It’s amazing!

Thanks Desertflower

165 Responses to “It’s amazing!”

  1. 1 Liberal Librarian
    June 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    America, what country!

  2. 3 SueBee
    June 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Hey…did U make it?

  3. 4 SueBee
    June 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Jeez…I meant to say “I”
    Hey Chips! I hope all is well!

  4. June 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 06/18/2012
    Can Dems go on offense on health care?
    By Greg Sargent

    So how much of an impact would a Supreme Court decision against the Affordable Care Act have on the health care debate in this fall’s elections? The answer may prove to be: Not much.

    I’m not one of those who thinks a Supreme Court decision against health reform will carry any hidden silver linings for Dems. It could reinforce the narrative that Obama and Dems allowed health care to distract them from the economy, with nothing to show for it.

    But it is worth pointing out that even if the law is struck down, the basic parameters of the health care debate itself will remain pretty much the same in the context of the presidential and Congressional campaigns.

    And there may even be space for Dems to go on offense on the issue, even if a decision against Obamacare does carry clear negatives.

    Case in point: This new ad from Heidi Heitkamp, the former North Dakota attorney general who’s now the Democratic candidate for Senate. This may be the first ad of the cycle in which a Democrat is not only aggressively defending the health law, but using it to attack the GOP opponent, in this case GOP Rep. Rick Berg:


    • 6 theo67
      June 18, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      These pundits see a decision on health care only in political terms – will it help or hinder the presidential election. None of them (except for Andrew Sullivan today, I see) bothers to think about the effect on people’s lives, the economy, the deficit if the law is struck down.

      • June 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm

        And all of them seem to forget (or forego) that it is an economic stimulus.

        With all the problems the Eurozone has at the moment, we were always in awe of US economic prowess in spite of having a reasonably financed health care system.

        • June 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

          OK, add a “not” in the last part of the above sentence 🙂

        • 9 theo67
          June 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm

          Speaking of the Eurozone, remember that last week the President Obama pleaded with Congress to safeguard the US economy against the impact of the Eurozone instability. They’ve done nothing since then. And they’re all preparing to go on an extended vacation and continue to complain about the slow recovery.

  5. 10 desertflower
    June 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    BEHOLD! The “amazing” touch screen Willard was so “amazed” by!! LOL


  6. 22 utaustinliberal
    June 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  7. 23 utaustinliberal
    June 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    What planet is Romney from? Seriously what planet? This is like the G.H.W Bush scanner moment but even more weird and out of touch. He’s amazed by touch screens you tap and your food order is prepared?

    Well my college offers coffee prepared by a robot. It’s this concept where you tap a screen, pick what kind of coffee you want and hey your coffee order is prepared for you. In other words; life. 🙄

    • June 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      But but but, it’s amazing! Amazing! amazing!

    • 25 sabreen60
      June 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Romney is NOT in our world. The ubber rich don’t frequent the places that we frequent. They have everything done for them. They have people to prepare their food, whether at home or on their jet. They eat out at very upscale restaurants. Really they are in a separate world from the “little” people.

      • 26 susanne
        June 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        and in case we didn’t know he is not one of us, he makes it abundantly clear in the way he enthuses about the ‘touch tone keypad’. and have you heard, there’s a sandwich called a ‘hoagie’? amazing!

      • 27 0388jojothecat
        June 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        You know how we say PBO is unlike anyone we have every seen the way he walks circles around the GOP (not hard) and his mind is so far advance than the numbnuts he has to work with (both Dems and Repugs)….Robme’s mind is in the 17th and 18th century that he is amazed by automation that has been around for decades.

      • 28 Obama Grandmama
        June 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm

        Also remember he enjoys firing those that don’t give him the service he expects.

    • June 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Okay, color me out of touch, too. I’ve never seen anything like that in a store. Completely alien to me.

