213 Responses to “heads up: pbo speaks in boulder city, nevada”

  1. 1 LDS
    March 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Hello, hello

  2. 8 symmetry11
    March 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Good afternoon TOD…I hope I don’t miss the PBO b/c I will be driving home from work.

  3. 9 LDS
    March 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Am I first…….finally? No, it cannot be. I must be dreaming!

  4. 12 yardarm756
    March 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    How about an afternoon chuckle, eh?

    This is one of those stories where you begin to chuckle….then find yourself laughing out loud.

    Pocket Taser Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife. A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Taser for their anniversary submitted this.

    Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized taser. The effects of the taser were supposed to be short lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety….??

    ‘WAY TOO COOL! Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home.

    I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button. Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button AND pressed it against a metal surface at the same time; I’d get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs.


    Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave.

    Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn’t be all that bad with only two triple-A batteries, right?

    There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target.

    I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong?

    So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and taser in another.

    The directions said that a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.? ? All the while I’m looking at this little device measuring about 5″ long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference; pretty cute really and (loaded with two itsy, bitsy triple-A batteries) thinking to myself, “no possible way!”

    What happened next is almost beyond description, but I’ll do my best…? ? I’m sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side as to say, “don’t do it master,” reasoning that a one- second burst from such a tiny little ole thing couldn’t hurt all that bad. I decided to give myself a one-second burst just for heck of it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and . . .


    I’m pretty sure Jessie Ventura ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner , then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again.

    I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs?

    The cat was standing over me making meowing sounds I had never heard before, licking my face, undoubtedly thinking to herself, “Do it again, stupid, do it again!”

    Note: If you ever feel compelled to “mug” yourself with a taser, one note of caution: there is no such thing as a one-second burst when you zap yourself!

    You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor.

    A three-second burst would be considered conservative?

    SON-OF-A-… That hurt like **% !!! A minute or so later (I can’t be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. How did they get up there??? My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. I’m still looking for my testicles! I’m offering a significant reward for their safe return!! Still in shock!

    P. S. My wife loved the gift, and now regularly threatens me with it!

    “If you think Education is difficult, try being stupid.”

  5. 39 LDS
    March 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Well, shush at a difference a day makes……24 little hours!
    Ms. Chips, I will take a picture of the lovely couple, please. Thank you.

  6. 41 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Congrats on 1st LDS!

    Shout-out to LL’s latest hope-infused essay at TPV:

    Deaniac exposes Chait’s most recent libelous assault on President Obama:

    With these kinds of records … Mr Etch-a-Sketch should realize what he’s doing to his bank account is simply watching his money vanish for nothing:


    • 42 Pamela
      March 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Myth has lots more money pocketed here and there, and there, and there, and there…. He can afford to squander it, he didn’t earn it anyway so the pain is not an issue…

    • 43 Liberal Librarian
      March 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks for the shoutouts, Bob.

  7. 44 Dudette
    March 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    President Obama, Fiscal Conservative? YES!!

    A graph that purports to establish Bill Clinton and Barack Obama as the two most fiscally conservative presidents in modern history has been making its way through the blogosphere, after first originating on Century Foundation Fellow Mark Thoma’s Economist’s View blog. Thoma’s submitter explains:

    Seeing the Krugman commentary comparing real government spending under Obama and Reagan made me curious about what it looks like if you express it in per capita terms? In particular, how does the Obama period compare with other presidencies in terms of penury/austerity versus spendthriftness?


    Ranking since Johnson (starting in 1968), and using the first-quarter comparisons, and calculating growth under Obama through 2011Q4, Clinton is the most austere, followed by Obama. The most spendthrift are (1) Nixon-Ford, (2) Reagan, and (3) Bush II.

    So, the story one frequently hears on the right about the massive expansion of government spending under Obama—and liberal profligacy in general—just doesn’t hold up to the facts. Still, there’s been some pushback from commenters wondering about the role of inflation, or whether the story changes when you divide government spending into separate categories for national defense and human resources (employment and social services, Medicare, Social Security, veterans benefits, et cetera). So here is my own version of the graph, which shows annualized growth in government spending on national defense and human resources througout the last seven presidencies, from Q1 to Q1. All of the data is from the Office of Management and Budget historical tables.

    • 45 57andfemale
      March 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Let’s remember, what made Reagan so effing popular in the 1984 election was because of how he turned around the recession (that he created with tax cuts) by RAISING taxes and spending until the economy turned around.

