evening all

If it wasn’t for vcprez on Saturday most of us would never have known about our friend Kasai’s amazing talent ….. she was way too shy to tell us!

Treat yourself, have a look at KasaiCreations and RedBubble (where you can buy cards, prints and posters of Kasai’s work), they’re simply stunning.

Kasai on Twitter



2:00: VP Biden attends a campaign event in Fort Worth, Texas.

6:30: VP Biden attends a campaign event in DeKalb, Texas.

7:15: PBO delivers remarks at a campaign event.

9:10: PBO delivers remarks at a campaign event.

11:00: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a DNC reception in Los Angeles.

Michelle Obama appears on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”.


In case you missed…


Chief of Staff Jack Lew briefs President Barack Obama during Lew’s first senior advisors meeting as chief of staff in the Oval Office, Jan. 30, 2012. Participating in the meeting are, from left: Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett; Lew; Senior Advisor David Plouffe; Counsel to the President Kathryn Ruemmler; Director of Communications Dan Pfeiffer; Counselor to the President Pete Rouse: Press Secretary Jay Carney; Rob Nabors, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs; Nancy-Ann DeParle, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy; Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations; and Bruce Reed, Chief of Staff to the Vice President. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



Sun Times: While the attention is on the Tuesday Republican primary here, the Obama 2012 re-election team has been organizing in this state for months and already has 11 Florida offices.

…. Here are highlights of the Chicago-based Obama campaign on-the-ground organizing in the Sunshine state:

• 194 State of the Union Watch Parties ranging from Key West all the way to Pensacola.

• Held nearly 3,000 trainings, planning sessions, house parties, and phone banks.

• Held 4,500+ one-on-one meetings.

• Opened 11 campaign offices across the state, including in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade and Broward counties.


In November, Romney was rated somewhat or very negatively by 22 percent of independents.

In December, Romney was rated somewhat or very negatively by 29 percent of independents.

And in the new poll, Romney was rated somewhat or very negatively by 42 percent of independents — 20 points higher than two months ago.

Also: In November, Romney was beating Obama 47-34 among those voters. Now the numbers are upside down: Obama is beating Romney 44-36.

More here


The Week




The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first act President Obama signed, fulfilling a campaign pledge.

The Act amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

It gave legal support to Lilly Ledbetter’s 1998 equal-pay lawsuit – a lawsuit that the Supreme Court ruled against in 2007, by a 5-4 majority.

Lilly Ledbetter’s case had been largely ignored until then, but the decision made it “a rallying issue for the left … in their attempt to persuade the public that the Supreme Court was moving too far to the right”. (See more here)

The bill was re-introduced in Congress in January 2009. It passed in the House of Representatives with 247 votes in support and 171 against. The vote was nearly perfectly split along party lines…. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed the Senate, 61-36, on January 22, 2009.

President Obama had long championed this bill and Lilly Ledbetter’s cause and by signing it into law ensured that women like Lilly Ledbetter and other victims of pay discrimination could effectively challenge unequal pay.


By the way, here’s how professional left darling Cenk “Obama is a moron” Uygur (the pure ‘progressive’ who’s only 41, but ….. is a ‘former’ Republican whose hero was Reagan, who voted for George HW Bush and Bob Dole, who opposed affirmative action, was anti-choice on the abortion issue, supported Clarence Thomas, had a serious problem with feminism, attended Federalist Society meetings (an organization of conservatives and libertarians co-founded by the charming Robert Bork) and, to this day, is an Armenian Genocide denier – and opposed PBO from almost his first day in office and called on Democrats to vote against him in this year’s Iowa primary …. PBO got 98.5% of the vote, so that worked well) described The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:

“Eventually the Democrats had a 60 seat majority in the Senate, they were unstoppable. And what did we get? Lilly Ledbetter. If you don’t know, that’s a minor bill that passed in the beginning of the administration … it’s a good bill, that’s why I bring it up … about women being entitled to equal pay. God bless. Incredibly easy victory.”

A “minor” bill?

Ooops, Uygur’s inner Republican slipped out. He should try telling Lilly Ledbetter it’s a “minor” bill.

Read Hoos Left on this fraud, fantastic: “A failed corporate lawyer and neocon with an enhanced opinion of himself and an ego as fat as his broad ass.”

PS Uygur is so progressive, he followed Jane Hamsher and Glenn Greenwald’s lead by setting up a PAC pleading for donations for causes he, um, passionately believes in. And as Hamsher and Greenwald could tell you, these PACs can be very profitable 😉


First Lady Michelle Obama shows NFL PLAY 60 Super Kid James Gale, 11, historical photos from previous administrations on display in the Booksellers Area during a National Football League (NFL) taping in the East Wing of the White House, Jan. 30, 2012. At right is James’ mother Lisa Gale. The taping will air during the Super Bowl, Feb. 5, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)




Spare a thought for GOP Rasmussen, something has gone horribly wrong with their polls:

51% with Rasmussen?! That means PBO must be about 76%! Thanks Loriah.

251 Responses to “evening all”

  1. 4 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 30, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Kahsai is totally fine!!!

    #LandslideOBAMA2012 #YesWeMust

    • 5 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      For those of you on Twitter be sure to Follow Kasai (@Kahsai)!!

      And, her paintings reminded me of elements of Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo that are quite powerful.



        January 31, 2012 at 8:07 am


  2. January 30, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Wow, so much great stuff for us!! Thank you, Chips.

    And kasai, just gorgeous. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have that kind of talent.

  3. January 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Congrats kasai. Great stuff.

  4. 37 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 30, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Our President, in connecting directly with ‘We the People …’ by totally leveraging every aspect of modern communications and networking technology has the answer to the the corporatist, plutocrat-serving broadcast media. He can connect to millions, in real time, and interact substantively.

