catching up


Greg Sargent: If there are reasons for President Obama to be optimistic about his reelection chances, one of them has to be this: The two key dynamics driving our politics right now are both playing in his favor. First, economic optimism continues to rise. Second, the GOP primary seems to have left likely nominee Mitt Romney with historically low standing.

The new NBC/WSJ poll finds that Obama has hit the 50 percent approval mark – his highest since Bin Laden’s death. That’s apparently driven by these findings about the economy:

Forty percent believe the economy will improve during the next year, a three-point increase from January. And looking back at the economic recession, 57 percent say that the worst is behind us, while 36 percent say the worst is still to come.

More here



MSNBC: Just hours after President Obama described to a group of pro-Israel activists the steps he has taken and will take to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, Mitt Romney made a dire prediction about the consequences for that effort if the president is reelected.

“If Barack Obama gets re-elected, Iran will have a nuclear weapon and the world will change if that’s the case,” Romney (said) in response to a question from an eleven year-old boy…..

More here


Steven Pearlstein (Washington Post): In case you haven’t noticed, the economy is actually getting better. Noticeably better.

…. On Wall Street, the Dow is at its highest point in nearly four years and Nasdaq at its highest point in a decade, reflecting both record profits and renewed investor confidence. Federal and state tax revenues are beginning to come in better than projected and households are continuing to whittle down their debt, with a savings rate of 4.5 percent. There are even enough green shoots in the housing market to suggest that residential construction might contribute to GDP growth this year rather than subtract from it. Revisions of government data are now reliably up rather than down.

And yet, there are those on the Republican right and the Democratic left who have so much invested in a bad economy that they are reluctant to acknowledge any of this good news.

Full article here


Thanks amk


Steve Benen: Last summer, with gas prices rising, several leading Republicans came up with a curious accusation: President Obama was causing pain at the pump deliberately, as part of some undefined environmental agenda. This odd line was pushed by Haley Barbour and the Koch brothers, among others.

…. I wonder if Republicans seriously expect anyone to believe their rhetoric on this. The argument Americans are supposed to believe is that President Obama, in an election year, not only has the power to manipulate gas prices at will, but is trying to raise them – on purpose – to the dismay of consumers.

The follow-up question is rather straightforward: why on earth would Obama want to do that? It doesn’t even take much in the way of critical thinking skills to know the answer: he wouldn’t.

More here


ABC: The federal judge who presided over Chrysler’s bankruptcy told ABC News in an exclusive interview that the ailing company could not have survived without taxpayer money.

“The record before the Court was clear that there were no other sources of lending,” said Arthur J. Gonzalez, who served as chief judge of the U.S. bankruptcy court for the Southern District of New York … “One thing is clear, without government support in one fashion or another, there were no sources of funding.”

….the new Chrysler is accelerating on the road to recovery, earning $225 million in its most profitable quarter since emerging from bankruptcy.….

And what about that taxpayer money? The company has paid back all but $1.3 billion of the $12.5 billion that Uncle Sam  loaned it under Presidents Bush and Obama.

More here




Jerusalem Post: President Shimon Peres on Monday praised US President Barack Obama’s speech to the AIPAC annual policy conference, saying he had offered the maximum support for Israel that an American president could possibly offer.

Peres told Army Radio that Obama made clear that the “security of Israel is a national American interest.” He added that it would be preposterous to expect Obama to give a timetable for possible military action against Iran.

“I don’t expect someone to say when they will do this, and when they will do that, not us or them. It’s not done,” Peres stated. “He didn’t talk about dates, but he spoke about actions,” the president added.

…. The president also expressed satisfaction with Obama’s assertion that diplomacy as a means to solve the Iranian nuclear threat had not been exhausted.

More here




Charles Pierce: ….. Rush Limbaugh unloads his weepy pilonoidal cyst of an intellect in this fashion on your daughter. Then, as his advertisers run screaming into the night … he finally issues a statement wherein he, essentially, apologizes for:

….. Using the word “slut,” rather than, one supposes, “trollop,” “slattern,” or “lady of the town.” …. For failing clearly to explain his deeply serious political philosophy regarding what is proper to discuss before Congress in these “very serious political times.”….

Does any of that remotely constitute an “apology” to you for what he said about your daughter? Does any of that make you more likely to trust in the good faith of anything this Viagra-sponging pillhead says in the foreseeable future? Does any of that make you less likely to kind of wish, at least in your heart of hearts, that you could perform orthopedic surgery on this guy with a Louisville Slugger?

Thought not.

More here


Martin Luther King and his wife, Coretta Scott King leading the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., March 1965




RCP: You need not look further than this critical swing state to see just how badly Mitt Romney’s vaunted campaign organization lags behind President Obama’s.

Obama for America already has more than a dozen staffers in the Buckeye State, working seven days a week. There are nine offices scattered throughout Ohio where volunteers gather every day to contact voters — and Election Day is still eight months away. And what should send a chill down Romney’s spine is that the same thing is happening in every swing state.

More here


Extracts (Thanks Dotster)

250 Responses to “catching up”

  1. 1 symmetry11
    March 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Good morning all

  2. March 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I am proud to be Jewish and a President Obama Supporter!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. March 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Wow! That’s a lot to get through, Ms Chips!

  4. March 5, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Congrats on 1st, Symmetry! I will be forwarding on a lot of these excellent articles in just a minute. Ms Chips… thanks for all you do!

    • March 5, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Symmetry, Congrats — first AGAIN!!!! How about sending some of your luck across town? 🙂 BTW, I saw the quote on the other thread about what Bob Corker said about PO’s speech yesterday. So, I immediately called his office to thank him. I did add that I hope he doesn’t “walk it back” after some GOP folks get to him for being complimentary of the President.

  5. 20 Debz
    March 5, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Good morning everyone. I’ve been out of touch for a week and have spent the past 2 days trying to catch up. Thanks, Chips for all of the videos and info, if it wasn’t for you, I would have no idea what out President was doing.

  6. 23 57andFemale
    March 5, 2012 at 10:16 am

    So according to Santorum, all we need is ‘freedom’ in order to bring health care costs down and make health care affordable to all 300M people in the United States, just like we’ve done for 200+ years.

    Then we heard how ‘Obamacare’ is demanding that you buy the insurance Obama tells you to buy. There is no truth that republicans are capable of, is there?

