the end

President Obama greets Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, as Deanie Dempsey looks on, during a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base

President Obama salutes from stage as he participates in a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base marking the return of the United States Forces-Iraq Colors and the end of the war in Iraq

A promise kept, back at the White House

156 Responses to “the end”

  1. December 20, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Oh my. Am I first? That’s a first!

  2. December 20, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Good Morning TOD family

    Just catching up on all the posts. I wanted to comment briefly on the tension from last night.

    We cannot control what the MSM. WH Press office, or Republicans do.

    We can only control how we react to their actions.

    I hope we will always choose to react in a way that offers support to each other and attacks the real enemy.

    I also hope we will realize that there can be different approaches to the same situation. For example….. after hearing Rachel talk about Ron Paul, some folks will say “i will never watch her again”, others will defend her, and still others will pushback on twitter, email, or phone. All 3 responses have merit and we need to be able to respect each other as we decide what approach works best for us.

    We also need to avoid making it personal…. If I disagree with your response, I am not criticizing you as a person or as a supporter of the president. I am just stating that your way of dealing with the issue does not work for me.

    With that said I offer this list of options for CALLS TO ACTION for this morning.

    Contact Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and thank them for their courage to stand firm in the face of Republican obstructionism

    If you live in a district with a Republican Congressional representative contact them and let them know how you feel.

    Contact Rachel Maddow with articles about Ron Paul. This can work. Remember how she walked back her comments on how the President didn’t want the NY gay marriage act to pass? We can make a difference.

    On twitter, Facebook, blogs, fax, and email spread around these short and simple phrases.

    Republicans in Congress are holding the middle class hostage
    Republicans don’t support a middle class tax cut
    The Tea Party Rs robbed you at Christmas and Ebenezer Boehner let them do it.

    2 helpful links

    contact congress – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/05/contact-congress-address-phone-twitter.html

    free fax – http://www.gotfreefax.com/

    My final comment is this…….

    We are doing a VERY hard thing. Fighting Republican lies, taking on the media, and choosing hope over fear is TOUGH. We need to forgive ourselves if we occasionally get “crabby”. At the end of the day we are a family and family always hangs together, {{ virtual hug }}.

    • 6 cuphalffull
      December 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Your comment is perfect! It creates a great deal of tension working to stay ahead of the next onslaught. I’ll keep repeating “choosing hope over fear” from now on whenever my stomach knots start up. Thank you. P.S. Your efforts are similar to a website I was directed to at Case Western Reserve Univ. called “appreciative inquiry”. Its powerful.

    • 9 MTmarilyn
      December 20, 2011 at 11:51 am

      WIW, you have put into words how I feel. Thank you. It is so hard right now for us. I do feel the White House needs to be out there more and more Democrats but I have no control over that. All I can do is call, write and twit and other things. Coming to the TOD family helps me realize I am not alone and there are other people out there who feel like I do and are working towards the same end. We may not all do the same thing but that’s okay too. We all care about the country, we love and respect this President and I believe we all have respect and love for each other. I am off to call my Repub congressman Rehberg.

    • December 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      Well said what is working. I always admire the way you steadfastly go about the business at hand, without fanfare, very pro-actively…and you do so much! My two cents is that pro-activity gets us everywhere,whereas negativity gets us nowhere, plus the fact that we quibble everyday about the media,yet we all know already how they behave,no news here,But isn’t it more important that we talk about what we are going to do to fight them, without hostility among ourselves. Plus, when we do it we feel so empowered! let’s press on smartly! Forward!

    • 11 Mel
      December 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      WiW I totally agree with you, we have to focus on who the realy enemies are, we need to respect
      each other anybody reaction are diferent some times when people react to something they do like
      can become counter productive i guess.

    • December 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      G’day all. And a thank you WiW for your wise council. The next time i get revved-up to swim in shark infested waters i’ll think of you and stay in the boat.

    • 13 a4alice
      December 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Linda once again you offer sane, inclusive and constructive action for how to deal with the rare conflict that we experience here at TOD. I will take your advice to heart. thank you

      as soon as i can manage it today I’m going to put to work your suggestions.

      thanks again!!! 🙂

    • 14 nathkatun7
      December 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      ” At the end of the day we are a family and family always hangs together, {{ virtual hug }}.” WIW, Thank you so much for your wisdom!

