Rise and Shine

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7:10: President Obama awards Shimon Peres the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a dinner at the White House; President Obama and President Peres deliver toasts; Michelle Obama and the Bidens also attend.



Democratic candidate Ron Barber celebrates victory with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and supporters at a post election event, June 12



ThinkProgress: Pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson announced today that they are dropping their membership from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Johnson and Johnson has been facing mounting pressure following a push from Color of Change and other progressive groups to leave the conservative agenda-setting group.

ALEC is responsible for crafting voter suppression legislation that has been used in state houses across the country, and the “Stand Your Ground” law that originally protected Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman. Johnson and Johnson is the latest in a huge wave of groups leaving ALEC.

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268 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 proudmemberofglobalzero
    June 13, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Did I make it?

  2. 8 Roberta in MN
    June 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

    GM First?

  3. 9 Elle in MI
    June 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Yup, GM

  4. 10 proudmemberofglobalzero
    June 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Good Morning TOD Family. I am off this morning so just hanging out. Bought a new car yesterday. Love my little Mustang GT convertible. Yes, I am going through my SECOND childhood.

    • 11 Roberta in MN
      June 13, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Whoot. Enjoy it.

      • 12 proudmemberofglobalzero
        June 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

        It is a 5 speed “standard” transmission. First dealership I went to, the salesman called me “hon”. I ignored it but when he asked my husband if I could even drive a stick, my husband and I left. Wow! Must be a GOP member.

        • 13 desertflower
          June 13, 2012 at 9:26 am

          Congrats, proud:) On BOTH counts 🙂

        • 14 57andfemale
          June 13, 2012 at 10:15 am

          Last time we bought a car we had a similar experience. The ‘wife” gets to pick the color, yada yada. while I was the one armed with research on the car. We went to another dealership.

    • June 13, 2012 at 9:20 am

      How cool are you?! Congrats and enjoy. And thank you for boosting our auto industry!

    • June 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Congrats on your new Mustang Proud. I am a Mustang fan myself. I have had two Mustang GT convertibles and each one had over100,000 miles on them when I sold them. Never had a problem with either of them.

  5. 17 Bill
    June 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Bill Burton is on Bill Press now.

  6. 18 Linda
    June 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

    This morning…on TeaNN they showed a clip of an interview that Christine Romans had with a man named Jim Rogers. He was a partner of George Soros in the Soros ” Quantum Fund ” started back in the early 70′s.

    Of course she asked for his take on both the candidates regarding the economy……. He dismissed them both as ” clueless ” but the thing that really pissed me off is that he said ” 6 years ago……Obama was a ” community organizer “. She sat there and said nothing..

    • June 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

      I think Romans had the right idea. Sometimes it’s best to not say anything and keep it moving. This was one of those times.

      • 20 anniebella
        June 13, 2012 at 8:34 am

        I thought six years ago President Obama was a U.S. Senator. And what is wrong with being a community organizer? You are out there trying to help the people in that community, when Mitt Romney was at Bain Capital, who was he trying to help? Himself and his rich friends. He sure didn’t give a dam about the common man or woman.

        • June 13, 2012 at 8:40 am

          Exactly. Romans trying to point that out to a brick wall would be a better use of her time than trying to school Rogers.

        • 22 jackiegrumbacher
          June 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

          Yep he was a US Senator and before that a state senator for 11 years. These people can’t even keep their lies straight.

      • June 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

        To “not say anything” goes for the common person, not for a reporter and supposed journalist. It’s their job to hold their feet to the fire.

    • 25 Chi
      June 13, 2012 at 8:27 am

      Linda, Jim Rogers is a Ron Paul guy…

      That’s pretty much all one needs to know…

      • 26 Linda
        June 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

        I e-mailed her anyway….

        • 27 Chi
          June 13, 2012 at 8:47 am


          A guy who endorsed Ron Paul for president in 2008 and again in 2012 can’t be taken seriously no matter how lucky he’s been wealth-scavenging…

          He really is no different from Donald Trump…same overblown ego and self-importance…self-serving with an incredibly awful choice of friends and presidential picks…

        • 28 nathkatun7
          June 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm

          Well done Linda.

    • 29 Bill
      June 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

      I have known Jim Rogers well for years and he is a hateful, nasty person. He is an extreme libertarian, and Soros will not comment on him. The word is Soros cannot stand him. Rogers had children late in life and moved his family to Singapore where he now lives. He believes there is no future for the US. For CNN to interview him proves it has gone full teabagger.

  7. 31 Chi
    June 13, 2012 at 8:15 am

    This Catholic girl thanks the amazing Sister Simone Campbell and her fellow Nuns on the Bus for restoring my faith in my Catholic faith…


    • June 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

      Love that Chi, and love their bus!

      • 33 Chi
        June 13, 2012 at 8:29 am

        Dear Chip, I couldn’t be prouder of these feisty, brilliant, empathetic, fearless women who remember what their calling is really all about…

        Looking out for the least amongst us and fighting for fairness and justice for all…

      • 34 globalcitizenlinda
        June 13, 2012 at 9:07 am

        Chi and Chips (I could not resist), thank you for sharing this. this is what true faith looks like.

        I hope people here can send out a message of support to them or some kind of regualr shoutout.

      • 35 isonprize
        June 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

        okay, with all the pedophilia that has been exposed in the Catholic church, I had pretty much begun to ignore all things Catholic. But this? This is TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL!!!

        I have to admit…. as a child, nuns scared the shit out of me. I’m not Catholic and I’m old enough to remember when nuns wore the whole outfit. the long black dress with the head tent thingy. (I mean no disrespect, I just don’t know what it’s called. If I said it wasn’t as big as Sister Bertril’s on that TV show, would any of you know what the heck I’m talking about?? )

        Anyway, as a little girl, they were scary to me. I didn’t think that they had feet, so I couldn’t figure out how they walked. They wore wedding rings, but they weren’t married. It was all very confusing to this little Baptist girl. I’ve grown up a bit, (I hope….. tee hee)

        So these “Nuns on the bus” are a bit rebellious. I love it!! They actually care about real people with real issues. Wow, imagine that??

        • 36 Chi
          June 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

          It’s called a habit, Isonprize…

        • 38 Renegade522/AuntSis
          June 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

          I received my degrees from Barry University. The nuns run that institution and it is the best in South Florida for the working adult. Believe me, nuns are just as scary in adulthood. They are like the mega strict parent plus they have that option of going to a higher authority! 🙂 I love the Nuns on the bus tour.

      • 39 57andfemale
        June 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

        Don’t know how to do it, but find her interview by Bill Press today. She was amazing!

    • 40 57andfemale
      June 13, 2012 at 8:43 am

      She is fabulous on Bill Press this morning.

      • 41 Chi
        June 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

        She and her group have been nothing short of impressive…

        I’m so blown away by their selfless and brave acts in defiance of present day GOP-skewed Catholic hierarchy ‘conventional wisdom’…

        • 42 57andfemale
          June 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

          I went to an 8th grade graduation at a Catholic school last week and I was so afraid I was going to have to leave in a huff. The priest only told the graduates to go out and care about those less fortunate and make their lives better.

          I have friends with children in another Catholic school and they have gone batshit crazy at this church. So I was very pleased to see common sense social justice from this little middle class Catholic school and church in the middle of Chicago.