  8. June 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Media trying hard to pump up the Red Scare to help out Mitt but oopsie:

  9. June 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Let the fun begin!!

    • June 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Meta, meta, meta…I was JUST about to post the SAME thing, and decided to check 🙂 🙂

      • June 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

        We must have the very same TL.

        • 34 utaustinliberal
          June 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm

          BOOM! Let the fun begin. Pres. Obama is going to mop the floor with Romney.

          • June 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

            Who will Willard pick to be “Obama?” in his mock debates? Herman Cain? Ron Christie? Michael Steele? Arsenio Hall?

            • June 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm

              LOL!!!! Donald Trump?

              • June 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm


                Mock Obama: “Is our children learning?

                Romney: No your policies have failed them, but mine will be better.

                Mock Obama: Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice and you can fool some people all the time, but you cannot full one…

                Romney: The American people want a leader.

                Mock Obama: I’m the decider. Mission accomplished!!

                Oh, Willard would sure love a debate like this 🙂

                • 40 susanne
                  June 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm

                  oh,oh,my! i’m laughing so hard here! tears running down!

                • 41 Pamela
                  June 18, 2012 at 11:01 pm

                  Ah, hahahahahahahA! Stop it, HF, you are busting me into little pieces! How am I going to get to sleep now, I wonder? And I confess tp waking up at 4:35, then I burst out laughing at that note gb left last night about Myth being a wild and crazy….asshole…. my poor kitty, she may never get over the fright! 😆

          • June 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

            Oh, girl, I hope old Mittens rues the day he thought he could even be a contender.


    • June 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Gotta love Senator Kerry!

    • 44 theo67
      June 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Romney should be terrified if President Obama is already practicing for debates. He should have been scared before – but he should be terrified now…

    • 45 lmrj
      June 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      I think he’ll never show up for debates. I think he’ll find some way to run and hide from the scary black man and the media will give him cover. SERIOUSLY!… smh

      • 46 0388jojothecat
        June 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm

        Robme will need to get the MSM give him the questions BEFORE the debates so that he’ll have OVER HALF a chance.

  10. 47 Bill R.
    June 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Romney gets caught hiding income from Swiss bank accts: http://abcn.ws/xHwoYQ

  11. 52 desertflower
    June 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Question: If THIS throws him for a loop, wonder what the REST of the REAL WORLD would do!

  12. 55 Bill R.
    June 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Romney discovers 21st century touch pad fast food technology:

  13. June 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Chuck Todd says no big deal on trade agreements with Russia, as well as working with UN and Arab Nations to stop violence in Syria.
    You should have seen Him spin, and he sounded dejected.

    • June 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      He’s in Mexico now, right? He’s probably even more pissed that the G20 summit gets PBO praised by the Mexican President. Nothing is working out for that Toad.

    • June 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      What is his problem? He tried to downplay everything. He was spinning so hard he was sweating. It’s looks like he gets a bonus for every bucket of cold water he throws on any Obama news.

  14. June 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    // (CNN) – For some of the so-called birthers out there, there’s probably nothing that will convince them that President Obama was actually born in Hawaii. But for those who might still have even a little bit of an open mind, they should read David Maraniss’ new book on the president, “Barack Obama: The Story.” Maraniss provides new details of Obama’s birth, including a contemporaneous letter referring to the birth of a baby to a Caucasian mother and an African father. Maraniss reports that the future president was born August 4, 1961, at 7:24 p.m. at the Kapi`olani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu. Dr. David A. Sinclair delivered the baby. Sinclair’s colleague Dr. Rodney T. West remembers hearing from Sinclair that “Stanley had a baby,” a reference to the mother, Stanley Ann Dunham Obama. //


    • 62 theo67
      June 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      It must be really offensive to President Obama to have his parents maligned by these birthers, who aren’t fit to lick his shoes after he takes a stroll through the dog park with Bo.

