pic of the americas

President Barack Obama gestures during the official photo at the sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. Obama is flanked by Presidents Sebastian Pinera of Chile, front left, and Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, front right. Pictured behind the three leaders are Presidents Porfirio Lobo of Honduras, middle row, left, Felipe Calderon of Mexico, middle row, second from left, Ricardo Martinelli of Panama, middle row, right, and Trinidad and Tobago



President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner during a bilateral meeting at the Americas Summit in Cartagena. April 14


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189 Responses to “pic of the americas”

  1. 14 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    April 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Good morning Chips & TODers!

    Congrats on 1st cookemom!


    And, never, ever forget the direct link between Reagan’s treasonous selling of arms to Iran to support his totally illegal war in Central America, to Cheney’s duplicity in the matter as a Senator, to Cheney & Rove constructing all the lies that dupe GWBush willfully purveyed to the American people as to launch the illegal war on Iraq, to @MittRomney. It has been LIES & TREASON ever since Nixon, with each iteration becoming ever more likely to destroy the Republic. That is what the next few months must be focused. Once and for all time we must eradicate the Party of Koch & Norquist, the Grand Old Plutocratic (GOP) white supremacist cabal.




    • 15 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      April 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      And ….


    • April 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks Bobfr, where’s the pressure on finding out who the anonymous donor is that gave $10 mil to Rove’s super pac? Is the donor foreign, domestic, alien, ally or enemy….that’s the story.

    • 22 a4alice
      April 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm


    • 23 57andfemale
      April 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      AND the traitorous deal to hold the hostages so Carter wouldn’t get credit.

      AND Bush 41 LYING about the size of the deficit before Clinton took office.

      AND GWB keeping the extent of the economic collapse a secret in 2008 so the likes of Ron Christie and other Republican shills saying “Obama promised 8% unemployment” when he had NO IDEA how bad the recession was.


      They can’t win anything without lies. The dirty, traitorous bastards. The entire effing party.

    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      April 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Amen, Bob.

  2. April 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm

  3. 34 GGail
    April 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Good west coast morning Chipsticks!
    Good west coast morning TOD family.
    Congratulations to africatimes2 on being FIRST 🙂

  4. April 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    My previous comment was a tweet I sent to the MSM

    • 36 sabreen60
      April 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Good afternoon TOD.

      Great tweet, aamom. Obviously there is a blackout of President Obama’s trips. If the MSM just missed coverning one trip then I could give them an “incompetent” grade. But EVERY trip? This is intentional.

      • 37 conlakappa
        April 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm

        Too busy reporting on the honeypot scandal that in no way involves the President but offers the media a chance to brand it a distraction and link it to the trip. It is not what you say but what they hear.

    • 38 theo67
      April 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      The honeypot scandal, as conlakappa so elegantly phrased it, happened BEFORE President Obama even arrived in Colombia. It’s a real shame that taxpayers have to pay for the press to travel with him when they don’t report anything worthwhile during the time that they’re there.

    • 39 jackiegrumbacher
      April 15, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Aamon, that’s a brilliant tweet.

  5. 40 collegekay
    April 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    He is oh soo handsome. Can’t wait to watch the press conference later.

  6. 43 Ladyhawke
    April 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    FAREED ZKARIA GPS: Interview with Gene Sperling


    Watch GPS: Did Republicans slow the U.S. recovery?

    On Fareed Zakaria GPS this week, the most important issue: the economy. Fareed goes one-on-one with President Obama’s top economic adviser: Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling.



    • 44 Ladyhawke
      April 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      sorry, fingercheck that’s FAREED ZAKARIA

    • 45 Ladyhawke
      April 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      As I watched Fareed Zakaria interview Gene Sperling, I kept thinking what a pleasure it is to see this brilliant man speaking plainly and clearly about our current economic crisis. President Obama put a lot of time an effort into picking his cabinet. They were picked because of their excellence and qualifications for the job. So many of the cabinet secretaries don’t get the credit they deserve for quietly (under the radar) making government more efficient and accountable to the American people.

      • 46 utaustinliberal
        April 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm

        I watched Gene Sperling also LH and he was incredible. I adored how plain spoken he was. He gave clear concise fact filled answers, his disdain for Paul Ryan and the Ryan budget came across loud and clear. He’s very smart and it was a pleasure to watch his respect and admiration for PBO spew forth like a geyser.

    • April 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Oh I wish FLOTUS was there. Pretty sure she’d have on a bright, shoulder baring outfit on and both of them would just outshine everyone there.

      • April 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

        Me, too. People who’ve been there say Cartagena is magical. I only know it from the novel, Love in the Time of Cholera!!

