evening all

March 9: A volunteer signs up for shifts at the opening of the new field office in East Las Vegas, Nevada


March 9: A supporter left a message for President Obama on the wall of a Florida field office.




Brad Plumer (Washington Post): There’s quite a bit of good news – and very little bad – in February’s jobs report …. The U.S. economy added 227,000 jobs last month …. And there were even more encouraging signs in the data revisions for previous months…..

Some of the broader indicators are encouraging, too …. There are also some reasons to think this recovery can sustain itself through 2012. Ever since the recession ended in mid-2009, the U.S. private sector has been consistently hiring workers. It’s just that the public sector has been hemorrhaging employees – around 500,000 government layoffs since Obama took office. But that trend finally appears to be winding down…..

The U.S. economy is still in a large hole. Right now, we’re adding around 250,000 jobs per month. If that trend keeps up, it’s enough to get us to 8 percent unemployment by election day. That would bode well for President Obama’s reelection chances. But 8 percent unemployment is still unnervingly high ….  but, for now, the economy looks to be in decent shape. As Justin Wolfers sums it up, “Let’s call it a recovery.”

Full article here



WSJ: New York City employers in January added the highest number of jobs in a single month in 23 years, according to new figures released Thursday.

Some 31,200 jobs were added in the month, according to a seasonally adjusted analysis of new state Labor Department figures.

“It is an understatement to say that these gains exceeded all expectations,” said Barbara Byrne Denham, chief economist with the real-estate services firm Eastern Consolidated, who conducted the analysis.


Paul Krugman never fails to amuse. Here he is today, trying – through gritted teeth – to sound pleased about the jobs’ news:

“OK, definitely a better jobs report than we have become used to. And terrific news for Obama; another six months of news like this and he’ll be in very good shape for reelection.

But still, this was just equivalent to an average month during the Clinton years. And we’re still a long way from full employment.”

(1) Full employment is, usually, defined as 3% unemployment …. so, you have to go back to Eisenhower in 1956 for ‘full employment’ in America. That, then, is the shiny new standard Krugman is holding PBO to. Seriously, you couldn’t make this stuff up.

(2) Does Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, truly forget the state of the economy when PBO came to power? Or is he just, eh, forgetful about the facts?

(3) Will Krugman ever find it in his heart to forgive PBO for beating Hillary Clinton to the nomination?

Hillary has. Maybe it’s time for Krugman to move on?


President Barack Obama talks on the phone with President-elect Vladimir Putin of Russia while aboard Air Force One en route to Richmond, Va., March 9, 2012. Alice Wells, Senior Director for Russian Affairs, is seated at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Washington Monthly


March 9: Supporters in Alabama gathered with civil rights leaders past and present to mark the 47th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery.



President Obama speaks at a campaign event at Minute Maid Park, Houston, March 9:


First lady Michelle Obama gets hugs from a pre-schooler at the Penacook Community Center, March 9, in Concord, N.H.


NYT: The fragile gains Republicans had been making among female voters have been erased, a shift that has coincided with what has become a national shouting match over reproductive issues, potentially handing President Obama and the Democrats an enormous advantage this fall.

In the 2010 congressional midterm elections, Republican candidates ran evenly with Democrats among women, a break with long-established trends. That was a major reason the GOP regained control of the House.

Now, female voters appear to be swinging back to Democrats …. When the Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey asked last summer which party should control Congress, a slim 46-42 percent plurality of women said it should be the Democrats.

But in a survey released Monday, compiling polling since the beginning of the year, that figure had widened considerably to a 15-point advantage for the Democrats

More here



111 Responses to “evening all”

  1. 1 isonprize
    March 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm


    • March 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Ison wins the prize!!!!

      • 3 Pamela
        March 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        Yummy yum yum! Well done, isonprize! A fine prize for your patient self! Nice choice Chipsticks! 😉

        • 4 isonprize
          March 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm

          ooooh, Pamela.

