rise and shine

Morning everyone, will catch up in a while 😉

365 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 africa
    January 14, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Happy Saturday everybody!!

    • 5 jacquelineoboomer
      January 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      The author of this article, unfortunately, pretty much captures what’s going on – under Republican obstructionism. He doesn’t “blame Obama,” which – luckily – seems to be the same as others around the world, since it’s obvious to the most casual observer that the current crop of Republicans are out of their minds.

      We have one chance to get rid of the abuses in D.C., coming up quick. Re-elect Obama-Biden and get/retain majorities in Congress. Then SCOTUS will be fixed down the road. We have to keep this hope of returning to normalcy, and work harder than ever in 2012!

      • January 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm

        yep jacque that’s right. it can’t be done overnight or a magic wand waved over the whole shebang. it’s a process, and that’s why we need PBO – he’s so good at seeing the long haul of things.

        • 7 HZ
          January 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm

          Thank you, Africa for this article. Also, JB and a4alice are so correct in their comments. I watched with tremendous intensity as POB gave his message for this week, and this President is so focused on doing what is right and fair for this country and the people. He does not have a “power’ hunger thrist, he has a very intensed desire and goal to bring us into the 21 century of dealing with our nation’s affairs in a way that is good for all of the people and not just a few.

          I will do everything in my power to help work with all those who are willing to work to make sure that we keep President Obama and Joe Biden in that White House come 2012. We have our work before us, but I do believe that we will prevail.

          A Joyful Sat. to all of my Chips and my TOD Family. Remember, do not allow anyone to steal your joy. Do not release that to anyone. We will joyfully Press On with Hope, Love, and Hardwork to get this done.HZ

      • 8 nathkatun7
        January 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm

        Jacqueline, I agree with you 100%. I also want to thank Africa for sharing this article from an outside observer who admires the U.S. system of government.

  2. January 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

    FLOTUS part 3 interview : Michelle Obama: I’m a “112 percenter” : http://bit.ly/yACwYU via @CBSNews

    • 10 africa
      January 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

      She is also the epitome of poise and grace!!

    • 11 halo
      January 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Wow they really stretched that interview out.

      • 12 anniebella
        January 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        It was an hour interview and I really enjoyed it. The pictures on the East wing wall was real nice,the one that Gayle said she really loved, the one were the husband ( our POTUS) is picking up his wife (our FLOTUS) shoes and carrying them up stairs, and the one were FLOTUS said she is just acting silly and she seem to have POTUS laughing in stitches. I think FLOTUS handle herself well in the interview and it reminded people why we think the world of FLOTUS.

  3. 13 Elly in Maryland
    January 14, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I’m off to help supervise food drives today – our county OFA volunteers are responsible for 4 Giant grocery stores, among many all over the county. Let me plug Giant here – they are union, they are the best about allowing things like voter registration, candidates meeting the public, etc. at their stores. Today they are working with an area food bank on these food drives.

    On Monday OFA is also helping manage a big volunteer event. Both today and Monday are our OFA observance of the Martin Luther King Jr holiday.

  4. January 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

    That is a great and inspiring weekly address.

    The Republicans response is drill baby drill and Keystone now. Yuck!

  5. January 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

    The 3 people in the Newt film of Bain are now saying they got raises at Bain.

    This raises a few eyebrows!

    • 23 hopefruit2
      January 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

      This attempt at walking back is not going to work. The media wants to take it off the table early. However, the damage is already done – the horse has left the stable and Bain will be a huge issue come November 2012. Romney is yet to release his tax returns. That is going to be an issue – especially if PBO releases his in the next few months (as he normally does by April of every year).

      • 24 desertflower
        January 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

        Exactly…no toothpaste going back in THAT tube! This will NOT go away, it’ll only get worse for him…too bad, so sad 😦 NOT!
        People that have nothing to hide, hide nothing….so what ARE you afraid of Romney?

      • 25 africa
        January 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

        That’s why they have Joe Scarborough out there trying to tell us how the issue has energized the GOP. Now ironically, Mitt is not talking up the exact numbers of jobs he created. Go figure.

        • January 14, 2012 at 10:09 am

          Joe Scarborough for vp?
          It is what the GOP wannabes, are all gunning for!
          You watch, he will be on the shortlist. Or, that is what he has been told?

          • 27 Bill
            January 14, 2012 at 10:16 am

            I think it is a very good chance. He is almost as repulsive as Willard who probably believes Joe would add personality to the ticket.

          • January 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

            Really? Well, that would be very interesting. He will be in for a surprise. Doubt if he will do it, but then ppl have never let their egos stand in their way.

            BTW I live in his hometown.

            • 35 HZ
              January 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm

              Plus, Africa, so many of these people’s actions seem to always be focused on”me first” and not on how their present actions as well as their past have left many people with much pain that they did not cause. And opening up the wounds for them, I feel is so selfish and uncalled for in this case. Just for power. That is the power that I never want in my life.

              And these are the same people who are always playing “The Judge” to our lives by wanting to control our homes, bedrooms, who we love, how we love, our doctors rights to protect out privacy etc. I call them the “Judgement Factors” who want to usurp God’s power. And I feel that even God would not treat people in this manner in which so many of the GOPers do. Just my words.HZ

      • 36 FiredUpInCA
        January 14, 2012 at 10:09 am

        It was just a matter of time before they would be discredited. I think it is important to note that there was no vigorous scrutiny of any of the Swiftboaters claims or credibility when John Kerry ran for office, but so be it.

        If people sincerely believe the Bain the way is the way we should grow jobs, then let’s have that debate.

        I would think that at this point the American electorate and the entire globe is sick of Wall Street hustles, bubbles and crises exemplified by Bain. November will be a great debate about what the country is really about.

        • January 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

          Scary! Because Baun touched a lot of Democrats lives too. Like, Rendell and a number of ex staffers for this President.
          Maybe that is why they are ex staffers? Lol.
          Btw- I am glad Stephanie Cutter is on our side, she is a brilliant and great spokesperson.

        • 39 HZ
          January 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

          FiredUpInCA, you hit the nail on the head. “November will be a great debate about what the country is really about.”

      • January 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

        Yes, but what about the thousands of workers who lost jobs and did not get raises? I think there is more mileage in Bain. Romney is so crooked. He could have paid these characters off. I do not trust Romney at all.

    • 41 lovingandlaughing
      January 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

      That sounds very contrived indeed.

    • 42 Bill
      January 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Morning Joe was on this morning with Alex Whittless defending Bain and Willard against Newton Leroy by saying it is an attack on free enterprise. He does not have a clue what he is talking about. It is obvious he has not seen the 28 minute film or read anything about it. The cat is out of the bag and it is not turning around.

      • January 14, 2012 at 10:10 am

        And it looks like a strategy. It looks fake as hell!

      • January 14, 2012 at 10:21 am

        This is their way of trying to circle the wagon. It may very well work in the primaries to get Romney to the nomination, but that horse left the barn a long time ago. And furthermore, they are going to be looking a different animal in the general. And all that talk about this making Mitt stronger just makes me laugh.

      • 45 anniebella
        January 14, 2012 at 10:50 am

        How are we to believe that Morning Joke, or Joe knows what he is talking about. So we are to believe him. Bologna. Mitt Romney was a creep at Bain Capitol, he was only concern about making his pals money, he didn’t give a dam about the workers. It was all about lining the rich guys pockets.

      • 46 vitaminlover
        January 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        “Alex Whittless” LOL!!

    • January 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

      But they also lost their jobs down the road so getting a raise doesn’t matter.

    • 48 anniebella
      January 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      So are the people saying what they said was a lie, or did they get a raise from someone to take what they said back? Smelly fishy.

    • 50 lovingandlaughing
      January 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Oh my goodness!

    • 51 donna dem 4 obama
      January 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

      It just goes to prove that money can buy lots of things. Bill White the guy who ran against Perry in the governors race last year deemed Perry “the scripted candidate”. This description is so true. Now we see why he refused to debated any of us opponents in Texas last year and the Texas media let him get away with this. SMDH. This guy isn’t bright enough to be dog catcher much less governor of the state of Texas. He is an idiot. When pressed people like him and SP show that they are truly light weights being pawned off as “great governors”.

      • 52 desertflower
        January 14, 2012 at 10:05 am

        What’s amazing to me is that Texas elected this imbecile so many times. Seriously? What an embarrassment. By the way…what does SMDH stand for?

        • 53 nintendowii10
          January 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

          as a poster on HuffyFluffy brilliantly put it, there are enough idiots in Texas that they would vote for a coatrack into office if it had an (R) next to it.

          • January 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

            Texas doesn’t have a monopoly on that. That’s everywhere.

            • January 14, 2012 at 10:52 am

              derbingle, this a re-post from the previous thread in response to your statement about Al Jazeera.

