Chat away

Hi everyone, sorry I haven’t been able to be around today, it has absolutely nothing to do with earlier ‘disagreements’ (as some of you asked me in emails) – it would take a lot more than that to bring the blog to a halt ;-). I’ve just been tied up with work the last few days and haven’t had the time to update. Hoping to find more time in the next few days. Talk soon. Forward!

308 Responses to “Chat away”

  1. 1 relellit
    June 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Good evening

    • 4 Pamela
      June 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Yay. Relellit! Not sure what bi means tho!

      • 6 hopefruit2
        June 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm

        Well it works out because bi means two, and you were in fact #2! So congratulations 🙂

        • 7 Pamela
          June 10, 2012 at 6:28 pm

          Well, that seems true, HF, thank you for taking it to that level for me! Was just sneaking a peek, though for a nano I might have been first, but am more than happy with tied first, and a solid second, bi or no bi! 😆 My lady is not doing very well the past few days, lots of pain, little relief, some trouble with expressing herself… Sometimes this is tough work! But still, I count my blessings, and help where I can!

          • 8 hopefruit2
            June 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm

            Ooops – didn’t realize you were really tied for first place! My bad.

            Okay then, so bi probably means BYE and good riddance Dylan Ratigan.

            • 9 Pamela
              June 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm

              Well why not! No one here ever had much to compliment him on! Wonder if they will count him among the numbers of unemployed for the month! Ass.

    • 10 relellit
      June 10, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      I wanted to say bye though

      Bi seemed so ironic to me because I’m on my way to celebrate my only living maternal aunt’s 90 surprise Birthday party. It starts at 6PM. She has always been a party animal. I was going to check back later to give everyone in the family a rundown on my absence. I am recovering from by 80 year old aunt on my 92 yr old father’s side funeral we had Friday. Isn’t that something? As crazy as I may sound we said good bye to one and welcome celebrating the longevity of another. I haven’t had time to read all the threads but did bookmark the fundraiser page. I will give ;don’t have much but I am committed to give what I can we I get back either tonite or tommorow.

      I was very pleased the family members on both sides of the family, young and old, realizes we have to re-elect President Obama. Believe me; it was a whole lot of them. Some I just met. It was a joy in a time of coming together to mourn to hear how well they are aware of President Obama’s accomplishmenets as I evoked his name. Of course, the old timers backed up every reason we need our President.

      Everyone have a nice evening 🙂

      Stay strong ; don’t let the demons distract us. Remember, we have each other as I read in one of the threads.
      Bye for now!

  2. 11 utaustinliberal
    June 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Not only does Lis Smith of Obama2012 follow me but now Patrick Gaspard from the DNC and Obama2012 is following me? AGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Freaking awesome! 😀 😀 😀 😀

    • 12 hopefruit2
      June 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      WOW…Soon the man himself will be following you….just a matter of time. Congratulations!!! 🙂 🙂

    • 13 theo67
      June 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Brilliant! 🙂

    • 14 Chi
      June 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      You are so deserving UT…

      You help amplify the positive messages and accomplishments of our magnificent President that have been mostly drowned out by those who obstruct him and those who unwittingly aid and abet them by fretting…

      We must stay focused on pushing the President’s accomplishments in spite of the obstacles thrown our way and stop the disrespectful armchair quarterbacking that only accentuates and validates the unflattering and bogus arguments offered by his multi-faceted opposition…

    • 15 Cha
      June 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      They’re smart people, UT..i’m not surprised. Glad they found you!

    • 16 nathkatun7
      June 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      Congratulations! In my book you are pretty awesome, UT.

  3. 17 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    The ‘Zelig Candidate’ ….


  4. 20 utaustinliberal
    June 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    • 21 Me4obama
      June 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Thank God. I didn’t like the way he talked to Martin Bashir.

      • June 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm

        Me either. There was never a time that I saw when Ratigan wasn’t a first class jerk at the toss off, or whatever you call their little chit chat between shows. Bashir would try to joke around with him and Ratigan always responded in a hateful, cynical manner. He was just detestable. I kept wondering, ‘who in the world is watching his show?’ Apparently, no one.
        I still want Bashir on in prime time, not just moving from 3 to 4. Best host and best produced program on msnbc.

    • 23 Dudette
      June 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Really?!! Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you for that lovely Sunday evening present! 🙂

    • 24 Roberta in MN
      June 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      No loss there.

    • 25 anniebella
      June 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Dlyan leaving,say it is so. Sure won’t miss him one bit.

  5. 26 Pamela
    June 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    {{{{{{{{{{Chips}}}}}}}}}} you take care, y’hear?

  6. 27 Liberal Librarian
    June 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm

  7. 28 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Do hope all of you have viewed the videos in these tweets ….


