rise and shine …. and chat away

Morning everyone, I’ll be back later today, meanwhile – chat away 😉

210 Responses to “rise and shine …. and chat away”

  1. 1 hopefruit2
    April 8, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Good Morning TOD – Happy Easter everyone!!

  2. April 8, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Gooooood morning!

  3. April 8, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Here’s SNL nailing Willard, hilariously mocking his “sincerity”

    • 10 mtmarilyn
      April 8, 2012 at 8:22 am

      We watched that last night. It was so funny. We usually aren’t up that late.

    • 11 Ladyhawke
      April 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

      It’s really amazing that it’s the comedians who are doing the real reporting these days and exposing the breathtaking hypocrisy of the GOP. I remember Jay Leno asking Mitt Romney some pretty pertinent questions that David Gregory forgot to ask. And David Letterman is also capable of doing a substantive interview with a politician. And of course, Comedy Central can be brutal. Although, I have my issues with Jon Stewart. Something happened with him. There is a viciousness towards PBO that I find disturbing. Stephen Colbert is just brilliant. His skits educate and inform with humor.

      This article from David Corn still has be seething ……..

      How Romney Fibs—and Gets Away With It

      Blame it on the media embrace of false equivalency.


      • 12 Betsy
        April 8, 2012 at 11:08 am

        I agree about Jon Stewart and it’s obvious that his audience is not understanding his digs at PBO as most of them are PBO supporters. The laughter is not as loud, sometimes hesitant and late. You’d think he’d get a clue.

  4. 13 mtmarilyn
    April 8, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Happy Easter everyone!

  5. 14 Cheryllou
    April 8, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Good morning everyone and Happy Easter!

  6. 15 utaustinliberal
    April 8, 2012 at 8:23 am

    On this Easter day, I intend to make chocolate feel downright filthy and make Peeps a dirty treat. If you judge me, I’ll sic Mankini Newt on you.

  7. 21 Grab a Mop Grace
    April 8, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Good Morning TOD’ers!

    “Christ is Risen….He is Risen Indeed!”

    Wishing you all a glorious Easter Morning.
    And praying for all of you, and our First Family today and always.

    Obama/Biden 2012

  8. April 8, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Debbie Downers on the Chris Hayes Show! What if this happens, and what if that happens, Obama is in serious trouble.
    Also, what if a 7 mile wide Asteroid hits the Earth, Obama is in serious trouble.
    You see how ridiculous that narrative is?

    • 24 prettyfoot58
      April 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Gm Jovie…

      i had planned to mute this part…but i have wanted to hear that part…because i want to come up with a counter narrative….i do not panic anymore when i hear these dialogues…i try to see this as a debate….when i am talking to my neighbors and friends…i want to be ablt to put forth a narrative for them to have….

      one thing i do agree with…this will hard fought election….it will not be about Romney perse but what he represents….we have seen that agenda unleashed on the states …let no one think that if the Republican party and their forces would not unleash that same political agenda on the country and indeed the world….

      As the President has said…what kind of country do we want to live in….

      the stakes are high…

      so these so called progressives….liberals…..need to wake up and smell the coffee…

      Presssssssssssss ON!

      • 25 Ladyhawke
        April 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

        I’ve been waiting for the Democrats better not get too complacent shoe to drop. The warnings from Chris Hayes and Jonathan Alter was ridiculous. Seriously, do they think we are stupid? I don’t know anyone who thinks this race is going to be a cakewalk. Considering Citizens United ruling, Koch Brothers, ALEC, right wing radio, Fox, GOP disenfranchisement laws across the country, big oil and Wall Street giving all of their money to the Republicans. Mitt Romney has already proven he will do and say anything to get the presidency.

  9. 26 Ceb
    April 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Good morning and Happy Easter TOD family.

    Just in from a Sun Rise Easter Service on a beautiful day.

    Enjoy the day with the ones you love most.

  10. April 8, 2012 at 8:33 am

    While he’s still not ready to entirely concede defeat, exactly, Newt Gingrich these days sounds more like a man leading a cause than a campaign.

    The onetime House speaker, who has almost no chance to win the Republican nomination, said he has a new mission: to make sure Mitt Romney runs as a conservative in the general election, as he has promised, rather than tacking back to the center, as his campaign has suggested he might.

    “There’s no compulsion to get out of the race, except in the heads of writers and talk-show hosts,” Gingrich said in an interview. “And nobody runs up to me and says, ‘Please get out of the race.’ They have come up to me and said the opposite: ‘Please stay in the race.’ . . . People walk up again and again and say, ‘Please stay in and please fight for conservatism.’ ”


    Is Gingrich our secret weapon? I love it!

  11. April 8, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Lest anyone doubt the importance of Florida’s 29 electoral votes to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, consider the schedule taking shape for this week: Obama will speak Tuesday at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton about the so-called Buffet Rule that would apply to millionaires the same effective tax rate that middle-class Americans pay.

    Then on Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama will give a speech to high school junior and senior girls and their families at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, part of a program to honor military families.

