i come armed with an, eh, extreme marshmallow cannon

Okay, let’s try this again.

*** This is a blog for supporters of President Barack Obama ***

That’s pretty straightforward, right?

If you’re not a supporter of PBO, then this isn’t the place for you.

And even if you are a supporter of PBO, but your sole intention is, on a daily basis, to deflate the spirits of fellow PBO supporters by pissing on every piece of encouraging news, or treating us to brain-dead anti-PBO right wing talking point crap, or abusing fellow-blog visitors, then this isn’t the place for you either.

I’m not a fan of Markos Moulitsas, but …..

“As I tell my own disgruntled commenters, if they don’t like a site’s comment policies, they can always find greener pastures elsewhere. It’s a big Internet.”

It is too. It’s huge! So, play somewhere else if this place isn’t your thing.

And if the best you can bring here is “Catholics are soooooooooo anti-Obama” ….

…..ignoring the fact that 54% of them voted for him in 2008 (despite his pro-choice position), ignoring the fact that 98% of Catholic women have used contraception (against Vatican teaching), and ignoring the fact that, in the latest poll, 58% of Catholics believe that employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception….

… then, please, spare us your nonsense, go away. The notion that every Catholic on planet earth thinks the same is comically offensive …. if you think they do, that says a whole lot more about you than it does about Catholics.

I’ve blocked two of these bullshit-spreaders today, and I’ll block anyone else who brings their RW anti-PBO crap to this blog again. Seriously, if we want to read that stuff we’ll go to Drudge.

When you’re gone, you’re gone, no apologies – have a nice life.

This is one person’s very tiny slice of internet space, if you don’t like it, then cheerio.

And to one of the people I blocked today, signing in under a new name doesn’t work, it just confirms you’re a troll.

Arguments are always welcome here, but not when you descend to the level of, say, Sean Hannity … when you reach that depth, then it’s really time to say goodbye.

Onwards and upwards, press on 😉

223 Responses to “i come armed with an, eh, extreme marshmallow cannon”

  1. 5 itgurl_29
    February 8, 2012 at 12:52 am


    • 6 itgurl_29
      February 8, 2012 at 12:52 am

      AHHHH! Dang it!

      • 7 Pamela
        February 8, 2012 at 12:56 am

        Just like cman and I, same time stamp, nanoseconds apart! But first is first, and second can end up being 28th if enough comments fall in between! Your time will come itgurl_29, and we will celebrate YOU!

  2. 8 Dudette
    February 8, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Wooohooo!! I did it!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. February 8, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Congratulations, isonprize!!

    Wonder if Chips would be nice to reward the 2nd and 3rd place winners (Dudette and itgurl_29)?

    • 10 isonprize
      February 8, 2012 at 12:56 am

      Hey, the last time I was first, Chica was wicked. She posted that half-term quitter. I was actually mildly depressed and slightly pissed off for the rest of the day… Then Chica posted “Wet Obama” later in the thread to apologize. Yes, I accepted her make-up hug.

    • 12 Dudette
      February 8, 2012 at 1:14 am

      Awww Regster, you’re so sweet!

  4. 13 isonprize
    February 8, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Our FLOTUS is the coolest! I’ve never been a fan of Jimmy Fallon, but that did look like fun.

    • 14 utaustinliberal
      February 8, 2012 at 1:07 am

      That was such a fun segment to watch. Bo’s expression when Jimmy came out in the blue get-up cracked me up. FLOTUS is such a good sport.

    • 16 dotster3
      February 8, 2012 at 7:22 am

      I love Jimmy Fallon—–he’s really talented, and he’s funny and I love funny. I’m on EST on vacay—too late for me to be awake to watch, but the tape this a.m. looks like it was a lot of fun. FL is putting all to shame with her physical prowess—–and she’s a great comedic actress too. Our First Couple is Multi-Faceted.

  5. 17 Dudette
    February 8, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Oh, isonprize got it. Okay, good going Family. I can accept that! 🙂

  6. 18 Andy46
    February 8, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Stayed up to watch Mrs. O on Jimmy Fallon she is just awesome *sigh*

  7. February 8, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Oh no…. so nervous! 1st time!

  8. 22 sherijr
    February 8, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Dang Chips you’re awesome~ which is why I love it here. Bravo!

  9. February 8, 2012 at 1:00 am

    And you definitely don’t want Byron Tau on this site!

  10. 25 Pamela
    February 8, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Oh, and Chipsticks? You ARE #1, each and every day! Sorry those trolls slipped in, happy you booted their butts to the curb. Master Yoda got nuthin’ on our Chips! (have I said good night yet?)

  11. February 8, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Santorum just won Colorado.


    • February 8, 2012 at 1:04 am


      And good going Chips. I was getting quite tired of “Obama has to fix this right now” crap.

      • 28 anniebella
        February 8, 2012 at 1:07 am

        Thank you Chipsticks for getting rid of that garbage. We don’t need or want it here. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

      • 29 miss pat
        February 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

        I was getting tired of it too. Either you are for the President or you’re not. I knew Chipsticks was going to hit the troll button. Thanks Chipsticks for all you do. Now we press on for sure!

  12. 30 anniebella
    February 8, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Stayed up to watch FLOTUS on Jimmy Fallon, and all I want to say is…… I think the world of our FLOTUS. 4 More Years.

  13. 33 Dudette
    February 8, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Git ’em Chips! I love you so much for keeping our “home” safe and weeding out the riff-raff! Thank you!!

    • 34 yfoot58
      February 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Gooooooooood Morning everyone….Goood Morning Madame Chips…

      i feel so blessed to be among the folks here on this blog…the thoughtful commentary…the funny posts….the right on information and analysis….

      it encouages me and sustains me…keeps me moving forward and upward…

      it helps me to not be deterred by the negativity and hate…

      this place is like an kool drink of water on a hot summer day….not only does it quench my thirst but it feeds my mind and warms my heart…

      i feel so very blessed to be a small part of the TOD Fam…

      Pressssssssssssssss On!!

