173 Responses to “toon time”


  1. 6 yardarm756
    February 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I’m near the top. Woopie!

  2. 15 57andFemale
    February 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Oh, my god — the spokes-twit for Romney on Andrea Mitchell just blamed the Detroit Economic Club for the disaster at Ford Field.

    This guy would be a disaster for this country.

    • February 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Now that’s an attitude that’s going to win friends among the Economic Club members and families and friends and…. Offend one group of people and you get quite a ripple of people who begin resenting you and tell their families, friends , etc. It all comes back to haunt you. Say–It was my fault–and the buck (and resentment) stops right there. Something PBO learned a long time ago.

  3. 17 57andFemale
    February 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    My husband loves sweater vests and now refuses to wear them. I told him to not let Sanitorium take any control over him!

  4. 37 Lightfoot
    February 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    The wide grin on my face is still hurting from the SEVER-LY hilarity of these republican cartoons. 😉

  5. 38 GGail
    February 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Goooooood west coast morning Chipsticks!
    I love these toons! hahahahahahaha

    Good west coast morning TOD family 🙂
    That prize for LL is so appropriate!

    I am loving Barack in his knit sweater vest.

    Excellent thread Chipsticks – whoooo hoooooooooo!!!!

  6. February 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Rep. Michael Michaud (D-Maine) is taking steps toward launching a bid for the Senate seat that retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) will be vacating.

    Michaud spokesman Greg Olson told The Hill that Michaud would start collecting petitions, but hadn’t made a final decision.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/213347-rep-michaud-takes-steps-towards-run-for-snowes-seat

    • 40 57andFemale
      February 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      I heard Snowe on Andrea Mitchell. She is way too coy about what she’ll be doing next.

      And if you ever had a doubt she’s a Republican, she’s a Republican. Not batshit crazy (although she votes like she is).

  7. 43 57andFemale
    February 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Romney tours plant, fires up a machine saying, “I gotta push a button. That’ll be my heavy-lift in terms of manufacturing.”— Sam Youngman (@samyoungman) February 29, 2012

  8. 44 57andFemale
    February 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    • 45 57andFemale
      February 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      I had no trouble embedding a tweet earlier and now can’t do it. Maybe I should actually go back to work…………

  9. February 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Rush Limpdick opining on Danica Patrick’s support of PBO’s contraception decision:

    “She was talking, Danica Patrick was talking about Obama’s contraception ruling. She was not speaking in general though it applies generally… She said, “I leave it up to the government to make good decisions for America.” … What do you expect from a woman driver? I don’t know why everybody was so shocked.”

    The only way he can get close to someone who looks like Danica is to pay for it.

    • 47 TrumpDog
      February 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      He’s such a fucking PIG

      • 48 anniebella
        February 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm

        Excuse me TrumpDog, but what have pigs every done to you for you to compare a pig to Rush Limbaugh? They don’t deserve that. For those that eat pigs, look at all the good meat it gives. Name one good thing about Rush Limpdick. If you ask I’m sure pigs will forgive you.

      • 49 utaustinliberal
        February 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm

        The pigs would reject him because he’s beneath them.

    • 50 yardarm756
      February 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Excuse me LL. It’s not Rush. It should be Flush. I’ve said in an earlier thread he is a manatee with a microphone.

    • 51 overseasgranny
      February 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Lib Lib, I have to jump in here and say how well you are writing. Soon I am going to start asking for an autograph. 🙂

      • February 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm

        😆 Thanks OSG.

        Unrelated question: Do you think Ireland will vote against the new EU treaty?

        • 53 overseasgranny
          February 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm

          Hi LL, I think the Yes vote will win but not by much. There will be a lot of No on principle voting. Of somewhat more importance, watch what is happening with the new Household Tax and Septic System tax; they are hated and so far only 6% have paid the Household tax due at the end of March. These two unfair taxes may get the brunt of the discontent and anger. Although Kenny’s government is heads above the last one, this one has some stupids in it as well.

  10. 54 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Good day Chips; congrats LL! 🙂

    Important graphs:

    #PRESSON

    • 55 anniebella
      February 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      The Darn Republicans are responsible for the hyper-polarization of Congress. From the day President Obama walk into the Oval Office they wanted him to fail. And when the radical T-Party got elected, it made things a 1000 times worse. Their only goal was to stop this President by any means necessary.

  11. 56 yardarm756
    February 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    A word from our CIC that I found hidden in my files.