    Now we’re hearing that the White House is looking into the president stopping in Tampa on Friday for an official event. Nothing is confirmed yet, but the president would stop in the city on his way to the Summit of the Americas in Colombia.


  12. April 8, 2012 at 8:41 am

    My daughter sent me a “phunny photo” of my 2 yr. old grandson not at all thrilled about meeting the Easter bunny, hanging onto his daddy’s leg for dear life. Now I see vids that he was not alone, bunches of kids screaming their heads off at being plopped into the lap of the scary rabbit.
    Willie Geist actually tweeted a funny yesterday, saying his 4 yr. old daughter was confused about the religious/commercial union of Easter, asking “So wait—-Jesus was an Easter bunny?”

    • 32 jacquelineoboomer
      April 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

      That’s hysterical! Apparently Willie’s daughter has the Geist (Willie’s dad’s) funny bone.

  13. April 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Just something about the disappointing job numbers: First we were talking about a second Great Depression. Then that didn’t happen, so we talked about a jobless recovery. Then that didn’t happen, so we talked about a double dip recession, then that didn’t happen. So now we are talking about a recovery too slow.

    When Obama walked into office we were losing 750,000 jobs a month, a fact that I always remind conservatives. And now, only three years later, we are talking about how gaining 120,000 jobs is a bad thing.

    • April 8, 2012 at 8:47 am

      And if the Republicans run a smear, swift boat campaign and pull off another improbable win, this Country would never Recover.

      • April 8, 2012 at 9:02 am

        Of course we will. 8 years of Bush-Cheney and we recovered. We’ll do it again.

        • April 8, 2012 at 9:11 am

          It took a great president to cleanup that mess.

          • April 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

            And we’ll get another one. History has shown that.

            • 38 globalcitizenlinda
              April 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

              there are some people who cannot wait another 8 years for the system to be corrected because they are hurting really, really, really badly based of the circumstances they currently face.

              some of us really really need President Obama to stay in office for us to have basic protection at many levels

              • April 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

                That’s how it’s always been. When Theodore Roosevelt a progressive left office there was work left undone and people were hurting until another progressive President came along. Unfortunately history is filled with moments like that . My point is not so much the 8 years of bush and Cheney as it is that we as a nation will recover.

                • 40 globalcitizenlinda
                  April 8, 2012 at 9:49 am

                  circumstances of the people I associate with are really dire. people are barely hanging on. we are sharing the little food we have and teaming up to keep even a roof over our heads.

                  why we cannot wait is that the gop has ALREADY taken much of what these desparate people are relying on for bare survival. the gop HAS ALREADY ACTED where I live – food, medical, shelter to mention but a few.

                  these marginalized people would be pushed over the edge completely if we even allow our selves to wait for another progressive to be elected in at a minimum 4 years ?????

                  • April 8, 2012 at 9:56 am

                    I’m not making light of or trying to marginalize your circumstances. Yes it will be a lot worse if Republicans get in. We felt the same after 8 years of Reagan and 4 years of Bush I but we made it back.

                    8 years of President Obama is not going to stop people from hurting. Hopefully it will be a lot less but since time immemorial people have been hanging on.

            • 42 anniebella
              April 8, 2012 at 9:33 am

              Forget history,,we already have a darn good President in office, and we ought not to let him go without giving everything we have. We have to fight to re-elect President Obama and I’m ready to do just that. I don’t want to wait for another one to come. We have one, fight for him. Forget these stupid pundits, no one said the fight was going to be easy. The Obama campaign says we will have a tough fight, but a fight we can win. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

              • April 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

                I can’t and won’t forget history.That’s a mistake too many make. But I’m with you on giving everything we’ve got for the Man In Office right here right now.

                • 44 anniebella
                  April 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

                  derbingle, I was just saying that, believe me as a African American I won’t ever forget any of our history. To keep this country heading in the right track we don’t need another radical racists lying Republican as President. These Republicans want to take us back to the fifties. Look at their war on women. And Mitt Romney is supporting all of that anti-woman stuff.

      • 46 busbus
        April 8, 2012 at 10:52 am

        I agree with Jovie, however, I don’t agree that this country would never recover. For me, it’s, HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR THIS COUNTRY TO RECOVER. It will take a long, long, long time, considering that the bulk, if not all of this country will be regulated by GOP/TP conservatives. Right now, 60% of the states are ruled by the GOP/TP. In many of these states, they have majority GOP/TP legislatures. Take stock of what is happening in these states. For me, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin and Ohio serves as examples of what this country will look like and how citizens will be treated.

        Someone said that we are or have recovered after eight years of Bush/Cheney. The deck is different now. The outcomes of the 2010 midterm election have put this country in a precarious situation. This is why it is imperative that we get people registered and that we all vote in the general election. We have a lot at stake.

        If the Executive Branch of the federal government is taken over by the GOP/TP, the country will be at the mercy of ALEC and the Koch Brothers’ syndicate. It’s bad enough that they are controlling the current House of Representatives and GOP/TP Senators. It’s bad enough that we have a 5/4 Supreme Court today. Can you imagine a 7/2 Supreme Court and more GOP/TP judges appointed in the federal courts? Can you imagine the GOP/TP conservatives taking over more of the state houses due to their manipulation of the vote and elections.

