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chat away…

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President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak react to a question from a member of the South Korean media during their joint news conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, March, 25

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Normal service will resume tomorrow evening, see you then 😉


577 Responses to “chat away…”


  1. 1 pinkbunny92
    March 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Afternoon all!!!

  2. 6 collegekay
    March 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Second

  3. 9 pinkbunny92
    March 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I am so annoyed by the lack of coverage by the MSM, on President Obama’s trip to Korea.

    They have 24 HOUR NEWS, they can’t spend some time to highlight the good work going on with the President? Do they absolutely have to recycle the SAME GOP Talking points every hour???

    • 10 collegekay
      March 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      It’s infuriating.. that’s why I don’t watch them.

    • 11 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      March 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      WHEN IT COMES TO OUR PBO’S GIFT OF DIPLOMACY…YOU WON’T FIND ANY REPUBLICAN OWNED MEDIA EXHIBITING HIS EXEMPLARY AND MATURE LEADERSHIP…ESPECIALLY IN AN ELECTION YEAR! WE HAVE AN AMAZING PRESIDENT WHO IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY…PBO DOESN’T NEED THEM TO GET THE JOB DONE!

  4. 14 nintendowii10
    March 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    California Muslim Mother Beaten To Death, Left With Note Saying ‘Go Back To Your Country’

    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/03/25/451369/iraq-muslim-murder-terrorist-hate-crime/

    • 15 anniebella
      March 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      This is terrible.

    • 16 pinkbunny92
      March 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      The ugliness is astounding! Why are people SO hateful and stupid? WTH is wrong with half the Americans in this country anyway?

      I woke up to find this, and was just so depressed at the idiocy surrounding us!

      • 17 utaustinliberal
        March 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        There are some vile cretins in this world. So sorry that you had to deal with such ignorance. Just brush it off, hold your head high and know that you are a trillion times better than such scum. 😀

        • 18 pinkbunny92
          March 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm

          It definitely makes me want to work that much harder to defeat the GOP in 2012 elections!! 🙂

          • 19 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            March 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm

            THE RACISM I CONTINUE TO SEE IN AMERICA IS SUCH A HORRIFIC EMBARRASSMENT TO ALL THAT WE STAND FOR…JUST REMEMBER… THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL…JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL AND PAYBACKS ARE HELL. SOONER OR LATER ALL OF THESE PEOPLE WHO THRIVE ON RACIST HATRED WILL HAVE TO ANSWER TO OUR SOVEREIGN LORD!

          • 20 geeja
            March 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm

            I am so sorry pinkbunny92. One day people like him will be extinct!

          • 21 hopefruit2
            March 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

            pinkbunny92, OMG I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been on the receiving end of this person’s vile hatred. I do hope you reported this piece of scum. This is harassment pure and simple.

          • 22 jackiegrumbacher
            March 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm

            Pinkbunny, this person is a troubled and hate-filled human being who has lost the ability to reason, see other people as human and even to love himself. You’ve been speaking truth that he can’t handle and he attacks you because his brain can’t process anything but hate. Please do report him. And know in your heart that in the end his hate will consume him and you will grow and triumph.

          • 24 Walking_on_ Sunshine
            March 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm

            So sorry about that racist piece of scum pinkbunny. You are so much better than him. He needs to go crawl under the rock he slithered out from under.

          • 25 sjterrid
            March 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

            Pinkbunny I’m so sorry you were subjected to this hatred. This is why I’m so hesitant to go on Face Book or Twitter. I know this doesn’t represent most people, but I don’t want their hatred to affect me. I plan to do all I can to GOTV for 2012.

      • 26 lovingandlaughing
        March 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        Pink bunny, oh yuck. I am so sorry soneone wrote you such ugly tweets filled with hate. We here are lifting you up with love.

        • 27 pinkbunny92
          March 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm

          Thanks, and now, as I think about it, I’m sorry for bringing that crap here!

          CHIPS – I know you’re traveling, but can you delete my post above? I don’t want this stupidity here in this community!

          • March 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm

            Personally, I think we need to see this. It’s the media and society’s reluctance to address this type of evil that allows it to continue, unabated. Plus, the Palins of the world made it acceptable for people to speak this crap out loud. It needs sunlight and exposure – so people can speak up and make it known that the numbers that find this repulsive far outweigh the numbers that are crawling out of their caves and thinking they’re acceptable. It’s ugly, but we need to see it.

          • 29 yardarm756
            March 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm

            pinkbunny try not to carry any of his negative b.s. Don’t dwell on it. You are valued here. 🙂

      • 30 isonprize
        March 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

        Pinkbunny, Please report these hateful tweets to Twitter as inappropriate and threatening. This hateful being should not be allowed to have a twitter account.

        • 31 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          March 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm

          True. Pinkbunny, definitely report. I assure you that’s what I do because I seem to be attracting some really virulent scum …

          #PRESSON

        • 32 andogriff
          March 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm

          Yes Pinkbunny, please report this disgusting person! That kind of hate has no business on Twitter or anywhere else. Disgusting, ignorant, and evil… the worst side of America.

      • March 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        So hurtful – the sad thing is that this guy probably has kids and likely goes to work every day with normal people who have no idea that he’s that hateful and immature. Who does this and then looks themselves in the mirror feeling proud of their actions? How horrible.

      • 34 anniebella
        March 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm

        pinkbunny, all I can say is people like that are racists idiots.

        • 35 anniebella
          March 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

          These are the type of people Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Mitt Romney are speaking too, these people are the base of the Republican party.

      • 36 globalcitizenlinda
        March 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm

        there is a significant amount of hate out there. it is scarely. Very sorry you had to be at the receiving end of this

      • 37 Pamela
        March 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm

        And block this mofo, pnkbunny, that’s what russellcrowe does, he gets all kind of abusive non-reality crap…

      • March 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

        Report him to tweeter.

      • 39 prettyfoot58
        March 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm

        ((((((((((huggs)))))))) Pinkbunny…..my sista….what can one say that will ease the pain of racism…what i would tell my children that it is not you….they people like that are so consumed by fear and anger that it clouds their mind and their heart….

        it shows that the struggle for justice is ever present and requires dilligence….

        (((((huggs)))))) again sista…..i stand shoulder to shoulder with you…

      • March 26, 2012 at 12:17 am

        I keep saying the unfortunate thing about twitter is that we now know what everyone is thinking. Too bad most thoughts of people like the one above, KJJ originate in the gutter of self-hate. Don’t worry Pinkbunny. It is his soul to lose, not yours. keep being your sweet self.

      • 41 nathkatun7
        March 26, 2012 at 2:21 am

        Hi pinkbunny, I am so sorry that you had to deal with these hateful and ignorant people. I bet you this fool probably doesn’t work and he is trying to cover up his own inadequacies. Just as President Obama does, all you have to do is to proudly wipe off the ugly mud thrown at you.

      • 42 a4alice
        March 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

        oh pink bunny i’m sorry – I haven’t visited this thread yet so I just saw this – what an ugly human. does he kiss his mother with that mouth? I bet she is PROUD of him what an assclown!

    • 43 Dudette
      March 25, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      When will this stop?!!

    • 44 Dudette
      March 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      From one of the comments accompanying this article:

      “THIS is the result of the nonstop 24/7 hate-fest on FOX, on LIMBAUGH, and on any other TV channel, radio station, or website. This is what we have become.”

      I couldn’t agree more.

      • 45 nintendowii10
        March 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm

        They have blood on their hands, and they REFUSE to accept it. They’ll just blame this on “the Muslim apologist in the White House” when President Obama denounces this hate crime and insist that this keeps on happening because “he continues to apologize to the Muslim world.”

      • 46 EDP4BHO
        March 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        ” This is what we have become.”

        Sorry Dudette, this is who “we” always were. It just took the election of a black man to the highest office imaginable to reveal what was beneath the surface. As someone said a few days ago, on radio—-the fair among us and AA’s are the children of the fair-minded of all stripes and our AA ancestors. Creatures like that vileness who tweeted Pink Bunny, are the children of the Klan, generations be damned.

      • 49 anniebella
        March 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm

        Dudette, I agree, agree, agree. And what makes it worse is when the so call leaders doesn’t stand up and speak out against people like that. The Republicans leaders are responsible for alot of this. When they hear hate, racism like that, you need the Republicans to do the right thing, instead of doing the right thing, these Republicans egg them on with their silence and their hateful words. When the woman call President Obama a Muslim, Santorum had the chance to correct her, but he didn’t. It wasn’t his job to defend the President, but he calls himself a christian, you would think it was his christian duty to correct a lie. But as Ron Paul said Santorum is a phony.

        • March 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

          You’re right – the so-called leaders have been silent for all these years that the President has experienced hateful racism, and have said nothing to call out the people who perpetrate it. In fact, the right wing leaders themselves have had a heyday claiming they are the real Americans, but exhibit few of the positive qualities that people associate with being American.

          And as far as people calling the President a Muslim, the only leader (apart from President Obama, who has said repeatedly that the United States is not at war with Islam, and that there “is no ‘them’ and ‘us’, there’s just us”) who has said anything worthwhile has been Colin Powell, who chastised those who think being a Muslim is somehow inherently evil, and recalled a Muslim woman crying over the grave of her fallen soldier, who died defending this country. There are Muslims who are American citizens, who risk/give their lives fighting in the US military, who live and work in communities, who have every right to practice their faith as much as any other religion. Being a Muslim means nothing more or less than being a Muslim.

        • 55 bjw2
          March 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm

          Anniebella, they will never call them out because they need their vote. So they have chosen to remain quiet in fear in knowing, if they denounce this rhetoric the locust will turn and swarm on them.

          • 56 anniebella
            March 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm

            bjw2, I know why they are remaining quiet. We know. These Republicans need these racists hateful people votes, so they choose to remain silent. And it’s disgusting.

            • 57 Renegade522/AuntSis
              March 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm

              I am so sorry but I disagree. They are not silent. Their policies speak loud and clear. They are just, if not more, racists and hateful than the people they represent because they make the laws.

        • 58 amk for obama
          March 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

          Forget the rethugs., where are the fucking dems on this ? Since 2008, I haven’t seen any of them having the back of this president 100%, Any support, if it comes, comes with a qualification, warren included. And this bonelessness against a truly vile and lying attacks from the rethugs and the media. is what wrought this ugliness that is now known as the american face world over.

          • 59 nathkatun7
            March 26, 2012 at 3:11 am

            Bravo, amk for Obama, for speaking TRUTH! Other than VP Biden, only a handful of Democrats have spoken strongly in support of the President without hedging. Among those in leadership positions who have done so, four people stand out prominently: Speaker/Leader, Nancy Pelosi, Senator Barbara Boxer, MD Gov. Martin O’Malley, and Congresswoman/DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

      • 60 jackiegrumbacher
        March 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm

        Yes, Dudette. This has been the purpose all along of hate radio and Fox–to divide the country through hatred and fear so that we can no longer function as a whole society and can be taken over and run by the elite. The goal from the first has been to destroy democracy–muzzle the people and let the corporations assume all the control and all national wealth.

        • 61 ourmanflint
          March 26, 2012 at 8:36 am

          Jackie. This is correct. It’s all about the national wealth. The elites care less for religion. It is tool used to attain the objective you describe

      • 62 nathkatun7
        March 26, 2012 at 2:37 am

        You know what Dudette, even more than FOX, the right wing talk radio, which dominates the airwaves, is inciting this kind of hatred and wincing at violence. There are actually more vile people on right wing talk radio who sometimes outdo Rush Limbaugh! But Rush is of course their leader and mentor!

  5. 63 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    We need to press this issue if we are to honor the memory of #TrayvonMartin with real change:

    And, important clarification of just who the Democratic base is:

    Hope all is well, Chips!

    #PRESSON

    • 64 Dudette
      March 25, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Way to go Bob!!

    • 65 EDP4BHO
      March 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Bob, good for you. I have always maintained that the 2nd amendment regarding the right to bear arms, and having a well-armed militia, meant the military, which at that time were like our modern day police force. It’s an argument reasonable people tried to make a bit ago, but they were drowned out by those who PBO claimed clung to their “guns and their religion”. Damn if he wasn’t right then.

      • 66 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        March 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm

        Whether #TrayvonMartin will be the catalyst for a major push to reform gun ownership responsibility in the US is largely dependent on us. I doubt if it will be a central tenant of the Democratic Party position in the 2012 Election but it should be pursued unrelentingly just as soon as President Obama is re-elected and we regain control of Congress.

        I have zero problem with a person owning a gun (shotgun, 6 shot revolver – not Glocks, etc) that they keep in their living space for the purpose of personal protection but the stringency of what they need to do to qualify for that ownership should be significant, particularly regarding issues like are children living with them, do the have a record of spouse abuse, and, obviously, do they have a criminal record or are diagnosed with various psychiatric illnesses.

        I deplore hunting, but grant that a license to transport a weapon and use it for hunting is something that any effort to deny would severely undermine reforming the real issues, e.g., people carrying handguns into shopping malls, schools, acting as vigilantes, etc., legally, as well as the types of weapons people (non-law enforcement, non-military citizens) should be strictly prohibited from owning or having access – automatic weapons, etc.

        It’s a long road before gun ownership responsibility, as opposed to egregious claims of ‘rights’ that the Founders’ never intended, is an American value.

        But, I’m more hopeful that the demographics of America are moving away from over 40, white, male-dominated society, and toward a much stronger women-powered, highly diverse and highly motivated under 30 society.

