afternoon all

A very good afternoon from Little Miss Cranky

Thanks for putting up with that whinge last night, and for understanding what I was rambling on about. From now until November (and for all of PBO’s second term too) this will be a ‘press on’ kind of blog, with not a whole lot of room for the doom merchants.

Just to make one thing clear:

Not in a million years am I asking anyone to stop commenting about the smears and lies out there, we need to know what crap is being spread so we can fight back with the truth with our friends/families, on Twitter/Facebook/comment sections on websites/emails to the MSM/newspapers, etc, etc. And I welcome – with a hearty hug – links to stuff exposing Romney and the GOP for what they are …. keep ’em coming!

At times that will make this place seem depressingly negative, but fighting the lies this year will be as important as reporting the good stuff – so hang on in there, it’ll be worth it in the end.

All I’m asking is that some of you – and it’s only a teency weency minority here – stop trying to put a dampener, using GOP talking points, on every single bit of encouraging news we get. And stop linking to comically awful GOP/Firebagger sites – instead, link to truth-tellers like Steve Benen and Greg Sargent who actually make an effort to expose the lies. I end up not being able to distinguish you from GOP/Firebagger trolls, even if you’re genuine supporters of the President. And I’m just not going to waste anymore time trying to figure it out, there’s more important work to be done.

So, keep on arguing, keep on being passionate about the issues that matter most to you, and keep on doing what you do here. You’re a completely amazing, inspirational bunch of people, I can’t even begin to describe how much I appreciate you all.

And one last time: Personal abuse towards others here will never be tolerated – ever.

Okay, “with patient and firm determination”, let’s press on 😉

Chat away….

163 Responses to “afternoon all”

  1. 8 vitaminlover
    January 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Chips, I appreciate all that you do!

  2. 9 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    #PRESSON Yes We Must!

  3. 11 AJ
    January 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I appreciate you, too, Chips! I am in the midst of a huge annual project at work, but by early March, I should be able to hang out here more often. To all TOD’ers: don’t miss me too much, try not to have too much fun without me…or if you do, at least take notes.

    xox, y’all…

    • January 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      ‘don’t miss me too much, try not to have too much fun without me…or if you do, at least take notes.’

      AJ, that made me smile. Good luck with your project.

  4. 13 collegekay
    January 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Right on Chips!

    So where are my football fans. The Saints and the Niners are up in like 20mins 😀

  5. January 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Veteran California Republican Reps. Howard McKeon and Elton Gallegy acknowledged on Saturday that they received VIP loans from Countrywide Financial, which is under investigation for possibly giving lawmakers special treatment to win political favors, The Wall Street Journal reports.

    McKeon and Gallegly were among the four names sent to the House Ethics committee by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), who is investigating Countrywide’s VIP Program.

    A spokeswoman for McKeon told The Wall Street Journal that McKeon was “pretty shocked and angry” when he learned that he was listed as a VIP loan customer. She said the lawmaker, who chairs the Armed Services Committee, had not known that his 1998 home loan had gone through any special program.


    This is a big deal!

  6. 19 desertflower
    January 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm



    The captain of the 4,200-pasenger luxury cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Tuscany has been arrested, CNN reports, citing a local prosecutor. He is reportedly being investigated for manslaughter and abandoning ship.

    • 20 dotster3
      January 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      What a nightmare that must have been for those on board, must have been having Titanic flashes as they had to abandon ship in the dark. It’s hard to understand how this could have happened and all said there were no warnings other than “a small electrical problem, go back to your cabins” and no clear instructions when it was obvious they would have to find a lifeboat or swim. All have commented about the kindness of those on the island once they reached shore.

      • 21 Obama Grandmama
        January 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm

        I just spent part of last April and May in Tuscany, Italy. They are super nice people. I was on a bus trip but have thought about a cruise. Having lived in Juneau for ten years in the 90s I know there are a lot of cruise ship incidents.

  7. 22 Pamela
    January 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Snow showers today in Seattle… Crunching paperwork, paying my small business taxes, and hanging with ma’ fam on TOD! Oh, yes, Maine Coon firmly established in my lap! Great great day!

    • 23 Bill
      January 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Sounds like a great day. Tell your kitty to keep the purring down to a low roar.

      • 24 Pamela
        January 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm

        Hee! Bill, sometimes she snores the cutest, most contented little rrup,rrup,rrup you have ever heard! Makes me chuckle… Quietly, tho….

