A Word from Purpleshoesla

Randi Rhodes

by Purpleshoesla

I volunteered last night not for OFA but for our local non-commercial jazz radio station down at Cal State Long Beach. They are having their annual summer pledge drive to raise funds to keep the station on the air. Anyhow, I was sitting at a long table of volunteers each of us with headsets on taking pledge phone calls when I hear to my far left, this very very loud male voice say, “OH! I See you have an Obama button on. Do you think he’s going to win? I don’t think so at all. My father and I voted for him in 2008 but we won’t be this time because he just hasn’t accomplished anything, and there’s all this fighting going on in the House and the Senate. He just can’t get anything done and I can’t vote for him again.”

Since I didn’t have any Obama gear on myself, I turned to my left and looked down the length of the table to see who this man (DOOFUS) was talking to. Apparently a woman with an Obama 2012 button on had started her shift and was sat right next to him so he could train her on how to answer the phones for the pledge drive. Even though I was on phone calls myself, I could still hear him in the background, loudly and ignorantly pontificating repeatedly that besides getting OBL and health care, our Pres hasn’t accomplished anything and the Congress was preventing him from getting what he wanted to get done and he just wouldn’t get vote for him.

I couldn’t hear what she was saying back to him because she was speaking to him in a very calm, low, steady voice, but I heard him say (loudly, naturally) once to her, “Lilly Ledbetter Act? what’s that ? Is that the health care law?” I KID YOU NOT.

By this point, needless to say, my blood pressure was on the rise. In addition to having to hear this ignorance, the fact that he was saying it at such top volume was making it difficult for those of us at the table to hear our own phone calls. He wasn’t belligerent, just LOUDLY OPINIONATED and IGNORANT as some loud opinionated folks tend to be. Unfortunately, because I was sitting 5 chairs away I couldn’t reach down the table and rip his larynx out. At one point as I was just finishing up a pledge call, he was saying AGAIN how PBO couldn’t get anything done because of Congress blocking him and that’s why he couldn’t vote for him again.

I’d had it. I said in a very loud voice (ok, I yelled) down the table, “NO SIR, THAT’S WHY HE NEEDS A SECOND TERM!” Things got quiet quick.

The woman with the Obama button turned and looked at me down the table, I gave her a thumbs up, she gave me a wink. The people in between us kind of smiled to themselves. My phone rang again just at that moment and I was back to taking pledge calls. Later when there were a lull in the phones and Mr. Loudmouth had apparently gotten up from his phone, I walked over to the Obama button woman and handed her a stack of Randi Rhodes’ “Obama’s Top 50 accomplishments” wallet cards (remember those? 😆 ).

I told her that whenever I encounter these uninformed folks I just drop one of these on them, shuts them up right quick. She thanked me, chuckled and told me that she was a Summer Fellow for OFA and that my outburst seemed to have subdued him a bit. BTW they are looking for volunteers in the South Bay offices, Long Beach and the Crenshaw office that just opened yesterday.

Also ran into Mr. Loudmouth in the lunch room later while I was getting something to eat. He was avoiding eye contact so I walked up to him and said, “look you appear to be an intelligent man, and I’m sorry for yelling but I simply cannot tolerate this kind of mis-information. If you don’t want to vote for the President fine, but at least get a better understanding of WHY you won’t vote for him by informing yourself with facts of what he actually has or has NOT done. And lay off the Fox News will you please? They are doing you a disservice.”

I handed him one of Randi’s wallet cards and walked away. Anyway, towards the end of my shift, several other volunteers came up to me and thanked me for speaking up and asked me for the wallet cards as well. I handed the rest of my entire stash out to them. Mr. Loudmouth actually pleasantly said good night to me when I left.

Did I convert him? Who knows? But, I just can’t have people talking shit about my President in my presence.

The moral of this story is:

1) Carry these cards around with you. You never know when they are going to come in handy. (See link above for Randi’s card, also see Tien Le’s ACA wallet card)


2) Get out and Volunteer, for crips sake! There are still people, even in this “blue safe state” that are STILL woefully uninformed. Have a good day everyone! Off to enjoy the Cali sunshine!


Thank you Purpleshoesla!

289 Responses to “A Word from Purpleshoesla”

  1. 1 Betsy
    June 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Love this. Thanks Chips!

  2. 6 isonprize
    June 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    PURPLE SHOES!! Go, girl!!

    • 7 Betsy
      June 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Yes Purple Shoes, Way to go! Thanks for sharing. Great read.

      • 8 0388jojothecat
        June 30, 2012 at 9:15 pm

        Great Job Purpleshoes…I printed this our and plan to make copies to pass out. We will have the opportunity to discuss ACA because I heard the GOP are going to do a re-make of the Summer of 2009. It won’t work this time because all those seniors who were yelling to get your hands off my SS and MC are reaping the benefits of lower cost of name brand drugs and better healthcare. People who had to get Cobra are finding it “less” expensive than their retirement provided healthcare (my brother was just laid off and said so), these same people’s grandkids are on their parents’ employee provided health insurance plans. Their friends can’t get kicked off their insurance because of pre-existing conditions and some will soon be getting rebates. Employers should also be getting rebates and we all should see a reduction in deductibles and co-pays this November.

  3. 9 Dudette
    June 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm


  4. 10 susanne
    June 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    aloha todville!

    • 13 COS
      June 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      I have heard Randi talk about thiscard many times. Randi is the best voice that we have on progressive radio. She is consistent and credible, and I will be happy when she return from vacation.

      • 14 0388jojothecat
        June 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        Me too. Randi will be back on the radio Thursday after the 4th of July…..can’t wait.

        • 15 desertflower
          June 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm

          All the way till THURSDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG….. I hope she had a great, well deserved vacation, but geesh…I miss her!
          Purpleshoes! Great job:)

  5. 16 lovingandlaughing
    June 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Awesome, thank you purple shoes!

