Eric Cantor’s website today.

But, but, but: he said Congress is in session!

Looks like President Obama’s recess appointments were ……… legal. 😳

Jesse Lee

203 Responses to “ooops”

    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      January 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Technically, we tied. 🙂 But congrats!!!

      • 3 isonprize
        January 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm

        Uh, JOBoomer, 3:43 doesn’t equal 3:44. Just sayin’…. 😆 😆 😆

      • 7 Don
        January 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm

        No, I don’t want it to be said that Don is not a reasonable person. Jacquelineoboomer, you are indeed first.

        • January 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm

          The chair recognizes the gentleman with three letters in his first name. But gives an unqualified honorable mention to the lady with er a lot of letters in her sign on name.

      • 9 donna dem 4 obama
        January 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

        Okay I’m the lady with a lot of letters in her name defense. If you look at her post below not the one in response to Don she and he posted at exactly 3:43. 😉

        • 10 donna dem 4 obama
          January 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm

          that should say I’m here for the lady…..see I should have just stayed out of it 🙂

            • 12 jacquelineoboomer
              January 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm

              Ah! I missed it all, having headed off to Twitter earlier.

              I will “compromise”: You’re all right.

              And, Don, you are first in my book! And, Donna, apparently you can tell time, which is better than … er … never mind. 🙂

              • January 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm

                The chair redirects. I’m confused.

              • 14 nathkatun7
                January 13, 2012 at 1:50 am

                Look Jacqueline, for a person like me, who most assuredly is always the last to post on this wonderful blog, I think you had a legitimate claim on being tied for first; especially if the fiercely ethical donna dem 4 obama vouched for you! In any any case, there is absolutely no shame in coming in second in a photo finish, which in my judgement might look –for us untrained mortals — as a tie. I must also confess for my ulterior motive in supporting your claim for a tie. You see, the real reason I always comment here last when people have moved on to other posts is not entirely because I am in San Diego, which is practically on the Mexican boarder. The real reason is that I am technologically challenged. What takes a computer savvy person to type in a second takes me more than 10 minutes to type and send. That is why I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the reality that there is no way I will ever come first on TOD even if I were to wake up at 3AM in San Diego to compete with people on EST. I also truly believe that a one minute separation should be regarded as a tie. Bottom line: Congrats to Don and Jacquelineoboomer for the photo finish, with the win to Don by a nose!

  1. 16 jacquelineoboomer
    January 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    That is so funny! Legal! But of course.

  2. January 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Chips, I’m going to be a real pain the neck, and re-post this from the previous thread. But no pressure is intended…really… 🙂

    We’ve shared various strategies here on TOD about how to get accurate information out about President Obama, and his administration’s, achievements. But we’ve haven’t–to the best of my knowledge– created a plan on how we would use social platforms and media outlets to accomplish this. Donna Dem and WhatISWorking had great ideas and have posted suggestions that we could also implement. I’d like to throw an idea into the mix, if I may.

    I’d like to know if we could have a News Dump Day where we agree on a theme (such as health care reform, the benefits of the American Jobs Act, payroll tax extension, raising the tax on the wealthy, alternative energy, green jobs, etc.), and we each commit to sending a set number of articles (1-3) to at least five, or more, individuals that we know. We could use Twitter, FaceBook, and websites that aren’t on our blogroll. I think Fridays or Saturdays might be the best days to attempt this. There’s so much good information that’s posted here that would go a long way towards informing the public and helping to lay the foundation for President Obama’s re-election.

    What do you think?

    • 22 donna dem 4 obama
      January 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      We need at least a dozen volunteers to start. I hope others state that they are willing to participate.

      • January 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm

        Aqua said they’ve talked about a similar strategy over at Deaniac’s spot. She may be able to get a feel on who wants to participate. So far, we have AnitaW, Aquagranny, donna dem, and me…is anyone else interested?

        • January 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

          I haven’t seen DesertFlower here today but I bet she will be IN. We have talked about this before and also our great Bobfr is fab at messaging and Tweeting. What about Tienle? She’s a stellar strategist. What about Dorothy Rissman and Trumpdog also if they have the time? I know we talked about this at TPV. That’s just a few I can think off the top of my head.

          This need not take a lot of our individual time. It would just be more coordinated. I know some of us our sending out links all the time to the people we know..