        If a GOP/TP candidate wins the presidency, this country may continue to be called the United States of America; however, it will not be a Republic, have a democratic government or be a democracy for its people!

        A President Romney will be the front for Co-Presidents Charles and David Koch!

    • 47 prettyfoot58
      April 8, 2012 at 8:58 am

      GM cool…that is right…

      but there is so much work to be done…and unless you have a job that can pay the bills you may be still in panic mode….

      i heard one of the pundits state yesterday that the long-term unemployed are having the hardest time getting back in the workforce….they state that the long-term unemployed are being discriminated against….imagine that…we live in a society that always seems to find a way to discriminate against someone….

    • 48 jackiegrumbacher
      April 8, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Coolegans, It’s not a bad thing. We all dream of having ever-spiraling upward terrific job reports and when the spiral isn’t quite as high as we’d like, we’re disappointed, and, of course the pundits jump all over it with their doom and gloom. But realists know that life never goes straight upward. It’s zoom and zag all the way. But the trajectory is good and that’s the thing to remember, as you said.

  14. 49 amk for obama
    April 8, 2012 at 8:51 am

    • 50 anniebella
      April 8, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Let me see now when the Obamas were in Chicago did they had a elevator for all their cars in their home, did Michelle had two cadillacs , and Barack had his two cars, and did they had 100 million dollars in some account overseas for the girls. Now tell me again Mitt the liar Romney,who is the elitists again?

  15. April 8, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Happy Easter on this wonderful Sunday morning.

  16. 52 meabloom
    April 8, 2012 at 8:58 am

    G’Morning TOD & Happy Easter!

  17. 53 pugeretto
    April 8, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Happy Easter from Chicagoland! My husband & I are going to an Easter Egg Hunt at daughter’s house this morning at 10:00. Have a good day all!

  18. 54 FormelyFRED
    April 8, 2012 at 9:05 am

    hi TOD family.Been taking it easy these days.Mom is home this weekend and a friend from Fl flew in yesterday so I’m a very happy camper this Easter weekend.All is well. I wanted to wish each and everyone of you a Very Happy and Blessed Easter.Thank you for this site Chips and Happy Easter to you as well.HZ and Hachiko you are in my thoughts.
    Until next time,
    Fred 😉

    • 55 HZ
      April 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

      FormelyFRED, hello my beautiful TOD Family member!!! Happy and Blessed Easter to you and to your precious Mom. You make my heart jump with joy when I see you here. I am so elated to hear about Mom. What a blessing!!!!! Give her a Big and Long ((((MOM))))))

      Fred, relax, enjoy your friend from the Sunshine State, and know that you are loved by me and this family here.

      I am doing fine and pushing on. A follow-up appt. week after next, and a few more tests which I have to consult with another doctor about. However, I will think with positive thoughts and pray much in order to make needed decisions. Had a nice day yesterday and it is another beautiful and blessed day on the West Coast today.

      Keep well, and I will keep you and Mom in my thoughts and prayers. So happy for you.HZ

  19. 56 utaustinliberal
    April 8, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Jeez who stole Jonathan Alter’s chocolate easter egg? He’s giving Debbie Downer a bad name. Preaching doom and gloom for PBO on up with chris. Whoever stole his candy….please give it back. Haha.

    • 57 jackiegrumbacher
      April 8, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Some people can’t help it, UT. They thrive on creating a negative narrative and upsetting people. May be didn’t get enough jelly beans in the color he wanted. I always loved the black ones best and tried to get to them first before my sisters did.

    • 58 ChristiMTL
      April 8, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Is it me or he changed? I don’t know, I used to like him….but after he criticized FLOTUS about the ”Obamas” book, ….I can’t stand him anymore.

    • 59 anniebella
      April 8, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Glad I don’t listen to these second glass pundits like Alter, Hayes.

      • 60 anniebella
        April 8, 2012 at 9:51 am

        Alter defended that book by that woman, what was her name Jodi something?

        • 61 HZ
          April 8, 2012 at 11:28 am

          Anniebella, Happy Easter. I love your phrase,”second glass pundits like Alter, Hayes.” If it is your iPad, do not change it. I love it!!!!!!

          May I use your phrase, please? HZ

  20. 62 99ts
    April 8, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I just watched this video posted on the previous thread by PamfromCalif

    Park Overall is running for the US Senate representing Tennessee. She’s going against Bob Corker. Here’s an awesome speech she gave at the Jackson Day in Nashville TN. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z8XIRyUq9Q&feature=player_embedded#!

    It is truly AWESOME – with capital letters

  21. 64 Dudette
    April 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Wow! Park Overall just brought tears to my eyes. We need more women Democrats like her running at all levels of government. How sweet would it be to see her shove Bob Corker out of the Senate?!!

    Happy Easter Everybody!

    • April 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Dems need to support this person all the way down the line. BTW did you know she’s related to our President?


