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President Barack Obama is briefed on his upcoming trip to the Republic of Korea during a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, March 23, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


406 Responses to “chat away”


  1. March 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Am I first? Why is it when I’m first I have nothing to say??

  2. March 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm

  3. March 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    They ignored the VP yesterday, and now they are ignoring the Presidents trip.

    • 25 hopefruit2
      March 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now because our President has been in flight for the last 12 hours. He should be landing within the next 20 -30 minutes. Let’s see how the media does going forward.

      • 26 hopefruit2
        March 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

        Actually, according to this schedule, our President should have just landed:

        6:35AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Seoul, Republic of Korea

        Osan Air Base

        Open Press

        11:30AM THE PRESIDENT visits the demilitarized zone and meets with American troops serving on the Korean Peninsula

        Travel Pool Coverage

        3:00PM THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey

        Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seoul

        Pool Spray at the Bottom

        5:30PM THE PRESIDENT attends a bilateral meeting with President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea

        Blue House

        Pool Spray at the Top

        6:35PM THE PRESIDENT and President Lee hold a joint news conference

        Blue House

        Open to Pre-Credentialed Media

        7:10PM THE PRESIDENT attends a working dinner with President Lee

        Blue House

        Closed Press

        http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2012/03/president_obama_official_sched_859.html#more

    • 28 hopefruit2
      March 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Ooops…our president is still in flight should be landing in a couple hrs!! I’m confused 😦 Help!

      • 29 utaustinliberal
        March 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

        Use the schedule Meta posted in the last thread.

        • 30 hopefruit2
          March 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

          Thanks – I was looking for that link…

          • 31 utaustinliberal
            March 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

            Here you go. This is the schedule as reported by Meta. (Thanks again Meta!)

            FYI on PBO’s itinerary. I found a South Korean news livestream that broadcasts in English. I’m guessing they’ll have most of PBO’s appearances that are open press. The visit to the DMZ will be particularly historic. They’ll have the press conference tomorrow, for sure.

            http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_Index.asp

            Here’s the schedule:

            2:35pm PST Saturday
            5:35pm Eastern Saturday
            6:35AM local Sunday
            THE PRESIDENT arrives Seoul, Republic of Korea
            Osan Air Base
            Open Press

            7:30pm PST Saturday
            10:30pm Eastern Saturday
            11:30am local Sunday
            THE PRESIDENT visits the demilitarized zone and meets with American troops serving on the Korean Peninsula
            Travel Pool Coverage

            11:00pm PST Saturday
            2:00am Eastern Sunday
            3:00pm, local Sunday
            THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey
            Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seoul
            Pool Spray at the Bottom

            1:30am PST Sunday
            4:30am Eastern Sunday
            5:30pm local Sunday
            THE PRESIDENT attends a bilateral meeting with President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea
            Blue House
            Pool Spray at the Top

            2:35am PST Sunday
            5:35am Eastern Sunday
            6:35pm local Sunday
            THE PRESIDENT and President Lee hold a joint news conference
            Blue House
            Open to Pre-Credentialed Media

            3:10am PST Sunday
            6:10am Eastern Sunday
            7:10PM local Sunday
            THE PRESIDENT attends a working dinner with President Lee
            Blue House
            Closed Press

            Seoul, Korea is +13 hours Eastern and +16 hours Pacific. Totally confusing but I think I’ve got the math right.

            Monday’s (local time) itinerary will probably be available tomorrow.

            • 32 SUE DUVALL SMITH
              March 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

              THANKS FOR THAT ‘UT’…I’M SURE THAT SCHEDULE WAS NOT EASY TO DO…HOPE WE GET SOME PICS SO WE KNOW HOW PBO IS DOING…I DON’T LIKE IT WHEN I CAN’T SEE WHERE HE IS!

  4. 33 desertflower
    March 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Hi, Chips:) SO glad that you posted Mr. Pierce’s blog here for easy access. Must read material.

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/trayvon-martin-news-7552519

    I am sick to death of people who celebrate “the family” making excuses about why other people’s children are expendable. I am sick to death of politicians who are more concerned about protecting zygotes than about the teenagers on whom they seek to balance their budgets and advance their careers. (Barney Frank’s line about conservatives’s believing that life “begins at conception and ends at birth” was not entirely a joke, although it’s always been treated as one.) I am sick to death of opportunistic yahoos who can look at this country’s unhealthy attachment to firearms and declare that the actions of George Zimmerman, while unfortunate, were pretty much what the Founders had in mind. I am sick to death of the steady drip-drip-drip of all the topical anesthetics we mix up whenever something like this happens. Had Emmett Till been killed in 2012, there’d be at least three people sitting in the CNN Green Room right now — and probably 15 of them sitting offstage at Fox — waiting to explain how unfortunate it was that the lad so transgressed against local custom that circumstances dictated that he be beaten to a pulp and tossed into the river tied to a cotton-gin fan. I am sick to death about how we can argue about anything simply to argue about it, and then move along to the next argument, as though anything at all has been settled.

    He had SO much more to say that is worth reading. Please do.

    • 34 aquagranny911
      March 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Great share! I co-sign every word!

    • 35 a4alice
      March 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      gosh that was good DF. tweeted

    • 36 amk for obama
      March 24, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      THIS

      I am sick to death about how we can argue about anything simply to argue about it, and then move along to the next argument, as though anything at all has been settled.

    • 37 nathkatun7
      March 25, 2012 at 1:11 am

      Desertflower, I am so grateful for the wonderful links you share with us all the time. Mr. Pierce’s essay is absolutely a must read; especially for the mainstream media. All I can say is thank you for always sharing with us relevant information and penetrating analyses. I consider you one of treasures on this site.

  5. 38 desertflower
    March 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I like this! Maybe if we had this now, it would nip some of this anti women talk in the bud. One can hope

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/217801-senate-dems-propose-reviving-moribund-equal-rights-amendment-to-constitution

    • March 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      I also agree with this. Hope, hope they do it and not just talk about it.

      df, Had no idea you were from CT. You are correct……some great games in the past between the Lady Vols and UCONN. As you would expect, there’s no love lost here for Gino. 🙂

      • 40 desertflower
        March 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

        Yes. Proudly from CT 🙂 My kids are, too. I know that you guys don’t care for Gino, but you have to say..it’s only because he’s so darn good as a coach! Seemed like it was always between TN and CT….great games, for sure. Diana Taurasi now plays out here for the Phoenix Mercury…nice to have someone from that awesome UCONN team playing here. She’s so fierce!

    • 41 jackiegrumbacher
      March 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      This would be wonderful, but I don’t think the extension would even get a voice vote unless Reid really pushed it and McTurtle was feeling so much pressure on the issue that he would not block it. The trick is to make sure that none of the states that already ratified it could back out. Then we would have to work like demons to get three more states. Anyone know which ones have ratified already?

      • 42 desertflower
        March 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

        http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/ratified.htm Figures. Freaking AZ is ALWAYS on the wrong side of most things. Backasswards state.

        • 43 desertflower
          March 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

          looking at the ones that haven’t…I’m wondering if there could be some pick ups from the ones’ that haven’t 🙂

        • March 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm

          We could probably get Illinois to ratify, but good luck with the others.

          • 45 jackiegrumbacher
            March 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

            I think there’s a chance in North Carolina and in Virginia is the northern part of the state made a big push for it. Illinois would probably ratify and maybe even Florida. It’s certainly worth a try, especially if women get energized and turn against Republicans in droves.

            • 46 a4alice
              March 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm

              interesting DF this is a good graphic

            • 47 desertflower
              March 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm

              Those were my choices exactly,jackie:) Especially now, after all this anti women bullshit!

            • 48 nathkatun7
              March 25, 2012 at 1:36 am

              I agree with you Jackie about the four states you suggested that might ratify the ERA. For sure Illinois, but also most likely in Virginia and North Carolina, and may be Florida although that might be a hard one. Personally, I think it’s time to once again push for the ratification of ERA. I also think smart lawyers should be challenging the anti-women, state and federal laws, by invoking the “Equal Protection of the laws” clause of the Fourteenth Amendment’s to challenge state laws that single out women, especially when it comes to contraceptives.

    • 49 aquagranny911
      March 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      It’s too soon for this, imho, but just down the line in a year or so I think we really need to go for it. I remember that some of the hype at that time the ERA was moving through the states was that women in the military could be killed in combat. So much for preventing that. Don’t worry, I think ERA will be revived just not right now. We’ve got to totally focus on getting PBO re-elected & getting lots of Dem butts in the seats of Congress plus showing the door to the teapotty in our corrupted states. One thing at a time.

      • 50 susanne
        March 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm

        agree–we clearly need the era to underscore the rights of women, but right now we have to re-elect pbo and turn congress bright blue.

      • 51 yardarm756
        March 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        When is the right time? I heard that 50 years ago when we were clamoring for the vote and intergration. To tell the truth, maybe we should have left white folks alone and done our own thing. But that is another topic altogether.

        • 52 aquagranny911
          March 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

          Yardarm, I know this is a “dead thread” & I am late to comment but I hope you see this anyway. I joke a lot & tease but I’m an old Latina woman & I would hope a “wise” woman. Patience is ever, both the burden of a woman but also her strength. It grieved me plenty when the ERA didn’t pass by such a small margin because I knew that someday we would really need it. That day has truly come with this GOP WAR raging against women. The issue of an ERA will be raised again. I believe this & I can be patient.

