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  1. 15 jeff
    February 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I love this board!

  2. 17 jeff
    February 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    DAMNIT! lol

  3. 18 Betsy
    February 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I’m 3rd!!! Getting closer to first LOL.

  4. 22 Ceb
    February 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    For these reasons and so many more, we should re-elect our fabulous team.

  5. 23 GGail
    February 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    So true – you can’t turn the Titanic around in one day.

  6. 24 Ceb
    February 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Congrats LL on being first (one of many ways in which you are first with us).

  7. 25 Jessica
    February 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I’ve seen this on FB.

    • 26 utaustinliberal
      February 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      I saw it on twitter. Spread it around and then posted it on my Facebook page. Facebook was kind enough to alert me that it has been spreading around like wildfire and suggested custom ways for me to post it and spread it around even more. Methinks Zuckerberg is working behind the scenes to make sure as many people as possible see it. 🙂

  8. 27 LDS
    February 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    LL, congratulations!

  9. 28 Dudette
    February 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    That photo is a keeper!

  10. 29 LDS
    February 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Chips, I love the list on 8 reasons of “Why I support PRESIDENT Obama.”
    I know there are more. I just need this to hand out and a sweat shirt and tee shirt would be really nice, also.

    February 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm


  12. 31 desertflower
    February 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/13345 Worth a read. Top 10 Reasons the GOP Wants to Ditch the Constitution

  13. 33 yardarm756
    February 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Damn, you folks are quick.

  14. 34 Dudette
    February 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Hey, if anyone missed the Arizona Kkklown Show the other day, the last half of it is running now on CNN. Just in case you want another dose of torture!

  15. 37 desertflower
    February 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Found out what the Wicked Witch of the West thought was more important. Getting her lying mug on the tube. Go figure. Sunday show lineup. AH! That “liberal” media.

    “This Week” – Rick Santorum (R); Gov. Rick Snyder (R); Gov. Deval Patrick (D)

    “Meet the Press” – Rick Santorum (R); Gov. Jerry Brown (D); Gov. Jan Brewer, (R)

    “Face the Nation” – Gov. Martin O’Malley (D); Gov. Chris Christie (R)

    “State of the Union” – John McCain (R); Lindsey Graham (R); Gov. John Hickenlooper (D); Gov. Scott Walker (R); Robert Gibbs (D)

    • February 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Math is not my strong suit—almost got kicked out of UCLA for flunking calculus and physics in the same quarter (and I still have nightmares about it 23 years later)—but I count 5 Democrats and 8 Republicans.

      I’m glad to see that the media remains fair and balanced.

      • 39 desertflower
        February 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

        I believe you are correct! This doesn’t include the lip flappers on Fox….so it’s actually even MORE unbalanced than it looks here. Damn that liberal media!

      • 40 GGail
        February 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        And our Gov Moonbeam is starting to scare me. Now he wants to charge poor people who are on Medi-Cal a fee of $200 for a hospital stay. Where does he think that money is going to come from? Food? Electricity?

        Plus he has yet to meet President Obama at the airport, but he was there for the Chinese VP.

      • 46 nathkatun7
        February 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm

        I hear you LL about maths! I didn’t do so well either, but I really took a liking to statistics. The way I see it, this week is a major improvement for the Democrats. In the previous weeks, the ratio has been much more lopsided in favor of Republicans. There are some Sundays when the ratio has been 8:1 Republicans/Democrats or 8:2 Republicans/Democrats. For the MSM, this Sunday’s shows, with the ratio of 8:5 Republicans/Democrats, is clear proof that the MSM are fair and balanced. By the way, the lopsided nature of having more Republicans than Democrats has not changed for the past twelve years. Interestingly, during G.W. Bush’s administration, the media used to justify booking more Republicans than Democrats on Sunday shows by saying that it was because the Republicans were in control of Government. After the 2008 election, the MSM’s practice of booking vastly more Republicans than Democrats on Sunday shows continued; thus making their earlier rationale ring hollow.

    • 47 prettyfoot58
      February 25, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      That match up between Christie and O’Malley might prove to be interesting….

    • February 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      John McCain again! Are any of the pundits ever going to question why he is on every Sunday?

