29
Jun
12

Colorado

President Obama, Democratic Senator Michael Bennet and Republican Representative Doug Lamborn arrive at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport

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President Barack Obama welcomes Stephanie Decker, her husband Joe Decker, and children Reese and Dominic, to the Oval Office, June 29, 2012. Decker lost her legs while saving her two children during a tornado in southern Indiana in March. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A Kentucky woman who lost both legs shielding her children from a tornado walked arm-in-arm with President Barack Obama into the Oval Office on Friday.

The visit by Stephanie Decker came just under four months after the twister wrecked her home in Henryville, Ky. She had tied a blanket around the children and thrown herself on top of them when falling debris crushed her legs.

… When not using a wheelchair, Decker, 37, is able to walk for extended periods using prosthetic limbs…. Decker was joined by her son Dominic, 9, daughter Reese, 6, and husband Joe, 42, for the Oval Office visit, which came just before Obama flew to Colorado to view damage from the state’s wildfires.

It followed a handwritten letter from Obama and a follow-up phone call from the President while she was in the hospital.

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163 Responses to “Colorado”


  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    1st

  2. 5 susanne
    June 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    good morning chips and toddies!

  3. 6 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Pres. Obama is a decent human being. That was such a thoughtful gesture towards Stephanie Decker.

  4. 7 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm

  5. 8 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Helloooooooo……….HELLOOOOOOO….

    Ahhh…no one here. LET’S WRECK THIS PLACE. 😆

  6. 14 Ladyhawke
    June 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    ROMNEY’S STRATEGY – “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

    Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity – (Volume #24)

    By Steve Benen

    ——————————————————-

    1. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, Romney said “we are still waiting” for President Obama “to present an immigration plan.”

    No, actually, we’re not. Obama endorsed a comprehensive reform plan years ago, and presented his own detailed plan more than a year ago.

    2. At a campaign event in Salem, Virginia, Romney said Obama had “all the support he needed” in Congress to pass immigration legislation during his first two years in office.

    That’s plainly false. There were Democratic majorities in both chambers, but not enough to overcome Republican filibusters.

    3. At the same event, Romney said Obama “did not deal with immigration” policy.

    Sure he did. Obama introduced a comprehensive immigration reform proposal; he increased deportations; he strengthened border security; and he used his prosecutorial discretion to implement the goals of the DREAM Act. Romney may not approve of these policies, but he should deny their existence.

    4. Romney also argued that Obama “promised” to keep unemployment “below 8 percent” through the Recovery Act.

    As Romney surely knows by now, that’s simply not true.

    ——————————————————

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/29/12483552-chronicling-mitts-mendacity-vol-xxiv?lite

    • 15 nathkatun7
      June 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Steve Benen is doing a great job chronicling Romney’s lies. Sadly few people get to read his column. The big news media, with far reaching megaphones, are completely silent when it comes to Romney’s lies.

      • 16 COS
        June 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm

        It would be nice if he could release this in hardcopy book form.

        • 17 Ladyhawke
          June 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

          Totally agree Cos. I have said many times that Steve Benen has enough material for a book deal. I really hope it’s in the works. If you do a search on “Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity”, Steve owns it.

  7. June 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    These “music” videos are too much 😆

    • 19 utaustinliberal
      June 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Haha…these videos with PBO are hilarious. Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”, Callie Rae Jephson’s “Call Me Maybe”, LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy And I Know I” and now Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend”. It’s so funny how PBO’s flow easily fits in with these songs.

      p.s. still cracking up over PBO saying “swag”

  8. June 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Some here on TOD were wondering earlier why they haven’t seen Debbie Wasserman Schultz lately. I don’t know either – but I just saw that she will be speaking in Des Moines this weekend, so that’s good news:

    http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/06/29/national-democratic-official-to-share-personal-health-care-at-obama-event-in-iowa/

    • 21 Betsy
      June 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      I have been worried her health has been an issue, so I’m glad to see she’s back. She used to be everywhere, then suddenly nowhere, so I was worried her cancer has returned 😦

      • 22 japa21
        June 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm

        Let’s hope that is not the case. She has been a stalwart defender of PBO’s policies. The really tragic thing is that if it did return we would hear all sorts of rejoicing from the right.