          Right now we must focus on protecting our country from the egregious erosion of the rights not only of women but of workers & especially the scapegoating and criminalizing of all POC. WE NEED OUR PRESIDENT RE-ELECTED!!! WE NEED DEM BUTTS IN CONGRESS!!! WE NEED THE TEAPOTTY OUT OF OUR STATE GOVERNMENTS!!!

          I WILL NOT be diverted from these goals by anything else, not ever. I WILL STAND!!!

          When I see these goals attained then I can turn my fierce attention to other things. I AM A WOMAN & I AM PATIENT!!!

          • 53 yardarm756
            March 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

            Good for you Senora. I don’t have the patience you have. In my mind Amerikkka is nothing more than a “White Man’s Country Club” where women and minorities are only allowed to provide ‘services’!

            • 54 aquagranny911
              March 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm

              I can’t disagree with you but I will also not lie down & take it either. I am a fighter. I have 12 grandchildren that I want better for than it has been for us. Some of my dear Grandkiddos are mixed race who could be Trayvon Martin in a few years. DO YOU believe for even one moment that I would be patient in the fight against that? DIOS! I’ve been called everything but a child of God in my life time as I am sure you have too. I would lay down my life to protect our precious children. There is no “patience” about that!!!

              I WILL REPEAT MYSELF! Our best fight right now is for PBO, Dems & getting the teapotty out of our state governments.

              WE CANNOT, WE MUST NOT be diverted by anything else.

              • 55 yardarm756
                March 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm

                I see your point and agree. I have 7 great-grand children and i am very TIRED. PBO must be elected for all of us.

  6. March 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Democrats have a “huge opportunity” to reclaim control of the debate over gas prices by training attention on the excesses of oil companies, two prominent party strategists argue in a memo obtained by POLITICO.

    The document circulating among Democrats was authored by Center for American Progress Chairman John Podesta and pollster Geoff Garin, and cites private polling that confirms “Americans are tired of the stranglehold oil companies have over our national energy policy.”

    The strategists reveal that a CAP Action Fund poll taken by Garin’s firm, Hart Research, found that 59 percent of Americans say they’ve suffered due to high gas prices – “with large majorities of the public assigning a significant share of the blame to the major oil companies and Wall Street speculators.”

    “The fact is domestic production is at an eight-year high, domestic demand for oil and oil products is down, and gas prices continue to rise. Meanwhile the big five oil companies earned a record $137 billion in profits in 2011,” Podesta and Garin write.

    http://www.politico.com//blogs/burns-haberman/2012/03/top-dems-urge-focus-on-oil-companies-118533.html

  7. 57 desertflower
    March 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I’m about to have a heart attack (not really) Will wonders never cease! I won’t get all happy until this is the NORM, and not the EXCEPTION.

    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/03/24/newsflash-media-bias-sunday-is-evenly-split-between-the-left-and-the-right-this-week/

    • 58 jackiegrumbacher
      March 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      The world just stopped spinning on its axis. Wonders never cease. Of course the talk show hosts will take weeks to recover from this Sunday of madness. There will be swooning on fainting couches backstage after every show.

  8. 62 hopefruit2
    March 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm

  9. 67 hopefruit2
    March 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    For those of us who want to keep abreast of POTUS in south korea, here is a link to the Seoul clock which gives us the local day/time there. It is almost daybreak Sunday.

    http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=235

  10. 68 desertflower
    March 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    What did we ever do w/o the internet? 🙂

    • 69 lovingandlaughing
      March 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      have no idea!

      • 70 Liberal Librarian
        March 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm

        I think it involved cave painting and mastodon hunts.

        • 71 desertflower
          March 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm

          You make me smile 🙂 On this, you COULD be right!

          • 72 Liberal Librarian
            March 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm

            Really, my pre-Internet days are a hazy memory. We’re living through times which just get more momentous with every passing day.

        • 73 purpleshoesla
          March 25, 2012 at 12:57 am

          “I think it involved cave painting and mastodon hunts” 😆 😆 well played sir! I finally got some “quiet time” this evening to read all of your articles at The People’s View, LL. I’ve bookmarked them as you posted them, but finally got a chance to sit and read them. Really well done and I would love to see your articles as an Op-Ed in the LA Times. Keep up the good work!

          • 74 Liberal Librarian
            March 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm

            Thanks purple!

            Maybe when the Times was in Chandler’s hands I could’ve gotten published there. Now? Not so much.

  11. 75 hopefruit2
    March 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I’m reposting meta’s post from the previous thread 🙂

    FYI on PBO’s itinerary. I found a South Korean news livestream that broadcasts in English. I’m guessing they’ll have most of PBO’s appearances that are open press. The visit to the DMZ will be particularly historic. They’ll have the press conference tomorrow, for sure.

    http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_Index.asp

    Here’s the schedule:

    2:35pm PST Saturday
    5:35pm Eastern Saturday
    6:35AM local Sunday
    THE PRESIDENT arrives Seoul, Republic of Korea
    Osan Air Base
    Open Press

    7:30pm PST Saturday
    10:30pm Eastern Saturday
    11:30am local Sunday
    THE PRESIDENT visits the demilitarized zone and meets with American troops serving on the Korean Peninsula
    Travel Pool Coverage

    11:00pm PST Saturday
    2:00am Eastern Sunday
    3:00pm, local Sunday
    THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey
    Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seoul
    Pool Spray at the Bottom

    1:30am PST Sunday
    4:30am Eastern Sunday
    5:30pm local Sunday
    THE PRESIDENT attends a bilateral meeting with President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea
    Blue House
    Pool Spray at the Top

    2:35am PST Sunday
    5:35am Eastern Sunday
    6:35pm local Sunday
    THE PRESIDENT and President Lee hold a joint news conference
    Blue House
    Open to Pre-Credentialed Media

    3:10am PST Sunday
    6:10am Eastern Sunday
    7:10PM local Sunday
    THE PRESIDENT attends a working dinner with President Lee
    Blue House
    Closed Press

  12. 76 desertflower
    March 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    TPM: Report: Turnout Light For Louisiana GOP Primary

    As Louisiana became the 28th state to head to the polls in a drawn-out Republican presidential race, turnout appeared very light at several sites around New Orleans, a combination perhaps of campaign fatigue and the competition of a lovely Saturday morning ideal for gardening and visiting crawfish festivals, which are back in season.

    I’d rather eat crawfish than vote for these crazy Republican choices:)

    • March 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Where’s that enthusiasm, GOP?

      df, Made a comment to you above……didn’t know you were here too. 🙂

      I am FINALLY beginning to feel better. This is the first day I haven’t been coughing nearly constantly. would have had a good night’s sleep last night from not coughing except that we had a bad storm so was awake for about 2 hrs. from that. Think it’s nap time………zzzzzzzzzz.

      • 78 desertflower
        March 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        Also…cool mist humidifier in your room….helps:) And I swear by Vick’s Vapo Rub….I’m not one for taking pills, so anything that helps without me popping a pill, works for me! As a kid, my dad used to make me eat it! DISGUSTING!! As an adult, I read the label…it says “DO NOT INGEST”…seriously? WTH? Dad!!

  13. 81 utaustinliberal
    March 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm
    • 82 hopefruit2
      March 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Nice!

    • 84 desertflower
      March 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Bet he paid for it himself, too. Wonder what Mitt’s first car was? Caddie? Bet it wasn’t an American Motors car…..just sayin’

      • 85 desertflower
        March 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

        ok….maybe I was wrong:) http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2012/03/24/code-names-are-easy-to-break-down.html

        ONE of his first cars was a Javelin..AMC car….busted by his SS code name…

      • 86 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        March 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

        If I remember correctly, df, I think PBO said he paid $ 500.00 for his first car …

        #PRESSON

        • 87 desertflower
          March 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm

          I think so too…now that you said that:)

        • 88 nathkatun7
          March 25, 2012 at 3:22 am

          That’s $300.00 more than I paid for my first car, a 1956 Chevy Impala, which I bought for $200, in 1968. I really loved that V8 gas guzzler! I, of course, remember running out of gas several times, which meant I had to hitch hike, with a gas can, on several occasions, to try to get some gas. I kept that car so nice and clean for a year and sold it for the exact amount I paid for it. I needed the money for a plane ticket to go to my father’s funnel. That’s the only car I’ve ever owned that didn’t depreciate in value. To be honest, the guy who bought it from me was a friend who tried to help me out. But he never regretted it because that was a very good car for a college kid. It had enough room for six or seven people.

    • March 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Heh…Big Pimpin….LOL..not. 🙂

  14. 90 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    These are related …

    Hope all TODers are enjoying your weekend and, Chips, hope your journey is productive and, to whatever extent possible, fun.

    #PRESSON

    • 91 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      March 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      I ENJOY A WEEKEND WHEN I’M WITH MY HOMELESS…THAT’S NEXT SATURDAY…AND I WILL ALSO ENJOY MY WEEKEND WHEN I’M REGISTERING VOTERS FOR PBO…THAT’S COMIN!…YEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

      • 92 susanne
        March 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm

        love you, sue!

      • 94 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        March 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

        You’re wonderful Sue!!!!!

