rise and shine

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TPM: Today the presidential gloves really come off.

In a Tuesday speech hosted by the Associated Press in Washington, D.C., President Obama will deliver a broadside to the House-passed Republican budget, which calls for upending Medicare and making deep cuts to domestic social programs. Obama will describe it as a dark vision for America and draw a clear contrast with his campaign themes of reducing inequality and asking the wealthy to help pay down the nation’s debt.

“This congressional Republican budget, however, is something different altogether. It’s a Trojan Horse,” Obama plans to say, according to excerpts provided by the White House. “Disguised as deficit-reduction plan, it’s really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It’s nothing but thinly veiled Social Darwinism. It’s antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who’s willing to work for it — a place where prosperity doesn’t trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class. And by gutting the very things we need to grow an economy that’s built to last — education and training; research and development — it’s a prescription for decline.”

More here


Business Insider: Over the next eight hours, twenty automakers will report March auto sales in the U.S. Already, it appears the seasonally adjusted annual rate of sales will top all industry estimates, new data out of Business Insider shows.

First out the gate this month is Chrysler, with a better-than-expected sales gain of 34.2 percent, moving 163,381 units in March.

At that healthy gain, Business Insider estimates total U.S. SAAR will run between 15.2 million and 16.1 million. This is well above current estimates of 14.6 million units, per Bloomberg.

The last time auto sales topped an annualized pace of 15.2 million was four years ago, in February 2008.

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Detroit News: Chrysler Group LLC sold 163,381 cars and trucks last month, translating into a 34 percent year-over-year increase and making March another stellar month for the Auburn Hills automaker.

Meanwhile, Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday that its auto sales were up 5 percent in March — the company’s best March in five years. And Hyundai Motor Co. said it set a new all-time record for U.S. auto sales in March, up 13 percent to 69,728 on strong sales of its fuel-efficient models.

More here

Thanks VC



NYT: For several weeks, Mitt Romney has seized on the rising cost of gasoline to attack President Obama and his environmental aides for what Mr. Romney calls their misguided desire to see higher energy prices.

…. But Mr. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has in the past appeared much more open to the notion that rising energy costs could be good for the American economy. In his 2010 book, “No Apology,” Mr. Romney described a gradual increase in the cost of energy as the kind of market-based incentive that conservatives could embrace.

…. Charles Ebinger, the director of the energy security initiative at the Brookings Institution, said Mr. Romney’s openness to the benefits of higher energy prices was similar to the approach that Mr. Obama’s advisers had espoused for years.

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Steve Benen: ….. The main problem, as the New York Times reported today, is that Romney has already argued for the same policies he’s now against.

…. As governor, Romney also raised gas taxes — by 400% — and hired an energy advisor who opposes reduction in oil prices. Romney even pushed for more energy-efficient light bulbs, though he now opposes the idea.

Clearly, the former governor is aware of public concerns and wants to incorporate energy policy into the 2012 race, but between Romney’s Big Oil ties and his previous personas, it’s not going to be easy for him to stay coherent on the subject.

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TPM: A new report by an independent government auditor concludes that implementing President Obama’s health care law as intended will make a significant dent in the long-term debt forecast.

…. it concludes that if key cost-control measures in the law, and other automatic cuts to Medicare spending baked into current law, are ignored, or overridden by Congress, the implications for the national debt are vast.

If “Obamacare” is implemented as intended, and other measures, such as automatic payment cuts to Medicare physicians, take effect, “spending on Medicare and Medicaid grows from 5 percent of GDP in 2010 to over 7 percent by 2030.”

By contrast, if Congress overrides those provisions, “spending on health care grows much more rapidly ….”

More here




Morning everyone 😉

223 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 Pamela
    April 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Hi hi!

    • 2 vcprezofan2
      April 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Congratulation, Pamela!

      BTW, that ear-splitting screech you heard was me. I rushed over from Twitter and clicked my house on ‘Post Comment’ only to be told that I had to sign in at WordPress! I could stomp all over my laptop! {Of course, I quickly remembered that I don’t have a temper, and I only have one laptop. 😆 😆

      • 3 vcprezofan2
        April 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

        Oh, Good Morning Chips & TODville! Lovely Tuesday, isn’t it? 😦 …. 😆 😆

      • 7 Pamela
        April 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

        I wondered why I had goosebumps rising up all over..next time, give a girl a warning.. Poor kitten jumped right up off lap! Sorry, I’ll try to be slower next time! Maybe….;) 😉 😉

        • 9 vcprezofan2
          April 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

          No time to warn you. Apologise to Kitten for me please. Explain to her how it was all Chips’ fault.

          psst. You don’t need to apologise or slacken your pace. This is a battle between Ms Chips and me. She made it personal days ago, firing the occasional salvo even when I’m in retreat….. even after I raised the white flag of conciliation by pointing out that I like to share first position. So now it’s a fight to the podium every time I’m online. We, of course, won’t mention who has been winning to date, we’ll just PRESS ON!