  3. December 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Now for another story about an OFA volunteer who is making a difference

    Stacy. Franklin and Cahuenga. Chocolate Coconut.

    Just writing that title made me hungry……


    If you are not already an OFA volunteer, please consider joining. Whatever issue is stopping you can be resolved. It feels so great to work on OFA, everyone I have met is warm, friendly, and in line with my values. The biggest plus is that doing something is the best medicine against frustration and worry.

    • 16 JoJothecat
      December 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      WIW, after the holidays I will have a one-on-one with an OFA representative. I am going to get my retired brother signed up to give him something to do. He volunteers at the polling place and would make a terrific OFA volunteer. Thank you for keeping things positive!

  4. December 20, 2011 at 11:52 am

    There’s live coverage too at the Pentagon site:


  5. December 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    If anyone is interested, here is LIVE link to Piers Morgan testifying: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nbc-news-live/45736067#null

  6. 23 dotster3
    December 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Irritating as usual Alex Wagner—–does her dad or uncle own Comcast/NBC? —-would explain her job there—-just read that President Obama would be at Andrews for a ceremony recognizing the return of the FLOG from Iraq—-not a good reader, not a good thinker either. She also added that Obama was supposed to be on the beach in Hawaii now, so it was real lucky that he was around for this event. Yes, thank you nice thoughtful House Teapublicans.

    • 24 Bill
      December 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      She said last week that PBO wanted to get to Hawaii so he could “hula”. When Meghan McCain is on her show the combined IQ is negative.

    • 25 57andFemale
      December 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      Alex is actually a real progressive. She just refuses to play one on TV, which goes to show that these pundits get their marching orders or they don’t have a job. I’ve heard her on Bill Maher and she’s an articulate, passionate progressive, which makes the pandering to Republican memes even more egregious.

      • December 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm

        Once a person crosses a line, it changes them, makes that line much easier to cross the next time. This Alex has crossed a line where she thinks making catty, insulting, derogatory comments about her President is ok, even entertaining. If a person feels they can demean the highest office of the land, and also feel that they don’t need to respect a man who has been nothing but dignified and honourable – then they have lost their core. Alex may be following orders, but she’s prioritized that job over her integrity. And her fawning over Meghan McCain just solidifies my disgust of her and her decision to betray her integrity. She can’t be proud of the work she’s doing.

  7. December 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Windy Power: Putting Turbines Inside Buildings

    Such a cool idea, I just love geeky scientists…… (probably why I married a Biology major that works with computers)


  8. 36 Lize in San Francisco
    December 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Hi, friends — I’ve been reading posts regularly and comments infrequently since my work-life speeded up; de-lurking to report that last night I got a robo-call from a “Draft Hillary in 2012” organization. I was so gobsmacked that I didn’t make a note of the website they mentioned.

    Have other people gotten this message? Have you’all (more than likely) discussed it already? I can’t believe it’s connected with Secretary Clinton directly. But who knew the PUMAs were still out there hunting???

    • 37 jacquelineoboomer
      December 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Apparently, it’s two fools – one is Pat Caddell (sp?) – pushing that. Yes, it was discussed on yesterday’s threads, as others received the robo-calls, too.

      Just crazy people trying to divide Democrats. Pay it no mind – but you might want to get the word out to folks you know, to ignore it.

    • 38 57andFemale
      December 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      That anyone would think Hillary would have been more left than Obama is absurd. The CLintons love to talk like progressives when they are campaigning but have never governed that way — ever. Hillary would ‘kick butt’? And get exactly what? Next to the black guy, Republicans hate HIllary CLinton more than any other living soul.

      • December 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

        THIS. Not a day would go by that one of HRC’s talk tough moments wouldn’t be followed by a Republican implying that she can’t handle the job because she is a woman or on her period, or menopausal or emotional or whatever sickness ails us women folk.

  9. December 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Oh, Chips, another good poll out today. CNN poll just released a minute ago has PBO at 49% approval and beating Romney 52-45.

    And there’s this:

    Obama’s gains have come at the expense of the Republicans in Congress and the GOP in general. By a 50% to 31% margin, people questioned say they have more confidence in the president than in congressional Republicans to handle the major issues facing the country. Obama held a much narrower 44% to 39% margin in March.