          • January 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm

            Thanks aqua! Would you mind spreading the word at TPV to get Deaniac’s take?

            • January 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm

              Will do! And I don’t know about everyone else but Saturdays would work best for me but I will go with what everyone else decides.

            • January 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

              Aqua, Bobfr also discussed a strategy similar to the Dem Rapid Response. That could also be a component for those who have additional time to be involved in that end. Maybe when Bobfr shows up he could explain it in greater detail.

              • January 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm

                I’ve already cut and pasted your post about this over at TPV. I will let you know about feed back. While I have every confidence in our team and committed Democrats this election will not be a Sunday stroll in the park. Repugnants will use every dirty tactic, smear campaign and misinformation to spin their candidates and MSM will help them. We must all be prepared to use every resource at our command to get the truth and positive messages out far and wide. Please you all, Remember that for each person you reach personally with valid information, you have probably touched 5 or more in that person’s sphere. Ripples in a pond folks, you never know how far they will go.

                FIRED UP, READY TO GO! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

          • 29 Pamela
            January 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm

            This sounds excellent, I will be more of a hindrance than a help if I tried it, sorry to say! ;(

          • 30 desertflower
            January 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm

            Hey, ag…what am I missing! ? What is it? I’m IN….Are you going to make me Tweet? I don’t do that right now, but I will do my share in any way that I can 🙂 You guys know that 🙂

            • January 12, 2012 at 6:51 pm

              Yaaay…desertflower! Welcome aboard.~

              • 32 desertflower
                January 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm

                Thanks, creolechild 🙂 I was at work…then I had to call my sister and find out how our VP Biden did today in Ohio ….my sister said he was AWESOME!!! He made her cry, talking from his heart about his personal experiences…she said he really connected with everyone there. Arne Duncan was there, Sherrod Brown, the Mayor of Columbus, lots of pols from Ohio….she said that she was so glad that she got to go. She also told me that she saw my picture on the wall, honoring graduates from the school…..her son’s picture was there as well…honoring him as a graduate, and as serving his country in the US Army. She had no idea that was there, so she was very moved by that.

                • January 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm

                  Thank you for sharing this here. I got teary myself just reading of your Sis’s experience and I knew you were special “She saw my picture on the wall honoring graduates…”

                  Don’t know if you saw my wishes for your Hubby on his job interview but I hold you and your family in my heart and send positive wishes for your success and prosperity.

                  Last: I LOVE ME SOME JOE BIDEN! Our Prez showed some of his best judgment selecting Joe for VP. Joe Biden is a decent, loyal and very good man just like our Prez.

            • January 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

              Nah! You don’t have to Tweet. I don’t but my family does so I make them do it, lol. Remember when we all talked at TPV about getting info and positive messages out there strong? Lots of ways we can do that through our email, FB or Twitter with family and friends. You are a fierce supporter of our Prez so I have “drafted you” to be “One A” (Sorry, for the little joke here) ♥ Sweetie, please read creolechild’s original post. I know you will figure out a way to be IN!!!

        • January 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm

          I am interested, but may need a little tutoring. I’m definitely technologically challenged. But I tweet a lot of great articles for all it’s worth.

      • January 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        Count me in but will have some days that I won’t be contributing due to work load.

    • January 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Hiya creolechild, so sorry I missed this earlier, I’ve only been able to drop in and out today. Hey, I’m open to any great ideas like this one! I won’t always have the time to get too involved, but I’ll be happy to help any way I can.

      • January 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm

        Hey Chips, that’s the beauty of the plan. It’s very simple. TODers can decide what we’ll send out and then we just go ahead and do it! Everyone has to keep the balls up in the air juggling work, home, and other responsibilities but this will be easy to do. Thank you for supporting this idea. I think it’s important that we start now to combat the craziness that’s sure to follow after the GOP selects its candidate.

    • January 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      I will repeat my post from the old thread

      I am in, I am preparing web pages with articles about the issues, so it fits right in with thsi idea. We can either chose old articles from my page or the new ones we find the day we do the action. I just love this blog.

      As soon as I catch up I am going to make a “payroll tax extension” page, that issue will be brought up again once congress gets back from recess.

    • January 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      creole- I think you need to repost this daily so that a plan can actualise. Remember, we do get caught up commenting on life’s wonders,but the reality of productive outlay for 4 more for 44, is one that we here at TOD need to come to grips with immediately, if not before!

