248 Responses to “front pages”


  1. February 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Good morning!! Great headlines….woot woot!

  2. 4 Proud of Obama
    February 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    This is fabulous, Chips! Off to tweet to our media friends.

    • February 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Happy headlines, Proud!!!

      • 7 jacquelineoboomer
        February 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm

        Chips – Are these from the Newseum’s front pages lineup? LOVE THIS.

        • February 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

          Hiya Jacq, yep, they’re from Newseum – you’ll see the link under the last front page in the post. They sure making for pretty viewing!

          • 9 jacquelineoboomer
            February 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm

            Thanks – I always like to see if particular headlines are also stretching beyond our borders! Off to check. Something just tickles me every time I see “good news” about President Obama from other countries. (Maybe because it reminds me we finally got Bush outta there, and we have respect back for our President’s leadership, across the world!)

          • February 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

            Ya know chica Chips, these headlines reminds me of a beloved diarist at kos, Al Rodgers, who is one of the many who have “disappeared”. Thank you so much for spending your time compiling these. You are beautiful!

  3. February 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    BEAUTIFUL collection, Chips!! Enough to lift the spirits of any Democrat!! BRAVO. Let’s all tweet this to the moon and back.

  4. 14 Ceb
    February 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Good news! Glad to see that it is making the rounds in local media outlets.

    Have a great day everyone.

  5. 15 hopefruit2
    February 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    4th! Excellent roundup of news on the economy!

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  7. February 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    This is amazing to see it all together like this! Finally, the media does the right thing. Wonderful! I’m smiling from ear to ear.

  8. February 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    We cannot underestimate the impact of headlines like that on most local and regional newspapers. It’s huge and completely counters any spin Fox News puts on this development for all but the diehard Fox cultists. I don’t read newspapers or watch television, but even I see headlines on newspapers in grocery stores. This is a can’t miss story. Thanks for rounding all that up in one place, Chips. You are legend, girlfriend.

    • 19 desertflower
      February 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT 🙂

    • 20 Lovepolitics2008
      February 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      I so agree. I dare hope that many people who would be tempted to vote for Romney will begin to notice that his “Obama has made it worse” is nothing but a stupid and very cynical lie.

  9. 21 desertflower
    February 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    SO NICE!! People in every corner of the country will see these headlines…..!!!! Love my hardworking President!

  10. February 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    OMG, Susan Rice is tearing Russia and China a new one……..used the words, “disgusted” and “intransigence”……..She is furious…….calling out that one of them is still sending weapons to Syria………..She is really standing up for PRINCIPLE……

    • February 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      ….selling out the Syrian people and protecting a tyrant…….

    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      February 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Susan Rice is perfect for that job.

    • February 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      The image in my mind that always comes up of Susan Rice was when she was on Rachel Maddow’s show and stood toe to toe with Maddow and set Rachel straight about a few things. Rachel tried to box in Amb Rice, but the Amb was having none of that! Anyone else remember hat?

    • 36 Obama Grandmama
      February 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      I like Susan Rice in her current job with the UN as I cannot see anyone else better there. I do think she would make a good SOS but like her where she is as I think the UN is very important in Obama’s foreign affairs doctrine.

      I have wondered what happened to Bill Richardson? I know PBO was considering him for posts in the administration but he was under investigation about something as NM governor. Never heard anymore about the investigation or what it was about. I know he endorsed PBO early on in the campaign as he came to Portland to endorse him during the early Primary rally. Anyone know what happened to Bill Richardson or whether he might be a potential choice for SOS?

      • February 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

        His star fell fast in New Mexico after the long investigation into unethical money practices and such. He soured the Democratic parties chances for Govenor because of his shady dealings. He was cleared, but the damage was doen and Susan Martinez (R) is now the Govenor. No…I think he is tainted.

  11. 38 jacquelineoboomer
    February 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Wow, Chips! Thanks for digging up the headlines. SO GREAT.

    “8.3” has become President Obama’s new magic number! Finally, he’s getting some widespread credit for SOMETHING.

  12. 39 GGail
    February 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks Chipsticks!
    It’s great to see good news spread far and wide 😀

  13. 40 halo
    February 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia and China vetoed on Saturday a Western-Arab U.N. Security Council resolution backing an Arab League call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step aside.

    (Reporting By Louis Charbonneau)

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?!

    • 41 jacquelineoboomer
      February 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      They have “interests” in the area. This was expected, I believe.

    • February 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      There was nothing in the resolution that called for regime change or military intervention.

      • 43 utaustinliberal
        February 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

        Russia and China always have very shady interests in regimes such as Syria. It’s very disgusting and disheartening that they put their own selfish interests ahead of people and lives. I wonder if the Syrian people fighting for democracy, respect, fairness, equality, and justice will have the information that the Russians and Chinese cast their lot against them.