    Game on.

    #LandslideOBAMA2012 #LandslideDEMS2012 #YesWeMust

  5. 39 hopefruit2
    January 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Excellent Artwork Kasai. Congratulations!!

  6. January 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    A 10 point switcharoo in just 4 days ? GOBAMA,

  7. 42 LadyTNT
    January 30, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Kasai your work is BEAUTIFUL!

  8. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    January 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    First of all, thanks, Chips!

    Secondly, Kasai – your work is stunning. Absolutely stunning.

    Next, am I the only one that loves the coffee table in the Oval Office? Saw it once before, and sure would like to know what material it’s made from – really unique.

  9. 45 GGail
    January 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I was so moved, impressed and proud of kasai’s work last night, that I saved both sites to my Favorites and emailed them to family and friends in Utah, Michigan and Georgia.

    Beautiful work kasai, just beautiful !

    Thanks vc for alerting us to kasai’s website.

    Thanks Chipsticks for giving kasai this much deserved “shout out”

  10. 49 isonprize
    January 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm


  11. 55 hopefruit2
    January 30, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Oh lovely pic of our First Lady…don’t recall seeing this photo anywhere before this!


    • 56 isonprize
      January 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Hopefruit2, I think that photo is from back in 2009. I remember the distinctive necklace.

      • 57 hopefruit2
        January 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

        Okay. Never saw it before. I love the dress. But the guys on Booman’s blog are having fun tonight – they even posted an accompanying live concert video to go along with the picture. Just like we ladies have fun here with POTUS. 🙂 🙂 They must need naughty mats over there too.

        • 58 isonprize
          January 30, 2012 at 10:48 pm

          hopefruit2. No doubt. I have a friend who is crazy, crazy, CRAZY for Michelle.

          He’s like “to hell with Pres. O, I’m voting for him so SHE will be in my life for four more years!!”

          • 59 isonprize
            January 30, 2012 at 10:53 pm

            Some of the comments:

            First guy:
            Thou shalt not covet…
            Thou shalt not covet…
            Thou shalt not covet…

            Second guy:
            Yeah. Good luck with that.

            Third guy:
            Too late. I’m just waiting for her to come to her senses and leave that loser husband of hers who clearly won’t go anywhere in life, and
            dial me up.

            I don’t know if naughty mats are for the menfolk. These guys might might need a bouncer to hold them back from Michelle!!

          • 60 anniebella
            January 31, 2012 at 5:18 am

            isonprize, that is so funny. Your friend saying he’s only voting for POTUS so FLOTUS will be in his life for 4 more years.

    • 61 LadyTNT
      January 30, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Yep, it definitely is an old pic and if I remeber correctly Mrs. O is wearing Isabel Toledo and I want to say that necklace is Tom Binns or Eric Beamon, but I’m not sure and the only reason I know this is from many hours spent on mrs- o.org, LOL!

      • 62 DreamChaser57
        January 31, 2012 at 12:22 am

        I used to frequent that website as well, until Mrs. T decided to support the hack job done by Kantor. I have not been back since.

      • 63 Canuck Joyce
        January 31, 2012 at 1:16 am

        You’re right LadyTNT, she wore it to a fundraiser held by Anna Wintour for the 08 campaign. crazy how we know all these little details about our First Couple. I too was a daily visitor/lurker to mrs-o.org until the kantor fiasco. I now get all my FLOTUS fix right here 🙂

        • 64 LadyTNT
          January 31, 2012 at 2:18 am

          Awww, ladies please come back!! I love it and I have made some really great friends and I mean REAL friends from that site. I was not happy about that thread either and please know that I let it be known. I think where she went wrong is by titling it “Must Read”. Mrs. T is super busy, so I think she only read the excerpts and as we all read, many people didn’t see issues with them. I don’t think she was promoting the book, though. I think she saw an article dealing with Mrs. O, read it, and thought it ok and put it on her blog. I don’t think she took a critical eye to it and read between the lines. I don’t know, but I think you should charge it to her mind and not her heart. I know she truly admires Mrs. O. Didn’t mean to go on and on about it, but I just wanted to share my take on it. I love the blog and it can get rowdy sometimes, although it’s been pretty tame lately, hahahaha!

  12. 65 LOL
    January 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    This must be the end of days(for Rasmussen)….. Dems 41 Reps 40….first time Dems are ahead in two and a half years…

  13. 66 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm


    • 67 yardarm756
      January 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Allan West should be talking about sending that chump back to Turkey.

      • 68 anniebella
        January 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm

        I heard what that S.O.B. Allan West said. He is one nasty hateful bastard,I am sorry to say he is Africa American.

        • 69 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          January 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm

          Allan West is so low you’d have to go to nano-scale thickness to get underneath his scum ….

          • 70 FiredUpInCA
            January 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm

            Allen West will probably not be re-elected due to Republicans:

            “On Friday, a House committee in Florida passed a redistricting map that, as Aaron Blake noted in the Washington Post, makes his already Democratic-leaning district more Democratic. The map could change before passage, and opponents are trying to get it thrown out entirely – but if it stands, it dims the reelection prospects for West, who won by nine points in 2010.”

            Conservative and tea party blogs are having a hissy fit over this and are convinced that West is victim of Republican establishment and that’s why he’s being redistricted out of existence.

            That may all be true. But my take away is that man has been running his mouth based on a 9-point mandate. I thought that he must have won by a significant amount for him to be so hardcore tea party. Nope. He’s their party’s Alan Grayson.