      • January 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm

        Good idea, ladyjazz! Maybe we can post it on the sidebar so that’s it’s visible and we can see how much progress we’re making. We also have to see if anyone here is willing to reach out to other prag sites to see if they’re willing to join us.

    • January 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      I’m definitely in – can’t always be on time with the tweets at work, but will do my best.

    • 57 EDP4BHO
      January 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Count me in !!

    • 58 nathkatun7
      January 13, 2012 at 2:06 am

      Creolechild, I don’t tweet, I am not on face book, so I didn’t know how to respond to your wonderful idea! I can, however, do e-mail, fax and phoning. Do those count!? If they do then I am absolutely in. By the way I already share via e-mail all positive information about the President. I also print information to share with people that I do not have e-mail addresses for.

      I just want to thank you, Donna dem 4 Obama, and Linda at WIW, for your proactive approach! I truly believe that what you are doing is the most effective way of spending time and energy to ensure the re-election of the President.

  3. 59 Linda
    January 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Anyone having problems with the last Firefox upgrade ????

  4. 61 Pamela
    January 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Happy Birthday FLOTUS! 146.6K by now! VaHoo!

  5. 62 Mary
    January 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    FLOTUS 48th birthday coming up. Anyone up for donating $48 dollars?

      January 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm


  6. January 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Mormons feel misunderstood by Americans and the mainstream: poll
    Lillian Rizzo| January 12, 2012 13:23

    Mormons in the United States are getting more attention as Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, both members of the Mormon church, are in the race for the Republican seat in the 2012 presidential election. In the latest poll taken by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 1,000 Mormons answered questions about their faith and on the overall said they felt uneasy in the spotlight and misunderstood by Americans in the mainstream, The New York Times reported. Still, a majority of the people surveyed, self-proclaimed members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said they were confident about their religion and did believe that American people were ready to elect a Mormon as president, the Washington Post reported.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120112/mormons-feel-misunderstood-americans-and-the-mai

      January 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm


      • 66 dotster3
        January 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        No caffeine or vino stops my conversion. But the magic underpants sound kinda fun. And it might be cool to strut around proclaiming that I’m a god.

    • 67 L3
      January 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      I would be interested to know what they think of lying and liars.

      • January 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm

        This is what gets me about Romney. He was a leader in his church and must have thousands of people whom he guided and counseled. And for him to lie so effortlessly is disgusting. And then to announce yesterday that his campaign in S. Carolina won’t resort to ugliness and will “maintain truth” – my mouth actually fell open. He either doesn’t care or he doesn’t realize he’s lying.

        Off topic – I wanted to send a tweet (but the conversation has moved on) asking Romney if it was racism or stupidity that allowed his son to make a birther “joke” about the American-born President of the United States, the very office Romney’s seeking, knowing full well that Romney’s father ran for President after being born in Mexico. Hypocrites.

        • 69 desertflower
          January 12, 2012 at 6:44 pm

          A little “Do as I say, not as I do?” going on with him!

        • 70 nathkatun7
          January 13, 2012 at 2:15 am

          Theo, I think you should have! I remember George Romney’s run for the Presidency. Nobody ever raised a question about his birth certificate. What sank him was his claim that he had been brainwashed in supporting the Vietnam war. IMO birtherism is all about racism. PERIOD!

    • January 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      I wonder if they feel a little bit like the Muslims in this country, under attack from the party that their Presidential candidates belong to. Maybe they’ll put themselves in others’ shoes and help to share some compassion for people’s religion.

      • 72 Dee
        January 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        As a mormon, or correctly, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we believe” that all men can worship as they please” We believe that Jesus is the Christ and we should live our lives to be worthy of His presence. Most of us strive to show compassion, spend our time and talents, money by sharing ourselves (ie, Katrina clean-up). . Our underwear is not magic, but a reminder of the covenants we have made with our Father in Heaven. I am a big supporter of pres Obama, and put my money where my mouth is. We have freedom to live our lives as we wish and as in Romney’s case, screw up. We are also held accountable by the Lord when we do so, and have to answer to HIM. Been an African-American mormon for 30 years, and it has been one the best choices I have ever made!

        • 73 donna dem 4 obama
          January 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm

          Thank you for speaking up Dee. I know very little about the Mormon faith so you have educated me.

