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heads up: aipac

In this handout photo from the Israeli Government Press Office, Israeli President Shimon Peres meets with President Barack Obama in Washington, DC

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10:50 AM ET: President Obama delivers remarks at the AIPAC Policy Conference

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354 Responses to “heads up: aipac”


  1. 1 Dave
    March 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Hooo-YAH!!

    • 2 hopefruit2
      March 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Congrats on #1!

    • 9 Pamela
      March 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Yay for you, Dave!

    • 11 jacquelineoboomer
      March 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Congrats on 1st, Dave!

      Wow – something “told me” to log on, just in time to see that I haven’t missed the President’s remarks. Thanks, Chips, and good Sunday!

      • 12 Pamela
        March 4, 2012 at 10:46 am

        Good morning, JO’B!

        • 13 Pamela
          March 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

          JO’B, the something that told you to log on, pretty sure it’s your higher Mind.. I believe it’s the level we are learning to connect on, getting lots of practice here on TOD.

          • 14 jacquelineoboomer
            March 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

            Yes, and it’s surprising how much fun it is to hang around with the higher minded folks, eh?

            • 15 Pamela
              March 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

              No surprise to me, I have been working towards this on a group level for 40 of my 61 years! So you can well imagine how simply wonderful a relief it is to be here! And I do mean on TOD! As well as the other spiritual group work I do as a world server.

      • 16 vcprezofan2
        March 4, 2012 at 12:52 pm

        You know Jacque I’m going to have to get one of those bell-ringy thingy to let me know a new post is up! I signed in round about the right time for the speech but came int on the last thread. So, being me, I proceeded to work my way down slowly, checking out links, answering my phone, etc. etc. After all, Chips Chica said she’d be out for awhile. Now I discover when I crawled to the end of the thread that a new post was up and I’d completely missed it! Honestly, I think I’m becoming more dense than the average Repub. Wonder how many times I have to be caught on the end of the thread before I wise up?

  2. 17 Pamela
    March 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

    G’Day, y’all!

    • 18 jacquelineoboomer
      March 4, 2012 at 10:46 am

      G’Day, Pamela! Luckily, we have sunshine today, here on the “prairie” (my version, in a city, that is!).

      • 19 Pamela
        March 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

        Not sue yet what’s happening out here today, cloudy at present, but it’s early. Yesterday we had sun, lovely to tun around out of doors in a teeshirt (my HHDL 2008 tour tee) …. The words on it: “BE KIND WHENEVER POSSIBLE ~ IT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE.” That could be our thought for the day to share! 🙂

        • 20 jacquelineoboomer
          March 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

          LOVE that quote. I’ll try to practice it today, with ya!

          • 21 Pamela
            March 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

            When I wear my teeshirt with those words on the back, and when I don’t need to wear it under a few layers (! ah, Seattle!), it’s as if I can feel kindness and fine thoughts following me along when people are reading my shirt! Love the energy coming in from the back, then I send it along straight out from my heart center in the front, so it’s love and kindness coming and going! Pretty nice energy field to be in, I’ll tell you! Kinda like what PBO does, with so much of our group love and protection all around him, but he lives in a MUCH LARGER energy field than I do, no question about that! 😉

    • 22 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      March 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE…I WAS AT CHURCH AND MISSED PBO TODAY…GOING TO EAT OR I’LL CHEW MY ARM OFF!…WILL BE BACK LATER TO CATCH UP! BLESSINGS EVERYONE!…:)

  3. 23 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

  4. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    March 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

    What a beautiful intro Shimon Peres is giving our President.

  5. 30 collegekay
    March 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I hate that PBO has to constantly prove that he cares about Israel. Shit makes me so angry.

    • 31 jacquelineoboomer
      March 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Yes, I agree, totally, but isn’t it a joy when the Israeli President says it, so the White House can point to this any old time they want! There’s that!

    • 40 prettyfoot58
      March 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      GM CK…

      in our democracy…many folks are not engaged….they do not follow politics the way we do…or analyze things as well…(Remember the cry….Keep your hands off my medicare)

      just as on the issue of contraception….many folks do not know the ins and outs of how our government works…and i must say even for myself…whom i would consider political savy…it was not till PBOs presidentcy that i have paid this close attention to the mechanics of how our government works….on all levels…city… state ….federal….

      it is a daunting revelation….

      add to that the powers that be want the American People to remain confused and clueless…

      so that is the reason why i think it is a good thang for the President to re-state his record whenever he can….

      Presssssssssss ON!!

    • 41 Pamela
      March 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Spot on. Incredible how some people just really want and need to believe that.

  6. 42 Pamela
    March 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I ‘shamrockObama’ tee at the store, classic!

  7. 44 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

    President Peres is really singing PBO’s praises (truthfully) and getting cheered by the AIPAC audience for doing so. Bet the MSM won’t show that!

  8. March 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Has the Yetti arrived in America? His sightings are such a production! He comes out once a year to cause trouble not only for his own country, but to also meddle in American politics. What an ass. I wish his opposition would unseat him. The guy’s a menace.

  9. 47 desertflower
    March 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

    President Peres said some very nice things about our President…but it seemed a bit like overkill to me. A shame that he has to do that. I have a feeling that PBO will light this place up with his speech….

  10. 48 Don
    March 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I’m so sick and tired of these fuckers complaining that President Obama hasn’t sufficiently kiss Israel’s ass. If Israel wants to foolishly go and bomb Iran, well then they should go and do it. But if it does, don’t think that President Obama has an obligation to go along with Israel’s foolishness. President Obama wants to let diplomacy and sanctions play out before he makes a move, which is the right thing to do.

  11. March 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Lee Rosenberg is very supportive of our President as well. I really like him.

  12. 50 EDP4BHO
    March 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Good morning TOD. I see I also tuned in just in time to see this farce. God bless my President, doing what he must do as tradition, regardless of the cost to everyone else.

  13. 51 collegekay
    March 4, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Anybody who missed the First Lady on BET this morning — it’s re airing right now!

  14. 53 Dave
    March 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Well, off to church followed by mexican breakfast. Big platos of enchiladas and eggs, red and green OVER. Beans y papas. Yum! Happy chattin’ TOD-ers! Catch up with you later.

  15. 58 Don
    March 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

    3 a.m. phone call my ass!!!! ask bin laden about a fucking 3 a.m. phone call.

  16. March 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Rosenberg teasing PBO that he still hasn’t invited Lee to play BB. He wonders if PBO is afraid he may be the next Jeremy Lin. Says he’s getting shorter and wonders about this being a strategy. hahahhahhhahhahahhahahahaha! I thought that was funny, but the crowd seems sober.

  17. March 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

    George Will Mocks ‘Depressing’ GOP Response To Rush Limbaugh

    (with a little bit of false equivalence thrown in)

    Conservative columnist George Will on Sunday tore into top Republicans for their tepid response to Rush Limbaugh’s smear of Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, declaring that the GOP is “afraid” of the radio host.

    “It would’ve been nice if they had shared that with the larger public, the Republican leaders,” Will said on ABC’s This Week. “Instead, Mr. Boehner comes out and says, Rush’s language was inappropriate. Using a salad fork for your entree, that’s inappropriate. Not this stuff. I mean, and Rick Santorum says well, what he says was absurd, but an entertainer is allowed to be absurd. No. It is the responsibility of conservatives to police the right in its excesses, just as the liberals unfailingly fail to police the excesses in their own side. And it was depressing, because what it indicates is that the Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”

    • 64 anniebella
      March 4, 2012 at 11:53 am

      I loved that comment, the Republicans want to bomb Iran, but they are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. I love it, love it, love it. Mitt, Rick, Newt, Boehner, Cantor, want to bomb Iran, but they are afraid of a drug addict big mouth lying racists punk.

    • 67 Pamela
      March 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      As Windbag goes along his merry way, laughing all the way to the bank.