          • 10 Pamela
            April 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

            Oh, that poor little podium, caught between two ferocious women! Kitty does have a special soft spot for our Chips tho, and has gone back to sleep.. I will have to upset the tranquility right now, tho, if I am to make any progress on this day at all! Will be hovering around, keeping in touch if I can….. Have a lovely day everyone, leave your televisions off! 😉

      • 11 Pamela
        April 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

        I found that I log in from the email notification, the thread comes right up, but then, I still lack a fancy little magic box to direct me to comments made on my posts. After everything I am reading about all the problems with WP, I think I’m glad I never completed the account registration… I may be in the last century, but at the very least I can read TOD! And that keeps me sane, sorta…;)

      • April 3, 2012 at 9:26 am

        “I quickly remembered that I don’t have a temper, and I only have one laptop”

        😆 😆 😆 You deserve a reward VC!

        • 13 vcprezofan2
          April 3, 2012 at 9:37 am

          Chips Chica, peerless blog mistress, you have a wonderful talent for knowing your blog subjects. You ALWAYS manage to disarm me, and you do it with just the right reward. I am speechless (for the moment 😉 ) with THANKS and happy as a lark! 😆 😆 …..You know I don’t think I have ever seen a lark. Wonder what they are so happy about? 😆 😆

      • 16 amk for obama
        April 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

        I could your scream all the way over in India, vc. As a matter of fact, you spoiled my siesta.

        So Jovie up yet ?

        • 17 vcprezofan2
          April 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

          (head hung in shame) Sorry. It slipped out. Maybe you can have another nap later. I haven’t seen Jovie yet, so I’m encouraged that at least my scream didn’t disturb him.

  2. 18 Pamela
    April 3, 2012 at 9:14 am


    • April 3, 2012 at 9:17 am


      Morning Pamela, morning VC, morning everyone!

      • 20 Pamela
        April 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

        Oh, oh, that is for me? My day is already cranking up to be a lovely one! Thank you,and good morning Chipsticks! Good morning everyone! 🙂

      • April 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

        FLOTUS is the epitome of glamor and grace. She’s inspired me to become healthier and happier.

        • 23 jacquelineoboomer
          April 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

          I had a somewhat delayed reaction to it, but, me, too. I’ve given myself the next six months, which is either (a) too long, or (b) too short, but it’s a start, so it might be (c) just right.

          • 24 vcprezofan2
            April 3, 2012 at 10:43 am

            I vote ‘just right’. 😆 Smart move to consider your reaction and deliberate your next steps. Me, I am guilted (I mean ‘inspired) into my exercise routine each time I see FLOTUS looking so healthy and so good, but my efforts taper off in a day or two until I see her in another wowzer outfit. One of the reasons I don’t mind that Chips doesn’t show daily pictures of FLOTUS actually. 😉

            • 25 jacquelineoboomer
              April 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

              I know what you mean! One can receive “too much” inspiration! And, really, drat, the next part is up to us, anyway.

        • 26 utaustinliberal
          April 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

          They’re both absolutely gorgeous.

  3. 27 vcprezofan2
    April 3, 2012 at 9:15 am

    ‘New’ Today Show host? Pshaw! On to real news. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120403/AUTO0102/204030382/Chrysler-sales-jump-34-Ford-sales-up-5-March?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE “Thank YOU @BarackObama.”

    • April 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Excellent, added it to the post – thanks VC!

    • 29 vcprezofan2
      April 3, 2012 at 9:22 am

      And oops! I was in the act of posting this on Twitter when I spotted Chips sneaking in….oops again… entering her heads up. With all these ‘oops’ so early in the day I might have to go back to bed and try for a fresh start.

      • 30 jacquelineoboomer
        April 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

        You’re doing just fine; no need for a fresh start. You were responsible for our “first laughs” here today. Well, you and Chips and Pamela (don’t tell the others, but I gave you first billing)!

        • 31 vcprezofan2
          April 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

          Oh, JO’B! 😳 I decided not to start over as soon as Chips Chica gave me the lovely reward for controlling myself AND preserving my only link to TOD. Who can believe that the scientists (psychologists… or is it psychiatrists?) were correct that animals respond well to rewards!! There’s actual merit to this science stuff!

        • 32 Pamela
          April 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

          I gave her first billing to, JO’B, she had me roaring over my tea! Good thing kitty can’t have me committed!;) 😉 😉

          • 33 jacquelineoboomer
            April 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

            Good thing! 🙂 I always joke that I can’t have pets, because they “require too much love and affection.” But it’s more that one day they may be allowed to “have me committed,” especially once they’ve figured out how much time I spend on TOD, laughing out loud. Ya know?

  4. 34 JCAfrica
    April 3, 2012 at 9:17 am


    • 35 JCAfrica
      April 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

      three it is then!!LOL…. You go Pamela!

      • 36 vcprezofan2
        April 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

        Forgot to say ‘congrats’ on your third place finish, JC, and to offer to share my NOVEL with you once I’m done reading. (Please note I’m only sharing the novel.) VC

        • 37 JCAfrica
          April 3, 2012 at 11:24 am

          Oh thx, Dear! aahh the Junior HS days of Harlequin…sweet memories! You are too funny but so right, I might not give it back!LOL

      • 38 Pamela
        April 3, 2012 at 10:56 am

        Thanks JC, off to a roaring start.. Pun intended!

