122 Responses to “heads up”

    • February 13, 2012 at 10:56 am


      Congratulations Julie!!!

      • 3 utaustinliberal
        February 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

        OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s Joey! VP Biden!

      • 5 Sankofa
        February 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm

        Hi Chips, I know I don’t post often but I’m here EVERY DAY so is it possible to have President Obama “bring” me cupcakes for my birthday which is tomorrow, Valentine’s Day? I will be waiting with bated breath so I can share with my FB friends and email to others, they’re gonna be so surprised that the president and I “got it like that”……..”waaaaaiiiitttiiiiinnnggg, wwaaiittiinngg,……sigh……waiting. THANK YOU CHIPS!

        • 6 hopefruit2
          February 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm

          Happy Birthday in advance Sankofa – and happy Valentines Day! I hope you are greeted tomorrow by President Obama bringing out your special birthday treats 🙂

          • 7 Sankofa
            February 13, 2012 at 8:38 pm

            Thank you. Hopefruit2……. Can you imagine my friend’s faces when I send them President Obama bringing me cupcakes…….where’s the “faint” picture Chips posts?…… 🙂

        • February 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

          Hope you have a wonderful Valentines coupled with your Birthday. *hungry for cupcakes now* 😆 damn

          • 9 Sankofa
            February 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm

            Thank you ObamaBuilt2LastNZ”……. Yep, cupcakes or even a cake with a smile would be great for me……..”swoon”

        • 10 nathkatun7
          February 13, 2012 at 7:54 pm

          Happy Birthday tomorrow, and Happy Valentine, Sankofa! You deserve cupcakes delivered, with love, by President Obama. I always come here very late and I didn’t want to miss wishing you a happy and blessed birthday.

      • 12 Julie
        February 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

        Thanks Chips! 🙂 Love this place!


  1. 13 ChristiMTL
    February 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

    If these idiots could just wait AFTER the speech before bitching about the budget…….pathetic media.

  2. 14 hopefruit2
    February 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

    VP Biden’s enduring & endearing SMILE, or ex-VP Cheney’s chronic & constipated SNARL? Please advise.

    • February 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Oooooooh, it’s a tough choice Hopefruit 😆

      • February 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

        It just occured to me that those two faces are perfect representations of the two parties. Even if you didn’t know who the two people were you could tell which was the Democrat and which was the Republican.
        Democrat: Upbeat, believes in the best of mankind, optimistic.
        Republican: Paranoid, believes in using fear as a major tactic, negative, angry at the world.

      • 18 hopefruit2
        February 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

        Indeed, indeed! Let’s hang in there…

  3. February 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Good morning from east TN. May God’s blessings be upon our President and Vice President. May God sweep across this country, opening hearts and minds. Dear father, take away the hate and fear and replace it with tolerance and acceptance. Amen.

  4. 22 ScottyUrb
    February 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

    “I’m beginning to see that if you want to find where President Obama is pursuing his most progressive policies, you need to look beyond the “outrage of the moment” coming from both the left and the right to find what he’s hidden in plain sight – but no one is noticing.

    So today President Obama will release his latest federal budget. I’m sure that all the talk coming from both the left and the right will be about his proposed tax increases for the wealthy and investments in infrastructure, education and jobs.

    Those are all important policies. But what will likely go unnoticed is something I read about a few days ago.”


  5. 25 hopefruit2
    February 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Sound is on now!

  6. February 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

    ppp latest MI polling lil ricky kicks mitt’s butt by 39-24 !!!

  7. 32 ChristiMTL
    February 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

    He looks great!! ….

    • 33 hopefruit2
      February 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Yes, he’s well-rested, spending the weekend at home with his girls and then with FLOTUS when she returned from FL.

  8. 34 Linda
    February 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Missouri Becomes Second State To Divert Foreclosure Funds Away From Homeowners To Balance Its Budget


    Why is this allowed and how can it be stopped ?

  9. 35 Linda
    February 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Clueless Rick Santorum Thinks Gas Prices Caused The Financial Crisis

    Stressing the importance for the country to provide cheap energy to its citizens, Santorum blamed the recession not on sub-prime mortgages or the derivatives market but on spiking fuel prices.

