rise and shine

12:05: President Obama and Vice President Biden participate in a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews marking the return of the United States Forces-Iraq Colors and the end of the war in Iraq.


Morning everyone, will catch up later 😉


PS Headline of the day?


170 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 dotster3
    December 20, 2011 at 7:43 am

    That is a honey of a photo, to use my dad’s language. (honey of a day, honey of a gal etc.) Beautiful, attention-grabbing pic. Meaningful mission.

  2. 9 Linda
    December 20, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Good Morning.

    I am excited about the ceremony today.

    BTW what is Gallup ? I heard it used to be a very well regarded polling company a looooooooooooooooooong time ago.

    • December 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

      Gallup will sell its soul to the highest bidder. They are coasting now on a reputation that was once built on sound polling, but has long since been degraded by their hunger for cash and desire to push a right wing ideology. When even Rasmussen has better polling, you know Gallup has hit the skids. On a brighter note, maybe the Republicans in Iowa will see these numbers and vote for Newton Leroy. After all, Gallup tells them he polls as well as Romney and they like him better. If that happens, I’ll send Gallup a thank you note.

    • 11 Mel
      December 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

      Whu are they polling? and who are the registered voters? I’am fucking confused the mayority of the
      American people agree with PBO on the AJA and tax cuts for 160 millio americans is the Gullup
      traying to tell us that they will vote REPUBLICAN is the Gullup polling fucking kidding me????? wooow.

  3. December 20, 2011 at 8:02 am

    LOL @ gopolitico/ps headline. A novel way to call a “Tie”.

    Don;t give any more ideas to these muthafukas. They sure will do it.

  4. December 20, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Good morning to all, I mentioned this last night and will repeat my account of a call I received from my repub. congressman, Rep. LoBiondo. It was a message in response to my call to his office. He is not supporting the two month extension because he wants the extension for a year just like the president wants. Of course, he failed to mention the crap he wanted attached to the bill. A group of accountants said there would be problems with the extension and he didn’t like the fee on the Fannie and Freddie mortgages. I read the National Payroll Consortium warned there would be technical difficulties with the extension so the repubs. have latched onto that. I find that nonsense. Anyway I called back and left a message for him stating his reasons were talking points except that I agreed about the fee. There should have been a tax on millionaires instead. I ended by saying it was about time he stood up for the working people of his district and not the rich and the crazy tea party. Bottom line this guy is not a tea partier so if the moderate repubs. think like this, it really is a mess in the house.

  5. 17 Deagara
    December 20, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I woke up this morning watching how Chris Christi was bashing Obama on” Morning Joe” and I thought wait a minute didn’t I see this character before on TCM…..actor Broderick Crawford in “All the Kings Men” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgJC4Pu_tbo. Christi had an opportunity to run for president why now…. Vice President?

    • 18 Bill
      December 20, 2011 at 8:25 am

      Christie was disgusting with no push back from the Morning Joe crew. I doubt if Willard would pick Christie, another NE governor and “non-Protestant”, as a running mate.

      The MJ crew is now sucking up tp Willard. Mika and Joe both told him how much they “loved” his wife and children. I have never heard commentators making such a patronizing comment.

      • December 20, 2011 at 8:37 am

        When these people get so obvious even the slower viewer catches on to the “fix.” Christie does himself no favors by appearing in public. Who wants to hear an ugly, hateful bully spew insults days before Christmas. The Christie mafia-like “persona” might have worked for a brief period in New Jersey, but it’s not that appealing to a wider audience over a longer time. In a nutshell, he gives people the creeps.

      • 22 donna dem 4 obama
        December 20, 2011 at 8:50 am

        Morning Joe is a Republican Talk Show…I expect him to patronize Republicans. He tries to convince his public that he is a moderate and that Mika is to the left of him but in reality she hems and haws and rarely gets a word in inch wise and Joe is a staunch Republican. If he could have his big bud Christie on everyday he would.

        • December 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

          That’s it. He’d be a lot more sympathetic to this President if he was failing miserably. He’s not and it sticks in Joe’s craw. The surprise to me would be if he compliments PBO. What he does every morning is par for the course.

      • 24 anniebella
        December 20, 2011 at 8:57 am

        Bill, Mika and Joe can love who they want. I love our First Family, FLOTUS, Malia, Sasha, Grandma, and Bo.

      • 28 jacquelineoboomer
        December 20, 2011 at 11:11 am

        During the last campaign, MJ and Mika were invited to breakfast prepared by Mrs. Romney. Since I’m sure it was the biggest thing to ever happen in either of their lives, no wonder they feel obligated to support Willard. Grrrr.

        • December 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

          Romney’s trying to charm the press. Last night, I saw a tweet from one of the reporters assigned to his campaign “press detail”, and she was glowing about how he came on the bus/plane and talked to the journalists, and said he would be doing that regularly during the campaign. Over the weekend, another one posted a picture of Huntsman’s wife wearing a football jersey, and the picture looked like it had been taken from inside their house, at a football party. Clearly, their strategy is to wine and dine the media. We even saw one WHPC “reporter” being really disrespectful about Jay Carney having kept them waiting int he briefing room, and threatening to give uneven coverage of the President as a result (as though they’re not already doing that). The press behaves like a bunch of high school kids, seeking to become a member of the popular crowd. It’s disgusting and totally unprofessional.

