afternoon all


Greg Sargent: In a speech to the United Auto Workers just now, Obama defended his decision to bail out the auto industry, lacing into Mitt Romney with withering derision. But this speech was about more than the auto-bailout. It was Obama’s case for reelection.

This speech constituted Obama’s most ambitious effort yet to weave his defense of the auto rescue into the larger contrast he will try to draw between his vision and the “you’re on your own” ideology he will accuse Republicans of representing.

…. today’s speech was important: It revealed that the alternate reality Romney has been functioning in throughout the GOP primary is soon going to give way to another reality entirely, a general election reality — and Romney, presuming he will be the nominee, will soon collide with it.

More here




The American Prospect


Michael Tomasky: Ideological rigidity and Obama hatred led Republicans to reject the auto bailout. Now they’re doubling down on their opposition – and surrendering Michigan in the general election.

Michiganders, take pride: your 2012 primary will go down in American political history as perhaps the single most eye-popping case ever of a party’s demands on its candidates during the primary fight reducing its chance of winning the state in November from something not far from half to near zero. This is especially true if Rick Santorum manages to pull the upset and go on to be the nominee; Barack Obama’s campaign wouldn’t have to spend one thin dime in Michigan and would still win by at least 15 points. But it’s true also if unfavorite son Mitt Romney manages to win. Horse-race polls that once showed a tough battle between the two now project an Obama blowout.

More here


The People’s View


Business Insider: U.S. consumer confidence in February surged to 70.8. Economists were expecting the measure to rise to just 63.0 from January’s reading of 61.1…..

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President Barack Obama signs an Executive Order entitled “Establishment of the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center,” in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

232 Responses to “afternoon all”

  1. 1 CTGirl
    February 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm


  2. 16 Geeja
    February 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Go CTgirl you got me!

  3. 19 Pamela
    February 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Still in ER, taking a breather in hopes of finding food!

  4. 26 rikyrah
    February 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm




  5. 28 rikyrah
    February 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Why the GOP wants IPAB to be DOA
    By Steve Benen – Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:15 PM EST.

    Ask congressional Republicans what they want to see happen to Medicare, and they’ll probably talk about reducing costs and restraining spending. It’s why the GOP’s attacks on the Independent Payment Advisory Board are so misguided — IPAB gives what Republicans what they say they want.

    I can understand why the underlying idea is contentious, but the facts are pretty straightforward. As Paul Krugman explained a while back, “Arguably the most important thing we can do to limit the growth in health care costs is learning to say no; we cannot afford a system in which Medicare in particular will pay for anything, especially when that’s combined with an industry structure that gives providers a strong financial incentive to engage in excessive care.”

    More here: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/28/10531981-why-the-gop-wants-ipab-to-be-doa

  6. 29 relellit
    February 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Good afternoon TODville family

    Former Oklahoma senator endorses third-party White House bid

    Former Sen. David Boren (D-Okla.) said Tuesday that he would lend his efforts to the third-party Americans Elect organization, a group dedicated to building an infrastructure for an outside White House challenge in the 2012 election.

    Boren backed President Obama in the 2008 election, and said he might do so again — despite his support for the group.
    The group has millions from supporters backing its efforts, but two of its leading “nominees” as of earlier this month were late night comedian Stephen Colbert and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, who signaled that he isn’t interested in a third-party run. That’s cast doubt on how effective the group’s campaign will actually be.

    Other leading candidates include Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jon Huntsman, who dropped out of the GOP race earlier this year after a poor showing in New Hampshire. Huntsman suggested last week that a third party would be a good development in American politics, although he said he wasn’t interested in running as an outside candidate.


    Stephen Colbert ???? Most of young audience thinks he is a republican.You just can’t fix stupid. 😆

    Yes, I’m fired up.
    Nobody but Obama/Biden 2012

  7. 32 Ladyhawke
    February 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    BREAKING: Dow Jones Closes Above 13,000 For The First Time Since May 2008

    Moments ago, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed over 13,000 for the first time since May 19, 2008. The stock market is now up over 56 percent since Obama took office.


