Rise and Shine


11:45: The President departs the White House

1:20: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (Private Residence, Owings Mills, Maryland)

2:35: Attends a campaign event (Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, Maryland)

3:45: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (Hyatt Regency, Baltimore – Live Coverage)

4:45: Departs Baltimore

5:20: Arrives Philadelphia

6:10: Attends a campaign event (Franklin Institute, Philadelphia)

7:45: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (Franklin Institute – Live coverage)

9:05: Delivers remarks at a campaign event (Franklin Institute)

10:20: Departs Philadelphia

11:20: Arrives at the White House


Washington Post: “Today, government at all levels consumes 37 percent of the total economy or GDP. If Obamacare is allowed to stand, government will reach half of the American economy.” — Mitt Romney, economic speech, June 7, 2012

This is a startling assertion by the presumptive GOP candidate, which he has made in several forms in recent weeks.

David Corn of Mother Jones first spotted it when Romney made a victory speech in New Hampshire, arguing, “With Obamacare fully installed, government will come to control half the economy, and we will have effectively ceased to be a free enterprise society.” Corn quoted a number of economic experts finding fault with Romney’s reasoning, such as former Ronald Reagan advisor Bruce Bartlett saying “this analysis is so stupid it is hard to know where to begin.”

FactCheck.org then weighed in when Romney had tweaked the language somewhat, but also found it wanting, saying it was “a pure partisan fantasy” and “patently false and misleading.”

With such harsh reviews, one would think that Romney might drop the assertion from his speeches. But now a new iteration has appeared, so we will examine it.

More here




Bloomberg: Employers in the U.S. said they planned to boost hiring in the third quarter, a survey showed.

Manpower Inc. (MAN)’s employment index for the period from July through September climbed to 11 percent, the highest reading in four years, from 10 percent in the second quarter, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based, staffing company reported. The measure was at 8 percent a year earlier.

For the first time since 2008, employers held positive outlooks on hiring in consecutive quarters in all four regions of the country and in all industries. The figures may ease concern that the job market is faltering after Labor Department data showed employment rose in May at the slowest pace in a year.

More here




President Barack Obama talks with Betty White in the Oval Office, June 11, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Morning everyone 😉 I’m about, oooooh, five days behind on answering emails, but I promise I’ll get around to them asap. Thanks to you all for getting in touch. Things are still a bit bonkers busy on the work front, so I haven’t been able to chat the last few days, but hoping to get back to normal soon-ish.

Can’t wait to hear the President speak today, CNN and CBS have his 3:45 and 7:45 speeches in their live streaming schedules.

196 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. June 12, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Morning, brave hearts. xoxo

  2. 26 Suzette
    June 12, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Good morning all.

  3. 27 hopefruit2
    June 12, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Good Morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, etc! 🙂 Congratulations to both Sara & Arnie on #1, and Jackie on #2!

    • 28 Arnie
      June 12, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Thank you kindly.

    • 29 ChristiMTL
      June 12, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Hey Hope, good morning! You weren’t that far off after all yesterday….did you see that it was ”shrinks”….I would have never guess, never.

      • 30 hopefruit2
        June 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

        WOW..Interesting…you know what made me think “doctor?” when he said the “huge waiting room!”

        • 31 ChristiMTL
          June 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

          I thought about you right away…..like omg Hope was pretty close……lol……..as usual, I was way off!…..I’m so bad at guessing.

  4. 32 Cheryllou
    June 12, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Good morning everyone. Congratulations Sara Chumley Carter on being first.

  5. 33 Bill R.
    June 12, 2012 at 9:11 am

    The employment data flies in the face of the doomsaying CW that gets repeated again and again. Good news.

  6. 34 ChristiMTL
    June 12, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Morning everyone…..

  7. 35 Ladyhawke
    June 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

    When context isn’t king

    By Steve Benen


    Obama wasn’t “touting” the fact that government employment had fallen on his watch; he was criticizing the factor that has held back economic growth. The Romney campaign sees a contradiction between the May and June quotes from the president, but the context obviously shows the two comments are making the same argument.

    This isn’t a close call. BuzzFeed conceded yesterday the Romney campaign took Obama “wildly out of context.”