        That’s why 6 Nov 2012 is so critical and why women, Hispanics, AAs, LGBTs, Unions need to ensure that 1936 is replaced by 2012 in the record books – #LandslideOBAMA2012 #LandsldieDEMS2012.

        #PRESSON

        • 67 aquagranny911
          March 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm

          Bob, I totally agree with you here except I would argue why people need guns to protect their homes when statistics prove that these guns kill more family members than actual intruders. Also, while I am no fan of hunting, I do know that some people in rural areas really rely on hunting for food. If we made sure all our people were adequately fed maybe they would not have to hunt wild game for food.

          Just saying…

        • 68 yardarm756
          March 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm

          But Lootenent. The hunters need them AK-47’s to hunt them deer, elk, and moose.Not to think about an occassional grizzly. Besides we need our guns fo’ our militia duties and Aryan readiness drills.

    • 70 nathkatun7
      March 26, 2012 at 3:30 am

      Well done Bob! Hopefully, as a result of your educational tweets, open minded people will take another look at the Second Amendment and its intent. In 1791, when the first ten amendments were ratified, individuals did not posses firearms. Rather, guns and gun powder were stored at armories and were dispensed to the militia whenever there was a need to defend against domestic insurrections or foreign aggression.

      • 71 nathkatun7
        March 26, 2012 at 4:14 am

        By the way, Bobfr, here is the entire text of the Second Amendment:

        ” A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

        My question to the NRA, and all gun enthusiasts is: Why did the framers find it necessary to state, as a condition, the idea of ” A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of the state.” before proclaiming “the right of people to keep and bear arms”? Surely unregulated individuals going out and shooting un-armed citizens is not exactly what the founders had in mind when they wrote the second amendment which calls for “A well regulated militia….” Sadly, of course, the right wing dominated U.S. Supreme Court totally disregarded the issue of ” A well regulated militia” when they ruled in favor of unregulated rights of individuals to carry guns. I hope that in the future there will be justices who take seriously the entire text of the Second Amendment, as well the context of individual gun ownership in 1791 when the Amendment was ratified.

    • 72 a4alice
      March 26, 2012 at 8:07 am

      that Deaniac article is great bob – thanks tweeted that and RT’d the top

  6. 73 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Gloria Steinem Supports President Obama

    #PRESSON

    • 74 utaustinliberal
      March 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      This was such a delight to watch.

    • 75 isonprize
      March 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Now can Gloria please go have a cup of tea (or a something stronger) with some of her girlfriends who are still hangin’ on to issues related to PBO beating Hillary? There are folks who call themselves ‘feminists’ who are still talking all kinds of dumb stuff about Obama v. Clinton. That is SOOOOOO 2008. Sometimes, we are our own worst enemies…

    • 77 anniebella
      March 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Hay Gloria guess what? I’m supporting our President too, 100%. And this woman plan to do all she can to help re-elect President Obama.

    • 78 anniebella
      March 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      I agree POTUS does have a good heart, a good mind, treat people with dignity, doesn’t court conflict.

    • 80 Cha
      March 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      WOW BOB! That was a stunningly, positive, factual AD from Gloria Steinem!~ I was bummed at her during the primaries but she’s totally come around.

  7. 81 Dudette
    March 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Ahaaa…Hi Everyone. Just noticed there was a new thread.

    Thanks Chips! I hope the trip is going well.

  8. 82 Pamela
    March 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Hiya, everyone! Thus we share a better day than we have seen in a while! Hugs all around, hugs to you Our Chips!

    • 83 pinkbunny92
      March 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      As it’s raining really hard in Los Angeles! It’s very cozy to just hang out here with all the wonderful folks at TOD! 😀
      That and a cup of hot chocolate always hits the spot!!!

      • 84 isonprize
        March 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm

        pinkbunny, please report that hatemonger to twiiter. Please. That type of hate speech does not belong on twitter. And it certainly should not be directed toward you.

        • 85 pinkbunny92
          March 25, 2012 at 5:51 pm

          Good Idea!! Will report him !! Thanks, didn’t think of it…

          • 86 isonprize
            March 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm

            There’s lots of love for you upthread!! I hope that you have reported that hatemonger. PLEASE!! Don’t worry about bringing it here. We SUPPORT YOU!!! We know there are crazies out in the world. Sometimes, we need to be reminded…

          • 87 globalcitizenlinda
            March 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm

            Sorry that you have been subjected to such hate! I am sorry that people cannot see that at the end of the day, we are all just people irrespective of what we look like.

  9. 89 utaustinliberal
    March 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Has anyone seen the movie Best In Show? I’m watching it for the first time and *O M G* It’s so freaking hilarious.

  10. 95 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    #PRESSON

  11. 97 bjw2
    March 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    What I feel when I see hoodie.

    As a mother of a thirty-two year old son, for some reason I’ve come to see my son old sweat shirts and hoodies as things I’ve come to treasure. I can remember as he aged and would grow, his old ragged torn sweat shirts and hoodies always made their way to the pile of clothes that were too worn to be donated so they were thrown away.

    As time passed and he wasn’t as hard on his clothes, they went to the pile to be donated. It wasn’t until he neared the age of moving out and I sensed the days when he wouldn’t be around the house, I started holding on to these articles of clothing and justified my reasons for keeping them to be, they would be good to keep for working in the yard.

    I worked in the yard today, and being the weather is a little cool, I grabbed one of his old hoodies from the drawer and I thought of Trayvon and his dear mother and even though not knowing her, I felt emotionally connected.

    It’s amazing how the human mind processes things, where a hoodie in one person’s mind conjures up bad thoughts of the person wearing it, but with another it brings a inner smile every time it’s pulled from the drawer.

    What do you feel when you see a hoodie?

    • 98 susanne
      March 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      yes, bjw, i too have my son’s old hoodie in my closet. it reminds me of his strength, his joy, his willingness to go out in the world, whatever the weather, and live his life to the fullest.

      thankfully, i took it from a pile he was discarding, unwashed. so it still has the scent of his hair in the hood. moms: how much do we treasure the scent of our childrens’ sweet heads?!

      my heart breaks for trayvon’s mother, for his aunties, for all who knew him. and my son’s hoodie is what i’m wearing to stand with them.

      • 99 bjw2
        March 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm

        Susanne, I have a couple that I’ve worn so much while out working they’ve become just as tattered as the ones I threw away long ago…. but every wash day, they’re folded and put back in drawers.

        There’s no cure for mothers with empty nest syndrom.

      • 100 Mel
        March 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm

        By the way this Am on ABC they interviewed Zimmerna’s Attorney and Zimmerman”s friend
        and they said that Zimmerman had a BROKEN NOSE REALLY? so if he did have a broken nose
        where are the reports or pictures and if they feel that Zimmerman killed Trayvon was sel-defense
        WHY IS HE HIDING? YHIS IS REALY FUCKING WIRD.

        • 101 0388jojothecat
          March 25, 2012 at 9:10 pm

          They are not too bright….there were two women who saw him and would testify he had no broken, bloody, f’ing nose. He was stradling Trayvon and pacing. The police report never, ever, never, ever mentioned that Zimmerman was hurt.

          • 102 57andfemale
            March 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm

            Don’t know what to think. There was a link to the news report the day after the killing and it mentioned a broken nose but it’s really strange that no one has mentioned it until now. No photos, hospital reports and now conflicting witnesses. Just weird.

            • March 25, 2012 at 11:41 pm

              He did go to the hospital—–there are a lot of troubling aspects to this case. I want to know how this all of a sudden—-a month after it happened, or whatever it was—-was brought raging into the public light—–who and why. It’s bothering me.

              • 104 nathkatun7
                March 26, 2012 at 4:38 am

                Something is bothering me about your comments dotster3! Are you suggesting that Trayvon was at fault and should have been killed because Zimmerman was defending himself? If so, why not write a detailed and reasoned comment to substantiate what you believe “are a lot of troubling aspects to this case.”

              • 105 57andfemale
                March 26, 2012 at 8:46 am

                Me, too. A lot. thanks for that update.

        • 106 anniebella
          March 25, 2012 at 11:19 pm

          What people don’t seem to get is Zimmerman had no darn right following Trayvon. Let’s say it is true that Zimmerman had a broken nose, and Trayvon attack a guy who weight over 100 pounds more then him. Please remember that it was Zimmerman who follow Trayvon. It was Zimmerman who was told not to follow Trayvon, but he follow him anyway. It was Zimmerman who had a gun. Now I want people to please remember this, if George Zimmerman had let the police handle the whole thing, mostly Trayvon would still be a live. When the dispatcher told Zimmerman we don’t need you to follow him, if Zimmerman had said I’m going to my car and I will wait for the police to come. To handle this, but he didn’t do that did he? Zimmerman murder the kid. And he need to be arrested.

          • March 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

            So right. I’ve been screaming this to myself for days. Even if the young man that Zimmerman chose to follow had no business being in that neighborhood, Zimmerman had no right to follow him and then shoot him. He wasn’t a sheriff. Neighborhood watch organizations don’t advocate weaponry. And when the police told him to back off, he didn’t.

    • March 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      oh bjw2 you really spoke to my heart here… I have 3 sons, two are the age of your son.. one is only 12… and those hoodies/ sweatshirts bring me the same sweet memories.. and frankly I have a very tough time when I think of poor Trayvon and his mother’s unfanthomable loss.

    • 109 lovingandlaughing
      March 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you for sharing that.

  12. 110 yardarm756
    March 25, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    At last. That other thread was quite full.

    • 111 isonprize
      March 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Hey Yardarm, I would have thought that you would LIKE to be in a party full of women… Just sayin’ 😉

      • 112 yardarm756
        March 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        I can’t say I wouldn’t but like it said in the movies. “A man’s got to know his limitations.” 😀 One man in an environment with a bunch of jazzy, booty shakin’ ladies—–naw. I ain’t that strong.

  13. 115 pinkbunny92
    March 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I am watching “Chasing Liberty”! Makes me wonder what will happen to Malia, as she grows up! She’ll definitely need SS protection, as she’s going to be as beautiful as her mother! LOL! 😀 😀 😀

    • 116 utaustinliberal
      March 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      I’ve seen that movie. Quite delightful and lighthearted.

    • 117 globalcitizenlinda
      March 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Yeah, challenging times are ahead for POTUS and FLOTUS because I can see the jackals are already trying to break the media restrictions on Malia that have been granted to other young First Daughters

  14. 118 utaustinliberal
    March 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    The dog owners in Best In Show are so delightfully disturbed.

    Hostage negotiator to son: Get down from there before I gouge your eyes out with my knife. And give me Winkie. 😆

  15. March 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    It is raining in parts of Cali, and it is raining here in my home-heart space, however, when I saw the ugly tweets to Pinkbunny92, I felt some of the emotions coming on when we were at the beginning of the RL ugly and hateful comments. And tears began to flow again. Then I picked up my phone to take an incoming text message, and after closing the message, I noticed that I had received my quotes for today. So, I would like to share them with our TOD family .

    Grace:
    “The winds of grace are always blowing;
    All we need to do is raise our sails.”Anonymous

    “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely, and the unwanted
    according to the graces we have received
    and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”
    Mother Teresa

    “Grace defies reason and logic.”
    Bono

    I thought of our beautiful POB , VPJoe Biden, FLOTUS, and SL Dr. Jill Biden. Then I thought of all of us here with our Chipsticks. How blessed we are to know and see the “grace’ upon us each and everyday.

    So, Pinkbunny92, refresh yourself in the love here with your TOD Family, and know that we have a wonderful President, Barack Obama moving around the world at this very moment with grace from the Highest Strength that is in his inner core to make this a better place for us and the world to have a better space.

    Don’t you give up, yes, let the pain move on out because you have our love to be your balm of a sweet salve. But do not allow that hateful person to take up residence in your space. Okay. Replenish your Space and Spirit with as many takes from our “Sweet Balm of Hope with Graces” for you, Pinkbunny92. (((((((((((((((Hugs to you))))))))))))))HZ

  16. March 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Good day all you O’s!!!! Another great getting up day for us TODdies. I’m just checking in after spending most of the day with my granddaughter. We went to see The Hunger Games. It was a very good movie. I recommend it, but read the book first if you can. It’s not necessary as the movie stayed very much with the book. I must be getting old though, cause I laughed out loud at the coming attraction for the movie, ‘Abraham Lincoln, the Zombie Slayer’. I got so tickled, I couldn’t stop. My granddaughter was horrified at my behavior and I may have burned any future public movie time with her. I’m like, WHAT!!! ZOMBIES?!?! REALLY!!! OMG, now I’m cracking up again.

    • 123 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      March 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      I saw that trailer too cookemom! I cracked up laughing and so did half the audience. Unbelievable! I intend to very seriously point out to everyone that the movie is riddled with historical inaccuracies.