  16. February 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    In case anyone thinks Little Ricky is simply pulling this anti-college stance out of his ass:

    TROY, MICHIGAN — Rick Santorum’s contention here Saturday that President Obama’s plan to make college more accesible is really a scheme to brainwash people into becoming liberals may have struck some outside observers as a little odd.

    But for the tea party crowd gathered here as part of an Americans For Prosperity rally, Santorum’s words about higher education were right on point.

    Story here: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/michigan-tea-partiers-share-rick-santorums-fears-over-obamas-college-push.php?ref=fpblg

    So, yes, it’s a meme in what constitutes “the base”.

    Which, I would argue, is all to the good. The vast majority of parents want their children to do well in school and go to college, and will see this anti-university jihad as another example of conservative radicalism. And the anti-intellectual fervor gripping the GOP has driven anyone of any intellect in the party to become Dem-leaning Independents, or outright—if a bit conservative—Democrats.

    I always wondered why the Koch Bros. and other plutocrats, with all their money, couldn’t hire better lackeys. Well, it’s quite obvious: anyone with brains has been hounded out of the GOP. It’s like a latter-day version of the Khmer Rouge: if you wear glasses, you must be an intellectual, so a bullet in the back of the head for you.

    • February 25, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      Well, actually I read a study a few years ago about Michigan attitudes toward higher education. The results were that the majority didn’t see the need for higher education and ‘just wanted their children to be happy’. So maybe that anti-college rant hits a chord. 20 years ago when i was teaching middle school, I had many parents who thought college was no big deal because their kids could always make a living in the car factories. Even then it wasn’t true anymore, but that attitude is still around.

  17. February 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    So…. guess who is running against Joe Walsh in the Illinois 8th district.

    A female veteran who lost both her legs in Iraq

    this is a great interview, she has a few choice words for Santorum

    go Tammy


  18. 69 desertflower
    February 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Chilling. Terrifyingly chilling.


    This is what the GOP thinks would be a good idea. This is why we vote!!!

  19. 72 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Thought I’d share a recent letter to the President:

    Dear President Obama,

    Thank you for all the magnificent accomplishments you have achieved on behalf of the American people. You are, by far, the best President of my life time (now approaching 65 years).

    You know more about Afghanistan than I ever will so please accept the following as somewhat informed advice from someone who very much wants to see you continue as President until 2017.

    Vastly accelerate the removal of US troops from Afghanistan and use drones + special operations personnel, on an as needed basis, to ensure our safety.

    From what I know about activities on the ground in Syria, I have no doubt you are going to handle the situation just as effectively as you did in Libya and are doing in Somalia.

    Finally, those committed to defeating you are clearly behind the speculative ‘oil/gas’ burgeoning bubble. RICO would seem to be worth exploring and I’m sure your Administration is considering it as one mode of deflating what is obviously not just typical speculator greed but coordinated market action to do harm to America in order to prevent your re-election.

    Thank you,

  20. February 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    A very informative article about the “right to work laws”

    The Truth About Right-to-Work (For Less)


  21. 83 meabloom
    February 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Hello TOD Family! How I have missed this place.
    Anywho, I wanted to come and thank those of you who were kind enough to pray for my grandmother. She has returned home and is doing well. I read her your comments and she also thanks you for your kind words. They put a smile on her face and that meant alot to me. So again, THANKS! You guys are the greatest.

    I’m also LOVING that board. Off to catch up.


  22. 91 Jessica
    February 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Does anyone really think Santorum will win the nomination because I’m pretty sure it’s still going to be Romney.

    • 92 EDP4BHO
      February 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Don’t know, but I hope not. I’m tired of running to switch off the radio when the subject is him. Romney is insufferable, but he sounds so damn stupid I can just hum him out of earshot. Santorum is a holier-than-thou POS with a face that says “punch me”, who believes the lies he tells himself. I use TOD and POU for issues of the insane, as I am not masochistic enough to sit through one of those televised klan meetings.

    • 94 hopefruit2
      February 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      I never thought Santorum was going to win MI. I always felt it would be Romney – even when Santorum was supposedly ahead by double digits. The GOP establishment was NEVER going to allow Romney to lose Michigan, even it meant fixing the votes somehow.

    • February 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      I want Santorum to come very close because I want Romney shitting bricks all the way up until the convention.

