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  1. February 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm


  2. 4 a4alice
    February 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    k back to work I go. have a lovely afternoon all!

  3. February 13, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I am listening to Richard Vigery on Ed’s show. He totally believes that Rick Santorium WILL be the nominee and that he WILL defeat President Obama. He sounds totally off the charts C-R-A-Z-Y. He believes the American people will choose the right-wing, bats— crazy Ricky over PO. I say, “Bring it on”!!!!!

    • 6 Linda
      February 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Viguerie claims to have raised billions of dollars for conservative causes. His clients have included:

      Judicial Watch
      The Conservative Caucus
      Help Hospitalized Vets
      American Conservative Union
      Young Americans for Freedom
      National Conservative PAC
      Christian Voice
      Public Advocate of the US
      Morton Blackwell’s Freedom Leadership PAC
      National Pro-Life PAC
      American Freedom Coalition
      The Seniors Coalition
      United Seniors Association
      Sixty Plus Association
      National Center for Public Policy Research

      Sound like a Right Wing Nut to me.

  4. 7 LOL
    February 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Meep Meep Alert:

    Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said in a statement Monday that the House will extend the payroll tax cut for the rest of the year without pay-fors.


    • 8 LOL
      February 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm


    • February 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      I wonder what they’re up to.

    • February 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Wonder if this includes extension of unemployment insurance.

      • 12 LOL
        February 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

        Nope…from Boehner’s statment:

        Because the president and Senate Democratic leaders have not allowed their conferees to support a responsible bipartisan agreement, today House Republicans will introduce a backup plan that would simply extend the payroll tax holiday for the remainder of the year while the conference negotiations continue regarding offsets, unemployment insurance, and the ‘doc fix.’ If Democrats continue to refuse to negotiate in good faith, Republicans may schedule this measure for House consideration later this week pending a conversation with our members. Democrats’ refusal to agree to any spending cuts in the conference committee has made it necessary for us to prepare this fallback option to protect small business job creators and ensure taxes don’t go up on middle class workers.

        • February 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm

          It’s rich for them to say they will not consider one penny of tax increases or military spending cuts, and will only consider cuts that will most hurt the middle class – and then to accuse the Democrats of not being movable. Aren’t the Democrats the ones who offered $4 trillion in cuts last year, and the GOP refused? The GOP have no remaining credibility when it comes to spending cuts (and very little else).

        • 14 MK
          February 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

          Actually, I worry about this move mainly because the big money is really in the UI and DOC Fix part of this. By passing the payroll tax cut separately they neutralize the biggest sell and most devastating talking point against them with the public. Once most people in the middle class know that their taxes will not go up, they won’t get mobilized to call Congress if they don’t renew UI and the Doc Fix. Those two provisions only have a narrow constituency. This is actually strategically smart for the GOP. The Dems really want UI and the DOC fix. More importantly, the economy desperately still needs the stimulus from the UI (the most stimulative type of spending even more so than the payroll tax cut). I wouldn’t get too happy about this yet. I also would definitely not accuse the House GOP of caving. They are not at all caving. They are cutting their losses and hoping to still extract their pound of flesh to extend the other important provisions needed.

          • 15 jeff
            February 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm

            But they are caving as they are basically violating their core beliefs whether you look at it that way or not. Or do we just use the word ‘cave’ when it involves the democrats?

          • 16 Lovepolitics2008
            February 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm

            I have to agree with you, unfortunately. Since republicans put ideology and power before people and country, the only leverage democrats have against them is popular backlash. If it’s not there, it’s back to extorsion.

            • 17 SUE DUVALL SMITH
              February 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm


          • 19 Desraye
            February 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm

            UI and the doc fix is the reason why there has not been a compromise. I doubt that they will just pass the payroll tax cut. If a bill pass it will include doc fix, UI, and payroll tax cut. The GOP back itself into a corner.

          • 20 prettyfoot58
            February 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

            great analysis….they have moved a pawn to threaten the queen….it is now our move….

            • 21 nathkatun7
              February 13, 2012 at 11:18 pm

              I say we launch a massive campaign, letter writing, e-mailing, tweeting, facebooking, phone calling, an faxing, to members of Congress demanding the extension of UI. I am writing my members of Congress to urge them to fight hard on this and, if push comes to shove, to introduce bills to demand that members of Congress should not be paid until they pass legislation aimed at helping the unemployed people. People without jobs, including some in my family, are hurting. UI is the only thing keeping them above water. I am sick and tired of Republicans playing with people’s lives in order to advance their sick political agenda.

    • 22 anniebella
      February 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Those jackasses are up to something, I don’t trust Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy, any of them I don’t trust.

  5. 25 yardarm756
    February 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Just two ‘homeys’ chewin’ the fat.