        #PRESSON

        • 95 HZ
          March 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm

          Two of my wonderful TOD Family members, Sue and Bobfr. Love you back also. ((((((((((Many thanks to both of you.)))))))))))))))HZ

          • 96 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
            March 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm

            Thank you HZ! And appreciate all the RTs from you and Sue and our other wonderful TOD friends.

            #PRESSON

      • 97 nathkatun7
        March 25, 2012 at 3:40 am

        Sue, you truly epitomize what my mother taught me about real Christians. Real Christians, she believed, were those who cared for the people in need. These days the people that the media promotes as representing Christians are those who hate the poor, the gays, and the non-Christians. Or those who are obsessed with controlling women’s reproductive rights. Thank you for the wonderful work you do feeding the homeless.

  15. 98 carolyn
    March 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    His father was president of American Motors…therefore, his car HAD to be one of theirs!

  16. 99 collegekay
    March 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    does anyone know where we can watch his arrival in seoul?

  17. 101 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Rather touching photo and tweet …

    #PRESSON

  18. March 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Not helpful, to put it mildly. I saw MSNBC’s Ron Allen report on this early today and tried to ignore it, hoping it was a false rumor. But now—it’s spreading on news sites—-that the “New Black Panther Party” has offered a $10,000 reward for Zimmerman with all kinds of threats attached. Law enforcement needs to make a move here, signal that something is being done in this case—-before this spins way out of control:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/os-trayvon-martin-new-black-panthers-protest-20120324,0,1231157.story

  19. March 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    JUst when you think it can’t get any worse- kablamz-

    Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said President Obama’s comments about the controversial killing of Florida resident Trayvon Martin were “disgraceful.” 

    Obama made his first public comments on Friday about the killing of Martin, an unarmed Florida teenager who was killed weeks ago by a self-identified volunteer neighborhood watchman. The killing has sparked protests around the country and a nationwide debate over race. 

    In his remarks on the case to reporters Friday, Obama said hoped to see the case investigated properly because “if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.” 

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/217939-gingrich-obamas-comments-on-trayvon-martin-killing-disgraceful-

    • 107 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      March 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      NEWT IS THE ONE WHO IS DISGRACEFUL…HE WILL ANSWER TO GOD ONE DAY!

    • 110 Pamela
      March 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      No, mr. noot, YOU are disgraceful. So just STFU, okay?

    • 111 desertflower
      March 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Projecting again! Newt is a disgraceful salamander.

    • 112 jackiegrumbacher
      March 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Newt is the equivalent of trash talking–his opinions are as useless as my garbage can’s. He gave away his immortal soul years ago and he has nothing. His is a loser as a candidate, a man and a member of the human race.

    • 114 anniebella
      March 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Jovie, honestly who gives a “D” what Newt Gingrich has to say. I have not listen to what he had to say, because Newt is full of alot of crap. He is one of the most lying racists disgusting man I have ever seen. Let us not forget the things he said about blacks. So what he thinks of what President Obama said doesn’t matter to me and I will not listen to or read what that disgusting man has to say.

      • 115 anniebella
        March 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        What is sickening about Newt. Rick, Mitt, is they have no problem lying. And they feel that they must lie and be disrespectful to President Obama because the people who supports them want them too. These racists hateful radical Republicans are a disgrace to the human race.

      • 116 sabreen60
        March 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm

        My feelings exactly.

    • 117 purpleshoesla
      March 25, 2012 at 1:10 am

      Oh please. This from the man who a couple of months ago was calling President Obama, the “food stamp President” and accepting accolades from an ignorant racist woman for putting Juan Williams “in his place” during a GOP debate. It’s Noot’s picture that’s in the dictionary next to the word “disgraceful”. There’s no need to even click on the link and give it traction. You’d be “swingin at a pitch in the dirt” (h/t from the movie The American President) 😀

    • 118 nathkatun7
      March 25, 2012 at 4:13 am

      Newt Gingrich is a racist and a demagogue! For Newt Gingrich, what is disgraceful is the fact that a black man was elected President by the majority of Americans. That’s something racist Newt will never get over. To him the Presidency should only be occupied by white males. Including corrupt and immoral white males like himself. Thankfully, there is no chance Newt will ever be elected President of the United States. Even some of his fellow racists know that Newt is nothing but a political fraud with no redeeming values. It’s a shame that mainstream media continue to take him seriously.

      • March 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm

        Newt is an ugly old racist man who hates on the intelligent, compassionate, wise black man. I lived as a young person in a town with old white ugly racists like Newt. There is nothing he can ever do or say that I will believe, appreciate, or listen to. We need less people in this world like Newt. He thrives on hatred and a mean spirit. Be gone, Newt.HZ

  20. 120 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    #PRESSON

  21. 121 vitaminlover
    March 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    President Obama is sooo coool looking in that picture at the top of this thread. He is in some serious thought.

  22. 124 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    IT’S ABOUT A HALF HOUR BEFORE PBO LANDS…ANYPLACE TO WATCH?????..:) PRETTY PLEASE WITH SUGAR LUMPS ON IT!

    • 125 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      March 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      SUCH A LONG TIME TO BE ON THE PLANE…HOPE PBO GOT LOTS OF ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZS!

      • 126 Pamela
        March 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm

        Petty sure it’s not like when we are on the plane, Sue, AF1 is beyond my imagination comfortable and accommodating for PBO… He always seems to have gained some level of rest. I pray for him daily.

        • 127 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          March 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm

          OH…I KNOW…BUT IT’S STILL BEING CONFINED…IT’S NOT LIKE YOU CAN ROLL UP THE WINDOWS…LOLLLLLLLLLLLL…:)))))) AT LEAST HE HAS LOTS OF GREAT PEOPLE ON THERE TO KEEP HIM COMPANY!

    • March 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      I’m looking and not finding anything. ARGH.

  23. March 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Here’s another satirical kids’ song from my blog, Richieville.

    “Oh, if a corporation,
    Puts e coli in your food
    You don’t need a regulation
    You can always sue
    And the market will take good care of you,
    The market will care for you.”

    Watch and sing along:
    http://www.richieville.com/2012/03/market-will-care-for-you_22.html

    (Chipstick, any chance of promoting this into a blog post?)

    • 132 susanne
      March 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      ohmygoodness! richie, this is hilarious, and horrible, and i’m definitely sending it around.

      • March 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm

        thanks, it’s to the tune of a song Pete Seeger sings, which is itself from an old children’s song. Seeger’s version is “In the woods, there was a tree…”

  24. March 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Romney mum on program cuts
    By ALEXANDER BURNS | 3/24/12 3:54 PM
    The Republican presidential front-runner tells the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes that he’ll take a knife to the federal government, but explains that it wouldn’t be politically prudent to be too specific.

    Wow!

    • 135 jackiegrumbacher
      March 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      What a sick joke he is. IOW, elect me and then I’ll cut your gizzards out.

      • 136 Debz
        March 24, 2012 at 6:14 pm

        Is that what he plans to say in the GE? I’m sure voters will be very impressed with his not saying anything that wouldn’t be politically prudent.

    • March 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      I actually read this and thought “Romney’s mother is commenting?

      So what he’s saying is, “i can’t tell you because then they won’t elect me but wait until I get in there (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Trust me!

  25. 138 desertflower
    March 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    THIS NEEDS TO BE TWEETED EVERYWHERE! Bob…Twitter brigade….send this to the DNC< DCCC,all the heavy hitters at the WH.

    http://www.dailykos.com/tv/w/002873/

    Jim DeMint PRAISING Mitt Romney's Mass. Healthcare..and saying that it should be the rule for the ENTIRE COUNTRY!

  26. 152 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    BBL..AND CHECK IN…MAYBE THERE WILL BE SOME PICS…BLESSINGS..:)

  27. March 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Well, President Obama has arrived safely. Let’s hope some video of these events shows up sooner or later.

    Our MSM send their reporters on these trips and then don’t bother to report on any of it. Absolutely infuriating.

  28. 154 globalcitizenlinda
    March 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    does anyone have any link to the a Korean TV link or some international channel that may cover PBO’s arrival ?? Help

    • March 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      It’s outrageous that something so significant is completely blacked out from everyone’s view. I’ve searched under every category – can’t find a single live feed. Considering that this is President Obama’s original idea for active management of non-proliferation of nukes, and they’ve been quite successful so far – it’s unforgivable that we can’t find any footage on US TV. And then the media wants to complain about the President going around them to bring information directly to the people. Very sad state of affairs.

      • 158 hopefruit2
        March 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm

        CNN is too busy echoing Teabagger rhetoric about the Health Care law. MEanwhile Don Lemon is supposedly going to have a “live” report on Trayvon Martin, but he has been focusing on the Black Panthers more than anything else.

        • 159 anniebella
          March 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm

          Don Lemon is a disappointment.

        • 161 nathkatun7
          March 25, 2012 at 5:25 am

          Once again the media is trying to use the New Black Panthers to distract the people from the enormity of this horrendous crime. Sadly, they will probably succeed! To be honest, I am also disgusted with the New Black Panthers who are acting as media whores trying to capitalize on this tragedy hoping that they would recruit more followers. Unlike the original Black Panthers, in Lowndes County, Alabama, who organized a political party and mobilized black people to vote to elect people to represent them; and unlike the Oakland, CA, based Black Panther Party, for Self Defense, which organized valuable community programs, like the Children’s breakfast program; I know of no programs to help the Black community that the New Black Panthers are engaged in. They only seem to show up when there is a high profile incident in the media. They know that the media loves to focus on their theatric antics, which in the end defeats the purpose of the struggle for justice. Any way, just my two cents for whatever it is worth about my disgust with media craving New Black Panthers!