    So, here’s a question to ponder: did the Romney camp deliberately try to deceive reporters and the public, or is the Romney camp so confused by the basics of economics and jobs policy that it didn’t realize the two Obama quotes are complementary?



    • June 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

      It’s both! And they live in a Pro Business/wall Street mentality.
      Today’s email the Robnry camp sent to reporters, Obama can’t win because he will not get enough White Voters! And that the Presidents scorched Earth policy is not working.
      I shit you not.
      And Halpein thinks this email means that the GOP has confidence.
      I think it means they are insecure!

    • 40 sabreen60
      June 12, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Good Morning Chips. Good Morning TOD. Congrats Sara.

      I turned on the TV to watch Stephanie Miller, but the TV was tuned to MSNBC. Whom should I see but Chuck Todd who was asking Stephanie CUTTER what had she and the Obama Administration learned from the President’s kerfuffle last week (…….the private sector is doing fine….) She said, “WE LEARNED THAT THE PRESS AND MITT ROMNEY TOOK THE PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT OUT OF CONTEXT!!!. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Chuckie looked like he wanted to choke.

  8. June 12, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Good morning, Chips and TOD family,

    I hereby resolve to get employment by the end of this month – which happens to coincide with the unemployment of Dylan RATigan!

    Hope everyone is having a good morning and congratulations Sara!

  9. 45 Bill R.
    June 12, 2012 at 9:23 am

    NYTimes, Nate Silver, and Chuck Toad will call New York a “swing state” since PBO has slight edge of 25 pts, 59-35. Today’s poll.

  10. 51 hopefruit2
    June 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

    They did try to go after her initially with Jodi Kantor, the silly rumors about her buying $50K worth of lingerie, the 1700 calorie meal, etc, etc, but all of this backfired because we O’bots, the people, Twitter briggade, etc pushed back aggressively and promptly.

    • 52 ChristiMTL
      June 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

      The ”whitey” tape in 2008….proud of her country for the first time……etc……they went after her big time in 2008…..no way they can’t do that this year….no no no….

      • 53 terim
        June 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

        The more rabid elements of the GOP (just about all of them) will try to go after her. They can’t help themselves – they’re just twisted and evil.

  11. 54 hopefruit2
    June 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

    • 55 LOL
      June 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

      And by this…he means the media will ignore it. THE RACE MUZ BE CLOOOOOSSSEEEE

      • June 12, 2012 at 10:30 am

        I’ve heard it all over the media. This is quite damaging. He called Mitt out by name and said he was doing a bad job trying to appeal to the teabutts. They are throwing in the towel on Mitt and looking forward to 2016.

        • 57 jacquelineoboomer
          June 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

          And yet many will vote for Mitt, no matter who he is (or, in his case, isn’t). Unbelievable.

  12. 58 ChristiMTL
    June 12, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Mitt Romney’s nonsensical claim about ‘Obamacare’


    4 Pinocchios

    Will Romney change his narrative?

    Not a chance of course.

  13. 59 LOL
    June 12, 2012 at 9:39 am

    IT’s so funny how the press tries to fashion a narrative out of thin air. The Obama had a horrible turrible week crap they pulled last week is not showing up in any of the polling (state or national). Reminds me of the “secret weapon” Ann Romney—that never came to past AND the Obama is doomed because Biden came out ahead of him with gay marriage AND the Catholics will abandon Obama because of the HHS ruling. Take home message…the press aint worth a damn.

    • 60 ChristiMTL
      June 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Oh yes, that’s all we heard….the horrible week…….mmmm…50% in Gallup…..

    • June 12, 2012 at 10:54 am

      A horrible week based on one quote taken out of context.

    • June 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      That’s why I don’t understand folks who hang onto every word uttered by the MSM and then do the ‘oh lawd help us’ routine. If we don’t know them (the MSM) by now, we will never, ever, ever know them. Why the wasted energy is beyond me.

  14. 63 ChristiMTL
    June 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

    DETROIT (TheStreet) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the government should sell off its GM (GM) shares soon, even though that would involve a $16 billion loss.

    The story, posted Monday, said Romney would “sell the stock quickly if he wins the White House.”