              Al Jazeera English Arrives on N.Y. Cable
              By BRIAN STELTER| Published: August 1, 2011

              Al Jazeera English executives say they are making headway. On Monday, the channel will be carried in New York City for the first time, though only by subletting space from a channel owner. In New York City, starting Monday, Al Jazeera English will be simulcast for 23 hours a day on RISE, a cable channel adjunct to WRNN, a broadcast station in suburban New York. RISE is carried by Time Warner Cable (Channel 92) and Verizon FiOS (Channel 466) in New York City. RISE will carry one hour of local programming a day, as it is required to do under its carriage agreements. The other 23 hours it will have Al Jazeera English.

              Al Jazeera sublets space on a channel owned by MHz Networks in the Washington area as well, and its newscasts are carried by a handful of other outlets, including cable services in Ohio and Vermont, the Link TV network and a public TV station in Los Angeles.

              Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/business/media/new-york-cable-channel-to-carry-al-jazeera-english.html?pagewanted=all

            • 57 desertflower
              January 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm

              Alive and well here in Arizona! We do crazy by the bushel!

        • 58 donna dem 4 obama
          January 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

          Shaking my damn head.

        • January 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm

          smh = shaking my head

          smdh= shaking my damn head. (for those times when something is especially perplexing) 😀

      • 61 FiredUpInCA
        January 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

        Can someone remind me again why he was universally hyped as the Greatest Threat to President Obama’s Second Term? He has been unimpressive from Day One. Fred Thompson had a better campaign than this guy. Maybe his Law & Order background enabled him to remember scripts better.

        • 62 desertflower
          January 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

          I don’t know, but I DO know that these no nothings, do nothings…just insult me to no end….if I were a Republican, I would be insulted by their ignorance and complete lack of substance, too.

          • 63 nintendowii10
            January 14, 2012 at 10:21 am

            And this perhaps explains why the enthusiasm from Republican voters with these candidates is extremely low. Republican voters don’t like ANY of these clowns, which means they’ll either be staying home, voting third party, or voting for President Obama to keep these crazies from getting elected President.

          • 65 isonprize
            January 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

            which is why you are not a Rethuglican. I’ve decided that they don’t have sense enough to be embarassed by these whistleheads.

            • 66 desertflower
              January 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

              I’ve decided that they have no critical thinking skills 🙂

              • 67 Betsy
                January 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm

                I agree. I think they’re blinded by party label and will not believe anything democrats have to say. They believe all democrats are liars and that Fox news tells the truth. These are people who have stopped being able to reason, and are only loyal. They are the “I’ve got mine, so fu*k you if you don’t” kind of people, and the worst are those who hate PBO because he’s black and for no other reason. They resent that he’s so brilliant, it sticks in their throat. They’d rather vote for any a**hole who has an R after their name, than vote for PBO. It’s the independents who are not former Republicans, who’s votes we need.

                • 68 desertflower
                  January 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

                  Precisely. Or they want to still hold onto the thought that this is STILL the GOP of old. Not anymore it’s not, but they keep believing….

                • 69 nathkatun7
                  January 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm

                  Betsy, I think they are more blinded by their hatred of President Obama. I am sorry, but I don’t see much difference between the vast majority of Republican voters and the current crop of their Party’s presidential candidates.

          • 70 HZ
            January 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

            FireddUpInCA and Desertflower, you both are point on. “Greatest Threat to President Obama’s Second Term?” You are so correct along with Desertflower, FiredUpInCA. These people and all who think like them are a “Threat” to intelligence, the hardwork of a hardworking mother and two beautiful hard working middle-class grandparents, great teachers, great higher institutions of learning in our country, and the brilliant and hard work of a young man who became the 44th President of the United States, President Barack Obama.

            That is what it means to be a middle-class hard working family who strives to give their children the best that their country can offer as long as the children are willing to take the opportunities and work hard to be what God has given them inside of their core. POB’s great brain and how he chooses to use it speaks volumes. That is the “threat” to these small doers and small minded people.

            Now, that insults me. These are the true principles that we stand for and stand with in this country. And we will continue to work with POB to continue to move forward so millions of other hard working parents and students will be able to accomplish their goals. That is what ‘We Stand For’ in this fight. HZ

      • 71 dotster3
        January 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

        Perry has been exposed as dumb as a door knob, just a good ol’ boy who is in way over his head. Many of the Repub candidates would have been better off not letting their egos convince them they were presidential material. All they’ve done is reveal their many stark inadequacies for all the world to see.

  6. 76 Bill
    January 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Someone on the previous thread suggested Tim Tebow was hated on the left because he is pro life. I am 100% pro choice and am not a person of faith, but I do not understand why a 24 year old football player who came from an evangelical family, is not political, and seems to be a very nice, successful, and sincere person is hated. And he is making pro football more fun right now. To me it makes the haters seem biased and closed to other opinions. I have never relied on football players for public policy positions. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), an adult law maker who claims to be pro life, is not hated by the left as far as I am aware. Any other reasons I can offer to my few right wing friends “why the left wing hates Tebow”? This comes up too often.

    • 77 nintendowii10
      January 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Most of the right wing who bring up Teblow know NOTHING about football, and don’t know that it’s been the Donk’s defense that has been winning games, and not Teblow. Last week was my Steelers melting down and defeating themselves, which was pitiful. Hopefully tonight, Tom Brady and the Cheatriots put the final nail in the Teblow Donks coffin.

      • January 14, 2012 at 10:05 am

        The Cheatriots have the greatest quarterback ever! Just saying!

      • 79 Bill
        January 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

        So are you saying it is because he has won a few football games?

        • 80 nintendowii10
          January 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

          Pretty much, and the right want to exploit his “wins” to brag about God and how “the libs hate religion.” Notice that they never bring up Brady or any of these NFL QBs who are also religious but aren’t as overt as Teblow is.

        • 82 dotster3
          January 14, 2012 at 10:47 am

          I think many are turned off with someone who goes to the extremes of writing bible verses all over his face and body. And giving the impression that God/Jesus is up there directing football plays. And making Chgo Bears fans, such as myself, wonder why no supreme being kept our QB healthy. Was it because Jay Cutler is from Santa Claus, Indiana, a “war on Christmas” sounding town?

          • 83 Bill
            January 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

            Writing Bible verses on one’s face has never ruined someone’s life as Bain Capital did or the Cheney/Bush administration did sending people to unnecessary wars. My only point is that I don’t see the harm he seems to be creating for some.

            • 84 nintendowii10
              January 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

              Remember that President Bush said “God” told him to invade Iraq, and “God” told Pat Robertson who the next President is.

              • 85 Bill
                January 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

                W never wrote Bible verses on his face unless he did when he was still drinking, and we don’t know about it, nor did Pat Robertson. I do not understand the comparison. Tebow is a 24 year old football player, not a world leader or former presidential candidate.

          • January 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

            I think it is idiotic to bring God into anything that requires a winner AND a loser. So if I win it means God is on my side? If I lose then God is NOT on my side? There is no logic in this kind of thinking.

            • 87 desertflower
              January 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm

              Correct. religion shouldn’t be injected into anything for public consumption. It is each individuals’ private relationship with their God. I don’t need to know.

              • 88 Bill
                January 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm

                If the worst vice any 24 year old has is praying in public the country would be better off. I don’t pray but I have done many worse things. Tebow has a very high bar to be appreciated.

                The quarterback at Woodberry Forest School in Orange, VA lost a leg due to a football injury, and Tebow paid for his flight to be a special guest at the Bills-Broncos game. Give the guy a break and let him pray.

                • 89 desertflower
                  January 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

                  I’m not saying he shouldn’t pray. He can pray all day long if that makes him happy.I’m just saying that it is a private issue and not one that the entire world need to be reminded of, every single time this talented young man does something. Not everything he does should be immediately attributed to God. How about his (Tebow’s) own hard work ethic and determination?

    • 90 collegekay
      January 14, 2012 at 10:21 am

      I like Tim Tebow. He seems like a nice guy. I don’t understand why people hate him. It’s not his fault the media fawns over him.

      • 91 nintendowii10
        January 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

        I don’t. He ALWAYS thanks God even when his team LOSES, he NEVER seems to acknowledge that there is no “I” in team. Why can’t he thank his TEAM for the “wins” they’ve gotten and not his God?

        • 92 Bill
          January 14, 2012 at 10:34 am

          Listen next time he speaks. He is always thanking his teammates, coaches, and organization. And John Elway has not been supportive of him at all.

          • 93 nintendowii10
            January 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

            What I meant is that he primarily thanks GOD, even when his TEAM loses. And I guess Elway has waken up to the fact that Teblow was and is a gimmick to inject religion into football, because at best Teblow is a mediocre “QB.”

            • January 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

              He wins on every level. Period. That same defense was 1-4 before Tebow got the job. He’s no gimmick. Tebow used to do the same thing at Florida. Thanking God regardless of the outcome is what he’s always been about.

              • 95 nintendowii10
                January 14, 2012 at 10:50 am

                Just my opinion, but this is the SAME Teblow that lost to the Cheatriots at HOME, the Bills, a nonplayoff team, and the Chiefs, and only put up three points against the Chiefs. Teblow IMO IS A gimmick and is NEVER blamed for when the team loses, but when the team wins, he’s given the credit, even though he plays only one out of four quarters.

