rise and shine

President Barack Obama listens to a question from ABC correspondent Jake Tapper during a prime time news conference in the East Room of the White House on July 22, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


1:15: PBO holds a news conference

5:30: Attends a campaign event at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington

7:10: Meets with members of the Business Roundtable at the Newseum


Morning everyone. I have to go out for a few hours, but will catch up later – chat away 😉

340 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. March 6, 2012 at 7:00 am

    It’s lonely in here for this early bird. Where’s everybody?

    Morning and thanks Chips for all you do. I will miss PBO press conference because I’ll be at work, but I know tonight when I get home, I’ll get the video and all the highlights here.

    • 12 bjw2
      March 6, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Congrats Africa!!
      Just getting to work, but had to drop in and say G’Morn to TODville 🙂 🙂

      • March 6, 2012 at 7:25 am

        Morning bjw2. I am going to be off to work soon here, too. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • 14 utaustinliberal
          March 6, 2012 at 7:58 am

          Hey Africa, I’m normally up very early and could be number one but I get sucked in by twitter where a lot of the TOD crew and other Obots hang out and we have wonderful conversations.

      • March 6, 2012 at 7:31 am

        Good morning to all! 🙂

        Yes I had to come into work really early as well 😦 I’ve been here since 3 this morning. And i’m so stressed trying to finish up an analysis that I have to present tomorrow. So by tomorrow afternoon, I can breathe easy!!

        I hope everyone has a great day! 😀

  2. March 6, 2012 at 7:11 am

    GM to all. Time to say hello now, then leave for the morning. Today is my day to serve in our church’s food pantry (Manna House). Will catch up later.

    • 22 HZ
      March 6, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Good Morning tnmtngirl, I just finished praying for you in my quiet hour. May you have beautiful blessings as you help to bless others. Thanks for what you are doing.HZ

  3. 23 Ladyhawke
    March 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Rush Limbaugh’s ‘personal attack’ on Sandra Fluke? More like 20 attacks.

    By Erik Wemple


    The most memorable line from Rush Limbaugh’s Saturday “statement”? This:

    I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.

    If that’s the case, then Limbaugh stumbled into one of the most stunning accidents in the history of radio. Because on his own Web site you can find upward of 20 personal attacks on Sandra Fluke.

    That’s a charitable counting, too. If you parse more carefully, it wouldn’t be too hard to push that number into the thirties. Whatever the exact tally, a dive into the archives exposes just what a stretch is Limbaugh’s disavowal of any intent to personally attack Fluke. It also points to one of the inadequacies of the media coverage:



    • 24 anniebella
      March 6, 2012 at 7:22 am

      Rush Limbaugh is full of alot of B.S. He meant it to be a personal attack on Sandra Fluke, but he thought he has gotten away with all his B.S. before, he would get away with it now. And he would with the Republicans who are afraid of him, but the women, the Americans who think he went to dog gone far this time decided to speak up and out about it and not to let him get away with the attack on this woman without a fight. To that I say BRAVO.

    • March 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

      The most offensive part of Limbaugh’s attack on women, and Sandra Fluke in particular, was his demand that they post their videos online for him to watch. Surely, there’s a crime in there, somewhere?

    • 26 Obama Grandmama
      March 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      In seeing Rush “apologize” on a clip on one of the MSNBC shows I was especially taken by the idea that this was his first time doing such a thing. I was thinking there must be hundreds of examples of when he has called women such before and used undeserved words addressing them. I know just on my own unfortunate dialing of the radio while driving in unfamiliar places I have come across his degrading choice of words when refering to anyone he doesn’t agree with. Mine was just a passing through situation just imagine what a regular listener would be exposed to. It might be eye opening if someone would compile such a list with clips available. This might be the time for such an endeavor. News places seem to pile on or strike while the iron is hot so it might get exposure.

  4. 27 Suzette
    March 6, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Good morning all. Chips another very early morning. But I will get back that no. 1 spot again – soon (lol).
    Well let us see what the GOP’s super Tuesday will bring later.

  5. 28 Ladyhawke
    March 6, 2012 at 7:16 am

    The GOP’s spiritual emptiness

    By pm carpenter


    From a rather unsatisfying, which is to say, purely strategic point of view, what many of us in the provincial, unBelted backwaters have been writing for years has finally made its way to the eye-opening Conventional Wisdom of WaPo’s “The Fix:”

    [S]ome within the [Republican Party] have begun to believe that the only way for the GOP to truly heal is to first bottom out.
    In sum, and very loosely, since the New Deal Democrats have embodied the experimental, can-do, pragmatic spirit of the American people, while Republicans — at one time, conservatives — have wandered about in the ideological wilderness but mostly away from their “institutional continuities, hard facts, and the limits of possibility”; they’ve become merely scolds — cranky, nagging scolds who possess little but a profound spiritual emptiness and reams of increasingly attenuated platitudes.



    • March 6, 2012 at 7:39 am

      Carpenter’s summary is the best description of the current crop of GOP candidates that I’ve heard yet: “cranky, nagging scolds who possess little but a profound spiritual emptiness and reams of increasingly attenuated platitudes.” To which I would add that they possess no connection to anything resembling the truth, are willing to sink to levels of nastiness and personal character destruction without the slightest qualm, are essentially bought and paid for by millionaires and are moral cowards unable to risk even a whisper of criticism against their almighty leaders– Norquist, Koch and Limbaugh. They are so wrapped up in their assorted delusions that they can’t even fake concern for real human beings. Maybe I missed it, but I haven’t seen one act or expression of compassion from any one of them in all these many months when they are supposedly trying to expose their ‘best’ side to the world.

      • 30 Pamela
        March 6, 2012 at 8:47 am

        Not only the candidates, I include McConnell, Boner, and CantorWont in this. They are shadows, but that word ‘scold’ is perfect resonance with my thinking also. Thank you, Jackie.

      • 32 57andFemale
        March 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

        He’s the absolute best. A great thinker, who can do magic with his words. (I love good writing)

  6. 33 Insomniac
    March 6, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Is it just me, or is the “‘Night All” from last night MIA?

    Anyway, Bonjour everyone. I wish you all a wonderful day. Press On!

    • 34 Dudette
      March 6, 2012 at 7:38 am

      Looks like the posts are out of order. Nite All somehow ended up BEFORE Evening All.

      It was fine when I left earlier this morniing. Must be the gremlins are back.

      • 35 susanne
        March 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

        thanks–i thought i’d maybe dreamed the post conversations last night!

        and good morning chips and tod familia!

  7. 36 Ladyhawke
    March 6, 2012 at 7:23 am


    I, Too, Will Accept Rush Limbaugh’s Apology

    By Angry Black Lady


    Sandra Fluke has already stated that she does not accept Rush Limbaugh’s apology because it is borne of pressure from advertisers and not sincerity.

    But forget about her.

    A more important figure at the center of the story has decided — quite graciously, indeed — to accept Rush Limbaugh’s apology.

    That person — whose judgment about Limbaugh’s apology is absolutely crucial to any fair discussion of Limbaugh’s sins — is Mitt Romney. During an appearance on The Sean Hannity’s Shitshow, Romney accepted Limbaugh’s apology and then followed Limbaugh’s lead, claiming that the real problem is that liberals spew venom. Classic.



    • March 6, 2012 at 7:49 am

      Well now, Mitt, you sure are working hard to destroy your share of the women’s vote. So keep it up in the stupid assumption that only Liberal women are upset about this. Yes, please, keep voicing everyday how much you support RL and think that the other side is being shrill and venomous. Because there’s nothing women voters appreciate more than an openly misogynist presidential candidate telling them to take it on the chin. Yes, keep on talking Mitt. Make it part of your speeches and keep going on Fox to talk about it. And then maybe someday–long after the maximum damage is done– you’ll compare the number of “real” (versus the inflated) listeners to RL against the number of women voters in the country. No rush, Mitt.

      • 38 Pamela
        March 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

        And do have your equally misspoken wife come up to the mike and try to convince American women how right you are….. That will be immensely helpful (to OFA)!

