rise and shine

Monday: President Obama will deliver remarks at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The President will also tour the museum with and be introduced by Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Also on Monday, the President will present the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the Air Force Academy football team at the White House.

Tuesday morning: PBO will honor the 2012 National Teacher of the Year and finalists at the White House.

Tuesday afternoon: PBO visits the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Colorado at Boulder to launch an effort to get Congress to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling in July. PBO will also host an on-the-record conference call with college and university student journalists. He will spend the night in Denver, Colorado.

Wednesday: PBO will visit the University of Iowa. At the event, he will speak with students about the critical need for Congress to act. The President will return to Washington in the evening.

Thursday: PBO will attend meetings at the White House.

Friday: PBO and the First Lady will meet with troops, veterans and military families at Ft. Stewart in Hinesville, Georgia.




Washington Post: President Obama’s reelection campaign has been rapidly increasing the number of big money “bundlers” collecting checks for his reelection, doubling the number of financiers who have brought in at least $500,000.

The influx during the first quarter of the year shows the president is getting an especially warm embrace from Hollywood and the broader entertainment industry, partly making up for a drop in support from Wall Street after Democrats passed broad new regulations for the financial sector, according to a list of fundraisers released by the campaign on Friday.

…. The Obama campaign has 533 people who have each raised at least $50,000 for his campaign and the Democratic National Committee, including 90 who joined the campaign in the last quarter. The total nearly matches the 558 people who were listed as volunteer fundraisers for the 2008 campaign.

…. The lengthening list of top fundraisers is a sign that bigger donors are coming off the sidelines as the outlines of the race against Romney become clear….

“We’ve had to raise without the same sense of early urgency,” said Andy Spahn, a top fundraiser for Obama in Hollywood. “But the race is coming into focus and the donor community is really starting to step up.”

More here


Meet the Press: Darrell Issa, Peter King, David Axelrod

Fox News Sunday: Joe Lieberman, Mitch Daniels 🙄

This Week: Susan Collins, Sheila Jackson Lee, George Will, Keith Olbermann, Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd, Peggy Noonan

Face the Nation: Ralph Basham, Joe Lieberman

State of the Union: David Axelrod, Marco Rubio, Elijah Cummings


Morning everyone. It’s a bit of a busy day today, so I’ll only be able to drop in and out until I catch up properly later. So, chat away 😉

246 Responses to “rise and shine”

  1. 1 ber6964
    April 22, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Happy Earth Day Everyone!!!

  2. 8 ber6964
    April 22, 2012 at 7:21 am

    First??? Yipeeee

  3. 9 proudofobama
    April 22, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Good Sunday morning, TOD family. Our President has a busy week ahead. Love him.

  4. 10 Suzette
    April 22, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Good morning all.

  5. 11 collegekay
    April 22, 2012 at 7:27 am


  6. April 22, 2012 at 7:40 am

    On Friday, Secretary Chu hosted a live chat discussion to celebrate the 42nd annual Earth Day. The conversation with an in-person audience, streamed live here on energy.gov, highlighted the fact that we don’t have to choose between our economy and our environment.

    For example, Secretary Chu highlighted how easy it is to save money and the planet at the same time. By making sure that you seal air leaks and add insulation, you’re making your home more environmentally friendly and lowering your energy bill. In addition, Secretary Chu spoke about the Energy Department’s work to help oil companies make energy efficient cars – lowering emissions and your stops at the gas station.

    While taking questions from Twitter, Facebook, email and the in-person audience, Secretary Chu also talked about topics such as natural gas, renewables, industrial efficiency, nuclear power, and energy successes. 

    If you missed the live chat, you can watch the full video of the event above.


  7. April 22, 2012 at 7:42 am

    This Week? Keith Olberman???? I guess he will now be a “pundit”

  8. 20 CEB
    April 22, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD ohana !

  9. April 22, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Is it true that the Lochness Monsters – the Koch Brothers – are paying for George Zimmerman’s legal fees? I got a text this morning about it and wanted to confirm.

    • 23 anniebella
      April 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      I had said this morning that some right wing conservative is probably paying for Zimmerman lawyer. I have no proof, but it would not shock me to fine out they were, Hannity, O’Rielly, someone.

      • 24 theo67
        April 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        They want to protect their ALEC investment in the Stand Your Ground laws. Doesn’t matter that a teenager is dead. They’re despicable.

  10. 25 proudmemberofglobalzero
    April 22, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Happy Earth Day everyone. I just wanted to ask you all something. i get many emails for many causes. Lately I have been getting many from a group called “Momsrising.org” I do read them but this morning I scanned the lengthy email before going back to reading it from the start. It seems this is a so called “bi-partisan” group. This email mentioned “Stand with Ann Romney”. It first started out with the Wall Street Reform act saying that stay at home moms will not be able to get credit cards due to no income for the individual not household income. I have not read this part of the act if it even exits. I went to their website. They have pictures and testimony from many moms on important issues to them. It seems it is a ruse. This is a republican group. Equal pay may be part of their agenda but most pictures are with Republican Congresswomen. One with Pelosi but I think the GOP women in congress are behind this.

    Has anyone gotten these emails? There is also another group of “GOP” for clean energy. They are still the Drill Baby Drill club. Lengthy emails between me and the leader of this group got me off their list. This is also another scam.

    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      April 22, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Any organization that asks you to stand with Ann Romney is a joke. Stand with her to do what? Act like a petulant child? Expect privileges to fall into your lap? Ruthlessly undermine women’s rights and health care as long as it isn’t your own? Scorn the poor? Despise minorities? Advocate a life of lies? No thanks. We already a w strong, caring, beautiful charismatic First lady and we don’t need to give any more oxygen to little platinum-spoon Ann.

    • 27 utaustinliberal
      April 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

      They asked you to stand with Ann Romney? Yeah…..I’d avoid them like a rat infested hovel.

    • 28 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

      Proud, if you have a Twitter account I strongly suggest that you make it know that this group is nothing but a RW lobbying (probably for big oil) group posing as an innocent-sounding “moms” interest group. I will also do the same!

    • April 22, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Thank you, Proud! I have been receiving their emails, and I have not been paying attention to this group. I did not think they were talking about the issues in ways that attracted me, but I did not unsubscribe because I thought they represented democratic women. I will unsubscribe right now!

    • 31 sherijr
      April 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      I used to receive MomsRising emails last year. They really really push their “bi-partisanship” – after receiving their emails never calling out the true culprits- the republicans- I wrote to them and itemized all the destruction the repubs had done, the obstacles they’d put up.. and then I unsubscribed to them.