        • 43 57andfemale
          June 13, 2012 at 9:38 am

          She is absolutely phenomenal.

    • 44 globalcitizenlinda
      June 13, 2012 at 9:09 am

      this other catholic girl supports your thanks and also sends her thanks to the nuns.

  8. 45 Suzette
    June 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Good morning all.

  9. 46 Linda
    June 13, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I just noticed that Gabby is blonde again…….she looks wonderful…..

    • June 13, 2012 at 8:54 am

      I thought she looked great too. I know she still has a long road back, but she appears to have made wonderful progress. She has such a sweet, heartwarming spirit. Great supportive husband too.

  10. 48 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Goodmorning Chips, TOD, and everyone! Congratulations proudmember on #1!

  11. June 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Good morning TOD Family.

  12. 51 Linda
    June 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

    It will be interesting to see how Jamie Dimon is treated in the hearing today as compared to how AG Holder was treated yesterday.

  13. 53 Ladyhawke
    June 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

    LOL Of The Week: Mitt Romney Looks A ‘Gaffehorse’ In The Mouth


    Now we all know that Mitt wants fewer firemen, fewer policemen, fewer teacher. This will help the American people? And this was the lesson of Wisconsin? That’s like being born on third base and thinking the lesson is you hit a triple.

    Here are the real lessons of Wisconsin:

    Don’t get outspent 10-to-1
    Start attacking early
    Don’t initiate a recall without a charismatic alternative
    Move to the center



  14. 54 anniebella
    June 13, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I loved what POTUS said about teachers, policemen, fire fighters..

    • 55 anniebella
      June 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Compare it to what Mitt Romney said about teachers,policemen, fire fighters. We don’t need to hire anymore teachers, policemen, fire fighters. Beside we need to help the real Americans. I say teachers, policemen, fire fighters are real Americans.

  15. 56 Ladyhawke
    June 13, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Eric Boehlert ‏@EricBoehlert


    can’t find avalanche of AZ-now-in-play-for-Nov articles in wake of Dem’s easy win there last night; http://bit.ly/KmFMuJ #libmedia


  16. June 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

    So the media went out of there way to blame PBO for the WI recall failure. Tell me will they rush to give him credit for Barber’s victory in Arizona and tell us all how this bodes ill for Romney and the GOP in 2012?

  17. 64 57andFemale
    June 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Is wordpress doing weird things again? the comment box is different. When I try to leave a comment on my kindle or my husband’s new tablet, the computer freezes. anyone else having issues this morning?

    • 65 57andfemale
      June 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

      I told wordpress, “don’t make me come over there” or in other words I logged off and then logged in again and I can converse again.

      • 66 amk for obama
        June 13, 2012 at 8:50 am

        When in doubt, alt+ctrl+del. Always. Also. Too.

        • 67 57andfemale
          June 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

          I couldn’t even get that to work on the new tablet.

          I bought it for my 72 year old husband for Father’s Day but I appear to be the only one using it. He’s first learning computers at his age!

          • 68 desertflower
            June 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

            Sounds like when my husband bought a new bigger TV for me, just in time for the Super Bowl 🙂 I had weird things happening to me the other day…I had to walk away from the computer….it seems to be ok now. Strange comment box, strange everything.

            • 69 57andfemale
              June 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

              I just told my 72 year old child, if he doesn’t start working with it I’m boxing it up and returning it.

              Well, at least it wasn’t just me with wordpress. God.

      • 70 amk for obama
        June 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

        Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Bill Gates went to heaven to meet their maker.

        The supreme deity turned to Al and asked: “Tell what is important about yourself.” Al responded that he felt that the earth was the ultimate importance and that protecting the earth’s ecological system was most important. God looked to Al and said, “I like the way you think, come and sit at my left hand.”

        God then asked Bill Clinton what he revered most. Bill Clinton responded that he felt people and their personal choices were most important. God responded, “I like the way you think, come and sit at my right hand.”

        God then turned to Bill Gates, who was staring at him indignantly. God asked “What is your problem Bill Gates?” Bill Gates responded “You are sitting in my chair!”

  18. 72 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Mark Knoller knows damn well that Powell didn’t endorse Obama until LATE OCTOBER 2008. Yet in June of 2012, he’s busy tweeting about Powell’s currently undecided state as if that should be an issue of concern to anyone.

    • June 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Not sure why this is supposed to mean anything in the middle of June but more power to you Mark. Slow news morning?

    • 75 amk for obama
      June 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Gm folks.

    • 77 terim
      June 13, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Sometimes I read Mark’s tweet, and I think surely he’s parodying Snark Knoller.

    • 78 anniebella
      June 13, 2012 at 8:59 am

      If Powell doesn’t support the President, it won’t make one darn bit of difference to me, if he does support the President I feel the same.

    • 84 57andfemale
      June 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Well he wasn’t the official candidate yet in 2008. PBO is now the official President. Powell’s a spineless asshole and that’s all there is to it. Knoller is a giant asshole but he’s technically correct on this one.

      • 85 hopefruit2
        June 13, 2012 at 9:09 am

        PBO had been the official candidate well before Oct 2008. The DNC convention was in late August 2008.

      • 86 Bill
        June 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

        57, I don’t think there is any doubt Powell will endorse PBO. His thinking might be by waiting until October his announcement would be more effective with the undecided. When he made his endorsement late in 2008 on MTP it was big news. If he made it now it would be one of many. PBO and Powell seem very close, and I think Powell would do whatever the campaign thinks would be most effective.

        • 87 57andfemale
          June 13, 2012 at 9:41 am

          I think his statements have been destructive. He doesn’t understand why King Obama hasn’t magically fixed the economy, without even a cursory nod toward Republican obstruction. He says he wants to hear what Romney’s solutions are. This isn’t a case of waiting for maximum positive impact. And allowing this to dangle as an insult to PBO is not helpful. Not necessarily harmful,but certainly not helpful.

          Eff Colin Powell. If he’s that stupid (and he truly may be), if he is that lacking in character to publicly consider giving the keys back to Bush’s policies on steroids, then I’m appalled.

        • 88 susanne
          June 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm

          i’m not sure about that. i watched his recent interview on the daily show, and he’s still covering for the bush fiascos. also, he’s trying to inflate the reagan mythology–he seems to actually believe the crap coming out of his mouth. if he and pbo are close, it sure didn’t look like it. and don’t think it was because jon stewart was pushing him in that direction–it was just the opposite.

  19. 89 amk for obama
    June 13, 2012 at 8:49 am

  20. 90 amk for obama
    June 13, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Seems the goopers are going to ahead with the ‘contempt of congress’ charge against AG Holder ? What are his options against this partisan witch-hunt ? Anyone know ?

    • 91 anniebella
      June 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

      We need to contact Congress and ask where are the jobs bills? We need to call, email, tweet a Republican Congressman and ask them, if our economy is so important, then why aren’t they doing a dam thing to help the economy. Going after AG Holder won’t help one American fine work.

  21. June 13, 2012 at 9:02 am

    found this in the comments at POU:


    Every American should be insanely worried about a Romney win.