    Before we get too depressed about the state of our politics, let’s remember our history. The great debates of the past, all stirred great passions. They all made somebody angry, and at least once led to a terrible war. What is amazing, is that despite all the conflict, our experiment in democracy has worked better than any form of government on earth.
    President Barack Obama, University of Michigan Commencement, 2010

  12. February 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    You guys will not believe this.
    Davy Jones of the Monkees died of a heart attack.
    😦

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/02/29/the-monkees-davy-jones-dies-of-a-heart-attack/

  13. February 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Stem cell technologies market to hit $700M in 2012

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/02/stem-cell-technologies-market-to-hit.html

    Maybe science is a good thing after all, it provides jobs and saves lives, go figure…

  14. 73 Squarepeg
    February 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Ad at DC area subway station: “Go to hell Barack”

    http://arlington.wusa9.com/news/news/96313-ad-dc-area-metro-station-go-hell-barack

    grrrrrr we need to petition to get this ad taken down

    • February 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      The one who did that sign, deserves Hell themselves.
      Wicked A— B—–.!
      People like that get on my last nerves.

    • February 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      Rep. Moran Calls on WMATA to Remove Offensive, Disrespectful Metro Ad
      http://bluevirginia.us/diary/6119/moran-calls-on-wmata-to-remove-offensive-disrespectful-metro-ad

      To contact Metro and express your desire to have this ad taken down immediately, here’s some relevant information:

      By Mail
      Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
      600 5th Street, NW
      Washington, DC 20001

      Customer feedback form
      http://wmata.com/about_metro/contact_us/ridercomment.cf

      Marketing: 202-962-2767
      Advertising: 202-962-1188

    • February 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      I reported this to OFA TruthTeam2012’s Attackwatch. TruthTeam2012 is on Twitter… @TruthTeam2012. It used to be called, ‘Attackwatch’. Now, it’s part of a more comprehensive, expanded effort to push/fight back against elected TeaPUBLICANs/TeaGOP and their ilks’ (Koch/Norquist/Adelson, Rove, Murdoch/Ailes, and whomever else.) “War” on PBHO and America….Grrr! 😡 And, it’s located on TOD’s sidebar—> 😉 )

      And, by the way, there’s an official OFA #Obama2012 destination for news, views, and answers to your campaign questions. Obama2012 is on Twitter…. @Obama2012:

      Hope you take advantage of it, WE gotta have PBHO’s back. He got ours! 😉

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again… Obama/Biden 2012!
      WE CAN’T WAIT/WE CAN’T GO BACK… So, LET’S STAY/REBUILD TOGETHER 2012! 😉
      PRESS ON!

  15. February 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Just listened to Richard Vigery on Ed’s show. Still pushing Ricky…….said he thinks country will see a big change in Ricky in the coming days. (I missed the first minute of so of the interview.) He walked back big-time his quote on Ed’s show from couple weeks ago–“No way Romney, no way no how, never.” I have heard him say that twice on Ed’s show in the past 2-3 months, the last time being two weeks ago. He walked it back and said IF he said that, he was over-stating and that one should never say never. He said that Romney finally reached out to “true conservatives” this last week. Ed asked how he did that and Vigery said by attending a a couple of Tea Party rallies. Said Romney had always stayed away from conservatives….didn’t want to have anything to do with them, but that obviously, he has begun to realize that he can’t win without them.

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha……….the fools are funny to listen to. Totally out of touch with reality.

  16. 81 ber6964
    February 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Afternoon All and by the by Chips it’s almost time for that 8 Million Hit Party……Maybe by Tomorrow!!!!

  17. 83 57andFemale
    February 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Bob Kerry is running for Senate.

  18. 84 57andFemale
    February 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Snowe will vote against the Blunt Amendment. Collins and Murkowski are ‘undecided’.

    There is no such thing as a ‘moderate’ Republican. Anyone who remotely considers giving health insurance over to the whims and ‘conscience’ of employers is no moderate. They are either cowards or Republicans.

  19. 86 defytheodds
    February 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Fashion designer John Varvatos speaks about collaborating with the Chrysler design team to create a one-of-a-kind Chrysler 300S to auction off for the 9th Annual Stuart House Benefit.

  20. 88 MJ
    February 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Check out this incredible exchange from the red carpet at last Sunday’s Academy Awards between the wonderful Mr. George Clooney & the pathetic Jesse Watters (a.k.a. Bill O’Reilly’s ambush producer).

    When the reporter asked Clooney as the actor was walking away, “Is Obama doing a good job?”, The Descendants star reminded, “Yes he is. He’s the President of the United States, not Obama. He’s the President of the United States.” Clooney then glared purposefully at Watters.

    Swoon!!! Apparently, Watter’s boss agreed with Clooney’s presidential point. After viewing the video with Watters, O’Reilly said “Clooney was right; it’s President Obama…,” the host told Watters. “Next time, you say President Obama. I always say that or Mr. Obama.” (Yeah right…like Bill “1000 Interruptions” O’Reilly treats the President with the respect he deserves.)