      I had the same issue with VoteVets.. “bi-partisanship” which is nice in a perfect world, but in reality has not existed for this President. I unsubscribed to them also.

      There is no room for the fencesitting- both sides do it nonsense. Pay attention to reality and pick a side.. but for these groups its about money.. they sit in the middle so they can reap the benefits from both sides.

    • 32 theo67
      April 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      I think you could call the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau to ask the question about the credit cads, and also make them aware that this literature/propaganda is making the rounds. Part of their mission is to inform consumers and stop them from being misinformed. This sounds like a bunch of nonsense or twisting the truth to make it sound unpalatable, but I haven’t read the bill, so you might want to check with CFPB.

  11. April 22, 2012 at 7:52 am

    CNN is actually advertising having Marco Rubio on State of the Union! Ass kissing ad in how great Rubio is, and please tune in to listen to this wonderful Man! Meh!
    Has anyone ever seen a MTP ad before?

    • 34 jackiegrumbacher
      April 22, 2012 at 8:02 am

      CNN lost the last shred of its credibility years ago. It’s a pathetic, sad excuse of a news station, breathlessly running after the left over Fox audience. Of course that audience can barely walk, let alone run, so it isn’t much of a challenge. Just bring on the nasty and the partisan and you can call yourself a “news station.” Kind of like wearing a Halloween mask.

  12. 38 jackiegrumbacher
    April 22, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Good morning everybody. We seem to be heading back to early Spring in this area with temperatures dropping. We were shedding coats in early March, now they’re coming out again. I wonder why tv talk shows dragged Lieberman out on Earth Day. Could they have needed someone older than dirt? Except for Axelrod, it’s more lousy lineups that aren’t worth watching. Celebrating my wedding anniversary, so it’s going to be a good day, rain or shine, cold or hot.

  13. April 22, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Good morning, Chips. Good morning, Todders. I tweeted this link, but for those who don’t tweet, you should read this in-depth article about how Mitt Romney became the head of Bain Capital. He had nothing to lose and risked nothing. He’s not exactly the courageous entrepreneur he wants voters to think he is. http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-04-18/news/Mitt-Romney-american-parasite/

    • 50 vcprezofan2
      April 22, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Good Morning Sweetbay! Here’s the same basic info in a ‘visual’ format. The man is ‘something else’ [ = my polite description]! 🙄

  14. April 22, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Here we go! Cat nip for the MSM! John Edwards Trial starts Monday.
    Liberals are pissed at the DOJ for going after JE.
    Like I say, here we go!

    • 52 utaustinliberal
      April 22, 2012 at 8:25 am

      They probably should have just made him pay a huge fine, but then again who the hell knows what they have on him.

      • April 22, 2012 at 8:30 am

        And remember, that was DKos dream candidate!
        Shows you where they are!

        • 54 Lovepolitics2008
          April 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm

          Shows mostly that some people from the left are not good judges of character. And they can be fooled by rhetoric. Mr. Edwards was talking a good game ( poverty, etc..) but if you did some research about his political career, you couldn’t help thinking that the man didn’t have anything special in terms of vision, intellect, and leadership.

          During the primaries, the contrast between Mr. Edwards and Mr. Obama was for me so so evident. Both were talking about helping people, bringing more fairness, etc… . However, I sensed in Barack Obama an INTENSITY, a DEPTH of thinking, a more solid CORE. Authenticity, brilliance, vision and wisdom. Mr. Edwards was not in the same league. I remember reading some comments here from people who had the chance to meet both of these men; the contrast was evident, indeed.

          Note: I know that some people here were at first supporters of Mr. Edwards and I’m sorry if I’m hurting you in saying this. Don’t worry, I too sometimes make mistakes in judging people. And the most important thing is : we all agree that Barack Obama is a great president and he just HAS TO BE REELECTED !!!

    • 55 Don
      April 22, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Maybe the liberals should be pissed at John Edwards for not being able to keep it in his pants. The most disappointing part of this whole thing is that Edwards was running around with his mistress and still trying to pressure then candidate Obama to put him on the ticket as the Veep or Attorney General.

      • April 22, 2012 at 8:57 am

        He did not care if this would have brought down the whole party. He was just interest in advancing his own career. I think he wanted to be vice president, too.

      • 57 jackiegrumbacher
        April 22, 2012 at 9:05 am

        Yes, that was the unforgivable part. You want to ruin your own life and future? Fine. But don’t drag the whole party and the country down with you.

      • 58 L3
        April 22, 2012 at 9:18 am

        They shouldn’t be angry at Holder’s DOJ because the person who brought the case against Edwards was one of the Republican DOJ attorneys hired during the W. years after several DOJ attorneys were driven out of their jobs mostly for refusing to participate in politically motivated prosecutions of Democrats. He also did it as a way to further his political career at Edward’s expense. It’s my understanding he’s now running for either Congress or Senate which will leave the case to be prosecuted by someone else.

        And as far as Edwards is concerned, don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Karma is a b*#ch. The way he treated his wife in her last months of life, I could care less what happens to him. They both knew she was dying; clearly he could have put off his whoremongering until then. Who knows if this is true but I remember reading then that Edwards did not like or respect PBO because he thought he was a “p-word” and that he remained in the race so long because he believed as the only viable white male in the race he had a shot because there was no way, in his mind, this country was going to elect a black man or woman President and that Democrats would eventually come to that realization and support him over PBO or Hillary. What a loser.

    • April 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

      They should direct their ire at the culprit here, John Edwards.

      • 60 vcprezofan2
        April 22, 2012 at 11:09 am

        Now Africa, you know that would be too logical and ‘common sensey’. Plus trying to link this negatively somehow to the Obama admin is part of the mandatory modus operandi.

    • 61 nospin
      April 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      cry me a river. John Edwards deserves what he gets.

      Any person that cheats on a spouse, uses no protection, has young children and cheats at time a time where his wife has a terminal illness can go straight to heck.

  15. 62 utaustinliberal
    April 22, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Spent the hours of 3AM ET – 6AM ET watching Fight Club on AMC. I loooooooooove that movie for the rapid back and forth dialogue, the hidden depths of the movie, and the uber nerd sexy appeal of Edward Norton. HUBBA HUBBA!

    p.s Good Morning TOD and Chips.