    • 68 gn
      March 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks for the quote! I’m glad he spoke up, and you’re right about the equivalency being false. A lot of people have taken a great deal of heat because they are standing apart from and against the indeed excessive and over the top shock jocks “on the left.” At various intervals, Michael Moore, Cornel West, Bill Maher, Arianna, Markos, Ed Schultz etc. have been met with a great deal of criticism for their immoderation. The difference is that our excessive people do not have even a sliver of the clout within the Democratic party and its supporters that Limbaugh has amongst the GOP leadership and base.

    • 69 TrumpDog
      March 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”

      Damn!

  18. March 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Good morning all!! I can’t watch the AIPAC speech either! It makes me so angry that every organization makes President Obama grovel at their feet!!

    I’m so happy that Shimon Peres supports and recognizes our Presidentas a true partner. So I got angry at even the disrespect that Shimon Peres gets, I read an oped in Haaretz, and the comments were so vile and ugly,saying how he’s an old man and should be put to pasture etc.

    That op-ed was “crowing” about Bibi and how he managed to get the US to talk about Iran and not about 2 state solution. And you know you helped! the stupid GOP. They are a party of TRAITORS!!!

    I can’t stand how their actions are so seditious,but NO ONE calls them out on it. They undermine the President at every turn, but they get a pass. Meanwhile, Dems are regularly called out on their lack of patriotism

    • 71 hopefruit2
      March 4, 2012 at 11:24 am

      I agree with you pinkpunny except that I don’t believe that PBO is groveling at anyone’s feet (that’s what they may hope and think, but it’s not the case at all)!

      • March 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm

        THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT GROVELING AT ALL IN HIS SPEACH…IT WAS STRONG AND TO THE POINT…I LOVED IT…IF ISREAL DOES NOT KNOW BY NOW WHERE HE STANDS THEN THEY NEVER WILL!!!!

    • 73 isonprize
      March 4, 2012 at 11:29 am

      pinkbunny, I don’t think Pres. Obama is ‘groveling’ at all. In fact, I don’t think Pres. Obama ever grovels. He may have folks thinking that he is groveling, meanwhile, he’s 20 steps ahead, plotting out how he is going to get what he wants and have those same folks wondering by then how he did it.

      He’s not groveling. As I have always said, underestimate Pres. Obama at your own peril. He always, ALWAYS, has a plan.

    • 74 prettyfoot58
      March 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      GM everyone….

      i understand that you think that it is groveling…but if the speech has the effect of detering Israel’s hand….i am most grateful….the speech focused on Israel but it also allowed the President to talk about how he has brought together nations…even Russia and China…to isolate and place ever restricting economic sanctions on Iran….

      it also gave him the chance to show how he is precise and on point…not willy nilly and weak…..

      by talking about the sanctions to be imposed on Iran by the world in July…gives the peace movement on Israel power to call for restraint…

      overall…i think it contrasts the President with those running for office on the Repub side…who could not muster the courage to speak out against the incendiary remarks of Rush Limbaugh….can you they lead a world coalition….

      Presssssssssssssss ON!!

      • March 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm

        You’re right, and I think I made wrong choice of word.

        I think what I meant to say was “expects” President Obama to “grovel”.. I feel like every organization he has to speak at, expects nothing less than full throated support…or else! Like there’s going to be some kind of lash back!

        • 76 Left-Indie
          March 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

          Grovel schmovel, the point PinkB made in the comment that is important is the seditious one. Everytime I see this group and their GOP absolute supporters bask in their lobbying power i think just this. When I hear the GOP siding against the president of the united states in dealings with a foriegn country (Isreal ain’t 51st state) I think this. Do these people think of our soldiers and personel in the middle east if Israel attacks Iran? No one in the middle east thinks that Israel will do anything without the tacit support of the US. They attack Iran, we own it. I was glad that he pointed out that he was still seeking peace. I do wish he’d said something about the illegal settelments.

  19. 79 jacquelineoboomer
    March 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

    The portion of the AIPAC program on the Ethiopian Jews was chilling, as that topic always is for me. This is a well done event, that’s for sure.

    As I listen to the outgoing AIPAC President, I can’t help but think how very out of touch Republican candidates and others, like McCain, are about two things. The first, of course, is a given – they do not understand or care about the needs of American women. The second is they seem to always misread the pulse of American Jews relating to their affection for President Obama. Makes me gag on both counts.

  20. 80 Jessica
    March 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I dont know much about Israeli elections and when they are but how fast can they get rid of Netanyahu? He is like an Israeli Bush but even crazier because bombing Iran is not like invading Iraq. Two completely different scenarios. I think once Netty is gone PBO can go back to talking about a peaceful solution but right now we have to avoid WW3.

  21. March 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

    “I’ve never seen Rossie on the court. I bet it would be a treat”——- hilarious. crowd like it. Have you guys noticed that it’s not what he says, it’s his pauses and his own reaction to what he says that’s hilarious?! Remember the SOTU joke about ‘spilled milk’? The joke wasn’t funny but it was how he reacted to it that made is so funny to me. Whenever he tells a joke, I wait for the punchline which is his own reaction to what he says or his reaction to how the crowd reacts to his joke. He is so cute! 🙂

    • 82 collegekay
      March 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

      I’ve noticed that too! His actual jokes are usually corny. But he has this cute little pause and giggle… it cracks me up. He’s so adorable.

  22. March 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

    President Barack Obama’s senior campaign advisor David Axelrod slammed Newt Gingrich for insisting that Obama was wrong to apologize for Koran burnings that led to the death of six U.S. troops in Afghanistan. “The thing about not having any responsibilities is that you can say irresponsible things,” Axelrod said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And the speaker avails himself of that opportunity all the time.” Axelrod said that the commanders on the ground believed that an apology was appropriate and necessary given the circumstances. “The reality is that the president has in his hands the fate of all those service people over there and that’s foremost in his mind,” he said.  “The commanders on the ground felt that a high level apology was warranted and necessary for the security of those troops and the president acted on their recommendation.”

    • 84 jacquelineoboomer
      March 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Jovie – Thanks for sharing what may be the best quote of the week from Axe:

      *The thing about not having any responsibilities is that you can say irresponsible things*

      Perfect.

      • March 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

        Also, I like how our Team can deliver a punch. Politically, Stephanie Cutter, Axelrod and Gibbs can sure pack a wallop.
        I prefer this, rather than running as the unrealistic perfect candidate of 08!

      • 87 Pamela
        March 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm

        “and the speaker avails himself of that opportunity all the time.” For well over a year now, I might add. Thank you, Mr. Axelrod.

      • 88 susanne
        March 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

        hmmm–i know i’m taking this line out of context, and i do love his message (what these rethug are saying is irresponsible). but it’s not okay for anyone who will be seen or quoted in the media to make these irrational statements. people around the world are watching and listening to our politicians. their interpretations of what is said are very rarely the kindly, forgiving, grain-of-salt variety. and what the rethug bozos say is credited to us all–to our discredit.

        • 89 jacquelineoboomer
          March 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

          You are right, susanne, the irrational and irresponsible comments are doing us all harm, within our country and around the world. I’m for the tone President Obama usually sets, where he calls out the myths, chuckles and/or slams the podium, intent more on making his case than slamming the dummies. Ha!

          I also think the occasional rapier comment out of the mouths of people like Axe, as in this case, should be applauded, because – and here’s why I love being a Democrat – at least they are intellectually correct.

    • 90 Linda
      March 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Newt would arrest the commanders if he disagreed with them.

    • 91 anniebella
      March 4, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      I just love David Axelrod.

    • March 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Correction: The EX-speaker. He doesn’t do more today than pushing up daisies.

  23. March 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

    POTUS is slamming it.

    • March 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

      PBO announces this spring he will present Peres with America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

      • March 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

        PBO: “American-Israeli relationship is too important to be distorted by partisan policitcs.”

        BAM.

        • March 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

          ohmygod, I love this President.