          My friends would just FALL OUT LAUGHING 😆 😆 at any description of me that includes “patient” LOLOLOL Thanks, but you are much, much, too kind.

          • 5 Pamela
            March 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm

            Hee… Okay then, I will nev-ah ev-ah be so silly again, where YOU are concerned! Sounds like you are an hilarious lot! 🙂 😉

      • 6 isonprize
        March 9, 2012 at 10:54 pm

        Yeah, baby!!! Thanks Chica. Eyes on the Prize! I love it.

        Aside from Michelle, his girls and his family, I think the prize for Pres. Obama is a renewed United States of America. He is determined, regardless of the obstacles, to make this country live up to its potential. — To be that “more perfect union”

      • 8 utaustinliberal
        March 10, 2012 at 12:58 am

        Chips you always get great pictures. Wow. Just wow. Good on ya!

    • 9 Dave
      March 9, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Daaaaamn Dude!! Shoooot!!! Haahaaaaaaa!!!

  2. 10 isonprize
    March 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Keep, Keep Marchin

  3. 14 Pamela
    March 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    KaBoom, isonprize, look at you!

  4. 15 isonprize
    March 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I LOVE MY PRESIDENT. Don’t you just feel better when you know that Pres. Obama is working tirelessly for us ALL? He just keeps on marchin. He actually makes me figure out ways to do better, to be better, work for the betterment of my community, my country.

    If THAT’S not patriotism, then I don’t know what it.

  5. 19 Pamela
    March 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    This cartoon is awesome, Myth taking it in the tookas! Hee!

  6. 20 Dudette
    March 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Wow, Chips! This post is chock-full-o-awesome!

  7. March 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm

  8. 22 GGail
    March 9, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Calling all Southern California TOD family. I’ve RSVP’d – hope to see you there!

    What: OFA Los Angeles office opening

    Where: OFA Los Angeles office
    10401 Venice Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90034

    When: Thursday, March 15th
    4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


    See you out there,

    Mary Jane

    Mary Jane Stevenson
    California State Director
    Obama for America

    • 23 Betsy
      March 9, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      I was going to go, but have to go to Canada instead. Hopefully there will be another time. Have a great time!

  9. 24 L3
    March 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I find it amazing that liberals are quick to defend people on the right when they are being attacked instead of just silently allowing them to go down. While Maher is defending, Rush the right is attacking Maher and trying to equate his statements with those of Rush and even dragging PBO into it by demanding he return the million dollar check Maher donated to the Super Pac supporting PBO.

    Last week Goldie Taylor and Toure were on Lawrence’s show saying kind things about Breitbart and this week we see the results of his last smear campaign against PBO through a Harvard professor. They should feel pretty stupid now. These folks act as though they don’t know we are at war right now. The RWNJs take no prisoners and never come to the aid of anyone on the left when they’re in trouble. If you’re sinking they will promptly place an anvil in your hands to help you sink faster but lefties are always there to make a false equivalency like MHP and Whoopi instead of just standing back and allowing these folks to go down uninterrupted.

    • 25 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Because the media is controlled largely by RWers and the few “liberals” that are on TV have to toe the Republican line or risk losing their jobs.

      • 26 L3
        March 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm

        I had high hopes for MHP but I’m finding her very wishy-washy. Today she was on Rev. Al suggesting that racism is not he reason behind Republican attacks on PBO, it’s just a strategy and then she compared PBO to Clinton by saying the Republicans went after Clinton too and he isn’t black. I wanted to reach into my TV and shake her. Yes Republicans hated Clinton but he gave them more than enough ammunition to bring him down. Even Rev. Al said you can’t say that at least some of the Republicans do not have some deep-seeded racial animous toward PBO. Even Chris Hayes who I don’t particularly care for acknowledged that. I can’t stand when you have a black person and a white person on a panel discussing race and the black person doesn’t see racism in the attacks against PBO but the white person does. WTF!