            • 71 jacquelineoboomer
              January 31, 2012 at 12:16 am

              First time lately that somebody like West and Co. hasn’t “blamed Obama” for their problems. I’m sure President Obama had nothing to do with this, but he must be laughin’.

          • 72 Puddin'
            January 30, 2012 at 11:17 pm

            Allan West is history…redistricting has got his number…put a fork in him, he is done.. This is how sad pititul people behave…he is/they are not worth the time of day…po’ said pitiful person!!!!! I just remembered something my Mama used to say, “GOD don’t like ugly and very few pretty”…Allan West is butt________well, you can feel in the blank 🙂 :-0 :-0

          • 73 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            January 31, 2012 at 8:12 am


  14. 74 isonprize
    January 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    LOVE the President’s men AND women!! The diversity is great!! There is a BOATLOAD of brainpower in that room!!

  15. 75 vero804
    January 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Definitely buying something, kasai, ur work is beautiful!!

  16. January 30, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Kasai beautiful excellent work . I love the colors.

  17. January 30, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Oh my lord Kasai, BEAUTIFUL. I saw the comments today on one of the thread from you thanking folks about your art.. but couldn’t find a link here or on twitter to take a look at it, I literally searched for about an hour.. with no luck. I swear Chips you read my mind- putting this up for us to view tonight. Your stuff is magnificent Kasai, I love the color and the subjects. Thank you so much for sharing it with us 🙂

  18. January 30, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    AWWWW!!!!! .how could you Chips…I am really shy about me…but fierce when it comes to our President.
    I have no word, in how grateful I am to be able to share my work with you all….Art is personal to me, it keeps my father’s legacy and my home Africa close to me heart…to all my Tod’s family “I thank you” your kindness means a lot.

    Chips….there’s nothing else that I can add, of what hasn’t been said how loved you are..but is worth repeating “Love you”

    Thanks again ~ Kasai

    • January 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you, Kasai for sharing your beautiful spirit with us. You artwork just lifts the soul.

    • January 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      it should read “my heart”

    • 92 Janelle
      January 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Kasai….I am so deeply moved by your work, truly inspiring. If this makes sense, I feel taller, my back is straight and my head is lifted high with a smile on my face. I guess that is what great art will do for a person—you are so gifted.

    • 96 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      January 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      Love that your wonderful art is receiving it’s due attention, Kasai!!!

      #LandslideOBAMA2012 #YesWeMust

    • 98 desertflower
      January 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Beautiful, kasai.Your art is moving and incredibly beautiful. I’m so glad that this has been brought to our attention:) There are so many pieces I would love to own….one day. May I add that you are exactly as lovely as I imagined you to be….our beautiful kasai. I’m so glad that we got a chance to see this here.Makes my heart happy.Hugs to you..you are supremely talented and a kind and wonderful soul.

      • January 30, 2012 at 11:01 pm

        Desertflower, I am humbled by your kindness…I am just as grateful to be able to share what’s dear to me
        Thank you so much (hugs)

      • January 30, 2012 at 11:34 pm

        TOD Family, I love you! I really, really do. I’ve been swallowing a big lump in my throat while reading your supportive and appreciative words to Kasai. Can’t imagine how I got so lucky to be adopted into such a terrific cyber family, with siblings who possess such a wide variety of talents, Kasai, I got MY artistic talent from Mama Chips, which is all the more reason that I am touched by YOUR talent. May you daily continue to put a smile on faces with your work. VC

        • January 30, 2012 at 11:45 pm

          “Kasai, I got MY artistic talent from Mama Chips, which is all the more reason that I am touched by YOUR talent.”


        • January 31, 2012 at 1:06 am

          VC you’re truly amazing…I had no idea, you were the one that spread the word about my work. I am grateful to you and everyone on this blog for appreciating my work. Stay blessed 🙂

          • January 31, 2012 at 1:29 am

            Thanks for the blessing, Kasai, 😆 but your work speaks for itself.

            IMO this has been a wonderful *couple* of days, when negative vibes couldn’t penetrate and TOD’ville was able to celebrate history, & consistency (PBO’s 2007 videos), wisdom + the common touch (PBO’s Google-fest), family (4 Americans), beauty and love (Kasai’s art), AND community (TODville camaraderie)! We just need to bottle this spirit of togetherness to take us through to November, 😛 😆

            I’m going to sleep with a full and joyous heart. THANKS, Y’all!!!

    • January 30, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Kasai…what impresses me the most is the range of your talent…different styles and topics…no easy task there. You are so very talented!

    • January 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm


      I was blessed to be able to visit Africa for the first – and so far only – time about 12/15 years ago, I was lucky enough to spend two weeks in Zimbabwe, just before things got really horrible there.

      It was my dream since I was a kid to visit Africa – anywhere in Africa! – so when the plane came in to land in Harare that day and I laid eyes on that red soil I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I’ll treasure that visit forever.

      They were the most blissful two weeks of my entire life, and I still treasure the mementos I brought home – like the prints and wall-hangings I bought in a Harare market.

      When I saw your work, it was like you had transported me back there, I felt that rush of joy again.

      You have such a special talent. I seriously know nothing about art, but I do know that when you look at a work and it ignites all your senses and takes you back to a special place …. well, it’s amazing.

      And you’re amazing.

      It’s a privilege to know you.

      • January 30, 2012 at 11:21 pm

        Thank you for the honor Chips:-)

        It really means a great deal to me..if just by chance I am able to lift someone’s spirit or make them smile, my job is done> You’ve honored me more than I could possibly dream of. Your kind spirit is felt miles away dear one….and so happy to be in your circle.

