chat away


AP: President Barack Obama will address the 99th annual Alfalfa Club dinner in Washington Saturday evening (7:15). First lady Michelle Obama will join the president at the prestigious event being held at the Capital Hilton.

The dinner is closed to the media.


President Barack Obama plays with his dog Bo after returning to the White House from a Democratic fundraiser, January 27

351 Responses to “chat away”

  1. 1 overseasgranny
    January 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Need to borrow someone’s naughty mat please.

  2. 10 yardarm756
    January 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I had a thought but I’ll keep it to meself. Seems it don’t take much to get sent to the mats ’round here. 😆

  3. 12 hopefruit2
    January 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I was instructed to order a bulk supply of naughty mats for certain occupiers. I’m not calling names.

  4. 15 DreamChaser57
    January 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Get your fresh naughty mats here!
    (Found perfect pic, didn’t know how to insert it into my comment) Oh well………….:sad:

    • 18 susanne
      January 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      looks like the ‘business as usual’ my cynical friends cite when they tell me they don’t vote. members of both parties are engaged in this, and–like romney’s taxes–it seems to be legal.

  5. 20 DreamChaser57
    January 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm


    *crossing fingers* -YES!

  6. January 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I tried to watch Real Time w/Bill Maher last night. Normally I don’t bother to see it, but Martin Bashir was on, and I wanted to hear him.
    Only there were 2 major idiots, Kennedy Nation and Repub Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (he w as a huge ASS). Both of them were talking loudly and telling lies, and over talking Martin, he LITERALLY couldn’t get an a word in edgewise.

    I watched for like 15 minutes, but then turned it off. It was too annoying!! I wanted to reach in and smack them both upside the head.

    Then this morning, the jerk congressman tried to tweet me because I called him an idiot! so basically I got into a twitter fight with him. He still tried to peddle the BULLSHIT that deficits were caused by President Obama.

    The absolute denial to facts and delusions that are a huge problem for the GOP gets really annoying. It makes me depressed to see this much STUPIDITY and IGNORANCE.

    I had to really talk myself off from being so pissed.

    • 22 GGail
      January 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Pace yourself pinkbunny. We have a long time to November.
      Pick your battles. Some aren’t worth your energy.
      You can reply to the good repug congressman that you will be making a donation to OFA in his name. That should shut him up! 🙂

    • 24 collegekay
      January 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Where do republicans get this lie that PBO started the deficit? Smh.

    • January 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      I’m with you pinkbunny. I watched and wanted to knock some sense into Rohrabacher and that Kennedy woman. They were both obnoxious! They took over the show, Martin Bashar couldn’t get a word in edgewise. It made me crazy too! No facts whatsoever, just bull shit.

    • 28 L3
      January 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      pinkbunny92, I am not a psychiatrist but I am going to play one on this blog. I believe and have for some time now that the election of PBO was and continues to be a traumatizing episode for many people in this country, primarily Republicans but also for many on the far-left. And as a result we have a country with a lot of people who are exhibiting the signs of PTSD. They are in shock. Their world as they’ve known it has been turned upside down and life is unlikely to ever be the same again for them, so they believe.

      Some of these folks with time have recovered and adjusted to the new normal. For others, it may take until the end of PBO’s 2nd term for them to get used to the idea of a black family in the White House but there are still others who will never adjust or accept the idea that this country is moving on without them so they act out in ways that pre-PBO would be unacceptable and roundly criticized (think Trent Lott). Fringe and racist behavior has been mainstreamed and the Republicans have no one of stature and respect to stand up and tell these fools to cut it out, so we all suffer the slings and arrows because their party is rotten to the core and no one of any decency is in charge.

      We can’t help them so we must overwhelm them at the ballot box.

        • 30 susanne
          January 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

          wow–we all knew this intuitively, but for an academic to publish research demonstrating that stupid people are more likely to be racist and politically conservative is actually shocking. glad it’s from a canadian university, so the ugly repug govs here can’t pull their funding.

      • 31 yardarm756
        January 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        There is another bit of irony that pops up in the long view. Because of the “prison programs” and the current “justice” and education system, black men have been declared null and void. That is to say, a lot of them have been removed from the reproductive pool so they can reduce uhhh, the numbers. But in the final analysis all that will happen will be the hastening of errrr, inter-marriage and cohabitation. This, of course, will lead to an amalgamation much like Brazil. I hope this country is ready, ’cause Obama will be blamed for that too.

    • 32 Mel
      January 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Pinkbunny92: We do not normaly watch Maher, but we noticed that Martin Bashir was going
      to on the show, We like Martin he exremely intelligent, and we were pissed as hell that martin
      was not given the chance to talk the fucking Girl kenney was just dispicable, and I was not
      surprise about the crazy racist Congressman. However Maher did give high marks to PBO
      for the State of The Uninon speech I think I do agreed with you on STUPIDITY IGNORANCE ans
      a lot’s of bullshit.

    • January 29, 2012 at 11:09 am

      I was POed as well. I did not turn it off. However, I must have slept through most of it. I only woke up in time for New Rules. That has become the best part of RTBM any more.

  7. 38 overseasgranny
    January 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Gingrich has gone for Romney’s throat. I hope this URL is right

  8. 39 hopefruit2
    January 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Isn’t it interesting and nice that PBO and VP Biden took those pics (playing with the waterguns) on the very SAME day at completely different locations? Talk about being on the same wavelength!

  9. January 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm


    President Obama is so cute when he flirts with FLOTUS 🙂
    Just looking at them brings my blood pressure down!

  10. January 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    QUESTION – How do I post a photo in here?

  11. January 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    So here’s a random thought: has anyone else noticed how NO ONE mentions Dubya? I’m mean not even in passing. Even PBO refers to him as, “my Republican predecessor.” His own party barely acknowledges his existence. Has he become that much of a pariah within his own party?

    • 50 L3
      January 28, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      He is a pariah true, but to mention him would remind sane people with short memories that the condition this country is in is because of him, his policies and Republican governance. To ignore him allows theRepublicans to convince their brainwashed voters that everything wrong with the country began when PBO was elected. It’s a deliberate and cunning strategy for the “smarter repubs” and it’s pure denial for the dumber delusional repubs.

      • 51 Pamela
        January 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm

        I agree, and have noticed it also. I try never to be unkind, but sometimes I fail: GWB had darn well better lie low, I truly hope he has done some reflection and soul searching on the terrible decisions he allowed himself to be forced into, and the long term devastation he has wrought on his own country and around the world. I am quite content never to see or hear from him, except of course when Chips posts that JustSayin’ picture of PBO in the rain in France, and Dubya with his umbrella inside out in front of Marine One. That photo tells it all, and never fails to get me to hoot out loud, and I mean OUT LOUD! Always frightens the kitty! 🙂

    • January 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      it’s too soon. But I gotta admit, Wanda Sykes was right. He was like a house guest who came, broke your favorite vase and left before you realized it missing.——- I really do appreciate his retreat into private life though. Bush Jr. has been handling his post-presidency with a lot of grace. Can’t say the same for his big-mouthed wife though, who was actively lobbying people like Mitch Daniels and Jeb to run against PBO in 2012. If she’d paid as much attention to her husband while he was in office, maybe we wouldn’t have gotten into so much trouble. She should take a page out of her husband’s book and STFU. I also like the cordiality between Bush Sr and PBO. You can tell PBO admires him as a person. As for Jeb……. he should forget about running for president evah! The Bush name is done-for in Washington for the next generation at least.