  17. 124 betseyc
    March 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    57andfemale posted this link at the bottom of the last thread, and it’s so important I’m bringing it to this thread. This writer has an earlier article on the same subject that’s also superlative. (That one must have been posted here, too, because I never go to kos unless it’s posted here first.) She’s planning it as on ongoing series. Our language is so crucial, and now that we have the mighty twitter brigade, such ideas are so helpful. We probably all have our own new framings to add, too, and should start adding them to the list. One of mine is to use ‘pro access to safe abortions’ in place of pro-choice. Then, instead of “It’s a child, not a choice” you at least get silence.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/25/1077705/-3-More-Words-And-Phrases-Democrats-Must-Start-Universally-Using-And-A-Call-To-Action

    • 125 Left-Indie
      March 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Absolutely agree. They kill us with words. “Death tax” “Pro-life,” even though they’re eager to send people to the chair, “Obamacare” Kinda like that Obama is now adapting that, but only after they’ve cemented that in people’s minds. “Hands off my healthcare.” “Death panels.” “Job creators.” I believe most important writers lean Dem, yet their side beat us with the words everyday. Weird.

      • 126 betseyc
        March 25, 2012 at 7:16 pm

        Interesting about Obamacare — I like it, too, but the author says in response to a comment after her post that she hates the fact that the administration is embracing that, and instead should be, and have been all along, calling it the Patient Protection Act. Doesn’t have to be one or the other, of course. But I like the in-your-face acceptance of Obamacare.

    • 127 57andfemale
      March 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks for bringing this over. I think it’s vitally important although i can’t seem to get to the first part

  18. 128 globalcitizenlinda
    March 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    On a lighter note, Tiger finally wins a golf tournament after the personal challenges he had to face

  19. 132 Dudette
    March 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Another reason why we simply MUST keep President Obama serving in the role of “Leader of the Free World”

    “We must ensure that terrorists never acquire a nuclear weapon. This is the most immediate and extreme threat to global security. One terrorist, with one nuclear weapon could unleash massive destruction. Al Qaeda has said it seeks a bomb and that it would have, no problem with using it. And we know that there is unsecured nuclear material across the globe. To protect our people, we must act with a sense of purpose, without delay. So today I am announcing a new international effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years.

    We will set new standards, expand our cooperation with Russia, pursue new partnerships to lock down these sensitive materials. We must also build on our efforts to break up black markets, detect and intercept materials in transit, and use financial tools to disrupt this dangerous trade.

    Because this threat will be lasting, we should come together to turn efforts such as the Proliferation Security Initiative and the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism into durable international institutions and we should start by having a global summit on nuclear security that the United States will host within the next year.

    Now I know that there are some who will question whether we can act on such a broad agenda. There are those who doubt whether true international cooperation is possible given the inevitable differences among nations, and there are those who hear talk of a world without nuclear weapons and doubt whether it’s worth setting a goal that seems impossible to achieve. But make no mistake, we know where that road leads. When nations and peoples allow themselves to be defined by their differences, the gulf between them widens. When we fail to pursue peace, then it stays forever beyond our grasp.

    We know the path when we chose fear over hope. To denounce or shrug off a call for cooperation, is an easy but also a cowardly thing to do. That’s how wars begin; that’s where human progress ends.

    There is violence and injustice in our world that must be confronted. We must confront it, not by splitting apart, but by standing together as free nations, as free people. I know that a call to arms can stir the souls of men and women more than a call to lay them down, but that is why the voices for peace and progress must be raised together.”

    President Barack Obama
    Prague, April 5, 2009

    ——————-
    Promise Kept: The first Nuclear Security Summit was held in Washington, D.C., on April 12 and 13, 2010
    ——————-

    The above quote starts at 4:05 in the video below
    Obama’s Prague Speech English part3

    • 133 pinkbunny92
      March 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks Dudette! What great finds! President Obama is truly living up to the promise of his Nobel Peace Prize!

  20. 134 Dudette
    March 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    More on the President’s nuclear security agenda:

    Despite the disappointing headline in this USA today article from Friday, here’s a key detail the American people should be made aware of: “About 80% of the commitments made at the first Nuclear Security Summit, held in Washington in 2010, have been achieved, according to a report by the Fissile Materials Working Group, a coalition of leading U.S. non-proliferation and nuclear security experts. That includes the development of several nuclear security centers of excellence, removal of all highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Chile and removal of HEU reactor conversion and material in several countries. Even so, analysts say the road ahead is rough.”

    “Nuclear security push slowing down”
    http://www.usatoday.com/NEWS/usaedition/2012-03-23-Nuclear-summit-1A_ST_U.htm

    ——————–
    Rachel Maddow is one of the few people actually reporting on the subject:

    – Rachel Maddow’s recent segment about the President leaving for the summit and recent reporting on the cleanup of weapons-grade uranium from 6 nations
    http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-rachel-maddow-show/46841363#46841363

    Rachel Maddow producer, Vanessa Silverton-Peel’s interview with the Tom D’Agostino, Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and the NNSA about the breadth of the operations around containment and reclamation of nuclear materials across the globe.
    http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-rachel-maddow-show/46841363#46790267

    Rachel’s recent interview the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency
    http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-rachel-maddow-show/46841363#46789669

  21. 135 globalcitizenlinda
    March 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    UNC has burst PBO’s bracket!

    • 136 anniebella
      March 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      As a Tarheels fan, when their point guard got hurt, I didn’t expect them to make it to the Final Four. You have to remember when POTUS made his picks, the Tarheels point guard was playing. Marshall was to important for them to lose and expect them to win. Anyone who have seen Marshall play knows he is one of the best point guard in the country. Plus Henson wasn’t healthy, along with his wrist, his ankle got step on. So the President is okay, the team that lost to the Jayhawks this evening were not the team POTUS pick to win it all. If Marshall were playing I think UNC could have won, but injuries are part of the game.This is the second year in a row that UNC have lost in the final eight. Last year it was Kentucky who kept them from making it to the final four. I think Kentucky or Ohio State will win the championship. But who cares, my Tarheels didn’t make it.

      • 137 nathkatun7
        March 26, 2012 at 5:06 am

        Well, anniebella, I too picked the Tarheels to win the championship. I am really sad that that they didn’t make it. I am going to root for Ohio State because I have many friends in Ohio. Kentucky looks very strong, but in sports even the strong could be upset.

    • 138 hopefruit2
      March 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      I love my President.

  22. March 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Well, as a Jayhawker, can’t say I’m sad about that result, but that makes The Prez’s bracket a wash.

  23. March 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Folks, per Pragobotsunite.com, I came across a post by one of my fellow posters “angee” about Sinead O’ Connor’s statement on Trayvon Martin and the whole Zimmerman affair. I will leave you the link here, but please go to it. It is profound.

    http://www.sineadoconnor.com/

    Here’s a snippet.
    22.03.12 Treyvon Martin

    I would like to extend my very deepest sympathies to the family and other loved ones of murdered teenager, Treyvon Martin. I am very sad today (and am certain the whole of Ireland is) to learn of poor Treyvon’s terrifying ordeal and horrified by the fact his known and named and admitted killer has not been arrested, despite the crime having taken place a month ago. This is a disgrace to the entire human race.

    For those out there who believe black people to be less than pure royalty, let me inform you of a little known, but scientifically proven, many times over, FACT. Which after reading, you will hopefully feel both very stupid and very sorry. For you dishonor your own mothers and grandmothers.

    EVERY human being on earth, no matter what their culture, creed, skin colour, or nationality, shares one gene traceable back to one African woman. Scientists have named it ‘The Eve Gene’. This means ALL of us, even ridiculously stupid, ignorant, perverted, blaspheming racists are the descendants of one African woman.

    One African woman is the mother of all of us. Africa was the first world. You come from there! Your skin may be ‘white’.. because you didn’t need it to be black any more where you lived. But as Curtis Mayfield said.. “You’re just the surface of our dark, deep well”. So you’re being morons. And God is having the last laugh at your ignorant expense.

    If you hate black people, its yourself you hate. And the mother who bore you. If you kill or wish ill on black people, its yourself you kill and wish ill on. As well as the mother who bore you.

  24. March 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    President Obama Speaks to Troops at Camp Bonifas at the DMZ:

    • 146 globalcitizenlinda
      March 25, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      thanks a lot for this video – very nice to see POTUS interacting so beautifully with the service men and women at the DMZ.

    • 147 japa21
      March 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Pretty well done. They must have had the teleprompter out of the camers view.

    • 148 CEB
      March 25, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      PBO looks so handsome and studly in theis video. Shallow, I know, but true.

      • March 25, 2012 at 11:52 pm

        It may be shallow, but I know those are the thoughts running through my mind (respectfully, of course) every time I see the President in action. 😳

    • 150 isonprize
      March 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Wow, did anyone else notice the NBC peacock on the guy crouched down at the bottom in this video. Now we know that at least NBC was there. What is there excuse for not showing any one this trip to Korea on their news broadcasts?? HHHhhhmmmm???

  25. 155 Dudette
    March 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    The Nuclear Security Summit is such a big deal in Korea, someone commissioned an official theme song to commemorate it.

    Peace Song – 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit (English)

    The Korean version is here:

  26. March 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Afternoon TOD

    In the Trayvon Martin case, the people pushing back against the current established “narrative” (of an unarmed teen being shot and killed while walking to his father’s home- in other words, the facts), and attempting to break up the uniting American front that is calling out for justice, are not doing so for a man named George. Honestly, I get the feeling that Zimmerman doesn’t have many friends or defenders in his life. The people you see crawling into the media spotlight right now are there to serve one purpose; not to defend George Zimmerman, but to discredit and trivialize the situation (including the real victim, Trayvon Martin). Why? Because this situation, as outrageous and tragic as it was, was a spark that a lot of people needed to get up and demand equal respect and equal protection. Why else would anyone stoop to slander a dead teen who was not a public figure, not a delinquent, and did nothing to justify him being stalked and killed? I’ll tell you why: Because the nation is mobilizing, and the ones who have always gained and retained power by keeping us divided and suppressed do not know how to control it.

    They. Are. Scared.

    And now they are attempting to slow the rising tide by throwing in confusion, innuendo, and accusations of “reverse” bias. It’s so important that we stay focused and not allow negative influences to affect the passion for seeking justice or to turn the purposeful, nonviolent protests into disorganized riots.

    Somewhere, in some back room, politicos and media experts are racking their brains trying to figure out how such a movement could start without them. And when POTUS chimed in so eloquently, many people saw his words as an “official” stamp. This will not go away, even if the shooter is finally arrested. What we’re seeing right now is more coherent and heartfelt than anything the Tea Party, the Occupiers, or any other movement could muster, because it’s about something real.

    • 160 aquagranny911
      March 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      A figgingMEN!!! Thank you, JamilaJP, Thank you!!!

    • 161 Janelle
      March 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks so much Jamila for your perspective and reminders!!

    • 162 globalcitizenlinda
      March 25, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      true, listening carefully, you can see that some people are beginning to attack the victim – what a cruel strategy!

    • 163 anniebella
      March 25, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      I see where all these Zimmerman folks are coming out trying to defend him. Bottom line is if Zimmerman was not following Trayvon Martin, there would have been no shooting. If he had let the police handle things then he wouldn’t be in the mess he is in and Trayvon would be alive. These Zimmerman folks is saying that Trayvon attack Zimmerman, but Trayvon didn’t know who it was following him, he didn’t know if the person following him meant him harm, so maybe Trayvon was afraid and trying to defend his self. Neighborhood Watch said they recommend that you don’t follow anyone and you don’t carry a weapon. Zimmerman went against both. This is a smear attack against Trayvon, but common sense tells you if Zimmerman had left this in the hands of the police Trayvon mostly would be alive.

    • 164 sabreen60
      March 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Spot on!!!

    • 165 lovingandlaughing
      March 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you jamilajp. Your words are important.

  27. 166 vcprezofan2
    March 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    At last I get a chance to drop in today! 😆 Good Evening, Chips & TODville. I’ve been trying to do some ‘housewifely’ stuff, thinking that there won’t be as many post so catching up wouldn’t be so hard. Of course only a glance has shown me that I was wrong, so now I’m going back to see what you all have been saying. May the ‘god for slow readers’ help me when Ms Chips gets back to ‘normal service’! {This is in no way a complaint!!} 😆 😆 😆

    Shout out to Ms Chips! I can see you’re have a BUSY break from TODville! 😉

  28. March 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm

  29. March 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    This lady journalist is hooking us up. Tweet her thanks!

  30. March 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Trying to muscle North Korea toward peace over provocation, President Barack Obama is broadening his squeeze play from the heart of this tensely divided peninsula, pressuring China to show more influence and warning North Korea that it is headed toward a crippling “dead end’’ of isolation.

    From this capital teeming with pride, Obama sought for a second day Monday to contrast the success of the South to the impoverished North, whose nuclear and missile tests have kept its neighbor on edge and itself on the wrong side of the world community. Already, he said, looking into the North from near the border was like witnessing a “time warp’’ of despair.

    http://mobile.boston.com/art/35/news/world/asia/articles/2012/03/25/obama_squeezes_n_korea_to_change_china_to_help/

  31. 179 Dudette
    March 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    60 Minutes interviewing Chrysler’s CEO about the company’s turnaround.

    Three years ago, when Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne decided he would try to turn around beleaguered car maker Chrysler, he knew it was a long shot. As for any other CEOs in the car business, they wouldn’t “have touched this with a 10-foot pole,” he tells Steve Kroft. But he took the deal to take a stake in the ailing company from the U.S. government — part of the Obama administration’s auto bailout of the car industry — and beat the odds. Marchionne takes Kroft through the process of transforming the floundering company into a profitable contender in the world auto market for a 60 Minutes report
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57403476/chrysler-ceo-on-companys-remarkable-turnaround/?tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel

    Asked about the controversy over this year’s Super Bowl commercial, Marchionne said:
    “I thought the Republicans reaction to this was unnecessary and out of place.” Steve Kroft said something to the effect “that seemed like a reserved comment coming from you”. Marchionne laughed and said I’ll tell you what I really think we’re off camera. 🙂

    • March 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Given that the President’s actions saved an entire industry that the GOP would have let die, this CEO should have the guts to openly thank the President and call the GOP out on their failed actions.