        I thank you with all my heart 🙂

        • 113 yardarm756
          January 31, 2012 at 12:31 am

          Dear Kasai, after reading your bio and viewing your artwork I am reminded of a time in my youth when i heard of a living King who was black. Ebony magazine had an article with pictures of Haile Selassie. They called him the “Lion of Judah” because he was a descendent of Solomon. That was a BFD to a kid on The Southside of Chicago. All of a sudden being African was cool. Then later visiting the country that was mentioned specifically in the Bible was humbling. Your people were doing great things while most of the known world was living in caves and mud huts. Walk tall your Highness, walk tall.

          • January 31, 2012 at 12:48 am

            Yardarm..Yes my bloodline is of King Solomon through Menelik. We have a rich history in religion and civilization. We were the first to fight Mussolini and won,defeated his army from colonization of my country, in the “Great Battle of Adwa”. I came to the US in the 70′ even back then I recall, some folks looked down on me…simply because I was from “Africa” I was terrified…but survived because of my faith and the will to change minds…sometimes it was hard for me to comprehend, but as I went along it made me stronger to share my culture with people that were open minded enough to learn. Art has giving me the outlet to merge our human spirit.
            Thank you Yardarm756

    • 115 Canuck Joyce
      January 31, 2012 at 1:21 am

      kasai, thank you so much for such beautiful work of love! It made my heart sing and it reminded me of my home Africa.

  19. 117 Sara
    January 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I’m reposting a comment from The YouTube thread, that replies to why the MSM is important:

    The problem with biased main stream media is that …”48 percent of voters ranked the Internet as the second most impactful advertising medium, second only to television (66 percent).” [excerpt from http://blog.topix.com/2011/11/research-shows-big-link-between-commenting-online-voting.html%5D Many people cannot afford internet access and some people do not know how to use it. I do not think it is fair to imply these people do not matter.

    I know the TOD community have our President’s back, and take every opportunity to email, comment, tweet, phone, canvas, et al; and I thought today’s event was just FANTASTIC; and I couldn’t be more grateful to Chipsticks for the difference she makes in my life.

    BUT … I think the MSM is still the MAIN STREAM.

    • 118 isonprize
      January 30, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Sara, agreed, but they need some serious competition. They need to go somewhere and get some ‘journalistic integrity’ even if they have to buy it!! 😆

  20. 119 collegekay
    January 30, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Magnificent work kasai!

  21. January 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    • 122 donna dem 4 obama
      January 30, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Wow Mr. Manley nails it. This is an exact case where a study/poll was done and based on just the blind stats it shows that the President is polarized but one has to ask why. Not just leave it an open statement that his Presidency has been polarized because it gives the appearance that its the Presidents doing. No one bothered to explain that its because of the Republican Party’s agenda to “hope he fails” and to make his being a one-term President their top priority even in the face of an economic crisis.

      I’m glad he pushed back on this.

      I guess the larger point that I am trying to make is that President Obama should not be blamed for the sharply polarized tone of the current political process because Republicans have made such an aggressive shift to the right. Or, put slightly differently, the President CAN be blamed for his unwillingness to go further to right than the American people are comfortable with — and for that he has been demonized and vilified by the right.


  22. January 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I was trying to watch Maddow and Lawrence O, but I was distracted by RuPaul’s Drag Race. I luv those queens.

    Anyway, I can kinda see how the MSM is gonna work to make Romney’s transformation from RW candidate to the center is gonna work, but that just means that we gotta be vigilant and fired up.

    I think the Obama campaign is ready for Romney though.

  23. 125 JoJothecat
    January 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    ***** This is a Call to Act for California TOD****

    There was a vote for the California Single Payer bill SB810 and it failed because these five Democratic representatives abstained. Another vote will take place again tomorrow. If any of these representatives are in your area, call them to change their vote. If the legislature can pass the bill tomorrow, Jerry Brown will sign it and we will be on our way to be another Single Payer state.

    Rod Wright (Los Angeles area)
    (916) 651-4025
    (310) 412-0393

    Juan Vargas (San Diego area)
    Sac: (916) 651-4040
    Dist: (619) 409-7690

    Michael Rubio (Fresno/Bakersfield area)
    Sac: (916) 651-4016
    Dist: (661) 395-2620

    Ron Calderon (Los Angeles area)
    Sac: (916) 651-4030
    Dist: (323) 890-2790

    Alex Padilla (Pacoima/LA area)

    Capitol – 916-651-4020
    District – 818-901-5588

    • 126 PurpleShoesLA
      January 31, 2012 at 12:26 am

      Any info around on why they voted No? Although none of these folks are my reps, I’d still like to call but would also like some background to push back. Thanks!

  24. January 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I guess Rinse got what he wanted. The press is talking about him and his stupid remark about the President, instead of Robney and his tax problems.

  25. 130 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    January 30, 2012 at 10:35 pm


  26. 131 hopefruit2
    January 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I guess Rubio is not running for VP slot?

  27. 133 goldendreamer
    January 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Kasai your artwork is magnificent!!!

  28. 135 desertflower
    January 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm


    In Why Some Politicians Are More Dangerous than Others, Gilligan documents a striking statistical connection between changing rates of violent death in the United States over the past century and the party of the president. He concludes that Republican administrations are “risk factors for lethal violence,” and that the only reason they have not produced “disastrously high epidemic levels” of suicides and homicides is that Democrats have repeatedly undone their damage

    We need to do this for our brothers and sisters.