        • January 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm

          Good for you, Dee. You don’t seem to fall into the category of the “misunderstood” or “uneasy in the spotlight” people noted in the survey.

        • 76 DreamChaser57
          January 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

          I relish the immense diversity on this site. I appreciate your commentary Dee.

        • 77 sjterrid
          January 13, 2012 at 5:25 am

          Dee, I want to thank you for posting this info. It’s so great to see all the diversity on this site. There are people from all over the world that comment on this site. I have learned about events that happened around the world that I wouldn’t have known about if I hadn’t come here.

      • 78 Pamela
        January 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm

        And maybe stop being so secretive about their ideology and their practices, other than ringing people’s doorbells all the time!

        • 79 Dee
          January 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm

          When we discuss our religious affiliation, there are so many misconceptions, that it takes time to clear out the trash. It can’t be explained in a sound bite. It is our pleasure to share it with you. But, if you knew our history in depth, the crap Joseph Smith ( and also our people) went through when he received the “gold plates” from 14 till he was martyred at 34, you would understand. It is a step-by-step process, nothing to play with casually. Yes, we do things differently in some ways, but we won’t push it on you. ( Yeah, the missionaries can be over-zealous at times, but they just want to share what we have.) All have agency, you can take it or leave it. It’s not always easy, but it so worth it! Not trying to make this a religious class, just trying to answer questions, (as she backs out the door, closing it quietly).

      • 81 Mae who love our CIC
        January 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm

        They won’t have any more compassion because they think that they are elite therefore they are governed by a different standard. This is why his son could make such a callous statement knowing that his grand father was born in Mexico and he wouldn’t want anyone to make disparaging remarks about him.

    • 83 isonprize
      January 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Ok, Tulips. That HAS to be a photoshopped picture. I mean, we know that Myth is ridiculous, but THIS IS RIDICULOUS!! 😆 😆

    • January 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      **NOTE!!!!** StR posted this warning a little further down the thread….

      “Just a heads up – the “Mitt Romney shoe shine” pic floating around is actually him getting “wanded” by security. Don’t pass it around – We have enough truth to attack Mitt with, don’t let GOP use this pic as an example of Dems lying about Romney.”

      • 85 lovingandlaughing
        January 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

        ok vc! they used this pic in the “when romney came to town” video. at quick glance it sure does look like a shoe shine situation, so that must be why they choose the pic to put in he video. glad to be corrected though. i certainly don’t want to spread untruths!

      • January 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm

        Plus, we can’t be sure that President Obama hasn’t ever had his shoes shined either – his shoes are always so shiny. This is a non-issue. Better to use the picture of the guy holding Mitt’s chair on the ground while Mitt spewed his lies – that’s more applicable.

  7. January 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Taliban ready to start peace talks with Afghanistan
    Lillian Rizzo| January 12, 2012 11:27

    The Taliban says it is ready to enter peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan, even though their insurgents still plan to carry on fighting, the Associated Press reported. The militant organization announced the peace talks on Thursday in an emailed statement, suggesting they are ready for peace talks, but still pointing out obstacles on the way to any sort of settlement, especially their insistence that President Hamid Karzai’s government is a “stooge” of the West, the AP reported.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/afghanistan/120112/taliban-ready-start-peace-talks-afghanistan

  8. January 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm


    Iran agrees to discuss nuclear bomb allegations with the IAEA
    News Desk| January 12, 2012 15:30

    Diplomats in Vienna are reporting today that Iranian officiuals have agreed to meet a UN nuclear agency team in Tehran to discuss allegations that the Islamic Republic has for years engaged in a secret program to build a bomb, according to The Associated Press.

    Such a move would represent a reversal of Iran’s position of more than three years during which it refused to cooperate with UN attempts to verify US allegations. The news comes amid rising tensions between Iran and Western countries seeking to impose punitive sanctions targeting the nation’s crucial oil industry in reaction to its alleged attempts to build nuclear weapons.

    Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/120112/after-years-iran-agrees-discuss-bomb-allegations-the-iaea

    January 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm


  10. 96 a4alice
    January 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Hold it I’ve been out of it today- does the top story in Chips blog mean that Eric Cantor had his shorts all in a knot over PBO’s appointment saying that they weren’t in recess and they were in recess? (ergo PBO’s recess appointment) He doesn’t even know when the house is in recess or not?