  5. 39 Pamela
    April 3, 2012 at 9:17 am

    “grows outward from the heart of the middle class”… This is much more powerful than merely slapping that podium! You rock, Mr. President, Sir.

    • 40 anniebella
      April 3, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Thank you Martin Bashir. If these right wing haters are going to question President Obama faith, then fair is fair, we shall question Mitt Romney faith.

    • 41 jacquelineoboomer
      April 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

      I love President Obama.

      • 42 relellit
        April 3, 2012 at 10:38 am

        Me too.

        • 43 miss pat
          April 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

          Me three. Good morning. Will someone tell me how Mrs. Moose did on her show this morning? Did she use word salad? Did she wink her eyes a thousand times? Did she act all folksy and sweet? Tell me, tell me.

    April 3, 2012 at 9:27 am


  7. 45 desertflower
    April 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

    You know what would really take the wind out of that lying Romney? If PBO had a copy of Mr. Romney’s “No Apologies” book and read the part, word for word, about wanting higher gas prices so we would begin to innovate to the future….I would ROTFALMAO! A slam dunk!

  8. 46 jackiegrumbacher
    April 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

    That AP speech is going to be a barn burner so the question is how much coverage will it receive. The AP questions will be dumb and “reporters” will outdo each other trying to defend Ryan. But we’ll see the kernels of what PBO will be saying repeatedly in the campaign and in ads and those who do actually hear what the president and is saying and “how” he’s saying it will see PBO at his finest–inspired and full of fighting spirit. All of us always said that when he got done dealing with the R Congress to get the middle class tax cuts through, he was free to step away from those idiots and start speaking directly and consistently to the American people. He’s bursting with energy now and lighting the fires and shaking the ground.

  9. April 3, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Good morning, TODville!! Thanks for another fantastic round-up, Chips. I love the new tour of the White House. One of my dreams is to tour sometime during the next 4 MORE YEARS.

    I LOVE President Obama with his gloves on and with his gloves off. Today we’ll be treated to his gloves off. WOOOOOOT!!!!

    • April 3, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Mooooooooooooooooorning Meta!!!!

    • 60 vcprezofan2
      April 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

      ‘I LOVE President Obama with his gloves on and with his gloves off’

      Yep, Meta, we know! 😆 We have seen you on the naughty mat often enough. 😉 I’ll make a note to meet up with you for today’s PBO session, as I want to see how he addresses Little Boy Ryan this time.

      Have a great morning till then!

      • April 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

        Oh, vc, I’ve got a whole naughty mat ROOM to myself. Chips slips a snack under the door every now and then.

        • 62 vcprezofan2
          April 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

          A ROOM, Meta? I shall have to have a talk with CC about the un-wisdom of closed doors on such a room. Remember the good old days when closed doors were viewed with suspicion if the opposite sex was involved. Should be the same rationale for opposite sex thoughts, wouldn’t you think? 😉

  10. 63 Ladyhawke
    April 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

    A swing and a miss from Romney on immigration

    By Steve Benen


    So Romney’s new message to Latinos is, in effect, “Vote for the candidate you disagree with, and reward the party that killed the agenda you support.”

    Is this some sort of delayed April Fool’s joke? Does Romney seriously believe Latino voters know literally nothing about the debate over immigration policy in Washington?

    Romney is an opponent of the DREAM Act; he’s palling around with Pete Wilson and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach; he endorses a “self-deportation” agenda; he’s critical ofbilingualism; and his casual dismissals of “amnesty” and “illegals” are a staple of his campaign rhetoric.

    Romney is going to have to do better than “Obama hasn’t passed laws I already oppose.”



    • 64 hopefruit2
      April 3, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Don’t worry! Ms. Ann sez that Mitt will just unzip himself and all will be well with the immigrants!

      • April 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

        Hopefruit, I’d finally erased the Willard unzipping business from my mind, and you had to, um, bring it up again. Thank you. 😦

        • 66 hopefruit2
          April 3, 2012 at 10:12 am

          My humblest apologies my dear – I also wanted to erase that thought but was bombarded by tweets, headlines, blog comments with “unzip Mitt” so I couldn’t help it…

          I think this is all CHUCK TODD’S fault by the way.

    • 67 57andfemale
      April 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

      It’s more than just immigration policy. Recent polls show how important health care is to Latinos, in addition to jobs and the economy, of course. Republicans have nothing to offer.

      • 68 jackiegrumbacher
        April 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

        57, it’s also education. Latino families want to their kids to have a good education in good schools that are not falling down around their ears or have 60 kids to a room. Republicans are the enemy of public schools just as they are the enemy of affordable health care and Latinos know this.

  11. April 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Btw- the Gas prices truly are helping sell green cars. GM sold 100k vehicles in march that were Green.
    Remember, the President set a goal of 1 million electric vehicles on the road, by 2015.
    So, this gives you a good barometer as to how the Green cars are now selling.
    But, the right spins that, saying, that the President likes high gas prices.

