evening all

Human warmth ….. watch and learn, Romney


TPM: A lesser-known but important provision in “Obamacare” that regulates how health insurance companies spend their money is yielding benefits for consumers, a new study finds.

By this August, insurers are projected to send consumers a total of $1.3 billion in rebates, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis released Thursday – $541 million to large employers, $377 million to small businesses and $426 million to people with their own insurance plans.

The rebates are the result of a rule in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent or 85 percent of premium earnings on health care – as opposed to marketing and administrative activities – or otherwise provide rebates to their consumers.

More here


Steve Benen: Joe Weisenthal published a pretty remarkable chart today noting economic growth in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe over the last nine years….

…. Once President Obama took office and the Recovery Act/stimulus began putting capital back into the economy, the U.S. economy began growing again. In the U.K., the economy started to improve, right up until British officials began implementing an austerity agenda – at which point the national economy stagnated and slipped back into a recession.

Obama rejected austerity, and as a result, American growth, while fragile and insufficient, is easily outpacing Europe’s and UK’s, where austerity measures have ruled the day.

….When David Cameron’s austerity policies began, Republicans were not only certain they would work, they pleaded with American policymakers to follow the Tories’ lead …. The remarkable thing is, Republicans aren’t the least bit chastened by the track record of failure.

More here



President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit Fort Stewart Friday …. The event will not be open to the general public according to the White House.

No other details were available except that the president and first lady will “meet with troops, veterans and military families”.


President Obama has announced 13 new recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

Madeleine Albright, John Doar, Bob Dylan, William Foege, John Glenn, Gordon Hirabayashi, Dolores Huerta, Jan Karski, Juliette Gordon Low, Toni Morrison, Shimon Peres, John Paul Stevens, Pat Summitt.

More here


ThinkProgress: …. The Romney campaign organized a conference call today with three of Romney’s foreign policy advisers to push back (against VP Biden’s foreign policy speech). During the call, Romney adviser Ambassador Pierre Prosper attacked President Obama for dealing with Russia, albeit using geographical terms from the Cold War era:

PROSPER: ….. The United States abandoned its missile defense sites in Poland and Czechoslovakia….

Aside from the fact that “Czechoslovakia” broke up into the Czech Republic and Slovakia nearly 20 years ago, the Obama administration never “abandoned” missile defense sites because they were never there to begin with….

More here



Michael Tomasky: It seems clear that the main issue Mitt Romney is going to use to try to reestablish himself as a moderate is immigration …. Can Romney, who staked out an immigration position during the primaries that left him sounding like Pat Buchanan, really pull this off? My bet: He’ll be smooth, he’ll do almost everything right, he’ll say all the right things — and he’ll end up with something very much like the 31 percent of the Latino vote John McCain got, maybe two or three points more, tops. The reason is simple: Romney, like his party, is just too white.

…. There is no signal, at least yet, that Rubio would make a whit of difference. Last weekend, a poll came out in which 1,000-plus Latinos were asked about Obama-Biden matchups against Romney-Rubio, and Romney paired with various other Hispanic Republicans ….. in Florida, Obama did better among Latinos against Romney with Rubio on the ticket, suggesting that maybe to know him isn’t to love him.

More here


NYT: The group Americans for Prosperity just went up with a $6.1 million ad buy in swing states that accuses the Obama administration of squandering American taxpayer dollars on green energy projects, asserting that some of the money actually went to foreign entities….

In making the general assertion that “billions of taxpayer dollars spent on green energy went to jobs in foreign countries,” the ad cites as evidence $1.2 billion that went “to a solar company that’s building a plant in Mexico.” In fact, the company involved in the plant, SunPower, said that the $1.2 billion federal loan guarantee was for its solar ranch in California….

The ad also says that the Obama administration sent “half a billion to an electric car company that created hundreds of jobs in Finland.” …. Loans under the agency’s alternative vehicle program went to Fisker Automotive, an American electric car company based in California that has facilities in Finland, as well as China and Germany. The agency provided $169 million for engineering and tooling work, all carried out in the United States….

More here


Six weeks later, I still can’t see this video enough:

Background to the video here



Thanks Dotster

209 Responses to “evening all”

  1. 1 GGail
    April 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Hi Chipsticks!

  2. 7 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Good evening TOD!!!!!

  3. 8 nintendowii10
    April 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Good evening!

  4. 9 GGail
    April 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I’ve been very busy with my OFA Team. We’ve been really successful of late in reaching local LA people who state that they are IN.