                As for thanking God, I guess he thanks God even when his team LOSES, which is odd to me… why would you be thanking the man upstairs for your team LOSING? It’s one of the main reasons I can’t stand this Teblow garbage, he is a mediocre QB being overhyped as if he’s the next Tom Brady or Drew Brees.

                • January 14, 2012 at 11:04 am

                  He’s not thanking God for the win or the loss, he’s thanking him for the opportunity. As for who or who doesn’t get the blame that’s the media’s doing not Tebow,

                  And Tom Brady lost early in the year to Buffalo, Aaron Rodgers to the Chiefs and Drew Brees to an atrocious St Louis Rams team so it happens to everybody. The bottom line is more talented QB’s are sitting at home right now. A mediocre QB is 7-4 and in the playoffs after the team dug themselves a 1-4 hole. I suspect there are 24 other QB’s who would take that any day of the week.

                  • January 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

                    And btw coach Jim Harbaugh when he was playing for the Colts (they used to dub him “Captain Comeback”) used to also thank Jesus Christ. Win or lose.

                • 98 Bill
                  January 14, 2012 at 11:05 am

                  Maybe he is thanking his God for having fun or not getting hurt. I have never heard him say he was giving thanks for losing.

                  • 99 dotster3
                    January 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

                    It’s just ridiculous. What about all the guys who do get hurt, some critically and permanently? God mad at them? Just preposterous blinded-by-the-light thinking.

                    • January 14, 2012 at 11:27 am

                      He’s thanking God for the opportunity. And Tebow is not the first or only. I think the 1990’s was the first time I saw the prayer circles after the game.

                    • 101 Bill
                      January 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

                      What is “preposterious blinded-by-the-light thinking”? I do not pray but if others wish to do so it does not bother me. A lot of very good people pray.

            • 102 Bill
              January 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

              The fact that he is mediocre at best is what makes the Tebow story compelling to the media and sports fans. Add to that the John 3.16 coincidence. It is all fun and nothing for people to get worked up over considering all of our problems.

              • 103 nintendowii10
                January 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

                As I posted to derbingle, he’s mediocre yet the media and a bunch of Donk fans overhype him as if he’s the next Tom Brady or Drew Brees. When Teblow manages to even get to a SuperBowl and win, then he can be in that league of elite QBs.

      • January 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

        A man, any man, who thinks he can tell a woman what to do with her body, has no cchance with me. I hope he’ll lose today.

      • 106 collegekay
        January 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

        He thanks God for all the opportunities he has had. But I’m not gonna get into this religious debate here. If I believe in God that is my business and I don’t think its right for people to make snide comments about it. What makes it bad is people who use God to push their own personal agendas. I do not think religion and politics should mix. But I digress…

      • 107 anniebella
        January 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

        the media does fawn all over Tebow. And he is not that good of a pro quarterback. But I don’t hate him.

    • 108 anniebella
      January 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

      I don’t hate Tebow, and I don’t think most people on the left hate the guy. I don’t think he is that good of a quaterback, but I don’t hate the guy. He seem like a decent guy. Because the right says the left hate Tebow, it doesn’t make that true. The right says alot of things, they spread alot of lies.

      • January 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

        I think he’s got a lot to learn but as Deion Sanders and others have pointed out he has it. That doesn’t guarantee a Superbowl ring or even that he’ll guide his team to the playoffs every year but it does mean that you can get your teammates and coaches to believe in you.

    • January 14, 2012 at 11:05 am

      I don’t know who Tebow is because I don’t follow sports that closely anymore. But I certainly don’t “hate” him, or anyone else, whether they’re pro life or pro choice. In my opinion, that’s a personal choice which is none of my business! We should probably ask ourselves what differentiates us from those we often criticize when we indulge in this type of rhetoric? Are we setting an example by being tolerant and respectful of other people’s beliefs? Or are we being hypocritical by encouraging the same type of behavior that we criticize others for? Not accusing, just asking…

    • 112 jacquelineoboomer
      January 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      We should also call out those who look at us and say they are pro-life and we’re not. We’re all pro-life. Which of us aren’t “for life,” in the broad sense? Just because we are pro-choice does not mean we are not pro-life. The only term missing in the messaging is anti-choice. That’s the big difference. If anyone has a religious belief against abortion or even contraception, that is their right. But they have no right – in my opinion – to insist that everyone share their religious belief here in America. The current law says that the federal government cannot interfere in personal choice.

      Another tired-but-true statement is the fact that the “pro-life” Republican governors, for instance, have no trouble executing people; don’t do much to help pregnant women who might not have an abortion under better circumstances, etc.

      Nothing to do with Tebow, but those are my thoughts!

      • 113 EDP4BHO
        January 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm

        Hi all. Just checking in and out. As for this conversation, jb, you summed it up just great, for me anyway. Let people live, is what I keep hearing for other topics, but religion always brings the jitters for some. Whoever this Tebow guy is, it’s his upbringing. Now, I will say, he seems pretty presumptuous about his outcomes, but maybe as he gets older, mature perspectives will guide him. If he’s not clobbering someone over the head with his beliefs, then he’s okay. I have family members whose religious beliefs differ from mine, but we are fine, until someone gets bizarro, like one who believes PBO, FLOTUS, and others are part of a satanic cult. She and I must part ways now. I don’t do crazy.

    • 114 Mel
      January 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      You are right Bill, but what does his faith have to do with sports? The MSM is hyping his faith VS
      anybody alse, this is fricking rediculous, soon the MSM is going to ask to all sports players which
      religion they practis!!! WOOOOO.

  7. 115 halo
    January 14, 2012 at 10:00 am


  8. January 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Barack Obama’s strategists find rich pickings as feuding Republicans attack Mitt Romney
    The GOP frontrunner’s rivals portray him as a heartless financier. If Mitt Romney does win in South Carolina, the Democrats are ready to exploit that image


  9. 119 desertflower
    January 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Good happy Saturday morning! I thought I would share this…Rachel dismantles the RW talking point that PBO has grown govt and piled on regulations…opps! Another one bites the dust!


    • 120 lovingandlaughing
      January 14, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Great news!

    • January 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Hi DF. I saw that and I keep wondering what they are going to run on. He’s taken away all of their arguments. This old dog won’t hunt any more. I am so anxious for PBO to begin campainging. Can’t wait.

      I am joining our local Democratic Women’s Club and will attend my first meeting on Feb. 9. The group is getting ready to start gearing up for the re-election of PBO. I’ve also signed up with OFA Florida.

      I will be reporting back on some of the things our women’s group will be doing, as well as local OFA.

      • January 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

        But, they are lying about everything. If you email politi fact, they will check it out.
        Maybe we should all be lobbying politi fact?

        • January 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

          In addition to that, Jovie, I believe that when PBO begins campaigning, every single one of those arguments will be shoved back at the GOP and effectively, too. But I agree, in the mean time we can start doing something about it, too.

      • 124 desertflower
        January 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

        Morning, africa:) Joining a Dem Women’s club….I should do that! Great idea….As far as what they’re going to run on…I have no earthly clue! Seriously, PBO keeps taking away everything they THOUGHT they had and could depend on year after year….thus, we have this:

        And I would absolutely RELISH that happening….they are fractured and with each passing day, getting to be more and more damaged goods. They have nothing. They do nothing. They don’t stand for the people.They did this to themselves. I don’t feel the least bit sorry….they want power. And when you want to rule and have power for all the wrong reasons, it tends to become apparent and bite you in the ass.

      • January 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm

        Africa! that’s great news. Let us know if they are doing anything that is new and different that would be interesting to try here in Minnesota.

      • January 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

        Thanks, Africa for sharing this, and thanks a million for all that you do to move us on in the right direction along with all of us and our POTUS. HZ

  10. 128 dotster3
    January 14, 2012 at 10:10 am

    “We were doing well and then Bain Capital bought us and took everything they could out of the company without making the investments we needed to stay competitive. They ran the company into bankruptcy.”
    Another familiar story about Romney and Bain Capital and their way of doing bizness, this time in South Carolina. The more these kind of stories see the light of day, I don’t see how Willard would ever be acceptable to anyone other than his fellow greedy, heartless, soulless, cutthroat 1% buds.


  11. 132 donna dem 4 obama
    January 14, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I’m headed out for the day but thought I’d leave you with this article to ponder….

    Is It Time For You To Go On An ‘Information Diet’?

    We’re used to thinking of “obesity” in physical terms — unhealthful weight that clogs our arteries and strains our hearts. But there’s also an obesity of information that clogs our eyes and our minds and our inboxes: unhealthful information deep-fried in our own preconceptions.

    In The Information Diet, open-source-Internet activist Clay Johnson makes the case for more “conscious consumption” of news and information. Johnson, the founder of Blue State Digital, which provided the online strategy for the 2008 Obama campaign, talks with NPR’s Scott Simon about ways to slim and stretch our minds.


    • January 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      I totally agree. I have definitely streamlined my intake of “news”. My filter is pretty good, now. I don’t go where I’m not pleased with the articles OR the comments. I don’t watch shows where the pundits can’t decide what they believe and are just “playing the role of a progressive”. I was getting angry and depressed. Now I feel great. If you work at re-electing PBO you don’t have time to listen, watch or read a lot of the bs.