  6. June 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    got this off the internet. What and asshole

    Anybody watch Sanjay Gupta on CNN’s special on Obamacare?

    Some woman wrote in and said she had a knee replacement because she knew she would need it and wanted to get it done before Obamacare and his health care rationing and death panels kicked in.

    His response? Yes, there will be administrators at the top who will decide how much healthcare some people should receive. He went on for a few minutes about that. Then quickly said it will be the same as it is now.

    Then someone asked what President Obama is talking about when he said that the cost of healthcare would go down?
    His response? He doesn’t know. Healthcare costs continue to rise. Then he added that certain preventive measures will now be free.

    Then… the icing on the cake…..
    Someone called in and spoke about how the gopers want to repeal Obamacare but never say what they are going to replace it with.

    His response??? Well I spoke with the Romney campaign. They want to get rid of the mandate but will keep the other popular parts of the

    program in place – such as no discrimination for pre-existing conditions, and keeping children on their parents healthcare plan until they are 26. He repeated that twice.

    • 18 COS
      June 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Gupta should keep his mouth closed and read the details of the ACA before he answer questions.

    • 19 Dudette
      June 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      Fuck him! To think this man was actually considered a serious candidate for Surgeon General.
      At least we learned he was more interested in lining his pockets at TNN than actually serving this country

      • 20 Nena20409
        June 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm

        Working as corporate media personality and working as Surgeon General are two different things. That was the CNN reporting style, Not REAL reporting style.

      • 21 susanne
        June 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        another in a long list of benefits from the pbo first term: we know who’s sincere about moving america forward, and who’s in the politics game for publicity.

    • 22 Betsy
      June 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Unbelievable. That pisses me off 😡

    • 24 Tally
      June 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      That basically means hw wants to raise taxes on the poor nad gut most public programs so he can pay for it. Or just not pay for it, like most GOP things like wars and tax cuts for the rich. Fuck Mitt.

    • 25 Linda
      June 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      I e-mail him and told him to STOP LYING ABOUT ACA…….

      • 26 Nena20409
        June 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        Now, that is a way to fight back. Great job. Another way would be to Bomb tweet him and make him account for his crappy reporting. Folks what we have in the age of Pres Obama; what once was, isn’t any more. And what once was not is. Look at poor Joe Williams? yet E.D Hill. Glenn Beck, Rusbo, Tucker Carlson..while at MSNBC, Lou Dobbs, Mark Halprien, etc. They all said things and kept their jobs. In the age of pres Obama, it is a badge of Honor to insult, demean, disparage pres Obama by obviously Whit Journos or Black rethugs, even Latina radio personality and live to tell about them.

        The same goes for how pres Obama’s agenda is reported. It is reported based on How bad is it for president Obama and misinformation are welcomed and hardly ever challenged or corrected.

    • June 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      He talked to the Romney campaign? LOL!!!! Gupta actually thinks Romney and the GOP have a replacement?! He’s either a moron, a bothsidesdoit fan or in the tank for Romney. No other explanations for such a completely daft statement.

      • 29 Cha
        June 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm

        Gupta sounds like a Lying SACK of Shyte…Why doesn’t he speak to the Obama Campaign so he can get his fucking facts Straight? He’s nothing but a politicalwhore. The Obama Admin might have offered him the job to keep his lying trap shut on cnn?

    • 30 ChristiMTL
      June 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      I just saw the title, didn’t read the article from Media Matters…

      CNN’s Erin Burnett Cherry-Picks Numbers To Attack Health Care Law

      Continue CNN….to the far far right we go….I guess they don’t care that their ratings are in free fall.

      • 31 Cha
        June 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        I wish MediaMatters would get on Sanja Gupta’s LYing asscase.

      • 32 Puddin'
        June 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm

        Once upon CNN was #1 and then Faux News’ craziness put them in first place. Apparently CNN think the only way back to first plae in the ratings, is to become a clone of Faux News.

    • 33 AnnieNeroda
      June 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Romney never says how he would pay for all that without a mandate. Sheesh!

    • 34 cognachas4paws
      July 1, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Hi all, new to the Obama Diary. This is a great blog.

      Wanted to say that the misinformation that is out there and is reinforced by news sources is why people are going nuts over this. There are so many benefits to the law and all this scary stuff like death panels is just hot air. This is too important for them to give out such ridiculous information.

      There are many questions that I’ve seen on other blogs that really goes to show that not many have read the actual law or even done some research on their own from unbiased sources. With something this important, you really need to do your own due diligence so you understand what is in the law and, perhaps even more vital, what is NOT in the law.

  7. 35 Dudette
    June 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Teach Purpleshoes Teach!!!

    That was AWESOME SAUCE on a chocalate strawberry!

    • 36 isonprize
      June 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      I replied back on the other thread. If you are serious about taking your nephew to the White House, call your US Senator or US Rep’s office NOW to make reservations. I’m very serious. I called in October last year, about got tickets for June, and that was the earliest!! The demand has been ridiculous since PBO took office. They don’t do Mondays. And there are some days they cancel tours, but you kinda don’t know when that will happen…

      • 37 Dudette
        June 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm

        Thank you sooo much!

        • 38 isonprize
          June 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm

          October of 2010 for June of 2011. Seriously, And NOW, after Obamacare, I can’t imagine it will be any less popular. Plus, I actually went thru my RE-thug-lican senator’s office. I happened to be in his office and asked about visiting the White House. The clerk, who had previously worked for a Dem senator, assured me that it really didn’t matter whether the legislator was D or R. The screening process is the same for everybody.

          • 39 Dudette
            June 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm

            That was my fear. Both GA Senators are Rs, as is my Congressman. [sigh!] I’ll contact them on Monday. Thanks again!

