rise and shine

Morning everyone, will catch up later today 😉

306 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 LunarSea
    January 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

    he he eh

    • 2 LunarSea
      January 28, 2012 at 9:23 am

      hey, what’s this? Could it be?….

    • 4 obamalia
      January 28, 2012 at 9:25 am

      congrats on being 1st LunarSea!

      • 5 obamalia
        January 28, 2012 at 9:28 am

        Source: Obama: From Promise to Power by David Mendell

        p. 6 Madelyn Dunham (grandma): “When he was a young man, I asked him what he wanted to do with his life. He said, ‘I want to leave the world a better place than when I came in.’ And I believe that has been his guiding light.”

        p.50 “I’ll admit that I did give him a few kicks in the pants. Not many, but a few.”

        • 6 obamalia
          January 28, 2012 at 9:31 am

          p.45 “On the bb court, I could find a community of sorts, with an inner life all its own, ” he wrote. “It was there I would make my closest white friends, on turf where blackness couldn’t be a disadvantage.” For Madelyn, there was the comfort in knowing the whereabouts of her grandson. She could track him by ear. “I used to know when he was coming home because I could hear the bb bouncing all the way from over there to over here.”

      • 9 LunarSea
        January 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

        silver, gold & bronze 😆

    • January 28, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Congrats on first LunarSea.

    • 11 Dudette
      January 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Well done LunarSea!!

  2. 12 Brian
    January 28, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I may not be first, but on behalf of the old and the slow, I’m just happy to be here. Good morning to all!

    • 13 desertflower
      January 28, 2012 at 9:36 am

      YOU TALKIN’ TO ME??? !!! Morning, Brian 🙂

    • 14 Dudette
      January 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Old and slow in the hizzie!! Thanks for covering for us, Brian. 🙂

    • 15 57andFemale
      January 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Hey I resemble that remark!

    • 17 JoJothecat
      January 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Good Morning TOD Family!

      Brian, old and slow is how I roll.

    • 18 nathkatun7
      January 28, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Thank you Brian for your comment. I congratulate all the people who are first in commenting. Many are undoubtedly energetic early risers. In my case I always log on late because I am a night person. My brain is totally useless early in the morning. Although I am never first, I still take pride on reading all the TOD posts and all the comments. You say good morning, but I am reading this at night here in San Diego, CA. Sometimes when I come to this place I feel like a marathon runner who , though he/she may be the last runner, insists on finishing the race, even if that means coming to the finish line when everyone has gone home.

  3. 19 utaustinliberal
    January 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Morning TOD. Morning Chips. Yay! “Rise and Shine” thread!

    Donna Dem for Obama has to leave for her local OFA office so, at her request, I’m reposting her comment from the “Evening All” thread. 😀

    Happy Saturday TOD

    I’m heading out to our local OFA office to recruit volunteers for the campaign and do some data entry.

    Our President worked his heart out for us this week. He is a phenomenal leader that personally inspires me to work hard for his re-election.

    The grassroots fundraising team has been challenged by the campaign’s National Finance Director to step-up our fundraising since we are now on a monthly reporting cycle. We have our first monthly deadline coming to a fast close this Tuesday.

    As you know I’m raising money on my grassroots fundraising page to help the President win this November. He is counting on people like you and me giving what we can afford to fuel this campaign. If possible, will you donate $5.00 to the campaign to help ensure that we can fund OFA offices and supply this campaign with everything it will need to be successful this November.

    My fundraising page:

    Thanks and everyone have a great productive O’Day!

    Since I have to leave shortly can someone re-post this comment for me on the Rise and Shine thread this morning?

  4. 26 Bill
    January 28, 2012 at 9:33 am

    The nasty Jon Voight is campaigning with Willard today. Birds of a feather.

    • 38 LunarSea
      January 28, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Let’s hope we get the hell outta there pronto. For all we’ve sunk into that country is blood & treasure, that is still one of the most corrupt, incompetent govs on the face of the planet.

      Sorry if that offends some, but that’s just the way I see it.

  5. 43 ChristiMTL
    January 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

    The new short film from the Gingrich campaign……Blood money….it’s similiar to ”when Mitt Romney came to town”..Politifact gave it a mostly true….since they lost their credibility and gave President Obama a ”mostly true” on something that was factual…it must be true….it’s better than Pants on fire….

    • 44 LunarSea
      January 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Great ad/story but hey as bad as it is, this is running in fla the land that elected Rick Scott gov after being fined $1.5B in medicare fraud. (I still think voter fraud by repubs happened there but no one challenged it)

      Just google rick scott medicare fraud and tons of stuff comes up. Here are a couple links to get you started, if you’re so inclined.

      http://bit.ly/dyL6Fj -A SunSentinel Article
      http://bit.ly/9v8xRf -University News station article. Not to mention his wikepedia page

      So if Scott can win Fla Gov/ship with all the info out there at the time, question is how will this NastyNewt film effect Robme?

      • 45 Dudette
        January 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

        Ethics challenges and criminally defrauding the government is one of the Repub job requirements.

      • January 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

        Good morning TOD.

        I was shocked (well not shocked – too old to be shocked anymore) surprised that Rick Scott won. I heard all about the fraud here in Maryland so I was sure it was no secret in Florida. I have to wonder if people really are that ill-informed or if they just didn’t care.

        • 47 Betsy
          January 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

          Truely some people just vote for the R, no matter what they’ve done. They’d die before they vote for a Democrat.

        • 48 Obama Grandmama
          January 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm

          There are a lot of older retired people in FL. I have spent quite a bit of time in a skilled nursing home here in my area in Oregon due to visiting my Mom after her hospitalization and recuperation there. What I noticed is that the patients almost all vote and are very opinionated, mostly based on old opinions. I think most all of the ones I heard talking were hardline Republicans. Many were prejudiced. A lot of them had short term memory problems so lived in the past anyhow. I wonder if FL has a majority of older people with this problem? I am by no means saying all are like this but boy did I witness a majority of GOP supporters. When questioned at all they used the ALL politicians are corrupt excuse. Their minds were made up and they were not open to facts. I am to spend a week in a skilled nursing home after my knee replacement surgery and I think I dread the political leanings more than the dreaded screeching bells for nurse calls.