  7. April 15, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Even GOPers know that the Mitt camp lie with relative ease. Chris Wallace not having it, tells, Mitt adviser, “It’s not true,” regarding Mitt’s concoction about the 92 percent women with lost jobs under PBO.


  8. 51 pugeretto
    April 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Congrats Cookemom! Well, seems Chipsticks & Co have cleaned up their act, still getting over the laughs from last posts. Where’s the DEMO Petition? I’ll sign one. And, thanks for the wonderful posts Chips, pictures are always the best, and did view Demo’s video yesterday, so sweet, but I also think the Sloth guy is sweet looking too!

  9. 52 CEB
    April 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Our president, “The Man of the Summit” ; nothing more to be said.

  10. 53 Hachikō
    April 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Happy Sunday, TODers. Hope everyone is well.

    Yesterday was moving out day. It was exhausting…and, O.M.G, expensive!! The movers charged me $1,172 to move my things into storage. Including moving supplies like boxes, tape, bubble wrap etc, my move cost me almost $1,500. It was expensive, but it was a lot of work and I lived on the top floor of a 4-story walk up. Moving companies charge per hour and the whole move took almost 8 hours. They broke some of my furniture and ruined some other things, but I’m not going to complain. My things are out of the apartment, and I’m so grateful to you guys for making that happen.

    My Tucker is back with me, and we’re just so happy. We’re whole again. He’s lost quite a bit of weight, his coat is dry and dull, and he’s been lethargic and sleepy since I got him yesterday, but he’s well. He’s eating and going potty. Always a good sign. 🙂

    I planned for us to head up to Maine to LunarSea today, but I won’t be able to leave until tomorrow morning. I got sick (a cold…awful sore throat. I think my body is just run down from stress and fatigue). Additionally, my neighbor, Nadia, whom I’ve been staying with since I left the hotel on Tuesday, has a daughter, Saby (pronounced Sah-bee), who’s been struggling with cancer for about 3 years now. She had thyroid cancer, which she was treated for and was in remission, but then she started having seizures (she wasn’t aware of it). A scan of her brain revealed a malignant tumor. She’s been receiving low dose radiation to the tumor for the past month. Yesterday, when Nadia didn’t hear from her, she went to her apartment and found her in bed. She tried unsuccessfully to wake her. She rushed her to the hospital. Saby still hasn’t awakened. As you can imagine, Nadia is devastated. I feel so utterly useless. Nadia has been so kind to me. Cooking for me. Helping me pack. Mothering me… Please pray for her and Saby. Please pray Saby comes back to Nadia.

    I’m so fortunate. So many people have reached out to me and shown me love and kindness. I hope there’s a purpose to this phase of my life. I have to find a way to pay forward everything I’ve received and make a difference in someone’s life.

    Have a great day, everyone. Will update you once I get to Maine tomorrow. Big hug from me and wet kisses from Tucker. 🙂

    • April 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you for the update. We are all very happy that you will be heading to Maine and not a homeless shelter without Tucker. And don’t feel useless about your neighbor. Just call her regularly and offer support/advice. Its all most people ever need. Someone they can talk to.

    • 55 anniebella
      April 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Hachiko, I have been wondering how you were doing? So, so glad to hear you and Tucker are back together.

    • 56 geeja
      April 15, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Good things happen to good people. Just remember to hold your head up high!!! I hope your neighbor’s daughter will recover.

    • 57 a4alice
      April 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      hey hachiko – so glad to know that things are moving along and progressing forward! And you have Tucker back – good! Once you get to Maine – you can refresh yourself – too bad about your friends girl. life – it just never stops moving for good or for ill does it? Sending prayers your way for your friend.

    • 58 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks for the update Hachiko. Glad to hear that you and Tucker are reunited. Sorry to hear about your neighbor’s daughter. Hope you and Tucker have a safe trip to Maine tomorrow!

    • 59 taiping1
      April 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      So glad Tucker is back. You will both regenerate soon. Glad you are there to help and be present with your neighbor. Metastatic cancer to the brain can be devastating. Drive carefully. Hello to LunarSea

    • April 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      So glad to hear from you! Glad you and Tucker are safe. What an ordeal. Don’t know how you manage, but I’m wicked impressed with your stamina and how you never for a moment fail to be the kind and gentle being you are. Blessings, dear lady.