        • 23 Betsy
          June 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm

          I agree with you, she’s fabulous and right on the money, so I have missed her voice alot these past few months. I don’t KNOW anything, I was just worried. I hope I’m totally off base. As for the GOP, they are so heartless!

  9. 24 Linda
    June 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Glenn Beck Sells Tee Shirts Calling John Roberts A ‘Coward’ |

    After yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, conservative politicians turned on Chief Justice John Roberts for siding with liberal justices and ruling the mandate constitutionally sound.

    Critics of the decision even edited his Wikipeida page to call him a “chief traitor” and “coward,” and suggested his epilepsy medicine cause “cognitive problems.” Conservative commentator Glenn Beck got in on the action, labeling the chief justice the “Dread Pirate Roberts” and quickly setting up his online store to sell a tee shirt with Roberts’s face and the word “coward” below above it. Here’s a picture of the shirt, on sale for a mere $30:

    Does MSNBC really want to employ SE Cupp who also works for Beck…..Does CNN really want to employ Will Cain who works for Beck ?

    • 25 theo67
      June 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      I could run into the street and insist that the sky is green, and demand that a declaration be proclaimed that the sky is green. If I got enough people to agree with me, get the media to repeatedly report that my stance on the green-ness of the sky had merit, file a lawsuit and take the case all the way up to the Supreme Court, riding a wave of deranged anger – would the sky miraculously turn green? These right wingers who hoodwinked the nation into thinking that the law was unconstitutional, simply because they declared it to be so – they should be ashamed. And anyone buying or sporting that tee shirt about Roberts is simply declaring their stupidity. They don’t know what’s in the Constitution, and they don’t even seem to care.

    • 26 donna dem 4 obama
      June 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      Sure they do! People will watch regardless of who they put on these shows and the management at these networks know this. Cupp and Cain were vetted for their associations before they were hired. These cable networks know exactly what they are getting. They love the controversy and confrontation that these “players” will play on their infotainment cable shows.

      • 27 sabreen60
        June 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

        You may be to young to remember, but there use to be a show on called the David Susskind Show. What I remember most was that he would have guests who had two extreme opinions on an issue. No way were these people ever going to agree. Same thing here. You put someone like the Cupp woman on with liberals, all you’re going to get is arguing. It’s a waste of time and space. IMO, turn the TV off.

    • 28 anniebella
      June 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Glen Beck is a sick S.O.B.

    • 29 susanne
      June 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      trying to fund limpbaugh’s immigration to romnesia?

    • 30 COS
      June 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      OMG, I did not know that Cain and Cupp worked for Beck. This explains my utter disgust for both of them.

  10. June 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    President Barack Obama welcomes Stephanie Decker, her husband Joe Decker, and children Reese and Dominic, to the Oval Office, June 29, 2012. Decker lost her legs while saving her two children during a tornado in southern Indiana in March. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  11. 36 Liberal Librarian
    June 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Hey everyone, my new piece is up at TPV: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2012/06/it-was-always-trap.html

  12. 40 donna dem 4 obama
    June 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    It’s 102 degrees here in DC with HUMIDITY it feels like 110 degrees. LHM this is too much but it’s better than snow 🙄

  13. 41 Linda
    June 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Doug Lamborn voted YES on the Holder contempt yesterday…….Shame on him for taking a ride home on AF1.

    • 42 jackiegrumbacher
      June 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      It must have taken a lot of restraint on PBO’s part not to leave him on the tarmac.

      • 43 isonprize
        June 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm

        Only because he is a classy guy. But me? I would find a way to let his constituents know about his hypocrisy. Govt is all bad, but your US Rep didn’t mind flying with the socialist, Kenyan death panel Barack Husseeeeein Obama.

        Uggh, their stupidity is just blinding…

  14. 44 Dakota
    June 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I read that we raised more than Robney’s 4.2 mil. Does anyone know the amount of money we raised as of yesterday?

    • 45 Bill
      June 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      I don’t believe the figure has been announced, but I am certain it will.