  14. 44 desertflower
    February 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Like I said before…look who REALLY ENGAGES IN VOTER FRAUD!

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/indiana-sec-of-state-convicted-on-voter-fraud?ref=fpa

    Add to that the Gingrich debacle, and the idiot O’Keefe…

  15. 45 Proud of Obama
    February 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    One important note: The Chicago Tribune is notoriously right wing and even they didn’t try to spin the good news negatively.

    • 46 jacquelineoboomer
      February 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      I’m pretty sure Pensacola is also a conservative town.

    • 47 utaustinliberal
      February 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      I noticed that. Also shocked me that the right wing WSJ also had positive news about the jobs numbers.

      Great collection Chips.

      • 48 Left-Indie
        February 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm

        Actually this is the thing i was wondering about. Because I don’t watch Fox Bullshit news, I was dying to find out how they were gonna contort themselves to bring bad news. Probably the usual way, bring some congress critten on who will say economy is getting better inspite of Obama, etc.

        • 49 majii
          February 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm

          I’ve read on several sites over the past two days that Fox did not give precedence to the improved unemployment figures, buried it lower on wheir web page. Put it on my FB page with the comment that I understand why Fox did this–it has a RW agenda based on making sure that PBO never gets credit for anything good.

      • 50 Mel
        February 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

        Well the number are the numbers and it is what it is there is no way that any Newspeper or the MSM
        will be able to spin their B.S. and people are taking notice.

  16. February 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    The other bonus in these headlines…in the story itself actually, is that the Republicans have been so publicly intransigent and obstructive about creating progress on the jobs/economy front that there is no way for them to take credit for this improvement. Even if they refuse to give the President credit, they can’t take the credit themselves.

    • 53 Lovepolitics2008
      February 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Oh, don’t worry, they’ll find a way to spin it. They’ll say that they’ve blocked President Obama in some initiatives that would have been bad for the economy, lol.

      They are so devoided of constructive ideas, and their supply-side economic philosophy doesn’t work. They’re reduced to constantly criticize even if on the whole they’re inconsistent. They’ve got nothin…. And I dare hope that many people are starting to notice. Even some business people…

  17. February 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I wonder if the Syrians will ever know that it was Russian and China who blocked progress for their freedom?

  18. 59 desertflower
    February 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Just a thought on this jobs issue…I’m not an economist, but I do believe that this good news will begin to feed on itself. People and business will get more and more confident, and the ball will begin to roll, with gusto and momentum as we progress through the year. Business’ will hire more. People will spend more. Healthcare will definitely matter….as well as targeted tax cuts.It will become perpetual motion…in a good way 🙂 With this will come the RW head explosions and ugly rhetoric…because they GOT NOTHING! They know it…and they are afraid that they have been outsmarted by the Maoist, communist, socialist, Kenyan skinny black guy with the funny name.

    how about that? They’re right about something. For once.

    • 60 Lovepolitics2008
      February 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Yep. Good news bring confidence. We can call it a “virtuous cycle” as opposed to a “vicious cycle”.

    • February 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      I LOVE your comment, desertflower,. My confidence is boosted and am considering finally buying the new refrigerator that I’ve been afraid to buy because it’s not an absolute necessity. What I’m saying is it’s been hard not to have a bunker mentality in this economic climate where the republicans have spent their energy at thwarting the recovery to try to retake the WH. Patriots, my ass.

  19. 62 eveingeorgia
    February 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    What a pleasant surprise to see our most conservative newspaper, The Augusta Chronicle, featured here. I stopped subscribing year ago because I could not take its slant.

    Ashamed to say I had to come here to read the headlines from my own hometown!

    Great work, Chips, as usual. You are incredible.

    • 63 Left-Indie
      February 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Don’t be ashamed to stop reading conservative poison. It erodes the soul, raises blood pressure, and might make you wanna kill ignorant somebody.

  20. 64 nintendowii10
    February 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Mitt is going to emerge out of the primary process an extremely weakened candidate for the general election. He is swinging to the far right to win the nomination, and he’ll try to backpeddle to the center for the general, which will anger the far right.

    I keep on saying this, but this is the Republicans John Kerry cycle. Kerry was an extremely weak candidate to put up against incumbent Bush, and Kerry’s “I was for it before I was against it” also killed him. The same deal applies to Mitt: extremely weak to put up against incumbent Obama, and has a record of flip flopping… not to mention how he demonstrates his arrogance, “I like firing people who provide services to me,” “I don’t care about the poor,” “my speakers fees aren’t that much,” “$10,000 bet,” etc etc etc.

    The contrast to be drawn is one that is between someone who had to work for their wealth (Obama) vs someone born into wealth (Mitt).

