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Jan
12

house rules!

Na, there aren’t many rules here at all – because usually when I read a rule my instinct is to figure out a way to break it.

It’s not that I’m a rebel – I’m way too lazy for that class of thing – it’s just that I have the mentality of a mutinous 5-year-old.

😕

But, just to clarify a few things after some requests for, well, clarity:

*Needless to say, Firebaggers, Teabaggers, racists, homophobes and bigots of any kind will never be welcome here, any one who fits in to one of those categories ends up on the blocked list. Permanently. As I always say, there are lots of internet places for you to play, this will never be one of them.

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* On that subject, there are endless things to loathe about Mitt Romney …. his religion isn’t one of them.

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* I know the Israel/Palestine issue is a sensitive one. If you’re particularly strong in your support for one side or the other, that’s fine – but I won’t ever allow bigoted comments here about the ‘other‘ side. I banned someone a few months ago for depressing comments about Palestinians, I would do the same to anyone posting similar bile about Israelis. That’s the house rule.

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* Anonymous comments aren’t accepted here – please pick a name (any name at all) when you first try to comment and stick with it. I just want everyone to know who they’re talking to – and I’d like to keep out the trolls!

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* You can use your Facebook or Twitter accounts to log in and comment, or, if you prefer, your email address – the address will never be visible to others, it’s just a way for the blog to identify you as a previous poster so your comment will go through automatically.

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* This is very, very, very, very important:

I HUGELY appreciate you letting us know about posts at other blogs and various news sites in the comments here, it’s a completely invaluable service for us all.

But! Please only include very short extracts from the posts – the aim should always be to give a taster of the post that sends the reader to the author’s blog, otherwise we’re effectively stealing their work.

For example:

Steve Benen: This is a big, bold move by the president, and I couldn’t be more pleased …. It’s worth noting that I’m generally not a fan of these kinds of recess appointments …. But in this case, there’s only one sensible conclusion: Senate Republicans left Obama with no choice.

No one, not even the most unhinged Republicans, are questioning Cordray’s qualifications, and if the Senate were to vote on his nomination, it would be approved fairly easily. But Republicans won’t allow that because they disapprove of the existence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

…. The Republican tactics on this are nothing short of madness. I’m relieved President Obama has had enough.

Full post here

Steve Benen’s post above, in its original form, is about 12 paragraphs long, the extract here is two paragraphs plus a line. So, again, please only ever include short extracts from the posts/articles (2/3/4 paragraphs, depending on the length of the original post), just to give an idea of what they’re about. And always include the link at the end.

I know you all mean well, and I had a terrible habit when I started out of posting far too much from articles, to the point where there was really no need for the reader to visit the links. But it’s not fair on other bloggers if we can just read most or all of their posts in the comments here without having to visit their blogs and provide them with the hits they deserve.

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* There are lots of sites I’d prefer never to see linked here, eg every right wing site (including GOPolitico) and places infested with Firebaggers, eg Salon, Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Democratic Undergound, etc. There will, of course, be the very occasional time when something not-deranged appears on those sites, so it’s okay to link then – but generally, please, no!

There is a complete ban here on Firebaggerlake, please don’t ever link to that poisonous site, it’s the fake ‘progressive’ version of Drudge: hate-filled. Let’s never forget, its owner teamed up with Grover ‘tax pledge’ Norquist in opposition to Rahm Emanuel …. say no more.

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* 99.9% of you are civil to each other, even if you don’t always agree, and that’s the way I want it here. By all means, battle away with anyone you disagree with, but no personal abuse, okay? Not welcome here! And no personal call-outs …. I’ve deleted more than a few in the last week or two. Leave the moderating and troll-watching to me. (Although, if you think you spot a troll, let me know!)

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* Some of you don’t like when a few of us get a little, well, silly – you know, the naughty mat business, and all that. I accept your objections, but to be honest, light relief is never a bad thing, it’s just a bit of harmless fun, and I’ll always welcome it here. Mainly because I start it most of the time:

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* I, to be honest about it, have a mouth and a mind like a sewer, so I have no problem at all with, well, ‘fruity’ comments. But some way more mature than me do, so while I’ll always be good with fruitiness, let’s, um, not talk about Dick Halperin ‘hard-ons’ and the like. 😕

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* Many of you have very kindly offered to donate to the site. It’s not that I don’t like money – jeez, I love it! – but I don’t accept personal donations, at all. If you like the blog and ever have a few dollars to spare I just ask that you donate to Obama/Biden 2012 – there’s a link to The Obama Diary’s OFA fundraiser at the top of the sidebar on the right.

I really don’t want to sound like a self-righteous dipstick when I say I don’t, or won’t ever, seek or accept personal donations – the point is that I am blessed to have a job, one that allows me pay my bills and work (mainly) from home, thereby giving me the time to keep up with the blog. I’m way beyond lucky.

Other bloggers, who have been around long, long before me, devote their entire time to their sites, so I would always encourage you to donate to the ones you enjoy, if you can. Without your support, those great bloggers (check the blogroll here) would disappear.

But this is purely something I love doing, between angry phone calls from my boss, just a ‘hobby’. Nothing in the world gives me more pleasure than seeing people here donate to Obama/Biden 2012.

Their re-election is this blog’s sole desire.

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Sorry for all the rules, but just wanted to clear up a thing or eight. See you tomorrow 😉


226 Responses to “house rules!”


  1. 1 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 5, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    @davidaxelrod For 3 years the GOP, in cold blood, was willing to wreck the lives of most Americans to defeat #PresObama, THEY HAVE FAILED.

    #PRESSON

  2. 10 Dudette
    January 5, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Points taken. Potty mouth in check. 🙂

  3. January 5, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I love this blog! Keep up the fantastic work!

  4. January 5, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Ok, they CAN’T BE THIS NUTS?!

    White House Denies CIA Teleported Obama to Mars

    Forget Kenya. Never mind the secret madrassas. The sinister, shocking truth about Barack Obama’s past lies not in east Africa, but in outer space. As a young man in the early 1980s, Obama was part of a secret CIA project to explore Mars. The future president teleported there, along with the future head of Darpa.

    That’s the assertion, at least, of a pair of self-proclaimed time-traveling, universe-exploring government agents. Andrew D. Basiago and William Stillings insist that they once served as “chrononauts” at Darpa’s behest, traversing the boundaries of time and space. They swear: A youthful Barack Obama was one of them.

    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/01/obama-mars/

  5. 37 LDS
    January 5, 2012 at 12:49 am

    So this why I like this blog sooooooo much…………decency and order! While having fun…….2012 IS going to be a great year!
    Thank you, Chips.

  6. January 5, 2012 at 12:49 am

    THE FUCK YOU SAY…… 😀

    ok – back to my personal naughty cell with my HOT MEN RUNNING (show should be invited by PBO any day now to the WH for WINNING THE MLS CUP BITCHES!!!!)

    oh, and my homme sexy chaud de l’année ~ Richard Armitage
    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3506670336/nm0035514

  7. January 5, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I’m sorry, I couldn’t read the whole post cause I was looking at the Obama Raindrops photo.

  8. January 5, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Has this video ever been posted here?

    • January 5, 2012 at 12:59 am

      (My God) It’s full of WIN!

    • 55 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      January 5, 2012 at 1:03 am

      Very cool. Thanks for posting gobrooklyn.