    • 134 EDP4BHO
      January 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      😀 I’ve been on that diet for sometime now, Donna. I mentioned on this site a few nights ago, I am not a political person, but here for the good of PBO and all supporters. Often the posts here are enough to turn my stomach, but I understand the necessity of posting them. I am selective of what I wind up reading, since I have a weak constitution for hatred and stupidity, and I am not so slow to anger when someone I care about (PBO) is attacked. So for the good of my nerves, I read very few blogs and media articles, and rely on those with stronger stomachs to filter the news. Thanks for that Chips !!

  12. 136 FiredUpInCA
    January 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

    This one may be one of my favorite digital fireside chats with the President.

  13. January 14, 2012 at 10:24 am

    The future of renewable energy for the United States lies in California solar farms like one just outside Elk Grove, Gov. Jerry Brown said today on a visit to the the farm.

    “We’re going forward and we’re going to build,” said Brown, who along with U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar stopped by the site of a Recurrent Energy project near the intersection of Eschinger and Bruceville Roads.

    Brown and Salazar announced a partnership between the state and federal governments aimed at creating clean energy jobs.

    “The sun is also shining in Northern California,” Brown said. “We want to use our resources, which are our people and the sun and other sources of power.”


  14. 143 dotster3
    January 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

    More great reporting at the State, Columbia, S.C., shedding light on the damage of unlimited amounts of money used to buy our elections —–Hey look! Real journalists!
    “The Republican presidential candidates—–and their political action committees filled with secret donors—-have spent $11.3 million on South Carolina television ads, an unprecedented amount for the GOP primary.” “That means, in the Columbia market alone, average viewers are likely to see a political ad 182 times by the time they cast their votes next Saturday, Jan. 21.”

  15. January 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Financing for 165.6 MW Cimarron Wind Energy Project
    january 13, 2012
    The wind farm project’s 72 Siemens 2.3 megawatt wind turbines will supply Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) customers with renewable energy under a 20-year power purchase agreement.


  16. January 14, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Jim Clyburn did well on msnbc!

  17. 153 Lorraine
    January 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Congressman James Clyburn is brilliant! It was just on Weekends with Alex Witt. He just laid out what President Obama’ s reelection message should be.

  18. 157 desertflower
    January 14, 2012 at 10:56 am


    “Whenever the word ‘Republican’ is used, it was almost like an automatic wall that falls,” George Rodriguez, president of the San Antonio Tea Party, said at a conference organized by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation. “Yet when we used the word ‘conservative,’ people were more responsive.”

    Warned off by fiery Republican rhetoric lashing out at illegal immigrants in the last electoral cycle, U.S. Hispanics voted by a two-to-one margin for President Barack Obama over Republican rival John McCain in 2008. And in the 2010 Texas gubernatorial race, 61 percent of Latino voters chose Bill White, the Democrat, over Republican Governor Rick Perry, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

    To reverse that allegiance, Rodriguez said that conservative Texans have to overcome established voting patterns. “For some reason, these folks continue to vote liberal, only because their parents did,” he said. “When you ask them, ‘Why do you vote like that?’, they don’t know, they don’t know, they just do it.”

    I think that Hispanics and the Latino community needs to know this… I posted this yesterday somewhere around here…..but I wanted to make sure that this made the rounds and that you should be aware that they just want to change the WORDING….from GOP/Republican to CONSERVATIVE. I think that the damage has been done, possibly forever, with Latinos and Republicans….they have such detest for brown people…it just oozes out of them…..

    • 158 FiredUpInCA
      January 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

      “For some reason, these folks continue to vote liberal, only because their parents did…”

      Really? For “some” reason? I dunno perhaps it’s overt hostile legislation targeted at Latinos like the anti-ethnic studies law. Do their strategists really think young Latinos don’t see the open hostility consistently coming from the Republican party and it’s just liberal brainwashing and historical habit the reason they don’t vote for Republicans? I hope this strategist continues to convince Republicans there is nothing wrong with their policies, it’s the voters who are wrong. That’s a losing strategy for 2012, 2016, 2020…

      • 159 desertflower
        January 14, 2012 at 11:20 am


      • 160 LunarSea
        January 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm

        thank you. I was about to post the same thing, but then I read your post so I will stand down. 😆

        Could they be so self absorbed that they don’t see it? Or do they lie to themselves under the misconception that if they say it aloud in a room full of like minded people, it will become truth? Either way, stupid is as stupid does.

    • 161 TrumpDog
      January 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

      “For some reason, these folks continue to vote liberal, only because their parents did,” he said. “When you ask them, ‘Why do you vote like that?’, they don’t know, they don’t know, they just do it.”


      People generally vote based on party message, how welcome they are in it and how they make them feel.
      Repubs ran around after ’08 claiming the Blahs only vote for Blahs and that’s why Pres. Obama was elected. This was of course untrue and it’s the same (IMO) for Hispanics. When you feel like a party understands you and wants to help you, you tend to vote that way. The repubs have been demonizing both groups and that is centrally why they have trouble attracting them to their party. Adding a caveat that groups are not monolithic and you will always find some that might see things differently but as a whole, I believe that is why many Hispanics and Blahs vote Democratic.

      And yes, I’ve noticed how some repubs describe themselves as “Conservative” instead of saying what party they belong to. I think soon, however, the term will be i interchangeable and we may end up seeing the word have a negative connotation – much like the word “liberal” was for us. Lipstick on a pig.

      • 162 desertflower
        January 14, 2012 at 11:21 am


      • 163 FiredUpInCA
        January 14, 2012 at 11:36 am

        This x 1000.

        They clearly did not learn the lesson of proposition 187 in California, the promotion and passage of which functionally ended any hopes of a Republican attracting Latino voters:

        “California Proposition 187 (also known as the Save Our State (SOS) initiative) was a 1994 ballot initiative to establish a state-run citizenship screening system…

        Voters passed the proposed law as a referendum in November 1994; it was the first time that a state had passed legislation related to immigration, customarily an issue for federal policies and programs.

        The law was challenged in a legal suit and found unconstitutional by a federal court….

        Noting a rapid increase in the Latino participation in California elections, some analysts cite Governor Wilson’s and the Republican Party’s embrace of Proposition 187 as a cause of the failure of the party to win statewide elections.

        Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is the only Republican to win a California gubernatorial, senatorial, or presidential election since 1994.”


      • 164 LunarSea
        January 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm

        “People generally vote based on party message, how welcome they are in it and how they make them feel.”

        And yet there are still black, hispanic, women of all colors, poor people, those clinging to or aspiring to the middle class (of all stripes), muslim & LGBT republicans.

        Which is why I take nothing for granted in this coming election

    • January 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      And Romney is appearing in SCarolina on Monday with the Kansas SOS who was the co-author of the SB1070 bill in Arizona.

    • January 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      yes. i saw this yesterday! good article will do so again! thx DF

  19. January 14, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Funny- the Salem Witches(where I grew up) cast a spell on Tebow.

  20. 172 desertflower
    January 14, 2012 at 11:07 am


    This is more than weak….Please be Romney, please be Romney, please be Romney…..

      • January 14, 2012 at 11:53 am

        Very interesting snippet from the linked article –

        “Indeed, Bolton was speaking as a prominent Mitt Romney supporter, which makes this even worse — Romney wouldn’t have ordered the same strike that killed the al Qaeda leader. We know this because he’s said so.

        During Romney’s first presidential campaign, he took an entirely passive attitude towards the al Qaeda leader, saying “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth” to get the terrorist responsible for 9/11. Around the same time, Romney said he would not order a strike into Pakistan to get bin Laden, rejecting Obama’s willingness “to enter an ally of ours” to target the terrorist leader.”

    • January 14, 2012 at 11:50 am

      And it’s ridiculousness that Pres. Obama gets all of the blame but would get none of the credit. Romney seeing improvements gives me hope that there could be a real turn around this time – he’d have his ear to Wall St and such – and he wouldn’t go this route unless he saw it as a forgone conclusion.

      However if there is another fall back, or Europe implodes, Pres. Obama and campaign can use this footage from Romney saying the economy is improving and ask “Candidate Romney himself admitted the economy was improving but not to credit Pres. Obama – how can he then blame Pres Obama when it falls back? Is Gov Romney holding Pres. Obama accountable for what happened in Europe?” Of if the GOP play more games with the payroll holiday extension and UEI extension – same scenario “Economy was growing, economists said as much, numbers showed as much as candidate Romney even mentioned as much on his stump speech, what happened was the Republicans in congress worried that a improving economy would doom their chances in 2012 so decided to sabotage it..”

  21. January 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

  22. January 14, 2012 at 11:14 am

    BERLIN (Reuters) – European leaders vowed on Saturday to speed up plans to strengthen spending rules and get a permanent bailout fund up and running as soon as possible, a day after U.S. agency S&P cut its rating of several euro zone countries’ creditworthiness.

