160 Responses to “get involved”

  1. 1 57andfemale
    April 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Okay. First?

  2. 11 Pamela
    April 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Cn I be second?

    • 12 57andfemale
      April 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      We’ll hold hands!

      • 13 Pamela
        April 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm

        Oh, thank you, actually, I need a hand to hold today, and a couple hugs would be warmly welcomed!

        • 14 57andfemale
          April 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

          {{{{{{{{{{{Pamela}}}}}}}}}}}} Positive energy coming your way, my friend.

          • 15 Pamela
            April 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm

            Soaking it up, basking in it… Hey, like we did for hachiko and Tucker, only I don’t need the green stuff! Light only, that will do it!

            • April 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm

              We are light beings, Pamela. We send our healing light to you. We surround you!
              the other pamela(brown).

            • 17 57andfemale
              April 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm

              you’re such a dear, good person. I don’t like it when my friends aren’t doing well!!! Feel the love…….

              • 18 Pamela
                April 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

                I am already back up in the Light of the Soul, where I belong, and while standing waiting for the elevator about 20 minutes ago, picked up on the energy flow, thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m just fine now, as right as rain in Seattle! See my glowing smile: 🙂

                • 19 57andfemale
                  April 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

                  Hey, Pamela, “we got this.”

                  • 20 HZ
                    April 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm

                    Pamela, you all feed me daily with so much ‘light, joy, fun, laughter, focus, and just sweet love’, so here comes:

                    (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Loving Light and Lots, and lots of Hugs)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

                    • 21 jackiegrumbacher
                      April 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

                      HZ, how are you doing? I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately as I edge toward my birthday at the end of the month. I will then be exactly one year older than you. We seniors have to stick together.

  3. 22 Dudette
    April 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    No way!

  4. 27 Pamela
    April 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Had a tough time getting here this morning, but hope everyone is having a good good Obama~Biden day! 🙂

  5. April 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    This video is totally off topic but I wanted to share. It’s one of the top Dressage horses in the world, I’ve seen “horse dancing” before but this blew me away. I’ve been trying to catch up with all of Chips wonderful so didn’t post to past ones…..enjoy…..I did. Can you imagine willard and ms. ann’s horse being able to do this….uh, no.

    • 29 CindyH
      April 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Surely that had to be one of the best ever – wow!

    • 30 sherijr
      April 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      that was amazing, what a beautiful horse-

    • April 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      As much as I love the Olympics and even the equestrian events, I was totally IGNORANT of dressage horses. The amount of money spent on these horses is a disgrace when you think that the money spent on the horses’ vet, bills, massage, training…etc.,etc..etc. is more highly valued by Robme and his ilk than affordable health care for humans.

      Truly, this is an elite of the elite hobby. An apt representation of Robme’s and Miss Ann’s values. No wonder Trump baked a cake honoring Miss Ann for this “aristocratic” hobby. I just bet that both the Robmes and the Donald would introduce fox hunting if they could.

      • 32 edp4bho
        April 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

        But PBO was dubbed the “elitist” !!

      • 33 lilma55
        April 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm

        This is a little off topic, but anybody ever seem this:
        drunk Bush: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
        It get especially interesting @ 0:29 in the video sitting two rows in front of the Bushes

      • 34 anniebella
        April 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

        Mitt and Ann Romney connect with me so much, I want them to see my dancing horse. Who’s the real elitist? Ann and Mitt Romney, that’s who. The guy didn’t even appreciate cookies which were sent to him from a Republican. 7-11 cookies.

  6. 35 a4alice
    April 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Wish I could hear what VPJoe is saying but it’ll have to wait till I get home. 🙂

    Hope everyone is having a great Friday!

  7. April 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    ooops…wonderful POSTS…….smh

  8. 37 utaustinliberal
    April 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Now this is a video I’m definitely tweeting the heck out of. I respect and so admire VP Biden. He speaks and just touches one’s heart. So glad he’s on our side.