    • January 5, 2012 at 1:05 am

      I just spent a good deal of time trying to find just an image of the wall and its a No! I’m not from MN but would love that on my desktop or on merchandise. Its Gorgeous!

    • 59 AnitaW
      January 5, 2012 at 1:18 am

      Totally Awesome video.

      I did something I normally don’t do, which is read comments on blogs other than this one. I did that on the TMZ site and was disheartened at the hatefulness directed toward the President. It’s really crazy because a lot of the comments were not anywhere near accurate. They were just nasty. I don’t understand how people spend so much of their hating on this man.

      Anyway, I’m not sure what I would do if this site every lost what makes it special. Thanks again Chips for all that you do.

      • 60 JoJothecat
        January 5, 2012 at 1:55 am

        I like the line from the movie in “The Social Network” when the girl Zuckerberg was dating and he put a lot nasty stuff about her on the internet, she said “You write your snide bullshit from a dark room because that’s what the angry do nowadays”. These people say those vile things because they can hide behind their usernames and no one knows who they are.

      • 61 anniebella
        January 5, 2012 at 3:53 am

        First of all, I do my very best not to read those comments like that. Second of all I just feel there are just alot of hateful racists folks who can’t deal with a successful black man, who is smart, handsome, kind hearted, who loves his wife and family, and loves his country, and loves his God. Not everyone is going to love or like you, and it is so easy now to sit behind some computer and spew out that hate. Always remember they hated Jesus Christ, and what did he do to deserve their hate?

        • 62 AnitaW
          January 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

          All very good points. I was just touched by the football photos that I had to see how they were received. Really should have known better.

    • 63 TrumpDog
      January 5, 2012 at 6:59 am

      That’s so cool.

    • 64 a4alice
      January 5, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Hey that’s MY OFA! w00t!!!! there’s more cool murals in there too!!! far out 🙂

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Love this. I just tweeted OFA and Jim Messina about making posters and T-shirts. Hope they do it!!

    • 68 nathkatun7
      January 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      That’s just wonderful! First time to see it.

  9. January 5, 2012 at 12:57 am

    In ancillary Rupie Murdoch news:

    NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – The Daily News of New York has hired former News of the World editor Colin Myler as its editor in chief, an appointment that is certain to add spice to the newspaper’s long and heated rivalry with Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post.

    Story here: http://news.yahoo.com/holy-revenge-ex-murdoch-editor-hired-rival-ny-011942930.html

    The Daily News was my paper of choice growing up in NYC, so good that they’re sticking it to Rupie.

  10. January 5, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Chips, you rock baby. You are a very special person. I support the Palestinians in their goal of a homeland. It is the right thing to do.

    • January 5, 2012 at 1:17 am

      Hiya Dorothy, I support the Palestinians too, passionately, but I equally hope for peace and security for Israel.

      You know about my Irish blood, right?

      It always kind of cracked me up during the worst days of the Irish ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland.

      The Catholic/Nationalist/Republicans (not the GOP kind) used to have Palestinian flags flying in their parts of Belfast and Derry.

      The Protestant/Unionist/Loyalists used to fly Israeli flags.

      Just another way of dividing themselves …. bizarre.

      • January 5, 2012 at 1:21 am

        /steps on her soapbox

        ATTENTION EVERYONE

        /bounces in place to make sure the MEN are listening…..

        GOD MADE BASKIN ROBBINS. So EVERYONE could be happy.

        THE END.

        /steps off soapbox and cries because they don’t stock Chocolate Fudge anymore. Infidels.

        • 73 a4alice
          January 5, 2012 at 8:19 am

          ahhhh Tally……. ice cream IS the way to Peace….. (wish I had some now but it’s 7:20 in the AM…..and I’m at work…….)

        • 74 isonprize
          January 5, 2012 at 8:55 am

          OK Tally, You are just TOO funny…

          /bounces in place to make sure the MEN are listening…..

          As if, after you bounced, they would be listening MORE??? 😆 😆

  11. January 5, 2012 at 1:13 am

    White House launches youth jobs program
    Comments
    By Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY
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    The White House announced a $1.5 billion initiative on Thursday to help create as many as 250,000 summer jobs and internships for low-income youth in 2012.

    The program, which is being dubbed Summer Jobs +, is a private-federal government partnership and has already drawn commitments from several companies and federal agencies to hire 180,000 youth next summer. President Obama had proposed a summer jobs program for young people in his American Jobs Act that failed to win Congressional approval.
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    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/01/white-house-launches-youth-jobs-program/1?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=373938

    • 76 Cos
      January 5, 2012 at 1:47 am

      Love my President. “We can’t wait”.

    • January 5, 2012 at 7:43 am

      I am so glad PBO is using every weapon in his arsenal to circumvent this hateful Congress. How can anyone not support a summer jobs program for youth? Do they want thousands of youngsters roaming the streets feeling bored, wasting their time and causing trouble?

  12. 78 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 5, 2012 at 1:16 am

    What can one say …. perhaps …. #PRESSON

    😀

  13. January 5, 2012 at 1:16 am

    This is what I want.

    I want Romney and Paul and Santorum and Gingrich to beat the crap out of each other. I want a bare-knuckled cage fight. I want Fight Club, except that everyone talks about it. I want the eventual nominee to come out of the process so bloodied that he’ll be lucking to poll in the low 40s.

    I want a dispirited, disjointed, unenthusiastic GOP base. I want them so disgusted with the primaries that they see no reason to turn out for what will be a shellacking anyway. I want the GOP base to be as anemic as the Dem base was in the 80s.

    I want a civil war on the Right. I want the oligarchs to finally lose control of the Teahadists. I want the Libertarians to finally slough off the GOP establishment. I want a fractured right wing, fighting among itself, sniping, carrying out a low-intensity conflict, a war of all against all, a battle of a multitude of armies.

    I want the Right mocked not just by us Obots, but by the broad middle of the country, the people who just want to make decent lives for themselves and their families, who don’t engage in ideological battles but simply want government to work for them, to give them a leg up, to give them a chance to succeed and not fall into destitution if luck turns bad. The Right has no plan for the general commonwealth, and I want the middle of this country this year to finally realize that. The Right is making that increasingly easier.

    I want the conservative movement to grow so weak that it can be shunted away until it decides to reconstitute itself as a meaningful, non-destructive alternative to liberalism, and not a threat to the very idea of democracy in this Republic.

    I think 2012 will be the year all of this happens, or at least begins.

    • January 5, 2012 at 1:26 am

      OMG MY GODS PREACH!!!!

      Can I cross post this on a friend’s FB page??? OH PLEASE??? – I’m handing someone their ASS over this brilliant video – because he got his wittle fwelling hurted…

    • 86 Cos
      January 5, 2012 at 1:45 am

      I am ROTFL. You are to funny.

    • 88 PurpleShoesLA
      January 5, 2012 at 2:04 am

      “I want the conservative movement to grow so weak that it can be shunted away until it decides to reconstitute itself as a meaningful, non-destructive alternative to liberalism, and not a threat to the very idea of democracy in this Republic.”

      EXACTLY. THANK YOU.

    • 89 eveingeorgia
      January 5, 2012 at 3:49 am

      Liberal Librarian,

      The Right reminds me of these scriptures:

      Psalm 7:15 He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made.
      Psalm 57:6 They spread a net for my feet–I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path–but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
      Proverbs 11:6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.
      Proverbs 26:27 If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.
      Ecclesiastes 10:9 Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them; whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.