          • 98 Pamela
            March 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm

            Even looking only from the side of President Peres’ face, you can see the admiration, regard, and love he holds for PBO. Not because he might be getting an ‘award’, awards seldom mean much to the elderly, but because he sees what we see in President Barack Hussein Obama.

        • 99 Mel
          March 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm

          It was a brilliant speach no body does it better than our President.. It was a powerfull speach.
          So now let’s see if the MSM tray to spin this one a great picture with Simon Peres.

    • 100 Renee / Aunt Sis
      March 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

      GOOD MORNING FAMILY: Dont know if this has been posted yet – but there is a petition @ Whitehouse.gov to Secty Penetta to pull Rush Limbaugh off Armed Forces Radio. We need 24,704 signatures by April 3, 2012. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION. You must have an account and you can create one there. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION!!! PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION!!

      https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/#!/petition/sec-panetta-get-rush-limbaugh-armed-forces-radio-now-no-tax-money-abusive-divisive-insulting/p439GWMm

      THANK YOU. Please post Facebook, twitter, favorite blog sites, ect. THANK YOU!!

      • March 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

        Signed and tweeted. Thanks.

      • March 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm

        thanks so much for doing this Renee.. I really want to see him off AFR. Happy to sign this.

      • 103 MTmarilyn (@mtmarilyn2)
        March 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm

        signed, twitted and facebooked!!!! This is so important!!!!

      • 104 Judith Fardig
        March 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        I tried to sign into my account on We the People to sign the petition and ended up in a cul de sac trying to reset my password. It was really frustrating, and despite being signed in, I never got to the magic green button to sign the petition. May try later on Explorer instead of Chrome. This would be huge if it happened!

        • 105 Renee / Aunt Sis
          March 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

          Please don’t give up, Judith. Keep trying. I had problems too.

        • 106 CoyoteMarti
          March 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm

          This happens to me all the time over there!! And I use Explorer. Often I give up. Maybe someday I will find a way to the green button. Hope you have better luck. 😦

        • 107 Pamela
          March 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

          Oh, me too! I am do sad. Of course I cannot remember my password, duh, it’s been so long, and I suspended my account while I was overseas, but they said they don’t recognize me by my name or email, despite that I get email from DNC, DCCC, DWS, SPEAKER PELOSI, VPB, and PBO all the time! boohoohoo, I am tearful! But maybe it means the site is slammed at the moment, and that’s a giid thing! I will stop crying now and get my behind off to work. Later, dear TODObots! 😉

          • 108 Judith Fardig
            March 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

            Finally successful at signing into We The People on Whitehouse.gov and approving the petition. There are > 1,100 signatures now but they need 25,000. Don’t give up! I wish they could make this site more user friendly.

        • 109 desertflower
          March 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm

          I had problems at first…keep trying !

        • 110 susanne
          March 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

          me too–i’ve been trying all morning, between glasses of tea and what not. still can’t get out of the loop. once it took me to a page that said,under construction, please try later. aaargh. i will try again, but it’s mighty tiresome!

        • March 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm

          This has happened to me several times, Judith. I kept on trying and the, magically, I did something right and was on track. Keep at it.

      • March 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm

        Signed, tweeted and Facebooked.

      • March 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

        Done, thanks for the heads-up, Renee.

      • March 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        I just signed, tweeted and facebooked. I had no problem signing on (using Chrome)

    • 115 Ladyhawke
      March 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

      He’s hitting on all cylinders.

  24. March 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

    PBO basically said: ‘You doubt me? Check my track record.’——— Yetti can take it and stuff it where the sun don’t shine.

    • 117 Mel
      March 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Yes perfect I wonder if Mitten was watching or Newt no BS from PBO yes the facts his track
      record speaks for itself.

  25. March 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Here’s the thing. I really wish people who are afraid that POTUS will be “forced” to go to war with Iran cause of Netanyahu would listen to what POTUS actually says instead of the always anonymous, or MSM villager who go by the name of “they say…” anytime “they say” is uttered you can best believe that it’s meant as rumor, innuendo and a way to say anything and sour any conversations without any consequences.

    whenever someone say to me “they say…” my next question is always “who is they?”

    • 119 JoJothecat
      March 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

      That is the key lamh35…”they say” is the corporate media’s way of whipping up hysteria. If they can’t even say Sr. advisers within the Admin, then it’s all b.s.

    • 120 Jessica
      March 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Exactly. I can’t believe so many people think that Netty can force PBO to do something so outrageous like start another war during an election by the Israeli Prime Minister. Oh please! PBO is the smartest guy in the room, always and forever! He already knows everything Netty is going to say before he even says it. I’m not worried, one lick.

      • March 4, 2012 at 1:27 pm

        I agree with you. I think that the ability of AIPAC, or Netanyahu, etc. to “force” the US into doing anything is completely overhyped and has been for years. The Bush administration invaded Iraq because they wanted to invade Iraq, not because of any lobbyist. We even know about secret meetings conducted by the office of Dick Cheney in which Iraq’s oil fields were heavily discussed prior to that war. PBO is no fool, and we’ve known since the primaries in which he recoiled from H. Clinton’s “obliterate them” language, that POTUS is not, and never has been, sold on neocon MidEast hostilities (and this is not to take away from H. Clinton’s extremely high level of intelligence and accomplishments, as she has become an *outstanding* Secretary of State). I trust PBO, and Netanyahu is an overrated bully.

    • March 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      You are so right!! I think I was getting so anxious how Israel, GOP and AIPAC might do things that box the President, and I should remember to breathe and keep faith in my President.

      He’s smart and I trust him to do what’s right!! I know he will succeed, and I should stop concern trolling!

      Thanks Lamh35 for the reminder that we need to keep calm and keep things in perspective!!!

  26. March 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Alright Mr. President. Kick some Republican ass!

  27. 124 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

    My President is hitting this out of the park! Go Mr. President!

  28. 125 Barb
    March 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Lots of applause going on!!! If anyone can help bring Peace, it’s POB.

  29. 126 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

    • March 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a punch in the stomach to the msm and the whole band of deluded wierdos known as the Republican candidates for pres. Beautiful, beautiful way of saying they are all freaking liars and if you want the truth wait until I say it.

  30. 128 EDP4BHO
    March 4, 2012 at 11:29 am

    FLOTUS giving a great interview on BET. Lovely, smart, and honest.

    • 129 hopefruit2
      March 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Isn’t she? They aired this show earlier (10AM) so some of us saw it then 🙂 I hope they air it again later in the week!

  31. March 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

    “Already, there is too much loose talk of war. Over the last few weeks, such talk has only benefited the Iranian government” – Barack Obama

    AMEN! And not just the RW nutjobs have been engaging in this loose talk either…case in point that woman at the Obama fundraiser who interrupted POTUS speech.

    • 139 desertflower
      March 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      I thought the fact that he neatly connected the dots regarding Iranian oil FUNDING their nuclear ambitions was most potent.

  32. 140 Jessica
    March 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Did you hear that!!! DEEPLY PROFOUND PREFERENCE FOR PEACE OVER WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. 142 globalcitizenlinda
    March 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Please people, listen to what President Obama is ACTUALLY saying and doing rather than what the media in the US and Israel says he is saying, doing, or thinking. Most times the Presidents’ ACTUAL speech and actions are the exact opposite of what the MSM claims – the MSM has a line of thought to promote (usually the GOP talking points) and they will stick with that meme no matter what we hear with our own ears and see with our own eyes.

    I trust POTUS to do the right thing on the Israel issue

  34. 143 Don
    March 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Good! President Obama has just stated that diplomacy and sanctions are the way to go. The warmongers won’t like it, fuck’em.

  35. March 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

    “I mean what I say.”

  36. March 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Obama: As part of my obligation to the American people, I will only use force when circumstances demand it

    • 146 vitaminlover
      March 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      One excellent example was his taking out Osama Bin Laden. He needed to be taken out with force for sure.