            • 40 isonprize
              June 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm

              In my best voice “That’s what TOD Friends are for!!” 😆 😆

            • 41 0388jojothecat
              June 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm

              My sister in law and brother lived in Jane Harmons district and she called them and they never responded until it was too late. So it does not matter R or D.

  8. 42 carolyn
    June 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    These people don’t think this through. Without the “mandate”…..none of these other things will happen. It’s the ‘everybody in the pool’ policies that make the others possible. The insurance companies sure aren’t going to keep the “good” parts voluntarily. Anyone who believes that also believes there are fairies in the garden.
    One more stupidity from CNN. Fortunately, their audience is small.

    • 43 isonprize
      June 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      And calling it a tax, while technically correct, isn’t exactly how it works. Bill Maher (who I really don’t like, but I gotta give him credit here…) explained it well.

      “Calling the mandate a tax, is like calling a speeding ticket a driving ticket. ” In other words, you would only have to pay the ‘tax’ if you never bought insurance until you got sick and went for treatment, of course, needed the insurance then.

    • 44 Lovepolitics2008
      June 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      You’re right. But we have to be aware that selling the “mandate” is a challenge. We just KNOW that the GOP and their allies are going to flood the airwaves with demagoguery. I HOPE the Obama campaign and the democratic leadership have a plan. A very very smart one, taking into account the lessons learned in 2010.

      • 45 carolyn
        June 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm

        It should be called a “freeloader’s fee” as suggested by Maher. That’s what it is. The only people it will affect are those who still try to get by without buying insurance. I hope that once they go to the Emergency room for “primary care” they will get caught!!!

        • 46 0388jojothecat
          June 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm

          I like that, “The Freeloader’s Tax/Fee”, people who really want insurance will get help from the government to buy it….those that wants to take their chances, get hit by a bus or goes to emergency will get taxed FOR BEING TOO STUPID AND STUBORN or being a Teabag/Rethug.

        • 47 cognachas4paws
          July 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

          What is interesting about the “freeloading” argument is that people on the right are constantly crowing about freeloaders – people who get food stamps, people who are in unions (go figure), anyone getting any kind of assistance at all. They are all derided as freeloaders and they don’t want to pay for these freeloaders – but they are willing to pay for freeloaders in the health care system? It doesn’t make sense. It’s typical right wing – or as I’ve taken to calling them, FRIGHT WING – hypocrisy.

      • 48 Tally
        June 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm

        I don’t see it as hard at all. More people in the pool = less cost for everyone, and eventually everyone will get their coverage from the NON-PROFITS going onto the exhcanges in 2014 who will offer BETTER PLANS for LESS MONEY because they don’t have $12mill CEOs to pay or stocks to sell. Only idiots will continue to throw money at for-profit insurers.

        Anyone who walks into a hospital in the United States MUST BE TREATED whether they can pay for it or not. That is the law. The money for that doesn’t come from the GOP’s Magic Infinite Money Tree.

        Healthcare IS A TAX NOW on the entire population – moreso on the middle class who pay a higher tax rate than people like Mitt Romney. Everyone pays for the millions of people who either cannot affor it, or can afford it and refuse to buy insurance. We pay for it in taxes. We pay in overpriced premiums, and overpriced care.


        • 49 a4alice
          June 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm

          excellent explanation. tweeting this. somehow

          • 50 0388jojothecat
            June 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm

            What’s so crazy it worked for CAR INSURANCE and HOME INSURANCE people can’t or don’t want to see it for healthcare insurance.

            • 51 a4alice
              June 30, 2012 at 11:14 pm

              exactly! I was just thinking of the car insurance thing the other night it’s like – a huge “doh”! It’s so sensible! I just don’t understand these ppl who are against it.

        • 52 a4alice
          June 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm

        • 57 Lovepolitics2008
          June 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm

          Tally, your explanation is great, rational and everything. I simply meant that it’s not easy to explain the mandate in a short 30 second ad, not easy to put it on a bumper sticker, and most of all not easy to counter an avalanche of fear-mongering and distortion.

          We’ve seen in the last few days, and we’ll see in the next few weeks, how the GOP and their media allies will work in concentration to muddy the waters.

          • 58 Lovepolitics2008
            June 30, 2012 at 10:12 pm

            “work in concert”. sorry…

          • 59 Tally
            June 30, 2012 at 11:19 pm

            Just say, “Obamacare gives everyone a TAX CUT, except those who can afford a plan but still refuse to buy one. They have to pay a tax penalty. So what? ***THEY SHOULD.*** The good news is, the rest of us will save money by not picking up their tab anymore, which we are now.” 😀

            I’m sick to death of coddling these sociopathic leeches.

  9. June 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Most of the time, these People you run into are very beguiling, saying they once voted for the President!
    Come to find out, they do watch Fox, all the time.
    I bet if you took a poll of Foxy News viewers, 95% are voting for Robney!
    And when you run into a voter who is Beguiling, you know just like Fox, they are woefully misinformed, angry and refuse to listen to Facts. Just like Fox teaches them.
    Maybe, progressive channels need to start getting more partisan and stop the both sides do it nonsense? Just saying!

    • 61 Bill
      June 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      I become upset with the cable shows also, but then I remind myself that O’Reilly and Hannity average only about 2 million viewers a night. More people watch Bri$tol Palin than Tweety. I think the big problems with the electorate are low information voters, prejudiced morons, identity politics, or in general ignorance. It can be very discouraging, but for now it is all about getting out the vote. Willard’s supporters are motivated by hate and greed, and PBO’s supporters are motivated by love and respect. We had better win.

    • 62 nathkatun7
      June 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      “Maybe, progressive channels need to start getting more partisan and stop the both sides do it nonsense?” Jovie which “progressive channels” are you referring to?

  10. 64 vitaminlover
    June 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I love the way that the American public cannot keep their eyes and sometimes their hands off of our Beloved President.