      • January 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

        Maybe if it’s spread around beyond Florida, one or two saner, undecided bodies in the larger audience will factor the info into their equation?

      • 50 jeff
        January 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

        because not a lot of people in Florida were aware of this.

    • January 28, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Bonjour ChristiM! 😆 I was just coming to share this same video which I saw at thepoliticalcarnival. Yesterday some of us were discussing Willard’s reason for so desperately wanting this presidency and this information sheds light on my theory – he wants to be able to fiddle with the regulations. Yes the president doesn’t make regulations, but with a ton of like-minded Republicans around him Willard would be able to get away with murder figuratively speaking. WILLARD HAS NO CONCERN FOR THE USA, and I firmly believe that he is in this for himself and his rich cronies. Maybe even for the 5 sons who are too good to join the military. Who knows what monied scenarios/schemes THEY are involved in right now to increase their wealth further?

    • 52 L3
      January 28, 2012 at 10:36 am

      I am convinced after watching this video and the Bain video that Gingrich hates Romney and the GOP establishment so much that if he cannot win he would be happy for PBO to win just to stick it to them.

      • January 28, 2012 at 10:44 am

        I’m feeling charitable this morning, so I’m going to say, ‘or if he can’t win, he would be happy for PBO to win for the good of the country.’ As in Newt first, if not, then country? Too far-fetched?

      • 55 Lovepolitics2008
        January 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

        I’m convinced that Gingrich wants the presidency, plain and simple. And he’s getting a lot of help from people aligned with the extreme right wing of Israel. It scares the hell out of me.

        If Gingrich gets the nomination, let’s be prepared to see horrible videos about President Obama. In the case of President Obama, it would obviously be full of lies and distorsions. I hope the Obama campaign is preparing for this. I hope the Warren Buffets, Bill Gates and other rich people who are supportive of a more progressive agenda give a lot of money to Superpacs supporting the president and democrats. Countering the barrage of negative ads will be necessary.

        I hope Roberts, Scalia, Alito, Kennedy and Thomas finally realize how stupid and destructive their decision in Citizens United has proven to be.

        • 56 Obama Grandmama
          January 28, 2012 at 5:53 pm

          If all of that Super Pac money was put together it could make a big dent in our deficit instead of being wasted on tv ads.

    • 57 Obama Grandmama
      January 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      That’s a powerful exposing video. Does anyone know what reason Politifact uses for part true?

  6. January 28, 2012 at 9:47 am

    From Rasmussen, you know the horrible GOP Pollster Foxnews bets their life on ……as of Today:
    In potential 2012 match-ups, it’s President Obama 46% and Mitt Romney 42%. However, if Newt Gingrich is his Republican opponent, the president has opened a double digit lead, 49% to 39%.

    I like checking Raz cuz they can only fudge the numbers so much but when you get results like this you know PBO is doing better than they say.

  7. January 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

    What do you know, Harold Fird stuck up for the President on Alex Twit show.

  8. 76 hopefruit2
    January 28, 2012 at 9:53 am

    So that Teabagger libertarian Dylan RATigan is promoting his book by supposedly going on a “30-million jobs tour” (WTH is that?), yet he stays at luxury 5-star Miami beach resort!


    • January 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Haven’t been seeing his dumbass commercials on msnbc?! Ugh! 🙄 biggest piece of crap ever. Even worse than that tool Chuckie the Toad, and that’s bad.

    • 78 ChristiMTL
      January 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Isn’t he exactly like the fraud Huffington?…hypocrites…..ewwwwwwwwww

    • 79 ChristiMTL
      January 28, 2012 at 10:01 am

      I have to give it to Micheal Moore, the master in manipulation…he knows how to play the part, unshaven, baseball cap….he looks the part.

      They need some coaching from him…………how to pretend to care AND look the part….

      • 80 hopefruit2
        January 28, 2012 at 10:07 am

        That’s a good idea, however It won’t work for Dylan who was very UNcritical of Wall Street during the Bush years with his “Fast Money” show. At least Moore was very critical of Bush & his policies always. Ratigan on the other hand was NOT. So he can’t suddenly get into costume…it won’t work unfortunately!

    • 81 dotster3
      January 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

      I cannot stand that guy. Not even for a minute.

      • 82 TrumpDog
        January 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

        I don’t think there’s anyone that despises him more than me. He’s an opportunistic asshole as far as I’m concerned and I put him right next to Corney & Tavis pulling this tour stunt bullshit.

    • 83 Bill
      January 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

      His inane panel also came down to Miami Beach with him so they could discuss how screwed up the rest of the world is.

    • 84 Mel
      January 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Ratingan is fricking redicoulous his so call “30-million job crap is so phony, because if he can create 30
      million jobs right now then he should be the President, Rat is so full of CACA I am not buying his B.S.

  9. January 28, 2012 at 9:54 am

    When President Obama delivered his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he started and ended the speech with what has been a hallmark of his presidency: his role as commander in chief.

    The speech’s book ends served as a reminder that he was the one who oversaw the killing of Osama bin Laden—something that had eluded his predecessor — and other successful al Qaeda lieutenants and a successful mission in Libya while guiding the end of the Iraq war, one of his campaign promises.

    Obama’s policy efforts have dovetailed with a military families initiative led by first lady Michelle Obama and second lady Jill Biden, which has called attention to the issues involving education, wellness and employment of service members and their loved ones.


    • 86 hopefruit2
      January 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Oh dear!!! ROFLMAO!

      • 87 ChristiMTL
        January 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

        lol hilarious

      • 88 ChristiMTL
        January 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

        NJ At the end of 2012, a number of major tax provisions, including the Bush-era cuts, are set to expire. Do you have any predictions?

        NORQUIST […] If the Republicans have the House, Senate, and the presidency, I’m told that they could do an early budget vote—a reconciliation vote where you extend the Bush tax cuts out for a decade or five years. You take all of those issues off the table, and then say, “What do you want to do for tax reform?” … And, if you have a Republican president to go with a Republican House and Senate, then they pass the [Paul] Ryan plan [on Medicare].