    • 24 utaustinliberal
      March 5, 2012 at 10:34 am

      When I see and hear people cheering at the moronic word salad that comes out of his mouth, I’m amazed at their level of stupidity and their willingness to embrace policies that hinder their lives.

      • 25 Debz
        March 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

        What amazes me is that POTUS is only at 50% in the polls, how stupid are people in this country?

        • March 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

          Debz, I was thinking the exact same thing… it is unbelievable, the stupidity!!!

        • 28 57andFemale
          March 5, 2012 at 11:32 am

          Only for PBO is there a separate standard for ‘success’.

        • 30 Ladyhawke
          March 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm

          Wow debz we are so on the same page. I almost posted a comment earlier where I was going to say how it baffles me that President Obama’s approval numbers are not in the 70’s. Unfortunately, we have too many low information voters who don’t know or can’t process the facts for whatever reason. And then we have the willfully ignorant who don’t want to know the facts because that would render their criticism of President Obama groundless.

          • 31 Obama Grandmama
            March 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

            I agree with the only 50% comment in that I too think it should be so evident that PBO wants the best for the 99% of us who need this Country to be about us. WE are the PEOPLE that involves the “…of the people, by the people and for the people …” spoken of in the Constitution. That is why the GOP and Supreme Court and Mitt Romney should not get away with labeling Corporations as people.

            I wonder if many people are tied to a political identity and if they have been from a certain party for many years they cannot admit to not agreeing with the current party ideology? Our population is aging and some are stuck in their past visions and cannot adapt to current values. In 2008 many Republicans switched their party to Independent those staying GOP were further to the Right. The people that are pretty inflexible like hearing anything that reinforces their own beliefs regardless of whether it is correct or not.

            A family member argued to me once, ” You may have your facts and go by that, but I go by my own experiences and judgements.” To me she was saying I disregard any facts that do not agree with my own views.

        • March 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm


    • March 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Nope, I think it’s been so long since Republican candidates spoke the truth, they think it’s a foreign language.

  7. March 5, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Not sure if this has been posted: President Obama will deliver the h.s. commencement address in Joplin, Mo., the town hit by the devastating tornado there:

  8. March 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. What a great mish mash! Lot’s to catch up on.

    It was so impressive that there was 3 to 4000 people on Rev Al’s march yesterday. Good for them.

    Rush doesn’t understand he has really woke the dragon! We are woman, hear us roar!

  9. 39 collegekay
    March 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I spot Rep. John Lewis in that picture w/ MLK..

  10. 42 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

    • 43 collegekay
      March 5, 2012 at 10:29 am


      March 5, 2012 at 10:29 am


    • 45 Linda
      March 5, 2012 at 10:34 am

      eww….I always get nervous about these…….they ask such stupid questions.

      • 46 Mel
        March 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

        LInda please do not get nervous PBO has a very good reason for the WH conference I am not
        worried I trust PB.

    • 47 Ladyhawke
      March 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      My guess is that jackals Norah O’Donnell, Ann Compton or Jessica Yellen will question the timing of this press conference. They will want to know exactly why the press conference was scheduled on the very same day as the GOP super Tuesday. They will want to know when this idea first came up. The implication being, of course, that the White House is playing politics. They will say that the White House has accused the GOP of playing politics in the past and how is this any different. In the end, the both sides do it meme is the template for their reporting. Also, the bottom line is that the jackals really get uncomfortable when there is an opportunity for the American people to see the stark contrast between the parties on the same day. It makes it harder for them to carry water for the GOP.

      • 48 susanne
        March 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        yep, all scripted hogwash. pbo doesn’t let it bother him, and neither should we. he’s more than willing to run that gauntlet to get the word out, and i’m excited to hear what it will be!

  11. 49 relellit
    March 5, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Good morning TODVILLE,

    Thanks chips for all you do to expose the truth and keep me sane and positive. I chose to remain enlightened thanks to all your hard work.

    ♥ ♥ those poll numbers
    Everyone have a nice day

  12. 51 Pamela
    March 5, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Love the title of this post, Chipsticks, it gives me hope I might actually really truly catch up too…. Oh wait, what am I saying? 😉

  13. March 5, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Excerpt from David Corn’s new book “Showdown: The inside story of how Obama fought back against Boehner, Cantor and the tea party”—-looks good—-

    • 53 CTGirl
      March 5, 2012 at 11:03 am

      These 12 pages held me…I will buy this book 🙂 thanks for the link 🙂

    • 54 utaustinliberal
      March 5, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Holy smokes. Those 12 pages have got to be some of the most riveting passages I have ever read in a political book. Wow. Thanks Dotster. I’m definitely tweeting David Corn for sure.

      • 55 Anne in Tn
        March 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm

        Riveting indeed. Even ‘tho I know the outcome I wanted more words to read.
        When I need a good laugh, I revisit that dinner. To see the face of Gates when the President is joshing Trump is priceless. http://www.c-span.org/WHCD/

    • 56 donna dem 4 obama
      March 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Wow! I’ve got to have this book!

  14. 57 Dudette
    March 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I love that Oval Office photo. Quite a unique angle. Gives you a better sense of the room’s oval shape and shows off the beautiful architectural details and millwork.

    • 60 Dudette
      March 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Did it yesterday – happily and forwarded the link to friends.
      So glad to see it’s up over 7000 signatures; still a ways to go though. Let’s keep this going guys!

    • March 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks Tulips,

      Signed & Passed On…

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
      PRESS ON! 😉

    • March 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Signed, posted it on Facebook and twitter.

    • March 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      it’s over 8000 now wow tweeted again! signed yesterday

    • 65 susanne
      March 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      yeah! i finally managed to log in and sign it! i also emailed it on to the non-tweets in my circle (of which i’m one). this needs to be successful. i had no idea flush was being supported by my tax dollars, or i would have been screaming already.

    • 67 sjterrid
      March 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Signed the petition yesterday.

  15. March 5, 2012 at 10:46 am


    The Associated Press ‏
    Obama will hold 1st news conference of the year on Tuesday, as his GOP rivals face off in 10 contests.

  16. 73 57andFemale
    March 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

    This is an intelligent analysis of PBO’s AIPAC speech and the ramifications:


  17. 75 donna dem 4 obama
    March 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I was watching a clip of the Chris Matthews weekly show (which is different from his daily hardball show) and he was discussing with his panel what could “doom” the President’s re-election this year and he actually said that he read a report that Gallup is predicting that the unemployment rate is going to go up to 8.5 or 8.6 percent when the report comes out this week. WTH….in order for that to happen wouldn’t we have had to lose like a gazillion jobs this month or adjusted a bunch of previous reports downward dramatically?