      • 39 Cindy Sweatt
        March 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

        Jackie: I heard Mitt say “not the words he would use” has he said anything else in support of RL? Would you post it? I would like to spread that far and wide.

        • March 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

          Mitt was on Hannity and said he accepts Rush’s apology, that the liberals need to stop being so vitriolic, and that we should all move on now.

  8. 41 collegekay
    March 6, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Good morning. Seems like it’s been a while since PBO had a news conference. One of the jackals will probably raise a question about Myth or Sanctimonious since it’s super Tuesday. 🙄

  9. March 6, 2012 at 7:38 am

    GM folks

    GM Chips. Dog eated the last thread ?

  10. March 6, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Here we go again! Robney is saying, if you reelect this president, Iran will get a Nuclear bomb.
    Now, where have we heard this line of attack before???

    • 55 utaustinliberal
      March 6, 2012 at 8:04 am

      It was shocking to see Halperin go hard after Senor for defending Romney’s stupid op-ed about Iran in the Washington Post. Halperin even went after Romney, telling Senor the article and Romney’s statement that if PBO was re-elected, Iran will have a nuclear weapon was reckless and unbefitting of someone running for the WH. I thought pigs were flying.

    • 61 Mel
      March 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

      The question about Iran to Mitt was sked by a 9 year old boy , and that is fucking strage.
      , ROBNEY wants to bomb Iran but he is so fucking scare of the fat boy Rusho.

    • 62 anniebella
      March 6, 2012 at 11:52 am

      So Jovie, this flip flop liar is trying to say if he is elected Iran won’t get a nuclear bomb. How about Limbaugh, what will he do to stop Limbaugh?

  11. March 6, 2012 at 7:44 am

    GOP wants to bomb Iran and Syria?
    Back to George Bush Cowboys? Is that where America is?
    But, where is Ron Paul? Why isn’t his libertarian followers freaking out? Where is Glen Greenwald and Chris Hayes Statements?


    • March 6, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Ron Paul’s been bribed with promises for his son. The other two are hypocrites to the core.

    • 65 ChristiMTL
      March 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

      It’s always the same scenario….lies, fear, lies, fear….and it builds up…..

      I can’t even imagine how the world would be if McCain had been president for the past 3 years…..the horror.

      Bless President Obama….4 more years…

      • 66 anniebella
        March 6, 2012 at 11:57 am

        Bomb Iran and Syria, and still be in Iraq. These Republicans loves war, they love sending someone else children into war. Is any of Mitt’s five sons serving?

    • 67 Mel
      March 6, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Really? where are those fuckers?

    • 68 Obama Grandmama
      March 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Ron Paul did speak up about Limbaugh’s apology just being based on advertisers pulling away.

  12. 69 Ladyhawke
    March 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

    On Israel & Iran.

    By Emily L. Hauser


    So instead, I bring you the opinion of the editorial board of Israel’s newspaper of record, HaAretz:

    Obama, who was playing on Netanyahu’s home court at the height of an election year, criticized the excessive talk about war with Iran. Hinting at both Israeli government officials and the Republican presidential candidates, who have been vying with each other in calling for war, Obama said this was causing oil prices to rise, which in turn helped finance Iran’s nuclear program. The president said that excessive public discussion of the Iranian issue not only undermined the security of both America and the world, but Israel’s security too.

    The unnecessary statements by Israeli leaders are drawing fire on Israel. The government would be wise to listen attentively to President Obama’s advice and adopt the sage counsel of former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” The U.S. president carries the biggest stick in the world.



    • March 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Great editorial. Exposes Netanyahu , Cantor and the rest of the “Bomb, bomb Iran” crowd for the irresponsible warmongers they are.Thank God we have a president who has that most precious commodity of all–common sense.

      • March 6, 2012 at 8:04 am

        Still, this is where we need the Libertarians help! Crickets!
        Where is Rachel on this? Can she support the President on this issue? Nope! It ruins her agenda, that Obama is just like Bush!

      • 72 desertflower
        March 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

        Can we also connect the dots that the oil companies have been giving these Republicans some big $$$ to spew their ignorance on global warming and drilling. I hope there’s no one left in America that can’t connect these dots by the time this is all said and done.

        • 73 nathkatun7
          March 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm

          Desertflower, you make a really good point about the importance of connecting “the dots that the oil companies have been giving these Republicans some big $$$ to spew their ignorance on global warming and drilling.”

    • 74 Pamela
      March 6, 2012 at 8:55 am

      This is good to hear, in their own country, some rational perspective. I have heard Israelis are the most highly educated population of any country.

    • 77 prettyfoot58
      March 6, 2012 at 9:07 am


      Presssssssssss ON

  13. 78 Bill
    March 6, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Morning Joe is featuring war mongers this morning.

    • March 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

      And Netenyahu might as well be the President of Mageda!

    • 80 utaustinliberal
      March 6, 2012 at 8:17 am

      To have Dan Senor our very own Baghdad Bob who royally screwed up Iraq, couldn’t give an explanation about the missing money give PBO foreign policy advice? That was just an insane segment. Then to have Naftali Bennett former Chief of Staff to Bibi Netanyahu demanding that “Obama and the U.S. dole crippling sanctions to Iran right now and show they are on Israel’s side and stop using words and show that we have Israel’s back with action.” I almost lost my bloody mind at his rude demand of PBO. Senor & Scarborough were right there cheering him on. Halperin shocked me by castigating Senor for his defense of Romney’s Iran op-ed in the Washington Post and also castigating Romney’s statement that if PBO is re-elected, Iran will have nuclear weapons. Halperin said that was a reckless statement and unbefitting of someone running for the WH.

      Bibi and Israel need to realize that they are reliant on OUR national security, OUR foreign aid, OUR diplomatic cover and if he wants to screw with our election and PBO’s chances by threatening to bomb Iran then he’ll have no partner behind him and the Israeli’s who are behind PBO 100% will punish him for it. I so wish Tzipi Livni was the Prime Minister not Bibi.

      By the way Bill, haven’t “seen” around these quarters in a while. Welcome back. 🙂

    • 82 xtine
      March 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

      I guess he’s making up for crying in his teacups yesterday! 🙂

  14. March 6, 2012 at 7:55 am

    The top Republicans in the House and Senate are closely coordinating their efforts aimed at controlling Congress next year by trading lists of 2012 races they have prioritized. 

    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has given $105,000 to senators and GOP candidates running for the upper chamber, while Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) has donated the same amount to House members and candidates.

    McConnell told The Hill, “[Boehner] and I both have contributed to the priorities on each other’s sides.” 


  15. 84 Dudette
    March 6, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Somewhere out there someone needs to hear this.

  16. 88 Linda
    March 6, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Good Morning…….

    It appears that the ” Scandal ” that Breitbart was about to expose landed like a lead balloon…..I have not seen or heard any media pick it up.

    • 89 miss pat
      March 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Never knew a scandal was pending. Wonder if he can maybe send it over to us from the afterlife. Maybe iit was a big juicy lie and the burden of carrying it around killed him. Karma is a b****.

  17. March 6, 2012 at 8:00 am

  18. 92 Ladyhawke
    March 6, 2012 at 8:06 am


    by Bob Cesca


    There’s been so much talk about Limbaugh’s remarks and the Republican demagoguery about this issue, but what about Sandra Fluke’s actual statement to Congress?

    So here it is.

    You’ll notice several truths here. Contrary to Limbaugh’s lies, she never talks about herself or her own needs, and only talks about other Georgetown students — one of whom is a 32-year-old gay woman who lost an ovary and is facing early menopause due to the lack of birth control coverage. She never talks about sexual activity. And she never demands that taxpayers finance birth control for anyone (per the Affordable Care Act, etc).



    • 93 Pamela
      March 6, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Thank you for bringing this back, Ladyhawke, I had been looking for it as I missed it last week.

    • 94 MTmarilyn
      March 6, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Thanks for that. Just tweeted. We are women, hear us roar!!!!

