catching up

Greatest ad ever?

Steve Benen last August: “‘Corporations are people’? In this little figure of speech, wouldn’t that make Mitt Romney a metaphorical serial killer?”….. 😉


Thanks saintroscoe


Michael Tomasky (The Daily Beast): Why Mitt Romney Will Prove To Be a Feeble Presidential Nominee …. I wrote about his reactionary tax plan and his refusal to release his own taxes, and what an unfortunate (for him) cocktail those two ingredients will make for him …. Now, the Bain attacks put into sharp relief another reason for his weakness. He has just one argument, and the Bain “creative destruction” narrative comes close to killing it.

…. Toss in that ghastly remark about it being all right to discuss inequality in “quiet rooms,” which I feel certain we haven’t heard nearly the last of …. He meant corporate board rooms, where everyone would agree with him. An astonishingly frank moment, like the comment about liking to be able to fire people. I know he was talking about insurance companies, but here in the 99 percent, we don’t “fire” insurance companies, or usually doctors and certain other service professionals. We change them. It was a word choice that really did reveal a world view.

….Oh, he’ll get 47, 48 percent of the vote, because we’re a divided country …. but a majority will not want to change horses, especially when the other horse is carrying Romney’s kind of personal baggage and is promising policies that are warmed over versions of the policies that created the economic crisis in the first place. I have no great confidence in the brilliance of Obama’s political team, but this should not be too hard, even for them, and Mitt can find himself a nice quiet room in La Jolla to go ponder the what-if’s.

Full post here


This Is Our Time




The UK Independent: As we’re sitting down to lunch at a restaurant in Washington DC, a smartly dressed man approaches Candace Gingrich-Jones. “I just wanted to say hello,” he announces, cheerfully, “because I know your brother.”

Ms Gingrich-Jones has two stock responses to people who greet her in this fashion. The first, to those who seem friendly, is to politely say how nice it is to make their acquaintance. The second, to anyone who claims to be among her famous half-sibling’s enemies, is to smile archly and respond: “You are not alone!”

…. Regardless of whether Newt Gingrich ends up as the GOP contender in November’s election, Ms Gingrich-Jones will be working tirelessly to ensure victory for his opponent, Barack Obama.

“No matter who the Republican candidate is, I will do everything I possibly can to ensure they don’t win,” she says. “President Obama has done so much for the gay community. From repealing ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’, to getting a hate-crime prevention act passed in 2008, to anti-discrimination policies in the workplace, to laws giving gay couples hospital visitation rights. It would be a disaster if he were to lose.”

Full article here

166 Responses to “catching up”

  1. 1 isonprize
    January 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm


  2. 5 isonprize
    January 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    MUST READ!!!!! On Our National Holiday, America’s Everlasting War – Esquire magazine


    • January 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      We are all children of the civil-rights movement, whether we want to be or not, whether we are its direct descendants or whether we were adopted into it through the profound changes that movement wrought in the definition of what an American is. We are all children of the civil-rights movement, and this weekend is our national holiday. There is nothing mysterious about that. We make ourselves mysteries to each other because the cost of knowing our solution may be too ugly to bear.



  3. 7 isonprize
    January 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    tapping fingers, patiently waiting for the rest of the crew to get here….

    • January 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      😆 You sounded lonely isonprize!

    • 17 Pamela
      January 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Yay! …it’s a funny feeling isn’t it? Makes one wonder if one has erred! Been out cleaning off the car and shoveling snow…. Not bad exercise, but snow in Seattle is just treacherous, we have so many hills, like the big one I live on!

      • January 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm

        The hills in Seattle have a name: Mayor-killers.

        • 19 isonprize
          January 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

          ‘xplain please?

          • 20 Pamela
            January 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm

            Yes, ‘splain, (svp) I have been here 23 years and not heard that expression yet!

            • 21 Dudette
              January 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm

              I haven’t been to Seattle in winter but I have been to Chicago in winter. Here in Atlanta, the city pretty much shuts down when a few flakes fall (mostly because of concerns about ice). It was quite a culture shock for me when I showed up in Chicago one November. My colleagues there were quick to explain how Chicagoland politicians lose their jobs if they don’t clear the roads quick enough. No joke.