    Mitt Romney in his desperate obsession to fly on Air Force One and Anne’s dream to be idle but adored first lady, has made innumerable pacts with the devil and every one of satan’s sons, daughters, in-laws and cohorts.
    A scary collection of crazy megalomaniacs and the most insane and destructive egos.

    This is a recipe not only for disaster but certain destruction for this country and the world because there is just no way this weak, narcissitic weasel can juggle or deliver on the competing agendas of and election promises to his many wealthy dubious and egomaniacal benefactors.

    Mitt Romney will never be able to simultaneously massage the many overblown egos that make up his base or meet the varying, divergent and competing demands and agendas of the Dick Cheneys, Donald Trumps, Sheldon Adelsons, David and Charles Kochs, Jamie Dimons, Rush Limbaughs, David Dukes, the Mormon church etc.

    And if just one of these benefactors ever feels neglected, slighted or overlooked, there will be hell to pay.

    America and its middle class and poor will be the losers and at the receiving end when these fellas decide to teach Mitt Romney a lesson or two.

    Mitt Romney won’t care by then because he and Anne would already have what they’ve aspired to: the highest office in the land – and flying on Air force One.

    It is evident that Mitt Romney will be content with just one term. He just wants to be president even if for one day.

    • 93 57andfemale
      June 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

      So the giant asshole that is Romney’s ‘energy advisor’ is advocating for more government subsidies for oil companies.

      He became the official ‘advisor’ right after he gave some insane amount of money — I think it was 1M but I may be wrong about that — to a Romney superPAC.

      But that’s free speech. Until CU, that was considered bribery.

      I haven’t seen this treasonous a Supreme Court since before the Civil War.

  22. 94 Ladyhawke
    June 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

    This election is really a matchup between Obama and Bush

    By Jonathan Bernstein


    So certainly you can expect more skirmishes over the candidates’ platforms, and perhaps even some serious debate about issues such as whether state and local governments should be spending more or less right now. But the overriding imperative for the Obama campaign has to be to push voters to see the current economy, weak as it is, as much better than the one he inherited from Bush. Meanwhile, the overriding imperative for Team Romney has to be to induce as much amnesia as they can about how — and when — all this trouble started. Whoever wins that messaging battle will probably be the next president.



  23. June 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

    The polls are finally showing it: folks are realizing that the GOP is committing ECONOMIC TREASON against this country.


  24. June 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Michael Eric Dyson vs. Russell Simmons on Gwyneth Paltrow and Nigger (I hate ‘ the N Word’ – it is what it is- NIGGER)


  25. June 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

  26. 101 Ladyhawke
    June 13, 2012 at 9:17 am

    What Mitt Romney is Hiding



    Let’s look at a list of what Mitt is hiding from the people he hopes will make him the most powerful man in the free world.

    Tax returns, 2011 specifically and the 23 years of returns he apparently showed to the McCain campaign

    The names of his secret bundlers who are raising millions on his behalf, breaking a bipartisan tradition of listing the names of these individuals who would have tremendous influence in a Romney Administration

    Digital records from his time as governor, all of which have been erased

    The names of the cabinet-level departments he’d eliminate

    A complete list of the tax deductions he’d eliminate to pay for another 15% tax break on top of the already unaffordable Bush tax breaks

    An actual plan to reduce the deficit

    An actual plan to improve the economy and create jobs



  27. 105 Ladyhawke
    June 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Mitt Romney Campaign Keeps Many Secrets, Unless Required By Law


    On the campaign trail this year, Romney’s aides have at times tried to limit reporters from approaching him when he shakes hands with voters at events. And his aides often don’t allow a camera and microphone on stage to record those interactions – though that’s been customary in past campaigns.

    Also, Romney’s schedule is closely held – and his campaign typically won’t say what he’s doing when he’s not at one of the few public events he holds each week. Even public appearances often are announced less than a day in advance – or not at all. Recently he rode to the site of the failed energy company Solyndra on the unmarked press bus, leaving the logo-plastered Romney for President bus behind at his hotel. Aides said the campaign was concerned the Obama administration would work with local officials to prevent Romney from holding an event there.



  28. June 13, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Good morning, OTeam.

    Please send PBO a Father’s Day note!!


  29. 107 Ceb
    June 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Good morning everyone.

  30. 108 amk for obama
    June 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

  31. 109 Ladyhawke
    June 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Mittens Doesn’t Seem To Understand Why We Have A Problem With Pre-Existing Conditions


    This is where having a one-percenter running for president really begins to show the differences. Willard is saying he would replace Obamacare with a law that would make sure those with preexisting conditions can still get coverage. He’s apparently unaware we already have such a law (HIPAA), which permits you to lose or change jobs without jeopardizing your ability to maintain coverage, because he’s never lived in that world and seems to have paid little or no attention to how the rest of us live.

    So he’s offering to fix something that doesn’t need fixing. The problem is not keeping the coverage: The problem is the cost of the coverage, which insurers are free to jack into the stratosphere on the basis of your preexisting condition. “What’s the big deal, can’t you just write a check?” Just another example of what it’s like to live on Mt. Olympus:



  32. 111 57andfemale
    June 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

  33. 112 Linda
    June 13, 2012 at 9:35 am

    WASHINGTON — A critical document from President Barack Obama’s free trade negotiations with eight Pacific nations was leaked online early Wednesday morning, revealing that the administration intends to bestow radical new political powers upon multinational corporations, contradicting prior promises.

    The leaked document has been posted on the website of Public Citizen, a long-time critic of the administration’s trade objectives. The new leak follows substantial controversy surrounding the secrecy of the talks, in which some members of Congress have complained they are not being given the same access to trade documents that corporate officials receive.

    “The outrageous stuff in this leaked text may well be why U.S. trade officials have been so extremely secretive about these past two years of [trade] negotiations,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch in a written statement.

    I cannot find this anywhere else…thus the huffpo link……


    • 113 sabreen60
      June 13, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Please. I went there and HuffPuff is doing their usual negative sensationalizing headlines. Read the article. It’s a bunch of people pissed off before ANYTHING has been proposed or adopted.

      As want comment read:

      “Here we go again the MSM owned by ubber rich WHITE folk (male, hetero Christians) shouting fire when there is none. Another Obama attack article screaming fire in the theater. It says “American corporations would continue to be subject to domestic laws and regulations on the environment, banking and other issues”. Foreign corporations would be subject to those same laws and regulations in addition to the laws and regulations of their native governments. In cases where the American laws and regulations are in conflict with their government’s laws, an “international tribunal”, where the US will have a seat and power. Will make a decision on the matter. And, that decision will be legally honored by the US government, regardless of which political party is in power.”

    • June 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

      So? Whatever gets the job done, I am for it!

    • June 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Why the link to yet another Huffy Post anti-PBO piece??

    • 116 susanne
      June 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      ‘…i can’t find this anywhere else…’
      that’s your first clue that it’s all huffypoo.

  34. 117 Ladyhawke
    June 13, 2012 at 9:37 am

    How Dark-Money Groups Sneak By the Taxman

    By Gavin Aronsen


    Here at Mother Jones we talk about “dark money” to broadly describe the flood of unlimited spending behind this year’s election. But the truly dark money in 2012 is being raised and spent by tax-exempt groups that aren’t required to disclose their financial backers even as they funnel anonymous cash to super-PACs and run election ads.