    • 63 Dudette
      April 22, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Hi UT! I’ve never had any interest in seeing Fight Club, but after reading your comments in this and the previous thread today, I’m willing to give it a look. They should give you a commission or something. Phone call from Edward Norton maybe. 🙂

    • April 22, 2012 at 10:13 am

      A good friend of mine was on the sound crew for that film. You can just imagine what a trip that was and how they got the sound of all the beating. A very interesting film.

  16. 65 prettyfoot58
    April 22, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Gooooooooood Sunday Morning….Chipssss and TOD Fam…

  17. April 22, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Well, Candy Crowley is going to push that story about possible WH Aides, being involved in Hookergate!
    And with CNN, it is guilty til proven innocent!

  18. 67 donna dem 4 obama
    April 22, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Good Sunday Morning and Happy Earth Day TOD!

    I see from the schedule that PBO will be hitting some crucial battleground states next week. I just love how he weaves these very serious policy speeches into a Call To Action in the most appropriate places. 😉

    Also, I see that since it’s Sunday it’s “Meet The Republicans”. Our lazy, sloppy media doesn’t even try to hide it any longer. Oh and now we get Keith O to stroke (two steps forward for our cause) and bash (one step forward for the Repubs cause) the President on Sunday’s with the rest of them. Geesh!!!

    I’ve felt guilty not helping at OFA the past couple months because of work but I’ll be out there next weekend. Thank you Jovie, Isonprize and Prettyfoot58 and any others for phonebanking and canvassing this past week. <–THIS IS HOW WE WILL WIN THIS ELECTION!!

    Have a great Productive O'Day Everyone!!!

  19. April 22, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Senate Democratic leaders plan to bring the debate over the so-called war on women to the Senate floor this week. 

    Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) said the Violence Against Women Act would come up for debate before lawmakers leave Friday for a weeklong recess.


  20. 69 Insomniac
    April 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Good Morning everyone and Happy Earth Day!

    My mom was rushed to the hospital last evening by EMS. She’s doing better and will stay in hospital until at least tomorrow. I don’t post much, but I do check in and lurk all the time and I know what a truly great and compassionate community this is. In that light, I have a small request of you… please keep my mom in your thoughts and prayers this day. Things have improved a lot for her, but some extra prayers and positive thoughts can only help. Thanks, TODers

    • 70 utaustinliberal
      April 22, 2012 at 9:03 am

      I’ll be sending warm comforting thoughts you and your mom’s way. Stay strong friend.

    • 71 donna dem 4 obama
      April 22, 2012 at 9:03 am

      You and your mom will be in my thoughts and prayers, I pray for her speedy recovery and to give you peace and comfort during this trying time.

    • 72 Cathy from MN
      April 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

      My thoughts and prayers are with you. I care for my elderly Mother and understand the daily concerns when a parent is struggling with health issues. I hope she continues to improve and wish you a peaceful Sunday.

    • 73 jackiegrumbacher
      April 22, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Oh, Insomniac, I’m so sorry–this must be frightening time for you. I will definitely send a prayer for your mom. Please let us know how she’s doing.

    • April 22, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Prayers for you and your Mom. My mom had Alzheimers and a heart condition and I cared for for eight years in my home until she passed away nearly five years ago.

      • 75 Diane
        April 22, 2012 at 10:42 am

        My prayers to you and your Mom also Insomniac, and many blessings to you Jackie4Obama for your faithfulness. My Mom also has Alzheimers, and has been living with me for 3 years now. I KNOW what you lived through. Hearing that someone stayed faithful to caregiving their sick Momfor eight years gives me hope that I can endure. Blessing to all of TOD on Earth day, and welcome back Yardarm–the whole earth is celebrating your return to TOD!

        • 76 jacquelineoboomer
          April 22, 2012 at 11:43 am

          Good morning, TODers, and welcome back, Yardarm! To all caring for their elderly parents – or who have cared or will care for them – I’ll add my encouragement. Took care of my Mother at home for five years, and no matter how tired you become, it’s one of the best things you’ll ever do in life! I’m so glad I was given the opportunity and met the challenge, and for each minute of each day I gave her, I knew she would have doubled it to help me, and that was my second gift at the time. My third gift was seeing my son and grandchildren helping her, too, thus passing forward the concept of “how to love” our older ones. You can also love them just as well if they are in a residential home, but any way you do it, it’s well worthwhile.

          Happy Earth Day! “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~John Muir, 1913, in “John Muir, John of the Mountains”

    • 77 Insomniac
      April 22, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Thank you all so much for your prayers, thoughts and kind words. You have truly lifted my spirits and made me smile a little trough the tears. I’ll be heading out to the hospital in a little bit, but will keep you posted when I know more. Blessings to you all.

    • 78 desertflower
      April 22, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Thinking of your mom and your family,Insomniac. Take one day at a time.Glad to hear that she is improving. I know that she will continue to do that.

    • 79 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Insomniac, my thoughts are with you. Wishing for the best for your mom’s recovery.

    • 80 globalcitizenlinda
      April 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      my thoughts and prayers for your mom, you and your entire family. wishing her a speedy recovery and happy future

    • 81 sherijr
      April 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      All my positive thoughts directed for your mom today Insomniac, thank you for sharing this.. Full, speedy recovery to her very soon I hope and best wishes to both you and her. Take care.

    • 82 mtmarilyn
      April 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Your mother is added to my prayer list. Positive thoughts and energy is sent your way for you and your family!

    • 83 44obamagirl
      April 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Insomniac, you and your mom are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that this must be a tough time for you but stay strong and know that your beloved mom will be getting the best treatment. I am pleased to read that things have improved and I sincerely hope that they will continue to. God bless you and know that we all send our loving thoughts and prayers your way.

      • 84 44obamagirl
        April 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm

        Sorry again guys, this is Sam UK. I keep changing my user name back but each time I log in it comes up with 44obamagirl. I hope you all know that I am not a troll and it really is me.

  21. 85 utaustinliberal
    April 22, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Happy Earth Day TOD! On this Earth Day, remember that Reagan said 92% of trees caused pollution not cars and instead of correcting that dumb statement he doubled down on it. It’s 2012 and we still have GOP climate change deniers.

    • 86 jackiegrumbacher
      April 22, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Oh, yes, UT, Saint Ronnie was often dumber than a sack of rocks and was clueless about the environment. I remember that statement and thinking at the time, how can someone that stupid tie his shoes? Of course, he was doing it to stir up liberals and give his base a little catnip.

  22. 87 Dudette
    April 22, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Hey Chris Hayes is running Ronnie’s Israel Loves Iran video. Cool!