    • 61 desertflower
      April 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Been thinking of you everyday.So happy that you and Tucker have been reunited and are together again:) I can’t imagine being away from my baby(dog) for any length of time. We do what needs to be done.I am so sorry to hear about little Saby and Nadia.In the time you have left in NY, just be there for her…an ear to listen and arms to hold her.What will be, will be. I read your updates to all of us, and realize how extremely difficult life can be. No matter what all of us face individually,someone always seems to be in a worse way than we are. You are not useless to her. She is afraid, just like you were.Just be the friend that you always were. She won’t ask for anything more.

      I pray for your safe trip to Maine to decompress and regroup with LunarSea.The kindness of that offer amazed me, and you will finally be able to breathe. Please know that you are loved and in the thoughts of all of us. One foot in front of the other, one day at a time, and you will get to where you need to be.

      Hugs to you and Tucker. A book is writing itself in your head right now…be well, and please check back when you get to Maine:)

    • April 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Progress! Safe journey and hope you arrive with new opportunities awaiting! Take good care.

    • 63 0388jojothecat
      April 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Hachiko, I am so happy to hear that you and Tucker are together and heading to Maine to start anew. I am so sorry to hear of your neighbor’s daughter, our prayers and light to them both.

    • April 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      So happy things are going better for you :-). I will keep you, Saby and Nadia in my prayers!

    • 65 theo67
      April 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      So good to hear that your move out is complete, and now you’re ready for the move to Maine. Things never happen without a reason and maybe the timing of everything was so that you could be there for your friend when she needed you to be there – even if it’s only for one night.

      Good luck on your move to Maine, with Tucker – who must be thrilled to be back with you. Let us know how you’re doing when you get settled in up there.

    • 66 sabreen60
      April 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Hey Hachiko. I’m glad you’re ok and are with Tucker. Your spirit sounds upbeat. There is an old saying “life is great if you just don’t weaken”. You certainly sound as though you are a living testament to that “saying”. My sincere hope that your friend’s daughter recovers.

    • April 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      Glad to hear that Tucker is with you again – best of luck in Maine. I am so sad to hear about Saby – my prayers are with her, her Mom and you.

    • 68 jackiegrumbacher
      April 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Thank you so much for the update Hachiko. I’m so sorry about your friend’s daughter, Saby. It’s seems to unfair that life brings so many burdens at once. You are a good friend to your neighbor and I’m sure you’ve done a lot to help her through a very difficult time. It’s wonderful news that you’ve been reunited with Tucker. Both of you seem worn out from the separation and under the weather. Please take care of yourself first and have a very safe trip to Maine. This is the beginning of a whole new era in your life and may every day of your life be blessed. Let us know when you arrive.

    • 69 sherijr
      April 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Oh marabout so good to hear from you.. I’m happy you & Tucker are reunited. I’m so very sorry for your friend’s difficulties, there is just nothing worse than to be helpless when it comes to our children, no matter their age. I will put her in my most positive thoughts & wish her awake and on the road to recovery.

      I do believe you & Tucker & LunarSea are going to make great things happen.. be careful out there on the road… hug Tucker for me 🙂

      • 70 HZ
        April 15, 2012 at 8:20 pm

        Hachiko, so wonderful to hear your positive update. Thanks for sharing about Saby and Nadia. I will pray for both of them. Good thoughts and beautiful energy will surround them, and I pray and have faith that it will. Your friendship will also help your friend make those steps to get her through this time in her life. You take a blessing and share it with another person who is now in your life. Just keep passing the blessings along, there in lies the beauty within our souls. We receive, and we give back.

        Drive safely, be encouraged, and share your blessings with those around you. Your focus on the best gifts in your life with certainly will keep your grounded through this journey. Thanksgiving is the key. This is just a turn in the road to a better journey in your life. Make the very best out of your journey and enjoy the gifts of your friends.

        We love you, and we are so grateful that your trials led to so many blessings. Be kind to yourself, and know that your path will lead to beautiful things for you and others. Hold dear to your gifts of love with and to Tucker, and may God’s precious angels of protection, love,, and compassion be your passengers on this ride. ((((((Love to you)))HZ

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  13. 77 Liberal Librarian
    April 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Left coast morning to everyone.

    Just wanted to let everyone know that I’ll be a bit out of communication for I’m not sure how long. Our internet went out at work on Friday afternoon, and there is no time estimate for Verizon coming out to fix it. They could come Monday, or we could be out all week. Of course, everything we do at the library depends on us having the network up and running, so it’s damned infuriating.

  14. 80 Debz
    April 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Hi everyone!!! Been very busy and missed all the drama. Thanks Chips for bringing us all the info on PBO’s trip, if it wasn’t for the SS “scandal” no one would know that the POTUS was out of the country. And what is with WP? This comment box couldn’t be any smaller.