  5. 12 GGail
    April 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Holy Moly, I’m really First 🙂

  6. 14 lamh35
    April 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Evening TOD. My current video obsession, it’s a fruit salad for your eyes. Love the way the colors transition seamlessly

    • 15 itgurl_29
      April 26, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      I’m such a crazy obsessed Obot. The whole time I was watching this video, all I kept saying to myself was “Wow. FLOTUS would look really good in all these colors!”

    • 16 Tally
      April 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      What a brilliant concept.

      [dancer soapbox] Wish they had hired dancers with some chemistry, especially since they’re doing the tango….. [/dancer soapbox]

      *Thumper’s mom smacks me on the back of the head.
      OW! Yes, okay, sorry…… quite right.

      • 17 0388jojothecat
        April 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm

        Hi Tally,

        John Cusack will be playing Edgar Allen Poe in The Raven coming out this week, did you know that? It’s lookes good. I was a John Cusack fan until he started dissing PBO.

        • 18 Tally
          April 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm

          Yeah, I knew…. I don’t understand why people can’t just do films of THE STORIES as a whole, without ADDING shit…. as if Edgar Allen Poe’s tales don’t hold up ON THEIR OWN. Seriously. Yes, they’re all short stories, but SO WHAT? The Premature Burial or The Black Cat would make an amazing film, and they wouldn’t have to add Ligeia, or Fall of Usher….. I don’t know…. NO ONE has done a proper Pit & The Pendulum EVER. [steps off Poe Purity Platform]

          I’ll probably watch it when it comes on cable, and I’m not watching Game of Thrones again for the bazillionth time. 😀

    • 19 yardarm756
      April 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Good evening mates. This lady that’s dancing here has sent me to the ice house. Phew weeeee. :-p

    • 28 Dudette
      April 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Hey lamh35…That was YUMMY! Thanks so much for sharing it. I’m saving a link to this baby right now.

    • 29 GGail
      April 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks lamh35 – that was beautiful.

  7. 31 4morefor44
    April 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    just have to say…what in the h.e. double toothpicks was tony parker thinking?!? wowzers.

  8. 32 vitaminlover
    April 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    First Lady Michelle just radiates warmth, beauty and good health. Her complexion is flawless and her hair is so lush.

  9. 33 LOL
    April 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Such a contrast to Our Turn Ann.

  10. 34 Cheryllou
    April 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Why is say something nice about Obama trending on Twitter?

  11. 42 vitaminlover
    April 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Also, countdown, 194 days till Willard’s concession speech.

  12. 44 taiping1
    April 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Great round-up! VP Biden’s foreign policy speech was awesome. Romney is so consistently wrong on everything. A failed Governor; relied on US funds for Olympics; least public service of any presidential candidate ever; and record as vulture capitalist and entitled 0.01%, interested primarily in lining his own coffers. Shame on us if we don’t all organize and GOTV for a landslide. I have noted in talking with many women that I see (all ages) in a relatively conservative part of our county that all are fired up and outraged at the GOP war on women. Many of the older women remember a time when women died from illegal abortions. Although jobs and the economy are part of the equation the GOP is wrong on pretty much everything and I think we can all make that case.

  13. 45 Tally
    April 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm

  14. 50 Linda
    April 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    My two Republican Senators voted NO for the VAWA…

    off to e-mail them and let them know I will be donating to the President again on their behalf.

  15. 53 collegekay
    April 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    It baffles me how the GOP thinks putting Rubio on the ticket will do anything. That’s like Mitt putting Allen West or somebody on the ticket to try can get more black votes. It won’t happen. Actually, I think it’s insulting… to think Latinos are that fickle.

    • 54 itgurl_29
      April 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      It is insulting. Just like when the Illinois GOP put up Alan Keys against Barack Obama. And when McCain threw Palin on the ticket thinking women would flock to vote for him. And now they’re looking to offend Latinos with Rubio. Just because you’re my color doesn’t you’re my kind. Just because we’re the same gender doesn’t mean you’re my kind either. They don’t understand minorities and women. They think we’re all alike and that we’re a bunch of idiots.

    • 55 LOL
      April 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Yes, we all know how that worked for Palin and those disaffected Hillary voters…it’s the media and they’re simplification of everything. Hey, he’s brown..that means all the brown people will vote for him. Almost as moronic as the “Is Obama black enough” ramblings.

    • 56 daisydem
      April 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Well they did it 4 years ago : they put a woman, supposedly pro-life (or rather, anti choice under any circumstances), supposedly fundamental Christian, pro-gun (for the NRA Republicans), etc. to get the Hillary votes, to rile up and win over the pro-lifers, the 2nd Amendment righters, etc. See how well that worked for them?

    • 58 Linda
      April 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      I read elsewhere he is going to do a radio show now….I can just imagine what this teapartier will have as the format.