    “We went into a recession in 2008. People forget why. They thought it was a housing bubble. The housing bubble was caused because of a dramatic spike in energy prices that caused the housing bubble to burst,” Santorum told the audience. “People had to pay so much money to air condition and heat their homes or pay for gasoline that they couldn’t pay their mortgage.”


    • 36 Jessica
      February 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Wow. I could have sworn we went into recession in 2003 with the housing bubble bursting in 2007 ending with the collapse of the stock market in 2008. But thanks for correcting me Santorum.

    • February 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Is Rick Santorum mentally ill? I ask this in all seriousness. The things he says are from an alternate reality? I’ve never once heard anyone say that the economic collapse of 2008 was because of increased fuel prices? Is this a desperate attempt to scare people because of current fuel prices, or does he really believe that fuel prices could spark a global economic depression that everyone else believed was actually a housing crisis? If it was fuel price driven, then why didn’t the world come out of recession when fuel prices went back down? Thisdoesn’t even make sense.

      • February 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm

        Theo, as a resident of PA, I can tell you that the answer to your first question is yes. Ricky Santorum and the real world (as it is known and lived in 2012) do not connect together very well. His 1950’s cum middle ages fantasies are very scary. His level of understanding about economics and world affairs are even worse than GWs because Ricky, in his arrogance, won’t learn from anyone. Above all else, he’s a mean-spirited, heartless misogynist and homophobe.

      • February 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

        In practice, fuel prices *did* exacerbate the situation, but the whole derivatives market was mindboggling over-leveraged and headed towards a staggering crash at that point. (A major international oversight organization estimated there were 1.1 *quadrillion* dollars in derivatives obligations in 2008, a value probably several times in excess of the combined value of the *Earth.*)

        In fact, despite grave supply-side problems with fuel, one thing that drove oil prices to stratospheric levels was rampant speculation by hedge funds and other investors, trying desperately to offset their real-estate losses by purchasing a commodity that was still rising in price yet which people and organizations still had to buy.

        Having said all of that…

        Really, people? Are you *sure* President Obama hasn’t already considered this issue? Given that he has been very openly working on it in a very big way since coming into office, there is a certain possibility that the Administration has a plan. Or rather, several. Which appear to already be well underway.

        • February 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

          There’s no denying that there’s a problem with speculators hiking up prices beyond their actual value. And yes, President Obama and the Democrats have been trying to deal with speculators, although any measures have been thwarted in Congress, because they don’t want to stop people from making money, no matter the consequences. But the problem with speculators in general is not what Santorum and company are implying. They’re saying that the price of fuel was the ACTUAL cause of the economic. That’s just not true. It might have been happening at the same time, but it certainly wasn’t the cause. The real cause of the economic crisis, if you want to put everything under a single umbrella, was deregulation of the financial industry, which encouraged brokers to create newfangled ways to make money on paper, disregarding the need to actually back up those monetary claims with actual worth. This applies to real estate, fuel prices, etc. And if Santorum is advocating for MORE regulation of the financial industry, then he should speak plainly. He’ll find many on the left agree with that position.

  10. February 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

  11. 42 GGail
    February 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family and Chipsticks!

    Great to see President Obama and wonderful pic of VP Joey. Their smiles make you want to smile back at them 🙂

    Glad to see Mittens struggling in Michigan!!!!!

  12. February 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

    The Senate meets at 2 p.m., and at 4:30 p.m., senators will take up the nomination of Adalberto Jordan to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit. A vote on this nomination is expected at 5:30 p.m.

    The Senate is expected to take up the Senate transportation bill, S. 1813, later in the week, while the House takes up its own transportation bill, H.R. 7. But the House won’t meet for any legislative work until Tuesday; today, the House meets only for a pro forma session at 1 p.m.

  13. 45 Proud of Obama
    February 13, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Good morning, Chips and TODers. Our brilliant President telling the truth as usual. Love him.

  14. 49 hopefruit2
    February 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Can anyone point me to the video of PBO back in 2007 talking about the top 1% paying their fair share? I see the PL trying to claim that it’s OWS that changed the narrative. Oh please.

    • February 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Here you go Hopefruit:

      In a small gathering in Midtown Manhattan on November 29th, 2007, Senator Barack Obama is asked what he would do to begin to bridge the “wealth gap” between America’s very rich and very poor.

      • 51 hopefruit2
        February 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

        Muchas gracias!