  11. 69 Dudette
    June 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Heads up athletics fans… ESPN Body Issue hits stands July 13

    its fourth annual celebration of the athletic form, will feature 27 world-class athletes, including New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski, Toronto Blue Jays’ slugger Jose Bautista, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team forward Abby Wambach and New York Knicks’ center Tyson Chandler.

    With the issue hitting newsstands July 13, just two weeks before the start of the London Games, this year’s Body Issue will also shine a spotlight on U.S. Olympians, including 24-year-old decathlete Ashton Eaton, who set a new decathlon world record at the U.S. Track and Field Trials on June 23, and Carmelita Jeter, who won the 100-meter qualifying event that same day in Oregon.

    All 27 athletes posed nude for the issue’s signature Bodies We Want photo portfolio. The full lineup includes:

    • Carlos Bocanegra (soccer)
    • Daniela Hantuchova (WTA)
    • Rob Gronkowski (NFL)
    • Abby Wambach (soccer)
    • Tyson Chandler (NBA)
    • Candace Parker (WNBA)
    • Maurice Jones-Drew (NFL)
    • Jose Bautista (MLB)
    • Brad Richards (NHL)
    • Maya Gabiera (surfing)
    • Ronda Rousey (MMA)
    • Mike Smith (jockey)
    • Tim Morehouse (fencing)
    • Walter Dix (track)
    • Danell Leyva (gymnastics)
    • Suzann Pettersen (LPGA)
    • Ashton Eaton (decathlon)
    • Carmelita Jeter (track)
    • Anna Tunnicliffe (sailing)
    • Oksana Masters (paralympic rowing)
    USA Volleyball Team:
    • Destinee Hooker
    • Stacy Sykora
    • Alisha Glass
    • Cynthia Barboza
    • Megan Hodge
    • Nellie Spicer
    • Heather Bown

    • 70 isonprize
      June 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      WOW, those must have been some SERIOUS photo shoots!! WHHOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!!!!

      The human body really is a miraculous machine.

    • 71 Tally
      June 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Carlos Bocanegra is another hottie on the US MEN’S National team.

    • 72 utaustinliberal
      June 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      HOLY MOTHER OF HOTNESS……Ashton Eaton is in the body issue?!?!?! Ashton FREAKING HOTNESS Eaton??!!!!??!!!! Hubba….Hubba…Hubba…Hubba….Hubba….Hubba….Hubba….Hubba…Hubba….Hubba….Hubba….Hubba….Hubba….Hubba….Hubba….Hubba…Hubba…Hubba….Hubba…..


      The human body is a wonder. A feast. A spectacle. A friggin miracle.

    • 73 Dudette
      June 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Behind the scenes video from some of the 2011 photo shoots

  12. June 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    You want to know what “REAL” Americans feel about this healthcare law. This affected EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY. Here is a live reaction to a woman watching the verdict

    Also want to know how Senior Citizens feel about this law being upheld. IN FLORIDA? Check it out. If I were Mitt Romney and the GOP I would quit while I was behind. If he and his minions think they are going to run on overturning this law, they may want to see this video.

    • 76 isonprize
      June 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      kinona, here ya go…

      • 77 Tally
        June 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm

        Those are so powerful!

      • 78 Dudette
        June 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        ‘k, now my eyes are leaking again.

      • 79 prettyfoot58
        June 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

        how wonderful…this is what having healthcare is about

      • 80 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
        June 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm


        • 81 globalcitizenlinda
          June 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm


          Perhaps you also need to share these videos with POTUS and other senior members of Team Obama and DNC. I believe that this is something that would be very useful to emphasize the meaning of their policies to someone who does not have a microphone

      • 84 Squarepeg
        June 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        One of those ladies in that first video said no one fights for us – well Obama fought for you, sweetheart. That’s why he did what he did.

      • 85 cognachas4paws
        July 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

        I couldn’t watch the first video but that second one – that is what it is all about! Real people. Politics might seem like a game to politicians, but the decisions they make affect real people and their lives; it’s not about which politicians win or lose, it is about whether the American PEOPLE will win or lose. This was a big win for the American people and while some might think ObamaCare(s) will bring about the end of the world, the truth is that it will make it possible for people to live longer, healthier lives. This one woman’s reaction is an example of why the President fought so hard for this while knowing that it would not be popular at first and that he would take a hit politically. He didn’t care about who won or lost politically – he cared about the American people winning as he always has.

    • June 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm


      Both videos were great. Thanks for sharing. Perhaps the Repubs will have a fight on their hands if they try to repeal the ACA. We’ll see.

    • 87 Smoothscotch
      July 1, 2012 at 12:45 am

      Thanks for sharing that. I was felt sappy watching that 1st one. Feisty seniors. Romney & co better watch out for those canes.

    • 88 globalcitizenlinda
      July 1, 2012 at 6:34 am

      thanks a lot for sharing. these were emotiional and illustrate very clearly what ACA is about

  13. June 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I have seen 2 different Romney ads, while watching Golf.

  14. 92 utaustinliberal
    June 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    That’s friggin awesome PurpleShoes!

  15. 93 Linda
    June 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Romney spent two hours in Buffalo NY yesterday and raised 1.4 million…..at the home of the Gioia Macaroni Company’s owner home…and the Historical Society……he was met with protests at both stops.


  16. June 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Way to go, purpleshoesla!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s hard core. You’re right…standing up and being heard is critical. Stand up to the ignorance. Thanks for still using the card I designed. I’m honored.

  17. 99 Dudette
    June 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Video here from last year’s White House Fourth of July Celebration

  18. 100 Dudette
    June 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Attention Food Network fans: Special event tomorrow, July 1, 8PM ET/PT on Cupcake Wars

    Sweet TV: USO Gala Serves as Backdrop for Food Network’s ‘Cupcake Wars’ Episode

    Friday, June 29, 2012

    The other “sweet science” will be on display this Sunday night when the USO will be the focal point of an episode of Food Network’s reality program “Cupcake Wars.”