  15. June 12, 2012 at 10:10 am

    The President will raise mire than 3.6 million, at tonights fundraisers.
    And Joe is going to UTAH to raise mullah-



  16. 66 Sharon
    June 12, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Was monitoring a bit of Romney’s Florida event while waiting for Holder’s Senate hearing to start. Connie Mack introduced him and Mack was given a very cool reception. It’s on Obamacare so I expect he’ll repeat his usual lies. I’m not going to listen to find out. Funny though in his introductory remarks while talking about all the people looking for work, he cited a “teacher” he met who was looking for a job. How did that happen?

    Grassley is getting all hot and bothered about Fast and Furious. But Holder should get better treatment than what he gets in the House hearings.

  17. 67 donna dem 4 obama
    June 12, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Grrrrr. I so wanted to see PBO in Baltimore tonight. First I hesitated when I should have just dived in and bought the $250.00 ticket. Then two days later when I finally decided to buy one ALL the tickets at every price level were ALL SOLD OUT. I got on the waiting list and hoped something would open up but no bites. I guess the other way to look at it is that Maryland if FIRED UP for PBO!!!!

    • June 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

      “ALL the tickets at every price level were ALL SOLD OUT.”

      You must be wrong about that Donna, I keep reading there’s no enthusiasm out there. 😆

    • June 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

      That’s ok Donna, I’m holding a campaign fundraiser called “The Next Best Thing”. It’s for people like you who missed out on seeing PBO in person. There’s no waiting in line, nor getting on a wait list. All you have to do is click on this link and you’ll have The Next Best Thing to being there yourself. PS: There is no price, you just pay what you feel it’s worth, for being a part of The Next Best Thing!!


      • 70 donna dem 4 obama
        June 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

        Ummmmm Ms. Cookemom, I plan to give you a nice Birthday donation this Friday. You see in order to get on that “waiting list” I still had to make the $250.00 donation 😉

        Oh yeah Chips he was so not able to raise any money in these here parts. He sold the darn place out cause folks are just not interested 😆

    • 72 xtine
      June 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Oh, Donna, I feel your pain! I got the invite but couldn’t figure out how to clone myself, leaving the clone @ work & all!

  18. 73 desertflower
    June 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Morning family….Oh, P L E A S E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Romney Reverses Course, Claims It’s ‘Completely Absurd’ To Say He Doesn’t Want To Hire More Teachers

    There is something mentally wrong with this man. I mean it.

  19. 77 hopefruit2
    June 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Betty meets her President. This pic says it all!


  20. June 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Chris Rock on Jimmy Fallon tonight to speak about Robme and PBO. Well, this oughta be good.

  21. June 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    This analysis means absolutely Nothing.
    This is so sophomorish, that it can’t be, it just can’t come from a trained Political Mind. And yet…-


    What utter nonsense. I had to laugh.

    • 99 LOL
      June 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

      He is unbelievable sophomoric in all of his analysis. It’s not deep nor insightful. What it is…is if a 16 year old watched CNN for an hour and wrote an analysis. As if a debate is not a conversation?!?! You can get away with that talking points BS on an interview or a commercial, but in a debate they expect you to expand on your thoughts. And pray tell, WHY is it that the media has not gone after Romney for ONLY doing Fox news. Seriously, when was the last time he was on a Sunday show? And they treat him with kid gloves. I remember when PBO hadn’t gone on FOX…and those morons had the nerve to have a “Obama watch clock”. Seriously? Jake Tapper, Chuck Todd, even Fox News Ed Henry has not gotten an interview yet, but they are so deferential to him. Going on Fox and Friends to gab with morons who are further to the right than you are is not an interview. Neither is hamming it up with Kudlow on CNBC…the same guy who was going to run for the senate seat on the Republican ticket in Connecticut.

  22. June 12, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Because the Left is Stupid, Too
    by BooMan
    Mon Jun 11th, 2012 at 05:06:30 PM EST

    Any administration wants to leave certain distinct impressions with different audiences. They will all want to make their own core constituencies happy, while convincing the media and the broad middle of the electorate that they are more pragmatic than ideological. They all want to make their political opponents fearful of opposing them. They will all want to look tough on defense, even if some administrations are most interested in making diplomatic breakthroughs. So, it’s not easy to know what any administration or president “really” feels about things. Making things more complicated, each administration inherits a bunch of ongoing programs and problems from the prior administration, meaning that that a huge portion of their initial agenda involves stuff they didn’t even initiate and might not want to continue. Finally, whether an administration is mainly ideological or mainly pragmatic doesn’t matter a whole lot. The balance of powers and the rules of the Senate assure that no president can do anything overly ideological unless they have supermajorities in Congress, and even that might not be enough if their own party is divided.