    • 35 yfoot58
      February 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Gooooooooood Morning everyone….Goood Morning Madame Chips…

      i feel so blessed to be among the folks here on this blog…the thoughtful commentary…the funny posts….the right on information and analysis….

      it encouages me and sustains me…keeps me moving forward and upward…

      it helps me to not be deterred by the negativity and hate…

      this place is like an kool drink of water on a hot summer day….not only does it quench my thirst but it feeds my mind and warms my heart…

      i feel so very blessed to be a small part of the TOD Fam…

      Pressssssssssssssss On!!

      • 36 yfoot58
        February 8, 2012 at 9:26 am

        OOOps….weell it came on twice…. EGADSSSS

        not sure why my name comes up like that….but this is me Prettyfoot58..

  14. February 8, 2012 at 1:07 am

    wow, GOP Chair says that Santorum won the caucus in CO.


  15. February 8, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Hmmm. My comment is awaiting moderation…. i have been loving this blog for sooooo long. Its okay if i don’t get on. Perfectly content to enjoy from here. Just know that i think this place is the best ever…. thank you chips for everything you do….i’m addicted.. and its the best addiction to have.

  16. February 8, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Santorum won Missouri also. Tonites news spent a lot of time complaining that they wasted 7-10 million dollars having this primary and it was ridiculous to even do it. President Obama had two dems running against him and of course he won. The newscaster when signing off said something like enjoy staying up the night as numbers come in. I about croaked………yeh right. I’ll take MO anyday over a Republican primary.

    • February 8, 2012 at 7:36 am

      I doubt it would have been considered wasted dollars if MIttens had won. Then it would have been money well spent to confirm the front runner. Who were the bozos who ran against PBO in MO?

  17. 46 utaustinliberal
    February 8, 2012 at 1:14 am

    So Santorum won CO, MN, and MO. One big take-away from tonight’s races was that Santorum’s favorability numbers in all 3 races was 70%, Gingrich’s favorability ratings was 47% and Romney’s unfavorability ratings was 60%-67%. The more people get to know Romney, the more they dislike him. So no matter how much Romney and his camp want to whine, the ABC News/Washington poll was 100% correct in that regard. All the vitriolic negative Ads Romney and his camp have been using against his opponents is costing them huge points and this will be another reason he will be CRUSHED in November. Heck Gingrich is abhorrent and his favorability ratings are better than Romney’s. A smart person/campaign would take heed but Romney and his ilk aren’t the sharpest crayons in the box.

    • February 8, 2012 at 7:41 am

      Good points, UT. All Romney has is negative and the dollars to bombard the airwaves with ugly. He’s got nothing to run on, just against and it’s turning people off. Ricky S is a despicable worm, but he’s taken his homophobic, misogynist schtick and run with it. As vile as his positions are, he sticks with them. People can’t figure out what Romney stands for except money.

    • 48 yfoot58
      February 8, 2012 at 9:41 am

      GM UT…

      one other thing to take away…this vote did not count as far as delegates are concerned…so i think that folks voted with their hearts…not worried about electability…

      interesting phenom…to have caucas votes that do not have electoral numbers tied to them….strange..one thing i can say UT…i have paid more attention to the details of things like this…since the President has been in office….

      Pressssssssssssssss ON!

  18. 49 Tally
    February 8, 2012 at 1:14 am

    We had another troll? Dammit! I always miss all the drama.

    (I’d rather get paid to DO drama anyway……… three union member that I am.) 😀

  19. February 8, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Hey, where can I get me one of those extreme marshmallow cannons?

  20. 51 Tally
    February 8, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Colorado Springs hasn’t reported yet because they stopped paying taxes, have no electricity or phone/internet lines, and are trying to communicate by ravens*.

    *please tell me someone gets that……

  21. 59 taiping1
    February 8, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Mitt has grown up with the belief that his money will buy everything!
    Thanks Chip for running a tight ship and booting the trolls.

    • 60 Tally
      February 8, 2012 at 1:18 am

      It backfired on Carly & Meg BIG TIME here in Cali.

      • 61 taiping1
        February 8, 2012 at 2:11 am

        CA was a good example of people power. Our phone banking and canvassing made a difference in a number of tight races including Rep McNerney in Alameda and Kamala Harris as AG. RW spent a lot of money to defeat her since she is an emerging star in Democratic Party (strong PBO supporter).

  22. 62 Tally
    February 8, 2012 at 1:18 am

    So….. lets do a pool on which media outlet will talk about the RECORD LOW TURNOUT first.

    My money is on The Daily Show or Colbert Report.

    • 63 Canuck Joyce
      February 8, 2012 at 1:30 am

      I sure wouldn’t bet my money on the lame media. They gonna twist their poor selves into pretzels to make us believe Myth Robmey is still the uncontested front runner.
      I’m sure proud to be on the winning team 😀

      • 64 anniebella
        February 8, 2012 at 6:22 am

        Those GOP clowns have had so many front runners. It wouldn’t surprise me if Bachmann, Perry, or Cain wouldn’t come back. Did Newt ever respond to Rev. Al challenge to come on his show? I think Rev. Al said he would meet Newt anywhere. On Newt’s turf, anywhere. Except the moon.

  23. 65 mtmarilyn
    February 8, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Thanks Chips!!!!!!!!! I was sure the dr. was a troll when he started spouting stuff. I just skipped over his comments. We love this place and your ever vigilant petrolling.detrolling. Thank you thank you.

    Ny the way I w
    love the marshmallow gun. We could have some serious fights with that. Although it would take awhile to pump it up.

    Now is the time for a group hug. I want a picture of those girls with our wonderful President!

    • 66 mtmarilyn
      February 8, 2012 at 1:23 am

      Typing on my DROID is a challenge! Sorry for all the mistakes!

    • 68 Canuck Joyce
      February 8, 2012 at 1:37 am

      mtmarilyn, the dr seemed so genuine before and all of sudden his comments didn’t make sense and were depressing.
      I feel for Chips, she has to weed out all the trolls and the loons. I’m glad and thankful she does cuz we don’t want them to overtake this blog like they did with OFA’s few years back.

      • February 8, 2012 at 7:50 am

        Anyone who tries to undermine this community and spread doubt and fear does not understand the depth of our love and commitment to our president. They…just…don’t…get…it. People here aren’t just Obama supporters, we’re are totally dedicated to his re-election, heart and soul. I can’t think of a single thing anyone could ever say that would shake my belief in PBO. And most of all they just don’t get Chips. She doesn’t just own this site or manage it, she puts her whole heart into it because she loves our president and glorious FLOTUS. People mess with Chips and with us at their peril.