  8. 32 Dudette
    June 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Good Evening Family!

    Congrats relellit!

  9. 33 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    It’s ON!!!

    • 35 vcprezofan2
      June 10, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      This is definitely good news to return to! Go Bashir! Thanks for sharing Hf, & hell-ooo Dudette.

      • 36 Dudette
        June 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

        ‘ssup VC! 🙂

        • 37 vcprezofan2
          June 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm

          Nothing much, D. Sitting here calmly, keeping one eye on the world as it passes by. 😉

          • 38 Dudette
            June 10, 2012 at 7:08 pm

            Same as me. I have one eye on Finding Our Roots episode with Cory Booker and Congressman John Lewis though. 🙂

            • 39 vcprezofan2
              June 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm


              You better believe you are special, Dudette! This is my 4th attempt to answer you and every time I get kicked out just before hitting the ‘post comment’ button, but for you I persevered. 😀

              • 40 Dudette
                June 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm

                Wow, you must’ve done something to anger the interwebs Gods, vc! I hope you get back in their good graces soon.

                • 41 vcprezofan2
                  June 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm

                  No, I’ve been good. Interweb Gods just decided to refine my character further and prepare me for greater wealth, as per the biblical Job. Was the episode interesting/thought provoking, or what?

                  • 42 Dudette
                    June 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm

                    Character-building — got it! 🙂

                    Yes, this episode is quite interesting. I’m always fascinated by these stories. One aspect of John Lewis’ story blew me away in particular. His great-great-grandfather registered to vote at a citizen in 1867, 2 yrs after he was freed from slavery. Then nearly 100 hundred years later is descendant John becomes one of the leaders in the movement to return the right to vote for African Americans as equal citizens after it was taken away in the late 1880s-90s. Incredible.

                    • 43 vcprezofan2
                      June 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm

                      Sounds interesting. If it is a TV series please share the name, time , and channel, and let me figure out if it’s available here.

                    • 44 Dudette
                      June 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm

                      I sometimes forget I’m not always the only person who’s missed something.

                      It’s a PBS genealoggy series Finding Your Roots, hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates.

                      I just caugh this particular episode while flipping channels this evening, but clips and full video of the episodes that have shown thus far are available here: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/finding-your-roots/video/

                      So far I’ve seen the eps that profiled Corey Booker and John Lewis, John Legend and Wandy Sykes (really good one), Kyra Sedgewick and Kevin Bacon (omg, what a surprise they got), Barbara Walters and Geofrey Canada. I’m looking forward to checking out the others (Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr, Robert Downey Jr, and Maggie Gyllenhall, Samual L. Jackson, Condolezza Rice and Ruth Simmons, Martha Stewart, Margaret Cho and Sanjay Gupta to name a few). Good stuff!

    • June 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Won’t take much to take Wolf down since he’s tanking already, along with the entire network. Love Bashir’s passion and won’t take bull from any guest or fellow comrade. I will definitely tune in to see him take them all down.

      • 46 Liberal Librarian
        June 10, 2012 at 8:19 pm

        Honestly, if CNN positioned itself as the US version of the BBC, it would reap huge rewards. That it keeps flailing about is sad for a once-great network.

    • 47 Linda
      June 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      I never thought of that….

      I truly hope it happens to Wolf…….and his ” Happening Now ” show. A couple years ago I watched him just to count how many times he said it. It was 32 times

      • 48 Liberal Librarian
        June 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

        I remember Wolf being a halfway decent journalist. When he became a host he tanked.

  10. 49 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I thought this picture looked very familiar. This is aamom’s picture!

    • June 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      HEY EVENING EVERYONE but it’s not “my” picture I think I really borrowed it from Chips LOL

      • 51 hopefruit2
        June 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm

        🙂 I’ve come to associate that pic with you now for some reason. LOL!

        I know Chips is queen when it comes to pics of PBO. She must have a studio filled with PBO art & images!

  11. 52 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I take it that Snark Knoller is away with family for the weekend, out volunteering for his homeboy Willard, or probably busy or napping all day?

  12. 54 vcprezofan2
    June 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Sigh! Here we go again….and again. Words are not enough!


  13. 56 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Great photo ….


  14. 61 whatisworking
    June 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    A glimmer of hope in the housing market

    Booming short sales poised to overtake foreclosures


  15. June 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  16. June 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    We just got home from the Albuquerque OFA “Post Primary Celebration”. It ran from 2:00 to 5:00. We got there at 4:00 and it was still PACKED with folks and more showing up! All kinds of folks. Absolute diversity. We hadda park three blocks away. FIRED UP – – – READY TO GO!

  17. 78 Vicki
    June 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Martin Bashir moving to 4:00 and Dylan R gone. What excellent news! Next good news, I hope, is SCOTUS upholding the ACA.

