rise and shine

Morning everyone, will be back later to update, see you then 😉

109 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 taiping1
    February 4, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Good morning! Great day.

    • 2 obamalia
      February 4, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Good morning & congrats Taiping for being 1st!

      Change Happened. But we are nowhere close to done yet. Four more years!

      • 3 obamalia
        February 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

        MSNBC Romney’s Economy Problem

        Laura Ingraham: Isn’t it a hard argument to make if you’re saying “Ok, he inherited this recession, and he took a bunch of steps to try to turn the economy around, and now we’re seeing more jobs, but vote against him anyway.”

        Isn’t that a hard argument to make? Is that a stark contrast?

        Mitt Romney: Have you got a better one, Laura? (laughter) It just happens to be the truth!

        • 4 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          February 4, 2012 at 9:53 am


    • February 4, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Morning Taiping, morning everyone 😉

        February 4, 2012 at 10:06 am


      • 9 taiping1
        February 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

        Thanks,Chips! Love our First Family and all that you do to create a community of supporters. Enjoy your weekend and take good care of yourself.

      • 10 Pamela
        February 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

        Morning taiping, what lovely friends you have waving to you! 😉 morning everyone, heck of a busy day, will be in and out, may do a little lurking! We’re Better Together! 😉 😉

  2. 11 MeaBloom
    February 4, 2012 at 9:44 am

    G’Morning TOD!!

  3. 12 taiping1
    February 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Love the power of people working together: supprt for Planned Parenthood and the Two-Term fund. We have more tools this election and an organization smart enough to use them.

  4. 13 donna dem 4 obama
    February 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Happy Saturday Everyone!

    “Rosa sat so Martin could walk. Martin walked so Obama could run”

    Happy Birthday Mrs. Rosa Parks!


  5. 22 CTGirl
    February 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

    G’morning everyone!

  6. 23 Elly in Maryland
    February 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I’ve noticed that when a company has a PR disaster, they start doing sponsorship spots on NPR. I’m wondering how long it will take the Susan B Komen people to do that…….
    Off to make phone calls at my local OFA office. Have a good day everyone.

    February 4, 2012 at 9:58 am


  8. 28 oneofthegirls
    February 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

    “I like firing people” , W.M. Romney cheerfully told us in a spontaneous, unguarded moment a few weeks ago on the campaign trail. This week, he fired Brett O’Donnell, debate coach who helped him be successful in last Friday’s Florida debate. Reason was silly, silly, silly…., but to see in ‘instant replay’, a current representation of life at Bain Capital was educational . Made a believer out of me!!!.

    • 29 Bill
      February 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

      So Willard is showing us if he becomes president he will fire anyone who gives him good advice.

      • 30 hopefruit2
        February 4, 2012 at 10:22 am

        Therefore he will surround himself with a bunch of incompetent fools. ‘Cause it’s all about him and his ugly ego. Tell Willard I said GO TO HELL!

      • 31 JoJothecat
        February 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

        It will be GWB ALL OVER AGAIN…..and people are falling for it when they said they would never fall for someone like that again…just amazaing.

  9. 32 desertflower
    February 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Good read by Charles Blow about the “Caviar Candidate” (love that) Romney….and what his policies would do.


    • 33 jacquelineoboomer
      February 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Not finished reading the article, but this part* stood out for me. [People think federal employees are making top dollar. The salaries are just fine, but there’s a Pay Comparability Act under which the salaries of federal workers are to be compared each year. Think it was enacted in the ’80s (my earliest recollection of it, when I worked for the Navy). Salaries are compared and the President has the option of increasing federal salaries, if they don’t measure up, or granting a waiver. As far as I know, every President grants a waiver, and federal salaries in many occupations – if not all – end up being LOWER than pay for comparable work in the private sector (similar to how many women aren’t paid the same as male co-workers doing the same work). Anyway, enough of my personal rant, here’s that piece from Charles M. Blow’s article about Romney:]

      *This is the same man who in November claimed that federal employees are making “a lot more money than we are.” What?! We? What we? Please direct me to the federal employees with the $20 million paychecks. In fact, The Washington Post pointed out in November that federal employees on average “are underpaid by 26.3 percent when compared with similar nonfederal jobs, a ‘pay gap’ that increased by about 2 percentage points over the last year while federal salary rates were frozen.”