  11. January 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Cantor: Curses. Foiled again. Darn you President Obama!! (Shakes fist but his glasses fall off)

  12. 106 57andFemale
    January 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Michelle closing in on 150,000.

  13. 108 57andFemale
    January 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Correction; 150,550.

  14. 109 donna dem 4 obama
    January 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    FLOTUS just passed 150,000 on twitter.

  15. January 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    We Love our Michelle Obama 🙂

  16. January 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    FLOTUS: as of 4.24 E.Time 151,000 followers

  17. January 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    The First Lady is hitting almost 150,000 Tweeps, 880 lists. Wow. And it’s only been a few hours. This was a smart move by the campaign to channel the kantorbury outrage into solid support for FLOTUS. And she seems to be having fun, already sending out 2 tweets in her own name. The second is to invite us to do service during MLK holiday. Smart smart woman channeling our energy into useful activity.

  18. January 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Next milestone for @michelleobama – John Boehner has 169K followers…

    As folks get off work I expect the pace of follows to quicken. I think she passes Romney sometime this evening.

  19. 118 halo
    January 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm


  20. January 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    PrioritiesUSA ad from November – imagine what else they could add now. “Running for office for pete’s sake”, “10,000 bet”, “I like firing people”, “criticism of Bain is just envy” just to name a few…

    Priorities USA has a website – http://www.prioritiesusaaction.org/

  21. 120 donna dem 4 obama
    January 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Beyonce designs T-shirt for the Obama Campaign.


  22. January 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    The speed and rate of “followership” for FLOTUS’s Twitter account is truly mind boggling. I won’t be surprised if it hits 1/4 million by tonight

  23. 123 57andFemale
    January 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    152,000 and counting…….

  24. 124 GGail
    January 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    That President Obama!!! He keeps pulling the rug out from under Cantor’s feet and he keeps falling on his arse! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    “What do you mean they were Legal”?????!!!???? arghhhhhhh!!!! “drats! foiled again”!

  25. January 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Rhandi Rhodes is the only progressive show that mentions WhiteHouse.gov. She just mentioned the new Insourcing website and she is citing statistics from there.

    • 126 Ladyhawke
      January 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      I picked that up too cos. I was thrilled when she did that. whitehouse.gov is an amazing resource. I defy any American to log on to that website and not be impressed with the staggering amount of good work the administration is doing on their behalf.

  26. January 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Gallup says Robney is pulling away Nationally!

    After a horrible week, Robney is pulling away?


    Go Gallup! Lol!

    • January 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Gallup does not seem to be that credible anymore.

      • January 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        Romney came in at 34 percent, followed by Rick Santorum at 15 percent, Newt Gingrich at 14 percent, Ron Paul at 13 percent, Rick Perry at 5 percent and Jon Huntsman at 2 percent.


    • 130 anniebella
      January 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Another poll had Obama 48-43 lead over Romney. So I’m not buying Gallup B.S.

      • January 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm

        Against Obama he is either tied or behind.
        But Gallup says he is pulling away nationally on the republican side!
        But we do know he is dropping in SC!

    • January 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Rahsaan also has the President up by 3, a few days ago, they had him down 6.
      Lots of Phooey going on with the polls.
      Just ask bill Nelson about the underpolling if democrats in Florida?

    • 134 Linda
      January 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Gallup is a fraud….

      Daily Kos caught them last year….They were changing their methodology at will…depending on how their client wanting it to look.

      Real Clear Politics is doing something similar by leaving out certain polls when they do the averages.

      Don’t trust any of them, except Pew Research

    • 135 Lorraine
      January 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Gallup is taking about the Republican primary not General.

    • 136 donna dem 4 obama
      January 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      I don’t agree that he had a horrible week. He won the first primary after tying the first caucus. Most people don’t hear about these web ads that we share here. The average person gets their news from network tv not cable. Therefore all they know is that he was a winner. So it would make sense to me that he would be getting a bump nationally against the not-romney’s

      • 137 vero804
        January 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm

        I totally agree. I do not think he’s doing that bad at running his campaign. He sucks, we know it but most of it isn’t being elevated enough to get mainstream, consistent attention.

  27. 138 benchwarmer
    January 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    My favorite part about the GOP congressional clusterf**kers trying to sue over this recess appointment: They seemingly have no idea what they are up against. President Obama is a brilliant man who KNOWS what the Constitution will allow in the way of recess appointments– he taught Constitutional Law, and you know, unlike our do-nothing GOP congress–actually thinks before acting, and knew exactly what he was doing.