        NJ What if the Democrats still have control? What’s your scenario then?

        NORQUIST Obama can sit there and let all the tax [cuts] lapse, and then the Republicans will have enough votes in the Senate in 2014 to impeach.

        Yea right you lunatic…..they are delusional,.

        • 89 TrumpDog
          January 28, 2012 at 11:53 am


          Obama would be impeached because he let the Bush tax cuts lapse….???? Is this guy NUTS?

          • 90 L3
            January 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm

            These Republicans are so racist and ideologically crazy that if they have the numbers they will try to impeach him over any minor infraction that they perceive in their warped pea brains the public will buy. With the right-wing media and the feckless main stream media they will try to convince the country that PBO has committed impeachable offense. Look what happened to Clinton. Our job is to make sure they never have the numbers because they have shown us both how reckless they can be and how much they hate PBO. That lethal combination is more than enough for them to try to impeach and remove PBO from office.

            I think it was either Ron Reagan or Frank Schaefer who said Republicans no longer believe Democrats should occupy the White House, ever. Think about that. The people who claim to love the constitution and the flag do not believe they should respect an election result if the Democrat is victorious thus, the change in voter laws. If a democrat wins, they must have cheated. If the Republican wins, the system is just fine.

            They are authoritarians plain and simple.

      • January 28, 2012 at 10:42 am

        I just replied “Pres. Obama would have to do something impeachable first. I don’t think ‘pissing off Grover Norquist’ counts.”

      • January 28, 2012 at 2:20 pm

        What a wank splat!! Impeach him for what exactly, being an honest president with integrity and intelligence beyond their understanding. Honestly Grover Norquist is talking out of both sides of his ass.

  10. 95 Marlz (@marjgra)
    January 28, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Mitt Stump Speech Fail. . .For your amusement. . .

  11. 97 desertflower
    January 28, 2012 at 9:55 am



    Jin Lee, Bloomberg / Getty Images
    1. Goldman Ties Enrich Romney
    It’s no secret who the 1 percent want for president: Goldman Sachs, the wealthy American investment firm, is pouring enormous sums into Mitt Romney’s campaign through contributions and super PACs. Goldman and its employees are by far Romney’s largest donors, having given at least $367,000 to his campaign. Romney’s relationship with the firm goes back to his days at Bain Capital, when Goldman financed many of his projects and rewarded his business with sweetheart deals on stocks. Romney and his wife, Anne, also have significant chunks of their personal fortunes invested with Goldman, and earn millions per year in interest.

  12. January 28, 2012 at 9:58 am

    U.S. trade officials are expecting to cut a wide swath through a broad trade agenda this year, all probably before Congress leaves town in August. 

    U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has three major issues on his agenda — implementing the three free-trade agreements passed last fall, opening up the Russian market to U.S. goods and services and wrapping up negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


    • January 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Wow. Thanks Jovie. As the President said the Trans Pacific deal alone could give US businesses access to over 500 million customers. Ron Kirk has been doing an outstanding job.

  13. January 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

    By Kevin Bogardus – 01/28/12 06:30 AM ET
    President Obama asked Americans to call on Congress to pass his plan to strengthen the economy.

    In his weekly address, Obama repeated several of the proposals that he laid out in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. After the speech, the president traveled to five battleground states to tout his plan.

    “This week, I took that blueprint across the country, and what I saw was people who work hard and believe in each other. They believe in the America that’s within our reach. But they’re not sure that the right thing will get done in Washington this year, or next year, or the year after that. And frankly, when you look at some of the things that go on in this town, who could blame them for being a little cynical?” Obama said.


  14. 101 desertflower
    January 28, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Got to give the guy this!

    BuddyRoemer Have arrogance, contempt, and truth-bending become the top “frontrunner must-have abilities” in the 2012 GOP presidential race? #buddychat
    12 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    • January 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

      And then he goes in Alex twit show and lies about the President, saying he is corrupt.


    • 103 utaustinliberal
      January 28, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Buddy Roemer is a fucking nut job and a douchebag. He can’t get on the GOP ballot and he blames all the ills of the world on PBO. He goes on Weekends with Alex Witt and pretends to be a hero of the 99%. He calls himself a libertarian. He’s simply a whiny wuss who I’d love to smack hard!

    • 104 TrumpDog
      January 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Fuck Buddy. The guy is yet another complainer that just yells to hear himself speak.
      He’s another one I absolutely despise.

  15. January 28, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Close Ties to Goldman Enrich Romney’s Public and Private Lives

    When Bain Capital sought to raise money in 1989 for a fast-growing office-supply company named Staples, Mitt Romney, Bain’s founder, called upon a trusted business partner: Goldman Sachs, whose bankers led the company’s initial public offering.

    When Mr. Romney became governor of Massachusetts, his blind trust gave Goldman much of his wealth to manage, a fortune now estimated to be as much as $250 million.

    And as Mr. Romney mounts his second bid for the presidency, Goldman is coming through again: Its employees have contributed at least $367,000 to his campaign, making the firm Mr. Romney’s largest single source of campaign money through the end of September.

    No other company is so closely intertwined with Mr. Romney’s public and private lives except Bain itself. And in recent days, Mr. Romney’s ties to Goldman Sachs have lashed another lightning rod to a campaign already fending off withering attacks on his career as a buyout specialist, thrusting the privileges of the Wall Street elite to the forefront of the Republican nominating battle.

    Read more:

  16. January 28, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Rubio weekly address posits that Obama made everthing worse.
    Okay that is weak.

  17. 119 nintendowii10
    January 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Intrade has Willard winning the Republican nomination at 87.6%, and winning Florida primary at 93.7%. Looks like Newt’s moon fantasy is his own Rick Perry “oops” moment and cost him the nomination as much as not being on the ballot in five states including his homestate Virginia.

    On the flipside, Intrade has the President being re elected at 54.2%. Not bad odds, considering the amount of money that will be poured in by the right wing to defeat President Obama.