  35. 118 Ladyhawke
    June 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Are Republican Contempt Allegations Payback For Eric Holder’s Defense of Voting Rights?

    These actions by the Republican members of Congress, at least one of whom is in a leadership position, can be designed for no purpose other than to undermine the attorney general at a minimum and, at a maximum, stop his efforts to uphold voting rights. If the Republicans are able to accomplish the latter, it will be virtually impossible for the Department of Justice working under an acting attorney general to stop what is going on in the states in time to ensure a legitimate election in November.


    • 119 57andfemale
      June 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

      This b.s. started before Holder began his crackdown on voter suppression.

      No, this is just Issa and his mob looking for ‘corruption’ in the most ‘corrupt administration’ he’s ever seen. Just trying to create a meme to hurt PBO and leave us without an AG at all. because no one will get confirmed.

      Now I don’t know how far these jackasses will go, but CW is that they could put it in motion but nothing would happen for years because there are serious legal maneuverings. Remember they’ve accused him of perjury and you actually have to have facts to make a claim like that. Holder’s response yesterday in the Senate was excellent. There is no requirement that Congress has rights over the administration; and there is a paper trail of Holder’s office saying, let’s discuss what other documents you need and Issa not responding.

      And if we’re going to go to ‘perjury’, then John Roberts committed serious perjury in his confirmation hearings.

    • June 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Yes! That is what it is all about, to intimidate Him.

  36. 122 amk for obama
    June 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

    • 123 susanne
      June 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      ‘tough on china’ as in: hey, your labor prices have been inching up–we can just as easily outsource to a poorer country, you know.

  37. 124 ChristiMTL
    June 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Morning everyone

    I read something good last night! Oh so good……….it’s about MSNBC. The so called 100% liberal station now that Ratigan is leaving…what a joke….or how many say that MSNBC is the liberal version of FOX.

    The only reason why MSNBC hired liberal hosts was on account of the success Olbermann had…so they wanted to grab that market.

    THIS x100

    ”The irony or perhaps the futility of all of this is is that the second half of MSNBC’s day is spent refuting much of the right wing propaganda it broadcasts in the first half of its day.”

    Breaking down MSNBC


    • 125 cluny
      June 13, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Good Morning all.

      MSNBC is painful to watch but I can get it online and it’s the least awful of what I can link to since I am OS- can anyone please help me out with a direct online stream to Current? I would be very grateful of any help/advice as I would like to watch Bill Press. At first I couldn’t bear to watch MJoe and Dylan but now I can only tolerate Martin, Al, Ed ( I have a soft spot for Tweety just because he so obviously still man crushes on PBO – yes even after some of his more troll concern like segments and LOD – Rachel is on/off for me – a little too smug in the Hayes/Klein ‘ I’m th esmartest person in the room’ cabal. I’d rather Tweety’s pure emotion actually – it’s a little more real and less phony to me.

      Thank you.

      • 126 57andfemale
        June 13, 2012 at 10:24 am

        for some inexplicable reason, Current does not have live streaming. I am not one to support Olbermann, but it was one of his beefs with Current. I simply don’t understand it.

        The morning line-up is good although Bill Press can be a jerk sometimes. Jennifer Granholm is great. But then there’s Cenk and Elliott Spitzer is a complete jackass — don’t blame PBO because you couldn’t behave yourself and blew your political career. I love these jackasses who blow up their careers over prostitutes and the like, and then pontificate on how much better they would do the job of President. And yes, I’m talking to YOU, Bill Clinton and Spitzer.

        So although there is a lot of good stuff on Current there’s emprog stuff too. I love this ‘independence’.

        • 127 cluny
          June 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

          Thanks for that. Yes – Cenk is a pain but I would love to see Bil Press steam over MJoe – the stuff thet comes out of JS’s mouth with no pushback from Mika is shameful – I always wonder how her brilliant father can bear to watch her humiliate herself like that professionally.

  38. 131 desertflower
    June 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Does ANYONE know what McCain was talking about here?

    thinkprogress “It’s a very clever book. America You Sexy Bitch.” — Sen. John McCain, this morning on Fox Business
    about 1 hour ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  39. 135 amk for obama
    June 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

  40. 137 57andfemale
    June 13, 2012 at 9:56 am

  41. 139 desertflower
    June 13, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I can’t get the separate link for this Colbert Report….but it is a MUST SEE! H I L A R I O U S!!!!


    • 140 Bill
      June 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Maybe this is what can finally bring the country together. The entire country, right and left, can cheer for Willard’s and Mrs. Willard’s dancing horse in the summer Olympics. This is hilarious. I hope Colbert stays on this all summer.

      • 141 desertflower
        June 13, 2012 at 10:31 am

        I knew you’d like this:) I thought that Stephen said they would do this all summer long….that’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time:)

    • June 13, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Laughed so hard at that last night. Colbert is the best! Political, comedic genius.

  42. 144 proudofobama
    June 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Good morning, TODers. Just popping in to say hi and how much I despise Mitt Romney. Actually, I hate him. That is all.

    • 145 cluny
      June 13, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Me too! He is so supremely awful – cowardly, insincere with raging Daddy issues. You know the story about dressing up in the cop uniform – it was a little too like the film ‘Cruising’ for me. Th efil got a bad rap but it’s reallly great – starring Al Pacino and directed by W. Friedkin. Thee is something very kinky about it all – which is fine if you’re not a repressed, do gooding narc like Romney.

      • 146 proudofobama
        June 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

        He just thinks he’s entitled to be president. Doesn’t matter he’s not qualified. I’m sure this is how his entire life has been where things have just been handed to him. I’m sure he was shocked when he was rejected by voters in all the other races he’s lost. Well, he’s about to add another loss to that column in November.

  43. 147 whatisworking
    June 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Time for some good news

    HHS grants $40M for Strong Start initiative


  44. 148 whatisworking
    June 13, 2012 at 10:19 am

    U.S. racial gap in life expectancy shrinks: Blacks Living Longer


  45. 149 whatisworking
    June 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Two great stories from Creole Child

    The Increasingly Elusive Conscience of America

    Ten Things You Will Never Hear on the news

  46. June 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

    for all the GOP bull about ‘ OPPORTUNITY SOCIETY’

    found this tweet:


    But if you don’t have access to capital/wealth, how can you have equal opportunity as someone born into a wealthy family?

  47. 152 amk for obama
    June 13, 2012 at 10:33 am

    • 153 desertflower
      June 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Amen! I looked over on Bloomberg, and Dimon says that the people who did these trades, “didn’t understand what they were doing” !!! He’s he flipping KIDDING ME?!!! NOT A GOOD ANSWER, Mr. Dimon! They are paid handsomely TO KNOW! What a cop out…I hope someone calls him out on that.

  48. 154 amk for obama
    June 13, 2012 at 10:35 am

  49. 155 yardarm756
    June 13, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Good morning shipmates. Another day above ground is a wonderful thing. I got another e-mail I’d like to share, if I haven’t already.

    Aging List

    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

    Now that I’m “older” (but refuse to grow up), here’s what I’ve discovered:

    1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

    2. My wild oats have turned into prunes and All Bran.

    3. I finally got my head together; now my body is falling apart.

    4. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.