    The move by Standard & Poor’s to downgrade nine out of 17 countries in the single currency area, including formerly top-rated France, drew criticism from some leaders who had expected action but on a smaller scale.

    In Germany – whose top AAA rating survived unscathed – Chancellor Angela Merkel said the downgrades underlined why a so-called ‘fiscal compact’ must be signed by member states quickly, and the next bailout mechanism, known as the ESM, should be funded soon.


  23. January 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

    HONOLULU, Jan. 10, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted the Obama Administration’s commitment to renewable energy today at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument’s Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Pearl Harbor naval base was the first Hawaii military marine fleet to use biodiesel, replacing the Department of Navy-operated tour boats that shuttled visitors to and from the USS Arizona Memorial with five new boats capable of running on 100% biodiesel.
    “Advanced biofuels provide landowners, businesses and communities in Hawaii and throughout the country the opportunity to pursue new energy advancements that create jobs and build a stronger economy,” said Vilsack. “By joining with partners like the U.S. Navy, USDA is supporting investments in innovative technologies to help our nation develop renewable energy to out-innovate and out-compete the rest of the world.”
    In April 2009, Pearl Harbor Naval Base replaced its 20-year-old U.S. Navy-operated USS Arizona Memorial tour boats with environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art boats that are currently powered by a blend of 20% biodiesel. The fleet’s goal is to eventually transition to using 100% biodiesel. The biodiesel is produced by Hawaii-based Pacific Biodiesel, Inc. which created one of the first biodiesel plants in the United States in 1996.


  24. January 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline is Not a Jobs Plan, But an Oil Export Plan
    By Climate Guest Blogger posted from Climate Progress on Jan 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    The debate over whether Keystone XL creates jobs is a convenient diversion from something oil company backers don’t want you to know: this is an export pipeline to help them access foreign markets and bypass the United States. Oil companies will make bigger profits and oil prices for Americans will increase. That’s not a project that helps Americans. It’s a project that helps Big Oil. CNN posted this interview with a TransCanada executive who admits that permanent jobs would only number “in the hundreds, certainly not in the thousands” from Montana down to Houston: [Click on link to view video.]

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2012/01/13/403443/keystone-xl-tar-sands-pipeline-jobs-plan-oil-export/

    • 182 desertflower
      January 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Excellent post, creolechild. A keeper!

    • January 14, 2012 at 11:31 am

      If the President says he would approve it, but with concessions. Inspections every year, infrastructure spending and revenue for the States it goes through, like Alaska does.
      That would actually be ok!

      • 184 nintendowii10
        January 14, 2012 at 11:34 am

        But but but but but… the emoleft will be screaming from the mountains “HE CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVED! HE CAAAAAAAAAAVED!”

      • January 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        This is what the President said before the GOP altered the dynamics by insisting that a decision be made within 60 days.~

        U.S. Delays Decision on Pipeline Until After Election
        By JOHN M. BRODER and DAN FROSCH| Published: November 10, 2011

        I support the State Department’s announcement today regarding the need to seek additional information about the Keystone XL pipeline proposal,” the president said in a statement. “Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood.”

        The State Department’s inspector general announced on Monday that he was looking into charges of a conflict of interest and improper political influence in the preparation of the project’s environmental impact statement. Some have faulted the department for assigning the study to a company with financial ties to TransCanada.

        Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/11/us/politics/administration-to-delay-pipeline-decision-past-12-election.html

      • 187 LunarSea
        January 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm

        I do NOT think it will be okay. The American Jobs Act will create a few hundred thousand jobs in every corner of this country, and that does not take into account the businesses indirectly effected like grocery stores, restaurants, clothing stores, babysitters, etc. With that many workers our deficit is sure to decrease by way of revenue in the way of income tax. Many of our social programs will get breathing room as more people can afford food, heating/cooling costs & more, giving states their much needed break. Just a snippet of what it can do here: http://bit.ly/zd2UAD

        Our crumbling infrastructure gets a sorely needed repair job and America is back on the road to recovery due to the domino effect.

        The republicans went around every outreach channel to portray this as ‘Big Bad Gov’ at work (thank you #mediafail) until everyone was so tied up in knots they succumb to inertia.

        Now they are pushing the pipeline as a major jobs initiative. Cornell did a study that proved how ridiculous that notion is. They are saying 6k jobs max over the live of the bill. The repubs counted 3k worker a year, times by 2 years for the life of the project. But it is actually mostly the same 3k workers for the 2 yr life of the program. The Cornell PDF here: http://bit.ly/wEfEcb

        2nd they claim we need this oil to combat high import prices but fail to mention, or conveniently leave out, that this oil is all headed for export. We are currently exporting more oil that we import. Taxpayers are being told we must allow (and partially fund thru tax ‘incentives) this project to create jobs. http://bit.ly/zKVLdI

        And let’s not even discuss what happens when a major spill occurs, which it inevitably will given their track record. Just look to the gulf’s BP oil spill to see. Except instead of the ocean this will effect major aquifers that’s the source of drinking water for a large swatch of this country.

        To sum up: a piddling of jobs to benefit a few at the expense of many. I don’t buy it, I think it stinks and if they really cared about jobs, then pass the damn jobs act.

        As for concessions, expect lying republicans to do say anything to allow it to pass then immediately turn around to try and weaken any responsibility of the oil companies involved. And lets not even image what would happen to any safety reg if they actually gained control of government.

        I apologize for the rant. But if they care about jobs then they need to put up with at least portions of the jobs act. The XLPipeline jobs creation is all myth! It saddens me to think the American people can be so gullible.

    • 188 24Sass
      January 14, 2012 at 11:43 am

      Rev Al had a really good interview about the pipeline yesterday. Well worth watching. It’s sludge going through the pipeline, the man said it was like piping peanut butter through. Also about the water concerns.


  25. January 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Obama beats Romney regardless but it increases when there is a third party candidate. Bring on Americans elect.

  26. January 14, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Obama Hears Calls To Talk About Climate Threat In State Of The Union
    By Brad Johnson on Jan 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

    On January 24, President Obama will address Congress and the nation on the state of the union, with the chance to stir this country to action on the existential threat of climate change. Obama has the responsibility to seize the moment and finally explain to the American people the great mobilization of resources and will that protecting our homeland from a poisoned climate requires. In a tweet to ThinkProgress Green, White House Director of Public Engagement Jon Carson promised that he would personally tell Obama that people believe he needs to talk about the science of climate change in his State of the Union address:

    Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/green/2012/01/13/403790/obama-hears-calls-to-talk-about-climate-threat-in-state-of-the-union/

  27. January 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

    White House weighs in on Internet piracy battle
    By Brendan Sasso – 01/14/12 10:55 AM ET

    The White House responded to a petition urging a veto of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) on Saturday and laid out its conditions for supporting anti-piracy legislation. “While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet,” the president’s advisers wrote.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/204171-white-house-weighs-in-on-internet-piracy-battle

  28. January 14, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I may be mistaken, but isn’t the FDA one of the agencies that several of the GOP candidates want dismantled? Bad decision…

    Do You Know Where Your Medicine Came From? Over 40% of Pills Made Overseas — Many in Unregulated Factories
    By Paul Tullis| January 9, 2012

    American medicine cabinets are packed with remedies for these common maladies. And up to 40 percent of them are manufactured overseas (along with 80 percent of active ingredients for pharmaceuticals). But a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated that in fiscal year 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration visited just 11 percent of the 3,765 foreign factories it is responsible for inspecting — compared to 40 percent of domestic factories. In 2008, the GAO found that the FDA took two to five years to follow up with foreign plants it cited for safety issues — if it followed up at all.

    The good news is, the low rate of inspection should soon change: under an agreement reached in August between the generic drug industry and the FDA (expected to win congressional approval in 2012) the generic drug companies would pay $299 million in annual fees to help the FDA inspect their overseas operations. Inspections would happen once every two years, the same rate as at U.S. facilities. And yet, over-the-counter drugs remain outside the scope of the new agreement. (Nearly all the aspirin and vitamin C consumed in the U.S. is made in Chinese plants that never see an inspector.) Here’s a look a look at where the stuff in your medicine cabinet comes from.

    Read more: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/153713/do_you_know_where_your_medicine_came_from_over_40_of_pills_made_overseas_–_many_in_unregulated_factories/

  29. January 14, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Apparently, the WH Jackals are pissed as he went to play Golf without them.


  30. January 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    The biggest neo con of them all, John Boltin says-

    Making his first appearance since endorsing Mitt Romney, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said Obama shouldn’t tout the killing of Osama Bin Laden as one of this foreign policy successes.

    “The irony is that he’s campaigning on the basis that he’s a success as a foreign policy president,” Bolton said of Obama. “This is amazing.”

    “It’s because Navy Seal Team 6 killed Osama bin Laden That is his definition of success,” Bolton continued.  “In 1969, when Americans landed on the moon, it is like Richard Nixon taking credit for that. It happened to occur during his presidency.”


  31. January 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Good Day Beautiful People 🙂

    – How quickly can you raise $1 million?

    It took President Obama a little over 45 minutes on Friday.