    • 89 itgurl_29
      February 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Sigh, I love George Clooney. He’s a stand up guy and my favorite celebrity President Obama supporter.

      • 90 utaustinliberal
        February 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm

        He’s one of the best. Very talented. Always down to earth and generous with his fans on the red carpet. Great sense of humor. Plus he is never ashamed of touting PBO’s accomplishments. On Person to Person a show on CBS he proudly showed off a wall photo of he and President Obama. It had pride of place in his California home. He went on and on about the picture. Loved him even more.

    • February 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Sometimes he does a lot better than the PL and emoprogs.

    • February 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      omg, he’s a TODer… we’ve been excellent here about addressing POTUS properly.. I seriously hate the “Obama” this & that, if folks can’t refer to him as President Obama or POTUS.. then they need to not speak of him.. new rule, okay joking, sorta 😉

      • 93 nathkatun7
        February 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm

        ” … if folks can’t refer to him as President Obama or POTUS.. then they need to not speak of him.”

        Sherijr, I agree with you 100%! George Clooney is the real deal! I am sick and tired of people, both on the right and the left, but especially media people, who continually disrespect President Obama. Love him or hate him, President Obama is the duly elected President of the United States and he should always be addressed by his title. Interestingly enough people continue to show more proper respect for people who are no longer in office ( e.g. former Presidents Carter, Clinton, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. are always addressed as President) than they do a sitting President.

  21. 94 defytheodds
    February 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm
  22. 95 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    February 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Update on PoliticusUSA – yep, they were attacked again and are trying to recover …

    #PRESSON

  23. 98 MJ
    February 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Re: comment #50 above

    Here’s a link to the website w/ the story about George Clooney’s admonition to the Fox News reporter that he should respect President Obama by using his title when discussing him: http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlla/bill-oreilly-jesse-watters-george-clooney-academy-awards-president-obama_b54654

    • February 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      James Cromwell from The Artist was asked: “is Obama doing a good job?”
      His response: “Not to my mind. No.”
      —————- hm. Guess which movie I’m not wasting money to go see?

      • February 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm

        the idiot “reporter” then asks Sandra Bullock if Bill O’Reilly is “fair and balanced”
        Her quip? “Mentally or physically?”
        hahhahahhahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! 😆 😆 😆 OMG! I love her! 😀

        • 101 utaustinliberal
          February 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm

          It’s funny that he was all over OWS like a rash and gushing about them but was soooo disappointed in PBO. I’ve learned to separate the artists from their political affiliations or else I’d have to cut off a lot of TV shows and movies.

      • 102 MJ
        February 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm

        Don’t waste any time worrying about that cranky old geezer. Go & see the film if you want to see it. Movies are expensive these days, but I’m sure the majority of the folks involved with the production (including mega Obama supporter Harvey Weinstein) are worthy of our support.

        • February 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm

          Exactly. I like Cromwell he’s a fine actor. I remember from the days of a TV show called Hot L Baltimore. In this case he’s just wrong but that doesn’t take away from the film.

    • 104 GGail
      February 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      I like in the video where Watters says that Cameron Diaz saw the Fox logo on his mic and told her Publicist, “I don’t do Fox News” and turned away!

    • 106 susanne
      February 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      omg–those kids are so darn cute! i hope they get to run around and play and be free, as well as work out in the gym. but they do look happy!

  24. February 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I’m watching CSPAN2 and they are speaking on the Blunt amendment which gives businesses the right to deny insurance coverage to employees for anything for any reason. They want it voted on as an amendment to the transportation bill. The vote is expected Thursday.

    • February 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Oh for Pete’s sake! I mean, I’m not religious, but I know I would be furious if they baptized my very Catholic mother. It’s just such a personal violation.

      • 111 susanne
        February 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm

        seems the mormon church, instead of seeing their favored son elected to high office, is having to endure scrutiny of what goes on in its ‘quiet rooms’. this may start to look like a bad deal very quickly, as their boy flounders and the press jumps on his remains.

  25. 112 defytheodds
    February 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Obama team fires back at Koch brothers

    President Obama’s re-election campaign is accusing the Koch brothers-funded conservative group Americans for Prosperity of faking its grassroots support.

    The claim, in a new letter from campaign manager Jim Messina, is part of a growing back-and-forth between the Obama team and the billionaire Koch brothers.

    “You argue that Americans for Prosperity is a grassroots organization of everyday citizens,” Messina wrote in the letter, an early copy which was obtained by The Fix. “But its emphasis on rolling hack environmental protections and blocking a clean energy economy appears to be nothing more than an effort to promote the corporate interests of your employers and others who lavishly, and secretly, fund its operations.”