    And the GOP’s overall favorable rating has dropped to six points, to 43%, since June, while the Democrats’ positive rating remained steady at 55%.


  10. 48 Linda
    December 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    CNN is up live without audio….Nothing at the Pentagon Channel yet.


  11. 51 dotster3
    December 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Oh no—about every other time I write a comment with a link, it becomes lost in space. What in the world?

  12. December 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Now its being reported that The GOP CONGRESS is going on recess unless the senate comes back. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH WITH THIS BULLSHIT. (excuse my language) I am so sick of this crap. Obama needs to hold a press conference and tell the american people that the HOUSE will be responsible for your taxes going up. He needs to tell the SENATE to stay on vacation and that he will be leaving to go on his hawaill christmas break and if the GOP congress decides to act responsibly than he will return. CALL THEIR BLUFF!! STOP CAVING TO THEM NOW> STAND UP and TELL THEM TO GO TO HELL!!

    • December 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      No worries Kinona, I found your comment. You had a typo in your email address so that’s why it didn’t go through!

    • December 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      Kinona,we are trying very hard to NOT USE words like cave for 2012. Thanks,much.

      • 55 edp4bho
        December 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm

        Thanks Ladyjazz.. That word here should be considered poisonous, not to mention premature, presumptive, impatient, uncourageous, and overall immature.

      • 56 MsKitty (@michelec64)
        December 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm

        Yeppers. Not to pick on people but when I see the word cave used in reference to PBO it takes everything I have not to go off. I’m extremely sick of seeing it.

        Again, not picking on anyone in particular but it’s just not helpful at this point when we all need to be all hands on deck.

    • December 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm


      • 58 L3
        December 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

        Thank you. I was just going to say that. When will people stop telling the POTUS and a grown man what he needs to do. If you must, I would suggest you make your request to whitehouse.gov.

        Also, why is it that everytime the radicals in the house do something stupid, people direct their anger at PBO and the Dems. They are doing the right things for the country. It’s the republicans and people who support them who deserve your wrath.

      • December 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

        Guess we better remove all our OBAMA signs. The President would sure be upset with us if we left them on our bumper stickers. Lack of repsect, ya know. Too snooty to care about re-election.

  13. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Well, I guess if you’re brave enough to go into a war zone, your knees won’t buckle when you step off the plane and have to salute your Commander in Chief, but I’d have to be carried off! Welcome home to our troops!

    • December 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      I was thinking the same thing – the first person you see on US soil is the lovely President Obama! Some of them looked like their knees wanted to fail them. Very nice moment.

  14. December 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD!

    Great Plains snowstorm kills 6, strands hundreds
    December 20, 2011 11:23

    Heavy snow and strong winds swept across the Great Plains Tuesday, causing road accidents and stranding hundreds of pre-holiday travelers.
    “Blizzard and winter storm warnings are in effect for the northern Texas panhandle, the Oklahoma panhandle and much of central and western Kansas,” said the National Weather Service, warning that travel in the region would be “quite treacherous.” At least six deaths had been reported by Tuesday morning, according to the Associated Press.



  15. 66 Dakota
    December 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Hope you all don’t mind me re-posting this from the previous thread…

    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.

  16. December 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Richard Dreyfus provides some food thought about personal responsibility and the state of society…

  17. December 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Nevada Court: ‘Personhood’ measure would limit healthcare access, not just abortion
    Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 7:30 am by Paddy

    Abortion-rights supporters cheered a Nevada judge’s determination Monday that controversial “personhood” proposals would limit women’s access to basic healthcare services. Critics of the personhood approach argue that it goes far beyond abortion, and some social conservatives agree. A judge lent further support to that argument Monday by rewriting a proposed ballot initiative in Nevada.



  18. 70 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Has anyone been paying attention to the floor of the House today? They are voting on “extending payroll tax cut” on C-Span, but all the Dems are voting nay. What did Boehner throw into the mix? Would anyone know the latest? I’m watching/listening to the ceremony and cannot bring myself to listen to C-Span, in place of that.