    On my way to phone bank for Nevada this weekend 🙂

    Have a wonderful Day Tod’ville 🙂 🙂

  32. January 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  33. 225 dotster3
    January 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Anyone catch Chuckie T. interview w/Alex Witt and his great insight into President Obama’s mind and emotional make-up? SIGH AGAIN! –someone who has no clue describing a WH occupant, what they’re “really like”. I just caught a part of it but long enough to hear Todd say that Romney and Obama were exactly alike!!! What?????? I can’t think of 2 more opposite extremes. Todd said they are both cold and calculating and analytical, no heart. Todd said that Obama’s 08 campaign became about “the heart”, but it didn’t have anything to do with who Barack Obama was as a person. Todd further opined that the election will be between 2 very similar personalities, that they would have worked well together at Bain!!!! or any other type of career, 2 birds of a feather. It was the most off analysis I’ve ever heard. Todd does not know what the heck he’s talking about. His insight is always wrong and in this case as wrong as wrong can be.

    • 226 nintendowii10
      January 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Friar Tuck Todd is one of the many concern trolls of the WH Jackals. Take anything they say with a grain of salt, their main job is to snivel about President Obama failing/caving/losing his base, etc.

    • 227 Bill
      January 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      I have never heard Chuckie make an interesting or insightful statement. His mother must be proud that he got his job. No one else knows how he got it.

    • January 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      The smear from the right. And because the President does not freakout at everything the right throws at him?

    • 230 hopefruit2
      January 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Chuck Todd knows exactly what he’s doing. It’s the same Moore-esqe “Gore=Bush” tactic. Now it’s “Obama=Romney” in an attempt to depress DEM voters into staying home on Nov 6 2012. Let’s tell Mr. Todd that we’ve seen this game played before, and he’s not fooling us one bit. Now that the Bain story is likely to damage Romney, the media is trying every which angle to mitigate the damage…whether it’s having Gingrich walk back his position, or have pundits exclaim that it will “help” Romney, or as Mr. Todd is doing, pretend that Romney is oh so similar to PBO.

      Answer us this Mr. Todd: Would President Obama strap a dog on top of a car while on a road trip?

    • January 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Chuckie Toad? Twitter folks, you know what to do!

      • 232 hopefruit2
        January 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

        I just blasted him on Twitter. I also read on Twitter that he said that the “Obama Team is not confident they can beat Romney.”

        Where the hell did he get that from? Is he Howard Fineman now with his famous delusional “sources?”

    • 234 Linda
      January 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Ha !

      UpChuck is clueless…

    • 235 criquet
      January 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Yes, that’s so right. (Snark). That’s why PBO, a Harvard educated graduate like Mr Romney, chose to go and work as a community organizer with a very modest salary instead of as some fancy law Clerk to a Supreme Court Justice or in some Wall street law firm which is the usual route of someone who was President of the Harvard Law Review.

      Yeah, we really believe you Chuck Yuck Todd.

  34. January 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    As part of the Department of Energy’s Recovery-funded efforts to accelerate the modernization of the country’s electric grid, approximately nine million smart meters have already been installed in homes and businesses nationwide. Ultimately, DOE’s goal is to have 15.5 million installed.

    Smart meters are available through participating utility companies at no charge to home or business owners. Contact your electricity provider for details.

    Smart meters give consumers access to real-time information about their energy consumption, allowing them to make better-informed decisions about their use of electricity.  The meters also provide utility companies with greater information about how much electricity is being used.


  35. January 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    thank you, Norbrook!

    It’s Time To Start Getting In Line
    by Norbrook | January 10, 2012 · 10:38 pm

    There’s a saying in politics which I heard them throw around a lot back in 2008, and it holds true even more strongly today: In the primaries you fall in love. In the general election, you fall in line. Well, the nominee of the Democratic Party for president is going to be Barack Obama. No ifs, ands, or buts. The state and local parties will nominate their candidates for office, and if you expect to have a voice in those, you’d better get cracking. But really? It’s time to start falling in line. Because there’s a lot at stake, which the rest of us understand, and if you expect to be listened to, you’d better understand it as well.

    Read more: http://cendax.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/its-time-to-start-getting-in-line/

  36. 239 desertflower
    January 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Is this what “growing govt.” looks like?

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/01/14/federal-government-jobs-disappearing-at-a-rapid-pace/ Up is down and down is up…

  37. January 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    The Punk Patriot Wants Peace
    Written by Matt Osborne| January 12, 2011

    The Punk Patriot wants peace. So do I. And on the other side of AUMF is a place where the “war on terror” ends, which is why the president has applied force to get there. Hate it if you want. In the meantime, he just declared his intentions to shrink the nuclear stockpile even further, to reduce the active duty land force so America cannot invade more than one country at a time, and continue withdrawing from Afghanistan. He has transformed the Department of Defense with solar Marines, alternative fuels, and the reversal of DADT. These changes will have permanent positive effects on the progressive agenda.

    The alternative is to wait for a more progressive president (as Punk Patriot would define one) to come along. Pardon the talking point, but we can’t wait. Progressives cannot sit out the chance to displace the Congressional war machine and install candidates who will back up plans to shrink the military. If we don’t get that done, then the 113th Congress will fight to maintain the size of the active force, keep Camp X-Ray open forever, and stymie reform — just like the 112th Congress is doing. And how progressive is that?

    Read more: http://www.osborneink.com/2012/01/the-punk-patriot-wants-peace.html

  38. January 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Ernst & Young is First Among Big Four to Gross Up
    Liz Cooper| January 13, 2012

    Ernst & Young LLP announced Monday that they will be the first among the Big Four accounting firms to gross up wages for employees enrolled in domestic partner benefits. Ernst & Young begins the New Year equalizing both federal and state taxes for employees covering a domestic partner under the firm’s benefits plan.

    Employees enrolled in domestic partner benefits incur additional taxes as the value of those benefits is treated as taxable income under federal law, while the value of opposite-sex spousal benefits is not. By grossing up wages, Ernst & Young effectively eliminates this financial burden and inequality for same-sex couples.

    Read more: http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/ernst-young-is-first-among-big-four-to-gross-up

  39. January 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    LOL just read that Jodi Kantor book…dropped to #40 on the best seller list….while FLOTUS numbers rise on Tweeterland
    Karma 🙂

    • 243 Tulips
      January 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      There a new attacker on flotus for overreacting to jodi foster book. They are already blasting her on twitter. @MelindDc from washington post.

      • 244 hopefruit2
        January 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm

        And Melinda is joined by none other than Jake Tapper. He got blasted as well for defending Kantor’s tripe as “generally flattering” to the Obamas and the WH.

      • 246 anniebella
        January 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm

        Birds of a feather flock together, these sorry ass so call journalists don’t like the fact that FLOTUS went out there and showed Kantor for what she is a two bit liar who pretending to be a author. Bravo to our First Lady.

  40. 248 Tulips
    January 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    You all know tavis smiley was uninvited from a dinner event honoring MLK. due to the guest turning their tickets in protest of his negative comments on president Obama Well the group took it further and the money use for those tickets has now been donated to the Obama campaign. This is how we do it. Obama/ Biden 2012. http://www.pjstar.com/opinion/spotlight/x1895999822/In-the-Spotlight-Tavis-Smiley-doesnt-speak-for-black-community

  41. January 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    It’s Never Too Early – Register to Vote Today
    January 03, 2012 | Carolyn Simon

    Today is caucus day in Iowa – the official kickoff to the race that will decide who will challenge President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. It’s also a good reminder that voting is the single most important action you can take to advance the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights at the local, state and national levels.

    But you can’t vote if you’re not registered. Don’t wait – register to vote today! Just click the button below to get started.

    Read more: http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/its-never-too-early-register-to-vote-today

  42. 256 defytheodds
    January 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    This is very nice

    • 257 hopefruit2
      January 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      WOW – a new generation of excellence. Congratulations to the young ladies and to Ms. Winfrey 🙂

      • 258 defytheodds
        January 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

        Oprah’s South African School Holds 1st Graduation

        Oprah Winfrey cried Saturday as the first graduates of her South African girls’ academy thanked her for her effort to turn a handful of impoverished girls into elite leaders.

        “I know that education is the door to freedom,” she said.

        “So I want to do that for girls who come from backgrounds like my own, who have disadvantaged circumstances but no disadvantaged attitudes or brainpower or spirit. I want to give them the chance that I was given,” she added…

        All Saturday’s graduates passed their end-of-year exams and will attend universities in South Africa, the US and other countries.

        The campus was packed Saturday with celebrating families, journalists and VIP guests, including Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, who gave the keynote address.

        Mandela, who is increasingly frail at 93, did not attend.

  43. 260 hopefruit2
    January 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I’m now following dogsagainstromney on Twitter!

  44. 261 Tulips
    January 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm

  45. January 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Tony Perkins has announced that the 100+ Religious Right types meeting in Texas have decided that they’ll all support Rick Santorum! This has to be music to Romney’s ears as Santorum doesn’t have a shot at beating him. If these folks really wanted to beat Romney than Gingrich was their only chance.