  15. 81 proudofobama
    April 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Hi TODers! Have been lurking but unable to post thanks to Word Press. I hope this post shows up. Our President is the smoothest, most debonair man ever. Just so much class.

  16. 83 Jeff
    April 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Trying to avoid the media due to how they are overhyping the SS scandal and trying to pit this on the president.

    • 84 Debz
      April 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Trying to blame the President is the worst. The only thing they should be concerned with is if the President is safe. I really despise the msm and been trying to avoid them too.

    • April 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      I honestly think what they are trying to do is make people think one of those prostitutes was for Pres.Obama. OR at least trying to find a connection. Can’t have Prez Obama too squeaky clean now. He’s just gotta have a side piece somewhere.

  17. 90 collegekay
    April 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    The pundits are picking this up.

    Hopefully it will be heavily talked about tomorrow.

  18. 96 joyfulmeme
    April 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Something needs to be done about getting out the facts. I have watched a couple of Sunday morning shows this morning and the msm doesn’t get into the truth all they seem to do is try to smack the left over the head with right wing talking points case in point George S and David G.

    I must say that Kristine Vanderhoofle did a great job this morning pushing back on the misinformtion and did great in pushing back on the Mitt claims of PBO has gutted 92% of women’s jobs when the fact is republican governors have earned that honor by firing public workers (teachers, librians, social workers, etc) who are mostly women.

    It really irks me that they try to blame PBO for the Bush recession and economic policies which are still law (2 wars, 2 tax cuts at the same time, plus no negoiation of drugs through medicare. Dems need to do a lot better job on introducing FACTS in thes arguments. LIES make me crazy.

  19. 97 Linda
    April 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    This has to been the most ignorant thing Issa has ever said. It does not make any sense at all.

    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said Sunday that he believes there were more Secret Service agents involved than current figures say in the prostitution scandal that broke Friday night.

    “We think the number might be higher. And we’re asking for the exact amount of all the people who ‘were involved,’” Issa said on CBS’ Face The Nation. An upcoming investigation, he said, will be “about how did this happen and how often has this happened before. Things like this don’t happen once if they haven’t happened before.”


    Things like this don’t happen once if they haven’t happened before.”


    ( Once one of my children said to me ” I don’t eat at restaraunts that I never ate at before ” ) My reaction was the same ” Huh ” ?

    • 98 collegekay
      April 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      I don’t trust Issa. The GOP will do their best to milk this. They want to connect PBO to hookers; they’re so desperate for a scandal.

    • 102 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      The biggest scandal of the week which the MSM is trying to distract us from is that Mitt Romney evaded his taxes repeatedly during the nineties and early to mid 2000’s, and currently refuses to release his tax returns for those years. Instead, he’s using his 2011 delayed return as a decoy – and the MSM lets him get away with it.

      That’s the scandal the MSM should be focusing on. Not some silly SS misbehavior.

      • 103 Left-Indie
        April 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm

        The msn is not there to always carry water for one side or another. I know here the believe is they’re always against our guy. That ain’t so. The Dems should know how to work the media, how to work few ideas repeatedly until they stick. How to make an event out of WAITING FOR MITT TO COME OUT OF THE TAX CLOSET. I believe we can get more done by pushing the DNC to do better than the msn.

        • 104 hopefruit2
          April 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm

          With all due respect Left-Indie, I think your comment is utter rubbish. There has been documented evidence (with REAL DATA) showing that the corporate Media coverage of PBO is 91% negative compared to the GOP candidates which were all less than 50% negative. There is no way to spin this unless you are ignorant or intellectually dishonest.

          • 105 Left-Indie
            April 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm

            Oh, no mi no (too) ignorant, dear Hopefruit2. We have limited ammo and it’s better aimed at the DNC to get their act together, keep the dems in line, sing from the same hymnal. It’s a famous meme that organizing Dems is like herding cats. Well, enough with that. I give money to the DNC, not the MSN.

    • 106 57andfemale
      April 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Ignorant = Issa. And I’m being generous.

  20. April 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Oh, look, a pic of my Prime Minister- Trinidad and Tobago’s Kamla Persad Bissesar in the first photo. Nice one!
    O/T There was a multi-coloured halo around the sun yesterday in T and T. It was totally awesome….and, cricket is being played at the Oval -West Indies versus Australia.

  21. 109 Ladyhawke
    April 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Where Do FCC Members Stand on Posting TV Stations’ Political Ad Data?

    On April 27, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to require broadcast TV stations to post data online about who bought political spots they broadcast. Stations already collect the data and must make it publicly available, but they have resisted putting it online. Meantime, projects like ProPublica’s “Free the Files” are posting some data with volunteer help.