    • December 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      I believe they’re only voting to send the bill to Conference, which would allow the GOP to avoid registering a “no” vote on the bill, which may possibly pass if voted on today. More games from the GOP. Dems promised to block that vote for conference, and Senator Reid said last night that he won’t negotiate until they pass the two month measure, which Boehner had asked for. It’s about to get interesting…

  19. December 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Gov. Rick Snyder signs bills lowering worker benefits, costs
    Published: Monday, December 19, 2011, 10:08 PM

    Michigan employers are likely to save money on unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation under changes signed into law Monday by Gov. Rick Snyder. Critics, though, said the moves could make it more difficult for injured and jobless workers to get the benefits they need.

    The measures require some unemployed workers to take new jobs after 10 weeks of benefits even if the available work is outside their previous experience or pays lower wages than they were making before. They also make it harder for someone to collect jobless benefits if they’re fired for cause or leave a job voluntarily.

    The new requirements come on top of an earlier law that cuts the length of time that jobless workers can get state unemployment benefits from the current 26 weeks to 20 weeks starting with new applicants in January.



    • December 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      You reap what you voted for. Or did not vote for as the case may be. MI, of all states, voting in a rethug is unpardonable sin and are now paying for it.

      • December 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm

        Anybody heard a peep out of Michael Moore as his home state gets ravaged from within?

      • 77 L3
        December 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

        I live in MI and I could not agree more. I voted and have been voting since I was 18 years old and I just don’t understand people who don’t vote regularly. I will say this the Democrat did not run a particularly great campaign and Snyder ran ads touting him as this friendly, nerdy type, businessman who wouldn’t hurt a fly and some people bought that bs while others did not vote at all. I always vote for the Democrat because I know anything that comes out of a Republican’s mouth is a damn lie.

    • 78 jacquelineoboomer
      December 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      Why don’t we just round up all of our “injured and jobless workers” and take them to an orphanage, because the hateful and disaffected part of the American family has surely deserted them.

    • December 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      It’s infuriating. If these GOP were to enact the same “merit” conditions for their pay and benefits, they’d be stripped naked and marched through the streets.

  20. December 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Rep. Yarmuth Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United |
    By Travis Waldron on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Reps. John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced legislation today that would overturn key provisions of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that gutted campaign finance law and led to a flood of corporate money and influence into American politics, Louisville public radio station WFPL reports. The legislation would amend the Constitution to establish that campaign contributions do not amount to free speech — the key tenet of Citizens United — and would allow Congress to establish a viable public financing system that would be the only source of funding for federal elections. “Until we get big money out of politics, we will never be able to responsibly address the major issues facing American families,” Yarmuth said in a release. “And that starts by ensuring our elections and elected officials cannot be bought by the well-off and well-connected.”


  21. 83 ber6964
    December 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Anyone know which Dems voted with Repugs against the Senate Bill??

  22. December 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    VIDEO: New Iowa Frontrunner Thinks Medicare, Paper Money And Nearly Everything Else Is Unconstitutional
    By Jeff Spross and Ian Millhiser on Dec 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Should the GOP primary electorate ultimately choose Paul as their nominee, however, it would be the clearest possible sign that they want to remake this country into a much meaner and more cruelly indifferent nation than the one nearly all Americans grew up in. Rep. Paul does not simply want to repeal most of the 20th Century, he believes that nearly everything America does is unconstitutional. ThinkProgress compiled video of just a few of Paul’s many claims that basic laws and essential programs violate the Constitution. A short list includes Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal Reserve, income taxes, and even the dollar bill.

    To see the new Iowa GOP frontrunner claim that all of these things violate the Constitution — and to learn which seven cabinet departments he also believes are unconstitutional — watch our video here:



  23. 92 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Loving the tone and heartfelt remarks by Gen. Austin at the ceremony.

  24. 94 Ladyhawke
    December 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    GOP In 2011: Anything But Jobs


    As such, the GOP, particularly in the House, has spent its legislative time on anything and everything but measures to help the struggling economy get back on its feet or to spur job creation. Instead, they’ve introduced bill after bill on hot-button issues, particularly women’s reproductive health; they’ve dragged the economy to the brink of disaster by playing political games with the debt ceiling; they’ve done their best to undermine the social safety net by proposing cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps; and they’ve tried over and over to repeal or deny funding to the landmark Affordable Care Act.