    • 120 hopefruit2
      January 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

      And as has been tweeted (see upthread), Norquist and his GOP friends have conceded the election to PBO. They are now focused on impeachment in 2014!

  18. 121 dotster3
    January 28, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I guess the nutty nut, ethically-challenged WH press peeps were crabbing about President Obama appearing before wildly cheering students at U. of Mi. I loved Carney’s response. He told them, “We’re not going to ask crowds to not applaud.”

    • 122 hopefruit2
      January 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Why does the fact that the planet loves it’s President bother these jackals so much?

      • January 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

        Because the conservatives always say that college students should not be allowed to vote, because they are liberals.
        Hence, the voter suppression. Jackals get the daily talking points from the RNC.

      • 124 Vicky
        January 28, 2012 at 10:37 am

        Yesterday I received one of those hyperbolic (but well- written with intentions to push all the right-loving’ panic buttons) e-mails from my older brother to watch some segment of news from Diane Sawyer about Obama bringing in workers from China to build a bridge somewhere in the U.S. LOTS OF CAPS TO REINFORCE THE URGENCY!! The last line noted that even (wrong minded, fooled) liberals would understand this!!

        He knows better than to send me such crap, but must have felt this egregious example of Obama’s duplicitous, treasonous behavior would finally get through to me.

        It went in the trash immediately.

        But where does all this HATE come from. He used to send me garbage about Hilary (which is why he knows he shouldn’t send it). He and others I know are so INCENSED about anything liberal, even though it’s often very neutral and common-sense. We were raised the same. What happened?

        • 125 LunarSea
          January 28, 2012 at 10:52 am

          What happened? years of brain washing with a hefty dose of limbaugh & beck and a chaser of the Sara the Quitter.

          They suffer from Sharon Tate syndrome. It will take years of de-programming

        • 126 Left-Indie
          January 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

          Sometimes it’s the crowd he runs with, Vicky. I run into a number of young vets who are rethugs, and I get the feeling that it’s a reinforcing chamber they live in. Nevermind what Obama and his wife do for the Vets. Nevermind killing off a lot of the enemy including the head of the snake, Osama. Nevermind extending Vet benifits across the board. No rethug president would be this good to them, yet I hear them spew right wing crab all the time.

    • 127 Dudette
      January 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Ha! Is there video of that somewhere? Carney is great!!

    • 128 LunarSea
      January 28, 2012 at 10:49 am

      did they mention the cheering crowds at the bases, or at the state fair or the manufacturing plants or the businesses that are thriving or the jewish gathering etc etc? Didn’t think so. Maybe we should inundate them with clips of these cheering crowds. Just so they know what we know, that it’s not a one up


  19. 129 Dudette
    January 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

    A beautiful Saturday to you TOD Family!!

  20. January 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Washington, D.C. –Today, Acting Under Secretary of Energy Arun Majumdar joined with North Carolina Congressman Howard Coble (NC-6) to tour the Volvo Group’s truck headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, and highlight the blueprint for an America built to last laid out by President Obama in his State of the Union address earlier this week. The Department of Energy is partnering with companies like the Volvo Group to help harness American ingenuity to commercialize and deploy cutting-edge trucking technologies that will help boost the competitiveness of the U.S. auto and manufacturing industry, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and create jobs for American workers.

    “Earlier this week in his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined a blueprint for a stronger American economy based on a resurgence in American manufacturing and innovations in the way we use energy,” said Dr. Majumdar. “Companies like the Volvo Group that are pursuing energy efficiency in their operations, putting Americans to work, and building more fuel-efficient vehicles underscore how investments in clean energy technology are helping to secure America’s future economic prosperity.”


  21. January 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

    LONDON (AP) – British police searched the offices of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers Saturday after arresting a police officer and four current and former staff of his tabloid The Sun as part of an investigation into police bribery by journalists.

    The arrests spread the scandal over tabloid wrongdoing — which has already caused the closure of one tabloid, the News of the World— to a second Murdoch newspaper.

    London’s Metropolitan Police said two men aged 48 and one aged 56 were arrested on suspicion of corruption early in the morning at homes in and around London. A 42-year-old man was detained later at a London police station.


    Crickets. Chirp, chirp, chirp.

  22. 135 Barb
    January 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for the cartoons, speech FAIL, & the Let’s Move video, & HAPPY SATURDAY to all!

  23. 136 desertflower
    January 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Good read: http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/153915/right-wing_lunacy%3A_the_shameless_lies_conservative_media_tell_their_audience/?page=1

    One benefit of the prolonged campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has been the revelation that most of the 20 or 30 percent of Americans who describe themselves as conservatives live in a fantasy world. In their imaginations, Barack Obama, a centrist Democrat with roots in Eisenhower Republicanism rather than Rooseveltian liberalism, is a radical figure trying to take America down the path of “European socialism.” The signature healthcare reform of Obama and the Democratic Congress, modeled on Mitt Romney’s insurance-friendly Massachusetts healthcare program and closely resembling a proposal by the right-wing Heritage Foundation, is described as “statist,” “socialist” or “fascist” (as though Hitler came to power with the goal of providing subsidies to private health insurance companies).

    How can otherwise sane people believe such lunacy? The answer is that members of the right-wing counterculture are brainwashed — that is the only appropriate term — by the apocalyptic propaganda ground out constantly by the conservative media establishment. A perfect example is a recent essay by Philip Klein, a senior editorial writer of the Washington Examiner, the right-wing newspaper owned by the billionaire Philip Anshutz: “The Welfare State Is Destroying America.”

    • 140 TrumpDog
      January 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      I saw this on the news and was shocked a Peoria police officer had posted that pic on his Facebook page. Unbelievably disgusting. You expect that shit from random people but from someone who should know better…?
      It’s getting to be that there is no sense of decorum these days and I can see why Brewer’s despicable actions were so accepted.

      By the way, I am STILL pissed at what she did.

  24. 141 Dudette
    January 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Eewwww! Um, m’am you might want to cover that up…

  25. 144 hopefruit2
    January 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

  26. 146 LunarSea
    January 28, 2012 at 11:04 am

    You all have no doubt gotten the email about PBO taking questions on Google+ and Youtube. Everyone was invited to submit questions. Well I went to the site and LOL’d at the take over by the ‘legalize it’ crowd.