          • 22 57andFemale
            January 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

            We are completely aware of this phrase inChicago (unless hour name is Daley and then you get away witth everything). Don’t take care of snow removal and you get voted out of office.

      • January 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm

        i didn’t even know you got snow in seattle. i thought you just got rain!

        • 25 Pamela
          January 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm

          Well, I really can’t tell you actually, a4Alice, as at this very moment it is doing both! Snow showers, they call it, but I am not the only one praying for some good old honest rain!

        • 26 JoJothecat
          January 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm

          Yes a4alice, especially north seattle. I remember being in Olympia in December…one night it was clear and beautiful, they were saying snow was coming and I thought to myself these people are crazy, it’s too clear to snow. The next morning I woke up and my car was covered in snow. I was visiting friends in Tacoma and Olympia. It was like the scene from The Christmas Story when Ralphie woke up Xmas morning and looked out to see the trees covered in snow and icicles (sp).

    January 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm


  5. 29 isonprize
    January 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    The voiceover in the video is John Lithgow. TOO FUNNY!!!! I LOVE IT. Stephen Colbert is GENIUS!!!

  6. 30 isonprize
    January 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    TOD, take 20 minutes and listen to this speech from Dr. King. Almost thrown out from a school in Ohio. WOW, Bless the worker who taped it, and properly preserved it. Dr. King sounds like he is in your living room!!


    • 31 isonprize
      January 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      He gave the speech in 1967. Wow. Some things STILL haven’t changed. As Bobfr says. PRESS ON!!

      • 32 defytheodds
        January 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm

        Isonprize thank you! What an inspirational speech and it was given on April 2, 1967—almost exactly one year before his death. He never stopped climbing until the very end. And, it’s now up to us to do the same. The race for justice is a relay race and now the baton is passed to us and we have to run as fast as we can, for as long as we can, and then passed the baton to the next generation…

  7. January 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Liked Tomasky’s article until he threw in the snide comment about Obama’s political team. Really? The team that helped elect the country’s first black president has no brilliance? The team that even in what is admittedly a tough election climate has no brilliance? Sighs.

    • January 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Fast fingers. Should read “The team that in what is admittedly a tough election climate still has PBO leading all comers has no brilliance?”

    • 39 isonprize
      January 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Yeah, LL, sometimes I think that it’s a requirement of their “jobs” to throw shade. That just gotta get that dig in. Here’s one just for those who just MUST get their digs in…

    • 43 sherijr
      January 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Yeah that was unnecessary of Tomasky and a total bs line.

    • 44 Cindy Sweatt
      January 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      LL, you said exactly what I was thinking. Thanks for wording it so well.

    • January 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Sometimes I think these guys literally stop themselves when they have said too many complimentary things about PBO and say, geez, I’d better put a little snark in here so that I can keep my street cred. Otherwise that last line makes no sense whatsoever. It’s a gratuitous dig that has no basis in reality. PBO’s team is the best in history and puts those of every one of the R candidates in the shade.

    • 46 L3
      January 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      I didn’t like that either. That one remark stopped me from clicking to read the rest. Someone mentioned the other day that these “journalists” can never give PBO full credit or a compliment without tossing in an insult. They need their wiggle room so as not to be thought an Obamabot.

      • 47 GGail
        January 15, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        Agreed L3, I too became disgusted and didn’t click to read the rest of the article.
        The comment was so tacky and unnecessary.

    • January 15, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I’m over an hour late to this convo, but glad to see I wasn’t the only one who picked up on the barely veiled insult. Sounds like Tomasky’s getting a mite too big for his britches…….. Might need to take him down a few pegs……seems like he’s forgotten who he’s talking ’bout. Hm.

    • January 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      I think that there’s a big gap between how this political team performed during the campaign and since PBO became president. They did many mistakes. I hold this opinion for a while now. They were not up to the boss’ level and Axelrod pretty admit that. It doesn’t mean that coming campaign year, they won’t be back to their amazing previous level.

      • January 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

        Their mistake was giving the GOP way too much credit to be honest opposition instead of Machiavellian saboteurs at every turn.