        • March 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm

          Although very intelligent, it appears that MHP pulls some stuff out of her a## sometimes. I like her but sometimes I don’t follow what she says. Don’t know why Rachel interviewed her about the tar sands and the pipeline mess in MI. Just because she is from New Orleans does not make her an expert on that subject.

          • 28 jacquelineoboomer
            March 10, 2012 at 12:41 am

            Hi, COS! How ya doing?

            Agree with your points!

            Chips – Lovin’ these images! Thanks so much for everything you do.

        • March 10, 2012 at 3:59 am

          Hell, even Michael Steele admitted there were folks in the GOP didn’t like him as RNC Chair because of his race. The GOP never flinches at playing on their bases fear of the other – the other Black guy coming to take what’s yours. They use racism to get votes from racists. There is plenty of racism involved.

          • 30 Left-Indie
            March 10, 2012 at 7:17 am

            Yet still it’s not about race. It’s about power. GOP uses wedge issues to win. If black folks voted GOP in huge numbers they’d be marching alongside Sharpton. Right now, they’re targeting young, largely white, student groups not because of race, but because they commited the crime of largely voting Obama/Biden the last time. Same with Hispanics, blacks, the poor. Race issues are in the American DNA, but simplistic way to explain the state of the GOP. RE defense of Breitbart, that I don’t get.

            • 31 utaustinliberal
              March 10, 2012 at 7:54 am

              Your logic makes no sense. Race is at the root of their attacks against President Obama. They’re coming after Blacks, Whites, Hispanics etc who voted for President Obama and what language are they using? Racially coded disgusting languages. It’s all about a smear campaign and a campaign of fear. It’s all about pitting the above mentioned races against each other and saying that if they vote for PBO again, then he’ll have more policies targeted for whites that negatively affect blacks or he’ll enact policies that benefit blacks over whites and hispanics. It’s all about fear of PBO, fear of what he represents, fear of his skin color, fear of his “black radical beliefs,” fear of his “angry black” wife, fear of his melanin, fear of the “food stamp” President. To say that race doesn’t play a huge factor in their warped strategy, especially as one pays close attention to the words used by the GOP candidates is being willfully blind and subscribing to Melissa H.P’s flawed logic. When you so casually and cavalierly dismiss race as a huge factor in the GOP’s playbook, you do a disservice to many who have been unjustly affected by their abhorrent playbook.

              • 32 prettyfoot58
                March 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

                racism….racial stereotypes and the fear that it brings are tools…used to divide and conquer…..

                but the ultimate goal is power and control…..

                • 33 Left-Indie
                  March 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

                  This, Pretty, is my point. The race issue is just a tool in the toolshed. I also believe that it won’t be that effective against PBO, but fear it might against Dems in various congressional districts. Without enough Dems in congress, Nancy Pelosi is not speaker, without her Obama’s agenda goes nowhere. Being pissed off (and taking action) on voter suppression is much more usefull than being worked up about GOP’s race smoke and mirror act.

                  • 34 prettyfoot58
                    March 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

                    Left-Indie…although i do not lose sight of the tools,or the role that they play to keep us all divided….
                    i do indeed see the danger of race and racism in our society and the policy that has been enacted because of it..and in the horrific blows that black folks have borne because of this racist fervor…for me…altho i can not quite intellectualize this…because it will always be in the 1st person….

                • 35 utaustinliberal
                  March 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

                  That’s not the point. Yes they want power and control but for Left-Indie to deny that race plays a part in their warped strategy is blindingly naive.

                  • 36 Left-Indie
                    March 10, 2012 at 11:06 am

                    UT, I often agree with you, even when I don’t comment as such. Even here I don’t think we’re far apart. When this issue comes up, I’m reminded of the phrase “keep your eyes on the price.” That means take back the house, keep the senate, reelect Prez, and win as many states as possible. That requires fighting voter suppression more than it requires getting my feelings hurt about race.