  25. December 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    This is an issue that I care about deeply, and have been trying to enlist family and friends to help out in any way possible. I know that many people are having a rough time in this economy, but you’d be surprised at the little things that can be done to help. The personal circumstances of these children, and their families, are horrible but President Obama is working hard to ensure the eradication of homelessness in this country. What will happen to these children if a Republican wins the White House in the coming election? That thought lingers in my mind and moves me to fight harder…however I’m able to.~

    Homeless Kids in US Number 1.6 Million: Study
    Sourced from Agence France-Presse
    Posted at December 20, 2011, 8:41 am

    Fully 1.6 million children in the United States — one in 45 kids — were homeless last year, living in shelters, cars, abandoned buildings and parks, a study released Monday found. With youth homelessness surging 28 percent since 2007 amid tough economic times, the National Center on Family Homelessness called its study a “call to action for all of us to address child homelessness before we lose another generation.”

    The situation is grim nationally, but even worse in many states. Half of all US homeless kids live in six US states, and among the worst hit of all were Georgia, Alabama and California, the most populous US state. Of the children affected, 42 percent were under the age of six, and a third of them were living with single mothers with chronic illnesses, the study found.



  26. December 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Eric Cantor is now bloviating on MSNBC and blaming the Dems for holding up things. i’m getting ready to shoot the tv.

  27. December 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Vigil in Waco protests immigration detention system, private prisons
    By Teddy Wilson
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    In Waco, a group of activists from around the state gathered to hold a vigil in honor of International Human Rights Day. Bob Libal of Grassroots Leadership told the Texas Independent that they “chose to honor International Human Rights Day by raising awareness about the devastating impact of detention and deportation on immigrants and their families,” said Libal. “Texas has more than 10,000 immigrant detention beds, more than any other state, so we felt the need to do this vigil here in Texas.”

    As the overall prison population has grown in the United States, so has the number of people housed in private prisons. According to the Justice Policy Institute’s analysis of federal statistics, the number of people in privately-run prisons has increased by 353.7 percent since 1996. A significant portion of the private prison population is undocumented immigrants who are being detained, while their cases move through the immigration system.

    Read more: http://www.americanindependent.com/207198/vigil-in-waco-protests-immigration-detention-system-private-prisons

  28. December 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Fact Sheet and Overview
    September 08, 2011

    What Others Have Said About a Payroll Tax Cut for Businesses:

    *The Congressional Budget Office estimates that an employer payroll tax cut is one of the most effective job creators. (January 2010).

    *The National Federation of Independent Business has said that a payroll tax holiday for small businesses “would … [help] struggling businesses reduce costs… Eliminating the payroll tax can reduce unemployment and keep people working during a period of slowed economic growth. ” (April 2009).

    *In 2010, fifty House Republicans – including Michelle Bachmann and Select Committee on Deficit Reduction member Jeb Hensarling – co-sponsored legislation to halve employer- and employee-side payroll tax cuts, and expand allowances for business expensing, along the lines of the President’s plan.

    *Senator Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said he would “probably be for” an employer-side payroll tax cut (June 8, 2011).



  29. 104 Ladyhawke
    December 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Jay Carney is at the podium.

  30. December 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    WUH? Here we go with the GOP pulling out the tired “communism” charge as a defense. Pssstt…Mitt, the Cold War Era no longer exists. Try again!~

    Romney: If You Don’t Like Bain Layoffs, Go Back To Moscow
    Benjy Sarlin December 20, 2011, 11:46 AM

    Mitt Romney, under fire from his Republican rivals for laying off workers as CEO of Bain Capital, says critics of his jobs record are flirting with communism. “If someone thinks they can find a way that every enterprise that one invests in becomes… all are successful, why they’re not living in a free enterprise system, they’re living in a system like the old Soviet Union where the government insists that everybody adds employment every year and ultimately the economy suggests that the people become poorer,” Romney said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday. “I believe that free enterprise works and that the other models have been proven to be failures time and time again, and I was surprised to have Newt Gingrich pick up the story line that came from Barack Obama and the DNC and go on the attack against free enterprise.”



  31. 108 nintendowii10
    December 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Can’tor is talking tough because I read rumors that he might be considered for VP.