    I remember how they were upset the last time he did this and didn’t answer the question to their liking. Well it looks like they are setting him up this time. They have come out in droves. Meanwhile on the same page it says the PBO will not be choosing the question and will not see the ones chosen for him to answer ahead of time.

    I wonder how this is going to go down, but can guess that anything short of him saying “I’m striking all laws making pot illegal right now, today!” will cause him to be attacked on this all over the blogasphere. You know how nasty the Paulites are! We need to be prepared to counter on twitter and on blogs.

    Here’s the link : http://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse

  27. 149 criquet
    January 28, 2012 at 11:05 am

  28. 152 Pamela
    January 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

    “It is because of my wish to be helpful that I share my ideas and experiences; being helpful to even one person is valuable.” @DalaiLama 1.27.12

  29. 153 desertflower
    January 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

    If the SEC DOES investigate, this should give Boner something to REALLY cry about:) That karma’s a bitch!


    • 154 LunarSea
      January 28, 2012 at 11:31 am

      I have mixed feelings about this because as much as I would like him removed, I don’t want to see a bonafide teabagger get the gavel if he is removed. No repeats of Napalitano leaving and Batshit Crazy Lady taking her place, thank you very much.

      But on the other hand if they do this with him shouldn’t they also go after Cantor for investing heavily in securities that stand to gain huge profits if America defaults, while voting not to raise the debt ceiling.

      I would love nothing more than to see the whole lot of them gone, but only if what we get isn’t ten times worse.

    • 162 LunarSea
      January 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Looking to see what wikipedia had to say about lines of succession and it’s downright scary that they don’t even have to follow any straight lines. They can literally vote for anyone from their party, including some asshole freshman teabagger.

      Boehner is ineffective but who know how much he’s actually holding these crazies back. However bad I think he is, they are ten times worse.

      I say it’s a ‘be careful what you wish for’ situation


      I want to see a dem have the gavel but on this issue of removing the current speaker by force with a repub majority having the power to replace him with whomever they want… I will hold my breath and hope for the best

    • 164 susanne
      January 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      yikes–is this story being picked up in the national press?

  30. January 28, 2012 at 11:21 am

  31. 166 Dudette
    January 28, 2012 at 11:23 am

    GOP Debat Chipmunks

    I think the maker of this video is definitely on to something. They should make the candidates huff helium before the next GOP “debate. This is really the only way I want to hear these guys speak!

  32. January 28, 2012 at 11:38 am

    On Saturday, DNC Vice-Chair and Mayor of Minneapolis RT Rybak will hold a media availability immediate following the opening of the new Obama for American office in St. Petersburg.
    From the DNC: “at 2:00 PM. DNC Vice-Chair Rybak will be available to discuss the state of the Republican primary in Florida ahead of Tuesday’s primary vote and the many questions that have been raised as a result of Mitt Romney’s ties to Damon Corporation, a notorious company responsible for $25 million in fraudulent Medicare claims and the recipient of a record $119 million fine as a result of their Medicare fraud.”


  33. 174 Dudette
    January 28, 2012 at 11:39 am

    My Dad noticed this during the SOTU too…

    Republicans And The Hypocrisy Of Flag Pins

    • 175 LunarSea
      January 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Republicans thy name is hypocrit

      • 176 Pamela
        January 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm

        After reading this, I followed another link to an article about the Mormon practice of baptizing people AFTER they have died, noting mostly it was about MythRobney’s atheist father-in-law; the article goes on to mention that Stanley Ann Obama was also “mistakenly” baptized into the Mormon Church post-humously, something I had never heard of before. Astonishing.

        • 177 PamfromCalif
          January 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

          The LDS/Mormon Church is into genealogy because they baptize the dead. They also baptized Jewish Holocaust victims.

  34. 178 bjw2
    January 28, 2012 at 11:41 am

    G’day TODers!
    This is the first time I’m using my Droid to post a comment.
    My son has grown tired of me asking about directions on how-tos..hehehe!

    We’re headed for some exciting months ahead, and I’m just happy I’ve found a sane
    place of refuge to come and enjoy this historic time we’re presently experiencing in
    this nation.

  35. January 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Newt is advertising on This page over on the right-


    This ad hurts Robney, and the article is pretty good too.

  36. January 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

    What does the word “Liberal” mean? Our founder of our Triple L’s club sent us this:
    “Many Democrats have clung to the word “Progressive” because during the past 30 years, Republicans and Conservatives successfully mislabeled the word “Liberal” to scare many lazy and uneducated people into believing that it meant a variety of anti-social, immoral and vile beliefs. Democrats allowed the word “liberal” to be so perverted by Republicans that they had to use “Progressive” to distance themselves from that disgraced word.”

    “When John F. Kennedy accepted the New York Liberal Party’s endorsement of his Presidential Candidacy on September 20, 1960, he said the following:

    “What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label “Liberal?” If by “Liberal” they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer’s dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of “Liberal.” But if by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”

    So, the word “liberal” has been slowly making a comeback. And the Triple L’s are a group of well-informed, independent women, who, like JFK, are proud of being liberal and devoted to the liberal ideals he stated.

    • 184 LunarSea
      January 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      If anyone tries to use the term against you in a derogatory way just remind them of this

      The greatest liberals in Amer history & what they did for our country. I swear the teabaggers & conservatives are modern day puritans.


    • January 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      I have always felt that Dukakis and other Dems made a mistake when poppy Bush kept talkinmg about the “L” word as if it was some kind of swear word. They should have come back, used the word outright and talked about why they were proud to be a liberal. I always used a formulation like:

      If being a liberal means caring about all the people of this country, not just a privileged few, then I am proud to be a liberal.
      If being a liberal means making sure the elderly, who have given so much to the rest of us, have security in their golden years, then I am proud to be a liberal.
      If being a liberal means wanting all people to have access to a quality education, then I am proud to be a liberal.
      If being a liberal means making sure that those who lbor by the sweat of their brows are rewarded for their labors, then I am proud to be a liberal.