  23. April 22, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Tuesday, the President will reach 2778 delegates, for the Democratic nomination!

  24. 102 utaustinliberal
    April 22, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Love David Axelrod. He always knocks down Candy Crowley’s GOP shilling with a smile but very pointed words. She questioned Pres. Obama’s leadership in regards to the SS scandal and Axelrod looked at her like, WTF do Colombian hookers have to do with Pres. Obama? He told her point blank that even CNN’s poll showed that Pres. Obama has huge positives when it comes to the trait of leadership and then he asked her “Are you questioning your own employer’s poll?” She was like uh…uh….I’d never question CNN’s poll. Axelrod then told her, ok then, me neither. BOOM!

    • 103 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

      OH BAM!! This is fantastic ut. Wish I could’ve seen this segment but I’ve sworn not to give CNN ratings. So thanks for doing this for us. Hopefully Chica will be able to put up just the video segment of Crowley being put thoroughly in her place.

      • 104 Dudette
        April 22, 2012 at 9:38 am

        Love it. I too have sworn CNN, especially on Sundays. But a clip of Axe exposing her idiocy is definitely worth a look.

    • April 22, 2012 at 9:33 am

      She is interviewing Rubio for 45 minutes!

      • 106 hopefruit2
        April 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

        She can have sex with Rubio for 45 minutes for all I care. Rubio has more dirt than a pig in a mud swamp.

        • April 22, 2012 at 9:55 am

          She basically did him right there onset!

          • 108 anniebella
            April 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm

            Bill Cosby had to shut that big mouth Crowley up last week, now Axelrod did the same. I bet she eat up every ounce of B.S. that Rubio put out. I have no respect for Crowley and people like her because they are not fair. They are in the Republicans hip pockets.

    • 109 itgurl_29
      April 22, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Love it! That is how you handle these fools and I wish more Dems would understand that? Perfect way to throw it back in their faces. “Are you questioning your own employer? Are you saying CNN is deliberately skewing a poll?” Pitch perfect.

    • 110 vcprezofan2
      April 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      I almost feel like tweeting her to ask if her boss is to held responsible/accountable if SHE sleeps around when she goes on assignment!!! Grrr! I’ll just ignore her today – idjit!

    • 111 Cha
      April 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm


  25. 112 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2012 at 9:20 am


  26. April 22, 2012 at 9:21 am

    David Gregory just did a promo for MTP that was written by the RNC and the Romney campaign. It was all about the SS and GSA scandals, saying it was proof that “government has run amok”. And he talked about how Romney has a huge advantage for economic reasons, how President Obama’s re-election is “in peril” because of the widespread pessimism in the country etc. etc. etc. It was a study in propaganda, purposely selective, horribly misleading.

    • April 22, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Same thing on This Week.
      They all have the same questions lined up! They are pandering to somebody!!!

    • 119 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2012 at 9:36 am

      I think we need to start tweeting, posting, emailing, aggressively the meme that the media is using fake “scandals” to undermine the President. As I stated about a month ago, I don’t think the recent swath of incidents involving the military/SS is accidental. I truly believe that the Republican party has ordered Republicans in the military and other parts of government to act up as much as possible to embarrass the President and undermine people’s confidence in government and in his ability to lead.

      January – urinating on corpses story is released
      February – Koran burning
      March – shooting of Afghan families (now the story is coming out that it was many soldiers involved as I had suspected, not just one)
      April – SS and military “Columbian prostitute” scandal
      May – there will be something else in May – stay tuned…

      In all of the above incidents – it is ALWAYS US soldiers, and they tend to be White, male and Republican.

      I have been accused of being a CT theorist – and I’m willing to endure that accusation for now, but this is an election year, and I’m putting NOTHING past these desperadoes. Short of inciting a wingnut to assassinate PBO, they won’t stop at anything to get that stupid hollow puppet of theirs in the WH.

      • 120 theo67
        April 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm

        Given that the Repub media is now all touting this “leadership in question; government in shambles” meme, I don’t think your theory is that far-fetched. People didn’t pay attention in the primary, so now that they’re about to pay attention to the General Election, and Romney is trying to run as the “ultimate manager” – this plays right into their story. They play dirty. And they lie.

    • 121 Dudette
      April 22, 2012 at 9:40 am

      It’s this disgusting news ratings crap. Sex sells and they are playing it to the hilt. Ugh, these people really sicken me.

  27. 122 utaustinliberal
    April 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Crowley also expressed surprise that Latino voters still overwhelmingly support PBO and Axelrod told her well maybe it’s because they know the President fought for the Dream Act and the GOP blocked it and have blocked any meaningful attempt at immigration reform. He also told her that when Pres. Obama wins a second term, he will most definitely focus on immigration reform, he will however need a supportive congress. Hint: PBO needs Democrats to win both chambers of congress.

    • 123 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Crowley is as disingenuous as they come. She knows perfectly well that Latino voters overwhelmingly support PBO, and for the right reasons, but she’s following her orders to make her Latino viewers who are Obama supporters question themselves. Glad that Axelrod wasn’t having any of it.

      • April 22, 2012 at 9:37 am

        She is the worst journalist in the History of Mankind!

        • 125 theo67
          April 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm

          Not sure you can make that a single person candidate – too much competition for the prize. Maybe make it the worst group of journalists in the history of mankind – then we can lump a whole bunch of these losers in there.

  28. April 22, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Why is part of the media focusing on Israel this Morning? I thought things have cooled a bit? Are they lobbying the feckless US media, again?

    • 128 theo67
      April 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Iran talks went relatively well. Israel through a hissy fit that their plan to bomb Iran seems to be going out the window, said Iran’s getting a “freebie” because talks are continuing. That gambling tycoon supporting the GOP probably is upset, too. They want to mess up foreign policy, because it’s one of President Obama’s strengths (one of many), and they’ve been successful muddying up the waters by going after the Israel issues.

  29. 129 Left-Indie
    April 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Their main game is to say anything, even when they know better, and hope to get a news worthy reaction that then gets quoted everywhere else in the media. The interest is narrow. Keep ratings up.

    • 130 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2012 at 10:07 am

      It’s more than just ratings. There is a concerted effort in the MSM to bring this President down. There are sooooo many scandals in the GOP that the MSM could go after for ratings, but instead they choose to go out of their way to manufacture scandals to tie it to PBO while giving the GOP a pass on everything tells me all I need to know.