  37. March 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    “As Commander in Chief, I have a deeply held preference for peace over war.” — Barack Obama

  38. March 4, 2012 at 11:40 am

    “Now is not the time for bluster…………….Speak softly, carry a big stick.”
    ——- stop using talk of war to help drive up the price of oil which the Iranians use to make their weapons!!!!! No talk of war idiots!

  39. March 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Thank you David Axelrod for finally putting this out there!

    Obama aide: Limbaugh made ‘sort of quasi-apology’

    …President Obama’s top political aide said this morning that Limbaugh made only a “quasi-apology” to the law student he called a “slut,” and that his initial comments were “predicated on a lie.”

    “The lie was that somehow she was asking that taxpayers pay for contraception,” Axelrod said on ABC’s This Week. “The policy is that in basic insurance policies, contraception — contraceptive services, birth control, should be included.”

    Axelrod added, “Even in his sort of quasi-apology last night, Mr. Limbaugh continued that falsehood, and it needs to be challenged.”…

  40. March 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

    “Speak softly and carry a big stick” Teddy Roosevelt and Barack Obama

  41. March 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

    This man’s heart and mind take my breath away.

  42. 158 Jessica
    March 4, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Amazing! Loved it and the ending music is the bomb. I’m so tired of Hail to the Chief.

    • 159 isonprize
      March 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Jesssica, I totally agree that “Hail to the Chief” is kinda lame, but the reason why I love it is because it makes old racist, right wingers lose their minds!!

      Every time it is played for my President, our President, their President BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, I get a little thrill up my leg! 😆 😆 😎

      • 161 Pamela
        March 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

        isonprize, in metaphysical perceptions, that “little thrill up the leg”, is considered to be a Translation of Truth. Esoterically, the energy of the movement is a universal interpretation that what you are hearing is genuine and real. Sometimes we also have this tingling when we ourselves are speaking, but I would imagine many many of us experience it most frequently when PBO is the one generating the energy!

      • 164 lexusv
        March 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm

        LOLOLOL Good one Isonprize, that tickles me too :O)

  43. 165 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I’m loving the accompanying music – sounds like the score from an epic film!

  44. 168 Ladyhawke
    March 4, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Well; the only adult in the room was freakin awesome again. And the clown car GOP presidential candidates will continue their poutrage while sitting at the children’s table where they belong.

    • 169 isonprize
      March 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Ladyhawke, UH uh!! NO WAY!! Don’t put those crazies near our precious future. They don’t belong anywhere near children!!! 😆 😆

      Out on the back porch or in the back yard with the garbage is more appropriate, don’t you think??

  45. 171 Dudette
    March 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Okay, I switched from CSPAN after The President’s speech to MHP’s show to catch the last couple of seconds of her interview with Cory Booker and there’s a graphic in the background that says “Cory Booker for America”.

    WTH? Did I miss an announcement that he’s running for something other than Mayor?

    • 172 Betsy
      March 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      No, she was asking him about what it was like running for re-election last time, and to compare it with PBO. He fully supported PBO and talked about how lucky PBO was because he could talk about all the amazing things he’s already done. MHP said nothing to that. I’m quite disappointed in her. She’s not very good at this; she’s better as a guest not a host.

      • 173 Dudette
        March 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

        Thanks Betsy. Cory’s a good surrogate for PBO. Sorry to hear she didn’t really address what he said. Sounded like she wants to have him on again though. Maybe they got cut short because of coverage of the President’s speech. I just thought that was an odd choice for a graphic for his segment. Hopefully she explained that at the beginning of the interview.

      • March 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        Well she’s only just started and has to learn on the job.

    • 177 Jessica
      March 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      I actually brought this just because Michelle Obama was on the cover.

      • March 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

        It’s a gorgeous photo of her and I love her warm responses. She is a total inspiration to me.

        • March 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

          this is excellent Meta – isn’t it amazing how much good FLOTUS has done for our nations children? In her capacity as First Lady she has done so many wonderful things. Really what other position could you have that could do so much for so many in the time she’s had so far? Imagine what more will happen in 4 years time when they are winding down their second term?

          • March 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm

            I absolutely LOVE what she’s doing for healthy eating in homes, schools, restaurants. She has really used her platform to the very best advantage. But more than any of that, it’s her example – her sense of service, graciousness, generosity, her beauty – that really have a tremendous, tremendous impact.

          • 181 anniebella
            March 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm

            You are so right a4alice concerning what you said about our wonderful First Lady.

      • 182 vcprezofan2
        March 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

        ‘I actually brought this just because Michelle Obama was on the cover.’

        Guilty as charged. Both FLOTUS & POTUS form a one-family economy booster! 😆 😆 I liked the article too, as well as one or two others though that doesn’t mean I’m going to buy other editions. 😉

      • 183 vitaminlover
        March 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

        So did I, Jessica.

  46. 190 Linda
    March 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Conservative columnist George Will on Sunday tore into top Republicans for their response to Rush Limbaugh’s smear of Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, declaring that the GOP is “afraid” of the radio host.

    “It would’ve been nice if they had shared that with the larger public, the Republican leaders,” Will said on ABC’s This Week. “Instead, Mr. Boehner comes out and says, Rush’s language was inappropriate. Using a salad fork for your entree, that’s inappropriate.

    Not this stuff. I mean, and Rick Santorum says well, what he says was absurd, but an entertainer is allowed to be absurd. No. It is the responsibility of conservatives to police the right in its excesses, just as the liberals unfailingly fail to police the excesses in their own side.

    And it was depressing, because what it indicates is that the Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”

  47. March 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I was just thinking—–no one has to ever fear or have concern about President Obama speaking to anyone any time anywhere. He never disappoints. Ever. He is always calm, sensible, reasonable, brilliant. He is truly one in a zillion.

    • 199 Dudette
      March 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      I know! That’s our guy! Some new fresh hell comes up, people get nervous and time after time, he proves himself not only up to the task, but he freakin’ OWNS it! When are y’all gonna learn? He’s the right man in the right place… EVERY single time!

      • 200 L3
        March 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

        Many supporters of PBO really don’t have a lot of faith in him, either that or they are projecting their own fears and nervousness on to him. If you truly trust PBO you should always know that whatever he decides on any given issue will always be in the best interest of this country and its citizens, even if you disagree with it. I believe it was JFK who said once, the presidency is about choosing between bad options and even worse options (something to that effect). I’ve even heard PBO say if these decisions were easy they would have already been resolved at a lower level and that they only reach his desk when they are difficult.

        I trust PBO. Do you?

        • 201 Dudette
          March 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm

          Exactly my point, L3. I trust President Barack Obama.

          He earned my trust before he was elected President and everyday he proves that trust is well placed.

        • March 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

          Being nervous doesn’t make one any less of a PBO supporter, and as one of those who are always nervous before his big speeches, I resent this superficial conclusion.

          • 205 57andFemale
            March 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm

            I got your back on this one, BWD. Totally agree.

          • 206 L3
            March 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm

            You can resent it all you like. That’s why I said EITHER.

            • March 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

              So it’s either I don’t trust him or I have some personal issues. Yea, whatever. Peace.

              • 208 L3
                March 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm

                I did not know that being fearful or nervous is equivalent to having personal issues. I guess that would mean 6 billion pIus people all have personal issues as I am certain everyone has or will have experienced those emotions.

          • 209 vcprezofan2
            March 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm

            You are right, being nervous doesn’t make one any less a PBO supporter. However, consider how much more empowering it would be for PBO to KNOW that his actions / or seeming lack of action are not always being questioned by his core supporters. IMO Democrats detract from the punch of PBO’s end game because he always has to be mindful of the critical comments from his side. I suspect that at times he tempers his responses to actions like those of Netanyahu because he knows the country often doesn’t see where he’s headed. It’s because of this I think that he’s often having to explain himself. Look at him having to say today that there’s been too much talk of war, and also having to ask us AGAIN to examine his record with Israel. This is not directed at you per se, but at each occasion there is always some who need everything spelled out, even when doing so could mean showing our hand too early. I suppose our fears are understandable because we HAVE been raised on political fears, AND we have never had a leader with insight as clear as PBO’s, but hearing him asked by different Dems to explain himself at each juncture is collectively wearying too. It is a dream of mine that by PBO’s second term ALL his core supporters will be more relaxed and more trusting of his modus operandi.