      • 162 nathkatun7
        March 25, 2012 at 4:53 am

        “It’s outrageous that something so significant is completely blacked out from everyone’s view.”

        Theo, I agree with you 100%! But you see the media did the same thing with his visits to Ireland and Australia. Many of us here at TOD got to see more coverage of the President in Ireland and Australia than people who relied on the mainstream media. I’ve said it before, but I will say it again, most of the mainstream media is in cahoots with the GOP. They just don’t want the American people to know how much the rest of the world loves and respects President Obama. It is the same way they treat his poll numbers. They go on and on whenever there is poll that paints him negatively. But they totally neglect, or give casual mention, to polls that paint him positively. The sad thing is that a great many Americans, unlike some of us at TOD family, still rely on the mainstream media for news and information. This explains why many people I run into are still convinced that President Obama has done nothing, or very little, in his first term. Bottom line: the U.S. corporate media sucks!

  29. 163 globalcitizenlinda
    March 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    someone earlier was worried about the so called “New Black Panther” and their threat to arrest the shooter of Trayvvon. I believe that in the past, this is a group of a few guys who typically make more noise than take action

    • 164 Debz
      March 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      All three of them!!!!!

    • March 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      The problem is that when news outlets see “black panthers!!!”, that item goes to the top of the rotation—-especially with the Muslim names—-that’s red meat! and flashing lights!——and the damage will be done, no matter how many exist. I see it on all kinds of news sites. I expect it will spread.

      • 166 Brit
        March 24, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        I read they are offering to do a citizens arrest not bounty.

      • 167 globalcitizenlinda
        March 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        you are right about the news media outlets pushing this group to some fake prominent position. yes they will try to push this story much as they did during the election and claiming voter intimiidation. cong issa will of course hold a hearing and on it goes …. the usual script

    • 168 prettyfoot58
      March 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Global…do you know of the Black Panther Party

    • 169 isonprize
      March 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Yeah, attention whores come in all sizes and colors.

      • 170 nathkatun7
        March 25, 2012 at 5:55 am

        Indeed! The so called “New Black Panthers” are nothing but “attention whores.” They don’t even know what exactly the original (old) Black Panthers were about! The Black Panther was the symbol of the Lowndes County (AL) Freedom Organization. The LCFO was about mobilizing Black people to vote to elect their Representatives in a county that was majority Black. Huey Newton and Bobby Seal adopted the LCFO Black panther symbol when they created the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, in Oakland, CA. But the BPP for Self Defense, despite their high profile of carrying guns, was primarily engaged in community programs aimed at improving the every day lives of Black people. Other than the fact that they are followers of Minister Farakhan, I know of no useful programs for racial uplift that the New Black Panthers are engaged in. They just want to steal the limelight over this despicable crime. In the end, the media will make them the culprits because of their antics while taking the focus away from the real victims of this racist crime.

  30. 171 hopefruit2
    March 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  31. 177 whatisworking
    March 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    On CBS front page, in the politics section

    On world stage, Obama confronts nuclear threats

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57403858/obama-to-s-korea-for-nuclear-meeting/?tag=cbsnewsSectionContent.4

  32. 178 whatisworking
    March 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I would encourage everyone to sign this petition, also maybe on Monday we could apply pressure to DeMarco, does anyone have contact info for him.

    We have big news. NPR is reporting that the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are on the verge of reversing their positions and coming out for principal reductions for homeowners, the number one solution for the mortgage crisis. [1]

    But there’s a problem: Ed DeMarco, head of the agency that oversees Fannie and Freddie, could squash this solution. He’s been denying the proven financial benefits of principal reductions for homeowners, taxpayers, and the country. And until now, DeMarco claimed Fannie and Freddie agreed with him. But no more. According to the report, financial executives at Fannie and Freddie have now made presentations coming out in support of this important solution. [2]

    Ed DeMarco’s got nothing to stand on. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. The question is: Will DeMarco get out of the way and let it happen? We’re not waiting to find out. We’re going to demand it.

    We’ve started a petition on the White House website asking President Obama to take action now, and we need you to add your name.

    Sign our ‘We the People’ petition and tell President Obama: It’s time for principal reductions, with or without Ed DeMarco.

    http://act.rebuildthedream.com/go/148?akid=507.109030.gxDXQC&t=1

  33. 185 aristac
    March 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Here is another link I found maybe be helpful also

    http://nss.kbs.co.kr/eng/#

  34. March 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Hello. everyone.

    I’ve been checking in today, but after reading Newt Gingrich’s comment about the president’s statement, I had to zone out.
    All of them ( repub candidates) are so malicious, and despicable. They lie, they attack people personally; they lead their own constituents off a cliff; they have no shame, no guilt.

    When someone gets hurt because of the rhetoric they start crying and whining or making excuses.

    As someone said in another comments section today: “I am getting seriously pissed off.”

    I really cannot stand the toxic atmosphere. I do not look forward to the next 8 months.

    The press thinks this stuff is funny. They don’t press for the truth; they stir up trouble just for the money-making sensation of it.

    If they can’t wipe him out physically (cue the nut at Santorum’s shooting range party), then they seek to destroy him politically. I knew it was going to be rough for PBO, but knowing it and living it are two horrible different things. The latter experience is nearly devastating.

    I have not felt this bad and this distressed since I was growing up black in the south. To think that all this hatred and distortion has been right under the surface all the time. Makes me sick.

    Glad there is a TOD. I didn’t mean to spoil anyone’s mood-i just had to share my thoughts. This stuff is just too painful.

    But if PBO wants another term then I will do everything I can to help him. If the truth be known, this country needs him more than he needs the crap he will have to go through when he is re-elected.

    • 189 aristac
      March 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      I think that is exactly what they want to happen. They want people to get fustrated and despondent. Don’t let them achieve their goal.

      • 190 anniebella
        March 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm

        eveingeorgia, do what I do. Don’t read the B.S. that Newt, Rick, and Mitt says. I do my best not to listen to their speeches, not to read what they say, because I know all they will do is speak lies and hate, that is all they are about. But they will not get me down, because every time I see them spreading their lies and hate it makes me more determine to help re-elect President Obama.

    • 192 aquagranny911
      March 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      Hang in there Kiddo! I know it’s hard & some days I just feel like giving up & raving in the streets but we just got to keep on keeping on. We have to STAND, “just like trees by the water that will not be moved.” We are all together here, holding and supporting each other as we work for our President & Democrats. WE WILL PRESS ON!

      ♥ Sweetie, take my hand & be strong together.

    • March 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      (((Eve)))

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
      YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!
      WE CAN’T WAIT/WE CAN’T GO BACK… So, LET’S STAY/REBUILD TOGETHER 2012 & BEYOND! 😉
      PRESS ON!

    • 202 desertflower
      March 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      PMA. Positive mental attitude. The reason they do this is because THEY HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO GO ON. They have no accomplishments. They take liberty and freedoms AWAY from others in the name of their narrow minded agenda. They are bought and paid for by the Koch’s, ALEC, Big Oil, and Big Banks. They CAN’T GOVERN. Never could. Because PBO has been SO successful, even with all their obstruction, is a testament to the tenacity of our President. Politics is a contact sport….and these guys are showing their true colors to the nation…..and I think, as ugly as things are already, that people will FINALLY wake the hell up, and pay attention! There will ALWAYS be haters. Unfortunately. Let them wallow in their hate…they are not the majority, but they DO get the biggest attention paid to them…and the MSM has to share some of that blame. WE SEE this..because we’re aware. People don’t get their news from tv so much anymore (thank goodness).

      Breathe.Deep. Come here and gain strength from all of us and speak freely to get things off your chest. Our shoulders are broad…we have to be here for each other. I have felt the same way as you. I do MOST of the time. But I also know, that if we work hard, and talk to people and share our information….we will prevail.

      BWD used to always say that he is to good for us. We don’t deserve him. Maybe that’s right. We are spoiled and ungrateful. But I believe that he is where he needs to be in this moment in our history. We need to have his back, and work 1/1000000 as much as HE works for us 🙂

      hugs, eve….we’ll get this done. Together.

      • March 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm

        Desertflower, thank you for your beautiful and deep words of wisdom and encouragement. I was crying before I read your comments, and now I can see why my spirit had to go there. This is a beautiful place to be.

        Thanks for your words, Desertflower. I needed to hear what you just said. My heart is full tonight. I will trust and keep my faith in place to see us through these hellish times. Be good to yourself as well.