      • 34 Obama Grandmama
        February 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

        Maybe the comparison of Federal workers making more than Private company workers is a projection forward that after all the Right to
        Work (for less) Laws are passed the Federal Workers job pay will seem exorbitent (sp?)in comparison. The GOP tries to divide by envy and conquer all the while claiming that is what we are doing.

    • February 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

      This article is excellent

      Let’s send Charles blow some love……

    • February 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Great article. Thanks for posting.

  10. 37 isonprize
    February 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Off to finish getting the signatured needed for Pres. Obama to be on the ballot in PA. We are doing VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES also!!


    I hope that everyone here does some volunteer work with their local Obama for America campaign. It’s fun, you meet neighbors you never knew you had, and it’s so worth it as we all work toward the cause of re-electing the BEST PRESIDENT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!


  11. February 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Good Morning, Chips and TOD 🙂

    • 40 anniebella
      February 4, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Has Mitt flip flop on his “not concern about the poor comment”? I heard something about he said he misspoke.

      • 41 Mel
        February 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

        Mitt is just full of CACA he flops flops every minute on anything, PBO had a great news this weekend and
        it will be intersting if the talk shows on Sunday will give PBO any credit and the MSM should ask to GOP
        what proposals for creating jobs have they come out with other than just say FUCKING NO to everything so far
        that PBO has proposed to create jobs, The GOP are scare shit of the progress our presiden has been doing.

      • 42 Obama Grandmama
        February 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        Friday Rachel had a great segment on what misspoke reallly means as Romney claimed he misspoke about the poor. There were several examples of past misspoken phrases that were quite humorous. She said why what Romney had said several times over and over on the campaign trail was not misspeaking.

  12. 43 Debz
    February 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Good morning every one.

  13. February 4, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Good Morning all, I hope everyone is ready for the rightwing push back. They are going to try to cover all the positive news with loads of bull sh!t.

  14. 45 utaustinliberal
    February 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Another hello to the TOD fam. Hey hopefruit, I saw in the previous thread that you wanted a play by play of what happened on Up With Chris Hayes this morning and why your twitter timeline was blowing up super crazy. You’re not the only one. All of our twitter timelines were red hot! And that was because Chris had Jodi Kantor on the panel. The woman who wrote that gossipy book about the Obamas. The woman who trolled Facebook for friends of John McCain’s 16 year old daughter and got their phone numbers so that she could pen a trashy article about Cindy McCain. Now, I don’t like Cindy and John McCain’s policies and politics but I think that’s despicable. She received a deluge of complaints from both left wing and right wing readers of the NYT and the NYT actually had to address the issue.

    Anyways on to Chris Hayes. The panel comprised of Joan Walsh from Salon, Karen Hunter, a publisher and contributor to MSNBC, Kantor, and Baratunde Thurston an editor at The Onion and author of a book that examines being black in America and how society treats African-Americans etc. Chris began the discussion with the good jobs numbers and at every juncture while others were focused on the politics of the good numbers, Kantor just kept going on and on and on ad nauseam about her book. “Well…in my book about the Obamas…blah..blah..blah.” She pointed out that when she interviewed friends and classmates of Romney from Harvard who were liberal and conservative, they all said how warm he was, how he cared about the less privileged, how funny he was. But when it comes to PBO, he’s remote, he’s awkward, he’s not warm, he doesn’t know how to connect with people, the Washington socialites, press corps, & elites complain about how he’s so cold and detached. Karen Hunter immediately dispelled that untruth. She told Kantor to go look at videos of events both big and small and there in color is ample evidence that PBO more than connects with people, has empathy in spades, and enjoys being with everyday people. Kantor then tried to downplay the good economic news by saying that Democrats and PBO still have some warped fear of Romney. That we shouldn’t even be slightly happy about the jobs news because PBO is just like Charlie Brown who gets a football in his hand and fumbles it. Karen Hunter’s expression was classic. Her face was like “Who the hell is this negative bitch?” Karen told her that PBO is not fumbling anything. 23 straight months of job creation/growth is not a fumble.

