coming up

Tomorrow: President Obama will deliver remarks at the AIPAC Policy Conference (10:50 AM ET)

Monday: PBO will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House

Tuesday: PBO will meet with members of the Business Roundtable to discuss jobs and economic growth

Wednesday: PBO will travel to Daimler Trucks Manufacturing Plant in Mt. Holly, North Carolina, to deliver remarks on the economy

Thursday: PBO will host President John Evans Atta Mills of Ghana for a meeting in the Oval Office

Friday: PBO will travel to Prince George County, Virginia, to deliver remarks on the economy. Later, the President will travel to Houston, Texas to attend campaign events


Chat away everyone, will catch up later 😉

484 Responses to “coming up”

    • March 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      A gold medal for amk 😉

          • 10 utaustinliberal
            March 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm

            Ahhhh…..the trip to India. Warm memories.

              • 12 yardarm756
                March 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

                G’day Admiral. I’m a wee bit late today. Had to make a supply run and replenish stores. Am now ready to assume the watch. 🙂

                • March 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

                  Ah, my trusty fleet commander! I can go away now for a bit to get some work done, safe in the knowledge that you’ll keep a tight ship, so to speak. You’re a legend, Mr Yardarm 😉

                  • 14 yardarm756
                    March 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

                    I wish! NOT! A legend either sings or is pushing-up daisys. 😀

                    • 15 HZ
                      March 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

                      Yardarm756, you are our wonderful main character who graciously gives us great glimpses into our history of how and what it means to serve your country greatly and with deep honor and respect. So can we still call you “Our Captain of our Ship’s Journey” on this site.

                      Yardarm756, we honor you, we respect ,you and we thank you for your service. It will put much pleasure in our hearts to honor you now with all of the respect that is possible during this journey with our TOD Family.. I know for me, you have shared so many wonderful gems of knowledge about your time in serving your country, and I am completely amazed when I am read ing you interacting in your comments with Chips about your knowledge of the terms of the vessels that you served on. You teach all of us.

                      I totally enjoy your wisdom and your playful attitude with us when we are all placed on the ‘famous naughty mats.’ Your comments are always respectful, and they do open up a well of laughter for us. So may we honor you with our love and respect now?. Your presence here lifts my spirit all the time. So, I concur with Chips. ((((((((Thank you, our Legend)))))) And I like my floral gardent of daisies and all of the lovely flowers that you place in our hearts daily. So there. ((((((Hug you back))))) We have permission to say that, right? HZ

                    • 16 yardarm756
                      March 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm

                      Thank you for your kind words. I’m humbled by them. And by your leave, ‘Permission Granted’! 🙂

              • March 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm

                This is one of my favorite videos!! 🙂

                Hope everyone has an awesome day!!!

    • 18 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      March 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Congrats amk!!

      Thank you for your RT!!


  1. 21 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Posted a few min ago at the bottom of the previous thread:

    Good day everyone,

    I’m just emerging from early meetings and this is my first chance to visit TOD since the suggestion was posted yesterday evening.


    So, I’m kicking it off with this tweet and let’s see how many folk will visit TOD, read more, and spread the word:

    Will think of additional messages to send as I’m sure all you wonderfully creative TODers will do.

    Thank you Ms Chips!!!


    • 22 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      March 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Dear TODers,

      Thank you to all who posted supportive and imaginative comments in the previous thread:


      I’ve responded to all of them and welcome the already diverse number of ways you are considering spreading the message.

      DM me on Twitter if you have anything you want me to RT, create a new Tweet to message, etc., and it’ll happen as quickly as possible.

      Identifying local sponsors of @ClearChannel and approaching them – phone, fax, email, Tweets – urging them to shift their advert $$ to local programs that support the troops, in the myriad of ways HZ already listed, rather than just demanding they not sponsor #Rush can be a really powerful and creative message.

      We don’t merely want #Rush off the air, we want to replace his incessant messages of hate, misogyny, and racism with a strong message of ‘we are all in this together, let’s get it done’ for our troops and every other American who needs our support.


      • 23 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        March 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        In response to a cool suggestion by vcprezofan2:


        • 24 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          March 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm

          Will be back in a couple of hours after my next meeting. Thank you everyone for your support.


          • 25 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
            March 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

            Brief break … just received email from D W Schultz entitled “Stand with Sandra” so I suggested one way to do that is:

            If some of you could Tweet Sandra and point her to the idea as Chips posted earlier today, that might be helpful. Channeling the positive, broadcast wise, instead of only #StopRush is something she might find both comforting and worthy at this time.

            Thank you

            Back in ~ 2.5 h


            • 26 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
              March 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm


              • 27 HZ
                March 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

                Bobfr, thanks for all of your work. You are great. I just left Twitter doing some tweets and RTs and will return. There is so much on my heart after reading a note from a dearfriend of mine who is a beautiful mother and so upset about hearing about the RL thing. (She is not into this like we are, but doing her things in her own caling.)

                I Really need help from my TOD family here. I want to post an article written by a wife, mother , and one of our military angels. She wrote an article: “I am not a slut.” Some of her statements points to your concerns about how we can address our military families by sending this to FLOTUS and Dr. Biden and connect our plea for helping pull our messages with” Joining Our Forces.”

                Someone posted it on Twitter and I went to read it. Then posted it again after reading it because I was crying because I couldl relate to some of her points. Can you help me get it here for our TOD family to read and Chips. Please. It is decent but it is also very powerful as a military person, wife, mother and human being. HZ

            • 31 vcprezofan2
              March 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm

              As we try to flesh this idea out, I tried a related tweet –

  2. 33 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

  3. 34 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm
  4. 35 Andy46
    March 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Hello TOD

    Lol, finally caught up.
    Thanks Chipsticks…love the pics of the President and the First Lady.
    the pictures of peeps waiting in the snow this week, reminded me of when it was first announced
    that President Obama was coming to Canada…Harper put out a statement telling Canadians
    to not bother coming to Ottawa because we wouldn’t even get close to seeing him…peeps still went although
    they were kept miles away as they waited in the snow to just a get peek at him.

  5. 36 vitaminlover
    March 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    OK in that first picture of President Obama in the limo here’s the way it could go for just one day… he and Mrs. Obama are sitting on one side waving and my husband and I are sitting across from them and we are all riding and waving. Then we get to go everywhere that they go for that day with them and we get to meet and greet and see first hand everything that they have to do for one day. Would that be a tremendous honor or what?

  6. March 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I think this is important, although not earth shaking. In The Atlantic’s Wire this morning, George Will had some advice to the Republican party. To wit: give up on the two sure-to-be-losers, Romney and Santorum, and pour their money and effort into holding on to the House majority and gaining a majority in the Senate. Chances don’t appear to be good for this scenario, given the suicidal Republican party, but it has happened with popular Democratic presidents before — for instance, FDR, Bill Clinton.

    What it said to me, loud and clear — if the Republican party were stupid enough to follow this advice — how can we take advantage of i? One thing we’ve already put our hearts and souls into is breaking the House majority, the other to INCREASEE the Senate majority. We absolutely MUST do these two things, or President Obama’s agenda could be stalled absolutely.

    i can do little in this godforsaken red state of Utah except write letters to the editor and donate to good democrats (well, as pointed out in the previous thread ANY democrats) all over the country. For one excellent Democrat, Elizabeth Warren.

    I’m already pledged to the hilt, monthly, for OFA and more, but aside from Warren, any suggestions for democrats that have a chance for the House? All suggestions appreciated.

      • March 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

        very interesting Joan. I too have been wondering what exactly is involved in how many seats we need in house/senate in order to constitute a majority. I think I have something here on my computer though…… I’ll look around for it as soon as I get these tweets out for Bob and HZ’s effort.

      • 40 HZ
        March 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

        Hi Joan. Thanks for this. I have had this in my mind for the last few months, but have been working on some other projects that I can handle better without a lot of the tech savvy that so many of you have. However, you might want to contact the DNC and the DCCC. I will have to look in my folders because I just got something from the DCCC a few days ago.

        There are chairpersons for the House and the Senate, but I can’t remember the names to contact. But I will try to find them as soon as I finish these Tweets and RTs.

        Thanks so much for all that you do, Joan. HZ

      • 41 Left-Indie
        March 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

        Tim Kaine. VA senate against the awful George Allen.

    • 42 Obama Grandmama
      March 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      I heard something this morning on Progressive Radio before the local University baseball game came on and the discussion was stopped in midsentence. It was about the Republicans decision to go against every single suggestion PBO made inorder to make him a one term President. The commentor mentioned that most of the job ideas killed were GOP ideas in the first place. It was mentioned that if Romney was put in that he could simply put all of PBO’s ideas into play and call them his own with his own success from PBO’s agenda because the GOPs in Congress would not stall them if Romney were in. This bothered me as it was coming from so called Progressives. I have worried about the GOP obstruction plan actually working. Didn’t think it needed to be brought up by our side. However it was mentioned that even though the stalling might stop there were many issues too dangerous to lose on such as social issues and Supreme Court Judge appointments so we still needed to vote for PBO.

      • March 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

        The job ideas were not GOP ideas, they were plans that both parties agreed on before like infrastructure and other forms of stimulus. The GOP moved so far right that they can’t embrace common sense ideas anymore no matter who is President. Just the other day Norquist gave a speech saying that Romney will do whatever they tell him. So I’m not buying the idea that Romney who has taken on one right wing idea after another as his own is going to come in and implement Pres. Obama’s agenda of raising taxes on the rich, spending hundreds of billions on infrastructure, doing away with oil subsidies, closing tax loopholes, providing a stronger safety net for the poor/middle class. Not gonna happen.

        Right wing House + spineless, craven president + right wing Senate will get us another depression/theocracy not President Obama’s agenda.

        • 44 Obama Grandmama
          March 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

          gobrooklyn, I did not endorse or believe what I heard either as I feel Romney would just be cutting taxes for all, get us in wars and privatize or cut our social programs putting us back in trouble again. I was surprised to hear a progressive pundit say that though.

        • 46 TrumpDog
          March 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm

          I agree.
          Romney is a COWARD who would not go against whatever the right wing want. He doesn’t have the guts – he only goes along to get along.

    • March 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      See, here’s the thing…folks aren’t apt to be splitting their ballot. so, if they vote for the top of the ticket, the likelihood that they’ll stay within the same party down-ballot is strong.

      • March 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm

        Yes, riky, and that usually works out, but we’ve still got to make sure we get the House back and beef up the Senate on top of that. We can’t let the 2010 youngsters stay in, they’re simply crazy. And now that we’ve lost the one partly sane Republican senator in Snowe, we should go all out replacing her with a solid Democrat. I don’t know the geopolitics of Maine very well, is there any Democrat waiting in the wings that we could help elect in her place.?

        • 49 Judith Fardig
          March 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

          YES!! Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree who used to work for Common Cause. She would be excellent!

  7. 53 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

  8. 54 Andy46
    March 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Question; is MSNBC CH, RM and MHP affiliated with the Nation Magazine?
    I ask because all seem to have the same talking points and approach…just an observation.

    • 55 symmetry11
      March 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Chris & Melissa are….not sure about Rachel.