    • January 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Their silence is tactical. Romney has resurrected Bush’s cabinet in all but name. Bush was toxic to the Republican brand so they avoid his name like the plague. The question is why are the American people allowing the Repugs to get away with this trickery. Silence on his name is their ticket back to power. They bamboozled us all in 2010 and hope to repeat it this year. These people are truly venal.

      • January 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm

        General election it will all cone out!

        • 66 Left-Indie
          January 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm

          “The question is why are the American people allowing the Repugs to get away with this trickery…” It’s a question for the Dems. It’s the failure of the Dem machine. The American people are busy making a living. The MSN folks are interested in entertainment and political horserace. If anybody is gonna make Bush an albatross around their necks, it has to be the Dems. Witness how the Gop still uses Carter’s name to beat up Dems. They even try to stick Obama with the “Carter malaise” bullshit.

    • 67 Obama Grandmama
      January 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Strategy: If you don’t mention GW then people will forget (they hope) and then you can accuse this Prez successfully of creating the problems. If you complain too much about the other guy people will think you are whining.

  12. January 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    That tweet on the other thread about Romney paying unemployed in FL to support him—-anyone know anymore about that? Proof? Please, please, please, please let it be true and provable.

  13. 70 halo
    January 28, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Alfalfa Dinner is never televised or recorded. Only excerpts come out.

  14. January 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm

  15. 74 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    This Boehner fella is going to break Newt’s all-time, most disgraced House Speaker record:

    #LandslideOBAMA2012 Yes We Must

    • 75 susanne
      January 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      and that’s why he’s always crying!

      • 76 Pamela
        January 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm

        Afraid he will have no sympathy from me, and I hope somehow, Cantorwont goes down with him. Struck from the historic records. Deserved.

        • 77 jacquelineoboomer
          January 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

          Hauled out in disgrace from the House floor, in shackles. Charged with treason.

          That’s my dream for ’em.

          • 78 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
            January 28, 2012 at 11:08 pm

            In Boehner’s case, your dream is totally founded in reality. The guy really is a traitor – just like Bush, Cheney, Rove, …. – They really are. It’s not hype. They have each, in numerous ways, done, not planned, but DONE real, intentional harm to our Republic. Documented harm.

            #LandslideOBAMA2012 Yes We Must

            (This is definitely not a game folk, we don’t win one for the Republic on 6 Nov and this experiment in democracy is DOA).

  16. January 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Eric Fehrnstrom, Mitt Romney’s senior adviser, told reporters after a rally in Panama City, Fla., that the campaign has received NBC’s letter complaining about its recent ad featuring a 1997 broadcast but does not intend to take it down.

    “We just received the letter. We are reviewing it. But we believe it falls within fair use,” Fehrnstrom said. “We didn’t take the entire broadcast, we just took the first 30 seconds of it.”

    Of then-anchor Tom Brokaw, who personally issued a statement of protest about the ad, Fehrnstrom said: “He’s a very respected newsman but we believe that the use of that clip falls within fair use standards. We respect him as a newsman who has a lot of credibility but we believe this falls within fair use standards.”
    Lol. NBC just endorsed Robney, according to his senior adviser, with this ad!

    • 81 Britt
      January 28, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      What is the content of the ad? I read about the NBC letter to the Mitt campaign, but I thought it was more about them breaking sometype of laws, not paying NBC for the clip or not getting their permission to use it.

      • 82 Pamela
        January 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        Brokaw saving face? Not wanting to be seen as any kind of spokesperson for Willard, thereby keeping some level of credibility as a ‘journalist’.

    • 83 halo
      January 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm


  17. 84 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm
    • 85 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Meant to include this link:

      The other one, if you scroll down and look to the right, is a related article about ODS-infected Robert Scheer.


  18. January 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    seriously just saw 2 Willard ads against Leroy back to back on—of all channels— discovery channel. The first was the ad with Brokaw and immediately after that one was the Reagan ad……whoa! unfricking believable! Not even discovery channel is safe.

    • 87 collegekay
      January 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm


      that’s why I’m watching movies on BET and Tv One right now. Dr. Dolittle is on lol.

      Black tv stations = guaranteed no Willard or Leroy lies

  19. January 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I have been trying to learn how to link and I’m sure I haven’t got the hang of it, but I wanted to share with everyone a pdf file of PBO’s accomplishments in Spanish that I got from OFA headquarters in Chicago. I have no idea how to read it, but it came with an English language version, as well. Trouble is I don’t know how to link it here. If this works, please let me know. If not, I’ll try another tactic.

    Hispanic Accomplishments (Spanish).pdf Hispanic Accomplishments (Spanish).pdf
    157K View Download

  20. January 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Another sign that the Economy PBO is building is “Built to Last”

    US consumers making progress in reducing their debt


  21. January 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    A sign of real financial reform

    Largest banks now required to draft living wills


  22. 100 nintendowii10
    January 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Newt is in full scale self destruct mode. He was NEVER serious about winning the Republican nomination, this has all been a sham of a book tour disguised as a Presidential campaign… Herman Cain redux!

    Newt probably will call it quits after Mitt wins Florida… there are FIVE STATES that Newt isn’t on the ballot in, one of them being his homestate Virginia. How would Newt make a comeback after all those delegates go to Mitt?

    I’m glad Mitt will be the nominee, he’s everything the Republicans stand for: dishonest, arrogant, and all about wealth. It’ll be great to finally destroy all their class warfare talking points when Mitt goes on to a MISERABLE DEFEAT in November.

  23. January 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Lol! This is mean. MTP has a new Florida NBC poll that they are releasing the moment they interview newt.

  24. January 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I can’t get enough of Bo, I wish they’d release more pictures of that doggie.

      January 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm


  25. January 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    This is good news WIW and a very interesting article, I particularly like the following excerpt:

    “Countries like the U.K., Spain and Italy have responded to the debt crisis by aggressively chopping government spending. That may help keep inflation at bay, but most economists agree that it harms growth in the short-term.”

    I have been periodically comparing economic data from the UK where we are enduring austerity measures and the US following the stimulus. In the 4th quarter of 2011 the UK’s economy CONTRACTED by 0.2% whereas the US economy GREW by 2.8% in the same quarter. This is from the BBC Business News. (Sorry I can not provide a link but I have no idea how to)

    I will make no further comment as the figures speak for themselves!! I just found the comparisons interesting.

    By the way the picture of PBO by the pool with the water gun was HOOOOOOOTTTTT! Chips, I NEED a naughty mat!! (or a cold shower – or perhaps both!!)

    • 109 susanne
      January 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      i don’t know if this is the article you’re referring to–it’s about the discussions in davos, and the danger of austerity measures during a delicate financial recovery. geithner is present and quoted.

      it’s worth noticing the g20 is mentioned as helping bail out greece and other euro-zone countries, because germany doesn’t want to carry the less able. by g20, i think they mean us.


      • January 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm

        Thank you for the link susanne, that wasn’t the one I was looking at, I hadn’t seen it but it was interesting.