            • 210 L3
              March 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

              Thank you. It’s like groundhog day over and over again. I don’t watch John Stewart anymore but there was a clip on-line of his appearance with Letterman a few weeks ago. In response to Dave’s question about the election, he said “I don’t think he (meaning PBO) is going to re-elect us (meaning this country) and Dave said, “He’s tired of us, huh?” And Stewart said, “He’s the only President who approaches the podium with a sigh, “It’s you again? Okay, let me explain one more time.” It was so funny and I thought, what an interesting take. While everyone is debating whether PBO will be re-elected by the country, what if he was thinking do I really want another four years of this sh%t? Perish the thought, but what if?

              • 211 vcprezofan2
                March 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

                “He’s the only President who approaches the podium with a sigh, “It’s you again? Okay, let me explain one more time.”
                ‘…
                what if he was thinking do I really want another four years of this sh%t? Perish the thought, but what if?’

                The ONLY reason I don’t even contemplate the ‘what if’ question, L3, is because I believe the President went into this with his eyes WIDE OPEN. I know Pres. Obama as a man of his word. I know him as someone who does as he says he will. I have seen MANY examples of that. I know him as someone who has values that are not trumped up because he is running for office, but are values that he has honed over years. I know him as a leader who has little illusions about politics and voters. PBO has said he went after the presidency to make a difference and though IMO he already has, I don’t see him changing his mind mid-course because he has to keep proving himself over and over again. I believe he will move forward to cement the progress he and his administration have made to date. Having said that, and not feeling that I’m being in the least bit contradictory, 😉 I also confess that if PBO were to call it quits FOR WHATEVER REASON, he would still have my 100% thanks AND support!

          • 214 prettyfoot58
            March 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

            you are not alone in your nervousness….about leaders and elected officials….

            i know that some activists always expect the worse from politicians…wondering if they are really what they present or is there something that we do not know….

            that is why the President has to constantly tout and defend his record and his decisions….it is how it is….

            ..Pressssssss ON!!

        • 215 Betsy
          March 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

          I do, totally. I feel such a sense of relief when he addresses any concern that crops up and I sleep like a baby knowing he’s there to answer the 3am call. It’s the GOP that worries me and the fact that so many Americans believe their bullshit. That can keep me up at night.

        • 216 nathkatun7
          March 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm

          Extremely well said, L3! Yes I trust President Obama completely! Even when I disagree with any of his decisions I always appreciate the fact that what ever he does is for the best interest of the country.

    • 217 Jessica
      March 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      I never get nervous in situations like this about what PBO will say. I get nervous at how the media will probably distort what he is saying and sensationalize it to the 9th degree. I hate that. It’s like I’m already trying to calculate how the emoprogs will falsely interpret his words in their own delusional minds. Sometimes I can’t even enjoy the speech.

      • 218 vcprezofan2
        March 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

        Interesting you should say that. I just finished listening to the speech on C-Span and as I didn’t get to the stop button quickly enough I heard the beginning of the reporter’s ‘summary’. From her initial comment it seemed the President was talking about not taking a military confrontation with Iran off the table. I cut her off, but was thinking his speech said far more than that yet that was her starting point!

  48. 219 oneofthegirls
    March 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Remember when PBO was interviewed targeting a fly on his sleeve, slapping it and pointing to the floor, and the camera obliged? We see it here on TOD (thanks CHIP) That is a metaphor for me of how he ‘engages’ his critics, in whatever form!! Thet latest are the various folks agitating about loss of American Jewish community support for him or too much influence of the same , or some groups of Israelis having too much influence on him. At AIPAC just now, I saw him, rhetorically and with great leadership just swat all the negativity down for the greater good.

  49. 220 Dudette
    March 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Heads Up!

    Rev Al coming up at 12:30 on MSNBC to talk about the 5-day march in Alabama to protest the GOP’s war on voting rights across the country.

  50. 224 desertflower
    March 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I laugh. HARD.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/03/04/what-they-should-have-done/ BUT, Republicans drank ALL the stupid juice, like drunken sailors…apologises to drunken sailors. You are by far, a much more civilized group…even drunk, than these idiots could ever dream of being.

  51. 226 Uche
    March 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Using his AIPAC speech today, President Obama clearly showed the world once again that he’s no pusharound. He thinks through policy with a robust and far sighted vision. While he maintained his firm support and commitment to Israel he also cautioned all the chickenhawks in the GOP who would rather rush in to bomb Iran like yesterday. With the knowledge of the immense power at his disposal, he said this : “As Commander-in-Chief, I have a deeply held preference for peace over war”. The greatest test of a man’s character is what he does when power is given to him. Bibi and his GOP allies would want to attack Iran as soon as possible….have they thought about the immediate, medium term and long term consequences of such an action. While theoretically, it may as well come to that (depending on how the Ayatolla and Ahmedinejad respond to the biting sanctions), President Obama believes that the diplomatic and economic efforts be given time to work. In my opinion, that is Leadership – it gives him the ability to continue to rally world support and in essence give Iran the exact length of rope to hang itself.

  52. March 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Saturday, March 3, 2012
    The State Of The GOP War On Women
    Posted by Zandar
    Hey folks, guess what? While we’re certainly watching the GOP introduce bullet to foot on a daily basis at the national level, they’re completely winning the war on women at the state level with the power we gave them (in some cases unrestricted power) in 2010. Federal laws may change for the better, but it doesn’t matter a damn bit if states administering the programs simply refuse to implement them.

    Montana and New Jersey have eliminated altogether their state family planning programs. New Hampshire cut its funding by 57 percent and five other states made more modest program trims.

    But the biggest impact, by far, has been in Texas…..

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2012/03/state-of-gop-war-on-women.html

  53. 230 Dudette
    March 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Still waiting for MSNBC to cut to Rev Al’s Voting Rights rally as Alex Witt announced.

    Rev Al just took the podium.

    National Action Network Livestream here:
    http://www.livestream.com/officialnationalactionnetwork/video?clipId=pla_9be9460f-c873-46d9-b813-e1a0846634e5

    • 231 Dudette
      March 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Here’s some background on the Selma to Montgomery March

      http://nationalactionnetwork.net/events/94/selma-to-montgomery-march/

      On Sunday, March 04th, 2012 – Friday, March 09th, 2012, with the voting rights laws and immigration laws passing in America, we will march to protect our rights and the rights of our children!

      The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is widely considered a landmark in civil-rights legislation, though some of its provisions have sparked political controversy….

    • 232 Dudette
      March 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Sorry, this isn’t live. The video there right now is video from a rally yesterday before Rev Al left for Selma.

    • March 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      thankyou cuz it’s still not on that alex show.

      • 234 Dudette
        March 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

        Not sure what happened there. At about 12;15, she said he was coming up at the bottom of the hour to talk about the March, and they flashed a graphic with his picture and 12:30PM. So far, they’ve just shown a couple of seconds of Perry Bacon standing outside talking about people gathering. Oh well.

  54. 235 desertflower
    March 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/03/04/paul-get-tornado-insurance.html

    The people who live in tornado alley, just as I live in hurricane alley, they should have insurance,” GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul said Sunday, just a day after a string of deadly tornadoes touched down in five states, killing at least 38 people. Say what you will about the Texas representative, but you can’t accuse him of being inconsistent, as he stood by his libertarian views on CNN’s State of the Union talk show, insisting that the new victims shouldn’t receive any emergency federal financial aid. “There is no such thing as federal money,” Paul said. “Federal money is just what they steal from the states and steal from you and me.”

    I want him to look these people in the eyes and say that.