      • 56 Andy46
        March 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        Thanks, I think it a couple weeks ago I can’t remember her name
        I believe she was the head of the nation magazine was on the Ed show, making the case that if there
        were more elected women there wouldn’t this much attack on women’s health. Never giving
        President Obama credit for anything. MHP was on Rev Al last night stating that she wouldn’t advocate for Rush being fired
        I am paraphrasing; the he needed to be studied…and later Rachel spending almost 9 minutes telling viewers to watch Andrea at 1 pm…and later stating a case for Rush being stupid and IMO code harmless so leave him alone. It is as if, they needed people like Rush to stay in place or they won’t have a reason to exist…professional activist never wanting things to get better or else they will lose their job.
        IMO that is why they always seem to back-hand compliment President Obama….but but but he didn’t do this.
        They have become very transparent. JMO, Turning what happened to Ms. Fluke into a battle cry to elect more women…using the theory that it will make the system more moderate and therefore kinder to women… gender being the issue and not ideology.

        • 57 Andy46
          March 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm

          or economic inequality.

          • March 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

            Their point of electing more woman to strengthen women’s rights is a good one though. But we could hound him off the air waves, though, and still use him in political videos.

            I don’t know whether we could EVER get rid of Limbaugh, though. I’ve heard the “he’s a comedian, ignore him”, too. But people actually believe his lies. And his crudeness appeals to a certain segment of the listening public. Slut, whore, prostitute, ho-ho-ho.

            • March 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm

              Too many “thoughs” in that comment! Sorry.

              • 60 Andy46
                March 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

                He is not just a comedian when elected official apologize to him, and refuse to denounce him…
                along with 15 million viewers…that is a lot of influence and that is power that just cannot be dismiss
                as being a stupid entertainer or comedian….that is someone IMO that can cause real harm.
                Not all women have the economics means to afford birth control, breast screening… these are real issues
                that IMO why Rush should not be simply dismiss.

        • 62 prettyfoot58
          March 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

          i took that to mean that gender can drive the ideology…and to a certain extent…i agree with that

          • 63 Andy46
            March 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

            Economics and race in my opinion has more of an influence on ideology especially in politics.
            That cannot be ignore again jmo. i.e. Komen for the cure, the Governor of AZ

        • 64 vitaminlover
          March 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm

          Limpbrain is NOT harmless. He is an evil, vile, vicious, cunning, person.

  9. March 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    ·.·Rock Wuz Here.·.

    FIRED UP…!!

    READY TO GO..!!! 😀

  10. March 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    • March 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Wow. They really do hate women don’t they?

      • 71 anniebella
        March 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm

        These right wing people are some nasty sick hateful people.

      • 72 Betsy
        March 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm

        I wish the women in their lives would close their legs and refuse to have sex with them until they were begging them. I wish real prostitutes had the ability to go on strike and that everywhere, all women would say no to those who do not value them, maybe then they’ll change; maybe.

        • 73 HZ
          March 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm

          Forgive me, Betsy, but I just prayed about the legs, and refusals of wives to have the pleasure of sex with these low-life men. Please forgive me, TOD Family. Do not be shock. I am stepping into another space because this scum of the earth in his world has just highly insulted many young ladies, all women, mother, daughters, and I am mad as you know what.

          I can;t even comprehend how these GOP women(since RL is their boss) can sit back and not come out and speak against this vile, ugly words against Sandra and all women. That really upsets me.HZ

  11. March 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm


    I think I will be saying prayers for the President to find a viable solution that will solve the delicate situation of Iran and Israel.

    So rather you or a believer in prayer or choose to call on other realms of power which brings you solace, I hope that we can collectively come together and focus our thoughts and prayers on a peaceful end to this situation.

    • 76 prettyfoot58
      March 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      i can add my prayers to that as well….Lord knows the world does not need another war…that cannot be won…

      • 77 anniebella
        March 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm

        Amen to that.

        • 78 HZ
          March 3, 2012 at 11:15 pm

          Amen to all of the above. In my belief of faith system, at times I use a very simple form of prayer depending on my quiet moments of: ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Then I always get to prepared quiet time with those supplications that concerns our nation, leaders, and the world situations. In my belief system we are admonish to pray for our leaders so that there might be peace and order in the land, and also still remember to confess my sins and ask for guidance in my space as I journey among so many people. Our lives are so full, so it is important to find your own belief system and try to do the best for others and yourself within that system. We all slip all the time, but that is when we have the opportunity to confess and forgive, and put our loving arms around each other and move within that space to create a better place. We just have to keep trying daily in our own humble way.HZ

  12. March 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Debbie is on MTP Sunday! Watch how Gregory us rude to her!

  13. March 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Here’s some good news if they actually follow through: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/53635455-78/mormon-lds-church-members.html.csp The Mormon Church leaders are warning their members to stop baptizing Jews and famous people. The article says people run the risk of being cut off from access to genealogy material and possibly even the church itself if they don’t knock it off.

    • March 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Read that. Good for them. One would think such a good-sized church would have a way of keeping track of their baptisms — a roster or something?

      • March 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        good it was weird to begin with.

      • 83 Dee
        March 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm

        Thought I would chime in a resident mormon. As members, we are told to do no vicarious work for people who are not members of our family. Also , for years no holocaust work either. When names are submitted they have a file system that cross-checks any duplications. I have a turkish great-grandmom, and had to get special permission to do her work, because it is a muslim nation, after showing kinship. Since I have no way of knowing how the work was done I can’t comment on it. Please understand that we all have free will, and those dead forebears can accept or reject our efforts. The baptism proxy work allows those who did not have the opportunity to accept or hear the gospel in this life, to accept it in the next. It is the same that was done in Paul’s day.

  14. March 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    • 85 hopefruit2
      March 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Great – gotta love Robert Gibbs!

    • 86 defytheodds
      March 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Capitol Report: Obama’s former press aide aiming to rally Wisconsin’s student vote

      Robert Gibbs, former press secretary to President Barack Obama, will be in Madison Wednesday in an effort to rally the youth vote in the swing state of Wisconsin.

      According to Obama’s Wisconsin campaign office, Gibbs will be addressing UW-Madison students as part of the campaign’s Greater Together Student Summit Tour. The event will be held at the Memorial Union’s Great Hall. No time has yet been set.

      As part of the event, Gibbs will be addressing students on campus here and at other campuses across the state through an online video chat.

  15. March 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I’ve been thinking about an unforeseen consequence of the toxic race for the GOP nomination: endorsements and guilt by association for people on the down-ticket. Thinking locally, the GOP candidate for Governor in WA has been coy about who he is endorsing for President prior to today’s Republican caucuses. Everybody knows he’s going to endorse Romney, so his coyness is silly, but in the end he will no doubt have to have his picture taken with Romney prior to November. That means Romney’s high negatives attach to him. He can’t avoid it because he’s already taken money from Karl Rove. Once Romney gets the nomination, then anyone running for Congress can also be tarred with Romney’s toxins.

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  17. March 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm

  18. 95 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm

  19. 98 AJ
    March 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Hello, TOD’ers…

    I’ve been away for over a week, with no news except CNN International and Faux News! 😦 But I thought of you all often as I caught trickles of information every now and then. I assume Breitbart has been discussed and dealt with; I shan’t bring it up. And I’m so impressed with your brilliant reactions to Rush’s stupidity and hate. Bravo, you guys…you are all fantastic!

    I hope to be awake to read more of your insights later…and I hope my usual olive green snowflake avitar shows up on this hotel computer…

    xox, youz guyz…

  20. 101 collegekay
    March 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Here’s to op-ed from USA TODAY with Mittens supporting the individual mandate


    You think the not-Romneys will use this? hope so!

    • 103 hopefruit2
      March 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Yes, on a certain crimson place they’re having a major, major meltdown over this.

      • 104 utaustinliberal
        March 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm

        I looooove that it’s going viral on twitter. In a certain red place, Erick Erickson is losing his mind. He’s so angry that Dems might have found this is in the general and destroyed Romney and the GOP with it. GOP commenters are going insane with anger all over the rightwing blogosphere. It’s a good day.

        • 105 TrumpDog
          March 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm

          Hehe 🙂

          Romney should have just come clean from the beginning instead of running away from RomneyCare. Now he looks like a bigger flip flopper than he already did.

  21. 106 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm


    U.S. authorities charged 29 people with smuggling $325 million in counterfeit consumer goods from China, including phony Nike sneakers and Coach handbags, through a New Jersey port.
    The bust was one of the largest counterfeiting probes in U.S. history, and it involved smuggling cigarettes, handbags and sneakers through the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal as U.S. agents secretly watched and listened, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said. Agents infiltrated two overlapping criminal rings and lured them to use a front company run by the government.
    Authorities arrested 23 people in New York, New Jersey, Texas and the Philippines. Six are at large. Most are Chinese and lived in New York. Prosecutors said they used phony paperwork to import goods in corrugated shipping containers, used distributors and wholesalers, and laundered illicit proceeds.

    • 107 yardarm756
      March 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      It should also be noted that the Chinese/Taiwanese skirt our copyright laws big time. I have personally seen book store in those countries that had hard cover books of all the classics for less than 5 bucks.

      • 108 desertflower
        March 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

        I’m sure that it’s rampant. This is a positive step to shut this down and go after these crooks…maybe the “would be crooks” will think twice.

    • March 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Morgan Stanley puts him on leave? on leave? His ass should be fired. How many times have we heard about employees who got arrested and then got fired because of the arrest?

      • 112 desertflower
        March 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm

        If that was you or me…or asses would be in jail right now on attempted murder charges. Let me say one thing. I’m from CT…born in New Haven. My family is all from Fairfield County…which is where Darien is.This is Romney territory…the top 1% of the 1%…as is Greenwich. They live by other rules than the rest of us. Entitlement comes to mind. Not to say that everyone that lives in those communities thinks that this is alright, or that they all would be Romney supporters….but most of them, live in an entirely different stratosphere.

      • 118 vcprezofan2
        March 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

        I’m wondering if he was put on leave awaiting the outcome of the case. If they fired him and it turned out that he later ‘wins’ the case he could turn around and sue them. If he’s actually found guilty then firing him later would have fewer possibilities for repercussions. That’s the sanest interpretation I can put on the company’s decision.

    • 119 yardarm756
      March 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      It will be very interesting to hear this privilaged ass’ defense. He should be put in a cell with ‘Willie’ for a few days.

      • 120 desertflower
        March 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        Oh yeah…that’ll happen 🙂 Hi, yardarm 🙂

      • 121 desertflower
        March 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

        Wonder if drunkenness is a defense now?

        • 122 yardarm756
          March 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm

          Nope. Neither is stiffing a payment or stabbing someone. Hiya doin’ df?

          • 123 desertflower
            March 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm

            I am hanging in…having a tough time of things now…..husband still w/o a job…for months now. Even though he’s a dissertation away from his Doctorate, and has worked hard and competently his entire life….I’m pushing the fact that he’s a 20 yr veteran. Supposedly companies want to hire vets that are good at what they do. No one is knocking down MY door. I took a personal day off work the other day to make some phone calls…I got a contact number that may help, but he has to wait until Monday to call….seems like eternity. Thank you for asking though 🙂

            • 124 yardarm756
              March 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm

              Tell the Chief I said ‘Hang in there’. He’ll make port soon enough and will be the first off the boat for “Liberty Call”. 🙂

    • March 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      How much did this jerk think a 40 mile cab ride would cost?