    The show, named “Saluting the USO,” will air at 8 p.m. EST as competitors will be battling for sugary supremacy with a shot at having their confections featured during last October’s USO Gala in Washington, D.C.

    The format for “Cupcake Wars” pits four bakers in three elimination challenges until only one decorator emerges victorious. The winner receives $10,000 and the honor of having his or her creation featured at a special event.

    At least 15 USO Centers are planning “watch parties” for Sunday and for DVR aficionados, the show will be replayed on Tuesday, July 2 at 3 a.m. EST and on Wednesday, July 3 at 8 p.m. EST. Check your local listings and cable provider for the Food Network channel location in your area.

  19. June 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Romney and Kobach and Voting Rights

    By Kay June 30th, 2012

    The United States had another win on Obamacare Day, when the State of Arizona lost in an attempt to ignore or dodge federal law:

    The Supreme Court today denied an application by the State of Arizona to put on hold an April ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit sitting en banc found that voter registration provisions of Arizona’s Proposition 200 violate the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), and that Arizona cannot reject federal mail-in voter registration applications if they do not include documentary proof of citizenship.
    While Arizona can still seek Supreme Court review of the Ninth Circuit decision, today’s Supreme Court’s decision makes it unlikely that the Court would grant such a request.

    This means that the State of Arizona cannot impose restrictions on voting if those restrictions violate the National Voter Registration Act.

    Meet Kris Kobach, the Secretary of State of Kansas, who has been advising Romney since 2008:
    Kobach is most known, however, as the author of the Arizona Senate Bill 1070, the controversial law that gives local police broad powers to question and arrest undocumented immigrants. Several other states, including Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, used the law as model for similar legislation. Kobach helped write the Alabama version.
    He also is the driving force behind proof-of-citizenship voter registration requirements in Kansas that other states have modeled. In January, Kobach endorsed the presidential campaign of Republican Mitt Romney days before the South Carolina primary

    Kris Kobach believes that he is an advisor to Mitt Romney. This is potentially controversial, because Kobach is an anti-immigrant extremist who has also has done extensive work on voting issues. As in all things involving Mitt Romney, there are so many lies and dodges and contradictory claims that I have no earthly idea whether Kobach is an “official” advisor to Mitt Romney or not.


  20. 103 Bill
    June 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) began the Republican weekly response to PBO by stating he is a Dr. and came to DC to straighten out healthcare. He then told every lie that has been told about ACA expressing over and over that PBO lied about it not being a tax on the middle class. They have no compunction when it comes to discussing healthcare.

    • 104 Linda
      June 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      It has been my conclusion that when Doctors stop being Doctors and become politicians there is something fishy about it.

      I have researched a couple and one had 5 malpractice suits decided against him and he could not get insurance….Rep Charles Boustany (R) from Louisiana

      And then there is Coburn who had the incident where he sterilized a 19 year old AA woman on Medicaid while terminating a tubal pregnancy. He claimed he had “verbal” permission…but he had never billed Medicaid and it ended up a he said she said situation so she could not sue him.

      • 105 Bill
        June 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm

        It is also disturbing that they take up a spot in medical school and then give up their practice to pontificate on how bad government is.

  21. 107 ChristiMTL
    June 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Isn’t it amazing that their candidate is a pathological liar, there’s a gazillion of videos and articles out there to prove it but somehow people will say he’s a flip flopper because apparently the word liar is taboo.

    I can see that the Romney camp and the right has NO problem calling President Obama a liar…..interresting.

  22. 108 Dudette
    June 30, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    NBC Nightly news is reporting Israels former Prime Minister Yitzahk Shamir has died

  23. 109 Dudette
    June 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    APEC Women and the Economy Forum

    Secretary Clinton (June 29): “Today, I am announcing two new APEC initiatives to expand women’s access to capital and markets. [W]e want to help governments use their purchasing power to support women entrepreneurs and grow their economies


  24. 111 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Yes We Can

  25. 112 Dudette
    June 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    UN-backed Action Group agrees on measures for peaceful transition in Syria

    30 June 2012 –
    The United Nations-backed Action Group on Syria today forged an agreement outlining the steps for a peaceful transition in the Middle Eastern country, while strongly condemning the continued and escalating violence that has taken place there over the past 16 months.
    “Today the international community has taken its cooperation to a stronger level, by being clearer and more specific,” said Joint Special Envoy for the UN and the League of Arab States on Syria, Kofi Annan, in his remarks to the Group in Geneva. “They have laid out a path that we hope the Syrian people can embrace and work with.”

    In a statement, the Group called for all parties to immediately re-commit to a sustained cessation of armed violence, to fully cooperate with UN monitors, and to implement the six-point plan put forward by Mr. Annan without waiting for the actions of others.

    The six-point peace plan calls for an end to violence, access for humanitarian agencies to provide relief to those in need, the release of detainees, the start of inclusive political dialogue, and unrestricted access to the country for the international media.

    The Group also agreed on a set of principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led transition that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people, which includes the establishment of a transitional governing body that would exercise full executive powers and that would be made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups.

    “We are determined to work urgently and intensively to bring about an end to the violence and human rights abuses and the launch of a Syrian-led political process leading to a transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people and enables them independently and democratically to determine their own future,” Mr. Annan stressed, adding that for the transition to be successful “there must be a commitment to accountability and national reconciliation.”

    Mr. Annan emphasized that the conflict must be resolved through peaceful dialogue and negotiation alone, noting that Action Group members are “opposed to any further militarization of the conflict.”