    • 66 desertflower
      April 8, 2012 at 9:53 am

      I watched this on the last thread. Really good!! I hope she kicks his “you know what” to the curb! Happy Easter:)

      • 67 HZ
        April 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

        Happy Easter to you Desertflower and family. Thinking of you and family. Relax and enjoy your day, you very special one. HZ

    • 68 Dudette
      April 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

      “I’m an East Tennessee hard woman, so I’m gonna put it on the table here. I think there are things that we must address and I think we must, as Democrats, address them hard and fast. If I look at a guy like Scott Walker and what has happened Wisconsin, I’m scared and you should be scared. You should be very scared.

      I’m standing here and I’m talking to unions. Do you realize that’s become a dirty word? If I say to you “good benefits, pensions” — that’s like a string of cuss words these days.
      The GOP has stolen your language and are stealing our America word by word. I’m gonna tell you, one thing old lion Democrats here like Mr. Naffey (sp?) and the like, they all have something Scott Walker, or that fish-eyed Eric Cantor or Mitch McConnell will never have — class, character and depth.”

      [Listen to what she said about Mitch McConnell and that Darrell Issa guy (“you know the one that put the birth control panel with no women?”) at 7:22. Hilarious!]

      “The Republicans are stripping your language and in so doing, they’re perpetrating a lie… and let’s call it what it is. It’s lying, it’s thieving and it’s stealing. I came here tonight to say what I think I have to say. My people in East Tennessee are very poor and these are very very dangerous days and I believe that as Democrats we are at a crossroads. We must join together. We must speak with one voice, no matter our differences.”

      The Republicans are poisoning my country. They’ve poisoned my State’s air — all of it believe me. And they’ve poisoned a river up by me that we drink from and one of lawyers for the bad guys is here tonight and telling it. [I’ll meet you outside]. The Republicans want to strip our regulations further. In East Tenneessee a bunch of us middle-aged broads got together and we went to the State and they wouldn’t help us, and we went to the Feds and they wouldn’t help us. So we tested the water and guess what? It’s poisoned and we are suing. And I promise you, that on my little Nolachuckey River, there will be a reckoning.”

      This woman is fantastic! I’m gonna send her some money!

    • 69 a4alice
      April 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

      this is a wonderful heartfelt speech. tweeted to the “young TN dems” on twitter

    • April 8, 2012 at 11:52 am

      a w e s o m e voice coming out of Tennessee. YES!

  22. 71 utaustinliberal
    April 8, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Hey TOD, this morning on C-SPAN Washington Journal, the guest was Hans Von Spakovsky of the rightwing Heritage Foundation and he was invited to give his objective view about ACA, the 3 days of oral arguments, and Pres. Obama’s statement about the SC. Objective? Hahahahaha. Yeah right. Anyway he was spinning BS as usual and a lot of the guests called him out with calls, emails, and tweets telling him that PBO was not going after the justices. The person who went after justices in recent history was GWB. He kept avoiding questions. Anyhoo, I sent a tweet in, thinking I’m tired of his BS and what the hell, I’ll just send in my own question & opinion. Anyways, my tweet was read! Woohoooo! and people sent me responses thanking me for pointing out Mr. Spakovsky’s hypocrisy. When the video becomes available on C-SPAN, I’ll post a link. I’m whooping like a maniac because this is the first time cspanwj has read my tweet. Here’s the tweet.

  23. 83 lmrj
    April 8, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Happy Easter Chips! Happy Easter TODers!

  24. 84 jackiegrumbacher
    April 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Happy Easter, everybody. I read some good news today that our local churches are helping their congregations to register to vote under the repressive new voter ID laws and are providing financial help for people to get birth certificate duplicates and other forms of ID. The pastors were quoted as saying that they knew the onus would fall on the handicapped, the poor, the elderly and minorities and they were doing their best to reach out to those groups in their churches. In Philadelphia church groups, the NAACP and organizations for the homeless are helping people get their papers and taking them to the polls. There is a large Amish population in PA and they must PAY to get a non-photo ID (taking photos violates their beliefs) and answer an 18-page questionnaire. This is causing even some Republicans in the state houses to complain about the undue burden being placed on people. Meantime the PA Senate Dems have filed a lawsuit and the House Dems will follow shortly file with a suit. ACLU’s suit is due soon. I hope and pray these efforts work to recover the votes we will lose through voter suppression.

    • 85 Ladyhawke
      April 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

      Black church leaders to register 1 million voters on Easter


      Easter Sunday is a sacred day in the Christian tradition. In the black church, it is often a day of celebration, with full capacity attendance for many congregations. This Easter, a group of black ministers are planning to take advantage of those numbers to combat voter ID laws by registering one million voters in the pews.

      The Empowerment Movement, led by Rev. Jamal Bryant, stated in a press release that there are an estimated 500,000 black churches in the United States and over five million unregistered voters. The campaign was organized when Bryant met with other Baltimore-area ministers to discuss issues of mass incarceration, high unemployment, and restrictive voter ID laws. The group resolved to fight new voting laws that often keep elderly, young and black voters from casting ballots.

      Nearly 31 states currently require voters to produce identification at the polls, something the NAACP considers to be a violation of civil rights.



      • 86 prettyfoot58
        April 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

        GM LH….