    • 236 Pamela
      March 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Often they CANNOT GET insurance, simply due to the fact that they live in the very place where it is likely to be needed most. Dumb ass Paul. Similarly, here in the Pacific NW, we sometimes have moratoriums on the availability of home or renters insurance, specifically for a period of time following a temblor or a roller. So, some of us who are fortunate to have an existing policy make sure to keep the premiums paid up, and the deductible goes up from time to time.

      • March 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        And the only way to get earthquake insurance is to buy a separate and VERY expensive policy. Renter’s insurance covers zero for earthquake damage. Period. You’re on your own unless you have money.

    • March 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Then why get insurance? Just as the federal government pools shared resources and directs them to disaster areas when necessary, insurers pool premiums collected from a large group of people and make targeted outlays of funds to a small fraction of said people in the event of an emergency. So I don’t understand how or why Ron Paul would submit his precious, precious ideological purity to something as dirty and socialistic as insurance. Every person for her or him self, right Ron? He should stand by his libertarian principles and his Christian dominionist beliefs…

    • 239 CoyoteMarti
      March 4, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      What an idjit!!! (Ron Paul, that is). The vast majority of people in tornado alley DO have insurance. The federal aid is mainly used to help the MUNICIPALITIES rebuild all the devastated infrastructure, and to help individuals and businesses get low-interest LOANS to cover what insurance didn’t.

    • 240 nathkatun7
      March 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      I am sorry, but Ron Paul is an idiot. The argument he uses against the federal government can be used against Insurance companies. Does he really believe that the individual insurance premiums of just the people who are in “tornado Alley, hurricane alley or earthquake alley,” can cover such massive disasters without touching the premiums paid by non-victims? Insurance works so long as the vast majority of people who pay premiums never get to file a claim. Just as the victims of auto accidents, who pay insurance premiums get to use all the money of people who buy auto insurance but are not involved in accidents, to pay for new cars and for pain and suffering, the victims of tornados, who pay federal taxes, some of which are earmarked for disasters, are entitled to emergence federal financial aid. To imply that they are somehow receiving stolen money is idiotic.

  55. March 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Hmm, so I had some left over Baked Mac & Cheese from last week (low fat, low cal, I’m aiming to make all my fav dishes a low fat, low cal as possible, I love NOLA and Soul food too much to give it up…oh and portion control). So today I’m making some BBQ Chicken Breast and peas to go along with what’s left and I making me so Okra Shrimp and Turkey Sausage File just because I been wanting it for a while…umm umm

    Cooking on a Sunday…feel like my grandmother may she R.I.P.

  56. 243 desertflower
    March 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    This.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/04/how-the-senate-s-women-maintain-bipartisanship-and-civility.html

    When Olympia Snowe announced she was leaving the Senate, her Republican colleagues were hopping mad. Her reasons—that the place had become a dysfunctional partisan hell—only elevated their anger. How dare she depart at a time when they might win a Republican majority in the Senate if they kept her seat?

    How me, me, me, and male. Now let’s switch to Snowe’s female colleagues, both Democrat and Republican, who were sad to see her go. Snowe will leave a gaping hole in Washington, in their lives, and in the women’s supper club, a group of bipartisan Senators who meet monthly at one another’s houses or in the Strom Thurmond Room in the Capitol. (No, the irony is not lost on them that he was the avatar of the members who would rather pinch a woman than listen to her.)

    The entire WORLD would be a much better place if more women came to Washington. Just my thought

    • 244 Betsy
      March 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      YES! Just as the Supreme Court would be a better place if we had 5 women of different ethnicities and races on the SC reflecting the majority of women in this country over men.

  57. 246 sabreen60
    March 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    First let me say I believe Israel has the right to exist. Okay? But my question is this: Why is right that Israel is a “Jewish” country? Isn’t that the same as those who say the USA should be a “white” country?

    I’ll duck!

    • 247 Jessica
      March 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Don’t duck, it’s a good question. I honestly don’t know nearly enough about the history and politics of Israel.

    • 248 CoyoteMarti
      March 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      It’s a way tricky and violently controversial issue. But the practical issue is that if a majority-Jewish government would no longer be guaranteed by their constitution, then the actual demographics on the ground would insure a majority-Palistinian government. This is also why the “right of return” of Palistinian refugees is so opposed. The question becomes if one believes Israel has “a right to exist”, what does than mean if they do not control their government? Please note that I am in no way taking sides in this arguement here, just trying to provide some background.

  58. 250 Renee / Aunt Sis
    March 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks to all for signing the petition. Its getting up there. I will continue to post online and share will family and friends via Facebook and twitter.

    SPECIAL THANKS to Bobfr, a4alice, Dudette, meta and sherijr.

  59. March 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Why does Rachel Maddow and libs love Ron Paul…

    Ron Paul: No Aid for Tornado Victims

    “The people who live in tornado alley, just as I live in hurricane alley, they should have insurance,” GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul said Sunday, just a day after a string of deadly tornadoes touched down in five states, killing at least 38 people. Say what you will about the Texas representative, but you can’t accuse him of being inconsistent, as he stood by his libertarian views on CNN’s State of the Union talk show, insisting that the new victims shouldn’t receive any emergency federal financial aid. “There is no such thing as federal money,” Paul said. “Federal money is just what they steal from the states and steal from you and me.”

    Oh, but hey…noun, verb, “war on drugs” or whatever

    I take this shit personally, as a Katrina survivor. I’m not kidding, when I tell you that my current relative ease and stress free lifestyle in owed in large part to FEMA and the help given to me and my family by the Fed government. I lost my car and my apartment thanks to Katrina and we had renters insurance. It’s thanks to FEMA that I was able to rent my first apartment here in DFW while I looked for a job and it’s the reason I was able to buy a car so that I could broaden my ability of getting around DFW and therefore being able to broaden my job hunt. That car BTW, I have today, I finished paying for it last month and now I own it. It’s the first actually bit of property I own and don’t rent.

    “FU” Ron Paul and I don’t mean “forget u”

    • 254 Dudette
      March 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      I’m with you lamh35, Ron Paul’s whole philosophy is about selfishness, bigotry and isolationism. In his mind, government serves no purposes except to wage war and under him military action is only justified when the enemy is about to shoot you in the head. Imagine what the world would look like if Ron Paul was President instead of FDR back in the 30’s.. Then try to convince me that man should be President of the local PTA muchless President of the United States.

      Make him the Czar of the Agency in Charge of Legalizing Marijuana if you want, but President? Not no, but Hell No!!!

  60. 255 Ladyhawke
    March 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Nothing personal, Mr. Limbaugh

    pm carpenter

    =========================

    “I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke,” writes a platoon of p.r. dandies, a division of pettifoggers and an army of bomb disposal experts for their client, the big fat idiot Rush Limbaugh, although my Frankenesque description of this hayseed of a Westbrook Pegler should in no way be construed as a personal attack on Mr. Limbaugh.

    Because, you see, I was merely “illustrat[ing] the absurd with absurdity,” as I have done for a number of years now, often hours a days, and more frequently than not, at least five days a week.

    =========================

    http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2012/03/nothing-personal-mr-limbaugh.html#comments

  61. 258 desertflower
    March 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Not to TOTALLY change the subject, but I thought that this was important info, and NEVER reported (SURPRISE!!!)

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/03/do-republicans-realize-that-keystone-pipeline-won-t-bring-gas-to-u-s.html

    Rep. Ed Markey, the ranking Democrat on the House subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. Markey agrees it would be “a very good thing if the U.S. could be reliant on North American-produced oil,” but that’s not what the Canadians intend, he says. Keystone oil is headed for Port Arthur, Texas—a foreign-trade zone that allows tax-free transactions—and then on to Asia, not the U.S. This is an important point that is rarely made. “That foreign-trade zone is what made me suspicious of what the real agenda was for this oil,” says Markey.