  26. June 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    OT, but just heard my husband’s grandma died. This has been a really shitty month. But at least Obama is having an excellent June! Take that rethugs!

  27. June 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Oh and thanks for the cards, purpleshoesla. Now I just need to figure out how to fold them, lol.

  28. June 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

  29. 127 Pamela
    June 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    AhHa, so here you all are…..

  30. 128 Bill
    June 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Book TV on C-SPAN has a Roman Catholic Priest speaking about the morality of the free market. C-SPAN is leaning more to the right everyday.

    • 129 Linda
      June 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      I agree 100 %…..This morning a caller called them out for allowing racist remarks from other callers let slide.

      Last week on book TV that had some girl who works for Townhall.com on that wrote a book about Fast and Furious and Major Garrett was the person interviewing her.

    • June 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      thank you, now tweeted 🙂

    • June 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Oh my goodness, you did it CTGirl!! I’m so grateful to you for finding this great speech. Bookmarked and tweeted. Thank you.

    • 134 anniebella
      June 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you CTGirl, I am about to go listen to FLOTUS. Again thank you.

      • 135 anniebella
        June 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        I just finish listening to First Lady Michelle Obama speak at the AME church conference in Nashville, and you guys know what I think of our First Lady, how much respect I have for her, but let me tell you this speech is worth listening too. She was fantastic, at sometimes she sounded like a preacher. But I had only seem the last few minutes of the speech, I search for the entire speech with no luck. But to CTGirl to you I say thanks for finding this. And anyone who haven’t listen to the speech, I say listen too it. You will not be disappointed.

      • 136 Betsy
        June 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm

        I also thank you. That was amazing. Especially about the picture of the little boy in the White House. She had me in tears.

    • 137 Puddin'
      July 1, 2012 at 2:40 am

      Thank you CTGirl for finding this “gem”…I have sent it to eveyone I know! The White House and The United States of America will never be the same after our First Family leave The White House, in 2017. We will never see another First Lady like First Lady Michelle Robinson Obama!

      P.S. If I were Ann Romney I would just go somewhere and sit down…she can not even begun to hold a candle to our amazing Frist Lady!!!

  31. 139 Dudette
    June 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Now on Tennis Channel: Replay of Serena’s Wimbledom match from earlier today

    • 140 Dudette
      June 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Over now. Did I mention that she hit 23 Aces in this match? Yes, that’s the most since, like, forever!

      U.S.A, U.S.A, U.S.A!!!

  32. 141 LadyTNT
    June 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Hey TOD peeps!! I’m back from my phone banking event. It was really fun!! Thanks for all the encouraging words and great advice. thmtngirl, I live in Memphis. I got two people that were Obama supporters and were willing to volunteer if they could find the time. 1 young lady said she didn’t discuss politics and hung up. 1 lady said she wanted to be taken off the list and not called at home, in which I would have asked for an alternate number, but she hung up, LOL, and the rest didn’t answer or were disconnected. It was really cool and I got thru my pages in about an hour. There was a doctor there and he talked to a lady that said she wanted healthcare for all and free lunch for all kids, but she was contemplating voting for Mitt Romney. WTF? He handled the call really well and talked to her about Obamacare and other PBO accomplishments. I was happy that he got her because I’m not sure what I would have said to her. Probably something like, lady are you crazy, PBO is for everything you’re talking about, LOL! Anyway, it was good and now that the first time jitters are out the way, I will be doing it again. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!! DON’T PLAY NO GAMES!!!!!

    • 142 a4alice
      June 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      good for you Lady TNT! Sounds like it went real well! 🙂

    • 143 Dudette
      June 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Love it!! You rock girlfriend!!

    • June 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Excellent! Thanks for helping out, LadyTNT. Phone banking can be difficult, but rewarding.

      • June 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm

        We are at opposite ends of the state. 😦 Oh well, long as we are both working. Glad you had a good experience. Your description sounds much like mine. In the past 3 weeks, I’ve probably made 250 calls to NC……all in Asheville or the surrounding area. That is a pretty big Dem area so I’ve had a number of PO supporters! 🙂

      • June 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        We are at opposite ends of the state. 😦 Oh well, long as we are both working. Glad you had a good experience. Your description sounds much like mine. In the past 3 weeks, I’ve probably made 250 calls to NC……all in Asheville or the surrounding area. That is a pretty big Dem area so I’ve had a number of PO supporters! 🙂 I do my calls at home. Plan to host a phone bank here in the next few weeks.

  33. 147 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Now, > 9000 views ….

    Yes We Can

  34. June 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Help *and I am not a troll, I really am not!*
    I am having a discussion about the ACA and there is a story out on every right wing blog that trolls are citing:
    I know this is not true, but can ANYONE here help me debunk this?
    I have reported this to the folks at Attack Watch, but can anyone help me now?

  35. 159 Dudette
    June 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Star Trek: Next Gen episode “The Price” is on. BBC America. You know the one where Counselor Troi falls in love with a wormhole treaty negotiator who turns out to be a slimey cheater — he has telepathic abilities but keeps it hidden and he’s using her. Guy playing the negotiator kinda reminds me of Rethug Paul Ryan.

  36. 160 Tally
    June 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm

  37. 161 utaustinliberal
    June 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm

  38. 162 Tally
    June 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    oooh I’m on a roll.

  39. 163 globalcitizenlinda
    June 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm


    I see a few short video clips being shared around on twitter and they include local positive reactions of ordinary people to the ruling on ACA (or as I proudly call it – ObamaCares).

    could you please ask the twitter brigade (Obamatweeps) to share with you a few. if time allows and you see that they are useful, then they can be part of your record af TOD – you know better than me what is useful.

    I believe that the ACA was highly personal and reactions were very strong for so many.

    unless your look into the fear of some of us who stood to loose it all if the rightwingers had won, it may be hard for some people to understand how momentous this health care law is to so many vulnerable people who may not necessarily have the microphones.