    Then an author Michelle Alexander came on to talk about her book. It was a book about Reagan, and other lawmakers War on Drugs and how it disproportionately affects minorities. The discussion was progressing nicely and then Kantor had to get another dig in at President Obama. She asked the author how disappointed she was in PBO and his drug policies. The author sounded like one of those Tavis Smiley and Cornel West types. She went on and on about how disappointed she was in PBO’s drug policies, that though he declared that he’s not interested in a Reaganesque war on drugs, he’s not addressed the issue about race about this and that and this and that. Karen Hunter came to PBO’s defense again and corrected that slanted view.

    Then the real screamer came. Chris moved on to Kantor’s book and that’s when twitterers and TOD twitterers justifiably lost their ever loving righteous minds. Kantor tried to imply that she was the Obamas best friends, that she interviewed them for the book, that she knows the ins and outs of their marriage. Chris – finally – called her out on that vein of thought. He cited himself as an example and said that people not involved in a couples marriage know nothing about that marriage. An outsider can’t tell/write about what the couple is feeling, who the couple are and the intimate details of their marriage because the outsider is just that; an outsider. He also kinda called her out for trying to portray FLOTUS as an angry black woman. She tried to deny it and said she was portraying her as a woman with very strong opinions, very decisive agenda etc. Joan Walsh came to her support and said it’s only the rightwing who slam PBO and FLOTUS ad nauseam. That they criticize them for everything and never give them credit. That was really hypocritical of Walsh considering that in the 08 primaries, she pretty much called FLOTUS an angry black woman because she was a Hillary supporter and a PUMA. Karen Hunter blasted her! (Kantor) She told her not to deny that she got 7 figures for the book so of course she had to include gossipy things that never happened and try to portray them as fact. She told Kantor that she (Karen) as a publisher knows the behind the scenes about how gossipy books are created. That she wanted to get the book out there so fast that she didn’t bother to take the time to fact check her stories. Kantor interrupted her and kept saying that she had multiple sources to confirm the details in her book, Karen tried to question her about the veracity of that statement and Kantor – this is when I thought people on twitter were going to reach into their TV’s and choke Kantor – did the Mitt Romney debate thing. She rudely cut Karen off and was like “Excuse me! excuse me! I’m talking!” Everyone on the panel looked taken aback by that level of rudeness. Kantor then went on about how PBO and FLOTUS are having a private Superbowl party with only family this year because in previous years it was all about politics and politicking. That they always use events like this for politics and not downtime with the family. But they don’t want to get criticized in an election year so they’re relegating it to only family. its all about politics. Karen pointed out to her that they’ve always had friends and family over for Superbowl and it has nothing to do with politics. They’re just like any regular American family who gather with friends and family to watch football. Kantor then also went on about Mrs. Robinson, FLOTUS’s mother as though she knew her personally. It was disgusting.

    She was essentially there to peddle her book, slam PBO and FLOTUS, and praise Romney. Thank goodness for Karen Hunter. She called her out on every untruth, every lie, and every opinion Kantor tried to portray as fact. If anyone wants to thank Karen Hunter, her twitter handle is @karenhunter.

    • 46 ChristiMTL
      February 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Thanks for this amazing recap Ut!….ok now I’m angry, is this b***** for real???

      President Obama is cold and distant and Romney is all warm and fuzzy??

      President Obama is like Charley Brown?

      The nerve of that woman!

      Shame on Chris Hayes for having her on the panel.

      • 47 anniebella
        February 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

        I will not watch Hayes show again either. I sent the show a email.

        • 48 jeff
          February 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

          I will watch Chris Hayes still. I don’t think Hayes agreed with this woman but rather he tends to like to hear all opinions on a subject and it was very telling that this woman works for the Romney campaign.

          • 49 anniebella
            February 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

            I will not watch Hayes again because what was the purpose of having that lying bitch (Jodi Kantor) on the show. And I hope Hayes gets the email I sent him. He might not like the email, but I said just what I wanted to say to him..

        • 51 JoJothecat
          February 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

          I thought Melissa’s show comes on this month? Doe anyone know when her show debuts on Saturdays?

          • 52 HZ
            February 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

            Good Afternoon, JoJothecat. I thought I heard Rev. Al say that Melissa’s program starts the 18th of Feb. I hope that was what I heard. I hope that Melissa will keep to the issues that will help move all of us further to the goal for 2012.

            Have a great Sat. The weather out here is just beautiful, so I hope all of my TOD family will enjoy their day all over the nation.

            I missed you all so very much. Good to be back. HZ

    • 54 Linda
      February 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

      You nailed it !