      • 59 theo67
        April 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm

        Kind of makes you wonder why he bothered to defend his country, if he felt it was then ok to disrespect its President.

    • 60 anniebella
      April 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      I don’t feel sorry for the ex-Marine. He knew what he was doing.

  16. 61 Tally
    April 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm

  17. 63 Vicki
    April 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    The genius and wonder of our President is his willingness, no eagerness to enter into our world. All of our world. He doesn’t demand that we enter his reality. He joins us in ours. In our languages. Attempting to look through our eyes and walk in our shoes.
    This can’t be taught or faked. This is why the GOP is in despair.

  18. April 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Mr. Dotster is a CPA and I happened to mention that Romney gave his sons $100 million and paid no gift tax, a story that floated around recently and then faded away. He was real interested in the mechanics of that deal, and so I found a Reuters article written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston which explains the legal ——a tax loophole—-that allows this transaction. I’m out of my element here, but this is the rich getting richer with the help of top tax lawyers—–legal but immoral. Everything about Romney seems geared toward personal enrichment—-solely. And there are many interesting comments——a suggestion that the writer nudge 60 Minutes on this story—–and someone else had all the details of the shenanigans played by Romney in his multi million dollar gifts to the LDS church—-that this needs to be investigated, and asked if Bain was in part a front for laundering money for the Mormon Church. I happened to remember that there were complaints recently that former Bain employees said they were fired for not being Mormon. There is so much that needs to be investigated with Willard and his money. And as someone said, “Democracies can’t survive full-blown aristocrats with the ability to fund endless generations.”

    • 69 anniebella
      April 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Romney has a reason for not releasing his tax returns. He is hiding something.

      • 70 miss pat
        April 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

        It will come out. What happens in the dark will come out in the light. I was in the Cayman Islands last year. I wondered why the people on the ship were walking into the bank then I realized they were visitiing their money. Either depositing or withdrawing. Maybe just enough to live off until the next cruise or depositing money they want to hide..

  19. April 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    President Obama and the first lady will greet soldiers in Hinesville, Ga., Friday at a time when his reelection campaign is focused more intently than ever on a novel and potentially fruitful voter set: military families.

    On Thursday, Vice President Biden delivered a speech in which he made clear that the president’s record winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — contrasted with Republican Mitt Romney’s position of wanting to stay longer in both countries — would be a central argument of the reelection campaign.

    The message from both Obama and Biden is clear: They will campaign on the president’s foreign policy record and actions to bolster services for veterans while aggressively criticizing Romney on the same subjects — and issuing pointed examples of the Republican’s lack of proposals to assist returning veterans and their families.


    • 72 Desraye
      April 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Yes ! My brother-n-law will be attending this event. He is very excited.

    • 74 theo67
      April 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      While the media & the GOP have decided to frame everything as a political move, I choose to believe – based on past behavior – that the President and First Lady are greeting the troops because it’s the right and honourable thing to do. The President has said on many occasions that “the right policy is the right politics”. He’s not doing this for a political stunt. He believes the troops deserve respect and gratitude.

      The cynicism of the media and the GOP to paint every gesture as a political ploy reflects their own shortcomings. I refuse to join them in that game. I’ll simply appreciate the hearts of these two good people. Period.

      • 75 Dudette
        April 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm

        Exactly. Some folks can’t get over the fact that he’s doing the stuff President’s do — talking to troops, explaining his policies to the American people, asking for their support, and yes, representing us overseas. Perhaps they

        He’s doing what he was hired to do… he’s doing HIS JOB!!

      • 77 0388jojothecat
        April 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        I hope that President and Mrs Obama has set the standard on how a president and a greatful nation treats the military and their familys.

  20. April 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    A secure communications channel set up to prevent misunderstandings that might lead to nuclear war is likely to expand to handling new kinds of conflict — in cyberspace.

    The Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, established in 1988 under President Ronald Reagan so that Washington and Moscow could alert each other to missile tests and space launches that could be mistaken as acts of aggression, would take a central role in an agreement nearing completion between U.S. and Russian negotiators.

    Most key elements of the deal, which could be final in several weeks, are settled, said U.S. officials familiar with the talks.


  21. 80 Dudette
    April 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Hi Everyone! Wow! Chips, you just freaked me out!!

    We must be on some sort of psychic connection or something today. I just ran across Paul McCartney’s new video for his song “My Valentine”. It features Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp reciting the song’s lyrics in sign language and it made me think of PBO’s exchange a few weeks back with that young man. I thought ” This is so lovely and soothing. I should go share this with my TOD family.”