    How might the FCC decision go?

    The commission has five members, but two of the seats are vacant because President Obama’s nominees are stalled in the Senate. The three sitting commissioners declined to answer questions about the new disclosure rule, but their public statements suggest it may pass. Here’s a rundown:


  22. 110 a4alice
    April 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    w00t Hey you guys! Jeremy Bird (national field director) and Betsy Hoover (digital organizing director) from Chicago came to our little old OFA office in Mpls to talk about the campaign yesterday! It was interesting and fun hope you get a chance to meet them they were inspiring!

  23. 114 Linda
    April 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Hey Mitt,

    Remember this song by The Police?

    Every single day
    Every word you say
    Every game you play

    I’ll be watching YOU !

    And every move you make
    Every bond you break
    Every step you take

    I’ll be watching YOU !

    Every move you make
    Every vow you break
    Every smile you fake
    Every claim you stake

    We’ll be watching you!! And video taping you !

      • 116 Linda
        April 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

        I have been investigating Ann Romney……I think she may have grown up more privleged than Mitt ……

        I don’t think she ever went to a public school at all…..she grew up with housekeepers and nannies and even had a horse as a child.

        • 117 theo67
          April 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm

          Well, considering that she said (in defense of her and Mitt never having an argument) that if Mitt ever raised his voice to her, she would dissolve into tears. I think that’s why they’re all rallying around her over this non-controversy. She probably had a meltdown.

  24. April 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

  25. 121 ctgirl7
    April 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Our favorite Gov. From MD is on Food Network 🙂

  26. 125 CEB
    April 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    The nut cases and their enablers are screaming, shouting, lying, and making up non-controversies while the president and his team are governing and winning the present and the future, here and abroad;volunteers are organizing, canvassing, educating, and donating; the DOJ is going after those who are ttrying to suppress the vote; prayer circles and groups all over the world are lifting up the president in prayers; and many of our citizens who have been asleep and mislead are waking up. We are fired up and ready to go!

  27. 126 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    The media can GO TO HELL!

  28. 128 desertflower
    April 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Why Romney wouldn’t govern as a moderate. His party will not ALLOW him to!


  29. April 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Starting next year, the check will no longer be in the mail for millions of people who receive Social Security and other government benefits.

    The federal government, which issues 73 million payments a month, is phasing out paper checks for all benefit programs, requiring people to get payments electronically, either through direct deposit or a debit card for those without a bank account.

    The changes will affect people who get Social Security, veterans’ benefits, railroad pensions and federal disability payments. Tax refunds are exempt, but the Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers to get refunds electronically by processing those refunds faster than paper checks.

    About 90 percent of people who receive federal benefits already get their payments electronically, the Treasury Department says. New beneficiaries were required to get payments electronically starting last year, and with a few exceptions, the rest will have to make the switch by March 2013.


    Good idea!

    • 135 desertflower
      April 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Great idea. Cuts down on fraud, waste, and abuse…AND saves money!

    • 136 57andfemale
      April 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Oh my God, you would not believe the hand holding I have had to do with my next door neighbor over this. She has been driving me crazy for about a year.

      Her husband became very ill at Christmas and has been in the hospital or rehabilitation facilities for the past three months. So she finally signed up early for direct deposit and just told me what a pleasure it is. Duh!

  30. April 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

  31. 140 desertflower
    April 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Must See this ENTIRE Chris Matthews exchange with the President of Brazil….Chips only had the reply posted yesterday, but this shows CM’s despicable question. This made me livid yesterday!


  32. 141 desertflower
    April 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!! I would to dedicate this to the MSM. The bowl = facts and the sink = people. Hilarious.

    • April 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      LOL…Oh my god that’s hilarious. I’ve known kids like this. “it’s too haaarrddd.” “I can’t do it waaah waahhh”. Drives you nuts.

    • April 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Also Titled: “Romney Makes His Tax Returns Public”

    • 144 isonprize
      April 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      😆 😆 😆 😆 And the Academy Award goes to Kirsten!!

      The bowl = facts and the sink = people

      Here’s a few more…

      The little girl = Rethugs — the spoon = facts, what? spoon made it to the sink? NEVER MIND!! spoon = NOT the facts, spoon is now a “scandall”

      The sink = real people — the spoon = what the MSM reports —- the bowl = what the people need to know!!