        We will do whatever we have to…we will not allow them to take our vote away…..

        • 87 HZ
          April 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm

          Happy Easter, Ladyhawke. Thanks for this. Spreading it to friends to encourage their pastors to get involve also, especially where there are seniors in small congregations in smaller towns. Thank you.HZ

    • 88 prettyfoot58
      April 8, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Right oN …Rigth oN …Jackie….

    • 89 desertflower
      April 8, 2012 at 9:57 am

      People should really press this “Paying for ID’s” issue. THAT’S A POLL TAX AND THAT’S ILLEGAL!

  25. 90 ChristiMTL
    April 8, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Happy Easter everyone!

  26. 91 jackiegrumbacher
    April 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Ooops, the Amish have to answer 18 questions, not fill out 18 pages. Even so that’s very excessive and the questions are not easy. They have to write an essay about their religion and know the size of their denomination and a whole lot of other details. And they have to pay for the ID as well (poll tax anyone?). It’s just not acceptable. Soon people are going to have to promise their first-born to the state (ie. GOP) to get to vote.

    • 92 hopefruit2
      April 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

      I wasn’t aware that the Amish voted.

    • 95 desertflower
      April 8, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Is it only Amish people that have to do this??? WTF????? The ACLU better get on that ASAP! If anyone has a few bucks to donate, the ACLU is a good place to start.

      • 96 jackiegrumbacher
        April 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        DF, it’s anyone whose religion does not allow them to be photographed. The point is that no one should have to go through this complicated process to exercise their right to vote. Even if a small percentage of Amish vote, this is excessive and repressive.

  27. 97 andogriff
    April 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Happy Easter to everyone from Germany!

  28. 99 Manny oke
    April 8, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Happy Easter from the UK, to the TOD Family and to you Chips.

    God bless you all, your respective families and of course, our beloved President and his family. A special thanks to you Chips for your hard work and for creating this wonderful site that I am completely addicted to.

  29. 100 Pamela
    April 8, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Easter sunrise in Seattle! Good morning everyone, good morning Chipsticks, have a blessed day everyone!

  30. 101 donna dem 4 obama
    April 8, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Happy Easter TOD!!!

  31. 104 utaustinliberal
    April 8, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Hey TOD. I’m going to post this link where it’s easy to donate funds to help Marabout – twitter handle @marabout40 – in this trying time. I posted it yesterday and the response from people has been wonderful.


  32. April 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Governor Kasich is bragging about how Great he is, de regulate and cut taxes, I am great, the President -not so much.
    Wow. He has a lot of pride, for someone who has the worst governors approval!

  33. 111 Ladyhawke
    April 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Michigan Republicans Illegally Passed Over 96% of Bills Under ‘Immediate Effect

    By Heather


    This report from Rachel Maddow this Thursday was really shocking. I knew things were bad in Michigan after watching some of her previous coverage on these so-called emergency managers circumventing democracy in their state, but not this bad. Rachel summed up this segment with this statement and it’s spot on:

    The 2010 elections ushered in a lot of radicalized Republican legislatures and governors across the country and have done a lot of radical things. Scott Walker is famous for a reason.

    But what`s happened in Michigan is the most radical thing Republicans have done anywhere in the country. They have eliminated democracy. They have eliminated voting rights at the local level in their state. They have tried to eliminate Democrats` voting rights in the state legislature.

    Whether you`re on the left or you`re on the right or you`re in the center or if you don`t particularly care about politics, if all you care about is that we have a form of government in this country called democracy, we vote. If you care about the idea that we still use voting here, we still use democracy, if you care about the Constitution — frankly, Michigan ought to have a flashing red light siren on it right now.



  34. 113 donna dem 4 obama
    April 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

    (\ /)
    (. .)♥
    c(”)(”) Hopping Down The Bunny Trail!!

  35. 114 prettyfoot58
    April 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I would like to know…why this consistent attack on MHP..

    i can see a critique of the pros and cons of her program/but all i see is negative critique…is there no value to her program that can be seen…

    • April 8, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Their is value, but when you compare liberal press with conservative press, the righties are a lot more loyal.
      Always have been!

      • 116 prettyfoot58
        April 8, 2012 at 10:33 am

        What i like about MHP is the discussion…the insights of different folks/some i agree with…some i don’t…and some cause me to think….

    • 118 globalcitizenlinda
      April 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

      i think people expect more from MHP given her prior activism and what is at stake in this election.

      some of us are tired of people who know what is at stake but then try to give flase equivalency to the issues at hand.

      If you know that someone is lying about an issue whose background is so familiar to you then draw a line somewhere.

      many of these people on MSNBC spend more time and media volume criticizing President Obama than they do about the GOP that is lying and dismantling the very core of this country

      • 119 Betsy
        April 8, 2012 at 11:32 am

        It’s the false equivalency thing. The GOP and their talking points get all kinds of air time, while the Dems get almost none. So when we see Chris Hayes and MHP accepting the bullshit these GOP folks say on their shows, and NOT REFUTE it or ask hard questions, then it’s just another unimportant show, because the TRUTH is not being presented. It drives us crazy and disappointed instead. The negativity is an expression of frustration that instead of what we had hoped for, we got this.