    “There is no campaign in the country that believes more in the active participation of Americans in the electoral process than this one. When you attempt to drown out their voices through unlimited, secret contributions to pursue a special-interest agenda that conflicts with what’s best for our nation, you must expect some scrutiny of your actions.”

    Here is the entire letter:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/obama-team-fires-back-at-koch-brothers/2012/02/29/gIQA3UXbiR_print.html

    • 113 defytheodds
      February 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Another key part of Jim Messina’s letter:

      “And now it’s been reported that your employers and those close to them intend to spend $200 million in an attempt to defeat the President. You note in your letter that Americans for Prosperity has tens of thousands of members and contributors from all walks of life across the country, suggesting that this is the source of AFP’s funding. There is one way to verify your point: disclose those donors for the public to make that judgment.”

    • 115 Linda
      February 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      http://www.muckety.com/David-H-Koch/2226.muckety

      David Koch is a liar……there is a solid line between him and AFP

  26. 116 xtine
    February 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    The guest list includes Gold Star family members, those who lost a loved one in the almost-nine-year war that officially ended in December of 2011. The President and Mrs. Obama will be seated at different tables, and Mrs. Obama will sit next to Kim Felts, a Gold Star wife from Fayetteville, NC. Her husband, Colonel Thomas H. Felts, Sr. passed away on November 14th, 2006 in Baghdad, when an explosive detonated near his vehicle. They had four children, and the two youngest, Rebekah and Thomas, now in high school, will also be seated with the First Lady.

    [snip]

    Openly gay service members are included, according to Pentagon spokesman Doug Wilson, to highlight the Obama Administration’s achievement in ending the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

    “Mrs. Obama wanted to make sure that the room that night represented the America that served in Iraq,” Wilson said.

    http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/02/tonight-president-obama-honors-iraq.html#more

  27. February 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to ask President Obama to make a more forceful and specific threat of a U.S. military strike against Iran over its nuclear program:

    Israel wants Obama to make further-reaching declarations than the vague assertion that “all options are on the table,” the official said. In particular, Netanyahu wants Obama to state unequivocally that the United States is preparing for a military operation in the event that Iran crosses certain “red lines,” said the official; Israel feels this will increase pressure on Iran by making clear that there exists a real U.S. threat.

    Officials in both Jerusalem and Washington acknowledge a serious lack of trust between Israel and the United States with regard to the issue of a possible strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. A senior U.S. official who is involved in preparing Netanyahu’s visit to the United States – and who asked to remain anonymous – said intensive preparations are underway to guarantee the success of the meeting between Netanyahu and Obama and to bridge this lack of trust.

    Oh okay, Bibi!

  28. February 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Obama betrayed blue-collar workers for urbanite hipsters, says Sen. Hatch

    By Josiah Ryan – 02/29/12 10:43 AM ET

    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Wednesday accused President Obama of betraying blue-collar Americans in favor of the city-dwelling liberal elite.

    “President Obama has traded in the hard hat and lunch bucket category of the Democratic Party for the hipster fedora and a double skim latte,” said Hatch, referring to the president’s energy policy, which has delayed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and limited and delayed the exploration and production of some domestic energy.

    The president is putting the preferred lifestyle policies of wealthy urbanites ahead of the needs of blue-collar and union workers and middle-class Americans,” said Hatch. “He has put liberal environmental dreams above the economic reality that working-class Americans have been dealing with for years.”

    Hatch is one of many Republican senators who have taken to the Senate floor this week to batter President Obama over rising energy prices, which they say are his fault.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/213285-obama-betrayed-blue-collar-workers-for-urbanite-hipsters-says-sen-hatch

    • February 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Oh yeah just what The President needs. Advice about the Democratic base from an ultraconservative Republican who will say anything to hold on to his Senate seat.

      • 122 utaustinliberal
        February 29, 2012 at 5:57 pm

        Haha. According to Orrin Hatch a fedora and double skim latte is the prerequisite to joining the organization of hipsters. He’s such a moron. How does having a fedora or drinking a latte make you elite?

        • February 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm

          Fedora? Hipsters? Where does this old man get his talking points? Orrin Hatch embarrassing the state of Utah for thirty-five years.

          Unfortunately, if he gets run out of office we’ll probably get a crackbrained tea partier in his place.

          Like the junior senator from Utah, Mike Lee, who claims the whole federal government is unconstitutional.

          What a joy it’s been to have lived in an insane asylum for the last 46 years.

    • February 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Orrin Hatch, defender of the blue collar worker. What a farce.