  18. 82 whatisworking
    June 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    110 Success Stories for Endangered Species in 2012


  19. 84 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    President Francois Hollande’s Socialists and their allies lead after the first round of voting in France’s legislative elections, exit polls suggest.


    TNS Sofres, Ipsos and OpinonWay pollsters all agreed that the political left, including the Communist-backed Left Front, would win at least 289 seats in the 577-seat Assembly and possibly as many as 368 seats.


    The BBC’s Christian Fraser, in Paris, cautions that these are predictions rather than hard results and it is hard to predict accurately what the final tallies will be before next week’s decisive round of voting. In many constituencies there will be a three way run-off.

    But with the Senate already under the control of the Socialists, it appears that Mr Hollande will also have a majority in the lower house – even if only with the support of allies – which would give him unprecedented power to force through his reform programme.


  20. 89 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm

  21. 90 desertflower
    June 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    They sit on their hands and do nothing. No jobs, no infrastructure, no student loan interest rate fix, no money for states to help hire FF, police and teachers. They make $174,000/yr…plus benefits and perks…AND HEALTHCARE, most of them are millionaires….and they could CARE LESS ABOUT PEOPLE!! That’s a FACT!

    They had PLENTY of time to place blame (on anyone OTHER than them) tear apart women’s rights and choices, NOT pass JOBS BILL, Vote AGAINST VAWA, NOT help FF, Teachers, Police…and do nothing for crumbling roads and bridges.

    Oh, you know they only work about 2 weeks /month on average….nice gig, huh? That works out to $7250 A WEEK OF “WORK” ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    If that little factoid doesn’t get everyone in the streets, off their couches and LazyBoy recliners, I really question the thought processes of Americans.

  22. 102 carolyn
    June 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    As usual, late, but just wanted to comment on MK’s comment on the previous thread. That was total sanity. I know I have no idea the planning that goes into campaigns, and the LONG work that precedes anything we see. I totally believe that all letters and suggestions are taken seriously by the Obama headquarters. Jim Messina sent out an email soliciting suggestions…..Our President does listen to ALL sides. That is one thing that drives the right wing crazy!
    I do know that the Obama campaign will have a long term strategy filled by short term tactics, and that in November we will see how it all fit together. Obviously, Romney’s campaign is completely flying by the seat of their pants. They have no long term strategy, because their candidate has no coherent message, and they have to adjust daily to who he is that particular day.
    Thanks to all of you who have been registering voters, making phone calls, knocking on doors, filling data banks…….every single thing we do is important. Our President is a community organizer, it’s just that his community is now the entire country, and he knows the necessity and importance of each individual’s participation. What a difference between him and the other!
    Those of us who follow TOD, are concerned every day, but 98% of people aren’t. Here in OKC, the only thing people care about right now is the Thunder, our NBA team who will play Miami in the NBA finals starting this week. People from 2 to 92 are obsessed with them, and nothing else is getting through right now. THEN…..come the Olympics…….and we will hear the chant USA!USA!USA for two weeks in London.
    So………have a good evening everyone, and we ARE going to win.

  23. 103 Dudette
    June 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Off-topic: Tony Awards show is on CBS now. Opening with a musical number from the show “Book of Mormon”

    I’m watching to see how my fave artists from Porgy and Bess do.

  24. June 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    “He Made Me Sick!”

  25. 111 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm

  26. 114 Liberal Librarian
    June 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    A completely apolitical tweet:

    • 115 desertflower
      June 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Was that “Monday others” for amk?? 🙂 He’d love that…

    • 121 desertflower
      June 10, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks for the reminder…I think that gin/tonic will be calling my name after dinner…

      • 122 Liberal Librarian
        June 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm

        How do you keep the tonic fizzy for long periods? One reason I don’t have gin/tonics at home.

        • 123 forus50
          June 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

          Diet tonic is actually better tasting and I think it keeps the fizz longer. However drinking it fast seems to work too. 🙂

        • 125 desertflower
          June 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm

          You’re kidding right? Tonic never has a chance to stick around long enough to worry about that:) Screw the lid on really tightly…?

          • 126 desertflower
            June 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm

            Once upon a time, I used to see little short bottles of tonic…like those short cans of soda. That might be an option if you find those.

            • 127 forus50
              June 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm

              That’s exactly what I buy – those small glass bottles of diet tonic. Pour one of those over a shot or so of vodka on ice in a tall glass and squeeze some fresh lime from freshly cut lime wedges. The secret is the limes – one just doesn’t do it. Three lime wedges squeezed into the glass with one for decoration. Lovely!! 🙂

        • 130 amk for obama
          June 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm

          My ‘duct tape it’ alternative to tonic ? sprite.