    • 30 anniebella
      December 20, 2011 at 8:49 am

      Deagara, if Obama is so dam bad why didn’t the big bad ass Christie take him on? When everyone on the GOP side was begging him to do so he chicken out. I never could stand Christie, and I don’t watch Morning Joke either.

      • 31 anniebella
        December 20, 2011 at 8:53 am

        I STOP watching Morning Joke months ago, don’t plan to watch any more, I can’t stand Joe or Mika, any of them.

      • December 20, 2011 at 9:06 am

        Exactly. All the “top tier” Republicans begged off. Why? Because they know this President is nowhere near as weak as the media and these polls try to portray.

      • 34 DD
        December 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

        Anniebella, I’m sorry but you’re missing my point. I’m a huge supporter of the Obamas. Christie performance is all an act, A great impression of Broderick Crawford. It’s all fake. He had a chance to run but he didn’t but why is he now coming out so vicious against Obama when you could barely get him to say anything against our president. That’s the million dollar question.

      • 35 Ahero62
        December 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

        Hear hear Anniebella, I totally agree with you. Christie couldn’t take the President on himself because like most bullies, he is coward and now he pretends to be strong from the sidelines. Thank God I don’t watch morning Joker either!

    • December 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

      Love that movie. Crawford was a force of nature and Mercedes McCambridge also deservedly won an Oscar

    • 37 PoliticalJunkessa
      December 20, 2011 at 10:02 am

      People are still watching this show? 😕

      We’re our own worst enemies I guess, lol…..

      • 38 MsKitty (@michelec64)
        December 20, 2011 at 10:39 am

        I know, right? All they’re saying is a new spin on the same claptrap they’ve been spewing for the last 4 years. Don’t see the point in giving them my eyeballs and raising my blood pressure to boot, but to each their own.

      • 39 DD
        December 20, 2011 at 10:51 am

        I watch Morning Joe because I love politics and love to see Joe’s face when something good is said about Obama. It motivate me face my enemy and force me not to sit on sideline and do nothing to get this president re-elected.

  6. 41 Ceb
    December 20, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Good morning everyone,

    We have been here before (it is getting very old). PBO has this.

  7. 42 a4alice
    December 20, 2011 at 8:17 am

    thanks chips for all you do – I don’t say that enough but I think it. 🙂

  8. 43 LOL
    December 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I am so tired of Chubby Lumpkins (A.K.A) Chris Christie. The only reason is approval NJ is somewhat decent is because he promised not to raise property taxes. Morning Joe should change its name to Morning Republican.

    • 44 Linda
      December 20, 2011 at 8:27 am

      I turned it off as soon as I saw Halperin and Harold…..so that was 1 minute after 6 AM.

      • 45 LOL
        December 20, 2011 at 8:48 am

        I stopped watching months ago…and my mornings have never been better. He is such a bully, no control just spits out whatever is in his mouth. He accused Mika of being in the tank for the prez *eyeroll* And if she were, Joe has been schilling for Huntsman for months. He accuses the prez of not showing any leadership *eyeroll* but leadership starts with your self. Why don’t you show some leadership and exercise restraint from the buffet table? If the media is going to hit Newt for his multiple marriages, we should be able to hit politicians for their less than stellar characteristics. They didn’t mind about going after the prez over his smoking, did they?

        And I’ll leave it Gen McRaven on the Prez’s leadership skills

        About Obama, without a question to prompt him, he waxes lyrical and at length. The planning and decision-making for the bin Laden raid, he volunteers, “was really everything the American public would expect from their national leadership.”

        “The President was at all times presidential,” he says. “I would contend he was the smartest guy in the room. He had leadership skills we’d expect from a guy who had 35 years in the military.”

        • December 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

          Just don’t watch, period. Any time you watch, you are counted in their ratings. Though it doesn’t mean you like their show, in the minds of the media, you support what they are doing. I have not watched their show since early in the 2008 campaign and I am happier for it.

          • 47 anniebella
            December 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

            I’m right with you Jackie. I don’t watch any one show who attacks President Obama, that’s just how I feel. I’m not trying to speak for anyone else.

            • 48 JoJothecat
              December 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

              Someone needs to ask these people who say PBO has no leadership skills, “What are YOUR leadership skills?”, “What leadership skills is the president lacking?”. A friend of mine (who voted for Obama) complained how Bush got everything he wanted through both houses. I reminded him that Bush had both GOP house and senate for six years. When the DEMs took over Bush got a lot of his programs through but the DEMS did not and does not do the things this GOP has done since this President which is STOP governing. There are only threats to shut down the government when there is a DEM President (Clinton & OBAMA) and the GOP uses procedural rules to stop bills from being passed. That is why we should diminish any power the GOP has as far as numbers so the government can run effectively and get money out of the political process.