      • 46 Dudette
        March 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm


      • 47 nathkatun7
        March 21, 2012 at 11:51 pm

        This is the absolute TRUTH ignored by the media and the Obama haters! Besides raising taxes and spending like “drunken sailor,” Reagan left the presidency having accumulated the largest deficit in the history of the Republic! Gore Vidal was right! This country has become the UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA! All these right wingers who are for small government and a constitutional Amendment to balance the budget are the biggest worshipers of St. Ronnie Reagan. Of course they are enabled by the so called mainstream media who never bother to challenge them. Here are some of the questions that the media should be asking Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney:

        1. Which President accumulated the largest deficit, Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan?
        2. Which President balanced the federal budget after 8 years in office, Bill Clinton or George W. Bush?
        3. How much deficit did President Obama inherit from President Bush?
        4. Who created more private sector jobs, George W. Bush in 8 years or Barack Obama in 3 years?

        I am sick and tired of the so called mainstream media accepting the meme that the Republicans peddle about being for balanced budget and job creation. The only thing Republicans are for is gutting the programs that help the poor while subsidizing the oil companies, increasing military spending, starting expensive wars, and granting massive and unfair tax cuts to the rich.

        • 48 57andfemale
          March 22, 2012 at 8:43 am

          I’d forgotten that great line of Vidal’s. Certainly fits the current situation.

          Here’s a critical difference: Republicans were just cynical spouters of nonsense then, but had no intention of actually following through on any of the craziness. But they nurtured their furthest fringes until that fringe became the party. The Atlantic Monthly issue a few months back that focused o “What if Obama Loses” was chilling. All the details are fascinating but it boils down to one point:

          This time they mean it.

          Expect that everything they say they will do, they WILL do if we allow them an inch more power.


    • 49 yardarm756
      March 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      I hope PBO uses this in a show and tell on the campaign trail.

      • 50 Dudette
        March 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Me too. I couldn’t be more sick of the Republican lies about our President’s fiscal policies.

    March 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm


  9. March 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    He started early. Media blackout, again! Never has a President been ignored so much!

  10. 55 Dudette
    March 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Hey Bob, I think the guy who wrote this article should see Ronney’s video.

    What do you think?

    • 56 Dudette
      March 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Here are others:

      • 57 Pamela
        March 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

        Verified Dalai Lama is @DalaiLama

        • 58 Dudette
          March 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm

          Thanks Pamela! I think Bob tweeted the Dali Lama yesterday.

          Hold that thought for a sec… kinda surreal reading that! 🙂

          • 59 Pamela
            March 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm

            I’ve seen people on twitter using a name that does not being to them, such as Queen Elizabeth, and send some very insulting and vulgar tweets. Twitter has found some way to verify the true identity of famous people, to avoid others following the wrong handle. I don’t use Twitter myself, but I do follow a handful of people through my bookmarks, which works great, except I can’t retweet or reply. That doesn’t matter to me, I just like to read. I noticed someone had (was it you, Dudette?) added dalai lama as a suggestion for bobfr yesterday, but noted it was not the verified handle. Thought I would supply it, as it is important to use the right one. Fascinating about HHDL, I have watched his followers grow from less than half a million to nearly 4 million in two years. He gains followers every day! His words are always comforting, supportive and loving. So, @DalaiLama to get to the right page. Note: he follows no one. I love that!

    March 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm


      March 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm


  12. 63 Debz
    March 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    He started early, usually he keeps us waiting. i missed the beginning of his speech.

  13. 64 isonprize
    March 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    AAACK,., my eyes. I clicked the CNN link and R-money etch-a-sketch was talking to me. I gotta go take a bath…

  14. 65 Ladyhawke
    March 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm


    A line that will be tough to live down

    By Steve Benen


    Tabitha Hale tweeted this afternoon, “This Etch-A-Sketch situation is not going to go away… maybe ever.”

    I’m very much inclined to agree. The knock on Romney since Day One has been that he’s a shallow, unprincipled politician, willing to say anything to anyone to win. “Etch A Sketch” is so perfect a metaphor, it’s extraordinary that it came from the candidate’s own communications director.



    • 66 anniebella
      March 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      I have always said that Romney has spent months trying to convince these right wing nuts that he was indeed conservative enough. Then in the general election he will try to come back to the middle and reach out to moderates and independents, if he tries that, he will lose those radical right wing conservatives, because the first thing they will say is I always knew I could not trust Mitt Romney.