    • February 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      YAYAAYAYAYAYAYAAYAYYAYAYYAYAYYAYAYAYA!!!!! where’s Wall Street’s gratitude to PBO?

      • 34 JoJothecat
        February 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm

        Those greedy SOB’s have no gratitude to PBO because he won’t let them continue to steal, cheat, and F-up the economy.

    • 35 57andFemale
      February 28, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      that job-killing, socialist, wealth-stealing……

      Oh wait………..

    • February 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      LH, nothing makes your day like seeing your retirement fund get new life. Maybe some of the confidence people feel comes from knowing they’re gaining back the security they lost with the market decline in in 2008. Those Wall Street guys who keep shoving money at Romney might consider who’s actually been making their lives better lately because it sure isn’t Willard. Has anyone heard what the turnout is like in Michigan?

      • February 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        People have been posting that the turnout has been quite low. Which is excellent news for John McCain! (Maybe he’ll be their parachuted white knight so that he can have another crack at “that one”.)

        • 38 HZ
          February 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

          I love you take, LL. That makes me smile. “That One”. “That One” again made McCain tremble in his booths today. I am sure it brought back some memories for Sister SP and John McCain to see POB is his fighting and brilliant fired up speech today.HZ

  8. 39 yardarm756
    February 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I use to hang out with those guys from Montford Point. They had a veterans club in Chicago and welcomed an old Swabbie like me into the circle. Good times.

  9. February 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) could be in a serious fight in the upcoming recall election, according to the new survey from Public Policy Polling (D), with Walker in some tight races against his potential Democratic opponents.

    Walker starts out in trouble on a key number: His approval rating is 47%, to disapproval of 52%.

    Recalls in Wisconsin do not feature any direct up-or-down vote on the incumbent, but instead effectively take the form of a special election with the incumbent and a challenger fighting it out to serve the rest of the term.


    But Koch Brothers…

  10. 49 Geeja
    February 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    UAW Speech was awesome. Sounds like President Obama has had enough of those crazy Republicans and is ready to break out that can of Whip-azz!

  11. February 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Just finished watching the speech. AWESOMESAUCE!!!!!!!!! It was fantabulous. I’m telling you, I love when PBO sticks his foot up repug ass. His size ##s really know how to give a good stretch. :mrgreen:

    • February 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Lisa, he’s really fed up with the dolts and calling them out. We’ve seen months and months of rancid red meat thrown at the Republican “base.” Well Dems need to start rising to their feet and warming up their hands because red meat is coming their way and, like common sense truth, it isn’t tainted. I remember hearing some Republicans say a few months ago, that PBO was going to get worn down by their tactics and wouldn’t even want to run again. Well, they’d better move out of the way because he’s revved up, full of energy and ready to roll them down.

  12. February 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    How the hell such a man comes up with such a daughter?

  13. February 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Can someone explain to me how this will solve the Eurozone’s crisis?

    (Reuters) – Greek ministers agreed deep cuts to the minimum wage on Tuesday, slashing living standards for low-paid workers as Athens began implementing measures demanded by international lenders in return for a 130 billion euro rescue package.

    Cabinet approved the cuts, which will hit workers already struggling after more than four years of deep recession, as it signed off on a series of steps agreed in principle by parliament last week, a government official said.

    The move, which will pass into law without the need for further parliamentary approval, imposes a 22-percent cut on the standard minimum monthly wage of 751 euros. For those under 25, the cut will be even more brutal, a 32-percent reduction.

    In addition, it will impose a public-sector wage freeze until the unemployment rate, currently 21 percent, falls below 10 percent.

    I remember some sad soul on GOS, right after the 2010 elections, urging his readers to find ways to emigrate to Europe, as they were the future. I wonder what he thinks now, or if he can still maintain his cognitive dissonance.

    Story here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/28/us-greece-idUSTRE81R1KR20120228

    • February 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      It supposedly helps in the short term, would nit have happened if Germany did nit hold the second bailout hostage
      This austerity in Europe, is Guilt for decades of Socialism!
      Europe will get sick of this fast…

    • February 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      LL, maybe Europe’s problems can be traced to those poor deluded souls who followed KOS’s advice. Like the character in Lil Abner they bring trouble wherever the go.