    • 266 hopefruit2
      January 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      The bigger question is: Will they vote for Romney in the general. Winning the primary is only half the battle.

      • January 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm

        I think they will because of his current abortion stance and anti-LGBT stances. At least they will be their stated reasoning. All these guys really are just politicians themselves and use religion to control their base. They cannot not back the Republican nominee because it would kill their hold on whatever political power they pretend to have.

        I think more than anything, this is about the VP spot – these guys will want to call that shot. But if Santorum finished 4th in S.Carolina and 5th in Florida like he’s currently polling than these guys will have no leverage or power.

        • 268 hopefruit2
          January 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm

          Romney CANNOT hope to win the moderate Democrats’ or PUMA vote (which he NEEDS if he is to beat Obama) if he maintains an anti-LGBT or anti-abortion stance. So in order to get the rabid evangelical vote, he will be in a very twisted position of having to speak in two-tongues, thereby reinforcing his image as a two-faced flip-flopper with no serious core values who just wants to win an election at all costs. His campaign Platform will be “I have nothing – but elect me at all costs.”

      • 270 Britt
        January 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm

        Correct, religious wing of the GOP not supporting Mitt is bad for Mitt. This primary is a delegates race, and Mitt might not have all the delegates he needs at the end, since many in the GOP base don’t like him.

  46. 271 hopefruit2
    January 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I will only post positive diaries from this site to make important points about our President. Here is a diary from someone who is thanking the President for having a personal and positive impact in their day-to-day living. If you have an account there, please tip and/or rec the diarist. We need more of the positive – less of the negative. Thanks!


    • 275 Linda
      January 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      I don’t like Alter….he ALWAYS has to throw in some gloom and doom……

      ” If the unemployment rate goes up “Nothing will save Obama ” ?

      • 276 hopefruit2
        January 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

        That’s mediaspeak for “let’s do whatever we can to depress DEM voter turnout as much as possible.”

    • 277 anniebella
      January 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      I don’t like Jonathan Alter, maybe he is getting the illness that Matthews has. I don’t like what Alter said about the First Lady interview with Gayle King.

  47. 278 desertflower
    January 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm


    Legislation to combat online piracy won’t be supported if it encourages censorship, undermines cybersecurity or disrupts the structure of the Internet, the Obama administration said today.
    The statement by three White House technology officials was issued in response to online petitions on legislative proposals to combat online piracy. The movie and music industries support such legislation as a means of cracking down on theft.
    “While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet,” Aneesh Chopra, Victoria Espinel and Howard Schmidt wrote in a blog post on the White House website.’’

  48. 280 desertflower
    January 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm


    Confidence among U.S. consumers increased more than forecast in January, reaching its highest level in eight months on signs the labor market is improving.

  49. 283 Linda
    January 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    White House Throws Cold Water On Unsettling Internet Piracy Bill.

    ‘We Will Not Support Legislation That Reduces Freedom Of Expression’ Official White House Response to Combating Online Piracy while Protecting an Open and Innovative Internet


  50. January 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Testing……………checking to make sure I haven’t been ex-communicated from the Church of Obama and All His Supporters. 😉
    Ps- if I haven’t been and this shows up, I wanna say that I love this place and I appreciate all you do for us, Chips. It takes a lot of grit, guts and love to do this, so thank you.?…….. Okay, here goes……….

  51. 300 desertflower
    January 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm



    • January 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      I’m not fond of the military intervention, but it’s clear that the Syrian leader is willing to go until there’s nobody left alive in his country. There really is no option left, it would seem. What concerns me is that there may be civil war. There were so many people on the streets at the pro-Assad rally last week, and they seemed pretty vigorous. From what I’ve learned, there is a lot of tribalism going on, and the peopel in Assad’s tribe are concerned that things will turn ugly for them if Assad is removed, because they’re in the minority. They’ve had it pretty good while he’s been in power, and some of the other tribes have been marginalized and treated as lesser people. This situation is not going to be easy to resolve at all. But, something has to happen to change things. Too many people are dying, and the observers were utterly useless.

    • 303 hopefruit2
      January 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      EXCELLENT BWD! Great article – I’ve bookmarked for future reference. Some of the comments are great too!


      // What’s interesting to me is this: the Republicans have been digging relentlessly into Obama’s past, exploring such phony issues as his place of birth and religion. And here we have their candidate. Wow. He has a lot to answer for. Romney grew rich on other’s suffering. Is there any other way to look at it? And one of his former colleagues got it right: He can do it, it’s justifiable. But it also disqualifies his bona fides as a man of the people, and renders him unfit to be our president. //

      // Beside being the wealthiest presidential candidate ever, Mittens must be the most optimistic, head-in-the-clouds ever to yearn for and run for prez. HOW in the WORLD does this GOOF think he can overcome the ridicule and shun the nasty media put-downs which are bound to come his way over the next few weeks? How? //

      // This is gold. Find those Ampad workers and send them to Mittens’ rallies in every swing state. And hammer his refusal too release his tax returns. Framing it as paying less than those out of work pay on their unemployment insurance should singe nicely. And 3 cheers to Newt and his petty PAC for doing the film. Who knew he could be so helpful? I haven’t been so optimistic in months. //

    • 305 desertflower
      January 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Damning article.

      • January 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm

        Helloooooooo desertflower, just emailed you at the address you use to sign in here, want to check something with you, could you have a look? Thank you! 😉

        Update: Thanks for replying Desertflower, just to let everyone know she’s NOT in trouble! 😆 (As she feared she was!). I just needed to check some info with her!

  52. January 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I had a conversation with my hubby regarding Matt Damon’s latest slam of the President. I told him that Matt’s comments are filled with ignorance, and a lack of understand­ing as to how our political system works. This isn’t a dictatorsh­ip, the President can only do so much. He can advocate for certain policies, but he needs the House and the Senate to push those policies through. Considering what Obama has been up against, I’d say he has had more successes than failures.

    Race was an issue when he was elected , and it remains an issue today. Therefore anyone with a clue had to know, that just like in the civilian world, as a minority he would have a tougher time trying to accomplish his goals. Previous Democratic presidents like Carter and Clinton, didn’t have the same forces working against them, for the same reasons that Obama has.

    Obama should be re-elected and we need to vote in a senate and a congress that will not work to defeat him, but work for the betterment of the citizens. Not put their party first, but will put the country first. Not have an allegiance to Grover Norquist or lobbyist, but have an allegiance to the Constitution and their constituents.

  53. January 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    George Clooney on Obama:

    “If he was a Republican running, because Republican­s are better at this,” Clooney continued, “they’d be selling him as the guy who stopped 400,000 jobs a month from leaving the country. They’d be selling him as the guy who saved the auto-indus­try. If they had the beliefs, they’d be selling him as the guy who got rid of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ who got Osama bin Laden. You could be selling this as a very successful three years.””

    • 311 jacquelineoboomer
      January 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      I’ll try to be a better saleswoman for ya, George! But mostly for Obama-Biden 2012!

      (rainlillie – Thanks for posting this, again! Keeps us so motivated, I think, to hear these responsible people saying things like this!)

  54. 315 Fred
    January 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    good morning TOD family.Boy did I miss you guys.Mom is taking a shower so I am enjoying a few minutes of freedom.Rehab is going along well but it’s still a struggle for mom to bend that knee.She talked about going back to work sometime in February and if I can be honest I pray that knee can bend today.My bro got out of Dodge and went to his gf’s place leaving me to do just about bloody everything 🙄 .The best thing out of this is that I have some peace and quiet at night so that I can sleep better.Thanks Chip for this site;wanted to say hi to my TOD family and may God continue to bless;protect; and guide Flotus and the 2 first daughters and may God walk with Potus all day;every day
    until next time
    Fred 😉

    • January 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      thinking of you Fred. Hope it gets better for you soon!

    • 317 desertflower
      January 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      I was thinking of you yesterday…so glad that you stopped in to let us know how you’re doing…miss you 🙂 I know it’s all the work for you, but you were doing all the work anyway…better that the slacker brother is with his gf! February is right around the corner…if she’s talking about going back to work…that’s a GOOD thing! I wish for her safe and speedy recovery….sanity and peace WILL return….and you have done the right thing for your mother. ALWAYS good! Stop in when you can…we’re talking a mile a minute, getting into trouble, and calling out the do nothing, know nothings….all the best, Fred. Chin up!

  55. 318 anniebella
    January 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Will the First Lady will be going to the BET Awards tonight?

  56. 323 jacquelineoboomer
    January 14, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Chips – Thank you for your heartfelt message (a word … or several) in the previous thread. I will try to comply! I, too, come here to be with like-minded people in support of our President. Our secondary goal forward in 2012 might be to help each other actually ENJOY this re-election of the President and the cute Vice President! Then we can all figuratively meet-up at the Inauguration, if not in person. I just love thinking about that.

    Hope everyone enjoys this very special weekend, closing in on Dr. King’s birthday tomorrow. Today is my baby great grandson Hayden’s first birthday, and I feel so lucky I could burst!

    • 324 jacquelineoboomer
      January 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Speaking of Inaugurations, remember Bettye LaVette and Jon Bon Jovi in 08?