    • 46 Tally
      June 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      I’m dying to find out because I’m going to tweet the fuck out of it! 😀

    • 47 donna dem 4 obama
      June 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      My guess is that I doubt they will release that number this close to the end of the month. We have a hard deadline on midnight Saturday. If they tell the public that they raised 6 or 7 Million in the last 24 hours some might say, “oh they have already raised a lot” and maybe ignore those appeals for donations in the final hours before the deadline.

      That’s just my take on it.

    • 49 Linda
      June 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Yes….and only 42k donors……so that means each one gave 100K ? ( not that good with math )

  15. 53 Bill
    June 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) is on the floor of the House ranting on “global warming” being a hoax. The Republicans are crazy.

    • 54 donna dem 4 obama
      June 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Yes, they are crazy but can be quite entertaining if you turn the sound down as you watch them rant. 😉

    • 56 utaustinliberal
      June 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      In the face of overwhelming evidence that global warming and climate change is real, a moron is still ranting that it’s a hoax? I don’t care who you are; if you vote GOP in 2012, you’re a freaking nut job.

    • 57 cindysweatt
      June 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Seriously? Rep. Rohrabacher, you are invited to my home in Colorado (just north of the Waldo fire.) We can sit out on my deck and see who can guzzle the most ice water.

    • 59 isonprize
      June 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      PBO’s speech was short and sweet, but he did tap the podium when he finished… He thanked the mayor, local officials and firefighters.

      Talked about how AMERICANS come together during national tragedies. How we should thank them 365 days a year, not just when our house is on fire, or the neighborhood is threatened. Y’all DO know that he’s a genius, right??? 😎 😎

  16. 61 anniebella
    June 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Did you hear POTUS thanking the fire fighters? He realize that these fire fighters are valuable, hard working real Americans. Unlike that lying Republican candidate ( Mitt Romney ) who think we don’t need them,or policemen, or teachers. I’m so thankful we have a President who has a heart who truly cares about people, who doesn’t just see them as a tool to get him elected.

    • 62 isonprize
      June 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Annie, I just said the same thing. PLUS he gave a light tap on that podium. He actually cares about AMERICA, even cares about the crazies who hate him.

    • 63 japa21
      June 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      PBO handled this in a classy way. He just gave the firefighters a salute and praised them for their work and how we should thank them 365 days a year, not just when there is a fire. It would have been easy for him to politicize this, as the Republicans are trying to do, by saying, “Some people (and we all know who he would be referring to) think we don’t need more firefighters…”
      But as usual, he chose the high road.

  17. 64 Linda
    June 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    No votes on the Transportation Bill

    Ayotte (R-NH)
    Barrasso (R-WY)
    Coats (R-IN)
    Corker (R-TN)
    Cornyn (R-TX)
    Crapo (R-ID)
    DeMint (R-SC)
    Enzi (R-WY)
    Graham (R-SC)
    Hatch (R-UT)
    Johnson (R-WI)
    Lee (R-UT)
    McCain (R-AZ)
    Moran (R-KS)
    Paul (R-KY)
    Portman (R-OH)
    Risch (R-ID)
    Rubio (R-FL)
    Toomey (R-PA)

    • 65 isonprize
      June 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      NONE of these whistleheads should be allowed to travel over ANY INTERSTATES!!! Toomey is an embarrassment.

      • 66 Linda
        June 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

        My two Rednecks finally voted YES on something…..

        I should be nice and send them an e-mail …since every time they vote NO I e-mail them and tell them I just donated to the re-election campaign for PBO…

        • 67 donna dem 4 obama
          June 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm

          I would send them a thank you and tell them you just donated to the re-election campaign for PBO 😉

          • 68 Linda
            June 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm

            oh darn….I did not think of that…..I told them they saved me some money this time and I will use it to buy groceries.

            teehee

      • 69 Bill
        June 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        If you read between the lines on Toomey’s bio, after Harvard he failed on Wall Street, tried the restaurant business, and then entered the public sector as an anti-tax advocate. He comes across as a real creep.

      • 70 prettyfoot58
        June 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm

        yes he is….

    • 71 susanne
      June 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      yeah, because they don’t need no stinkin’ roads.