      Loved your TPV post. Most of the early immigrants in my family were also tailors and seamstresses. It was an “accepting” profession for those with skill and a great work ethic.

    • 59 majii
      February 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Krugman had a post about this on yesterday. He says that it is related to the euro and the fact that it was adopted without having any institutions to make it work is the major problem. IOWs, according to Krugman, it’s monetary policy.

      “So what does ail Europe? The truth is that the story is mostly monetary. By introducing a single currency without the institutions needed to make that currency work, Europe effectively reinvented the defects of the gold standard — defects that played a major role in causing and perpetuating the Great Depression. …

      If the peripheral nations still had their own currencies, they could and would use devaluation to quickly restore competitiveness. But they don’t, which means that they are in for a long period of mass unemployment and slow, grinding deflation. Their debt crises are mainly a byproduct of this sad prospect, because depressed economies lead to budget deficits and deflation magnifies the burden of debt.”


      A euro = @1.346259 dollars. The people in Greece are in for some very difficult times, especially the young people in light of the fact that the minimum monthly wage is 751 euros. I’m expecting more riots with the implementation of this policy.

      • February 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

        I read that. It was a great article. And when the euro was introduced, I had a bad feeling: a common currency with no other common institutions was doomed from the outset. I don’t think it’s a question of “if” the euro will implode, but of “when”.

  14. February 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    FIRED UP…!!

    READY TO GO..!!! 😀

    +############### ++++ +++++###########++

  15. 62 LOL
    February 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Heads Up …the Prez will have an interview with Bob Woodruff (ABC) tomorrow regarding the Ball hosted by the Prez and Flotus for Veterans of the Iraq war.

  16. 63 LOL
    February 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Holy Smokes…Olympia Snowe not running for re-elect. THE SENATE IS OURS!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 69 majii
    February 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Well, well, well. Now it seems as if Santorum has realized he went too far in demonizing JFK. He says he now says: ‘I wish I had back’ that JFK ‘throw up’ line.” Too late, buddy. It’s been memorialized for posterity.


    • February 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      It isn’t just the obscene comment about JFK, nor about the fact that Santorum proved he can’t read or understand the English language, it’s the fact that he doesn’t think before he speaks. He’s already created an international incident with his stupid remarks about the Netherlands health care system and heaven only knows how many US allies he’ll manage to offend before his campaign is over. The idea that this man– who can’t control his mouth, his temper or his judgment– could come anywhere the White House scares me silly. You can just picture him ordering a nuclear attack and then hitting his forehead and saying, ‘Oops, I shouldn’t have done that.” Keep talking Ricky. Stick your big foot farther and farther down your throat so that everyone in the world knows what a ginormous fool you are.

      • 71 majii
        February 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        I see all of the GOP candidates as suffering from the same disease, Jackie. Not one of them knows jack squat about economics, foreign policy, history, or anything else, but each of them thinks he can “take on” PBO. They don’t know who they’re wanting to mess with. PBO has a mind like a steel trap, is an avid reader and student of history/foreign policy/economics, has great critical thinking skills, thinks before he speaks, and is a great communicator. None of the GOP candidates possess this skill set. Their problem is that they, and their supporters, think that the only requirement necessary to defeat PBO is to be a belligerent bully. Yeah, right. They don’t realize that what may work among the GOP base may not work when used in the GE.

    • 72 anniebella
      February 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      It’s to late for alot of things that crazy radical phony Santorum has said.

    • 73 susanne
      February 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      hmmm–i think it’s a tactic. he gets to both say it, and rev up his nutcake followers, and then also repudiate it, and presumably impress his less insane followers with his reasonableness. too bad, rant sorum–you just infuriated everybody that was paying attention.

  18. 74 Dudette
    February 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Snowe Statement On Decision Not To Run For Re-Election


    WASHINGTON, D.C – Three-term Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) issued the following statement today with regard to her re-election campaign:

    “After an extraordinary amount of reflection and consideration, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate.