    • February 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Kerry is/was ten times smarter and 100 times as compassionate as Romney. He lacked the killer instinct to hit back when he was swiftboated and his campaign was not run as smoothly as it should have been. But Americans would have been well served with Kerry as president and they would face unprecedented disaster if Romney were elected.

  21. February 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Crowd sourcing to help uncover who are behind the secret donations coming from Super Pacs: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/03/a-crowdsourcing-experiment-help-us-discover-a-secret-donor/

    • February 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      That’s frightening, considering those are America’s future leaders. I wonder what the video would show if the questions were posed to immigrants – legal or otherwise. Or even a bunch of foreign kids in their home countries. And the GOP wants to eliminate the Department of Education…

    • 72 majii
      February 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      I’m a retired teacher, and I can offer several possible reasons these kids aren’t able to answer these basic questions. Even though parents say that education is important, the reality is that few of them are as involved in their kids’ education as they should be. On our Parents’ Nights and Conference Days, the only parents we’d see were the ones whose kids were doing well. The others only turned up at the end of a grading period/semester when they would come to ask if there was anything their kid could do to pass the class(es.) I had one kid who had 4 credits at the beginning of her senior year (they need 22 to graduate.) The first time her mom showed up at the school to show support for this kid was in the first semester of her senior year! I had called this woman when this child was in the 9th Grade. She wouldn’t answer the phone, wouldn’t return phone calls, and wouldn’t come for conferences about her own child’s lack of academic progress. For many parents, athletics are more important than academics. Parents would know their kids had to pass the high school graduation tests to earn a diploma, but they were expecting us to do all of the work. They wouldn’t make their kids study, complete homework assignments, or complete projects, but they’d make sure they never missed football, basketball, volleyball, or soccer practice! IMO, many parents’ have their priorities mixed up. The gym and stadium would be filled to capacity for athletic events their kids were participating in, but many of the same people wouldn’t fire up their computers and access their kids’ grades online or show up at school to check on their kid’s academic progress. I can understand their frustration, but I think the blame is misdirected when the complainers don’t hold up their part of the deal when it comes to educating their own kid.

      • 74 Ceb
        February 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

        This has been my experience for the 29 years that I have been a high school teacher. I am currently in the parent-conference hell that comes after each grading period. My afternoons are taken up with parents who did not check for the warning slips nor did they take advantage of the grade portal to see what is going on. Most are interested in a grade, not student learning (they are seldom the same) and a teacher with integrity is the enemy. Most of my students have the latest techno toys, but parents will balk at buying a novel for class study. Reform has to be a community cooperative effort rather than the Us and Them (this include state and federal entities as well) that we have currently.

        But, it is a lovely sunny day. I will not grade the workbooks and essays that are in the trunk of my car and all is currently well.

      • 75 desertflower
        February 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        As an educator myself…I know this is true. However, at least in high school…if you want to play a sport, your grades BETTER be good…or you DON’T PLAY!

  22. February 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Absolutely beeeyoootiful round-up, Chips! :mrgreen:

    • February 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Chips the headlines are fantastic. One would have to be blind to not see that things are getting better. Even Faux news watchers can’t miss those headlines. Thanks very much for posting. Great idea.

  23. 78 CTGirl
    February 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Beautiful! No spin, for a change, just the glaring truth!

  24. 80 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    February 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    HAH-HAH- IT’S DINE ON ‘CROW’ TIME. I WONDER IF THE GOP WILL BE EATING THESE WONDERFUL NEWS HEADLINES FOR DINNER TONITE…TO MY ‘SUPER’ PBO…YOU DESERVE EVERY POSITIVE BIT OF GOOD NEWS WE CAN SQUEEZE OUT OF THE MEDIA! YOU ARE LOVED BY ALL OF US…AND WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK…WE NEVER LEFT…WE HAVE FOLLOWED YOU DAY BY DAY AND PRAYED FOR YOUR STRENGTH IN LEADERSHIP! IT WON’T BE LONG AND SUE IS GOING TO HAVE TO CHISEL YOUR PROFILE INTO MT. RUSHMORE HERSELF! GOD BLESS YOU PBO…:) I HAVE TO RUN SOME ERRANDS TODAY…AM WEARING MY ‘OBAMA’ SHIRT SO PASSERS-BY CAN GET A GOOD LOOK AT MY PRESIDENT! BBL..BLESSINGS EVERYONE!OOOOH…GOD IS SO GOOD AND WATCHING OVER US!

  25. 84 Linda
    February 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Quote for the day: ???
    .

    “Romney’s principal problem isn’t a lack of personal connection with people. It’s that he irritates people. He’s a transparen­t pho/ny who, unlike President Bill Cli/nton, isn’t even particular­ly good at being ph/ony. … [He’s] a rancid impostor..­.”