    I LOVE having a good AND smart president. ❤

    I really haven't read through all of the posts on this blog, having just discovered this recently. As a result, I am hesitant to share any found links of interest as they are likely something that has been mentioned around here already. However, if this doesn't sound familiar, I would be happy to dig up the link I recently happened upon. It is for an amazing Daily Kos Diary that argues the case that so many are afraid to argue: that Obama is quite possibly the best President of all time. Have any of you read this piece? It excites me to see that many of us non-disappointed supporters are still out there 🙂

    • 139 isonprize
      January 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      benchwarmer. There was a post a few days back about the “rules” of TOD. You might want to check it out.

      • 140 benchwarmer
        January 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm

        Thank you. I will try to find the rules. It is probably wise to find out the rules of posting, before, actually posting.

        My apologies.

        • 141 dotster3
          January 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm

          No real need to apologize. Others here mentioned that diary also. It’s just that dkos is on the bad list for too much anti-Obama. But in rare instances there is an exception and someone will note a brave soul posting something positive there.

    • January 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Benchwarmer – someone did refer people to that diary a few days ago, and they may have also provided a link (not exactly following the rules, but it was such a positive diary, that I think it warranted the exception). It really was a heartwarming diary, and the comments were generally positive, too. It’s been a cesspool over at d-kos, but a few people seem to be coming back to their senses and there have been one or two good diaries referenced these past few weeks.

    • 143 desertflower
      January 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      The fact that Chips doesn’t want that here, does not mean that we didn’t read it…was it by Trubador or something like that? It got a lot of mention about how good it was…several here have read it 🙂

  28. January 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Just a heads up – the “Mitt Romney shoe shine” pic floating around is actually him getting “wanded” by security. Don’t pass it around – We have enough truth to attack Mitt with, don’t let GOP use this pic as an example of Dems lying about Romney.

    • 145 Linda
      January 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Which is just as offensive, imo…..Why doesn’t he have to go through security like the rest of us ???

    • 146 isonprize
      January 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks. I did think it was a bit ridiculous!!! But even as he is being wanded for security, it needed to happen outside on the tarmac? It really looks like a photoshopped picture to me.

    • 147 nathkatun7
      January 13, 2012 at 2:41 am

      Why is he just “wanded” when I have to take off my shoes? How come the late Sen. Kennedy was put on no fly list during the Bush Administration? I am sorry, but this is one privileged person trying to pretend to be an ordinary person who is currently unemployed, and who worried about getting a pink slip.

  29. 148 Linda
    January 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    teehee…. Scott Walker put up this billboard in front of a closed factory….oops

    http://i.huffpost.com/gen/463898/thumbs/s-BILLBOARD-large640.jpg ( not a link to HuffPuff…just the photo )

    They already took it down because he was getting mocked about it.

  30. January 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Deaniac does it again! He has an excellent post up about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

    Consumer Protection Agency Gets Started on Shadow Lenders. Step One: Mortgage Originators
    Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Posted by Deaniac83 at 1:43 PM

    With a director now in place, America’s first ever agency to solely have as its purpose the protection of consumers sprung into action. Their first non-bank target: the mortgage industry. Today, they released an examination procedure to subject non-bank entities associated with a mortgage process – brokers, non-bank lenders (ahem Countrywide before being bought by BofA ahem) and servicers – to the same level of scrutiny the agency has already been providing for bank lenders, ending the area of the mortgage market where the sun don’t shine.

    Read more: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/01/consumer-protection-agency-gets-started.html#disqus_thread

  31. January 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Republicans Argue That Corporations Should Be Allowed To Sponsor Candidates

    The popularity of NASCAR has exposed most Americans to photographs of drivers in silly jumpsuits festooned with myriad patches of their sponsors’ logos. The drivers’ uniforms rival their race cars for corporate advertisements and in combination, the drivers and their machines are eerily similar to a clown and his little pretend car people attending a circus recognize. If Republicans have their way, it will not be long before candidates appear in debates and on the campaign trail wearing jumpsuits with their corporate sponsors’ logos, and unlike NASCAR drivers and their cars, the GOP clowns will not engender derisive laughter, but fear and desperation as America’s elections, democracy, and government are sold to the highest spending corporation. Willard Romney and the Supreme Court claim corporations are people, but if the RNC prevails, corporations will have more influence on elections than millions of people.