      • March 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        He’s betting on them hating Obama so much, that they’ll vote for him anyway. And he’s right. They’ll vote for anyone. That’s how much they hate the black president.

    • 68 Debz
      March 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Since Romney is known for flip-flopping and dishonesty, I would agree that the Etch-a-Sketch is not going to go away.

      • 69 Pamela
        March 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm

        I so hope it does not go away, it should not go away. It is preposterous …..

        • 70 Debz
          March 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm

          If Santorum is smart, he will keep the Etch-a-Scetch going all the way to the convention. The Dems are already making ads, they can use in the general election.

    • 71 Mel
      March 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      So sweet!!!!!! ” This Etch-A-Sketch is pricelees ” It’s all over allready, so now let see if the MSM runs with it?.
      PBO it’s looking great Not to worried mates.

  15. 72 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    CNN is pathetically speculating over a Romney/Bush – that would be Jeb Bush – ticket. Because Americans told CNN we’re desperate to be fucked over again.

  16. 75 LDS
    March 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you everyone……I had just received an uplifting phone call and wanted to share some love after feeling kind of blue just yesterday.

    And look what happened! This is a great feeling and I humbly share it with my TOD family. We are all winners! We are all number one! On the count of three……we will all take a bow and vow to get this president re-elected.1-2-3……I can’t wait to meet you all at the Inauguration!

    • 79 Liberal Librarian
      March 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      God, this part of the country is gorgeous. As much as I loved growing up in NYC, there’s very little that would get me to move back there.

  17. 80 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Mr Carney had some fun with the ‘severely’ 🙂


  18. 83 Dudette
    March 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Balls the size of boulders… and a side of freakin’ crazy!

    Justice Prosser Attempts To Kill Ethics Case Against Him By Asking All Colleagues To Recuse Themselves

  19. 84 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Mitt Romney just credited GWB with saving the economy. He’s not even trying to come up with good lies anymore.

    • 85 lisalovesobama
      March 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      serious?! I guess he feels he has to repay the Bush family for their ringing endorsements by bending over backwards and standing on his head in order to rewrite history.

    • 87 Dudette
      March 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      “He’s not even trying to come up with good lies anymore.”

      He finally figured out it’s not necessary when you only have to pander to fact-challenged sheeple fed a constant diet of Fox News fear-anger-and-haterade.

      Beside he’ll have his handy etch-a-sketch to help him handle anyone who notices.

  20. 88 Dudette
    March 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Glad to see more good folks are speaking out on this story
    When 28-year-old George Zimmerman was discovered by Sanford, Florida police standing over the body of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, they accepted Zimmerman’s claim that he killed in self-defense as a neighborhood watch captain. Now, through a statement released by the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) — the parent organization of USAonWatch-Neighborhood Watch — it has been revealed that Zimmerman was not a member of any group recognized by the organization. Zimmerman violated the central tenets of Neighborhood Watch by following Martin, confronting him and carrying a concealed weapon.

    “In no program that I have ever heard of does someone patrol with a gun in their pocket,” Carmen Caldwell, the Executive Director of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade, told theGrio. “Every city and municipality has their own policies. Here in Miami-Dade we train people only to be the eyes and ears of their communities. Not to follow and most definitely not to carry a weapon.”


    • 89 57andfemale
      March 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Smerconnish said that usually these sorts of stories break on racial lines, but that his callers to his radio show showed an across the board condemnation by all races against this outrageous FL law and its consequences, and Zimmerman.

      Is there a chance that Jeb’s endorsement today is more about this albatross hanging around his neck than his great enthusiasm for Mitt Romney? Maybe not the only the factor but I bet it was factored in.

    • 90 Pamela
      March 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Good, this man needs to go to prison. He knew what he was doing was wrong in the eyes of God and man.

      • 91 PamfromCalif
        March 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm

        On The Ed Schultz Show; they mentioned that Zimmerman might be a police informant. I think he had an altercation with the police and charges were dropped. Perhaps this is why previous charges against Zimmerman were dropped.

  21. 92 Bill R.
    March 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Romney’s new “Etch-a-Scetch” – says George W. Bush saved us from Second Great Depression……. Hahahahahaha… Keep at it Willard, defending the GWB record will win lots of votes.

  22. 93 LDS
    March 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    AJ, thanks…….I feel the love. Dudette, UT and GGail. I really appreciate the shout out. I really do. It feels like a hug from our FLOTUS. I needed that more than you can ever imagine.