    • 126 anniebella
      February 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Who gives a dam what that senile Orrin Hatch has to say? Please show me what have he done for the blue collar Americans. People are not dumb, they try this B.S. in 2008, trying to portray President Obama as some uppity black man who don’t care about the average joe. But Hatch is a liar, a bold face liar.

      • 127 anniebella
        February 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Someone need to ask Hatch who was the one trying to get the rich to pay just alittle bit more so jobs could be created for the middle class. But who was it that block that from happening? Hatch and his right wingnuts. Hatch was just looking out for the 1%.

  29. February 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    BYU Professor makes controversial statements about Blacks & LDS Church

    Reported by: Kimberly Nelson

    SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Comments made by a BYU Theology professor opening up old wounds about the LDS church’s policy on African Americans and priesthood.

    It was June 9th, 1978 when LDS President Spencer Kimball announced the church was opening its priesthood ranks to all worthy men. Some 30 years later the question why the church denied African Americans priesthood once again taking center stage because a Mormon is running for President.

    During an interview with The Washington Post BYU Professor Randy Bott’s explains the denial of priesthood to blacks as saving them from “the lowest rungs of hell reserved for people who abuse their priesthood powers.”

    Bott quoted as saying, “You couldn’t fall off the top of the ladder because you weren’t on the top of the ladder. So, in reality the blacks not having the priesthood was the greatest blessing god could give them.”

    http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top_stories/story/BYU-Professor-makes-controversial-statements/viRppZCGfEyX4U9RI5aYXw.cspx

  30. February 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Antonio Darden, Susana Martinez’s Former Hairstylist, On His Decision Not To Cut New Mexico Governor’s Hair

    New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez will never get the secret formula for her hair color, which was created just for her.

    So says Antonio Darden of Antonio’s Hair Studio in Sante Fe who made headlines when he let it be known he refused to cut Martinez’s hair because of the GOP governor’s opposition to same-sex marriage. He also seems to be dismissing Martinez’s office’s claim to The Huffington Post that he wasn’t even her regular hairdresser.

    “I colored and cut her hair, being a hair color educator for Macy’s,” Darden said in an interview on my radio program on SiriusXM OutQ. “So it wasn’t just cutting her hair. It was the hair color that was also involved.”

    And he went on to explain that Martinez, whose office had called him the day following his refusal to cut her hair to see if he had changed his mind, won’t be getting the formula for the color from him.

    “A lot of people think that the formula, when it’s made from a hair colorist, that it’s your right to have,” he explained. “It isn’t. You came here for me to formulate and do your hair color. Normally I sell the formula to people if they want to go to a different salon that is cheaper. I normally give the formula to clients if they’re moving out of state because I care about my clients. But I would not give that formula to her.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/antonio-darden-susana-martinez-hairdresser-new-mexico_n_1310219.html?ref=politics&ir=Politics

    • 133 theo67
      February 29, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      At first, I laughed at this report. But, as I continue to read it, I’m quite proud of this hair stylist. He’s using the power he has to make a very important statement to this confused governor. She’s Latina, she belongs to a party that has despised people of her origin, and she wants to deprive same sex couples from marrying. So, this protest will hit her right where it hurts – her personal appearance. And the fact that she’s got a personally customized hair colour, means that she’ll feel it. I’m glad he’s doing this.

      • February 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm

        Good for Antonio Darden. You’re right Theo–he’s using what power he has. If Martinez ends up looking “off” from now on because her color isn’t right, he’ll have won. I hope a lot of business comes his way because of this.

  31. February 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    cue up my teeny tiny violin

    …………………..

    Bonus Drop Means Trading Aspen for Coupons

    By Max Abelson – Feb 29, 2012 1:42 PM CT

    Andrew Schiff was sitting in a traffic jam in California this month after giving a speech at an investment conference about gold. He turned off the satellite radio, got out of the car and screamed a profanity.

    “I’m not Zen at all, and when I’m freaking out about the situation, where I’m stuck like a rat in a trap on a highway with no way to get out, it’s very hard,” Schiff, director of marketing for broker-dealer Euro Pacific Capital Inc., said in an interview.

    Schiff, 46, is facing another kind of jam this year: Paid a lower bonus, he said the $350,000 he earns, enough to put him in the country’s top 1 percent by income, doesn’t cover his family’s private-school tuition, a Kent, Connecticut, summer rental and the upgrade they would like from their 1,200-square- foot Brooklyn duplex.

    “I feel stuck,” Schiff said. “The New York that I wanted to have is still just beyond my reach.”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-29/wall-street-bonus-withdrawal-means-trading-aspen-for-cheap-chex.html

    • February 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Poor baby. God, the inanity spewed in just that short snippet is astounding.