  32. March 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm

  33. 182 vitaminlover
    March 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Dear President Obama and First Family, Yes, I am nagging. Please go enjoy a mini vacation when you return from this overseas trip. I know that you will have some serious jet lag when you return. I know that Mrs. Obama has to be in Nebraska later this week but after that I am really going to need you guys to get away and just chill for a few days. I say this with all do concern and respect. OBAMA/BIDEN2012!!!!

  34. 185 Ceb
    March 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I just finished watching a segment on Dateline about hiring vets reported by Tom Browkaw and at no time did he or Lester Holt mentioned the efforts by Joining Forces in getting all of these companies to pledge to hire vets and their splices; neither did they mention the job training and other resources that they have put in place for our military families. The MSM goes out of its way to keep silent about what PBO is doing that will benefit so many people. Here was a perfect chance to get this needed information out and they chose not to. Long ago Inuse to respect Tom Brokaw, but my attitude changed when I saw the barely concealed contempt that he has for our president. What is wrong with these people?

    • 186 hopefruit2
      March 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      It’s called the psychosis of racism.

    • 187 Ladyhawke
      March 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      How in the hell can Dateline do a report about hiring vets and not even mention the steps President Obama and FLOTUS have taken to help them find employment? This is just criminal. This is inexcusable. It is a blatant attempt to ensure PBO does not get the credit he deserves.

      I remember when every other word out of the mouth of Republicans was how much they loved the troops. You couldn’t say anything negative about President Bush because that was indirectly criticizing the troops. Back then, we were supposed to believe that it was the Republicans who were the real patriots. Let’s face it, President Obama has done more for the troops than any of the previous administrations. He has co-opted the GOP line on the troops. For my money, that’s why the Dateline report purposely left out any mention of the things PBO has done to help veterans get hired. President Obama makes the GOP look like amateurs and phonies.

      A simple google search using the keywords ‘Obama administration jobs vets’ would have produced a large number of hits detailing the administrations efforts in helping vets get employment. The Dateline folks should be embarrassed.

      1) VETERANS

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/veterans

      2) JOINING FORCES

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces

      3) OBAMA UNVEILS $5 BILLION VETERANS JOBS PROPOSAL

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

      Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama unveiled a new $5 billion veterans jobs plan Friday that the administration says will put thousands of men and women who once wore their country’s uniform back to work.

      The new Veterans Jobs Corps initiative, first mentioned in the president’s State of the Union address last week, involves partnerships with the Veterans Administration and the Interior Department, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies.

      Under the blueprint, the administration will award $166 million in grant money to communities that show a preference for hiring post-9/11 veterans for new law enforcement positions. In addition, $320 million in grant money will be awarded to various fire departments who pledge to hire and train new veterans.

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

      http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/03/politics/veterans-employment/index.html

      • 188 hopefruit2
        March 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

        Thanks for all these links..I called out nbc about their deliberate omission of the Obama administration and FL’s Veteran employment initiatives. But after our President’s speech, I’m going to blast the living daylights out of NBC with those links!

    • 190 Cha
      March 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      Imv, Tom Brokaw is the worst kind of piece of crap because he has the reputation of being a so called journalist but he uses it for propaganda purposes.

      Wouldn’t it be nice for Brokaw to be held accountable for all the bullshite he pushes on the American people?

  35. 191 utaustinliberal
    March 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Best In Show = 2 hours well spent. The movie is so freaking hilarious. I haven’t laughed this hard since I watched The Hangover.

    • 192 lisalovesobama
      March 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      It was good! It’s on repeat. Can you believe that couple blaming thir problems on that cute dog? Or that woman who had a former lover in every nook and cranny? Good grief! Laughed my ass off. 🙂

      • 193 utaustinliberal
        March 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        OMG yes! The Flecks. Malcolm was like I’ve banged so many waitresses in my lifetime but you were the best. When Connie Fleck was like I’ve slept with hundreds of men but that doesn’t make me a slut. I cracked up. The Swans were insane and at the end of the movie they got a new dog called Kipper who liked watching them have sex and humped along with them. 😆 The dog owners were insane. What about Harlan Pepper who liked naming nuts?

        • 194 lisalovesobama
          March 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

          Hahahaha! 😆 I loved the gay couple! They were the most normal of all the dog owners! What about that rich old man that said nothing?! His wife left him for the of handler! 😆 saw that coming a mile away! 🙂

          • 195 utaustinliberal
            March 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

            That was hilarious when she left him. Trying to make out she wasn’t a gold digger and he “pursued” her. The gay couple were so cute and you’re right. They were the most normal characters in the movie. They were loving, supporting, but still kooky. At the end they dressed up dogs according to famous scenes in movies like Casablanca etc. That was funny. Remember when the younger gay partner packed 7 kimonos for a 2 day travel? And then they feng shuied their hotel room while humming. Hahahahah. 😆

            GCB is coming up at 10 PM ET / 9PM CT. You gonna watch?

    • March 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      my teenaged nephew and niece LOVE this movie. they are the ones who got me to watch the movie.

  36. March 25, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Powerful!!!!! Thank you Dudette.HZ

  37. March 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    If you’re into Mad Men, this is sorta funny:

  38. March 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I watched this segment on Dateline because we heard this couple from our town was going to be featured—-actually live close to us. And it was a nice story about this couple who had watched a former Dateline program on a returning vet who could not find a job—-Dateline had actually been following this guy, Dennis Weaver, through training and off to war and back again. So this couple drives from Illinois up to Wisconsin to meet with the vet and they offer him a job with one of their companies—- and how well it has worked out for both. Vet has gone from being totally distraught and depressed to renewed pride and happiness, liking his job and feeling good about being able to support his family. And this couple said that worked out so well they have since hired 2 more vets, and that has also worked out well, those vets saying how much they like working for this couple etc. And the couple said how important it was to hire these returning vets, that they have had excellent training and are skilled in many areas and employers have tended to shy away but there was no need for that. And they said there should be a national effort. And the only problem is I kept waiting for someone to mention all President Obama’s initiatives in this area, all the efforts and Vow to Hire a Vet bill and encouragement by this administration etc. Both the president and first lady talk about this at every opportunity. And of course, not a peep about any of this. It is so infuriating. Would it kill the media to ever give this president credit where it is due?

    • 204 globalcitizenlinda
      March 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      pls send the Dateline producers a line about this omission of POTUS, FLOTUS and The Bidens’ contribution to hiring vets. – I know I am going to do so.

    • 206 hopefruit2
      March 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Dotster, please see Ceb’s comment above. You are so not alone in your frustration with the dishonest Republican propaganda machine that call’s itself the “fair and balanced” media.

    • 207 Dudette
      March 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      What great news! I highly recommend emailing AND tweeting the folks at Dateline who did this story and tell them we’ve noticed their GLARING omission. That there IS a national effort to encourage businesses to hire vets and how outrageous it is that their reporting on this topic was so poor.

      Include these links:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/veterans
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces/commitments

      The show’s twitter account is:
      @datelinenbc

      The show’s email address is:
      dateline@nbcuni.com

      Find the twitter account for the actual reporter who did the story and tweet them too. Their reporters are listed at the bottom of this page
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032600/

      Maybe that’ll shame them into setting the record straight.

      • March 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        It was Tom Brokaw who did the segment——which figures.

        • 209 Dudette
          March 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm

          @tombrokaw

        • March 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm

          Wasn’t Tom Brokaw a guest on Oprah with the First Lady speaking about this very topic? It’s not like he doesn’t know she’s been working on raising awareness. And it’s not just a case of giving credit to the President, First Lady, VP and Dr. Biden – although they deserve the credit. It’s about continuing to raise awareness, and giving people tools to help them get involved in the effort. It does no-one any good if people just go away with a good feeling, but they don’t know how they themselves can get involved in the effort. These people and their racism know no bounds, clearly.

          • March 25, 2012 at 11:55 pm

            Theo67, yes it was Tom Brokaw on the Oprah Show with the First Lady. In fact,, Tom Brokaw featured his hometown and I believe the couple lived in a house that his parents had built. All we want is to make sure that these people who produce these shows or segments make sure that they are up to date with the progress that POB has done since they last reported. Let people see that we are making good progress under this Administration.

            Those are my concerns as well as , we know that they do not want to give POB credit. It is plain and simple, A Fact. I voiced my concerns on Twitter.HZ

    • 213 COS
      March 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      They did the same wit the segment on GM’s comeback. They did not mention the role that PBO played at all.

  39. 216 bjw2
    March 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Hey guys go to CSPAN now, Bill Press is discussing his book “The Obama Hate Machine”, and he’s laying it all out about the Koch Brothers and our own MSM complicity.

    http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/

    • 217 hopefruit2
      March 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      THanks for the heads up bjw2. Off to watch!

    • 218 Ladyhawke
      March 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      THE NEWT GINGRICH ‘GOPAC MEMO’

      ‘Language: A Key Mechanism of Control’

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

      But the clearest expression of Gingrich’s philosophy of media came in a GOPAC memo entitled “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control.” Distributed to GOP candidates across the country, the memo’s list of words for Democrats and words for Republicans was endorsed by Gingrich in a cover letter: “The words in that paper are tested language from a recent series of focus groups where we actually tested ideas and language.” Next time you hear Gingrich complain about media focusing on the negative, refer back to these lists.
      .
      .
      This list is prepared so that you might have a directory of words to use in writing literature and mail, in preparing speeches, and in producing electronic media. The words and phrases are powerful. Read them. Memorize as many as possible. And remember that, like any tool, these words will not help if they are not used….

      Contrasting Words

      Often we search hard for words to help us define our opponents. Sometimes we are hesitant to use contrast. Remember that creating a difference helps you. These are powerful words that can create a clear and easily understood contrast. Apply these to the opponent, their record, proposals and their party.

      decay… failure (fail)… collapse(ing)… deeper… crisis… urgent(cy)… destructive… destroy… sick… pathetic… lie… liberal… they/them… unionized bureaucracy… “compassion” is not enough… betray… consequences… limit(s)… shallow… traitors… sensationalists…

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

      http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1276

    • 219 Dudette
      March 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Dang, I just missed it. Will have to catch video later.

      • 220 hopefruit2
        March 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

        This is chilling. According to Bill Press, #of Obama “hate” books published during his first 3 years as President = 65. The corresponding # of “hate” books for GWB in the same time span is 5.

  40. 222 anniebella
    March 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I’m looking forward to FLOTUS and the kids setting out the WH garden tomorrow.

  41. 224 globalcitizenlinda
    March 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    POTUS’ Jacket at the DMZ:

    well, there was a brief back and forth about the CIC jacket that President Obama is wearing at the observation post in the DMZ. From his comment in the video that Meta linked to above, PBO seems to like it too. Our answer was provided by PBO himself when he says that it was custom made for him and given as gift a few moments ago.

    Yes, the obsession of some of us knows no bounds and it includes the Presidential outfits – such “heavy and world-peace-determining matters” as clothes and other accessories to consider!

    • March 26, 2012 at 12:03 am

      First, thanks Meta for the link. Also, I love it when he gives credit is due. It was so sweet of him to thank them for the jacket, and darn, he looked so fineeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Mrs. First Lady in that Jacket. When he walks in the Residence, when he returns, I hope he is wearing that and the party is on. Oh, well, you know , I mean the fashion show is on. I guess this old lady better get back to her book or finish my tweets and shut up.

      Love you Chips, and hoping that you are having a lovely time. (((((((((((((((“,Miss, You Like Crazy” and we did not party tonight. Very calm and cool in the house. HZ

  42. March 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    oh oh, Santorum unraveling???

    Rick Santorum Swears At Reporter

    Rick Santorum portrays himself as the pious, family values candidate in the Republican presidential field, but that didn’t stop him from swearing at a reporter. New York Times correspondent Jeff Zeleny reports that Santorum swore at him in response to a question…

    • 227 anniebella
      March 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Ron Paul said Rick Santorum is a phony. I don’t agree with Paul on alot, but he told the truth about Santorum. I’m about to get ready to listen to President Obama.

    • 228 jackiegrumbacher
      March 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      The stress is telling on Little Ricky. He can only keep up the pious image so long before the venal, corrupt and phony guy that he is shows through.

      • March 25, 2012 at 10:55 pm

        And he’s actually not under any stress. As President Obama said, these GOP candidates have no real responsibilities. The President, on the other hand, has the world on his shoulders. And yet, he manages to do it all with grace and aplomb. Santorum needs to rethink whether he actually has what it takes to do this job, and all it entails.

    • 230 Pamela
      March 25, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      Way to go, stupid, Jeff Zeleny is pretty smart, he would not like abuse from a lowlife like you. (meaning sanatorium…)

  43. March 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    embed

  44. March 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    From TPM:

    Obama Camp To Release Bilingual Report On Health Care Reform’s Impact On Hispanics

    On Monday, Obama for America will release a bilingual report on how health care reform affects Hispanics, including a new Spanish-language “health care personalization tool.” The report will be introduced in a press conference call with the campaign. The release is in keeping with a month-long push on the two-year anniversary of health care reform’s passage to shore up support for the bill and help voters understand what the law contains and how it will help them. Most of this month’s efforts have focused on the key constituencies like women and seniors. Latino voters will also be crucial to whoever wins in November.