  15. June 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    In their official joint statement released after the meeting, the two leaders said they “agree to cooperate bilaterally and multilaterally to solve regional conflicts,” including Syria’s. To stop the “bloodshed” there, Obama and Putin “call for an immediate cessation of all violence and express full support for the efforts of UN/League of Arab States Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan, including moving forward on political transition to a democratic, pluralistic political system that would be implemented by the Syrians themselves in the framework of Syria’s sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity.  We are united in the belief that the Syrian people should have the opportunity to independently and democratically choose their own future.”

    Over to you Chuck Todd!

    • 64 Don
      June 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      What the fuck! I just went outside to get some fresh air and I come back to this. Damn, I can’t even sit on my porch with my wife without President Obama presidenting.

    • 74 majiir
      June 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      We can always depend on Lil Chuckie to pizzz all over anything PBO does/says. When I see him on my TV, Jovie, I change the channel because I’ve heard his spiel. Lil Chuckie must not have read that Russia has a plan to send aid to Assad. This is a BFD! Just getting the Russians to agree to anything is change I can believe in!!

      • June 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm

        Especially Putin… CT said, but Anan can’t do anything, so reading between the lines it means absolutely nothing(paraphrasing).

    • June 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      I’m still leery of Putin but I got no doubt he has a thousand times more respect for PBO than he ever had for Bush.

  16. June 18, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    John Harwood seems indignant that anyone dare question Mrs. Anne’s intentions, regarding criticism’s of the Obama’s vacations.

    Joe had a great rejoinder at the end, comparing the intense criticism of Michelle’s “proud” remark to the protection going to Anne about her vacation remark.

    Harwood came back with obvious indignation in defense of Anne. Nothing against Anne, but it is obvious to me that many in the press are going to prop Anne up.

  17. June 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    John Harwood is a rich Man, now on the payroll of the Robney Campaign.
    Can’t you tell?
    I turn on the News for ten minutes, and it seems like they are trying to Fix this election for Willard.

    • June 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      When Pres.Obama talks about fairness, the MSM apparently thinks it means putting Romney on equal footing even though he clearly does not stack up in any way.

    • 84 theo67
      June 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      This is a shame – I had always liked John Hardwood.

    • June 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      I think it’s a little too early for that. He’s went off the deep end on this one but Harwood for the most part has played it straight down the line. Must have had a rotten weekend.

  18. 86 desertflower
    June 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    LIke Randi just said..Republicans wet dream is to privatize EVERYTHING…to build a profit motive into everything….consider the consequences of THAT scenario!!


    • 87 Bill
      June 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      There is a big scandal brewing at the University of Virginia over this. Teresa Sullivan, the president for less than two years, was fired with no reason given eight days ago. There is reasonable speculation that Goldman Sachs and two billionaire hedge fund alumni where behind her firing because she objected to privatizing the selling of online courses. Goldman Sachs and the hedge fund managers have been involved in for-profit educational projects in the past. Governor Vaginal Probe McDonnell was conveniently in Europe on a trade mission when she was fired. The entire state is in an uproar. This could become big, and is another example of deserflower’s comment.

      • 88 Pamela
        June 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm

        Good, I hope it does, I hope it blows up in their faces. I was amazed when I read this on the weekend, they can’t just go and fire someone in that position without cause, and without going through protocols. They will find they have done themselves in on this one.

    • 89 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      June 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm


  19. 90 utaustinliberal
    June 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    WaWa – moronic Romney called it WaWas; mangling the name – is now trending on twitter. People can’t believe that Romney doesn’t know how a touchscreen operates and one can indeed get a sandwich through that “new fangled AMAZING” technology. 😆

    • 91 desertflower
      June 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm


    • 92 isonprize
      June 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      I know, as if “WaWa” isn’t already a funny enough name. Nobody calls it “WaWas” And the “touch screen” he’s talking about is really nothing new. Wawa has had them for years. Is he amazed at the buttons on an ATM machine? Or doesn’t he use them either??