    • 136 desertflower
      January 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Bob…you may want to Tweet this article above: MORE

      Gilligan attributes these very different trends in violent death rates to consistent differences in the parties’ policies and performance with respect to unemployment, economic inequality, and recessions, which in turn have substantial effects on “individual emotional and psychological health and welfare.” (The first of these links draws, in part, upon my work.) He argues that intense shame or humiliation is usually “the immediate psychological motive, or cause, of violent behavior,” and that “these feelings can be stimulated and exacerbated by many stressors in the social environment, one of the most powerful and common of which is the experience of being fired from one’s job, or for any other reason suffering a severe loss of socio-economic status; this experience has been more frequent and prolonged under Republican than under Democratic administrations throughout the twentieth century, and compensatory measures to reduce the intensity of the humiliation (e.g. the WPA under Roosevelt) have been more extensive and effective under Democratic than under Republican presidents.”

      • 137 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        January 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm

        I’ll give it more thought and try to improve, but here’s the first attempt to convey the message:

        Zero surprise. GOP/Republicans have established irrefutable evidence of their inhumanity & willful destruction of the only inhabitable ecosystem in the known universe.


  29. 140 terim
    January 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Kasai, your art is amazing. It’s so beautiful!

  30. January 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. —Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall today hosted a lighting ceremony to celebrate the installation of energy-efficient LED lights on the Mall.  The LED lights, donated by OSRAM SYLVANIA and installed pro bono by Pepco, the electric utility that serves Washington, D.C., will reduce lighting energy use for the streetlamps by up to 65 percent.

    “Achieving an economy built on American energy will require an all-of-the-above approach, one that includes safely and responsibly developing our domestic energy resources – and making the most of what we have available through efficiencies,” said Secretary Salazar. “There is no more fitting place to build a model of energy efficiency than right here in America’s front yard, the National Mall, with the installation of these LED lights.”


  31. 144 QuietObserver
    January 30, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Wonderful work, Kasai. I love your use of contrasting/complimentary colors in the paintings. I had actually seen these a while ago when I checked the website out via twitter. Reminds me that I really need to gt back to my own creative passion. I’m starting again slowly, but it’s tough when your mind’s been preoccupied for so long, which was the case for me. I enjoy the painting medium, even though it was never my specialty. Honestly, I get frustrated using anything that doesn’t have an eraser. Perfectionism is a bastard. 😆

  32. 146 desertflower
    January 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I really like the way this woman thinks:)


    Virginia state Sen. Janet Howell (D) thinks that if the government is going to force women to undergo medically unnecessary tests, then it is only fair to apply the same standards to men.

    Republican lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would require pregnant women to have an ultrasound before terminating their pregnancy. In response, Howell introduced an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining erectile dysfunction medication like Viagra.

  33. 149 FiredUpInCA
    January 30, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Newt Gingrich is an angry, desperate, peevish, drama queen.

    “Gingrich: I won’t debate Obama if media moderates”


    • 150 isonprize
      January 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      Whatever, Leroy. Media, no media. You are going down.

      • 151 jacquelineoboomer
        January 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm

        I just saw him speak for two minutes on C-Span, and I came here to post my feelings – but I see you’ve already written them!

        The words that both Newt and Mitt spew about President Obama will come back to haunt them … I do not believe in wishing anything upon people, but I am a firm believer that what goes around comes around. That’s all I’ll say about that.

        • 152 yardarm756
          January 31, 2012 at 12:51 am

          I feel sorry for the dude. His efforts to curry favor with a group of folks that don’t like him has failed. From now on he’s gonna be pretty much on his own. As a veteran, he will drink alone at the VFW unless he buys. Even then it won’t be too many.

  34. January 30, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I know this probably was discussed already, but I am happy that the Obama campaign participated with Jennifer Granholm for her first show.

  35. 154 isonprize
    January 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    If this is true, it couldn’t be happening to a nicer guy…

    GOP Erasing District of Tea Party Star (Allen West)

    • 155 jacquelineoboomer
      January 30, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      Ha! What goes around comes around.

    • 156 FiredUpInCA
      January 30, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      The conservative blogosphere is in meltdown mode over it:

      “Well, believe it. It’s happening, courtesy of the Romney Team and spokesperson [Will] Weatherford. This is the establishment fighting back against tea party stalwarts. Attacking Allen West in Florida??? What more do you need in order to see what Mitt Romney is?” added BigFurHat at the iOwnTheWorld blog.

      Others were less conspiratorial, and instead focused on the fact that West has made enemies among some powerful players in Washington, D.C.

      “Now I’m not saying Romney himself is behind this. That seems a bit absurd. It’s more likely that he’s made enemies in DC whose tentacles are reaching into the state legislatures to do their bidding. It seems pretty clear that there are some who definitely don’t like West’s level of Tea Party influence and that the long knives are out for him,” wrote a blogger at The Right Scoop.

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/72144.html#ixzz1l0ZsJ5uR

    • January 30, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      I’m telling you. After I heard what Reince Priebus said and then Allen West, I really needed someone to talk me down. I know it’ll probably get a lot worst before November, but gawd these are scums.

    • January 31, 2012 at 1:51 am

      I hope West’s days are numbered. He is just as nasty, vile and despicable as Gingrich and Romney. Why are all of these republicans so nasty? I have a feeling that West will not get a second term. Romney is arrogant. I have never seen PBO put the other candidate down when he was ahead in the polls. Romney is walking around, throwing out snacks and singing America The Beautiful just like he owns the world.

    • 159 anniebella
      January 31, 2012 at 5:25 am

      Allan west is a nasty hateful bastard. I can not stand that black man.

  36. 160 FiredUpInCA
    January 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    There this:

    newtgingrich on Hannity, says Palin is an “enormous help” #decision2012

    and then there’s this:

    NYT’s FiveThirtyEight poll: Final Florida forecast: Romney +15 over Gingrich, 97% chance of winning

    Enormous help. Newt, I do not think that phrase means what you think it means.