        • 111 susanne
          January 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

          you’re welcome! i’m a fumbling old lady with the computer, but i accidentally learned how to do the link thing.

          first, you want to write something in the comments box on this page, or just click inside the box, so the link has a place to go. now, in another tab, open the page you want to send.

          right click on the title of the article you want to bring over. then on the little menu that pops up, click on send link. it then gives you an email-type page. highlight the line in the body area that represents the address of the link. now grab that blue section by holding the left clicker down while you drag it across to the comment box on this site. release the clicker and voila! it’s there!

          okay, all you geeks can stop rolling and laughing now! i’m honestly not kidding! do not make me go over there! just tell us the easier way and nobody gets hurt!!!

          • 112 sam uk obama supporter
            January 29, 2012 at 8:30 am

            Thanks again susanne, I am such a technophobe it is unbelievable! I really appreciate your explanation. Sorry it has taken me so long to reply. Sometimes the time differences can be a pain!!

  26. January 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Hey guys just got back from the St Paul Winter Carnival Parade – I put a twitter pic in here of the group that went – We were the ONLY political group walking the parade route! w00t!

    K. When I say O you say bama

    O – bama!
    O – bama!
    O – bama!

    It was a lot of fun and there was a good deal of cheering and shouting for President Obama – I know we handed out a ton of stickers and people got signed up to vote and to volunteer as well. So it was a good way to get the word out!

  27. 120 Linda
    January 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    From 2000 to 2010, those are the Bush years folks.

    Just in case you imagined that it did not matter all that much who was in the White House, these illustrations demonstrate a quite compelling argument that it most certainly does.

    And it is no wonder, when Republicans are of the mindset, recently voiced by Rick Santorum, that higher education “indoctrinates” students into accepting progressive ideas.

    Get a load of this, and see if you cannot recognize the clue about what is REALLY happening in college classrooms that seems to have escaped Santorum’s irrational mind.

    After saying “we’ve lost, unfortunately, our entertainment industry,” Santorum told a Naples, Florida, audience that “we’ve lost our higher education, that was the first to go a long time ago.”

    “It’s no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go to college,” said the former Pennsylvania senator. “The indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America. And it is indoctrination. If it was the other way around, the ACLU would be out there making sure that there wasn’t one penny of government dollars going to colleges and universities, right?”

    He continued: “If they taught Judeo-Christian principles in those colleges and universities, they would be stripped of every dollar. If they teach radical secular ideology, they get all the government support that they can possibly give them. Because you know 62 percent of children who enter college with a faith conviction leave without it.”

    Now do you understand WHY Republicans fear education, and are trying to systematically destroy access to it in his country?

    It is not hyperbole to make the case that if you want a smarter, better educated, country, that you need to vote Democrat. Sadly the proof of that is everywhere you look.

    • 121 Pamela
      January 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      “As Dumb as Dubya”, catchy, eh?

    • 125 majii
      January 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      If Sanitarium doesn’t like what is going on in traditional colleges, there’s always Liberty University and other RW Christian colleges. He has the right to share his opinion, but he doesn’t have the right to censure what is being taught at these colleges. He home schools his own kids and needs to realize that those are the ONLY kids he has the right to control/influence. If he and others like him are able to set the curricula at colleges across the nation, I think it would be a step in the wrong direction. I saw a report on one of MSNBC’s programs last night that highlighted the way the Koch Bros are attempting to do exactly this at colleges across the country. The good news I heard was that there is a group in FL opposing them.

    • 127 yardarm756
      January 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      AMEN, AMEN, & AMEN.

    • 128 dotster3
      January 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Amazing, isn’t it? Now Obama is bad because he wants to expand access to a college education. Repubs are admitting they need an uneducated public to survive. An educated public is much less likely to accept their narrow view of the world. The mind does expand in college. And there’s that added danger for Repubs that college kids live with and become friends with other kids from all corners, all backgrounds, lose that fear of the unfamiliar that they may have been taught—-Repubs hate that.

    • 129 jacquelineoboomer
      January 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      First of all, as a Catholic, maybe I’ll start a push to get Santorum to send his kids to Catholic school, rather than home school them. There’s no “requirement” for that, but maybe I’ll try to make it “a law” or put it out there as a “rule” through some “executive” decision, when I get to be president.

      Which would be about as dumb as the stuff he’s saying.

      Too bad this guy doesn’t understand religious freedom. The only good thing is he’ll never actually be president, so no worries there.

    • 130 Obama Grandmama
      January 28, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      I have not researched Rick Santorum but remember hearing that his kids have all been home schooled. I believe I heard him say he has seven kids and one has a disability. He had one child die that would have made it eight kids. I do remember him saying his wife has something like a Masters or undergrad degree and a law degree. I am not sure of his own background but figure his education maybe similar. As a retired teacher I have noticed many home school families are very distrusting of the public education system. There are excellent families that give their children a lot in the home school atmosphere and their children flourish. There are also many that let things go and their kids fall behind and the parents bring them back to school way behind the others whereas when they took them out they were doing fine. I have not personally had children taken from my classes but know of it from seeing it happen in schools I have taught in. A lot of times those parents were a bit paranoid and pass their fears onto their kids.

    • January 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Santorum doesn’t even realize what he just admitted. Smart people vote Democratic. Education makes people smart. Have to kill education, so we become a country of dummies who vote Republican. Such a winning message. Sure to win the hearts and minds of young people across the country.

      I have to very selfishly say it does my heart good to see the odious Ricky exposed on the national state. He was such a complete, utter and revolting disaster as a senator from PA, that I screamed with delight when Casey blew his ugly rear out of the water in 2006. I want him so creamed in this presidential race that he never again dares raise his head again. Let him go back to his corrupt lobbyist buddies and grovel at their feet for the rest of his life.

  28. January 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm

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  30. January 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I don’t know if this will come through. this is at the end


  31. 142 Pamela
    January 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    OFA is so on top of their game plan: right after the SOTUA on Tuesday, I made 2 small donations and ordered my Team2012 teeshirt! Today, I am WEARING that shirt! Obama~Biden 2012! Oh Yes We Will! …show ’em how it’s done! 😉 🙂

  32. January 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    The White House readout:

    Vice President Biden spoke on the phone today with Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama Nujaifi and yesterday with Dr. Ayad Allawi, a leader of the Iraqiyya political bloc. The two Iraqi leaders described deliberations underway among all Iraqi political factions and parties in the run-up to a proposed national conference led by President Jalal Talabani. The Vice President discussed with both leaders the importance of resolving outstanding issues through the political process. The Vice President and Iraqi leaders agreed to stay in close touch as events unfold.

  33. January 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm

  34. 150 Linda
    January 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Someone is trying to get $100.00 for Jan Brewer’s book on e-bay.

  35. 155 dotster3
    January 28, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Love that Bo came out to greet his human daddy, welcoming him home. The President and the Doggie have a cool relationship. I love that photo of the two of them in the presidential limo. Also just remembered when President Obama took the time to pet that big ol’ tail-waggin’ store doggie at an Iowa stop on his midwest tour last summer. Babies, kids and dogs—–all love our president too. They sense the goodness.

    • 156 anniebella
      January 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      I remember the dog was to be for the girls, but I think POTUS and FLOTUS loves Bo just as much if not more than the girls.

  36. 157 auni
    January 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Linda–so glad you did the post about Santorum’s view on colleges. In the restrictive church I grew up in higher education was frowned on for the very reasons he presented. College is very threatening to groups who want to keep people from questioning, growing, and learning anything beyond basic education. Keeping them dumb makes it easier to push stupid ideas.