  23. June 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Btw- that Movie Prometheus really gets you thinking, it was well done.
    Best Movie of the Summer, so far.

  24. 102 desertflower
    June 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Lots of trouble in FLORIDA…Gollum really opened the can of worms on this!


    EXCLUSIVE: GOP Election Supervisor Blasts Florida’s Lawsuit Against Feds, Won’t Restart Purge Regardless Of Outcome

    Good for her!!!

  25. 105 hopefruit2
    June 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Any of our AZ friends out there (df?) the polls are open.

    • 106 desertflower
      June 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Morning, hopefruit:) Unfortunately, I don’t live in Tucson….the good people of Tuscon will make this happen, though. Feel it in my bones:)

      • 107 hopefruit2
        June 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

        Oh that’s right. I stand corrected! Anyway I am just as hopeful about this as you are. The MSM’s silence is a good indicator that it’s not “bad news for Obama/DEMS.”

        • 108 desertflower
          June 12, 2012 at 10:50 am

          That, and most of the mailed in ballots have Barber ahead. I think I read that he already has like 58% of the votes….something like that, anyway. Jesse Kelly is batcrap crazy

  26. 109 desertflower
    June 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

    ThinkProgress: This number SHOULD be higher! But they’re STARTING to get a clue…

    49 percent of voters believe Republicans are “intentionally stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy” in order to win the White House in November, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling.

  27. 110 hopefruit2
    June 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

    This how Willard treats the press – and they accept it and just move on. But they can’t accept and move on when PBO sneezes or burps.

    • June 12, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Nope! He Re-directs every question…
      For example: why is the Sky Blue?
      Well, Obama is a nice Guy but His Policies on Clean Air Act is giving us Blue Skies, we want Grey and Black Skies!

      • 112 hopefruit2
        June 12, 2012 at 10:53 am

        That is exactly what he does. He’s a dirty snake!

        • 113 Debz
          June 12, 2012 at 11:02 am

          I read the AP article about his secrecy and how the press has little access to him, so why do they keep covering for him? I can not recall any Presidential election where any candidate, D or R, would get away with ignoring the press, much less have them cheer-leading for him.

    • 114 donna dem 4 obama
      June 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

      And they let him get away with this every single friggin day. Instead they dissect and sensationlize everything PBO does just to try and drive his favorablity down. As much as they try it just ain’t gonna happen. Romney is a low count, sell your soul to the devil, win at all cost, coreless human being. It’s about time our worthless media let’s the public know just that!

    • 115 amk for obama
      June 12, 2012 at 10:59 am

    • 118 japa21
      June 12, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Actually, I like this. They are starting to get pissed at Romney. First not really giving any press conferences and leaving the reporters to be at the ropeline. Then not answerign any questions. The bosses may still be pushing Romney, but the reporters are starting to get fed up and that will start to show in the actual reporting.

  28. 125 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 12, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Worth sharing ….


  29. 136 amk for obama
    June 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

  30. June 12, 2012 at 10:59 am

    By Lynn Sweet on June 12, 2012 4:39 AM | No Comments
    CHICAGO–The Obama fund-raising fashion team is throwing a “Runway to Win” fund-raiser tonight at Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios.
    The headliners: Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Iman, Chanel Iman, Rachel Roy from the fashion world and Jim Messina, the Obama campaign manager.
    The price list:
    x $1,000.00 VIP Guest
    Per person – Includes Photo Reception with Anna Wintour and Iman and Runway to Win limited edition bag
    x $2,500.00 Dinner and Photo ReceptionPer person – Includes Photo Reception and Dinner event following the reception with Anna Wintour, Iman and designers at Harpo Studios.

  31. 148 desertflower
    June 12, 2012 at 11:18 am


    White he was governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney’s administration blocked the publication of a guide on preventing bullying in public schools because it included the words “transgender” and “bisexual,” according to a new report.