  37. 162 Pamela
    January 30, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Kasai’s work should be hanging in he Corcoran, wouldn’t you all agree?

    • 163 Pamela
      January 30, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      *the Corcoran

      • 164 Pamela
        January 31, 2012 at 12:11 am

        And, Chipsticks, yours could be hanging in the, um, oh, I know in the, er, oh oh, wait, they could be hanging, um, um, now let’s see, er, well, ….. How am I ever to get to sleep after laughing so hard tears are streaming for the past 10 minutes, reading Chips and Yardarm in poignant conversation about art! I suppose I must try! Goodnight everyone! Obama~Biden 2012!

    • 165 Dudette
      January 31, 2012 at 1:56 am

      Absolutely, but hey, the White House would work as a lovely showplace for her work too. 🙂

  38. 170 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2012 at 12:10 am


    • 171 Pamela
      January 31, 2012 at 12:20 am

      Even posted in the wrong place, again! 😦 😉

    • January 31, 2012 at 12:41 am

      Yes.. WOW.. just think about the SS guys we don’t see.

    • 173 Canuck Joyce
      January 31, 2012 at 1:39 am

      Very impressive, indeed. God bless them for the service they are providing to POTUS and the rest of the world!
      May Angels of Love and Protection always surrender President Obama and his family.

    • 174 Dudette
      January 31, 2012 at 2:01 am

      It makes me feel sooo good to see the level of security that he has working for him (and us). I pray they continue to keep our President and First Family safe now and through his second term.

    • January 31, 2012 at 2:21 am

      wow. that must really be a stressful job.

      • 176 susanne
        January 31, 2012 at 4:31 am

        but extremely satisfying! what an honor, to be chosen to keep pbo safe. these guys look like pros at the top of their careers. kudos, dudes!

    • 177 isonprize
      January 31, 2012 at 8:43 am

      JOBoomer, Thanks for this link. The SS are fierce. And that’s just the obvious ones. They are all through any crowd. You really do never know who or where they are. I think it’s great!!!

      Even though there are a few bald guys, we named one TBG (the bald guy). TBG is usually with Mrs. O. He’s kinda hot!!

  39. January 31, 2012 at 12:17 am

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    In a coup for the San Francisco startup, which shares space with The Chronicle at Fifth and Mission, Obama for America will let staff members and volunteers accept donations through its mobile credit-card reader.


  40. January 31, 2012 at 12:25 am

    During a meeting between President Obama and Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, Obama floated the possibility of a Georgia-U.S. free trade agreement and reiterated his support for Georgia’s admission into NATO, the pool reports.

  41. January 31, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Trump just opened condos in Canada, with 6 million dollar sweets.

    Holy shit!

  42. January 31, 2012 at 12:34 am

    The ownership of the fabled Kennedy home at the family’s Hyannis Port compound is being transferred to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a move that brings to an end the family’s 84-year ownership of the 21-room house.
    The Institute announced this afternoon it had taken over the waterfront homestead and will use it as a study center. It said the transfer ‘’fulfills a promise made by Senator Kennedy to his mother Rose that the home be preserved for charitable use.’’

    The $5.5 million property is the centerpiece of the compound, where some of the nation’s most dramatic modern political history took place. The compound also includes other Kennedy homes, including former President John F. Kennedy’s house, which will remain in the family.



  43. 188 FiredUpInCA
    January 31, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Apparently propping up Mitt Romney is a bad career move:

    “Matt Strawn is expected to step down as Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa soon, sources tell NBC News.

    The exact timing and reason for the anticipated resignation is unknown.

    Questions were raised about Strawn’s continuation as Chairman of the GOP after the final Iowa Caucus votes came in earlier this month.
    Mitt Romney was declared the winner of the caucus by 8 votes during the wee hours of the morning on caucus night. After the certified results came in nearly two weeks later, Rick Santorum pulled ahead of Romney by 34 votes.

    The switch of winners was not the full extent of the discrepancy — there were also 8 final precinct numbers missing.”


    • 189 Linda
      January 31, 2012 at 7:47 am

      Interesting……I thought Strawn is Santorum supporter.

    • 190 Obama Grandmama
      January 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      I wondered at the time how the results of the 8 missing precincts could have affected the race. Might they have been embarrassing to Romney and not produced the inertia he needed at the beginning of the race? I had also heard that since they were missing they had to call it a tie to both Santorum and Romney before Santorum started taking credit for the win. Seems like the fix was in from the bery beginning. When the results were not as liked the results were not found.

  44. 191 FiredUpInCA
    January 31, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Kasai your work is sublime, elegant and soulful.

    • 195 FiredUpInCA
      January 31, 2012 at 12:50 am

      Jeesh. Thanks for that. I couldn’t last after he nearly broke my screen on “fruited plain” Romney is terrible at everything. Seriously. He has not led in anything. He is always reacting and following and failing.

    • January 31, 2012 at 12:52 am

      jeebus. what a pathetic ‘performer’.

    • January 31, 2012 at 1:21 am

      Oh my mofoing gosh. That was sooooo fake and so coached and such bs. Even the crowd wasn’t into it. What was that assmuncher thinking? Seriously? Copying PBO isn’t a smart move Willard. 🙄

      • January 31, 2012 at 1:30 am

        You can see on Willard’s face that the crowds reaction wasn’t what he was expecting. It’s a patriotic song and he thought he’d get a rousing sing along. Instead it was a low, quiet backdrop with his voice cracking. Not cool, Willard. Not cool. He’s such a fake and phony. And he’s trying to imitate PBO and at the same time, expects people to vote for him because he’s “so different from PBO.” what a fake. Can’t believe he again copied PBO! Hasn’t he learned yet?! Only the best baby. We only deal in the originals. 🙄

      • 203 PurpleShoesLA
        January 31, 2012 at 1:50 am

        I couldn’t even make it to the part of the clip where he actually sang. As soon as he started reciting the words, my bullshit meter went on high alert, my stomach started recoiling in horror and had to stop. But I have to thank you for the new words to add to my vocabulary, “assmuncher” and “mofoing gosh”. 😆 😆 Love it!