  6. February 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    hey its good to see Chipsticks still doin her thing im coming back from a 6 month political break (football season) and its good to see all the regulars still commenting and such in the other posts 🙂 .. I guess its time to ramp of for november and get to work for PBO 2Obama12 !!

  7. 29 Dudette
    February 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    The National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal recipients

    2011 National Medal of Arts

    •Will Barnet
    •Rita Dove
    •Al Pacino
    •Emily Rauh Pulitzer
    •Martin Puryear
    •Mel Tillis
    •United Service Organization
    •André Watts

    2011 National Humanities Medal

    •Kwame Anthony Appiah
    •John Ashbery
    •Robert Darnton
    •Andrew Delbanco
    •National History Day
    •Charles Rosen
    •Teofilo Ruiz
    •Ramón Saldívar
    •Amartya Sen

  8. 31 Dudette
    February 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Michelle Obama: Changing the Conversation on Healthy Eating (Op-Ed on CNN.com)

    “Back when we first launched Let’s Move! — a nationwide initiative to end our childhood obesity epidemic — in the back of my mind, I wondered whether it was really possible to make a difference.
    I knew how serious this problem is. Nearly one in three of our children are overweight or obese, at risk for illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer that cost our economy billions of dollars each year to treat.

    I also knew the conventional wisdom on this issue. There’s the assumption that kids don’t like healthy food, so why try to feed it to them? There’s the belief that healthy food doesn’t sell as well, so companies will never change the products they offer. And there’s the sense that this problem is so big and entrenched that no matter what we do, we’ll never be able to solve it.

    But over the past two years, we have seen a new conversation in this country about how we live and eat and how that affects the health and well-being of our kids. Since we launched Let’s Move!, people from every corner of this country who care about our children’s futures have stepped up and proved the conventional wisdom wrong…”
    Read the entire op-ed from the First Lady at CNN.com:

    • 32 Cha
      February 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      That totally makes me emotional! I’ve been advocating eating healthier since the ’70s and along comes Michelle Obama to make it happen on a national scale! Love her~

  9. 33 Pamela
    February 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Yo, y’all! 😉

  10. 34 Linda
    February 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey lawmakers gave their blessing to legalizing gay marriage for the first time Monday as the state Senate passed a bill that would allow nuptials for same-sex couples, despite Gov. Chris Christie’s insistence that he will veto such legislation.

    The Senate’s 24-16 vote sends the bill to the Assembly, which is expected to pass it on Thursday

    • 36 hopefruit2
      February 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      I don’t think it had been posted here yet – so many thanks for posting. This is great news. Clearly, CPAC and the birth control nontroversy only sent more folks to PBO’s corner!

    • 37 Lovepolitics2008
      February 13, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Encouraging news. I took the time to look at all the crosstabs on the PPP site. What I like is that it indicates a serious divide within the GOP, between Tea Party/evangelicals (pro Santorum) and moderate republicans (pro Romney). So, a Romney nomination may deflate the TeaParty/evangelical vote, at least a little, while a Santorum nomination could motivate “some” moderate republicans to vote for democrats.

      A concern: I didn’t see any numbers about the independant vote in a Obama/Santorum match-up. Independants have soured on Romney because of all this talk about taxes, Bain, etc. But how will they respond to Santorum? Remember many of them are low-info voters. Santorum will try to hide his radical religious views and will tap into white resentment. There’s an argument to be made that the more they come to know him and COMPARE him to President Obama, the more they will see that Santorum is NOT presidential material. But you can never be sure of anything. I hope the campaign is working 24/7 on this; I suspect they had not put as much energy in preparing for Santorum as they had in preparing for Romney or Huntsman.

    • February 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Next week it will be back to a horse race.

  11. 40 L3
    February 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I read this on a right-wing site. I did a little editing of the name-calling and other than that it’s in tact and what we say here all the time. I think a few of these folks on the right are starting to understand our PBO. Let’s hope it’s too few, too little and too late.

    “Greetings all; first post, long time viewer. One of the things that conservatives waste time on is trying to understand liberals in general and Obama in particular. People in their right mind simply cannot understand how…(PBO)…thinks and behaves. It is like listening to a serial killer explain life and death.

    Obama thinks 6 steps ahead of most other people. He plays us all and eventually gets what he wants. The goal here is to energize his base, position himself as reasonable, and maneuver the country into a single payer system.

    There is nothing new under the sun.”

    • 41 Vicky
      February 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      The reason they can’t understand him is because his level of cognition is developed so significantly beyond their own. A mytihic-literal thinker does not have the cognitive capacity to understand the integral thinker – or the checkers-player to understand the 11th-dimensional chess player…

      • 42 TrumpDog
        February 13, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        I think it has more to do with the fact that they’ve bought into this idea that President Obama only got through school because of Affirmative Action and his teachers handing him undeserved As, that alllll he did was community organizing and he can’t get through a three word sentence without the aid of a teleprompter. This is comforting to them because they can’t fathom that our president is smart and savvy. In short, they underestimate him and are so blinded by their hate and fear that they don’t think and act in a rational manner.
        The GOP Party as a whole will do whatever is the opposite of what Pres. Obama wants, which is a foolish stance to take. This is why they keep making the same dumb moves and are looking quite ridiculous in the process.