  37. 162 carolyn
    January 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I too love that picture of the President and Bo! Very little is more more immediately soothing than petting a loved dog, and having that love returned. The President needed Bo after that week!

    • 163 Pamela
      January 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      I picture Bo becoming very excited when hears the propellors of Marine One approaching the South Lawn! Also imagine the handlers R ready to get him out there on landing! So sweet!

    • 164 anniebella
      January 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Are we going to see a piece of Romney and his dog? I think it should be against the law for Romney to own a dog.

  38. 165 Ladyhawke
    January 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm


    His description of the Republican Party Obama Derangement Syndrome is spot on. The bottom line is that the GOP can’t handle the reality about President Obama and his accomplishments so they are running against this fictionalized person they have created. HENCE THE CONSTANT LYING AND MAKING STUFF UP. Let’s face it, facts to the Republican Party is like garlic to a vampire.

    Watch Bill Maher Smash The Right’s Obama Paranoia Into Tiny Pieces


    Maher nailed it. The Republicans aren’t running against the Obama that most Americans know. They are campaigning against a figment of their own imaginations.

    Because their primary voters can’t handle reality, the candidates for the GOP nomination have to buy into their lies, myths, and paranoid distortions about President Obama. Mitt Romney is making himself unelectable and Newt Gingrich is in the polls by pandering to the terrified delusions of the right.

    Fear has driven the Republican Party to campaign against Barack X, and this same fear may end up sowing the seeds of their defeat in 2012.



    NOTE: For those who would rather not watch the video of Bill Maher, the post contains the transcript for your convenience.

    • 166 dotster3
      January 28, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Yes, I think I mentioned that the closing by Maher was the only worthy aspect of last night’s show. But that was spot on. The Repubs have created an Obama who doesn’t exist. They have created a fictional monster, and they keep feeding each other with continually escalating fearful rhetoric about him. It’s despicable, delusional.

      • 167 Ladyhawke
        January 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm

        I know, how many times have you heard the crap from John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Rush Limbaugh, Mitt Romney or any of the presidential candidates and said to yourself “Which President Barack Obama” are they talking about?? It’s unbelievable. I just shake my head. We are going full speed down the rabbit hole with this nonsense. Black is white, up is down. The facts take a backseat lies and spin.

  39. 170 criquet
    January 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm


  40. 171 auni
    January 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I know Linda–it’s hard to imagine thinking of education as being a bad thing. The far right folks often home school their kids and then send them to schools like Oral Roberts University. They are presented with one view. By the time they come out of there at age 22 or so, it’s going to be pretty hard for them to be anything other then small minded, narrow, and judgmental of any thoughts outside their comfort level. I know that mind set really well.

  41. 172 nospin
    January 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    not political but valuable information

    Helpful links for anyone interested in going to college now or have young ones and are planning for the future. Please share far and wide. http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/preparing.jsp

    Also – Know before you Go http://www.knowhow2go.org/

    One more for folks seeking employment or a career change.

  42. 175 susanne
    January 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    this article from nytimes opened my eyes about twitter–i enjoy the little boxes of fun posted here, but had no idea of its power and role in the campaign.


    • January 28, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      TOD TWITTER BRIGADE I really think you should read this article if you haven’t already done so!

      All candidates (except Paul) are conceding that the role Twitter can play in the election dialogue is an important one, so IMO we need to be vigilant, responsible, and aware enough not to allow ourselves to be used (by the wrong guys).

      Thanks for sharing this, Susanne! I personally would have missed it otherwise as I haven’t been as much on the ball lately.

  43. January 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm

  44. January 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  45. January 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Debbie is busting her ass today.

  46. 183 Ladyhawke
    January 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm


    The Republican Party loves to blame the entire financial crisis on Fannie and Freddie alone. They always portray this as a problem created by the Democrats. But so far, one of the benefits of Newt and Willard fighting like cats and dogs is that the truth about the involvement of Fannie and Freddie in the mortgage meltdown is being revealed. Both candidates have questionable involved with the organization. It is ironic that the primary infighting is actually shedding some light on the facts.

    Republican Candidates Are President Obama’s Best Campaign Aides

    The most useful attacks (for President Obama, at least) have involved the giant mortgage lenders Fannie Mae (The Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddie Mac (Federal Home Mortgage Corporation). Many people, especially anti-government Republicans, falsely believe that Fannie and Freddie were the primary causes of the mortgage meltdown when, in reality, they were bit players. Until the Republican nominating campaign these two semi-public lenders have been viewed as a Democratic problem. However, accusations leveled by Romney and Gingrich at each other over the lenders during the candidates’ campaign show that Republicans are complicit in the mortgage meltdown and both parties have been involved with these controversial lenders.


  47. January 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm

  48. January 28, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    • 186 utaustinliberal
      January 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      DWS has been a one-woman machine for PBO, OFA, and the DNC. She’s just been phenomenal. Tweet after tweet show just how involved she is in PBO’s re-election efforts. Political program after political program show how hard she’s been working on PBO’s behalf. I sent a tweet thanking her because she’s given more than 100%. We need more like her.

    • 192 Dudette
      January 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks for that trip down memory lane. I remember that speech and their commentary. I thought “what an awesome young man – he’ll be great in the Senate.” Even hearing them say he could be President, back then I didn’t believe it would be possible.

      Well, change came to America! 🙂

      • 193 dotster3
        January 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

        I remember that speech so well. I was thrilled with my home state guy. I’d been following him for awhile here in Illinois, ever since I first read little snippets in the papers that there is a new guy in town who is really turning heads, that all agreed this was someone out of the ordinary, someone very special, someone who had perked up all those seasoned pols in Chicago, someone they thought had a very promising future. They were right.

    • 194 susanne
      January 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      ‘he just shifted the discussion from, am i doing better, to, are we doing better.’

      and he’s still pushing that shift in our discourse.

    • January 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      I totally love PBO memory lane segments,thanks Dotster, because it gives me quite a ‘high’ to view them in the light of current reality. There was a time when Chips used to end each night with a different one and I was always pumped when signing off! 😆 😆 Ah! **sigh of bliss**

      I wonder if I can talk her into running a 1-month memory lane nightly segment sometime soon? Or maybe just a ‘Down Memory Lane’ NIGHT once weekly just like we have a Friday video? Say probably on Wednesday nights to ‘break up’ the week? Chips could probably even use it as a fundraiser – we pay to view our most favourite one, or whatever. No creative fundraising ideas here!

      Of course, Chips Chica will be so busy trying to catch up on her return she won’t even see this suggestion. I know. 😛 I’ll wait until she’s flustered by one of those accusations about being first, and slip this in as a way to ‘soothe the beast’ within those who are suspecting foul play. Suh-weet! 😛

  49. 196 GGail
    January 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Where’s Chipsticks?

    • 197 susanne
      January 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      taking the day off? you’re missed, miss chips!

    • 198 dotster3
      January 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      She doesn’t live here. She has a real life too, other obligations and other things she likes to do. She’s allowed to escape from time to time. I think she’s spoiled some of us, she does such a fantastic job.

      • 199 hopefruit2
        January 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm

        Indeed dotster3. This blog is so amazing thanks to Chips’ hard work and remarkable dedication. I know that I am VERY spoilt 🙂

        There’s not really much going on except the GOP campaigns, so I don’t mind the open threads today. Chips has been on Twitter though standing up to the RWers who suddenly have a problem with the Alfalfa Club dinner being closed to the media.