    Thanks again to President Obama Team Obama and all the supporters who made health care a right for us all

    • 164 globalcitizenlinda
      June 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Sorry guys,

      I see that a few of these video clips have already been shared by some of you here. I should have read through the comments first. I would then have known that many here are on top of it.

      sorry, will be more systematic about how to do things next time

    • 165 globalcitizenlinda
      June 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      sorry guys,

      I wrote this before reading comments above.

      I see that a number of you are already highlighting these clips from ordinary people and their reactions to ACA ruling.

      I should have known that many here would be on top of it.

      will try to avoid this next time.

      thanks a lot to those who have already posted the vidoe clips

  40. 166 Linda
    June 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    UPDATED: Health insurance refunds by state

    New rules created by the Affordable Care Act require health insurers to spend on average at least 80% of premiums on actual medical care instead of overhead and profits. Miss the mark and insurers have to refund customers.


  41. 169 Tally
    June 30, 2012 at 7:56 pm

  42. 170 Tally
    June 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    • 171 Dudette
      June 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      Amen to that one!

    • 172 Nena20409
      June 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Truth be told, Rush doesn’t get 20M listeners weekly, so I know that neither does Hannity. Talk Magazine had Rush at 15M and Hannity 14M. That was from either 2010 or 2011 numbers. Talk radio on the in general, listener-ship has gone down. I got this from Ed Schultz. If anyone would know, he would.

  43. 173 utaustinliberal
    June 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    This is going to be the new meme du jour. Anything to snatch defeat from Pres. Obama. These gossip hounds make me crack up. Heads up everyone, this is going to dominate the upcoming news cycle.

    • 174 Linda
      June 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Mrs. Greenspan will have Ryan Lizza on on Monday to stutter about this..

      What I read was the author having the vapors over a fundraising call…..but whoever gave it to the Beast is a traitor.

      • 175 COS
        June 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm

        This hardly seem like begging to me. It just seem like a president rallying the troops. He says some of this stuff at his campaign fundraisers. This is a total nonstory. This is why the ratings are down on these cable networks.

        • 176 4morefor44
          June 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm

          ha!! frontpage blazing headline about this right now at huffington poo!! ut called it, and arianna’s place is the first out of the gate. hilarious!!

    • 178 ChristiMTL
      June 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      I copied a few lines,…..weary, worried, anxious call, pleading, sounded like a dog-tired idealist………..who is Lloyd Grove?…and who gave the recording to the Daily Beast??

      President Obama sounded weary and maybe a tad worried late Friday during a rambling conference call

      In an anxious conference call from Air Force One,

      The president’s 18-minute pleading hardly sounded like a man doing a victory lap after Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling

      Rather, Obama sounded like a dog-tired idealist forced to grapple painfully with hard reality.

      But lest any of his donors believe the president sounded depressed,


      • 179 anniebella
        June 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm

        The media thought they were going to have the supreme Court decision to beat up the President about, but he won that. The polls in the battle ground states were looking good for the President, so the media couldn’t make anything negative there,so now they think they have something else to show him in a negative light. Obama begs for donors to send more money. The MSM is full of alot of B.S.

    • 180 criquet
      June 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      These shiftless media hacks are desparate. PBO and Flotus have been ” begging “all supporters. Everyone knows that after the heinous Citizens United decision PBO has been severely disadvantaged and needs all hands on deck.

      Awful and deliberately ignorant.

  44. 185 Tally
    June 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm

  45. 186 utaustinliberal
    June 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm

  46. June 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

  47. 188 Dudette
    June 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    From the “why is this crook still walking the streets?” file:

    “Tom DeLay is still not in jail. Jack Abramoff went to jail. Tony Rudy went to jail. Michael Scanlan went to jail. And yesterday, DeLay’s aide, Jim Ellis plead guilty, even though DeLay still claims they are all innocent as the driven snow.

    How come everybody in that whole crowd has either gone to jail or plead guilty and Tom DeLay is still clutching his Bible to his chest and claiming it was all Nancy Pelosi’s fault?

    Don’t answer. I already know the answer. He’s a festering piece of hypocritical slime who, like all conservatives, thinks the law is for everybody else.

    He needs to go jail. He does. State jail. Where they don’t have air conditioning. He needs to get used to the heat because eternity is long damn time.”


  48. June 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

  49. June 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Berlin: Germany’s lower house of parliament resoundingly approved the euro zone’s permanent bailout scheme and new budget rules on Friday, but legal hurdles remain and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s concessions to euro zone partners Italy and Spain may make those harder to overcome.


  50. 191 Dudette
    June 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Pearls of wisdom from Margaret and Helen

    You’re Damn Right Obama Cares. Why Doesn’t Romney?

    • 192 nathkatun7
      June 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      “Pearls of Wisdom” indeed! These women are amazing! Helen’s line about ACA being “Christianity 101, taking care of the sick and the poor…” needs to be repeated, over and over again, for those who claim to be Christians to know the reality. Thank you so much Dudette for sharing this

    • 193 Cha
      July 1, 2012 at 3:02 am

      Helen and Margaret are Priceless! Thx, Dudette~

  51. 194 forus50
    June 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Hey has this happened to anyone on Twitter – today I was trying to send to a tweet to Senator Mark Kirk, Sarah Palin and one some other RWNJ and my computer froze up after about 5 words on the tweet. I tried redoing it several times to all of them but totally froze up each time. Do you have to follow someone to tweet them or what is the deal?? I never tweets to Repubs – do they have some block on perhaps to anyone tweeting them that is not following them?

    • 195 Dudette
      June 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      I don’t know aobut the specific issue that you encountered today (I haven’t joined the Twitterverse), but this might be of concern to some of you…

      Did Twitter Just Deliver Third Party Apps A Death Blow?