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      On a separate note, this link that LL posted certainly bears repeating!!

      That scene is a free, makeshift dental clinic for the uninsured. It was mobbed – as it would be in a developing country. Except it’s right here in Tennessee, where many of the working poor are uninsured, and where the state is perfectly happy to keep it that way. For these strapped, working-class folk, Obama’s demonized healthcare reform is a godsend. Pity almost none of them in this part of deepest red America have heard of what it could do for them:

      See photo and read more here:


  20. June 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    They are trying to fix it! They are, and it is shameful- not to mention utterly disastrous to this nation. God, how I pray that we will get our butts up and defeat these misguided, bought people!

  21. June 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    By DONOVAN SLACK | 6/18/12 12:25 PM EDT
    Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt suggested to Luke Russert on MSNBC Monday that the campaign has no plans to rejigger its messaging, despite recent criticism of its tactics from within the Democratic party.

    “Well, it will come as no surprise to you, Luke, we don’t believe the presidential elections are determined by the ups and downs of the weekly cable news cycle,” LaBolt said. “If they were, in 2008 we probably would have lost the campaign 25 to 50 times at some point during that campaign. The feeling around here has always been this was going to be a close and competitive election, given the historic challenges that our nation faced when the president came into office.”

    Prominent Democratic pollsters Stanley Greenberg and Erica Seifert joined strategist James Carville to pen a memo last week recommending that the president change his message on the economy because it’s not resonating with voters.

    LaBolt on Monday did not repeat the main talking point that drew the criticism — that the economy is improving. He focused instead on trying to lay out the choice between President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney.

    “The president gave a speech last Thursday about breaking the stalemate between two economic visions and ultimately, we think it’s those sorts of questions that will decide the election,” he told Russert.

    • 95 theo67
      June 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Those so-called Democratic strategists and pollsters are an absolute disaster.

      • 96 nathkatun7
        June 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        I agree with you, theo67! These so called “Democratic strategists” are looking for attention. If they were genuinely concerned they should have privately communicated their concerns with the Obama campaign. They didn’t have to go public.

        • June 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

          Yeah the same strategist who have been crying the blues since before inauguration day. Carville can’t get over the fact Hillary lost so every few weeks he comes up with a new beef in the guise of helping the President.

      • 98 virginia
        June 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm

        I’ve noticed that many of those “Democratic strategists” worked on Hillary Clinton’s campaign the last time–like Carville. Perhaps they didn’t notice that she LOST. Why should a successful campaign listen to them now??

    • 100 majiir
      June 18, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Another one has emerged. He’s saying that democrats shouldn’t vote for PBO in November, and that it will give democrats time to regroup. This pizzzed me off! He wouldn’t have any problem no matter who is in the WH or who controls Congress. Arrogant bast*rd!


  22. 101 lamh35
    June 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Driving home from NOLA. Had a gr8 time with the fam but I was beyond ready to get back toy bed…lol. I’m half way there now.

    • 102 desertflower
      June 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Drive careful with your SAFE NEW BATTERY!!!! 🙂 Let us know when you get back home safe and sound!

  23. June 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    • 104 desertflower
      June 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      No shit. They should have paid more attention before now!

    • 105 isonprize
      June 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      reposting from LL’s link…

      On a separate note, this link that LL posted certainly bears repeating!!