    • 38 Mel
      April 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      This is real TOD people, the ground game is for us to loose, so from now on let’s stay focus and do NOT
      pay attention to the fucking so call polls, because they are manufactured by THE MSM just like they did
      in 2008 remember they were telling us that Hillary was ahead in the polls by 30-or35 points. So let’s get

  9. April 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    “Illinois’ unemployment rate for March was 8.8 percent, down from 9.1 percent in February, and the seventh consecutive month in which the unemployment has fallen, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

    The last time the state saw a rate was in February 2009 at 8.5 percent. Illinois also added 9,100 jobs in March, bringing gains to 142,100 private sector jobs since January 2010, when the state jobless rate peaked at 11.4 percent, the department said. ” Chicago Tribune 4/20/12

    We get the national employment numbers, but if, as in Illinois’ case there’s continued improvement at the state level, then…..ahem, we got this.

  10. 41 donna dem 4 obama
    April 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I’m IN are you IN

  11. 42 57andfemale
    April 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm


    “Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Wednesday — then criticized him a day later in an interview with The Indianapolis Star. […]

    “You have to campaign to govern, not just to win,” Mr. Daniels told Matthew Tully of The Indianapolis Star. “Spend the precious time and dollars explaining what’s at stake and a constructive program to make life better. And as I say, look at everything through the lens of folks who have yet to achieve.”

    According to Mr. Tully, “after a pause, Daniels added with disappointment, ‘Romney doesn’t talk that way.’ “

    • 43 57andfemale
      April 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      oops. From Steve Benen. Still one of my all-time favorite liberal bloggers.

    • April 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Daniels needs to shut his mouth with his yet to have -“soon to haves” BS. This is the guy that orchestrated the Bush tax cuts and told us that jobs would be the result. Yet To Achieve?! We’ve been waiting for more than a decade!

    • 48 theo67
      April 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Maybe Mitch Daniels can provide us with the evidence whether the GOP trickle down policies of tax cuts for the rich have worked since he helped to implement them in times of war? And maybe he can also clarify exactly who had a surplus coming into office and who frittered away that surplus, claiming people were taxed too much, and under a VP who claimed “deficits don’t matter”? Since he’s endorsing Romney, one has to assume that he thinks those failed policies actually worked.

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      April 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Amazing how Daniels has to nerve to lecture on governing. It seems the lousiest governors have the biggest delusions about their own skills.

    • 51 hopefruit2
      April 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      I don’t appreciate Time Magazine posting the most menacing-looking picture of our President to accompany the article. WHY?

      • 52 donna dem 4 obama
        April 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

        Y’all are gonna be sick of reading this from me but I am going to continue to say it until November 7, 2012. The media is our biggest enemy. Even the things that seem trivial are all being done intentionally to show a negative light on this President. I am so glad that you have questioned this HF2. Do you know this fools (Halperin) twitter address?. I would like the ask him the same question.

  12. April 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    WASHINGTON–Russia and China need to help pay for NATO forces in Afghanistan, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday after a meeting of the NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs and others in the run-up to the NATO Summit in Chicago in May.
    “We will highly appreciate contributions from Russia, from China, from other international partners that are stakeholders in what is going on in Afghanistan and in the region,” Rasmussen said.
    Rasmussen discussed the “road ahead” with NATO’s 28 Allies, with 22 non-NATO members of the international force in Afghan with the Afghan foreign and defence ministers, with the European Union High Representative, the United Nations Special Representative and the foreign minister of Japan.
    “At our summit in Chicago, one month from now, all these countries and organisations will come together at the highest level. Other countries who have an interest in Afghanistan’s stability will join us too. I expect the leaders of around 60 countries and international organisations to join us. This will be the biggest summit NATO has ever held,” Rasmussen said at a press conference at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.


    Russia and China help pay? Yeah right!

  13. 60 hopefruit2
    April 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm

  14. 63 hopefruit2
    April 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    HEADLINE: Florida health insurers to rebate estimated $113 M

    // Floridians who buy health insurance without the help of an employer can expect estimated rebates of $143 to $949 in August because of the federal health care overhaul. About 157,000 individuals and families qualify. In addition, an estimated $65 million in health insurance rebates are in line to be split among workers covered at 352,000 small businesses, the Sun Sentinel found by analyzing reports filed this month by 15 of the largest insurers in Florida. //


  15. April 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Political AnimalBlog
    April 20, 2012 11:49 AM

    “Obama Isn’t Working”

    By Ed Kilgore

    By now you’ve probably heard about the Romney campaign’s big slogan for the 2012 campaign, at least at this point: “Obama Isn’t Working.” When I first heard about it, I immediately flashed back to a moment early in the movie Sid and Nancy, when in the background of one gritty London scene you could see a poster reading: “Labour Isn’t Working,” the big Tory slogan in the general election of 1979 (unfortunatey for the credibility of the filmmakers, Nancy Spungeon’s death, the dramatic fulcrum of the movie, actually occurred in 1978).