    /snip/

    At a congressional hearing in December, Markey asked the president of TransCanada if he would agree to allowing Keystone XL oil and its refined products to stay in the U.S. He said no. So Markey then proposed an amendment to that effect, and Republicans said no—that it couldn’t be done, because the market for oil is not just domestic; it’s global. What Canada wants to do, says Markey, “is create a connection between Alberta and Asia and use the United States as the place where the pipeline gets constructed. And so if that’s all we are is a middleman in this transaction, then the American people should know that.”

    • 259 Linda
      March 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks for that…it is a keeper…..

    • 260 57andFemale
      March 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      This is the best explanation I’ve seen. It’s been a “he said she said” thing about what market that oil is meant for. this explanation of Port Arthur, TX takes it from ‘opinion’ to fact about the intentions for this oil.

      Great find, desertflower.

    • March 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      hey that lady that wrote the article! she used to be on the show – oh man. The one where everyone shouted at each other on pbs. always used to make me chuckle. oh yay brain cell ! The McLaughlin Report! good article. tweeted

    • 262 nathkatun7
      March 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Desertflower, you are incredible! This is really an important find that needs to be spread widely! I deeply appreciate all the information you bring to this site.

  62. 265 Dudette
    March 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Tentative Schedule for the Selma Voting Rights March from the ABC Affiliate
    http://www.abc3340.com/story/17036025/tentative-schedule-of-march-from-selma-to-montgomery

  63. 266 Sharon
    March 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I’m not a regular on here, but I do enjoy the informative comments and links. I notice that some are complaining that they missed the speech. C-Span will re-air it tonight beginning at 9:20 pm ET. Will also reshow the Israeli president’s speech.

  64. March 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Looks like Putin will win today. I thought the Russian people did not line Putin.
    We have to put up with him again?

    • 271 collegekay
      March 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      They fix elections in Russia

    • 272 CTGirl
      March 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      He was the most known of the bunch. I guess they decided to stick with the evil they know.

    • 273 globalcitizenlinda
      March 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      all candidates running against him are weak and muct be pre-approved by the government/kremlin. election is a total farce but people in Russia are protesting and are not supportive especially in the big cities

    • 274 EDP4BHO
      March 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      A lot of them, especially the older citizens, are resigned because they see no one else. At least that’s the report and interviews I heard this morning on NPR. Really sad, and that man is undeniably dangerous, IMO.

    • 275 CoyoteMarti
      March 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Yes, as mentioned by others here, there are a lot of problems with the electoral process. But in addition, right now their economy is doing better, especially for their growing middle class. Part of that same middle class wants much more say, but the majority of the population sees some improvement and are loathe to change horses right now. Or so says everything I read in the European press.

  65. March 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Hmmm, what’s Ms Joanie agenda…I don’t trust her sometimes.

    “What’s the matter with white people?
    As the GOP loses its grip, it’s got one loyal constituency. Will white America go down with the ship?
    by Joan Walsh”

    http://www.salon.com/2012/03/04/whats_the_matter_with_white_people/

  66. 277 Ladyhawke
    March 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    PRESIDENT OBAMA SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT ON IRAN

    I loved this section of the AIPAC speech because President Obama provided a sorely needed history lesson on where things stood with Iran when he took office and where things stand today. President Obama poked another hole in the media firewall and the facts were set free for all to hear. He just spoke the truth. He just provided the facts that continue to take a back seat to lies and distortions from the GOP.

    —————————————————————

    When I took office, the efforts to apply pressure on Iran were in tatters. Iran had gone from zero centrifuges spinning to thousands, without facing broad pushback from the world. In the region, Iran was ascendant — increasingly popular, and extending its reach. In other words, the Iranian leadership was united and on the move, and the international community was divided about how to go forward.

    And so from my very first months in office, we put forward a very clear choice to the Iranian regime: a path that would allow them to rejoin the community of nations if they meet their international obligations, or a path that leads to an escalating series of consequences if they don’t. In fact, our policy of engagement — quickly rebuffed by the Iranian regime — allowed us to rally the international community as never before, to expose Iran’s intransigence, and to apply pressure that goes far beyond anything that the United States could do on our own.

    Because of our efforts, Iran is under greater pressure than ever before. Some of you will recall, people predicted that Russia and China wouldn’t join us to move toward pressure. They did. And in 2010 the U.N. Security Council overwhelmingly supported a comprehensive sanctions effort. Few thought that sanctions could have an immediate bite on the Iranian regime. They have, slowing the Iranian nuclear program and virtually grinding the Iranian economy to a halt in 2011. Many questioned whether we could hold our coalition together as we moved against Iran’s Central Bank and oil exports. But our friends in Europe and Asia and elsewhere are joining us. And in 2012, the Iranian government faces the prospect of even more crippling sanctions.

    That is where we are today — because of our work. Iran is isolated, its leadership divided and under pressure. And by the way, the Arab Spring has only increased these trends, as the hypocrisy of the Iranian regime is exposed, and its ally — the Assad regime — is crumbling.

    Of course, so long as Iran fails to meet its obligations, this problem remains unresolved. The effective implementation of our policy is not enough — we must accomplish our objective. (Applause.) And in that effort, I firmly believe that an opportunity still remains for diplomacy — backed by pressure — to succeed.

    —————————————————————–

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/04/remarks-president-aipac-policy-conference-0

    • 278 desertflower
      March 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      I loved that powerful speech he gave today. I was taken with the words of that first papagragh. From 0 to thousands? Was NO ONE paying attention, or did they allow this to happen as a precondition TO start a war with Iran? Either way, it’s bad. Yet another in a long line of GWB stellar fuckups.

    • 279 Pamela
      March 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      “because of our WORK.” In a word, w.o.r.k. Does this word even exist in the primer of GOP vocabulary? Just askin’…

  67. 282 desertflower
    March 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I thought so too. This needs to make the rounds. With gas prices going up (just like EVERY summer) the crazy talk about this pipeline is certain to come up. Keep this close, and send it far and wide.

    WiW…you may need a place for this. Will try and get over to post on your site 🙂 I posted it there under “anonymous” and under PBO’s weekly address about energy 🙂

  68. March 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    For those who are fans,

    Breakout Kings begins a new season tonight at 10 pm EST on A&E.

  69. 285 Uche
    March 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Obama 2012 campaign song. Really nice!. I understand it’s already downloadable from i-tunes.

  70. 289 desertflower
    March 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Again, I laugh. Hard. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! KrazyKlownKarFreaks.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/gop-strategist-primary-scaring-hell-out-of-independent

    GOP Strategist: Primary Scaring ‘The Hell Out Of’ Independent Voters

    Republican strategist Mike Murphy said Sunday on NBC’s Meet The Press that the primary is alienating independent voters and that the establishment is eager to pick a nominee and move on to the general election.

    After Virginia, Murphy predicted, Romney will “be in a pretty commanding place in the nomination. And on behalf of the Republican establishment, it’s about damn time. We want this thing to get over, because we see those independent voters eroding as we scare the hell out of them with the histrionics of our primary.”

  71. March 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Finally 🙂
    PROFLOWERS STATEMENT
    At ProFlowers, our mission is to delight our customers with fresh and long lasting flowers, and that is our singular focus each and every day. We do not base our advertising decisions to align with any particular political view or opinion as our employees and customers are as diverse as the USA. Mr. Limbaugh’s recent comments went beyond political discourse to a personal attack and do not reflect our values as a company. As such, ProFlowers has suspended advertising on The Rush Limbaugh radio program.

  72. March 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Don’t know if this has already been posted but this is hilarious. BTW I’m bmwash374 on da tweeter & I wanna thank you all for the MT’s & RT’s! I love this community!!!

  73. March 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Keep it going….One voice can change the room…..:-)

  74. 303 Marlz (@marjgra)
    March 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    • 304 anniebella
      March 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      You know Rush have been getting away with too much B.S. for years, and maybe just maybe it is starting to come back at him. People are saying finally we have had enough, we’re tired of the B.S. Maybe some are saying that, and some are concern about losing money.