        • January 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

          Whether you want to call them mistakes or not…i contend that if the President did not exercise the patience..the struggle for bi-partisanship…did not.go out of his way to do what we may have thought that he did not have to do….The GOP would not have been classified as the Party of NO….the American People have been able to see the Obstructionism of the Repubublican Party as well as some Dems….because of this President’s steps….so that now that he is using his Executive Powers he is not seen by the American People as over reaching…..but he is seen as trying to sidestep a party whose single goal is to deny him a 2nd term….even if it is at the expense of the Country……

          Presssssssssssss ON!!

        • January 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm

          Whether he trusted them or not he still has to work with them. Too many people criticize this aspect as if he has a choice. this is the congress the American people gave him. He works with them or sits on his hands and do nothing.

          • 54 Dudette
            January 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm

            Exactly… and he has handled them brilliantly!

            If he’d come out guns blazing, being confrontational at every turn, you can be sure that he would not have been as successful as he has been.In the end, people see that he has bent over backwards to work with them and they’ve thumbed their noses at him relentlessly. Now they just need to get rid of the creeps in Congress and get folks in there that want to solve problems.

        • January 16, 2012 at 3:56 am

          saintr- great stuff ‘ way too much credit to be honest oppoisition instead of machiavellian saboteurs at every turn.

      • 56 EDP4BHO
        January 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        Big difference between campaigning and governing. I don’t see the “many” mistakes as per his being in office with a recalcitrant economy, a divided congress, and those who want your head on a platter, or more succinctly, your body splattered across a sidewalk. I am still waiting for someone to show me what “leadership” looks and sounds like if PBO is not a strong leader, as pundits and some immature critics have been saying. Does he shout? Does he emote? Does he give ultimatums? Just asking, would love an answer in all this time.

    • 57 nathkatun7
      January 16, 2012 at 12:11 am

      I agree with you LL! That snide remark was very disappointing. It was totally uncalled for.

  8. January 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 1/15/12 12:00 PM EST
    Rick Perry has no regrets, at least when it comes to “vulture” capitalism.

    The Texas governor and presidential hopeful used the comment to describe Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital last week, and when asked whether he has “any regrets for using that phrase” by George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’s “This Week,” he replied:

    “It’s not a new phrase.  It was used by Stuart Stevens, who was one of Mitt Romney’s consultants, against Meg Whitman.  I think the issue for everyone is, look, this is something that we knew wasn’t going to come up.  And it’s better to be talking about it here in January in South Carolina than it is in September and October with a nominee.  So if it’s a fatal flaw, then we need to talk about it now.”

  9. January 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Newt to release tax returns on Thursday.

    Expect ads calling on robney to release his.

  10. January 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I see that Micheal Moore the ‘girther’ is at it again, instructing people that they don’t have to vote for the Prez, and pushing the meme that his supporters don’t even want to work the phones for him in 2012? Go get him, Twitter crew!

    • 80 desertflower
      January 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      See my comment below 🙂 He’s such an arrogant *^*&^^&%^*(

    • January 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      God, he’s such an ass hat. Even his buddy Tavis says he’ll vote for Obama. Get over it, Michael. No one from The Left ™ is running to replace him. Go back to raising money from Wall Street to make your next searing documentary.

    • 85 Linda
      January 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      He has been out the the TV loop for a while…..I guess he wants some air time.

      What a fool.

      • January 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

        You know what I just noticed? He hasn’t made a film during all of Obama’s presidency. Instead, he’s been unrelenting in his criticism of the President. He knows there’s no audience for his movies with a man like PBO in office. So it’s no surprise he’s rooting for PBO’s failure, so that he can be replaced by a GOPer and he can go back to raking in millions. Scumbag.

        • 87 africa
          January 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

          Totally. He’s angling for people to give him attention.

        • 88 nathkatun7
          January 16, 2012 at 12:24 am

          “He knows there’s no audience for his movies with a man like PBO in office. So it’s no surprise he’s rooting for PBO’s failure, so that he can be replaced by a GOPer and he can go back to raking in millions.”

          You totally nailed it, Liberal Librarian!

    • January 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      No, don’t go get him, twitter crew. That’s what he wants. You can always tell when Moore is feeling irrelevant…he says something to make everyone irate, twitter explodes and he sits back and smugly soaks up the ‘adulation’. He’s an attention whore and does this routinely with predictable results. It’s boring and we need to stop feeding his wounded ego.

    • January 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Where is he saying that? I really want to go after this asshole.