  23. 94 Dudette
    March 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Don’t underestimate the power of social media
    Kony 2012: Senate pushes measure condemning Joseph Kony

    DONNA CASSATA,Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of 34 senators has introduced a resolution condemning a ruthless guerrilla group accused of widespread atrocities in Africa and its leader, Joseph Kony.

    The measure backs the effort of African nations to end the threat posed by the Lord’s Resistance Army and the attempt by the United States to help regional forces pursuing him and his forces. In October, President Barack Obama sent about 100 U.S. troops — mostly Army Special Forces — to central Africa as advisers to regional forces.

  24. 95 Dudette
    March 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    President Obama, IMF chief Lagarde to speak at Associated Press annual meeting and lunch in Washington on April 3

    NEW YORK – President Barack Obama and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde are scheduled to address representatives of The Associated Press membership at the not-for-profit news cooperative’s annual meeting in Washington on April 3.

    Obama is slated to talk at AP’s annual luncheon. It will be his third time speaking to the AP membership. He was a senator from Illinois when he first addressed the AP luncheon in 2006 in Chicago. He was a Democratic presidential candidate in the spring of 2008 at AP’s luncheon in Washington. This time he will speak as the 44th president of the United States.

    Lagarde, the first woman to head the IMF, will begin the morning portion of AP’s April 3 gathering, scheduled at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel, with an address to the AP membership.

  25. 96 Ladyhawke
    March 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm


    Jeb’s underwhelming praise

    By Steve Benen


    But Jamil Smith flags the former Florida governor’s full statement, and it’s worth checking out.

    “Congratulations to Governor Mitt Romney on his win last night and to all the candidates for a hard fought, thoughtful debate and primary season. Primary elections have been held in thirty-four states, and now is the time for Republicans to unite behind Governor Romney and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall. I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party’s nomination. We face huge challenges, and we need a leader who understands the economy, recognizes more government regulation is not the answer, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism and works to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed.”

    That’s it. That’s the whole endorsement. There was no public appearance; no interview; no joint rally. Just a four-sentence press release, which couldn’t have been more generic.



  26. 100 yardarm756
    March 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Tweety, Sue Page, and Chuckie are majoring in astrology again. Taking up time and space.Blaaaaah!

  27. 102 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Etch-A-Sketch, Jeb Bush endorsement and crediting GWB for saving the economy. Are we sure today isn’t April Fool’s Day?

  28. 103 57andfemale
    March 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    It’s 89 degrees in my backyard in Chicago. 89. In March. It’s been like this for at least 10 days. I’m actually getting used to tornadoes in January and record numbers of storms every effing year. No, Mr. holier-than-thou Santorum, God did not give man dominion over the Earth in order to make it unlivable for all creatures, including mankind. You effing nitwit. He gave us our minds and our moral responsibility. You have no use for the human mind and you pick and choose your moral responsibility. It’s fine to school PBO on how to be a father and what women should do with their own bodies, but take a moral stand on sexual abuse in the Church? That’s ‘not my place’.

    That, sir, makes you immoral. It makes you a cafeteria moralizer. There is nothing immoral or irreligious about wanting to be proper stewards of the environment and ‘do no harm’. Can you actually imagine Jesus saying that it was ‘moral’ to guzzle as much oil as possible in order to drive hogs on the road, to the detriment of the health of the planet?

    Okay, I’m stepping off the soapbox now.

  29. 108 Ladyhawke
    March 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm


    You Sank My Battleship: Etch-A-Sketch Gaffe Buries Romney’s Momentum

    By: Sarah Jones


    Mitt Romney’s campaign wants you to know that you can trust old Mitt. Why, he’s as reliable as an etch-a-sketch! The man has positions as solid as the first drawing on an etch-a-sketch. Here today, gone later today. Just the kind of thing we all look for in a President.
    At least today we finally understand why Mitt Romney lies so much. He doesn’t think you’re going to remember anything he said the day before. And now we know why he’s the perfect puppet for the Republican Party; he stands for nothing unless it’s politically expedient and advantageous for him to pretend he does, at this moment right now.



    • 109 Pamela
      March 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      That’s because Myth doesn’t remember what he has said yesterday or the day before, so it won’t really matter, right? Wrong, Myth, keep up the good work….

    • 110 nospin
      March 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm


      because he was born that way. He has no core.