    • April 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

      This is incredibly encouraging. People are so resistant to change, green cars are probably the last frontier for weening ourselves off of foreign oil, improving our environment and creating jobs. But thanks to PBO, we are on our way. I’m thrilled.

    • 74 vcprezofan2
      April 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Oh hi ,Jovie. I’ve been flitting around so much I didn’t know you had signed in. Amk was looking for you up top. Enjoy your day.

  12. April 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Good morning TOD. It’s VOTING DAY in Maryland. Vote like your life depends on it, it does.

  13. 83 hopefruit2
    April 3, 2012 at 10:00 am

  14. 86 collegekay
    April 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

    good morning tod. dude I’m having the best week of my life! lol Justice Kagan came in our precinct and I had to issue her ballot. So fuxking cool! She’s really short in person Lol.

  15. 89 desertflower
    April 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Let’s just ignore what we don’t like…..anarchy is a wonderful thing, right? These idiots are freaking loons!!!


    A Phoenix-based group that focuses on Constitutional freedom is proposing Arizona voters be allowed to reject federal actions.

    Led by a Phoenix businessman, Checks and Balances In Government has filed a ballot initiative to give the state authority to disregard federal acts they feel violate the U.S. Constitution.

    The proposed amendment suggests Arizona voters be able to reject an action through a referendum or state representatives.

    Supporters say this authority would preserve the U.S. Constitution’s system of checks and balances.

    The filing, which was announced Monday, means the group can start gathering the necessary 259,213 petition signatures to get the constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

    • 90 57andfemale
      April 3, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Secede. Please. Give a plot of land to sane citizens of AZ who can then claim statehood.

    • 91 Betsy
      April 3, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Boy these idiots don’t know their constitution do they? This is nullification all over again, and states’ rights for which we fought a war over on the issue of slavery called the civil war. Don’t these people know about the “national supremacy clause” in Article 6 of our Constitution? I get so tired of these people who are advocating getting rid of our system of government.

      • 92 desertflower
        April 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

        I just called the DOJ and gave them a head’s up on the loonies brainiac idea….they are now aware and will monitor the situation. This state wastes more money trying to defend this BS than any other state. The taxpayers of this state are getting screwed, left and right. Helps to lead the sheeple by the nose when the education system is like 48th in the country. WTH is wrong with these people????

        • 93 Pamela
          April 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

          John McCain what’s wrong with them… Bleeding madman.

          • 94 desertflower
            April 3, 2012 at 11:19 am

            Oh honey…this is WAY BIGGER than just McCain! We’re infested with these nutjobs here!!!

        • 95 Betsy
          April 3, 2012 at 11:38 am

          My daughter goes to U of Arizona, so am interested in what goes on in AZ and I am continually in a state of WTF? when I read your posts as to what is going on there. I don’t know how you do it! How is your husband’s job search going? I do hope he finds something really, really perfect for him.

  16. April 3, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Hi all,

    Here I go again with my bad news, just when things are beginning to turn around for me.

    My father died yesterday.

    He died in Liberia, my native country.

    My dad was a self-taught man. He had only a sixth grade education, but he taught himself, using books — from enclyopedias to dictionaries and what ever he could get his hands on. He was a voracious reader. When the Liberian government was at its peak and functioning in he rose to be deputy minister of Local Government (equivalent to U.S. Deputy secretary for Interior). He traveled the world.

    He once was the head of all peace corps in the west African region. He was my mentor. He was a generous man and one with lots of wisdom, something he got from his own dad who never saw the inside of a school building.

    My dad taught me to treat people with respect and the same way you wanted to be treated. He’d always say, “your word is your bond.” “Never make promises you can’t keep.” He was a really, really decent human being, quite forgiving. And so this day I am very, very sad. But I know he lived a good life, despite the turmoil in our country over the last two decades.

    I know I have not been around much lately because of work. But I lurk a lot and will probably be doing some of that as I deal with the loss.

    If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading.

    See you all soon.

    • 100 collegekay
      April 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

      I am so sorry for your loss!!!

    • April 3, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Oh Africa, I am so sorry about your father, what a beautiful tribute you just paid to his character and life. I know this is a desperately painful time for you, please just look after yourself and come back to us when you can. May your father rest in peace.

    • 102 hopefruit2
      April 3, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Africa sorry to hear of your sad news. It’s never easy losing a parent no matter how old we are. Please accept my deepest condolescences. May your dad rest in peace, and hope that you and your family are able to find some measure of comfort at this difficult time.

    • 103 Betsy
      April 3, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Having lost my own dad just less than a month ago, I feel your pain. So sorry.

      • 104 jacquelineoboomer
        April 3, 2012 at 10:34 am

        I am so sorry for your loss, too, Betsy.

        • 105 Betsy
          April 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

          Thank you jacqueline. My Dad was 94 and I was lucky to have him a long, long time, but there’s a deep ache in my heart just know, so I know how it feels.

          • 106 jacquelineoboomer
            April 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

            Betsy, I know how you feel, too. My Mother was 84 and she passed away six years ago, but I still have that deep ache for her – I think we always will, but since they wouldn’t want us to ache, we somehow survive and press on. Luckily, my Mother had a fabulous sense of humor, so if I think I’m gonna get sad, I just think of some of the things she used to say!