              • 49 anniebella
                December 20, 2011 at 10:01 am

                JoJo, the Democrats, (most of them) will not play with the welfare of the economy, struggling people, middle class, poor, like these heartless radical Republicans will. Next time your friend bring that up, remind her or him that Bush didn’t have to deal with anything like the Tea Party, and a spineless Speaker like Boehner. Remind her of what McConnell said his only goal was. I would love to talk to your friend because most people with common sense knows that this President isn’t dealing with people with any sense.

          • December 20, 2011 at 9:29 am

            Another day, another “I hate Joe” internet meltdown. It’s the same thing every morning. It used to get better on weekends but now Chris Hayes fills the bill.

          • December 20, 2011 at 10:00 am

            Part of me feels we have to watch to try and counter the lies. Ignoring lies didn’t work for John Kerry. But there may be other ways to affect the show such as boycotting sponsors. I wish we could organize to do this. It worked to get Beck off the air. He lost just about every advertiser and Fox finally had to throw him out rather than continue to lose money.

            We could do this. Starbucks is a major sponsor of Morning Joe. I don’t know why we can’t all boycott and bombard Starbucks with letters, etc. until they act. The key is to not give up until they do.

            • December 20, 2011 at 10:26 am

              Starbucks is not going to boycott Morning Joe when in essence he really hasn’t said or done anything over the top. In other words he has not even approached Glen Beck territory. The most effective boycott would be to stop watching him and watch his ratings go through the basement. As for knowing what the lies are don’t worry about that. You can find them on plenty of blogs, other news outlets (FOX), and Rush Limbaugh. MJ isn’t the source he’s just one of the parrots.

              • December 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

                I respectfully disagree. MJ leads the way with the talking points and should be targeted. He should not be able to get away with blatant lies. And if Starbucks loses money because of him, it would have an effect. Problem is we liberals just sit back and take the garbage that’s thrown at us. We need to stop.

                • December 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

                  No he doesn’t. A guy with an audience of 500,000 is not leading anything. He gets crushed every morning by Fox and Friends. Those are the folks leading the charge when it comes to talking points. As long as he keeps his venom in check Starbucks is not going to touch him. They’ll drop him when his ratings fold like an OWS tent.

                  Nobody sits back and takes anything but getting worked up every morning about some low rated right wing Republican is not helping either. Go after some of the bigger fish like A Rush Limbaugh or Fox and Friends. None of them should be able to get away with those lies but they won’t stop once Joe is gone. Rush gets a bigger audience than Joe will ever dream of and he’s been speweing garbage for years.

          • 57 MsKitty (@michelec64)
            December 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

            Exactly. The network honchos don’t care if you get mad watching as long as you watch. They’re laughing all the way to the bank.

        • 58 anniebella
          December 20, 2011 at 9:02 am

          LOL, I’ll think I’ll send GEn. McRaven comment to Morning Joke and that thing from NJ.

        • 59 hopefruit2
          December 20, 2011 at 9:14 am

          For all the schilling that Joke is doing for Huntsman, he can’t even clear more than 4% in a poll (with the exception of NH where he’s not even in the top 3!).

          Morning Joke=FAIL.

      • 60 dotster3
        December 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

        Halperin should have been at his “beauty parlor”, my mom’s term, demanding a re-do on his bad hair dye job, a ghastly fakey-looking blue-black. Ford had the limo idling out front waiting to take him to the Waldorf for breakfast, had to run into Morning Joke to bash Obama, collect his check, and he would be on his way.

  9. 61 Ladyhawke
    December 20, 2011 at 8:27 am



    Tea Party Republicans Take the Economy Hostage (Again)


    • December 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

      this is the framing we should all use.

    • 63 terim
      December 20, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Is there any way to stop these criminals from recessing and going off to celebrate a happy holiday after devastating the middle class?

    • 64 anniebella
      December 20, 2011 at 9:15 am

      2010, never forget 2010. If people had gotten out and voted we wouldn’t be going through the crap right now. When people say it doesn’t matter if I vote, well when you look at your paycheck, when you see your taxes have gone up Jan. 1st you will see that every vote matter. Remember 2010. Speaker Pelosi would have had things work out by now. That sorry Boehner isn’t worth a penny.

  10. December 20, 2011 at 8:36 am

    The US has been rated as the world’s most charitable country in 2011 by the Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF) World Giving Index, up from fifth in 2010.

    The Irish Republic came second, then Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

    The survey suggested more people were likely to perform charitable acts this year compared with 2010, but less likely to give money.

    The CAF said the “global economic crisis” was the likely reason for the slight fall in charitable donations.


  11. December 20, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Good morning everyone..!!

    FIRED UP…!!

    READY TO GO..!!! 😀

    +############### ++++ +++++###########++

  12. December 20, 2011 at 8:44 am

    DNC Video – Romney on his tax plans for the Middle Class – “Its Not Zero”

  13. December 20, 2011 at 8:55 am

    When the President gets good poll numbers, the very next day a bad one comes in.
    It’s almost like the Republicans make a phone call and are worried about the narrative. Hmmm!