  18. 72 Ladyhawke
    June 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    CURSING IS OK IF YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN

    White House cursing is not a BFD

    By Steve Benen

    ——————————–

    Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s senior adviser, said language like this is “not presidential.” (Follow up question for Fehrnstrom: your campaign believes in heckling and sending a bus to drive around in circles while honking. Is that “presidential”?)

    But before these questions about political cursing make the rounds too much, let’s also pause to note recent history. When George W. Bush decided to launch an unnecessary war, he proclaimed, “F**k Saddam, we’re taking him out.” When Dick Cheney ran into Pat Leahy on the Senate floor in 2004, he said, “Go f**k yourself.”

    During a discussion on immigration policy a few years ago, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) screamed at Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), saying “F**k you! This is chickens**t stuff.” On the campaign trail a few months ago, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who positions himself as a virtues champion of traditional values, blasted a reporter’s question as “bulls**t.”

    ———————————

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/29/12484153-white-house-cursing-is-not-a-bfd

    • 73 Debz
      June 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      They really have NOTHING to run against POTUS, so they resort to this?????? When Romney’s campaign is run by 12 year olds and the candidate is a bully, with no ideas or vision, this is what we get. “MOM, he’s swearing!!!”

      • 74 Ladyhawke
        June 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm

        Exactly Debz. What we should be saying to Mitt Romney and the children running his campaign is:

        PLEASE, PUT YOUR MOTHER ON THE PHONE.

  19. 75 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    • 76 Linda
      June 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Yippee !!!!!! Although I am not surprised….

      I saw on the news this morning that Holder is not staying for PBO second term…..When did he announce that ?

      • June 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm

        Oh, no! He’s been magnificent. I know Geithner’s out, too. And of course, HRC.

        • 78 japa21
          June 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm

          Very few cabinet members stick around for a second term. In fact, PBO has had remarkable loyalty from his cabinet, there is usually a bigger turnover even in the first term than he has had, specially when you consider the abuse that has been rained down on this adminsitration. One of the most frustrated has to be LaHood, who is an honest and full of integrity type of guy. Watching what his former Republican colleagues are doing to prevent him from being able to do his job has to be awful.

            • 80 Linda
              June 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm

              ok… I checked….and I guess someone asked him in one of the hearing on June 12. Here was his answer….as usual the MSM mucked it up.
              —-

              Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he doesn’t know if he’ll stay in his job if President Barack Obama wins a second term in November.

              “What my future holds, frankly, I’m just not sure,” Holder said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, when asked point blank if he plans to stay in Obama’s administration.

              Holder said that question is ultimately up to Obama. Pressed on whether he would stay if the president asked him to, Holder simply said he has enjoyed his time as attorney general but that “it’s been a tough job.”

              “It is one that takes a lot out of you,” he said. “Some have raised concerns about whether I was tough enough. I hope people will see … [that I] stuck by my guns … I’ve lost some, I’ve won more than I’ve lost. This has been the highlight of my career.”

              • June 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

                Thanks, Linda. Hmmmmm, I should think POTUS would stick by him for another term but I hear what he’s saying. This kind of service is a tremendous sacrifice for those who serve and their families. I love these people in his cabinet.

        • 82 Linda
          June 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm

          I better verify that…I think I saw it on TeaNN…..and we all know how they get things wrong.

      • June 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm

        I hate to see him go, but after what happened to Vince Foster, leaving is probably the best choice.

    • 84 isonprize
      June 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      Of course it won’t! What a COLOSSAL waste of TIME and $$$. Well, maybe only a half-colossal waste of time. NOW we know who the hateful GANG OF 17 Dems are who voted for the contempt.

    • 85 donna dem 4 obama
      June 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Excellent!

  20. 86 susanne
    June 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    poor robme–maybe he could have been president in an era when news had to travel with the wagon trains across the great plains.

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/06/four-things-romney-wishes-he-hadnt-said-about-romneycare/54058/

  21. 90 utaustinliberal
    June 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

  22. June 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Wow! The MSNBainC reporter said that the President will be getting an earful from the Colorado residents, about the FIRE.
    So, they are now blaming the President for the Fire?
    The reporter was Gina Kim…!