    • 95 Obama Grandmama
      March 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      I know when the use of inappropriate language was used about Sandra Fluke’s testimony was apparent the part I hated that was missed was that her testimony itself was completely misrepresented. Lies are just so accepted anymore that I think that is the biggest problem. As the article by Bob Cesca shows SF’s complete message was changed into what RL wanted to make it be. This should enter into the plea to take him off of the miitary overseas channel. Not just inappropriate words but the lies and misrepresentation. Not everyone has time to look up everything spoken to check for authenticity. The journalists don’t even care if they are acurately quoting or presenting information now. The bottom line is do what you are told by your corporate bosses or you are gone. I am liking our people power through advertiser boycotting. We can help the corporations become more reflective of our needs.

  19. March 6, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Robney is going to pander to AIPAC!

  20. March 6, 2012 at 8:09 am

    so which is going to ‘occupy’ the empty pundtwits’ minds today ? PC or primaries ?

    smart of him to schedule this PC on this day.

    • 101 collegekay
      March 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Very smart. PBO needs to control the narrative. I’m tired of the GOP hacks distorting his record.

  21. March 6, 2012 at 8:10 am

  22. March 6, 2012 at 8:14 am

    While Republican candidates continue to slug it out for their party’s White House nomination, President Obama is getting a head start on the general election.

    Obama’s grassroots campaign is already hard at work with volunteers hosting house parties and staffing phone banks to find and mobilize the president’s supporters. The campaign has opened five offices in Virginia, and that’s not counting the basement of Sue Langley’s house in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Vienna, where more than a dozen volunteers assembled this past weekend.

    Langley, adorned in a “Women for Obama” T-shirt, handed out clipboards full of voter registration forms, along with ballpoint pens and other provisions for a long day of signing up voters.

    Teams were assigned to a local supermarket, an apartment building and a community center. Volunteer Carol Lewis, who works for a software company and has three grown children, has been doing this for a couple of hours every week.


  23. 104 symmetry11
    March 6, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Good morning all. I am working as an election office today. It is going to be a long day. I hope that time goes by fast and smoothly.

    • March 6, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Good for you. I got a call TWO weeks ago. Reminded the guy I hadn’t been trained and he basically said “Oops” and there is training tomorrow and the next day–could you make either of those? Real planning, huh? Good luck and thanks for doing it.

      • 106 symmetry11
        March 6, 2012 at 8:53 am

        Hey Lala….I am over at the University. We have have only had one person to vote so far. More have come, but they can’t vote here.

        I will remind you next time, so that you can work in November.

    • 109 MTmarilyn
      March 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Good for you. I will be doing that here in MT too. Not today yet. It is a long day, but we must to our part. Hope all goes well.

      • 110 symmetry11
        March 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

        Thanks, Marilyn. All is going well, but it is exrremely difficult on University Campus’s b/c most of these students are still registered in their home states. Trying to make sure that they change their address to campus address’s so that they can vote in the General.

  24. 111 collegekay
    March 6, 2012 at 8:19 am

    HDnet’s Dan Rather thinks that Rush Limbaugh’s controversial comments will hurt Republicans in November, perhaps even costing them the presidency.

    When asked about Romney’s response to Limbaugh’s comments on CNN, Rather said that he belived Romney ‘made a mistake’ by not disavowing the conservative commentator.

    “This is the kind of thing that any decent person, any person aspiring to the presidency should be able to deal with straight forwardly saying, ‘no, this is not right.'” Rather said.

    Last week, Romney said that Limbaugh’s words were, “not the language I would have used,”


    • 112 Linda
      March 6, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Dan Rather thinks that Limbaugh will cost them the Presidency ?????

      • 113 hopefruit2
        March 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

        Rather is delusional. He doesn’t want to admit what we already know to be true. If the GOP weren’t already a hot mess with sub-par candidates that rely on media bullies to tell them how to govern, then Limbaugh’s remarks would only hurt Limbaugh and no one else.

  25. 115 desertflower
    March 6, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Morning.My heart is sad this morning..in the night, my dear cat, Miss Lilly Pads,passed. She had been sick for the past couple weeks, but I thought maybe she had gotten through the tough part, and was on the mend. I guess not. When I was going to bed, I saw her…and I knew that she would not last the night. I slept right beside her little bed, and stroked her fur, and spoke softly to her, for hours and hours, I finally fell asleep. When I woke this morning…she was gone. I could not stand the thought of her dying in the night, all by herself. She’s in a better place now, I know she is…but I miss her. I just miss her.

    I’ll miss the parade of “hunted” clothes that she’s bring proudly to us…screaming all the way. So proud of her catch. And the kisses she gave! So many kisses.Enough to wear the skin off…and her beautiful blue eyes.

    I’ll be fine after I have my cry.(more) Will be hard to go to work and put on a happy face today…but, I’ll give it a shot.

    I look forward to PBO’s press conference. Chips, I hope you will be able to post it here for us….lots of us will probably miss it. live. Today, I just pray for more RW insanity, more exposing to the public their utter inability to do anything in a professional manner….they need no help at all exposing themselves for the incompetents that they are….just when you think it couldn’t possibly get any worse…BAM! They sink to a new low. And they think they are capable of leading a country.Shows how delusional they really are. What a dog and pony show.

    Let the day begin….can it really be called the “winner” of Super Tuesday if that only means that the yahoo that wins this nomination will get to face a superior thinker ? They’ve all gotten such a pass with the KlownKarKraziy Brigade….Our President will show them a REAL debate….and tell them what real leadership looks like! For now…I wait to hear what the President has to say…and see what Super Tuesday results bring….

    • 116 Bill
      March 6, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Desertflower, I know the feeling. She had a lovely life with you.

    • March 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

      DesertFlower, I am so very sorry for your loss.. my heart goes out to you.

    • 118 collegekay
      March 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

      I am sorry for the loss of your kitty DF. 😦

    • 119 ber6964
      March 6, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Awww DF ……………….{{{Hugs}}}}}} sorry to hear about your friend.

    • 120 hopefruit2
      March 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Df, sad to hear of the passing of your dear kitty. My thoughts are with you this morning.

    • 121 donna dem 4 obama
      March 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

      So sorry DF!!!

    • 123 57andFemale
      March 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

      I’m so sorry for your loss. Miss Lily Pads was blessed to have a parent like you, and in her last night, she knew she was safe,loved and treasured in your care. It won’t be easy, but the love you share is eternal.

    • 124 Ladyhawke
      March 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

      df, I am so sorry to hear about your cat Miss Lilly Pads. I hope you will be feeling better soon.

    • 125 Pamela
      March 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Oh, bless you desert flower, oh, Miss Lilli Pads, bless your lovely little kitty cat soul. Df, go ahead and cry, even wail a little, it seems a natural part of our grief for those small creatures who have brought s so much joy in their short lives. I will keep the votive going longer this morning, and light some incense, for Miss. Lilli Pads, and for you.

      • 126 desertflower
        March 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

        Thank you all so much for your thoughts and caring words…I’m teary again, so I won’t respond to each of you…hugs to my TOD family and I thank you all, more than you know.

        • 127 anne
          March 6, 2012 at 10:17 am

          Awh df……… you loved her so much…… she was a very very lucky kitty to have you

        • March 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

          Loss is such a terrible process. Take good care, df.

        • 129 yardarm756
          March 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

          So sorry for you sweetheart. Just know this: YOU ARE NOT ALONE! You have us.

          • 130 desertflower
            March 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

            Thank you 🙂 You’re going to make me cry again….thank goodness for this family. I cherish all of you more than you know.

            • March 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

              The pain you feel is the price for the love you gave and received, so better to feel the pain rather than never to have felt the love. They leave big holes in our hearts, don’t they? You and Miss LillyPads were so blessed to have each other; she had you loving her right up to the end.