  14. 76 ChristiMtl
    December 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Good morning everyone,

    I was checking this this morning….geezzzzz.

    @politifact PolitiFact
    Our 2011 Lie of the Year: “Republicans voted to end Medicare” bit.ly/sJLpMe

    PolitiFact has chosen the Democrats’ claim as the 2011 Lie of the Year.

    Medicare would remain an entitlement program, but it would also be more costly to future beneficiaries. It would not end,” noted FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker concluded that while there’s “a worthwhile debate” about whether Ryan’s proposal should be adopted, “it is not true to claim Republicans are trying to ‘kill’ Medicare.”

    • 77 jacquelineoboomer
      December 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

      Hey, PolitiFact: I think the phrase most Dems have used is “kill Medicare ‘as we know it,'” which would be correct.

  15. 78 rikyrah
    December 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Monday, December 19, 2011
    Getting Soaked ByThe Free Market
    Posted by Zandar

    The endless drive to privatize public government services is beginning to hit consumers right in the wallet. We’re told by the corporatists that private companies can provide services and utilities more cheaply and efficiently that evil old government. Increasingly, that list of privatized services is including basic necessities like water itself.

    Ask Texas resident Robert White how that’s working out.

    When Robert White opened his water bill last month, his jaw dropped: $250 for a month’s worth of water and sewer service. The 63-year-old construction contractor, who shares a three-bedroom home with his wife in the bucolic Springbrook Centre subdivision, said he likes to keep his lawn green and expects hefty water bills. “I just don’t want to be hijacked,” he said.

    White’s water service is provided by a private utility owned by California-based SouthWest Water Co. LLC. Just across the four-lane Pflugerville Parkway, where White’s neighbors in the Springbrook Glen subdivision — a nearly identical grid of neatly arranged brick-faced homes — get their water from Pflugerville, rates are on average about 60 percent less.

    And White’s bill for water service may nearly double soon, if SouthWest Water gets the latest rate increase it has requested. “I have never felt so helpless,” he said.


    • 79 JoJothecat
      December 20, 2011 at 9:39 am

      Welcome to Corporate owned utilities! He probably complained about all those lazy public workers and private industry would do a better job, blah blah blah….They never thing of the “profit” motivie when they wish for privately run government services. Oh, corporate workers do not work harder than public workers. This is a big myth put out there by fox news and rw corporate america.

  16. 80 donna dem 4 obama
    December 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Support For Renominating President Obama Reaches An All Time High


    The narrative that President Obama is losing the base was debunked by a new CNN poll which found that support for the renomination of the president has tied an all-time high.

    The CNN poll found that overall 81% of those surveyed thought that the Democratic Party should nominate Obama again. Only 18% of respondents thought that the Democratic Party should go with a different candidate. Eighty one percent of both Democratic men and women support Obama running for a second term as the Democratic nominee. Non-white Democrats (84%) supported the president more than white Democrats (78%).

    This poll makes it difficult to make the argument that President Obama is losing the Democratic base, when 84% of Democrats support nominating the president again.


  17. December 20, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Yesterday, I was so upset, as the notary for my refinance for my house came over.
    As he started talking, all hate came out of his mouth towards our President.
    He started giving me a sermon, on ishmail, Isaac and Sarah and how Muslims were a warring faction.
    Then, he did it, he called the President a Muslim. in my home!!!!!

    I could not push back that hard, as I had paperwork I had to sign and date, but I was irate.
    He also tried to tell me, after a little pushback, that he might not be a Muslim now, but he sure acts like it and he sure is not the smartest guy in the room.
    At that point, I was fuming and it just came out- I said, well I would not know, I am nit discriminatory.
    He immediately said, it has nothing to do with discriminatory either you ate a Muslim or you are not.
    Luckily, I finished my paperwork, and I told him I had stuff to do, as he wanted to talk some more.
    Ohhhhhhhhhhh, I am so mad!

    • 86 hopefruit2
      December 20, 2011 at 9:27 am

      Sounds like a bible thumping nut freak.

    • 87 edp4bho
      December 20, 2011 at 9:35 am

      Maybe you should have stopped him at the start by telling him you don’t discuss politics during business matters. And if he could not control himself, then to send someone else to handle the procedure, informing the mortgage company that it looks bad on their part. Just my little 2 cents.

        • 89 JoJothecat
          December 20, 2011 at 9:43 am

          I’d call the mortgage company and complain. If enough people complain maybe they’ll use another company. I am also in the process of refinancing and I tell you if someone like that enters my home I am kicking them out and will call my mortgage company immediately in front of that A-hole. That is very unprofessional, what if YOU WERE A MUSLIM or had family members who were?

          • 90 blondegrrl
            December 20, 2011 at 10:02 am

            Once you get your okay on the refinance and it’s a go – you can call to complain. There is no reason he should be discussing politics in a business transaction. I’d ask if he was representative of the company? I totally agree with JoJo–very unprofessional and possibly unlawful too.