        • 200 anniebella
          January 29, 2012 at 5:04 am

          One guess the haters RWers, is blaming Obama that the Alfalfa dinner is close to the media. It’s all his fault that it has been like that forever.

    • 201 collegekay
      January 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Fighting RW lies on twitter.

    • January 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Don’t worry, GGail. Mommy slipped out for a while but she’ll be back soon. She said to tell you she has one eye on you…oops! ..I mean on us. 😉

      • 204 GGail
        January 28, 2012 at 10:20 pm

        I missed my interaction with her yesterday and I’m missing her today.

  50. 205 Britt
    January 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I still believe that Florida can go to either Mitt and Newt. Even if Mitt wins Florida, especially by a small margin, Newt is still in the game, since delegates are what matters. Like Bill Burton said, the real competition is Super Tuesday. Especially since absentee ballots have already been turned in, and he implied that those hundreds of thousands of ballots likely voted for Mitt a few weeks ago.

    • 206 Lorraine
      January 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      I agree. I think the polls are trying to predict how the early voting before Newton Leroy won South Carolina and before we all found out that little Ricky won Iowa. Also I read a tweet that said Newton was going all the way to the Convention….brokered!!!! Maybe that is why President G.H.W Bush and former Governor Jeb Bush was taking about with President Obama…lol.

  51. 207 hopefruit2
    January 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Just take a brief moment to listen to PBO’s 2nd-place speech in NH (in 2008). Contrast his words (and an inspired crowd) with that of the current GOP candidates (and their angry hostile rabid crowds), whose speeches mostly entail attacking, lying, sowing racial resentment, bigotry, and xenophobia.

  52. January 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Just read this email from OFA

    Maybe the show will be a good one

    “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” will premiere on January 30,
    2012 at 9/8c. The show will track Election 2012 news of the day and
    feature in-studio commentary.

    On Monday, January 30th The War Room will feature interviews with
    staff at the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago and Obama for
    America California youth volunteers at our State of the Union Watch
    Party in Oakland.

    Don’t miss it!!

  53. 214 susanne
    January 28, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    yesterday (i think) someone asked about voter id laws, and why it’s such a concern. we all have id, right? this article gives a clear picture of how, in places where the law is newly applied, people who’ve always voted now can’t. and people who’d like to vote, have to jump through so many hoops, with costly fees, they may just give up. those people tend to be poor, young, old, and minority. which means they’re more likely to vote democratic.


  54. 215 Dudette
    January 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Here’s a little something about tonight’s dinner at the Alfalfa Club. I didn’t know about it’s origin. Ironic on so many levels.

    “Tonight: President Obama, First Lady Will Attend Exclusive Alfalfa Club Dinner

    Members-only club founded to celebrate birthday of Confederate Civil War General Robert E. Lee…
    President Obama will deliver remarks at the 99th Annual Alfalfa Club Dinner at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC this evening. First Lady Michelle Obama will also attend the 7:15 PM affair. The dinner is always closed to press, and always held on the last Saturday each January. The private, exclusive membership of about 200 is former Presidents, Cabinet Secretaries, Supreme Court Justices, lawmakers, and powerful business leaders. Each is allowed to bring two guests to the affair. The menu is always the same: Filet Mignon and Lobster, so the steak-loving First Couple should be pleased.

    President Obama’s remarks will be comedic, as is the tradition at the Alfalfa Club. It was founded in 1913, with its primary function being to celebrate the birthday of Confederate Civil War General Robert E. Lee (born Jan. 19, 1807). President Obama spoke at the dinner in 2009. The club didn’t admit African Americans as members until 1974, and women had to wait until 1994.

    “This dinner began almost one hundred years ago as a way to celebrate the birthday of General Robert E. Lee,” President Obama said. “If he were here with us tonight, the General would be 202 years old. And very confused.”

    Confused indeed.

  55. 222 desertflower
    January 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Great news! http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/01/28/white-house-to-host-lgbt-conferences-across-country/

    Couple this with doing the same thing with the Hispanic community, and we will knit together a beautiful, human, inclusive quilt!

  56. 224 defytheodds
    January 28, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    • 225 Dudette
      January 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      Nice. Thanks for sharing that! She’s one my sheroes.

    • 226 GGail
      January 28, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      I saw Red Tails last evening and it was so moving and uplifting.
      The audience was so quiet, no phones, no loud talking, and the applause at the end of the movie touched my heart.
      Then I was even more proud to see the people who had seen the movie before me and those who were coming to see it after me.
      It still has legs a week after it’s opening.
      This should send a message that these kinds of movies are bankable.

  57. January 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Santorum just went home to Pennsylvania, to stay for a while.

    In the middle of the Florida primary?

    That is very strange. Something fishy in Denmark.

  58. 235 desertflower
    January 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    In other “who gives a shit news”…Mr. 999 endorses (lots of!) Fig Newton!

    And election season wouldn’t BE election season, if a Republican didn’t use a copyrighted song! Newt wins the honor….Stones song. Cease and desist!

  59. 242 jacquelineoboomer
    January 28, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    So ludicrous. Flipped on C-Span, to see Newt bloviating at the Palm Beach County GOP Party Lincoln Day Dinner (as though President Lincoln would have anything to do with Newt).

    At the bottom of the screen, there’s an “Alert”: Herman Cain Endorses Newt Gingrich for President. Callista looks surprised. I think that’s surprise on her face. Newt just looks angry.


    On a sad and serious note, the Santorums have announced that their little daughter has been hospitalized. God bless her.

    • January 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      I am truly sorry for this, despite my feelings to Ricky. This little girl is only three and has very serious health problems. Whatever his ambitions, I hope he takes the time to be with her right now.

      • 244 desertflower
        January 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm

        Agreed. I hope that his daughter will be alright. She’s the most important issue right now. Be well, little one.

        • 245 sam uk obama supporter
          January 29, 2012 at 8:37 am

          I agree too. Wishing her all the best and will remember her in my prayers. No matter what our views are on Rick Santorum’s politics and general attitude that precious little girl is the most important thing right now.

    • 246 anniebella
      January 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      I hope Santorum’s little girl will be alright. Just because her Daddy is a dam racists jackass, she shouldn’t have to pay for his sins.

      • 247 hopefruit2
        January 28, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        From what I’ve read, she has a genetic disorder (Edward’s syndrome) that is commonly fatal at or before birth in ~ 90% of the cases. They are blessed that she made it this far. Hopefully she survives this episode.

      • January 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm

        Santorum’s daughter has Trisomy 18 which is a death sentence. Most babies with this genetic disorder to not live past the age of one.

        • 249 anniebella
          January 29, 2012 at 4:55 am

          Our President would be one of the first to send a note from him and Michelle, to Santorum and his family . That’s the difference between our President and the racists right wing haters on the GOP side.

    • 250 desertflower
      January 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Maybe Newt thought Lincoln was going to walk out and Newt could “debate” him.

  60. 251 defytheodds
    January 28, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    • 252 desertflower
      January 28, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      From what I’ve read, Hermie just kind of “showed up!” Crashed the party, so to speak.

    • 253 susanne
      January 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      does this mean colbert’s votes to to neut too?

    • 254 anniebella
      January 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Not to sound nasty or anything, but to hell with who Herman “I can’t keep my hands off of other women” Cain endorse. Is it any surprise he endorse Newt, since Newt had his problem with women too.