  8. 25 Dudette
    January 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Today Is Saturday!!

    Just ran across this great Let’s Move video — saw it on TV and went it found it on You Tube. Cute kids, cute song! Makes me wanna get up off the couch!! Chips, what do you say? Is this a good candidate for a regular Saturday spot!

  9. January 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm

  10. 40 desertflower
    January 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    The United States may be on the verge of bringing back manufacturing jobs from China.

    Harold Sirkin, along with Michael Zinser and Douglas Hohner (all experts from the Boston Consulting Group – a leading business advising firm), says that outsourcing manufacturing to China is not as cheap as it used to be and that the United States is poised to bring back jobs from China.

  11. January 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Chips, you run a tight ship and it’s a pleasure to be part of the crew. Maintaining water-tight integrity is a must if we are to stay afloat. As I’ve stated before, I’ll sail with you anytime. Single-up all mooring lines and prepare to get underway. 😀

  12. January 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    It looks like the good old boys are going to support Santorum. The in-fighting should be interesting.

  13. January 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Ofa is doing well today. I would be out there, but it is Football day. Lol!

  14. 53 debbyeOh
    January 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Good afternoon Miss Chips! Thank you for all you do…the reason I was attracted to your gem of a blog was for it’s positive vibe. As you said, we’ve got important work to do! So fellow TODers, PressOn! 😉

  15. January 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I got some really good news today that I want to share with everyone. Our county has a fast-growing Hispanic population, but very few of us in our local Democratic Committee speak Spanish very well. Sometimes we get Spanish speaking volunteers, but they often don’t have enough concentrated time to give to voter registration, voter Identification, talking up PBO’s accomplishments,and flushing out voters on Election Day. So about a year ago I thought it would be great if we could get a bilingual intern from the local college to dedicate 200 hours of time to the Hispanic neighborhoods in our city doing all of the above. Lots of us would help, but the intern would spearhead the effort with Spanish speaking voters. I spent some months gathering enough contributions among fellow Democrats to offer a small stipend to the student and worked with our local college about the possibility of awarding college credits through the Political Science department. Well, today I heard that the college IS willing to award credits and has some top notch bilingual students who would qualify. This is very exciting because it will give the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party an ongoing presence in the Hispanic Community through the summer and fall AND help us to groom a future leader in the Democratic Party. I also want to “celebrate” Hispanic voters next November by setting up a place in the Hispanic neighborhoods where voters can come, enjoy refreshments and spend some time socializing while their children play games. It’s my hope to make Election Day a time of fun and enjoyment for Hispanic voters so they will look forward to the day and come out to vote in record numbers. Obama/Biden 2012. Here we go!!!

    • 55 desertflower
      January 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Wonderful, wonderful news, Jackie! Great ideas that have the potential to be implemented anywhere….keep pressing on!

      • January 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

        I think many local colleges might be willing to cooperate if you approach the internship as a way of learning about community outreach and messaging. When I reached out to fellow Democrats about throwing some money into the kitty, I found very generous people–some even willing to make month contributions, even while they continued to financially support PBO and Democratic candidates. New Hispanic voters are often shy about facing the “officialdom” at the polling places, but with good outreach, friendly encouragement and a fun place to go afterward we’re hoping to overcome their reluctance.

    • 57 Pamela
      January 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      😉 now that’s what we’re talking about… Excellent and brilliant! Good on ya’, as is said DownUnda!

    • 58 GGail
      January 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Jackie – this is wonderful news! YOU GO GIRL!

    • 59 Tulips
      January 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Hey congratulations! obama/Biden2012

    • January 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Oh, Jackie!! That’s awesome! I love your ideas. It’s a good way to show Hispanic voters that the Democratic party is open and welcoming and that they have a seat at the table, regardless of what the repugs do.

      • January 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm

        Lisa, that’s exactly it. While Republicans are doubling down on the ugly, I wanted our Hispanic community to see how welcome they are in the Democratic Party. If we are the ones who show up, reach out, take the trouble to speak Spanish and make the process of voting easier, then we are the party the growing number of young Hispanics will turn to. That’s why it was so important to me to get a young person from the college who could identify with Hispanic youth.

    • 62 Dudette
      January 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Outstanding Jackie! What a brilliant idea. I hope this gets replicated in OFA branches across the country!! Press On indeed!!