        • 70 Sue in Minnesota
          February 8, 2012 at 8:26 am


          We are Family!

        • 71 Betsy
          February 8, 2012 at 9:35 am

          You got that right. No one messes with us. I also throught Dr.Democrat was ??? Thank you Chips!

        • February 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

          This is so evident, JG, and why we support Chips with our hearts:
          “She doesn’t just own this site or manage it, she puts her whole heart into it because she loves our president and glorious FLOTUS. People mess with Chips and with us at their peril.”

  24. February 8, 2012 at 1:22 am

    RT @DWStweets: Tonight was a bad night for Mitt Romney, plain and simple. http://t.co/WTwD1Oo4

    Ya think?

  25. 75 bonkers
    February 8, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Thanks you, thank you, thank you , chips!! it’s good to clean house before the real campaign season begin in late summer. ya know, i just checked and ChickenLittleOMG.com is an available domain name, so as a service to our resident “realists” and worryworts about anything Todd, Chuck says, and every single unheard of poll spelling doom for president Baracj Obama is commented here breathlessly, I suggest they buy that domain name now, and they can all be “realistic” together and leave us mindless, head in teh sand obamabots to ourselves. Maybe if they are luckee, saintroscoe will be come a regular there too. Well all be happier for it!

    and of crouse, you can refund their money if they dont like your policies…oh, wait. chipsticks rulz!

  26. 78 bonkers
    February 8, 2012 at 1:27 am

    the “Stay Plouffed marshMellowed Man” – Barack Hussein obama.

  27. 80 Dudette
    February 8, 2012 at 1:27 am

    WTH! 3 idiots thought they’d primary President Obama in Missouri. I know about Randall Terry’s mental affliction (can’t believe they let him call himself a Democrat). Publicity stunts for the other two?


  28. 81 jacquelineoboomer
    February 8, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Chips – You are Fired Up tonight! Well, you’re Fired Up every night, but tonight especially! Thank you very much for your talents and the GREAT CARE you give to this beautiful, safe haven that is TOD.

  29. 82 bonkers
    February 8, 2012 at 1:41 am

    cannot believe the results tonite. in MN, Paul, Ron beat Mittmo by 10%, and Sanitorium beat Mittmo by almost 30%. this is the supposed “frontruner!” who finished 3rd. incredible.

    our guy has the prez race wrapped up i think, but the key will be House and Senate. all of us, every single one of you, has GOT to make sure we get back the House and strengthen the senate in your local races. i have been keeping off blogs recently, but decided to give myself a little fix tonigh, but back to the focus on my local OFA and wuld encourage others to do the same. and my new little gadget makes typing difficult to top it off. respect. empower. include. Democrats 2012! bye again.

  30. February 8, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Just found this video: Lets Stay Together: Really great.

  31. 87 PamfromCalif
    February 8, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Great News; The Obama Admin will increase $$ in the budget for Alzheimer Research.


    “Administration officials said the president would propose an additional $80 million in research funding next year, up from about $450 million this year.

    The president will also call for another $26 million in funding to help support families and others who care for Americans suffering from the disease.

    “This new funding will accelerate NIH efforts to use the power of science to develop new ways of helping people with Alzheimer’s disease and those at risk,” National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins said.”

  32. 91 Dudette
    February 8, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Times Square vendor who spotted bomb running for Congress

    “WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A Times Square street vendor who alerted police to an attempted car bombing in 2010 said Tuesday that he is running for Congress.

    Duane Jackson said his brush with terrorism and celebrity taught him that it made sense to get involved.

    “It was kind of an epiphany for me,” he said. “I had a call from President (Barack) Obama. I had people from all over the world come and thank me for, you know, seeing something and saying something. I can tell people, especially young people and people in the minority communities, it’s OK to get involved in the running of this country.”

    The 59-year-old Jackson is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Nan Hayworth in his home district north of New York City.

    A Navy veteran, Jackson said he has 15 years of experience in city planning and housing, including posts with New York City’s education and housing departments. He sees his years as a vendor as “small-business experience.”

  33. 93 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 8, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Very clear, Chips, very clear. Stay the course!

    And, just to be clear ….



  34. 94 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 8, 2012 at 2:10 am


    We determine the future of the Republic, TOD.


    • 95 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      February 8, 2012 at 2:13 am

      Typo corrected 😉


    • 97 xtine
      February 8, 2012 at 2:59 am

      Bobfr, thank you for your tweets! I don’t tweet, but totally appreciate all you & TODers who do! So, in the spirit of tweeters (is that even a word?), here’s my fun:

      1. Calling all in aisle zero — your smarts are ready for pickup!

      2. Hello 98% Catholic Women! Fight already or cross your legs @ the knees!

      3. Heck Maury, do you know where your Vasectomies are?

      4. Republican? Inherit The Stoopid.

    • 98 anniebella
      February 8, 2012 at 6:27 am

      Right On Mr. Bobfr.

  35. February 8, 2012 at 3:02 am

    PBO is sure having fun. lil ricky tearing a new one (3 new ones for that matter) for willard is just the icing on the cake he needed.

  36. February 8, 2012 at 3:08 am

    A twofer ding on the moronic rethug voters and willard.

  37. February 8, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Axe rubbing it in.

  38. February 8, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Glad you’ve gotten rid of the trolls very quickly Chipsticks!! They’re starting to become more and more obvious when they post nowadays! The negative responses really stand out among the positive!

    To borrow VP Biden’s phrase and Wizard of Oz… Ding Dong Trolls are dead and TOD is Alive 😆 😆

  39. February 8, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Who were the troolz chips ? dr democrat ? and ?

  40. February 8, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Thank you Chipsticks for keeping the trolls at bay. This really is a sanctuary for us President Obama supporters and it is thanks to you that we are not infested with troll s**t day in day out, I really appreciate you and your work for this site and this wonderful President.

    I also want to thank all of you for your kind, heart-warming comments on the “Good Afternoon” thread, I hadn’t read them until this morning and I feel so blessed to belong to such a wonderful on-line community. I left a reply on that thread but just wanted to thank you all so much again for your kindness. I love you all.

    God bless.

  41. 109 susanne
    February 8, 2012 at 4:16 am

    good night chips and toddies! and a happy tomorrow!