    • March 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      seriously? his name is william bryan jennings? does anyone remember William Jennings Bryan the 3 time candidate for President who argued against John Scopes in the famous trial that “inherit the wind” is based on? that’s kinda nuts. wonder if his parents named him that on purpose.

      • 134 desertflower
        March 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm

        That’s the first thing I thought of 🙂 I read it twice to make sure I got the name right!

  22. 135 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Just a reminder. The Republicans think it’s a good idea to get rid of the National Weather Service.

    The latest in a series of powerful tornadoes raked across a broad swath of the Midwest and Southeast, killing at least 33 people in four states, authorities said on Saturday.

    The fast-moving twisters on Friday splintered homes, damaged a prison and tossed around vehicles across the region, leaving 16 people dead in Kentucky, 14 in neighboring Indiana, two more in Ohio, and one in Alabama, officials said.

    March 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm


      March 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm


    • 144 Brit
      March 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Feeding the homeless is such a wonderful thing for you to do Sue.

      • March 3, 2012 at 11:34 pm

        Sue, you are such a beautiful soul. Thanks for all that you do. I know how you feel when you share your love. It is a joy to help feed someone. (((((((((Thank you))))))))))HZ

  24. March 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm


  25. 149 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Michelle Obama takes N.C., in hopes her husband does the same

    “Let’s Move!” moved to North Carolina on Friday in an event with schoolchildren that had Michelle Obama charming the crowd. With her favorability ratings consistently high (and consistently higher than the president’s, although he’s edged over 50 percent lately), the first lady is the administration’s not-so-secret weapon.

    In a swing state that barely went for Obama in 2008, in the arena that’s the site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in September, the first lady joined with North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan to assist in a lively relay race that may offer a preview of the political one in November…..

    Janie Ferguson, 72, of Charlotte, who has been attending CIAA for 20 years, said of the first lady, “She’s a real people person.” Ferguson said the Obamas have set a good example. “A lot of young men are spending more time with their children.”

    Ferguson’s 16-year-old granddaughter, Chynna Danne, said, “The first black family in the White House makes me want to step up my game.”

    The president of the United States might have to do the same when he’s scheduled to visit Charlotte on Wednesday to talk about the economy. As he probably knows by now, Michelle Obama is a tough act to follow.


  26. March 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Breaking: DOJ Opposes Florida Laws On Voter Registration Groups, Early Voting

    Ryan J. Reilly March 2, 2012, 11:45 PM 5100 68

    The Justice Department objected late Friday to new provisions of Florida election law which place strict regulations on third-party voter registration groups and cut down on the early voting period. DOJ alleged in a court filing that Florida was unable to prove the new provisions were not discriminatory under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

    “As to the third-party voter registration and early voting changes enacted… respectively, the United States’ position is that the State has not met its burden, on behalf of its covered counties, that the two sets of proposed voting changes are entitled to preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act,” according to a court filing.

    Florida had begun the preclearance process with DOJ but subsequently sued the government after federal lawyers asked for additional information about how some provisions of the state’s new election law would be enforced.


  27. 152 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Here’s another one to add to your list tnmtgirl 🙂 🙂


    Tommy Thompson Was For Expanding Contraception Coverage Before He Was Against It

  28. March 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    2012: The Year of the Woman?

    by BooMan
    Fri Mar 2nd, 2012 at 11:27:46 PM EST

    There are currently 17 women in the 100 member U.S. Senate despite the fact that women make up slightly more than 50% of the population and slightly more than 50% of the electorate. Two of those women, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, are retiring. Yet, 2012 may prove to be another Year of the Woman. We could easily see six new Democratic women elected to the Senate this November. Here they are:

    Mazie Hirono of Hawai’i. She needs to win a primary against DLCer Ed Case. If she does, she’ll be the favorite against former Governor Linda Lingle. Hirono is a non-practicing Buddhist who was born in the now irradiated Fukushimu region of Japan. She’s a member of the Progressive Caucus. If Hirono is the candidate, it is assured that this seat will be held by a woman.

    Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is going up against Sen. Scott Brown. Ms. Warren needs no introduction. She is a personal friend and confidant of the president, and she’s the toughest advocate for consumers in the country. On the issues, she appears to be an across-the-board progressive.

    Shelley Berkley of Nevada. I have some problems with Rep. Berkley, but I like that she was the first in her family to go to college and that she paid for her education, including a law degree, by working the Vegas Strip as a cocktail waitress and Keno runner. That’s the kind of personal experience and perseverance I want in the Senate. She’s at least an even bet to oust appointed Senator Dean Heller.

    Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Her mom worked in the school lunchroom and as a custodian. Her dad did seasonal construction and drove a truck. Ms. Heitkamp has served as State Tax Commissioner and Attorney General. She once was an attorney for the EPA but she is now the director of the Dakota Gasification Company. I don’t expect to agree with her on energy issues, and on many other things besides. But I like her humble roots.

    Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. You know Tammy, right? She’s a member of the Progressive Caucus. She’s openly lesbian. She’s a scrapper. And she’s going to ride the wave progressives have built in Wisconsin to victory.

    Chellie Pingree of Maine. She may have to win a crowded primary, but she’ll be favored to take over Olympia Snowe’s seat if she does. She has the odd credential of being a member of the Progressive Caucus while being married to a hedge-fund manager. She got her start operating a yarn shop on an island off the coast of Maine. That’s all this household needs to know.

    We can and should win all six of these seats.


    • March 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks, riky, this is good information. Forgot about Tammy! And I’m glad to be put in touch with the others.

    • 161 susanne
      March 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      wow–thanks for the list. maizie hirono came to our small, rural, outer-island town (6000 spread out people, and 20 miles to the nearest traffic light) a couple of weeks ago. she was focusing on education, and by extension innovation, jobs, and the greater economy. very pro-pbo, and already has valuable experience in congress. our challenge will be to elect a like-minded replacement for her in the house.

  29. March 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Don’t know if this was posted already but Rootless over at TPV has a brilliant takedown of Robert Reich’s foolishness.


  30. 163 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm
  31. March 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

  32. March 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    VMarch 03, 2012

    Napoleon’s sound judgment in refusing to interrupt his enemy whenever he was making a mistake has, in the annals of time, traveled from the merely biographical to the militarily strategic to, finally, nothing less than the politically axiomatic. When, for instance, the nation was in the grips of a Great Depression, FDR could revel in the enemy camp’s tedious moralizing against helpful government intervention; many of Joe McCarthy’s private critics sat back, rather than leaned forward, and watched him dig what surely was his own deep grave; and Lyndon knew he could count on his fellow white Southerners’ unremittingly moronic extremism to ensure passage of civil and voting rights bills.

    It is with profound bewilderment, then, that I have watched these mushroom clouds of Fire Rush! and Boycott Rush! form over this unremitting moron of a pseudoconservative talk-radio host. Whoa. This clown, literally by the hour, is driving more voters away from the Republican camp and into the opposition’s than anything the Grand Old Party could ever have cooked up itself.

    Limbaugh is like the Robert E. Lee of Pickett’s Charge, or a deus ex machina of ‘ObamaCare,’ or a publicly drooling, slabbering Sen. McCarthy of absolutely no decency left.


    • March 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      We’d never get him off the air, anyway. Might as well enjoy what we can. I despise the fat pile of crudity, he gives me plenty of opportunity to polish up my name calling without repeating myself (which I’m wont to do too often).

    • 169 Betsy
      March 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      I read that but although I love PM Carpenter, I disagree. I think Rush’s comments are way beyond the pale, and we can’t afford not to do something about it.

  33. 170 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Readout of President Obama’s calls to govs. of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio

    Today, after receiving a briefing from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, President Obama called Indiana Governor Daniels, Kentucky Governor Beshear, and Ohio Governor Kasich to express his concern for citizens impacted by the severe weather and tornadoes this week, including yesterday and overnight, and condolences to families who had lost loved ones. The President acknowledged that the extent of damage may not be known for days, and reiterated to each Governor that FEMA stood ready to provide assistance, if necessary, to the extensive response efforts already underway in each state, led by the Governors’ teams. The administration, through FEMA, is closely monitoring the storms and their impacts and remains in close contact with emergency officials in impacted states across the country to ensure there are not any unmet needs.

    • 171 desertflower
      March 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      My heart goes out to those families that were impacted by these terrible storms. I am anxious to hear about the rapid FEMA response and help in the coming days….it’s NOT GWB’s FEMA anymore! Those folks should be mighty thankful for that!

      • 172 susanne
        March 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm

        amen! so hard to imagine disaster of those dimensions, even after tsunamis and earthquakes here over recent years. my heart goes out to everyone who is suffering shock and loss.

  34. March 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    March 02, 2012 5:26 PM
    The Nasty-As-He-Wants-To-Be Factor

    By Ed Kilgore

    In all the endless discussion of Mitt Romney’s courtship of the conservative movement, it’s never much occurred to me that his “electability” appeal to GOP voters depends on conveying the general sense that he’ll do anything to win. But that’s the interesting point buried in a long Michael Barbaro/Jeremy Peters article on Mitt’s abiding nastiness as a candidate. Check this out:

    The Romney campaign’s shortcomings have been on vivid display in recent weeks, from verbal stumbles to a failure to stir the passions of the Republican base.

    But even his battered rivals acknowledge that Mr. Romney is proving unusually adept at defining, diminishing and disqualifying a serial cast of challengers through relentless attacks.

    His campaign has deployed every tactic in the negative-campaign playbook. It has issued Twitter messages poking fun at Mr. Gingrich’s penchant for rhetorical excess (with the hashtag #grandiosenewt). It created digital slogans and a letterhead disparaging Mr. Santorum’s long career in government (“Rick Went to Washington,” they read, “and he never came back”). It created dozens of Web videos denigrating President Obama’s economic leadership (“Obama isn’t working”). And it benefited from the advertising onslaught unleashed against Mr. Romney’s rivals by a “super PAC” backing him.


    • March 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      That’s all well and good for the microscopic number of voters who are weighing in for the primaries and caucuses on the GOP side, but it ain’t gonna wash with the general voting public.

  35. March 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    On David Frum’s Twitter feed: I combined all the tweets into one paragraph.

    “Here’s what’s most bizarre about the Fox/Tak stance on the contraception debate. If it’s about allowing Catholic institutions their historic conscience rights, we can probably all come to easy agreement. But if the claim is that NOBODY should pay for ANYBODY ELSE’S medication, then let’s remember who consumes the vast majority of the prescription medication in this country. Hint: it’s not the law student population. It’s Limbaugh’s and O’Reilly’s audiences. If it’s “mooching” for anybody else to pay for Sandra Fluke’s birth control, then what is Medicare Part D but SUPER-mooching? The American fiscal system transfers money from the young and middle-aged to the old. Yet it’s the old who seem to do all the complaining.”