    • 63 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Now, that’s some really fantastic ‘grass roots’ activism and an exceptional outcome, Jackie. Heartfelt congratulations!!


    • January 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      What a terrific idea! Hats off to you, Jackie! Congratulations also on being able to set up the ‘credits’ scenario which might entice even more students to want to participate.

      This is a beautiful example of ONE reason the democratic party appeals to me – this willingness to try to fix a problem, instead of harping on the idea of undoing whatever is suggested while having nothing to offer in its place, as is the habit of the Repub ‘leaders’ .

    • 66 dotster3
      January 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Very cool—-and ex–cellent!

    • January 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      That is such a brilliant idea! Well done.

    • 68 Mary Gray
      January 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Such a wonderful idea and a winner for all involved. Great ingenuity!

    • 69 rikyrah
      January 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      this rocks!!!

  16. 70 auni
    January 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    My PC was down for 2 days–Grandson said I was in withdrawels from this wonderful site–he was right–shakey hands, labored breathing, sweats. My lord it was awful!

    • 71 desertflower
      January 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      I KNOW! Don’t you hate when that happens?! We’re SO addicted 🙂

      • 72 Obama Grandmama
        January 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        I know what you mean. I’m addicted too as I had my son and his wife and my granddaughter here for two days. As soon as they left I came here to catch up on all of the posts I missed. I will be a total nutcase the end of March and April when I have knee surgery and recovery.

    • 73 collegekay
      January 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Glad to have you back!

    • 74 Pamela
      January 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      auni, get an iPad, then you’ll only have to deal with a stiff neck from reading it while trying to keep up with all your daily tasks! Painful, but much better than withdrawals!

    • January 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Did you boil water?

  17. 76 auni
    January 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Jackie–wonderful work!

  18. January 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

  19. 78 FiredUpInCA
    January 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Take it for what it’s worth:

    “Breaking news: Reuters/Ipsos poll: Mitt Romney opens up wide lead in South Carolina with 37% support, Newt Gingrich falls to 12% – @Reuters.”

    Romney, who has been sinking precipitously in the most recent polls has miraculously soared to New Hampshire-level support in conservative South Carolina. Uh-huh, right.

    This is such a surreal coronation going on.

    Despite how the campaign began, suddenly in time for the Sunday talk shows all the Bain people suddenly received raises. Vulture capitalism is now rejeuvenating free enterprise. All the media has made their professional mission to fact-check ads.

    That’s fine that they’re all in for this guy but my question is why this guy? He is not just a horrible candidate. He is a horrible human being.

    • January 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      And three polls prior to that had Robney slipping.
      Me thinks, something is up. Of course, a boost one week out?

    • 80 hopefruit2
      January 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      He’s the “status quo” guy. The one that will work on behalf of Wall Street and the corporations with minimal regulation. Isn’t the media a big part of that movement? Also, he’s the one (whom they think) will give PBO the most “competition” thereby upping their ratings in an election year.

    • 81 57andFemale
      January 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      We need to be very clear on one thing: Republicans are totally motivated to defeat Obama by any means necessary and they know that Romney is the only one who stands a chance (in a field of total loons, he’s the best?!?!? I’m afraid that’s true).

      david Frum on Bill Maher last night let the cat out of the bag: Romney will tack to the center as soon as this thing is wrapped up. Although to me he is actually the most dangerous because he has no soul or moral compass and will do anything and everything he’s told. And he will be told to do despicable things.

      I only wish Democrats were as motivated to keep the maniacs out of office — it IS reason enough, even if (inexpicably) you’re no longer in love with the President.

      Republicans don’t need to be in love, they move the ball down the field. Dem’s need to do that, too.

      • 82 pinkbunny
        January 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm

        I’m not sure about that…Look at how much grief the President gets from the Republican and tea-party members. If Romney were to become President, he would be pulled further to the right. There is no way that this moron has any back bone to stand up to his party.

      • 83 Renegade522/AuntSis
        January 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        I don’t get this. If they are going to steal the elections, I would think it would pick someone that appeals to the FAUX left, low info voters, those that vote against their own interest. I just think its easier to steal if its close. Willard is not close. He can’t move to the center. He is too far out on the right ledge – imo.

      • 84 Lorraine
        January 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm

        He can’t “tack to the center” folks already don’t truth or believe him. I’m convinced that Romney is getting bad advice so President Obama can win a 2nd term and the Republicans will be ready for 2016.