    • 132 ChristiMTL
      March 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

      So sorry DF 😦

    • 133 a4alice
      March 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Aw DF I’m so sorry. This is the part of having animal friends live with me that I don’t like – Cuz you always outlive them, and that is difficult because you get so attached – they are your family members. I’m sure your dear cat was comforted by your presence. sorry dear.

    • 134 prettyfoot58
      March 6, 2012 at 9:24 am


    • March 6, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Df, I’m so sorry. It’s hard to bear the death of someone you love. I’m sure your being with Miss Lillly Pads brought her comfort. Bless you.

    • 136 CTGirl
      March 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

      So sorry for your loss, DF.

    • March 6, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Desertflower – virtual hugs, pets are such a constant source of joy. I am so sorry you lost your kitty.

    • 138 PoliticalJunkessa
      March 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

      ((((((((((Desertflower and Lilly Pads))))))))))

    • 139 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      March 6, 2012 at 10:04 am

      I’m so sorry. The one downside of having furbabies is that most times they leave us first. Hugs to you.

    • 140 JoJothecat
      March 6, 2012 at 10:30 am

      I am so sorry to hear of miss lilly pads passing. I am sure that laying next to her was a great comfort and as you said, she is in a much better place. Please know that while she may be gone physically, our loving pets never ever leave our hearts and memories. She had a wonderful loving family and that I know made her a very lucky kittah. ((((hugs to you desertflower)))).

    • 141 Dakota
      March 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

      So Sorry desertflower…

    • 143 Proud of Obama
      March 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

      So sorry for your loss, DF. I know how your heart must ache. So glad you could be with her as she transitioned. Wishing you peace.

    • March 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Oh DF, I’m so sorry. A couple of summers ago we lost two cats in the same week. Hang in there, and just know that Miss Lilly Pads is now chasing butterflies forever.

    • 145 defytheodds
      March 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

      desertflower, I’m also so sorry for your lost. Remember that no matter how far apart you’re–spiritually you’ll always be together. Always! 🙂

      • March 6, 2012 at 11:53 am

        DF, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Miss Lilly Pads had to be such a beautiful cat to you and your family. How beautiful to hear how you stayed there with her. What beautiful love. You cry when you need to, okay. ((((((((((((((((((((Love and comfort to you)))))))))))))))))HZ

        P.S. I cried out during my devotional this morning for jobs for your hubby as well. We are going to be fine because we all have each other. Love you,HZ

    • 147 TrumpDog
      March 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Oh honey I am so sorry about the loss of your cat, Miss Lilly Pads!

    • 148 MTmarilyn
      March 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      Oh DF, I am so sorry. I still miss my LC who passed at the age of 23. I now have a new kitten. I love her dearly but when an animal is such a part of you life, they are family. It took me almost a year before I got another cat. You are in my thoughts today. Also our renter’s maltese had 4 babies yesterday. I was one of the midwives. She is a great little mother and the little puppies are so cute. It is amazing how these wonderful animals enrich our lives.

    • 149 anniebella
      March 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      desertflower, I’m sorry to hear about your cat, she pass feeling and knowing you loved her.

    • 150 Dudette
      March 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Awww, df. I’m so sorry for your loss, honey. IOur pets give us some much joy and unconditional love.
      I hope you find comfort knowing she lived a happy life and that she left this world having been loved and loving you.

      • 151 desertflower
        March 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

        Thanks again, everyone.You all touched my heart and I feel your hugs and sorrow for me…I will be ok. Her gift of sharing our home and enriching our entire family and bringing us such joy, will be what is remembered. We are the lucky ones for having these many years with her. I will think happy thoughts/fond memories…and love the ones that I DO have, even more in her absence. Hugs to all of you.

    • March 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Dearest Desert Flower – I am so sorry for the loss of your lovely cat. Just remember you gave her the best life she could have here on earth and you’ll see her at the Rainbow Bridge.

    • March 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      I am so sorry Desertflower. I feel your pain. I don’t share much here, but November 26, I had to put my little dog Buster down. I had been nursing him for two years with a daily IV and 2 pills a day for kidney disease. Six weeks later, my little dog Bella was diagnosed with diabetes and died. On January 15 my 16 year old cat Zeuss died, and then last Tuesday evening, my 18 year old cat Milo died. I had sinus surgery last Tuesday morning and was doped up on Vicodin and anesthetic, but in each case, my animals died by my side. My pets were all older, ranging from 12 to 18, but I lost four in three months to the day.

    • March 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      {{{{{{{{{{{desertflower}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} Bless your heart.

    • 157 sjterrid
      March 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      I’m so so sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. I’m sure you were such a comfort to her staying by her side last night. You and your cat are in my prayers.

    • March 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      So sorry desertflower. I know just how you feel. I teared up reading about your dear little cat. They are treasures but their lives are so short. She was very lucky to have you there comforting her at the end.

  26. 159 desertflower
    March 6, 2012 at 8:28 am


    President Obama will discuss his plan to help homeowners today in his first news conference of the year, reports the Associated Press:

    In his first full news conference of the year Tuesday, Obama was to announce plans to let borrowers with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration refinance at lower rates, saving the average homeowner more than $1,000 a year. Obama also was detailing an agreement with major lenders to compensate service members and veterans who were wrongfully foreclosed upon or denied lower interest rates.

    Good Job, Mr. President!

    • March 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Who wants to bet that not one question is asked on this program because it might be a ‘positive’ story for the president. They will ignore it completely and go so something stupid.

      • 161 Debz
        March 6, 2012 at 9:41 am

        Good morning. I wont take that bet because they wont ask about this program, we will hear about Rush, Romney, birth control, the election, bombing Iran, but nothing about the purpose of PBO’s press conference.

        • 162 susanne
          March 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

          i just watched the pc and you are right! not one follow-up question on the announced help for families. just ‘what do you say to robme,’ and ‘what do you say to flush,’ and so on.

  27. March 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Game change is on Saturday at 9 on hbo!

    • 164 Bill
      March 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

      I can’t believe the postive spin the writers are saying they put on the half term governor in the movie. There is nothing positive about her.

      • 165 utaustinliberal
        March 6, 2012 at 8:56 am

        Watching Scaborough & Mika say she was a victim, she was a kind and generous person. The press skewered her. Where the heck were they when she was telling those insane whack jobs at her rallies that PBO paled around with terrorists & they all yelled back “Kill Him!” and where were they when she maligned FLOTUS’s character? She skewered herself by opening her mouth and spewing toxic BS. Feel sorry for her? Yeah right.

        • March 6, 2012 at 9:09 am

          tundra twit for prezinent anyone ?

        • 167 ChristiMTL
          March 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

          Mika is such an idiot….no personality, the only she does is roll her eyes, sigh, and agree with that RW nutjob Scarborough most of the time.

          Yea Palin is such a victim…..right……

          • 168 Ladyhawke
            March 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

            I stopped watching Morning Joe years ago because they treated President Obama like a pinata for three hours each morning. Mika sitting on her perch hemming an hawing and never really making any original or coherent points of her own was beyond frustrating. She took wishy washy to a whole new level. And of course, Joe had a perfect vehicle for broadcasting the GOP talking points each day. The shucking and jiving that went on with their little social club of gasbags was insufferable. It seems not much has changed. It’s worse than ever.

            • March 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

              Mika is sad isn’t she? I wonder if she’s just there as a timekeeper. She sure doesn’t seem to get a word in anywhere. She needs to take a page out of her father’s book.

              • 170 anniebella
                March 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

                I STOP watching Morning Joke years ago. And Mika I don’t know what to say about her, when I watched her she just sat there like she was Miss America and really didn’t have anything to say.

      • 171 Pamela
        March 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

        Right you are Bill, guaranteed it won’t be on our tv!