        (((((((((((((((( Love you so very much))))))))))))))))))))) HZ

    • 204 purpleshoesla
      March 25, 2012 at 2:22 am

      Hi eveingeorgia, I know I’m late to the party in terms of responding to your post, but wanted to chime in anyway with my “two cents” as I’m scrolling through TOD this evening. I’ve made my own “survival kit”, when the ugliness piles up and kicks my legs out from under me–and I recognize that that can happen at any time and when I least expect it. This is what I do, in no particular order, my “all of the above” strategy 😉

      Head immediately to TOD;

      if I can swing it, donate to PBO’s campaign–I have both Chipsticks and DonnaDem’s grassroot fundraising pages bookmarked—and then send an email (if there is one) to the offending party telling them that because of their behavior, I’ve just donated to PBO’s campaign;

      read Tien Le’s “Election Survival Tool Kit” January 2, 2012 post on The People’s View.net;

      read other posts at ThePeople’s View, AngryBlackLady Chronicles, PleaseCutTheCrap blogs, among others;

      have a glass of red wine, and then engage in a little primal scream for about 30 seconds from my back porch;

      play the clip below:

    • March 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks CK – he seems ready to go!

    • March 24, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      I’m so glad that our beloved President arrived safely, and I pray that our Lord and Savior protect him, while he’s there 🙂 I feel like he’s on shaky ground there, Lord keep him safely, Amen

    • 209 vcprezofan2
      March 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Oh, nice to see that my President has arrived safely. Thanks for this CK.

      • March 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm

        I am grateful to see that our President has arrived safely and is sharing with his TOD family here that beautiful and handsome face that carries hope and love acorss the world. Lord, please protect his every step, and give him wisdom in all that he has to do during this trip. In the Almighty Powerful Grace, Amen.HZ

  35. 211 Ladyhawke
    March 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Rove-Linked Crossroads GPS Launches $650,000 False Ad Campaign On Gas Prices

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

    Unlike candidate ad spots, television stations are under no obligation to run ads by outside groups, especially when the ads are factually wrong. This one is.

    The non-partisan FactCheck.org outright calls the ad’s claims “bogus.”

    Some important points to keep in mind:
    .
    .
    Are the deceitful ads funded by Big Oil? By Keystone XL? Crossroads GPS isn’t telling — they do not publicly disclose their donors. But viewers — and television station executives — would be wise carefully scrutinize this dishonest content, even if they cannot scrutinize the motivation of the people paying for it.

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

    http://thinkprogress.org/green/2012/03/23/450772/crossroads-gps-launches-false-ad-gas-prices/

    • March 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Attackwatch, anyone: (It’s on Twitter as part of …. @TruthTeam2012. And, it’s located on TOD’s sidebar—> 😉 )

      http://www.attackwatch.com/

      And, LH, I wonder if @billburton716 (Senior Strategist and co-founder, @Priorities2012 and @PrioritiesUSA) & Co. are on their ‘Superpac’ J-O-B(s)…

      Got PBHO’s back …Hmmm ❓

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together – WE MUST!
      PRESS ON!

  36. March 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Guys, dpread this video!

  37. March 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I’m watching Another 48 Hours with Eddie Murphy before I go out with some friends. I miss this Eddie Murphy. We need him back.

    “Alright I am having a very bad day…Anyone else want a Limp”

  38. March 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    CNN isn’t even mentioning the Nuclear summit and the Louisiana primary means nothing to them. This is the first primary they are not covering!
    Hmmmm!

    • 225 yardarm756
      March 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      Yeah but Don Lemon is doing a powerful piece on Trayvon. I’m in tears right now.

      • 226 anniebella
        March 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm

        yardarm756, Good to hear. Zimmerman side is trying to put out favorable things about him. But one thing won’t ever change, this didn’t have to happen,it happen because of Zimmerman trying to be police, judge and jury. He murder Trayvon and that can’t be forgotten.

      • March 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm

        Yes, he did yardarm756. I watched just for that. I know that is one reason my heart became even heavier and the tears began to roll. Let us pray that justice will roll down like water, and DOJ will go under every rock that Sanford Police Department has put out there to cover their ugly actions. Justice will be done.HZ

  39. March 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – President Obama is opening his pitch for faster work to lock down nuclear material that could be used by terrorists with an up-close look at the nuclear front lines along the heavily militarized border with volatile North Korea.

    Obama arrived in Seoul on Sunday morning, local time, for three days of diplomacy. In the midst of an election year focused on economic concerns at home, Obama has designed a rare Asia visit that features time in just one country. He’ll use much of the time to keep pressure on North Korea to back off a planned rocket launch and return to disarmament talks.

    The goal of the large gathering of world leaders is to secure nuclear material and prevent it from being smuggled to states or groups intent on mass destruction. Progress has been uneven since the ambitious goal of lockdown by 2014 was first set out by Obama at a similar session in Washington in 2010. No breakthroughs are expected now.

    • March 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Luckily, we’ve got Rachel Maddow who highlighted that six countries are now free of nuclear material that could be weaponized. The media does such a poor job of objectively reporting on the facts – this story would leave you with the impression that the effort has been unsuccessful. In fact, nuclear material was removed from Libya BEFORE the revolution, and has just been completely removed from Mexico – which has its own security concerns. They are making great progress, and I have every expectation that they will have a breakthrough at this summit, if a breakthrough is required.

  40. 231 Sharon
    March 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Here’s something kind of interesting–relates to the picture of the president’s first car. He gave an interview to AAA while in Oklahoma. The link is to their article on it. At the bottom of this very short article is a picture of him being interviewed. Can open it in high resolution and get a good gander at what he had on his feet. Looks like some kind of an over boot.

    http://newsroom.aaa.com/tag/president-obama/

  41. March 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Obama lands in South Korea
    3/24/12 5:43 PM EDT
    Air Force One landed in Osan Air Base in South Korea at 5:28 p.m. ET Saturday, after a nine-hour flight from Alaska. President Obama was greeted on the tarmac by the U.S. ambassador to Korea, Sung Kim, and  Korean dignitaries.

    • March 24, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Sorry—didn’t mean to repost that horrible story—–was distracted and wanted to post this (no comment)

      • 241 a4alice
        March 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        OK….allright….I’ll bite…..you mean he actually has a heart? or I thought coal lasted forever? or how about this: Wonder how long this heart takes to reject him….

        OK back to regularly scheduled program….

  42. 242 anniebella
    March 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I have notice were the Romney camp have been putting Ann the complainer Romney out in the media more, to try to humanize Mitt Romney, but please tell me how can you humanize a LIAR. Maybe by saying he doesn’t lie that often, or they are little white lies he is telling. Won’t work.

  43. 255 globalcitizenlinda
    March 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    next week will have heavy focus on the health care bill, what is our plan to try and stand up to defend it ?

    • 256 hopefruit2
      March 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      It will be upheld in the courts – I’m almost certain. But we can continue to do our usual tweeting like we were doing yesterday about why we like ObamaCare!

  44. 257 lisalovesobama
    March 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Finally getting to see The Blindside. On ABC Family. Started a few minutes ago.

  45. March 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    We can always count on Pete:

  46. 262 hopefruit2
    March 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm

  47. 267 globalcitizenlinda
    March 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    So we now know that cheney finally has a heart.

    Dick Cheney undergoes heart transplant surgery

    By the CNN Wire Staff

    updated 8:04 PM EDT, Sat March 24, 2012

  48. March 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Interview podcast with Pete Souza:

    Episode 50, with guest Pete Souza, official Obama White House photographer
    http://www.polioptics.com/2012/03/episode-50-with-guest-pete-souza-official-white-house-photographer-for-president-barack-obama/

    • March 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      This is a really great conversation with Pete, who is always so honest and straightforward. He talks about covering PBO back during his first days as a Senator to the day OBL was killed to what happens each day. So interesting.

    • 272 purpleshoesla
      March 25, 2012 at 2:53 am

      What a wonderful conversation and worth the listen. Thanks for the link!

  49. 275 carolyn
    March 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    All those still concerned about PBO’s pants and shoes in Oklahoma…..if you remember, I said he was dressed just right for oil field walking. Those shoes are perfect, and the pants were a safe length. No dragging in the mud and muck and endangering yourself with long pants. He was right. Didn’t know about the shoes, but could tell they were strong and well made for the topography.

    • 276 COS
      March 24, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      PBO has worn those pants several times. I have photos to prove it in my scrapbooks. 🙂

    • 277 EDP4BHO
      March 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      I so agree with you Carolyn. He is, after all, a dad. And quite content to not be a clothes horse. Never was, never will be. I have a son like him, and he couldn’t care less for the fanciest duds. A real regular guy.

    • March 25, 2012 at 12:03 am

      Thanks, Carolyn. You did remind us of the topography. You know the area as well. Keeping him safe.HZ

  50. March 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Here’s what Andy Borowitz has to day about Cheney’s new heart:

    http://www.borowitzreport.com/

  51. 280 carolyn
    March 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    An article and picture in USA TODAY is worth all three network broadcasts. It is the most widely read newspaper in the country, one we forget. That paper is what is read for a quick recap of the day’s news, and it keeps people informed. CBS’s article was also good. Frankly, I think the networks got a lot of pushback after their lousy job on his South Asia trip. More and more people are turning them off. We watch evening news…old creatures of habit, but if you look at the commercials, you know the viewer age.

  52. March 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Have you seen this? A FOX affiliate in Florida is reporting that there was a witness in the Trayvon Martin case, that it was Martin on top in their tussle on the ground, that Zimmerman was the one yelling help—-the police first on the scene ruled the shooting unjustified manslaughter—-which still begs the question then—-why wasn’t he arrested then? the license to kill law? Wow—–what a terrible event—everything about it—-
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/anonymous-witness-police-used-tells-local-news-trayvon-martin-attacked-george-zimmerman/

    • 282 globalcitizenlinda
      March 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      so someone is trying to tell us that Trayvon, the person who was walking away from the pursuer, was actually the attacker???