      It’s very possible that you may get what WE want. Don’t mean them any harm, but they simply must be brought down.

      I love this line from you: ” I want the conservative movement to grow so weak that it can be shunted away until it decides to reconstitute itself as a meaningful, non-destructive alternative to liberalism, and not a threat to the very idea of democracy in this Republic.”

    • January 5, 2012 at 7:50 am

      LL, you have spoken words of truth and articulated what all of us hope for and work for. A thousand thanks for putting it so beautifully into words. This country has been “conned” by the R’s for the last 40 years and it’s way past time that Americans of all socio-economic levels woke up threw the con artists out the door.

    • 92 nathkatun7
      January 5, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      Amen, Liberal Librarian!

  14. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    January 5, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Usually, I don’t agree with every “rule.” But tonight I did! Thanks, Chips, for keeping us sane and for keeping the house rules liberal and reasonable.

  15. 95 auni
    January 5, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I like the rules–and I like having you post them once in awhile. This is a healthy place to be.

  16. January 5, 2012 at 1:53 am

    WHOLE ARTICLE IS HILARIOUS!

    Mitt Romney out of control
    By Dana Milbank, Published: January 4
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    MANCHESTER, N.H. — If this is Mitt Romney’s idea of a victory rally, one shudders to think what would have happened if he had lost the Iowa caucuses.

    The Occupy Wall Street guy began heckling. “The U.S. has the highest income inequality in the entire developed world!”

    Romney tried to regain control. “Excuse me,” he said. “You’ve had your chance.”

    McCain walked toward the Occupy guy. “Be quiet,” he said, menacingly.

    The woman, no longer in possession of a working microphone, began hollering.

    “For those who didn’t hear,” Romney offered, “she says she loves this country and don’t put any Asians down. I hope I haven’t put any Asians down.”

    The woman’s muffled shouting continued. Romney tried to answer. A baby started to cry.
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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romney-out-of-control/2012/01/04/gIQAacGSbP_story.html?tid=sm_btn_tw

    • January 5, 2012 at 1:57 am

      OK, apparently this town hall was really really bad. I’ve seen two other articles from major online news outlets that have ridiculed it. Yikes.

    • 99 jacquelineoboomer
      January 5, 2012 at 2:04 am

      Can you believe that? Probably when the “baby started to cry,” it livened things up a bit!

    • 100 PurpleShoesLA
      January 5, 2012 at 2:12 am

      Wow. Pitiful. Hilarious, but pitiful. Chips thanks for all you do here, truly appreciate it.

    • 101 Cos
      January 5, 2012 at 2:15 am

      This oped is hilarious. Romney is getting what he deserved. He spends to much time bashing PBO. I love that comment where the person said that he is about to get a cavity search over and over. It has been easy for him until now. I wonder if Huntsman will remain in the race after New Hampshire?

      • 102 PurpleShoesLA
        January 5, 2012 at 2:34 am

        Hmm, NH may not be the cakewalk for Mitts after all, particularly if/when Newt goes all “Welcome to the the Terror Dome Beotch!” on Romney as is being predicted. Good times.

    • January 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      I know that Romney is a complete and utter jerk, that’s a given in my poor befuddled mind, but the embarrassment I feel after reading the Washington Post article about that Romney “rally” is enough to practically kill me. Forgive me everyone, but I feel heartsick for the man, well, sort of a man.

      One time when I was about six or seven, it was in the thirties in New Jersey, there was a little nitwit up the street that had a biggish beetle tied on a string and was repeatedly swinging it in a circle so that it repeatedly hit against the sidewalk on the trip down. At the time I hated beetles, I was in fact terrified of them, but I felt heartsick over that beetle helplessly trapped into a long agonizing death.

      That’s sort of the way I felt about Romney after reading that beautifully, wonderfully written report of that rally — a masterpiece, really, but also heart-rending.

      To quote Liberal Librarian (or someone here), Lordamercy.

      • January 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm

        I don’t have an ounce of sympathy for Romney. I’ve listened to the vile things him and his family have said about President Obama, impugning his character, his birthplace, his love for family and country. And President Obama hasn’t said a nasty personal word against Romney. Romney is screeching in every speech about President Obama and his “job killing policies”, his “appeasement”, him being “in over his head”. Romney keeps focusing people on Iran, because he wants to be a war president, without taking stock of the cost in human lives. Romney keeps spewing lies and spinning stories, and his intentions are not honorable, when it comes to the harm he’s going to inflict on the American people all for the sake of his money-whoring friends. When Romney and his wife and sons think they can utter ugly words of hate towards President Obama, then they have to be prepared for the karma. It’s not going to come from President Obama, who is too good to get into that gutter. It will be divine justice – I believe that.

  17. January 5, 2012 at 2:00 am

    censorship. censorship. censorship. (insert hair-on-fire gif here)

  18. 107 LDS
    January 5, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Hi, LL. I want what you want. It is a pleasure to be up so late and read this. You really should be writing for POB. You make a lot of sense, practical and it keeps one thinking……good read.

  19. January 5, 2012 at 2:41 am

    SNORT

  20. January 5, 2012 at 2:53 am

    This is a paragraph from that “its funny because its true” article at the Onion about Pres.Obama asking why he should run again. It actually made my heart hurt to read it and the more you think about it the more pissed off you get:
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    “I have a pen and some paper right here,” Obama said Wednesday morning at a town hall meeting in Ohio. “Let’s list the pros and cons of being president. Con: There are people out there who literally want to shoot you dead. Con: We live in a country seriously considering a Newt Gingrich White House. Con: You can help 40 million Americans receive health care, sign legislation that regulates a financial system run amok, give the order to kill Osama bin Laden, help topple Muammar Qaddafi’s tyrannical regime without losing the life of one American soldier, end the war in Iraq, repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, stave off a second Great Depression, take out more than 30 top al- Qaeda leaders, and somehow everyone still calls you the next Jimmy Carter.”
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    • January 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      The whole article made my heart hurt.

    • 111 nathkatun7
      January 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Sometimes the best way to tell the TRUTH is through humor. That onion piece said it all! I am an oldie who has lived under 11 presidents. I was of course a child during the presidency of Truman and Eisenhower. I was a teenager during JFK’s presidency. However, beginning with LBJ, who served during my college years, I have followed every President. As far as I am concerned, President Obama has achieved so much in just three years. Yet, the media, as well as vocal right wingers and vocal left wingers, insist on telling a lie that the President has been a failure! This repeated lie has poisoned the minds of many Americans who do not pay close attention to what is really going on.

  21. January 5, 2012 at 2:57 am

    DNC invests in minority-owned banks for North Carolina convention
    By Chelsea-Lyn Rudder
    6:00 PM on 01/04/2012
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    In an effort to demonstrate that its ‘People’s Convention’ mantra is more than just a slogan, the Democratic National Convention Committee deposited $4 million in convention funds into two minority owned North Carolina banks. The deposits were made during a ceremony in Durham, North Carolina Wednesday afternoon.
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    http://www.thegrio.com/politics/dnc-invests-in-black-owned-banks-for-north-carolina-convention.php

  22. 113 eveingeorgia
    January 5, 2012 at 2:57 am

    I have never enjoyed reading a list of rules so much! Potty mouth and all, you’re a great writer, thinker and spirit. You shine; you really do! Thanks for all you do.