  28. 172 carolyn
    March 6, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Desertflower, so sorry about the loss of Miss Lilypads. I well remember the loss of each of my precious dogs and how my heart just broke. I’ve also sat on the floor beside them, wept over them, tried to get them to eat…..it hurts SO much. We lost our little cockapoo, Bonnie, inauguration day 2009…how can I forget! We got her from a poodle rescue who told us she was five…..our vets said she was more like eight, and had had a hard life delivering several litters. We didn’t care, we loved her. I told her she would never have to take care of anyone again, SHE would be taken care of, and she was. I called her My Sweetness. She had gall bladder trouble, and who knows what, but she never complained, never lost her sweetness. Our other dog, Rose, mourned too. In fact, she took the little black stuffed dog Bonnie had loved and put it on the area rug where Bonnie had sat…..broke my heart. Rose didn’t really recover…..and neither did we…..until we went to Dodge City and brought home Chanel. These memories of our beloved pets are so strong and sweet!

    • 173 57andFemale
      March 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Your experience is so similar to mine. They are all worth it, these precious souls that share their spirits with us. So hard to lose them.

    • 174 desertflower
      March 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

      When we got her, she could fit in the palm of my hand. So tiny and beautiful. Piercing blue eyes and a perpetual smile on her lovely face.I swore that they took her away from her mother to soon….we rescued her, as we do all my animals. She brought so much to our family over these many years….just so sad to see her go. Have to keep hold of all the joy and laughter she gave us…..time will heal this wound…I have done this so many times through the years. Never gets easier. Thank you for that, carolyn….I did the same last night.

      • 175 57andFemale
        March 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

        It never gets easier, and yet we open our hearts again….

        After nursing elderly, ill, cancer-ridden dogs and a dog we almost lost to a pitt bull attack, All of them rescues. I thought I would protect my heart this time Only young, healthy dogs, I told myself. I needed a break from the heartbreak.

        I say this with little Pearl sitting on my lap at the computer. She’s 7 years old,yorkie, was a breeder in a puppy mill and was given to a kill shelter when they were through with her. She got rescued by a no-kill shelter here in IL, where they spayed her, cleaned and pulled teeth, fostered her for a month where they housebroke her (okay, it’s a constant work in progress). I stopped by the shelter, and she never left my arms. At first they thought she’d be better in a one-dog home, and we have the ‘boys’: Nickelby, about 5 years old, a cairn/silky mix and Kasper (the one who got attacked), a three year old maltese/bichon. But both of the boys came from this shelter and we’re considered experienced owners.

        You should see her: playing with Kasper all the time, cuddling with Nickelby. She has hair loss and we’re trying to figure out why and what to do about it. I know I won’t have her for many years, but I will treasure every moment with her. It is astounding what you can do and be when you follow your heart.

        They’re worth it. I know your pain right now, desertflower, but they’re worth it. You’re an amazing parent.

        • 176 desertflower
          March 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

          Thank you, 57andFemale….Sounds like my house 🙂 All my animals are rescued and, to my mind, are the best ones to have…so appreciative. I think they know that we saved them all from certain death….I know my dog does. It was immediate that she locked onto my eyes, stuck to my side, and has never left. She is the best dog I ever had. They were going to put her down the very day I went to get her from the shelter. I lied through my teeth and said I had no other animals. They said she didn’t get along with others….yeah, right. She’s a Great Dane that was so depressed, and so sick..she weighed 85 lbs and you could see all her ribs. Hair falling out.Inflamed skin. You name it, she had it…but I just knew that she was coming home with me. I swear that when I finally put her in the car to take her home, that she had a big ass grin on her face. I know she did!

          Now, she weighs 140 lbs and is beautiful and strong….sleek black coat and loveable as can be. My gentle giant.

          I don’t know what you feed little Pearl, but she sounds like she’s allergic to her food. I found that out with my dog..flaming red skin, itching like crazy, hair coming out all over the place. She is allergic to corn, wheat….so I changed her diet (many to choose from now) and she is good as new. Vets wanted her on steroids, infinitum, and I didn’t want that for her. It was her food. See what happens of you change the dog food…let me know!

  29. 177 hopefruit2
    March 6, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Congressman Donald Payne of NJ-10 (D) had died at age 77 from colon cancer.


  30. 180 hopefruit2
    March 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Poll: Most back Obama Koran apology

    // A majority of Americans back President Barack Obama’s decision to apologize for U.S. troops burning copies of the Koran in Afghanistan, according to a new poll.
    Fifty-six percent of those surveyed agreed with the president’s decision to apologize, according to a Reuters/Ipsos survey. Only 23 percent disagreed with the apology. //

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73655.html#ixzz1oLQI246P

  31. March 6, 2012 at 8:58 am


    suggestion for you –

    please post Lawrence O’Donnell’s rewrite segment from last night about Willard, the individual mandate, Willard’s lies, and how Willard is going to be smashed by POTUS.

  32. 188 Don
    March 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Don’t think for one second that this press conference that President Obama is having today is by coincidence, I mean really, who schedules a press conference on a “Super Tuesday?” if this isn’t a slap in the face to the Republicans I don’t know what is, and I’m loving every minute of it.

    • 189 Bill
      March 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

      I am waiting for the first Republican to call the presser “political”. Horrors that PBO might do something political in an election year.

  33. 190 desertflower
    March 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

    This man is not fit to be dog catcher.

    Newt Gingrich said Israel should not give the U.S. advance warning if it decides to attack Iran over its nuclear weapons program because the Obama administration can’t be trusted to keep the information secret. “If I were the Israelis, I wouldn’t give this administration one minute’s notice, because someone will leak it,” he said on Fox News’ Hannity.


    • 191 CTGirl
      March 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

      He is a disgrace!

    • 192 Don
      March 6, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Well if Israel wants to bomb Iran without telling President Obama, well then President Obama isn’t under any obligation to lift a finger to help Israel. Netanyahu is hell bent on going to war with Iran without letting the sanctions and diplomacy play out. If I were Netanyahu I’d think long and hard before I press the button.

    • March 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Df, this is borderline treasonous. He’s advising a foreign power to work against the interest of the US. In a just world, Gingrich would be publicly condemned for this outrageous and very dangerous statement.

      • 194 desertflower
        March 6, 2012 at 10:11 am

        Yes. And we all know that will happen when hell freezes over.

      • 196 Pamela
        March 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

        Seems well and truly treason, encouraging a start to a potentially nuclear war, without advising The PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES? I hope this is the last we will have to hear from this imbecile.

    • 197 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      March 6, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Newt’s dumb

    • 198 Dudette
      March 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      That traitorous punk is so freaking unqualified to be President.

  34. 199 CTGirl
    March 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Sweet Chips, too early to start with a pic of Jake Tapper :-). Guess you are preparing us for the Jackals 🙂

    Good morning everyone!

    • 200 ChristiMTL
      March 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

      I can just imagine the stupid questions they’re going to ask President Obama….

      • 201 Pamela
        March 6, 2012 at 10:17 am

        From the expression on PBO’s (handsome) face, he’s ready for it! As if he doesn’t have enough going on, to suffer these fools….

      • 202 JoJothecat
        March 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

        The president should have high school students who want to be journalist sprinkled in the crowd so that he will he a few intelligent questions and to show up the so-called “real” journalists.

  35. 203 desertflower
    March 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Another idiot that doesn’t think he would be found out.

    Mother Jones’ Andew Kroll reports that in 1993, when Republicans were fighting Democrats’ efforts to reform healthcare, Rick Santorum called for greater government involvement in healthcare, saying that Republicans were “wrong” in wanting to let the marketplace decide health care costs.

  36. 204 Ladyhawke
    March 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Why Rush Limbaugh Is Facing a Perfect Storm of Outrage

    By Joe Coscarelli


    Why now? There comes a time when every blowhard, charged with talking for hours each day and constantly under scrutiny from ideologically opposed enemies, finally crosses the line in a way that allows critics to exact their vengeance. For Limbaugh, in this case, social media and the current political climate have concocted the perfect opportunity for disaster.



    • 205 Cha
      March 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      That was good, Ladyhawke..thank you. lol at a comment under there from a rush sucker..”march on leftist gestapo”. FI.

  37. March 6, 2012 at 9:34 am

    A headless robot dubbed “Cheetah” has set a new world speed record, according to its owners.