    5. All reports are in; life is now officially unfair.

    6. If all is not lost, where is it?

    7. It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.

    8. Some days you’re the dog; some days you’re the hydrant.

    9. I wish the buck stopped here; I sure could use a few.

    10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.

    11. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.

    12. It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.

    13. The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you’re in the bathroom.

    14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

    15. When I’m finally holding all the cards, why does everyone decide to play chess?

    16. It’s not hard to meet expenses … they’re everywhere.

    17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

    18. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I’m here after.


    20. Funny, I don’t remember being … absent-minded.

    Now I think you’re supposed to send this to 5 or 6, maybe 10. Oh, send it to a bunch of your friends if you can remember who they are.

    Then something is supposed to happen, I think. Maybe you get your memory back.

  50. June 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Hi everybody! I am usually just a lurker, I post as Desert Dove Dan over on OFA. I was wondering if it is okay to post a link to a Youtube video that I created? It is a song parody of the old All In The Family TV theme song Those Were The Days, with a political twist. I think y’all would get a kick out of it. I know my singing ain’t the greatest but my harmonica playin’ is getting better all the time. Enjoy!

    • June 13, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Hi Desert Dan, I remember you…you always had encouraging words and great videos to share…welcome.

    • 159 donna dem 4 obama
      June 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Hey Bro. So good to see you over here. I hope the family is doing well. I guess those grandbabies are big kids now???

      I always love your videos. Stop that lurking and come on board!

      • June 13, 2012 at 11:49 am

        Hi Donna. Yes the grandkids are really sprouting like my garden, haha! Sophia is almost 4 years old. She was born 2 weeks after President Obama won the election in 2008. Emma is nearing 1 and 1/2 years old and has really battled quite a bit so far in her young life (born with cataracts, mild hip dysplasia). They definitely keep me busy! Thanks for the welcome, I’m starting to get “warmed up” for the 2012 season, I hope my energy holds out!

    • 161 sherijr
      June 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      hello Desert Dan, its so good to see you here. Love this video, will do my part to pass it forward. thank YOU!

      • June 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

        Hi DD, oh, so happy to see you here! I hope you will come back and make this one of your homes. You Always lifted my spirit up with your wonderful musical videos during our first journey of the campaign. You are such a beautiful spirit. Hope the grandbabies are doing great as well. Thanks for the update above.

        Oh, please come and share with us, DD. Great continue to get warmed up for 2012, and come and join the beautiful family here. Give your lovely family ((((((((((( Hugs from our TOD Family))))))))))))))))) Share some of your 2012 musicial talents with us. Please Dan. Thank you.HZ

    • June 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Hiya DDD! Good to see you here. Come on in, take your shoes off and set a spell. it’s good to hear the babies are doing fine and growing as well as your garden. I landed here myself after OFA, then lurking many sites. You’ll enjoy it…good food, good wine, great politics, and a kindred spirits.

    • June 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Oh my goodness…welcome DDD. Please post frequently.

  51. 165 amk for obama
    June 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

  52. 166 sabreen60
    June 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Good morning Chips.
    Good morning TOD.

    I was watching Stephanie Miller who was talking about the sham the health care insurance companies are now perpetrating. This whole thing about being able to keep some provisions in the ACA if it is struck down is simply giving the ok to SCOTUS if they decide to strike down the ACA. Stephanie was speaking on the phone with her news person, Jackie, who referenced an article about this ruse at Huffington Post. So I went to Huffington Post to read the article. (I never go to HuffPuff)). And my god. They must have used the largest font available as a negative headline about President Obama. Needless to say I threw up a little in my mouth and I certainly didn’t look for the article. Anyway, I’ll do a little research to see if I can find a credible source about these insurance companies.

    • 167 hopefruit2
      June 13, 2012 at 10:46 am

      That was one of the misgivings that I (and others) have had about this whole sudden “niceness” by those INS companies. We shall see.

    • 168 57andfemale
      June 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Jackie Schechner is one of the few reporters who actually knows something about ACA.

      The decision has been made by SCOTUS. It was made a few days after oral arguments. There are opportunities to discuss and it is possible that minds were changed. But the lion’s share of the writing of the opinions is done by now so none of the posturing makes a damned bit of difference now. From either side. It’s too late to affect the Supreme Court decision.

      Which is why there should have been a better effort to sell the importance of this bill and how it was going to work in 2014 for the last two years.

  53. June 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Hopefruit ,
    What did you think about the new Reuters poll?

    • 170 hopefruit2
      June 13, 2012 at 10:47 am

      I haven’t seen it – do you have a link?

      • June 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

        It says the President only leads Robney by 1 now, and his Approval is only 47, down from fifty last month.
        Of course, they site the economy as indes are leaving him in droves.
        That can’t be right! If it is, then the media is brainwashing the Public and our greatest fears ate coming true.
        I doubt it!
        I don’t want to link it-

        • 172 japa21
          June 13, 2012 at 11:24 am

          Jovie. Ignore polls. They are meaningless right now.

          • 173 miss pat
            June 13, 2012 at 11:34 am

            Jovie, ignore polls, please. The only pole I am intersted in right now is a stripper pole. If I can find one sturdy enough to hold me. Please? I beg of y ou, ignore them. They will cause your blood pressure to spike or go up into your head and mad you!

            • June 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

              Hi miss pat. I was thinking about you on Monday. Hope you are doing fine. I can see as to your post that you have your mind on some great exercises.(((((Hugs to the pole))))))). Yes, those polls can get that pressure going. POTUS has his own polling inside his camp. I think POB will be elated to know that we do have some fun along with our seriousness to get him re-elected. That is what makes this TOD Family so beautiful.

              Have a great and happy day, miss pat.(((((((((( Love you and watch that pole now.)))))))))))))HZ

        • 175 hopefruit2
          June 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

          If anyone believes that “poll” I have bridge to sell them that goes from NYC to London…

          First of all, the article that I think you got your info from (which is clearly pro-Romney) talks about the President’s drop in approvals based on their poll, but no where do they link the poll where people can decipher for themselves the actual numbers, crosstabs, demographic breakdowns, etc. The entire article is all a bunch of nonsensical spin, spin spin…the usual – GOP talking points, doom narratives for Obama, etc.

        • June 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm

          The media is misleading the citizenry. I do not underestimate what they are capable of doing. We need to be completely aware of what they could do, how they would continue to mislead. The media is most definitely a part of the problem, part ot the corporate structure attempting to take over this country.

    • 178 Bill R.
      June 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

      If you must pay attention to national polls, be reassured by the PPP poll yesterday, which has Obama up by +8 50-42. PPP is best poll around.

  54. June 13, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Too much political power with these GOPoperatives at GOPolitico. Who decided that GOPolitico was the supreme word in all things political, that they deserved to drive the narrative for the entire news media???

    • 180 hopefruit2
      June 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

      I agree. And Josh Kraushaar was one of the key architects of the dishonest media narrative that AAs were the ones voting against SSM in North Carolina (and elsewhere), and that PBO was taking his cue from homophobic AAs.

    • 181 criquet
      June 13, 2012 at 11:31 am

      And MSNBC just hired him as a guest contributor.
      MSNBC is taking off the cloak of any even-handedness.