      • 91 Cha
        December 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm

        I know..there could be ways to shut up someone like that “politely”. I would have said.. “I love President Obama”. And, if they continue..I just keep saying that with a smile on my face. I know because that’s happened before. Once In my workplace right after the election. She was a customer so I couldn’t really tell her what a whiny brainwashed b**** she was(I knew her).

    • 92 desertflower
      December 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Call and raise a complaint with the company he works for!

      • 93 a4alice
        December 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

        Yikes Jovie what a fracking drag. I bet it was everything you could do to not throttle the idjit. hindsite is of course 20/20, but if that ever happens to me I’m going to try to learn from your experience and I would try to do what Jo Jo and edp4 said. That’s what I’d try to do…..I don’t know if that’s what I’d end up doing but I’d try.

    • 94 TrumpDog
      December 20, 2011 at 10:38 am

      You should not allowed that bullshit in your home.
      I realize you had paperwork to sign but you should have cut him off when he first started talking. You have rights not to listen to that.

      • 95 jacquelineoboomer
        December 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

        Agree, but sometimes when people aren’t expecting this rubbish to come out of somebody else’s mouth, it’s hard to react immediately.

        I would have just used the “I don’t talk politics” line, in my own best interests, but I also agree that calling the mortgage company after the fact would be a superb idea.

  18. 96 rikyrah
    December 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Almost an A-Plus
    by BooMan
    Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 09:06:12 PM EST

    I don’t like to get my hopes up too much, but even a thirty percent chance of a political settlement with the Taliban sounds well worth pursuing. If Obama can end both stupid wars, in addition to passing the most sweeping health care reform in history and the strongest Wall Street reforms and consumer protections in over half a century, all in one term in office, then we won’t even have to mention the elimination of bin-Laden and Gaddafi or the stabilization of the financial system or the saving of the auto industry or the end of DADT or the non-enforcement of DOMA or the hate crimes bill or the many other worthy achievements he’s already notched on his belt. If he can end both wars without further humiliation, and without endangering our national security, then he deserves a special place in the pantheon of American presidents.

    He’s at least 50% of the way there. As for cleaning up Bush’s mess, he’s doing an outstanding job with less than no cooperation from the Republicans and often not enough help from the Democrats.


    • December 20, 2011 at 9:23 am

      YES! THIS!!! May God continue to bless and guide PO and VPB.

    • 99 Ladyhawke
      December 20, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Truer words were never spoken…


      he’s doing an outstanding job with less than no cooperation from the Republicans and often not enough help from the Democrats.


      That just about sums up the last three years.

      • December 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

        He is an outstanding president. i know it’s apparantly a requirement that liberals acknowledge at least some sort of disappointment with PBO, or at least stress that they don’t always agree with him on every issue, but I really have zero complaints. No disappointments with President Obama at all. I reserve all my disappointment for the Republicans and the Dems that try too hard to act like Republicans. Nothing the President has done has disappointed me. I am very, very appreciative of all he has done, and the thought of some Republican getting in there terrifies me.

        • 101 L3
          December 20, 2011 at 10:53 am

          Thank you. I feel the exact same way. I believe PBO has far more information on all the issues before the country than I do so who am I to second guess or question him on issues I have no first hand knowledge of. It’s because I trust him and truly believe he always has this nation’s best interest foremost in his mind and heart that I believe any decision he makes is the best he can make given the circumstance. Also you never know what he’s working on behind the scenes. No one knew he was working on getting Bin Laden until he was dead.

          • 102 jacquelineoboomer
            December 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

            Thank you, both. I’m with you (not to mention PBO) all the way.

          • December 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

            That’s exactly right. President Obama always looks for long-term results. Everybody else is just looking for results this afternoon. So, they go crazy screaming and yelling, while three months later they all realize he made the right decision all along. I don’t know why they haven’t figured this out yet. But, I’m glad at least some people–all of you here–understand how he operates.

        • 104 Betsy
          December 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm

          I feel the same way. I feel so proud of President Obama and amazed that he has been able to keep on going despite the GOP and so many Democrats who lack the courage to have his back. I would be extremely dispirited, but he just keeps his focus and forges ahead. I admire him wholeheartedly and pray my children will grow up to be excellent human beings like he is. They all admire him and plan to vote for him, so I am very happy.

  19. 105 rikyrah
    December 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Which candidate should answer that 3 a.m. phone call?
    By Eugene Robinson, Published: December 19

    It’s late at night when the phone rings at the White House: Kim Jong Il, the ruthless oddball dictator of nuclear-armed North Korea, is dead. His apparent successor is his 20-something son, about whom practically nothing is known. South Korean officials have rushed to put the nation’s military forces on high alert.

    Do we want Mitt Romney answering that phone call?

    Newt Gingrich?