    Emails obtained by The Boston Globe showed that a Romney official in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which was the primary sponsor of the guide, effectively prevented the document from being published.

    “Because this is using the terms ‘bisexual’ and ‘transgendered,’ DPH’s name may not be used in this publication,” then-Deputy Commissioner Alda Rego-Weathers wrote, adding that he had been in consultation with the governor’s office.

    “Stifling the guide’s publication was among steps that Romney and his aides took during his last year in office to distance the Republican governor from state programs designed to specifically support gays, lesbians, and bisexual and transgender people,” according to the Globe.

    The 120-page guide (PDF) was eventually printed with the terms “transgender” and “bisexual” during Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick’s first term after Romney left office.

    “Romney put his own political interests ahead of the safety of vulnerable youth,” LGBT rights advocate Don Gorton explained.

    I seem to remember a little “prank” he pulled on a terrified kid in high school……

  32. 149 desertflower
    June 12, 2012 at 11:27 am

    New Mexico and Colorado are burning. Houses and business’ have been lost. I wonder…does Willard want to tell the people in those states that they don’t need more FF??? From his time as gov:

    I somehow doubt those people who have already lost homes and property in these fires feel that way. I would like for Mitt Romney to make these comments while he stands in front of their burnt-out, smoldering homes that once held memories and safety for them.

    What they may not realize is that Mitt Romney has a long-standing crusade against firefighters. Salon reports:

    In 2004, when the city of Springfield was facing bankruptcy, Romney proposed a $52 million bailout package that included suspending collective bargaining and civil service benefits for the city’s unions, including public safety officers. “He hates us,” Robert McCarthy, the president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, told the Associated Press at the time. “Unions are what made this state what it is,” he said, but Romney “won’t even talk to us.” Romney spokesperson Nicole St. Peter defended the suspension of union benefits, telling the AP that the “control board” the governor appointed to oversee the city’s finances “needs maximum flexibility to restore Springfield’s financial footing.” The Democratic-controlled state legislature eventually overrode Romney and preserved the bargaining rights, though the control board remained controversial in the city.

    It’s worth noting that stripping the union rights of firefighters was farther than Wisconsin Governor Walker was willing to go — he exempted public safety workers from his reforms. But when Walker’s fellow Republican Governor John Kasich of Ohio went after police and firefighters’ union rights, he was rebuffed by voters in a referendum last year.


  33. 152 desertflower
    June 12, 2012 at 11:30 am


    Romney Confirms He Will Deny Insurance To Millions With Pre-Existing Conditions If Obamacare Is Struck Down

    • 153 amk for obama
      June 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Tweeted df.

    • 154 Sara
      June 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      I am astounded that anyone would vote for this man. If the republicans didn’t have Obama-Derangement-Syndrome, I think 2012 would be a repeat of 1964, when Goldwater carried only 6 states. That was the first election after I turned 18, and it was wonderful the way Johnson ‘ran the table’.

  34. 155 amk for obama
    June 12, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Go Holder, tell them GFT.

  35. 157 Linda
    June 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Jessie Ventura has another book out…..he calls it DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans

    I guess the CRIPS wear Blue and the BLOODS wear Red. He says they are at War. Red States vs Blue States..

  36. 162 amk for obama
    June 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

  37. 163 amk for obama
    June 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  38. 165 ChristiMTL
    June 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  39. 166 itgurl_29
    June 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  40. 167 amk for obama
    June 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Great News. Let’s see if walker will still walk his union busting walk.

  41. June 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Likely coming to Chgo for Valerie Jarrett’s daughter’s wedding

  42. 169 amk for obama
    June 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Has that AZ polling in Gifford’s district started yet ?

    • 170 hopefruit2
      June 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      If the DEM is winning you won’t hear jack from the MSM – except as a small footnote in tomorrow’s HUGE BREAKING news about PBO sneezing during his speech in Baltimore today.

  43. June 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm

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  44. June 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Bush and his lingering mess:

    Bruce Bartlett tallies it. The damage this single president did to the core of the country’s fiscal health – and our ability to weather a storm like 2007 – 2009 – is hard to find parallels with. Money quote:


  45. June 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    PPP has Willard leading by 2 points in N.C. now with 20% of AA’s supporting Willard. That doesn’t seem to be believable.