    –Scott Galupo, US News and World Report.
    .

    http://goo­.gl/VWLpS

  26. 91 desertflower
    February 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    LOVE THESE LADIES! They’re spot on. Again! Funny as hell, too 🙂

    http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/the-race-for-respect/

  27. 92 CTGirl
    February 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I can’t put my finger on it but there is something annoying about Jodi Kantor. This is a link to this morning’s discussion between Karen Hunter and J. Kantor:
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/tense-karen-hunter-questions-jodi-kantors-motivation-for-writing-seven-figure-the-obamas/

    • 93 lovingandlaughing
      February 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      CTgirl, i watched the clip you posted and then i started to watch the show from the beginning. i did not finish, but my prediction is jodi kantor will end up being a regular on Fox.

      • 94 anniebella
        February 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm

        I don’t care where the bitch Jodi Kantor end up. I probably shouldn’t use that word, but I’m sick of that woman. She is the lowest of all low.

        • 95 lovingandlaughing
          February 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm

          yes, anniebella i hope you don’t think i am a fan of hers or that i hope she get anymore media time. the thought just occurred to me that’d she’d probably be welcomed with open arms over at fox and that she’d fit in just fine there. i hope chris hayes learned a lesson from twitter responses or emails from viewers and that he never has her on again.

    • February 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      I agree with you, CTGirl, that she is annoying, and it’s her voice, which has a slight whiney tone, slightly nasal and defensive. Aside from the fact that I don’t buy her explanation of how good this book, IS in her estimation, and how fact driven her writing of “The Obamas” was ( as Hunter pointed out, it was the tone).

      I wouldn’t give her an interview myself, were she a reporter from a local paper. I can just hear the request from the other side of the front door, “Ms. Shaw, I would like to write about your garden …”

      To hell with that, believe me. She has an air of “… and I’ll trash it to the nth degree, you realize that, don’t you? I have this INTEGRITY that insists upon …”

  28. 97 AnitaW
    February 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks Chips,

    Those local headline round-ups are great. Really good news!!

  29. 98 carolyn
    February 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    So glad to see the collection of headlines! Our far right wing rag, The Daily Oklahoman, had not a peep about the good job numbers. We thought it couldn’t get any worse when the Gaylord family sold it, but it is. It was sold to a rightwing nut from Colorado, and it is now pure poison. THIS is what people here read and believe! The opinion page is simply racist and scurrilous.
    Yes, I too believe there is a strong psychological component in this that will feed and grow. We also have two of the eight or ten worse senators, Inhofe and Coburn. Coburn voted against the insider trading bill….surprised Inhofe voted for it. My congressman is on a level with Virginia Foxx and Alan West!!!

  30. 100 desertflower
    February 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Tweeters can you Tweet and sign? Jan Brewer’s Latest Outrage http://signon.org/s/MtFwXI #signon

  31. 107 africa
    February 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Wow, just wow!!

  32. February 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Help!
    I am in a “discussion” with a right wing person who keeps posting this: “Record 1.2 Million People Fall Out Of Labor Force In One Month, Labor Force Participation Rate Tumbles To Fresh 30 Year Low” as a way of saying that Obama’s unemployment numbers don’t mean anything. Does anyone here have an argument to counter this one?

  33. 127 EDP4BHO
    February 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Loving those headlines, but I’m going to be “cautiously” optimistic. NPR just ran a report about Flipper in Nevada. Per usual, he was lying that PBO made the economy worse. NPR states the jobless rate has lowered, but that “economy worse” meme plays well in a state with the highest UE rate, and highest foreclosures. So, though PBO is on mark, I will take a page from the LA times saying “…….he’s been burned by short term improvements before” . My reason? NPR and LA Times are mildly but notoriously not pro-Obama and their spin is palpable. For that, we know how many will prefer that spin, rather than give PBO any credit. So, until we see sustained growth, and reporting of that growth, I’m going to do as PBO does. He mentions it but never hypes it. As he said……still too many out of work. He’s a smart man, people 😀

    • 128 L3
      February 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      We have seen sustained growth for 22 months, granted this is the largest monthly job total to date.

      • 129 EDP4BHO
        February 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

        Of course, but this must continue clear up until election in the fall for too many people to be convinced. I do believe a lot of folks are feeling a bit more at ease, but due to that powerful white/right-wing machine and all its millions, it will take everything and then some to guarantee our win. We are definitely on the right track, but I like the way PBO plays it. Not too high, not too low…….just steady.

  34. February 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    HAPPY Saturday Chipsticks – GREAT post! Love those headlines – so positive. Our #1 Employer – Barack Obama, President USA.