  27. 132 desertflower
    June 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Linda (WiW) you may want to add this at your site. Tweeters, pass along please

    http://rockthevote.org/ Many good resources here, including:


    Electionland is the place where you can ask and answer questions on everything related to elections in your state.
    You can find out about the 2012 elections, register to vote, and learn more about the voting process. You get access to experts and election officials. In some states, you can even ask candidates questions directly.

    Electionland is non-partisan.

    If you’re a candidate or work for an organization that knows a thing or two about election-related stuff, you can be featured to answer questions.

    And this:


    All sorts of good things here:)

  28. 135 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Chris is going to miss his fellow Libertarian friend.

  29. 143 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm


  30. 145 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm
  31. June 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Hiya TODsters!!! Joining late on this great gettin up day Os!!! Chilling outside with the laptop, listening to some good tunes, and catching up on the old TOD threads. I missed all of the Sunday morning shows and preserved two extra brain cells. I agreed to phone bank at the local OFA office on Mondays and Wednesdays. I remember how shy I was in ’08 about calling complete strangers. It took some getting use to. If any lurkers out there are hesitant to jump in, just dive right in. It really does get easier.

    My political thought: The Repug governors who came into office in ’10 may be the best thing for PBO’s re-election campaign.

    • 152 donna dem 4 obama
      June 10, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      I was offline yesterday so I missed your Birthday.


    • 155 Pamela
      June 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      COOKEMOM! I am hearing that I missed YOUR BIRTHDAY, too! Happy Happy belated Birthday to you, hope it was a 2 day celebration!

    • 157 desertflower
      June 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      I missed it, too:( Happy, happy Birthday, cookemom! Sounds like you’re celebrating just the way you want to!

    • June 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      thankyouverymuuuuch (best Elvis sneer voice) for the birthday wishes one and all. This BD had me thinking like on of my favorites, Mae West. To paraphrase, ‘ when I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad….watch out y’all!

      • 159 amk for obama
        June 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm

        Best of West quotes – Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.

        Have a blast cm, the super fit super woman,

    • 160 jackiegrumbacher
      June 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Yes, cookemom, these governors are daily showing people what Republican governance is like–really, really ugly.

  32. 161 desertflower
    June 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Should be interesting. Mr Dimon goes to Washington on Wednesday to try and explain away the greed and recklessness.


  33. 162 utaustinliberal
    June 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    If it’s Sunday……It’s Venture Brothers on Adult Swim! Woohooooo!

  34. 164 donna dem 4 obama
    June 10, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    This is good news 😎

    • 165 desertflower
      June 10, 2012 at 9:26 pm


    • 166 hopefruit2
      June 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      But, but, but John McCain said that..

    • 170 jackiegrumbacher
      June 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Please, please, please let this be so.

      • 171 anniebella
        June 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

        I look at the picture of that 9/11 fire fighter and I wonder how in the world could Mitt Romney get away with saying something like we don’t need more teachers, policemen, and fire fighters. No Mitt Romney what this country don’t need is more rich arrogant white politicians who think the WH belongs to him.

        • 172 Cha
          June 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm

          Not only THAT…he further said ..”We need to help the American People”… Like our teachers, firemen, and Police aren’t Real Americans. F**lers in CorporateMEdiaWhoredom SHOULD BE ALL OVER THAT!


          • 173 anniebella
            June 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm

            Cha, Mitt said we need to help real Americans, what teachers, policemen, fire fighters aren’t real Americans.

        • 174 Cha
          June 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm

          So Tweeples Need to Take Over the Dinosaurs’ JOB.

      • 175 hopefruit2
        June 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm

        I’m sure the MSM will have deafening silence if the DEM wins – or they will try to spin it as “bad news for Obama.” WaPo already started with some crap that “there are limits to the sympathy votes” in this special election, as if to imply that Democrats were using Gabby’s tragedy just to get votes.

        Then earlier on, another MSM outlet had reported that the DEM candidate Barber refused to say whether or not he would support PBO in the fall. The DNC called me about 2 weeks later requesting donation – I gave them a piece of my mind about DEMS not supporting our President, and they apologized profusely and tried to reassure me that Barber would support the president. I haven’t donated yet but they’ve been giving me a daily call for donations. Perhaps I’ll donate tomorrow in their last push for funds.

        It’s ironic that the GOP opponent shares the same last name with Gabby’s husband!

    • June 10, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Lord I hope so. We dont need that tea party, gun toting Jesse Kelly to win.