  42. 110 Mae who love our CIC
    February 8, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Thanks Chips
    Really don’t know why all this talk about contraception. It is a personal choice. Every woman and man has a personal decision about their choice. The media is not talking about condom use for men or vasectomies either.

    Rachel had a wonderful segment on last night.

    The repubs talking about it because this is all they ever had for as a discussion goes; always trying to play with a person’s emotion. It is no longer a hot topic.

    In this climate of sexually transmitted diseases, contraceptions such as condoms should be promoted not discourage.

    What is really sickening, some people are so concerned about the formation of life, yet they don’t give a darn about how they treat that life once it is functioning on its own.

    Just a thought, maybe the repubs looked at the census report and realized that their party who looks mostly white will be the minority in a few years are now trying to promote more births through prohibitive measures.

    • 111 hopefruit2
      February 8, 2012 at 8:07 am

      It’s a non-troversy dredged up the by the media because now that PBO’s poll numbers and the jobs situation appear to be fast approving, the MSM needs a “story” to distract voters once again. Notice that it’s mostly the male pundits in the media that are the LOUDEST on this issue. Tells you it’s more about politics than anything substantive.

  43. 112 Sosena
    February 8, 2012 at 5:26 am

    The path to the presidency : Very interesting panel discussion at the university of chicago.
    Rham Emanuel knows what he’s talking.

  44. 113 Necoe4010
    February 8, 2012 at 5:45 am

    I just had to come here once again and say thank you…I am not a troll, I am an African American campaigner and BIG supporter of this President and First Lady…I LOVE THEM SO Much. But I just want to say how great it is here. As I said before I am a nurse and cannot come here everyday to post, but I can come sometimes and just tell all of you how great you are, and how much I love what you are doing…and NO! Chipsticks, THERE IS NOT ANOTHER GREAT SITE ANYWHERE ELSE ON THE NET LIKE THIS ONE…you and the people who post here are the best!!! Be Blessed and thank you for all the great encouragement….oh, by the way I just love the video you posted with the Adele song….I had not heard that song before…just beautiful… Obama/Biden..2012!!!!!

  45. 117 Michele
    February 8, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Hey Chips, its a damn shame we have to kick troll ass on a daily basis.. Trolls you suck and we will defeat you with our roach spray…..

  46. 118 VotingPoet
    February 8, 2012 at 6:16 am

    You are all the best and agree with Necoe. This place is a safe haven. Peace, J

  47. 119 anniebella
    February 8, 2012 at 6:33 am

    What do the trolls think they will do by coming here? Do they think they will make us lose confidence in our President? Won’t happen. A 50% Barack Obama is better than anything on the GOP side.

    • 120 anniebella
      February 8, 2012 at 6:39 am

      It was my first time staying up to watch Jimmy Fallon. All because of FLOTUS. I guess she is taking this week off, since her busy schedule last week, this week is to be Mom in chief. But if I was to grade FLOTUS trip to L.A. last week, it was A+, she was fantastic.

    • 121 majii
      February 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      I think they’re hoping to depress us and to cause some of us to doubt our commitment to PBO, anniebella. What the trolls don’t understand: we are armed with facts, possess good research skills, look at governing from a pragmatic POV, and we aren’t prone to easily falling for BullStank. What works on wingnut sites won’t work here. I love our democratic oasis and appreciate Chipsticks creating a place where we can freely discuss ideas and strategies without rancor.

  48. February 8, 2012 at 6:38 am

  49. 123 Elly in Maryland
    February 8, 2012 at 6:41 am

    That Santorum’s win/Romney’s poor showing was in 2-3 “swing” states hasn’t really been mentioned, at least not this morning on NPR or my local all-news station. President Obama lost Missouri by a hair in 2008, worked hard to win Colorado, I can’t remember how close Minnesota was. But I think it’s hugely important that none of these 3 states shows enthusiasm for Romney.

    About Jimmy Fallon – I read not long ago that he attended one of those huge-dollar, intimate fundraisers for Obama. So I like him for that plus I think he’s genuinely funny with a nice, gentle style.

  50. February 8, 2012 at 6:56 am

    • 127 Bill
      February 8, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Morning Joe is about to go insane over the contraceptive decision. Now David Gregory is joining in agreeing the WH must change the policy. Could they be any more wrong?

  51. February 8, 2012 at 7:07 am

  52. February 8, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Good Morning All:

    I don’t leave many comments, but I visit here several times a day and this is my official non-OFA contribution site. I must say this:

    Thank you so very much for the sharp wit, intelligence and good-heartedness (the three aren’t mutually-exclusive, are they?) of this site. I am new to “concern-trolling,” but whenever something looks suspicious within 2 days this community is all over it.

    Again, thanks.

    About last night: Good news for John McCain!!!!

    Everyone have a good one!


  53. February 8, 2012 at 7:17 am


    I admit this is not original with me, but I keep thinking “Let’s Party (republicans) like its 1984.”

    Culture wars????

    That’s all you got!???


  54. February 8, 2012 at 7:28 am

  55. 133 Linda
    February 8, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Good Morning.

    The show we call Morning Joke spent the first hour and 15 mins. (then I turned it off) yapping about the HHS decision…that no average American gives two hoots about.

    This is media driven pout-rage.

    • 134 LOL
      February 8, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Aahhhh not mentions of the people not giving two scoops, only the pundits. Sometimes I think they make the news for themselves.

    • February 8, 2012 at 8:06 am

      I know! They are giving that sole reason why Santorum won!

      Death panels!

      This is poppy cock. But the media will drive this story, because it’s what they do.


      • 136 hopefruit2
        February 8, 2012 at 8:09 am

        That is their lame attempt to spin everthing as “bad news for Obama.” When Obama wins in November the folks at Morning Joke will be spinning that as “bad news for OBama” too!

      • 137 Linda
        February 8, 2012 at 8:11 am

        I am still on my quest to find out if this Catholic Hospitals cover vasectomy’s in their employee health plans.

    • 138 ChristiMTL
      February 8, 2012 at 8:06 am

      I watched a little bit of it this morning which I don’t normally do…….the only thing I heard was Joe Scarborough RW stupidity. He was going on and on and on.