  30. 111 Linda
    March 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Tweety finally got invited to the White House for St. Patrick’s Day ? He will be pro PBO now for a while at least

  31. 114 Sharon
    March 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    On energy, during the recent work on the Senate transportation bill, Sen. DeMint offered an amendment that he touted as cutting subsidies to energy companies. Dems response was that it only cuts ones to clean energy and left the ones to fossil fuels intact. Republicans are masters at misrepresentation.

  32. 116 utaustinliberal
    March 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm

  33. 122 Dudette
    March 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Way off topic: Today’s WTH Moment!

    Heroin Pellets Woman: Bola Adebisi Ingests 180 Thumb-Sized Pellets, Sets Record At Dulles Airport

  34. 123 Dudette
    March 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Today’s “Awesome Sauce” Moment!

    Denver barbershops offering free blood-pressure screening and consultations

    Video here:

  35. 128 desertflower
    March 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    ATTENTION! All you “football” (soccer) freaks…I knew they were GOOD, but I had no idea they were THIS GOOD!


  36. 130 whatisworking
    March 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Unemployment For Younger Workers Hits Lowest Point Since January 2009


  37. 131 whatisworking
    March 21, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    A wonderful program founded by the WH

    Champions of Change: Giving Has Come “Full Circle”: Actioning Emergency Food Assistance at U of A


  38. 132 whatisworking
    March 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Great video

    Judy and Preventive Services: “My Life Has Been Saved by the Affordable Care Act”


  39. 133 Linda
    March 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    ARBUTUS, Md. — At a town hall here on Wednesday, Mitt Romney claimed that the economic policies of former President George W. Bush and then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson were responsible for keeping the United States out of a full-scale depression.

    “I keep hearing the president say he’s responsible for keeping the country out of a Great Depression,” Romney said in front of around 200 people at an American Legion post. “No, no, no, that was President George W. Bush and Hank Paulson.”

    The crowd, which overflowed into the parking lot about an hour before the event, seemed enthusiastic about Romney’s message and applauded for his comments on less regulation and removing the “heavy hand of government.”

    The attendees also laughed good-naturedly at a potentially awkward moment for Romney. While asking Romney a question, a business owner joked about the candidate’s failed business ventures — likely companies owned by Bain Capital — and told Romney, “I haven’t failed yet.” “You will,” said Rommey to laughter, before clarifiying that failure was “in the nature of the private sector.”

    Yuk…Gag…..Mitt must be taking History classes from Newt.

    • March 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Someone needs to quickly talk to Hank Paulson . Get him to share the story about people almost “coming to blows” in a conference room in the capitol. See if he will own up to partically getting on his knees and begging Senator Obama to talk to the people who refused to support TARP on the first vote. I really wish Paulson would have the integrity to go public with that story and SHUT THESE LIARS UP!!!!!!!!!!!

    • March 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Try again….first didn’t post. I am and I’m not. sinus infection part is mostly better, but I have bronchitis–bad. Dr. said he didn’t hear pneumonia but that what he gave me treats that too in case he missed it. Three meds….that much messes with my stomach. In short, I am still really ill. I’m lurking around as I feel like it. 🙂

  40. 144 whatisworking
    March 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Israel, Gaza militants agree to truce: Egypt official GAZA


  41. 145 whatisworking
    March 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Democrats Say Goldman Whistleblower’s Column Makes Case For Volcker Rule


  42. 146 whatisworking
    March 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Four Ironies of the Individual Mandate


  43. March 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm

  44. 149 Dudette
    March 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Rev Al has Trayvon Martin’s parents on now.

  45. 151 Liberal Librarian
    March 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Oh dear. Poor Mehmney.


  46. 153 Tally
    March 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    So…. I was just on another board on the interwebs, and ran across this – which pretty much describes every GOP/Rightwing nutjob, member of Congress, and candidate:

    Psychopathy (/saɪˈkɒpəθi/[1][2]) is a personality disorder characterized by a pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights of others and the rules of society. Psychopaths have a total lack of empathy and remorse, and have very shallow emotions. They are generally regarded as callous, selfish, insensitive, dishonest, arrogant, aggressive, impulsive, irresponsible, and hedonistic.

  47. 156 Dudette
    March 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I’m sitting here in tears listening to Trayvon Martin’s parents and the family’s attorney talk to Rev Al.
    That Zimmerman guy should be in jail, no if, ands or buts!