    • January 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      I second your sentiment, eve, even though I discovered to my horror that I broke one twice yesterday and am very embarrassed.

      • January 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm

        I broke one the other day when I snapped at Saintt Roscoe and told him he didn’t know what he was talking about – and it’s been bothering me a little ever since. Sorry, Roscoe. I disagreed with you wholeheartedly, but didn’t mean to be rude like that.

  23. January 5, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Whoa… House Rules?! 😆 😆 Thanks for the reminder Chips.

    I’m always tempted to be cussin out on this site when I read negative ish on POTUS, but I always think about how mindful I have to be of others since I don’t know what the demographics are when it comes to the age range who visit TOD site, so I usually scratch the F-bombs (but boy I wish I could drop a VP Biden F-bomb someday lol) and find alternative ‘passionate’ words expressing anger and annoyance towards the right-wing nutjobs! 😆

    I haven’t really checked out the other pages/posts from this morning/afternoon (my son kept me busy playing b/ball and baseball with him in very WARM weather, it’s becoming so humid)….. but from skimming through the pictures on the main page….. the President is looking mighty fine in that coat of his! Very nice indeed!!

    Looks like I have a lot of reading/catching-up to do… it will go well with my bowl of ice-cream lmaoo

  24. 117 jeff
    January 5, 2012 at 4:02 am

    I love this site will try and be good I promise.

    I do enjoy causing havoc on some of the right winged sites like yahoo and making fun of the idiots that post on there but that’s mainly because I get amused at how angry they get whenever Obama steps right past the republicans and makes them look like fools. 🙂

  25. 118 anniebella
    January 5, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Here lately I have been hearing too many white Politicians ( Santorum to Gingrich) talking about black community, poor communities like they know are gives a dam about that community. It’s just their way of saying we’re not good enough, we have no morals, no values, no work ethics, no role models.We’re lazy, we want a hand out. And I’m sick of it. Yes we have bad people in our community, but we also have hard working, decent, fair minded, God fearing, loving family, great role models, good people in our poor community also.

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Anniebella, these men are suffocated by their own bigotry and their narrow minds cannot expand enough to see every human being on earth as fully human. They spew nothing but contempt for women, racial minorities and those whose religions differ from their own. All of us should be sick of it and all of us have to work together to ensure sure that none of these bigots (I’m looking at you Willard Romney) goes anywhere near the White House. Look at their hateful comments as inspiration to work harder and donate more to PBO.

    • 120 nathkatun7
      January 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      I totally agree with you anniebella! But you know what, a person like Gingrich has absolutely no business preaching morals to us, or to any one else for that matter. If it hadn’t been for white privilege, Mitt, Newt, and Santorum would never have made it as far to be able to run for President. As far as I am concerned, they are average to below average white people. I know a great many brilliant white people. Some of them were my teachers who had a deep understanding of humanity and had transcended this false concept of race. IMO, people like Gingrich and Santorum are simply regurgitating racial stereotypes. They have no idea about the many black folks who work hard, sometimes doing two or three jobs, to make ends meet. They have no idea about young blacks in the military, and their families, who out there sacrificing to defend this country, which oftentimes treats them as unwanted aliens. I must confess that the stereotyping of Black people is not confined to the right wing Republicans. Some of the most vocal progressives, who hate the President, derive their image of black folks from the “gangsta” movies, vidoes and songs. That is why a person like Bill Mehr wanted a black gangsta President. Can you imagine people asking Governor Cuomo of New York to act like the Godfather?

  26. 121 LOL
    January 5, 2012 at 5:42 am

    wHOOPS….I’ll keep my Rated R comments to myself

  27. January 5, 2012 at 5:59 am

    I am voting republican because I hate education and I want to be as willingly ignorant as possible and a slave wage earner for my corporate masters. I love being screwed. 🙂 !

  28. January 5, 2012 at 6:12 am

    No wonder the Mayans did not finish the calendar for beg 2012. They are waiting of Americans to make a choice.
    Either:
    1) Americans become so dumb down that they vote Republican again; then the Mayans knew that it is the end of the World as we know it, because American is the capital of stupid-dumb with a drench of Racist pricks and willing to murder Americans with their ugly choice.

    OR
    2) Americans over come ignorance with intelligence by voting Obamacratic with a healthy Congress and the Mayans knew that America has a chance on becoming a much better country when they decided to grow up and support and “Adult in the room”, BWD.

  29. January 5, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Have a good day all 🙂

  30. January 5, 2012 at 6:47 am

    bottom line: I love this site. I found a home after being driven away from the Firebagger sites. It will be interesting to see when and if they galvanize around PBO for 2012.
    I spend a lot of time on Twitter. If you don’t have a twitter id….get one and follow your favorites.
    Every other day I use my twitter account to link to something on TOD.
    You can follow me on twitter @avd911. Yes I was born on 911. Took 5 years to get over crying on the day of my birth.

  31. 128 FiredUpInCA
    January 5, 2012 at 7:03 am

    “On CNN Wednesday, Santorum said he reviewed the context in which he made his remarks and said, “I’m pretty confident that I didn’t say ‘black.'” The GOP contender said he “was starting to say one word, and I sort of came up with another word and moved on and it sounded like black.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57352570-503544/naacp-blasts-santorum-for-targeting-blacks-in-entitlement-reform/?tag=pop;stories

    Seems legit. 🙄

    • January 5, 2012 at 8:40 am

      THE QUOTE:

      “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.”

      Hmmm….what word did you want to use instead Santorum?

      • January 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm

        Poor guy — it’s just that “black” is synonymous in his mind (of sorts) with poor, criminall, lazy, dirty ,and so on.

      • 131 nathkatun7
        January 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm

        I wrote a protest note to Santorum that I hope he reads! In it I said, I am black and have been paying taxes for 46 years! Right now, my tax dollars are being used to subsidize oil companies and to pay for salaries of the “Do Nothing” teabag dominated House of Representatives, and the just say No Right wing Republican Senators who filibuster everything the President tries to do improve the economy. I absolutely favor the idea of using my taxes to give Construction workers, teachers, cops, firefighters, veterans, small businesses, and young people (of all colors, creeds, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.), “the opportunity to go out and earn money.”

    • 132 anniebella
      January 5, 2012 at 8:46 am

      FiredUpInCA, he said BLACK because I heard the comment. Another lying Republican.

    • 133 isonprize
      January 5, 2012 at 9:10 am

      WOW, just wow!!! Santorum really IS an idiot!!! And, apparently, thinks we are also.

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

      If you believe one word that Santorum says, you will have given up thinking. After having him as our senator for two terms, I can say categorically that the man is as calculating and dishonest as they come.

    • 135 FiredUpInCA
      January 5, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Just in case it was not clear : I do not believe Rick Santorum. Period. It’s a toss up as to what is worse, the insult or the I-believe-you-are-stupid-enough-to-believe-this explanation.

    • 136 PurpleShoesLA
      January 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      OH PLEASE. It sounded like black because he SAID the word black, clear as a bell, no murky context, no struggling to say something else; flowed off his lips all easy peasy. A clip of his remarks, was all over the internet from the time he said it. It never ceases to amaze how in this day in age when every word uttered is captured and archived for posterity’s sake on utubes and the like, that these yahoos think they can get away with lying about what they said.