            • 37 nathkatun7
              March 11, 2012 at 1:03 am

              With all due respect I find your comment to be totally incoherent and contradictory! On the one hand you say: “it’s not about race. It’s about power.” Then you turn around and say: “Race issues are in the American DNA…” I suppose one could argue that the Nazis were not about racism and anti-Semitism because of their pursuit for power. The fact that the Nazis persecuted the non Jews who were not anti-semitic does not absolve the Nazis from being both anti-semitic and power driven. Your claim that ” if black folks voted GOP in huge numbers they’d be marching alongside Sharpton” is is patently absurd because it suggests that the reasons why Republicans are racists is because “huge numbers” of blacks don’t vote for them. Again, to use the Nazi analogy: your logic suggests that if Jews overwhelmingly supported the anti-semitic Nazi ideology the Nazis would never have persecuted the Jews. Moreover, the fact that the Nazis persecuted many non Jews proves that they were not anti-semitic. Do you realize the absurdity of that kind of logic?

        • 38 anniebella
          March 10, 2012 at 7:00 am

          I heard MHP B.S on, and that is one reason why I have not watch her show. I am just not into her just yet. If that email by that judge in Montana isn’t racism, what is.

    • March 9, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      And while they’re complimenting these disgusting characters, then what do they say? That PBO needs to get tough/act gansta/get a spine/stop compromising with the GOP — actual elected officials with whom he has to work. That’s why I don’t watch most of these pundits — they’re just people talking out of their ass for a living. 🙄

    • 41 57andFemale
      March 10, 2012 at 6:21 am


    • 42 gn
      March 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

      Agreed. The left spends way too much time trying to be “fair” to detractors and attention-seekers, and that goes for both right wing blowhards like Breitbart and the purity trolls at dkos. Let people be; let them do what they want; they don’t need our defense or attention. We really do need to learn how to stop worrying so much about what the fringe thinks. Breitbart was an embarrassment to the country, full stop, and so is Rush.

      • 43 L3
        March 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

        Agreed. If we lived in a more civil political climate being “fair” might be acceptable but we don’t so it isn’t. These bastards need to be groung into dust PERIOD.

  10. 44 hopefruit2
    March 9, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I didn’t realize that Ezra Klein was only 27 yrs old. I thought he was at least in his mid-30s. Well you learn something new everyday.

  11. 45 GGail
    March 9, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Good night Chipsticks & TOD family.
    Pleasant dreams…

  12. March 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I just watched witness disaster in Japan, on Nat Geo.
    Omg! You got to see what they went through!

  13. 50 vitaminlover
    March 9, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Rush is a fat, lazy, stupid,with money, unloveable, evil, hateful, ugly, people only are around him because he has a little money, dumb, silly, conceited, vicious, on his way down and out and cannot do anything about it, better get saved and change his tune forreal because his time is about up, sloppy, jerky, bully!

    • 51 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      ROTFLMAO! Vitamin please tell us how you feel about Rush.

      • 52 Dave
        March 9, 2012 at 11:24 pm

        Spot on!!!! Except for: Smells like a meld of rotten eggs, rancid lard and sweaty feet.

        There is NO POSSIBILITY it doesn’t smell bad. You KNOW it does…..

      • 53 vitaminlover
        March 9, 2012 at 11:50 pm

        I never liked him and NOBODY picks on our Beloved President!

    • 54 luci1119
      March 10, 2012 at 7:02 am

      LOL, *vitaminlover*, you just about summed that up, my Friend, lol 🙂

    • 55 anniebella
      March 10, 2012 at 7:06 am

      vitaminlover, you think those are some of the things his mother told him and that is why he hate women. Thank goodness he has no children. maybe someone need to search into Rush background and see what made him the fat, lazy, racists, stupid, with money, unloveable,evil, hateful,ugly person he is.

      • 56 vitaminlover
        March 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

        Well, then he should definitely NOT be on the airwaves spewing his awful venom. He should get spiritual and mental help. There is definitely something wrong with him and it is not the general public’s fault. I find him rather ignorant.