      That scene is a free, makeshift dental clinic for the uninsured. It was mobbed – as it would be in a developing country. Except it’s right here in Tennessee, where many of the working poor are uninsured, and where the state is perfectly happy to keep it that way. For these strapped, working-class folk, Obama’s demonized healthcare reform is a godsend. Pity almost none of them in this part of deepest red America have heard of what it could do for them:

      See photo and read more here:


  24. 106 desertflower
    June 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm


    GOP Senate Candidate Says Businesses Should Be Allowed To Deny Health Insurance To Cancer Patients

  25. June 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Well, the roofers are done until tomorrow. We have 40 mph wind gusts and it’s getting pretty hard painting the OFA circle in these conditions. I got so carried away by the roofers and The Great Neighborhood Chase saga, I forgot to impart my political take for today, which is….PBO goes about presidenting without skipping a beat. You’d never know that he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. This is what Allstate means when they say ‘you’re in good hands’

  26. June 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Apparently, the Robnry Bus trip was for the MSM and Beltway Press.
    It still cost Him about 25 million, when all us said and done.
    And the next Bus Robney gets in, will be that Black Gauntlet, the same on this President has.
    So, the Media will not be following Willard asking for autographs, on His next Bus Trip!

  27. June 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm

  28. 114 LOL
    June 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm


    Add another item to the puzzling thoughts of one Mark Halperin

    “The selection of John Kerry to play Mitt Romney in Barack Obama’s debate prep is so genius and so inspired that it suggests to me that Chicago has (at least some of) its mojo back.”



  29. June 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    President meeting with Merkel soon, and called another meeting of all G-20 tonight.
    Move towards growth announcement is expected.
    Poor Chuck Todd!

  30. 119 LOL
    June 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Since there was no health care ruling today…the news media now has an extra couple of days to spin how its BAD NEWS BLUES FOR OBAMA. Whether the law stands (in full) or not…the media already has a narrative. Believe that. I’m sure that’s why the Admin dropped the immigration bomb last week because this week, has already been written-THE PRESIDENT IS DOOOOOOOOMED.

    • June 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      No different from any other week! I still don’t get why most in the Media, want to see this President fail?

      • 121 LOL
        June 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

        Because he doesn’t shower them with donuts…or give them fancy nicknames like Bush jr….basically he does not give them the time of the day. Also, I REALLY Think they are trying to bring up the Prez’s negatives to match Romney’s. I keep saying this over and over…NO WAY should the President be ahead or tied with Mittens. I don’t watch the cable shows, but from the reports its basically BASH OBAMA day every single day. And yet, the President is still liked and is ahead in electoral votes over Romney.

        You have to wonder. Romney has been allowed to switch positions (which the media just does a collective eye roll and moves on), dodge real reporters, not release his plans, not release his tax returns (more than a year), go unchallenged about his lies regarding PBO (WashPo factchecker has given him a number of pinnochios)…ALL THIS, and he still can’t get a consistent lead over the President.

        Other than the media being mad about PBO’s (rightfully) treatment of them, they want a horse race. They want it to appear that is so close. No election is a blow out and I know this won’t be one, but how many of you have seen Romney stickers. I live in a fairly purple city, yet no Romney stickers, only Obama 2012 stickers. They do it because it gets Obama supporters anxious AND WATCHING and Romney supporters excited AND WATCHING. The prez beat McLame 53-46, and even in the days right before the election the media was still playing this game.

        When you see the crowds at the two events…which one is more enthusiastic? Which one seems like the crowd at Village Inn or Cracker Barrel waiting for the early bird special? So, the media is in it for themselves. It is a self fulfilling prophecy. They make you mad…you watch. They make you happy…you watch. Either way…you watch.

        • 122 japa21
          June 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm

          You make a good point. Considering all the media polishing of Romney and the fact that PBO mainly receives negative coverage, and the way it is constantly ushed that PBO is doomed, he probably shouldn’t be ahead in any polls. This is actually an optimistic view as 1) we know what a great campaigner PBO is and 2) we know that the more people get to know Romney, the less they like him.

          • 123 LOL
            June 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm

            Exactly japa. As soon as the Prez starts campaigning, it’s Lights out for Mittens. Let’s be honest, the economy is not great. But people remember where we were in September/October 2008. People remember the Dow dropping 700 points. People remember who had the courage to bail out the big three when the entire country outside of Michigan were against it. People remember when we were losing nearly a million jobs in a month. AND while trying to dig us out of the hole the GOP created, PBO managed to deliver justice to the person who killed 3000 of our fellow Americans…so Mitt Romney can go drink a big glass of Shut the FCUK up.