    • 94 Betsy
      January 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      I think he’s desperate and needs to be ignored. He’s a pathetic old man and no one cares.

    • 95 anniebella
      January 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      There are people out there who is concern about this country. They don’t want the Republicans to take control, because those guys are scary. We are not playing games like Michael Moore, we don’t have the time to play games and we don’t have the money like Moore does.

  11. January 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    The TimT article is a good one, and well researched, as usual. Comments are closed, but I hope that when he writes about the individual mandate, he also confirms something I heard during the time of the ACA battle: I believe it was quoted that 80% of Americans have healthcare, and a large number receive their healthcare from their employer. If this is true, then that would mean that only 20% of the population would be affected by the mandate who aren’t already in the pool. If you already have healthcare, then why would you be worried about the mandate – which basically makes health insurance work just like every other insurance policy where everyone gets in the pool to spread the cost between the sick and the healthy.

  12. 101 desertflower
    January 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm


    Fanning resentment of the poor — and deflecting attention from the relentless Republican defense of the rich — is also central to the party’s current political strategy. That’s why so many Republican candidates and lawmakers keep talking so angrily about poor people not paying federal income taxes. That’s how the Tea Party got started in 2009, when Mr. Obama proposed lowering interest rates for homeowners who were behind on their mortgages and conservative activists saw an opportunity to pit the affluent against their struggling neighbors. And that’s why Mr. Romney constantly accuses the president of trying to create “an entitlement society,” which is simply a variant on Ronald Reagan’s welfare-queen anecdotes.

  13. January 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Ok, why did GB just try an onside kick? At the start of the 2nd quarter? Dumb move.

  14. 107 Esmerelda
    January 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    ‘Mitt the Ripper’ is showing up on the Twitter ‘Discover’ feed on my iPhone.

  15. 108 Linda
    January 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Republican Sponsor Of Bill To Require Drug Testing For Georgia Welfare Recipients Arrested For DUI


    This is sweet justice for me, a Georgia Resident.

  16. January 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    That Colbert interview on ABC this morning was GENIUS!! I have no idea how he is that quick on his feet on EVERY subject. Love Stephen Colbert. I wish he would host more shows.

    I just saw that the FLOTUS dress last night was designed by J. Mendel.

    • 113 isonprize
      January 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Colbert is comedic gold. Some people really think that he is serious. And that’s the beauty of it. He gets them with their own stuff, and they don’t even know it.

      As for FLOTUS’ dress, she looked way, WAY, WAY, WAY!!! better in it that the sad, hungry looking, wafer-thin model at the Style link. Sheeeesh, somebody get that girl a sandwich!!

      • January 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm

        Yes, it’s like me being amazed when I speak to someone who’s first language is something else so they hear what I’m saying in their native language and translate it in their head. That’s what Colbert does with his Republican conservative persona. LOL, when he was talking about how he believes more money = more speech it makes you wonder if that’s what they think. YOu know the quote: “Not all conservatives are stupid but most stupid people are conservative”.

        LOL and yes isonprize that starving girl needs a sandwich and a comb. 🙂

        • January 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm

          where can I watch the interview?

            • January 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm

              He may go 4th party!

            • 119 defytheodds
              January 15, 2012 at 7:07 pm

              This video is a classic. I’m surprised ABC had Colbert on.

            • 120 dotster3
              January 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm

              Colbert is a prized gem. He may be the most significant person on the teevee of our time. He is single-handedly exposing all the ugliness in our politics and dragging the rest of the news media (slowly) along with him. All seem to watch his show, all reference it the next day. I know they think what he is doing has importance. And he has more courage than all of the rest of them put together. Remember he was the first and only one to dare expose all the W lies about the war and everything else at that brilliant WH Correspondents Din appearance a few years back. And with his non-connected super pac 🙂 and his ads and exposing all the corporate hooey connected to RobMe and the huge damage to our elections done by the Citizens United decision, he may be the only real newsman we have right now, the only one reporting the truth—–the only ethical one anyway. All the publicity he has generated to get the question on the ballot asking if corporations are people or people are people—-and his attempt to buy his way onto the Repub ballot in S.C.—-all of his shenanigans are significant.

  17. 124 hopefruit2
    January 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

  18. January 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I just had a talk with my puppy Stewie. I told him about Mitt’s problems with dogs. Even though he can’t vote, he endorses Barack Obama. No one who does that to a pet should be President.