    • March 9, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Her perfect hairstyle. She should stick with it.

      • 59 utaustinliberal
        March 10, 2012 at 1:07 am

        It’s a perfect hairstyle. All her hairstyles are perfect but I don’t think she should stick with it. That’s just boring. Changing things up and switching things around is the spice of life. When she has those resources available to her, sticking to one hairstyle is frankly, boring. When she cut her hair in 2010 it was wonderful. It inspired women of all ages to realize that you can always switch things around and abandon the traditional ho-hum styles of fashion hair wise, outfit wise, and accessories wise.

      • 60 anniebella
        March 10, 2012 at 7:10 am

        One of the reasons I love FLOTUS is because she is not afraid to try different styles, including her hair. Whatever pleases her .

        • 61 anniebella
          March 10, 2012 at 7:14 am

          I just love that picture of that little girl hugging FLOTUS, it’s just so real. Like FLOTUS might be hugging Malia or Sasha. Can you imagine that Ann Romney doing this, she would look as phony as her fake lying husband when he holds a baby.

    • March 10, 2012 at 4:37 am

      Ah, my lovely First Lady! God how much I love her!!

  14. 64 Dudette
    March 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Chris Hughes, the 28-year-old co-founder of Facebook, is buying The New Republic, the 98-year-old liberal political magazine for an undisclosed amount, reports The New York Times. Hughes, who also ran the social media arm of President Obama’s 2008 campaign, will assume the role of publisher and editor-in-chief.



  15. March 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I love how that article is the “Top 50 Accomplishments”. Not “the 50 accomplishments” Indicates that even more things have been accomplished than those 50. And you know what. They were.

  16. March 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Yummy wrap-up to end the day with. Thanks for all the goodies, Chips! Nite-nite, TOD! ♥ ♥ ♥

  17. March 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Night night. Sweet dreams to all. See you on the flip-side. 🙂

  18. March 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Alice Wells is a southpaw ? Yet another obama katrina.

  19. March 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    The fragile gains Republicans had been making among female voters..

    Oh really ? Which wimmin that would be, grey lady ?

  20. 72 Pamela
    March 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Just invoicing here a bit, have logged nearly 60 hours, with one more day to go…. Really hoping to have Sunday off this week, I am starting to feel a little tired. So, sweet dreams all, thank you Chips, thank you all, my friends and TOD family!

  21. 73 LDS
    March 10, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Good night Chips and TOD family. Just getting in and catching up on all the good news and events. Thank you so much, Chips. I love both of POB speeches and FLOTUS looks so beautiful with the children. I love her hairstyles any way she feels like doing it because she is just so versatile. As much as I love her clothe style and how she pops it off with the most colorful shoes, I also look forward to what hairstyle she will rock. Maybe because I cannot wake up every morning and see myself with a predictable expectable hairstyle. That’s just me……

    Betsy, before I sign off. My sincere condolescence to you and your family. I pray for peace in your spirit and love in your heart as you reminisce the precious memories you shared while you celebrate his life. The love never leaves, it remains in your heart forever.
    May God bless you and give you peace.

  22. 74 HZ
    March 10, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Goodnight Chips and TOD Family. I hope for a peaceful evening to all of you. My meds are kicking in now, so I better turn out the lights and turn back the covers and rest the body.

    Thanks for everything, Chips. Love you for our sweet haven.

    Goodnight Mr. President and our beautiful First Lady. God Bless both of you. We love you so very much.HZ

  23. March 10, 2012 at 4:51 am

    I love how that note from the supporter says we need him for “AT LEAST” four more years, suggesting that we might need him for more, which I definitely believe, and as if that was possible. I’ve been wondering what we’d have to do if there was overwhelming popular demand for a third term by the end of his second. Was a Constitutional Amendment to block at two terms added after FDR, or what was it that made FDR’s four terms possible back then?

    • March 10, 2012 at 5:18 am

      It was added after FDR. In fact, it was specifically added because of FDR.