            • 107 Betsy
              April 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm

              How funny, because my dad also had a wonderful sense of humor and used to tease me constantly. I often recall his many funny sayings which also helps me when I’m sad. Thanks for the reminder.

        • 108 geeja
          April 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm

          As am I Betsy!

      • 109 donna dem 4 obama
        April 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

        My deepest sympathy for your loss as well Betsy!

    • 113 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 3, 2012 at 10:19 am


      Sounds like your father was a great man. Hugs to you.

    • 114 Debz
      April 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

      I am so sorry africa. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    • 115 TrumpDog
      April 3, 2012 at 10:26 am

      I’m so sorry.
      It sounds like your father was an awesome man. May his good works and deeds live on.

    • April 3, 2012 at 10:29 am

      No words, but tons of prayers.

    • 117 edp4bho
      April 3, 2012 at 10:29 am

      God bless you all in your mourning and healing. What a father and mentor. His light will forever shine in you, Africa.

    • 118 MsKitty (@michelec64)
      April 3, 2012 at 10:30 am

      So sorry for your loss.

    • 119 jacquelineoboomer
      April 3, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Oh, I am so sorry to hear this. Please find some consolation in knowing how proud your father would be about how proud you are of him. There’s something truly beautiful about that, and apparently you turned out to be very much like him.

    • 120 sherijr
      April 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Ohh africatimes, I am so sorry for your loss.. my deepest condolences to you and all your loved ones. Take care.

    • 121 Frenchie08
      April 3, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Oh Africa, your father sounds like my father who I lost a few years past. I just instructed him to seek your father out, welcome him to his new home, and tell him his daughter keeps his spirit and legacy alive here for all of us here. Thank you for sharing. Grieve, heal and return. We need you here. Love to you!

    • 122 donna dem 4 obama
      April 3, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Africa, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers today.

    • 123 anniebella
      April 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

      africatimes2, I’m so sorry to hear about your father. Know we are there with you in spirit and in prayer. Bless you and your family.

    • 124 desertflower
      April 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

      {{{{{Hugs to you, africa}}}}} So very sorry to hear this. He will always be with you. You are the very best part of him.

    • April 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

      africa, I can only imagine how news of your loss arrived straight to your heart. How incredibly fortunate you are to have such an accomplished and wise father who touched many lives. I hope you will find comfort in your community, which definitely includes all of us. Take good care. xoxo.

    • 126 relellit
      April 3, 2012 at 10:54 am


      I am so sorry to hear that. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts. When my daughter died in October everyone here at TODville had lots of compassion for me. I know what you are going though as I am still grieving. If this helps, I’ll tell you what my 9 year old great grandson said when died. He said I’m glad she is heaven now.

      Be strong and remember you have friends here at Todville who care about you. I hope I’m not being too intrusive. Will you be able to go home for the funeral?

      Forgive me if I am.

      You have my condolences in your time of need.

    • 127 Pamela
      April 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

      God Bless you, africatmes2, and may the Soul that is your Father’s Light walk Home in Peace. I will light a candle for you all when I get home tonight.

    • April 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Sorry for your loss. We are here if you need an ear or two or a few dozen.

    • 129 canadabarb4obama
      April 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

      my deepest sympathies

    • 130 miss pat
      April 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

      You will be in my prayers. Sorry for you rloss. Glad you had such a good father, he’ll live on in you.

    • April 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Condolences on your deeply felt loss. His memory will live on in the thoughts you have of him and the actions you take which he taught you. He sounded like a fine and elegant man.

    • April 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Wow, Africa…that’s some pedigree you have there. What a wonderful legacy. (((((((((HUGS))))))))) Be good to yourself.

    • 133 Dakota
      April 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      I’m so very sorry for your loss africa. Your words are very touching…may he rest in peace.

      Betsy, my heart goes out to you also. Peace and Blessings to you both.

    • 134 cindysweatt
      April 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is always hard. I love your positive tribute to your father. He must have been such an inspiration.

    • 135 jackiegrumbacher
      April 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Oh Africa, I’m so, so sorry. Your father sounds like such a wonderful man who taught you lessons that have shaped your life in so many good ways. He must have been very, very proud of you. I hope you’ll keep all the good about him in your heart and treasure them every day. My own father died 63 years ago, if you can believe it. And I have felt that he’s with me every day of my life.

    • 136 57andfemale
      April 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      {{{{{{{africatimes2}}}}}}}}}}} Thank you for sharing your father with us who, even in the sadness of his loss, has inspired us all.

      I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • 137 prettyfoot58
      April 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Ohhhhhhhhh Africa….my sincere condolences on your loss…((huggs))

    • 138 CEB
      April 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      May God bless, keep and comfort you and the other members of your family. I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad sound like a wonderful man; thanks for sharing a little bit of him with us.

    • 139 nospin
      April 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Peace and blessings to you. Your story reflects how great a life he lived and he will continue to live on in you.

      hugs Africa

    • 140 geeja
      April 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I too am sorry for your loss. The values your father taught you are reflected in your posts. You did well with your lessons and that part of him will be with you always.