  55. 182 Bill R.
    June 13, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I was up watching the Late Show with David Letterman. His opening monologue had a big riff on Mitt’s obsession with state trooper uniforms and intimidating drivers. It was funny but also revealing about the character issue of liking to bully people.

  56. June 13, 2012 at 10:52 am

  57. 184 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

    In a conference doing everything but listening. Here is article on PBO’s visit to a school in Philly before yesterday’s fundraiser. Hope it has not been already posted.


    “Some had tears in their eyes. Some had chills. Some tried to be dignified but couldn’t stop themselves from whooping and hollering for the leader of the free world, standing just a few feet away and telling them he was proud of them.

    To Antoine Smith, graduating from Science Leadership Academy on Monday night and then being in the same room with President Obama on Tuesday night was “surreal.”

    “I was thinking, ‘Yo, that’s the man who runs things. This is the dude who runs everything,’ ” said Smith, 18, who is headed to Delaware State University in the fall.

    “I didn’t want to breathe,” said Alexis Beckton. “The whole time.””

    more @

  58. 187 Nena20409
    June 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Here is my problem with the jittery lefties. Whenever they smell problem or see things not going as they may want, they quickly scatter around and to their respectively interest groups and firing from all cylinders at the Obama Team. The Clinton group would start. Then quickly followed by Carville, the Progleft, then the supportes join in, helping the national media do their best to continue their lovefest of trashing pres Obama and his team. Every thing they do gets to be analyzed with 180 degree of nothing but negativity. The right wingers media echo chamber has never stopped, ever, since 2007. They held a meeting on Jan 20, 2009 to delegitamize and defeat pres Obama. Gingrich pretty much admitted so on Politics Nation last night.

    Chill and stop joining the media firing squad. It is NOT healthy. 2009, 2010, 2011 summers and now we are starting again. Folks remember what was happening the Summer of 2008? The media was allowing lies and ads by McCain to dominate their coverage and dialogue, until Joy Baher asked McCain why he was lying on national TV.

    Clinton had problems in the 1990s, but AAs and most Dems had his back. But with pres Obama, it is, we politically cut him to pieces 1st and foremost. Then when he is riding in the polls we quickly jump right back in, like him again? He is Not Cesar. We are not his Brutus. Give pres Obama your support and stop the constant bull crap. It is so getting old.

    Please those who tweet, FaceBook, etc….help spread the news for the bashing to stop. It makes phone banking really harder.

    • 188 amk for obama
      June 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Well said Nena. If you’re in, then you’re in all the way with all the ups & downs. And stop ‘advising’ the campaign on shoulda/coulda based some msm pundtwitry noise. Keep the fucking eyes on the fucking ball. Pahdon my fucking french.

    • 190 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

      “It makes phone banking really harder.” In_Deed.

      Maybe they’ll get a clue if 1000s of folk RT this message or send their own.


      • 191 desertflower
        June 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

        Bob, glad to see you here this morning:) If you check the last thread, Dudette and others were coming up with more people/”news orgs” to Tweet that Thom Hartmann video to. This MUST be all over the place!

        I thought of more, and maybe others could add to the list. The entire Twitter brigade should take up this cause….Dudette had posted the addresses and she also suggested to send them to everyone on Chips media link. (good idea) I thought of these

        @JeffersonObama, Bill Moyers,20/20, Dateline,60 Minutes,David Schuster,Jennifer Granholm,Lawrence O’D,@randiradio….and how about the TV stations and newspapers in the states of the 14 men that sat and planned this treason???? Just sayin’!!

        Thank you, kind warrior:)

        • 192 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
          June 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

          Good day df,

          It’s been sent to lots of folk 😉

          2 recent tweets and thanks for your suggestions …


          • 193 desertflower
            June 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

            Thanks SO much, Bob:) @JeffersonObama would also be great….many, many thanks. can you see if the people that YOU Tweeted about this, RT’d this to someone else? Be curious to know that.

        • June 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm

          Morning DF. Thank you so much. You are always so gracious with your information , and I just want to thank you for all of the wonderful and informative links that will help us to move FORWARD. And ofcourse, what can I say about our Bobfr, amk, and UT and all of the Twitter Team. What great work we are trying to do to spread the great news.

          Have a beautiful day and enjoy your time this summer. Love you, DF. ((((( Keep refresh and cool there)))))))HZ

          • 195 desertflower
            June 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

            Good morning to YOU, HZ:) I was thinking of you last night…you just popped into my head! You’re welcome for all the info…we share the news that the MSM doesn’t! That’s why there’s so much to do:)

            Summer is tough here in the desert….as donna noticed last night looking at the returns come in for AZ8..it was 102 late at night…now imagine the sun beating down during the day…..luckily, the mornings are still enjoyable. That, too, will change! I’m either in the sir conditioning or in the pool. That’s all you can do. hope all is well…keep reading and passing all these goodies along! Be well. Love you bunches:)

            • June 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

              Thank you Desertflower. ((((((((((((( Love you so dearly))))))))))))) . Warm here, but have one errand to run and then will rush back into the cool house. Will not complain, but will give thanks for my days. I a couple of things to do for OFA tomorrow. Need to make sure I am fit.((((((Love ya)))HZ

    • 197 nathkatun7
      June 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Neena, I agree with you 100%!

  59. 198 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

    • 199 amk for obama
      June 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Thx hf. This election cycle must rank as the most corrupt what with the media, corporates & supreme court joining the rethugs to stop one man.

    • June 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

    • June 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Good Morning/Afternoon Chips and my TOD Family. I was reading your comments and I appreciate the information, however, I do not understand why there are links to those sites that have all of this negative chatters garbage about President Obama. I realize, and so does the president that he is not a perfect man or a perfect president. He has told us that, but he also said, “But I will always tell the American people what I think.” Now, we have heard him say this to us, so why can’t we listen to him and believe him?

      I also remember Chips asking all of us to not bring the negative stuff to our home here. Why can’t we respect her request? I can’t understand that at all. I am sure there are so many places out there that would welcome this negative garbage about POB, but as I recall ,when I first came here, Chips told us what the purpose of this site would be. To support President Barack Obama. Have we forgotten that?

      There is so much greatestness to be said about, and is constantly happening ,that we can and should be focused on regarding POTUS. If we do not highligh it, then who do you think will? Remember my TOD Family, this is family, and a great one at that. And Great Families do not bring into their households those things that will hurt, cause another family member to fall, or wound the very head of the household by bringing into our house what the house down the streets is doing to destroy their family.

      I may be told to leave, but that will be fine as well. I will hold no malice in my heart ,because I do not allow that to enter into my space. However, we might need to remember that respect of this beautiful site and to Chips and most of all to our President should be very high on our list. We do not need to bring the negative garbage about President Obama here. Just my thoughts.

      Chips, please forgive me, but I am trying to understand why we would allow our minds and hearts to be fill with painful and ugly headlines, etc., about a great President who suffers daily to this garbage, and then have to come to a place where we call our TOD and read it also. Oh, yes, we do get visitors from his team. Count on it. Yes, we have freedoms, but when other people , and we know it are just constantly trying to bring down this President, why would we listen to them, especially when these negative articles have no room for what we are trying to accomplish. Let us just respect our space here.