        • 85 anniebella
          January 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm

          No Romney can’t go trying to go to the middle,because he has spent all the primary trying to convince conservatives that he is a conservative, then if he make it to the general election he is going to flip flop again, I don’t think so. Romney has painted himself in a right wing conservative box and that is where he will have to stay.

      • January 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        Frum doesn’t is just following conventional wisdom. Romney may try but will not succeed at tacking to the right. The Obama campaign will paint him as a the corporate raider tea party candidate.

    • January 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm

  20. 91 GGail
    January 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Chipsticks, I get a tingle down my leg when you are forceful, my beautiful leader. PRESS ON!

    Collegekay…..”here we gooooooo” SAINTS!

  21. January 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

  22. January 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    9ers recovered the ball on their own 2.


  23. January 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Lots of football fans on this blog. You guys rock!

  24. 106 Linda
    January 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Please, everyone, follow me into a “quiet room”—we’re going to discuss the outrageous $100 million-plus golden parachutes corporate CEOs get, and we wouldn’t want Mitt Romney to think we were engaging in an “envy-oriented, attack-oriented approach.”

    A new study (PDF) looks at the 21 CEOs who’ve gotten “walk-away packages” of $100 million and up since 2000, for a combined total of nearly $4 billion. Those packages included stock option profits, full-value stock awards, salary and bonuses, benefits from health care to country club membership, pensions and more.

    Click to access GMI_GoldenParachutes_012012.pdf

  25. 110 Linda
    January 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    WASHINGTON — The Republican presidential candidates and the outside groups backing them have spent $11.3 million on TV ads in South Carolina, a record amount in the Palmetto State’s primary contest.

    In Columbia, average viewers are likely to see a political ad 182 times before they vote on Jan. 21, according to an analysis by The State. Seventy-five percent of the money was spent on ads that will air during this week and next.

  26. 112 collegekay
    January 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Wow!! Interception Niners

  27. January 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    This is great for local tv stations, but terrible for people in SC who must be ready to scream at this point. I’ll bet they’ll be glad when the candidate wagons roll on out of the state. All that remains will be the hard-working OFA staff, opening up offices and reaching out to people. And it won’t cost $11 million.

    • 116 Obama Grandmama
      January 15, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      I am hoping that overdoing the ads and negativity will turn people off to vote against the super pacs push for the GOP candidates. I have to admit that in the GE in ’08 I did not vote for the Dem Senator or the GOP Senator just because I was so tired of hearing the constant bashing of each other. Even though the Dem was more my guy I couldn’t bring myself to vote for either. Also I made a deal with my brother that I would vote for the Independent candidate he supported that was polling close to zero if he would vote for Obama. Seemed like a good deal to me.

  28. January 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Damnit, are the Romney people rigging the 49rs v. Saints game too. Son of a…..

  29. 118 carolyn
    January 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Just checking in…..today has been wonderful. I’ve spent the day with my grandchildren (and their parents) who came here from Texas last night. We had a delayed Christmas because of my husband’s heart attack and surgery in December…..the day before we were scheduled to visit them for Christmas. However, pleasures delayed are just as sweet, and we are having a wonderful day. The roast cooked while we went downtown to an Amtrak exhibit, so the house is fragrant. We will have a good dinner together…all seven of us….what could be better!
    My prayers and hopes are with all of you for a good day, and especially with our beloved President and family for a restful weekend.

  30. January 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Last time I was watching a playoff game at Candlestick park, their was an Earthquake.
    The year was 1989!

  31. 130 Linda
    January 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    You don’t see this very often, and especially in contrast with the recent New York Times debate over “truth vigilantes” (that term will never, ever get lived down) it deserves some praise. ABC’s Jake Tapper reports on the latest political ad produced by the Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity (a.k.a. The People Who Own You), and in the process completely dismembers it:

    Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group that promotes lower taxes and fewer regulations for businesses, is unleashing a $6 million ad campaign against President Obama leading up to the State of the Union on January 24, ABC News has learned.