    I copied this here because it exposes the ugly truth of what folks like Rush and O’Reilly do everyday. They talk about their own audience like trash but add the word “liberal” so they think it doesn’t apply to them. They propose and push policies that put their listeners in the poor house but add the word “liberal” and mention blacks, “illegals”, mooslims, and sluts and the audience doesn’t think these policies will ever hurt them. Its one great big scam. Label good things like clean water, air and food/affordable health care/college as “liberal” and their fool audience runs out and says they want none of those things. Meanwhile Rush and O’Reilly go back to their mansions and enjoy all the things they just told their audience to hate.

  36. March 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    March 02, 2012
    ‘A nice small ship of white guys’

    At least some of the natives are getting restless.

    Eleanor Clift quotes a former Capitol Hill staffer and “GOP activist” who says that because of mossback senators like Roy Blunt, being led by cavemen like Mitch McConnell, “Republicans risk becoming irrelevant to a whole generation of people.” He adds,

    [McConnell] may be running a tight ship, but it’s a small ship, a nice small ship of white guys

    Every one of the increasingly hostile activists, also on board, is looking up from the deck and seeing an immense tidal wave of both irreversible modernity and demographic changes about to wash over them — and their party. There is no electoral hope for an organized conservatism that is no longer ideologically capable of bringing into its camp the roughly 40 percent of Americans who self-identify as conservative; they’ll go Democratic, or they’ll bolt Green, or they’ll stay at home — but they will not support a party that remains silent in the ugly face of a profound pseudoconservatism, such as Roy Blunt’s, Rush Limbaugh’s, etc. etc.


  37. March 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    • 186 desertflower
      March 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      Oh, PLEASE! Frum jumped off the crazy train a while ago, but…really? Limpballs has been given free rein and has been spouting this kind of BS for YEARS! Trap my dying ass! This is Limpballs just being himself….now he gets to OWN IT!!!!

    • March 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      They jumped in because talking about the economy was probably worse in their minds.

      • March 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        Exactly. I totally agree that this was a brilliant trap. The moment PBO came up with that compromise, the GOP jumped in with all their stupidity.

        • 189 utaustinliberal
          March 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

          It’s like they say. You can lead a camel to a trough but you can’t force it to drink water. PBO may have “set a trap” in their minds but no one was forcing them to jump in gleefully; they did that on their own.

        • 190 hopefruit2
          March 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm

          I totally agree. And I think they’re setting a trap for BIBI nut n yahoo too, BWD – even though it may not appear that way at this moment from our vantage point. Experience has taught me that you don’t mess with Axelrod and PBO in a presidential election year.

  38. March 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    March 02, 2012
    Psychoanalyzing His Mittness

    The boys at the Washington Post are having one helluva time isolating the Mittness that is Mitt.

    Yesterday, E.J. Dionne took prickly issue with his “friend and colleague Matt Miller,” who

    wrote recently that “everyone knows Romney is basically a pragmatic centrist.” No, “everyone” does not know this [snapped Dionne]. The evidence from his tax plan, in fact, is that he’s an extremist for the privileged.

    Now today, Eugene Robinson levels a far more curious observation: that whenever Mitt lets flower his privileged Mittness, “The problem is that the effect … is to dismiss the Republican Party’s activist base as an unsophisticated rabble.”

    This is a problem? Jesus, Eugene, it’s the only lovable thing about Mitt that exists. Please don’t discourage him in this hapless approach, and thus take that, too, away from us.


  39. 194 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm


    thinkprogress If you believe Limbaugh’s attacks on Sandra Fluke are attacks against ALL women RETWEET THIS thkpr.gs/yKJTXf #standwithsandra
    18 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    I would add: And the MEN that love and support them.

  40. 195 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Why We’re Caucusing for the President

    With the Democratic caucuses just a few days away, we know Barack Obama will be our nominee in Colorado. So you might be wondering, why is it important to come out on March 6 and caucus for the President?

    While Republicans will be busy competing for votes in states across the country, we will have a unique opportunity to talk about the incredible progress we’ve made in Colorado – from fighting for a fairer economy to expanding quality healthcare for millions of people. We can’t miss out on this chance to tell the truth about all the work the President has done over the last three years for Coloradans.

    We’ll also be continuing to grow a grassroots movement that’s made up of friends, families and neighbors across the state. This statewide organization will be critical to our success in November. By meeting up at precincts across the state, you’ll get to know fellow supporters in your community and learn about the various ways you can make a difference in this election.


  41. March 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    DOJ Challenges Another Discriminatory Voting Law
    Posted on 03/03/2012 at 2:30 pm by JM Ashby

    The Department of Justice is signaling that it may file a challenge to a new Florida law which prohibits third-party non-profits from registering voters on the grounds that the state has not proven the law isn’t discriminatory.

    The Justice Department objected late Friday to new provisions of Florida election law which place strict regulations on third-party voter registration groups and cut down on the early voting period. DOJ alleged in a court filing that Florida was unable to prove the new provisions were not discriminatory under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.


    It dawns on me that we’re entering a period of time wherein the Department of Justice may soon be objecting to discriminatory laws in every deeply southern state.


  42. 197 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    A little crude???? thinkprogress Ron Paul calls Limbaugh’s attacks on Sandra Fluke “a little crude.” thkpr.gs/vZF1Tw
    about 1 hour ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  43. March 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    February 29, 2012
    That’s cold, Ross

    Ross Douthat assesses the GOP’s frontrunner:

    The White House might prefer to face Rick Santorum in the general election, but an out-of-touch rich guy running on Medicare cuts and an ill-considered tax plan will make for a pretty inviting target in his own right.

    If you are the frontrunner, there are — insert throat-clearing here — four little words you never want to see yourself described as by one of your party’s leading Establishment voices: “A pretty inviting target.” One of the other occasional frontrunners would of course be delighted to see himself described as an inviting target, since being a target means somebody cares enough to hurt you. To really, really hurt you. Alas, Santorum and Gingrich’s masochistic days are numbered.

    Mitt Romney’s even deeper weakness is, however, evidenced in Douthat’s previous wording: “The White House might prefer to face Rick Santorum.” Think about that. Say, two months ago, would Douthat or any commentator have written anything but that the WH would prefer to face Rick Santorum? Would there have been any equivocation, any question, any doubt whatsoever?


  44. 202 susanne
    March 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    good morning chips and todistas
    just read that the mormon church has asked its members to stop baptizing people of other faiths without their permission. particularly, they point out, jews, who have historically suffered from forced conversions. the robme campaign has opened a window into these esoteric oddities, and it’s embarrassing the leadership.


  45. March 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Tornado Alley has shifted eastward to the rustbelt States!

    Just saying!

  46. 205 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm


    Fluke Considers Limbaugh Suit
    Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke told The Daily Beast Friday that she may sue conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh because he called her “slut” and a “prostitute” after she testified that health insurance companies should be required to cover contraception. “I’ve certainly been told I might have a case, but it’s not something I’ve made any decisions about at this point,” Fluke said. The possibility of a lawsuit over Limbaugh’s remarks was floated today by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York, who said “we will be filing a slander suit against Rush Limbaugh. What he’s really trying to do is silence a young woman. It’s unfair, it’s un-American.” Maloney also suggested that Sybil Shainwald, a prominent women’s-rights attorney, would be the perfect counsel for the case.

  47. 206 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    tnmtgirl 🙂 MORE! How about all the members of the FL legislature that voted for this !


    z-Wald on Mar 2, 2012 at 11:30 am
    At a time when the national political debate is dominated by questions of religious freedoms, dueling headlines on the Miami Herald’s website underscore how self-described defenders of faith are often only interested in promoting freedom for some and not for all
    Yesterday, within the span of 24 hours, the Florida House passed a bill to allow prayer in public schools and another to crack down on the supposed threat of Sharia law.

    • 207 desertflower
      March 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Bob Cesca’s comment on this : The War on Women is a shining example of this, wherein the Religious Right is attempting to suspend your liberty to not be ruled over by their religion.

      • 208 yardarm756
        March 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

        Mark it well df. I see Santorum ready to take this country back to a time when Puritans ran things. Men wore shoes with buckles. They had knickers and stockings and funny hats. There were witch hunts and people were burned at the stake who dared to depart from convention. He would resurrect a way of life that was put out of England some 500 years ago.
        You ladies need to be very afraid. You are on the verge of losing control of your lady parts to them ‘good ole boys’!

        • 209 susanne
          March 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

          we are indeed very afraid, yardarm! many of us remember what it was like to live in a culture which routinely denigrated, humiliated, and marginalized us–while condescending to adore and ‘protect’ us. it was all about ownership and domination, and we fought furiously to pull away from those restrictions on our freedom.

          talking with younger women, i realize they never lived under such a crushing convention, and i’m grateful for that–thrilled. around the world, women have fought for their voice, and for their rights to live as equals. institutions like the united nations have been promoting women’s rights for decades. it all seems like a done deal.

          but the forces of patriarchy are powerful and ancient and wily. we must continue to stand in solidarity against them. and if we had forgotten, or never knew before, there’s no way we can now ignore the danger.

      • March 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        I truly do wish that at some point in the history of this Country that Freedom of Religion had been defined as Freedom FROM Religion.

    • March 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks, df. You are on a roll. I was thinking while in my car earlier that I remember Rachel doing a long segment a couple months ago about the hypocrisy in the GOP. I think it dealt mainly with sex, gays, financial, fraud……those kinds of thing….getting caught but seldom having to accept responsibility or being held accountability. In most cases, they just continue on their merry way: Joe Walsh and child support is a recent one that comes to mind. When I have time, I want to search her website and see if I can find that show. It was, as usual with her show, well researched. That is one thing I always appreciate when she does those types of stories.

  48. 214 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm
    • 216 desertflower
      March 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      This is Scott Walker’s bait and switch. On video saying that he would negotiate with unions. Ummmm….not so much.

  49. 224 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    tnmtgirl….for all those that worry about my eggs and lady parts….


    more hypocrites

      • 226 desertflower
        March 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

        If you Google Rachel Maddow shows GOP hypocracy…. You should get your fill 🙂 LOTS of choices there!

    • March 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      that’s hilarious. I sent it to The Onion. You just can’t make this stuff up

    • 228 susanne
      March 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      oh, yes–monty python’s ‘every sperm is sacred’ was prophetic!

    • 229 nathkatun7
      March 4, 2012 at 12:31 am

      Thanks desertflower for sharing this! Quite a few of the comments were not only hilarious but they were also quite witty. These GOP moralists who are so determined to control your “eggs and lady parts” have completely lost their minds. I am glad the legislators in Delaware decided to mock them for their idiocy.

      By the way, and with all due respect to people who are Catholics, I am puzzled as to why Catholic Church leaders, who choose celibacy, are so determined to force women (and men too) to have unplanned children? Where is it written in the Bible that in order to serve God you must renounce procreation as is required of Catholic Priests and Nuns? Personally, I consider celibacy (abstinence) a form of birth control. Except that in the case of priests and nuns it’s permanent birth control. Just Imagine all the unborn children, some who may have been brilliant additions to humanity, because of the Church’s policy on celibacy that destroys the priests’ sperms and the nuns’ eggs!

      Again, for all the people who Catholics (including my daughter) I hope my comment is not regarded as an attack on the Catholic Church or a criticism of the Church’s policy on celibacy. Rather, my comment is intended to provoke thought about this absolutism that men and women were put on this earth by God purely for procreation.