      • 325 jacquelineoboomer
        January 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

        Oops – make that January 2009! (I’m old!)

      • January 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm

        jacquelineboomer: that’s my FAVORITE of the concert! I rewatch it all the time. My second favorite is a toss-up between Garth Brook’s rendition of “American Pie” or this one — “Shower the People” by James Taylor with John Legend and Jennifer Nettles. What an amazing day that was and I have no doubt it will be just as great if we get our POTUS a big win in November!

  57. 328 Ladyhawke
    January 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm


    In fact, soma Bain managers have said that their mission at Bain Capital was very clear. Mr. Marc B. Walpow, a former managing partner at Bain who worked closely with Romney for 9 years has said, “The primary goal of a private equity company is to create wealth for your investors. I never thought of what I did for a living as [being] job creation”.
    >>> “When I listen to Mitt Romney these days, he talks about creating jobs. My experience at Dade during those Bain Capital years was that it was strictly an investment operation, not one to create jobs,” said Michael Rumbin, a vice president of technology management at Dade during the Bain years whose position was eventually eliminated. “No one came from Bain and said, ‘How can we expand and hire more people?’ ” Rumbin said. “It was instead, ‘How do we turn our investment around and make a lot of money?”


  58. January 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    The Private Sector Is Not Like Government
    Paul Waldman| January 13, 2012

    It’s possible that a person with business experience can be successful in government, but they usually aren’t. In fact, apart from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, it’s hard to come up with a single businessperson who took their private-sector experience and used it to produce great results in government (certainly not at the federal level) that were starkly different from what a career politician would have done. In his column today, Paul Krugman wisely agrees with me:

    You should read the whole column, but there are two points to take away. First, Mitt Romney has no one to blame but himself for the fact that this discussion is gaining steam. If you’re going to say that the reason you ought to be elected president is what you did in your business career, people are going to take a good, hard look at what you did in your business career. Second, though some people have suggested that it will be good for Romney to get this discussion out of the way now before he’s the nominee, it’s not going anywhere. We’re going to be talking about Bain all the way until November. As well we should.

    Read more: http://prospect.org/article/private-sector-not-government

    • 330 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      creolechild – please see my comment, below. It was meant to be a response to you. Thank you!


  59. 331 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Well stated and I’m glad Mr Krugman agreed with you 🙂


    • January 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Nicely done, as usual, Bobfr. This is a good opportunity to ask both you and Tien Le if you’d be interested in becoming involved in a News Recap Day that was discussed a day or so ago. We could use your expertise, suggestions, and feedback.

      • 333 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        January 14, 2012 at 4:05 pm

        Hi creolechild,
        Am not aware of what the “News Recap Day” is. If you can point me to the discussion I’ll read and let you know if I can help in any way.
        Thank you!


  60. January 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Can I ventilate for a moment? I just unsubscribed from a friend’s Facebook updates because he keeps touting Ron Paul. This ‘friend’ has been a delegate for the last two DNC conventions. If he really does look like he is going to support Ron Paul this time, I will make it my mission in life to make sure he is NOT elected as a delegate for 2012. /rant

  61. January 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Hmmm….warmongering on the sly, are you Eric?

    A House delegation led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor is wrapping up a trip the Middle East where lawmakers helped to unite allies in the region to increase pressure on Iran, which is seeking to build nuclear weapons and threatening to stop oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz.

    After meeting with leaders in Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, Cantor said that the region shares the U.S. concerns over Iran’s moves. “We all strongly share concerns about the threat posed by Iran, as well as the strategic goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability,” Cantor said in a statement. “It is a matter of finding the best means to that end, and coordinating our efforts with our partners in the region.”

    Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/washington-whispers/articles/2012/01/13/cantor-presses-for-more-pressure-on-iran

    • January 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Why is Eric Cantor doing foreign policy overseas that is opposite to the policy of President Obama? If he wants to be afraid of a country with nuclear weapons, he should focus on Pakistan. If he wants to do something productive, he should be visiting Asia to see how the environment is there for future partnerships and business. This push for Iran is only inflaming and confusing the issue.

      In my opinion, Eric Cantor shouldn’t be talking to any foreign countries, when he’s making such a mess in his own. The last time he was overseas, he came dangerously close to committing treason by pledging his loyalty to a foreign entity when he declared that he would be more loyal to Israel than to his own President.

  62. 340 Tulips
    January 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Chipstick President Obama and flotus did a screen of the new movie red tails with some of the surving tuskeegee airmen and the cast. Theres a photo its not to clear but you can find it. http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/01/president-obama-hosts-red-tails.html

  63. January 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Okay…here we go again…as I dodge eggs, apples, and other flying objects! 🙂

    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?

    • January 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      As others have said, “it’s a great, doable idea”…

      And, although I haven’t returned to tweetin’/RTin’, yet, I’m IN! 😉

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!

  64. 346 desertflower
    January 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Hot Diggity Damn!


    With all the attention focused on the GOP presidential horserace coming out of the Iowa caucuses, there are plenty of political stories going untold in the naked city.

    One of the biggest may be the success the Democrats’ congressional fundraising arms have had with small donors. Contributors of $200 or less gave a total of $21.5 million to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) through November 2011, up from $13.2 million during the same period in 2009, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s a gain of 62 percent. And the DCCC overall has actually raised more than $4 million more this year than it did two years earlier.

    Its Republican counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, saw an increase from small donors of just 18 percent, from $10.7 million through the first 11 months of 2009 to $12.6 million during the same period in 2011.

    The Democrats’ U.S. Senate campaign arm, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, has also seen a big jump in small gifts since the last election cycle, from $9.1 million to $13.4 million — a gain of 46 percent. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, however, saw its donations of that size drop 31 percent.

  65. January 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Irish Setters for Robney!

  66. January 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    *Warning*. This is sick!
    Apparently, the Robney story about the Dog could be against the law.
    While the dog was on the Roof of the Car, the Kids saw brown stuff seeping down the windows.
    It was the Dog diarhea.. So, Robney stops the Car, hoses off the Dog, and puts him right back on the Roof of his car. Demented shit, right there( no pun).
    Guess what, all it takes is one complaint ti the humane society.
    Just one!!!

  67. January 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    District rights find surprise ally: Obama
    By Debbie Siegelbaum – 01/12/12 05:00 AM ET

    President Obama has become a surprising proponent of Washington voting rights in recent months, a sharp turnaround from last spring, when he offered to cede them to the GOP during budget talks to avoid a government shutdown. “I think that there have been real attempts to respond to the District. In other words, the District believes it has been heard by the president,” Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) told The Hill. Norton said Obama has stepped up to the plate on behalf of the District in the months following his promise to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to cede D.C. funding for abortions to move budget talks further along.

    But later, Obama “asked the Congress to give the District full-year spending authority so we wouldn’t have to close down,” Norton said, referring to the administration’s fiscal 2012 continuing resolution request. She added that Obama also opposed a rider in the fiscal 2012 House appropriations bill preventing the District from spending local funds on abortion services. “The reason he opposed it … was because it undermines the principle of states’ rights and D.C. home rule,” Norton said.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/203723-district-rights-find-surprise-ally-obama

  68. 352 Tulips
    January 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Chipstick the Dusable mueseum in chicago is having a exhibit in honor of MLK day. tThe exhibits is quilt being made in the likeness of President obama here is the slide show of a couple of the quilts. http://www.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/index.html?story=9933625

  69. 355 FiredUpInCA
    January 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    It’s interesting to study how religious leaders are chosen around the world:

    “After three rounds of balloting this morning, and vigorous and passionate discussion, there emerged a strong consensus around Rick Santorum as the preferred candidate for this group,” Perkins said on a conference call Saturday.

    The group of conservative leaders was meeting at a Texas ranch to discuss the 2012 race, although ahead of the meeting it appeared unlikely the gathering would come to an agreement on backing a particular candidate.

    Well-known evangelicals flocked to the event, including Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, Perkins, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference president Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and former presidential candidate Gary Bauer. Members of the media were barred from attending.”


  70. January 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I am watching the NFL network, it should be called the Tebow network.


    • 359 Lorraine
      January 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      It will be the Tom Brady network after this game tonight. Not a fan of either, I’m proud of my Pittsburgh Steelers and Coach Tomlin who put his player’s (Ryan Clark who has the sickle cell trait and become violently ill when they played in Denver in 2007, lost his spleen, too) health over winning a game. If Ryan Clark had been in active last Sunday, Tebow be back in Florida on vacation.

    • 360 collegekay
      January 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      They need to make up their minds. When the Broncos were losing in the latter part of the season, they were all like Tebow sucks. Now they’re back on him again. Lol.

      I want them to beat the Patriots only because if my Ravens win tomorrow, I’d rather play them than the Patriots on the road. Haha!

    • 361 anniebella
      January 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      It won’t be call the Tebow network after today.

  71. January 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm

  72. 365 desertflower
    January 14, 2012 at 4:02 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.

    I figured this would happen. Look at where the ship is in relation to the coast. WAS HE CRAZY?

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