  35. 177 forus50
    June 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm

  36. 178 proudofobama
    June 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Good evening, everyone. Just checking in to report we had an awesome day at the LGBT pride parade and festival here in Indianapolis yesterday. First, the crowd along the parade route loudly cheered the OFA team representing Pres Obama. It was soooooo great. Then our booth at the festival was swamped from open at 11:30am until we closed down at 7pm. We registered tons of voters and signed up a huge numbers of supporters for the president. One lady who said she had attended the pride festival in Indy for the last three years said she had never seen such an off-the-charts level of hope and enthusiasm as she did this year. She said it was all because of the President’s support.

    People literally rushed the booth to sign the “I’m In” cards for the President and praised him endlessly. It was just awesome.

    But the highlight of the day was — eeeeeek — we team leaders got to meet with Mitch Stewart, the Obama campaign national director for the battleground states! He was so tall and cute and just nice as pie. I won’t go into details of our discussion because of trolls that may be lurking, but let’s just say the campaign is well aware and working on many things.

    • 179 Liberal Librarian
      June 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      My wife’s from Noblesville! Good to see Indy peeps out for Obama and gay rights!

    • 181 hopefruit2
      June 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks proud – I enjoyed reading your tweets on this experience earlier this afternoon..it seems that volunteering and being around others who are fired up and enthusiastic is the perfect remedy for lifting one’s spirits about the campaign 🙂

      • 182 proudofobama
        June 10, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        Thanks, hopefruit2. It really does help you stay focused and above the ugly noise from the media and GOP. I remember what PBO said about the 2008 campaign. He said everybody was writing them off before the Iowa caucus, but what the media was saying was not what they were seeing on the ground with the people. So they stayed focused on what was happening on the ground. Look what happened. Yes, we must fight the media lies. But we absolutely must, fight on the ground. We have to register voters and get them out. We have to educate people about what PBO has done.

        I see PBO will be giving interviews to local stations tomorrow. Going around the bought and paid for beltway pundits. It’s so clear they don’t know what they’re talking about. When I hear Matthews yelling that President needs a jobs plan focused on rebuilding our roads and bridges, I scream. That’s exactly what the AJA is, but Tweety is either too lazy to be informed or just plain dishonest.

        So we have to educate our neighbors, friends, voters.

    • 183 Cha
      June 11, 2012 at 12:30 am

      That is so Very COOL to hear, proudofobama~ I remember reading Mitch Stewart’s name A LOT in the lead up to the 2008 Election.

  37. 184 proudofobama
    June 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Oh, and Happy Birthday, Cookemom. Sorry I missed it.

  38. 185 Liberal Librarian
    June 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

  39. 197 Dudette
    June 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Off-topic: Trailer for new film (musical) version of Les Miserables coming out around Christmas


    Looks REALLY good! Can’t wait!

    • 198 Pamela
      June 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      I know! I know! Have been following the filming via @russellcrowe…. This will be a.m.a.z.i.n.g!

      • 199 Dudette
        June 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm

        I was completely unaware that this was coming until the trailer showed during tonight’s broadcast of the Tony’s!
        My heart stopped! Yummy cast!

  40. 200 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 10:17 pm

  41. 201 Dudette
    June 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Nerd Bait: Cool video from NASA of the Transit of Venus that took place earlier this week.

    Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun. During its five-year mission, it will examine the sun’s atmosphere, magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth’s atmospheric chemistry and climate. SDO provides images with resolution 8 times better than high-definition television and returns more than a terabyte of data each day.

    On June 5 2012, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event–the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. This event happens in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.

    The videos and images displayed here are constructed from several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light and a portion of the visible spectrum. The red colored sun is the 304 angstrom ultraviolet, the golden colored sun is 171 angstrom, the magenta sun is 1700 angstrom, and the orange sun is filtered visible light. 304 and 171 show the atmosphere of the sun, which does not appear in the visible part of the spectrum

  42. June 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm

  43. 209 proudofobama
    June 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    May I just say I danced when I read that loud-mouth Dylan Rattigan will no longer be on my TV? His show was awful. All he did was bash the President. And he was very much aware of the whole Wall Street mess when he was at CNBC and then tried to act so above it all. Hypocrite. Good riddance.

    • 210 hopefruit2
      June 10, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Don’t be surprised if we see him right back on Wall Street. He claims he’s going into political activism. I wish him good luck. He thinks that is going to be easy?

  44. 214 Cheryllou
    June 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Tears for Obama

    • 215 hopefruit2
      June 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      This is a wonderful video. No eye will be dry after seeing it – not even if you’re a Repub. I was watching it on Youtube the other day and thinking of posting it here, and then got distracted for some reason. I’m glad you posted it – thanks Cheryllou and have a blessed evening.

    • 216 Dudette
      June 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      This is beautiful. Thanks Cherylou!

      • 217 Cheryllou
        June 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm

        Someone posted it on twitter and I thought it was a beautiful video and you guys might want to see it. Have a great night.