      The little girl = emoprogs — the dad = Reality

      He really is a good dad. She’ll appreciate him when she gets a little older. (what she might NOT appreciate is being on Youtube!! 😆 )

      • 145 desertflower
        April 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

        He is a really good dad;) I’d be LOL at this little drama queen. So young….I think everyone has known a little one like this:) You’re right about all the possible configurations:)

    • 146 a4alice
      April 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      omg i was rolling that was funny! 😀

    • 147 joanshaw
      April 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      I think this is one smart kid! What acting! What rage that she finally did it (and will have to keep on doing it now.) Great laughoutloud video. Thanks desertflower.

    • 148 theo67
      April 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      That father was brilliant! I don’t know how he remained so patient and how he didn’t crack up in the face of such melodrama. That child has a career in Hollywood! And she even remembered the spoon – even though it almost did her in. Great parenting!

    • 149 nospin
      April 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Kirsten represents today’s Repubs.

  33. 150 ParkRanger
    April 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm


    Apr 15, 2012 12:29pm
    ‘Don’t Let It Fester’: Romney’s Tax Return Delay Could Bode Badly

    By George Stephanopoulos

    ….The day after the president put out his tax information, Romney filed for a six-month extension on his own taxes, a move that Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot warned against today during the “This Week” roundtable. Gigot cautioned Romney not to “let it fester.”
    ….“I think that it’s important for any candidate in public office to be as transparent as possible, to let people know who we are, what we stand for, and you know, I think that this is just carrying on a tradition that has existed throughout the modern presidency,” Obama told Univision in an interview that aired today.

    But ABC’s Cokie Roberts said Romney’s bigger problem is not his tax rate, but his massive income. The former Massachusetts governor reported earning $21.7 million in 2010, but paid a mere 14 percent tax rate….

    • 151 theo67
      April 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      He didn’t “earn” that money. He received that money. Malia and Sasha “earned” their new puppy. President Obama “earned” his salary and the book proceeds (even though he gave the whole thing away). VP Biden “earned” his income. Romney “earned” nothing. He didn’t create anything. He didn’t endeavor at anything. He didn’t improve anything – except his bank account.

      Given that the job creators justify their low tax rates because they’re apparently keeping the economy afloat and creating jobs, how does Romney square his 14% tax rate with having done nothing to actually earn it?

  34. April 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Hello Todville… That video showing Mitt Romney talking about women, even those with a 2year old …that they should go
    to work!!! blew my mind. I have contacted some in the media and urged them to shine a big spotlight
    on this clip. I’ve seen where so many of you have already contacted the msm. Please lets all get in touch with people like
    Rev. AL, Rachel and LOD so that they can shine a light on this two-faced nitwit and his privileged wife.

  35. 155 ParkRanger
    April 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Apr 15, 2012 9:00am
    Timothy Geithner: Mitt Romney’s Claims on Women’s Job Losses Are ‘Ridiculous’

    By George Stephanopoulos

    ….Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner verbally smacked GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney this morning on “This Week” — calling his assertion that the policies of the Obama administration have hurt women and resulted in major job losses for them — fiction.

    “It’s a ridiculous argument. Ridiculous. It’s been largely debunked this week by the people who have looked at it,” said Geithner. “It’s a ridiculous way to look at the problem. And this is a political moment and you’re going to be seeing — just to borrow a line from Mario Cuomo — ‘you’re going to see a lot of politicians choose to campaign in fiction. But we have to govern in fact.’”….

  36. 156 ParkRanger
    April 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Apr 15, 2012 7:00am
    Tea Party Movement Looks Stalled; Half Like it Less as they Hear More
    By Gary Lange

    ….While overall support is roughly balanced with overall opposition, “strong” opponents outnumber strong supporters by 2-1. But perhaps most damaging is the buzz: Fifty percent of Americans say the more they hear about the Tea Party, the less they like it; just 27 percent say they like it more. That compares with a much closer (albeit still negative) 43-34 percent split on this question in April 2010.

    These views have grown more negative particularly among young adults, seniors, women, moderates and people in the $50,000 to $100,000 income range, all with 10- to 17-point increases in “like it less” responses as they hear more about the Tea Party movement…..

  37. April 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Twenty-thousand physicians in four Midwest states received a glimpse into their financial future last month. Landing in their e-mail inboxes were links to reports from Medicare showing the amount their patients cost on average as well as the quality of the care they provided. The reports also showed how Medicare spending on each doctor’s patients compared with their peers in Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

    The “resource use” reports, which Medicare plans to eventually provide to doctors nationwide, are one of the most visible phases of the government’s effort to figure out how to enact a complex, delicate and little-noticed provision of the 2010 health-care law: paying more to doctors who provide quality care at lower cost to Medicare, and reducing payments to physicians who run up Medicare’s costs without better results.