      • 305 desertflower
        March 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

        It’s the money and tainting their names and reputations. I think they initially advertised on that show because of the wide reach…now, it’s toxic.

      • 306 L3
        March 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm

        They said “suspended’ in the statement above. That leaves the door open to return after everything calms down.

        • 307 utaustinliberal
          March 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

          Exactly. In my opinion it’s a cop-out. They want the issue to die down and then they’ll conveniently sneak back in and partner up with Rush again. I hope people don’t let up in demanding justice.

        • 308 susanne
          March 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm

          yeah, i caught that too. sneaky language.

  75. 310 desertflower
    March 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Eric Cantor address AIPAC on Monday. Joy.

    • 311 hopefruit2
      March 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      ROTFLMAO!!!

      As far as I’m concerned all this AIPAC nonsense is just to distract from the DISASTER that is Willard Romney – the GOP candidate, the one whom ERIC CANTOR and the MEDIA wholeheartedly want to replace PBO in the WH.

      We will NOT be distracted. Super Tuesday is two days away, and Mitt Romney will be getting his arse kicked in the south- even though the GOP establishment will fix the votes to make it look like he will win.

      I say bring it on WILLARD! I can wait to see PBO chew you arse up and spit you out on Nov 6th.

      • March 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

        I bet Ribney wins Ohio and pretty much wraps it up in Tuesday.
        He has literally bought the nomination!

        • 313 desertflower
          March 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm

          I don’t think he’s even close to the number of votes he needs to win the nom….not to say he won’t ( he IS next in line)…I think it’s too early to say that. What is it? 1144??? These idiots running with him are too arrogant and crazy to go anywhere just yet. I say, drag it out…

    • 314 Linda
      March 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      I watched one of his speeches at AIPAC a couple years ago……they are full of hate.

  76. March 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin will be on hand for the grand opening of President Barack Obama’s campaign office in Des Moines.

    The grand opening of the Obama for America Iowa headquarters takes place Sunday afternoon. The event is open to the public.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-obamacampaignoffi,0,6304344.story

  77. 318 desertflower
    March 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    tnmtgirl 🙂 🙂 You know what I found for you????? 🙂 More hypocricy!

    http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/sean-hannity-challenges-guest-and-viewers-f

    A WHOLE LIST 🙂 Seems like everyday…..

    • March 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      WOW! You are a sweetheart, df. Thank you. Wrote it down.

      • 320 desertflower
        March 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

        Welcome 🙂 You ought to have quite the list by now:) Considering the list seems to exponentially multiply…you ought to have a tome in no time 🙂

        • 321 yardarm756
          March 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

          Hiya df. Just finished streaming worship services. My, my, my. The site is busy as usual. It’s gonna take a bit to settle in. G’day everyone.

          • 322 vcprezofan2
            March 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm

            Long time since I’ve said a ‘personal’ “Hi, Yardarm”! 😆 Welcome on board. I’m all over the ship today, skipping from side to side aimlessly, and there isn’t even a storm! 😆

            • 323 vcprezofan2
              March 4, 2012 at 4:36 pm

              By the way, have I ever mentioned that I stay far, far away from ships and other water vehicles? I only mess with bodies of water with four surrounding walls.

          • 324 desertflower
            March 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm

            Hi !!

  78. 325 Ladyhawke
    March 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Rush Limbaugh’s Non-Apology Apology

    By Adele Stan

    ===============================

    What we may be witnessing here is the self-destruction of a once-powerful media figure. Fake apologies tend not to play well, according to Tom Jacobs, writing at the Miller McCune site in January. Jacobs also lays out four different categories of non-apologies, citing a 2008 article by Zohar Kampf in the Journal of Pragmatics:

    One type of pseudo-apology downplays the transgressor’s degree of responsibility. Kampf identifies five variations on this theme, noting that a wrongdoer can: 1) apologize while undermining the claim that he offended someone; 2) apologize for the outcome but not for the act; 3) apologize for the style but not for the essence; 4) apologize for a specific component of the offense but not for the entire occurrence; and 5) apologize while using syntactic and lexical means to downgrade his responsibility.” The latter category includes referring to an offensive action as a “mistake,” which effectively minimizes guilt.

    Limbaugh’s brief statement manages to fall into at least four of the five categories. That’s quite a feat!

    ====================================

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_03/rush_limbaughs_nonapology_apol035812.php

  79. March 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    The Russians overwhelmingly elected Putin! I guess the Russian people must have missed him???

    • 328 Jessica
      March 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      I just googled it. He is quite popular. He never had an approval rating below 65% and his highest is 80%. Poverty decreased by 50% and wages increased a lot during his presidency.

      • 329 desertflower
        March 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

        Well, since he told everyone he would raise their wages if he got bribed…I mean elected. There you have it.

    • 330 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      March 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      INDEED…THIS WILL CERTAINLY ADD SOME EXCITEMENT TO THE HISTORY BOOKS!

  80. March 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Hah! 😆

  81. March 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    O/T: My hubby is hiking (AT). He’ll be gone all this week. Descendants is still showing at one theater here so I am going to see it. Be back later…………df, don’t leave me stuff for awhile. Hold it so I don’t miss it. 🙂 🙂

    • 337 desertflower
      March 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      🙂 Maybe your husband will run into Mark Sanford there on the trail 🙂 Just talked to my dad today, and he saw the Descendants…said it was excellent. Enjoy. If I run into any more….I’ll save it for you.

  82. March 4, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Maybe too good to be true? NBC/Marist has Obama leading Romney by 17 in Virginia and 12 in Ohio!

    Click to access 120304NBCMaristVirginiaMarch2012.pdf

    Click to access 120304NBCMaristOhioMarch2012.pdf

    • March 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      My recollection from ’08 was that Marist was one of the few unbiased polls. Seems like it rose to the top of the list on five-thirty-eight back then as the one that was least biased, too.

  83. 340 Ladyhawke
    March 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    THE GOP PLATFORM FOR 2012 (the biggest threat to the future of the United States)

    My List of the 2012 GOP Agenda

    by Steven D

    ==========================

    A brief list of what we have learned so far regarding the Republican platform for this Fall’s election campaign (in no particular order):

    1. Cut taxes on Billionaires.

    2. Raise Taxes on the poor & the middle class.

    3. De-regulate Big Banks and make fraud and insider trading easier if not legal.

    4. Drill Baby Drill, and Frack Baby Frack.

    5. Eliminate Abortions and Contraception for women.

    6. Force women to endure government sanctioned rape by vaginal probes.

    7. Make voting a right for white conservatives and a privilege rarely extended to anyone else.

    8. Bomb Iran.

    ============================

    Check out the rest of the 42 items at the link below…..

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/3/4/114615/4558

  84. 341 Linda
    March 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Hi, this is Barbara Bush calling from Romney for President on behalf of my friend, Mitt Romney.

    The Ohio Republican Primary is next Tuesday, so I’m calling to remind you to vote for Mitt.

    I’m supporting Mitt for one simple reason: America cannot survive four more years of Barack Obama, and Mitt is the man to lead America, and we need him now.

    If you have any questions, just call the Ohio campaign headquarters at 614-664-3485, or email us at TeamOH@MittRomney.com.

    Again don’t forget to vote for Mitt Tuesday night. Thank you for your time.

    This call was paid for by Romney for President, Inc.
    —-

    How pathetic and unbecoming of a former First Lady.

  85. March 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Df, Waiting for movie to begin. Sitting in the back with my iPad. LOL about Mark Sanford on the AT. We both get that response often. I am very proud of hubby and support his passion to do this. Very thankful that he has the health to do it and that we can afford for him to do it. it is expensive.

  86. March 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Netanyahu is a politician. Peres is a statesman.

  87. March 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    What a great photo of two people who admire, respect and genuinely appreciate and like each other. Compare to say the infamous Brewer photo. Hope the campaign uses this one, a lot, to educate people on reality.


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