  45. 233 Dudette
    March 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    HEADS UP!!! The stream;s up… playing music while we wait for PBO.

    Announcer just said the program will begin in two minutes…
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  46. 237 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    You can see our president’s speech live here; it’s about to begin soon:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-speaks-continued-efforts-stop-spread-nuclear-weapons

  47. 240 Dudette
    March 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Look at that big smile!! Love my President!!

  48. 241 Ladyhawke
    March 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    There’s our guy. Flashing that million dollar smile and getting a very warm reception. Love him.

  49. 243 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Our president said something in Korean and the audience erupted in applause!!!

    On another note:

    • 244 Dudette
      March 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Did he really say “damn arrest”?

      WTF? As if someone twisted HIS arm and forced him to say “Uncle.” What? You feeling victimized now Jeb? Asshole!

      • March 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm

        I’m in DFW , I’m pretty sure the tweeter meant only the stuff in quotes attributed to Jeb Bush. I saw the video here in DFW. He didn’t say the capitalized stuff.

        • 246 Dudette
          March 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm

          Okay, I stand corrected. Just noticed the link to the article. It was the person tweeting the story who said “I THINK WE CAN EXPECT A DAMN ARREST NOW.”

          Jeb’s still an asshole though.

    • 248 57andfemale
      March 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Running away as fast as his cowardly legs can take him, isn’t Jeb?

  50. 249 Dudette
    March 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Ha ha! Love that question!! Have you posted a supportive opinion about yourself on the internet pretending you were someone else. 🙂

  51. 256 Ladyhawke
    March 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    This speech is so important it should be on every channel in this country. Right now I am watching it on BBC World News. Unbelievable……..

    • March 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      I was just thinking exactly that; everyone should be listening to this speech.. what he’s saying, what he’s doing effects everyone on this planet.

    • 258 COS
      March 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      I turned to all of the major channels and not one channel was showing this speech. Unbelievable!!! Yet, they will come out and criticize tomorrow.

      • 259 Ladyhawke
        March 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        THE ONLY ADULT IN THE ROOM MAKES US PROUD

        President Obama is on the international stage showing leadership and vision. But the media in the country spends more time parroting the stupid and vicious comments from Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. These clown car candidates are rank amateurs. None of them can hold a candle to President Obama. He just makes them look petty and small.

        The fact that this speech is not being carried on network and cable tv here in the U.S. tells me that the mainstream media has abdicated their responsibility to educate and inform the American people. This is shameful.

      • 262 Dudette
        March 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm

        Like someone said earlier, what a colossal waste that scores of journalists are sent out to follow him around and their respective media outlets don’t bother reporting a damned thing about the work that the President is doing on our behalf.

        Do my tax dollars pay to feed those bastards on AF1?

    • 266 anniebella
      March 25, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      I will email CNN, MSNBC, and ask them why they didn’t carry the President’s speech tonight? I bet if Mitt Romney or Santorum were somewhere lying, they would be carrying that.

  52. 267 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    It’s at times like this you really appreciate this President immensely…and which he could serve 4 consecutive terms. Sigh.

  53. 268 Ladyhawke
    March 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    PBO to To North Korea “HAVE THE COURAGE TO PURSUE PEACE”. That is a powerful statement.

  54. 271 Dudette
    March 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    ” To the leaders of Pyongyang, I say — Have the courage to pursue peace and give a better life to the people of North Korea.”

    My President said that.

  55. 274 sabreen60
    March 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Great speech. For some reason I was reminded of the original movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. The scene at the end of the movie when Klaatu was telling the leaders that unless they got their act together the Earth would go up in smoke sounded like PBO talking about what could happen if the loose nuclear weapons are not locked down.

  56. 275 Dudette
    March 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I like the music they’re playing…

  57. 276 Pamela
    March 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    “He’s an idiot. I do not like that man.” Quote from my little old lady while reading about darth cheney’s heart transplant in today’s paper! 😉

    • 277 Dudette
      March 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      All that toxic evil in the rest of the body will disintegrate the new heart too.

    • 278 amk for obama
      March 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      So I guess she has improved quite a bit to be this perky, huh ? 🙂

      You did good with her.

      • 279 Pamela
        March 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

        Oh, yes, she is improving every day, becoming her old cranky self, a very good sign! Thank you, also, yes, I am doing a lot of good with her, but have been helping her for 4 years now, so there is a lot of trust and appreciation, it works for us both! 😉

        • March 26, 2012 at 12:16 am

          Blessings coming your way Pamela.((((((((((((((Thank you for touching a beautiful person))))))))))))))))))) You are a special and loving spirit.HZ

        • 281 57andfemale
          March 26, 2012 at 1:02 am

          You’re doing an amazing thing. Does she appreciate how blessed she is?

  58. March 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Jennifer is giving us great updates on twitter. She is a good reporter. Imagine that?

  59. 283 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    President Obama – 1
    Media – 0

  60. 285 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Here is the official theme song for the nuclear security summit 2012.

  61. 289 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    https://twitter.com/#!/polymath22/status/184100799524249600

    Polymath speaks for me, and I would imagine every TODer 🙂

  62. March 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Progress:

  63. 295 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    • 296 Dudette
      March 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      We have the MOST AWESOME PRESIDENT evahhhhhhh!!!!

    • 299 jackiegrumbacher
      March 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Wow! This is a huge outcome. Thanks to our third world media, few people in America will know this. but this is an enormous achievement by the president.

    • 302 Dudette
      March 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Looks like the Japanese want in on some of that persuadin’ action too…
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120326_11.html

      • March 25, 2012 at 11:15 pm

        I love it! This is why President Obama is in possession of a Nobel Peace Prize.

        • March 26, 2012 at 12:25 am

          He spoke the words out into his space in so many ways. Funny how my spirit led me to go and watch his Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony where Ms. Spalding was his guest performer. Remember her. It was so nice. It was peaceful. I just did that tonight. I wish I knew how to bring the video here, but I am totally not tech savvy.

          However, I wish someone could bring at least the music here of her performance. POB and FLOTUS was so proud of her and they were telling the people around them about Esperaza Spalding. It is beautiful She first performed for POB at the WH when they were honoring Stevie Wonder. She played and then accompanied Tony Bennett. Please someone bring it here. What a way to close the evening.HZ

          • 305 Dudette
            March 26, 2012 at 12:39 am

            Got you covered sweet HZ. I hadn’t seen this! Thanks so much for mentioning it! I’m a fan of Ms. Spalding too!

            • March 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

              Oh, Dudette, you have just made my day. I woke up with pain, brush it off, prayed for our POB and my brother and others, and was moved as I went downstairs to up open the lower leve. I was filled with a heavy heart about all that we all talked about last evening about POB’s trip, the coverage, and then I put a CD by Whitney, her last one with, “I Look To You.” Moved with emotions for many reason.

              Music is a vital part in my life. Made a pot of tea. Came back upstairs and had the urge to pray again for POB. Little did I know until turning to see what was on the news, there was Alex(do not like her, but Dr. Eric Dyson was on the panel, and they showed the clip about POTUS’s open mic with Medvedev, and I just went off. After listening briefly, turn her off. I wonder how many mics were open when GW was in office, and they didi not report. They could not cover anything on Sunday, but they were on this shit today. Leaders do this stuff all the time, but Rhodes just slipped up with leaving POB open. You better believe he will get an ear full from POTUS. Or whoever was responsible. It is not a big deal. At least he was heard telling the truth. I rest with that in my heart.

              Turned on computer to check in, and here was the video that I had pleaded for last evening. This is what I needed. Oh, thank you most wonderful one, I am totally appreciative to you for doing this. It puts my emotions in a better space where they need to be. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Dudette. ((((((((((((((((((( I love you for doing this)))))))))))))))HZ

              • 307 Dudette
                March 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

                Love you back HZ.

                I know just how you feel. Music helps me get through the tough patches too. Whitney’s “I Look To You” is one of my favorites from her. Makes me cry everytime I hear it. Happy or sad — doesn’t matter.

                As for the open mic story, look at it this way — as pivotal as this trip is, a little “controversy” however hyped up it may be, is probably the only way MSM would’ve done any reporting on the President’s trip. He didn’t say anything outrageous. In fact, it was quite true, he WILL have more breathing room to get things done after his re-election. We all know this currentCongress won’t do anything between now and the election to solve any problems or more things forward. And so what if some people are shocked that he has confidence about his chances. If he wasn’t confident, he wouldn’t be our guy and he shouldn’t be standing for re-election in the first place. We’ve gotta do the work to make sure that confidence isn’t for naught – get him re-elected and put some folks in Congress who are really about serving the country.

                Take deep breath, let the beautiful music wash over you, sip some more tea and PRESS ON!! We got this!!

  64. 308 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    March 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    A TOD must read!

    ‘Sinead O’Connor goes in on Trayvon Martin”

    http://nouaintradio.com/2012/03/24/sinead-oconner-goes-in-on-trayvon-martin-hip-hop-and-the-black-community/

    Very important messages.

    #PRESSON

  65. 310 lisalovesobama
    March 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    The name “Obama” made an apparence on GCB! It was hilarious! 😆

    • 311 Dudette
      March 25, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Aw, I missed it. I put the TV on mute while I listened to PBO’s speech.

      Details please?

      • 312 lisalovesobama
        March 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm

        Carlene stole Amanda’s laptop and brought it to her house but she caught her son spanking his monkey on her couch and thinks its a sign from God that she should steal so she brings the computer back to Amanda. Carlene tells her husband this and he says “you brought it back without me looking at it!” And Carlene responds that it was password protected with probably words associated with all types of unchristian things. She lists of one or two and her last one was :”or Obama!”—— it was funny. These people are supposed to be Christian conservatives, it’s all the funnier seeing what hypocrites they are. 🙂

        • 313 lisalovesobama
          March 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm

          Oh, and they spent time gushing bout the Bush family. They had one sort of costume party where they were supposed to go as famous Texans and one of the characters went as Barb Bush.

        • 314 Dudette
          March 25, 2012 at 11:07 pm

          I get it “unchristian things” — hypocrites indeed.

          I caught the first episode, cuz I like Kristin Chenoweth. It was a hoot. Since then I keep missing it.
          Sort of Desperate Housewives meets Dallas/Knots Landing feel.

  66. 316 amk for obama
    March 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Why Mitt Romney’s cousin turned against the Mormon church

    Mitt Romney, the front runner in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination for the White House, is a devout Mormon, but his cousin, Park Romney, also in the past a committed member of the church, now denounces it as a cult.

    “I became convinced that it’s a fraud,” Park Romney told the BBC, explaining his reason for leaving the Mormon fold.

    The two visions of Mormonism the Romney cousins present could not be more starkly opposed.

    Park Romney, 56, is a former Mormon high priest, who turned against the church.

    On the stump Mitt Romney, 65, has avoided mentioning Mormonism, instead talking generally about his faith, but he has been an active lifelong member of the church.

    /

    Park Romney’s criticisms of the church are fundamental.

    Along with other ex-Mormons, he questions founder Joseph Smith’s prophecies – for example Smith’s translation of an Egyptian scroll, part of the Mormon book of Abraham, which Egyptologists say is a fraud.

    “There’s compelling evidence that the Mormon Church leaders knowingly and wilfully misrepresent the historical truth of their origins and of the Church for the purpose of deceiving their members into a state of mind that renders them exploitable,” says Park

    /

    One thing that particularly agitates them is “shunning” – allegations that former church members are denied access to family members who remain in the church.

    Park claims this has happened to him.

    “I am alienated from my family,” he told the BBC.

    “Their doctrine, their protocol and their culture as enforced by bishops encourages the families to disassociate themselves from the apostate.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/magazine-17487873

    • March 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      the real origin—Joseph Smith wanted a bunch of very young brides

    • 318 susanne
      March 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      hmmm–now why does this sound so familiar?
      ‘there’s compelling evidence that the mormon church leaders knowingly and wilfully misrepresent the historical truth of their origins and of the church for the purpose of deceiving their members into a state of mind that renders them exploitable.’

      oh, yeah, just substitute ‘repug’ when it says ‘mormon’, and switch out ‘origins and of the church’ for ‘policies’ and you get:

      there’s compelling evidence that the repug leaders knowlingly and wilfully misrepresent the historical truth of their policies for the purpose of deceiving their members into a state of mind that renders them exploitable. yes indeed, that’s the way i remember it.

  67. March 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    The Man behind the Curtain is Jon Kyl -crying his ass off, because of this wonderful speech!

    • 320 desertflower
      March 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      He can cry all he wants! He voted AGAINST the START TREATY and is the biggest damn waste of space. Can’t wait until he retires. He won’t be missed. WHO DOES THAT????

  68. 321 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    This is the crap that the media occupied with – which explains the complete lack of coverage of PBO’s visit to South Korea.

    Expect to see Michelle Bachmann’s ignorant face and rhetoric blasted all over our TV screens for the rest of the week…

    • March 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      They are trying to give the right wing justices cover for when they overturn it.

      We better have some rallies, too!

    • 335 sjterrid
      March 26, 2012 at 12:33 am

      I went to a Cherry Hill Democratic meeting on Saturday and my Congressman, Rob Andrews, was there and spoke for about 45 minutes.
      He said he will be there on Monday to testify on ACA.

