner. Wonderful.

  62. December 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    U.S. govt. source tonight: “We’re monitoring North Korea very closely”

  63. December 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I know next to nothing about North Koreaan “politics” so I would be interested in hearing what this might mean for North Korea and surrounding areas, oh and America’s “Asian alliances.

  64. 222 donna dem 4 obama
    December 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    The successor:

    Kim Jong-un is expected to become leader of the country after his father. His eldest half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, had been the favorite to succeed, but reportedly fell out of favour after 2001, when he was caught attempting to enter Japan on a fake passport to visit Tokyo Disneyland.[24]

    Kim Jong-il’s former personal chef, Kenji Fujimoto, revealed details regarding Kim Jong-un, with whom he shared a good relationship,[25] stating that he is favored to be his father’s successor. Fujimoto also claimed that Jong-un is favored by his father over his elder brother, Kim Jong-chul, reasoning that Jong-chul is too feminine in character, while Jong-un is “exactly like his father.”[26] Furthermore Fujimoto stated that “If power is to be handed over then Jong-un is the best for it. He has superb physical gifts, is a big drinker and never admits defeat.” When Jong-un was 18, Fujimoto described an episode where Jong-un questioned his lavish lifestyle and asked, “We are here, playing basketball, riding horses, riding Jet Skis, having fun together. But what of the lives of the average people?”[26] On 15 January 2009 the South Korean news agency, Yonhap, reported that Kim Jong-il appointed Kim Jong-un to be his successor


  65. 223 desertflower
    December 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    We’ve talked about the DOJ investigation and report about Joe Arpiao here. I wanted you all to know that another man has dies at the hands of this man and his thugs. An Army veteran. So sad. This place is like a tinderbox right now. The anger is so palpable.


  66. December 18, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Another one bites the dust. He was a weird one. 馃槙

  67. December 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Damn, Republicans are in panic tonight. They are losing many of their foreign boogeymen.

  68. December 18, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Chris Matthews: “Kim Jong-Il is dead. Further proof of how lucky Obama is. This guy!”

  69. December 18, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I hear the son is in his late 20鈥檚. Kinda young to inherit a dictatorship right??? So does the military have behind the scenes controls then?

    I can understand why the Asia markets may be upset, can you imagine someone that young with his hand on a nuclear arsenal?

  70. December 18, 2011 at 11:07 pm

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    鈽 鈽 鈽 <—tiny snowmen

  71. 241 desertflower
    December 18, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    why is my snow not snowing??? Very cute, Tally:)

    • December 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks! It’s the closest I’m likely to get to snow this season. 馃槮

      • 243 isonprize
        December 18, 2011 at 11:13 pm

        Tally, I have to say, I never thought any men of yours would have anything tiny.

        (Sneaking off to make a reservation for a seat on the naughty mat…)

        • December 18, 2011 at 11:22 pm

          HA!!!! It’s okay when you have an ARMY of tiny snowmen.

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          Speaking of Naughty Mat – I’ve add a new crush to my collection:


      • 246 desertflower
        December 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm

        Me too…doesn’t snow in Scottsdale very often 馃檪

    • December 18, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      My guess is that it’s run by FLASH, or HTML5. Probably flash. If yours isn’t the latest that might be the problem.

    • December 18, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      OR – you might not have the available memory to run it. Some people never shut down their computers, so the cache is never cleared, and there’s little mem left to do animations.

      Or do you have a lot of windows/tabs open?

      Try restarting your system, then loading the page. It takes a good 30 seconds for it to start, after it loads the whole page….

      • 249 desertflower
        December 18, 2011 at 11:20 pm

        Not to worry…It was snowing earlier and that made me happy! No…I don’t have memory problems (my computer doesn’t…I can’t promise that I don’t) I’ll check and see tomorrow…no tabs open and I shout down my computer every night. Maybe it will be snowing when I wake up 馃檪

  72. December 18, 2011 at 11:13 pm

  73. 253 desertflower
    December 18, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Oh, the propaganda This on the cause of death from N Korea state news

    .Later Update: The cause of death appears to be a heart attack. From the North Korean state news agency: “[Kim] suffered an advanced acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a serious heart shock, on train on December 17, Juche 100 (2011) for a great mental and physical strain caused by his uninterrupted field guidance tour for the building of a thriving nation.”

    What “thriving nation” was he talking about? S Korea? Good lord.

    • December 18, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      HOLY COW! I hadn’t heard. (I’ve been deep in my own personal Red Tent all day…… 馃槬 )

      Love that I can come here and find out EVERYTHING I need to know on one page!


  74. December 18, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    We need to watch China’s moves closely in the wake on the N. Korea news

    • 256 desertflower
      December 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      I say a prayer for level heads and I thank God that President Obama is sitting in the White House, with VP Biden at his side…..and he is surrounded by smart people. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Cautious time.

  75. 263 collegekay
    December 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Kim Jong-un is only 27.