    • February 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Wow! Just wow!! There aren’t even tiny violins in the world to cover this guy’s pathetic whines!

      Really, he’s trapped like a RAT? Or HE IS THE RAT?

      What a freaking Idiot!

    • 138 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      February 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      And for a treat be sure to read the comments after the article. Folks aren’t having it one bit.

    • 140 yardarm756
      February 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      You all know how I feel about sympathy and where it can be found. 😦

    • February 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Does this guy have any self-awareness whatsoever. Everything is I want, I deserve, I , I, I. Stuck in traffic? Join the club. Put off gratifications? How about a list of all the gratifications 300 million other Americans have to postpone. Can’t make it on $350,00 a year? Try $40,000. Can’t get to the top in New York? Move. Get back in your car, Buddy, and breath the fumes like the rest of us do.

  32. February 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Lately, there have been a lot of misleading claims about gas prices. As middle class families are struggling with high prices at the pump, a result of increased global oil prices, politicians have renewed their promises for $2 gas and their misleading claims about who is to blame. One thing is clear, cheap political points and false debates won’t bring down the price of gasoline. 

    The fact is, oil is bought and sold in a world market.  And just like last year, the biggest thing that’s causing the price of oil to rise right now is instability in the Middle East. 

    The truth is that there is no silver bullet to address rising gas prices in the short term, but there are steps we can take to ensure the American people don’t fall victim to skyrocketing gas prices over the long term.  That’s why since taking office the President has been focused on a sustained, “all-of-the-above” approach to developing new domestic energy sources, expanding oil and gas production, and reducing our reliance on foreign oil, most notably through the historic fuel economy standards the President has established, which will nearly double the efficiency of the vehicles we drive and save families $1.7 trillion at the pump.  It’s true that in the near term, the U.S. will continue to rely on responsibly produced oil and gas, but over the long term, the Obama administration is committed to a policy that allows us to transition from oil towards cleaner alternatives and energy efficiency. This strategy is a win-win scenario. A win for the economy. A win for energy security. And a win for the environment. Despite the facts, Republicans have continued to ratchet up the rhetoric, distorting facts and in some cases pushing complete falsehoods for short term political gains.

    http://m.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/29/fact-check-all-above-approach-american-energy

  33. February 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    The GOP is scaring the HELL out of House Democrats on gas prices. Shaking in their Boots.
    Typical House Democrats, emotional and irrational!

    • 144 theo67
      February 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Well, maybe they shouldn’t have become squeamish when the legislation was on the table to regulate securities trading. Then, the country wouldn’t be facing this issue again.

      • 145 susanne
        February 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        one hopes that the dems in congress have noticed that pbo’s long game is working. if they want to keep their jobs, they need to do the work, and that means deal with the tough issues up front, to reap the benefits down the road.

  34. February 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    All Eyes On Ohio

    We’ve said it many times before, but this time, it might actually be true. If Romney cannot win Ohio or any Southern evangelical state, he’s really in trouble. Heilemann focuses on Romney’s next test:


    [T]he same sets of eyes that were focused intently on Michigan will shift their gaze just slightly southward to Ohio — a state with a vast number of delegates on offer that also happens to be a pivotal battleground in the general election to come. If Romney can replicate his Michigan victory there and hold his own elsewhere, he may, just may, be in a position to start to make the argument that the nomination is (slowly, grindingly, but inexorably) coming within his grasp. If, however, Santorum bounces back, wins Ohio, and carries the other four or five states where he should run strong, it will all but guarantee that the nomination battle will carry on, in brutish fashion, all the way to June.

    Alex Castellanos jokes that Ohio is Michigan without “the Romney family history.” But it’s equally true, as Ed Morrissey notes, that the state as an absolute must-win for Santorum:

    Santorum has a lead in the RCP poll average of about eight points, but that may change with the loss in Michigan among the same kind of voters. Santorum cannot afford another loss in the Rust Belt, especially since Romney is likely to do well in most of the other Super Tuesday contests. Since all of the binding contests on Super Tuesday are proportional-allocation primaries, Santorum will get a significant number of delegates from second-place finishes again, but without a couple of big wins, Romney will keep adding to his delegate lead and making the case for donors to get on the bandwagon now.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/02/all-eyes-on-ohio.html

  35. 147 xtine
    February 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    FLOTUS! On Friday:

    In Charlotte, Mrs. Obama will join school kids attending the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament and 100th Anniversary celebration for a Let’s Move! event. After, she’ll share the spotlight with North Carolina-raised singer/songwriter James Taylor for two fundraisers for the Democratic National Convention.