      Every “report” the media is presented with an intention to embarrass President Obama, make him seem weak, incompetent, disorganized. Yet all of these attributes belong to Mitt Romney who the MSM seems to be reluctant to scrutinize, much less criticize.

      • April 22, 2012 at 10:21 am

        I agree! Now, the President also has to send a memo to all involved, to be on best behavior and be professional.
        This cannot be overstated, either the President garners no respect from his employees, or they have No respect for themselves.
        At any rate, he has to take extra precautions, seeing how the media is so fucking aggressive!

      • 132 EricFive
        April 22, 2012 at 11:46 am

        I agree that it is more than ratings at work. I also don’t buy the “horserace” stuff (they never prop up democratic presidential candidates to make the race close). THe MSM and its corporate masters would be happy as pie with a Mitt landslide. They are desperate to help Mitt before it is too late. Notice the MSM is trying to use a poll in which PBO has a 6 point lead over Mitt as being bad news for PBO and marvelous news for Mitt. Some are even calling a 6 point lead for PBO a tie race (just like how, according to the MSM, McCain won or tied all of the Presidential debates in 2008). It is simple psychology, no one wants to back a loser so the MSM is doing all it can to portray Mitt as a “winner” and PBO as perpetually in political peril (even “losing” polls in which he leads). For Mitt to have any chance in this race, the MSM must tarnish PBO’s image, so we have a string of fake controversies all twisted to harm PBO. If we had a legitimate MSM, they would be attempting to find out WHY Mitt leads PBO on the economy (i.e., they would be investigating what it is about Mitt’s economic plan that the public likes and why). They refuse to do this because they know the public has no idea what Mitt’s economic plan is. The MSM knows that Mitt endorsed Paul Ryan’s unpopular budget plan, and that the poll result concerning the economy is most likely an illusion that will evaporate when the people realize what Mitt’s plans are (he can’t hide forever). They refuse to do anything to harm Mitt because they realize how weak he is as a candidate. Imagine what would have happened if PBO filed an extension to file his tax return (they would be calling PBO an uppity elitist who is too good to file his taxes with the common man). Information that is twisted to build support for a point of view is advertising, at its best, and propaganda at its worst. The Fourth Estate is dead.

        • 133 hopefruit2
          April 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

          Erik, you have hit the nail on the head with this excellent post and cohesive fact-filled supporting evidence 🙂

        • 134 4morefor44
          April 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

          great comments, ericfive! i agree completely. seems like the main problem we have to contend with. democracy can’t work without informed voters.

        • 135 gcwp1
          April 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

          They also are using the word “scandal” as thought it were O”s middle name. Meme theory. Eventually people will say “Gee, I’m not sure, but where there is smoke, there’s…”

        • April 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm

          wonderful comment…ICAM

  30. 137 pugeretto
    April 22, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Good Sunday Morning and Happy Earth Day! Sorry to hear about your Mom Insomniac, prayers & positive thoughts to your family.
    Happy AnniversaryJackie, a very special week for you -Woo-hoo!
    And Pamela Brown, Happy Birthday yesterday!
    So, I will be seeing the Chimpanzee Movie on this Earth Day. Worked my yard all day yesterday.

    Chipsticks – Please ignore an email I sent about fundraising. I figured it out, got my husban to pitch in, he who voted for W twice! But, he did vote Obama 2008. I tried to “follow” the Obama Team Tweeters last night, didn’t work, will try it again. Thanks Chips

  31. April 22, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Also, every Sunday show has the same questions trying to lay the scandals, as all Obamas fault! And maybe he authorized and paid for the Hookers himself!

  32. April 22, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Oh Boy!

    • April 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

      DEATH KNELL right there. Wow, he’s even dumber than I thought.

      • April 22, 2012 at 11:02 am

        I heard Andy Card say that yesterday, as well! Must be a new talking point from the Right, you know, Bush was great!

        • April 22, 2012 at 11:19 am

          There are the 27% who may believe that but the rest of us still have very fresh memories of how W nearly DESTROYED our country and trashed our foreign policy, budget, financial system, military, education, health care, environment, DOJ, FEMA, on and on and on.

  33. 144 utaustinliberal
    April 22, 2012 at 9:51 am

    CBS Sunday Morning is doing a profile on The Black Keys. If you’re not listening to The Black Keys the question is HUH?!?!?!? They’re friggin amazing and their music has so much depth and meaning. Plus it sounds so melodious.

    Recommendations – not that you asked – Lies, Gold On The Ceiling, Howlin For You, Tighten Up, Lonely Boy, Next Girl, Sinister Kid, Psychotic Girl, I Got Mine, etc.

    They have this blues and rock thing going on. Their music is beautiful and haunting.

  34. April 22, 2012 at 9:54 am

    David Axelrod, a top campaign adviser to President Obama, said comprehensive immigration reform had not occurred during Obama’s first term because the Republican senators who’d backed it during President George W. Bush’s presidency were not willing to stand up and work with Obama.

    “A lot of Republicans in Congress want to cooperate, they know better, but they are in the thralls of this reign of terror from the far right that has dragged this party to the right,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning. 


  35. April 22, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD Family. Happy beautiful Sunday to all. Also Happy Earth Day to all. We have much to be grateful for in our TOD family today. A beautiful day to POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS and beautiful Dr. Jill Biden.

    A beautiful Earth Day to our First Dog, Bo as he looked so beautiful leading his Spring Garden Tour yesterday. What a very smart First Dog we have at the WH. Love you Bo.

    Also to our lovely Jackiegrumbacher and wonderful husband, (((((((( Happy Anniversary)))))))) Enjoy every moment of your celebration.

    A standing ovation to our wonderful David Axelrod for showing his brilliance on Candy’s show. David is so smart and No Drama. He is on fire this campaign season. We love him and thank him for all that he does to move the team along.

    I want to say to Insomniac, that I read your comments, and I will keep you and your precious mother in my thoughts and my prayers today.
    I will ask for calmness, peace of mind, wonderful medical teams to surround your mother, and a wonderful recovery for her. Know that you are loved by this family here. ((((((((((Healing Hugs Coming Your Way))))))))))))))) HZ

  36. April 22, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Like Senator Manchin, Lieberman stays neutral in the Presidential race.
    And those are the headlines!

    • 155 EricFive
      April 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

      Lieberman campaigned for McCain in 2008 so no surprise there. Actually, I’m suprised Manchin is not endorsing Mitt. I bet he would if he thought Mitt had a chance of winning.