  61. January 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Someone else on Twitter was going down memory lane. ;lol:

    • 256 Ladyhawke
      January 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Watching this video of Senator Barack Obama and considering what President Barack Obama has accomplished in three years gives me goosebumps.

      • 257 PurpleShoesLA
        January 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        Yep. Chills and a big lump in my throat. He hasn’t WAVERED ONE BIT from his core beliefs and message. He said the same thing at the Democratic Convention in 2004 (I just watched that video), the same thing in the clip above in 2008 and the same thing at the SOTU last Tuesday. And he’s not done. I know I am preaching to the choir here but WE must do everything in our collective power to get him re-elected. Obama/Biden 2012!

    • 260 susanne
      January 28, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      barack obama has been consistently excellent from the first time we ever heard of him. just look at him in this speech!

      a friend of mine is a retired teacher from punahou school, where pbo studied and graduated high school. she calls herself a ‘moderate’ and her husband a ‘rabid raging right winger’. i asked her about young barry–whether she knew him and what she might have heard from the inside. she began teaching there the year after he graduated, but other teachers who knew him, and staff and admins, and so on, all talk about him.

      she said, she has never heard one word about him that wasn’t positive. she looked a bit chagrined. her husband wanted some dirt. but apparently he was an excellent student, an excellent athlete, an excellent friend and worker and neighbor.

      we are so lucky he chose to enter the political arena, and serve as president of the united states!

    • 261 hopefruit2
      January 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm


      Just AMAZING…our President is simply amazing. Thanks VC for posting this!

    • 262 Dudette
      January 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Family, we simply MUST keep this man in the White House and send him a new and energized Congress to finish the work we sent him there to do! WE MUST!

  62. January 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm

  63. 264 defytheodds
    January 28, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    • 265 Ladyhawke
      January 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      The right’s core dilemma, as summarized by Erick Erickson

      By Joy-Ann Reid


      I can’t say it any more succinctly:

      The fix is in for Romney, which just means when he is crushed by Barack Obama a lot of Republicans will have a lot of explaining to do. Newt may not be able to win. But Romney sure as hell can’t beat Obama either if Newt can’t win. The problem remains — Gingrich supporters intrinsically know this to be so and are happy to die fighting. Romney’s supporters are still deluding themselves.


      Much more here…..


      • 266 Pamela
        January 28, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        I just can’t make up my mind which of these two dirtbags is more deserving of being crushed by Barack Obama…. They are both equally heinous and I will enjoy whichever one they decide is more worthless. (can you say ‘more worthless’, LL help me wth my grammar!)

  64. 269 defytheodds
    January 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm

  65. January 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    • 275 susanne
      January 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      oh, this is hilarious! includes the quote about neut at the last debate coming across like ‘a weasel finally cornered by animal control’!

      cannot stop laughing!!!

  66. 276 defytheodds
    January 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Newt Gingrich: ‘I will go all the way to the convention’

    Newt Gingrich, shaking off signs that his campaign is stalling in Florida, pledged to fight for the GOP nomination through the summer.

    “I will go all the way to the convention. I expect to win the nomination,” …“You just had two national polls that show me ahead. Why don’t you ask Gov. Romney what he will do if he loses since he is behind in both national polls.”…Gingrich said he was dissatisfied with the face-offs against Mitt Romney…

    “You cannot debate somebody who is dishonest. You just can’t. The people say I’m a good debater. I can’t debate somebody who won’t tell the truth,” Gingrich said of Romney…

    You have to like Newt’s spirit, if nothing else. Next’s is definitely a backside problem for Willard.

    • January 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      I know everybody wants to see Newt win but I am not among them. He’s a disgusting and horrible person whose lies are nothing but thinly veiled demagoguery unleashed. He pulls out slogans from the 50s as if they are still relevant and his whole party cheers. He’s a racist PIG who will bring voters out of the woodwork.

      Mitt is also absolutely atrocious but I think people are beginning to see that his wealth and standing and complete obliviousness will be a TREMENDOUS disadvantage in every way. He’s the real definition of lightweight. I think PBO and his team prefer to run against Romney because there is no there there.

      • 278 defytheodds
        January 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm

        Agreed they are both shady, but everyone knows about Newt’s misgivings—and his gutter politics…to say the least On the other hand, Willard tries to come across like he’s above it all—when he has royally screwed over a lot of hard working people, communities, etc. Plus Willard tries to be sneaky with his low life gutter politics. It doesn’t which one of them are the nominee, but I’m enjoying seeing Willard has to work for something for once in his life. Agree with the post above; PBO beats either one of them.

      • 279 jacquelineoboomer
        January 28, 2012 at 11:23 pm

        meta – The only person I detest (politically) more than Mitt is Newt. I do not think I would be able to stand watching him on the same stage as President Obama.

        As much as I detest (politically) Santorum, I’d rather see him in there than Newt. Did I mention I can’t stand Santorum?

        Awful people, all of whom crawled out from under their hometown rocks, somehow thinking they were up for the task. The whole world is laughing at the Republican field. However, I’m not laughing.

      • 280 Pamela
        January 28, 2012 at 11:28 pm

        Meta, you are not alone.

    • 281 dotster3
      January 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      I do not like anything about Newt’s spirit. Or anything else about him.

      • 282 defytheodds
        January 29, 2012 at 12:03 am

        I was referring to his spirit to take the fight to Willard until the convention. Not his energy spirit. 🙂

  67. January 28, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    k folks i’m going off to bed before I fall asleep here on the cou-


    (nitey nite and sweet dreams TOD)

  68. 287 desertflower
    January 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    BREAKING: FIVE MORE ARRESTED IN NEWS CORP PHONE HACKING SCANDAL | Earlier today, Scotland Yard arrested five more individuals, including a police officer, in the ever-growing News Corporation phone hacking scandal in the United Kingdom. While previous arrests focused on phone hacking at the now-closed News of the World tabloid, today’s arrests are related to allegations of phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s flagship tabloid, the Sun. According to the BBC, those arrested today include: “Graham Dudman, a former managing editor; Fergus Shanahan, a former deputy editor; Mike Sullivan, the paper’s crime editor; and Chris Pharo, the paper’s head of news.” With today’s arrests, 13 total people have been arrested in the course of the investigation into News Corporation’s alleged bribery of police officers. If News Corporation is found to have bribed police officers or other public officials, the company could also face serious legal consequences in the United States under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.


    OSG…..what’s the talk over there????

  69. 289 defytheodds
    January 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm
  70. January 28, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Hi all. I have been at work all day and then dinner with my parents that are in town for a week. They live in Vegas now and we don’t get to see each other that much but talk and email a lot. One thing we have not talked about since 2008 is politics. They are in their 80’s now and doing very well. My mother does not look a day over 50 and is very healthy. Dad has been fighting cancer and now has it licked. He looks much better now then during the 2008 election. I visited them in 2008 for the “Great Schlep”. They were staunch Hillary Supporters but in then end pulled the lever for our current President.

    I am not sure what they have been listening to but one question during dinner was about the Florida Primary. They were hoping Romney would win because they planned on staying home if Newt won the GOP nomination in 2012. I talked about all the programs that were being cut…important programs that effect me and their grandchildren. College funding is way out of anyone”s reach. I told them about the grant programs for their grandchildren. I told them about the GOP plan for SS and Medicare. They are NOW paying attention. They are NOT selfish in anyway but, forget sometimes about the future. They are getting these benefits and I want to have the same for my generation and all those in the future.