      My comments are not posted to hurt, wound, or prolong some type of conversation that we do not have the precious time to spend on, but I do believe that we love each other so much, that we will remember to guard our home with a little more care and respect. I still love everyone of you, and this little senior will not be hurt. I am too old and happy to be trying to take care of another wound, so stop pouting and make your HZ some lunch and bring it to me. I am hungry now. I am serious. ((((((((((((((((((( I really do love you all so very much))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  60. 208 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Here’s how the AP presents the AZ-08 elections last night:

    NOTE: No mention of Democratic or Republican, but we know full well that if the results were reversed, the partisian spin “Republican takes Democratic seat – Bad news for Barack Obama and DEMOCRATS!!!” from the AP would be off the charts

  61. 209 desertflower
    June 13, 2012 at 11:18 am


    Can they BE any more clear?????????????????????????????????????????

  62. 210 criquet
    June 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

  63. 212 Linda
    June 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

    This is a good report from Ezra Klein about our crumbling infrastructure . 700 water mains break per day.


    • 213 Chi
      June 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Then Ezra Klein needs to stop giving cover to the obstructionists in his perpetual audition for a television show…

      He should start by pointing the finger directly at those obstructing President Obama’s efforts to fix the problem instead of doing the dishonest jig he’s become notorious for lately…

  64. 214 Bill
    June 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

    All of the Republican questions to Jamie Dimon are encouraging him to say there is too much regulation and Dodd- Frank is bad. Before it is over someone is going to kiss him.

  65. 218 Bill R.
    June 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Seen comments about a major economic address tomorrow by PBO? Anyone know about that?

      • June 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm

        Thank you meta!. You amk, Bobfr, Desertflower, and so many more always inspire me to keep moving. I received my notice and just sent to all of my e mailing group of seniors and friends. So many seniors are talking with their grand kids, and great nieces and nephews on this matter, for sure, so I think that it is important to send out the news to them as well.

        Many of the great nieces and great nephews are so amazed at the knowledge that is being passed between seniors. My great-niece sent me a text the other day about the student loans. She was so happy to see how so many seniors are trying to make a difference for them. She has students loans from her grad work days, and still can’t make the salary to even come close to what she paid to get the degree. However, I am not ungrateful because she is still working her little heart out, but I do feel for so many of the students. I hope and pray that my little help will help them in the future.HZ

        • June 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm

          Congrats on your fundraising, HZ. Excellent!!

          • June 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

            Thanks meta. I have not checked it today, so I need to bring closure. Thank you and cookemon for your great help. I hope that I am a good student for my great teachers. ((((( Love you, meta).HZ

  66. June 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

    From coaching basketball to knowing how many Jonas brothers there are, Barack is a pretty cool dad.

    But more importantly, Barack is a wonderful father and partner. No matter what’s on his plate, he puts the kids first, and they know how much he loves them.

    This Father’s Day, I want Barack to know how much we love and appreciate him back, so I hope you’ll join me in wishing him a happy Father’s Day:


    Thanks for all your hard work, and happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there.

    – Michelle

  67. 224 Liberal Librarian
    June 13, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Well, I am in a foul mood. My toilet and bathtub backed up again this morning. It was quite disgusting. And I have a class visit in an hour, so I had to come to work. Now I have to get through the visit, rush back home, and wait for the plumber. Ugh. Foul foul mood.

    Sorry, has nothing to do with politics. I just needed to vent.

  68. June 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    This President nominated a Puerto Rican to be Ambassador to El Savador. But, he is an evil Liberal, so…
    Rubio freaked out and reportedly wanted a filibuster.
    He had votes lined up, but he was going to vote present, for obvious reasons.
    One of those he had lined up, in order to filibuster was Kirk, but he cannot vote.
    So, Reid is forcing a Vite in that nomination today, to compell Rubio to vote against a Puerto Rican Ambassador nominee.
    Wh is reportedly loving every minute of this, and will keep you updated.

  69. 235 donna dem 4 obama
    June 13, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    OFA is doing a fantasical job all over this country recruiting new volunteers and registering new voters

    The Neighborhood Team Model:

  70. June 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    The Senate is currently voting on cutting Food Stamp assistance, by 4 billion bucks.
    Like Fareed says, What in the World!

    • 237 desertflower
      June 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Of course they are. That injection of money into the economy works to stimulate…can’t have that now, can we?

  71. June 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I am stunned!

    Monday, at a press event in California before the GOP primary in that state, former Gov. Mitt Romney was asked about his support of United States military involvement overseas. He was pleased to answer the question, however after his response, his answer to a follow-up question regarding his four deferments from the Vietnam War did not please onlookers, especially veterans.


  72. June 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Adelson just gave 10 million to Robney super PAC.
    Must be nice!

    • 243 sherijr
      June 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      its not, thats the “Free wood Post” – its satire. Remember when they had everyone going nuts over something Anne Romney supposedly said about women, but it too was ‘made up’.

    • 244 terim
      June 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      I suspect that this is just what those GOP justices on the Supreme Court had in mind. I will make a donation (small that it may be) to OFA.

  73. 245 desertflower
    June 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    As I have plastered the intertubes with the Thom Hartmann piece, I posted over at 3Chics…we should add THIS to the Tweets, as well. I say we go after this like nobodies business!


  74. June 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Dill(D) and Angus(I) is running fir Snowes seat in Maine against a Jerk(R).
    Either the Democrat or independent is fine with me.
    My concern is, will the Inde take Votes from the Democrat or Republican?

    • 247 Bill
      June 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      I think most people believe the independent, former Governor Angus King, will win. He has given money to the DNC and presidential candidate Obama in the past.

  75. 248 sherijr
    June 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    well the good news from the state of ND election yesterday- they were unable to pass their “religious freedom” measure… & their “end property taxes” measure also lost. And since twice as many republicans seemed to vote than dems here yesterday.. I’m actually rather amazed about these results.. but also very happy this state has gone entirely tea party nuts 🙂

  76. 250 carolyn
    June 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Regarding polls…..what I learned in 2008, was that polls were all over the place before about October. At that time, polls seemed to become sensible. The only polls I learned to trust were the Obama campaign’s internal polls, for good or ill, those were accurate. I believe that will be the same this year. I know they are doing their own polling, and I don’t see any signs of panic from them.
    We keep fighting and pushing back, but don’t trust all polls the same, and don’t get panicked by them. I truly believe that people are beginning to wake up to Romney and his lies, and the trash that’s coming from the right.
    I remember what FLOTUS said about the state dinners: We’re like swans; on top everything looks smooth, but under the water, we’re pedaling like mad.” I know that underneath the surface, the President’s committee is pedaling like mad, and have operatives all over the place.

  77. 251 Linda
    June 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    John King’s CNN show has been canceled.

    The New York Times reported on Wednesday that “John King USA,” which has been on the air since March of 2010, has been yanked from the network lineup. The show will end on June 29th. In its place, Wolf Blitzer’s “The Situation Room” will expand back to three hours.

    In a memo to staff, CNN president Ken Jautz said that King will become the network’s “lead campaign correspondent.”


    TeaNN is going back to 3 hours of ” Happening Now ” ?

  78. June 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    The good news is that CNN has pulled John King’s show. The bad news is that Blitzer is re-expanding to 3 hrs. again——and King will be a “campaign correspondent”—–so still subjecting their viewers to his partisan nonsense.