    • 156 Cha
      April 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      I wonder who gives a f**k what LIEberman thinks about anything. He supported mccain and palin in the last election..exposing how a box of rocks has a higher IQ than he does.

  37. 157 vcprezofan2
    April 22, 2012 at 10:14 am

    A Happy and Blessed Sunday Morning wish for EVERYONE, today! :lol; 😆

    Welcome home, Yardarm. I trust your visit/repose was all that you wished it to be and then some! We missed you. 😉

  38. April 22, 2012 at 10:16 am


    Lowes Is giving away 1 million Trees today.
    Go get a couple!

  39. 161 vcprezofan2
    April 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Who’s the ‘liberal’ on Fox News Sunday? I echo you CC. 🙄 Yeah! Yeah! I know they’re under no obligation to include a liberal, and that they are not the only station who can’t always ‘find’ a liberal. Oh well, I don’t watch any of them so my BP is safe. 😉

  40. April 22, 2012 at 10:28 am

    • 163 Diane
      April 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      That pretty much closes him out on the VP slot…unless Romney thinks he can run this guy for VP and get more women votes (geesh…these guys are completely eaten up with stupid).

  41. April 22, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Good morning, TODville. Happy Earth Day. Please do what you can to conserve, recycle and fight for local laws that support green energy. Support businesses and local enterprises that believe in a future for green energy.

    • 165 jacquelineoboomer
      April 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      Hi, meta – My son’s a heavy metal recycler, so he’s taking it to the nth degree! Happy Earth Day!

  42. 166 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2012 at 10:43 am

    LOL! No wonder President Obama actually rises with Latino voters when Rubio is added to Romney’s ticket!

    • 167 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Okay that was an error. Rubio said that he “can” speak Spanish. But still, he drags Romney’s ticket down.

  43. 168 Linda
    April 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

    • Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.

    ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb

  44. 170 Ladyhawke
    April 22, 2012 at 11:02 am

    RNC is Right: Romney’s Economic Policies are the ‘Bush plan’

    April 20, 2012

    Obama for America Press Secretary Ben LaBolt released the following statement on an RNC spokesperson’s claim yesterday that Mitt Romney’s economic plans are the “Bush plan, but just updated”:


    “Yesterday an RNC spokesperson confirmed what we already knew: that Mitt Romney’s economic policies are the ‘Bush plan just updated.’ Governor Romney has repackaged the same policies that led us into the economic crisis in the first place: giving tax breaks to the wealthiest few at the expense of the middle class and promoting risky financial deals that not only led to the slowest economic growth in a generation but to years of middle class families struggling with fewer jobs and flat incomes and an economic crisis that included a massive elimination of wealth, a collapse of our markets, and rampant job loss. We’ve seen how this movie ends before, and the middle class can’t afford to go back. The President believes we must continue building an economy that lasts, where everybody from Main Street to Wall Street does their fair share and plays by the same set of rules, and hard work and responsibility are rewarded.”



  45. 172 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Eclectablog has a great article about President Obama’s ending of the Iraq War – something that both the left and right miss:

    // What isn’t reversible is the President’s greatest accomplishment: Ending the Iraq War.

    But he gets almost no credit for this. On the right, they say he was just following Bush’s timeline and we should still have troops there to prevent a civil war. On the left, they say he was just following Bush’s timeline and we still have thousands of contractors in a giant embassy. Both sides forget history. As Barack Obama was winning the 2008 election on the issue of the Iraq War, he changed the debate and forced the timeline that Bush adopted.

    From July 18, 2008:
    ” In a stunning diplomatic breakthrough for Barack Obama, Iraq’s prime minister yesterday endorsed the Democratic candidate’s 16-month timeline for withdrawing combat troops from Iraq.”

    The timeline Bush adopted was never Bush’s timeline. It was Obama’s. (That’s why he won the Nobel Peace Prize, in case you’re wondering.) The privatization of the military as described in Rachel Maddow’s Drift made getting out a bit easier. But ending this war was a mission this man adopted as a State Senator and achieved as President. Denying that only reveals your bias. //


    • 173 Linda
      April 22, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Wow…the alternet link story is almost word for word the same as this one…..Did Krauthammer steal it ?

      Maliki Votes for Obama

      By Charles Krauthammer
      Friday, July 25, 2008


      • 174 hopefruit2
        April 22, 2012 at 11:33 am

        He must have based his column on info from the alternet story, but it’s not word for word. The only word from the alternet article that Krauthammer used was “stunning.” Other than that they are very different, and Krauthammer’s article is obviously upset with Obama for denouncing the surge while pushing for an end to the war.

        Anyway the point of Eclectablog’s piece is that PBO pushed for the Iraq war end BEFORE the Bush timeline and it was Maliki’s endorsement of Obama’s position (16-month withdrawal proposition) in the first place that caused Bush to formulate this timeline, because they didn’t want to jeopardize McCain’s election prospects.

    • 175 EricFive
      April 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks for bringing this up HF. I remember when that happened during the 2008 campaign, it was stunning and the first time I can remember a presidential CANDIDATE having that much impact on a huge foreign policy issue (that and Sen. Obama’s race speech gave me the first glimpse of how SPECIAL he is). Those on the left who refuse to credit PBO for ending the Iraq war have other agendas or personal issues that cloud their perception of reality (similar to how some on the left twisted themselves into pretzels to NOT give PBO credit for ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell). As for the right, they don’t give PBO credit for anything, never have and never will. They are small minded.

  46. April 22, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Grassley contending for biggest idiot in Congress:

  47. April 22, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Remember to follow this girl, she is our rapid response person!
    You can tweet her and she will respond!

    • 180 utaustinliberal
      April 22, 2012 at 11:19 am

      I follow her. She’s amazing. She’s always on the case and yes she does respond. She’s a great spokesperson for OFA.

    • 181 Ladyhawke
      April 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Basically what Mitt Romney is saying is President Obama is not cleaning up the wreckage of the GWB administration fast enough so the American people should give the Republican Party another chance to implement the policies that got us into this mess. Apparently, he’s just updated the Bush policies. That should be horrifying to the American people.

      For Romney, the election is just owed to him. It’s his turn now. He won’t provide more than two years tax returns. He won’t tell you any specifics about how he will improve the economy. You should just take his word for it. His mendacity is legend. He has become a caricature of himself. He’s like jon Lovitz and Pinocchio rolled into one. His entire campaign is built on falsehoods. The shameless lying is never ending.