    “After 33 years in the Congress this was not an easy decision. My husband and I are in good health. We have laid an exceptionally strong foundation for the campaign, and I have no doubt I would have won re-election. It has been an indescribable honor and immeasurable privilege to serve the people of Maine, first in both houses of Maine’s legislature and later in both houses of Congress. To this day, I remain deeply passionate about public service, and I cherish the opportunity I have been given for nearly four decades to help improve the lives of my fellow Mainers.

    “As I have long said, what motivates me is producing results for those who have entrusted me to be their voice and their champion, and I am filled with that same sense of responsibility today as I was on my first day in the Maine House of Representatives. I do find it frustrating, however, that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions.

    “With my Spartan ancestry I am a fighter at heart; and I am well prepared for the electoral battle, so that is not the issue. However, what I have had to consider is how productive an additional term would be. Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term. So at this stage of my tenure in public service, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate, which is what a fourth term would entail…

    Read the rest here:

    • 75 Dudette
      February 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      March 15, 2012 is the Maine filing deadline

      Who’ve we got?

    • February 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      She’s auditioning for Americans Elect. From her statement:

      As I enter a new chapter, I see a vital need for the political center in order for our democracy to flourish and to find solutions that unite rather than divide us. It is time for change in the way we govern, and I believe there are unique opportunities to build support for that change from outside the United States Senate. I intend to help give voice to my fellow citizens who believe, as I do, that we must return to an era of civility in government driven by a common purpose to fulfill the promise that is unique to America.

      Of course, she may have resigned to give the Dems a clear shot at the seat, since she never had the courage to leave the GOP. But that’s just my Macciavellian side speaking.

      • 77 Dudette
        February 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

        Interesting yeh, but who’ve we got to run for that Senate seat? They’ve only got two weeks to get rolling! We NEEEEED that seat!

        • 78 susanne
          February 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

          possibly there have been some talks behind the scenes, and the dems had a heads up. i’m guessing this is a segue, not a disruption.

          • February 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

            Again, I have a very suspicious mind when it comes to politics, and this came out of left field. Sen. Snowe never had the courage of her “moderate” convictions, but maybe she found that not seeking re-election was the way she could turn her seat blue.

    • 80 majii
      February 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      IMHO, Snowe just got tired of the obstructionist, do nothing republicans in her caucus but is too much of a coward to say it, so she slinks off into the sunset with this dissembling statement. I know BullStank when I see it, and this statement reeks of it. Snowe, instead of duking it out with McConnell, Kyle, McCain and the other wingnuts, decided to bow out while giving the impression that both parties in the Senate are to blame for the extreme partisanship when she knows nothing is further from the truth.

  19. 82 yardarm756
    February 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Since today has been an up type day, I thought I’d add the following in case no one has seen it:


    Why does Hawaii have an interstate parkway??????? does Hawaii have an interstate parkway???????

    Can you cry under water?

    How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

    Once you’re in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

    Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

    What disease did cured ham actually have?

    How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

    Why is it that people say they ‘slept like a baby’ when babies wake up like every two hours?

    Why are you IN a movie, but you’re ON TV?

    Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

    Why do doctors leave the room while you change?
    They’re going to see you naked anyway…

    Why is ‘bra’ singular and ‘panties’ plural?

    Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

    If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

    Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They’re both dogs!

    If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

    Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

    Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

    Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s
    face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

    Why, Why, Why
    do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?

    Why do banks charge a fee on ‘insufficient funds’ when they know there is not enough money?

    Why does someone believe you when you say there are four
    billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

    Why do they use sterilized needles
    for death by lethal injection?

    Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?

    Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

    Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

    If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

    Why is it that no matter what colour bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

    Is there ever a day that mattresses
    are not on sale?

    Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

    Why do people keep running over a thread a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the
    vacuum one more chance?

    Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

    How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light

    Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

    In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

    How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

    And my FAVORITE………

    The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends — if they’re okay, then it’s you.

  20. February 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Hey everyone! i know this is a few years old but i think its relevant right now with all the crackhead God talk and religous wack jobs like Santorum and the GOP … long live Louis C.K.!!!