      And so on and so on. The Dems, by being silent, allowed the Republcians to make liberal a dirty word.

    • January 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      President Kennedy’s remarks show that there has been a ‘war on liberal’ for at least the past 50 years.

  37. 190 JoJothecat
    January 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Yesterday on the radio after Randi Rhoades show, this new guy (Hispanic) had callers respond to whether the Hispanic vote will pull for the president or Romney. This guy called from FL saying they will go with Romney that he’s been an “R” and would never vote “D”, he finally admitted he was cuban descent. Many callers after him responded that their is a big difference between “cubans” and other “hispanics” that cubans have special privilages to come to american illegally without being sent back. Many other hispanics called back that they
    would never vote “R” because of many of the “papers please” laws and their anti-immigrant attitudes.

      January 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm


  38. 193 hopefruit2
    January 28, 2012 at 11:54 am

    More of Willard’s shameless pandering “My father was born in Mexico” bullshyte. Well, really..Mr. Willard?


      January 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm


      • 195 jacquelineoboomer
        January 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm

        I guess I’m a little melancholy (watching the Etta James funeral), but what you just wrote brought tears to my eyes, again, this morning, Sue.

        What you wrote – exactly as it is – should be on billboards around the country, large enough for folks (voters) to read when they’re at a traffic stop.

        We could all emulate a little bit of YOU.

    • January 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      The next 2 question to ask Robney about after stating his father was born in Mexico.
      Why was his family in Mexico in the first place?
      So his father, born in Mexico was legally able to run for President of the United States?
      Oh..and where does he believe President Obama was born?

      • 197 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm


  39. 198 Dudette
    January 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    This is genius… Romulate Me!

    • 199 JoJothecat
      January 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      I’d have to make $25 million to bet $10K. On my actual annual salary, Robmee earns in 4hrs.

    • 200 lovingandlaughing
      January 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      that is great. wish it also showed what the normal amount of tax would be for the income for comparison purposes. doing so might get the point across better!

    • 201 susanne
      January 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      hilarious and stunningly clear–but truly it’s not his wealth i abhor, it’s his lying and prevaricating.

  40. January 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Good Morning TOD family

    Just added this website to the Environmental Election Toolkit

    Dirty Energy Money Campaign

    You enter a zip code and it gives you a list of the Oil and Coal contributors to your Congressional representatives. If you live in a state where your rep is in the pocket of big oil, this can be a valuable resource.


    • January 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      wow this is excellent linda – thanks!

      k kids off to the parade to pass out PBO stuff! I’ll try to take pics and get them back here. It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Minnesota!

    • 204 hopefruit2
      January 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      This is an EXCELLENT tool WIW – thanks!

      I’m happy to know that my senators (MD) and rep (district 8) have 0% votes siding with dirty energy interests 🙂

      January 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm


    • 206 desertflower
      January 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks so much! Passed it along already 🙂 All my guys are bought and paid for!

  41. January 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    • 208 Dudette
      January 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      I’m am so loving that DWS when the the Zora Neale Hurston Festival!

      • 209 jacquelineoboomer
        January 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        Dang! When I lived in Central Florida, I always wanted to make it to that festival, but never found out about it in time. Oh, well, maybe next year!

  42. January 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Hi everyone, will catch up with you later, but just to let you know, CNN have live coverage of Etta James’ funeral:


    See you later 😉

  43. 212 Arnie
    January 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Wow. It takes Romney one whole working day to earn my annual salary!

  44. 215 Alycée (@jazziz2)
    January 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    In the good news department:

    Rep. Cleaver comes to aid of ailing woman
    By Kevin Bogardus – 01/28/12 10:43 AM ET

    Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) came to the aid of an ailing woman on Friday, according to several press reports.

    On his way to a meeting in Kansas City, Cleaver, who is chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, spotted a hand waving above the weeds on the other side of the road, according to the Kansas City Star. Cleaver was riding in the passenger side of a car and he alerted his staff member to stop the car and they both left the vehicle to find a woman who was slipping in and out of consciousness.

    The congressman and another individual called 911 and waited with the woman until paramedics arrived.

    “The heroes are the First Responders who rushed to save her,” Cleaver said, according to CNN. “I just hope she is okay. … I am so thankful I was in the right place at the right time and could help.”


  45. 217 hopefruit2
    January 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    • 218 Pamela
      January 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Good, maybe he can now ponder on how they felt his “image” would benefit them.

    • 221 halo
      January 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm


      • 222 hopefruit2
        January 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

        Don’t worry – the lies will catch up – sooner than he thinks. And the media will no longer be able to cover for him…

    • 223 Ladyhawke
      January 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      Surging Romney Lets 1997 Tom Brokaw Do the Gingrich-Bashing For Him

      And in keeping with Romney’s fighting posture, here is his latest campaign ad, and a pointed response to Gingrich’s “What Kind of Man” spot that painted Romney’s debate performance as that of a pathological liar. In “History Lesson,” Romney lets a Tom Brokaw report from January 21, 1997, do the attacking for him. That was the day a bipartisan House Ethics Committee overwhelmingly voted to discipline and fine Gingrich $300,000 for the 84 ethics violation charges weighed against him during his term as Speaker of the House. Of the 84, only one would be dropped.


      • 224 hopefruit2
        January 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        • 225 Obama Grandmama
          January 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

          Of all the despicable things the news media does in distorting what people say, or cutting up their phrases to give them a different meaning, I would think this ad is not illegal, I am surprised that what a newscaster says in his news report would be illegal to use. I can see that the station itself might refuse to buy or air the ad if their newscaster is uncomfortable with its use, but I would think it would not be illegal. Could it be the lawyers are just trying to bully the campaign to take the ad off the air even though it is legal?

          I have seen an ad on Rachel Maddow and maybe some other stations where Laura Ingrahm is talking to Romney about why he thinks he can win against Obama when the economy is improving. I would want the DNC to be able to use that ad so that is why I am asking about the legality part. I can see the use of songs in a campaign needing to get permission due to the commission (not the right term) needed but thought tv news was public airways.