    • April 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

      I wonder myself prettyfoot. MSNBC might not be everything but ever listen to FOX? Republicans have media, grassroots, money and power. The democrats have to rise up and be a voice at all levels. GOP can say what they want against the president because there just isn’t enough backlash from people who care. As an objective outsider, this is what I hear. The GOP are ‘right’. To an untutored mind that means a lot.
      OWS worked because they were a loud voice of many. This TOD is site is amazing and supportive but there needs to be more if the president’s agenda is to be heard. People may not like Van Jones but he said something critical on TV the other night. The left assumed that once the president got in, all would be well, that he had absolute power to make change with the stroke of a pen. That is so not true. Without a strong and deep grassroots which can rise up, swell up and show support for his policies, his battles, his ideas for change, he won’t get anywhere. He shouldn’t fight alone. Lots of people live in bubbles in which they see, only what has always been, as the ‘right’ way to go. They will continue to watch FOX and believe what they hear and see there as what’s ‘right’.
      My point is that even when MSNBC or Jon Stewart say things which we don’t find appealing, the importance of using the negatives from ‘the left’ to galvanize folks is just as important. Right wing negatives make people indignant, left wing negatives should make people think about what’s missing, why did he say that and do what can be done to make change. They shouldn’t be tuned out and dismissed. I have learned more about American politics from these folks that I could ever have learned anywhere else.

      • 121 Betsy
        April 8, 2012 at 11:34 am

        You make a good point, that’s for sure. I just wish they were more supportive of President Obama, instead of criticizing him so much. I really believe if PBO had been all white, there wouldn’t be this much negativity about him from the left. I really do.

  36. April 8, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Apparently, if you point out what Conservatives said in the past, and are now against, that we are somehow STUPID!
    Really? Do they want to go there?

  37. 123 sherijr
    April 8, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Happpy Easter TOD family ~ I hope everyone, whether you celebrate the holiday or not.. is having a truly lovely day 🙂 I just skyped w/ my eldest son.. and two of my wee grandchildren… and they’re so adorable. Good morning to you all.. the sun is shining.. my cellar is finally poop free.. what more could I ask for 😉

    • 124 sherijr
      April 8, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Chips, my dear, I did receive your email yesterday & will respond later today.. I was “pooped” out last night and went to bed early. Have a wonderful day- you’re awesome!

    • 125 ChristiMTL
      April 8, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Hey Sherijr, good morning and Happy Easter……good to know! I was wondering yesterday if you fixed your problem….did you find a plumber?

      • 126 sherijr
        April 8, 2012 at 10:34 am

        Good morning & Happy Easter Christi to you & your family. No plumber yet.. I did get the muck cleaned out- thanks to my 12 yr old.. he helped greatly- I’ve been running fans down there all night to dry it out and de-odorize 😉 Will call all the plumbers back again first thing in the morning, I’m hoping one of them responds.. if not then I’ll call the city and see if they have any ideas.. right now we can’t shower, flush, etc.. just using wash pans.. so its at least no longer a health hazard, just inconvenient.

        I hope you’re having a wonderful day w/ your sons 🙂

  38. April 8, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Arch Bishop Lori is on MTP, now they are piling on the Mandate, saying Government overstepped it’s authority and it is a huge hit on the Catholic Church.
    Makes you feel proud to be a Catholic???

  39. 135 ChristiMTL
    April 8, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Legendary CBS newsman Mike Wallace has died. He was 93 – ..

    • 136 sherijr
      April 8, 2012 at 10:35 am

      wow, I had no idea he was so old, goodness, thanks for the info.

      • 137 ChristiMTL
        April 8, 2012 at 10:47 am

        His son must be mmmm 55 or something?…I’m so bad at guessing people’s ages, one that I was in shock to learn how old he was was Rev. Al…I love him….but I thought he was about 75 years old!…..I was in shock when I saw that he was 57.

        Not to insult him in any way, I like everything about him, but I thought he was much older.

  40. April 8, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Watching my Nieces and Nephews doing the Eater egg Hunt.
    I found one and ate it. Should I feel guilty?

  41. April 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

    You know what? How dare all these Holy people get on tv this morning and tell us that Democrats have a war on Religion.
    I don’t want to hear that, on a Day Jesus died for our Sins!

    • April 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Jovie, use that OFF button on your tv. People will say ~anything~. And a whole lot
      of crap gets said on tv, as you know. I have finally unplugged my television: no cable, no nothing.
      Just TOD and . . . Eckhart Tolle, FB, and a few other things from computer. Keeps me sufficiently connected
      and it works. for me. oxo

  42. 145 desertflower
    April 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I just saw that our First Lady will be on the Colbert Report this Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!! Set the DVR’s!!!

    • April 8, 2012 at 10:53 am

      I think she’s also on that diet show as well this week? What day is that? I saw a preview and she was working up a sweat!!

  43. 147 desertflower
    April 8, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Hilarious!! http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/gingrich-campaign-almost-45-million-in-debt

    Newt blames the ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA for his debt! Seriously???