      As I said on the other thread……I will never watch Chris again…….I did not like his show to begin with and today was the last straw.

      ( Also…..to me….he looks unkept )

    • 55 vitaminlover
      February 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

      WOW, ut, sounds like Ms. Hunter kept things in check and put that stupid Kantor in her place!

    • 56 jacquelineoboomer
      February 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Thanks, ut! Glad I missed the show, but it’s also important to know what was said. I tweeted a thank you to Karen Hunter for her takedown of “fiction writer” Kantor.

    • February 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Hey UT, thanks for covering the show so comprehensively!

    • February 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Thanks for all the details, ut. UGH. I’m really disgusted by all this nonsense. Kantor is NOT best buddies with anybody inside the WH, especially not the First Family. I hope she never sets foot inside that place again. And I hope her book hits the remainder table by next week. She’s pathetic.

      • 59 Proud of Obama
        February 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm

        I missed the first hour of the show but caught the second where Kantor tried to act like she was FLOTUS BFF. Also saw that Michelle person who was “sooooooo disappointed” that PBO hasn’t done anything about the prison system. And when Kantor tried to act like she was so fascinated by Marian Robinson, I wanted to throw my shoe at the TV.

        Chris is just one big awful, Pres Obama bashfest. It is disgusting.

        I did send Karen Hunter a tweet thanking her for correcting the lies.

        • 60 anniebella
          February 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

          I’m amaze how people seem to think President Obama can do everything. Now he suppose to do something about the prison system. POTUS is just a man, he’s not Jesus Christ.

      • February 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm

        Agree, Meta. Kantor claims she is “best buddies” then brings out that fake MSM trope that PBO is aloof and doesn’t connect but ROMNEY does! There just are no words!

        And thanks, ut, for another amazing recap. I try to limit my exposure to the cable 24/7 non-news.

        • 62 anniebella
          February 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm

          It was a hack job on Mrs. Obama by that Kantor woman and I do not appreciate it. So for Hayes to have her on his show, well it’s his show he can have who ever, what ever he wants, but that doesn’t mean I have to watch it. Jodi Kantor is a bold face liar just like Mitt Romney. And she thought everyone was going to buy that book of hers, she didn’t expect the feedback she got. That is because she don’t get that a lot of people admire and respect Michelle Obama. A hell of alot more than they do her.

      • 63 HZ
        February 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm

        Meta. I hope that this Kantor person will take her ugly unhappy attitude so place else to promote her envy, hatefulnes,and bitterness about the First Family somewhere else. I am so elated that we are a site who will listen, share our thoughts, and choose to not fill our minds with her garbage.

        We will not be distracted with the like of this woman. We represent people who want to help others to make it through this rough time, and one thing we have seen, POB and VP Joe are trying so hard to do just that. When good things are happening, you will always see the ugly instruments of this type of behavior come out in full force and try to steal our joy, but we are stronger than they are.

        We will win this battle. I have cried so many tears, prayed so many prayers, sent so many good vibes out toward our POTUS and VPOTUS each morning and throughout the day, and I have faith that he and Joe will be sustained through our thoughts, prayers, meditations centered around them because we have to help so many people.

        I would rather be on the side of trying to help get people to register to vote, encourage them that we will come back in the economy and better days will come, but patience has to be in our heart along with out hard work of good deeds to help POB.

        I just had the opportunity to share these very thoughts with a middle aged technician who came to repair my computers, and we had a great conversation. I tried to encourage him, spoke of what our President is doing to clean up the mess, and he was so receptive. These conversations will help a lot. So let us be encourage and stay focus.

        This hack’s book will not discourage us because we see our POB, VP Joe, FLOTUS, and Dr. Jill’s deeds daily. We will stand as a great family here. Yes, hell, it hurts so badly, but we are strong. We got him elected in 2008, so I do believe we can and must do it again in 2012. We are here for each other.

        I love you all so much, and I missed you all sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!!! HZ

    • 64 lovingandlaughing
      February 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Wow UT thanks for the play-by-play! I was wondering what happened when i saw tweets going back and forth this morning.

    • 65 hopefruit2
      February 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Oh thank you so much UT for this EXCELLENT and detailed recap of what happened. I always felt Ms. Kantor was a Romney supporter by the images she has on her Twitter feed. There is not a single pic of PBO/FLOTUS or anything resembling the Obama administration or campaign. If you are their “friends” as you claim then why don’t you have any pics of them but instead you post a pic of Romney and his wife on your Twitter feed (with a complimentary comment below it)?