      • 52 bonkers
        February 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

        Hilarious comment under that video:

        “John Edwards says he will take on the big corporations to equalize things. That is the main reason I am for him. Plus I just don’t think Hillary or Barack can win in the general election.” -4 years ago

        Can there be any more fail in one comment? Wonder if this person is all Peak Progressive now and hating on Stanley Ann’s son 24/7?

        • 53 hopefruit2
          February 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm

          HAHAHA! You’re right bonkers – this must be one of those “I voted for Obama and now I’m disappointed” folks over at Old Orange….

    • 54 ChristiMTL
      February 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Isn’t it annoying??,……..

    • 57 Lovepolitics2008
      February 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      I’m as annoyed as you when OWS pretends they’re the first ones to talk about income inequality, about the 1% vs the 99%. However, we have to recognize that OWS are the ones who succeeded in making the MEDIA talk about income inequality.

      President Obama has had so many crisis to tackle. Each week since taking office, he has made statements about a whole bunch of subjects. The income inequality has been only one of those subjects. Granted, in the last year he has had time to talk about inequality more ofen, but it has not had the same kind of impact that OWS has had. In fact, I am grateful to OWS for finally giving President Obama some LEVERAGE in the fight for lessening income inequality. It helped in the payroll taxcut battle last december for example.

      That being said, now I’m concerned about OWS because it has been coopted by anarchist groups. When spring comes, they will be back in the streets and if they make trouble, it could send the general population back into the arms of the conservatives. I don’t want to see a repeat of 1968. Especially when the GOP of today is far far more dangerous than Nixon’s GOP.

      • 58 bonkers
        February 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm

        I don’t agree at all that OWS got the MegaMedia talking about these issues, and have been annoyed to see that Peak Progressive talking point become so accepted all over so many blogs. President Barack Hussein Obama was just beginning the “Pass This Bill” push to generate support for the the American JOBS Act, which was one of the biggest moves in fixing some of these “inequality” issues in many decades. It was focused, and it was a massive push from the sacred “bully pulpit.”

        Now people need to understand that something gets on the front pages and leads newscasts because the MegaMedia decides, intentionally, what gets there. As soon as I saw a few hundred people in one square in NYC on the frontpages of every paper, at almost the exact some time, I knew what the plan was – gin up this group in a common “divide and conquer” tactic, which is exactly how it played out. And the other easily predicted result beyond the large percentage of them that will hate on President Obama, is how it quickly turned into “F- the Po-LEASE!!!” and these self-appointed speakers for the 99% start fighting with middle wage-earning UNION WORKERS called police officers who are just doing their jobs, and surprise, in tense situations some might screw up. Happens the exact same way every time.

        President Obama was already changing the discourse toward these issues, as he’s talked about exactly the same way in the 1990s even, in a big way before anyone heard of OWS, and all OWS did was take that focused push, which was designed to deliver tangible legislation to begin fixing these problems, and cause in-fighting and distraction from getting AJA passed as it was. OWS is nothing but negative, in my humble opinion.

        • 59 edp4bho
          February 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

          Totally agree with you on OWS. Seems everybody has had something to say about how PBO handles his job, yet none come up with better solutions. Most critics live in fairyland when it comes to policy, and don’t mind simply projecting their personal feelings towards him. I have decided I will take my cues first from the man I helped to elect, and everyone else is a lightweight until proven otherwise, by me.

      • 62 prettyfoot58
        February 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        the issue of income inequailty is not a new issue…whenever there is a struggle for economic justice is being waged…there is mention of incoome equality….Dr King….Malcolm X….unions struggles…etc etc…have all talked about the haves and have nots….

        it is not an issue that belongs to OWS….

    • February 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Yes, President Obama has been talking about these issues for a long time now, I don’t think anyone’s disputing that. But it’s also true that Occupy did put income inequality at the center of our political debate. If you don’t believe me, just look at Google hits for the term ‘inequality’. For the first two weeks of September 2011, the month that President Obama ramped up his jobs pivot beginning with his September 8 speech to Congress, there were 1.9 million hits for the term ‘inequality’. During the last two weeks of September 2011, there were also 1.9 million his for the term ‘inequality’.