    And indeed, the official explanation for the slogan posted last year on the Romney campaign website explicitly cites the 1979 Tory campaign as its inspiration, touting the professional awards won by the consultants who devised it.

    But claimed motives aside, you don’t have to be especially cynical (or partisan, for that matter) to suspect that this slogan has a slightly different connotation when applied to Barack Obama as opposed to former British Prime Minister “Sunny Jim” Callaghan. At Mediaite, columnist Tommy Christopher suggests the Romney slogan is a “multiple entendre,” but that it’s very difficult to deny that one of its layered “meanings” is to evoke the stereotype of the lazy black man:

    Just to be sure it wasn’t just me, though, I asked several friends about the banner, and four out of four pointed out, unprompted, the stereotype of the “lazy,” “shiftless” black man. One of the people I called was cable news fixture Goldie Taylor, who, upon hearing my description of the banner, said “Are you kidding me? You have got to be kidding me.”


    • 66 Debz
      April 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      It does look like a dog whistle. This is how Willard is running his campaign. There is nothing presidential about Romney or his campaign, with the dog whistles, name calling, rubber/glue nonsense. He’s running to be the leader of the free world, but you would think his campaign is being run by Mrs Smith’s 3rd grade class.

      • 67 Ladyhawke
        April 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm

        Totally agree debz. The word that keeps coming to mind for me is “juvenile”. How old are the people running his campaign anyway? Twelve? I have never seen such childishness from a presidential campaign. There is no seriousness of purpose. They act like this is a game. He’s next in line, the presidency is owed to him. Meanwhile, he lies, filp flops and refuses to give any details about his agenda or how he would govern. Clearly, for all of his criticism of President Obama the opposite is true. So if black is white and up is down I guess that must mean that OBAMA ISN’T WORKING really means OBAMA IS WORKING.

        • 68 Debz
          April 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

          I am amazed by how childish his campaign is. The fact that they act like it’s a game shows that Willard does not take this nation seriously, all he wants is a title. Never before in my lifetime have I seen a President or anyone running for President acting as if running the country was a game. It’s frightening.

        • 69 vcprezofan2
          April 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm

          ‘They act like this is a game.’

          I’ve said this before I think, but I do not believe Romney and his crew are ‘acting’. THIS IS A GAME TO HIM/them, and in the words of @AnnDRomney it’s their turn to play in the White House! The problem as I see it is they are wanting to play with peoples’ lives and livelihoods, the outcome of which does not in the least matter to them, AND WE CAN’T LET THEM. Bobfr says it often and well, November 6 is not a test, it’s the real thing; we do need to continue to throw ourselves into the preparation as so many here have been doing.

      • 70 Cha
        April 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm



    • 71 EricFive
      April 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      It probably is some kind of “dog whistle” aimed at racists living in a parallel universe where GWB was a hard working president who hardly took a vacation and PBO is a slacker. There was some radio idiot complaining about the number of vacations PBO has taken during his first term last week. This will work only on those who would NEVER vote for PBO anyway (people so blinded by racism that it clouds their view of reality are lost causes anyway). Mitts political team are an incompetent bunch of scumbags.

    • 72 L3
      April 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      I think it may be a dog whistle for the uniformed and/or racist. However, I’m black and reasonably well-informed and I just thought it meant he isn’t working out as our President. For those of us here at TOD, we know how hard PBO works. We travel with him on all his trips across the country and abroad, we listen to all his speeches and we read about everything his administration is doing.

      I find the golf criticism very funny because PBO plays golf on his vacation and on the weekends which is no different than the average American who plays golf. The man has the most difficult and stressful job in the world and yet they begrudge him any leisure time. The GOP is truly evil and I have to believe most Americans know that. I’d like to see them produce evidence of PBO playing golf at 9AM on a Monday morning on at anytime during the week when most everyone else is working.