    Now lets all go out and masterbate for fun!! lol

  21. 102 CTGirl
    February 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Are you guys watching Rev. Al? I missed Tweety, so am not sure what that was about, I may take a quick glance at 7 🙂

    • February 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Tweety was all over Willard like insects on grain. His lead was mitt v. Willard ( or something like that). He, Coward and someone else laughed their asses off at Willard and his blunders. The next segment I skipped because it had Dickkk the Hack. Then the third one was about PBO’s “barnburner speech.” Then a segment on women flocking to PBO and the ‘Let Me Finish’ he said that Willard was a bad politician who says anything for a vote……. Methinks Old Birdie don’t likey likey Willard. 😦
      ps- the 7pm showing will be live I think.

    • 106 yardarm756
      February 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Don’t waste your time. It’s warmed over grits.

  22. 108 Beaglemom
    February 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    That was a wonderful speech! I’m so proud that Barack Obama is the President. Today is primary day in Michigan. I voted by absentee ballot for President Obama and I felt so good putting the ballot in the mail!

  23. 109 Linda
    February 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Any Questions Republicans ?

  24. February 28, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Wow, now let’s imagine the shrieks that will be heard if Michelle Obama said this:

    Ann Romney: Media Doesn’t “Want Anyone Who Has A Chance” Against Bam

    “All of us in this room know the media loves Barack Obama. They don’t want anyone who has a chance of defeating him.”

    “I am so mad at the press [that] I could just strangle them! And, you know, I think I’ve decided there are going to be some people invited on the bus and some people just aren’t going to be invited on the bus.”

  25. 128 Nili
    February 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Damn, that speech was FIERCE!

  26. February 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Helllloooo TODdies!!!! I got back in time to hear PBO’s speech to the UAW. What a treat, what a barn burner of a get down with it. Is it time for the general yet?

  27. 130 TheShyLurker
    February 28, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I’m laughing watching this repug failing against Rev. Al.

    • 131 vitaminlover
      February 28, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Did you notice that his necktie was getting looser and that face was blotching up. I thought that he was going to stroke out!

  28. 132 desertflower
    February 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Republicans are SCARED! John Feenery is terrified! I can see it in his face and here it in his rhetoric…..Watching Rev Al…and OMG! It is SO APPARENT that they are running scared. Anyone see that??

    • 133 CTGirl
      February 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      He stumbled over his words, a sure sign that he is afraid because as we all know, no one lies better than a Republican and he struggled.

      • 134 yardarm756
        February 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm

        He sounded like a snake oil salesman. Talking over people and talking fast and saying nothing of substance. Purely emotional b.s.

    • 135 Grab a Mop Grace
      February 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Go Rev Go!
      Df you are so right, John Feehery was freaking out!
      I’ve seen him all over MSNBC for a while now and I’ve never seen this guy that unhinged.
      Running scared they are.

      And let me take this opportunity to say, I am a big Richard Wolfe fan.

      Obama/Biden 2012

    • 136 Linda
      February 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      Good…I saw that too…he was stuttering .

    • 141 Cheryllou
      February 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      That John guy looked like he was going to pop a vein or something. He was very loud, trying to talk over Rev. Al and the other guy. Methinks the GOP if not in panic mood now, will be pretty soon.

  29. 143 JoJothecat
    February 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Hello TOD Family,

    I am sitting in my hotel room in Minnesota listening to the video our wonderful Chips has of PBO giving the speech at UAW…talk about being on F I R E! The GOP better look out when our president STARTS campaigning…he’s just warming up…FIRED UP READY TO #PRESSON!