    • 182 Ladyhawke
      April 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Bashir: Book of Mormon Promises ‘Eternal Damnation’ for Romney’s Lies


      • 183 Cha
        April 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        I wondered how Mormonism felt about LIES. Bet Willard’s not the Mormon who is headed for “Eternal Damnation” according to the Mormons. Morman Morman Morman…

    • 184 theo67
      April 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks for pointing her out – I hadn’t followed her before, but I’m following now. She’s great!

  48. April 22, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Damn, I missed Stephanie Cutter on Face the Nation!

  49. 187 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Although it’s from Old Orange, I think this is highly worth posting & reading. It’s another testimonial on how this administration’s policies actually help ordinary Americans:

    // I suspect most kossacks have read about The Obama Administration’s $26 billion mortgage settlement with the big banks. Under this historic settlement, many hurting homeowners will receive interest rate adjustments, or principal writedowns. There will also be cash payments to people who lost their homes and some money will go to the states to fund legal and consumer protection programs.

    Well, I benefited from the Obama Administration settlement! I bought my first home in December 2007. I’m underwater, so I couldn’t refinance at today’s low interest rates. Under the settlement, Wells Fargo gave me an interest rate reduction to 4.25%. My payment goes down $115 a month starting May 1st!

    Thank You President Obama! That’s why I’m a Democrat! That’s why I vote a 100% Democratic ticket. That’s because I understand without a doubt no Republican would have helped me. I understand without a doubt that no Republican president would have passed the Affordable Care Act. I understand without a doubt that under any Republican Administration, Osama Bin Laden would be alive, GM would be dead, and a million more Americans unemployed. I understand without a doubt that no Republican president will increase the minimuim wage, combat climate change, or appoint people to the SCOTUS who will preserve Roe v Wade. The Republican Party has nothing to offer anybody but the top few. And if you take a long term view, they don’t have anything to offer the top 5% either. That’s why their entire strategy has been to prevent President Obama from passing anything and passing voter ID laws. //


  50. 188 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Lovely pic of FLOTUS’s garden from collegekay :


  51. 197 cat48
    April 22, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Hi guys, Did you see the story at WashPost about the female SS Agent/Supervisor who sent the male agents home? It gave me hope that she aggressively handled it by the book to keep the president safe. Worth a read:


    • April 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      I’m just furious that she had “a rowdy group of male colleagues” in the first place. What could they have been thinking? Their job is too critical in these dangerous times. I would think they could have waited till they were off duty to indulge themselves. And it completely tarnishes the prestige and “the best of the best” reputation of the SS, causes a loss of confidence in their ability to react and respond and perform at the highest level of alertness in order to protect our president and other govt. officials. Horrible lapse in judgment.

    • 199 desertflower
      April 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Good for her! Sounds like a woman with lots of integrity. Something that was sorely lacking with the men.

      • 200 Anna Luc
        April 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        Hi TODers! It’s sunday and I acctually have time to make a comment. So…

        This could explain the egregious nature of the behavior in Cartagena, as an act of disrespect directed at their new African-American female boss. But kudos to the SS for how they’ve managed this information. You know that if Grassley and the Rethughlicans had known that the Miami Office Supervisor was a black woman, they’d have called her an affirmative action hire and demanded her head. This woman was doing what any new manager does, dealing with the staff she gets and making her management decisions based on performance. Now it appears that it has been the agency’s efforts toward diversity that have saved them. Oh! And what a scoop for the Washington Post!

    • 201 theo67
      April 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      It also looked like the President had more female agents around him over those days in Columbia, too.

  52. April 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Tuned into the last of MHP—–SIGH! What in the world is this? She has on a tea party gal going on and on about all the virtues of the tea party which is only interested in restoring American ideals and other such garbage, a guy from the Heritage Foundation saying that Hispanics were just flocking to the Repub Party in direct contradiction to all polls. And then she spends her last valuable minutes excusing Willard for the dog on the roof thing, said if he had put his wife or his kids on the roof then maybe it would be something to be outraged about, but a dog??? Who cares? Obviously MHP is not a dog person. With friends like these……… Beyond annoying and maddening.

    • 203 anniebella
      April 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      I don’t watch Chris Hayes or Melissa H. Perry. I just have not gotten into either of them.

    • 204 Linda
      April 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Her show is horrible……what a disappointment…….I lasted 2 minutes yesterday…..

      She started her show with ” President Obama is Black ”

      I bet she gets cancelled before the election.

    • 205 hopefruit2
      April 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      I’m curious to see her ratings.

      • April 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

        She was intimidated by Tavis and Cornell! She is only concerned with, not looking like she is an Obama supporter! Which she is!

        • 207 nospin
          April 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm

          Jovie – nobody is intimidated by Tavis and Cornell.

          My guess is she is afraid of her bosses and that is too bad.

          She coulda been a contendah!

  53. 208 Pamela
    April 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    533 x $50,000= $266,500,000. Dear America, if it’s a question of money to keep our country safe from the control of The Billionaires Club, we would be fools not to empty our pockets and our bank accounts to keep President Obama and Vice President Biden in the White House. IMHO. On that note, I am leaving for work, catch up with you later (dream on Pamela!) 😉

    • 209 jacquelineoboomer
      April 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Yes, dream on, Pamela! We can do it!

      Have a great day @ work. 🙂

    • 210 nospin
      April 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      ‘Dear America, if it’s a question of money to keep our country safe from the control of The Billionaires Club, we would be fools not to empty our pockets and our bank accounts to keep President Obama and Vice President Biden in the White House. ”

      I don’t agree. Folks have responsibilities outside of PO’s re-election. Those who are positioned should regardless of the donated amount ($3, $5, $25, $50K) but they can certainly contribute by knocking on doors, talking to friends, total strangers, helping to coordinate the efforts to GOTV (i.e .offer a ride to the polls), educate voters on id laws, educate voters about the President’s policies vs. the Republican policies.

      There is no way anyone should empty their pockets to keep ANY President in office. Be responsible, take care of home, your future and give what you can but find alternate ways to bring the vote in November.

    • 211 0388jojothecat
      April 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      We can do this PLUS volunteer because we are definately at another cross roads. We allowed ignorance, greed, and the media to convince many not to re-elect Jimmy Carter. If many democrats had stuck with Jimmy Carter, campaigned for him, volunteered to get out the vote done what ever we could to not put Reagan in the WH we would be looking at a different America today. Many believed no one would put a has been president in the WH, little did we know that they were plotting to make Carter look bad with the Iran kidnapping and holding off until after the presidential election. Myth Robme is the Ronald Reagan for the GOP, not a strong candidate so they need a scandel to upset this campaign…NOT THIS TIME!