    Making providers routinely pay attention to cost and quality is widely viewed as crucial if the country is going to rein in its health-care spending, which amounts to more than $2.5 trillion a year. It’s also key to keeping Medicare solvent. Efforts have begun to change the way Medicare pays hospitals, doctors and other providers who agree to work together in new alliances known as “accountable care organizations.” This fall, the federal health program for 47 million seniors and disabled people also is adjusting hospital payments based on quality of care, and it plans to take cost into account as early as next year.


    To contain costs!

  38. 158 ParkRanger
    April 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm


    US to make profit from bailouts, Treasury says

    ….The bank bailouts may result in a return of $2bn (£1.3bn), the Treasury said in its latest projections for the government’s response to the crisis.

    And the recovering auto industry has added 230,000 jobs as a result.

    The recession was the worst since the Great Depression and $19.2tn of wealth was wiped out, it said…..
    This is the Treasury report they are citing:

    Click to access 20120413_FinancialCrisisResponse.pdf

  39. 161 Linda
    April 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm


    “They blame the low income women for ruining the country because they are staying home with their children and not going out to work. They blame the middle income women for ruining the country because they go out to work and do not stay home to take care of their children.”

    Ann Richards

  40. April 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Bill Cosby Blasts Obama Haters Un-American Behavior

    By: Jason EasleyApril 15, 2012

    COSBY: I’m disappointed that people who don’t look at the woes and the trouble given to this man, people blatantly speaking out against his color, wasting time, starting up new stories about whether or not he was born here, saying things that they can’t prove.
    And this man — I feel sometimes — not all the time — that it’s like watching — his job is — people want to make it as difficult as the one that Sisyphus had.
    And then when you see that he made promises and said things, the people who were supposed to be working with him didn’t. The people who are supposed to be working — even for another party — didn’t care about the American people. They wanted to get him.
    When people make statements like, “I hope he fails,” you can’t color that any other way except the way it’s said. And yes, OK, gays, lesbians, blacks, illegal aliens — pardon me — people like that are right. It didn’t happen. But look at why it didn’t happen. It’s a man trying to go about doing his job, and a ton of other people voting against him and regardless of what he says.

    More PLUS video here:

    • 166 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      An excellent and very gratifying push-back from Mr. Cosby! I loved seeing Candy Crowley’s smug face be deflated in slow motion by Bill’s smackdown.

  41. 167 ParkRanger
    April 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm


    Obama Criticizes Media Coverage of Summit of the Americas
    By Kate Andersen Brower and Roger Runningen – Apr 14, 2012 1:09 PM ET

    President Barack Obama said the media often ignores progress made at international summits in favor of more “flashy” news, as the Summit of the Americas was overshadowed by allegations of misconduct by his Secret Service agents.

    “Oftentimes in the press the attention for summits like this ends up focusing on, where are the controversies?” the president said during a meeting with executives of U.S. and South American companies on the sidelines of the summit in Cartagena, Colombia. “Sometimes those controversies date back to before I was born.”….

    ….Obama said the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement is an example of a “win-win” agreement that “benefits both sides.”
    The agreement which is still being negotiated between the U.S. and Colombia would add as much as $1.1 billion in exports to the $14.3 billion in sales posted in 2011, the administration said, creating thousands of jobs….

    • 168 Ladyhawke
      April 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm


      Tweet and email the “Things I Want To Bitch About” post (or your own version of the post) along with the principles of journalism to cable/network stations, newspapers, reporters, bloggers in your area (and beyond). Bottom line, all we are asking is that the basic principles of journalism be followed when educating and informing the public. The first principle of journalism is TO TELL THE TRUTH. We need for the media to stop worrying about facts having a liberal bias. Stop carrying water for the GOP. Stop being led around by the nose by the GOP with phony manufactured controversies. Stop with the false equivalence between the parties. Stop trying to set the narrative. Stop being obsessed with only reporting the negative angle of every story. JUST DO YOUR JOB. Tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may.






      Things I Want To Bitch About


      (h/t desertflower)


    April 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm


  43. 171 desertflower
    April 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Ok. Can I share? For Sunday breakfast this morning, I made a family favorite…German pancakes. The best ever, and much easier than regular pancakes. If you have a cast iron skillet, use it…because the pancake cooks in the oven. HOWEVER! Don’t do what I just did, and GRAB the handle of the HOT (450 degrees) OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pain on 4 fingers. Damn good pancake, though:)


    • 172 theo67
      April 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      I’ve never heard of these! Use some aloe vera for your hands, or pour some honey on them to soothe the skin.

      • 173 desertflower
        April 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm

        Try them…fabulous and very pretty. Just don’t touch the pan!!! I thought of aloe…I have some growing in the yard. Off to pick…..