    We learned Sunday night what happens when Barack Obama is on the receiving end of unsettling news from one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints. There’s a round of consultation with allies, a carefully worded official statement, an assessment of the status of diplomatic efforts to defuse North Korea’s nuclear program — in other words, a cautious and measured response.

    Implicit in Obama’s actions is the recognition that nothing a U.S. president says or does at this moment is likely to influence North Korean events in a positive way. Intemperate words or deeds, however, could be destabilizing at a moment of sudden transition. This is no moment to apply sharp pressure to a hermetically sealed, supremely paranoid regime that considers itself perpetually besieged and happens to possess nuclear weapons.


  20. 107 donna dem 4 obama
    December 20, 2011 at 9:15 am

    John Walsh Speaks Truth To Power….please share this

    • 108 donna dem 4 obama
      December 20, 2011 at 9:23 am

      I don’t usually read the comments on Youtube but most of them seemed positive about this video and this one struck me the most:

      “I’m a fire Captain and our department has cut 5 fire companies. Everyday I pray before going to work for protection from the almighty to see me and my crew home safely. It breaks my heart when there’s a call for a newborn not breathing a block away and a rig has to come from the other side of town. I guess it doesn’t matter until the emergency becomes YOUR emergency. Thank you John for holding on to your values. God Bless”.

    • December 20, 2011 at 9:34 am

      That’s an excellent vid donna that speaks the truth.

    • 110 TrumpDog
      December 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

      This needs to be an ad on TV. What Walsh is saying makes a lot of sense but we are not hearing it. Instead, we get constant right wing bullshit talking points about federal workers taking taxpayer money and using it for their pensions or something.
      People aren’t hearing of the real impact of laying off teachers, firefighters, police etc. And that’s so sad because the lawmakers are fine and sitting pretty while the rest of us feel what their shortsighted and ignorant ideas create.

      • December 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm

        So true – if one thinks about all the good that could have been done with the tax dollars that have gone to either the do-nothing GOP Congress, or the tax cuts to provide “certainty” for the “job creators”, it’s almost enough to make you cry. Teachers could have been kept on the job, fire fighters and police could have had more resources, nurses could have seen more pay for the life-giving care they give. Instead, Boehner plays another round of golf, and a millionaire buys another bauble or yacht.

  21. 112 rikyrah
    December 20, 2011 at 9:16 am

    December 20, 2011 8:00 AM
    Congress’ conservative, convoluted chaos
    By Steve Benen

    Passing a popular, middle-class tax cut really shouldn’t be this difficult.

    Conditions looked pretty good on Saturday. The Senate easily passed a bipartisan compromise for a two-month extension of the payroll tax break, 89 to 10. The White House liked it; House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) liked it; and there was ample room for optimism.

    Then the radicalized House Republican caucus decided to throw a tantrum. As of Sunday night, the New York Times noted that the deal that would send everyone home for the holidays had “given way to chaos.”

    Yesterday, Capitol Hill was even more chaotic.

    House Republicans entered the day with one goal in mind: kill a bipartisan compromise on a middle-class tax cut, the week before Christmas, without looking ridiculous. After days of meetings and delays, a broken promise to hold an up-or-down vote on the Senate bill, and a surprising number of pot shots at their Senate Republican colleagues, the House GOP came up with a convoluted scheme. This accurate description of the new plan is likely to make your eyes glaze over:


  22. December 20, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Kazakhstan is in a state of emergency, as the protesters go wild!

  23. 114 rikyrah
    December 20, 2011 at 9:26 am

    December 20, 2011 9:10 AM

    PolitiFact ought to be ashamed of itself

    The fact-checking website PolitiFact has announced its “Lie of the Year” for 2011. It made a poor, credibility-killing choice.

    Republicans muscled a budget through the House of Representatives in April that they said would take an important step toward reducing the federal deficit. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the plan kept Medicare intact for people 55 or older, but dramatically changed the program for everyone else by privatizing it and providing government subsidies.

    Democrats pounced. Just four days after the party-line vote, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a Web ad that said seniors will have to pay $12,500 more for health care “because Republicans voted to end Medicare.” […]

    PolitiFact debunked the Medicare charge in nine separate fact-checks rated False or Pants on Fire, most often in attacks leveled against Republican House members.

    Now, PolitiFact has chosen the Democrats’ claim as the 2011 Lie of the Year.

    This is simply indefensible. Claims that are factually true shouldn’t be eligible for a Lie of the Year designation.


  24. 120 rikyrah
    December 20, 2011 at 9:34 am

    December 19, 2011
    Boehner’s unruly herd

    Reading what follows lugubrious headlines such as Politico’s “Christmas chaos on payroll tax” reminds one of G.K. Chesterton’s lament — or, knowing Chesterton, perhaps his delight — that “there is never anything new in the news.”

    Yet what a treat at this festive time of year that House Republicans have transformed Chesterton from a stuck-in-the-mud Englishman to an American prophet; that they have taken the merely lamentable and stomped it and pulverized it into a political motto, on which we can all rely, well into the future.