    The Convention will be held in Charlotte next Fall, and both fundraisers with Taylor will be at the Ballantyne Hotel and benefit the Convention’s host committee, the Committee for Charlotte 2012.

    http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/02/first-lady-travels-to-north-carolina.html

  36. February 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Stimulus 101
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:30 PM EST.

    Valerie Jarrett, a senior aide to President Obama, argued the other day that unemployment benefits “stimulate the economy.” The Romney campaign apparently didn’t care for the remark.

    “First they told us that borrowing $1 trillion from China was supposed to stimulate the economy,” a campaign spokesperson said. “Then just yesterday, one of President Obama’s top advisors said that unemployment stimulates the economy. That’s like saying an iceberg stimulated the Titanic. Only in White House fantasy world do debt, unemployment and higher taxes stimulate the economy.”

    It’s unsettling how easily confused Team Romney gets on these issues. The economy is supposed to be the former governor’s signature issue.
    …………………………………..

    The basic concept here is quite simple: unemployment benefits are good for the economy. People who receive the aid aren’t sticking it in a mattress or a money-market fund; they’re spending it and doing so immediately because it’s their main source of income. This injects demand and capital into the economy quickly, helping the beneficiaries and the rest of us.

    In fact, when it comes to bang for the buck, jobless aid is the second most effective stimulus in the public-sector arsenal, right behind food stamps.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/29/10541347-stimulus-101

  37. February 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Obama’s Most Dangerous GOP Opponent: Netanyahu

    This is disturbing news:


    Israeli officials say they won’t warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions. The pronouncement, delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations, sets a tense tone ahead of meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill.

    What it amounts to is a formal declaration that, if the US attempts at any point to differ seriously with Israel’s far right, the alliance is over. That’s after the most serious sanctions ever imposed on Iran, a covert war, and greater isolation for the Tehran regime both at home and abroad than at any point since 1979. Meanwhile, we get news analysis from the NYT that minimizes the potentially catastrophic global consequences of an Israeli-initiated war against another Muslim nation. But even the minimum is alarming:


    Administration, military and intelligence officials say Iran would most likely choose anonymous, indirect attacks against nations it views as supporting Israeli policy, in the hope of offering Tehran at least public deniability. Iran also might try to block, even temporarily, the Strait of Hormuz to further unsettle oil markets. An increase in car bombs set off against civilian targets in world capitals would also be possible. And Iran would almost certainly smuggle high-powered explosives across its border into Afghanistan, where they could be planted along roadways and set off by surrogate forces to kill and maim American and NATO troops — much as it did in Iraq during the peak of violence there

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/02/obamas-most-dangerous-gop-opponent-netanyahu.html

    • 152 yardarm756
      February 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      I’d tell Bibi if he does it he’ll be on his own.

      • February 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm

        And I think that’s exactly what the Administration is telling him. I certainly have no desire to see American soldiers—and civilians—die to prop up Bibi and the fascist nutjobs in his government.

        • 154 yardarm756
          February 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm

          Bibi must have his head buried in that dark place located 2 feet above the back of his knees. A few well placed nukes and Israel would cease to exist. That portion of the planet would become a radioactive crater.

  38. February 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Bearing no resemblance to the Obama-Clinton race
    By Steve Benen

    Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:38 PM EST.

    In theory, an extended presidential nominating race doesn’t have to be a disaster for the candidates or their party. The process, at least on paper, can force the candidates to hone their message, sharpen responses to common attacks, and avoid complacency. As weeks turn to months turn to seasons, a longer race even helps keep the candidates and their message in the national eye in advance of the general election.

    Party officials tend to hate lengthy intra-party races — at a minimum, they’re expensive — but as we saw four years ago in the Obama-Clinton competition, the process can actually help a party and the eventual nominee.

    The RNC chair and his predecessor want us to believe that 2012 is no different. Sure, it looks like Republicans are tearing each other apart, and the longer-than-expected race is benefiting Democrats, but, party leaders argue, this messiness is constructive and ultimately beneficial.

    It’s a nice spin, but Dave Weigel makes a persuasive case against it.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/29/10540737-bearing-no-resemblance-to-the-obama-clinton-race

  39. February 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is leading former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the crucial Super Tuesday state of Ohio by 11 points, according to the Ohio Poll, a new poll conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati.

    The poll – which was conducted before Romney’s wins yesterday in Michigan and Arizona – found Santorum with 37 percent support from likely Republican primary voters, compared to 26 percent for Romney. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich would come in third with 16 percent of the vote followed by Texas Representative Ron Paul with 11 percent.