    • 148 Ladyhawke
      April 8, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Republicans never take responsibility for any of their own wrongdoing. It’s always the other guys fault. The moral bankruptcy and depravity of the Republican Party never ceases to amaze me. It just makes sense that Mitt Romney is their nominee after trouncing the GOP clown car candidates. Mitt’s mendacity is a perfect match for the party.

    • April 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Gosh, no more Tiffany’s for a while.

    • April 8, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Even people that just moved there or are on vacation? Wow Newt.

    • 151 Cha
      April 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Some reality artist should make a ‘toon with newt sittin’ in corner, furiously sucking on his thumb.

  44. 152 desertflower
    April 8, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Wonderful, wonderful Smartypants:) This. Many times over.


    • 153 a4alice
      April 8, 2012 at 10:53 am

      wonderful DF tweeted and I laughed evilly at the tpm blurb about newt

    • 154 Diane
      April 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Just read it–Sometimes a blogger nails a truth so hard to the door that it can’t help but stick in your consciousness–this is one of those times–Well done!

  45. 155 donna dem 4 obama
    April 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Mike Wallace, ’60 Minutes’ Pioneer, Dies

    Mike Wallace, a pioneer of American broadcasting who confronted leaders and liars for the newsmagazine “60 Minutes” for four decades, has died, CBS News said Sundaa morning. He was 93.

    His death was announced on CBS by the anchor of its Sunday morning program, Charles Osgood. The network did not immediately specify when or where he died. Mr. Wallace had been ill for several years.


    My condolences to the Wallace Family (Chris Wallace of Fox News is his son).

  46. April 8, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Good morning, TODville, and Happy Easter. I hope you’ve all gotten your Hot Cross Buns on and are enjoying your morning brunch. May the sun shine on all of us.

    For Hachiko, I hope you are resting well and encouraged by the outpouring of support for this part of your journey. Everything is going to work out for you. Once you get somewhere and settle in a bit, please reach out to us for help with your job search and we’ll do what we can to help.

    I send my love and appreciation to the First Family, who have done so much for so many.

    • 159 a4alice
      April 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

      excellent. you know, I was watching the news or some damn thing on tv the other day and this woman from WI was saying what a great job scott walker was doing and the dems needed to stop whining and I just was ticked of course. I wonder what that same woman has to say today?

  47. 160 LunarSea
    April 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

    GM all and happy Estora / Easter. Sorry to hear of your plumbing problems hopefully it will be resolved in the morning.

    A little something for my TOD family this wonderful day;

    Go-Bama Between Hope & Dreams Full Movie (GO-BAMA: Between Hope & Dreams)
    A personal fly-on-the-wall documentary that explores the promise of HOPE during Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008.


    Enjoy! Off to enjoy my day here. Hope you all get to do the same

  48. 161 vcprezofan2
    April 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Wishing a Happy Easter Sunday (& a Happy Passover Weekend) to all TODobots! Was out ALL DAY yesterday and am barely recovered this morning so I’m only now coming to see what’s up. Hope you all were on your best behaviour and taking care of PBO till I was freed up. 😆

  49. April 8, 2012 at 11:08 am

  50. 164 utaustinliberal
    April 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Prof. Michael Eric Dyson was fantastic on This Week ABC. He took on the GOP, that witch Peggy Noonan, and George Will and reamed them out! He called out George Will for saying that though he has female best friends, he supports Augusta’s decision not to allow women as members. He said that was a form of diversity. In his mind discrimination equals diversity. Dyson ripped his throat out for that support of discriminatory practices. I fully recommend everyone watch the panel discussion for the sheer beauty of watching Prof. Michael Eric Dyson – twitter handle @MichaelEDyson – rip the GOP to shreds in such an eloquent manner. After I watched the segment I sent him tweets of thanks because it was a beauty to watch.

    • April 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Their is no question their is discrimination in the workforce, schooling and Housing matters.
      The conservative mantra ( I am looking at you Bill Oreily) by saying the Blacks have all the privileges and Whites have nada.
      This enrages White People.
      So, it is the likes of Bill Oreliy who is ginning up this hatred!
      Good to hear Dyson put these people in their place!

    • 166 lamh35
      April 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      I’ve had my issues with MED, he was getting a bit too like Tavis and Corny for a bit, I don’t know what brought him around, but something did…anyway, you can expect that MED won’t be asked back to ABC for awhile…

  51. 167 globalcitizenlinda
    April 8, 2012 at 11:12 am

    if any religous organization feels they do not want to abide by the laws of the land e.g. in health care, then WHY don’t you choose to end your “profit-seeking” healthcare businesses?

    as a catholic, I know my church makes profits from most of its institutions so WHY are they seeking to be excused from the laws that govern ALL health care providers??? the bishops are trying to tell us that they are NOT-IN-IT FOR THE MONEY??? who are they kidding

  52. 168 utaustinliberal
    April 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Chips. We breathlessly await pictures. 😀

  53. 170 lisalovesobama
    April 8, 2012 at 11:18 am

    HAPPY EASTER!!!!!!!!!