    The ad contains claims that are not tethered to facts. […]

    The 60-second TV ad seems an attempt to muddy the waters amidst the charges against GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney and his tenure at Bain Capital, a firm that engaged in leveraged buyouts of companies that sometimes cost American workers their jobs, a fact that Romney’s opponents both Democrat and Republican are pouncing upon. In the new AFP ad, the president is depicted as backing $535 million in loan guarantees to Solyndra because campaign contributors ran the company. […]

    That White House officials “knew all along” that Solyndra would have to fire their workers isn’t true. […]

    The ad features George Stephanopoulos asking President Obama in an October 2011 ABC News/Yahoo interview if he regretted holding up Solyndra as a model for jobs and clean energy.

    In the ad, the president replies, “No I don’t…overall it’s doing well.”

    The full quote is: “No, I don’t, because if you look at the overall portfolio of loan guarantees that have been provided– overall, it’s doing well.”

    • 131 collegekay
      January 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Wow the lies. Hopefully PBO’s campaign or OUR groups will push back.

    • 133 Lorraine
      January 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Desperate times call for desperate measures. Bain is killing Willard Romney’s general election chances, they want to try to change the subject. This only makes people think about all those magical jobs Willard created.

    • January 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Send to Stephanie cutter twitter page!

    • 136 halo
      January 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm


    • January 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      I was just thinking about that the other night, and wondering when the Repubs were going to go with this line of attack. They are so damn predictible you could see this coming, especially since the Romney campaign is in critical mass, with Newt calling them out on Bain. It’s time for the Dems to tout the continuing success of the Auto Bail out, or they could just keep hammering away at Mittens with Bain…..it seems to be working.

  32. January 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    The Obama administration has unveiled several key decisions aimed at bolstering ties to the immigration reform community as the president’s campaign has stepped up efforts to woo Latino voters ahead of the 2012 elections. 

    The moves come as Republican presidential contenders have begun staking out positions on immigration, making it a focal point of political attacks leading into the South Carolina and Florida primary elections.


  33. 141 collegekay
    January 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Saints are right back in this game.

  34. 142 collegekay
    January 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Drew Brees is amazing.

  35. 144 halo
    January 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm


  36. January 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I love it when the Pres “political” moves are also the best thing for the country. Thanks for all the comments this afternoon….and for this blog

  37. 146 LDS
    January 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Ms. Chips, thank you for being cranky. We needed that….I needed that because I come here to be encouraged and I do not want to become a whiner, hateful and negative. This election will not be won by will, power or might. But by the love and caring of spirits that are evident here. Thanks to you, we will press on. We wll stop complaining! We will stop not get discourage! We will bring positive thoughts and more patience, more strong determination………….as we Press On to the high call……..We have work to do!

  38. January 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm

  39. 148 Linda
    January 14, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Made in America: Trend against outsourcing brings jobs back from China

    The United States may be on the verge of bringing back manufacturing jobs from China.

    Harold Sirkin, along with Michael Zinser and Douglas Hohner (all experts from the Boston Consulting Group – a leading business advising firm), says that outsourcing manufacturing to China is not as cheap as it used to be and that the United States is poised to bring back jobs from China. The three consultants first reached this conclusion in a recently published study titled “Made in America, Again: Why Manufacturing Will Return to the U.S.”

    Many companies, especially in the auto and furniture industries, moved plants overseas once China opened its doors to free trade and foreign investment in the last few decades. Labor was cheaper for American companies – less than $1 per hour according to the BCG report. Today, labor costs in China have risen dramatically, and shipping and fuel costs have skyrocketed. As China’s economy has expanded, and China has built new factories all across the country, the demand for workers has risen. As a result, wages are up as new companies compete to hire the best workers.

    “The tilt is now getting lower,” Sirkin says. “We think somewhere around 2015 it’ll look flat and may start to tilt in the U.S. favor at that point in time.”

    By 2015, it will only be about 10 percent cheaper to manufacture in China.

    “We have to recognize one thing,” Sirkin told NBC’s Harry Smith in an interview to air Monday on Rock Center with Brian Williams. “The average Chinese worker is about a quarter as productive as the average U.S. worker.”

    “It’ll be a major impact. Our projections are, when you take the manufacturing jobs and then the service jobs that get created alongside those, that we will add two to three million jobs to the U.S. workforce.”

    The U.S. is already seeing examples of this – starting in Lincolnton, North Carolina.

    Rock Center has been following Bruce Cochrane of Lincolnton Furniture as he brings his family business back to the U.S. and re-opens the family furniture plant. Cochrane was invited to the White House last week for a forum on job creation with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.


  40. 149 LDS
    January 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    @Lorraine, I need your prayers. I feel your spirit. Thank you.