      But in the first two weeks of October 2011, which were the weeks in which Occupy really got big, suddenly the number of hits for ‘inequality’ jumped to 19 million. I’m not saying that Occupy forced President Obama to start emphasizing inequality – fairness was something he mentioned during the debt ceiling debacle and from the beginning of his jobs pivot. But the fact is that our political debate had been wholly consumed with austerity and debt from late 2009 through September 2011, and it stubbornly remained the topic du jour even in the first three weeks after President Obama began his jobs pivot. But after Occupy arrived in October 2011 the debate suddenly and dramatically shifted toward inequality and fairness. That was no coincidence. And I have little doubt that this sea change in our political conversation encouraged and emboldened President Obama to make inequality and fairness the central theme of his re-election campaign.

      Good politicians act according to whatever the prevailing political temperament of the country is. When austerity and debt became the dominant themes, President Obama, being a good politician, shifted accordingly. And similarly when the narrative shifted towards inequality, President Obama wisely capitalized on it as well.

  15. 64 GGail
    February 13, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I love seeing POTUS shaking hands and greeting folks with his engaging smile that reaches his eyes. And then to see the affect his handshake has on the ones lucky enough to receive the handshake!

      February 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm


      • February 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        What a sweet comment!

        • 67 HZ
          February 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

          Sue, you always have some much wisdom to share with all of us, and I am one who appreciates you so much. Thanks for your gems. I love the ‘sole’ and the ‘soul’ comments. Beautifully stated by another beautiful soul. Have a great day, Sue.HZ

  16. February 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Robert Redford comes through again.

  17. February 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

    please call your Senators today….just got off the phone with Rubio and Nelsons office. Speak on both the BC issue and budget. Please be nice. Rubio’s aid has had a rough day…your Senators aid might have had the same.


  18. February 13, 2012 at 11:49 am

  19. 82 Dudette
    February 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Tom Joyner talks with First Lady Michelle Obama about the Let’s Move campaign that combats the epidemic of childhood obesity

    February 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm


    February 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm


  22. 90 symmetry11
    February 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Take advantage of a Valentine’s Eve discount in the Obama store today: http://OFA.BO/cHZKYw

  23. February 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    The timing of the president’s speech today is perfect. He’s deftly and brilliantly changed the subject and made those who are still bloviating about birth control seem like yesterday’s news. He’s telling us about things that matter to people and how we can tackle them and in doing so, he’s making the R’s look small again and mean spirited. As far as the president is concerned, the conversation about the church and contraceptives is over. If the House and Senate want to waste their time and political capital with bills the public does not support and if they by some outside chance end up on his desk, he simply vetoes them. Case closed. I think it’s also a brilliant strategy to present his budget in bite sized portions so people can understand each issue and the reasoning behind it and will be less likely to be misled by the Republican lies about them.

  24. February 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Good Morning TOD family

    Another example of how the Obama administration is piling up quiet victories while the country argues about BC and other nonsense.

    Obama Administration Unveils Requirements For Consumer Insurance Labels

    you can click and see the form close up, it is very simple.


  25. February 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Solar Power to Pay Nevada City’s Debt, Government Costs for Decades


    Nevada is a swing state, let’s make sure this news gets out. It is so delightful to see NV get an industry that is not related to gambling.

  26. February 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    State Department officials say a US envoy will meet next week with North Korean officials to discuss that country’s nuclear program, the Associated Press reports.

    US envoy for North Korea Glyn Davies will meet in Beijing next Thursday with North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan.

    The talks, the first since the death last month of Kim Jong Il, will seek to restart negotiations on an aid-for-disarmament exchange.


    Yeah but…

  27. February 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    We need to shout this from the roof tops

    This is the program that leant $$ to Solyndra

    DOE Loan Guarantee Program will cost $2 billion less than expected


  28. February 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    This video is what health care is really about

  29. February 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Americans Gaining Energy Independence With U.S. as Top Producer

    This is such great news, let’s make sure folks know about it.


  30. February 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    If you live in CA this is good news

    EPA to Cruise and Cargo Ships: No More Dumping on California’s Coasts


  31. February 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s new federal budget showcases the major priorities of his presidency and sets up the top battles that will be waged on both sides in the presidential campaign.

    In its calls for hundreds of billions of dollars in new spending on job-creating programs and higher taxes on the wealthy, Obama’s $3.8 trillion spending outline for the next fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 contrasts sharply with Republicans’ opposition to any and all tax increases and proposals for deep spending cuts, including in popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid.


  32. 107 Dudette
    February 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Great News!