    Ohio has 66 delegates at stake, the second-most among the 10 states voting March 6, after Gingrich’s home state of Georgia. Ohio will likely be the most competitive of the states voting next week, with Santorum and Romney battling for victory and for delegates, which will be awarded on a winner-take-all basis in each congressional district.

    http://mobile.boston.com/art/35/Boston/politicalintelligence/2012/02/rick-santorum-leads-mitt-romney-poll-ohio-super-tuesday-state/Lx5tZy1B4TkoA49u1KqrwI/index

    Here we go again! Bain will dump 7 million unto Ohio and just eeek out a victory.
    It’s scary how negative advertisement is working!

    • 157 susanne
      February 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      i’d be interested to know how that money is spent–a large proportion must end up with media companies, owned by koch buddies.

  40. 158 defytheodds
    February 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Bob Kerrey announces bid for old Senate seat

    It’s official: Former senator Bob Kerrey has reversed course and announced he will run for his old seat in Nebraska.

    “Doing things the conventional way has never been my strong suit,” the Democrat said in a statement. “This afternoon, I will file to become a candidate for the United States Senate in Nebraska. I came to realize that my previous decision was the easy one, not the right one.”

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2012/02/bob-kerrey-nebraska-senate-announcement-/1?csp=34news

  41. February 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    how about THIS piece of shyt here?

    I’ll say it again: THIS IS WHO THEY ARE.

    ……………………………….

    Damn, I just want some jam’

    By Brion McClanahan 1:00 PM 02/28/2012

    For those of you who missed it, several months ago “Mr. EBT” went viral with his hit tune “My EBT.” Classic examples of Shakespearean prose from the song include this passage: “Damn, I just want some jam. Walkin’ down the aisle ’cause I’m lookin’ for the haaaamm. Wham! Where da hell da cheese at?” And who could forget this line: “I wish I could buy some weed with my EBT, but the drug dealer frontin’ me. I mean, who cares? I mean, who cares? It’s an EBT, it’s not food stamps.” Catchy and brilliant! Mr. EBT is quite the wordsmith. Of course, he would lose his street cred without his Yankees hat and leather coat. Heck, it wasn’t even his Electronic Benefit Transfer card! He “borrowed” it from his sister! And now we have Jesse Jackson telling us Barack Obama should be honored to be the “food stamp president” because food stamps pay for everything under the sun and save lives. What’s going on, America?

    These are fine examples of what many Americans witness on a regular basis. The other day, while my family and I were waiting in a check-out line at Wal-Mart, I noticed that the woman checking out in front of us was texting on her $200 cell phone (which probably costs at least $100 a month in service fees and may have been paid for by the government as well) and holding what my wife says was a $100 designer purse, with a stack of junk food, beer and cigarettes on the belt behind a line of subsistence products like milk, cheese, cereal and meat.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/28/damn-i-just-want-some-jam/#ixzz1no51WfQR

  42. 160 Tally
    February 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    USA Men’s soccer 1 – 0 Italy min 66.

  43. February 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Ok, as this is Toon Time, let me give you this one, from the way-back-when-machine:

    “… all those who despised miscegenation, integration, and education …”

    The Begatting of the President”

  44. February 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I’m in university soo tired, and seing these perk me up!

  45. 163 defytheodds
    February 29, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    White House mocks Romney’s narrow Michigan victory ( Politico)

    White House press secretary Jay Carney said that President Barack Obama’s address to the United Auto Workers was not meant as a political foil to the Michigan primary — noting that the election was never expected to be competitive and taking a potshot at Mitt Romney’s narrow win at the same time.

    “The UAW set its conference a long time ago,” Carney said. “It was probably scheduled at a time before any of you would have predicted that the Michigan primary would be a significant event.”

    “That was supposed to be a non-event primary because one of the contestants was born there and his father was governor,” Carney said.

    The conventional wisdom about Michigan was that Romney would win handily given his roots in the state, his father’s tenure as a popular two-term governor, his advanced campaign organization, and polls that showed him leading by as much as 32 points in November. Romney instead eeked out a three-point win against Rick Santorum — whose late surge seriously threatened Romney’s status as frontrunner.

  46. 164 Tally
    February 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    USA beats Italy IN ITALY. 1 – 0

    😀 😀 😀

  47. February 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Hey everyone!
    i dont know if you saw this already but i thought this was relevant as rick the anal frothy mixture santorum and the Repubs try to dictate what we should do with our lives and others

    http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2012/02/rick_santorum_and_prenatal_testing_i_would_have_saved_my_son_from_his_suffering_.html

  48. February 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    A New York Republican outlines the ballot order for the April 24 primary, which has Ron Paul on top, followed by Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. It was determined by a lottery.

    Odd!!!

  49. 170 Linda
    February 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Romney has been awarded 15 delegates in Michigan ….that cost him 4.3 million.

  50. 172 Cheryllou
    February 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Fip flop Mitt Romney is at it again
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