    • 220 Cha
      June 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

      That was Precious and how much of an art form are those tears for unbridled JOY!

      Thank you, Cherylou~

    • 221 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      June 11, 2012 at 12:37 am

      Beautiful. Thanks for posting it.

    • 222 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 11, 2012 at 2:31 am


      Thank you Cheryllou.


  45. June 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    This is strange- Robneys Economic adviser is in Europe giving advice to the Eurozone???

    Say it ain’t so?

  46. 228 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 10:59 pm

  47. 230 hopefruit2
    June 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Obama campaign to highlight effect of auto bailout in Michigan

    // President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign will launch a statewide effort this week to highlight communities and industries that have benefited from the rescue of the auto industry.

    Instead of just focusing on the turnaround of General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, which rebounded since the $85 billion federal auto bailout, the Obama campaign intends to shine a weeklong spotlight on other manufacturers, restaurants, tourist spots and firms that benefitted from the auto recovery, according to campaign. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, will kick off the Michigan Road to Recovery Tour on Monday with a press call. //

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120610/POLITICS01/206100349#ixzz1xRzAurM2

  48. 233 Dudette
    June 10, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Sasha’s 11th Birthday Celebration

    The youngest child to live in the White House since the Carter Administration, Sasha Obama celebrates her 11th birthday on Sunday, June 10. First Lady Michelle Obama treated her daughter to an early birthday party last week at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers in Dulles, Virginia. Sasha celebrated with sister Malia, 13, and a gang of ten friends. Busy on the campaign trail, papa President Obama was not part of the party.

    The Obama gals and their pals “dined on a variety of items, including chicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers with avocado and milkshakes,” reported Us magazine. Red Robin boasts “innovative and trendy new food items, and “out-of-this-world” beverages from an in-house “Mad Mixologist,” according to its website. The eatery is located about 30 miles from DC.

    “Before leaving the restaurant, the First Lady left a generous tip for the server and tapped management on the shoulder to let them know ‘everything was wonderful and the girls had a great time,'” a source at the party said.

  49. June 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    DOW futures up 131! Good Monday coming right up.

    • 238 hopefruit2
      June 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Because of the Spain loan?

      • June 11, 2012 at 12:01 am

        Correct. Some are desperately trying to pour cold water on it, but it is very important.

        • June 11, 2012 at 3:16 am

          The stock market > jobs numbers.

          Americans don’t pay attention to monthly jobs numbers. I bet if I went outside right now and asked 10 people on the street how many jobs we gained last month, they wouldn’t have a clue. But the stock market? They know about that. They know when it surges and when it falls. This is good news. Hope we continue to have a strong stock market from here until November!

  50. 241 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm

  51. 242 amk for obama
    June 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm

  52. 244 jeff
    June 11, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Rick Scott’s approval rating is the lowest its ever been after his voter purge incident. I’m suspecting that PBO is going to carry this state this year like he did last time.

  53. 246 Dudette
    June 11, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I’m sure I’m late to the party on this, since I’ve been offline for most of the last couple of weeks, but I just discovered it, so just consider it a reminder if it’s been done (and overdone) here on TOD… This made me smile!! Wow, someone’s pretty creative!

  54. 248 amk for obama
    June 11, 2012 at 12:41 am

  55. 254 Dudette
    June 11, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Another cute one…

    • 255 Cha
      June 11, 2012 at 4:04 am

      Mahalos, Dudette! It’s just surreal to have a President of the United States that is so Very Versitile in Cool!

  56. 256 desertflower
    June 11, 2012 at 1:08 am


    As governor, Romney proposed more than $700 million in economic stimulus in a pair of packages over three years to right a sickly state economy that shed thousands of jobs before he took office, including offering to hand employers $30,000 for each worker they hired, even though he now bashes his Republican and Democratic foes over wasteful government spending.

  57. 257 desertflower
    June 11, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Bullshit Mitt!

  58. 260 desertflower
    June 11, 2012 at 1:15 am

    “We don’t need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen.” ~ Grover Norquist

    • 261 Dudette
      June 11, 2012 at 1:18 am

      Has he officially endorsed Romney yet? Someone needs to run that quote along with his endorsement in an ad!