        And why the president continues to thrive.

        I’m not at all complaining.

        • 43 L3
          February 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

          Agreed. I also think that they have tried and are trying to saddle PBO with everything that was true of W. Bush. They know liberals, for good reason, believed he was not very smart but they don’t realize by doing that they are in essence agreeing with the liberal critique of Bush. For example it was Bush who implented TARP and the auto bailout which they blame PBO for. They thought the BP oil spill was PBO’s Katrina. Libya was PBO’s Iraq and somehow the Bush recession morphed into the Obama recession. They’ve tried to tag PBO with all of Bush’s failures and when PBO finds ways to make lemonade from W.’s lemons, they rush in to steal the credit after bitching about it first. (i.e. Bin Laden, Auto bailout, end of Iraq War). The more informed right-wingers know PBO is smart but the less-informed have to hang onto their lies or risk their whole world crumbling down around them.

  12. 45 yardarm756
    February 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    The hyena grouping called a press conference has begun. They will now ask dumb-ass question in hopes they’ll find ANYTHING that will contradict previous WH statements.
    They’re now on womens va-jay jay’s. Dumb asses.

  13. 46 Linda
    February 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire handed gay rights advocates a major victory, signing into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh in the nation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

    Gregoire signed the bill in the state reception room in the Capitol, surrounded by gay rights supporters. “I’m proud our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal,” Gregoire said.

  14. February 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Romney super PAC buying in 4 Southern states, re-upping in Mich. (UPDATED)
    By ALEXANDER BURNS | 2/13/12 2:31 PM EST
    The pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is buying television airtime in the Super Tuesday states of Oklahoma, Tennessee and Georgia and pumping new money into Michigan ahead of its Feb. 28 primary, a source tracking the air war tells me.

    The group is also reserving time in Mississippi, another conservative Southern state that does not vote until March 13.

    The Southern tier of states where ROF is operating are all expected, to varying degrees, to lean toward Romney’s conservative opponents – Georgia especially, since it’s Newt Gingrich’s home state. Michigan is Romney’s native state and an extremely important battleground for his campaign.

    ROF has already spent $232,640 in Michigan during the period between Jan. 25 and Feb. 13. But the week-to-week spending there dropped to less than $15,000 last week, the source said, and the new commitment of resources represents a re-escalation of the super PAC’s presence there.


  15. February 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Hey everyone! Did you see Adele rip Newt a new one!! Love it!!

  16. February 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Okay you all, I posted this as part of a comment on another blog. I’m really pissed off that tax free $$$ is being used to screw with our politics, take over our government and using our sacred lady parts to do that…..

    >>>>I am fully tolerant of all religious belief and practice as long as they stay out of our politics and especially out of women’s bodies. This whole tempest in a corrupt teapot has brought home to me why we need to start taxing all these religious institutions and their assets. They have had a free ride for much too long. WE ARE NOT A THEOCRACY!

    America was founded on the principle of separation of church and state. Our forefathers knew just how pernicious and evil the mix of religion and politics could damage and corrupt a nation. This is why they said while all religions could be free to practice their beliefs, the new formed United States would have no religious government.

    All the people who bleat constantly about our Constitution and our founders seem to forget this and they all think they have the “last word of their deities” on this issue. I have total contempt for these people. This is not about morality, ethics or spirituality but power and control. I say we make them PAY TO PLAY. They want to medal in all our lives and politics, then pay their taxes and register as lobbies right out in the open.<<<<

    Just my 2 pesos……

    • February 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Excellent points, aquagranny. I agree with you and wonder if there’s a petition available on churches — to keep them honest on separation of church and state. I’ve been reading that the evangelicals want to test this part of the constitution and are encouraging their people to blatantly ignore the separation clause. I think I’ll take a look on Whitehouse.gov.

    • 53 nathkatun7
      February 13, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Aquagranny, go ahead and tell it like you see it! I totally loved your “2 pesos.” Thank you for your fearlessness in speaking TRUTH!

  17. February 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Hi TOD family! Hi Chipsticks!

    Just wondering if anyone caught the Piers Morgan episode with Clive Davis & JHud? Clive Davis put his weight behind President Obama to do well for 2012 and would like to see him in his 2nd term. I thought that was really cool! Sorry I have no video of it but hope someone can find it? 1Luv

  18. 59 CTGirl
    February 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I love my FLOTUS and POTUS! 🙂 Such a beautiful couple 🙂


  19. 62 Mae who love our CIC
    February 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Twitty is on point at this moment. Looks like he is supporting the POTUS today.

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