    A year from now, guaranteed, thanks to John Boehner’s unruly herd, I’ll still be sitting here reading about how “The House and Senate are accelerating on a collision course,” how “the House will vote to reject [some other] bipartisan Senate deal,” and that “After such a bitter year on Capitol Hill,” all this squabbling is both deeply regrettable and quite unremarkable.


  25. December 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

    But but but Andrea mitchel said when she was in Darfur the PM told her to get to the back of the bus, then Mrs Greenspan equated this with womens rights, even though, at that time, Darfur was in a civil war, then Andrea wanted us to know she was alone and single handedly sticking up for womens rights in a hostile Country and…

  26. 127 debbyeOh
    December 20, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Good Miss Chips and all the rest of you wonderful TOD family! Thank you all once again for all your sweet birthday wishes yesterday. I love that pic of Marine One over the tree tops! Okay, so let’s saddle up and get ready for the pointless games those looser GOPers will play today. *sigh* How on earth can a sane person vote for those demons?!?!

  27. December 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Seen on Twitter:

    FACT: Kim Jong Il’s oldest son was removed from the line of succession after he tried to sneak into Disneyland in 2001 thkpr.gs/voa0rt


  28. 131 Linda
    December 20, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I am waiting for Chris Matthews to say the same about Speaker Boehner that he says about PBO

    He does not like his job.
    He seems depressed.


  29. 133 Ladyhawke
    December 20, 2011 at 10:27 am



    Rachel Maddow makes it plain. The “Speaker In Name Only” is a total failure. His incompetence and lack of leadership is just breathtaking. Congressman Barney Frank is interviewed. He schools everybody about what is going on in the House Republican caucus.


  30. December 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Former Daily Mirror and News of the World (NoW) editor Piers Morgan is to appear at the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics later.

    Mr Morgan now works for CNN in the United States and will give evidence to the inquiry in London via video link.

    He has previously denied ever hacking a phone, telling someone else to, or publishing a story obtained by hacking.


    Mr Turner, general secretary of the British Association of Journalists, then described a culture of “bullying” at some newspapers.

    If people turned up at News International accompanied by a union rep they would have had their “card marked”, he said.

    He told the inquiry: “I’m ashamed to be telling you this because we are supposed to be living in a free, democratic country but we are not.

    “We are living in a society where people are wage slaves and treated very badly and that’s the circumstance I found at the News of the World.”

    Mr Turner said the News of the World was “unique” in using “phoney” disciplinary issues to force staff out of the paper.


    I hope they nail this thug along with his despicable boss.

    • 136 jacquelineoboomer
      December 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

      Probably Piers will ask his questioners, “What do you think of President Obama?” – and then make a show out of it. Unless he’s in jail.

  31. December 20, 2011 at 10:38 am

    November unemployment rate drops in 43 states-
    Labor Dept-

  32. 141 lovingandlaughing
    December 20, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Good Morning Everyone!

    You know as it tuns out I am really happy the President is in DC still so he can be at the ceremony marking the return of US forces today with VP Biden. I am sure he will be most proud to be there. I do wish him a much deserved private down time to spend with his beautiful family in Hawaii very soon though.

    That pic with the branches/lights and marine one is so great!

  33. December 20, 2011 at 10:44 am

    They are now voting on cspan.
    Meaningless vote.
    Now, to the msm and how they will allow every republican and their mother, to spew talking points…

    • December 20, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Like how Clinton got that shot in saying Gingrich opposed the 93 budget which led to the surpluses but is trying to take credit for what happened afterwards. .

  34. December 20, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Hope this works… Not sure if anyone has seen this yet:

  35. 150 JoJothecat
    December 20, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Yes! Gingrich and the “Contract on america” crowd voted against the budget in 1993 that gave rise to prosperity from 1994 to 1999 that they are always taking credit for.

  36. December 20, 2011 at 10:53 am

    After a much-longer-than-anticipated caucus meeting Monday night, House Republican leaders announced a plan to vote Tuesday to nix a broadly bipartisan Senate stopgap bill to extend the current payroll tax cut for two months. But they won’t be doing this with a standard up or down vote.

    The development comes after House conservatives launched a full scale rebellion against a Senate bill negotiated by Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that passed with an overwhelming 89 votes.

    However House Republicans are aware of the political peril that will come with killing a bipartisan plan to extend the payroll tax cut, and they know they’ll likely be held responsible if the tax holiday expires. So they’re structuring the votes in a manner that’s designed to give their members cover from that charge and, perhaps, preserves their right to reconsider the Senate bill in the coming days.


  37. December 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

    By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 12/19/11 4:41 PM EST
    Americans Elect, the non-partisan group trying to get on the ballot in all 50 states to run a third-party candidate in the general election, says it’s been certified by California to be on the ballot in the Golden State.

    The group filed more than 1.6 million signatures to get on the ballot, a huge feat and one that requires a fair level of organization.

    It’s also the 12th state that the group has gotten ballot access to. AE has been criticized for keeping its donors secret (since it’s a 501c4 it doesn’t have to release them) as it pushes for a more transparent political process beyond the bounds of the two-party system.