    I swear I have never in my entire life of following politics seen the punditry rooting for economic gloom and doom as these people are. Gallup is about as reliable as a doorknob (in fact that is an insult to doorknobs everywhere). They really don’t get that we would follow them oh so much more if they reported the facts instead of trying to skew things to favor one side or the other just to keep it a horserace.

    President Obama will win in November because we will work to get people to the polls. Those of you who have not visited an OFA office really have to go just spend 1 hour there and see how focused and determined those hardworking, committed volunteers really are.

    This inside the beltway pundit class will never understand how committed we are to seeing PBO re-elected.

    p.s. I pray that we continue to see our economy recover for all those people who were struck the hardest by this economic recession who want nothing more but to be able to take care of their family and regain some hope of the American dream regardless of the politics of it all.

    • 76 prettyfoot58
      March 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      I pray that we continue to see our economy recover for all those people who were struck the hardest by this economic recession who want nothing more but to be able to take care of their family and regain some hope of the American dream regardless of the politics of it all.


      I would add…that i hope they do not fall prey to the lies and distortions of the GOP and it’s allies…and vote against their interests….

  18. 77 Dudette
    March 5, 2012 at 11:01 am


    Obama’s transgender Indonesian nanny lives in fear

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Once, long ago, Evie looked after “Barry” Obama, the kid who would grow up to become the world’s most powerful man. Now, his transgender former nanny has given up her tight, flowery dresses, her brocade vest and her bras, and is living in fear on Indonesia’s streets.

    Evie, who was born a man but believes she is really a woman, has endured a lifetime of taunts and beatings because of her identity. She describes how soldiers once shaved her long, black hair to the scalp and smashed out glowing cigarettes onto her hands and arms.

    The turning point came when she found a transgender friend’s bloated body floating in a backed-up sewage canal two decades ago. She grabbed all her girlie clothes in her arms and stuffed them into two big boxes. Half-used lipstick, powder, eye makeup — she gave them all away.

    “I knew in my heart I was a woman, but I didn’t want to die like that,” says Evie, now 66, her lips trembling slightly as the memories flood back. “So I decided to just accept it. … I’ve been living like this, a man, ever since.”

    Indonesia’s attitude toward transgenders is complex….

    [Snip] …Today Evie seeks solace in religion, going regularly to the mosque and praying five times a day. She says she’s just waiting to die.

    “I don’t have a future anymore.”She says she didn’t know the boy she helped raise won the 2008 U.S. presidential election until she saw a picture of the family in local newspapers and on TV. She blurted out that she knew him. “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” she says, breaking into a huge grin.

    Her friends at first laughed and thought she was crazy, but those who live in the family’s old neighborhood say it’s true…

    [Snip ]…Evie hopes her former charge will use his power to fight for people like her. Obama named Amanda Simpson, the first openly transgender appointee, as a senior technical adviser in the Commerce Department in 2010.

    For Evie, who’s now just trying to earn enough to survive each day on Jakarta’s streets, the election victory itself was enough to give her a reason — for the first time in a long time — to feel proud.

    “Now when people call me scum,” she says, “I can just say: ‘But I was the nanny for the President of the United States!'”

    [read more of the article at the above link]

    • March 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Dudette, Thank you for posting this story. I read the whole of it. PBO was saying in a speech recently that we have an opportunity “to connect an entire world with our imagination . . . . . it takes time and effort”. I am dedicated to softening my heart, opening my ears, and moving through the streets of this world . . . . and I have leadership now that creates an environment where all things can be made whole. And all of you at TOD to keep me company. . . . . It’s a wondrous time. good mornin’ everybody!

  19. March 5, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Sandra Fluke is on The View today.

    • 80 utaustinliberal
      March 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Barbara Walters, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and Whoopi’s support of Rush Limbaugh in terms of advertisers was disgusting. I applauded Joy Behar and Sherri Shepard for encouraging viewers to flood the advertisers with complaints when hosts cross the line and pointing out that Limbaugh more than crossed the line. He verbally abused Sandra Fluke. Barbara, Elizabeth, and sadly Whoopi were only concerned about how loss of advertisers would affect Rush Limbaugh’s pocket and their own. Disgusting.

  20. 82 Dudette
    March 5, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Rodell Mollineau leads major Obama Super PAC

    As a former top congressional aide, Rodell Mollineau was a behind-the-scenes power player who helped to craft the political messages of key Democrats on Capitol Hill.

    Now, the 35-year-old African-American political strategist is the president of American Bridge 21st Century, one of the two leading Super PAC’s trying to aid President Obama’s reelection. Most Super PACs, the political organizations that differ from official campaigns because they are allowed to collect unlimited donations from donors and corporations, largely spend their money running television commercials that support their candidate or bash a rival.

    But Mollineau’s group specializes in research. It hires “trackers,” usually young campaign staffers, who follow Republican candidates around with video cameras, looking to catch them making controversial remarks, or ones at odds with their previous records.

    It also investigates the writings, and other public records, of candidates like Mitt Romney, trying to find negative information about them that can then be sent to reporters and used in stories.

    “We’re trying to help re-elect President Obama, but we’re not out there carrying the president’s message as his campaign and the DNC (Democratic National Committee) do. We put our resources behind candidates, but in a different way,” said Mollineau.

    He added, “Republican candidates have a way of saying one thing to their primary base and another to independents. Part of our work is to hold them responsible for their acts, words, and deeds.”

    [read more in the article]

  21. 85 Pamela
    March 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work I go, and feeling very blessed to have work I love, that’s for certain! Will peek in when I can! Thank you everyone, Chips, have a good day.

  22. March 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Whoopi just announced that she was gone last week because she was appearing on Patricia Heaton’s show The Middle——not great timing there. Elizabeth said she doesn’t know if she could love that show any more than she already does. Heaton is a political soulmate for Elizabeth and both are gross.

  23. March 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

    A couple quick thoughts, and then back to work.
    Chips, I marvel at your ability to put so much out there for us. I hit so few other places except through links posted by you and others here. I know that if it is something worth reading, I will find out about it here.

    Secondly, at the same time that PBO was speaking to AIPAC yesterday, talking about the crippling sanctions in place and how all options are on the table, Romney was saying that PBO has not talked about force as an option and has put no sanctions in place. This means one of two things: first, he is a massive liar (which we already know) which should disqualify him from the Presidency and secondly that is he is so unawares of the world around him, almost in a Palinesque style, that he should be disqualified from the Presidency.