      The fact that there are protests outside the court, and especially since candidates running for president are there, this is argument that this is a political issue not a constitutional issue. Therefore, I believe that the ACA won’t be overturned.

    • 337 Dudette
      March 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks! This is from the news conference from yesterday. Man, they’ve been slow to post video.

      Here’s a recap article from BBC:

      Obama in push for ‘world without nuclear weapons’

      US President Barack Obama is pushing for “a world without nuclear weapons”, making direct appeals to North Korea and Iran. Speaking at a summit in Seoul aimed at reducing the risk of nuclear terrorism, he also pledged to work with Russia and China. He emphasised the US’s unique position to seek change but said ”serious sustained global effort” was needed. The meeting is being attended by representatives from some 50 countries.

      Speaking at Hankuk University, Mr Obama reiterated the commitment of the US as ”the only nation to have ever used nuclear weapons” to reducing its nuclear arms stockpile. He also spoke, he said, as a father who did not want to see his daughters growing up in a world with nuclear threats, comments which drew applause from the audience made up mostly of students.

      The US president said he was looking forward to meeting newly-elected Russian President Vladimir Putin in May to discuss further nuclear arms cuts.
      ———————–
      This BBC article has a couple of good charts comparing nuclear arsenals and treaty limits for U.S and Russian launchers and warheads

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17507976

    • 338 Dudette
      March 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      Transcript here includes interpreted remarks of President Lee as well as President Obama’s

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/25/remarks-president-obama-and-president-lee-myung-bak-joint-press-conferen

  69. March 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    SEOUL, March 26 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will voice confidence on Monday that the United States can further reduce its nuclear weapons stockpile while maintaining its strategic deterrent and international commitments, a White House official said.

    Obama, spoke at a university in Seoul ahead of global nuclear security summit, plans to raise the issue of arms control with Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin when they meet in May, the official said. Moscow and Washington reached a new START treaty earlier in Obama’s term.

    “He will reaffirm his commitment to reduce America’s nuclear weapons and the role they play in our national security strategy,” the official said of Obama’s address.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL3E8HADJJ20120326?irpc=932

  70. 340 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2012 at 11:08 pm

  71. 341 Dudette
    March 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Well, well, welll… NOW we know why NBC has conveniently forgotten to mention the White House -related initiatives to help veterans find jobs! Look who’s working with NBC…

    “NBC News and TODAY are joining forces with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to expand its Hiring our Heroes initiative.”
    http://hiringourheroes.today.msnbc.msn.com/

    Dare I say they’re playing on the fact that most people are ignorant that the USCOC is a lobbying group, not a part of the federal government. I wouldn’t be surprised if USCOC has explicitly restricted NBC from mentioning the White House initiatives.

    • 342 COS
      March 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      So they are going to try and give the repugs credit for this. this is really upsetting.

      • 343 hopefruit2
        March 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm

        Yes, now that they realize that they are losing the economic argument, they are going to try to co-opt some of PBO’s initiatives to snatch the credit and place it on the laps of the GOP…They won’t get away with this.

        We’re on to the media.

    • 344 hopefruit2
      March 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      That explains a lot. And it looks like they’re almost trying to co-opt an already successful WH initiative which has reduced Veteran unemployment by 5% since it was first launched.

      Now I wonder what was the deal with CBS and not mentioning PBO at all for GM’s success.

    • 345 Dudette
      March 25, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Dotster, take note!

      • March 26, 2012 at 12:08 am

        I can’t believe this. There is no truth to be had from our media any more. It’s all manipulation and omission, misleading and usurping, as in this case. This is beyond revolting. I blasted them in an email, but I did not know about their new BFF.

    • 347 Dudette
      March 25, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Here’s a clip they did recently on hiring female vets. Not sure of the date.
      http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/46848240#46848240

    • March 26, 2012 at 12:15 am

      We’re going to have a lot of work to do to make sure people know that any progress with the veterans is due to three years of dedicated effort from this Administration – not some propaganda from the Chamber of Commerce. They’ll need to show us their efforts and the fruits of those efforts.

  72. 349 Dudette
    March 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Hey Guys — Mega Millions Jackpot for Tuesday is up to $356 MIL.

    I see myself making a small contribution to the Hope scholarship fund in the near future. 😉

  73. 350 Dudette
    March 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Looks like I missed some good shoveback from David Plouffe earlier regarding Newt’s chunks of spew about PBO’s comments on the Trayvon Martin case. Kick his ass David!!

    —————-
    White House slams Newt Gingrich for criticizing Obama’s Trayvon Martin remarks
    ‘Speaker Gingrich is clearly in the last throes of his political career,’ says White House senior adviser David Plouffe

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/white-house-slams-newt-gingrich-criticizing-obama-trayvon-martin-remarks-article-1.1050596?localLinksEnabled=false

  74. 351 Dudette
    March 25, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    If anyone cares, Romney will be on Leno, Monday night March 27.

  75. 356 hopefruit2
    March 25, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    HEADLINE: College Grads Continue Their Exodus From the GOP

    // In his column this week, Michael Medved notes that college graduates are leaving the Republican Party in large numbers at the same time as more and more Americans are earning degrees: The Gipper…crushed Jimmy Carter among college grads (52 to 35 percent) while John McCain lost this segment of the population to Barack Obama (45 to 53 percent). In other words, the Republican candidate went from a seventeen point advantage (in both ’80 and ’84, as it turns out) to an eight point loss among those who completed college—a crippling swing of 25 full percentage points. George W. Bush represented something of a mid-point in this alarming decline in Republican appeal to the most educated element of the electorate, splitting college grads evenly with both Al Gore (2000) and John Kerry (2004). //

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/25/college-grads-go-on-an-exodus-from-the-gop0.html

    Show this article to Willard who stated that he couldn’t understand why a young person would vote DEM.

  76. 358 LDS
    March 25, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    @japa21 way up above: Even if the telepromters were in the camera’s view it would not have made a difference. Our articulate, intelligent President is speaking from the heart. And the women and men seemed very happy to see him there. Hell, he even brought them up to date college game scores. He surely did not need a TelePrompTer for that. He has skills…..

    What a relief to have a President who can talk, breathe and think at the same time. Unlike that Gomer Pyle, GWB. It was and still is an embarrassment to see him stare into the cameras, forget about opening his mouth to speak.
    Can you imagine that blundering fool at the DMZ zone. I can’t……It is to painful!

    • 359 Pamela
      March 26, 2012 at 12:02 am

      I had been thinking the same about the teleprompters LDS, when PBO speaks he does indeed speak from the heart, he knows his own thoughts and feelings; his heart and his mind are so well connected, he is fluid and real. It not only shows, but his intelligence resonates, he is a whole person. I think someone must have to be very dense emotionally and spiritually not to have a positive response to this man, our President.

      • March 26, 2012 at 6:50 am

        I don’t get it. A teleprompter allows the speaker to cover his topics in total. It is an instrument for the educated not the dimwit. The delivery of the content is important. The president has to be measured in his professional speeches otherwise he will be trashed and the message lost. When i listen to Santorum talk off the cuff, he sounds like someone trying to have a poop.

    • March 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

      My comment was meant as snark. The RW makes a big deal about how PBO can’t speak w/o a teleprompter. Sorry I wasn’t cleare3r.

  77. March 26, 2012 at 12:03 am

  78. 369 yardarm756
    March 26, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Stick a fork in me. I’m done. Ciao!

  79. 371 Dudette
    March 26, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Hey Twitter TOD’ers,

    I can’t be the only person that’s really annoyed at the lack of coverage of our President’s overseas trip. Would you guys mind tweeting some of the NBC network folks about how we see they’ve sent people on the trip to Korea and they’re not bothering to report it (as evidenced by the presence of the dude with the peacock emblem on his arm in the video of the president talking to the troops)?

    Here’s one suggestion (not sure if it fits in the character-limit), but y’all can do your magic:

    NBC has at least one photojournalist in Korea covering the President’s visit to the DMZ (:52 in this video). Can we expect to see actual coverage on your network?

    URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FGXb6ZTMqo
    (isn’t there some tool you can use to make small URLs for twitter?)

    ——————
    Some ideas on who should get it:
    @todayshow
    @AnnCurry
    @tombrokaw
    @bwilliams
    @JoeNBC
    @mitchellreports

    Bashir, Sharpton, Maddow and LOD are likely to cover it without prodding, if anyone does.

    I don’t have Twitter, so I’ll be emailing NBC Universal Corporate:
    nbcuniversalviewerfeedback@nbcuni.com

  80. 373 Dudette
    March 26, 2012 at 12:29 am

    BBC video from PBO’s speech at Hankuk University (4-minute excerpt only)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17508370

  81. 374 LDS
    March 26, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Pamela, great minds do think alike….also, I just ate some delicious chocolate so I am up for at least another two hours. I hope your day was as great as mine or better. This week has been emotional draining and heart wrenching. But today I was joyful and grateful…….for the small things.
    Sweet sleep.

  82. 375 LDS
    March 26, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Dudette, thank you. I had to let that emotion go since the last trip. I was beyond angry. The love that the other countries showed our President helped me to get pass these frauds perpetrating as journalists. They know how well he is loved abroad and it makes them envious and jealous.
    The kkkoch bros. have sent out their orders and we should expect this. They own the media. What do we expect from them?

    Thank you for the list. I will be on it early in the morning. That is one way of pushing back in a positive way. When our President returns back home, mission accomplished and invite the local reporters for personal interviews who will respect him, the office of the President and most of all, let him finish an answer…..then we can say checkmate.

    He has us to do the network and communicating encouraging each other and supporting him whenever and however we can. He is constantly telling us how to win this fight. It will not be won with money and might alone. This is a man who is thinking, always thinking. He is thinking about us. He is a visionary.
    Nothing the other side does should not seem strange or shock us by now. They have had decades to spew their vile and hate out, their time is running out and they are are out of their comfort zone.They were not expecting this and their game plan did not work in 2008 and it is not going to work in 2016.
    As evil as they are, there is more to come. We have hope. We are the change we have been waiting for. Love conquers all!

  83. 378 Dudette
    March 26, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Dave Bing, Detroit mayor, hospitalized for intestinal inflammation
    http://www.thegrio.com/local/detroit/dave-bing-detroit-mayor-hospitalized-for-intestinal-inflammation.php

    Detroit Mayor Dave Bing had surgery Saturday to repair a perforation of the intestines. He is expected to remain in hospitalized for the next five to seven days..”The surgery was successful and the Mayor is resting comfortably,” said Dr. Scott Dulchavsky, chairman of the Henry Ford Hospital department of surgery. “The mayor will return to normal activities within three weeks. However, he can resume limited administrative duties as early as tomorrow.”

    Bing, 68, a basketball star with the Detroit Pistons during the 1960s and 70s and later a successful business executive, was elected mayor during a runoff election in 2009, his first ever position in public office. Bing inherited a $331 million budget deficit. While having shaved the deficit down to $197 million the city faces the possibility of running out of money by mid-April.

    According to the mayor’s office, Bing’s chief of staff Kirk Lewis has been appointed deputy mayor and will act as mayor until Bing can resume his normal activities. The illness comes as a deadline looms over a pending consent agreement or emergency financial manager decree from Gov. Rick Snyder.

    Late Friday afternoon, a ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals reinstated the Monday deadline and allows a deal to be negotiated by a deadline Monday under Public Act 4, Michigan’s emergency manager law.

    The court reversed a ruling by a Lansing judge that barred Snyder and the state financial review team from entering into a consent agreement until after a hearing next Thursday on alleged violations of the state’s Open Meetings Act.

    Bing spokesman Robert Warfield said that the mayor’s hospitalization would not affect the negotiations. Snyder has been out of the country on a trade mission for the last week, but state treasurer Andy Dillon will continue the negotiations throughout the weekend
    … more in the article

    —————
    My prayers go out for a speedy recovery for Mayor Bing for a speedy recovery and for successful negotions to keep the city under the guidance of her elected officials.

  84. March 26, 2012 at 3:10 am

    The Koreans were encouraged to submit questions to President Obama to be answered while he was there for the summit. He picked three to answer – here they are. Another display of the brilliance of President Obama.

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=297255167012523

    • 380 susanne
      March 26, 2012 at 4:39 am

      this is a must-read. our president is so admired and respected! and for excellent reason, including his willingness to answer questions like these.

  85. 381 amk for obama
    March 26, 2012 at 3:44 am

  86. 383 amk for obama
    March 26, 2012 at 4:15 am

  87. 384 susanne
    March 26, 2012 at 5:36 am

    that’s a good place to stop for the night, amk. i’ll turn out the lights, and see all you tods tomorrow.

  88. March 26, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Ha! Morning Nut said that Drmocrats would love if the HCL gets struck down, because thru really don’t want the individual mandate.
    Ha! Joe the Clown is such a Nut. Does he expect us to fall for that?

  89. March 26, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Ha! Another nutty statement by Joe. This is great. He says the Republucan Party has gone far left over the years.
    Omg! He is losing it!

  90. March 26, 2012 at 6:53 am

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Seoul warned Monday that it might shoot down parts of a North Korean rocket that violate South Korean territory, as worries about what Washington calls a long-range missile test overshadowed an international nuclear security summit.