  41. January 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm

  42. January 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Iran says it has evidence that the US killed Its scientist!
    But but but Robney said that Obama is an appeaser and…

    • 152 anniebella
      January 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      I believe what Iran says bout as much as I believe what Mitt Romney says.

      • January 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

        I’ll bet you a “fat-man in a wind tunnel” that if Iran doesn’t stop playing games with their little speed boat, there will be some bad news in the Persian Gulf. Ship Captains don’t take too kindly to threats.

    • January 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Riight. No way US was involved with this. It was Israel, and there is an FP article that has Israel pretending to be CIA agents to recruit terrorists inside Iran.

  43. January 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Hello everyone. Missed the kerfuffling from yesterday as I was wiped out. I hope we’ve all survived with refreshed purpose. 😉

    I know there was some angst about Standard & Poor’s downgrading half of the eurozone countries. But what’s interesting is *why* they did it. This is from a Marketwatch article:

    S&P went further, casting doubt on Europe’s approach of insisting on tough austerity measures as the main path to restoring financial stability in Europe.

    “We believe that a reform process based on a pillar of fiscal austerity alone risks becoming self-defeating,” the agency said.

    Just like a certain US President and his treasury secretary warned.

    Article is here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/france-austria-expected-to-lose-triple-a-2012-01-13

  44. January 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Dear Family:

    Is there’s anything we can collectedly do to stop this nonsense? Your help is appreciated.

    UPDATE: An Alabama Court has announced that it will hear arguments as to whether Barack Hussein Obama II is in fact eligible to appear on the State Presidential Primary Ballot.

    Several Alabama citizens have filed a lawsuit within the Alabama Circuit Court to “prevent certification of President Barack Obama for 2012 Alabama ballot access pending final hearing based on factual evidentiary hearings.”

    The deadline for any candidate to register to appear on the Alabama Presidential Primary ballot is just days away, but by agreeing to hear the case, the Alabama Courts have effectively stalled any efforts by the Democratic Party to place Obama on the ballot.


    • 158 Mary Gray
      January 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      The suit was dismissed . The judge said that the state could not tell the poltcal partes who they could and could not have in their primary.

  45. 159 Linda
    January 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    NEW YORK — A Muslim man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for joining a failed plot to firebomb John F. Kennedy Airport in 2007 by blowing up jet fuel supplies with the help of a notorious al-Qaida explosives expert.

    A federal judge in Brooklyn gave Kareem Ibrahim the life term after a jury found him guilty last year of conspiracy.

    Ibrahim’s attorneys had argued in court papers that he deserved only 13 years, claiming prosecutors had exaggerated his role in a scheme that had been infiltrated by an FBI informant and had no chance of succeeding.

    But U.S. Judge District Court Dora Irizarry said the case “shows the government at its best in terms of protecting the security of this country.”

    Was this reported yesterday ?

  46. January 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    YOoouucchhhh! Hey Mitt, someone wants to have a word with you! Two pages of nothing but…”love.” LOL!

    From Paris with Love
    BY ERIC PAPE | JANUARY 13, 2012

    With the grin of a victor, you asserted that President Barack Obama “wants to turn America into a European-style social welfare state,” which sounded especially sinister because you contrasted that with your own intentions to “ensure that we remain a free and prosperous land of opportunity.” Listening to you, it sounded pretty nasty, though I admit my interpretation may be a bit skewed — always a risk in countries where there is so much good, cheap wine, and so much time to enjoy it.

    But I’m not clear on which part of a European-style social welfare state so offends you in 2012, four years into a global economic crisis that certainly wasn’t triggered by Europe? Could it be what some Republicans refer to as a “Socialist” medical system, even though most European leaders are centrist or right wing? I would explain to you how I was glad to be able to limit my concerns about the fragile health of my Franco-American infant son during his complicated birth, without the additional fears of how many years it might put my family into debt, except that it’s clear from the health care bill you passed as governor of Massachusetts, that you’re already sensitive to such issues.

    Read more: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/01/13/from_paris_with_love

    • 161 JoJothecat
      January 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      It’s going to real hard for Willard Robmee if he become president (he won’t if the TOD family and OFA has any say) and wants the european allies to support him with his neocon induced wars.

  47. 162 Richard Barney
    January 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    LOVE THIS SITE! I appologize for finding the site so late – but better late than never. Keep up the great work!

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