  32. 137 DoNoHarm
    January 5, 2012 at 7:44 am

    This is the first time I have ever thoroughly enjoyed a ‘talking to.’ A spanking with a feather. You, Chipstick, are a definite whiz, a Mark Twain on the rise. You are destined to write a best seller. Prez Obama said, words! Thank you for bringing us together.

  33. 138 vero804
    January 5, 2012 at 7:45 am

    “Politics is a collision sport.” -John McCain. I’ve heard that its a contact sport, but collision??  Interesting look into his political mindset.  Even Soledad was taken aback with his comment. The guy is nuts.

  34. 139 MoObama
    January 5, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Hello TOD clan. I want to go to the convention so bad; I need to scape up dollars now! I would love the TOD clan to have a meet up. I will gather information and pass it on.

  35. 143 Mary Gray
    January 5, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Chips, this site is so worth any rules that you have. This site is great because you do have rules. Thanks you for all that you do.

  36. 144 debbyeOh
    January 5, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Good morning TOD fam I’m voting Republican for all the reasons on that video and especially after that grannie at the end offered me a cookie! Republicans are so nice, they really do care about people! 🙂

  37. 145 mtmarilyn
    January 5, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Love you rules Chips. I am so thankful for this space you have created for us so we can all stay sane together and win this year.

    I second everything LL said in his comment! Off to work.

  38. 146 donna dem 4 obama
    January 5, 2012 at 8:14 am

    “I love watching Republicans engage in class warfare. They condemn it as a sin when Democrats come within 100 miles of even mentioning the sharp and growing class inequalities in the United States. But when conservatives play the class card, they see it as a high ethical calling involving the defense of good and moral folk against the depredations of a liberal elite.
    Blatant hypocrisy is instructive.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/santorum-huntsman-and-the-future-of-conservatism/2012/01/04/gIQAKEvzaP_story.html

  39. 147 a4alice
    January 5, 2012 at 8:24 am

    So there must have been some excitement over the past couple of days. I’ve only been on sporadically so I must have missed it.

    Chips! You give so much to the blogosphere and elsewhere. I think that this site really helps to promote dialogue that is civil. And it comes with a lot of hard work on your end. I’m glad as you say that you love to do this because it’s a life line for so many. For me it’s really a meeting place to get news and find out what is going on.

    Thanks for all you do Chips and thanks to the rest of TOD. Everyone have a great day! 🙂

    • 148 nathkatun7
      January 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      “For me it’s really a meeting place to get news and find out what is going on.”

      Alice, I totally co-sign this because it expresses exactly one of the main reasons I come to this place. But there is another reason I come to this place: I absolutely love the delicious humor from Chipsticks, Tally, UT, LL, Meta, HZ, hopefruit, Yardam, Desertflower, and many many other people who post on this site. In other words, I come to this site to get educated, but I also come to this site to read some of the most witty comments that make it possible for me to laugh and feel good, despite all the ugliness being peddled by people who hate this incredible President.

      While it is important for us to remain civil in our interaction with one another, I hope that members of the TOD family will continue to display their sense of humor. As Romney would say: “for Pete’s sake” we are still human! There is absolutely nothing wrong with letting our hairs down now and then, and even using a curse word, here and there. OK! Time for me to STFU! But I really love this place and i am so thankful that our host has a killer sense of humor, even as she brings us serious news.

      All the best to Chipsticks and all the members of the TOD family. Lets make 2012 a memorable year!

      • January 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

        nathkatun7, I completely and totally love ya (mainly because you said nice things about me).

        ‘Having a laugh’ will never ever be banned here, in fact having a laugh is House Rule Number One.

        You all make me smile every single day, in fact I regularly roar with so much laughter my roof lifts.

        And that’s the way I want it to say.

        Love ya nathkatun7.

  40. January 5, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Good morning,

    Don’t know if this has been posted but I saw a delightful video of FLOTUS on Lynn Sweets blog wanted to share:

    [dohtml]http://widget.newsinc.com/single.html?WID=1&VID=23559847&freewheel=69016&sitesection=sechicagotribune [/dohtml]

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/01/michelle_obama_random_dance_on.html

  41. January 5, 2012 at 8:26 am

    oops, guess my video didn’t post but the link is below it, rats….lol

  42. 152 donna dem 4 obama
    January 5, 2012 at 8:29 am

    U.S. Private-Sector Employment Increased by 325,000 Jobs in December, According to ADP National Employment Report

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-private-sector-employment-increased-by-325000-jobs-in-december-according-to-adp-national-employment-report-2012-01-05

    Warning this doesn’t usually translate into this many jobs when the unemployment rate comes out but we are trending in the right direction.

  43. 156 donna dem 4 obama
    January 5, 2012 at 8:40 am

    The NAACP on Wednesday blasted Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum for recently singling out blacks for receiving federal benefits, calling his remarks “inaccurate and outrageous.”

    At a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa on Sunday, Santorum was talking about entitlement reform when he said, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57352570-503544/naacp-blasts-santorum-for-targeting-blacks-in-entitlement-reform/

  44. January 5, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Mitt Romney is not even pretending to care about the rest of us:

  45. 158 desertflower
    January 5, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Morning! I thought this was interesting…wonder why?

    http://www.rollcall.com/news/santorum_super_pac_likely_to_shut_down-211334-1.html?pos=hftxt can I say again that this toxic $$$ in vote buying is a BAD, BAD thing.

  46. 159 desertflower
    January 5, 2012 at 8:48 am

    This is rich! Pot meet kettle!

    http://politicalcorrection.org/blog/201201040005 Despite His Own Incendiary Rhetoric, Rep. Gohmert Complains Obama Is “Dividing America”

    These are just A FEW of Mr. Goobers proclamations:

    Does Rep. Gohmert Think All Latinos Are Mexican?

    Rep. Gohmert: Jesus Didn’t Want Taxes To Help Poor People

    Rep. Gohmert Suggests DHS Working Group Is Run By Muslim Brotherhood

    Rep. Gohmert Whines About “Little Hissy Fit” From “Low Instructor” Obama

    Rep. Gohmert Praises Shock Jock Michael Savage As “Voice Of Reason”

    Rep. Gohmert Suggests Obama’s Allegiances Are To “Islamic States”

    Rep. Gohmert Rebuts His Own Case For Ending Birthright Citizenship

    Rep. Gohmert Calls President Obama An “Enemy To Seniors”

  47. 164 donna dem 4 obama
    January 5, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Can I add one more “house rule” that I know our dear Chipsticks would never request because she is too humble for this…..

    On wordpress when you enter a blog right after the title and the feature links for the thread there is a “like” button for that particular thread. Go up top and check it out ^^^^^

    As a courtesy to the blog administrator you all should ALWAYS “like” Chipsticks work for each thread. She does a phenomenal job day-in-and-day-out and its a small way to show your appreciation and say THANK YOU.