    Well, lo and behold! I come over to TOD and you’ve got that video of the President signing on the front page. My mouth just dropped to the floor! You are just AWESOME!!! God, I love this blog!!

    Anyway, here’s the video. Some of the YouTube commenters say there are some mistakes in the signing, but who cares? I think it’s beautiful!
    [I sure hope this embed works. My apologies in advance if I muck it up.]

    • April 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      I saw that last week and was really impressed by the emotional power of it. The song and the gorgeous movement are so lyrical and beautiful, mesmerizing.

      • April 26, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        The one I saw was just a little bit different:

        • 83 Dudette
          April 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm

          Oh I see. Neat! So different versions were shot with each artist separately, then someone put them together. I just watched all 3. I just can’t pick one that I like better, so I won’t even try. They all speak to me in different ways. A lovely “three-fer”. Thanks meta! 🙂

  22. 84 Obama Grandmama
    April 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I’m still not back to reading the blog as closely as before my surgery. I have been mostly reading the headlines only not the blog conversations. I got a mailer today from Romney asking for a donation. Did you guys get one too? Wondered if he got ahold of the Obama list or is just sending it to everyone?

    • 85 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Got one yesterday. Funny, when I belonged to the Repub party — never got any mail from them; now I get stuff weekly. Take pleasure stuffing the envelopes with junk mail and returning it.

      • 86 Pamela
        April 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

        That’s my girl, Alycee! I have noticed this year a lot of the buggers don’t pay for the return postage, so who would bother to waste a stamp?

  23. April 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    * Karl Rove is out with his first analysis of the 2012 electoral map. He’s pretty optimistic about President Obama’s chances, giving the incumbent a solid lead in 18 states and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney a solid lead in only 15. Interestingly, he has South Carolina, a state Obama lost by nine points in 2008, listed as a “toss-up.” Lest you think he’s just revving up Republicans, Rove was pretty accurate in 2008. But he’s also going to update his map as we get closer to the actual election.

    • 88 Mel
      April 26, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      To Fucking Karl Rove Mitt Rambo Ramny will NOT win The Election without THe Hispanic
      COMUNITY just ask My Lovelly Sister Eva Langoria Thsi is Eva VS Marco Rubio.
      We hispanics see marco Rubio as the ENEMY of the Hispanic community is pure ans simple, so
      it was an excellent move for PBO to ask Eva to concentrate on the Latino VOTE a very smart move
      Eva is extremely popular all over Latin America and here in The USA.

  24. 89 collegekay
    April 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Who started the say something nice about obama trend? lol

    • 90 hopefruit2
      April 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      I have not a clue! But many folks are joining in – including some bitter Repubs of course. At any given time folks are thinking about President Obama. He’s always on someone’s mind. No matter who, no matter what.

      • 91 EDP4BHO
        April 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm

        You just gave a mouthful of truth, hopefruit. Go to any You Tube video of PBO, and the dislikes are tremendous, which proves, even when you hate him, you can’t take your eyes off of him. Of course, the likes are more tremendous. So, yeah, he commands a great deal of attention. Those who spend time upsetting themselves are pretty useless in a progressive society. Flick ’em.

    • 92 AnitaW
      April 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      I don’t know, but I just added something.

  25. 93 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Vivian C., 85 years old, from Gary IN introduced FLOTUS on tonight’s NTL conference call. Could you guys retweet to show Vivian some love

  26. April 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    • 95 jackiegrumbacher
      April 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Oh, dotster, I hope this becomes a big deal. Few things would make be happier than for these guys to have to spend billions getting themselves out of trouble.

  27. April 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

  28. 98 LOL
    April 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    So….on the topic of that Karl Rove “Celebrity ad” which tries to disqualify the President, someone over at TPM posted this

    Name: Barack Obama
    Last Position: President of the United States
    Qualifications: Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive

    Any Questions?

  29. April 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm
  30. April 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    The head of the largest federal employees union sent a scathing letter to Mitt Romney after the Republican presidential candidate made disparaging remarks about federal pay.

    After essentially clinching the Republican nomination on Tuesday, Romney said “We will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve.”

    That comment roiled the American Federation of Government Employees.

    “You know what’s really unfair?” AFGE President John Gage wrote to Romney. “The specter of having a new boss who thinks so little about the work that you do that he can’t bother getting his facts straight before making the ridiculous and patently false claim.”


  31. 118 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm

  32. 124 auni
    April 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    What a precious little baby–not very old. Look at the tenderness with which he cuddles her. You can’t learn that–it comes from the heart.

    • 125 Dudette
      April 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Hey auni! I think you and Vicki have hit on a new theme for OFA (or maybe one of the superPACs): “You can’t learn that – it comes from the heart.”