  44. 174 ParkRanger
    April 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm


    US home-buying season finally signaling a recovery
    AP Real Estate Writers

    WASHINGTON — Five years after the U.S. housing bust sent sales and prices plunging, the spring home-buying season is pointing to a long-awaited recovery.

    Reduced prices, record-low mortgage rates, higher rents and an improving job market appear to be emboldening many would-be buyers. Open houses are drawing crowds. A wave of foreclosures is leading investors to grab bargain-priced homes….

    ….On a rainy Saturday this month in long-struggling Riverside, Calif., 12 families visited a three-bedroom house priced at $199,999. Ten others stopped by in the first hour of the next day’s open house. By the end of the weekend, two buyers had made offers.

    “We’re seeing more buyer activity this spring than we’ve seen in probably four years,” said Liane Thomas, the broker who was showing the house…..

  45. 175 Andy46
    April 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Afternoon TOD

    First off, thanks Chipsticks for making this fangurl afternoon, never tired of President Obama’s smile *sigh*

    America you guys are one lucky bunch of folks…you guys have a leader among leaders… that you can always be proud
    of whether he at home or aboard…JMO but if the MSM think this Secret Service scandal can hurt
    President Obama, they are as dumb as they already seem…umm this is IMO a win win for the President (Christians and Women vote)…maybe
    I am bias but by sending these SS home he demonstrated the following strong moral character + Christian values=Christian votes, faithful husband = married women), respect for women, trust-worthy whether home or aboard etc.

    Sorry but the only thing I see here is desperation for scandal on the part of the MSM which always back-fires on them, because President
    Obama is acting with integrity, which can’t be said about of those before him…so I wouldn’t suggest the Republicans go digging around about prior SS conduct they may not like what they find lol. I hope I made sense.

    • 176 desertflower
      April 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Made perfect sense. Unfortunately, haters hate…going to have to connect the dots for them. Not the brightest tools in the shed.

      • 177 Andy46
        April 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm

        thanks desertflower, if this coverage is design to chip away at the women and evangelical vote I just don’t see it working…lol even if they are not bright. President Obama’s action demonstrate not condoning and that is what most will see he can’t convert them all, but he won’t be losing any over this pretend scandal on a Sunday no less.

        President Obama didn’t try to conceal the sending home of the SS…knowing the appetite for scandal among the MSM…they always think they are smarter then him and he can always count on that…someone is getting played and it’s President Obama lol.

  46. 178 desertflower
    April 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Global warming is a figment of our imagination….


    They won’t be happy until life is no longer sustainable on our planet…for the love of money. WTFU!

  47. 181 a4alice
    April 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    sunday naptime.


  48. 183 amk for obama
    April 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    From bert sert land with a crappy wifi connection

    The US will make a profit from bailing out the nation’s banks and carmakers at the height of the financial crisis, the Treasury Department has said.

    The bank bailouts may result in a return of $2bn (£1.3bn), the Treasury said in its latest projections for the government’s response to the crisis.

    And the recovering auto industry has added 230,000 jobs as a result.


  49. 185 desertflower
    April 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm



    The U.S. Maternal Mortality Ratio (the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births) is shockingly high, well above the average for the developed world, and higher than virtually all of Western Europe as well as some countries in Asia and the Middle East. Even more troubling, U.S. maternal mortality has increased in the last two decades, and is now more than twice as high as it was in the late 1980s. The Affordable Care Act included provisions designed to help stop this scary trend—not just by expanding health care access (many maternal deaths could be prevented with proper care)—but also through the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, created as part of ACA, which provides nurses and social workers to work with high-risk moms, starting before they give birth, to help them have healthy pregnancies and deliveries and support their babies’ health and development after birth.The program is modeled after programs, such as the Nurse Family Partnership that have a strong track record of improving maternal and child outcomes, preventing abuse and neglect, increasing fathers’ involvement in their kids’ lives, improving kids’ school performance, reducing crime, and saving the taxpayers a boatload of money over the long term. But all that could go the way of the dodo, if ACA is struck down or repealed (and some of the right wing fear-mongering about this program must be seen to be believed).

    They just PRETEND to care….we ACTUALLY DO CARE.

  50. April 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    SNL just invited Robney on their Show.
    Oh, come on!

  51. April 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I hate to see President Otto Perez Molina standing next to my president. Has anyone asked him at the Summit yet if he actually believes he represents democracy when he was the perpetrator of massacres on civilians during the civil war in the 1980s?? How could this man be president now?!

  52. 189 trinisamba
    April 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    The lady in the cream suit is the Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago…The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar

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