  50. March 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Well, shit on a shingle! From TPM:

    After days of criticism from the left and Democrats — and the loss of several advertisers — Rush Limbaugh has apologized to the Georgetown law student he called “a slut” on his show last week. In a statement posted to his website, Limbaugh says he “did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.”

    “My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir,” Limbaugh says in the statement. “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”

    He’s down. Finish him off.

    • March 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      And it’s not only the “word choices”. It’s the insult behind the choices. The insult is still there, the intent is still there. Vile asswipe.

      • 232 desertflower
        March 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm

        His advertisers must have had a little “word” with him. Kick his sorry pathetic vile ass to the curb!

        • 233 defytheodds
          March 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm


        • 234 Linda
          March 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm

          His followers are not going to like this one bit….

          • March 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm

            Exactly. Even this lame “apology” will be too much for them. It’ll be seen as a betrayal by his Dittoheads, and as insufficient by the movement against him. Meanwhile, as David Frum tweets:

            • March 3, 2012 at 9:54 pm

              Well, if Rush actually left the GOP a flaming ruin it’s the first time in his life he might have accomplished something positive. He showed the Republican party and its candidates as the craven misogynists they are. He’s a one man recruiting machine for Democrats.

        • 237 yardarm756
          March 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm

          My. oh my. It is obvious there are some even tempered LADIES here that are not loving on Flush. Remember LADIES you must remain dignified in light of this err uuh scumbags rants. You should all retire to the parlor with some tea and let the men handle it.
          Oh wait. There appears to be a bit of a problem. The men are busy doing other things………Screw ’em. Go for it LADIES! 😆 😆

    • March 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Damn right. Not not blood thirsty by nature, but I hope people continue to bring the fat fucker down.

      Excuse my language

      • 239 susanne
        March 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm

        your language is perfect.

      • 240 Mel
        March 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm

        Rush Limbaugh apologize, Franklin Graham apologizes WTF? those asshole think they can say or
        insult anybody including the President of the USA and expect to get away? fuck them. Rush Limbaugh
        started a fire that he will no be able to put it out by calling all women Whores is disgasting, dispicable,
        and let’s not stop puting presure on those fuckers.
        Rush Limbaugh Apology WAS a NONE APOLOGY.

    • 241 Linda
      March 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      That is not the full statement…..the full statement makes it even worse…he still does not understand the issue

      A Statement from Rush
      March 03, 2012
      For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.

      I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit? In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.

      My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.

      • March 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        Thanks Linda. Honestly, I didn’t want to click on his website to read the full statement. Now that I see the full statement, this isn’t going away. He still misrepresents what her testimony said. He’s still a vile gasbag.

        • 243 Linda
          March 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm

          I didn’t either….I read it elsewhere.

        • 244 utaustinliberal
          March 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm

          He’s a vile gasbag & companies like Proflowers who still support this cretin are pathetic. I hope their sales tank. It blows my mind how a company is comfortable having its wares hocked by a racist misogynistic animal.

          • March 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm

            Well UT, women are big buyers of flowers and also occasionally receive them. So if we don’t use Proflowers and encourage all we know to boycott them, they will start to hurt big time. Word of mouth, spread thousands of times makes a difference.

        • 246 nathkatun7
          March 4, 2012 at 12:45 am

          ” He’s still a vile gasbag.” Exactly!

      • 247 desertflower
        March 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        FUCK YOU, RUSH! YOU MISS THE POINT ENTIRELY! What else is new?

      • 248 Obama Grandmama
        March 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm

        If Mr Limbaugh was not guilty of anything but word choice that apology would still not meet the criteria required. However, Limbaugh totally misrepresented what Ms Fluke said. She spoke about a friend’s situation of needing contraceptives for a medical condition to keep from having cysts growing on her ovaries. Due to her insurance not covering the contraceptives this friend became ill and had to have one of her ovaries removed. The presentation was not aimed at recreational sex in the first place. He turned it into his talking points. I wonder if she would have a good chance for a lawsuit due to his misrepresentation of what she said not just the name calling part?

      • March 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm

        Strange how his “apology” incorporated Santorum’s “absurd” and Romneys “Chose the wrong words”. WOW I can here the repugs all trying to get their ducks in order.
        What words then Rush, what is a better word for slut & prostitute? And the aspirin?

      • March 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm

        Pretty lame. This guy is pathetic.

    • 251 Andy46
      March 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      “He’s down. Finish him off”.

      Lol, Liberal Librarian ITA

    • March 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      His apology is meaningless. That boy went on a Three (3) day attack against not only Ms. Fluke, but all women. He did not doubled-down, he tripled-down on his attack and now he apologize. Get real.

    • 254 57andFemale
      March 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      I won’t link but I read the poor excuse for an apology at dkos. I cant seem to cut and paste on the kindle fire.. He lied about what he said and pretty much apologized if sluts were offended for being called sluts.

  51. 255 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    • March 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      I am going to try to post this. I do not know what I am doing. I need help.HZ

      Very interesting and important.


      • 257 desertflower
        March 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm

        That link didn’t work, HZ…I posted this earlier. I hope Chips doesn’t mind of I put up her whole piece here. It was heartfelt and amazing. I linked to her site upthread, but here is what she said in it’s entirely:

        I Am Not A Slut
        Mar 2nd, 2012 @ 10:35 pm › Jessica Scott
        ↓ Skip to comments
        I took a brief hiatus from twitter/facebook over the last weekend because the rhetoric was getting my blood pressure up and well, to spare the people around me endless rants about the stupidity in our national dialogue, I had to turn it off.

        The rhetoric has gotten out of control. The extreme rhetoric that says a woman should just put an aspirin between her knees to keep from getting pregnant, or that proposes a bill in the Senate allowing employers to decide not to cover medical issues they deem immoral or the fact that a group of middle aged men have returned to an era where they get to tell me what to do with my body: I’m a little pissed.

        I am a 35 year old married mother of 2, an Army officer who has deployed and I use birth control to be a good soldier and a responsible parent.

        I use birth control to stop having my period so that I can go to the field and not worry about it.

        I use birth control while deployed with my husband to keep from getting pregnant and getting sent home and letting down all the men AND women on my team.

        I use birth control to keep from having more children than we can afford.

        I use birth control to enable me to be a good soldier and balance my career and my family.

        I use birth control to control the relentless cramps I had as teenager that had me in so much pain I could not walk.

        I use birth control to control when I have children so that I can be more than the sum of my uterus.

        I use birth control provided by the government to allow me to be a good soldier and a responsible parent and a responsible citizen.

        I use government provided birth control while deployed to Iraq because it was my turn to go.

        Call me a slut because I was fortunate enough to be deployed with my husband and I spent the entire deployment terrified I would get pregnant and sent home.

        By all means, call me a slut. Call me a whore who expects the government to pay for my birth control so that I can abdicate my responsibilities as a parent. Call me a feminazi for forsaking my duties as a mother and using birth control so that I did not get pregnant again and miss the deployment. Call me a slut for wanting something more for myself and my daughters than to be someone’s breeder. By all means, call me a whore for wanting my daughters to be able to fulfill their potential by being able to decide when they want to start a family.

        Calling me and every woman who chooses when to have children a slut will not change the fact that we are responsible citizens who opt to plan their families, who opt to take responsibility for their lives as women and members of our society. And yes, call me a whore because I still expect Tricare to cover my birth control and my pap smear and my government mandated annual std exam.

        There are other things I would prefer to be called. You may call me many things but that does not negate the things I call myself.

        You could call me a Mom, because I have two beautiful daughters who I want to grow up knowing their full potential is between their ears, not their legs. You could call me Soldier, because I love wearing my nation’s uniform and it is an honor to serve. You could call me Author, because I managed to write a book that people read. You could call me a Wife, because I’ve been with the same man for fifteen years. You could call me a Friend because I’m there, for laughs or for tears. Any of those things define me so much better than the singular hatred of calling me a slut because I use birth control.

        But go ahead. Call me a slut. It doesn’t make me one.

      • March 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm

        HZ, I so identify–if it’s anything more than a simple click, I get lost. I did read Jessica’s story and it’s brilliant and heart-breaking. A mom, a soldier, a wife and patriot and the pigsty man condemns women like her as a slut. This is a road too far even for the hate-filled GOP. I hope we see an army of women joining the Democratic party. Ask anyone who is wavering about who to vote for president whether they want a wish-washy man like Romney , who could not even stand up for a young woman being viciously attacked by a slob or a caring, compassionate leader like PBO, who extended his hand in support and understanding to that young women? The choice is really stark, isn’t it ?

    • 260 desertflower
      March 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Athens, Ohio…the home of Ohio University! Those “evil” college kids! Yeah, OFA!!!

  52. 261 yardarm756
    March 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Flush Limpbaughs has issued an apology but misses what the debate was about. He’s beneath contempt for me.

    • 262 Linda
      March 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      They have that story on FULL moderation…..yet the one about the President calling her is wide open with vile comments about him.

  53. March 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm

  54. 267 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    A little story concerning Rush Limbaugh’s apology for calling student Sandra Fluke ‘slut’ …

    A woman picked up a snake that was frozen and put the snake next to hear bosom to keep it from dying. When the snake came back to life, it bit the woman, while she was dying; she asked the snake, “How could you do this to me? I helped you when you when you were dying? The snake answered, “You knew I was a snake when you picked me up.”

    To all the women out there if you buy Rush’s “BS” apology you get what you got coming. He’s on the run don’t let him up, and make them all pay in November.

    And the same goes for that racist Fed. Judge in MT…

    Please Wake Up America!

    • 268 defytheodds
      March 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    • 270 desertflower
      March 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      THIS!!! A MILLION TIMES! That POS will NEVER change his colors. Ms. Fluke, DON’T accept his apology! He spits on millions of women and the men who care about them!

      • 271 anniebella
        March 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        Let Ms. Fluke continue to whole her head high and keep doing what she is doing. The one who comes out looking like and smelling like a stinking jackass is Rush Limbaugh.

        • March 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm

          Young women are able to see a whole new day in this experience. . . . where this piece of crap spoken from the mind of a dedicated and disgusting misogynist did not carry the day. It used to be the standard, something laughable, but no more.
          People at all levels, including and especially at the high leadership level of President Barack Obama, have said: This is not acceptable,
          this is not who we are. President Barack Obama spoke quickly and precisely to the issue.
          He’s not leaving it to ~somebody else~. Such relief and recompense has not always been ours.
          That’s why I say, “looks like the promised land to me.” xoxoxox to all of you

    • 274 defytheodds
      March 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    • 275 anniebella
      March 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      defytheodds, I am right with you on everything you said.

      • 276 defytheodds
        March 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm

        anniebella, Thanks! We can’t keep falling for the same old Oakie Doke & keep getting bamboozled, and still expect things to get better…

  55. March 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Well, lookie here. Just found some more hypocrisy right here in Knoxville. Romney is scheduled to have a rally at one of our elementary schools tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon. Turns out the handbook for Knox County Schools plainly says there shall be no political activity, no political literature on school property, in teacher’s mailboxes, etc., etc. Someone posted that she has inside info that the county mayor, a Republican, gave 100% authorization for the rally. Also that SS was there yesterday. And, also Santorum was at Temple Baptist Church/Crown College here earlier in the week. Tax free status??????????????