      • 262 desertflower
        June 11, 2012 at 1:44 am

        Little rat bastard can rot in hell….I think he’d endorse the devil if he thought it would get him what he wants. Treasonous ass.
        Sorry, Dudette…in answer to your question…I don’t know 🙂

  59. 265 desertflower
    June 11, 2012 at 1:42 am

    What do you call electing a Republican businessman President? Economists usually call it a “depression.” http://t.co/
    — @LOLGOP via Timely by Demandforce

  60. 272 Dudette
    June 11, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Shuster rips WaPo blogger: Obama’s pot smoking not like Romney’s gay bullying

    • 273 desertflower
      June 11, 2012 at 2:30 am

      What a false equivalence…ah, Ms Rubin’s bias is showing again:) Wonder if she could honestly find ANY college kid that hasn’t smoked dope..even once….guess it makes no difference to her that PBO SAID he did that in HIS BOOK….while Mittens, on the other hand…had to have the investigative journalists dig up his nasty “pranks”……..the double standard bs is getting really old. Is this all they have? Pretty pathetic

      • 274 Cha
        June 11, 2012 at 3:53 am

        Isn’t that special…Rubin’s protecting a sociopathic, pathological LIAR. How many screws do you have to have loose to be jennifer rubin?

    • 275 Cha
      June 11, 2012 at 3:45 am

      Rubin’s just exposing what a vicious, fascist hack she is.

  61. 281 amk for obama
    June 11, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Shares in Europe and Asia rise in response to the 100bn-euro bailout of Spain’s banks that was agreed over the weekend.

    he FTSE 100 in London rose 1.0%, the Dax in Frankfurt was up 1.9% and the Cac 40 in Paris was up 1.6%. Spain’s benchmark index, the Ibex, rose 2.6%. All had earlier made bigger gains.

    The euro gained half a cent against the US dollar.


  62. 282 Ladyhawke
    June 11, 2012 at 6:56 am



    President George W. Bush was our first MBA president and we all know how that turned out. President Barack Obama has spent most of his time in office trying to clean up the wreckage left by his predecessor. Now, Mitt Romney is touting his MBA and his time as CEO of Bain as his main qualification for occupying the Oval Office. We should just believe him when he says he knows how to create jobs. Meanwhile, he avoids talking about his time as governor of Massachusetts because of his dismal job creation record. Bottom line, as President Bill Clinton implied, Romney will be President George W. Bush on steroids. Thanks, but no thanks to another MBA president.


  63. 283 amk for obama
    June 11, 2012 at 7:00 am

    On tenterhooks about son’s engineering college admission. They are supposed to tell me today. All Fingers crossed. XXXXX XXXXX.

    • 284 Dudette
      June 11, 2012 at 7:17 am

      All the best to your and your son, amk. He’ll follow in Dad’s footsteps, then blaze new trails toward making the world a better place.

  64. 288 Melanie
    June 11, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Here are some guesses as to who might take over the 3pm slot at MSNBC…

    • 289 Dudette
      June 11, 2012 at 7:41 am

      It should be Dr. Dyson…
      Michael Eric Dyson

    • 290 ChristiMTL
      June 11, 2012 at 7:47 am

      Oh my, what a list. The only one highly qualified for the job is Krystal Ball…..she is a great surrogate and a true supporter of the President…..Libertarian Chris Hayes has his show, he does enough damage as it it… no comments on MHP, such a disappointment…..Ezra Klein who said that Romney would be better for the economy would be terrible, Alex Wagner has her show and she’s awful, Luke Russert….good grief…..

      Why not 2 hours of Martin Bashir?…….or Krystal Ball…..or Eric Michael Dyson? He’s been very good lately…..mmmm I can’t think of anyone else at the moment……

      • 291 Bill
        June 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

        Karen Finney would be good. I agree with your analysis of the others.

        • 292 Dudette
          June 11, 2012 at 8:23 am

          I like Karen Finney! She’d be good, but I haven’t seen her cover for any of the regulars. Has she done that?
          That’s usally a sign that they’re on try-outs.

          • June 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

            Karen covered for Lawrence or Martin a few weeks ago. She was quite good, actually. My only fear is that if they get their own shows, then we lose effective surrogates/advocates. Karen and Krystal are both excellent!

  65. 295 LOL
    June 11, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Hmmmm….Let’s see if the media will pick this story up.

    Forget Seamus, the Ryan budget or even the “War on Women.” Undecided female voters didn’t even mention some of the 2012 cycle’s most-hyped news topics in a pair of focus groups on Wednesday evening.

    Walmart sponsored the 90-minute focus groups, which were organized by a bipartisan team of pollsters: Margie Omero of Momentum Analysis and Alex Bratty of Public Opinion Strategies. Moderators questioned two groups of “Walmart Moms” — self-described undecided voters who shop at the store at least one a month — in Richmond, Va., and Las Vegas.

    It’s a surprisingly rare opportunity for inside-the-Beltway reporters to hear out undecided female voters at length. Even on the campaign trail, interviews often last a few minutes with the most quotable participants. Nonetheless, these women are exactly the fought-over voters for whom campaigns clamor in the final weeks of an election.