    The Citizens United decision the conservative Supreme Court handed down gives corporations the right of free speech to spend unlimited funds to run political ads or use other media modalities to influence elections in their favor. Corporations are still forbidden from contributing directly to a candidate or a committee (such as the Republican National Committee {RNC}), and it is the last line of defense to prevent corporate ownership of a candidate. In a brief filed on Monday in the 4TH Circuit, the RNC argued it is unconstitutional to deny direct corporate sponsorship of a candidate or committee because they claim the ban applies “across the board to all corporations,” regardless of size.

    The RNC argues that most corporations are not giant entities that seek to influence elections and that most corporations are little more than mom and pop operations typical of small shops in any American neighborhood. However, the brief points out that the prohibition on corporate giants such as Halliburton unfairly targets little family shops and therefore is unconstitutional. If the court agrees with the RNC’s argument, there will be no distinction between Uncle Paul and Aunt Irene’s craft store and Koch Industries or General Electric. The Republicans are not challenging the prohibition on direct corporate financing for family-owned markets, but for giant corporations with unlimited amounts of cash


  32. 153 isonprize
    January 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    5:00pm @michelleobama has 155,325 followers. It hasn’t even been 24 hours.

  33. January 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    House to vote January 18 on debt ceiling increase.

    • January 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      I hope the general public remembers that they had agreed to this backwards process where they’ll vote against increasing debt ceiling, but the President will override them, or something like that. It’s a way to claim they voted against increasing the debt, even though they know it has to happen. They just want to have time to complain and grandstand on the House floor.

      • 156 a night owl
        January 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

        They can grandstand if they want, but they will be trumped a few days later by the grandest stand of all: the President’s State of the Union Address!

  34. 157 defytheodds
    January 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Obama Mobilizes Supporters To Battle GOP’s Voter Suppression Campaign

    President Obama continues to raise huge sums of money, but he is also mobilizing supporters to do battle against the GOP’s 2012 voter suppression campaign…

    Obama’s fundraising numbers are going to continue to be mind boggling, but 2012 won’t be about money. The big story is going to be how the Obama campaign spends the money that they raise to overcome Republican efforts to keep his supporters from voting in 2012. The Obama campaign is planning on spending huge sums of their money on grassroots efforts to overcome the GOP campaign to suppress the vote.

    The 2012 election will be less about Barack Obama versus the Republican nominee and more about Democrats versus the voter suppression tactics of the Republican Party. The outcome of the battle to make sure that Obama supporters can still vote for their candidate may determine the outcome of the 2012 election.


  35. 158 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Our4thEstate Bobfr
    Psst @SpeakerBoehner, check website of fellow #KochStooge @EricCantor http://t.co/gkLp3TeA Lame plus incompetent. You’re fired on 6NOV


  36. January 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    If you want an excellent article to spread around to familh and friends about HealthCare

    2011 Year in Review: Eight Ways the Health Care Law Helps You

    I have included a video “Emily’s Story”


    • 162 EDP4BHO
      January 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks WIW. A sister of mine needs this as she refuses to vote. Yep. She doesn’t trust politicians so she won’t vote, even though voting affects our entire lives. Some folk are delusional, so maybe this will help.

  37. 163 donna dem 4 obama
    January 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    @ 5:42 FLOTUS passed 160,000 followers.

  38. January 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    FLOTUs hits 161,000 mark on Twitter. Wow

  39. January 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I guess Israel and the Republicans are trying to provoke us into a war with Iran!

    Not good!

    • 167 dotster3
      January 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      I saw that—-frightening, and that it’s “politics” that’s behind it. Trying to cause huge mess for Obama? In an election year?

    • 168 Brit
      January 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      It is not a good idea to go to war with Iran. Do people really think that Iran would just lie down and take attacks from Israel and/or the U.S. without attacking back. If Israel wants to fight Iran, America should let them do it by themselves.

      January 13, 2012 at 7:51 am


  40. January 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm

  41. January 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden largely steered clear of politics as he talked college affordability at Gahanna Lincoln High School, telling an overflow crowd that the Obama administration wanted to “ restore the bargain that’s been broken” on keeping costs down.