    • 278 desertflower
      March 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Look at you! Go after this!

      • March 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm

        The chair of Knox County Dems is a special ed teacher. She’s the one that ran for a state senate seat and I worked on her campaign last fall. She will do what needs to be done; of that I am sure. Someone posted that Romney’s campaign is probably paying for the use of the building and that may make it okay. That’s not the way I read the rule. It’s just another example of the hypocrisy and the age old rule of IOKIYAR.

  56. March 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    This quote tells you everything about Rush:

    “My cat comes to me when she wants to be fed. I have learned this. I accept it for what it is. Many people in my position would think my cat’s coming to me because she loves me. Well, she likes me, and she is attached, but she comes to me when she wants to be fed. And after I feed her — guess what — she’s off to wherever she wants to be in the house, until the next time she gets hungry. She’s smart enough to know she can’t feed herself. She’s actually a very smart cat. She gets loved. She gets adoration. She gets petted. She gets fed. And she doesn’t have to do anything for it, which is why I say this cat’s taught me more about women than anything my whole life. But we put voices in their mouths.”

    h/t Andrew Sullivan

  57. 282 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    O/T Oprah Interviewing Bobbi Kristina, Whitney Houston’s Daughter

    Oprah Winfrey has landed an interview with Whitney Houston’s daughter and other family members for a TV special that will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

    “Oprah’s Next Chapter” will feature an interview with 18-year-old Bobbi Kristina, Houston’s only child. It will also include Patricia Houston, who’s the singer’s sister-in-law and manager, as well as the singer’s brother Gary. It is scheduled to air March 11.

    The superstar was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 11. An exact cause of death has yet to be determined.

    Winfrey was one of the guests invited to Houston’s funeral in Newark, N.J., last month.

    Houston was 48 years old. Her daughter turns 19 Sunday.

    • March 4, 2012 at 12:12 am

      I wish she wasn’t doing this. She was an ambulance chaser with the Jackson kids, and I didn’t agree with that either. This is just unnecessary. She ran an old interview that she had done with Whitney – the last before her death, and she claimed to love Whitney and have been praying for her. And now she’s doing this? Offensive.

  58. 284 Linda
    March 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Huffington has Rush’s apology as ” breaking news” how pathetic.

  59. March 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    finally. I got to the bottom of this page. OK now i’m going to go make some bob like tweets as soon as I study his tweets upthread

  60. 287 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Eric Boehlert
    ‏ @EricBoehlert
    I want to correx earlier tweets, this was NOT Limbaugh apology. It was a p.r. statement. If he’s genuinely sorry we’ll hear it Mon show
    4:04 PM – 3 Mar 12 via Twitter for iPhone · Embed this Tweet
    Reply Retweet Favorite

  61. 289 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    It was all the good press that Ms. Fluke was stating to get, plus the Sunday morning talk shows are coming up, and the pressure from the social-media, and the losing of advertiser that made Clear Channel put the heat on Rush to come out with his phony, Sat. Evening, apology. Ms. Fluke & all fair minded please don’t drink the tea-it’s not your grand ma’s tea… They’re just trying to put this story to rest, but–NOT THIS TIME!

  62. 291 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Comment on PoliticalCarnival that is apropos

    Question: In justly denouncing his hateful speech, why don’t liberals also point out that his entire premise is wrong: Flake was not asking for TAXPAYER funding of contraception that “we” should pay for but asking that in fairness to the health needs of women, private insurers should be required to offer those services.

    • 292 utaustinliberal
      March 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Exactly. The premise of his non-apology was flawed. Sandra Fluke was testifying about how a friend of hers birth control coverage was dropped and the ovarian cysts the birth control had kept at bay came roaring back. She wasn’t demanding that taxpayers pay for birth control so women could be “sluts” or “prostitutes” She was pointing out the inequality, unfairness, and injustice practiced by private insurance companies that include viagra as part of coverage but regard birth control which is used for health reasons as inferior. Limbaugh and those supporting his statements and non-apology are pathetic.

  63. 293 hopefruit2
    March 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    This “apology” from Rush was anything but. It was just an opportunity to double down on his vile RW rhetoric about what he thinks taxpayer money should go to.

  64. March 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Comment on Balloon-Juice:

    I’m not saying that Obama is playing the conservative movement like chumps by baiting them into making fools of themselves.

    But if he were, this is what it would look like.

  65. March 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    hey bob i got the twitter handles of the advertisers that pulled their ads would it make sense to tweet them to support military and their families with the money that they would have spent advertising with Rush?

    • 303 susanne
      March 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      it would be funny to do a graph, charting the relationship between positive national news and birther dramas!

  66. 304 Linda
    March 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham is attacking President Obama for his phone call to Sandra Fluke Friday. Last year, liberal radio talker and MSNBC host Ed Schultz called Ingraham a “right wing slut” on his radio show, was suspended by MSNBC and apologized. Ingraham publicy accepted the apology and Schultz returned to the air.

    Now, with fellow conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh under fire for calling Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke “a slut”, Ingraham is going after President Obama for publicly supporting Fluke against Limbaugh.

    On Saturday, Ingraham tweeted this:

    Ed Schultz called me a slut last May…still waiting for Obama’s call.

    Is she serious ?

    • 305 anniebella
      March 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Tell Ms. Ingram to keep waiting, the call is coming real soon. When hell freezes over.

    • 306 prettyfoot58
      March 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      ahahahahahahaha…..Linda……she should hold her breath….hahahhaha

    • 307 L3
      March 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      She’s such a witch she’d probably refuse a call from PBO. By the way Laura, you are a public figure and Ed quickly apologized and was punished. Ms. Fluke is not a public figure and that idiot insulted her repeatedly over a three day period and was finally forced into a lame, insincere apology. The two incidents are only the same in her warped little brain.

    • March 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Well, it appears the President knows the difference. He called the one who isn’t.

    • 309 Mel
      March 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Really? if this is the case she is a piece of SHIT, When Ed Schultz said something stupid about
      her Ed was suspended and he apologized to her. and NOW she is defending this fucking PIG?
      By the the wher is the Big Mouth Michaek Moore? does he agreed with Rush and is he going to
      attack PBO because he called Ms Sandra Fluk? so Michael wher the fuck are you on this one?!!!!

    • 310 nathkatun7
      March 4, 2012 at 1:31 am

      Laura Ingraham, a radio talk show host, has a megaphone of her own. She was free to use that megaphone, as she always does, to call Ed. Schultz all the vile names she could think of. The same was not the case for Sandra Luke, a Georgetown law student. Sandara did not have the benefit of being a radio talk show host with a megaphone to counter Rush Limbaugh’s vile and demeaning attacks against her. I am glad the President stood up for her. For a powerful talk show host like Laura Ingraham, with a national megaphone, to try to compare herself with a powerless law student is absolutely pathetic!

  67. March 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Remember this day for the ultimate hypocrisy of it all. Organizers at one WA Caucus site didn’t anticipate the crowds, so they actually turned away 1,400 potential caucus voters. In this article one angry caucus attendee states: “I think it’s unconstitutional,” he said. “Our right to vote is the most fundamental right in the Constitution. …” Our right to vote? Excuse me? You mean that right you have no problem what-so-ever denying to people of color or anyone else who you think might vote for Democrats? Those rights? http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2012/03/03/1849623/politics-hundreds-turned-away.html?

  68. 315 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Justice Department Seeks Trial, Opposes Changes In Florida Voting Procedures

    The Justice Department is opposing changes in Florida voting procedures and says it wants a trial in the dispute, a move that could impact the state’s August primary elections.

    In court papers filed late Friday night, Florida officials say they strongly oppose having a trial…

    The state sued the federal government last August, seeking a ruling that the changes in state law comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Five Florida counties are covered by the Voting Rights Act.

    Section 5 of the act requires all or parts of 16 states to be cleared by the Justice Department’s civil rights division or a federal court before carrying out changes in elections. The states are mostly in the South and all have a history of discriminating against blacks, American Indians, Asian-Americans, Alaskan Natives or Hispanics.

    The Florida counties covered by Section 5 are Collier, Hardee, Hendry, Hillsborough and Monroe.

    “As to the third-party voter registration and early voting changes … the United States’ position is that the state has not met its burden … that the two sets of proposed voting changes are entitled to preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act,” the Justice Department said in its court filing….

    • 316 defytheodds
      March 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      In a separate case in federal court in Tallahassee, Fla., civic groups say Florida’s new Republican-backed election law unconstitutionally restricts voter-registration drives.

      The Florida League of Women Voters, the Rock the Vote group that focuses on young people, and the Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund say the election law infringes their First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of association.

  69. 318 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    VP Biden goes to Latin American amid drug debate

    Vice President Joe Biden heads to Latin America Sunday amid unprecedented pressure from political and business leaders to talk about something U.S. officials have no interest in debating: decriminalizing drugs.

    Presidents of Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia and Mexico, all grappling with the extremely violent fallout of a failing drug war, have said in recent weeks they’d like to open up the discussion of legalizing drugs.

    Dan Restrepo, the top Latin America official in the White House, briefing reporters about Biden’s upcoming trip, said the vice president does expect a “robust conversation” about the security problems Latin American countries face as drug traffickers battle to control the lucrative U.S. sales. But he said Latin American leaders shouldn’t expect a shift in policy.

    “The Obama administration has been quite clear in our opposition to decriminalization or legalization of illicit drugs,” said Restrepo.

    Don’t Cave Joe! 🙂


    • 319 vitaminlover
      March 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Well, I pray, in Jesus Name, for the compete and total safety of Vice-President Biden while hie is in Latin America. Thank God that things will go smoothly and well for him and that he finds favor. Thank you, Lord, for bringing him back home safely to us. Amen

  70. 320 susanne
    March 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    a fun little read from the esquire political blogger, charles pierce. this about wisconsin’s governor’s childhood fixation with reagan and commie-busting.


  71. 321 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm


    Otherwise, you look like a dink. You’re running for the most important office in the entire world, and here you are dressing like somebody working the night shift at Wal-Mart.

    Insiders may counter that Mr. Santorum et al. have ditched the more formal, cravat-bedecked look because people under the age of 25 do not trust men wearing ties. This is true, but people under age 25 don’t vote, so who cares?

  72. March 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I’m not quite sure how this will show up it’s a twit pic but it’s a statement from carbonite finally dropping their support for the Rush Limbaugh Show.


    • March 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      rats that didn’t work. Here’s the statement it’s pretty short

      Carbonite Online Backup
      A Statement from David Friend, CEO of Carbonite:
      “No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.”

      • 325 nathkatun7
        March 4, 2012 at 2:44 am

        Of all the statements from companies advertising on Rush Limbaugh’s shows that have withdrawn their support of this despicable man, this statement from David Friend, the CEO of Carbonite, appears to be more genuine and heartfelt! As a father of a daughter in graduate school who is about Sandra Fluke ‘s age, I appreciated this statement from David Friend:

        “No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency.”

        Obviously Rush Limbaugh has consistently and routinely “overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency.” But I am glad that some people, like Mr. David Friend, have finally realized the vile and indecency of this out of control man who is feared by the cowardly GOP political leaders.