      For it to be repealed, you would have to create a new amendment repealing that one, which would then be voted on by Congress, the Senate (by 2/3rds) and eventually 38 state legislatures to vote to ratify the amendment.

      So, it’s unlikely to happen.

      • 77 57andFemale
        March 10, 2012 at 6:29 am

        I’d rather we get a constitutional amendment that corporations are not people. I would think PBO would feel the same. There is no limit to the great things PBO will do after his second term. Id love to see him on the Supreme Court.

      • March 10, 2012 at 7:09 am

        Yeah, I suppose it’s unlikely.

        Then again, the eternal optimist and believer in miracles in me tells me it’s not entirely impossible. Given the mood of popular disappointments in state governments governed by the GOP since 2010, say people really wake up in the next three cycles of local elections and boot them all out, we could suddenly have more Democratic governed states. Now, the Senate is another matter, but again, never say never, there are three cycles there too….you never know.

        Ok, who am I kidding? Most likely unlikely! But hey, hope’s the last to die. 🙂

    • 80 anniebella
      March 10, 2012 at 7:34 am

      You and the family have a great week-end Mr. President. And can you imagine if we had a President and Congress who were trying to get our country off of it’s dependency to foreign oil 20, 30 years ago. Can you imagine were we would be at right now? Maybe we would not have to be dealing with gas prices going up whenever something happen in the middle east and the oil companies or wall st. start speculating running up gas prices. We Americans have to do our part and stop complaining as we sit around driving those big trucks and cars which uses lots and lots of gas.

      • 81 JoJothecat
        March 10, 2012 at 11:37 am

        Yep, if the Democrats had stood by President Carter, we would be off foreign oil by the year 2000. We would be much further along in clean energy, solar, etc…..but people bought the Reagan lies because they could not stand the truth and many people just did not vote back then. They did not believe they had a personal stake in their future or their childrens future. Reagan said he would cut taxes only he did not cut taxes for the middle class, just the very wealthy. People fell for the trickle down and those in that genration still do.

  24. March 10, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I’m mostly wanting to know if our treasured PBO got home safe and sound last evening?
    Does anybody know for sure??

  25. March 10, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I ran for this office to get us where we need to be.

    And, for the first time in my 30 years of employment in the Netherlands, Europe, it makes economical sense to migrate to the US.

    Well done, Mr. President !

  26. March 10, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Michelle Obama told a group of Democratic supporters at a fund-raiser in Boston tonight that “we stand at a fundamental crossroads for our country,” praising her husband’s record during his first three years in office and urging them to get involved in his reelection campaign.

    “Barack had the backs of American workers. He put his faith in the American people,” she said of President Obama’s auto industry bailout. She also touted his record on job creation, his Supreme Court picks, and the federal health care reform law he championed.

    “Last year we made history together by finally passing health care reform. Folks are talking about repeal … Are we going to stand by and let that happen?” she said in remarks to a gathering of about 350 people at the Institute of Contemporary Art on the city’s waterfront.

    After her speech, which lasted about a half hour, Obama stayed for another 25 minutes to sign autographs and pose for pictures.


  27. 92 Linda
    March 10, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Mitt Romney In Alabama: I’m ‘Kinda’ A Politician

    Standard stuff for the GOP frontrunner — except that this time, as CBS News reports, Romney didn’t seem so sure about whether he is, in fact, a traditional politician after all.

    His uncertainty came in the context of distinguishing himself from run-of-the-mill candidates. Romney said:

    If I’m president, we’re going to cut federal spending, we’re going to cap federal spending, and we’re finally gonna have a balanced budget. And by the way, politicians always say that. But I’m not really a politician. I guess I kinda am, because I was governor for four years and I’ve run for office. But my heart is [that of] a conservative businessman.

    Good Morning

    • March 10, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Hah…he shames the other two as being Washington insiders and he’s not, at the same time he touts all the major support and endorsements he’s gotten from the “biggies” in Washington. I swear the man suffers from multiple personalities, there’s no other way so many conflicting ideas can cohabit within one man.