      This woman is a fraud and thank goodness most Obama supporters aren’t falling for her BS.

    • 66 Pamela
      February 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      “TOD twitterers justifiably lost their ever loving righteous minds”! Fantastic, utaustinliberal, given the numbed of these, one can only imagine how the recipients phone would have been going bonkers, and rightly so! Well done, TODOTwitterers! 😉 Hugs all around!

    • 68 defytheodds
      February 4, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      UT, thanks for the excellent recap…and to Ms. Hunter for keeping that “Witch-A$$ Kantor” in check…

  15. February 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Good morning, TODville. Hope everyone is doing well and in good spirits this morning.

    Things are really heating up in Syria. The President has released this statement:


    It’s a very strongly worded statement. And today the UN votes on a measure to condemn the government of Assad.

  16. 76 nintendowii10
    February 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I just wanted to point out that this is Super Bowl weekend, so a lot of people aren’t going to be focused on politics so much as the big game and festivities tomorrow. Also, a lot of people will be hung over Monday after tomorrow’s big game.

    • February 4, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Just as a PSA for all who participate in Super Bowl mania or know people who do:

      I just got an email from AAA announcing that they will give a free tow and ride for anyone who has had too much to drink on Superbowl Sunday. This applies to everyone, members and non-members. So pass that along to folks who may be throwing big parties where things get out of hand. Please be safe.

  17. 78 GGail
    February 4, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Good morning Chipsticks and TOD family.
    It’s a beautiful morning here in Los Angeles. Current temp 46, high today in the 70’s.

  18. 80 donna dem 4 obama
    February 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Thanks UT for the update 🙂

    I’m off to OFA to give a couple of hours to phonebank registered voters in PA to sign the petition to have PBO placed on the primary ballot.

    We Marylanders have your back PA.

    Have a great productive day TOD

    • 81 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      February 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you! Was out with my petition this am. Will be out again later this pm. We’ve scheduled a Neighborhood mtg for next Friday to finalize petitions and really get our neighborhood team into high gear.

      Big thing I miss on the BO site are all of the “dyi” tools and links to make posters, buttons, t-shirts, etc. My 2008 laptop crashed so I lost all of my t-shirt transfers, etc. My favorite one was PBO superimposed over the Constitution, with the tag line “Vote like your life depends on it… because it does!”

  19. February 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Ron Paul spokesman on tv saying that the Presidents policies do not help the poor.

    Oh, ain’t that calling the kettle black?

    • 83 anniebella
      February 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      So Uncle Paul racists policies will help the poor. If you believe that I have a bridge to no where to sell.

  20. 84 Bill
    February 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) was one of three Senators voting against the insider trading bill. Being from an important swing state he would make a good running mate for Willard “I don’t care about the very poor” Romney.

  21. February 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

    UN votes to call for Assad to step down!

  22. February 4, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Some good news stories for the day

    Stimulus :: New Hospital to Start Serving Native Americans

  23. February 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Giving a Voice to Hope: Assistance for Female Veterans

    great video, great program

  24. 98 Linda
    February 4, 2012 at 11:53 am

    ROFLMAO… The master of whats up is down and whats right is wrong speaks.. …

    Feb. 2, 2012

    Rove, was keynote speaker in Reno, NV last night at Directions 2012 economic forum presented by The Chamber.

    “The idea that the U.S. is more unequal on income is wrong,” Rove said. “We’re losing the middle class. They’re becoming richer, more prosperous­. Let’s not kid ourselves. We’re not becoming France under Louis XIV.”

    Just waiting for Mitt to figure a way how to put that line into one of his speeches..­.

  25. February 4, 2012 at 11:59 am

    OMG, this is unbelievable. Russia and China vote down the UN resolution.

  26. 107 desertflower
    February 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Why Susan Rice looked perturbed http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/04/10317567-russia-china-reject-un-move-to-rebuke-syrian-president

    Why did they NOT go along? Do they condone this behavior?? My head hurts. Rise Up Syrians and take your country back!

  27. February 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Russia and china veto!

  28. February 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Such a beautiful day, bright, sunny, and 243,000 Americans have jobs that they did not have January.

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