    • 326 desertflower
      March 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Now THAT’S said with conviction!! Good on the CEO of Carbonite! Send him some thanks for that !!

  73. 328 Linda
    March 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    BREAKING: Peaceful Rally for Women’s Health Dispersed by SWAT Team in Richmond, VA (Updated)

  74. March 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Here are the results for the Washington caucuses, so far…-

    Mar 03, 2012 (14% of precincts reporting)
    Mitt Romney 35.6%
    Rick Santorum 24.6%
    Ron Paul 24.6%
    Newt Gingrich 11.8%
    Other 3.4%
    Source: AP

  75. 341 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    • 342 defytheodds
      March 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      If you fully read Rush’s so-called apology, it’s really not an apology…sandwich in-between the me-so sorry…he talks about what should be before congress & what topic should reach a Presidential level—and this was not one of them. In other words, he claiming that it was the nature of the subject topic “Personal Sexual Recreational” (which is bs) that set-him off for 3hrs, for three days to call Ms. Fluke all these bad names on public radio…Me think Rush is popping too many pills again if he thinks his ‘phony’ apology will fly—NOT THIS TIME! Rush, no matter how many pills you pop—you can’t Un-Ring the Bell–We Gotcha You! And your advertisers know it, too.
      Don’t let up–Press-On!

      • 343 defytheodds
        March 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      • 344 anniebella
        March 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm

        Okay, well someone please tell me what was the issues Sandra Fluke were talking about? Were she talking about her sexual behaviors, or how much she has sex or whatever. From what I heard and this is what I heard, Ms. Fluke were discussing a friend of hers who had to be on birth control pills for medical reasons, not to prevent pregnancy. Now if I am wrong, please let me know. There was no reason on God’s green earth for Limbaugh to attack this woman, other then he thought he could.

        • 345 defytheodds
          March 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm

          anniebella, you’re correct–from my understanding and what Ms. Fluke has said. Rush is just making this stuff up about her having lots of sex, etc. And that’s my point– the whole thing with Limbaugh is BS, including his phony apology–he’s trying to give himself an out by saying he was only talking about “Personal Sexual Recreational” and make himself out to be the victim if she doesn’t accept his sexist-apology, he’s trying to put Ms. Fluke in a catch 22, for his advertisers and Monday morning talk show…. this is guy a BIG-Joke….Don’t Fall For It!

        • 346 Mel
          March 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

          O.K this guy in making shit up please check Sandra Fluk’S testimony it was about her freind
          her frind lost an OBARY because she could not afford to apy for contraceptions.

    • 347 57andFemale
      March 4, 2012 at 2:11 am

      Okay, am I crazy? Does Rush know something I don’t know? Do we have single payer health care and I missed the memo?

      Rush’s tax dollar ain’t paying for shit. Health insurance, bought and paid for, pays these benefits.

      Some of it will be subsidized, I get that. But I object to all kinds of things the government does with my tax dollar. I have serious moral objections to unneeded weapons, for example. Can I opt out?

      • 348 nathkatun7
        March 4, 2012 at 3:20 am

        “… I object to all kinds of things the government does with my tax dollar. I have serious moral objections to unneeded weapons, for example. Can I opt out?”

        I totally agree with you, 57andFemale! In addition to your objections that I share, I have a list of other things I object to and don’t think my tax dollars should be used to fund them. This list includes”

        1. Subsidies for oil companies
        2. Paying for bogus Congressional hearings like the one conducted by Issa aimed at attacking women’s health.
        3. Paying salaries for members of Congress who spend very little time trying to solve real problems, but spend more time politicking and raising money for elections.
        4. Paying for illegal and dumb wars, like the trillion dollar illegal Iraq war and the clamor for another illegal war against Iran.

  76. 349 prettyfoot58
    March 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Some years ago….there was a PBS series about the Womens’ Suffrage Movement in England,,,,it was called Shoulder to Shoulder….if you can find it i highly recommend watching it…

    it was a tough struggle because although most of the women were from the wealthy class their wealth did not protect them from forces against them…

    Presssssss ON!

  77. 350 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Comment on C&L on Rush’s non apology:

    CTVoter “But the only healthcare that seems to deeply offend people is healthcare for women.”
    Funny dat. Maybe women need to start boycotting heterosexual sex. As in, not having any.
    They want a war on sex? Heh. Let’s roll.

    • 351 defytheodds
      March 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      They want a war on sex? “Let’s roll.” That’s funny!

    • March 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm


    • 353 nathkatun7
      March 4, 2012 at 4:20 am

      “They want a war on sex? Heh. Let’s roll.”

      Hey, Desertflower: I hope in this war on sex, that calls for “boycotting heterosexual sex,” there is an exemption for some of us men who totally support healthcare for women that include insurance coverage for contraceptives! Believe me, hypocritical right wingers, like Rush Limbaugh, Darrell Issa, Rick Santorum, Sen. Roy Blunt, and the celibate Catholic Bishops, do not speak for the vast majority of rational men who have absolutely no objections to insurance coverage of contraceptives. Rational men care deeply about the health of women as well as the importance of family planning. It’s really a shame that people like this idiot Rush Limbaugh claim to speak for all men. From what I understand, Rush Limbaugh does not have children. If that’s the case he is clueless as what it takes to raise children, especially if you are not as financially well off as he is. Ironically, many of the people who think women should not use contraceptives are the ones who are quick to condemn poor people for having many children.

  78. March 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    It’s now, 22% and the % is Exactly the same as it was for 14%, exactly-

    Mitt Romney 6,101 35.6%
    Ron Paul 4,203 24.6%
    Rick Santorum 4,203 24.6%
    Newt Gingrich 2,028 11.8%

    Turnout is allegedly high!

  79. March 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Umm, does Robney pay people to GOTV?

    They call it street money!

    He is really turning out the vote!

    Just saying!

    • 357 hopefruit2
      March 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      No he’s not. He’s getting roughly the same % as he did in Colorado ~ 36%. He can’t even break 40% in a non-southern state, and you call that turning out the vote?!?!?

  80. 359 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Marchers remember past, look to future

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Marchers will do more than commemorate history when they cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge and recreate the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery — they will target Alabama’s new voter ID and immigration laws.

    Peaceful demonstrators in 1965 were attacked on that bridge by police in what became known as “Bloody Sunday.” The violence helped spark passage of the Voting Rights Act eliminating discrimination at the polls.

    Organizers of this weekend’s march say new voter ID laws could disenfranchise about 5 million voters.

    They expect thousands to cross the bridge Sunday in Selma, with hundreds making the 50-mile march to Montgomery over the next week. The march ends March 9 with a rally at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once served.

  81. 360 vitaminlover
    March 3, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Limbaugh is pure evil. He will pay and pay dearly.

  82. March 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Folks, the vote total has not changed, but yet we are now at 30% reporting.

    Agh, have to love how the GOP counts votes!

  83. March 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    you guys there’s a hashtag trending on twiiter it’s called #LimbaughMovies. funny stuff. Here’s some titles:

    So I Married a Facts Murderer #LimbaughMovies

    “Lard Of The Rings” #LimbaughMovies

    Dude, where’s my sponsor. #LimbaughMovies

    Where’s Tally? She should be in on this.

  84. 363 aj
    March 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    A quick note from Tallahassee, FL where I’m accompanying Mr. AJ on a job interview: we found an Obama 2012 storefront office just down the street from our hotel…tomorrow I go to offer to stuff envelopes, or whatever volunteers at bricks and mortar offices do these days!

    PS: A for Alice, thanks for the welcome back…I’m almost home, not quite….just two more days in FL… 🙂

  85. March 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Sorry I’m dropping in at the tail end of this conversation, although I did follow at least half this afternoon, but I thought you would be interested in a link from The Field Negro for those who want to check-out some of the compost heap comprising Limbaugh.


  86. 366 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm
  87. March 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    The thing about Rush’s ‘apology’ is that is sounds just like what a wife-beater would say. Sorry, didn’t mean to hurt you…until next time. Sandra Fluke suffered long-term abuse and public humiliation at the hands of this bully.

  88. March 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I espcially love the statement issued by the CEO of Carbonite:

    A Statement from David Friend, CEO of Carbonite: “No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.”


  89. 374 GGail
    March 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    A Message from Carbonite CEO, David Friend Regarding Ads on Limbaugh

    March 02, 2012
    A Statement from David Friend, CEO of Carbonite as of 6:45pm ET, March 3:
    “No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.”
    Original post:
    Over the past two days we have received a tremendous amount of feedback on Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments. I too am offended and very concerned about his comments. Limbaugh’s remarks have us rethinking our future use of talk radio.

    We use more than 40 talk show hosts to help get the Carbonite message out to the public. The nature of talk radio is that from time to time listeners are offended by a host and ask that we pull our advertising. This goes for conservatives like Limbaugh and progressives like Stephanie Miller and Ed Shultz. We even get customers who demand that we pull the plug on NPR. As an advertiser, we do not have control over a show’s editorial content or what they say on air. Carbonite does not endorse the opinions of the shows or their hosts.

    However, the outcry over Limbaugh is the worst we’ve ever seen. I have scheduled a face-to-face meeting next week with Limbaugh during which I will impress upon him that his comments were offensive to many of our customers and employees alike.

    Please know your voice has been heard and that we are taking this matter very seriously.

    David Friend

  90. 381 Tally
    March 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Hey there my fellow TODers! Happy CATURDAY!

    Just popping in briefly to say HI – then I’m back to my being lazy week of rest and living in my PJs, watching mindless crackTV.

    I started writing – and it went long, so I’m sending it to Chips to see if she wants to post it.

    😀 😀 😀

  91. 383 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Yea, answer the questions—Brothers! 🙂

    • 391 defytheodds
      March 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Rep. Luis Gutierrez Gives Romney a Latinos 101 Lesson on House Floor

      Rep. Gutierrez said that the nation’s 50 million Latinos, most of whom are citizens and eligible voters, is a lot of people, “Especially if you want to offend each and every one of us. But to Mitt Romney’s credit — he’s trying.” 🙂

  92. 393 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm
      March 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm


  93. March 3, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Keep it up Rush and cowardly GOP

    • 397 desertflower
      March 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      The tent just got bigger.Come on in…you’re not valued or wanted by the GOP.

      • March 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm

        Indeed, it has. DF, been thinking about you. How’s the job hunt coming for your hubby? Keeping y’all in my prayers.

        • 399 desertflower
          March 3, 2012 at 10:09 pm

          Bless your sweet heart 🙂 I had a mini meltdown tonight….too much anxiety, I guess.Husband still has no job….I did get a contact # for a military recruiter (internal) at a bank…hoping on Monday that things begin to turn around…thank you so much for asking:) So glad to see that you are loving your new job…wonderful news 🙂 Thanks for keeping us in your prayers…much appreciated.

  94. March 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    People need to make noise about Texas

  95. 405 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm


    Rick Santorum offered up a boast at a speech in Bowling Green, Ohio on Saturday: a balanced budget by 2018 while lowering taxes and keeping defense off the table.

    “We will balance budget not by the end of my second term or some fuzzy date in the future, we will balance it in five years,” he said. “I will seek a balanced budget amendment.”

    Maybe he should move to Afghanistan. 3rd world country on the way, if he has his way.