        • 204 FiredUpInCA
          January 31, 2012 at 2:06 am

          It was seriously taxing to hear his schtick. Who talks like that? I expected him to break into Yankee Doodle Dandy with that buildup. And yet this is the same man who shared a stage with other pseudo patriots and said nothing as a gay serviceman was booed. Fake robot is fake.

    • 205 Dudette
      January 31, 2012 at 2:07 am

      One of the commenters wrote: “Mitt Romney, the William Hung of presidential candidates.”

  45. January 31, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Sorry if this was posted: Great photos of PBO’s Secret Service guys at work.


  46. January 31, 2012 at 12:55 am

  47. 211 LDS
    January 31, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Kasai, your art work is so beautiful. The colors are so vibrant and alive. What a beautiful soul to be able to express your inner self with so many colors. Every one speaks life to my soul. The lady with the red umbrella is very unique. One day………..

    Thank God for the women and the land that inspires you. What a gift you have.

  48. 214 defytheodds
    January 31, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Kasai I don’t know what other adjective(s) to use to describe your wonderful art work that haven’t already been said—apart from saying that your art is spiritual and deeply heartfelt… Thank you.

    • January 31, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Your paintings are just gorgeous, what a beautiful talent. The colors and shading are so different than anything I’ve seen before. I’m going to go take a look at your website now.

  49. 216 PurpleShoesLA
    January 31, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Kasai, your artwork is incredibly beautiful; love the colors in “Moonlight” and your abstract paintings in particular! I’ve forwarded the links to your sites to friends and family as well as a couple of interior designers friends who are always on the lookout for art like yours. Ms. Chips how kind of you to highlight Kasai’s work on your site. And as for your budding artistic dreams Chips, take comfort in the knowledge that even Michelangelo endured hardships and setbacks before his masterpieces were understood and accepted. 😆

  50. 217 yardarm756
    January 31, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Shipmates, it’s time for this ole salt to rack out. So I’ll put out the smoking lamp and secure the lights. Before I go, i’d ask those of you that are still up to google the name Haile Selassie. This will give you some little known background on kasai’s homeland. We have amoungst us a person who can trace her blood lines back to the time of Christ.
    Peace be with you. Taps…………

  51. 227 LDS
    January 31, 2012 at 2:11 am

    God help us all…..
    You know, did he or anyone in his camp ever stop to think that when he tries to go patriotic that the image of his poor dog strapped to to the top of his car would enter into the minds of real honest to goodness people? Do they think we will forget that?

    Please, let this man go home. The crowd was just as stunned as everybody watching that fiasco.
    he better not even think about bringing that to the Apollo. I don’t care who his daddy is.
    My question is when they were so privileged to pack the whole family and drive to see “the national parks”, did they strap the maid, butler and valet attendant on top.

    I am so sick of this man, his money, his lies…..him being phony. Bo has more charisma than this clown……
    Please, God make him stop…….please.

  52. 228 LDS
    January 31, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Now I have to play the video on the upper right side that Ms. Chips so graciously left, at least five times just to get that sound and image out of head so that I can get some sleep……..thanks a lot WILLARD!

  53. January 31, 2012 at 2:29 am

    kahsai it’s late you probably won’t read this but just wanted to throw in my appreciation of your work – so beautiful! thanks to VC as well for opening our eyes to the works of art you’ve created!

    OK maybe I can get to sleep now…

  54. 231 LDS
    January 31, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Ahhh,yes. I needed that.
    Now, I can sleep. Good night. Did I say five times? It was more like ten…..sorry. I was traumatized.

  55. 232 xtine
    January 31, 2012 at 3:13 am

    OT, but can anyone tell me when’s Inauguration Day? Reason I’m asking is that Jan 20th is a Sunday and that’s the official Inauguration, so that’s supposed to be private swearing in by noon; the next day, Jan 21, is MLK,, Fed Holiday. Fed Rules say if 20th falls on a Sunday, then inauguration falls on the “next succeeding day” and that’s MLK Day next year. (How cool is that?) So is Inauguration Day then Tues 22?

    • 233 hopefruit2
      January 31, 2012 at 7:39 am

      Good question!

      // The 2013 Presidential Inauguration Day, January 20, 2013, falls on a Sunday. By law, the President must take his Oath of Office on January 20th before noon. In past years when January 20th fell on a Sunday, there was a private ceremony on that date, but the public ceremony was held the following day. Most likely, the President will be sworn in twice. Monday, January 21, 2013 is Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday which is also a federal holiday. So, what day will the public event be held? Sunday, Monday or Tuesday? The date has not yet been announced. (Note, details will be announced here as soon as available). A week of festivities will include the Presidential Swearing in Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Inaugural Parade and a night of Inaugural Balls and galas honoring the new President of the United States.//


      • 234 xtine
        January 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

        Thanks so much, hopefruit2. I guess it’s to be determined. I’m all for Tuesday! 🙂 For our POTUS, it could happen @ 3:00am on 21st & I’d be right there! I better get back to the business of Four More Years so I’m ready for my date on the Mall!

  56. 235 anniebella
    January 31, 2012 at 5:33 am

    POTUS have a busy evening tonight, but he should be back to the WH in time to see FLOTUS on the Tonight Show. I am still looking forward to Jay asking FLOTUS what she thinks of POTUS singing.