      He is so pathetic.
      I guess they don’t know how to spin Mitt Romney’s lost last night.

      They have to create a fake outrage.

    • 139 utaustinliberal
      February 8, 2012 at 8:29 am

      One can always tell when the Obama administration is doing fantastically well, by how much desperation and faux outrage Joe Scarborough emits on Morning Joe. The economy is growing, all segments of the economy are improving in leaps and bounds, PBO’s numbers are up in various states, including swing states, and his favorability numbers are on the up swing. So what do Joe and the GOP clowns do? They gin up faux outrage about an issue that has NOTHING to do with religion and everything to do with what’s right, fair, and just. Men can have viagra covered in their health insurance, and women can’t have all form s of birth control covered? Really? Because hey, according to republicans, women are inferior beings. 28 states already have stricter forms of the Obama administration’s mandate, 6 states have the same/nearly identical edicts as the Obama administration mandate, many Catholic hospitals and universities already cover all forms of birth control for women as part of having an equal opportunity employment environment. Frankly, Joe and his GOP clowns know they’re not getting any traction and they can keep writhing in their constipated anger. They’re stuck with Clowns as choices for 2012 and they can’t deal with that. I laugh in the face of their stupidity.

      • 140 Linda
        February 8, 2012 at 8:33 am

        It seems like Mika has entered the Clown Car too.

        • 141 utaustinliberal
          February 8, 2012 at 8:46 am

          Mika is such a disappointment and a shame to a lot of women journalists. She wrote a book about women knowing their worth and yet she sits down day after day like a country mouse while Joe Scarborough treats her like a child. He verbally abuses her, doesn’t take her opinions seriously, even when they’re backed by facts, always shuts her down, never lets her a get a word in edgewise and she lets him. She giggles in that simpering annoying manner and kow tows to him. It’s disgusting. I’ve watched Soledad O’Brien on CNN a few mornings after some TOD’ers and twitterers recommended her and she does a far better job than Mika. She actually does her research before hand and doesn’t let people get away with obscene lies.

          • 142 ChristiMTL
            February 8, 2012 at 8:53 am

            If she was different, if she would stand for herself, there is no way Scarborough would have her as a co-host.

            Never in a million years….He is a dominant bully and would never accept it.

            I can just imagine, Scarborough and a Rachel Maddow type…haha….he would walk out the stage every day…pouting.

            So Mika keeps her job by being docile and an idiot.

            It’s quite embarrassing to see.

          • 143 donna dem 4 obama
            February 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

            Morning UT. I was one of those who suggested Soledad’s new show it was based on a friend of mines recommendation. I tend not to watch these shows in the morning because I don’t want to go off to work in a negative frame of mind.

            I have a confession. I honestly think I am very thin-skinned when it comes to the President. I just cannot take a lot of negativity about him. I admit this. He has become like family to me and to see how the media frames things most of the time from a RVV point of view can be demoralizing.

            My timeline on twitter every morning is filled with Morning Joe comments the entire time his show is airing. He was beating the drum about this Catholic fake controversy as far back as last week because my twitter followers were pounding him about it.

            Your commentary on Mika is the main reason I couldn’t stomach that show. She is indeed a disappointment to women in general.

      • 144 yfoot58
        February 8, 2012 at 10:30 am

        One can always tell when the Obama administration is doing fantastically well, by how much desperation and faux outrage Joe Scarborough emits on Morning Joe.


  56. 145 jeri Gloss
    February 8, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I love it that this is a safe place to learn, discover and read about the merits of our President. We can be uplifted and motivated here, and the photos are fabulous. Carry on Obama Diary. Those of us who truly support our President admire, respect and stand with you!

  57. February 8, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Santorum was saying cuts to head start is mo big deal, and that we should rely on our Family more.
    This notion that our Family is going to cute everything, is ridiculous.
    What happens if their is a natural disaster, or a Terrorist attack?
    You are going to want a string central Government to help out.
    Say, if their is a pandemic and their is No FEMA because the Republucans cut it to shreads.
    Do you think your Daddy is going to cure you?
    Really? Well, this is the BS that Republicans are trying to sell you. Wake up!

  58. 156 Linda
    February 8, 2012 at 8:13 am

    The DNC should make a Romney ad using the Beatles song….” Can’t Buy Me Love “

    • 157 isonprize
      February 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Uh uh, nope. I have absolutely no doubt that the Beatles would have made a song for Pres Obama. They also would have sent their attorneys after Romney for unauthorized use of any of their music!!! 😆 😆

  59. February 8, 2012 at 8:19 am

    A Quinnipiac University poll shows Obama leading Romney 47 to 43 in a hypothetical matchup in the Dominion State. It’s the first time that the president has led Romney this election cycle in Quinnipiac polling. A December survey showed Romney leading 44 to 42.
    The president also leads former House Speaker Newt Gingrich 51 – 37 percent, as he tops former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum 49 – 41 percent and Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul 47 – 40 percent.


    • 159 Linda
      February 8, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Ha !

      Jovie….did you watch the coverage on TeaNN last night ? I only saw a couple minutes because the panel was laughable.

      Roland Martin – who is in deep controversy
      Ari Fleisher – up to his eyeballs in the Karen Handel Scandal
      Erik Erikkson – Right winger


      Donna Brazelle

      As usual Anderson Cooper sounded surprised by his own questions.

      What a joke TeaNN has become. I was curious if John King called Mitt Governor Mormon again.

    • 160 LOL
      February 8, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Jovie did you see the PPP poll of Ohio yesterday. Kasich is around 25-55 approve/disapprove. The orange speaker is also drastically under water. All the Obama team has to do is tie Mittens to Kasich (as he supported the union busting bill) and he is good as done. All the Obama team has to do is tie Mittens to Rick Scott in FL (he endorsed Scott) and he is good as done. Aahhh…all in a day’s work.

  60. 162 hopefruit2
    February 8, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Morning Joke is spending an entire 2-hour segment bringing on MALE “pundits” to discuss what women should do with their bodies. Hardly anything about the midwest TRAINWRECK that was Mitt Romney last night.

  61. February 8, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Democratic donors say it is “game on” following President Obama’s blessing of Democratic super-PACs designed to rip his GOP opponent to shreds.