      • March 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm

        That’s what the supposed witness is saying—-an Orlando reporter spoke with him. The reported witness said he yelled at them to “Stop!” and said he was calling 911. I always wondered why, with all those people hearing the confrontation and the yelling—-why no one went to their door or window and yelled, “Hey, cut it out!” or something, which I thought may have stopped what was happening, may have prevented the shooting.

    • 287 isonprize
      March 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Had they arrested the alleged killer and questioned witnesses when the incident happened, there would be less opportunities for people to come out with stories almost a month after the fact.

      This story smells worse and worse the longer it lingers…

    • 289 L3
      March 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Until this person comes out in front of the media the way the other witnesses did who said it was not self-defense, I am going to remain skeptical. On the off chance that this is true, it still does not explain why Zimmerman continued to follow Trayvon after he was told not to, nor does it explain why he would get out of his vehicle and confront him. Trayvon’s girlfriend said he told her he was being followed which means he had the right to defend himself if he felt threatened. This is why there should be a trial so that both sides can present their case in front of a jury. I already know whose side I’m on. Once Zimmerman disobeyed the dispatcher, he set into motion the tragic events of that night and is responsible for everything that happened after and for that he’s got to pay.

    • March 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      If this Zimmerman knew he was armed with a loaded gun the whole time, then why did the screaming go on for so long? Zimmerman was 100 pounds heavier than Trayvon.

      Regardless, it doesn’t excuse the fact that he’s been sleeping comfortably in his own bed, with his gun(aka – the murder weapon) tucked up next to him this whole time.

    • 291 anniebella
      March 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      dotster3, I’m not buying it. Anonymous witness, I am not buying it. Let’s see the witness come forward out of the shadow. People are trying to save Zimmerman’s butt, but I’m not buying. This witness will have to speak to the Justice Department, FBI, who ever is looking into this murder. If you have a 9mm gun why the heck are you yelling for help? If you have a 9mm pointed at you I can see you yelling for help. I could be wrong, but it sound like alot of FOX B.S.

      • 292 anniebella
        March 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm

        Let us not forget, Zimmerman follow Trayvon, when the dispatcher told him not too. He was chasing Trayvon, now just think, what would had happen if when Zimmerman call 911 he would had waited for the police to come?

    • March 24, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Trayon weighed a buck 40. How was he on top of Zimmerman with Zimmerman crying for help?

  53. 294 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Important to drive this message constantly …

    https://twitter.com/#!/Our4thEstate/status/183717466961219584

    #PRESSON

  54. 296 purpleshoesla
    March 24, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Hello TOD peeps. Just got back from a phone bank event this afternoon where the two topics of conversation were the ACA and Travyon. OFA has come up with a neat graphic of highlights from the ACA to cover depending on the demographic of the person you are calling (e.g. age group, gender, etc.). Really helps on the calls.

    One of the other volunteers there pointed me to a website that has been set up to serve as a clearinghouse for developments in Trayvon’s case as well as events going on across the country in support. Apparently this Monday, Mar 26, will mark the 1 month anniversary of this tragedy — 30 days and no arrest!!- and protests/hoodie marches are going on across the country that day, including here in Los Angeles from 4-6 pm at City Hall park. See the link below

    http://www.justicefortrayvonmartin.com/Solidarity/index.html

    Thanks for the slammin’ TOD house party last night! Got up today fired up and ready to go!

    Ain’t no party like a TOD party, cuz a TOD party don’t stop! 😆

  55. March 24, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Here is an interesting tidbit- the Patriot 3 miscues that the President sold Israel is functioning. It’s called Iron Dome!
    Could shoot down any middle from Gaza or Iran.
    So, tell me again, why does Israel want to go to War with Iran so badly? Maybe a 2000 year old fight???

  56. 303 carolyn
    March 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Looked at all the pictures from Daylife, and noticed it’s very cold in Korea….the President has on his heavy topcoat and a new? black scarf. My husband was in Korea, and what he remembers is the cold. There was a brief HOT spell, but COLD was the prevailing weather. And yes, he lived in a half tent like in MASH. The “shower” was ice water running through a metal pipe. He said you just ran as fast as you could, and hoped some water hit you!

  57. March 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Santorum wins Louisiana!
    Robney only response- Etch a Sketch…

  58. 309 LDS
    March 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Dear eveingeorgia, this is only a test. Remember POB forewarned us that “change” would not be easy. I understand exactly how you are feeling. I grew up in this south, also. Yes, it is painful. Yes, it is sickening that we still have to be subjected to vile racists. But if you can just imagine what you were felling when GB was in office?

    We must forget that we have a president who is smart, intelligent and very much loved by his beautiful wife and family. I truly believe that his heart is in the right place and that it enough for me. It is going to get much worse before it is over. But we have the power to brush it off like our President does. If he can, we can. Yes, we can.

    Shake that feeling of whenever it tries to overcome you and just remember to thank God for allowing this wonder, brave, intelligent man to become our 44th President. I truly admire you for be transparent. We are so blesses to have a place to come and vent regardless of where we live.

    We have work to do! This is not a game and our President is still the Chessmaster.

    • 310 Betsy
      March 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      This^^^. I think it is important to stay focussed and not be distracted by the MSM or the GOP.

      • March 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm

        @Betsy

        You’re right of course. When I get all cross-circuited from now until Nov.6, 2012, I’ll keep praying and hanging out with theTOD family.

        Thanks, Betsy.

        • 312 Betsy
          March 25, 2012 at 1:00 am

          @eveingeorgia, I say this for myself as much as to encourage you because I have felt the same helpless rage and anger at what’s going on on TV and on line, etc., so let’s help each other out. Thanks for writing how you feel, because it’s always good to know we are not alone in feeling this way. I will also be hanging out with our TOD family and praying.

    • March 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      @LDS

      I sure hope you get this. See, this is why I like this family; there is so much support and encouragement here. Thank you so much for your response. I will hold on to it through these next 8 months as all hell breaks loose.

      Perhaps I’ll start blubbering again, though I hope to be tougher than that. But it is really great to know that we have a support group to get us through it all – The TOD family!

      Oh, and I do thank God everyday for this president, every day.
      Obama/Biden 2012

      • March 25, 2012 at 12:41 am

        Eveingeorgia, remember we really are family here. I get frustrated also. We all do. We are living in hellish times while we see a man of steel keep moving, but he said that he even gets frustrated, but he keeps moving as we all can see. So this is our family, and this family stands with each other, by each other, around each other, behind each other and in front of each other.

        Remember, we are the TOD Family. Chipsticks has already told us what we stand for here, and we will do it, Support and Respect President Barack Obama. Come rain or shine. And may I add to Chips heart felt words that we all take to heart each day we come here, and then go out into the communities, all over this country: The TOD Family = Treading where Others Dare to go. We march on like warriors ready and willing to stand up to the trials that will come our way , and knowing that they will make us stronger as we move in uncharted terrains.
        Throughout this journey , with POB as our President and great leader, we will bring healings to the many who are suffering from past injustices. We are family, and we stick together.

        Like POB has stated, change is hard. So we are with you all the way. Take comfort in that. We all are in this together, and we will not leave anyone in this family alone. We need each other. They will Not break us. Not Now. (((((((((((((( Comfort to you))))))))))))))))HZ

  59. 315 Ladyhawke
    March 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Conservatives Sowed Idea of Health Care Mandate, Only to Spurn It Later

    By MICHAEL COOPER

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

    he concept that people should be required to buy health coverage was fleshed out more than two decades ago by a number of conservative economists, embraced by scholars at conservative research groups, including the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute, and championed, for a time, by Republicans in the Senate.

    The individual mandate, as it is known, was seen then as a conservative alternative to some of the health care approaches favored by liberals — like creating a national health service or requiring employers to provide health coverage.
    .
    .
    Since then the politics of health care have grown more twisted and tangled than the two snakes entwined around the staff in a caduceus, which is sometimes used as a symbol of medicine. It is now Republicans and conservatives who oppose the individual mandate, arguing that it is unconstitutional, while Democrats, who were long resistant to it, are its biggest defenders.

    Democratic health care analysts have been taken aback by the speed with which Republicans have made the individual mandate a symbol of socialist totalitarianism to much of their base.

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

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/health/policy/health-care-mandate-was-first-backed-by-conservatives.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=health&st=cse

  60. 316 vcprezofan2
    March 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Chips, hope you are accomplishing all that you have planned! Take good care of CC; tell her we are glad to hear that she arrived safely and though we miss her here, we are having a good time (at least if the music and empty bottles scattered around are reliable signs). 😆

  61. March 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Ezra Klein has an article/
    The Path to single payer healthcare.

    Are we back to the public option again?

    • 318 57andfemale
      March 25, 2012 at 5:21 am

      It never went away. ACA was always afirst step toward universal health care, if the whiny left had cheered its passage like every other major progressive initiative had in the past. The Dems were ‘surprised’ at how fast Republicans were able to convince their sheep that their own idea of a mandate was a socialist plot? Once they saw that, they should have started to explain and sell ACA the way they are now. CW might have been very different. It never should have been catch up, but an all out assault back that would have left the Republicans on the defensive. I just hope it isn’t too late.