  76. 271 ChristiMtl
    December 18, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    I saw this on twitter from media matters……not linking it because it’s Politico.

    By PATRICK H. CADDELL and DOUGLAS E. SCHOEN | 12/18/11 10:15 PM EST

    We argued in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed piece that President Barack Obama should stand down and let Secretary of State Hillary Clinton run as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2012.

    We are now calling on Democratic voters nationally 鈥 particularly in New Hampshire 鈥 to organize a write-in campaign for Clinton. This is something that New Hampshire voters have a long history of doing.

    Who the hell are those buffoons? Getting on my nerves….I have to find them on twitter.

  77. December 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    The White House press secretary released this statement about reports of the death of Kim Jong聽Il, North Korea’s longtime dictator:

    ‘We are closely monitoring reports that Kim Jong Il is dead. The President has been notified, and we are in close touch with our allies in South Korea and Japan. We remain committed to stability on the Korean peninsula, and to the freedom and security of our allies.’

  78. 290 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 18, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Is there a link????

    Saturday: N Korea agrees to suspend enriched uranium program in exchange for food aid.
    Sunday: N Korea annouces death of “Dear leader”

    I say yes.

  79. 291 EDP4BHO
    December 18, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Has anyone posted this yet?:


    Let us continue, those of us who do, to pray for PBO and his family. It has gotten to the point of invisioning an all-out race war in this country, and I am none surprised.

    • 292 isonprize
      December 19, 2011 at 12:20 am

      Yeah, and the FBI is on it. What an idiot, I read the article and Manson’s very lame “apology” centered on his use of the word ‘nigger’ NOT on the fact that he had called for the assassination of the President of the United States and called his children monkeys.

      What a hateful, mean, small creature. I won’t call him a man, because he isn’t worthy of the title.

    • December 19, 2011 at 12:25 am

      These so called Christians and family values asshole Repugs are truly something else. Sick motherf$&@ers who can f-ing go straight to f-ing hell. Filthy motherf$&@ing rat bastards!

  80. December 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I believe Kim Jong Il was known to be sick, and his big trip with his son to China last year was a big deal in that it was basically securing Un’s succession to Il, with the son getting China’s ok and support which would stave off any coup attempt against him because China wields a lot of influence and control on N.Korea.

  81. December 19, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Well, since you guys are getting so Christmas-y, you might want to help Norad track Santa to see how close he is with your present.

  82. December 19, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Gingrich Implodes in Iowa

    A new Public Policy Polling survey in Iowa finds Ron Paul has taken the lead in the GOP presidential race with 23%, followed by Mitt Romney at 20%, Newt Gingrich at 14%, Rick Santorum at 10%, Michele Bachmann at 10%, Rick Perry at 10% and Jon Huntsman at 4%.


    • December 19, 2011 at 7:03 am

      Rasmussen has Romney winning that state and Paul is third.

      These polls all have different methodology, none of them are close to each other!

  83. 303 Linda
    December 19, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Good Morning….

    Gingrich is 3rd in Iowa this morning.

  84. 304 Linda
    December 19, 2011 at 6:29 am


    Yippee ! I am ready for the Holidays !!!!

  85. 305 Linda
    December 19, 2011 at 6:36 am

    The image on TIME’s cover 鈥 in which the 99% is unmistakably absent 鈥 is based on a photo of Sarah Mason, a 25-year-old Occupy L.A. activist (and art gallery worker) who was photographed by LA Weekly’s Ted Soqui as she stood in a line, arms linked, during a November 17 protest at Bank of America Plaza.

    The original image, with a vinegar-soaked 99% bandana masking Mason’s face, her eyes focused and determined as she protests corporate greed, has unmistakable intensity and meaning. However, on TIME’s cover, she is reduced to a generic, hybrid graphic that fails to invoke passions precisely because it lacks the specificity of place, the specificity of time, the specificity of motivation, of a cause.

    In short, it lacks the 99 percent.

    Now, the image 鈥 created by Shepard Fairey, the L.A. artist known most notably for his Obama “Hope” poster 鈥 is intended to represent the panoply of protesters across the globe who have risen up this year.

    • December 19, 2011 at 8:40 am

      OWS didn’t come about until mid September. The world and parts of the US have been teeming with protests long before OWS. I don’t understand why anyone is complaining about the cover. Share.

  86. December 19, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Syria has signed an agreement to allow observers to monitor its implementation of an Arab League initiative to end the crackdown on anti-government protests.

    The Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Mekdad, signed the deal at the Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo.