    • 109 jacquelineoboomer
      December 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm


    • 110 Bill
      December 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      From a political decision it would make no sense. He is very unlikeable, and his only base comes from the “the young guns” or whatever they call thermselves…

    • December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      This may be another reason why Cantor is talking tough…

      E. Wayne Powell, 7th Congressional District of Virginia: I plan to take my campaign directly to the people, and my fight directly to Mr. Cantor who keeps himself as far away as he can from those he is supposed to serve. My ultimate goal is to try to help him fulfill his pledge “to fix Washington…” In my view, and I believe the majority of the voters of the 7th district, “fixing” Washington, would be in large part accomplished by defeating Eric Cantor. But I cannot do this alone. I need your help and money to compete with his machine.


  32. December 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Who Protects Info You Give To Offshored Call Centers?
    Written by: David Johnson

    Today many call-center jobs are being moved out of the country to India and the Philippines. This costs American jobs, and can be very frustrating to consumers who have to speak to people who they cannot understand because of language problems or cultural differences. The The U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act gives consumers the right to ask where the person they are speaking with is based, and ask for an American-based representative instead.

    Not JUST Jobs Lost — Data Privacy Is Lost, Too The Communications Workers of America today released a sobering report detailing the linkage between the off-shoring of call center jobs and a range of serious negative effects on U.S. consumers and job seekers, including placing consumers’ personal information at risk. Key findings of the report include:



  33. 113 Linda
    December 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Small Biz Owner In Walker Ad Actually a Billionaire Outsourcer, Member of China Business Council

    “Chris” is Chris Rebholz, owner of TriStar Products, a company specializing in outsourcing jobs to China. TriStar Products makes all of the useless items you see on TV infomercials…and they make them in China. In fact, Rebholz likes working with China so much that he is on the China Business Council.

    The problem with being a 1% flunky is that you only gain support from the 1%, leaving 99% of Wisconsinites wondering if their Governor has their best interests in mind. Having a billionaire who has made his money outsourcing jobs to China does little to strengthen Walker’s case. But hey, Walker and Rebholz are a match made in Heaven. After all, Rebholz is familiar with recalls, too. In 2007 his Hulk Hogan Ultimate Grill was recalled for being a fire hazard.

    • 114 anniebella
      December 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      Did you hear that stupid ass question from that stupid witch Nora O”Donnell. I wish these fools would understand that this President is fighting for the American people, not himself.

    • 115 nintendowii10
      December 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      And you wonder why Walker only refers to these puppets in his ads by their first names.

  34. 116 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    MoveOn is claiming they need to raise $400K by the end of the year to keep afloat.

    That’s one more time I’d really like to see the cash given to homeless people. They’re too inconsistent (in their full support for President Obama) for me. I realize, however, that sometimes they do good stuff.

  35. 117 24Sass
    December 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Love the pic from today PBO welcoming troops home. The MSM is ignoring this. It’s a BFD.

  36. 118 lovingandlaughing
    December 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Ahhhhh, PBO takes the podium!!!!!!

  37. 119 Linda
    December 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Realclearpolitics.com Caught Manipulating Polls


    Sorry for the Kos link…..but they were the ones who caught Gallup manipulating the polls last year and also sued Research 2000 (who used to do their polling for similar reasons )

    We cannot trust the polling services or companies at all.

  38. 120 Ladyhawke
    December 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    POTUS just walked into the briefing room.

    • 121 lovingandlaughing
      December 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Great isn’t it? You can tell he is bringing his experience from the ceremony he just attended welcoming home the troops into his words right now.

  39. December 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Guess what? Doug Scohen works for Americans ELECT AS A SENIOR ADVISER.

    Now it’s all starting to make sense!

  40. December 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you, Eclectablog and The People’s View!~

    Pres. Obama signs Executive Order establishing a National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security
    Posted by Eclectablog at 9:36 AM| Monday, December 19, 2011

    This morning, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security. You can read the Executive Order HERE (pdf) and the comprehensive plan itself HERE (pdf). This is the part of the Executive Order that is most compelling for me:


    I’m particularly enamored of these parts: The goal is as simple as it is profound: to empower half the world’s population as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence and insecurity. Achieving this goal is critical to our national and global security (from the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.)