    Accompanied by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in a town hall-style meeting attended by about 775 high school juniors, seniors, parents and dignitaries inside the school’s gymnasium , and another few hundred in the school’s auditorium watching on a projection screen, Biden decried the strain rising college costs puts on parents, arguing that the added expenses are robbing them “of the American Dream” of putting their children in a position to do better than they did


    • January 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      The Obama Administration has been busy governing, while Congress and the media and their lobbyists have been politicking all along. This country is lucky to have had people in the White House who actually wanted to work – especially with these multiple crises.

  42. 176 Alycée (@jazziz2)
    January 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Dang, Rev Al is opening his show — kicking ass and taking names as he rolls!

  43. 177 Alycée (@jazziz2)
    January 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    but why does he go to “Fast” Eddie king of the quiet (backroom) deals and Joan “Mis’ Ann) Walsh?

  44. 179 dotster3
    January 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Ha ha—-right on—Rev. Al is coming to us tonight from a “quiet room”. Speaking quietly in the quiet club style room. Shhhhh, don’t let the unwashed hear what we’re doing to their jobs and security while we rake in millions. Keep it on the down low. And whew—-back to the loud, out in the open Rev. Al.

    • 180 Ladyhawke
      January 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      We were on the same page. I can’t wait to see the DemRapidResponse ad about the quiet room comment. The hits just keep on coming.

  45. 181 Ladyhawke
    January 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    This is too funny. Rev Al is starting his show off today whispering in a “quiet room.”

  46. January 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Comedian & TV host Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) tweets: “I love that you’re on Twitter @MichelleObama! Finally a forum to discuss the important topics with you. Have you been watching The Bachelor?”

    • 184 dotster3
      January 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Ellen is the best and so funny. She had an earlier tweet to Michelle warning her about the number of characters allowed, with her tweet ending mid-sentence mid-word.

  47. 185 susanne
    January 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    aloha chips and tods
    i was in a clinic waiting room this morning, stuck in front of a tv spewing fox ‘news’–horrid and i couldn’t get the channel to change. but, as a result, i heard the announcement that on hand-drying machines in public restrooms around america, the romney campaign has plastered stickers that say, ‘push button for a message from the president’. the ‘news’ announcer (smug blonde helmet) said, ‘get it?’.

    i don’t know if any of you have seen these, but i think we should remove them whenever possible. i was in two airports last week, and none were there, but this is hawaii. it’s this kind of insidious, inside joke messaging that undermines the public’s respect for the president’s word, and his work.

    • January 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      It’s so juvenile. Typical of the Romney machine.

    • 188 dotster3
      January 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      We’re travelling cross country soon. I’ll bring my razor blade and sharpie. Last election I plastered Obama stickers everywhere. Will try to get a supply before I go. Had so much fun—-hotel/motel room windows and in drawers, places where they wouldn’t be noticed or easily removed—–especially fun in red states. And, I confess, on rest stop stall doors.

      • 189 Pamela
        January 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm

        They are 100 for $15 at the store, I hand em out like candy and put them on my mail!

      • 190 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 13, 2012 at 7:47 am


    • January 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      I think Americans should ask themselves if this is the type of individual that we want as a representative of the United States?

  48. January 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    The DNC is out with a new Web video hitting Mitt Romney on Bain — using the words of his GOP opponents Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman.

    “Mitt Romney has a record of destroying the economic lives of companies, individuals and entire communities as a corporate buyout specialist,” the ad says. “But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what his fellow Republicans and pundits had to say.”


  49. January 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    PBO made his money by writing books. Rmoney made his money by cooking books.

  50. 201 FiredUpInCA
    January 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    “The Obama filing was unquestionably impressive,” said Jonathan Mantz, who led the fundraising efforts of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid. “The fourth quarter is never an easy fundraising quarter, especially during these past few months when the political spotlight has been on the Republican presidential candidates.”

    What that fundraising disparity means is that Obama will be able to set the terms — or at least take a first crack at setting the terms — of the general election.

    But when will it make sense for Obama to start spending all that money?

    Conversations with a variety of Democrats, media gurus and party strategists produced a widespread consensus that Obama should not begin spending freely on paid television advertising until the Republican attacks on Romney slow.

    “I think he waits until the GOP guns against Mitt stop firing,” Democratic pollster Paul Maslin said. “And even then he can wait a while longer.”


      January 13, 2012 at 7:42 am


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