  30. February 28, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Jphn Feehury on rev Al looking like an ass. It’s like watching a balloon loosing hot air. He looks so dumb. He couldn’t challenge Rev Al and Richard Wolffe on Willard’s lack of real viability so he went back to GOP talking points that PBO was attacking the Catholic Church. We they brought up the Nuns and other Catholics who were appreciative of PBO’s compromise, That Ass said: ” well not in my parish!” Richard talked to him like an adult talking to a child and it took the air right out of Feehury’s sails. Idjit! 🙄

  31. February 28, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    this is OT, but this just tickled me so I gotta post it:

    Rush Slams Romney For ‘Hair On Fire’ Line About Base

    …”Well, I’m a member of the Republican base, I assume most of you are, so what I hear is that we’re incendiary and that we react to that and all we want is for Obama to be attacked,” Limbaugh said after reading the quote allowed in a mocking tone…

  32. February 28, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I see Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe will not seek re-election. Do we have someone there? Also see that the NFL will open their season one day early so as not to conflict with Obama’s Dem. Natl. Convention speech. I would hope so.

  33. February 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    All right TOD family! One hour to the closing of the polls here in Michigan. Just for the record, even though it’s an open primary (dems can vote for repubs), we opted to stay out of it. My husband was like, ‘well, this is between them and their crazy town thugs and idiots.’ I think I’ll pick up a good bottle of Moscato instead. 🙂

  34. February 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Hello TOD Family. I have some catching up to do. I had surgery today on my sinuses so am a little out of it right now. Just wanted to say that I am so very proud of our President, and I appreciate all of you here so very much. Chips, I love you dearly. Back soon.

    • 160 desertflower
      February 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Feel better, Jackie 🙂

      • February 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm

        Thanks DF. Any news on what kind of turnout we had in Arinona today yet?

        • 162 desertflower
          February 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm

          Not to my knowledge. Think it’s too early to guess…though I have heard that Romney looks like a lock up here. People have early voted already. I did have one guy drive up to my school and ask if there was voting going on there today…nope! He wondered why and WHERE is polling station was….I said he needed to go check online, that the polls were probably open until 6 or 7 tonight.

          One thing that AZ does that I hate, is they never seem to have the same polling places. I’ve lived here 11 years, and have voted in at least 4 or 5 different places. Now I just vote by mail. I’m done wondering where the heck I’m supposed to go!

      • February 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        Jackie, get some sweet rest and take good care of yourself. ((((((((((((Hugs coming your way)))))))))))))))HZ

  35. February 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Obama campaign manager Jim Messina: “Best part of yesterday was having my parents call to say ‘we are so proud of you’-for getting called a Punk [b]y Rush Limbaugh.”

    Why did he call Messina a punk? What did he do?

  36. 166 hopefruit2
    February 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I’m so sad I had to miss our President’s wonderful speech! Thanks to Chips, I can watch the speech this evening after Romney get’s his arse whipped.

  37. February 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Politico has the stupidest article ever-

    Will the 1 million from Bill Maher hurt Obama?


  38. February 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I’ve said it again and again…

    The one thing that would help the President’s adversaries the most is to realize how incredibly formidable your chosen opponent actually is.

  39. 176 Linda
    February 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Republicans Sought Algae Research Grants From Obama, Now They’re Attacking Him For It

    By mocking the president, conservatives ignore a history of party leaders and their industry allies endorsing algae research.

    Republicans from Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) to Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) have requested Department of Energy grants for algae research. All three lawmakers wrote that algae investments would reduce America’s oil use. For instance, Johanns wrote that an algae biotechnology center “would develop technology to decrease our dependence on imported oil.”

    Republican allies in the oil industry have also invested in algae, including No. 1 oil lobbyist ConocoPhillips and ExonMobil, which sunk $600 million in algae biofuel research.

    On energy, the administration is doing far more than budgeting for biofuel research. The White House’s FY 2013 budget provides billions for R&D and manufacturing in clean energy technologies, while higher fuel economy standards will reduce U.S. oil consumption by more than 2 million barrels per day. Meanwhile, under Obama, domestic production of oil has reached record levels of quadruple the drilling rigs over the past three years.

    • February 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      With algae, you could just grow effectively unlimited masses of it (oweing to exponential growth rates, and recyclable by-products) and rot it all down in biodigesters, creating methane (what we call the final, primary product of natural-gas extraction). Compressed natural gas can run in gasoline-powered vehicles with minimal modification.