  19. January 15, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Oh my gosh! I’m watching Transformers 2 for the second time and it’s the first time I’ve heard that part in the scene where Megatron has attacked all the cities and Shia Labeouf is watching the news and the reporter says:” president Obama is being flown to a secret location/bunker..” or whatever that word was. Wow!! Seriously! I’ve never heard Bush’s name mentioned in a non-political movie. This is fricking awesome! How comes I never heard this part the first time I watched this movie? 😯

  20. January 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    What does Tomasky mean when he says: “I have no great confidence in the brilliance of the Obama team, but this shouldn’t be too hard, even for them………” ??

  21. January 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Colbert’s ad is pure genius. I hope that the Obama campaign uses it in some way, shape, or form. Simply genius.

  22. 143 GGail
    January 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    These two QB’s are playing an AWESOME game and their supporting CAST is SHOWING OUT!

  23. 144 Marlz (@marjgra)
    January 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    GO MO . . . LOVE YA!

  24. January 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm


    ISLAMABAD (AP) – Intercepted militant radio communications indicate the leader of the Pakistani Taliban may have been killed in a recent U.S. drone strike, Pakistani intelligence officials said Sunday. A Taliban official denied that.

    The report coincided with sectarian violence — a bomb blast in eastern Pakistan that killed 14 people in a Shiite religious procession.

    The claim that the Pakistani Taliban chief was killed came from officials who said they intercepted a number of Taliban radio conversations. In about a half a dozen intercepts, the militants discussed whether their chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed on Jan. 12 in the North Waziristan tribal area. Some militants confirmed Mehsud was dead, and one criticized others for talking about the issue over the radio.


  25. 152 dotster3
    January 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Admitting that I am watching the arrivals for Golden Globes. It’s so over the top, it’s just a spectacle. “Who are you wearing?” and fake air kisses. Husband can do the red carpet pose brilliantly and hilariously, which he just did for my entertainment at a football break. Lots of butt shots tonight! Lots and lots of hair flinging. And did you know that almost none of them have the noses of their birth? Shocking, I know!

    • January 15, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Ha! Didn’t even know the GG was tonight! Feel as though I’m living in another world from them. This time last year, I’d have had the dates and times for each award show listed in my planner and I’d be watching from the start of awards season till the end. Now, it just seems so frivolous and pointless. Instead, my attention is split between TOD and Transformers.

  26. 157 isonprize
    January 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    For those who watch, @theRevAl will be on Morning Joke tomorrow morning. I can’t deal with the AM shows, even as much as I love the good Reverend.

  27. 158 defytheodds
    January 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    • 159 desertflower
      January 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      No Republican, NO GOP….now they are instructed to say “conservative”…but for a few, I think that they can kiss that demographic goodbye.

  28. 160 dotster3
    January 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    haha—DWS twitter response to Roger Simon, who said, “In their entire lives, most Americans are never asked “Who are you wearing?” And DWS replied that the press corps asked her that question at the state din last year and she had no idea what they were talking about, so she just said, “Thank you.”.

  29. 162 hopefruit2
    January 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    HEADLINE: Attorney General to speak on voting rights in South Carolina

    // WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder plans to deliver a speech on voting rights on Monday at a Martin Luther King holiday rally in South Carolina, a state where just weeks ago his Justice Department blocked a new voter identification law.
    Holder plans to attend a rally sponsored by the civil rights group National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at the state capitol building in Columbia, S.C., according to a statement from the NAACP. //

    Read more…

  30. January 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama turns 48 on Tuesday, and the Obama re-election campaign is using her birthday to help organize the troops for the November elections.
    In 2011, Mrs. Obama celebrated her 47th birthday when President Barack Obama took her to a fancy dinner at The Source, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant in the Newseum in Washington.
    In 2010 , Mrs. Obama was also taken out by her husband for a 46th birthday dinner, to Restaurant Nora, one of the nicest special-occasion places in Washington.
    In 2009, Mrs. Obama was busy getting ready for the inauguration — the Obama administration is three years old in January–and celebrated her 45th birthday on the inauguration train traveling from Philadelphia to Washington.


  31. 166 Frenchie08
    January 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Huntsman has dropped out of the race!

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