    The nod by Team Obama gave a clarion call of sorts to donors, who signaled on Tuesday that they would be more than happy to contribute to the top Democratic super-PAC, Priorities USA, which aims to turn the fight with expected GOP nominee Mitt Romney into a bloodbath.

    “Game on,” one Obama donor said Tuesday. “If this is what it’s going to take, sign me up.”


  62. 168 Linda
    February 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Trump was on TeaNN this morning sell a book.

  63. 171 nospin
    February 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Just received the attached.

    I wanted to make sure you heard the good news: Recently, the Obama administration announced that employers will soon be required to cover contraception for women with no co-pay or deductible.

    This new law will cut costs for millions of Americans and improve women’s health.

    But Mitt Romney’s campaign called it an “attack on religious liberty,” an attempt to “impose a secular vision on Americans,” and even started a petition on their website asking supporters to fight back.

    Mitt’s so-called proof is that although churches that mainly employ and serve members of their own faith will be exempt, the new law will apply to religious-affiliated organizations, like universities and hospitals, that serve the general public — and women of all faiths.

    This rule was crafted with respect for religious beliefs — just as no woman will be forced to buy or use contraception, these new rules mean that no doctor will be forced to prescribe it. The goal is to make sure that all women who want to use contraception have access to it — and Mitt calls that a “violation” of “religious principles.”

    As a Democrat and a woman, I’m asking you to voice your support for the Obama administration’s decision to put women’s health over politics.

    A powerful way to do that is by writing a letter to the editor. Letters to the editor allow your opinion to be heard by thousands of people, and can inspire other women to stand up and join you. Our tool makes it incredibly easy to do.

    Click here to write a letter to the editor in support of women’s health and this decision. http://my.democrats.org/Letter-to-the-Editor

    The real kicker behind Mitt’s petition is that as governor of Massachusetts, he signed a health law that maintained a contraception requirement very similar to the new federal rule. That makes his claim that it now infringes on religious liberty dubious at best, and pandering at worst.

    Remember, Mitt’s the same guy who was a big supporter of stem cell research — until he changed his mind. The same man who went from being proudly pro-choice to so anti-choice that he’s said he would have supported a so-called ‘personhood’ amendment for Massachusetts, which, like the one rejected in Mississippi, would have banned abortion even in the cases of rape or incest, and common forms of birth control like the Pill.

    His real stance when it comes to religious liberty and women’s health is whatever will get him the most votes at the right time.

    As a point of contrast, here’s what some folks have said about the President’s decision on contraception coverage. The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health spoke out in support of him not exempting religious organizations: “We applaud President Obama’s decision to reject an enormous and harmful expansion that would have denied coverage for birth control for millions of women.”

    An editorial in the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote about the decision’s regard for religious freedom, saying the ruling “carefully balanced respect for this tradition with concern for equity and public health.”

    Now it’s your turn. Your stories and reasons for supporting this decision will be amplified much further than a politician like Mitt Romney’s attempt to weigh in.

    Make your voice heard in supporting the President’s decision by writing a letter to the editor today:




    Melanie Roussell
    National Press Secretary
    Democratic National Committee

  64. February 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) set a procedural vote for the Senate’s version of the surface transportation bill for 2 p.m. on Thursday.

    The legislation, S. 1813, was cleared by the Finance Committee on Tuesday and would reauthorize federal-aid for highway and highway safety construction. The Senate version of the bill would also raise revenue for the highway trust fund by making a small tax hike on money saved by Americans for retirement.


  65. 173 a4alice
    February 8, 2012 at 8:35 am

    aw I missed the trolls again……I’m always missing those guys. geeze. OK I gotta creep back to work……..lookin’ busy…..starting……NOW.

    (c u l8r TOD :-))

  66. 174 LOL
    February 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

    The only reason Joe Shmuck is doing a dissertation on the birth control faux-troversy is because some lame from Media Matters (A RW wing media watch dog) claimed that none of the networks were picking this up and blah blah—just like Solyndra. And because Joe has a daily mission to prove he is still a small government conservative from Pensacola, FL–he bows down. And since he bows down, the rest of the show bows down. His spine is made of marshmallows.

  67. 176 isonprize
    February 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

    In the voice of David Letterman

    Er, uh… Where can I get me one of them there, uh, orange, marshmallow cannons? I, uh, have some people I need to aim it at.

      February 8, 2012 at 8:56 am


  68. February 8, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Family the media is helping the Gop trying to distract us from the tax cut /keystone fight going on by making catholic contraceptives a issue. please tweet congress abt the tax cut we must help President Obama keep thee inequality at center stage. ignore tweeting abt the catholic church. this is not a issue.

    February 8, 2012 at 8:54 am


  70. 183 Sue in Minnesota
    February 8, 2012 at 8:58 am

    hopefruit2…..I also have noticed all the testosterone gas blowing up this political balloon. I thought Rachel Maddow was spot on in her analysis last night. The punditry would be wise to ‘woman up’ if they really want to be taken seriously on this issue.

  71. February 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Santorum hat-trick re-opens US race

    US presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has swept the contests for the Republican Party nomination in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado.

    Mr Santorum outperformed longtime front-runner Mitt Romney, who has struggled to connect with the party’s conservative base.

    Supporters in Missouri heard Mr Santorum declare victory for all those “building the conservative movement”.


    The former Pennsylvania senator, who had not won a contest since his narrow win in Iowa’s caucuses in January, had been viewed as a long-shot candidate.

    Tuesday’s victories will inject new momentum into his campaign, as he hopes to displace Mr Gingrich as the Mr Romney’s main challenger.

    Mr Gingrich, who was campaigning in Ohio, told CNN: “I think the big story coming out tonight is going to be that it’s very hard for the elite media to portray Governor Romney as the inevitable nominee after tonight’s over.”

    Correspondents say Mr Gingrich’s game plan is to ride out February and hang on until March when Southern states come into play. As a former Georgia representative with a long history in the south, his campaign feels he stands a better chance of success in those states.


  72. 185 ChristiMTL
    February 8, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I wonder if it’s possible…a Romney/Santorum ticket?

    One can only hope.

  73. 189 lede3957
    February 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Thank you so much for your efforts to remove comments that are not supportive of the President and Mrs. Obama. There are so many sites that take delight in “Obama Bashing”. I read your site each and every day, knowing I will be uplifted by articles/pictures of his good deeds. Thanks again for keeping it pure.