  48. 157 yardarm756
    March 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    OT. Trayvon’s parents on Rev Al. That woman’s anguish is like a knife in my heart, Zimmerman should be in jail. I hope they put him in a cell with Big Jim.

  49. 159 carolyn
    March 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    The President is due here in OKC at 9:30 tonight…..I’m hoping the weather doesn’t deterioriate! We’re having thunderstorms, and always this time of year, tornadoes are imbedded. I sure don’t want him flying in tornadoes!
    The nastygirl governor of our state is out of the country and left a snarky statement about “listening to our citizens on energy” closing with the usual Republican lie that he doesn’t understand energy. She is a Sarah Palin with a tad more polish. Not more smarts though. I truly canNOT stand her!
    I’ll keep checking on the weather conditions for his flight! I don’t want them to put his life in danger for a visit here…..this is one of the ost anti-Obama states in the country. He only won 57% of the Democratic primary votes…..unbelievable!

  50. 160 Linda
    March 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Trayvon Martin March: Organizers To Hold Million Hoodie March To Show Solidarity With Slain Teen’s Family

  51. 161 Dudette
    March 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    CNN Runs Segment On ‘Terrifying New Reason’ To Be Worried About Iran

    CNN’s “The Situation Room” ran a segment tonight that showed a potentially “terrifying new reason” to be worried about U.S. tensions with Iran. Rep. Peter King, during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing Wednesday, said there could be “hundreds” of Iranian-backed Hezbollah agents in the U.S. CNN’s clip showed Hezbollah agents marching — but not in the U.S.

  52. March 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Ya know what, I gonna have to change my name to AngryBlackLady3.0, because unlike ABL, I don’t have a medical issue, I am just really angry about this right now. I’ve posted this before, but I’m posting it again, because I whenever I read something about this case, I just wanna scream and rage at people who are not aware of how unfortunately common it is to be accosted, profiled or detained just for being Black, particularly a Black male. Please read the whole thing. It is worth your while.

    No Apologizes: On The Killing of Trayvon Martin And Being “Good”

    In the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin, there’s no safe place. There’s no real excuse to cling to. None of the usual dismissals work or fit. It’s just bad. Real bad. And sits there and stares at you with it’s cruelty and unfairness and ugliness and says, “Take this.”

    Take this load. And pick it up.
    Just take it. And accept it. And choke back the lumps in your throat. As it has happened before. And it will happen again. And again you will be told to “take this.”

    Take this burden and just accept it as your burden. It’s just “how it is.” You’re all statistics. Take these statistics. And black people get shot everywhere everyday by everyone. Police. Non-police. Crazy people. Bigots. Their parents. Other kids. Just take it. It’s part of your Life In America, Black People. Accept this tragedy and go through the motions of appealing to people’s decency and demanding justice and having protests and press conferences and crying and asking why and demanding answers and then eventually getting that bad dead cold thing that just sits there and says, “Take this.”

    Here’s your load. Pick it up.
    Pass it along to the children, so they can carry a bit of it too. Let it weigh down on their worlds. Let it rob them of their childhood and innocence. Tell them to take it, so they grow up faster and accept the unfairness in life and just give up. Be cynical and fatalistic. Be cold when it happens to the next person. Or be cold themselves when they do it to another person. And as they rob that person of what was once robbed of themselves and that person asks them why or looks for recourse or retribution or answers, they can stare back unblinking in the shadow of our common oppressors and say, “Take this load and pick it up.”…

    • 164 Brit
      March 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Powerful article.

    • March 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      First time I’ve seen this. Thanks for sharing. I do have to give kudos to NBC News……did a good, thorough piece on “being young black boys/men.” Interviewed mothers and sons. Was so glad to see that done. Sure hope the other networks did something similar.

    • 166 Dudette
      March 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Just to enlighten some folks, here are some of the rules of survival many Black parents give their teenaged sons:
      [Jonathan Capeheart mentioned some of these in the ending segment on Rev Al’s show tonight]

      Don’t run in public, lest someone find you suspicious
      Don’t run in public with something in your hand, lest someone thinks you stole something
      Don’t give the police a reason to stop you
      If the police do stop you, don’t look them in the eye like you’re their equal, respond to them in a deferential manner and do whatever they say.

      Living while young, Black and male in America can be hazardous to your health, even if you’re doing nothing but walking down the street.
      Yes, even in 2012.