  62. March 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Look to the west after sunset Sunday night and, unless clouds impede the view, you’ll see three worlds.

    One is the moon, a thin crescent, upturned like a smiley face. The second is Jupiter, a gas giant reduced by distance to a bright dot. It’ll be just to the left of the lunar smile, like a beauty mark.

    Above the moon and Jupiter, about a fist’s distance away on an outstretched arm, will be Venus, beaming like a headlight.

    The last four weeks or so have been a spectacular time for stargazers, or, more precisely, planet-watchers. Venus and Jupiter have had a conjunction, and on March 13 passed so close to each other in the night sky that they could have exchanged business cards. Throw in the moon on Sunday and Monday nights and it’s a must-look situation.

    http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/rss.jsp;jsessionid=43DAE4EEB08AEEE2240D71A80CE97A85?rssid=615&item=http%3a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2fnational%2fhealth-science%2fvenus-jupiter-crescent-moon-meeting-up-this-weekend%2f2012%2f03%2f21%2fgIQAbmI9XS_mobile.mobile&cid=961405

    • 320 jacquelineoboomer
      March 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Great!

      • 321 Pamela
        March 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm

        We also have a Transit of Venus this year, on June 5-6, at 15Gemini45. The entire Transit of Venus over the disc of the Sun will be visible in northwestern North America, Hawaii, the western Pacific, Northern Asia, Japan, Korea, east China, Philippines, east Australia and New Zealand. The sun sets with the transit still in progress for most of North America, Caribbean, and northwestern South America. The transit is already in progress at sunrise for central Asia, Middle East, Europe and east Africa. Source: Jim Maynard’s Celestial Guide, 2012.

        • 322 jacquelineoboomer
          March 26, 2012 at 9:50 am

          My son reminded me to look UP last night, and I saw the “three worlds” with him! How cool was THAT.

    • March 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      As a night worker, I love star gazing. It has been a lovely March, weather wise and the beauty in the sky has been spectacular. With all this activity going on, we have had a lot of lovely babies born.

  63. March 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    @vcprezofan2, @snoopy4eva2, @aquagranny911, @anniebella, @arista

    Hey. Thanks. I really appreciate your responses. This stuff has been really bothering me.
    Your thoughts, encouragement and the videos (Thanks!) have really helped to lift my spirits.

    I’ll try not to sing the blues again.

    You guys are great!!!

    • 325 globalcitizenlinda
      March 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Of course you allowed to sing the blues to get the heavy stuff off your mind or make it more bearable. what I personally try to do after the anguish has receeded or become a load I can carry is to see how this moment can help me move foward and be more useful to the people I care about and to my community.

      • March 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm

        Thanks, @globalcitizenlinda. I will try to do the same. Your suggestion sounds better than being all shook up.

        Have a great Sunday.

        • March 25, 2012 at 12:48 am

          Eveningeorgia, read my post upfront. Also on a lighter but sweet Note, remember it is okay to “sing the blues” remember our Commander-In- Chief even sang the blues for real for the world to hear. Remember that? ((((((((((Keep Smiling))))))))))))) Love you,HZ

  64. 328 GGail
    March 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Information I gleamed from CNN.com:

    Santorum wins Louisiana with 41%

    Cheney has a heart transplant.

    President Barack Obama arrived in South Korea on Sunday for a three-day trip centered on an international nuclear security summit in Seoul.

  65. 329 LDS
    March 24, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Excuse all the errors up above. It’s been a long, long day.
    Going to bed early. So glad the President arrived safe and good night, Ms. Chips and TOD family.
    Sweet sleep……

  66. 330 sabreen60
    March 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm

  67. 332 lisalovesobama
    March 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Best line in The Blindside so far: “who would have guessed we’d have a black son before we knew a democrat!” I love this family!

  68. 335 Pamela
    March 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    A new heart won’t help this man, no matter who it has belonged to.

    • March 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Found myself wondering who got bumped off the transplant list so Cheney could have it.

      • 337 lisalovesobama
        March 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        Ha! I just wondered who he got bumped off for that heart. Lord bless the poor soul whose life got cut short.

    • 338 amk for obama
      March 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      The heart should have gone to someone who really deserved it, not to this vilest evil.

      Big Fail.

      • 339 L3
        March 24, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        That’s exactly what I was thinking. I am certain there were many more people on that list far more deserving than that old bastard.

      • 340 TheShyLurker
        March 24, 2012 at 11:33 pm

        See, I was going to express that same sentiment. Profanity-laced too.

        I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels the same way. 😀

        He’ll probably croak pretty soon – peacefully in his sleep to boot. Selfish bastard.

        (I’m not religious, so no guilt here. D )

    • 341 lisalovesobama
      March 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      I will resist saying anything about Dick and his new/stolen/ ill gotten heart.

    • 344 anniebella
      March 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      I have alot I could say about Cheney but I won’t.

      • 345 Pamela
        March 24, 2012 at 11:38 pm

        Charlie Pierce will undoubtedly have a few words to share with us, looking forward to it!

      • 346 0388jojothecat
        March 25, 2012 at 12:48 am

        I know anniebella, there’s something wrong with the picture of Cheney getting a new heart when his and his parties policies are to deny affordable healthcare to the majority of americans, start unnecessary wars where thousands of young men and women have died, enact laws where people can kill one another out of fear, and unarmed. I put Dick Cheney in Gods hands, let his well be done, thats all.

        • March 25, 2012 at 1:01 am

          My thoughts as well. There is a just God and His ways are not mine or ours. You see who needed a heart on the heels on a historic ruling to come down from the highest court in the land where Mr. Cheney and his boss and party have appointed some of the most, well, I will leave in in God’s hands and His will as 0388jpjpthecat has stated above.

          Blessings to all for a good night, and beautiful Chips be relaxed and know that we love you and will take care of our beautiful home here.

          (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( We Love you, and Thank your, Chips))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) HZ

  69. 348 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    March 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    NIGHT ALL AND BLESSINGS…CHURCH TOMORROW…HOPE TO SEE SOME PBO PICS…:)

  70. 350 hopefruit2
    March 24, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Lil’ Nate just loves him some Romney…anything to make Romney look as good as possible.

    • March 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Nate is part of Wall Street, now. Show me the money!

    • 352 amk for obama
      March 24, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Just scraping by the 25% bar to get the delegates. yeah, that’s the hallmark of the presumptive nominee.

      nate has become a corporate media whore, just as giordano had predicted.

  71. March 24, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    CAMP BONIFAS, South Korea — President Barack Obama arrived at the military base on the southern side of the demilitarized zone at 11:15 a.m. Sunday local time.

    He is set to meet with U.S. and South Korean troops, and to tour Observation Point Ouellette, the observation post closest to the DMZ.

    — Jennifer Epstein

    Ummm, 1 paragraph? This is a little more intriguing than 1 paragraph???

  72. 356 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    #PRESSON

    • 358 EDP4BHO
      March 25, 2012 at 12:14 am

      So that’s why this weekend’s meme is Obama is failing at the Afghan war, by the three coconuts left in that bizarro race to the finish. No longer does the economy schtick apply, and the Trayvon case has been spoken of for—-what was it?– 2 days—-since PBO mentioned it and they climbed on-board (so unoriginal), but now that substantial talks and efforts are happening to avoid catastrophe, they cannot speak on this, so it’s the war in Afghanistan. They make me puke if I hear the voices or see the faces, and Cheney can go take a nap somewhere. Truly. I pray steadfastly for my President.

  73. March 24, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Despite getting a lot of liberal media attention- Rob Paul is embarrassing himself by staying in the race. He is not building support for his little, tiny movement, but he is losing support.
    Just saying.

    • March 25, 2012 at 12:04 am

      So, the media actually do have video of these events. They just don’t want to show it. They’d rather show Santorum and Romney spewing more worthless lies, that will do nothing for the people they are seeking to lead. Thanks for this brief footage, Jovie. I have been livid all day over the lack of coverage.

  74. 366 yardarm756
    March 25, 2012 at 12:05 am

    All engines stop and rudder amidships. all secure and this sailor bids you all a goodnight.

  75. March 25, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Goodnight.yardarm. My night is just getting underway. Sleep well.

  76. 369 LDS
    March 25, 2012 at 12:10 am

    @Jovie. He is building support for his son. It was never about him. Take lessons from GB, Sr.
    Their evil is deeply groomed and engraved in their bones, hearts and souls. We have to make sure that we do not allow it to seep out and entangle us in this fight. Be still and know their is a God.
    @eveingeorgia. I hear you loud and clear. We are in thIs together! When you hurt, we ALL hurt. Your pain is my pain.

    Being strong has nothing to do with it. We all have days when we just cannot believe all the BS. But this is not about us. This is about all the people who have fought the good fight who have gone on and left us to take up the banner.
    This for our daughters and sons, their daughters and sons. For our parents, and grandparents who did not live to see a man such as this in the WH. This for my mother and POB mother who never got the health care they deserved which may have prolonged their lives. This for the little girls who were attending Sunday School in Alabama and were bombed because of the color of their skin.

    This is for Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin. Amadou Diablo. This is for Sandra Flukes.