  79. 253 Melanie
    June 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Facts? We don’t need no stinking facts…this pretty much sums up the state of our media.

  80. June 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Love how AG Holder goes all homie don’t play that on John Coryn!

    Senator John Cornyn demands AG Holder resign, Holder gives epic smack-down response

    Yesterday, during his ninth appearance before Congress regarding the “Fast and Furious” debacle (read more about that HERE), Senator John Cornyn, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Attorney General Eric Holder to resign, saying he hoped President Obama would replace him…

    So after Coryn’s bit, Holder’s responds

    Holder: With all due respect, senator, there is so much that is factually wrong with the premises that you started your statement with, it’s almost breathtaking in its inaccuracy, but, I’ll simply leave it at that…

    If you want to talk about Fast and Furious, I’m the attorney general that put an end to the misguided tactics that were used in Fast and Furious. An attorney general whom I suppose you would hold in higher regard was briefed on these kinds of tactics in an operation called “Wide Receiver” and did nothing to stop them. Nothing. Three hundred guns, at least, “walked” in that instance.

    I’m also the attorney general who called on an inspector general to look into this matter, to investigate this matter. I’m also the attorney general who made personnel changes at ATF and in the U.S. Attorneys office that was involved, have overseen the changes of processes and procedures within ATF to make sure that this doesn’t happen ever again.

    So I don’t have any intention of resigning. I heard the White House press officer say yesterday that the president has absolute confidence in me. I don’t have any reason to believe that in fact is not the case.

    And in terms of, you know, what is it that we have turned over to Congress in this regard, let’s put something on the record here. … We have collected data from 240 custodians, we have processed millions of electronic records, looked at over 140,000 documents, turned over 7,600 pages. Over the course of 46 separate productions, we have made available people from the department at the highest levels to be interviewed.
    And I’ve also said…to the extent that all of that is not enough to satisfy the concerns… I am willing to sit down and talk about the provision of more materials. I have sent letters in that regard, the deputy attorney general has sent letters … and have not had responses. Which leads me to believe that the desire here is not for an accommodation but for a political point-making. And that is the kind of thing that, you know, you and and your side, I guess, have the ability to do if that’s what you want to do. It is the kind of thing that I think turns people off about Washington. While we have very serious problems, we still have this political gamesmanship.

    • 256 carla4obama
      June 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Bravo Attorney General Holder! No shame on the repug side….reminds me of Senator McCarthy. SICK

    • 257 Dakota
      June 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you lamh35. I can’t get sound to videos at work so I”ve been wondering just what AG Holder said to that asshole. BRAVO!

      • June 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

        Dakota, it was on a thread last evening here. Great by AG Holder. We also will continue to give support to AGHolder via Twitter as we did last evening. Senators Graham and Cornyn were very combative with the AG. Very disprectful to the AG. Check with last evening posts here.HZ

  81. June 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Ia. cafe owner not happy with the way she and her restaurant equipment were treated during a Willard visit. And when her complaints became known, she felt he was mocking in an apology call. More proof, as if we needed it, that Willard is a first class jerk.


  82. June 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    President Obama’s mythical black voter problem — in three charts

    A new North Carolina poll conducted by the automated pollster (and Democratic affiliated) Public Policy Polling has set the political world on its head — suggested that not only has former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney made up significant ground on President Obama in the swing state but that the incumbent is losing roughly one in every five black voters in the Tarheel State.

    Here’s the problem: There’s no evidence — outside of this single PPP poll — that Obama is suffering any significant erosion among African American voters.

    The story of Obama’s continued — and sustained — strength in the black community can be told in three charts, all of which examine Washington Post-ABC News polling conducted over the first three-plus years of Obama’s presidency. (HUGE thanks to the Post polling team for building out these charts; do yourself a favor and follow them on Twitter @postpolls.)

    The first chart details President Obama’s job approval rating among African Americans — by quarter — since coming into office. While there have been slight dips over the years, his approval rating has never gone below 85 percent and currently stands at 90 percent, just six percent lower than in Obama’s first three months on office.


  83. 262 lovingandlaughing
    June 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    This is completely off thread, but I was just listening to this song on my itunes playlist and it occurred to me that many of you here at TOD may appreciate it as well. It is a song Bruce Springstein sings in honor of Harry Chapin. Bruce speaks at the very beginning of the song telling how meeting Harry Chapin influenced his life and contributed to his philanthropy. Bruce speaks again before the song finishes and he closes with these powerful words “Do something and may this song be sung.” It makes me think of this campaign season ahead of us and the need for President Barack Obama supporters to “do something” whether it be big or small. We can all do something such as donate to the campaign, make calls, shake hands, knock on doors, register voters, set up a fundraising page, put a bumper sticker on your car and/or bicycle, wear a Barack Obama pin, share links on Facebook and twitter, help to get the truth out to dispel lies from the Romney campaign or even just be a positive hopeful kind person who will vote and who will represent the positive, hopeful message that is President Barack Obama. Regards to you all.

  84. 263 hopefruit2
    June 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    LOL! Bo gives his first exclusive one-on-one interview 🙂

  85. 264 lovingandlaughing
    June 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I truly love how happy Gabby looks in that victory image above. Thank you AZ voters.

  86. 265 donna dem 4 obama
    June 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    You know how we are always saying that we wish PBO didn’t have to do everything himself. Well, I have been trying to think of things that the campaign could do over the summer to pump up energy (especially by the youth) into the campaign. I want our youth to do more than go to rallies to watch the President speak. I want them fully engaged. One of the ideas that I tweeted to the campaign earlier this week was to have some of the local and big name musical artist that support the President give free voter registration rally concerts for the public. They could have voter registration booths setup throughout the area/stadium/hall or wherever to register voters. The entire focus of the concert would be about getting all those people in attendance registered and committed to vote in November.

    This would be a way to shift some of the burden off of PBO and onto some of these mega-stars or local stars that can also inspire our youth to be involved in one of the most critical elections of their young lives.

    Wouldn’t it be great to see every single battleground state have at least one of these concerts this summer or fall? Now I realize that we have stars that are visiting campuses and giving speeches on behalf of the campaign. I just think that the people who attend those events are already engaged. These concerts would attract people who aren’t necessarily paying attention to the election but once they get there and see the energy and the support of the President would have some desire to be involved. If not as a volunteer at least as a committed, prepared voter.

    I plan to send this idea to my RFD for Maryland. Can you think of any other ideas where we can engage a lot of people and get them involved?

  87. 267 Linda
    June 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    JP Morgan Chase CEO Offers To Get An Apartment In Washington So Congress Can Consult Him On Bank Regulations |

    During his hearing before the Senate Banking Committee today, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon offered to get an apartment in Washington, D.C., so that he can be consulted by Congress on financial regulatory matters.

    In response to a question from Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) about whether banks are being asked to help craft regulations, Dimon said, “me and lots of other folks, we’ll do whatever you want, we’ll even get apartments down here.

    oh, goody.

    • 268 carolyn
      June 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Okay…..a man of Dimon’s wealth and supposed education, says “Me and lots of other folks!” How wrong that is. It should be “Lots of other folks and I.” Without the “and lots of other folks” it would b “me will do whatever you want.! Isn’t that the level of a three year old???? That shows complete ignorance and slovenliness.

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