    • 176 amk for obama
      June 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm


      • June 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

        it was also racist that AAs were shunned and considered irrelevant by his Morman faith until the late 70’s, well after Mitt reached adulthood.

    • June 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      PPP is slipping. They were way off in Wisc right up until the end.

    • June 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      They are saying it’s because of the gay marriage stance. Really?

    • 180 japa21
      June 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      This is one of those polls that doesn’t disturb me too much. 2% is well with the margin of error. The 20% of AA supporting Romney is quite possibly part of the same sex marriage backlash, but that is something that I don’t expect to mean anything come November. Third, PBO doesn’t need NC to win, although I still expect him to win it. In fact, on election night, if he wins NC, I will consider that a predictive moment.

  46. June 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    BATTERY BREAKTHROUGH: A123 — a lithium-ion battery maker that was awarded nearly $250 million in stimulus funds but has laid off workers amid other financial woes — will announce a technological breakthrough today, The New York Times reports. “The success or failure of the new technology may well determine the fate of A123. It will also render an early verdict on Mr. Obama’s broader push to promote electric cars and build a domestic industry to develop and manufacture advanced batteries to run them.” NYT: http://nyti.ms/LOzgvD

  47. 182 amk for obama
    June 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

  48. 183 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Focusing attention on the Luntz inspired ‘Inauguration Insurgency’ ….

    Sent to many others ….


    • 184 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      The money question …


      • 185 Bill
        June 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

        Bobfr, That is a great question. I think you are talking about big bucks. Norquest probably raises money from groups such as the Koch brothers, Art Pope, the Chamber of Commerce, libertarian groups, and corporations. I have heard call-ins on CSPAN ask him, and he will not answer. Luntz is paid by FOX and probably the RNC and individual campaigns. I’ll bet they both make millions a year, but we will never know.

    • 186 isonprize
      June 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Bobfr, you twitter legend you!!! What kind of responses do you get when you go on your “Tweet Missions” ? Have any of the “evil empire” ever responded to you? What about the good guys? Axe? Messina?

      • 187 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

        No responses but my list of followers seems to grow … 🙂
        My objective is to keep stuff in their faces and enable others to do so by simply RT’ing …


        • 188 57andfemale
          June 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

          I don’t do much but retweet. I tweet here and there, but mainly I retweet. I’m assuming it’s reaching a larger audience all the time. Thank you for all you do, Bobfr

      • 189 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

        Oh, one of them, Ed Henry, (@edhenrytv) answered (lame) and he didn’t not enjoy how I turned it on him so he quickly blocked me 😀 😀 😀
        Fool doesn’t realize that all my followers see every one of my tweets to him and they can RT, etc. By now, he’s probably had to block a bunch of folk 😀 😀 😀


  49. June 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Your Favorite- Chris Hayes, is on “Up yours!”!
    He is very Smug, don’t like Him.

  50. 192 57andfemale
    June 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I’m mad at what Republicans (with the help of alleged Democrats like Bill Clinton) have done to decent commerce in this country. I live in Chicago and I have the choice of creaky old AT&T for my internet. Why creaky? because shareholders and CEO’s come before the customers and dividends are paid instead of improving their infrastructure for the 21st century.

    My only other choice — literally — is Comcast. They screwed up the order. They screwed up appointments. And now they tell me I have to wait a month for a return of my $100 deposit. Get your brain around it: I gave them $100 which they have had use of and I have no product that I bought. I cancel because I cannot get them to get anything right, and I have to wait for the return of my money. I’ve spent no less than 8 hours on either the phone or online trying to deal with these idiots. Now, they are staffed locally and well trained as to how to be nice to a customer. that’s wonderful — but if they’re incompetent in delivering the product I ordered, then let me tell you where they can shove their politeness……..

    It’s the great City of Chicago, for God’s sake. The ‘free’ market doesn’t give you ‘choices’. Public utilities used to have to operate in the public interest. In fact, Alexander Hamilton’s original vision of what would become the modern corporation included a provision that corporations had to behave in the public interest in addition to making profits. That has been destroyed by 100 years of Supreme Court decisions — every time there’s a new regulation it is litigated based on this body of law that a corporation’s fiduciary responsibility is to the stockholder, NOT the customer.