      Character is what counts. Politicians like Romney say whatever they think will soothe the audience in front of them today and the complete opposite to the next one tomorrow. You can never really know what’s in a person’s heart by what they say. It’s their actions — how they speak to be people, how they treat people, how they work with people — that allow you a glimpse into someone’s soul.

      You spend time with a person, you watch them, you listen to them — that’s how you get to know them. I think it’s how we should pick our mates, it’s our we should pick our leaders. This is why I’m not bothered at all by the lengthy campaign season. It gave America the chance (the time) to see who he really is in 2008 and this time around it gives those who need it, the time to make thoughtful comparison between the President and his opponent.

      There are tons of examples — photo and video over the years — that tell you so much about the kind of person our President is. The way he holds babies, the way he looks people in the eye when he’s speaks to them and when they speak to him, the tenderness and compassion he shows people who are in pain, fist bumping the cleaning crew, stopping to appreciate the beauty of the earth and the heavens, his ability to bring humor and grace where others couldn’t, championing the arts and praising artists, the way he closed his eyes to let Yo Yo Ma’s genius wash over him during the Inauguration, the way he reacted to all the love the entire country of Ireland heaped on him and Mrs. O (when he practically rubbed her arm raw), the way he conducts himself as Commander In Chief and the way he demonstrates in word and deed his deep abiding love for his family and this country.

      Put them together in a gallery, a slideshow, an ad … something, so some of the less observant can REALLY see.
      Somebody, please. Go forth, run with it… WE NEED TO SHOW THE WORLD WHY WE LOVE THIS MAN SO MUCH!

  33. April 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    • 127 isonprize
      April 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      I am super embarrassed that my senator, Pat Toomey (R-PA), is one of the senators who voted NO on Violence Against Women Act.

      Wow, just wow! ALL Republican White Men.

      The following are in the army of the WAR AGAINST WOMEN

      Barrasso (R-WY)
      Blunt (R-MO)
      Boozman (R-AR)
      Burr (R-NC)
      Chambliss (R-GA)
      Coburn (R-OK)
      Cochran (R-MS)
      Cornryn (R-TX)
      DeMint (R-SC)
      Enzi (R-WY)
      Graham (R-SC)
      Grassley (R-IA)
      Hatch (R-UT)
      Inhofe (R-OK)
      Isakson (R-GA)
      Johanns (R-NE)
      Johnson (R-WI)
      Kyl (R-AZ)
      Lee (R-UT)
      Lugar (R-IN)
      McConnell (R-KY)
      Moran (R-KS)
      Paul (R-KY)
      Risch (R-ID)
      Roberts (R-KS)
      Rubio (R-FL)
      Sessions (R-AL)
      Shelby (R-AL)
      Thune (R-SD)
      Toomey (R-PA)
      Wicker (R-MS)

      • 128 jackiegrumbacher
        April 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        Pat Toomey is a stain on the state, isonprize. And he had to freaking nerve to claim that Joe Sestak was too radical for PA. It angers me that we have to endure four more years of his foulness. And we darned well better have a strong Dem candidate ready to take him on and win in 2016.

  34. 129 LOL
    April 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Yes!!!! Gibbs is going to be on Meet The Press this Sunday.

    I loathe to post anything Sean Hannity…but if you have never seen it, here is GIbbs epic takedown of the manatee

    • 130 hopefruit2
      April 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Sean Hannity is a bully! Has a bad temper and a clear anger issue. I pity whoever lives with him. That person, or those persons, must be walking on eggshells daily!

      • 131 0388jojothecat
        April 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        I wish someone would ask Shame Hannity if he plans to get out of the catholic church for the priest who raped children? He wants to condemn PBO for staying at a church because of what his paster said, what about what those priest did to children. At least Rev Wrights words did not harm anyone but Rev Wright.

    • 132 Ladyhawke
      April 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks for giving me a reason to post this …….

      Ode to Sean Hannity
      by John Cleese

      Aping urbanity
      Oozing with vanity
      Plump as a manatee
      Faking humanity
      Journalistic calamity
      Intellectual inanity
      Fox Noise insanity
      You’re a profanity

  35. 133 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Just a gentle reminder. The WHCD featuring our magnanimous President and guest comedian Jimmy Kimmel will be held this Saturday April 28th at 9PM. So far, there will be coverage on at least two stations, CSPAN and MSNBC and probably more 🙂 Please tune in or get set your DVR’s!