    I can’t wait for him to make that same accusation in a debate and watch PBO wipe the floor with him.

    I would not be surprised to see the unemployment rate go up and down for the rest of this year. The important figure will be the last one before the election. But, I also thing PBO is doing a good job of making the public aware that, if he had been able to get cooperation from the Republicans, the rate would be lower.

    • 89 CTGirl
      March 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

      he is a massive liar and he has the $$$$ to sow his nasty seed into the less informed minds. We have a lot of work to do because even with him being such a weak candidate, it will not be an easy election. The dirty money allowed into the election by the SC, is there to defeat POTUS.

  24. March 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Barbara Walters and Whoopi are speaking out AGAINST appealing to advertisers to drop ads on shows such as vile Limbaugh’s. Sticking up for their fellow media peeps, no matter how disgusting.

    • 92 collegekay
      March 5, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Wow, I’m surprised at Whoppi.

    • March 5, 2012 at 11:22 am

      I would be interested to know what the rationale is behind their view (no pun intended).

      • 95 donna dem 4 obama
        March 5, 2012 at 11:42 am

        It’s the same rationale that the media used when the WH went after Fox a couple of years ago. MSNBC spends most of their evenings mocking and questioning the legitimacy of that cable station but the daytime pundits came to Fox’s rescue when they saw the WH trying to take them down. They figure if they take Fox down then we are next.

        Well the “View” crew has the same mentality. As disgusting as Rush’s comments were they see it as an affront to their own livelihood. They feel that if the public goes after Rush’s sponsors and advertisers then one day they could come after them if they say something the public doesn’t like and this job is their bread and butter.

        IMHO It’s all about the Benjamin’s and ethics be damned.

        • March 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm

          What the ignore is that the public is the audience.. and we do get to regulate whats acceptable to us by choosing to boycott companies who advertise with the likes of Limbaugh, etc.

          Limbaugh has been untouchable for many years.. and a part of that is because way too many folks protect his ‘right’ to say whatever the hell he wants to whomever he chooses… and frankly I don’t have a problem with his rights to free speech.. or anyone’s for that matter.. but that right includes our rights to penalize him, to stop him, to force consequences via public disgust onto him. We CAN put him out of business.. and we are taking away his rights one iota. Any business relies on consumers.. he has pissed off consumers.

          • March 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm

            wow typos galore: should be “what THEY ignore” and “we AREN’T taking away”


          • 101 nathkatun7
            March 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm

            Well said Sherijr! Limbaugh is free to spew his hatred but he has no right to pollute the public airwaves! Both Radio and television are licensed to serve the public and are subject to public scrutiny. Personally, I think FCC should have sanctioned Rush Limbaugh for using foul and obscene language. In the absence FCC sanctions, consumers have a right to put pressure on his sponsors to stop supporting this vile and despicable man who has been given so much power by those who dare not criticize him.

      • 102 L3
        March 5, 2012 at 11:45 am

        Probably free speech. She has been a pretty foul-mouthed commedian over the years and probably views advertisers dropping him as a way to discourage free speech.

        • March 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

          Well, it’s one thing to use profanity in general and another to make persistent and vile personal attacks on a private citizen just because your precious sanitized world is falling apart.

          • 104 L3
            March 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm

            I agree. Commedians are funny that way, no pun intended. They want their right to be as foul as they want to be. Somehow I don’t think that’s what the founders intended.

  25. March 5, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    Rush Limbaugh and the Crisis in White Conservative Masculinity

    The 2012 Republican primary season has featured many head-scratching moments. From audiences that cheer the macabre and the cruel, a fratricidal nomination process in which the front runners seem intent on destroying one another, and a collective descent into madness where the most fringe Right wing values such as nativism, conspiratorial Birtherism, old fashioned white racism, and puritanical Christian theocratic identity politics are on full display, it would appear that the bizarre has become the new normal.

    Since the election of Barack Obama, the Tea Party GOP has embraced a kamikaze-like politics in which they are willing to destroy the proverbial village in order to liberate it. This appetite for destruction has reached a fever pitch during the last few weeks. Rick Santorum and the Republican Party have called for limiting women’s reproductive rights under the guise of defending “religion” from the “tyranny” of the Obama administration. A Federal Judge was caught forwarding an email to his friends suggesting that Barack Obama’s conception was the product of drunken sex between his mother Ann Dunham, and a dog. And Rush Limbaugh launched a viciously misogynistic attack on Sandra Fluke, a private citizen, who dared to testify before Congress in defense of a woman’s right to have equal access to birth control.

    On the surface, these incidents appear to be unrelated. They are simply the desperate graspings and mouth utterances of an increasingly fringe and desperate Republican Party which is determined to defeat Barack Obama by any means necessary. However, these events are all symptoms of a bigger problem. In the Age of Obama white manhood—and a particular type of conservative white masculinity—is frightened, unsettled, and terrified of its obsolescence. White (conservative) masculinity finds itself in an existential crisis.

    For outsiders looking in, the idea that white manhood is somehow imperiled, would in all likelihood, appear absurd. While non-Hispanic white men are only twenty percent of the American public, they control every major social, political, and economic institution in the United States. In addition (borrowing the language of the Occupy Wall Street movement), “the 1%” are almost exclusively white men. White people have at least twenty times the wealth of people of color: white men possess the overwhelming majority of these resources.


    • March 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      very interesting column R. tweeted

    • 107 susanne
      March 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      yep, they’re like a bunch of two-year-olds, clutching all the toys so nobody has any, so afraid to share that they can’t actually play with anything. how many millions are they spending buying political clout in order to…..keep their millions? sorry for maligning the toddlers in this metaphor!

    • 109 Barb
      March 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Well, that just brought me to tears.

    • March 5, 2012 at 11:50 am

      This just puts the period on the exclamation mark, when I say, that this is the president I voted for!

      Thanks for the link CTGirl.

      • 112 CTGirl
        March 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

        Yep! Like Donna, I teared up. What a wonderful man. The call to Sandra Fluke and this…wow! He is good to the core!

    • 113 donna dem 4 obama
      March 5, 2012 at 11:51 am

      OMG I’m sitting in my office and the tears are flowing uncontrollably. What a compassionate President we are blessed with.

      I know this is HuffPo but it’s worth the clicks folks.