    Starting with Reagan, there is no longer any enforcement of the anti-trust laws. So what we’re left with a recombination of mega corporations who can fight every regulation based on the ‘fiduciary responsibility’ of the corporation to the shareholders (read: deregulation of the banks and the media — thanks Bill Clinton). There is no longer any public interest activity on the part of corporations. Any consumer protections are fought by Republicans.

    And. There. Is. NO choice.

    Okay. My rant for today.

  51. 193 Linda
    June 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    BOISE, Idaho — Former Republican U.S. Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho was sued Monday by federal election regulators who contend he misused some $217,000 in campaign funds for his legal defense after his arrest in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting.

    Federal Election Commission officials said in their complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., that Craig should repay the money and pay a fine.

    The FEC contends the three-term U.S. senator’s campaign account, Craig for U.S. Senate, paid at least $139,952 to the law firm Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan in Washington, D.C., and $77,032 to Kelly & Jacobson in Minnesota for legal services related to his guilty plea to disorderly conduct.

  52. 195 Dudette
    June 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    CALL TO ACTION: Here’s something for the TOD Twitter-Brigade to disseminate to the masses! This important story from the June 2012 AARP Bulletin really needs more exposure! People need to be aware that they can stop the lying political ads!!!

    Be a Super PAC Watchdog

    When the fire broke out, there wasn’t a moment to spare,” said 78-year-old Ohioan Marlene Quinn in a Web video last October. “If not for the firefighters, we wouldn’t have our [great-granddaughter] Zoey today. That’s why it’s so important to vote no on Issue 2.” Within days, her video had been repurposed by a group favoring the Ohio ballot initiative to make it appear she supported the law that she wanted repealed. “She’s right,” said the deceptively edited ad. “By voting no on Issue 2, our safety will be threatened.”

    What happened next is a tale of the system working. Because that misleading ad was made not by a candidate but by a third-party group, a category that includes political parties, interest groups and super PACs, Ohio TV stations had a right to refuse it. When they learned about the duplicitous editing, a number of them did exactly that. Their actions remind us that although, with few exceptions, broadcast stations have to air ads sponsored by federal candidates, they can reject outside groups’ ads or, if they choose to air them, insist that they stick to the facts.

    This year has seen an unprecedented amount of third-party advertising. By May 10, 534 groups organized as super PACs reported receiving $204,323,416 and spending $99,803,597 in the 2012 cycle, according to OpenSecrets.org. The level of inaccuracy in the third-party presidential ads has been high. As an Annenberg Public Policy Center study shows, from the Iowa caucuses through the Wisconsin primary, almost 57 percent of the $41.1 million deployed by the four highest-spending third-party groups was devoted to 19 ads containing misleading claims.

    The deceptions were of the sort that shift votes. Imagine a potential supporter of Mitt Romney accepting at face value the false implication in an American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ad that he engaged in Medicare fraud at a company owned by his Bain Capital firm. Or imagine a person who opposes abortion mistakenly believing a pro-Romney super PAC’s false allegation that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich supported legislation facilitating abortion in China.

    It’s not hard to imagine a voter, misled by such claims, rejecting a candidate she would otherwise support.

    Because they can charge more for third-party ads than for those by federal candidates, stations earn a windfall airing them. As CBS President Les Moonves told an entertainment law conference in March, “Super PACs may be bad for America but they’re very good for CBS.” But by taking seriously their right to insist on the accuracy of third-party ads and regularly debunking deceptive political ad content, stations can translate some of those profits into protection for the public served by their stations. That is what a new campaign by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania is asking them to do.

    Go to the “Stand by Your Ad” page at APPC’s FlackCheck.org and email your local station managers. Encourage them to protect their viewers from air pollution. The process takes less than two minutes. More than 900 of the 1,047 station managers have already heard from their viewers. Please make your voice heard now.

    Kathleen Hall Jamieson is director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

    • 196 57andfemale
      June 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      I post the FlackCheck.org link about twice a week. It’s something that we can all do personally, it doesn’t take much time, and it is the definition of grass roots, IMO.

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