  36. 135 carolyn
    April 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    So I’m not the only one who received the Romney email. I wrote back via the contact page and told them to remove me from the email list. I also told them I was not a Republican, I would NOT vote for Romney and did not want to “grab a bite” with Ann. Then, I told them he is the worst candidate I’ve ever seen, and I’m 72 years old. About a half hour later I received a reply telling me they were sorry and would remove me from the list. They also said it might take a while to complete the digital work…..????? My son would do it with one click! How far backward are they? If they send me another one I will write again. It was fun.

    I’m one of the women of a certain age who remembers the basement abortion clinics and the totally wrecked lives and deaths. Any woman old enough to remember that and be honest will be against the Republicans. When I tell my college girls that this used to be the case, they are horrified. They need to know so we don’t go back to that!!!

    • 136 desertflower
      April 26, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Lots of dead or mangled women. I remember. Desperate women do desperate things. Bleach. Coat hangers. They think if they outlaw this it will never happen. They care NOTHING for human life. They have totally PISSED THIS WOMAN OFF!

      • 137 EDP4BHO
        April 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm

        I lost a good friend to such a procedure, way before Roe v. Wade. 19 years old. Damn !

        • 138 isonprize
          April 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm

          My sweet mother had a college girlfriend in Alabama who died from ‘back alley abortion’ That’s what my mother called it.

      • 139 taiping1
        April 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm

        I was speaking with an RN yesterday who is fired up due to GOP war on women. When she first started working years ago she took care of a horribly deformed child, severely mentally and physically disabled, in long-term care due to an unsuccessful coat hanger abortion. Making it illegal just pushes it underground. Women will die.

      • 140 jackiegrumbacher
        April 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm

        They don’t care what happens to women, DF. They just want to exercise their power. Put the women in their place.

    • 141 jackiegrumbacher
      April 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Carolyn, I remember it and it horrifies me that anyone would cavalierly return to those days of terror. If I think about the GOP and their utter cruelty toward women, I really start to feel as if I could be a violent person.

  37. April 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm

  38. 147 magapie
    April 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Cool! Speaking of cool….he segues to his own crass self-interest….. One of you wonderful TOD-ers posted a list of recommended Black Keys songs. I meant to save the titles and ……. would you mind…..?

    • 148 Liberal Librarian
      April 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      Um, everything? Black Keys is just one of those bands that you can’t go wrong with any of their songs. Then again, I’m an old-fashioned album listener.

      • 149 magapie
        April 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

        Yeah, me too. Oodles of CDs all around and a bottom cabiner of VERY USED vinyl from the ’60s, 70s and 80s. I just thought I’d try something DIFFERENT since my wife got me a nano thing. I’ll probably buy a CD and rip it, but……………was just an idea I had!

        • 150 utaustinliberal
          April 27, 2012 at 11:41 am

          Hey Magapie. It was me who posted a recommendation of The Black Keys songs. I believe you should start with these and then check out all of their songs. They’re amazing.

          Gold On The Ceiling, Howlin For You, Lonely Boy, Tighten Up, Lies, Sinister Kid, Next Girl, Too Afraid To Love You, Psychotic Girl, All You Ever Wanted.

          Enjoy! 🙂

  39. 151 carolyn
    April 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Both my senators voted no too, so I’m going to do what Linda is…tell them I’m donating to President Obama’s campaign on their behalf, and also I’m going to choose two women senate candidates to donate to in their names. We need DEMOCRATIC women in the Senate!

    • 152 joanshaw
      April 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion, carolyn, because both of “my” senators in this Godforsaken state of Utah voted against it too. I hope the donations give them both “severe” indigestion.

  40. April 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Obama’s 11 Most Badass Moments (Videos)
    President Obama slow jamming the news, and more of his most badass moments.


    • 155 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Yeah, the got most of the “crowd pleasers;” however, I’d have preferred to see the “real” kickass moves listed — i.e., taking down the whole repub caucus at their retreat; taking down Ryan and his budget at GWU; boxing in Boner and McTurtle on the debt ceiling; etc.

  41. 156 lamh35
    April 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Alright guys, I asked in the other thread, but I’m ask in this one cause I really need the advice.

    So it looks like I’m going to be off all next week. I’m seriously thinking about driving home to NOLA. I’m feenin’ for a visit.

    So my friend was telling me that I should call the place where I applied for a job and see if I could possibly set up an in person interview since I will be in town. She said it will show them that I am serious about he job, plus they could either say yes and then I’d wow ’em in person (I’m even better in person and one on one than I am online, trust me) or they could say no/tell me that the postion has been filled.

    Initially, I was asking when is a good lenght of time to call about a position after the interview, but now since I might be in town, I think I should go ahead and call.

    What do ya’ll think? Should I just wait until they call? The phone interview happened on April 11th. What do ya’ll think?