      Personally, I think studying a wide variety of technologies is wise, as we’re apt to adopt different innovations for different problems, and even go through a number of generations of tech as better and better options become available.

  40. February 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I found my thrill.
    On Blueberry PAC Hill.

  41. February 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Am I the only one really looking forward to Michigan’s results? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? 😆

  42. 184 Linda
    February 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Gingrich Campaign Will Air 30-Minute Energy Address In Ohio

    Previously just on online, the Gingrich campaign announced it will be airing his 30-minute address on entitled “$2.50 per Gallon Gasoline, Energy Independence and Jobs” in Ohio ahead of Super Tuesday. It will run on the Ohio News Network, which “reaches 1.5 million homes in all 12 of Ohio’s media markets.”

    Here’s the schedule of when it will air:

    Thursday, March 1 – 8:30pm

    Friday, March 2 – 7:30pm

    Saturday, March 3 – 8:00pm
    Sunday, March 4 – 8:00pm
    Monday, March 5 – 8:30pm

    The campaign says it will announce more air times in more states in the coming days, including in Spokane, WA, Tulsa, OK, Nashville, TN, and Macon, GA.

    hahhaha….seriously ?

  43. 191 desertflower
    February 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    This is rich! Bamboozling them all the way!


    [H]ere’s debt as a percentage of GDP in 2021 (using the OMB numbers (pdf) for Obama and CRFB for the others):

    You HAVE to see this graph!

  44. February 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Wow, just wow. Ain’t this some shit! Please read the letter…ur head will spin…

    Alum Tells Smith College to Quit Admitting Poors

    In recent years, Smith College has been making efforts to improve its diversity. But one alum isn’t happy about this. She would like less diversity, please — and she’s written a letter warning Smith about the dire consequences of admitting fewer rich white ladies.

    Anne Spurzem, class of ‘84, wrote to the Smith College Sophian on Wednesday. Let’s just read the whole letter, shall we…

  45. 198 hopefruit2
    February 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    3rd grade politics!

  46. 200 hopefruit2
    February 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  47. 202 collegekay
    February 28, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Santorum’s face instantly makes me angry.

  48. 215 collegekay
    February 28, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Santorum 48%, Romney 34% with 1% reporting

  49. 216 jeff
    February 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    This speech was great! I love my president! 🙂

  50. 217 isonprize
    February 28, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Pres. Obama’s UAW speech was FIYAH!!!! And just think a minute, he’s just warming up!!

    Now, as for Michigan, — please, please, please, please, PLEASE!!!!! let Lil Ricky Santorum win Michigan. PLEASE, OH PLEASE, OH PLEASE!!!!

  51. February 28, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    In case no one’s been to his blog lately, the ever lovely Eclectablog is going to be on Democracy Now tomorrow.

  52. February 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    What’s the delegate count awarded for Mich and Ariz? I think this whole thing is hyped for ratings. Michigan isn’t even in play for the general thanks to the repub numnuts. Momney already has 84 delegates, St.Torum only has 14. The Grinch has 29, so no matter how Mi turns out, Mitty still has more delegates by a long shot.

  53. February 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Ricky’s quickly losing ground to Mittens in the results.

    • February 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      MSNBC has it 40-38% in favor of the Saint, with 7% of the precincts in. Oh, and there are 30 delegates awarded proportionately. That means, no matter what, Mutt, comes away quite a bit ahead in delegate count

  54. 223 collegekay
    February 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Essentially tied at 40%-39% with 7% reporting

  55. 224 susanne
    February 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    factoid gleaned from reading article in jan 23 issue of new yorker (which just arrived here in hawaii), article titled ‘the good wife’: callista’s middle name is louise, so the family, and her doughy husband, call her ‘cally lou’. can you imagine looking at that woman and saying, ‘hey, cally lou’ ?

  56. February 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Question: How can the networks rely on exit polling if they is so much “crossover-mischief” as they say is happening?

  57. 231 GGail
    February 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Check this out – even if Santorum is leading, MSNBC.com has Romney’s numbers bold and in red.


  58. February 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Mittens holds a small lead with 24% precincts reporting.

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