    Can you add me to this Twitter list? @FORUS50 http://theobamadiary.com/team-up-on-twitter/

  35. 132 Linda
    February 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    ANALYSIS: Obama Reproductive Health Reg Mirrors State Conscience Protections

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/02/03/418631/analysis-obama-reproductive-health-reg-mirrors-state-conscience-protections/?mobile=nc

    Another fake outrage talking point bites the dust.

    • 133 Obama Grandmama
      February 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you for posting this explanation as I had questions about it and know people who will be asking me about it.

  36. February 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Ambassador Rice giving a presser now, speaking directly to the Syrian people in support of their human rights. Now taking questions. She is FIERCE.

  37. February 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    OMG, take a look at this photo and see if it doesn’t absolutely capture the Republican saps running the GOP right now!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://hillbuzz.org/republican-gilligans-island-69339

  38. 149 Linda
    February 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    @daveweige­l

    “181 voters in this precinct, 10 voters showed up for caucus”

  39. February 4, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Looking good! 😆 😆 Afternoon, Everyone!

    Before I go back to read the good news, I’m going to whisper ** Canada isn’t too happy(with America?) right now as their unemployment rate has gone up, AND Caterpillar has announced that it’s closing a plant in London, Ontario that is currently on the picket lines. Seems like Caterpillar wanted to cut wages by 50% and the union said ‘no way’ so workers were locked put at the beginning of January. The rub is that Caterpillar is (re?-)opening the plant in Indiana, and had actually been hiring and training in advance!! Also, the company plans to pay far less in Indiana. It all seems a bit ‘unfair’…. to both sides…. particularly since Caterpillar’s profits last year were in the millions. Okay, okay, enough! I’m going back up the thread.

    • 156 Linda
      February 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Indiana just became a ” Right to Work ” ( for less ) State…….I wonder if Mitch Daniels met with Caterpillar recently….

  40. 157 Linda
    February 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Romney Calls For Private Unemployme­nt Accounts

    Asked about unemployme­nt, Romney endorsed the idea of private unemployme­nt accounts that people individual­ly fund while they’re employed and then draw on when they are unemployed 1/ 4/12

  41. February 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I don’t know if anyone has mentioned one of the deepest ironies of the 2012 race — the Republican party could actually compete on the ground with grassroots organizing if they were willing to pay a substantial number of volunteers… particularly for the last few months of the race. But fielding immense numbers of both paid and unpaid campaign workers would drive down unemployment numbers even further, especially in concert with everything Organizing for America will be doing at the same time. Paid workers effectively have a job, unpaid workers have something to do, which pulls at least a few of them out of an ongoing job search. And both groups will tend to be spending more money in their local economy than if they just stayed at home. (Workers who go door-to-door will be notably guilty of this localized stimulus.) Also remember that hundreds of thousands or even a couple million workers operating at full steam for a few months may not seem like that much in an economy of 300 million people, but the population of unemployed is much smaller than that, and apt to shrink considerably in the coming months. Which means the campaign activities already expected on the Democratic side can be expected to inflict an even sharper downward pressure on unemployment numbers by the end of 2012.

    All of which is a conundrum — assuming you cling to a strategy in which a struggling economy is your main selling point. Personally, I’ve doubted for some time that the economy in November will be much more than a selling point for the Obama Administration — quite possibly a dramatic one, even leaving aside the situation the President started with three years ago.

    Granted, this factor will probably not be the biggest economic shift of the coming year. But it will happen at a very useful time for President Obama.

    Whatever your political perspective, this element seems well worth considering.

    • February 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Interesting point. Presidential campaigns with the influxes of cash and people also help stimulate local businesses like restaurants, hotels, printers, convenience stores, stationary, etc. All the millions of dollars poured into state mean jobs and profit for thousands of people.

    • 166 utaustinliberal
      February 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Very interesting observation Ralph. I remember during the 2010 census, unemployment numbers went down for a while because there was an influx of employed people who were going door to door collecting census data. So yes, when the election season goes on full campaign mode, there will also be an influx of employed people data mining, going door to door, calling people, registering voters, working in campaign offices, local restaurants and businesses will see an influx of revenue as camapign offices spring up and campaigning comes to their states, cities and municipalities. Hopefully, this spells even more good news for PBO, because when a person gets a job, be it full-time or part-time, it takes them out of the negative jobs search column and puts them in the positive column.

    • 167 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      February 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Excellent analysis Ralph.

      Your reasoning is actually at the heart of the message in this tweet sent to a variety of folk over the past several hours:

      As the #KochBro and other Obama haters pour millions into campaign advertising, broadcast fees, etc., they are actually stimulating the economy. And, they’re going to lose, as well 🙂

      #LandslideOBAMA2012 #LandslideDEMS2012 #YesWeMust

  42. 168 carolyn
    February 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Yup…that’s one of my senators. Aren’t we lucky…….he is just plain mean, not just blunt. He also lies, and is also frequently wrong but never admits it.