    Remember to talk to your parents and the rest of your family. They are NOT as informed as we are.

    • 294 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 28, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      For real.

      #LandslideOBAMA2012 #LandslideDEMS2012 Yes We Must

    • 295 PurpleShoesLA
      January 28, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Wow… Like it. A lot.

    • 296 PurpleShoesLA
      January 28, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Ok. one caveat y’all. I just went to Planned Parenthood’s website and under the link “who were watching” altho PBO is at the top of the “Champs” list as opposed to the “Chumps” list (and yes the 3 stooges, I mean the 2012 Repug Frontrunners), he does NOT have a pink ENDORSED sign across his name, unlike Tester and McKaskill (the next two on the Champs list) who DO. So whass up with that? See the link below. An oversight or is there something more to this?


      • 297 defytheodds
        January 28, 2012 at 11:41 pm

        It just seems like they haven’t officially endorsed PBO yet. Same as some the unions have not officially endorsed him yet.

        • 298 PurpleShoesLA
          January 29, 2012 at 12:46 am

          Thanks Defytheodds, I do truly appreciate the reply. I’m not trying to create any drama here, but from my own visual perspective, it just looks odd on that web page; that only two of the list of “Champs” have an Endorsed sign across their names. Our President, who is at the top of the “Champs” list, does not, and all the Reps after Tester and McCaskill don’t either. Maybe it’s just an occupational hazard, since I question everything anyway 😆 , but it just raised questions for me, more than answers. And it is what stopped me from plugging in my name and email address. I do still like the ad though, very much, because it is true and people need to see it.

  71. 299 defytheodds
    January 28, 2012 at 11:27 pm

  72. 300 susanne
    January 28, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    this article from the nytimes says neut isn’t going away because his big financial backer wants him in the race. the voters are not a consideration.


  73. 302 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 28, 2012 at 11:38 pm

  74. January 28, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Several Taliban negotiators have begun meeting with American officials in Qatar, where they are discussing preliminary trust-building measures, including a possible prisoner transfer, several former Taliban officials said Saturday.


  75. 306 Pamela
    January 28, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    This might seem lightweight, but I have to tell y’all I am tickled to bits with my Team2012 teeshirt! Have done all the usual adaptations for fit, hand washed and now hanging to dry; it is just SO SOFT, organic cotton, I almost can’t stand it, it is just so nice! Hee!

  76. January 29, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I went canvassing for Elizabeth Warren today – it was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine. I was, of course, wearing my Obama 2012 button along with the Elizabeth Warren for U.S. Senate button. A lot of people were not home, but we also had very positive responses. One woman went into great detail about voting for Scott Brown in 2010 and why she was definitely on board with Elizabeth this year. But my most joyful encounter was an elderly woman who told me how much she loves the President. I know this year will bring many ups and downs and there may be times when it all seems too much to handle, but the simple heartfelt affirmation from the people I have met will always inspire me and keep me going.

  77. 313 collegekay
    January 29, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Buenas Noches. See you in the morning 😉

  78. 319 #1 obama fan
    January 29, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Just received and email from Caroline Kennedy regarging her uncle Ted Kennedy..

    Four years ago today, I joined my Uncle Teddy and thousands of excited students at American University to endorse Barack Obama as the next president of the United States.

    Barack Obama had stirred something in young people and the young at heart. I saw the passion in my own teenage children, and I heard it from a different generation of people who said they felt like they did when my father ran for president.

    We felt strongly that we needed to elect a president who urged us to believe in ourselves, who could tie that belief to our highest ideals, and who understood that together we can do great things.

    Four years later, as I think about what first inspired me to support Barack Obama, I’m proud we have a president who has fought hard for the values Teddy held dear, and stood up on issues that matter.

    Will you join me by saying what first inspired you to stand with Barack Obama?


    Teddy understood that the challenges of health care aren’t political — they are personal. That’s why he fought for 40 years to make health care a right and not a privilege for American families.

    How proud he would have been to see his candidate sign the Affordable Care Act into law as president, giving all Americans the security of knowing that their health care will be there when they need it most.

    In his speech four years ago today, Teddy reminded us all of that bright light of hope and possibility that shines even in the darkest hours. He knew that with Barack Obama as president, America would shine again. I don’t think he would be surprised to know that four years later, this president would have ended the war in Iraq, repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and guaranteed women the right to equal pay for equal work.

    The 2012 election will be harder than the last. As you think about what role you can play this time, I want you to remember that when Teddy joined this campaign, it wasn’t just Barack Obama who drew him in.

    It was you.

    The possibility of a campaign run by ordinary people determined to change our country for the better and willing to work as hard as necessary inspired him then, and it’s what inspires me today.

    Thanks for all you do.

    I’ll see you out there,


  79. January 29, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Fleetadmiralj had an interesting conversation with the #OWS, I’m still trying to understand what will be accomplished by this, and so was Fleedtadmiralj. It seems they just want the attention of being arrested, as attention to their anger & cause.

    • 323 Doreen
      January 29, 2012 at 12:50 am

      I live a few blocks down from downtown Oakland and have to pass through the City Hall daily to get where I’m going and I’m a patron at a lot of the small businesses in the area and the residents and businesses aren’t happy. When Occupy Oakland first started this a few months ago, pretty much everyone was behind what they were doing, but now it seems like there’s no direction, except to cause trouble, damage, media attention, etc. Their message is getting lost. I actually forgot they were planning something today until I heard the news helicopters (which have been circling my area pretty much all day and night). The chirpstory was very telling. Even though this is the Bay Area and we’re use to a lot of different things, I don’t think burning the flag is going to go over very well.

  80. 324 desertflower
    January 29, 2012 at 12:34 am

    MUST READ> So perfect


    Well, as we know, the global recession which began in 2008, has forced countries to respond in different ways. The President has attempted to stimulate the economy. But others, particularly European nations, have stuck firmly to their believe that austerity is the way to go. And so, they’ve set about cutting services, demolishing government, reducing the safety net.

    And it’s this model, as practiced by several European nations, that Republicans like John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney want America to follow.

    ROMNEY: As President, I will cut spending —
    GINGRICH: — cut spending –
    BOEHNER: — They elected us to cut spending…
    ROMNEY: — cut spending —
    (END CLIP)

    BASHIR: So, just to be clear, Republicans accuse the President of wanting to copy Europe, when in fact it’s the Republicans that want to follow the European lead in terms of the economy.

    It just gets better from here 🙂

    • 325 desertflower
      January 29, 2012 at 12:39 am

      Comment from lex to that post: Free market BS, ‘no new taxes’, ‘smaller government’ are just phony slogans made up to conceal that republicans are robbing us blind.

      Thought of Romney. “Blind Trust” What odd words to put together. Almost screams that something’s wrong.

    • 326 susanne
      January 29, 2012 at 4:50 am

      ‘the republicans have a problem with irony’
      –but no problem at all with outright lies and obfuscation! bashir is oh-so-polite in skewering the repugs here, but stuck they are.

  81. 327 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Happened to see that C-Span was showing a teafolk rally in Winter Park, Florida, earlier, and – since I used to live there – decided to dive in and watch (mostly to see if I recognized anybody).