    They have been struggling to get media traction, but securing a spot in populous, electoral college-important California may go a long way toward that. 


    Oh boy!

    • 153 Linda
      December 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

      That group will be exposed if they come close to being a threat… I am not worried one bit.

    • 154 Bill
      December 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

      They still must find a candidate anyone gives a damn about.

      • December 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

        Yep. And that candidate has to be someone who actually knows how to campaign. Isn’t this the group that is going to conduct it’s nominating convention online? Yeah, that inspires confidence.

    • 156 AnitaW
      December 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      I’m in California and totally not worried about American Elect. Folks are already getting the word out that they are going to try to split the Dem vote to give Repubs California. Not going to happen.

  38. 157 Linda
    December 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

    WASHINGTON — House Republican leadership is poised to reject a Senate-passed two-month payroll tax extension on Tuesday afternoon, pushing negotiations onto a committee of lawmakers from both chambers.

    But if Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is pinning his hopes for an 11th hour payroll tax cut deal on a conference committee, he is basically alone. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will not appoint conferees, his office stressed again to The Huffington Post on Tuesday morning.

    “[There will be] no negotiations until Boehner follows through and passes the compromise that Senators Reid and McConnell negotiated at his request, and which received 90 percent support in the Senate,” said a Senate Democratic leadership aide. “It’s shameful that he won’t even give it an up or down vote. Hopefully fellow Republicans can prevail upon their wayward colleagues in the House.”

    Asked specifically if that mean Reid wouldn’t appoint conferees, the aide said Reid would not.

  39. 158 Linda
    December 20, 2011 at 11:09 am

    A C-Span listener said minutes ago that he’s been voting Republican since 1980 and he’s disgusted at the GOP obstructin­g everything presented by Obama. He is worried about his party’s “f.a.c.i.s­.t.” ways and will not vote to the GOP again unless it changes it’s ways. The backlash against Republican­s will be in the magnitude never seen before.

    • 159 Ladyhawke
      December 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

      Thanks for your updates Linda. I used to love C-SPAN. I remember when it started with Brian Lamb. I would watch every morning. It was so informative. Brian was a terrific interviewer. But something has happened to C-SPAN. Over the years it seems the haters are the only ones calling into the Washington Journal. With that in mind, it is heartening to hear about this GOP caller. Maybe this latest bit of brinksmanship from the GOP will be the straw that broke the camels back. I am so disgusted with Boehner that I can’t bear to hear his voice or see his face on the tv. He is making a mockery of our democracy. It is infuriating that we are dealing with a two month extension at this late date. Another manufactured crisis compliments of the GOP obstructionists.

      • 160 Linda
        December 20, 2011 at 11:31 am

        Brian Lamb’s show …Q&A on Sunday nights is still a must watch for me. Also Book TV on the weekends.

        • 161 Bill
          December 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

          I was watching a Q&A rerun last night with Brian and Sally Jenkins, a Washington Post sports writer, and Brian asked her if she played sports in college. She answered “no”, saying she smoked back then. Brian then asked her why did she smoke. I cannot think of another interviewer who would ask someone why they smoked. I love his questions from left field.

  40. December 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

    President Obama will call volunteers and caucus-goers in Iowa on the night of this year’s Democratic caucus — and celebrate the anniversary of his 2008 win in the Hawkeye state.

    All eyes, of course, will be on the Republican nominating process, as President Obama is essentially running unopposed for the Democratic nomination. But the president and his reelection team will nevertheless thank the volunteers and party faithful who turned out for the Democratic event.

    “I’ll be dialing in to local caucuses that day to thank you for all the work you’ve done to grow this organization over the last several months, and to speak with you directly about what’s ahead,” the president wrote in an email to Iowa supporters. “When I think back to how we got started, I think about the living rooms and backyards of Iowa.”


  41. 163 dotster3
    December 20, 2011 at 11:14 am

    What America does not need—–Sheri Shepherd sharing her deep thoughts on foreign policy on national TV——re. “people wanting to come kill us”. Ay yi yi. In fact we probably would have been a lot better off without the whole View panel attempting to discuss North Korea. Not their area of expertise. Back to—–was Whoopi’s fart real or not.

  42. December 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I told you it would start. Dome republican immediately gets on tv with his bs talking points.
    Expect 40 million Republicsns on tv spouting bs today!

  43. 168 Dakota
    December 20, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I received this today:

    Great news!
    Over the weekend, the President signed the final funding bill for FY 2012, which was approved by Congress on Saturday. Included in this bill is level funding of $445 million for public broadcasting through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and level funding of $27.2 million for Ready To Learn, which funds public television programming and services for kids. In these tough economic times, these funding levels are a real testament to the vitality of public broadcasting.

    You Did It
    This year’s success in securing funding for local public television and radio stations wouldn’t have happened without you. You called and emailed your Members of Congress, and they responded. They listened to you, one of the 170 million Americans who connect with public broadcasting each month, telling them that local public radio and television programs and services are critical.

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