  74. 190 LOL
    February 8, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Since the MSM is fixated on lady parts, here is a thorough analysis of the enormity of Mittens lost last night from Nate Silver.

    In the words of Jerry Seinfeld “That’s a shame”

    “Whatever your perspective on how likely Mitt Romney was to lose the Republican nomination race prior to Tuesday evening, it should be acknowledged that he had about the worst results conceivable.

    In Minnesota, a state which Mr. Romney carried easily in 2008, he has so far failed to win a single county — and got just 17 percent of the vote. That put him 27 points behind Rick Santorum, and 10 points behind Ron Paul, who finished in second.

    Missouri is a less important result since its beauty contest primary did not count for delegate selection and since turnout was understandably low there. But Mr. Romney lost all 114 counties in Missouri — and the state as a whole by 30 points, far more than polls projected.

    Then there was Colorado, a state that has reasonably similar demographics to Nevada, which Mr. Romney carried easily on Saturday. Colorado has somewhat fewer Mormon voters than Nevada, which hurts Mr. Romney — but it has somewhat more wealthy ones, which favors him. The betting market Intrade gave Mr. Romney about a 97 percent chance of winning Colorado entering the evening. But he lost the state by 5 points to Mr. Santorum.”

    Source: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/g-o-p-race-has-hallmarks-of-prolonged-battle/

    • February 8, 2012 at 9:18 am


      The betting market Intrade gave Mr. Romney about a 97 percent chance of winning Colorado entering the evening.

      wonder how many losers lost how much in that ?

      Once again proving that all the polls/schmolls “predictions” (including the wunderkind nate’s) are all bunkum. The real poll takes place on the day of voting.

  75. February 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Little Ricky beat Willard in ALL THREE CONTESTS.

    That sound you hear is the howls of laughter coming from the Prudential Building in Chicago, aka as Obama Headquarters.


  76. 193 desertflower
    February 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I know that some here like polls.. 🙂


    The paltry turnout in the Republican Presidential contests over the last week reflects what we’ve seen in our recent national polling: Democrats are now more excited about voting this fall than Republicans are, reversing the enthusiasm gap that plagued the party in 2010.

  77. February 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012
    Rick’s Slick: Return Of The Drooler
    Posted by Zandar

    By taking all three contests last night, Rick Santorum has not only stopped Mitt Romney cold, but he’s severely damaged Newt Gingrich to boot. In the back rooms of the halls of GOP power, there are a lot of depressed Republican party officials who now know without a doubt that this mess will go all the way to August’s GOP convention in Tampa.

    Considering Romney finished a distant third in Minnesota and in Missouri, with Gingrich not even on the ballot, Romney managed only 25% of the vote, the message couldn’t be louder: the GOP base is now in open revolt against Mitt Romney’s front-runner status.

    And if it’s possible, Gingrich had an even worse night. He ignored all three states and it showed. He wasn’t even on the ballot in Missouri and came in dead last in Minnesota and only a percentage point ahead of Ron Paul in Colorado.


    • 195 desertflower
      February 8, 2012 at 9:26 am

      You left the best part out !

      Republicans are staying home. They are despondent, depressed and don’t give a damn about their candidates, because they’re losers. They know they can’t beat Obama.

  78. February 8, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Boston, we have a problem
    By Steve Benen – Wed Feb 8, 2012 8:00 AM EST.

    After Mitt Romney scored impressive wins in Florida and Nevada last week, it looked as though the race for the Republican presidential nomination had finally come into focus. The former Massachusetts governor was not only the clear frontrunner, but he was the presumptive nominee. Talk of Romney’s “inevitability” was ubiquitous.

    And then last night happened.

    Rick Santorum, a non-factor in the race since his narrow win in Iowa a month ago, pulled off an unexpected hat trick yesterday, picking up impressive wins in Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri. The caveats certainly matter — as Tricia noted earlier, these contests were not important when it came to awarding delegates — but that doesn’t mean the results should be dismissed out of hand.

    As Nate Silver explained mid-day yesterday, long before we’d seen any results, these three races “will provide an important test of how robust Mitt Romney’s coalition is on less favorable terrain … and they could potentially revitalize the campaign of one of Mr. Romney’s opponents, Rick Santorum.”

    When the dust cleared last night, Romney had failed this “important test” and Santorum could credibly claim that he, not Newt Gingrich, is the GOP frontrunner’s principal rival going forward.



  79. 197 desertflower
    February 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

    From TP and the CBO:

    the budget deficit fell sharply in January, from $50 billion a year ago to $27 billion last month. The improved numbers were attributable to higher tax collections from individuals and lower outlays. January’s numbers bring the total deficit reduction to around $70 billion for the first four months of fiscal year 2012, which began on October 1.

  80. February 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

    found this in the comments at Balloon Juice about the GOP contests:

    81.Anoniminous – February 8, 2012 | 12:16 am · Link


    A thing of beauty.

    I’ll add:

    1. Romney won Minnesota in ‘08 with 41.6%. He’s coming in third with 17.1% tonight. The mark of a floundering politician is one that cannot hold on to his support.

    2. Aside from New Hampshire, Romney has only won states by negative and attack ads. In five years of campaigning he has yet to demonstrate he can convince people to vote for him, not vote against the other guy.

    3. One over-riding property of this GOP Presidential nominating campaign is the rejection of Romney by the Base, and even the GOP as a whole. Only in the last four weeks has he reached 37% national support numbers or, turning it around, 63% of the GOP don’t want him at the top of the ticket.

    4. A couple of weeks ago the Fundie-Cons got together and decided to back Santorum as their Candidate. It didn’t work in Florida but it may very well have happened tonight. These people have money but more importantly they have national organizations capable of raising a ton of money AND they have boots-on-the-ground. Santorum, tonight, has shown he can win and win big. Thus the Fundie-Cons have evidence that they aren’t throwing their time, money, and effort away by working for him.

    5. IF #4 is accurate THEN we may see the Fundie-Cons unite the Not-Romney vote and in which case Romney is toast.

    6. IF #5 comes around THEN the chances of a full-bore GOP faction fight breaking out greatly increases … just in time for a Presidential election.