      • March 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm

        I know!! I’m taking a break at work, and just sneaked a peak, and I read the article as well!

        I usually avoid clicking on HuffPo, but I’m glad I did this time!

        Good thing I was alone in a conference room! I couldn’t stop the tears!!!

      • 115 utaustinliberal
        March 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

        I’m right there with you Donna. This is a beautiful story that shines a light on what a compassionate soul he is. My goodness I’m choked up. Had to tweet the story and spread it around.

      • 116 nathkatun7
        March 5, 2012 at 10:18 pm

        You are not alone Donna, this story brought so much emotions to me. Nineteen years ago my precious first born daughter passed away from a brain tumor. Although it’s been 19 years it always feels like yesterday. To this day, I am still grateful to real friends who cared so much and who helped me cope with the utter despair I went through for a number of years.

        I love and respect President Obama. I think he is an extraordinary leader. This story, however, revealed that he is also a deeply compassionate human being who can be counted on by friends in despair. I am not a deeply religious person, but I agree with you, Donna, this country is “blessed” for having elected such a caring President. Small minded people: right wingers and left wingers can demonize him all they want, but the fact remains: President Obama is truly a very special human being with a big heart, personal integrity, and a great intellect.

    • 117 MTmarilyn
      March 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

      What a story. This is the man we know and love. He has such compassion! Thanks for bringing this story to our attention. I don’t go to huff&puff but I tweeted this story.

      • March 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        Same here……tears flowed. Even more poignant for me since we lost a grandson to childhood cancer. I shared the story on my FB page. I dare any of my conservative friends to say anything cynical.

        • 119 miss pat
          March 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm

          So sorry about the loss of your grandson. The President has a big heart. Sometimes I wish his mother was here to see all of his accomplishments and sometimes I think the Lord took her away because he knows what was ahead with the vile and hatred of Rush et al. Sometimes too I wish he would just go back to Hawaii, write some books and live a life of luxury and then I realise that we need him, the country need him, the world needs him to finish another term. Your grandson is in heaven, another little angel.

        • 120 susanne
          March 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

          so, so sorry for your loss of your little granchild, tnmtngirl.

        • 121 nathkatun7
          March 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm

          Sorry, tnmtgirl, about the loss of your grandson. For me, there is nothing more devastating than the loss of a child!

    • March 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Beautiful, beautiful testimony. This is what being spirit-filled really means. It’s walking in the spirit of the God you believe in. And we have pitiful people like Kenneth Graham and Rick Santorum questioning our president’s religions. Hell can’t be hot enough for them.

    • March 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Ok, that just made me choke up.

    • March 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      oh that made me cry

  26. 125 vcprezofan2
    March 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Good Morning EVERYONE! It feels great to be alive! 😆 Wishing you all a good Monday wherever you may be and whatever you may be doing!

    Though I haven’t met up with you in a while Ms Chips, it’s great to see you are around here somewhere. 😉

    In light of yesterday’s discussion re Iran/Israel Smartypants has a post I’d encourage TOD family to go read. My excerpts don’t share her message. Please GO take a closer look @ “Tackling the Myths about Iran”


    Reuters headline yesterday was Khamenei allies trounce Ahmadinejad in Iran election.
    Clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has tightened his grip on Iran’s faction-ridden politics after loyalists won over 75 percent of seats in parliamentary elections at the expense of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a near-complete count showed.

    When it comes to issues about the Middle East, one of the people I think its important to listen to is Juan Cole. I don’t always agree with him, but he does know more about this topic than other folks in the media/blogosphere. Here’s what Cole says about who is in charge in Iran.
    This puzzling emphasis on Ahmadinejad comes despite the president’s relative lack of power in the Iranian system. The commander in chief of the armed forces is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Who sets nuclear policy? Ali Khamenei. In Iran, the “president” is more like a vice president (think Joe Biden) than a real executive.

    Cole is also one of the only people in the media who seems to at least be paying attention to what Khamenei is saying about the country’s nuclear ambitions. He quotes from a speech Khamenei gave a week and a half ago.

    See you all later; I’m going wandering. 😆

    • March 5, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Great to see you too VC! I’ve been hitting and running the last fews days, but hoping things will quieten down a bit so I can stay and play! Hope all’s good 😉

    • March 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      That is a first rate blog post from Smartypants; one I highly recommend for anyone experiencing angst about all this sabre-rattling.

    • March 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      what a good article by smartypants thx vc!

    • 131 nathkatun7
      March 5, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      Thank you so much, vcprezofan2 for sharing this excellent piece by Smartypants. Smartypants has been writing some of the most thoughtful and wise commentaries i’ve read in the blog sphere! I love the way she dissects and exposes political hypocrisy. For example: in this piece she argues that the so called progressives cannot champion the right of Iranians to develop nuclear weapons while at the same they claim to be morally opposed to nuclear proliferation. I totally agree with her. The only way we will ever get rid of nuclear weapons is to stop proliferation!

  27. 132 yardarm756
    March 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

    G’day everyone. Looks like a busy day ahead for sure. Admiral Chips, fair winds and following seas to you.
    The little old ladies have posted again and as always on the money.

    • 133 Debz
      March 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Love those ladies!!!! 🙂

    • 134 jacquelineoboomer
      March 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      G’day, yardarm – I’m with Margaret and Helen – let’s get November here, already!

    • 136 Dakota
      March 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Morning Yardarm! Love Margaret & Helen!

    • March 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      that columns a gas. thanks yardarm! 🙂

    • 139 miss pat
      March 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      I love those two ladies. I am a slut. Wait, maybe an ex-slut. Or wait, maybe a retired slut. And my daughter is/was a slut. I know she was a 12 year old slut when she had to take the pill for medical reasons. I think she is still a slut but I don’t know and I don’t care. She is a good slut. Working, going to school, saving to buy her first place. No time to date but wants a child soon. Hope she suceeds, I want a grand daughter/slut so bad!

      • 140 JoJothecat
        March 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

        miss pat, your comment made me smile….you sound like a great mom with a wonderful daughter. We are lucky that we live in a time that all women can come together and rally against a horrible man who has attacked blacks, latinos, hard working people, the very poor, even children. I am proud that we as women are rallying behind Ms Fluke and will not take this from this man or any man.

  28. 141 Proud of Obama
    March 5, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Hi folks. More good news. Fox (!) poll showing Latinos overwhelming support of PBO.