    The U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security embodies and sets forth the United States’ commitment to ensuring that women around the world play an equal role in promoting peace and achieving just and enduring security. Today and in the years to come, the Obama Administration dedicates itself to bringing the ideas behind the National Action Plan to life in pursuit of this essential goal (from the Fact Sheet.)

    This is more than just words or simple pandering to a specific group. This meaningful action and the Obama administration is to be commended for it.

    Read more: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2011/12/pres-obama-signs-executive-order_19.html

  41. 127 dotster3
    December 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Good for Tamron Hall, who horrible Jack Kingston called Tam RON, for blowing up at the Repub congressman when he said we should forget about all the accusations about Repubs playing politics, that we should mix up some egg nog, put in the movie “It’s a Wonderful LIfe” and enjoy!
    Who cares about dumb tax hikes on the middle class? Unbelievable, these Repubs. They are repugnant.

    • 128 nintendowii10
      December 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      On the Fox video I posted above, Gretchin is ranting and raving about the payroll tax cut and how it should create jobs. Forget the fact that she said NOTHING about the Bush tax cuts, this is a free $1000 to help families during a time when the economy is beginning to recover. Who would have thought that the hard right would finally find a tax cut they opposed?

  42. December 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    The Republicans are hitting the airwaves.

    No democrats after Schumer made an appearance at 8 am!

    It is so predictable and sad!

    • 130 nintendowii10
      December 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Why should they? The media caters to Republicans anyhow. I’d rather stick to the Dems appearing on CSPAN and making local media appearances where their message won’t be distorted by corporate MSM noise.

    • 132 dotster3
      December 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      You’re right about that—-other than President Obama, it’s all Republicans on the airwaves. Here’s Boehner with his weak excuses.

      • 133 nintendowii10
        December 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

        The Repubs are in damage control mode. They know that President Obama is calling them out for playing political games as opposed to helping the American people.

        And Orange Boner? I expect him to weep and give a slurred response about how it’s all Obama and Reid’s fault.

    • 134 halo
      December 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      This is what I meant yesterday. The Dems have to hit hte airwaves with FORCE and REPEAT the fact that Dems alreayd negotiated a deal. It can’t always be PBO doing it all by himself!

    • 135 halo
      December 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      You saw Chris Cilizza today try to say “Why don’t you just come back to the table?” Steny Hoyer hemmed and hawed. JUST SAY WE GAVE CONCESSIONS ALREADY. THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE TIME LEFT!

      • 136 L3
        December 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm

        That is what he said. I saw that interview.

        • 137 TrumpDog
          December 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

          Yep. Hoyer kinda grimaced and then laughed, like “is this guy serious”. Cilliza is a clown talking about “why won’t the two sides work together”. What the fuck? That’s what Dems have been doing and have gotten hammered by the left because of it!@

          I’m so sick of the “both sides” bullshit. 🙄

  43. December 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Boner just made 8 negotiators to the conference.
    Democrats have not named any.
    It seems Republicans are panicking!

    • 139 nintendowii10
      December 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      So Orange Boner names negotiators to negotiate the negotiations that have already been negotiated. Orange Boner has surpassed Gingrich as the worst House Speaker ever!

  44. December 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    You’re making me cry again Chips, with these pics.

  45. December 20, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Unreal. Boner gets road blocked coverage on his presser, even bloomberg and cnbc has him on.
    The press loves to allow the republicans ti get their message out

    • 143 dotster3
      December 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      Oh gross—it’s a big laugh fest with Boehner and the Repubs and the press——Boner said he needs the president to help out and the Repub contingent shouted “Yaaaaayyyyyyy”—-loudly—- and laughed hilariously.

      • 144 nintendowii10
        December 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm

        Now he’s asking for the President’s help? Has he forgotten how he virtually told the President to take a hike during the debt ceiling fight?

        Orange Boner is one despicable human being!

  46. 145 jacquelineoboomer
    December 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    A wink and a fist bump from OUR President.

    I’m good.

  47. 146 nintendowii10
    December 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Republicans are freaking out because of this payroll tax cut fight, and how it’s going to come back and haunt them next year in the general election.

    President Obama’s approvals are going up because more people are realizing what he has to deal with: politicians on both sides wanting to score political points as opposed to taking care of the American people. From what I heard, the Orange Boner Teapug Congress just lost two approval points, from 9% to 7%. People know who to blame, and a majority are beginning to blame more Republicans and less on President Obama.