    Have a great productive day TOD…Off to work I go 😉

    • 165 isonprize
      January 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Donna, I never did that before. And always wondered how the folks got there… Thanks again!!! (Plus, it made me remember my password…)

      • 166 a4alice
        January 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

        Thx Donna – I didn’t know I could that I thought I had to be on Facebook. But I just used my WordPress login and that worked! 🙂

    • 167 nathkatun7
      January 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks Donna for sharing this. I am, from now on going to pay attention and check that button because I really like the wonderful job Chipsticks is doing with this blog. If I may, I also want to thank you very much for the wonderful work you are doing with your award winning fundraising and the tireless grassroots organizing. You are such an inspiration to me.

  48. 168 rikyrah
    January 5, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Good Morning ,Everyone 🙂

  49. 169 desertflower
    January 5, 2012 at 9:04 am

    This is fair, right??? (TOTAL SNARK!)

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/reverse-engineering-romneys-low-effective-tax-rate.php?ref=fpa

    Mitt Romney still says he’s unlikely to publicly release his tax information, even if he clinches the Republican presidential nomination, and Democrats have a pretty good idea why.

    One tax expert told TPM of “fairly sophisticated tax strategies” that would be “not available to ordinary tax payers.” A technique that puts you in a position that’s “like having an unlimited 401k account” sounds very attractive. But maybe not if you’re running for office, for Pete’s sake.
    When Romney jokes that he’s been unemployed for years, he’s obscuring the fact that he’s still collecting millions of dollars of investment income, which is taxed at a much lower rate than it would be if he, like most taxpayers, took home a regular paycheck. He’s also obscuring the fact a great deal of that same income is only vaguely connected to his own underlying investments, and yet benefits from a key loophole in the tax code that allows him and other wealthy finance veterans to more than halve their effective tax rate.

    Ok for ME, but not for THEE….isn’t that the way they ALWAYS do it?!

  50. 170 LOL
    January 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Must Read….Vanity Fair doing the job the MSM refuses to do.

    Mitt Romney’s faux job creation:

    There is a difference between companies run by buyout firms and those rooted in their communities, according to Ross Gittell, a professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics. When it comes to buyout firms, he said, ‘the objective is: Make money for investors. It’s not to maximize jobs.’ Romney, in fact, had a fiduciary duty to investors to make as much money as possible. … Romney’s winners outweighed his losers on the Bain balance sheet. Marc Wolpow, a former Bain partner who worked with Romney on many deals, said the discussion at buyout companies typically does not focus on whether jobs will be created. ‘It’s the opposite—what jobs we can cut,’ Wolpow said. ‘Because you had to document how you were going to create value. Eliminating redundancy, or the elimination of people, is a very valid way. Businesses will die if you don’t do that. I think the way Mitt should explain it is, if we didn’t buy these businesses and impose efficiencies on them, the market would have done it with disastrous consequences.

    http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/02/mitt-romney-201202.print

  51. 171 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 5, 2012 at 9:12 am

    HOW TRUE THAT PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPARISON IS…IT SHOWS STRENGTH IN CHARACTER…THE ABSOLUTE FACT THAT PBO PLACES ‘ALL ELSE’ BEFORE HIMSELF…AND NO…HE’S NOT GOING TO MELT IN THE RAIN. HE WAS BORN TO THIS JOB…HE IS BUILT WITH PRESEVERANCE,HONESTY AND A TRUE COMPASSION AND CONCERN FOR ALL OTHERS…JUST LIKE HIS MOTHER!

  52. January 5, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Jobless Claims Improve Again

    Last week’s report on initial unemployment claims was far less encouraging, but the general trend in an encouraging direction continued this week.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/joblessclaims_data_improves_ag_1034534.php

  53. 174 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 5, 2012 at 9:17 am

    YOU CAN’T DEFEAT THE ‘HOPE THAT SPRINGS ETERNAL’…THE ‘LOVE FOR MANKIND THAT SPRINGS FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE SOUL’…WITHOUT QUESTION…OUR COMPASSIONATE PRESIDENT…HAS IT ALL! BRING IT ON FOOLS…YOU’RE WASTING YOUR TIME TRYING TO DEFEAT THIS PRESIDENT!

  54. January 5, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Adp poll said the private sector added 325k jobs!!!

    Holy shit! If we get that on Friday, we ate on our way!

    325k!!!

  55. January 5, 2012 at 9:24 am

    U.S. Manufacturing Grows At Fastest Pace In Six Months |
    By Pat Garofalo on Jan 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    The latest Institute for Supply Management index of national factory activity shows that “manufacturing grew at the fastest pace in six months in December, capping a late-year rally in the sector.” Construction spending has also hit its highest level in 18 months. While U.S. manufacturing is on the upswing, the same can not be said for the rest of the world, as both Asia and Europe’s factory activity is trending down.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/03/396830/us-manufacturing-six-months/

  56. January 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Report: Regulators missing a slew of Dodd-Frank deadlines
    By Peter Schroeder – 01/03/12 04:41 PM ET

    So far, 200 deadlines for drafting rules to implement the Wall Street overhaul have come and gone, and regulators have met only 51 of them, according to the law firm of Davis Polk. Another 200 rulemaking requirements stemming from the law still await regulatory action. All told, regulators have implemented less than a quarter of the sweeping law. Just 21.5 percent of the rulemaking requirements have resulted in finalized rules, while 38.75 percent currently have proposed rules. Another 39.75 percent of rules that ultimately will have to be implemented to make the law a reality have yet to be proposed.

    ~snip~

    http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/banking-financial-institutions/202151-report-regulators-missing-a-slew-of-dodd-frank-deadlines

  57. January 5, 2012 at 9:29 am

    President Obama on Thursday will unveil a summer-jobs initiative that the White House says is already on track to create 180,000 “work opportunities” in the private sector in 2012.

    That is the number of opportunities, which includes mentoring and unpaid internships, that companies have told the administration they are willing to create. Some 70,000 jobs are paid, the White House says.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/801-economy/202429-obama-to-unveil-summer-jobs-initiative

    Btw- the hill website is very informative.

  58. January 5, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Jon Bon Jovi is in the (White) House:

  59. January 5, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Oh boy! Cain is going on a Bus tour all over America, to promote congressional support for 999.

    Oh boy!

  60. January 5, 2012 at 9:35 am

    While Rick Perry Wages Doomed Campaign, ‘Obscure’ State Senator Runs Texas
    By Alex Seitz-Wald on Jan 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    So who has been running the nation’s second largest state in Perry’s absence? For the past two weeks, it’s been “a little-known politician from the Houston area,” the Dallas Morning News reports. The lieutenant governor, who typically fills in, left the state on December 26 for a five-day vacation, then went to Iowa this week to campaign for Perry. That left state Sen. Mike Jackson (R), who holds the state Senate’s generally honorary position of president pro tem, in charge.

    So what’s Jackson been up to as acting governor? “It’s really everyday life,” he told the Morning News. “Big, important state business today? No, I’m at work at my construction company,” Jackson added:

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/01/04/398086/rick-perry-absentee-governor/

  61. 192 desertflower
    January 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Ouch! Dana Milbank gives the play by play of Romney’s awful, no good, very bad day yesterday. Oh boy.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romney-out-of-control/2012/01/04/gIQAacGSbP_story.html?tid=pm_pop

  62. January 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

    JOLIET — The federal government on Wednesday gave a $186 million boost to the future high-speed railway through Joliet.

    The money had already been announced in May but was delivered Thursday after Illinois completed the requirements needed to get the high-speed rail funds first promised to Florida but rejected by that state.