    “Despite growing disappointment in his handling of immigration issues, Latino voters favor President Barack Obama by six-to-one over any of the Republican presidential hopefuls, showed a Fox News Latino poll conducted under the direction of Latin Insights and released Monday.

    The national poll of likely Latino voters indicated that 73 percent of them approved of Obama’s performance in office, with over half those questioned looking favorably upon his handling of the healthcare debate and the economy, at 66 percent and 58 percent respectively.

    Released on the eve of the Super Tuesday primaries in the race for the GOP nomination, the Fox News Latino poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 35 percent of Latino voter support, to Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s 13 percent, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s 12 percent, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s 9 percent.

    But the poll shows that the overwhelming choice among likely Latino voters is President Obama. In head-to-head match-ups none of the GOP candidates would garner more than 14 percent of the Latino vote come November, the poll said.

    “This is what we’re seeing across the country,” said Gabriela Domenzain, Obama campaign spokesperson. “The more Latinos learn about the candidates, the more they reject them.”


    • 142 susanne
      March 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      ‘the more latinos learn about the [gop] candidates, the more they reject them.’

      the same is true for just about everybody! this rethug primary is really sifting the worst from the rest–anybody still voting gop at this point might as well just drag the ol’ kkk hood out of the closet, because your party has been whittled down to your clan.

  29. 143 Linda
    March 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student at the center of the controversy with Rush Limbaugh, appeared on The View Monday and responded to Limbaugh’s public apology from the weekend. She declined to accept.

    “I don’t think that a statement like this…changes anything,” she said.

  30. March 5, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Sandra Fluke on The View was so well-spoken, made her points brilliantly. She was so impressive.

    • 145 anniebella
      March 5, 2012 at 11:56 am

      I listen to Ms. Fluke also, and as President Obama told her, her parents should be very proud of her. As a woman I know I am proud of her also.

  31. March 5, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Suspended? Why not cancel completely??

    • March 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

      At least they are responding to well-deserved pressure. Hopefully with positive support for their action, they will cancel.
      And chips, if you can get the vid of Sandra Fluke’s appearance on The View, it is a must see. I saw a tweet which noted that Rush picked the wrong woman to try and bully. She was the best possible spokesperson on this issue, Rush’s nightmare, made him look like the biggest, silliest, dumbest, hate-filled fool in the country.

    • 148 vcprezofan2
      March 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      A point to consider: I’m beginning to wonder if maybe ‘suspend’ is being used as corporate speak for ‘we’re outta there’. Could it be that they don’t want to be unequivocal in their decision in these early days of the controversy. Yes, Rush’s comments were/are despicable, and there’s no way to excuse them, but my understanding is that corporate types are always leery of lawsuits, so they usually try not to be too adamant when they say something. Maybe?

      Of course this does not negate the fact that people should keep the pressure on them to stand behind their ‘suspension’ until it reaches the complete break off point.

      • March 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm

        Hopefully ‘suspend’ does mean ‘we’re outta here’, UT, and not ‘we’ll wait for the fuss to die down and then we’ll back on the Limbaugh train again’! But I know what you mean, this is probably all a legal minefield, broken contracts, etc, etc. Isn’t it amazing, though, that the owners of HuffyPo ever sponsored Limbaugh??

        • 150 vcprezofan2
          March 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm

          Chica, UTAL usually offer some pointed arguments, so I’m usually touched when you mistake me for her. 😉 Not sure how she would feel though.

          • March 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm

            😳 UT, VC, DC, ET, PS, OK ….. I do get confused. 😆

            • 152 utaustinliberal
              March 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm

              Chips I’m quite flattered you mistook me for VC. But to compare me to ET????!!! ET???!!!! That weird looking Extra-Terrestial? I’m coming for you with a Bazooka Chips. 😆

              • March 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm

                UT, I’m not sure I can ever forgive you for dissing ET – my most loved creature ever.

                In fact, I once bought an ET sort-of interactive type figure that talked back to you – and if you stroked his head or tickled his tummy he made a slightly sexually suggestive purring sound.

                Problem was, he never stopped talking or purring, so we put him out with the vegetables in a store-room-type place.

                And then my mother went out one day to pick up a bunch of carrots and ET said “HmmmmmmMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm”, and she almost fainted.

                So, she feels about ET a little like you do.


                My love knows no bounds. Except, I can’t watch the movie any more, I weep uncontrollably 😥

                • 154 utaustinliberal
                  March 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

                  OMG!!!!! Whaaaaaat???? “sexually suggestive purring sound?” ET??!! Oh heavens what will they think of next. I can now never think of ET the same way again. 😆 😆 😆

              • 155 susanne
                March 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm

                sorry, but i got stuck on ‘bazooka chips’–is that like when you’re chewing bubble gum, but then your friend offers you some potato chips, so you cram them in there too, and it’s kinda crunchy, kinda salty, kinda sweet, kinda disgusting?

  32. 156 OkeyO
    March 5, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Just watched Sandra Fluke on the view and a Dad of 3 daughters I am proud of her. Her intellect was just beyond these ladies on the view and her poise was just amazing “Press On”

  33. 157 utaustinliberal
    March 5, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Love love love love Sandra Fluke. She is NOT stopping the fight for womens rights. She was just on The View on ABC and she said she DOES NOT accept Rush Limbaugh’s so called “apology” because he was forced by his bosses and advertisers to make that statement. That she doesn’t want a personal call from Limbaugh because it will only result in more personal vitriolic attacks from/by him. She says she doesn’t accept his “apology” because he doesn’t regret his misogynistic attitude only his word choice of calling her a “slut” and “prostitute.” She encouraged all women and men to keep up the fight for equality in health insurance coverage. She encouraged people to go to http://www.mediaite.com and check out the disgusting vitriolic names Glen Beck, Bill O’Reilly and the like have called her. She told everyone that this isn’t some accidental slip of the tongue, it was three days on non-stop insults at her, her parents, Georgetown women etc. She talked about the call she received from PBO and how the call revealed what a kind decent man and human being he is. He was concerned for her, told her that her parents should be proud of her, thanked her for standing up for womens rights and told her he was firmly behind her.

    Sandra Fluke was AMAZING. You can tweet her some words of encouragement at @SandraFluke.

    • 158 Linda
      March 5, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Thanks for the summary.

      How did the View ladies respond to her ?

      • March 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

        They just sat there mostly stunned, were no match for Fluke’s insight and poise. Whoopi nodded in agreement when Fluke said Whoopi had earlier done a disservice to the issue by her words. Elizabeth tried to insert some nonsense, trying to say something about ‘what about the other side, they do it too’ type thing, the usual. She was handled deftly by Fluke also.