    • 73 a4alice
      April 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    • 74 jackiegrumbacher
      April 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      If the Romney campaign deliberately set out to energize the Democratic base, they could not be doing a better job. Every stupid move he makes stokes more anger among Democrats, more contributions to PBO and renewed commitment to work hard for the president’s re-election. I am seeing a revulsion about him among Democrats that I didn’t see with John McCain, although I did with Palin.

    • April 21, 2012 at 4:32 am

      “Labour Isn’t Working,” the big Tory slogan in the general election of 1979.

      Duh – at least the original slogan was an actual pun.

  16. 76 Ladyhawke
    April 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm


    Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity, Vol. XIV

    By Steve Benen


    Campaigning in Ohio yesterday, Mitt Romney told supporters, without smirking or sounding sarcastic, “If I’m president of the United States, with your help, I will tell the truth.”

    Ordinarily, those seeking national leadership positions don’t vow to tell the truth if others help them, but since I am nothing if not helpful, I thought I might give the presumptive Republican presidential nominee a few examples of instances in which he fell short of honesty this week.

    Indeed, if Romney intends to “tell the truth,” he can start by reading the 14th installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt’s mendacity.



    • April 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Romney keeps asking us to wait until he’s president before he tells us the truth, his agenda, what dept. he’d cut, and what’s in his tax returns.

    • 78 vcprezofan2
      April 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Hey Mitt!

      • 79 vcprezofan2
        April 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

        • 80 anniebella
          April 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm

          Is this Mitt Romney saying that if he is president of the United States, he will tell the truth. Well why wait till then, it would be nice if Mitt would tell the truth now. Are we suppose to trust a man who tells lies so easily and often. My Grandma always said you can’t trust a liar. And Mitt Romney is a liar. But no big deal him telling the truth won’t be this country concern it will be Ann Romney. Because he won’t become the President of these United States.

    • 81 jackiegrumbacher
      April 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Okay, I challenge even Rick Perry to come up with a comment as stupid as Romney’s. This is what’s called layer cake stupidity because it tops one stupid on top of another. First, he confesses he doesn’t tell the truth now and won’t even consider it until elected president..so, um.. trust me. Then it says even if he wanted to tell the truth he couldn’t without the help of 300 million people because..gosh..truth telling is just too tough to do and ..golly…I haven’t had any practice. And finally, it practically shouts out that he’s conning you…ha, you dweebs..believe that one if you dare. So either the audience was too polite not to boo him off the stage, or all the lies had put them to sleep.

  17. 82 utaustinliberal
    April 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    This is hilarious. Romney’s bus has now been renamed “Etch-A-Sketch Express.”


  18. 89 jmlkoskey
    April 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Hello from a long-time lurker in Iowa City. I really enjoy all the coverage here and love reading the comments. I’m excited that PBO is returning to Iowa City next week – one of the advantages to living in a “battleground state”. I work at the U of I, but still no word on exactly where he’ll be speaking. We saw him here twice before the 2008 election – my favorite was the Earth Day speech 5 years ago this weekend, where 10,000+ of us gathered on the Pentacrest lawn to hear him. That was great! Anyhow, keep up the great coverage and I’ll let you know if I get to see him again Wednesday.

    • April 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks for the heads up. And you don’t need to lurk. We will specially love any on the scene descriptions from his visit.

      • 91 donna dem 4 obama
        April 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm

        You know japa I would love for Chips to do a “coming out” thread one of these Friday evenings where we get all of our hundreds of lurkers to stop by and post a comment or two.

        I had the honor of making contact with so many of them during the first fundraising challenge that I was privileged to win. They sent me emails when I thanked them for their donations stating that they lurk but never post. I thing we would probably be shocked at how many followers to TOD there are that do this everyday.

        • April 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

          There are somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 hits everyday, and probably around 100-150 people who comment on a fairly regular basis, so my guess is the lurkers far outnumber the rest of us.

          • 93 donna dem 4 obama
            April 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm

            Exactly! Which is why I think it would be so neat to see some of those people “behind the scenes” helping to make this such a successful site.

    • 94 donna dem 4 obama
      April 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Hey long-time lurker! Good to hear from you. Make you presence known as often as you can. I hope you definitely get to see him next week and keep spreading the good news about PBO.