    • June 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      And She just said this is a very Republican State! Wow! This Reporter sucks! Called the Governor Owen, and then said it was Hickenlooper!

      • 97 anniebella
        June 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

        Jovie, didn’t President Obama win Colorado in 2008? And the last poll had him leading, or it was close race, so it was kind of stupid of this reporter. And why is the people blaming the President, if that is true, which I don’t believe it is.

    • 99 Bill
      June 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      I think the Colorado Springs area is very right wing dominated by Bible thumpers.

      • 100 anniebella
        June 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm

        So are these people saying President Obama set the fire? And I thought these right wing folks didn’t want anything from the Government. Big Government.

    • 101 Cha
      June 29, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      I read that teabags in Colorado Springs were saying he didn’t get there fast enough..I feel sorry for them because their homes were burned but don’t blame the President.

    • June 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Jovie,

      Love your posts, always spot on and informative.

      I live in California’s 24th Congressional District, which is reliably Republican, but voted for Obama in 2008.

      @EltonGallegly24 is our Congressman, who tweeted this on Wednesday:
      “The enemy is not the fire. The enemy is the U.S. Forest Service” http://tinyurl.com/ 77jz8le ‪#Colorado‬ #wildfires‬
      1:49 PM – 27 Jun 12 via web

      So yes, Republicans have no shame in blaming the “government” for natural disasters.

      On the bright side, @EltonGallegly24 has been redistricted out of a seat; we’re now more likely (fingers crossed) to get a Dem Congresswoman in November (now CA CD26).

  23. June 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Oh, darn, did I miss PBO in Colorado? Why oh why did I think I needed groceries?

  24. 118 Bill R.
    June 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Some good information from ThinkProgress on these links:

    Why The Individual Mandate Is Not A ‘Massive Tax Hike’ On The Middle Class- http://app.mx3.americanprogressaction.org/e/er?s=785&lid=123318&elq=d77dadee587a4d2c9ecc24de6321a8f4

    4 Reasons Why Republicans Won’t Be Able To Repeal Obamacare- http://app.mx3.americanprogressaction.org/e/er?s=785&lid=123319&elq=d77dadee587a4d2c9ecc24de6321a8f4

    Supreme Court Decision On Arizona’s Immigration Law Provides Strong Support For Obama’s Immigration Order – http://app.mx3.americanprogressaction.org/e/er?s=785&lid=123013&elq=d77dadee587a4d2c9ecc24de6321a8f4

  25. June 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    The White House statement from press secretary Jay Carney:

    “We are pleased that Congress has finally passed a bipartisan bill to stop student loan interest rates from doubling and put Americans to work rebuilding our nation’s roads and bridges. For months, President Obama has been calling on Congress to take up these two important priorities before middle class families pay the price for inaction. Thanks to Congress heeding that call today, millions of American students will avoid a $1,000 debt hike while millions of construction workers will be able to stay on the job. But there is still much more Congress can do to create jobs and grow the economy, and the President will keep up pressure until they pass pieces of his American Jobs Act that independent economists say could put us on the path of creating another million jobs.”

  26. 122 Tally
    June 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

  27. 125 Ladyhawke
    June 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    WHO OWNS THE NEWS MEDIA

    ————————————————

    Who Owns the News Media is an interactive database of companies that own news properties in the United States. Use the site to compare the companies, explore each media sector or read profiles of individual companies. Learn more about the site. For highlights of a year that included the busiest time in newspaper sales since 2007 and the single largest local TV acquisition in four years, read the summary of major ownership changes in the last year.

    ————————————————–

    http://stateofthemedia.org/media-ownership/

  28. 126 donna dem 4 obama
    June 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding

    Congratulations Theo67 you reached fundraising goal!

    The TOD Fundraisers ROCK!!!

  29. 128 Ladyhawke
    June 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Our Failed Fourth Estate is to Blame for Obamacare Disconnect

    By Nicole Belle

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    So why the disconnect? In a nutshell, it’s because the Fourth Estate has completely failed us.