        • 226 JoJothecat
          January 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm

          Robmee shouldn’t go around burning bridges with the libural press.

  46. 227 Linda
    January 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Anyone know anything about the US losing the Brazilian Oil Deal to China ?

  47. January 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Okay, I am feeling less uptight because I had some sleep, so I can now share that I went to see ‘Red Tails’ last night. Full disclosure – I am NOT a movie fan, I don’t like action films, AND this is the first war movie I’ve watched, but I wanted to support the effort. I went in a group of 7, including two teenagers. Three adults loved it, and so did the 2 teenagers! I had one eye open at times, and an accelerated heart rate far too often. The last adult, who neither likes action nor war movies, kept her eyes closed for most of the film, and is threatening to ‘sue’ me as they all went at my recommendation. Surprisingly enough the 2 hours went quickly, and I sometimes felt that certain aspects of the story lost some punch because of the speed of the overall plot development. Whatever. Would I see it again? No. Do I think it is worth seeing? ( Bearing in mind I have no money so suing me would be a waste of your time) Yes. 😉 VC

    • 230 jacquelineoboomer
      January 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      You should write film critiques for a living – that was hysterical!

      • January 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm

        😆 Not if I have to watch another ‘action’ movie! I wouldn’t be around for much longer.

        • January 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm

          By the way, have you seen it?

        • 233 susanne
          January 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

          your review made me laugh, and also made me remember when my son was little–he really wanted to see the hyped up movies all the kids were talking about, but he didn’t like the fearsome noise and the scary images. so he’d go, but he’d put his jacket over his head, to block some of the sound, and then he’d watch the movie through the sleeve opening, like a telescope–he could focus on whatever part of the screen was safe to see and get through the movie that way. it was hilarious, and i was proud of him for taking control in a creative way. he’s now 37, and a well-adjusted man, so no ill-effects. maybe you can try it!

          • January 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

            A great and intrepid problem solver you had there, Susanne!. 😆 Your memory triggered one when I took my 2/3 yr old One Son to see a Sesame Street (or was it Barney?) live show that was passing through a not-far-away city. We spent the entire show with his hands covering his ears and my hands covering his while calming him at the same time! Why didn’t we just leave? Well the tickets had been pricey AND I had gone with a friend and her toddler who were having a gay, old time. Turned out One Son had his own ‘allergy’ to noise, which included taking off for the nether regions of home when the blender/vacuum cleaner was turned on. I generally had to give him advance warning before starting either. Ah, those were the days! 😆

      • 235 JoJothecat
        January 28, 2012 at 9:56 pm

        I saw “Red Tail” last Friday and like your friend covered my eyes on some of the fight scenes, I am not a fan of action movies. I was telling a friend that years ago when the movie “A bridge too far” came out, I was 20yrs old and went with my uncle who was in his late 60’s or early 70’s. My uncle was stationed in Tuskegge and worked with the airmen on the ground. He lived through that time and was stationed in europe during WWII…he walked out of that movie so I did not get a chance to see it all. It’s funny, back the war, blood, and the action did not bother me like it does today. I would rather see a muppet movie than a action adventure movie at my age.

  48. 236 Ladyhawke
    January 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm


    I am thrilled to see more attention being paid to the fact that Mitt Romney is a pathological liar. Yesterday, Chris Matthews did a segment where he talked about Mitt Romney making false statements on the campaign trail. The problem is that Chris did not like the idea of calling them lies so he called them “FIBS”. Apparently, for some in the media it is impolite to call a lie a lie. But thankfully, Lawrence O’Donnell chooses to go where most of his colleagues will not go. He calls a lie a lie and it’s a thing a beauty. Go Lawrence.


    Lawrence O’Donnell: Romney Is A “Pathological Liar” (11/24/11)

    MSNBC: The campaign press still is afraid to call a lie a lie. And so, Mitt Romney is not afraid to lie. About everything, from his first name to what the President actually said. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains in the Rewrite.


  49. 239 Alycée (@jazziz2)
    January 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    President Obama is speaking at the Alfalfa Club dinner tonight. Terrorists, despots,and pirates around the world must be asking “Where is SEAL Team 6?”

    • 240 Dudette
      January 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm


    • 241 hopefruit2
      January 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      HA! That’s worth tweeting 🙂

    • 246 jacquelineoboomer
      January 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      I thought the same thing last night (although I’m not a terrorist, despot, or pirate!).

      • 247 hopefruit2
        January 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        Yes. And something tells me that this year’s WH Correspondent’s Dinner (in April) will have even more viewers than last year 🙂

        • 248 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          January 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm

          2012 WHCA DINNER NEWS

          Late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel to headline White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

          WASHINGTON – The White House Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce that Jimmy Kimmel, host of the ABC late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” will headline the WHCA’s 98th annual dinner on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

          “Jimmy’s humor is sophisticated and edgy while appealing to a wide audience,” said Caren Bohan, a Reuters journalist and president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. “We are thrilled that Jimmy has accepted our invitation to be the featured comedian at our annual dinner.”

          The WHCA dinner is traditionally attended by the President and First Lady as well as many other senior government officials and members of the press corps. Proceeds from the dinner go toward scholarships and awards aimed at supporting aspiring journalists and recognizing excellence in the profession.


  50. January 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Department of Labor Summer Jobs Initiative. Maybe people here know someone who could benefit?


  51. 251 jacquelineoboomer
    January 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Who gets a tear in her eye, opening up an email of encouragement for the re-election of President Obama from Caroline Kennedy – on behalf of “Uncle Teddy”?

    Well … that would be me.

    So glad she’s continuing her support!

  52. 255 Ladyhawke
    January 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm


    by Doug Marquardt


    According to dictionary.com, a pathological liar is defined as:

    a person who lies to the point of it being considered a disease or condition, an abnormally habitual liar

    Romney frequently says one thing and, days or even hours later, claims he never said it. In this exchange with David Corn of Mother Jones, Romney says one thing, then seconds later claims he never said it:



  53. January 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks so much for the videos and pictures. The visuals of this presidency mean a lot to me, as do the pictures of POTUS’ supporters. It’s telling that those who disdain the POTUS spend so much time harrassing and mobbing the picture gatherers, because they understand how powerful these images are, how pride-inspiring, and how effective in terms of reminding people that we are not alone in our support of such a wonderful and forward-looking administration. Keep ’em coming and thanks again!!