    “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General Electric Co plans to hire 5,000 U.S. military veterans over the next five years and to invest $580 million to expand its aviation footprint in the United States this year.

    The largest U.S. conglomerate unveiled the moves ahead of a four-day meeting it is convening in Washington starting on Monday to focus on boosting the U.S. economy, which has been slow to recover from a brutal 2007-2009 recession…

    The world’s largest maker of jet engines plans this year to open three new U.S. aviation plants, in Ellisville, Mississippi; Auburn, Alabama, and Dayton, Ohio. After cutting headcount significantly during the recession — as did its major peers including United Technologies Corp and Caterpillar Inc — GE has added about 9,000 U.S. workers since 2009, and has already announced plans to hire another 4,500 people.”

  33. 109 carolyn
    February 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I think Kathleen Sebelius is doing a wonderful job in her cabinet position. Having a woman in that position now is extremely important. She was an excellent governor of Kansas. They have gone backwards since she left. I’m so glad all we have her.

  34. 110 yardarm756
    February 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Good morning TOD family, sorry I’m a bit tardy. I wasn’t sure if I’d sign on today. I have a piss poor attitude. I woke up this a.m. feeling pretty good when the radio assaults my ears with bloviations about Whitney’s death and birth control. Needless to say, I went from sugar to shit before I could put on my slippers.
    I think ALL these drug experts and coroners need to STFU. They are all so sure her death was an od that it has gone beyond speculation. In the final analysis drugs could have been the problem, but please wait for the toxicology report.
    And ladies, some one made a suggestion yesterday that, though impossible, would put the bc/religion dust-up to rest. If all women armed themselves with batteries and chastity belts that would help.
    There. I feel better.

    • 111 a4alice
      February 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      my husband always says about the news: If it bleeds it leads. These guys won’t let alone a nice juicy story like Whitney Houston – not if it will make them $$$$.

      Otherwise sailor have a ship shape day! 🙂

  35. February 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    A few folks upthread have encouraged us to contact our elected officials. I second that motion, a simple – I support the Presidents budget would be good.


    Also spread this video around – it has a catchy phrase and brings the Repub. insistence on cutting to a human, average American level.

    Explain it to me GOP

  36. 116 Roger Dennie
    February 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Here’s something for your Truth Team.

    Today, in the severely Conservative blog, John Ransom declared “the GOP can add 10 million jobs and $15 trillion to US economy without spending a dime.” I quickly scanned his piece (his piece of you know what) to see how and if he had justified this claim. NOTHING! This op-ed was about the pipeline and the only numbers he offered were some 500,00 jobs as a result of construction of said pipeline, a claim I have seen questioned and refuted elsewhere.

    This, in my opinion is severely hyperbolic, self-serving and maybe even deliberately false propaganda. If it was true, wouldn’t Obama have embraced this project even in spite of huge environmental concerns that it raises?

    Please correct me (with facts not hyperbole please) if I am wrong

    • 117 bonkers
      February 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Looks like we got a live one here, Chips. Points for following the formula perfectly, though, I guess…

    • February 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      The pipeline issue has been put to bed, essentially. The GOP insisted on forcing the President to make a decision, even after being warned that an assessment needed more time for the Keystone people to figure out a new route. The GOP couldn’t wait, and after being warned that the deal would be rejected, they went ahead anyway. The deal was ultimately rejected. The Keystone folks are free to reapply once they finish their assessment of a new route.

      For the sake of the less than 200 permanent jobs in the US, the several thousand jobs in Canada, and the limited (if any) oil that would be made available to the American economy, this issue has taken up too much time already.

      There are more important matters to discuss. And if I were you, I’d stop frequenting those “severely Conservative blogs”, and stay focused on working for your future and the future of your country. Listening to blatant lies from the Republican party and their minions won’t do it.

      • 119 Roger Dennie
        February 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm

        Thanks for the dose of reason and reality. I was worried that I would be assailed with the vitriolic name-calling I have see elsewhere from members on both sides of the political fence unfortunately. Thanks.

        • 120 bonkers
          February 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm

          Oooo…double points for the “both sides” do it false equivalency! Bravo.

          • 121 Roger Dennie
            February 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

            If you call me an a–hole and I call you one in return, aren’t we both engaging in name-calling. Don’t let your partisanship interfere with whatever objectivity you have left.

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