    • 95 utaustinliberal
      April 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Awesome! Welcome *officially* to TOD. 🙂

    • 97 jackiegrumbacher
      April 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      JML, now that you’ve stepped in, please, please tell us exactly how the event went if you get to see him. We all live on vicarious glimpses of the president. I saw him once at a campaign stop in Harrisburg, but I was so far up in the galleries, I didn’t get a clear picture. If you do go, tell all!

  19. 98 hopefruit2
    April 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  20. April 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Omg! McSame is introducing Robney in a Unity event, right now.
    Copy cats!

  21. 110 CindyH
    April 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    For those who can make the trip to Chapel Hill, NC – here is what went out about President Obama’s upcoming visit – note that tickets will be available on Sunday between 1pm and 4pm – I’m sure they will be gone by Monday.


    President Obama coming to campus Tuesday

    President Barack Obama will deliver a policy speech on student loans at UNC Tuesday (April 24), the White House has announced.

    The speech, Obama’s first visit to UNC-Chapel Hill as president, will take place at Carmichael Arena.

    In his speech, President Obama will urge Congress to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling in July.

    The event is free and open to the public. Due to limited event space, tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Tickets can be picked up at the box office in the Carmichael Arena, 310 South Road, on Sunday, April 22, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. or on Monday, April 23, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. or until all are gone.

    On Tuesday, the doors at Carmichael Arena’s main entrance will open at 10 a.m. Tickets are required for entry. Tickets are not for sale or re-sale. For security reasons, attendees should not bring bags and limit personal items. No signs or banners are permitted. All attendees will go through airport-like security.

    Classes on Tuesday will not be cancelled. Faculty members may elect to allow excused absences for students who ask in advance for permission to attend the speech. Security measures will greatly increase the time it will take to gain entry to Carmichael Arena. Attendees should be prepared to spend several hours waiting in line for the event.

    This story will be updated with more details closer to the event. Check back for the most recent information.

    Susan Hudson
    Outreach Editor
    UNC News Services
    (919) 962-8415 (office)
    (919) 360-5501 (cell)

    • 111 donna dem 4 obama
      April 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Wow! Thanks for the info. I will be sure to pass it on to my NC Facebook friends. Carmicheal Arena is a pretty good size place for this event. I think it holds over 10,000. This will be a great event.

  22. 113 nintendowii10
    April 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Carl Paladino is a NUT!!!

    • April 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      but he’s a good nut in this case. He can’t stand Mitt, nor the establishment ‘pubs. Yep, just keep pushing the Indies our way. They see nuts like him as the face of the rethug party.

      • 115 nintendowii10
        April 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm

        I’m sorry, but he talks about winning when he got BLOWN OUT in the gubernatorial race… Paladino needs to shut his pie hole!!!

        • April 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm

          it’s the crazy in him….keep it coming. He’s like a toddler who thinks that if they close their eyes, no one can see them. The indies can see him.

  23. 117 utaustinliberal
    April 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    How do you know today is 4/20? Carl Paladino says Newt will 100% win the GOP nomination. Methinks someone began his 4/20 celebration very early today and is most definitely high.

    • April 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      I love the way Martin let this old ‘running off at the mouth’ keep spilling his brains all over the place. Martin had that wonderful smile on his face like,”Keep talking Carl, I have this on tape now, give me some more.” Martin could have moved on, but I think he wanted the foolish man to continue to let it all hang out.

      Thanks Martin. We love you.HZ

  24. 119 hopefruit2
    April 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    This is a MUST-READ! Of course the MSM doesn’t want you know which political candidates they’re spending money for – even though we have our suspicions 🙂

    HEADLINE: Meet the US media companies lobbying against transparency: Corporate owners or sister companies of some of the biggest names in journalism against FCC order to post political ad data.

    // News organizations cultivate a reputation for demanding transparency, whether by suing for access to government documents, dispatching camera crews to the doorsteps of recalcitrant politicians, or editorializing in favor of open government. But now many of the country’s biggest media companies — which own dozens of newspapers and TV news operations — are flexing their muscle in Washington in a fight against a government initiative to increase transparency of political spending. The corporate owners or sister companies of some of the biggest names in journalism — NBC News, ABC News, Fox News, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Politico, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and dozens of local TV news outlets — are lobbying are against a Federal Communications Commission measure to require broadcasters to post political ad data on the internet. As we have recently detailed, political ad data is public by law but is not widely accessible because it is currently kept only in paper files at individual stations. The FCC has proposed fixing that by requiring broadcasters to post on the internet details of political ad purchases including the identity of the buyer and the price. //


  25. April 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Obama to designate Fort Ord a national monument
    By DONOVAN SLACK | 4/20/12 10:42 AM EDT
    President Barack Obama will officially designate part of Fort Ord, a decommissioned military base in central California, as a national monument on Friday.