    Nearly 60 world leaders gathered Monday in Seoul to talk about ways to keep nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists. But North Korea has dominated attention in Northeast Asia since announcing earlier this month that it would send a satellite into space aboard a long-range rocket.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_NKOREA_ROCKET_LAUNCH?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-03-26-02-09-51

  91. March 26, 2012 at 7:06 am

    The new bill press show is on Current tv. It’s a lot better than Joe the Troll!

  92. 393 globalcitizenlinda
    March 26, 2012 at 7:12 am

    It will be Karma if in their hate-filled drive to try to over-turn the ACA, they in fact lead a determined number of people to further strengthen it.

  93. 394 globalcitizenlinda
    March 26, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Remember what I told you people in our discussion yesterday about the media black out of President Obama’s foreign trips? I said that the MSM blocks out PBO’s achievements and speeches until they think PBO has made a mistake or an error in protocol has occured then they replay that over and over????

    Well, guess what, now CBS has a video they are finally playing about what they “heard on a hot mic” in which PBO tells the Russian President that the in-coming President (Putin) should give PBO some space during this election year.

    Now suddenly the media is reporting on the S.Korean Trip??? What a bunch of manipulators!! They ignored PBO since saturday now they remember his trip because they think they have “caught” him making a mistake????

    We need to call the media out on this to show them that we know their manipulation!

    • March 26, 2012 at 7:49 am

      It’s pushed by the RNC. They set the tone everyday. You know, on the Air DWS kicks ass, but lobbying the media behind the scenes, she is apparently weak.
      The thing is, the RNC is not particularly strong, they had to pay down a lot of debt and just recently went into the black.
      So, the Media is really really assisting the RNC.
      Case in point, all the Sunday programs asked David Plouffe the exact same questions and had that same exact poll, about obamacare. Coincidence?

    • 396 Ladyhawke
      March 26, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Here’s a link I found at the maddowblog about this. PBO’s speech was not covered last night, but this will be catnip for the media. I really don’t see anything startling about the comments. It kinda makes sense to me.

      President Obama Asks Medvedev for ‘Space’ on Missile Defense — ‘After My Election I Have More Flexibility’

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

      When asked to explain what President Obama meant, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes told ABC News that there is room for the U.S. and Russia to reach an accommodation, but “there is a lot of rhetoric around this issue — there always is — in both countries.

      A senior administration official tells ABC News: “this is a political year in which the Russians just had an election, we’re about to have a presidential and congressional elections — this is not the kind of year in which we’re going to resolve incredibly complicated issue like this. So there’s an advantage to pulling back and letting the technical experts work on this as the president has been saying.”

      -Jake Tapper

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

      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/president-obama-asks-medvedev-for-space-on-missile-defense-after-my-election-i-have-more-flexibility/

      • March 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

        And I see that Chuck Todd has finally mentioned PBO’s Korea trip on twitter—–with—guess what?—the open mic quote, what he considers a “gotcha”. Pitiful “news” media. The explanation is perfectly reasonable, of course, but that won’t stop them from trying to make hay out of that one moment. No mention of all the significant, meaningful moments that came before and after. Beyond disgusting.

        • 398 Ladyhawke
          March 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

          Chuck Todd and the rest of the jackals (that are ignoring the substance of this trip and focusing on side stories) need to be called out on this crap. I feel dirty just reading about the twisted reporting coming from these so called journalists. They disgust me.

        • March 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

          If it’s any consolation, I listened to some NPR this morning, and there was no mention of this incident. They did quite an extensive amount of coverage of the speech, playing many segments and objectively reporting. They could have done more, but it was a focused report on what was said and a little bit about the context. No mention of the open mic. Even when they spoke of Russia, they mentioned that this might be the last time that President Obama and President Medvedev will meet, and they relayed the good stuff they’ve done together (per Pres Medvedev’s closing comments).

      • 400 amk for obama
        March 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

        wow, that reasonable post was from tapper, the tool ? Guess there is a god after all. 🙂

  94. 401 amk for obama
    March 26, 2012 at 7:48 am

  95. 402 Dudette
    March 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Ha! Bill Press opens his show with question about how Dick Cheney qualified for heart transplant at his age. “Would you want your heart to go to Dick Cheney?”

    • 403 Dudette
      March 26, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Correction: That was the last hour of his show.

    • 404 miss pat
      March 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      No, not at all. If my heart went to that evil man I’d haunt him day and night till it stopped beating. Then I’d leave my mansion in the sky for a quick minute and meet him on his way to hell and tell him what I did. I bet he went to the top of the waiting list because he paid money when more deserving people are dying for a new heart.

  96. 405 desertflower
    March 26, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Morning:) More in depth read about what will go on in the SC regarding ACA

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/03/26/early-morning-open-thread-82/

  97. 406 Dudette
    March 26, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Happy Birthday to Leader Nancy Pelosi!!!

  98. 407 Ladyhawke
    March 26, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Report Proves Health Reform Is Here To Stay: 49 States Have Already Taken Action Supporting Its Implementation

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

    As the Supreme Court prepares to take up the question of the constitutionality of health care reform, a new report finds that almost all the states have begun implementing parts of the Affordable Care Act — suggesting that even the court’s rejection of the measure won’t be able to stop many of the law’s big changes.

    According to a new survey from the Commonwealth Fund, “49 states and the District of Columbia have already taken action supporting the law’s implementation, such as passing legislation, issuing regulations or other guidance, or actively reviewing insurer filings.” Between January 1, 2010, and January 1, 2012, “23 states and the District of Columbia had taken new legislative or regulatory action on at least one of these reforms” — which include changes like expanding dependent coverage for young adults up to age 26, prohibiting lifetime limits on health benefits, and phasing out annual dollar limits on health benefits — and an additional 26 states had “taken other action to promote compliance with the reforms, such as issuing bulletins to insurers.” States took the following actions:

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

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/03/22/449687/report-proves-health-reform-is-here-to-stay-49-states-have-already-taken-action-supporting-its-implementation/

    • March 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

      And I suspect The President has a back up plan just in case they do decide to overturn the individual mandate. But either way Obamacare is here to stay.

  99. 409 Dudette
    March 26, 2012 at 8:17 am

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/26/us-nuclear-summit-idUSBRE82P01620120326

    (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Monday to pursue further nuclear arms cuts with Russia, urged China to follow suit and issued stern warnings to North Korea and Iran in their nuclear standoffs with the West…

  100. March 26, 2012 at 8:18 am

    • 411 amk for obama
      March 26, 2012 at 8:26 am

      The guy realizes this only now ? Too dim for a nobel laureate. Just imagine if this so called librul pundtwit had been exposing such corporate fifth columnists since 2008 instead of whining on and on about HCR, finreg, stimulus etc. etc. , it would have come such a stage.

      • March 26, 2012 at 8:32 am

        Agree wholeheartedly. But sadly, grateful for small favors these days, I am glad that some are finally daring to shed some light on ALEC. Karen Finney mentioned this powerful shadow org. when she was subbing for Bashir last week, and it set off a firestorm. She touched a big nerve.

  101. 413 amk for obama
    March 26, 2012 at 8:29 am

  102. 414 amk for obama
    March 26, 2012 at 8:43 am
  103. 417 meabloom
    March 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Good Morning TOD Family!

  104. 418 hopefruit2
    March 26, 2012 at 9:03 am

  105. 419 57andfemale
    March 26, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Bilkl Press and Stephanie Miller on Current TV EVERY MORNING.

    No more Morning Joke (although I never watched), no more Chuck Todd.

    Liberals. Actual liberals.

    Give them some clicks. Don’t lecture me on how Current isn’t perfect. I believe in progressive media and we have to start some place, and if we don’t support them then they assume there is no ‘audience’. If there isn’t an audience, we cede the airwaves to the RWNJs.

  106. 429 utaustinliberal
    March 26, 2012 at 9:21 am

    For anyone who missed David Corn of Mother Jones appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, he was great. Talked about PBO, his book Showdown which is good, the GOP and how PBO dragged the rug out from under them. It was a nice discussion because he showed that facts matter. Definitely a recommended viewing.

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Washington-Journal-for-Sunday-March-25/10737429345/

    • 430 hopefruit2
      March 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Thanks ut – I’m just beginning to watch now 🙂

    • 431 Ladyhawke
      March 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

      thanks for that link ut. I just watched and David Corn was terrific. I definitely plan to buy the book. It is a fascinating look behind the scenes. It just shows how hard actual governing has been for President Obama when all the GOP has to do is say NO, obstruct and take hostages. This is no way to run a democracy in the 21st century. Historians will look back on this period and say the Republican Party was unhinged and deranged. They are saboteurs. Not fit to be holding elected offices in the government.

      • March 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

        It’s actually amazing that President Obama signed up for a second term, but I guess he’s got the right motivation. He wants to do good.

  107. 433 hopefruit2
    March 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

    LET’s see the media report THIS!

  108. March 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I will look forward to the day when Bernanke leaves the Fed. He just said, he does not know if the improved job market will continue.

    • 435 hopefruit2
      March 26, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Then next week he will say the complete opposite. Waste of time worrying about Bernanke.

    • March 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      It wasn’t actually that bad. He said the market has improved, but there’s still uncertainty – which is true. Especially with the GOP refusing to invest in infrastructure, and the housing market’s sluggish movement. The markets are up today because they believe this could possibly mean a new stimulus (despite the fact that their Republican cohorts in Congress are demonizing stimulus plans). I think Bernanke was being realistic.

  109. 437 utaustinliberal
    March 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Love how our side is fighting back. Crowd at SCOTUS are chanting “We Like ObamaCare!!!” Hell Yes!

    http://yfrog.com/oe78124890j

    • 438 hopefruit2
      March 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

      GOOD! I see Croak Toad brought out his lawn chair to get front row seats outside the Supreme Ct., hoping that the theater would entail lots of Tea Baggers and others protesting the ACA. Instead, it’s the opposite. He’s finding out just how much support ObamaCares has among the people. GOOD!

  110. March 26, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Good morning, TODville. What a day we have coming up. Stand strong, TODers!!

    • 445 Linda
      March 26, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Fox Spews was complaining about the BFD shirt….they called it Vulgar..

      I wonder why they never mentioned that when the shirt first became available in 2010 ?

    • 447 L3
      March 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      I don’t tweet but while I was out on my morning walk an idea for a slogan popped into my head. “Obama Cares. Do You?” If someone could tweet that to Axelrod and/or Plouffe, that would be great. I’ll send an email to the Whitehouse also.

  111. March 26, 2012 at 9:50 am

    The Senate meets at 2 p.m., and later today will decide whether to consider increased taxes on oil companies, or try to fix the U.S. Postal Service.

    Senators will start with a 5:30 p.m. cloture vote on a motion to proceed to the oil tax bill, S. 2204. But if that vote fails, the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on a motion to proceed to S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service act.

    Because Senate Republicans will vote against the oil tax bill, the Senate is expected to stick with the postal reform bill. The bill would let the U.S. Postal Service spread out its retirement benefit payments in a bid to keep the entity in the black.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/218033-monday-senate-likely-to-pursue-us-postal-service-reform

  112. March 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

    FYI –

    Affordable Care Act oral argument audio and transcript links will be posted each day following the argument sessions on March 26th, 27th, and 28th at:

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/

    Orders, briefs, and other information regarding the Affordable Care Act cases are available at:

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/docket/PPAACA.aspx

  113. March 26, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I see Tom Brokaw is continuing his ‘hire a vet’ Obama omission tour which began last night on Dateline and continues today on Today Show. Brokaw and Ret. Gen McChristal were interviewd by Ann Curry. Not one of them mentioned all the efforts and funding and legislation by the Obama administration in this area. Curry wrapped it up to say they have partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a job fair this week. Disgusting.

    • March 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Mika mentioned it!

    • March 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Well, I guess what really matters is that the troops get help. Karma will take care of the rest. Plus, the President has a bully pulpit. He’ll take care of messaging.

    • 456 Cha
      March 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Those who saw FL Michelle on Letterman’s know she and Dr Jill are totally involved in it.

      Brokaw should be figuratively strung up by his mean spirited willfully ignorant no nothings.

      Maybe Curry should be tweeted and nbc?

  114. 457 desertflower
    March 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Chips comes home today…..:)

  115. 459 utaustinliberal
    March 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

  116. 462 utaustinliberal
    March 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

  117. 464 desertflower
    March 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Someone needs to Tweet this! http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/03/26/451457/trump-trashes-paul-budget/

    Trump trashes the fact that R’s released it NOW, says Dems will have a field day with this…that this should have been done AFTER the election to HIDE the details from the public because people will never go for this when they know what is in it! Pig.

  118. March 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Up next- Tebow news conference. Oh brother!

  119. 471 utaustinliberal
    March 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

  120. March 26, 2012 at 10:17 am

    • 474 sabreen60
      March 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Good morning, TOD.

      You know df, every time I think that Repubs have done the dumbest, craziest, vile thing possible, they ALWAYS manage to outdo themselves. Cain is one sick arsehole.

      • 475 desertflower
        March 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

        Seriously. He’s one sick puppy. I guess the dead fish ad wasn’t good enough, now he’s smashing rabbits to smitherines. Why do they always like to kill things?

        • March 26, 2012 at 11:48 am

          And he wonders why his wife is voting for President Obama. Even if by some miracle he had gotten the GOP nomination she was still going to vote for The President.

    • 477 Dudette
      March 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      @peta
      @HumaneSociety

      Need I say more?