            Everything Mitt has accomplished has been for himself. Bain made money for themselves and their investors. His Massachusetts experiment landed them 3 from the bottom in terms of job creation, he “saved” the Utah Olympics with tax payer money. There is no evidence of him making a dime’s difference in the lives of the public he now wants to lead. The health care law he passed, the same one passed by the current President, is now anathema to him. So, spare me with businessman making a difference schtick.

            Mitt is a sleezeball, plain and simple.

        • June 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm

          I have never watched FOXNews, but when I tried to watch a little bit of CNN today (during Ratty Ratigan time on msnbc), I can’t imagine FOX is any more critical of President Obama than I saw on CNN. It was solid anti-Obama—–all the news items were slanted—–and Cafferty is on a huge anti-Obama tirade. It looks so purposeful and inauthentic. What is the deal there?—–do they want a war with Iran, or what? Is someone there giving orders? Are they anxious for another “shock and awe”? They had so much fun with that at the beginning of the Iraq War—-Wolf embedded, fancy graphics, loud booms, high ratings. It’s all just sickening to me.

          • June 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm

            From time to time people like Chris Wallace, Greta Van Sustern and even Bill O’Reilly will surprise you.
            Shepard Smith is head and shoulders above Wolf Blitzer.

      • 126 Renegade522/AuntSis
        June 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm

        I think that is the $64,000 question. Why? Why does the media want the president to fail? Why does the media want the middle class to fail? Why are they constantly misleading the middle class to vote against their best interest?

    • 130 anniebella
      June 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      I hope we all prepare ourselves however way the Healthcare Supreme Court ruling go. It is not the end if it doesn’t go our way, we know what the media will do, there is no trust or respect for the media, and we know if they can spin it anti-Obama they will. So we need to pump ourselves up, and be ready for whatever comes. Be strong, stay strong, we have an election to win.

  31. June 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    MSM ignores it!

  32. June 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Artur Davis giving Wolfe a sit down, trashing the President., saying he has gone to far left, he wished he were more like Bill Clinton and that he, now get this, feels more conformable as a Republican!
    Is he related to Uncle Tom Cobley?

    • June 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Wolfe Blitzer teased the segment as a “bombshell.” Chyron reads “Early Obama Backer Defects to GOP.” Pathetic. Must be a slow news day for CNN.

      • 134 desertflower
        June 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

        Everything’s either “Breaking news!” or “Potentially a bombshell” with Wolf….most people would be snoozing in front of the TV screen if he didn’t interrupt with one of those statements from time to time. They all bore me.

        • 135 Zekke LyDonna
          June 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm

          I totally stopped watching the Wolf man. Not even worth it to know what enemy is saying. Just crap.

  33. June 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I think arrivals and welcomes about to begin in Cabo:


  34. 144 xtine
    June 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Here’s a really cool kid doing really amazing things — note 9-year-old blogger (Yay!):

    “A school kitchen being built in Malawi is to be named in honour of a nine-year-old blogger who has raised £85,000 for charity.”

    Story here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/18/malawi-kitchen-martha-payne-school-blog

  35. 147 Zekke LyDonna
    June 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    #MediaFail Those in the media continue to INSIST that voters will blame PBO for all economic setbacks, even those over which he has ABSOLUTELY no control. Apparently, they believe we will NOT consider #MittRobme’s LACK of ability to remedy the situation, nor will we consider TOTAL REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTION and LIES.

    When they talk about ‘the economy’, it’s ‘Wall Street’, ‘unemployment numbers’, ‘perception’. I particularly love the ‘perception’ model. It doesn’t seem to matter whether the ‘perception’ is right or wrong. I suppose that’s why they don’t bother to correct misperceptions. ‘We’ll leave it there.’