    • 141 utaustinliberal
      April 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Hey Africa. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family in this trying time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • April 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      Africa, I just said a prayer for you and your father.

      Be well.

    • 143 sjterrid
      April 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear of your Father’s death. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. May he Rest in Peace. Your very lucky and must be very proud of your father. It’s clear from your comments that you are a lot like your father.

  17. April 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

    VP Biden will be live soon, he’ll be speaking on college affordability:


    • April 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Thank God we have you, as the media blackout is in full force.
      I wonder if they will start showing them, when the Campaign starts in a couple months?
      Nahh! They will probably show reruns of Herman Cain 9-9-9!

  18. April 3, 2012 at 10:10 am


  19. April 3, 2012 at 10:10 am

    David Axelrod on Romney: “I think he must watch Mad Men and think it’s the evening news.”



  20. 154 hopefruit2
    April 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Good News (from Gallup, surprisingly)

    HEADLINE: Economic Confidence in March Highest Since January 2008. Index has increased for seven straight months

    // PRINCETON, NJ — The Gallup Economic Confidence Index reached -20 in March, up from -22 in February and its highest level since Gallup Daily tracking began in January 2008. The index has increased for seven straight months after falling to -52 during the federal debt crisis last August. //


  21. 157 donna dem 4 obama
    April 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Today is Primary Day in MD and DC (its been all over the radio and tv for the last week). So I get up and go vote this morning (we now have early voting in MD but I still like to vote on the actual voting day). I come to work proudly displaying my “I Voted” sticker on my lapel and I cannot tell you how many people asked me “there’s an election today?”. Arghhh….How can people be so ignorant. I just had the third person (college educated) say to me, “I thought this Primary was just for the Republicans…You mean I’m suppose to vote today?”.

    Patience Donna, Patience!!!!!

  22. April 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Hey Chips-
    Nader is starting to make a lot of noise, again.

    The Jerk.!

  23. April 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Good grief, unemployment rose to 23.6% in Spain in February – that’s just mindblowing.


    • April 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

      That is a Depression!

      • April 3, 2012 at 10:29 am

        It’s just an extraordinary figure, isn’t it? And for a country with such a huge tourism industry it’s incredible. What a disaster.

        • April 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

          Luckily, no matter how hard the RNC tries, this is not Obamas fault.
          That said, I hope they have good social services over there?

          • 166 Liberal Librarian
            April 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

            Well, they HAD good social services. The new conservative government is slashing everything.

        • 167 Jessica
          April 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

          I wonder what the royal family must feel. Their people are suffering badly and they can’t really do anything about it. The King is just a figurehead.

    • 169 donna dem 4 obama
      April 3, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Wow! Those are great depression numbers. Mindblowing indeed!!!

    • 170 Jessica
      April 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

      I just don’t understand what’s going on over there. Whatever they are doing it’s obviously not working. They need to stop and head in the other direction.

      • April 3, 2012 at 11:13 am

        From the little bit I know, Spain adopted austerity measures also.

        • 172 Liberal Librarian
          April 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

          More like they were forced to by the EU.

          I know there are a couple of top flight football clubs that are discounting their tickets so that their fans can still go to see the matches.

      • April 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

        Here’s a brief explanation from the BBC about what went wrong:

        …..When Spain joined the euro, interest rates fell to the much lower levels typical in Germany and while the Spanish government resisted the lure of cheap loans, most ordinary Spaniards did not.

        The country experienced a long boom, underpinned by a housing bubble, as Spanish households took on bigger and bigger mortgages.

        House prices rose 44% from 2004 to 2008, at the tail end of a housing boom, according to ministry of housing data. Since the bubble burst, they have fallen 17%.

        The economy, which grew 3.7% per year on average from 1999 to 2007, has shrunk at an annual rate of 1% since then.

        When the housing bubble burst, so did its construction sector.

        So, although the Spanish government still has relatively little existing debts, it is now having to borrow like crazy to fill the gap left by the jump in unemployment benefits and collapse in tax revenues during the downturn.


        • 174 Liberal Librarian
          April 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm

          As I’ve been saying, having a monetary union without fiscal and closer political union was a recipe for disaster. It would be as if California and Alabama shared the same currency but were different countries. And what the EU is doing in pushing austerity won’t lead to growth, which is what the PIIG countries need to get out of their debt problem; they’re looking at years of recession, with no end in sight.

          • April 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm

            True, LL. The austerity measures in Ireland, for example, are sucking the last signs of life out of the economy, but since the EU bail-out the democratically elected Government of Ireland (a coalition that includes a supposedly left-wing party) has next to no say in how the country is now run, Europe makes all the decisions. And it’s the same story with all of Europe’s strugglers. In that sense, elections in countries like Ireland, Spain, Greece and Portugal are now meaningless, democracy has died – and that’s really no exaggeration. It all scares the living daylights out of me.

  24. 176 Debz
    April 3, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Chips, just want to thank you for posting the videos of the WH tour. So cool. I doubt I’d hear about it anyplace else.