  43. 169 defytheodds
    February 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    PBO has passed 25 million likes on Facebook & more than 12 million followers on Twitter

    • 170 defytheodds
      February 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Yes people power is more powerful than money. And when you responsibly combine the two with an outstanding President running for reelection we become an unstoppable force…

      For example:

      For the two-term fund raiser: OFA has raised over $2.27mil from more than 58,000 donors.

      Willard’s, one-term fundraiser, stop showing his amount at $1.25mil– W/O showing the number of donors.

      • 171 Linda
        February 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

        Probably one donor and a few relatives

        • 172 defytheodds
          February 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm

          Linda you probably right.

          Let’s look at the bigger pic:

          Pres. Obama’s campaign has emphasized a large number of donors and small donations generated from online giving. Messina said the campaign and DNC had generated 1.3 million donors, with 583,000 people giving during the most recent quarter. More than 98 percent were for donations of $250 or less and the average donation was $55, Messina said.

          For Romney, only 9%of his $ raised came in contributions of $200 or less…

          • 173 Linda
            February 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

            You know…..those multi-millionaire donors can only vote once…..just like those 583,000 .

            • February 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

              EG-ZACK-LY!! Which illuminates the repress-the-vote piece that Republican-run states have been trying to add on. Who knows, pretty soon they might get desperate enough to suggest that millionaires should get 1 vote for EACH million they donate since it’s going to job creation.

  44. 176 carolyn
    February 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Yes, Coburn has a beard now, so this is probably from some previous time. However, his message never varies. He was one of three who voted against the insider trading bill too.

  45. 177 AJ
    February 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    No matter what you hear from the pundits or read online/in the papers, the evangelicals/religious right is NOT enthusiastic about ANYone running on the GOP side. The Morman issue is still a big factor (rightly or wrongly….personally speaking, it doesn’t matter to me, since both Mormans and Evangelicals think I’ll burn in Hell anyway…but I digress…)

    Aside from religion, Romney doesn’t strike them as being a “legit” conservative , despite how many times he sings America the Beautiful. And Newt is a non-starter; not just the multi-wives (who’da thought it’d be the NON-Morman with the multi-wives issue?), but the ethics violations.

    The religious right will only grudgingly go to the polls in November.

    Just my two cents. 😉

  46. 178 Pamela
    February 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    In today’s mail, a postcard: “Thank you very much for your generous contribution to my campaign. I am grateful for your generous support. My life’s work has been fighting for middle-class families, putting forward new ideas, and helping turn those ideas into a reality that makes a difference for people – and with your help, that is what I will do in the US Senate. With gratitude, Elizabeth (Warren)”. And so, that was a wonderful feeling when opening the letterbox! Thought I would share it with my TODObots! See ya’ later….

  47. 179 Linda
    February 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    “These Nevada caucuses are kind of a .. um .. joke.” Chuck Todd

    It take one to know one ?

  48. February 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Here is the synopsis for the long term FAA bill that passed the house Friday and is expected to clear the Srnate next week-

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/us/house-approves-aviation-funds-for-4-years.html?_r=1&ref=politics

    This is good news, but gets drowned out with all the other noise!

    • 181 defytheodds
      February 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      This is a good bill, esp. for creating jobs, etc.

      However, the GOP just had to throw in some poison pills:
      An expansion of the use of unmanned drones in domestic airspace, among other things.
      And the requirement that at least 50 percent of an airline’s employees support a vote on organizing a union before that vote can take place, up from 35 percent.

      With PBO in office, I trust that the use of drones in domestic airspace will be limited and responsible. W/O PBO in office this could become a real problem…

        • 183 defytheodds
          February 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

          That’s where it will start, but with the wrong person in office, drones in domestic airspace will rapidly expand esp. in areas where peo.don’t have the resources or clout to fight back…just like drugs, guns, poor schools, malt liquor, 🙂 etc, now flood these communities…

  49. February 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Nice photo of FLOTUS (her recent trip to LA) from Eva Longoria:

    http://www.whosay.com/EvaLongoria/photos/123850

  50. February 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Italy is having a blizzard! And, they have cut so many services that the government there, is handing out shovels.

    Really? I hate shoveling snow!

  51. 189 Linda
    February 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Reporter Called ‘Spy,’ Kicked Out Of Caucus

    Ashley Powers of the Los Angeles Times reports on the unfriendly reception she got upon telling caucus officials she was a member of the press:

    “Spy! She’s a spy!” someone else said.

    A woman waved a button at me, which said: DON’T BELIEVE THE LIBERAL MEDIA.

    Tough crowd, I thought.

    Then a man walked over to me and said if I didn’t leave, he’d call security. So I left the room while voters cast their ballots.