    • 157 Liberal Librarian
      April 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Oh, definitely go ahead and call. It’s the 26th. That’s more than enough time.

    • 158 desertflower
      April 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      I say call. Tell them that you have occasion to be in town and would love the opportunity to speak to them in person for an interview 🙂 Just my 2 cents!

    • April 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      My daughter had a telephone and personal interview and it’s been about a week. She asked me the same thing, if she should call. I told her to wait one more week, then either call and thank them for taking the time to interview her and to let them know she appreciated the opportunity to get to know more about their company. I suggested she figure out a way to let them know her eagerness to become a productive member of their team and that she is available and look forward to embarking on a new mutually beneficial venture with them. Can’t hurt as long as it’s about the thank you.

    • 160 nospin
      April 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      call. it doesn’t hurt especially given the circumstances (you will be in town).

    • April 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Did you ask them what their decision timeframe was?

      • 162 lamh35
        April 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm

        I talked to the recruiter during a phone interview. She asked basic questions about why I wanted the job, my experiences working, scenarios about what I would do it…stuf like that. I asked her what comes next and she said she forwards my answers in the phone interview to the Lab Management and from there they will decide if they would take my submission any further. The job posting is no longer on the website, and they stopped taking submissions for the position on April 16th I think.

        The recruiter did NOT say that they would notify me if I am no longer being considered. They only other notification would come if the Lab management wanted to take it further.

        • April 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

          That’s a tough spot to be in, waiting and waiting and not being sure about the outcome. Sometimes things get bogged down when hirings are done by committee. Paperwork gets passed around and meetings have to get scheduled based on availability. Sometimes people are out of town. That’s why I always ask about when they expect a decision because it can drive you crazy waiting for the phone to ring. I’m sorry you are going through this! But if you want to cut to the chase, give them a call and just say you will be in town and would love to meet the group at their convenience. Good luck!

    • 164 yardarm756
      April 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Go for it! The only time waiting is good is if you’re the second mouse to get to the trap.

  42. 167 EDP4BHO
    April 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Bashir on Ed show……”Rambo Romney”….LOL !!

    • 168 Liberal Librarian
      April 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Martin’s on Ed? Hmmmm…. interesting. The PTB might be trying him out in prime-time.

      • 169 EDP4BHO
        April 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm

        Surely hope so, because I’m not home when he’s on. You guys keep me informed about Martin. I barely see Rev Al. Yeah, Tweety needs to move his krass ass over.

        • 170 Liberal Librarian
          April 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

          It would be a pleasant surprise if the honchos want to beef up the pro-Obama hosts on prime-time. And really, why is Tweety on twice? He’s barely bearable once.

    • 171 nospin
      April 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Ed also said that due to “technical difficulties” Cornell West and Crabis Smiley was unable to join the show as advertised.


  43. 175 EDP4BHO
    April 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    “Can you imagine him going to a G8 Summit and holding any position of foreign policy?” LOL !!

  44. April 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Martin Bashir on Ed Show: Here is where Rambo Romney becomes Romney the Rabbit!
    😀 😀 😀

  45. April 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    • 178 EDP4BHO
      April 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Chips. You know, looking at that pic, you can tell PBO kind of likes the actual sport of politicking. I’ve often wondered how a man like him could spend his time in a career I detest, but I now see he actually likes it. Go figure.

  46. April 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Did I hear Bashir say Romney has more positions than an actor at a porn convention? Lol!

  47. 182 lisalovesobama
    April 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Martin says that WIllard has more positions than there are a the national porn convention. hahahhahahhahhahahah!!!!!

    • 183 Cheryllou
      April 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      When Martin made that comment I had just taken a sip of tea, so you know where it went, all over the keyboard. Lol

  48. 184 lisalovesobama
    April 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    The Romney Doctrine: “Duck and Run for Cover” as per David Corn and Martin 4/25/12

  49. April 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Oh I missed so much today. Busy day at work so I wasn’t able to check in on ANY of my blogs. sigh.

  50. April 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    This is so heart wrenching what is happening in Michigan and the emergency managers.

    • April 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      I believe the folks in Michigan are gathering signatures to get overturning this act on the ballot. It’s why they didn’t want for the Detroit leaders to vote for some ruling that would have interfered with the overturn movement. I’m not sure, I heard it on the radio as I was driving and I missed the background about what they were doing to overturn this emergency manager provision for the entire state. It is crazy though, that this would have been put in place to begin with. Many times folks don’t realize what getting out and voting means, until it’s too late. Down ticket voting is just as important as the big presidential elections. Hopefully, what’s happening in Mich. since 2010 will get folks to the polls in 2012.