  25. 181 vcprezofan2
    April 3, 2012 at 10:30 am

    If only Republican senators would ‘speak’ with integrity where and when it really counts! Here is retiring Olympia Snowe speaking out – did she have this stance when she was voting? I truly don’t know because I didn’t pay any attention to individual Republican senators bthough I seem to remember them voting on everything as a block.


    • April 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

      F all these so-called Republican moderates! They write op-eds and give speeches about divisiveness, partisanship, etc. etc. and then when its time to vote what do they do? Vote with their party on the very issue they just said the GOP was wrong on. F her.

      • 183 vcprezofan2
        April 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

        I hear you, Go B. I shared this in affirmation of the fact that we have the BEST example of INTEGRITY, political or otherwise, in the person of President Obama. That’s why IMO PBO doesn’t have to worry about an ‘open’ mike. Whatever he says in meetings, he can say with equal confidence to the media, to the country AND to his opponents. Not many of his ‘peers’ can say that.

  26. April 3, 2012 at 10:31 am


  27. April 3, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Americans, even those who should no better, have short memories. I was listening on the radio this morning and it was brought up that PBO was going to go after the Ryan buget today pretty strongly. The consensus was that it is good to see him doing this, but it would have been nice if he had done it when Ryan first came out with it. It seems they forget when PBO gave his reaction to it before with Ryan sitting in the front row right in front of him.

  28. 187 amk for obama
    April 3, 2012 at 10:43 am
  29. 191 Linda
    April 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I bet this announcement was planned for today on purpose…

    Levi Johnston has impregnated another girlfriend, TMZ reports.

    Levi is the father of Bristol Palin’s son, Tripp, who was born in 2008. Since his son’s birth, Levi has broken up with Bristol, posed for Playgirl and spread nasty rumors about the Palin family.

    His pregnant girlfriend is Sunny Oglesby, 20, a teacher from Wasilla, Alaska, according to TMZ. The couple has reportedly been together for over a year and she is less than three months along.

    • 192 desertflower
      April 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

      That terrible, awful no good birth control sure would have come in handy!!! Responsibility must not be a priority.

    • April 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

      How can you be 20 years old and be a teacher? Alaska?

      • 194 Linda
        April 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

        I checked that out….. I think she went through a course that certifies her for child care….most likely at a DayCare Center or something similar..

    • April 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

      It really is true. Slow people definitely have potent sperm, don’t they. If you’re Stephen Hawking, you’re really one of a kind. If your Jim Bob Duggar, you can repopulate the state of Arkansas.

  30. 196 Ladyhawke
    April 3, 2012 at 10:51 am


    The ‘I Hate Romney’ Club

    By Ana Marie Cox (Sunday, Feb. 03, 2008)


    It’s also a suspicion of what they see is his hypocrisy and essential phoniness — what one former staffer for Fred Thompson called Romney’s “wholesale reinvention.”
    To be sure, the candidates’ staffs do seem to have bonded in their dislike of Romney. “It was very common for e-mails to be flying around between the Thompson, McCain and Giuliani campaigns,” says the former Thompson staffer, “Saying, ‘No matter what happens with us, we all need to make sure it’s not him.'” The staffer says that campaigns would share opposition research on Romney and offer each other tips on how best to undermine him: “Like, ‘Hey, I saw you hit Mitt on immigration — have you thought about going after him on this issue?” In some cases, the attitude even extends to the top of the campaigns. The night of the Iowa caucuses, after getting a congratulatory call from McCain, Huckabee told the candidate, according to aides: “Now it’s your turn to kick his butt.”
    But such jibes mask more substantive complaints that many of the candidates have about Romney. “What Romney has done,” says a Huckabee adviser, “he’s attacked people for positions he once held. That annoys people. And he uses his own money to do it, which rubs it in.” He’s gone after McCain on campaign finance reform (which he once supported), Huckabee on tax increases (Huckabee countered that Romney’s raised “fees” amounted to the same thing), and nearly all the candidates on immigration.



    • 197 desertflower
      April 3, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Yea, well…we’ll see just how hypocritical these guys are now…they hated him then, but will vote for him now because he’s NOT PBO??? Their arguments ring hallow with me. They have no more moral standing than Romney.

    • 200 amk for obama
      April 3, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Tweeting that LH.

  31. April 3, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Anyone here planning to volunteer at the DNC convention in Charlotte? Anyone here from Charlotte?

  32. 204 Andy46
    April 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Morning TOD
    Lol, I see why the Republicans are not calling to repeal ObamaeconomicsCare!!

  33. 206 jacquelineoboomer
    April 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I only contribute to OFA, but this was a nice email from Speaker-for-Life Pelosi, today, on behalf of the DCCC (for those who aren’t on their distribution list):

    Jacqueline —

    Thank you. Because of the generosity of our supporters, we shattered nearly every previous grassroots fundraising record to date. In March alone, we received donations from more than 100,000 supporters.

    On Saturday, we broke our all-time grassroots record for one day!

    Don’t be mistaken, this is an authentic grassroots campaign: Over 90% of the contributions we receive are $100 or less.

    This people-powered movement will help us win a Democratic Majority in November.