  54. 212 hopefruit2
    April 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Now here is a “scandal” that the MSM glosses over.

  55. 217 collegekay
    April 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Just watched the re-broadcast of Axe on State of the Union. He was great. I have no doubts about PBO’s re-election especially when his team is fighting so hard against the lies.

    • April 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks for that reassurance. I think Axe will be even more effective this time around. I also think he’s pacing himself. Just wait!!

      Axe, Plouff, Messina and the communications staff are lining up a very effective strategy. Some of the tweets I’ve seen are no hold barred.

  56. 219 desertflower
    April 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Speaking of a scandal the MSM ignored!


    In this Sunday’s New York Times, the paper revealed an explosive story of high-level corruption at Walmart, aided by a whistleblower’s account of how the retail giant bribed its way to market dominance in Mexico. But unsurprisingly, the Sunday talk shows ignored the scandal entirely.
    One former executive told the Times about how Walmart employees brought envelopes of cash to government officials in Mexico in order to boost the company’s expansion:
    The Times examination included more than 15 hours of interviews with the former executive, Sergio Cicero Zapata, who resigned from Wal-Mart de Mexico in 2004 after nearly a decade in the company’s real estate department.
    In the interviews, Mr. Cicero recounted how he had helped organize years of payoffs. He described personally dispatching two trusted outside lawyers to deliver envelopes of cash to government officials. They targeted mayors and city council members, obscure urban planners, low-level bureaucrats who issued permits — anyone with the power to thwart Wal-Mart’s growth. The bribes, he said, bought zoning approvals, reductions in environmental impact fees and the allegiance of neighborhood leaders.


  57. 221 desertflower
    April 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    THE MOTHERLOAD! This is the whole enchilada in a nutshell! Must read….again, LOVE Smartypants:)


  58. April 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    And—–during the “office politics” segment on msnbc, where they take turns patting each other on the back, Alex Witt interviewed Rachel Maddow. Maddow revealed that she doesn’t care about ANY candidate—-that would include President Obama—–and that she doesn’t care about ANY political party—–that would include the Democratic Party—-that she is only there to be an observer of the events of the world. So—-there you have it—-not exactly a fierce defender for our interests.

    • April 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      But but but, all Libs say she is their to defend Liberal interests and…

    • 225 globalcitizenlinda
      April 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      apart from Rev AL and Martin Bashir, a number of these media types are really about WHO pays their paychecks

    • 227 anniebella
      April 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Rachel is piss about the President position on gay marriage. But to hell with Rachel.

    • 228 theo67
      April 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      So, if she’s just observing, then maybe she should observe from the sidelines. The media is dominated by the GOP talking points and GOP agenda. It’s impossible to find truth online. Objectivity is a dirty word in journalism. And this election is one of the most important in modern times. She’s got a platform that she could use in service of her country, and instead, she chooses to either focus on LGBT issues or parades (or selling her book, for which I can’t really blame her)- instead of helping to restore peace and order to her country. Then she’s useless in this election year, in my opinion. There’s just too much at stake to invest time in people who think the world is rosy right now, while an entire machinery works to take down democracy and this President. She then becomes part of the problem.

      • 229 Left-Indie
        April 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

        I feel like I’m in another world when you all trash Rachel. She’s the best thing liberals have on TV. God bless her and may we have more of her. Nobody tears the rethugs a new asshole like she does, but in an intellegent way that can appeal to a moderate.

        • 230 theo67
          April 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm

          And you’re welcome to continue watching Rachel and supporting her. I don’t need the roller-coaster. I agree, she’s mostly good, but because of that massive credibility, it makes her bad stuff carry a lot more damage when she does it. For example, I wouldn’t take anything Dylan Ratigan says as having an ounce of credibility, but if Rachel says the exact same thing – I’ll feel doubly wounded, and I’ll also know that a ton of people who respect her will possibly think she’s speaking the truth. With power, comes responsibility. I’m just taking my bit of power away from her, because I feel she’s irresponsible with it. I’ll use my power elsewhere, where it adds to the battle this year, instead of subtracting from it.

  59. 233 desertflower
    April 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm



    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A coalition of groups supporting immigrants has recruited teams of volunteers to help push programs they hope will add thousands of new U.S. citizens to the voter rolls in several states in time for the November presidential election.

    • 234 mtmarilyn
      April 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks for finding all of this, Desertflower! You find them I’ll tweet them! BTW, I sent you an email. Hope you are having a great day!

  60. 235 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    April 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Hello TODers!!!

    I’ll probably post this again either later today or tomorrow as my hope is many will see it and help spread the message – we KNOW our enemy and we will defeat them.

    Fortunately Robert Greenwald and Rolling Stone are exposing the Koch Brothers & their ilk – early.



    “Accordingly, here are 10 facts that every American should know about who the Kochs are and what they’re doing to our country.

    1. Koch Industries, which the brothers own, is one of the top ten polluters in the United States — which perhaps explains why the Kochs have given $60 million to climate denial groups between 1997 and 2010.

    2. The Kochs are the oil and gas industry’s biggest donors to the congressional committee with oversight of the hazardous Keystone XL oil pipeline. They and their employees gave more than $300,000 to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in 2010 alone.


    By 6 Nov 2012, we want every American to realize that these are the Plutocrats doing vast harm to the Republic and are what must be defeated, resoundingly.



  61. 238 desertflower
    April 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm


    The 27 Republican bills that AREN’T about JOBS, but are about gutting environmental protections! Happy Earth Day!

  62. April 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Here are some of the softball questions Candy asked Rubio-

    What is the name of your Dog?
    What is the first Political memory you had?
    What role did you play in the Dole Campaign?

    Omg! Fuck Candy Crowley!

    • 242 Linda
      April 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      My e-mail to Crowley…..( second one today )

      What is the name of your Dog?
      What is the first Political memory you had?
      What role did you play in the Dole Campaign?

      Wow Candy….what an in depth interview…. I know it made me sit up and pay attention…

      Will you get a bonus for that ? Some Krispi Kremes maybe ?

      • 243 0388jojothecat
        April 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm

        They could get a 12yr old to ask those types of questions…..FOR FREE or just have a family member come on and ask those “hard hitting questions”.

  63. 246 desertflower
    April 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm


    Lawmakers Unite With Activist Groups To Press For Constitutional Amendment On Citizens United

    We need this to get done. The SC has stolen our democracy with this horrid vote!

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