    A short time later, a male party volunteer tried to tell precinct 1721’s leaders that they were wrong, but at that point I was persona non grata. When I tried to re-enter the room, an elderly man said people were still voting, grabbed my arm, pushed me away and shut the door in my face.

  52. February 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    hey chips, I’m betting you already have this pic, but it’s perfect for Super Bowl Sunday.

  53. February 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Darn photo didn’t work. Here it is again.

    Just in time for tomorrow. Picture of the weekend:

  54. 214 Linda
    February 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Gingrich To Hold Press Conference

    Earlier reporting suggested that Newt Gingrich was forgoing the typical “victory” party speech for a simple written statement to address the results, but Talking Points Memo now reports that he’ll hold a press conference at 11 p.m. EST from the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

    Attention Hog ?

    • 215 jacquelineoboomer
      February 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      There’s no way this turd would miss an opportunity to get before the cameras. When he loses, we should watch to see if he even mentions the winner. He didn’t congratulate Willard last time, and I don’t even think he mentioned him by name. POOR LOSER.

    • February 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Isn’t the Venetian the one that his current owners own? I heard Adelson built it, after tearing down the one that was there before. I used to love the Venetian, but I won’t go there anymore, knowing those snakes own it.

  55. 217 Linda
    February 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Voters Complain About Caucus Process: ‘It’s A Mess, Man’

    Some Nevadans are less-than-enthusiastic about the caucus process carrying out across the state.

    The Wall Street Journal reports:

    Valley High School, one of the closest caucus sites to the Las Vegas Strip, was hopping as several hundred voters showed up to caucus. But turnout for some of the precincts meeting at the school was sparse, and many voters and organizers said they were confused by the caucus process and curious why it took so long.

    Roman Waddell, who printed “Ron Paul, Baby!” on the back of his sweatshirt, declared himself caucus chairman Saturday when he was the only person who showed up on time for precinct 5356, which included a list of about 100 eligible voters, he said.

    “It’s a mess, man,” said Mr. Waddell, a professional poker player who keeps his assets in hard gold and silver. “We’ve been here an hour and 17 minutes, and we still don’t know what we’re doing.”

  56. February 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Maine Caucuses are today, as well!

  57. February 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Anyone else seen the video: Key & Peele: Meet Obama’s Anger Translator…Luther .

    I’ll admit, I did get a little chuckle out of it.

  58. 226 desertflower
    February 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I thought these looked absolutely divine! http://blogchef.net/bacon-wrapped-jalapenos-recipe/

    Super Bowl food! I think I may just try these:)

  59. February 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks to Ms Chips for those beautiful headlines, and to all of you for the various links and photos… lots of good news out there today! Hope everyone has a great weekend.

  60. February 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Wow. Russia and China are such bitches. Ever since PBO turned our attention to the Pacific and vowed to put troops in Australia, China has been really pissed and Russia’s drawers have been in a bunch as a result of a mad dash of contortions, bending hand over foot to stay on China’s good side. They’ve been hissing and booing at America since we’ve become so uppity and treaded on what they view as their turf. Two words to China and their sidepiece Russia: Screw You.

    • 230 desertflower
      February 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Thing are NOT going well in either country. China is grappling with money issues/employment ….and Russia is pissed and angry at their version of GIngrich…Mr. Putin. Tens of thousands in the streets….I think Syria, China, and Russia have a parasitic relationship going on…not pretty.

  61. 231 desertflower
    February 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Lengthy, but very good read: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/02/20122164215194680.html

    Ever since the Great Depression, Republicans have attacked Democrats as being anti-business, anti-capitalist, “creeping socialists”, “soft on communism”… the attacks on Obama as a socialist, among other things, are particularly hyperbolic and absurd, bolstered by racial stereotypes and animosities, but they come out of a long tradition. Yet, the historical record is clear: the US as a whole has done best under Democratic rule. From the end of World War II through the early 1970s, when even Richard Nixon said: “We are all Keynesians now,” the rate of income growth for all levels was relatively well in sync. From 1945 to 1973, incomes rose 99 per cent for the bottom 99 per cent, but only 40 per cent for the top one per cent.

    But from Reagan’s election in 1980 through to 2007, the year before the Wall Street crash, the top one per cent gained 232 per cent, compared with just 20 per cent for the bottom 99 per cent. The record of government budgets is equally clear-cut. Every presidential term from the end of World War II through the early 1970s also saw a reduction in the debt-to-GDP ratio – the most basic baseline measure of fiscal responsibility. Every presidential term from 1980 onwards has shown a significant growth in the debt-to-GDP ratio… except, of course, for Bill Clinton’s two terms. (A trajectory that began two years before Gingrich became Speaker.)