      • 167 0388jojothecat
        March 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm

        I worry everday for my neighbors son. She’s a single mom and he’s the oldest, 18 now and she has a 4yrs old. She moved here when he was eight yrs old and he graduated from high school with a B average, got accepted to UCLA and is doing very well. He is very tall, dark, handsome, and polite. She raised a very nice young man but if you only go by appearances he dresses in the saggy pants because all the teens do. Since he’s been to college he doesn’t dress like that anymore. I pray for him that he is not killed by gangs or the police every day. He’s a good kid with a gentle soul and so polite just like Trayvon Martin.

    • 168 Liberal Librarian
      March 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      That essay just left me speechless.

    • 169 isonprize
      March 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Lamh35, this was written by Danielle Belton at the Black Snob. Very powerful stuff. A few of us posted it yesterday, but it definitely bears repeating…

      • 170 Dudette
        March 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm

        Does Pulitzer give prizes for blogs? Cuz if they do, that post should be on their short list.

        • 171 isonprize
          March 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm

          ABSOLUTELY!!!! Sad that the murder of Trayvon Martin inspired Danielle to write it, but it really is a masterpiece.

  53. March 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    hi TOD family.Won’t be long.So far,so good as far as mom is concerned.I am doing well myself.Wanted to say hi to Chips and HZ and my TOD family.

    I heard tapes on the Trayvon Martin case and Jeb Bush signed the Stand Your Ground Bill into law in 2005 and Marco Rubio voted for the bill as well and yesterday Mitt Romney couldn’t even bring himself to answer questions on Trayvon Martin 🙄

    Romney Ignores Question About Trayvon Martin


    can anyone tweet Rev Al,LOD,Martin Bashir and ask them why Trayvon Martin’s cellphone wasn’t release or the tape,because I bet Martin’s cellphone will give a LOT of answers and that tape better NOT be edited and I cannot believe that Trayvon Martin was drug tested and not that Zimmerman character 😮 😮 😮

    until next time,PLEASE take good care everyone

    Fred ,)

    • 173 lisalovesobama
      March 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      hey Fred! It’s been a long time! I hope you are doing well.

    • 174 EDP4BHO
      March 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      Good going Fred. As for this:

      “can anyone tweet Rev Al,LOD,Martin Bashir and ask them why Trayvon Martin’s cellphone wasn’t release or the tape,because I bet Martin’s cellphone will give a LOT of answers and that tape better NOT be edited”

      Rev Al addressed exactly this on radio today. He is joining several parties for a demonstration tomorrow in Florida, and will be asking, rather demanding that the police chief resign; he also hopes the chief will be charged as well as the murderer, and the whole damn department investigated as well.

    • 175 vcprezofan2
      March 21, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Well, hello Fred! 😆 Sure is nice to see you and to hear that mom’s return to work is going well, and that you are also okay.

    • 176 Dudette
      March 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Hi Fred! Good to see ya! Glad to hear your Mom’s “okay”.
      I hope one of the twitter crew takes you up on that romney article. What a piece of work that guy is!

  54. 177 Andy46
    March 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Good evening TOD
    Wow, just change the channel from CBS Evening News Scott Palley pretty much endorsed Romney covered for
    his graf today and then immediately moved to talking about President Obama and low poll numbers connected to high gas prices.
    Whats up with CBS promoting Romney? TIA

    • 178 lisalovesobama
      March 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      surprised Palley would endorse Willard, but CBS kissing Willard’s ass? unsurprising. Mark The Lying Liar Knoller works for CBS which sanctions his bullshit right wing articles.

      • 179 Andy46
        March 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        Thanks, Scott was downright excited about announcing Romney win in Chicago yesterday…and glossed over a lot
        of the stuff I read here, like the low turn out. I just wasn’t impress with him and he immediately jumped to gas prices and President
        Obama poll numbers, he also ask Axelrod yesterday to say some thing nice
        about dumb ass Romney during his visit to President Obama headquarters in Chicago. no longer a fan of his.

  55. March 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    O/T: Even though I knew this info because I live here and it is covered on local news every year, but tonight it was splashed across the screen on NBC Nightly News: Knoxville, TN, Number One allergy city in the US. I’m sure this is part of my illness but certainly not the whole thing.

    BTW, I saw where the abortion bill that was in our state legislature (to make public names of doctors who do abortions and the women who get them) was dropped today. Praise be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. 181 desertflower
    March 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    did you know that Mormon’s keep a year’s worth of food in their basement because they fear the end of the world? I didn’t know that.