  54. 257 hopefruit2
    January 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Enthusiasm gap you say?

  55. 258 hopefruit2
    January 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    More enthusiasm gap here…

  56. January 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    A good news story for the day, especially for folks living on the Gulf.

    Feds Present Plan to Hold BP Accountable for Gulf Restoration


    • 265 hopefruit2
      January 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Both. They’re lying AND they’re stupid to think that people will fall for their B.S. that they didn’t know who kris kobach is.

  57. January 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    remember this awesome Old Spice commercial?

    Great tweet here:

  58. 269 GGail
    January 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Maxine is reading the Etta James obit. Max is sporting a new wig and a new pair of glasses.

  59. January 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm

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  61. January 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm

  62. January 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm


    Newt is going all the way to the Convention. Pass the popcorn.

  63. January 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    President Obama got an early start this morning, going with the first lady to watch their daughter Sasha play basketball..

    Tonight they are scheduled to attend the annual Alfalfa Club dinner, an exclusive get-together for power brokers in Washington. The president is expected to deliver remarks.

  64. 280 auni
    January 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Earlier today some of you were talking about Chris Christie’s weight. I’m never comfortable making fun of anyone appearance. But, in the case of Christie, I think his weight alone makes him unfit for office. When you look at President Obama’s schedule, especially the way he is able to fly to foreign countries, turn around and come back, and then go directly to his regular schedule–it’s unbelievable. Hasn’t he heard of jet lag? His daily morning exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and times of physical activity for fun (golf and basketball) are the reasons he is able to keep up that killer pace. Christie could never do it.

    • January 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      PBO makes being President look easy.

      • 282 JoJothecat
        January 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm

        Remember when Ronnie Raygun and George Bush II, they let the lobbyist write all the laws and let Cheney runs things. Both went to bed by 9 PM and no one woke them up for anything. The GOP does not govern…Democrats govern. In my opinion JFK, LBJ, Carter (my 2nd favorite president) Clinton took a lot of heat and couldn’t really handle it like PBO.

    • 283 susanne
      January 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      yes, i love how pbo always jogs up the steps onto a stage, or jogs out to the airplane–his security guys seem to be trying to keep up sometimes. i’m amazed at his endurance and cheerfulness and health–this is not a job for the lax or lazy.

    • 284 Obama Grandmama
      January 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      I am thinking that I have never seen any President in my lifetime do so much. PBO will be a tough act to follow. His accomplishments must be directly aligned with his energy level. I have a feeling this is part of his personality. I don’t think I have ever seen anyone else do so much to bouy public confidence nor actually go out and drum up the creation of jobs by meeting with business leaders all over the country. Others would not even try to do what he is doing especially the GOP as they think Government should be smaller which means do less.

    • January 29, 2012 at 8:03 am

      At least once a year I fly from Amsterdam to Las Vegas for a meeting of the Fortran Standardization committee (http://j3-fortran.org).

      The flight back is horrible – but it would be much more pleasant if one was actually able to sleep.

      This must be one of the many advantages of using Air Force One ….

  65. 286 hopefruit2
    January 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    • 287 jacquelineoboomer
      January 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      I’m just so sad about it. 🙂

      • 288 desertflower
        January 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

        THEY MUST VOTE! If they don’t come out to vote, life in the US will NOT be good for them…they will ALL be suspicious to those in charge…any person of color will be suspicious and considered illegal. THAT’S what will happen if the Latino and HIspanic communities do not get out and vote.

        • 289 susanne
          January 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm

          when i lived in a small town in new mexico many years ago, the democratic machine there was memorably efficient. in the week before an election, every registered dem got a phone call or home visit asking if there were any questions or concerns about the candidates, and verifying their intention to vote for the dem slate. then we were all offered a ride to the polls! no big excuse or special needs required–they would ask what time you want to go, and where you want to be picked up.

          inside the voting booth, you could choose to vote candidate by candidate, or you could just pull a big lever and vote for the entire democratic slate (or repug). can’t read or speak english? no problem–pull the blue lever!

          this was a majority hispanic town, but mostly folks whose ancestors settled new mexico in the 16th century, not new immigrants. they were well aware of the way republican administrations have made their lives more difficult. those blue levers got a lot of action!

          the shift toward red in that state in recent years has been blamed on the influx of gringos seeking a sunny retirement. ‘scary’ gary johnson was governor when i left. now there is a hispanic woman governor–great except she’s a repug.

          reminds me of the movie, ‘lone star’–have you all seen it? excellent film about border issues, with a great sound track, too.

  66. 291 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Church lady, please give that child a scarf or somethin’

    (Watching Etta’s funeral – soloist half nekkid)

  67. 293 desertflower
    January 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    ROTFLMAO http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/01/gingrich-is-the-tea-party-candidate.html

    Who knows. Maybe we’ll all be thanking the stupid TP when this is over…wouldn’t that be something?

  68. 295 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    It’s time …


  69. 297 donna dem 4 obama
    January 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Utaustinliberal and Desertflower Thank you for bringing my message over to the Rise and Shine Thread.

    Thank you to everyone who donated to my fundraising page today while I phonebanked at OFA. I’ll be bugging you all for the next few days (January 31st deadline) for donations because I really, really, really believe in this cause. 🙂


    4 More 4/44


    Love you all

    • 298 desertflower
      January 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Oh, hugs, Miss Donna:) I had it all loaded up and ready to go, but the youngin’ beat me to it! Oh, to be young again! (But know what I know now!)

    • 299 Proud former White House intern
      January 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      Are you still looking for someone to do data entry for OFA? I would be more than happy to help.

  70. January 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    The TOD family may have seen this before but a little repetition won’t hurt, ‘cos we’ve got to make it happen again in 2012!

  71. 303 hopefruit2
    January 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Is this legal or ethical?

  72. 304 donna dem 4 obama
    January 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    What an Awesome Team we have!

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