    As long as Republican’s black-and-white rhetoric shapes economic debates, the vast majority of US voters will continue to be bamboozled into a more and more dysfunctional state, reflected in the most basic economic data referred to above. This bamboozlement has been going on for three decades now. But if the focus shifts to particular practices, if it’s a question of how markets are structured and why, a commonsense, nuts-and-bolts question of who benefits and who loses, then things could be very different.

  62. February 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    President Obama and the Republicans battling to challenge him in November are going to get shuffled in with the big leaguers this year.

    Trading card company Upper Deck will be mixing in a limited “World of Politics” series into packs of sports cards beginning February 21.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/208671-obama-gop-contenders-get-their-own-trading-cards

  63. February 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Rosa Parks!!!..Gratitude and Respect to a Woman that changed a Nation.

    • 236 jacquelineoboomer
      February 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      And, in addition to all of her other qualities and strengths, wasn’t she beautiful inside and out?

    • 237 defytheodds
      February 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Happy Birthday & Thank You Mrs. Rosa Parks.
      May you Rest In Eternal Peace.

    • 238 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      BEAUTIFUL VIDEO KASAI…ROSA PARKS IS AN EXAMPLE OF COURAGE AND PERSEVERANCE FOR EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO NEEDS TO WITNESS WHAT BEAUTY AND COMPASSION CAN CREATE ON THE INSIDE OF A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR AMERICA! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSA PARKS…YOUR SPIRIT RIDES TODAY!

  64. 239 Linda
    February 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Voters are complaining they were denied an opportunity to vote in the Republican presidential caucuses Saturday because they showed up late for their precinct meetings.

    Party officials acknowledged that confusion about the caucus process disenfranchised some voters.

    “We did our best to get the word out that people needed to be there at 9 a.m., but we had some circumstances where people didn’t get the word,” said Clark County Republican Party Chairman Dave Gibbs. “It’s unfortunate that they weren’t able to participate today.”

  65. 241 Linda
    February 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Sam Stein drove by one of the WalMart Kids homes in Vegas … It took two full minutes just to drive past it.

    Meanwhile their workers are paid so horribly they qualify for Medicaid.and Food Stamps . Disgusting.

  66. 242 jacquelineoboomer
    February 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Just double checked out of curiosity, and most of the stories in the headlines at the top of the post about the great 8.3% news were written by an Associated Press reporter (but for the papers that have their own staff financial writers). The AP feeds the stories out and the papers get a lot off the wire services. So kudos to that guy for telling the truth.

  67. 243 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    This is the trigger …

    AFreeHuman AFreeHuman
    BREAKING: Turkish FM confirmed bullets fired by #ASSad-troops hit houses in #Turkey. Reports that NATO-jets now on high alert. #Syria #Mar15

    And, from various sources, the positioning of necessary elements is done.

    Russia and China can delay the UNSC but they have zero influence over NATO and the consequences of a NATO alliance member being ‘attacked.’

    #PRESSON

  68. 248 LDS
    February 5, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Wow! I sure missed a lot today. I am just getting a chance to catch up. Was out all day gathering petitioners to sign up for our President to be on the ballot in New York. We had soooooo much fun. Lots of people just stopped by the tables to talk and encourage, ask questions, give their opinions, even after we ran out of sheets. There were many who wanted to volunteer. Some were afraid and confused because of what the media is saying. And they are not buying it, so Ms. Chips, be on the alert for more lurkers and commenters.(hint,hint)

    Thank you for pruning and weeding out the negatives. There are too many people who need to hear, read about the “truth”. They are tired of the lies and the hate. Thank you for your spirit of discernment. We need it.
    I will pray for the people of Syria tonight who yearn for peace. Happy Birthday to Mrs. Rosa Parks and thank you for being “tired of giving in”.

    We must do the same. Just tired of the hate, lies, blaming our President for the mess this country was left for him to clean up.
    My feet hurt so badly tonight when I arrived home, cold and wanted to slap a proclaimed registered communist for staying too long at our table.
    Another young man was claiming to be God, and no one should vote, ever………

    But I thought of Mrs. Rosa Parks, everything she lost and gained because she was tired of giving in.

    I made a vow I am not going to get discouraged, faint, let whatever cantor, robmey, noot, frump,china, russia, tweety, mad cow , repugs, tea baggers, AND OTHERS take all the good news and second guess what our President has done, will do and is doing to make this a better world for all of us who deserve it. Too many people have fought too long and too hard for change.

    Change is not for the faint of heart. If you want it, then fight for it even if you have to sit down in quiet strength. I am so grateful for Mrs. Rosa Parks quiet strength. I met people today who are so grateful for Our President. They even thanked us for being there. Please, TOD family enjoy the highs and lows regardless of what is being said , thought and written. This time around is different. This is not 2008, 2010. This is now!
    2012 is very personal…..


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