  23. February 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    The Obama-ization of Everything

    Republicans are getting pulled aboard trains they can’t control.


  24. 108 EDP4BHO
    February 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I’d better get back to my financials. Toodle-loo TOD, till later 😀

  25. 109 desertflower
    February 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm


    Arizona is considered a “prognosticator” for a fundamental transformation in the makeup of voters in the West, says Jill Hanauer, the president of Project New America, a Denver-based research and strategy firm for progressives. She says many Arizona voters polled by her firm report being “sick of ideological fights” and misguided Republican politics that focus on immigration instead of jobs and education. If they turn away from the GOP in large enough numbers, Arizona could go blue. And if that happens, says David Berman, a senior research fellow at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, “Democrats will have it good just about everywhere.”

    Good read…..even if it does highlight the nutbags.

  26. February 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Staying Put but Still in the Shadows
    Undocumented Immigrants Remain in the Country Despite Strict Laws


  27. 112 defytheodds
    February 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm
  28. 117 africa
    February 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I was polled today, the first time ever for me. The question was on how the president, Dems and Republicans were doing handling issues in the country. They asked for the PBO specifically, then Dems and GOP. On a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest and 1 the lowest. GOP got 1s of course and Dems and PBO got all 5’s.

    • 118 hopefruit2
      February 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      That’s wonderful africa. From which polling outfit? Quinnipiac?

      • 119 africa
        February 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

        No, I don’t think it was Quinnipiac or Gallop.You know at first I started to hang up and so I never concentrated on the introduction. I was at my son’s track meet when the call came in. They asked for each house of Congress separately, then PBO. I was so excited to vote for PBO and Dems, did not give it a second thought.

  29. 121 hopefruit2
    February 25, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    • February 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Too late, buddy! That toothpaste is outta da tube.

    • February 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      LePage has some nerve. How is he any different than the clowns running for the nomination?

    • February 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      God, they’re just proving the point of my piece on TPV. They really don’t care about democracy if it doesn’t produce the desired result.

    • 125 theo67
      February 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Even if they bring in a so-called “moderate” to rescue them, they’re still going to have to appeal to their crazy base, even after the primaries. It will be completely splintered between those who want to be somewhat reasonable, but still offer the failed GOP policies, and the crazies who want to get into people’s bedrooms. Should be interesting.

    • 126 Cha
      February 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Who does he think he’s bullshitting..Gov LePage is a major contributer to ruining the gop brand.

  30. 127 utaustinliberal
    February 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Still can’t get over the fact that Rick Santorum said “President Obama wants everybody to go to college; what a snob!” and the morons in the crowd cheered. So basically, if everyone attends college they’re likely to turn out like PBO. Response: One can only fervently hope.

    In my mind Shorter Santorum: If everyone goes to college, one day we could have a Black President and a Latina on the Supreme Court………Oh wait.

    • February 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Turns my stomach. I spent nearly my entire career working to see that more students have access and graduate. I’m never threatened by smart people!!

      • 129 susanne
        February 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm

        that’s because you have hope for the future, you believe in the good in people, and you believe in the american dream. plus, you’re obviously smart, too!

      • 130 EDP4BHO
        February 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

        Smart people enhance any of us as human beings. Of course, those who agree with Santorum and his lying to them would not know this.

    • 131 hopefruit2
      February 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Where does this hypocritical idiot get off telling people that it’s snobbish to want a college education when he himself went to college and got a BA from Penn State, an MBA from Pittburgh and a JD from Dickinson?!?!?!?!?

      Going by his own twisted logic – he’s a triple snob with 3 college or higher degrees!!

      • 132 susanne
        February 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm

        i’d bet he’s dealing with the fact his kids are homeschooled and have fewer college options. sour grapes, ya know?

      • 140 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        February 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm


      • 143 EDP4BHO
        February 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        One of the attendees:

        “It starts down at the elementary school level with all this bullshit about diversity, pardon my French,” he said. “Diversity and sensitivity and all that crap. That’s the stuff that needs to be taught at home not by my teachers. My teachers need to be academic: Math, science, history, social studies, that sort of thing and keep political opinions out of it, bottom line.” Where’s the “politics” in that jackass’s mind?