    The White House announced he would sign the proclamation in the Oval Office and said “it is a world-class destination for hikers, mountain bikers, and outdoor enthusiasts who come to enjoy the area’s history and scenic landscapes.” It will be the second national monument proclamation he has signed since taking office.

    News that he would back the designation, which covers 14,000 acres, drew praise Friday morning from the left coast. In a statement, Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue thanked the president and hailed the designation as one more reason to visit the coastal community, and a veterans group said it honors the sacrifices of those who served.

    “Fort Ord is an important part of our country’s military heritage with a role that stretches back almost 100 years. Regiments from the Fort were deployed in World War II and protected California’s coastline after the attack on Pearl Harbor,” said Mark Starr, program director at Vet Voice Foundation. “By designating Fort Ord a National Monument, the president is honoring the sacrifice of generations of Americans who trained at the Fort and served our Nation.”

  26. 123 utaustinliberal
    April 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Ben LaBolt is on Bashir Live and may I just say……HUBBA HUBBA…..Come to Mama!

    • 124 hopefruit2
      April 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      And may I just gently reply – yes.

    • 125 hopefruit2
      April 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Martin sure knows how to pick his guests…first Richard Wolfe…now Ben… I’m being driven to naughty mat thru no fault of mine!

    • April 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Actually, he is of the Gay community! And he knows the facts, seems very smart!

    • 135 Ladyhawke
      April 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks for the heads up ut. This is the first time I can associate a face with the name Ben LaBolt. He is definitely easy on the eyes. And very focused with getting the message out.

      President Obama has surrounded himself with amazing public servants. I still can’t get over Brian Deese the other day talking about gas prices and speculators. And today, Jay Carney had Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as a guest at the briefing to talk about the purpose of the trips President Obama will take next week. He was wonderful. He answered questions thoroughly and completely in rapid fire succession from the jackals. He shut them down with facts. I almost got the feeling that the jackals were bored with talk of education and pell grant interest rates going up. They couldn’t wait to get into the tabloid trash.

      Today, they were very concerned about the states that PBIO will be visiting next week. How were they picked? Why only battleground states. Wink, wink there must be something nefarious going on here. I mean seriously, what are they saying. PBO can only go to states that jackals and the GOP think are appropriate. Jay was having none of it. The other issue was of course the SS scandal. There was even one jackal parroting verbatim criticism from Jeff Sessions and Sarah Palin implying there was a culture of corruption in the Obama administration because of the SS scandal, the photos from Afghanistan and the GSA debacle. You can’t make this stuff up. I just felt like taking a shower.

  27. April 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    The White House also announced that it is launching a social media effort in conjunction with the presidential trip using Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, with the Twitter hashtag #DontDoubleMyRate.

  28. 142 hopefruit2
    April 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm


  29. April 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    April 20, 2012
    White House denounces Sarah Palin’s attempts to politicize Secret Service scandal

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney sharply rejected criticism Friday from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who have suggested the Secret Service sex scandal — coupled with graphic photographs of soldiers in Afghanistan posing with corpses and reports of over the top convention spending by the General Services Agency, add up to poor management by the White House.

    “It is preposterous to politicize the Secret Service; to politicize the terrible conduct of some soldiers in Afghanistan in a war that’s been going on for 10 years,” Carney said, accusing the two politicians of looking to turn the incidents to their political advantage.

    “It’s a ridiculous assertion that trivializes both the very serious nature of the endeavor that our military is engaged in in Afghanistan and the very serious nature both of the work that the Secret Service does,” Carney said.

    Sessions on Thursday criticized Obama’s leadership and Palin emerged as a factor in the story when the Washington Post reported that one of the fired agents said in a Facebook posting that he was “‘checking her out” under a picture of him standing behind her. She suggested on Fox News Thursday that it was a “symptom of government run amok” — though host Greta van Susteren noted that the event was in 2008 — when George W. Bush was president.