  81. February 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Boner says he is going to use the Presidents budget, to re -focus the Country back to cutting Government.
    Instead of jobs. You see where their focus has always been? Cut! Cut! Cut!

    • 200 LOL
      February 8, 2012 at 9:28 am

      And they wonder why they have such negative approval ratings? Honestly who the hell cares about the deficit if I don’t have a job. At least with a job, I could pay taxes to reduce the thing. In the wise words of Bugs Bunny…what a maroon.

    • February 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Thats what Boner will do – what will we do?

      We will push back, we will ask our family and friends to do the same. We will win.

  82. February 8, 2012 at 9:27 am

    This is the ‘real’ America I love and respect.

    Genetic Parkinson’s disease brain cells made in lab

    Scientists in the US have successfully made human brain cells in the lab that are an exact replica of genetically caused Parkinson’s disease.

    The breakthrough means they can now see exactly how mutations in the parkin gene cause the disease in an estimated one in 10 patients with Parkinson’s.

    And it offers a realistic model to test new treatments on – a hurdle that has blighted research efforts until now.

    The team told Nature Communications their work was a “game-changer”.


  83. February 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

    February 07, 2012 4:35 PM

    “Dynamic Scoring” Rears Its Ugly Little Head
    By Ed Kilgore

    One of the crankiest of long-standing conservative demands has been for “dynamic scoring” in federal budget estimates. To make a long, tedious story short, “dynamic scoring” would incorporate supply-side assumptions about the growth-generating magic of tax cuts into official budget estimates, enabling conservatives to evade the deficit-boosting implications (and various congressional barriers that come along with them) of their pet proposals for reducing the tax burden of “job creators.”

    The ever-intrepid Bruce Bartlett notes at the New York Times’ Economix blog that with no real fanfare, the House passed a resolution requiring “dynamic scoring” as a sidebar to the Congressional Budget Office’s conventional reports. As you might expect, the new report will be “fair and balanced” only in the Fox News sense of the term:

    [T]he House-passed legislation would not require a dynamic estimate for appropriations bills, no matter how large. Republicans want the world to know that tax cuts expand real G.D.P., the capital stock and labor supply, but if spending has any such effect they don’t want anyone to know. Implicitly, Republicans want everyone to think that spending never raises growth because it’s their dogma.

    But in the real world, everyone knows that government investments in the national highway system, medical and other scientific research, and other programs unquestionably add to growth. And there are times when government spending can provide macroeconomic stimulus, which the C.B.O. has repeatedly documented, to the consternation of Republicans.



  84. February 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

    one of the best comments ever!:

    Since I have been working the Komen beat almost exclusively, I have been remiss in pointing out that I fear that Barack Obama will in all likelihood be facing a socially maladroit charisma-challenged gaffe-prone filthy rich religious cultist who claims to be middle-class and unemployed, holds no deeply held belief that couldn’t be swayed by a stiff breeze, enjoys making money by dismantling businesses, firing the employees and shipping their jobs overseas and then taking that money and stashing it in off-shore tax havens and who has recently been spending tens of millions of dollars fending off the likes of Newt Fucking Gingrich and Rick Fucking Santorum because, even faced with those horrible choices, most Republicans still find him as palatable as a semen-flavored popsicle.


  85. 209 Linda
    February 8, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I love the 3 years of progress video….but why is Elena Kagan in the part about Sonia Sotomoyer ?

  86. February 8, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Thank you, Chips! I haven’t been commenting lately – too much going on in family daily life, but I do keep my spirits up by reading fellow TODers comments, tweets, videos and urls. Best spot on the net and best moderator too. Thanks for all you do and thanks TOD family for all of your prayers and support over the past few weeks.

  87. February 8, 2012 at 9:39 am

  88. February 8, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I send people here who love the positive message and the photos. I come here more often than I post. For some reason the science fair pics made me cry. How lucky we are to have this real man as our leader.
    When the barrage of negative ads start, we will need this place more and will be refreshed to go out and do battle.
    ( I do wonder if the Amer pubic will tolerate non-stop hate of the Pres. I think not.

  89. February 8, 2012 at 9:45 am

    THE BUDGET OBAMA sends to Congress on Monday will be closely watched to see if it matches the new strategy he announced last month to create a smaller, more agile force aimed primarily at countering terrorism and maintaining a strong U.S. presence in the western Pacific without harming existing commitments to NATO or national security needs elsewhere.

    MEANWHILE, THE STALEMATE over sequestration continues after Democrats last week shot down a GOP proposal to trim the federal workforce and extend a freeze on federal pay to offset a year of the proposed $1.2 trillion in cuts.

    MCCAIN TELLS US he’s trying to convince Democrats to at least negotiate on the proposal, but says the White House is standing in the way. “The hangup is what the president articulated and that is he wants to see tax increases. This is the same problem we run into with virtually every one of these issues,” he said.

    Morning defense-

  90. 216 desertflower
    February 8, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Oh, Mittens….


    Now, an examination of Romney’s financial investments reveals that the very same GOP frontrunner who is now petitioning the White House to extend the regulation’s conscience clause and exclude more women from the benefits of birth control is himself invested in and profiting from pharmaceutical companies that produce the frequently prescribed and extremely common medication:

  91. 217 Don
    February 8, 2012 at 9:58 am

    If only Mitt were a religious nut, like say, Santorum, he would be a shoe in. But Mitt is just your garden variety millionaire that will try to move heaven and earth to avoid paying taxes. Mitt’s problem is that he hasn’t gone full on right-wing Christian soldier like Santorum has. To put it another way, Mitt had better start speaking in tongues and holding up a snake above his head.

  92. 218 Byo
    February 8, 2012 at 10:10 am

    We had our second get-together for OFA in Harrisonburg, VA last weekend doing voter registration. I finally met some people(who are committed) as we are new in the area, and was it fun! I also found out about various house-parties hosted by some of the people in the area-we are in a 4 town conglomerate(Waynesboro, Fishersville, Staunton anf Harrisonburg).
    Thanks for the site.

  93. 221 Claire
    February 8, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for the great job you do Chipsticks!

  94. February 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Long time lurker, first time poster. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy TOD.

  95. February 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks Chip for providing a forum for those of us who love President Obama, his wife and children and his dog Bo. Even if he’s not re-elected (praying hard that he is re-elected), I hope this website continues as a tribute to a great President.

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