    Getting the money now means work can start in the spring on a section of the high-speed rail corridor running from Joliet to Dwight, said a spokesman with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

    http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/9812905-417/feds-grant-illinois-186-million-for-high-speed-rail.html

  63. January 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Mitt Romney slams the Chevy Volt
    By MICHAEL D’ESTRIES Mother Nature Network| Posted on Monday, 01.02.12

    When it comes to the American auto industry, Mitt Romney believes its investment in a fuel-efficient future is a joke. The 64-year-old Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Massachusetts responded with dismissive laughter when recently asked what he thought of the Chevy Volt, adding that the plug-in hybrid is an “idea whose time has not come.” His campaign later went on to defend the statement as reflective of the car’s slow sales – but critics were quick to pounce.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/01/02/2570272/mitt-romney-slams-the-chevy-volt.html#storylink=cpy

    • January 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Only problem with th Volt is it is to expensive.
      The Leaf is all electric and is 15k dollars cheaper.
      GM has got to lower it’s price to be competitive!

    • January 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      So, Mitt’s idea of supporting American businesses and showing he’s more patriotic than President Obama is to criticize American cars? First, he wants to dismantle the manufacturing base of the United States, like he did with all the companies he made bankrupt for profit – and now, he ridicules American products. What an example of American exceptionalism.

  64. January 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

    CONCORD – The New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority will live on, after an override attempt in the House failed to get enough votes.

    The House voted 231 to 128 in favor of an override — short of the two-thirds needed — of Gov. John Lynch’s veto of HB 218.

    The bill would have greatly curtailed the powers of the rail authority, which is charged with studying the feasibility of a passenger rail line between Nashua to as far north as Concord.

    http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120104/NEWS06/120109977&template=mobileart

  65. January 5, 2012 at 9:43 am

    The Affordable Care Act In 2012: Health Provisions That Could Begin Bending The Cost Curve
    By Igor Volsky on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    The Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act will serve as the greatest highlight for health care news in 2012, but this year federal and state governments will also implement 10 new provisions of the law that seek to improve the efficiency and quality of the health care system. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Care Reform Source has the list here — be sure to click over to the page for an extended explanation of each provision:

    ~snip~

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/01/03/396819/the-affordable-care-act-in-2012-10-health-provisions-that-could-begin-bending-the-cost-curve/

  66. January 5, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012
    Last Call
    Posted by Zandar
    As expected, Johnny Volcano welcomed Mitt Romney to New Hampshire and the crowd responded with the thunderous sound of “meh.”

    At a Manchester high school, Romney entered the stage for a town hall with new supporter John McCain, who won New Hampshire’s primary in 2000 and 2008. After brief speeches in which McCain called on New Hampshire to “catapult [Romney] to victory” with a big showing, they opened up the floor to questions. First up? A self-proclaimed “Occupy Boston” and “Occupy New Hampshire” activist, who challenged Romney to defend his famous “corporations are people” line.

    Clearly used to it at this point, Romney launched into a lengthy, detailed, and impressively delivered explanation of how he views corporations as “collections of people that are trying to have good jobs for themselves” rather than just “buildings.” He even mixed it up on a follow up question about whether retained earnings that corporations sit on rather than invest are still productive.

    “When a business has profit it can do good things,” he replied.

    One woman asked why he favored increasing health care costs, (“I don’t think anyone is in favor of seeing rising health care costs”). A Chinese-American immigrant said she felt his China-bashing rhetoric was “degrading” to Asians.

    “I hope I haven’t put any Asians down,” he said, adding he supported legal immigration of all kinds.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2012/01/last-call_04.html

  67. January 5, 2012 at 9:46 am

    China, France Join Hunt for U.S. Shale Oil and Gas
    by Timothy Hurst on January 4, 2012

    Taking advantage of low barriers to entry and even lower natural gas prices, two large foreign-owned oil and gas companies announced plans to invest billions of dollars to develop shale resources in the United States.

    Sinopec, China’s second-largest oil company inked a $2.5 billion deal with Oklahoma-based Devon Energy to invest in five new shale development areas ranging from Ohio south to Alabama. In another deal, France’s Total Group is investing $2.3 billion in a joint venture with Chesapeake Energy and EnerVest on an Ohio oil and gas project.

    Read more: http://earthandindustry.com/2012/01/china-france-join-hunt-for-u-s-shale-oil-and-gas/

  68. January 5, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Romney says that Obama should take care of his union stooges in SC, Republicans say that the taxcut debate to extend it for the year, is most likely off the table because of recess appointments and oil is going up because of the threatening of closing the Hormuz strait…

    GOOD thing I had my orange juice!

  69. January 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Utah Media Investigate Growing Crime of Worker Misclassification
    By Kenneth Quinnell| January 05, 2012 06:00 AM

    A growing number of companies across the country are purposely misclassifying workers as self-employed ‘owners’ for the sake of saving on labor costs. Doing so allows the companies to avoid paying health care, to ignore worker regulations, shift the burden of payroll taxation to the workers and obtain an uncompetitive advantage over businesses who do the right thing. A recent investigative report by Utah’s KSL 5 News took a closer look at how the process works:

    Read more: http://crooksandliars.com/kenneth-quinnell/t

  70. January 5, 2012 at 9:54 am

    As America’s Infrastructure Crumbles, GOP Presidential Candidates Refuse To Offer Solutions
    By Travis Waldron on Jan 3, 2012 at 10:51 am

    At multiple debates, the candidates offered little in the way of how they would address the fiscal crisis engulfing Europe and failed to understand the driving factors behind it. They offered no solutions to the American housing crisis, even as millions of homeowners face foreclosure and prices continue to fall. In sum, their policies would warrant a failing grades in an Econ 101 class.

    Now, with evidence piling up that America’s infrastructure is failing on multiple fronts, the candidates are again offering no long-term plans for the nation’s transportation or infrastructure programs, Politico reports:

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/03/396601/gop-candidates-infrastructure/

      • 208 Linda
        January 5, 2012 at 10:06 am

        Yeah…sure…….what a liar.

      • January 5, 2012 at 10:20 am

        Hes stupid! Santorum and other crazy folks on the right, clearly pick and choose when and where they can use bigoted and racist remarks (e.g. Townhalls) but once thats all over and done with and Media get hold of it, they try to backtrack what they say! They want the negative message out first to appeal to the crazies on the right, then pretend to care about what was said later on television, without putting an end to their so-called ‘errors/mistakes’ made during their speeches.

        Even when they’re called out, you know they’re disingenuous with their apologies, because they use the same bigotry and racist statements again – days, weeks or months later.. if not hours later at some other event. When someone like Santorum repeatedly offends like this, you know he just doesn’t care, and to use this ‘well we’ve worked together on a number of issues in the AA community’ line and hide behind it, like its supposed to make up for the disgusting and vile things he and other GOP people say, but what they truly show to the world is what type of an AmeriKKKan, he and others on the right really are!!

        I think I’m just mad at the fact, that the term ‘illegal aliens’ is how people who are U.S born citizens are referred to over there, like they’re a species from a different planet, and not human beings like the rest of us. I really dislike how they continually use that term and ‘anchor babies’. I had to ask people online what they meant, and when it was explained to me, I was so furious with it *woooooosSsaaaaa* so freaking annoying these GOp mofoz!!