    Read more here: http://blogs.mcclatchydc.com/washington/2012/04/white-house-denounces-attempts-to-politicize-secret-service-scandal.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

    • 144 Ladyhawke
      April 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      thanks for posting rikyrah. I was waiting for the transcript to post that response here because it was amazing. I don’t know how Jay keeps his composure with the jackals. I could not believe that question. But it was typical GOP watering carrying. Nauseating.

    • 145 jackiegrumbacher
      April 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Shocking when even Greta van Susteren gets an obvious point. This “checking out” event would have to have been when Bush was president. Palin no longer had SS protection after the 2008 election. And who in his right mind would check her out now when she really looks terrible.

  30. April 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Wooooooooot! Just heard from Yardarm, he’s still on his trip, here’s his message:

    “Regards to the family and let them know I’ll be back on the 23rd with some punishment chairs for you lot that put me on a ghost boat and frozen ship last week. And a special seat for you.”


    • 147 hopefruit2
      April 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh what a guy that Yardarm! I will be sure to sure to look out for his returning ship in the distant horizon…

      Thanks for sharing Chips 🙂 🙂

    • 148 a4alice
      April 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      bah ha ha! Well – glad to hear from the Old Salt! Hasn’t been the same without him about the place.

    • 149 Dakota
      April 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Uh oh Guys…rough seas ahead!

      • April 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Thanks Chips for the great news from Yardarm!!! I will lift a glass of ‘sweet happy wine’ to this great news. Next week, we should give him a welcome home party. What do you think, Chips? Sounds like fun. We promise to behave.HZ

      • April 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        All aboard, Yardarm’s on his way:

  31. 152 pugeretto
    April 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Hi everyone, wow,, PBO gets better with age, I think. He sure has the most photographic family, by a long shot…great genes. I can’t keep up with everything, so thanks for all the posts. #DontDoubleMyRate for Chapel Hill on Tuesday?
    I do Native Gardening, doing a Prairie on my property, and I’m in my busiest time of the year. Our club has a plant sale coming up etc.
    Today I received 3 Obama-Biden bumper stickers. I feel bad, cuz I said in an email just this AM I hadn’t received them yet -pout. In 2008, my bumperstidker was taken off my car! Yes, lot’s of Repugs around here. Nothing like my 2 sweet pugs. Good weekend all!

    • 153 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      During the ’08 campaign I was “guilty” of supporting PBO while republican. Place a Veterans 4 Obama sign (which several of us paid to have made) on my lawn in March ’08; it stayed there until it was stolen in October ’08. As I was the supply point, I was able to replace the sign. After it was stolen the third time, I placed a handwritten sign saying “You can steal my sign, but you can’t steal my vote.” I then covered each of the six windows on my enclosed front porch with Obama signs and pictures. BTW, I’m no longer a republican… 😉

      • 154 jackiegrumbacher
        April 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm

        Good for you Alycee. The sign stealing is one of the stupidest ploys local Republicans carry out. It happens a lot in our community and it just gets people more energized to vote for their candidate. We went so far as to actually have someone brought to court for it since it includes both trespassing and stealing. It’s just so completely juvenile.

      • April 21, 2012 at 4:54 am

        I remember that in the ’08 campaign, someone wrote on his sign:

        “If you steal this sign, more money will go to the Obama campaign – to replace it.”

      • 156 pugeretto
        April 21, 2012 at 7:34 am

        What a great story Alycee! They stole a sign off of my corner lot on the first day….grrr. Then, I had a magnet strip on my car with the Obama bumpersticker and that was stolen also. So, I’ll be looking at other ways this time around! I also was at Grant Park on WIN night…..best of the best of the best nights ever!

  32. 157 57andfemale
    April 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Excuse the link but I LOVE the work this woman does and it’s vitally useful:


    • 158 PoliticalJunkessa
      April 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      I agree wholeheartedly. I’ve recced every diary of hers that I see. Messaging is vital, and the GOP understands this better than the left. It may even be biological — they appeal more to the primal.

  33. 160 anniebella
    April 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I saw were Gallup poll had Obama 50% and Romney 42% on the economy. Some media is making a big deal out of the NBC/WJS poll were Romney leads on the economy 40% to 34%. Another poll had Obama ahead by 2 or 4 points.

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