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said the four-legged machine achieved 18mph (29km/h) on a laboratory treadmill.

    The agency said the previous land speed record by a legged robot was 13.1mph.

    Darpa said that the project was part of efforts to develop robots designed to “more effectively assist war fighters across a greater range of missions”.

    Darpa – which is run by the Pentagon – funded the Massachusetts robotics company Boston Dynamics to build the machine.

    “We plan to get off the treadmill and into the field as soon as possible,” said the firm’s chief robotics scientist, Alfred Rizzi, in a statement.

    “We really want to understand what is possible for fast-moving robots.”


  38. 209 Ladyhawke
    March 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Obama to Netanyahu: Diplomacy and Sanctions Before Force

    By Brett Smiley


  39. March 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Good Morning Everyone

    Why We Need a Buffett Rule: Seven Convincing Reasons By Seth Hanlon | February 29, 2012


  40. March 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Watching Local morning news

    Just announced a story about Mortgage relief for veterans. Glad to hear them feature the story.

    The story about Romney and Santorum is – Nuclear bomb for Iran.

    My guess is that folks are more concerned about mortgages than bombing Iran.

    This is a good thing.

  41. 212 Ladyhawke
    March 6, 2012 at 9:42 am



    And then there is the kind of Catholic like Rick Santorum is, the guy we used to describe, and not with admiration, as more Catholic than the Pope.

    I have know this type of person my whole life, and have seen in the living rooms of friends and family members, in class rooms and cafeterias and on campus. They are not intelligent enough to try to make their way through the mysteries of faith–its challenges and contradictions and painful choices–and so they do the oxymoronic things, and replace faith with certitude. They don’t need to think, because the church has supplied them with all the answers. And they don’t sin, sometimes because they have discipline, but often enough, because of their certitude that the things they do and believe simply cannot be sinful (ask a pro-lifer how he can countenance capital punishment.)



    • March 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Also true of other extremely religious people—-“replace faith with certitude” —-“don’t need to think because the church has supplied them with all the answers”

    March 6, 2012 at 9:45 am


    • March 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Sue, I lifted you up in my devotional time this morning as well. If someone had come into my home, they would have called my brother from across the ocean and made a request to have me committed.

      When the load is heavy, I tend to have ‘church’ in my space. My heart was very heavy this morning. All of my TOD family got a heavy ‘dose’ this morning. So blessings of good news to your progress, Sue.(((((((((((((Love you))))))))))))))HZ

  43. March 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    From Creole Child

    Joining Forces Commitment Met: Chamber of Commerce Holds 100 Hiring Fairs for Veterans and Military Spouses

    Starting this month, the Chamber will host 400 hiring fairs in the next year throughout the U.S. They will work with their Employment Advisory Council – which is made up of more than 20 of America’s largest companies and represents 25 million jobs – to find solid jobs for even more veterans and military spouses . The Chamber will also make improvements to their fairs by layering in in classes on resume writing, financial literacy, interview prep, mentorig opportunities, advice on dressing for success, and much more.


    Hero 2 Hired (H2H) is a comprehensive employment program provided by the Department of Defense that offers everything a Reserve Component job seeker needs to find their next opportunity, including job listings, career exploration tools, education and training resources, virtual career fairs, a mobile app for IOS, Android and Windows Phones, an innovative Facebook application and a variety of networking opportunities. H2H also provides vast recruiting opportunities for military-friendly employers, including unlimited free postings; ability to send digital invitations to gauge the interest of potential veteran candidates; automatic notifications for applications; H2H messages and connect requests; and search capabilities on H2H’s database to match the qualifications required for positions


    Milicruit’s virtual recruitment center allows service members, veterans, and military spouses the opportunity to meet and interact with military friendly employers in real time, and for anywhere they are located with an internet connection. Visit employers in their virtual booths, view/apply for jobs, and chat with recruiters all from the comfort and convenience of home. Register today and you will have immediate access to the virtual environment. You can also check the calendar of upcoming national or regional virtual career fairs at


    • 217 desertflower
      March 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Thank you for this WiW 🙂 I sent the link to my husband to the Chamber of Commerce job fair that will be here in town….

  44. 218 Ladyhawke
    March 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I’ll have a large bag of popcorn with just a little butter please. How on earth is Romney going to handle this??

    Romney Surrogate Trump Trashes George Will: A ‘Loser’ With ‘Little Round Spectacles’ And ‘Cute Little Greasy Haircut’


    This morning on CNBC, Trump — who has endorsed Mitt Romney for president and is a high-profile surrogate for the campaign — took his animus against Will to a more distasteful level, mocking his personal appearance:

    I think George Will is a loser. … He actually spoke for me at Mar-A-Lago a long time ago, I was very unimpressed. … You take away his little round spectacles and his cute little greasy haircut, and I think he probably realizes he’s not a very smart guy.



  45. 228 a4alice
    March 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

    back at work so will keep this short:

    doing pretty good! need roughly 11,000 more – email and tweet to all you know!

  46. March 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) proposed pro-Israel legislation on Monday that would require the Obama administration to submit reports to Congress on how to speed the sale of F-35 fighter aircraft to Israel.

    The legislation, introduced the day of a state visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also asks the administration to show how the United States can boost Israel’s overall security and help Israel maintain its military edge over its neighbors in the Middle East.

    The United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, H.R. 4133, was introduced on the same day that both members spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and told the powerful group that the United States remains committed to Israel’s security.


    Sell them 24 after the election.

    About 5 billion, when all is said and done. And instead of war, it gives Bibi security and optimum defense capabilities!

  47. March 6, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Some things to do to push back on Rush

    Join The National Women’s Law Center and Raising Women’s Voices in thanking Kathleen Sebelius for making the right decision.


    Join the Feminist Majority Foundation in chastising the Washington Post for repeatedly running editorials attacking the Obama administration’s decision.


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


  48. 235 hopefruit2
    March 6, 2012 at 10:07 am

  49. March 6, 2012 at 10:07 am

    A lot of you should tweet Stars and Stripes military news, and tell them your concern about Limbaugh being on Armed forces radio.

  50. 241 LDS
    March 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

    DF, You do not have to put on a happy face……just cry. It is part of the healing process. Hold on to the good times and how Miss Lilly Pads brought joy into your life. There will be joy. We still have hope. We will press on. Life is a gift. Miss Lilly Pad’s living was not in vain. And she had a President is kind to animals. How cool is that!

  51. 244 hopefruit2
    March 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

  52. March 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Now that we are warmed up…..

    Sign petition at Women’s Coalition to Protect Women’s Health (petition is on the right side down the page.)


    Tell Your Senators to Reject Extreme Legislation


  53. March 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Spring Break is about to begin and there are some things you need to think about before you send your college kids off to have some fun. I met Mrs Franklin last week at an event and her story broke my heart. Please read and share with your family and friends.

    Congressman Edward Markey, H.R. 3099 had been introduced in June 2009. We need congress to pass this International Travelers’ Bill of Rights. This is 2012 we need to get this pass, Mrs Franklin son died March 2010.

  54. March 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Lets make the hit count on this video go up up and away

  55. March 6, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Now for some really heavy lifting

    This delightful article by Milt Shook gives us a road map to attack

    Neuter Limbaugh AND the GOP by Also Going After His Owners, Like Willard Romney!


    Twitter folks

    The #StopRush Limbaugh Campaign: Current Project Tracker


  56. 252 Pamela
    March 6, 2012 at 10:23 am

    For the past 3 days, I have not been able to share YouTube videos with my FB pages. Any suggestions why suddenly this would happen, when I have never had this problem before?

  57. 253 JER
    March 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Chicago Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith Supports President Obama

    • 254 defytheodds
      March 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

      JER thanks for posting…Good video Coach, but your Chicago Bears need to step their game up! Just sayin’ 🙂

    • 256 Ladyhawke
      March 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Either Romney has the guts to lead or he doesn’t

      Have I said lately how much I adore Steve Benen? That post is excellent. It is so powerful to see all of those equivocations together. I certainly hope David Axelrod will make good use of it. There’s an ad ready for the taking. And they can use the ending to Steve’s post to make the larger point. For Pete’s sake Mitt you are running to be the leader of the free world. Either you have the guts to lead or you don’t.