    Think about it. Why is it that no one understands how business and individuals will be impacted, as JJ Ramberg explains what a small percentage of small businesses are affected by the ACA in a rare moment of constructive information on Tamron Hall’s NewsNation on MSNBC? Because it never gets reported.

    Journalism isn’t simply saying, “The Republicans say that Obamacare will do xxx…” That’s regurgitation. A true journalist would provide the correct information to enable his or her viewer to evaluate the truthfulness of the claim. But all those high-paid Villagers in New York and DC can’t be bothered, leaving it to us bloggers to hope our small voices reaches past the noise machine:

    ————————————————–

    http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/our-failed-fourth-estate-blame-obamac

    • 129 forus50
      June 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Sadly, 2e all know this to be true but it is so necessary to write it, tweet it, and make it well known. Thanks for posting it.

  30. June 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm
    • 133 Lorraine
      June 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      So they are not resigning because their religion says black folks will be slaves in Heaven. Okay.

      • 134 Liberal Librarian
        June 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Actually, that enters into it, I think.

        Among the reasons cited by those resigning are the church’s political activism against gay marriage; doctrinal teachings that conflict with scientific findings or are perceived as racist or sexist; and inconsistencies in the church’s explanation of its own history, including the practice of polygamy.

        • 135 Lorraine
          June 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm

          I don’t see anything related to it at all.

        • June 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm

          Every time I read something about the Mormon religion, I run into strange, unique teachings—–they believe Native Americans are of Jewish descent? That’s a new one. But then—any belief that began with someone’s desire to “marry” multiple young girls may be just a tad suspect.

          • June 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm

            Yes, they believe they’re one of the 12 Tribes of Israel and that Jesus appeared to NA after he worse from the dead. I tend to be non-religious and find organized religion in general suspect, but I usually place Mormonism in a category similar to $cientology.

  31. June 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    More freakin’ evidence of our corrupt media. This will make you sick and this time it’s NPR. From BJ:

    Just a Humble Tradesman, Trapped in a World He Never Made

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/06/29/just-a-humble-tradesman-trapped-in-a-world-he-never-made/

    • 140 Liberal Librarian
      June 29, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Tweeted!

    • June 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Friggin’ unbelievable, the guy turns up EVERYWHERE, and the media keep on citing him as some kind of ‘independent’ voice? I friggn’ despair.

    • 145 donna dem 4 obama
      June 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      And this my friend is why I cannot stand our media. It is ALL propaganda. We are being hoodwinked everyday and the public doesn’t have a clue. SMDH 🙄

      • 146 nathkatun7
        June 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

        Exactly my sentiments, Donna! Most of our media are now the propaganda arm of the Republican party. Sadly most Americans still rely on them. I have friends, who are otherwise very smart people, who watch CNN religiously and listen to NPR. They are convinced that what they watch and hear everyday is the objective truth. I’ve been urging them to use their critical thinking whenever they watch CNN or listen to NPR. But the “power of habit” is so hard to break.

    • June 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      That is really amazing. Or—-maybe I cease to be amazed at the continuous peddling of pure junk. A Rove disciple. Our news media is failing this country.

  32. 148 cookemom
    June 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Yoo Hoo, I see you O~O on this great getting up day in TODville. Sorry I got here so late, let the games begin!!! Good news in the cookemom household. #2 who has been trying to find herself, rather than furthering her summa cum laude degree in biology, was very concerned about how the health care ruling could have knocked her off my insurance. So afraid in fact that she has decided to get back to school in the sciences. I’m hoping medical, but she says she won’t stop again til a phd in anthropology. See, they can be scared straight. (fingers crossed).

    Political take today is, fired up ready to go!! I’m on my way to the thread that listed folks FR pages. Getting ready to drop a little summin, summin in honor of #2 realizing that she really already knew where she was, just needed a jolt of real life.

  33. 150 jacquelineoboomer
    June 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Not sure if this has been posted here yet … but I just love it!

  34. 153 Betsy
    June 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    No big changes in the House of Representatives? People are really going to re-elect the party of NO to get things done? WTF? We have a LOT of work to do if that happens! I will never forget they predicted a GOP House and were right. This makes me determined to work harder.


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