        These folk are sick, sick, sick. They would rather their children be uneducated rather than a black man be in the White House. We all know this. American exceptionalism my brown ass.

      • 144 anniebella
        February 26, 2012 at 6:51 am

        I never thought I would agree with Ron Paul about anything, but he said Rick Santorum was a PHONY. I agree, he’s a LYING PHONY. You see the audience Ricky boy is speaking to is fill with such distaste, hatred for this President, they don’t have sense enough to say, hold on wait a minute, what is wrong with wanting our kids to go to college to have a chance at a better life. Instead they will sit there and eat up Ricky boy lies.

    • 145 Linda
      February 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      “Koch Brothers now under fire for corrupting hiring practices at FSU and other Colleges

      The Koch Brothers once again try to buy influence over America, but this time in a very unprecedented way. Paying off Florida State University with a 1.5 million dollars donation – with a caveat. They get to approve who gets hired and that is almost never allowed.

      A conservative billionaire who opposes government meddling in business has bought a rare commodity: the right to interfere in faculty hiring at a publicly funded university.

      A foundation bankrolled by Libertarian businessman Charles G. Koch has pledged $1.5 million for positions in Florida State University’s economics department. In return, his representatives get to screen and sign off on any hires for a new program promoting “political economy and free enterprise.”

      Traditionally, university donors have little official input into choosing the person who fills a chair they’ve funded. The power of university faculty and officials to choose professors without outside interference is considered a hallmark of academic freedom.

      Under the agreement with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, however, faculty only retain the illusion of control. The contract specifies that an advisory committee appointed by Koch decides which candidates should be considered. The foundation can also withdraw its funding if it’s not happy with the faculty’s choice or if the hires don’t meet “objectives” set by Koch during annual evaluations.


      Someone ask Ricky the Sweater about ” indoctrination” going on at Florida State”

      The man is a fraud….100%

    • 147 anniebella
      February 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      When I hear Santorum speak, all I can say is I’m so thankful we have our candidate already chosen. I’m so thankful He is nothing like those lying racists GOP candidate. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

  31. February 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Insurance CEO Praises Affordable Care Act: ‘It Has Been A Pretty Good Thing’

    ya think??


  32. 149 Renegade522/AuntSis
    February 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Good Evening, everyone. Just got back from seeing Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. They were simply wonderful. If only I could move like that….. 🙂

    I think I may watch Meet the Press since Martin O’Malley will be on. You know, I was born and raised in Baltimore so I can claim him as my governor too. I need a governor to be proud of since I am here in Florida. I voted for Sink but would have settled for Crist and ended with Scott. Yeah, my life sucks but the those Alvin Ailey dancers sure made my day. 🙂

  33. 152 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Among the many outstanding consequences of President Obama’s June 4 2009 ‘Cairo Speech’ is the ‘Kansas to Cairo’ project:

    A winner in two machinima categories to be presented during the upcoming Virtual Worlds – Best Practices in Education Conference.

    Enabling a global collaborative learning opportunity, equitably accessible by anyone, is how I spend the majority of my time. Obviously, Pope Surge the 1st would not approve 😉


    • 153 susanne
      February 25, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      wow!!! bob this is amazing!

    • February 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      cool bob i just think it’s great what people are able to do. that’s great tweeted.

    • 155 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      February 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Hi Susanne and Alice – glad you enjoyed it – lot’s of great stuff happening as ‘immersive/interactive online user experiences’ become more and more available.


    • 156 JoJothecat
      February 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      This is so amazaing, thank you Bobfr…can you imagine how far the Internet has grown since 1980’s 90’s? In a a short 12yrs it has grown from AOL bulletin boards to today. It’s so hard to stay up to date, things change so quickly.

    • 157 hopefruit2
      February 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks BOBfr for sharing this with us !

    • 158 nathkatun7
      February 26, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Thanks Bobfr for sharing this. It’s wonderful to see young people from the U.S. and other parts of the world collaborating to find ways of solving problems.

  34. February 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Hey TOD techies, have ya’ll seen this? I’m not really sure what to think about them. What say you fellow techies?

    Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year’s End

    • 160 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      February 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Whether they release the product at the end of the year, I assure you you can expect many versions of this type of ‘wearable’ visual communication device in the near future.