  48. December 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    John Boehner’s House Divided Is About To Fail 160 Million Americans

    In June 1858, Abraham Lincoln gave a speech that included a line that became the title of his address when he sought a seat as a United States Senator. Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” and although he was referring to the slavery issue, his comment is apropos to today’s Congressional Republicans, and by extension America itself. At the rate they are proceeding, and with Congress’s approval ratings at record lows (11%), it appears the GOP is fracturing into a dysfunctional group that is doing everything in their power to destroy itself, the middle class, and tens-of-millions of Americans living in poverty. The latest split between different factions within the GOP in Congress is over extending the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefit extensions.

    The temporary deal worked out between Senate Republicans and Democrats faces rejection by House Republicans because John Boehner is an ineffective leader and staunch protector of the richest 1% of Americans. Boehner had insisted earlier that Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell work out a compromise to extend the payroll tax cut so the House could vote and pass it before the Christmas recess. Although the Senate deal only extended the extension for two months, at least it gives 160 million hardworking Americans relief until Republicans can hold the extensions hostage again in February. However, a deal to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefit extensions could have been resolved in short order had the House and Senate passed a clean bill paid for with a minute surtax on millionaires and billionaires.


  49. December 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Remember this gem, courtesy of WhatISWorking? Perhaps it’s time that WE started using it on a daily basis…(Thank you, Linda, for all of the time and effort that you put in! 🙂

    January 10, 2011
    Media Contact Info. – address, phone, email, twitter

    Listed below is contact information for several media outlets. If you can contribute more names and information to the list please send me a note at whatiswoerking@gmail.com

    ABC News
    147 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10023
    Phone: 212-456-7777
    General e-mail: netaudr@abc.com
    Twitter: ABC News @ABC, @GStephanopoulos, @DavidMuirABC
    Nightline: email nightline@abcnews.com Twitter: @Nightline,
    20/20: email 2020@abc.com
    Feedback Web form – http://abcnews.go.com/Site/page?id=3271346&cat=ABCNews.com

    CBS News
    524 W. 57 St., New York, NY 10019
    Phone: 212-975-4321
    Fax: 212-975-1893
    CBS Evening News: evening@cbsnews.com
    Twitter: @CBSNews, CBS Tweet @CBSTweet, Mark Knoller @markknoller

    The Early Show: earlyshow@cbs.com
    60 Minutes II: 60m@cbsnews.com
    48 Hours: 48hours@cbsnews.com
    Face The Nation: ftn@cbsnews.com



  50. 149 dotster3
    December 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I see people on twitter are saying things like “friends don’t let friends give news conferences when they’ve been drinking”, Boehner’s eyes glassy.

  51. 150 halo
    December 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm


  52. December 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    House GOP To Raise Taxes On The Middle Class Then Head Home For Christmas
    Not only will House Republicans not vote on the Senate passed payroll tax cut extension, but they will be going home for Christmas after they raise taxes on 160 million Americans.

    Last night, Speaker John Boehner said, “Our members do not want to just punt and do a two-month short-term fix where we have to come back and do this again. We’re here. We’re willing to work. We will appoint conferees and we hope the Senate will appoint conferees because we’re willing to get the work done now and do it the right way.”

    Apparently, this willingness to work does not apply to Christmas. Roll Call is reporting,

    House Republicans are planning to leave for the Christmas holiday Tuesday afternoon after voting on a Senate proposal for a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut.


  53. 153 Don
    December 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    There is no way that the Senate Republicans would pass a bill with almost 100% Senate Republican agreement and have themselves cut off at the knees by the House Republicans. Worst case scenario for President Obama is that he gets to do a one year extension on taxes and unemployment insurance, which he wanted to do in the first place. With only eleven days left, the House and the Senate must now rush to come up with something to please President Obama. If I were him I’d make them throw in the closing of Gitmo as a sweetener.

  54. 154 TrumpDog
    December 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    President Obama looks depressed.

  55. December 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I like when the President walk in on Jay Carney press conference today while Ed Henry was asking a question.

  56. 156 walter jackson
    December 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    In the photo with the president, vp and a female officer laughing, you can tell the Joe made a joke PBO laughed and she laughed because she’s thinking these two are nuts together.

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