    My new tweet: 2 Million JOBS are being BLOCKED by REPUBLICANS. Isn’t THAT the story?

    It’s typical for pundits to proclaim, the election will be decided on the economy. They have a narrow definition of what constitutes ‘the economy.’ For some reason, they don’t seem to think access to; contraception, affordable health care & medications , affordable education (low interest student loans & pell grants), safe low cost abortion, are ALL economic issues, including the fact that women & minorities, are heavily employed in government JOBS, which republicans insist they will continue to CUT. Both Dems and Media have allowed ReThugs to perpetrate the notion that government jobs are not ‘real jobs.’ Media is particularly complicit in the demonization of Unions.

    I love this bit of Rethug logic: PBO immigration strategy is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, but he should have done it sooner. huh?

    I keep telling my friends, most Dem assault will be clarified at the Convention, when all attention will be on PBO and Dem message. It will be the beginning of clarification and intent. The Debates, which will also have the nation’s attention, will add further clarification. Pundits elevate their opinions by suggesting they know how the public ‘feels’ about the President. The attempt to channel public ‘disappointment’ is nauseating. What they’re really trying to do is shape/control the negative & sensational, with some kind of self-selected, self-fulfilling reporting.

    Once, I’d like to hear about a POLL where the first question is ‘what do you know about TheAffordableCareAct? If they say nothing. The pollster will give them several key elements. Then the question of repeal will be asked. How about asking what people think Mitt Romney will do differently than President Obama, to get the economy moving? Maybe because these kinds of questions will expose the ignorant underbelly of most polling.

    Finally, please God, deliver us all from ‘Liberals’ and Democratic ‘strategists’, with their ‘Hair-on-Fire’ advice. James Carvell, I’m talking to you. STFU.

    • June 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      That is very good, a poll down thread I posted, will make you happy!

    • 149 desertflower
      June 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! And your Tweet, is exactly how they ALL should be framed. 3 million jobs being PURPOSELY BLOCKED by Republicans. RW says PBO should have done DREAM sooner. WHY DIDN”T Republicans do it in 2003 when Orrin Hatch Introduced it during BUSH?

      In their face kind of Tweets! Make THEM ANSWER FOR THEIR obstruction and incompetence at governing!


  36. June 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    by Matt Barreto on 06/17/2012
    A new poll released June 17, 2012 by Latino Decisions and America’s Voice finds that Latino registered voters are very enthusiastic about President Obama’s recent announcement and action on immigration policy that will halt deportations and provide temporary work permits to some young undocumented immigrants. This new finding stands in clear contrast to the low levels of enthusiasm among Latino voters towards the previous deportation policies under the Obama administration. The joint survey between Latino Decisions and America’s Voice polled Latino registered voters in five key battleground states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and Virginia, and is part of a larger survey on Latino battleground states to be released later in June.

    Prior to June 15, 2012, many immigration reform advocates had stated that the record high levels of deportations of immigrants under the Obama administration was causing some Latinos to grow weary about the Obama re-election campaign. In a Latino Decisions/Univision News poll in early 2012 53% of Latino voters said they were less enthusiastic about Obama in 2012 than they had been in 2009, while just 30% were more excited about the President. Overall, when asked what they thought about Obama’s deportation of 1.2 million immigrants, 41% of Latino voters said they were less enthusiastic about Obama, compared to 22% who were more enthusiastic, a net enthusiasm deficit of -19 points. The announcement on June 15 appears to have clearly erased Obama’s enthusiasm deficit among Latinos.


    Where are ALL the headlines? Nevemind!