  58. 259 CTGirl
    March 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

  59. 260 defytheodds
    March 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

    • 261 defytheodds
      March 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

  60. March 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Dear DesertFlower…I am so sorry to hear about your loss 😦 Hang in there….

    I am also praying and sending good vibes…that your hubby gets a job soon. Better days are ahead dear one:-)

    • 263 desertflower
      March 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

      thank you, kasai 🙂 Thank you so much. Big hugs to you, and know that I very much appreciate all the good thoughts.

  61. March 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Retired Gens to Obama: No War of Choice With Iran
    March 05, 2012 Military.com | Bryant Jordan
    Several former high-ranking military, intelligence and State Department officials took out an ad in the Washington Post today urging President Obama to stand fast against political and lobbying pressure to attack Iran over claims it is trying to develop nuclear weapons.


    • 265 Ladyhawke
      March 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks for this meta. I checked the list of generals and was glad to see Major General Paul Eaton. I think he is terrific. If you want to see something great (about 30 minutes) check out the video below for some critiques on the GOP presidential candidates and their confusing foreign policy. It’s brutal.

      The 2012 Election and National Security


      Ret. General Wesley Clark, Former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig and Ret. Major General Paul Eaton talk about the 2012 Election and National Security at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on November 21, 2011


  62. 266 desertflower
    March 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

    tnmtgirl…..I had forgotten about this one. So many examples, so little time to name them all.

    Paul Ryan, who wasn’t too good to take the government’s penny in the form of his dead dad’s Social Security to pay his way through college, but preaches against giving someone else the benefit, itself, in its current form.


    March 6, 2012 at 10:55 am


  64. March 6, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, echoed that in an interview on Monday.

    “To be making a blanket statement that if he’s president they’ll have one, and if Romney’s president they won’t have one, is the most craven political thing to say,” he said. “To make up differences is to play in Iranian hands.” Mr. Kerry said it could further drive up the price of oil, which helps Iran, as traders on world markets build in expectations of a military strike.

  65. 275 desertflower
    March 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

    These were my very thoughts when I read the Op/Ed from Romney…


  66. 276 57andFemale
    March 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Up to 20 sponsors Rush has lost.

    and Lisa Murkowski ‘regrets’ her vote on the Blunt Amendment.

    • 277 Bill
      March 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Murkowski decided that it was not a good idea to be on Rush’s side.

      • 278 desertflower
        March 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

        I think it’s called CYA!

        • 280 57andFemale
          March 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

          Yup. She got her props by voting for the amendment and now tries to have it both ways.

          Like Susan Collins voting for it ‘with reservations’. How exactly was that going to work when you gave the employer the right to deny you any and all health care on ‘moral’ grounds?

          Do they think no one pays attention?

      • 281 Ladyhawke
        March 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

        Murkowski’s second thoughts

        By Steve Benen


        Better late than never, I suppose. This would have been far more significant an issue if Murkowski had cast the deciding vote that allowed the Blunt Amendment to pass. Still, the fact that she voted against a proposal the senator knew to be an awful idea — in order to send an ambiguous “statement” — isn’t at all encouraging.

        The next question is what the Republican senator will take away from this going forward. As O’Malley concluded, “Regrets are one thing, but real votes in the Senate are another. If she’s a moderate, she should vote like one. Otherwise, all her weekends in Alaska will end up like this last one: full of apologies.”



    • March 6, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Yeah, that’s sweet and everything but this infuriates me. Idiots who can’t be bothered to research the impact of their power and their vote should NEVER be in power. Screw her!

    • March 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Talk about bait and switch.

  67. March 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Sheri Shepherd on The View is defending Patricia Heaton, calling her “a really good friend of mine”. Barbara and Joy backed her up, absolving Heaton of all of her nasty tweets. These people are clueless, obviously unaware of Heaton’s long-standing anti-liberal, anti-common sense, pro rt-wing crusade, this barrage of hate against Sandra Fluke just her latest display.

    • March 6, 2012 at 11:30 am

      These are all a bunch of nobodies slicing each other’s steaks. Any decent person who reads Heaton’s twitter thread should be repulsed by her extreme level of hatred and vitriol.

    • 286 yardarm756
      March 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

      It’s called NIMBY “Not in my back yard”.

    • 287 ChristiMTL
      March 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

      What kind of person would do that?…Really…..a nice person? No way……her tweets were nasty, hateful, disgusting, just a typical hateful RW nutjob……….but hey, she’s a good ”Christian”…

      No wonder I never watch that show….they’re so clueless…..

    • 288 Diane
      March 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

      How stupid–This reminds me of Jodi Cantor having all of her friends “in the industry” try to bail her a$$ out. When will these people realize the crowd mentality approach does not work with democrats? We don’t do lock step. You can’t get three democrats to agree on where to eat lunch, we are NOT the GOP. Stuff it view ladies and find smarter friends!

    • 289 Linda
      March 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Why was Heaton brought up on the show ?

      • 290 Obama Grandmama
        March 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        ABC News is used on the progressive radio station I listen to in the mornings. This morning the news mentioned the Limbaugh sponsors pulling away mentioning Sandra Fluke and the musician not liking his songs used for the show and even said there was backlash against Patricia Heaton making negative tweets. It is my assumption since The View tries to use current events as topic discussions that Patricia Heaton was booked due to her name being in the news.

    • March 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      They’re not clueless. They know exactly where she stands. It’s just they all run in the same social circles (i,e, rich and/or famous). That trumps politics most of the time.

    • 292 anniebella
      March 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Well I think I will send Sheri a email and ask her if she read the tweets Heaton put up about Ms. Fluke?

    • 293 Cha
      March 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      The View should be tweeted up the yinyang that they aren’t fooling these tweeters. Patricia Heaton’s cowardly removal of her tweets got screen saved so it’s known how she reacted to Sandra Fluke like she was rush limbaugh jr. Oh, and yeah, 20 advertisers have been Dropped from the jerkoff’s show whether they like it or not.

    • 294 Cha
      March 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      P.S. Make that 24!..as seen downthread from thinkprogress~

  68. March 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

    The Dow is down because the Greek Bond holders may not approve the latest rounds of cuts.
    So, if they don’t take a haircut, they get nothing because Greece defaults!

    That is Stupid! Not for nothing, but Greece wants the World to suffer with them! All they do, is play games with the World economy!!! Seriously!

  69. March 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

    If Netenyahu ran for the GOP nomination, he would win! Lol!

  70. 299 yardarm756
    March 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Another lil sumpin, sumpin from me to you.

    This is AWESOME … something we should all remember.
    A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.
    His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.
    As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. I love it,’ he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
    Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.’
    ‘That doesn’t have anything to do with it,’ he replied.
    Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.
    Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. ‘It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.
    Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away.. Just for this time in my life.
    Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.
    So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!
    Thank you for your part in filling my Memory Bank. I am still depositing.
    ‘Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
    1. Free your heart from hatred.
    2. Free your mind from worries.
    3. Live simply.
    4. Give more.
    5. Expect less.

    • 300 desertflower
      March 6, 2012 at 11:36 am

      This is a gift today. Thank you, yardarm. Thank you.

    • 301 ChristiMTL
      March 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Thank you Yardarm, very nice,

    • March 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Beautiful, beautiful story. I will remember this every time I get up with a back ache.

    • 303 Dakota
      March 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Very touching and very true. Thanks Yard.

    • 304 57andFemale
      March 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Wow, yardarm. This is absolutely beautiful.

    • March 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      I try to live by that. I don’t always succeed, but as I’ve matured it’s become my lodestar. Beautiful, Yardarm.

    • 306 Dudette
      March 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Food for the soul, yardarm. Thank you for sharing this!