    • 161 hopefruit2
      February 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      These seem like some variation of spy glasses. A bit intrusive if you ask. Has pros and cons but still not sure what to think…

      • 162 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        February 25, 2012 at 8:34 pm

        Hi hf,

        Think of them as a wearable phone with a display that replaces much of the reason folk have iPods & Smartphones, i.e., music, video, websites, etc., are all being displayed quite literally ‘before your eyes’ 🙂



    • February 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Michio Kaku in his latest book foresees that we’ll have contact lenses with displays in them. I’m enough of a geek to say “cool”.

  35. 165 hopefruit2
    February 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I would love to see David Gregory, Chuck Todd, Knoller, Tapper, John King and Candy Crowley all try out for ABC’s Wipeout obstacle course and get busted and muddied up and FAIL.

  36. February 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Oh Chips I just listened to your post “how to deal with a teabagger” That’s gold! thanks!

  37. February 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Just came back from birthday dinner for my brother 🙂

    I did hear that the Wicked Witch wouldn’t be at a WH Dinner, which in my mind is a good thing! She’d ruin people’s appetite!

    • 177 desertflower
      February 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Ouch! All True!

      • 178 susanne
        February 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        df, i know you wrote recently about brewery’s sordid history, but is her heavy drinking common knowledge? i honestly am wondering if her handler’s are just not letting her loose in a high-powered room with alcohol handy.

        • 179 desertflower
          February 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm

          Yes, her drinking is common knowledge here, at least to anyone that cares to pay attention.


          ​Just in time for happy hour, we got our hands on a copy of the Department of Public Safety report filed after Governor Jan Brewer rear-ended a mini-van in 1988. Jan admits having two scotches before the accident but says she wasn’t impaired — despite failing four different field-sobriety tests.

          Not to mention, Brewer changed her story three times when asked how the accident went down. Check it out here.

          The best part of the whole report: the arresting officer describes Brewer as “thick tongued.” In Brewer’s defense, anyone who’s seen her speak knows Jan always sounds like she might be border-line drunk — so her thick tongue isn’t exactly a smoking gun when trying to prove she’s wasted.

          However, the officer also described the then-state-senator as having bloodshot, watery eyes, and dilated pupils that reacted poorly to light stimulation.

          As for the four field-sobriety tests Brewer failed, they seem to be a more telling sign that Brewer was hammered than was her legendary thick tongue.

          • 180 JoJothecat
            February 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm

            how come none of this never comes out DURING an election?

          • 181 susanne
            February 26, 2012 at 2:17 am

            thanks for the background info, desertflower. one of the comments mentioned dementia as another possible source of her whacko statements and behavior. none seemed shocked that she was arrested for dui.

            it would be a sick kind of fun if she were to act out while in washington. no, no–i won’t hope for that. well….no. no.

            anyway, sorry you have to endure this misery. we had ‘scary’ johnson while i lived in new mexico. and though he wasn’t a drunk, he did treat governance as an extreme sport.

    • 182 anniebella
      February 26, 2012 at 7:02 am

      I’m glad that wicked witch of the west didn’t show up to the Governors Dinner.

  38. 183 desertflower
    February 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/25/philadelphia-priest-says-cardinal-ordered-child-abuse/ You see where I might want to go with this? As the war on women continues with fervor…..

    • 184 susanne
      February 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      the title is misleading–it actually is about a priest who says the cardinal ordered him to destroy a list of names of priests involved in child abuse. absolutely horrible, and deserving of outrage. but the title of the article is: priest says cardinal ordered child abuse. clearly they cut the rest of the sentence in shortening it for a headline, but changed the meaning dramatically.

  39. February 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    The campaign organization for President Barack Obama has flashed a message on Twitter indicating plans to open an Omaha headquarters on March 15.

    The Lincoln Journal Star ( http://bit.ly/zgRgrt) reports that while it’s just a tweet, the message might be a signal that Obama’s campaign is preparing to again target the Omaha congressional district’s presidential electoral vote.

    The message went to 2,022 followers of the Obama For America Nebraska feed on Twitter.


    Like in 08, Nebraska will give us 1 EV!

  40. 188 anniebella
    February 26, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Why I’m Voting for President Barack Obama? Because I want too.

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