  87. 309 Linda
    December 19, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Obama approval among Democrats:

    Fox = 78
    CBS – 76
    Pew – 79
    CNN – 75
    Rasmussen – 84

    RCP ( Real Clear Politics )

  88. December 19, 2011 at 7:25 am

    While a fractious Republican Party huddles at caucus sites across Iowa on Jan. 3, hundreds of state Democrats will be quietly plotting a path to bring down the eventual GOP presidential nominee.
    The caucus-night effort, orchestrated by President Obama鈥檚 re-election campaign and the state Democratic Party, will take place at dozens of public schools and libraries, community centers and government offices in all 99 counties.
    Organizers say state and local party officials and a designated Obama campaign surrogate will brief volunteers on the field of Democratic candidates and the strategy for winning in 2012.
    A senior member of the Obama campaign 鈥 possibly the President himself 鈥 will deliver a live video message to each caucus gathering over the internet, state Democratic officials said.


  89. 311 maritza
    December 19, 2011 at 7:27 am

    My local news said that donations to Toys for Tots were down 30% from last year. I donated on line to help a little. http://www.toysfortots.org/

  90. December 19, 2011 at 7:30 am

    The House will vote Monday on a Senate-passed payroll tax holiday bill, adding a new twist to a dramatic year-end confrontation with the Senate and President Barack Obama.

    The bill is expected to fail, according to a House GOP leadership aide.


  91. December 19, 2011 at 7:33 am

    10:15 AM
    Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.
    10:45 AM
    Obama meets with senior advisers.

  92. 314 Linda
    December 19, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Ha !…

    Karl Rove is wasting money on Anti-PBO ads about ” Solyndra “

  93. December 19, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Christie books himself on morning jerkoff, after he finds out Romney will be on.
    2 possibilities- 1- he is trying to rescue Romney from a tough interview 2- he is really really vying for that veep spot?

  94. December 19, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Not so fast, Newt Gingrich. A new Rasmussen poll shows the former House speaker sinking below Mitt Romney in the firm鈥檚 latest survey of likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa.


    Obsma campaign knows who will ultimately win. That is why they have tried to define him.

    • 318 dotster3
      December 19, 2011 at 8:10 am

      PPP has Ron Paul leading in Ia. now, 23-20 for Romney. (just as I, the all seeing seer, predicted yesterday after noting the rabid reaction of Paul fans to DMR’s endorsement of Romney). In any case the coordinated media effort to take down Newt worked. A rather frightening prospect.

  95. December 19, 2011 at 7:51 am

    ABC tries to go all Huff PuffPo for the election. This is an ugly mess:


    Our media is a complete and miserable #FAIL.

  96. 321 dotster3
    December 19, 2011 at 8:22 am

    First bit of Obama family vacay news I’ve noticed—-they have really managed to stay out of news range:

  97. 322 a4alice
    December 19, 2011 at 8:26 am

    k i know we’ve all been over this already but was listening to NPR on my way into work this morning and got the run down with the two month extension.

    the extension should be a year. everybody agrees on that but they made it 2 months because then PBO would have to decide on the pipeline. and the reason the pipeline is in there is because Boehner said while they were hashing it out that the house wouldn’t even look at it unless it was in there. so they put it in thinking ‘great it’s going to pass this is what the house wants’. the senate passed it 89 to 10 which is huge bipartisan support. Now that its at the house boehner is all ‘we’re not passing this’ because his own colleagues said no.

    Reid says – too bad I’m not reconvening the senate for you eggheads we put in there everything the speaker said you’d be happy with. you need to pass this bill.

    have i got this right peeps?

    and now today, we should be calling emailing tweeting and faxing people in the HOUSE to pass this bill. Yes?


    • December 19, 2011 at 8:40 am

      My point is this, we have them in a box.
      If tge house does not pass this extension, the party of taxcuts is neutralized.
      This is a very big issue that the media will not tell you.
      The Democrats have the upper hand, mcconell made a mistake by passing the senate version.
      We got them!

      • 324 halo
        December 19, 2011 at 8:43 am

        It’s the reason why McConnell said at the beginning of PBO’s adminstration they wouldn’t vote for anything. Because if they do it’ll be seen as bipartisan.

  98. 325 carolyn
    December 19, 2011 at 8:29 am

    OT good news from my family. I wrote on a previous thread(Friday night or Saturday night) that my husband had a heart attack and was having surgery. I want to report that the surgery was totally successful, and he is coming home today. The doctor is pleased with his progress and he is in no pain. Modern medicine is wonderful. He had two stents put in two of his grafts from bypass surgery in 1989. The third one is totally clear. Today’s experience was so much better than 1989. Great strides have been made since then. My heart is filled with thanks today.

  99. December 19, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Schumer put the blame on Boner, and Reid said if the house kills this deal today, the senate is not coming back.


  100. 333 desertflower
    December 19, 2011 at 8:48 am

    N Korea conducts short range missile test. Really? That’s the first thing that happens when the leader dies? We’re in for a bumpy ride.


  101. December 19, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Jonathan turkey on cspan is talking some major shit.
    Saying that Obama has destroyed civil liberties and that anybody that supports him is a cult and that the libertarians are forced to vote for him.
    No libertarians I know are voting fur the President. Unless, Turley thinks libertarians are democrats?

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