  71. January 5, 2012 at 9:58 am

    A republican think tank says the way to fight liberals is to imitate them.

    We already know this, the hill Republicans have been doing this for three years with the President, and so has Romney.

    I think it’s childish.

    Moreover, my Grandmother always said mocking people is a form of flattery!

  72. January 5, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Billions needed to upgrade America’s leaky water infrastructure
    By Ashley Halsey III, Published: January 2

    “All the big cities have these problems, and to me it’s the unseen catastrophe,” Hawkins said. “My humble view is that the industry we’re in is the bedrock of civilization because it’s not just an infrastructure that is a convenience, that allows you to get to work faster or slower. At least with bridges or a road, people have some idea of what it is because they drive on them and see them. ” And just like roads and bridges, the vast majority of the country’s water systems are in urgent need of repair and replacement.

    Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/billions-needed-to-upgrade-americas-leaky-water-infrastructure/2011/12/22/gIQAdsE0WP_story.html?hpid=z4

  73. January 5, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Santorum Says EPA’s Mercury Rule Hurts ‘Blue-Collar Americans,’ But Doesn’t Mention Health Benefits
    By Rebecca Leber on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

    As a climate-denier, GOP candidate Rick Santorum’s rise to a near-tie with Mitt Romney in Iowa does not leave much hope for the environment. The candidate has a long-standing relationship with the coal and fracking industry as a well-paid consultant for a coal mining company, Consol Energy Inc., which has donated $8,500 to his campaign.

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/green/2012/01/04/397055/santorum-slams-epas-mercury-rule-with-no-mention-of-health-benefits/

    • January 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

      President Barack Obama has released a video statement announcing his administration’s landmark rules to limit mercury and other air toxics from coal-fired power plants, a long-delayed requirement of the 1990 Clean Air Act legislation. “This is a good day,” he concludes.

      h/t Brad Johnson

      • January 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

        Love the tie and the man wearing it! I wonder what he would look like if he lost everything else except the tie…… maybe like what he looked like on the beach playing football?!? *grins*………. DOH! does the House Rules apply? 😆 😆 (Rated R18 – younginz skip to the next comment*

  74. January 5, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Pakistan: Taliban kills 15 police in revenge for army offensive
    Jessica Phelan |January 5, 2012 06:44

    The Taliban has killed 15 members of a tribal police force in north-west Pakistan, as what the militants said was revenge for a recent army operation in which female relatives were detained.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/pakistan/120105/pakistan-taliban-kills-police-north-waziristan

  75. January 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Kodak contemplating Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    Samantha StainburnJanuary 4, 2012 19:27

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Eastman Kodak Co. is preparing for a possible Chapter 11 bankruptcy-protection filing by early February. Kodak has been shopping the 1,100 patents around since July, the Guardian reported. They are estimated to be worth $2 billion to $3 billion.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120104/kodak-chapter-11-bankruptcy-filing-patents

  76. January 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

    This article is somewhat dated but it provides an interesting look at the way companies are positioning themselves to reap the benefits of alternative energy.~

    The 14 Biggest Companies You Didn’t Know Were in the Solar Industry
    By Timothy Hurst on October 7, 2010

    There are many familiar brands with big plans to capitalize on their market presence, R&D skills, manufacturing capability and distribution channels to make a big splash in the solar industry in years and decades to come. Here are 14 of the biggest companies you may not have known that are making the strategic decision to invest in a sunny future.

    Read more: http://earthandindustry.com/2010/10/the-14-biggest-companies-you-didnt-know-were-in-the-solar-industry/

  77. January 5, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Mike Klink: Keystone XL pipeline not safe
    By Mike Klink | Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 11:50 pm

    There has been a lot of talk about the safety of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. I am not an environmentalist, but as a civil engineer and an inspector for TransCanada during the construction of the first Keystone pipeline, I’ve had an uncomfortable front-row seat to the disaster that Keystone XL could bring about all along its pathway. Despite its boosters’ advertising, this project is not about jobs or energy security. It is about money. And whenever my former employer Bechtel, working on behalf of TransCanada, had to choose between safety and saving money, they chose to save money.

    As an inspector, my job was to monitor the construction of the first Keystone pipeline. I oversaw construction at the pump stations that have been such a problem on that line, which has already spilled more than a dozen times. I am coming forward because my kids encouraged me to tell the truth about what was done and covered up.

    Read more: http://journalstar.com/news/opinion/editorial/columnists/mike-klink-keystone-xl-pipeline-not-safe/article_4b713d36-42fc-5065-a370-f7b371cb1ece.html?mode=story#ixzz1ib9OR1Us

  78. January 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Connecticut’s Paid Sick Days Law Goes Into Effect This Week
    By Pat Garofalo on Jan 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Back in June, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to mandate paid sick leave for service workers, joining cities like Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Seattle in requiring businesses provide workers with paid time off when they are ill. This week, that law finally went into effect, which, as Family Values at Work noted, “means those who serve our food and care for the young and the frail will not have to put the public at risk when they’re ill.” Each year, the U.S. economy loses $180 billion in productivity due to sick employees attending work and infecting others. According to a recent study, lack of paid sick leave led to millions of additional cases of H1N1 flu in 2009.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/04/397687/connecticut-paid-sick-days-law-into-effect/

  79. January 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

    READ IT HERE FIRST — What does light rail mean for St. Paul? A Healthy Corridor for All Health Impact Assessment report out today examines the changes ahead for St. Paul’s Central Corridor. A new $1 billion light rail line running between the Twin Cities by 2014 is expected to elicit nearly $7 billion in transit-oriented development, much along St. Paul’s 12 new stations. Though Minnesota specific, the report touches on the myriad changes at the local level that take place along almost every new large fixed-guideway transit project.

    The Central Corridor is diverse, and concerns of rising housing prices and gentrification are backed up by this research, which concludes recent zoning changes haven’t been done in an equitable manner for the existing population. It’s not all bad news — the line will increase transit access and encourage biking and walking, which bring health benefits to the population. But with those new foot-powered travelers, the assessment worries “pedestrians will be at a greater risk for injuries related to collisions if pedestrian improvements are not made.” Read it here: http://bit.ly/xFclIv

  80. January 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Chip, I love your “rules”. I know I have a tendency to call out people when they get crazy about the President. My daughter is always telling me to chill out. “Mom!!!!! It’s the internet! You only encourage the crazies”. So, I have learned to curb my typing fingers. Besides, You are such a master with this site…it never is lacking for anything. Many thanks!!!! I don’t post often but I constantly direct friends here and I visit the site several times a day. Also, I’ve recently began working with a group of seniors here in Las Vegas for the President’s re-election. I’m the only “computer” person in the group and one of the big deals is to let the girls sit at my laptop and take turns reading TOD. They LOVE the site. I may just use it to teach them to navigate the internet…..:-)

  81. 225 Arnie
    January 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    One of the things that I like about this blog is how kind everyone is to one another. The main reason why I left DK was that I found the lack of civility there to be appalling — in a 220-comment diary, almost invariably, half of the comments were pie fights. I learn more here and at The People’s View, anyway.

  82. 226 Claire
    January 5, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you for reiterating the rules. Your rules and diligence are the main reason I love this site. I have enjoyed the discussions and information provide by you and the TOD family. Please keep up the outstanding job you do. It’s wonderful to have a place where reason and peace prevail.


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