      • 160 utaustinliberal
        March 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm

        Very well. Except for Elizabeth Hasselbeck who brought up liberal hosts like Bill Maher, Ed Schultz, Keith Olbermann etc. in some false equivalency. Sandra Fluke shut her down.

        • 161 anniebella
          March 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

          Yews I heard Elisabeth, but she did not mention that Ed Schultz apologize for what he said and he did not wait till advertisers were dropping him. Plus he was suspended for week.

        • 164 57andFemale
          March 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm

          We forget that Laura Ingraham spews hate for a living. Sarah Palin told unfathomable lies every time her mouth opened. There is a difference between wading in to the public square to give testimony and using your hate for political and/or financial gain.

          Besides, Rush demeaned every woman who has had the gall to think that she has a right to decide when to bring a wanted, loved child into the world. He demeaned every woman alive.

    • 165 donna dem 4 obama
      March 5, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Thanks for the update UT. I am on my way to thank her for her courage.

      Folks we have a new face for our Fight for Equality in Health Ins. Coverage.

      Thank You Sandra Fluke

      • 166 Diane
        March 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

        Thrilled for the face that moves this cause–Sandra Fluke is the perfect person! There wilol be no calming down. This will not stand!

    • 167 MTmarilyn
      March 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      I can’t wait to see the video. She is an amazing young lady. This is who we are fighting for. We are women, Hear us Roar!!!!!

    • March 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Love her courage. I wish (in vain I know) that people would stop spinning the call from the Pres as political. He calls people all the time with and without press coverage. If anyone in the media checked they would know that is a part of his humane and generous nature.

    • March 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Thanks ut for a great post. Tweeted in her support.

      • March 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        amk, if I might make a small request of you and other tweeters? Please tweet Sandra Fluke and let her know that their are many non-tweeters who have her back and unequivocal support.

        P.S. If you TODers haven’t yet read Deaniac’s new post at TPV on the subject, it’s absolutely wonderful. Just click on Chipstick’s blogroll.

    • 173 defytheodds
      March 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks UT for the summary. Go Ms. Fluke!

    • March 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      thanks UT! I’m going over to check it out right now, and send Ms Fluke a thankyou tweet!

  34. 175 Jessica
    March 5, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Have you seen the pictures from the Tsunami clean-up in Japan. Amazing. The progress they’ve made is unbelievable.

    I’m honestly scared to look at pics current pics of Joplin and even New Orleans still.

    These Governors have got to do better. If you want smaller government fine but you got to do all the heavylifting yourself to get the job done on a reasonable timeframe.

    • 176 susanne
      March 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      the pix of the mass of debris from the japan tsunami, which is headed for hawaii and the west coast, is chilling. so just imagine, if we’re all on our own, if there’s no expectation of government intervention, if we all should have thought ahead and bought insurance for this debris that will affect our fisheries, our recreation, our tourism, our health, our birdlife, and on and on–well, it’s just unimaginable. much as i hope this mess will just be spirited away by angels, it makes a nice example for the discussion of the role of government.


  35. March 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

  36. March 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Why do these disenfranchised GOP surrogates still get on TV and talk like PBO is worst ever, economy is worst ever, It makes me sick to hear them twist and turn half truths into untruths and sensible people believe them, or don’t challenge them. Grover N on Morning Joe – perfect example of a human banana split…dobs of things here there and everywhere with the inevitable nuts on top. I could give the show a miss, but I work nights, am home early and there are often interesting people on the show worth seeing.

  37. 179 defytheodds
    March 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    From AM –Day # 2

  38. March 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    So, the big story is, that this President rill not transfer ANY money from OFA the Hill Democrats. Moreover, he will not do any fundraisers for them, said Messina.

    Of course not, the Hill Democrats are more against this President than they are for him.
    (With the exception of a few).

    Duh! Tough decision for Messina? Not!

  39. March 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    WHo said it? Mitt Romney or Mr Burns pic 😆

  40. March 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  41. 203 Linda
    March 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Female Veterans Demand Rush Limbaugh’s Show Be Pulled From American Forces Network

    VoteVets, a coalition of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, released a letter today from a group of female veterans calling on the American Forces Network to drop Rush Limbaugh from its programming.


    • 204 Linda
      March 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Pentagon spokesman George Little says the military’s network will continue to air Rush Limbaugh’s radio program and is “unaware of any plans to review that decision.”


      I guess they are not listening ……

    • 207 defytheodds
      March 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Miranda Norman (who is a VoteVets.org Senior Advisor), Kayla Williams, and Robin Eckstein, all Iraq War Veterans, and Katherine Scheirman, former chief of medical operations in the U.S. Air Forces, released the following statement:

      “Rush Limbaugh has a freedom of speech and can say what he wants, but in light of his horribly misogynistic comments, American Forces Radio should no longer give him a platform. Our entire military depends on troops respecting each other – women and men. There simply can be no place on military airwaves for sentiments that would undermine that respect. When many of our female troops use birth control, for Limbaugh to say they are “sluts” and “prostitutes” is beyond the pale. It isn’t just disrespectful to our women serving our country, but it’s language that goes against everything that makes our military work. Again, we swore to uphold our Constitution, including the freedom of speech, and would not take that away from anyone – even Limbaugh. But that does not mean AFN should broadcast him. In fact, it shouldn’t.”

      This is a very powerful statement: Eventually the good old boys at the Pentagon will have to listen. Also, what about the females in their personal lives? Don’t they care how they are treated?

      • 208 Linda
        March 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm

        The way the military handles rapes leads me to believe they are not sympathetic to their female soldiers.

        • 209 defytheodds
          March 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm

          Linda, maybe this is God making the change that is so badly needed & He chose Ms. Fluke to deliver the message to the nation… It’s been a long time coming…Just in Rush’s case, he has been around for decades doing this kind of filthy stuff…Keep the Faith! A Change Is a Coming…

      • March 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        Military women, while deployed even in only combat support positions, often take the type of contraceptive that completely stops their periods because they can’t be having cramps or dealing with tampons. My niece who did two tours in Iraq told me this. I’m so glad that these women Vets have come out so strong.

        Armed Forces Radio should not be airing this slime sucking mutant anymore. The military is supposed to be apolitical and the ‘Hogbot’ is all political and all disgusting!