  57. March 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    AMMAN (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council, including Russia and China, threw its weight on Wednesday behind efforts by Kofi Annan to end the bloody conflict in Syria, providing a rare moment of global unity in the face of the year-long crisis.

    In a statement approved by all its 15 members, the council threatened Syria with unspecified “further steps” if it failed to comply with Annan’s peace plan, which calls for a ceasefire and demands swift access for aid agencies.

    Although the original statement was diluted at Russia’s demand, editing out any specific ultimatums, the fact that all world powers signed up to the proposal dealt a serious diplomatic blow to President Bashar al-Assad as he battles a popular uprising.

    “To President Assad and his regime we say, along with the rest of the international community: take this path, commit to it, or face increasing pressure and isolation,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in Washington.


  58. March 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    • 190 Liberal Librarian
      March 21, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      *giggles boyishly*

    • 191 lisalovesobama
      March 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      hahahahhahahhahahahhahahahhahahahahhahahahahahhahaha!!!! 😆 So true, BWD! Shame on all of us for being so racist.

    • 192 nathkatun7
      March 22, 2012 at 1:40 am

      I plead guilty for not giving Bush the credit he deserves! I am terribly sorry for not realizing that President Bush was still the dominant force, three years after he left office, in saving the economy from Depression and masterminding the killing of Bin Laden . On the other hand I am quite puzzled by all the Republican leaders who blame everything on President Obama. If Bush, while he was out of office, could kill Bin Laden and save the Economy, while Obama was President, how come he couldn’t prevent all the other evils that the GOP is accusing President Obama of committing? Is it the contention of people, like Mitt Romney, that all the positive things that have been achieved in the past three years of the Obama presidency should be credited to George Bush, while all the negative things, including those he inherited, should be blamed on President Obama? Is it also the contention of people, like Romney and the teabaggers, that any one who doesn’t buy into this scenario is an anti-white racist?

  59. March 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Has this been posted here? It’s a gem.

    • 194 yardarm756
      March 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Did he say he was a Master Baiter?

      • March 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm

        haha—-so he was talking about fishing?

        • 196 miss pat
          March 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm

          He is not allowed to do the other’ “bate”. Couldn’t even if he wanted to. The magic underwear would be in the way I think. Off to google magic underwear. Be right back.

          • 197 miss pat
            March 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm

            Over a million and a half columns on the magic underwear.From the drawing he can get to it to do the other bate however the magic underwear is to stop him from doing any kind of ungodly bate. Now how do they preocreate? That’s another google search. Another time.

  60. 198 lisalovesobama
    March 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    OMG!!!!!!! 🙄 Tweety doing a segment on Miche and his expert on her? That witch who wrote that crap book. Tweety asked how comes she didn’t do much during the 2010 elections and that bitch basically said that Miche will only go out on a limb for her husband, not the other democrats. 🙄 that bitch is such an asshole.

    • 199 hopefruit2
      March 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Why are Tweety and his bitch Can’tor rehashing the midterms to trash our First Lady? And by the way FLOTUS campaigned for Russ Feingold, so that bitch is a LIAR.

      Did Laura Bush campaign for any of the Repubs when the their arse got whipped in 2006? And did anyone in the media CARE? I don’t think so. So Tweety and his bitch can both go to hell and PHUCK each other while they’re there.

    • 204 hopefruit2
      March 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      And lisa, I will admit that I rarely use that “B” word to describe other women – but in this case, I feel perfectly justified in using it.

      • 205 lisalovesobama
        March 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        thanks, HF. I’ve got a very naughty potty mouth and sometimes I forget to be mindful other people.

  61. March 21, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    FLOTUS plans to take the wives on a tour of some of her favorite old haunts when Chgo hosts the NATO Summit in May. She will also host a wives din.

    • 207 yardarm756
      March 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Ah ha. FLOTUS will be bringing them to my part of town. That’s gonna be something. City services are going to go through the roof. Street sweepers and garbage pick up plus removal of abandon cars and don’t forget vacant lots and graffetti. Stuff that’s been ignored for generations is gonna get a lot of attention. I bet you won’t see any before and after pics. By the time you guys see it you’re gonna wonder why so many black folks in Chicago are angry.

  62. 209 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Who is the witch – Can’t or?

  63. March 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I have a few photos of Pres Obama’s visit to the Las Vegas area but don’t know how to post. How do I send them to Chips?

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