    Yes, it is okay to feel blue.
    Brush it off,,,and let us work together to turn the whole U.S. “blue” come this November.
    I cannot wait to see how God is going to work all this together for good. Whose report are WE going to believe?

    Our Mothership has and is equipping us with enough tools to take us well into 2016 and beyond. Her wise discernment even weeding out the vicious vile trolls while we sleep. So fear not…..(back to try this sleep thing) I woke up for water but stopped by to see if there were pics. I dare not look knowing our Chips. She probably posted a barrage of pics, video and the two birth certificates……to those who are a little sensitive still. I do mean mine and hers.
    Nite, nite…..Sweet sleep.

  77. March 25, 2012 at 12:22 am

    ****The President has a press conference in 20 minutes. Sometimes msnbc covers it…***

  78. 374 donna dem 4 obama
    March 25, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Ha President Obama got more votes than Rick Santorum.

    Santorum 91,305
    President Obama 115,087

    In a RED state these tired old Repubs can’t even get 100K supporters to cast a vote for them.

    http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/President/2012/Primary/LA

  79. 377 vcprezofan2
    March 25, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Hunting around to see who is responsible for int’l programming at CNN I found the name Katherine Green, and this speech she (?) wrote. I thought this was ironic…

    “In three years at CNN, we have spent a lot of time studying a new kind of consumer. We have discovered a globally minded, very autonomous and intelligent and extraordinarily curious person who is trying to consume information. I saw some ratings out of Australia and saw the news still makes it into the top 10 on a weekly basis. **** It is a reflection that consumers want to be informed. They are thirsting for knowledge and understanding.**** What we’re beginning to do as we watch the ebb and flow in ratings is tell us that we need to change our programming. They are challenging us to do that.
    ….”

    http://cnnobservations.blogspot.ca/2011/03/cnni-programming-boss-viewers-want.html

    I added the astericks to highlight those two sentences, as I asked myself what value was it to study the consumer, then not do anything to effectively use the answers discovered.

  80. 378 desertflower
    March 25, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Sorry. The hate and ignorance continues.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46845257/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/#.T26krWFv99w

    Iraqi woman beaten in Calif. dies; threat note left at scene
    Message told family to ‘go back to your own country,’ friend says

    • March 25, 2012 at 1:09 am

      This is a horrible story. Just horrible.

      • 380 desertflower
        March 25, 2012 at 1:14 am

        It truly, truly is. Hate just consumes and cancels any rational thought…if there was any there to begin with. So sad. My heart goes out to this family.

    • 381 lovingandlaughing
      March 25, 2012 at 1:25 am

      Unbelievably sad. Despicable. The hatred is so scary. I am so saddened this happened in the United States of America,

      • March 25, 2012 at 1:48 am

        The ironic thing is that this person(s) probably spends their days being afraid of people who are different, and especially people who are Muslim, and yet, he’s/they’ve just proven that THEY themselves are the ones we should be afraid of. To enter a woman’s home, beat her to death, and then leave her to be found by her family with a hateful note by her body. And now they are sleeping peacefully in their beds, speaking to their family – maybe even their own children – as though they are an upstanding member of civilized society. Instead, they are a danger to society; criminals who need to be collected and locked in a prison cell for their remaining days.

  81. 384 vcprezofan2
    March 25, 2012 at 1:17 am

    A step towards addressing the wealth gap in Hong Kong?

    ‘Leung Chun-ying, a former government adviser who pledged to address a growing wealth gap, won the election to be Hong Kong’s next chief executive after a campaign marked by scandals and protests.

    Leung, 57, won 689 votes from a 1,193-member election committee comprising of businessmen, lawmakers and academics, according to the returning officer. Henry Tang, the front-runner until scandals drove down his popularity in opinion polls, garnered 285 votes, while Democratic Party lawmaker Albert Ho got 76 votes

    ………………………….
    A key task will be retaining Hong Kong’s spot as the best place in the world to do business. The city, which serves as the main gateway to China, placed top in the Bloomberg Rankings index based on six factors, including the degree of economic integration and the costs of setting up business.
    ……………………….

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-25/leung-projected-to-defeat-tang-in-hong-kong-chief-executive-race.html

  82. 387 desertflower
    March 25, 2012 at 1:40 am

    thinkprogress Santorum easily won the Louisiana primary tonight. 39% said Romney’s Etch-A-Sketch comments were a factor in their vote thkpr.gs/GQzShT
    3 hours ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    YES.We.Can.

  83. 392 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 25, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Please expect this tweet to be repeated ….

    #PRESSON

    • 393 desertflower
      March 25, 2012 at 2:02 am

      Amen to that. Something just really snapped inside me when I read that this man had been given a new chance at life.My wonderful Mom DIED waiting for a new heart…and she was the most remarkable, kind, smart, loving, empathetic women I ever knew. It’s been 14 years, and I miss her everyday. She graced this world with goodness and caring for others……and THIS man gets another chance? I hope he gets all the time in the world to have his sorry ass prosecuted for his war crimes!

      • 394 purpleshoesla
        March 25, 2012 at 3:39 am

        DF, I am sorry for the loss of your Mom…. The forces of the universe work in ways that are not always immediately understood. I know in my secret heart of hearts however, that KARMA is a RESOLUTE B@#$%. Cheney has put an inordinate amount negativity into the world and will therefore be on the receiving end of that negativity when he least expects it. So let it be written, so let it be done…

      • 395 susanne
        March 25, 2012 at 4:36 am

        that’s just awful–your mother dying while waiting for a new heart–and our hearts go out to you. i think her grace and goodness and caring are still very present in the world, though, as you do so much good every day.

        as to sickdick, what he has is not a life, but a physical existence. i pity him for what it must be like to awake into his ugly mind every day.

  84. March 25, 2012 at 5:06 am

    CAMP BONIFAS, South Korea (Reuters) – President Barack Obama peered across South Korea’s tense border with the North on Sunday in a show of solidarity with U.S. ally Seoul and a message of resolve to Pyongyang’s new young ruler in his country’s nuclear standoff with the West.

    Arriving on the eve of a global summit on nuclear security hosted by South Korea, Obama flew by helicopter to a U.S. base on the edge of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) as a solemn North Korea came to a halt to mark the 100th day after “dear leader” Kim Jong-il’s death.

    “You guys are at freedom’s frontier,” Obama told about 50 troops crammed into the Camp Bonifas mess at one of the world’s most heavily fortified frontiers.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSBRE82O01R20120325?irpc=932

  85. March 25, 2012 at 5:45 am

    By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/25/12 5:15 AM EDT
    SEOUL — President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met here Sunday to discuss Syria, Iran and other challenges facing both countries.

    After the nearly two-hour meeting ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit here, Obama said that he and Erdogan “are very much in agreement that there should be a process” to transition to a “legitimate government” in Syria. Both are looking for new ways to combat the attacks on civilians being perpetrated against civilians by leader Bashar al-Assad.

    Erdogan spoke about the humanitairan challenges, noting that 17,000 Syrians have flooded into Turkey. “We cannot be spectators,” Erdogan said.

    Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said the two leaders spent most of their time discussing Syria and are “full agreement” about the next steps to take. An April 1 meeting of the Friends of Syria group is the next step in looking for ways provide “non-lethal” aid, Rhodes said.

  86. March 25, 2012 at 5:51 am

    David Plouffe on the Sunday shows.

  87. March 25, 2012 at 6:03 am

    The President is on CNN right now, live!

  88. March 25, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Santorum won by 24 points, a blowout. But, he only got 3 more delegates than Robney, 8-5…, who just barely qualified for Delegates.
    What a joke!

  89. March 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I just found this article – and Wow! – I think it’s important. It’s about a general push toward making more local positions, like mayor non-partisan. It lists and answers the arguments mad for it and makes its own arguments against. It’s really powerful and something we should all be aware of. I live in a city in Michigan that just elected a Tea Party mayor. She ran as a Republican but but made herself sound very nice and fair and reasonable. Boy, some people had a rude awakening. She has done/is doing terrible things to our city. (She made the national news with anti-gay comments on Facebook). This was a candidate who DID have a partisan ID and was still able to con people into voting for her who are now appalled at what they’ve done. Imagine how much easier it would be if they didn’t even have to identify themselves with an R or a D. The article lists several reasons why these little positions are important, and I have one more to add. The way many of the state and even national legislators who are doing so much damage got their start was by running for school board or similar office that people don’t pay much attention to. Then they start moving up the food chain. Please read and share.

    http://www.democracy-tree.com/invitation-masquerade-ball-non-partisan-down-ticket-races/

  90. March 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Hoodies for Trayvon Martin:

    (I thought they were going to be an item for sale. They’re not.)

  91. March 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    http://rootriversiren.blogspot.com/2012/03/problem-with-bo-morrison.html

    And here is another case, this time in Wisconsin. And under this law, the killer can sue the victim’s family for court costs if the Castle Doctrine is found to apply. Another article I read said that under this law the victim cannot sue in civil court, as is often done when there is not enough evidence to meet the burden of proof in a criminal trial.

    Bo Morrison was at an underage drinking party. What do you bet that homeowner did some underage drinking back in the day and made some stupid decisions. Wonder if he’d think it was perfectly fine for someone to shoot him. There is too much anger and fear in this country. This has got to stop.


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