    Here are a few takeaways from the questioning session:

    1. Don’t underestimate the power of the first family’s image with female voters. More women discussed the first daughters more than some of President Barack Obama’s most pronounced policy initiatives aimed at female voters (no mention of Sandra Fluke, the Violence Against Women Act, even the administration’s contraception coverage policy). A young Richmond mother of one simply said, “Michelle is hearing what we have to say.” Another Richmond mom even remarked she believed the president watched out for her because he’s “surrounded by women” at home.

    2. The females in the focus groups were surprisingly risk averse — to the point it evoked thoughts of FDR’s 1944 re-election slogan “Don’t swap horses midstream.” More than one Richmond participant cited “maybe three years isn’t enough” to turn things around. Another particpant warned of a “learning period” if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is elected. And a Las Vegas mom argued of Obama, “He’s already in place.” On the other hand, hardly a hand was raised when the Las Vegas women were questioned if they were better off economically than they were three years ago. These voters were generally disappointed in Obama, but they weren’t ready to make the switch yet.


  66. 296 Dudette
    June 11, 2012 at 7:44 am


    I’m PROBAMA, I want MOBAMA!

  67. 298 Bill
    June 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Nadel just won the French Open.

  68. June 11, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Commerce Secy John Bryson was in a couple of car accidents last night, facing hit and run charges. Here’s how NBC reported it: “One of President Obama’s right hand men facing felony charges today.” Typical—-get Obama’s name in the headline. Reportedly no drugs or alcohol involved, out of character everyone saying, may have had a medical episode of some sort, in hospital.

    • 301 LOL
      June 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Lol…so Alberto Gonzalez must have been Bush’s brother. Puhlease. Me thinks dey fishing for scandal.

  69. 302 Cheryllou
    June 11, 2012 at 8:12 am

    This morning was another bash President Obama from the Today Show and Ann Curry. They had Meagan McCain on to talk about the President’s comments last Friday that the private sector is doing fine and also about the leaks. I am so f*cking mad right now, my husband and kids just left, telling me to calm down. I’m NOT going to calm down. I’m MAD as hell and I’m not going to let this pass. I’m telling all my twitter friends and facebook friends to email, tweet, and write the Today Show and tell them what a dispicable form of journalism was shown this morning. Since when Meagan McCain is an expert on foreign affairs? Since when is Meagan McCain is an expert on the economy? The media is not even hiding their contempt for the President anymore. F*ck em!

    • 303 Dudette
      June 11, 2012 at 8:18 am

      I stopped watching those bastards long along when they decided it made sense to bring on politicians kids as experts. To keep your blood pressure down, stick with Current TV in the mornings or TV Land.

    • June 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

      I’m watching this coordinated Obama bash now on Today in the midwest. Husband and I just said we have never ever seen anything like it—-all media negative on Obama, no balanced reporting at all.. They took that AP story that is splashed all over the country that Repubs are really encouraged because they think they can win now. Talking about Obama’s very horrible last week, showing partial clips of Obama’s comments, edited for partisan segment. Meagan McCain and Chris Hayes now have joined forces to blame Obama for economy. Meagan now quoting her angry, bitter old dad saying leak “the worst nat’l security breach in history”, which is Obama’s fault too. It is beyond maddening and beyond belief. And I don’t agree with people who say “turn it off”. We have to know what people are reporting. Their messages are being sent out into the public, influencing voters. It does no good to pretend this is not happening and go “la de dah de dah”.

      • 305 hopefruit2
        June 11, 2012 at 8:46 am

        I agree dotster3. Simply ignoring the media and pretending they don’t exist is irresponsible this close to an important election. Instead we should directly challenge their false memes, confront them and aggressively push back, as most of us here and many of our Twitter friends and elsewhere have already been doing.

  70. June 11, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Stephanie cutter making the rounds this morning. She was great on CNN, we have a solution, it’s sitting before Congress.
    Mitt Romneys solution is to fire more People.

  71. June 11, 2012 at 8:32 am

    The labor giant SEIU is teaming up with the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action for a multi-million-dollar Spanish-language ad campaign assailing Mitt Romney.

    The groups plan to commit $4 million to run TV and radio ads in Colorado, Nevada and Florida starting this week and continuing “throughout the summer,” a spokesperson for the group said.

    While many Democrats have focused on Romney’s views on immigration as a way of driving a wedge between him and Latino voters, the Priorities USA/SEIU spots are aimed at Romney’s broader economic views. The spots show some of his most infamous gaffes – “I’m also unemployed,” e.g.” – to say he’s out of touch with working people.

    “When you really are out of work, you are worried, and you don’t want to laugh or make fun of anybody,” one Latino voter says (in Spanish) in one of the spots. Reacting to Romney’s “I like being able to fire people” comment, another voter says: “I’d never support someone with that type of thinking.”

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