    First of all, C-Span was very careful not to give a crowd shot. I’m guessing because there weren’t too many there. Try as I may, I couldn’t count more than about 30. The Tea Party Express bus took up more space than the crowd.

    Plenty of teafolk fools were at the microphone – one an elected official who was for Santorum; that old “founder” of the teafolk who spoke for either Mitt or Newt – can’t recall; one local woman with a deep southern accent, who rambled on and on and – I swear – I have no idea what she said other than “freedom” and “we’re the bosses,” about 20 times each, or something like that. They were feeding off each other, all looking very disenchanted with life.

    To further rally the “crowd,” a singer named Lloyd Marcus came out, and opened by saying “Don’t call me an ‘African-American.'” He sang a teafolk tune to “New York, New York.” I did a search and found a website for him (lloydmarcus.com) (he blogged about the big event in Winter Park) and this:

    “Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American – Chairman of The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama. Lloyd is singer/songwriter of the American Tea Party Anthem and author of Confessions of a Black Conservative, foreword by Michele Malkin.”

    The very fact that Michele Malkin did the foreword for his book was enough for me. I found my entire short peek into that culture to be hideous.

    • 331 susanne
      January 29, 2012 at 4:54 am

      thanks theo–and now can we see the dress? pretty please?

    • January 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

      I love, love, love the way MY President uses words! Get a load of the last section of this excerpt from the above article: 😆 😆

      “It is great to be here tonight, because I have about 45 more minutes on the State of the Union that I’d like to deliver tonight,” the president told the gathering, according to excerpts released by the White House.


      “You’ve heard it from the pundits: ‘Obama is cloistered in the White House.’ ‘He’s aloof.’ ‘He’s in the bubble.’ ‘He’s not connecting,’” the president said. “And that’s why one of my big goals this year was to get out and be among everyday, ordinary Americans — like the men and women of the Alfalfa Club.”

      Does he know his friends and non-friends, or what? 😉

  82. 333 susanne
    January 29, 2012 at 5:00 am

    good night tod ohana!

    chips, we missed your gentle guidance and rollicking humor today, but know that you’re putting them to good purpose where ever you may be.

    also, because there weren’t fresh posts, i got to enjoy that photo of pbo playing water wars with the kids every time i checked in to the site. love love love to see that good man having fun!

  83. January 29, 2012 at 7:15 am

    “Once again, a violent splinter group of the Occupy movement is engaging in violent actions against Oakland,” she said, speaking as officers in riot gear were still lined up against demonstrators in downtown intersections.

    City Council President Larry Reid said a group of protesters broke into City Hall, damaging exhibits and burning a U.S. flag.

    Occupy Oakland organizers had earlier vowed to take over the apparently empty downtown convention center to establish a headquarters, hoping to revitalize a movement against economic inequality that lost momentum after police cleared protest camps from cities across the country late last year.



  84. January 29, 2012 at 7:31 am

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama told some jokes and poked a little fun at himself as he addressed the Alfalfa Club dinner, an exclusive annual black-tie get-together of some of the capital’s movers and shakers.

    The club’s sole mission is to put on a steak-and-lobster feast while giving high-powered politicians and business leaders another opportunity to rub elbows and share some laughs. Saturday night’s dinner was, as in years past, off limits to reporters.


  85. January 29, 2012 at 7:43 am

    On January 17, a newly built Indian Health Service (IHS) hospital began taking patients from the 9,300 Native Americans residing in the counties of Dewey, Haakon, Meade, Potter, Sully, and Ziebach in South Dakota.

    The Cheyenne River Health Center, located in the north-central part of the state, was constructed using $84.5 million in Recovery funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The 138,000-square-foot facility replaces the former Eagle Butte IHS Hospital, which had become too small to serve the needs of the community.

    IHS describes the new hospital as “a modern, technologically advanced facility with enough space and staff to provide an expanded level of health care services specifically designed to meet the needs of the Cheyenne River population.”

    The Recovery Act provided a total $500 million through HHS/IHS for:


  86. January 29, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Up with annoying Hayes, is all about Mitt Robney this Morning.
    Whoever wins these state primaries has everything to do with the Press. They ate that weak, where they totally rely on the press.
    In that regard, with Robney connections, Newt loses. Top down establishment campaigning, is so Republican and Robney understands that.
    He is going to get creamed on Tuesday and Ribbey is going to blame this President for everything but the bubonic plague and msnbc is going to fall in live with Robney. All so predictable…


    • 338 hopefruit2
      January 29, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Apparently Romney’s millions are working for him and are helping him to buy the press to get positive coverage. The press is just as corrupt as he is and will do anything for a buck. However, the voters aren’t. He will realize that money can only buy so much.

      • 339 anniebella
        January 29, 2012 at 9:06 am

        I was flipping through channels this morning and I came across Chris Matthews, and he had two pundits or reporters and they weren’t being so nice to Mitt. They were talking about the lies that he told during the debate Thursday night.. This kind of stuff will come back to haunt Mitt if he is the candidate, the Obama campaign will make sure that happen. And taxes will always be an issues as long as the people feel it is not fair what is going on between the (1% rich) and the( 99% rest of us).

    • 340 Linda
      January 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

      I have come to the conclusion that Hayes show is a stinker.

  87. 342 Alycée (@jazziz2)
    January 29, 2012 at 8:13 am

    President Obama pokes fun at himself at annual Alfalfa Club dinner
    By Meghashyam Mali – 01/29/12 07:00 AM ET

    … The president, who broke into song at a recent fundraiser in New York City, also joked about his singing. “At least my harshest critics can agree… I have a promising future as an Al Green impersonator,” he said…

    more —-> http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/207229-obama-pokes-fun-at-himself-at-annual-alfalfa-club-dinner

    • January 29, 2012 at 8:21 am

      LOL @

      “You’ve heard it from the pundits: ‘Obama is cloistered in the White House.’ ‘He’s aloof.’ ‘He’s in the bubble.’ He’s not connecting,'” said Obama. “And that’s why one of my big goals this year was to get out and be among every day, ordinary Americans — like the men and women of the Alfalfa Club.”

  88. 345 Dudette
    January 29, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Way, way, way OT: A little something for you R&B Fans Out There — D’Angelo’s Back!!
    Here’s an article (with video) on his performance in Sweden a couple of nights ago.

  89. 346 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I see that the NY Times put out a love article as their headline for Mitt Romney this morning. I also notice that I’m hearing very little of the issue of his tax returns and offshore accounts. I’m sick and tired of the MSM forcing this plastic, selfish Ken doll down our throats. The media needs to understand that they can only protect this guy for so long.

  90. January 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

    On cnn Rick Scott says his State of Florida is 6th in job creation, since being elected.

    Poppy cock!

  91. January 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Ppp poll has Robney up 8 and miami herald poll has Robney up 11.

    The reason this is bad is the lovefest from msnbc will be Horrid, come Tuesday night.

    • 350 anniebella
      January 29, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Florida primary is Tuesday night. Sorry I won’t be watching, have to make sure I have a nap so I don’t miss FLOTUS on the Jay Leno Show 11:30pm. Newt or Mitt are both disgusting, whoever wins the GOP nomination it will be a battle, and they will play ugly and nasty. We just have to be ready, get our people register, get their voter ID in the states it is call for, and come out to vote. OFA will be ready.

  92. 351 Linda
    January 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

    BREAKING: Rasmussen Florida poll: Romney 44%, Gingrich 28%

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