  51. 188 EDP4BHO
    April 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I broke my rule, TOD. I am actually starting to tune into these cable shows again. Oh my, I feel dirty. 😀 Actually, it’s time for us to come from under cover, be brave and face the wall of shyte coming at our choice for President and congress, and fight. Now, I won’t make it a habit but I do feel a bit left out when I come here, not having first hand knowledge. I can sling with the rest of you on these miscreants. Just don’t like to be off my serene center. Love my PBO, hate his profession. Oh Lord, get me through this year !!

  52. 191 hopefruit2
    April 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Here’s some nice video footage of PBO & family visiting Yellowstone in 2009 (also includes some old photos of PBO as a boy with his mom and lil’ sis Maya at Yellowstone).

  53. April 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Michelle a Cubs fan (so is my little 2 yr. old grandson who loves to say “Cubs Won!” —–but then he says “Cubs Two” and then “Cubs three” 🙂


  54. 193 EDP4BHO
    April 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    “Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining the Obama failed foreign policy conference call”, per Rachel’s show, playing Bozo’s campaign phone messaging. This following VP Biden’s speech. That stank bastard has no policy so he does nothing but attack PBO. I cannot WAIT to kick his ass. Okay, going to do my dishes.

    • April 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Honestly, I can’t stop laughing since I heard that recording: Candle in the wind and “thank you for joining the Obama failed foreign policy conference call”. They are such a joke.

  55. April 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

  56. April 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I still can’t understand why the wingnuts went so crazy over PBO on Fallon, much more than after his previous times on Leno and Letterman. They really lost it over this, it was hilarious.

    • April 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      They can’t fathom his charm or his swagger. They can’t do anything that even comes close to his red-hot coolness factor. He is beyond their reality spectrum of approachability and they are writhing in unrelenting pain and anguish. He is the Preezy of the United Steezy.

    • 201 LOL
      April 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      It’s pure BS. The “problem” with this particular Democrat, is that he doesn’t play by their rules. The tried that shit with Gore and it worked, by making him out to be some awkward know it all- so Gore tried to play down his intelligence. They tried that shit with Kerry and his military service, so Kerry tried to play it down. While Shrub was in Alabama, Kerry was actually fighting for his country.

      But that is what Rove does, tries to use your strength against you. And the GOP knows that PBO is likeable, and if you are likeable, you can persuade people to vote for you. So they trot out the celebrity BS and the taxpayer campaign trip BS to get the President to retrieve and stop talking to the American people without the MSM filter.

    • April 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      They hate because they know this truth: The more people see of Pres.Obama the more they like him.

      And if the people like him the harder it is to smear him with their lies. The same does not hold for their ilk and their candidate Mitt Romney.

  57. April 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm


    The Time article and cover of last days of Osama bin Laden! Well written…

  58. 205 lamh35
    April 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    thanks for advice guys.

    I think I’m going to go ahead and call tomorrow. I’m gonna call the recruiter and just tell her “HI,…I’m lamh35, I interviewed for the …position in Micro.. I was just calling to find out if I am still being considered for the postion, or if the position has already been filled. If I am still being considered, I just wanted to let you know that I will be in the city the middle of next week to visit family and I am available for an in-person interview if they would like to schedule one.”

    Tweak that anyway ya’ll like, I’m taking suggestions for better phrasing…

    Background dates: Phone Interview was April 11th. The application submission end date was April 16th (that’s when the position was no longer being listed as an open position).

  59. 206 carolyn
    April 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Notice all the people complaining are melanin deprived people of a certain age. They do NOT understand young people. This visit with Jimmy Fallon will do more to stimulate the 18-29 vote than anything else. That youtube clip has had, how many hits? It will have more. They are mad, because there is NOONE on their side who can relate to young people. I am not hip, nor am I cool, but I love my college freshmen and they keep me aware and don’t allow me to atrophy. I am their grandomothers’ age, and all kids love their grandmas, so we have a great time, and I listen and learn a lot. Our President “gets” them, and they “get him. That is why the right is so angry!

  60. April 26, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Hello TOD family. I have been lurking, scanning, scrolling for days……just no time to comment. I just had to say hello and also comment about the vote regarding the DAWA. I am glad I was sitting down when I saw that my two TN senators names was not on the list of “no” votes. Guess I’ll have to call and give kudos where/when due. Lord willing, I will be back home next week with more time to be a part of the family again. 🙂 🙂

    P.S. Watching Scandal with my daughter.

    • 209 Dudette
      April 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      I LURV that show!! Decided to watch it instead of LOD. Will have to catch video clips of him later. 🙂

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