  121. March 26, 2012 at 10:22 am

  122. 479 desertflower
    March 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I see that April 12th is National Hoodie Day! Wear it for Trayvon !

  123. 480 utaustinliberal
    March 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

    The MSM is full of gossips. They don’t do a comprehensive report on PBO’s very important trip to South Korea regarding reduction of nukes but they’re all atwitter about getting PBO and Dmitry Medvedev in a hot mic moment. Nothing embarrassing was said but that’s not how they’re reporting it this morning. They really have gone to hell in a hand basket.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-overheard-after-my-election-i-have-more-flexibility-131/2012/03/26/gIQA8mWmbS_video.html

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-tells-medvedev-solution-on-missile-defense-is-unlikely-before-elections/2012/03/26/gIQASoblbS_story.html?hpid=z2

  124. 486 desertflower
    March 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Dow is soaring 🙂

    • 487 hopefruit2
      March 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Dow LOVES President Obama. 🙂

    • 490 Lorraine
      March 26, 2012 at 10:55 am

      On the floor of the NYSE 4 more years! 4 more years!!!!! 🙂

      • 491 lovingandlaughing
        March 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

        Lorraine, was that being chanted?

      • 492 Dudette
        March 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm

        That’s at least twice I’ve heard someone mention that in the last few weeks.
        It would be so delicious if there were video we could pass around. That should be tweeted to the entire RNC , US Chamber of Commerce, and all of Faux News.

        • March 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm

          No video – but here’s an excerpt and a link to the full story about it:

          “We have already noted here that job gains for January were revised up to 284,000 from 243,000 – the biggest monthly increase since the recession ended – and December’s employment gains were revised up to 223,000 from 203,000. The past three months of full-time job growth the USA were the fastest since early 2006. The string of six straight months of job additions actually has no peer until we look back into the Reagan era, circa 1983-1984. It was reported yesterday that US consumer confidence climbed to a four-year high, and that US household net worth rose by 2.1% to 58.5 trillion in the final quarter of 2011.

          Such a tangible record will undoubtedly bolster President Obama’s chances for reelection while it simultaneously hands Mitt “The Jobs Creator” Romney a bigger headache to contend with in the US election campaign that any of his rivals or his previous flip-flopping on certain issues might present. On the floor of the New York Exchange this morning, immediately following the Labor Department release, chants of “four more years!” were heard by reporters…”

          http://www.kitco.com/ind/Nadler/20120309.html

          • 494 Dudette
            March 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

            Thanks for the link. This article is dated Monday, Mar 12.
            I think that’s around the time I remember folks talking about the chanting at the Exchange. before.
            Sorry I thought there was more chanting today. Wishful thinking. 🙂

  125. 495 desertflower
    March 26, 2012 at 10:38 am

    This is going to leave a mark!

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/03/26/451428/romney-policy-case-mandate/

    VIDEO: Romney Making The Policy Case For The Individual Mandate

  126. 499 vcprezofan2
    March 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Good Morning TODville! I am not at all sure WHERE to start in this thread. Do I look for the point I stopped last night, or do I just close my eyes and jump in anywhere? What a decision!

    Wishing everyone, including Ms Chips as she gets ready to travel back, a wonderful ‘minimal-problem’ day! 😆 😆

  127. 504 Linda
    March 26, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I don’t like it that c-span never corrects the callers….

    Some of them are just so stupid about this law.

    • 505 57andfemale
      March 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

      it’s allegedly because of their charter with cable, they must not show sides.

      But there are ways that they do show their individual bias: you’ll see a Democrat’s call cut short while Republicans are allowed to talk and talk. My husband watches it more than I do, since Washington Journal would just raise my blood pressure in the morning.

  128. 508 Pamela
    March 26, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Hi, and Bye! Back in a bit

  129. 509 carolyn
    March 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Is this the longest chain we’ve had? Almost 500 entries!!!

  130. March 26, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I think the open mic moment has benefits. It draws attention to the trip…the journalist have to actually cover it. Talking about nuclear disarmament with Russia is important. Changes the subject.

  131. 515 lovingandlaughing
    March 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Man, I’m missing Chips!

  132. 517 collegekay
    March 26, 2012 at 11:41 am

    i’m thinking about going to the scotus after class to support pbo and obamacare.

  133. March 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Hello Toders… I saw a woman being interviewed on cspan this am about the HC reform.
    She stated that she is the first one on line trying to get one of the few seats alloted to regular folks
    inside the court for tomorrow’s mandate discussion. What I found to be amazing is that she has been camping
    out on the sidewalk since Friday thru very bad weather as she describes.

    She explained that she is there in full support of the ACA because she has an adult son and daughter
    who both have very chronic illnesses and therefore are not insurable. She is fighting for and supports
    the law fully because of the benefits it would bring to her children. She came all the way from Atlanta
    for this because it means so much to her and her family.

    There are many more like her out in our country. I think that is why the crowd in front of the SC seems
    to be PRO ACA and not against. I saw a few holding the tea party serpent flag but they were greatly
    outnumbered. Good will prevail. I certainly believe that.

    • 522 hopefruit2
      March 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      I agree. I believe I saw the same woman you’re referring too on one of my ABC local reports. The media might even lose interest in this story if it becomes clear that the vast majority of ordinary Americans support the ACA and want it upheld in the courts.

  134. 523 necie4010
    March 26, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Good Morning ALL!!! Great and beautiful day here in Ohio–Obama/Biden Country!!!! Ooooh, Collegekay, I so envy you! I wish I could go with you and witness the Republican get the smack down in the halls of the SCOTUS!!! Our great President is going to win this one for the people of the United States, and we as a Nation will be better off for his diligence and care for those who need healthcare!!!! I pray that everyone has a blessed day….hurry home Chips, we all miss you!!! love you all, and until next time—be blessed and not stressed—-God has everything in control and so does President Obama and Vice President Biden!!!!

  135. 526 edwina3
    March 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Video of PBO talking with ESPN about coaching the girls basketball team:

    http://jezebel.com/5896420/president-obama-is-a-big-fan-of-girls-sports

  136. March 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    good Morning to all TODers!!! Am I 500th?

  137. 529 hopefruit2
    March 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm

  138. March 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I was just looking at pictures of the protesters at the Supreme Court. I can’t believe some of these people have the right to vote in national elections. One sign says: “A doctor’s office is not found in nature. It’s not a national resource”. These people really are loony.

  139. March 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    CSPAN3 to air oral arguments on ObamaCares ACA soon. At approximately 1pm est they will start the coverage. It will be available on-line and on CSPN3 (105 in chgo area).

  140. 533 purpleshoesla
    March 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Morning TOD Peeps. Happy ACA SCOTUS day! Here’s a keeper. Just added this article to my “Obama Derangement Syndrome Survival Kit” These are just a few from this righteous rant.
    =====================================================================================
    “The Wrong Day to Mess With Me”

    I’m usually fairly mild mannered in my writing. I don’t usually drop the f-bomb. So if that word offends you, feel free to go look for cute kitten pictures now. Because I’m fucking pissed. Why? Let’s start a little list, shall we?

    Don’t tell me you defend the Constitution then work to dismantle every bit of it you don’t like.

    Don’t find some reason to turn any discussion, no matter how mundane, into an attack on your religion, then turn around and try to tell me you know the difference between a “Christian” and a Christian, just because they don’t agree with everything you say. Or question the faith of the President of the United States.

    Don’t tell me you’re all for the civil rights and equality for everyone and then argue against women’s reproductive rights, the rights of homosexuals to marry, or the right of a Muslim church to build a mosque in which to pray.

    Oh, and you rocket scientists on the “professional left”… Just because you had some unrealistic fantasy that the President would fix eight years of backward, destructive policies within 90 seconds of taking office doesn’t mean the rest of us had the same stupid expectation. And the most ridiculous thing you do is then decide you’re going to punish the one guy who actually has gotten things moving in the right direction by not voting for him, or trying to weaken him. Result? You allowed the guys who fucked things up for eight years to gain back the House so they could proceed to spend two years doing nothing but get in the way. Awesome plan. What’s next? Tell folks on the left they should vote for Romney ’cause he’s no different? Oh, right, some of you have already done that. Idiots.”

    http://www.editedforclarity.com/2012/03/25/the-wrong-day-to-mess-with-me/

    • 534 Dudette
      March 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you, thank you, thank you! Just reading that made me feel like I got some things off my chest too.

    • 535 desertflower
      March 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Whoa, baby!! This guy speaks for ME! This is priceless…. Someone needs to Tweet the hell outta this!

  141. 537 Linda
    March 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    C-span 3 is playing the oral arguments .

  142. 538 utaustinliberal
    March 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    C-SPAN 3 is airing the oral arguments made today at the SC regarding ACA.

    http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN3/

  143. March 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I see Clarence Thomas did not ask one question——–again—–not a peep.

    • 540 amk for obama
      March 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      He is a fucking post turtle. just like dubya. As a non-american, I am amazed at the stupidity of your first amendment, second amendment and life-time sc judges. There are many democracies that did and are still doing fine without these idiocies.

    • March 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Like always he’s already made up his mind how he’s going to vote. That and he’s a mental midget who really has no business being anywhere near the Supreme Court let alone on it.

  144. 542 Dudette
    March 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Video of President Obama’s Speech at Hankuk University (Seoul, Korea Mar 25, 2012)

    Here’s the official one from the Nuclear Security Summit’s website:
    http://nss.kbs.co.kr/player/vod.php?url=The_lecture_of_Barack_Obama.mp4&title=The%20lecture%20of%20Barack%20Obama%20at%20HANKUK%20UNIVERSITY%20OF%20FOREIGN%20STUDIES&kind=vod

    This one is on YouTube. It’s a little shaky — looks like someone just held up their phone to the TV. But it doesn’t have the distraction of the English to Koren translation in the background:

    ————-
    Other videos:

    President Obama’s arrival in Seoul
    http://nss.kbs.co.kr/player/vod.php?url=02_usa.mp4&title=Barack%20H.%20Obama%20(President%20of%20United%20States%20of%20America)&kind=vod

    Arrival videos of other World Leaders for the Summit (select individual videos, multiple pages)
    http://nss.kbs.co.kr/eng/board/board_list.php?lcode=&id=nvod&kubun=&keyword=&kubun2=&sort=&page=0

    ———-
    2012 Seoul Nucelar Security Summit
    Website: http://www.thenuclearsecuritysummit.org/eng_main/main.jsp

  145. 543 amk for obama
    March 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

  146. March 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    President Obama leads GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney by 10 percent, according to a Suffolk University poll released on Monday.

    Obama leads Romney 47 percent to 37 percent, and leads Rick Santorum 49 percent to 37 percent.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/polls/218119-poll-obama-opens-up-double-digit-lead-over-romney

  147. March 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Hmmm! According to the Hill, they say the Justices are leaning against delaying the HC Law!
    We lost one argument, already!

  148. 563 utaustinliberal
    March 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Justice Alito’s sarcastic quips aren’t funny. He’s being so snide about ACA. Guess we kinda know how he’ll be voting.

  149. March 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Interesting hearing. I haven’t heard from Kagen yet, and we know Thom won’t say anything. Alito and Thomas are given anti-ACA votes, it’s the others who will determine this, including Roberts who has much to lose historically and politically. He’s Chief Justice and this decision reflects on him as does Citizens United and Bush v Gore. I’m not so sure he wants his legacy written on yet another wrong side of the issue ruling. Then again, he’s such the conservative, he may not see it that way. Or, he may wait to see if Kennedy or Scalia takes the plunge first, then jump in so as not to be the swing vote. Just my 2.

    • March 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      If he is such a conservative then he should see it exactly this way considering the individual mandate came straight out of the Heritage Foundation.

  150. 567 vcprezofan2
    March 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    OKAY GUYS! What do you say to our moving ourselves over to the ‘A Word from Tally’ thread which only has 66 comments? It would make it easier to follow the conversation, especially for those of us who keep popping in and out. This is a strategy that the TOD party tried on Friday night, or was it Saturday night, and it worked beautifully. The “a Word…” thread is the last one on the top 10 posts list to the right. (holding my breath til you decide) VC

  151. 570 JER
    March 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    March 26, 2012 2:15 PM EDT – http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
    First Lady Michelle Obama Welcomes school children from across the country to join her for The Fourth Annual White House Kitchen Garden Spring Planting

    • 571 vcprezofan2
      March 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Hey Jer, come on down to the ‘A WORD from Tally’ thread. More space to swing your arms and breathe. 😆

  152. 572 donna dem 4 obama
    March 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    ****************Y’ALL THIS IS TOO MANY POST********************

    CAN WE PLEASE MOVE THE CONVERSATION OVER TO HERE:

    http://theobamadiary.com/2012/03/22/a-word-from-tally-9/#comment-302365

  153. March 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    LOL we need an Assistant Chips!

  154. 574 lisalovesobama
    March 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    what the quack is Chuckie the Toad doing hosting Martin’s show?!!!! 😡

    • 575 Dudette
      March 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Awww damn. I was just about to go lto the stream so I can listen while I work. Never mind that.
      Guess I’ll listen to Randi Rhodes instead.

  155. 576 susanne
    March 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    good morning all
    guess the party moved over to the tally thread, eh? hope there’s great music and food again!

  156. March 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    New post everyone, I’ll be back in a couple of hours:

    http://theobamadiary.com/2012/03/26/chat-away-35/


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