  57. 236 hopefruit2
    January 31, 2012 at 7:49 am

    When will Willard ever learn? You don’t try copy President Obama – EVER! He is one of a kind.

    What a damn fool. His “America the beautiful” cringe-inducing performance is NOT going to trend on Twitter…it’s not going to send truckloads of folks to Youtube…it’s not going to get young people to suddenly find “America The Beautiful” cool again…it’s not going to spike sales of the song by 5% much less 490%…it’s not going to have the media playing ATB on loop all day…it might end up as a SNL Skit or providing fodder for the late night comedy shows…but that’s about it.

    Keep trying Willard…and keep failing…because you’re so damn arrogant, you never learn.

  58. 237 halo
    January 31, 2012 at 7:52 am


  59. 238 halo
    January 31, 2012 at 8:12 am

    “Gingrich said Romney is a “a candidate whose core message, as far as I can tell, seems to be: “Yes, I made a ton of money. You got a problem with that?””

    SO TRUE!

  60. January 31, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Debbie wasserman Schultz coming up on joes show.
    And I guess Jose Diaz Balart likes Robney. Jeesh.

    • 240 Bill
      January 31, 2012 at 8:33 am

      Diaz-Balart has a brother in Congress and another brother retired from Congress. Both have endorsed Willard.

    • 241 halo
      January 31, 2012 at 8:37 am

      He has a chip on his shoulder bc PBO didn’t do immigration reform his 1st year. Because as we know, PBO had nothing better to do his 1st year and was twiddling his thumbs. Sick of these people!

  61. 242 halo
    January 31, 2012 at 8:25 am

    “Obama was ‘stumped’ by engineering jobs query, questioner Jennifer Wedel says”


    • January 31, 2012 at 8:36 am

      And that is the only headlines from yesterday, if you missed it, you would have thought it was an epic fail, because of this girls interviews.
      The MSM does it all the time.

    • January 31, 2012 at 9:51 am

      I am not at all surprised by this quote. Did anyone here not SEE Jennifer’s attitude during her questioning? I definitely saw traces of the underlying ‘foreigners are taking our jobs’ mentality. Sure not having income is reason for a family to be frustrated, but someone should tell her that HER attitude certainly isn’t helping. For one thing, after the President said send hubby’s resume and I’ll look into it, how does she figure publicizing her criticism aids her cause? Some people are so……(dumb) blind to anything other than ‘the moment’. Wonder if her husband’s attitude is anything like hers, and part of the reason he’s still unemployed while supposedly having good qualifications. Sometimes qualifications aren’t everything, a major chip on your shoulder that seeps through in an interview, or in your previous jobs, can hold you back too. Idiot Jennifer queering her own pitch …in the media! Then again, she may have pleased some embittered, GOP-leaning ‘job creator’ enough for him/her to offer her husband a job while the news is still ‘hot’. I wish her luck in any case.

  62. January 31, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Planning for the May NATO and G-8 meetings in Chicago is ramping up: On Tuesday, two White House advisors–Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, and Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Senior Director for European Affairs–hit Chicago for a series of briefings on the substantive foreign policy issues the global leaders will be discussing. They will be meeting with the Host Committee, the large consular corps and local journalists.
    Meanwhile, teams from Washington–the “planning task force” –have been working on the physical planning–venues for events, etc. The summits’ main meetings will take place in the McCormick Place complex but there will be a variety of related events–including probably head of state spouse programs–at other sites.


  63. January 31, 2012 at 8:32 am

    All I have to say is, thank God for Debbie, she does not take any shit, and the pundits will not allow her to talk.

  64. 247 Alycée (@jazziz2)
    January 31, 2012 at 8:35 am

    In respone to Xtine’s Inauguration question:

    The biggest quirk is that most federal employees in the Washington area are given the day off every four years on Inauguration Day to make way for the revelers in town for the inaugural parade and balls.

    Though the 20th Amendment states that a president’s term ends at “noon on the 20th day of January,” Jan. 20, 2013 is a Sunday. Whenever federal holidays fall on a Sunday, the government moves them to Monday, meaning that whoever is inaugurated next year is likely to be sworn in twice — once privately on the 20th and again in public on the 21st.

    Whoever wins the presidency this year is likely to follow swearing-in precedent set by Ronald Reagan and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Reagan took the oath of office for the second time privately on Sunday Jan. 20, 1985, and during a public (indoor) ceremony the next day. Eisenhower took the oath again during a private White House ceremony on Sunday Jan. 20, 1957, and repeated it publicly on the East Portico of the Capitol on Monday Jan. 21. (For those of you keeping score, this Monday-to-Sunday fluke occurs every 28 years, so it will happen again in 2041, 2069 and 2097.)

    So will federal workers in the Washington area still get Inauguration Day off next year? Yes and no.

    Mon. Jan. 21 is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day — a federal holiday enjoyed by all federal employees — meaning that D.C. area workers will be out of the office, but not because of the inauguration, according to OPM.

    More ——–> http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/when-are-the-2012-federal-holidays-and-looking-ahead-to-2013/2011/12/30/gIQAC4znWP_blog.html

    • 248 xtine
      January 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Alycee, thanks so much for your response. Wow, I didn’t know it occurs every 28 years! This is definitely a great sign! Hopefruit2 also has a response upthread. Seems that the actual day is TBD. Well, better get back my 4 More Years business! 🙂

  65. 251 57andFemale
    January 31, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Kasai — for the last 15 years all of my Christmas shopping is done at either art and craft fairs or made by me personally. I support artists, real people.

    I’ll be ordering from your site this year — your work is inspiring.

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