  42. March 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  43. March 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  44. March 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Media Matters: Updated – A timeline of Limbaugh’s misogynistic attack on Sandra Fluke

  45. March 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Few minutes late in sharing this. At the top of Ed’s Show he recounted the entire episode about Laura Ingraham, including his entire apology. I had never heard his apology. Please, please, someone find it and share it. (I do not have time right now.) It is the perfect example of how it should be done. I know we have been extremely upset with Ed and probably will happen again, but this deserves to be highlighted and especially on TOD because of the exposure it gets.

    P.S. If this will help, he said it happened last April.

    • March 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      here you go 🙂 he was very sincere about his and spent quite sometime and in depth talking about it… better than what that a-hole Rush did with his apology!

      • March 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        Thanks! Appreciate it. This IS how it is done.

      • 217 Ladyhawke
        March 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm

        I am not a big fan of Ed Schultz but that was what I call an apology. There is absolutely no question that he regrets what he said. He covered everybody the viewers, his family, MSNBC, his co-workers, and most importantly Laura Ingrham. I would love to see a similar heartfelt apology from one of the right wing hosts who has crossed the line. If there is such an apology, I would give credit where credit is due. And I hope someone will send this to George Will for future reference.

  46. March 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    From the White House: “President Obama will deliver three commencement addresses this spring at Barnard College in New York City on May 14, Joplin High School in Joplin, Missouri on May 21, and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado on May 23. More details regarding these events will be released as they become available.”

  47. March 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    ladies and gentlemen, for your enjoyment (h/t bj)

    • March 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Gag! Front page of our paper was all over his rally. I quickly moved on.

      • 226 Lorraine
        March 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm

        He is such a phoney. Just to think last Wednesday was the last day of hunting season in Arkansas and Tennessee. My brother went with my dad; my brother called himself Elmer Fudd, I called him Davey Crockett (because he is an excellent hunter, of course because my dad taught him).

    • March 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      King of the wild frontier!! How could he leave that part out?

  48. 228 Ladyhawke
    March 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    SANDRA FLUKE ON ‘THE VIEW’ (A remarkable young woman)

    Sandra Fluke Says Rush Limbaugh’s Apology Doesn’t Change Anything


    • 229 defytheodds
      March 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks Ladyhawke, this is a great interview; Ms. Fluke is the “real-deal.” Thank you, Ms. Fluke…

      • 230 Ladyhawke
        March 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

        Isn’t she wonderful? Rush Limbaugh slandered the wrong woman this time. His arse has nipped a nail. We will look back on this incident and say that’s when the women of this country said enough is enough. When he attacked Sandra he attacked all of us.

        Sandra Fluke was fierce on The View today. She got a lot of facts out in a very short amount of time. What I love about her is the clarity that she brings to the issue of women’s health. She has such an engaging persona. She just exudes integrity. We could not ask for a more passionate and effective advocate. I am just so proud of her.

  49. March 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

  50. 236 Fred
    March 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Morning TOD family.

    I just had to stop by and say something.This whole birth control “controversy” had me going all last week watching the all men panel discuss women’s bodies and watching predominantly shows discuss us some more but I almost had a conniption watching that arrogant;rude;crude ;obnoxious ;racist;sexist;xenophobic; pill popping; self hating closeted child molester lard ass Rush Limbaugh open his trap and insult miss Fluke the way he did.The audacity of that mother fucker! 😮

    As for Fluke I am thankful to God for human beings like her.As a woman I am proud of her.Her grace;her calm;everything about this lady makes my heart proud.

    Thank you Chips for this site so we can refuge to come as a family when we have to share great news and share challenges as well and THANK YOU for those who helped spread the word about that Limbaugh character;who once more and hopefully THIS time has gone so far;I hope he goes away.It may be wishful thinking on my part but just like the likes of the GOP want to “pray the gay away” ; I am praying Limbaugh away;for good.

    I watched The View and Miss Fluke and she was as predicted SPECTACULAR and I am glad she is standing firm and being strong.She really needs to know that a LOT of people are with her;for her and by her side;cheering her on and agreeing with her.

    Mom and I are doing well.She is cooking even more which is really helpful for me but the rest of household duty I am still in charge of.She finished rehab after her 20th session on Friday after the Insurance company refused to pay for more.Mom is walking funny and still in a lot of pain but we’ll have to continue to do those exercises at home.

    I honestly don’t know when she’ll be able to go back to work and this is worrying me;God has always provided for us so I have faith he will continue to do so.

    I miss my TOD family very much.I am thinking of HZ;I hope she is doing well.To all going through stuff I am with you in prayers.

    Until next time;

    Fred 😉

    p.s: sorry for being so long 😳

    • March 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Dear Fred, My thoughts and prayers are with your mom and you. Thanks for the update and I’m glad that your mom is continuing her exercises on her own. Please know that we have your back.

    • 238 Dakota
      March 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Good to hear from you Fred.

    • 239 susanne
      March 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      fred, i know this is hard, but it’s not forever. my mother lived with us for 6 years, and every day i just prayed my way through. mom’s now in a nursing home very close by, so i can see her nearly every day. it’s a relief to see she is really getting the care she needs, which i couldn’t give, even doing my very best.

      if you’re stretched beyond your limit, that makes two people who are at risk, dearheart. your tod family is always at prayer–round the clock, you know somebody’s awake here! the divine solution is even now working it’s way in your life.

  51. March 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm

  52. March 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

  53. March 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Have a great day all! Back to work!! 😦

  54. 247 defytheodds
    March 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Obama Re-Election Campaign HQ Opens

    While the Republican candidates battle it out on the campaign trail hoping to narrow the field after Super Tuesday, President Obama is wasting no time trying to win over Iowa for his re-election.

    “I think this says something about what’s happening in America, this used to be the Romney headquarters,” said Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

    ABC News– Des Moines, Iowa (video)


  55. March 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    To me, Netenyahu is like Putin, very dangerous!!!

  56. 250 vcprezofan2
    March 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    **shaking head** Very little authenticity around these days. ‘Fess up, CC, have you been using these methods to get your videos to go viral?

    Carmen Trutanich, guy running for LA D.A. paid for YouTube views
    When slickly produced videos from big-brand companies go viral, racking up millions of views, it’s usually not an accident, said industry officials and observers.

    “Somebody gave that a kick-start,” said Stuart Schwartzapfel of Big Fuel, which helps companies develop social media strategies. “If I leave it to chance, chances are I won’t get a return on my investment.”


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