  54. 176 amk for obama
    April 8, 2012 at 11:20 am

    fuck cleaver. with dipshits like him, dems don’t need any enemies


    • April 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

      You see, the Democrats are their own worst enemy!
      Debbie Wasserman Schultz on one channel saying the opposite from what the Chairman of the black caucus says.

    • 185 Ladyhawke
      April 8, 2012 at 11:36 am

      I didn’t read the article yet, but I would simply point this politician to chart in the link below. Add to that the numerous vaginal probe laws, every sperm is sacred, redefining rape, the Komen debacle, the Republicans and Catholic bishops wanting to impose their will on Catholics and non-Catholics and contraception, Blunt/Rubio amendment, RNC chairman’s flippant remark about caterpillars, on and on. I don’t know how you would call this anything but a war on women. All of this crap was fine as long as we weren’t talking about it. Now that it is being discussed in the open and they are being called out about their disdain for women we get push back. To have a Democrat giving the GOP cover is just obnoxious.

      Chart: The Spike in State Abortion Restrictions


      So what’s behind the surge? According to the Guttmasher Institute’s Elizabeth Nash, the conservative legislators and governors voted into office last November in many states, coupled with the high profile abortion services received in the national healthcare debate in 2010, gave conservative policymakers the ideal moment to push for the restrictions. “It just exploded. There was this momentum in place already and the legislators just picked up and ran with it,” Nash said. For example, five states–Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, and Oklahoma–took a cue from Nebraska this year and passed legislation modeled after a 2010 law in the state that banned abortions after 20 weeks. Meteor Blades over at the Daily Kos says that the economic downturn may be giving lawmakers an added defense for the bills, writing that “cutting budgets for family planning was an expected consequence of the fiscal crises they face.”



      • April 8, 2012 at 11:40 am

        He is probably pro life!

        • 187 forus50
          April 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm

          Words are important. As Park Overall said in the clip above, “The GOP is stealing our language.” And by describing someone as pro-life it’s stealing our words when the truth is that the actual description of them is anti-choice. In fact the GOP cannot be described as pro-life ever with endorsing the death penalty, against universal healthcare regardless of income or employment and on and on.

          • 188 susanne
            April 8, 2012 at 3:59 pm

            so true! we are all ‘pro life’, but most of us are also ‘pro choice’. funny, though, that the term ‘pro-life’ has become a pejorative after being associated with the repugs for so long!

    • 189 globalcitizenlinda
      April 8, 2012 at 11:43 am

      we can send cong Cleaver a few thoughts about HOW he is undermining the democratic message. isn’t he among those who previously started attacking PBO as part of the CBC tour a few months ago? the only way these backstabbers shut up was after PBO called them out.

      one thing I know some are touchy about in the black community is when members from the community challenge SOME black men about their abusive behavior towards the women in the midst.

      • 190 amk for obama
        April 8, 2012 at 11:50 am

        Yup, he and that corrupt whatshername congresswoman with the stupidest hairstyle are part of the black emoprogs.

    • 191 Dudette
      April 8, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Representative Cleaver, here’s what I have to say to you…

  55. 192 utaustinliberal
    April 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Woah TOD. John McCain is not on Meet The Press. I repeat, John McCain is NOT on Meet The Press. The Easter Bunny really does exist.

  56. April 8, 2012 at 11:48 am

    OOOOOOOooooooooooooo, LOOK at how gorgeous The First Family is:


    • April 8, 2012 at 11:49 am

      OMG, the girls look SO grown up!!

    • 198 desertflower
      April 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

      What a stunningly beautiful family.

      • April 8, 2012 at 11:54 am

        Can’t believe how Sasha all of a sudden looks like she’s so much taller. They are just a stunning, happy family.

      • 200 anniebella
        April 8, 2012 at 11:59 am

        meta, desertflower, I agree with you both about our lovely First family. Boy am I proud, it’s as if my sister, niece, brother are in that picture walking to church as the President, First Lady, and first daughters.

    • 201 Ladyhawke
      April 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

      They just make you proud.

      Thank you so much for posting this meta. I actually gasped when I saw the photo. It takes your breath away. What a beautiful family – inside and out. I absolutely adore them. I can’t wait to see the Easter Egg Roll tomorrow with all of the whippersnappers. I am looking forward to seeing the first dog Bo. He is so darn cute.

  57. 202 a4alice
    April 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Hey this is interesting you guys something to keep bookmarked – a list of Alec sponsored government officials

  58. April 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm

  59. 208 vcprezofan2
    April 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    This article was dated April 2012. 2012!! I think they made a mistake…

    …Republican state senator Glenn Grothman, who was an enthusiastic fan of repealing the law. According to Grothman, not only is there no actual pay gap between the sexes, if there was one it wouldn’t matter anyway. After all, men need money more than women do, since they have families to support. “You could argue that money is more important for men,” he told Goldberg. “I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”

    Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/wisconsin-equal-pay-law-repealed-because-money-is-more-important-for-men.html#ixzz1rTHdP4b6


  60. 209 sjterrid
    April 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I wanted to wish everyone here that celebrates a Happy Easter and Passover!

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