    • 151 japa21
      June 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      This is why, from a political point of view, the announcemnet last week is so important. It really won’t change the percentages of latinos that favor PBO over Romney very much. But what it will do is bring far more Latino supporters of PBO to the polls.
      Additionally, it still gets me when they discuss the increase in deportations. PBO’s adminsitration has primarily focused on deporting those immigrants that came here illegally who have been caught in criminal activities. Has the number been maybe too high? Perhaps, but it has not been a random, go after evrybody with a brown skin type of operation like we have seen in the past.

  37. June 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Political AnimalBlog
    June 18, 2012 1:25 PM

    Trust or Obey?

    By Ed Kilgore

    Yesterday Greg Sargent drew attention to Mitt Romney’s bland admission (in an interview with Bob Schieffer) that he wouldn’t be disclosing anything about how he’d pay for the large new tax cuts he’s proposed until after the election. Given his record of mendacity, that’s hardly reassuring.

    But there’s another aspect to Romney’s positioning on taxes that’s worth emphasizing: he keeps making it clear he will defer to Congress (presumably Republicans in Congress) in determining how he will structure his tax-cut proposal, and particularly the “loophole closing” measures that will supposedly make it possible not only to cut rates for everybody, but to ensure that tax cuts will not “reduce the burden paid by the wealthiest.”

    That’s interesting, since I haven’t heard any congressional leaders make this promise to ensure that “tax reform” does not change the tax burden of the wealthy. Paul Ryan, who seems to view progressive taxes and “welfare spending” as deeply immoral looting, sure hasn’t made this pledge. Nor have the conservatives so exercised about the “lucky ducky” poor who don’t have net income tax liability, or who conveniently tend to exclude payroll and state and local taxes in assessing the overall tax burden.


    • 153 Zekke LyDonna
      June 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      If Mitt Robme continues to proclaim his deference to congress, isn’t that an admission about the ‘importance’ of Congressional action? Were I a reporter, my next question would be about current congressional inaction, specifically regarding REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTION.

  38. June 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Reposting this in the event anyone missed it this morning. Thanks guys.

    Hi TODers. I really hate doing this, but Tucker and I are still in need of your help. You’ve been so incredibly generous to us already, and I don’t want to seem to be taking advantage of that generosity, but I am desperate. I’ve been trying to work up the courage to do this for a week – before things got out of hand, but couldn’t.

    You probably know that I got a part-time job canvassing for a local community organizing group. I got my first pay check on Friday. It was $140 for 4 days of work. It rained a couple days and they canceled canvassing and they have scheduled ‘off’ days. Also, when they run out of money to pay us, there’s no work. Of the $60 I earn for each day of work, I have to pay $20 to take a cab back to the extended stay each night because the last bus leaves before my shift ends. By the time I deduct food and transportation costs, I’m grossing $30 a day.

    I can’t manage on that and am asking for your help to keep a roof over our heads until I get a real job that can pay the bills. I also need to keep up the payments for the storage of my things and keep my phone on.

    I know things are tough for everyone, and it pains me to have to come to you for help again, but if you can, please do know how grateful I am.

    Thank you

  39. 157 Bill R.
    June 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Is the paypal acct. still open to lend a hand to Hachiko?

  40. June 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    This Cabo livestream is fascinating.

    • 159 Dudette
      June 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      I know right? I’m so proud of myself that I recognize some of the dignataries there — without pundit commentary. How about that?

      • June 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm

        I was just thinking that, myself! And what it would be like to be in a room with so many heads of state.

      • 161 lisalovesobama
        June 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm

        I can’t stand Putin. Why is that freak back? shouldn’t he be riding bare-chested across a snow covered mountain right about now? 🙄 what an ass.

    • 162 Dudette
      June 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      There he is… My President! I see him! I see him!!

  41. June 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    New Robme tactic – the economy is improving, but no thanks to President Obama!

    On the non-Robme front, I’m enjoying watching President Obama mingle with the world leaders at the G-20 summit. I watched him arrive, walk down the long, long hallway, chat with a bunch of them – I’m loving this coverage. Who needs audio?? OK, maybe now would be nice.

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