    • 406 anniebella
      March 4, 2012 at 3:35 am

      Sick Rick must mean he’s going to balance his house budget, that’s as close to him balancing any budget that he will get.

  96. 407 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Bobfr…check this site out and see if this might be a good site to Tweet HZ’s info


  97. 408 defytheodds
    March 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    O/T P. Diddy and Magic Johnson Strike Comcast Deals: ‘Bringing the Revolution That TV Needs’

    After spending years in the pop culture scene, former NBA super star Magic Johnson and rap sensation P. Diddy are familiar with appearing on television. But now, the two are crossing the platform from TV stars to network owners, thanks to a deal with Comcast.

    The cable provider announced today that it will launch four minority-owned stations in the next two years-one of which belonging to Johnson and another owned by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs
    Comcast will launch four minority-owned networks on its cable TV systems in the next two years

    Two of the networks are majority black-owned while two are majority American-Hispanic-owned, with all of them programming in English…

  98. March 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

  99. 410 Pamela
    March 3, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Okay! Hi y’all! Have I missed anything? Just hit me with the highlights……. Oh yeah.

  100. 411 donna dem 4 obama
    March 3, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Good Evening Everyone!

    We Marylanders had a great day registering Virginia voters today. They asked us not to give out numbers but I’ll just say that Northern Virginia is FIRED UP for our President.

  101. 419 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    dccc.org wants to have 300,000 signatures regarding Rush before Eric Cantor goes on MTP tomorrow. Please sign petition there 🙂


  102. 428 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    From ThinkProgress: The Huffington Post notes that AOL — the parent company of HuffPost — has not yet dropped Limbaugh.

    That’s all you need to know about that sorry place.

  103. March 3, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Thank President Obama and Sect. Sebellius


    Join the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in telling President Obama you support birth control without co-pays.


  104. March 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    more ways to help

    Join The National Women’s Law Center in telling your senator to reject extreme legislation.


    Join The Coalition of Labor Union Women in telling the Senate that you oppose S.2043.


  105. 432 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Just as we thought. Non “apology”

    thinkprogress “It’s always about me! By the way, I never apologize.” — Rush Limbaugh, 9/25/07 thkpr.gs/wACU7Q
    26 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  106. 433 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    And Ed Schultz DID apologize to Laura Ingram

    • 434 desertflower
      March 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      tnmtgirl….if you want MORE hypocricy, check out the comments with this vid 🙂

      • March 3, 2012 at 10:34 pm

        Do I have to? Is it really bad? Not sure I can stomach it. I found Rachel’s show on hypocrisy. I have it open in another window, but haven’t watched it yet.

    • 436 57andFemale
      March 3, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      And lest we forget: Ed Schultz apologized to someone who spews hate for a living. Just because he insulted a woman. This is hardly the same ballpark as Sandra Fluke.

  107. March 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Ed has talked about that incident a lot the past couple of days. I heard a replay this afternoon and he was talking about it. He said what was 17 seconds. Yes, 17 seconds only. As you know, he was suspended for a week and as shown, apologized. He’s been asking repeatedly, “Where is Laura Ingraham? Why isn’t she outraged at this treatment of this young woman?” Then, of course, we see later today what her “outrage” is. I’m out of words to describe these idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  108. 444 Jessica
    March 3, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Wow. I’m late to the party. I’m watching the Prop 8 play on YouTube.

  109. March 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Excuse me, can I throw up now? I just heard on our local news that Herman Cain was in Knoxville tonight…..speaking at some conservative dinner honoring St. Ronnie. Enough already. 😦

  110. 448 desertflower
    March 3, 2012 at 11:24 pm


    According to Rove and Gillespie, voters see Obama as “out of touch and in over his head” on foreign policy and national security, but there is literally not a single significant data point in public opinion polling that supports this assertion.

    If anything, Obama’s foreign policy advantage — rather than being vulnerability — may very well be one of the keys to his re-election.

    Indeed, the only people who appear to be out-of-touch are Rove and Gillespie — and not just with the current polling on Obama, but with the overall mood of the electorate on foreign policy. At a time when Republicans desperately need to find a new way to talk about national security that more accurately reflects the electorate’s views on America’s role in the world, Rove and Gillespie are calling on GOP presidential candidates to spin the party’s greatest hits rather than writing some new material.

    Lots of nuggets in this one 🙂

    • March 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Neat I’ve lived to see Karl Rove become irrelevant and out of touch. Kewl.

      On a personal note hope you are OK DF. Sending kind thoughts your way. {{DF}}

    • 451 57andFemale
      March 4, 2012 at 12:18 am

      Further proof that the GOP knows how strong PBO is on foreign policy. Karl Rove’s M.O. is to hit a candidate on his strength.

      Good luck with that this time.

  111. 453 57andFemale
    March 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    The heartless incompetence of Republican governors: Kasich is refusing to declare Clermont County, which from most accounts has towns that were blown off the map in the last rash of storms, a federal disaster area.

    “We’ll take care of it ourselves, instead of letting that black Commie send in any of his bleeding heart libruls to help us. We don’t need no stinkin’ help.” (Okay, I paraphrase a little).

    Any Ohioans here — make sure that PBO gets NO BLAME for lack of help for that storm-torn county. That all the blame lies on the head of that heartless incompetent monster that Ohioans elected.

  112. 456 PamfromCalif
    March 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Why is Rush still on Armed Forces Radio? He demeans women, minorities and many other Americans. We all should contact Leon Panetta kick Rush off the air.

    • March 3, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      yah so I saw a tweet from bob about this. so there is a radio network for the military that is called armed forces radio? is that right? and one of the shows they play on it is Rush’s?

      • 458 Dudette
        March 4, 2012 at 12:07 am

        Armed Forces Network —


        AFN RADIO serves more than a million American service men and women, Department of Defense civilians and their families stationed at bases and American Embassies and Consulates in more than 177 countries and 200 U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command ships at sea.

        Since World War II, AFN has enjoyed the generous support from all major broadcast networks, syndicates, public radio services, and individual stations and program producers throughout the U.S.

        AFN RADIO programming originates at the American Forces Network Defense Media Center in California. There are 10 different, full-time AFN RADIO networks including a primary information news/talk/information network. These national radio services are distributed by satellite to an overseas affiliate network of military broadcast stations, base cable TV systems, and AFN Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite dish users. Additional shortwave AFN RADIO transmissions reach U.S. Navy ships in areas not served by satellite with the primary information news/talk/information AFN RADIO network.


        News, Talk, Commentary and Information on AFN RADIO

        American Forces Network’s primary news, talk and information radio network delivers international and national news, commentary, talk radio and military news. Hourly newscasts, features and major newsworthy events including Presidential Press Conferences, Pentagon and White House Press Briefings, live NASA shuttle launches and other special event programs are also carried on this primary AFN RADIO news/talk/information network.

        Radio and Television Program Inquiries
        American Forces Network Contact Us @ MyAFN.net
        AFN Technical Support 951-413-2339 Technologist@dma.mil
        Plans and Policy Inquiries3 01-222-6496 afrtops1@dma.mil

        Radio/TV Operational Inquiries
        Radio/TV Spot Inquiries 301-222-6236 rtpo@dma.mil
        Engineering Inquiries 301-222-6542 afrtce@dma.mil

    • 459 susanne
      March 3, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      yes!!! it is outrageous that our troops are showered with his putrid garbage. this link has a batch of contact options at the bottom right. thanks for your suggestion, pamfromcalif–it really is time to take action on this.


    • 461 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      March 4, 2012 at 12:20 am

      Yes, Pam, and these are tweets all of you may consider useful regarding this issue:

      This one is rather blunt, but was not intended in any way as disrespect for our dear President. It simply is the case that he is CiC, the DoD reports to him, the DoD is responsible for the contract with @ClearChannel for the bile that #Rush disgorges daily and the DoD, if for no other reason than to respect female troopers and female military spouses, should remove him forever from AFN.

      And, importantly, from a positive perspective:

      And, never forget:


  113. 465 Dudette
    March 4, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Gotta keep our eyes on the other ball …. More on Republican Non-Job Creation

    From this past week…

    2-27-2012: The Congressional Circus is back in action after a week off for President’s Day, and today they’ll be considering H.R. 4078, “The Regulatory Freeze of Jobs Act of 2012.” It’s worse than it sounds as its intent is “to provide that no agency may take any significant regulatory action until the unemployment rate is equal to or less than 6.0 percent.” Cue the sad trombone sound.)

    2-29-2012: The House failed to pass the Research Works Act, which would have prohibitied federal agencies from releasing the result of taxpayer-funded research.

    3-2-2012: Yesterday the House spent most of the day debating and passing the San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act. Meanwhile, in the Senate, Democrats, plus Olympia Snowe, fended off the execrable Blunt Amendment. Meanwhile, Speaker Boehner vows to continue contraception fight. Because it’s all about jobs, right?

    • 466 57andFemale
      March 4, 2012 at 12:26 am

      Seriously, Dudette — you must be copying the script from tonight’s SNL, right?


      • 467 Dudette
        March 4, 2012 at 12:30 am

        Not at all 57. Great website on Chips’ blogroll.

        Haven’t watched SNL in ages. Guess I ought to check it out again.

        • 468 57andFemale
          March 4, 2012 at 2:21 am

          But doesn’t it sound like a joke from the U.S. House of Representatives? Are these guys a laughingstock or what?

    • 469 anniebella
      March 4, 2012 at 3:22 am

      I want someone to explain to me why Bob Casey voted for the Blunt Amendment?

    • 470 anniebella
      March 4, 2012 at 3:29 am

      John Boehner’s mother ought to have been the one to have never forget to use contraception.

  114. 471 desertflower
    March 4, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Contact info for AFR…

    http://afrts.dodmedia.osd.mil/contact-info.asp TAKE RUSH OFF THE AIR.

    • 472 desertflower
      March 4, 2012 at 12:29 am

      Goodness. Must be the wine. I didn’t see that dudette so kindly already posted this. Opps!

      • 473 Dudette
        March 4, 2012 at 12:32 am

        No problem, df. The more exposure the better. Let’s hope the avalanche of contacts moves them to dump the creep.

        • 474 desertflower
          March 4, 2012 at 12:40 am

          There you go! What is the purpose of hearing that poison, belched out of one ugly man’s mouth…slamming their CIC on a daily basis anyway? Ms. Fluke is just the absolute end point. Enough of this man.

  115. March 4, 2012 at 12:51 am

    K off to bed nitey nite TOD

  116. 479 susanne
    March 4, 2012 at 3:36 am

    i’m turning off the computer early–there are some heavy bursts of lightening and thunder in our area. sleep well, todville!

  117. 480 anniebella
    March 4, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Where is he other black guy who use to be on TeaNN? I know Don Lemon is still there, but I can not think of the other anchor. Anyway Lemon had some story on last night asking is blacks rethinking Obama? Trying to imply that black Americans might not support the President like they did in 08.

  118. March 4, 2012 at 6:37 am

    thanks folks for another night of interesting reading, funny quotes, downright serious commentary, and up to date info about the latest. You guys are awesome.

  119. 484 lovingandlaughing
    March 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Oh my gosh….nearly 500 comments! I’m not sure I’ll be able to catch up and get through the posts and comments i missed!

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