    Already today, we’re putting contributions we’ve received to work and launching an ad campaign to hold Republicans accountable for their all-out assaults on women, seniors and the middle class. It’s because of supporters like you that we are able fight back.

    Thank you again for record-setting support,


  34. April 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Oooops! My Bp is 145-95.
    So, I had to take Atenolol, which is a Beta blocker.
    Takes some getting used to, ya know?

  35. 211 Liberal Librarian
    April 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Morning peeps.

    So, how was the wacko from Wasila today? Train-wreck?

    And, I have a new blog post up. It’s a love letter to California: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/04/but-both-parties-are-same.html

    • 212 hopefruit2
      April 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      I didn’t watch the wacko from Wasila. But AP breathlessly announced that she said “anyone is infinitely better than Obama” in the WH.

      Something tells me that NBC’s ratings went down for that time slot….

  36. 213 Andy46
    April 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    TOD, forgive for this minor rant, but I just watched Howard Schultz the CEO
    of Starbucks that I felt took a subtle hit at President Obama
    with his comment about the 8.3% employment rate, then mention the African
    American and Hispanic community employment rate as a follow-up to his pandering of
    his $5 wrist band that he is selling at Starbucks stores and has partnered with stores like
    Banana Republic to help creat jobs…when Eric asked him where the money goes? Answer to the Banks
    to help them lend money really!…JMO but I think this a scheme…there just something not right about this…
    I don’t watch Morning Joe anymore, but I believe Starbucks is a sponsor of that show, in addition…this guy
    shut-down numerous Starbucks store putting thousands out of work and have the nerve to get on tv to talk about creating jobs with Banana Republic is owned by Gap Inc Gap Inc that closed 100s of Gap Stores in America in 2011 to open stores in China(and Gap Inc were not losing money).

  37. 214 Andy46
    April 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Sorry I forgot to mention Howard Schultz was on CBS News This Morning.
    Talking about creating jobs and not waiting for Washington.

    • April 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      The problem is the Republicans can easily get their message out, without even trying.
      For example- Palin on the Today show…
      And when you do hear about Democrats, it’s to cause discontent.
      Like, Pelosi spoke this Morning and the only sound bite we heard is that she is pushing Hillary for 2016.
      In essence, the media is not State run controlled like North Korea, which favors the government,- but it IS corporate run controlled, which favors Republicans!

  38. 216 hopefruit2
    April 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    That is some desperation

  39. 217 hopefruit2
    April 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    HEADLINE: Republicans are secretly voting for President Obama

    // And that clumsy analogy brings me to Republicans in Illinois and many other reasonable states who’ve yet to hold primaries. Despite supposedly hating Barack Obama (outwardly), Republicans are not voting for Mitt Romney. Not only are they not voting for Mitt Romney but they are actively not voting to beat Obama either. They claim they are. They claim they want nothing more than to unseat Obama in November.
    But Republicans, I’ve got news for you – actions speak louder than words. Your actions tell me that deep down you’d rather not vote than vote for Romney. If that’s true and voter turnout continues to be incredibly low in large, swing states, then Obama can win easily. These people are not going to vote for Obama in November; they just won’t vote. And a Republican not voting for Romney might as well be a vote for Obama. //


  40. 219 yardarm756
    April 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I’m late as usual. G’day TODers.

    Below you will find a “LINK” to an awesome video on why we have racism in this country. It’s kinda painful to hear.

    This “white” author presents an awesome yet simple explanation of the real reason for racism in this country. I am reminded of the well know puppet in the last election, Joe the Plumber. This individual will probably never make over $250,000 in one year, but he was extremely articulate in working to ensure that taxes would not be increased for people in this income group. What group of people prompted him to be so outspoken? Yes, another example of the white elite milking a poor white person to let him believe he is one of them. When in fact they don’t care for him any more than they care for a (rich or poor) Black person, even thought Joe happens to be a white person. But it much better for this poor brain-washed White person to fight the battle that only the elite can benefit from in this country.

    Man, the plan that the white elite has put into action is awesome for them. And I feel Tim Wise has hit the reason for racism right on the head.

    My friends, this is not a video to prompt you to rise up in some sort of insurrection. But it should open your mind to see what is happening in our country today. The elite isn’t concerned about closing the borders. The elite wants to have the cheap labor at any cost. The concern today is more about the Rich vs the poor than the White vs the Black. Yes, more Black’s are poor, but the White’s that are poor have been brain-washed to believe they are somehow better than their poor Black neighbor.

    I pray you will take the ten minutes to look at and listen to this video.

    Yes, it is awesome.

    Click on the Link below.


    • 220 0388jojothecat
      April 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      This is exactly what Shirley Sherrod was saying at that meeting that the now deceased Andrew Breitbart tried to twist into something more sinister.

    • 221 aquagranny911
      April 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Excellent share! I love Tim Wise. I’ve read a lot of his stuff & he got savaged when he wrote some diaries at the DK about white privilege etc. which tells you a lot. Thanks for the link.

  41. April 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Rachel should read what the War Powers Act is and why the Commander in Chief is in charge of our Military and not Congress.
    She is stupid, sometimes.

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