    • 307 Obama Grandmama
      March 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      yardarm, your message is so appreciated today from me. I am looking at total knee replacement surgery in two weeks that will take a long recovery period. I am not strong in dealing with thoughts of what exactly is medically being done in the surgery, but am a good organizer. I have tried to organize my aftercare but am coming up against uncontrollable parts and they are not coming together as I would like them to. The week after surgery I thought I would be able to go to a skilled nursing facility from previous talks with my surgical clinic now I am not so sure. I have no one to help me at home until the week after that plus I had the paperwork in for a ramp in November and the red tape I dealt with is still slowly ticking away. It is in the bid process now and not even started. That involves my tribe so is out of my hands. Anyhow number two on your list is the one I needed to read at this point in time. I am going to try to keep a positive outlook about this surgery and help afterwards while still pursuing what I can. Thanks

  71. 309 desertflower
    March 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

    tnmtgirl :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))


    When Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last November and the band played a song called “Lyin’ Ass Bitch,” she was rightly outraged, saying it showed a clear “bias on the part of the Hollywood elite and sexism as well.” Rep. Nita Lowey, a Democrat from New York, called the incident “insulting and inappropriate” and said, “I do not share Michele Bachmann’s politics, but she deserves to be treated with respect.” After a media firestorm, NBC, Jimmy Fallon, and the band all apologized to Bachmann, as they should have.
    But Bachmann apparently doesn’t see fit to defend another woman who has come under gender-based attack in the media, repeatedly today refusing to condemn Rush Limbaugh’s attacks on Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke.

  72. March 6, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I just hope that PBO doesn’t call on Ed Henry today, I just can’t abide his smirky, smarmy questions.

  73. 313 defytheodds
    March 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Lawsuit claims rape, misconduct at D.C. Marine Barracks

    Eight current and former U.S. service members are today accusing U.S. military officials of tolerating a “staggering” level of sexual assaults within their ranks in a lawsuit that focuses in part on events at one of the most prestigious Marine Corps bases in the country — the U.S. Marine Barracks in Washington D.C.

    The lawsuit includes graphic charges by two former Marine Corps officers: One, Ariana Klay, a Naval Academy graduate and Iraq war veteran, charges she was gang-raped at the Barracks in Aug. 2010. Elle Helmer, the former Barracks public information officer, says she was raped by a superior officer at the Barracks in March 2006.


    • 314 defytheodds
      March 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

      The lawsuit is aimed at highlighting what top Pentagon officials acknowledged is an alarming number of sexual assault complaints within the U.S. military. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recently estimated there were 19,000 sexual assaults each year, calling the number of “unacceptable.”

      The alleged assailants are not named in the complaint. But Hatham Faraj, a lawyer for Klay’s alleged assailant, called Klay a “liar.” He said his client was acquitted of rape at the trial, but convicted of adultery and use of profane language that included the comment, “I’m going to do you like a slut.”

      Rep. Speier, who has met with Klay and invited her to the State of the Union, said she believes her story. “This is the crème de la crème, the tip of the sword and she is manipulated and beaten down because she has the audacity to file a complaint against one of the officers there on the base who gang-raped her.”

      Helmer’s alleged assailant was never charged. She says after she reported what happened to her, Marine officials at the Barracks never took her charges seriously and also retaliated against her. “You need to pick yourself up and dust yourself off,” one Marine officer told her, according to the complaint. He then remarked, “I can’t babysit you all of the time.”

      “The military cannot continue to retaliate against the thousands of service members who bravely report being raped while serving this nation,” said Susan Burke, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, who is filing the complaint Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Washington. “’Zero tolerance’ should be the military’s attitude toward sexual predators, not toward victims of sexual violence.”

  74. March 6, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Blog pimping time. I have a new piece up here: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/03/fanfare-for-common-people.html. Wherein I try to do a bit of rabble rousing.

  75. 318 Linda
    March 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Four More Advertisers Ditch Rush

    In total, this makes 24 advertisers who have taken steps to end ads on Limbaugh’s show since last week

    n an email release today, GEICO said, “In 2004 when Rush Limbaugh’s program also carried remarks that were inappropriate, we ceased all advertising on his show. We don’t advertise there to this day. On occasion, a local station may mistakenly run a GEICO ad in the wrong time slot. We are directing our ad buyers to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

    On Facebook, the St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Connecticut said it “has directed WABC to withdraw our advertisements from the Rush

    Limbaugh show,” adding “We agreee that Mr. Limbaugh’s recent derogatory comments regarding an individual testifying before Congress are not acceptable.”

    According to Bloomberg, Stamps.com has also suspended advertising and tractor maker Deere & Co. will take steps to make sure it doesn’t advertise on the program.

    In total, this makes 24 advertisers who have taken steps to end ads on Limbaugh’s show since last week.

    Think Progres

    • 319 CTGirl
      March 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Drip, drip! 🙂

    • 320 Dudette
      March 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Happy happy happy! It’s a NEW DAY in America!!

    • 321 susanne
      March 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      thanks for the geico info. this is getting reeeeally good! not only are advertisers dropping flush, they’re getting mileage out of saying, hey we dropped him a long time ago!

      • 322 susanne
        March 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

        ps–i just sent them an email, thanking them for taking a stand. i use geico, and told them i would not support a business that turned my money over to flush!

  76. March 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    My project in Kenya (yeah, that kenya) was successfully completed today just a few minutes back. And the machine is producing 15 MW of clean energy power (geothermal) now. Client is extremely pleased with our work, from start to finish. 🙂

  77. 329 Bill
    March 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    After being on Morning Joe Dan Senor is now on Alex Wagner beating the war drums and bashing PBO’s Iran policy. MSNBC seems to be promoting war.

    • 330 Linda
      March 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Did he happen to mention what happened to the pallets of money that went missing in Iraq on his watch ?

  78. March 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    that allan west guy – i’m ready to be veep. what an effing teabagger maroon.

  79. 332 anniebella
    March 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Has Patricia Heaton apologize for her attack on Sandra Fluke?

    • March 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Yes Patricia has apologized and it was a more remorseful apology than Rush’s. Did anyone see Rachel last night talking about Cal Thomas, the conservative writer who openly wished that Rachel had been aborted? The guy later apologized which Rachel accepted and she said that when an apology is sincere, it’s like magic. (The two of them later went to lunch and Rachel said they had a fun time.) My point with Patricia is that we may never get people to agree with us but she did apologize in much more gracious tones that Rush and so I for one, accept that she was reasonably sincere. And it helps that The Middle is really a funny and delightful show and I really didn’t want to have to say good-bye to it but I would have stopped watching if Patricia dug in her heels with a non-apology like Limbaugh.

      • 334 anniebella
        March 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        Well I don’t have to say good bye to the Middle, I have never said hello. And could the remorseful apology be because people email or contact ABC and complain about Heaton and what she said about Ms. Fluke.

        • March 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

          That’s something we’ll never know about why apologies are offered, we could say the same about Ed Schultz. But mpt everyone was the impentrable layer of ego that Rush Limbaugh has, so I am willing to believe that others could be genuinely self- aware enough to recognize their error. We’lll see going foward with Patricia Heaton but for now, I’ll still watch.

          • 336 anniebella
            March 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm

            Your choice to watch what you choose edwina, I won’t watch Heaton show, just like I won’t listen to Rush Limbaugh.

    • 337 anniebella
      March 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      I was reading that she offer some apology. Maybe since her Lord and master Limbaugh suppose to apologize, she decided to do so.

  80. 339 edp4bho
    March 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Here at work. My condolences out to deserfower for her loss, and to Sue for the loss of those dear children in need. Life is so precious, so short, so temporary. Treasure all that you love. On the other hand, Ms. Heaton does not get my forgiveness, as she has yet to change her heart. Words mean absolutely nothing if not accompanied with a change of heart and mind. Forget her and her ilk.

    • March 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      It’s kind of hard to change your heart on a dime. She apologized just recently and seemed sincere about it. I’ll cut her some slack for now. She may change her heart and still disagree with you and me on a whole host of issues.

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