    • March 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

      He is so funny. In an unintentionally way.

  28. March 10, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Richmond, Virginia, has a black mayor ???


    I hope your history is OK, then:


    The book tells the adventures of five Americans on an uncharted island in the South Pacific. The story begins in the American Civil War, during the siege of Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America.

    March 10, 2012 at 8:22 am


    March 10, 2012 at 8:25 am


    • March 10, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Oh Sue, you just gave me a boost of energy with your very electric comment! I’m awake now! FIRED UP!
      Love you Sue, you’re amazing! Keep marching!

      • 103 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        March 10, 2012 at 8:51 am


  31. March 10, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Romney won 87 percent of the 848 votes cast Saturday on the main islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota. Rick Santorum got 6 percent. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich got 3 percent each on the main island of Saipan.

    A reminder- Kansas starts at 11-2!

    • March 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Romney won 87 percent of the 848 votes cast Saturday on the main islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota. Rick Santorum got 6 percent. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich got 3 percent each on the main island of Saipan.

      And Guam, too…

  32. 106 Linda
    March 10, 2012 at 8:34 am

    (Reuters) – Five Taliban detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison have agreed to be transferred to Qatar, a move Afghanistan believes will boost a nascent peace process, President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman said on Saturday.

    The transfer idea is part of U.S. efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table to avoid prolonged instability in Afghanistan after foreign combat troops leave the country at the end of 2014.

    “We are hopeful this will be a positive step towards peace efforts,” Karzai’s spokesman Aimal Faizi told Reuters, adding the Taliban detainees would be re-united with their families in Qatar if the transfer takes place.


  33. 107 hopefruit2
    March 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

    HEADLINE: Romney Circulates Newpaper Endorsement After Cutting Out Criticism Of His Tax Plan

    // Mitt Romney’s campaign sent out a press release this morning touting the endorsement of the Times Daily, a newspaper out of Florence, Alabama, but omitted key portions from the paper’s editorial that criticized Romney’s tax plan as being overly generous to the wealthy. Romney’s press release replaced the following paragraph, among others, with ellipses: In fact, this newspaper does not embrace many of his ideas on taxation, which give too great a reward to the wealthy and not enough help for the poor and middle class. If Romney is elected, we hope he moves closer to the center. Indeed, Romney’s tax plan would be a massive tax cut for the wealthy, giving nearly half of the benefit to the richest 5 percent of Americans. More than 25 percent of the benefit would go to the richest 1 percent, giving the top 0.1 percent a $264,000 tax cut. //


  34. 109 prettyfoot58
    March 10, 2012 at 9:05 am




    Gooooooood Morning…Chipsssss and my TOD fam….

    sipping coffee….reading where i left off last night……going to the Flower Show later today with my fam…so looking forward to tthat….

    i was laying in bed early this morning around 2:30am….flipping thru the channels on my TV……(i know…i know.. don’ t say it)…and came across these two programs on cspan….

    the first is about redistricting and election laws….the second is about redistricting and demographics….

    very fascinating….

    i learned much about this onslaught of voter suppression and silencing the voice of the certain portions of the Amercian populace….

    most significant for me….are these two trains of thought around voting…..

    the RIGHT to vote VS the PRIVILEDGE to vote….

    this is very important difference….

    If you get a chance plz view….

    Presssssssssssssssssss ON!

  35. 110 geeja
    March 10, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Good morning all. Love the photos of Flotus with the children. So natural . I like her hair like this also but does anyone remember the updo she wore at the BET Honors? She was drop dead gorgeous (again). I will try to attend the Southern Cali meeting on Venice,

    Obama 2012

  36. March 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I had so much fun trolling Huffingtonpost yesterday, beating down all the dumb republicans about how awesome the jobs news is. Asking them why they hate america… etc etc. I haven’t had this much fun since the last jobs report, and that time Obama killed Osama.

    Politics is fun.

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