      Twitter on Friday quietly announced what could prove to be a major change in how millions of users access the service. Already, the announcement has caused career-focused social network LinkedIn to disable the ability to see users’ Tweets on its website.

      After half-a-decade of allowing third-party software developers to build applications for viewing Twitter, in addition to other social networks or options, the San Francisco-based microblogging company is now cracking down on those very same developers, who arguably made Twitter more popular in the first place.

      On Friday afternoon, Twitter’s director of product, Michael Sippey, posted a somewhat cryptic entry on Twitter’s blog for third-party developers explaining that the company had “begun to more thoroughly enforce our Developer Rules of the Road,” and would be soon “introducing stricter guidelines” around how said developers could use Twitter’s applications programming interface (API), the source code that allows the developers to have access to user account information and Tweets.

      Sippey also specifically highlighted a quote from another Twitter engineer that third-party developers should avoid building “apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience,” that is, developers should steer clear of putting out apps that look, feel and function similar to how Twitter’s own official website and mobile apps work… [more in the article]

  52. June 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm

  53. June 30, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I was at work today and I overhead one of the patients saying something similar. However, on of the patients said the information can be accessed on .gov website. She said in the area where she lives a lot of people have no computers but get news from TV and radio at the end of day. So is there anyway one one on this site who gets replies to their tweet from Axe or Messina? The idea should be to send these cards to anyone who pays taxis or gets social security/medicare as they would have their addresses in the government somewhere. This could be in the nature of a post card. In addition a list of spelling what obamacare does and what the mandate is. Even here some of the hospital personell do not want to pay extra taxes. This I think would help with people who have no access to computers instead of relying on propaganda from fox and cnn. Bob, UT, Tien-le ? anyone?
    We need to get this info to people. It maybe expensive but the postoffice could use a boost. The Obama people are already in the 22nd century but some people in this country are still in the 20th century. Please!!!

  54. 207 lamh35
    June 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Hey TOD ladies (gentlemen, this ain’t for ya’ll…lol)

    I got back kinda late last night so I’m not sure if anyone saw my post about seeing Magic Mike last night? It was pretty good. There weren’t as many dancing scenes as the previews made it seem, but it you go into not expecting to see that many, but expecting to see a pretty “real” portrayal of the off stage life of male stripper and a pretty well-reviewed film (82% positive) then you won’t be disappointed by it at all.

    At the very least, you get to see alot of Adam Rodriguez and Channing Tatum and the other guys showing off their very eye-candy worthy physiques

    and YOU.WILL.NEVER.LOOK.AT.MCCONAUGHEY.THE.SAME.AGAIN! Woo chile, let’s just say…buns of steele baby…lol.

    • 208 Cha
      July 1, 2012 at 3:10 am

      First I’ve heard of it , lamh.. I know Adam Rodriquez loves PObama and I love them, both!

      • 209 Renegade522/AuntSis
        July 1, 2012 at 5:33 am

        I saw Magic Mike as well and I thought it was great. Lots of great eye candy. Don’t forget to honorably mention Matt McConaughey and the guy from White Collar- Matt Boomer. Channing Tatum sure can dance!!

  55. 210 carolyn
    June 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    In spite of all the nonsense around, David Muir on ABC News said tonight the president if up 5 points nationally. All these sniping jabs are because there is nothing substantive the Rethugs can say. These show desperation.
    I think the idea about a mass mailing is good, and suggest COS you write DWS with the idea. She is open to good ideas.
    Thinking about these cable shows and TV this weekend…..many people in the East don’t even have TV this weekend…I talked to good friends who live just outside of D.C. They weren’t hurt, but have no TV. She said they have their AC and phone and are happy. People in Colorado sure aren’t concerned about anything but the fires, and half the country is just trying to stay reasonably cool. Politics are not important when survival is the point.
    We on this blog are hyper attuned to every blip, but most people are not. We are building up money now for Sept and Oct…..the big pushes. The campaign will keep up with and keep setting the dialogue, then hit it harder the last two months. Much of what happens now fades in the fall.
    Next week is the Big 4th…….people are with family and at parks, and beaches……then two weeks of Olympics…..
    I believe Stuart Adelson will be arraigned for his monetary activities within two months, and his money will have to be returned. His monehysource is illegal.
    Some random, rambling thoughts on a Saturday evening. Time to watch a fun DVD!

    • 211 jackiegrumbacher
      June 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Certainly hope you’re right on Adelson–a more loathsome, smarmy individual would be hard to find. Hope he gets nailed.

    • June 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks Carolyn. I am going to write DWS a letter and make this suggestion. It is crucial that we reach people who do not have commputers or televisions. Hard copies can be very effective because it can serve as a point of reference to read or show.

  56. June 30, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I just read what Sanjay Guota said about HCR.
    Some of you recall, that he was asked to be the Surgeon General.
    Usually, People take a Day, talk it over and then accept and try and get nominated.
    Sanjay took 1 month, and he refused.
    Mulling something that imprtant, means he really wanted it, and was trying to make it work.
    It did not work, something was found?
    At any rate, it is obvious- he Is playing the Role of Sour Grapes…

    • 214 Cha
      July 1, 2012 at 3:14 am

      I thought I remembered that Sanja turned it down. Course I don’t know if that’s what really happened. But, was surprised he was offered because I’ve always heard what a cnn tool for fascism(really don’t know a more succinct way to label that reality) he’d been.

  57. 215 Pamela
    June 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I feel like it is Christmas, Easter and my birthday all rolled into one big hug, what with so much generosity flowing into my FR page! I understand better now why people get excited about it! Thank you, everyone! Thank you, Chipsticks!

  58. June 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    About that recording of the President asking for Donations, to reserve Ad time for Fall?
    It is illegal to record someone without them knowing it.
    And you don’t screw with somebody who controls the DOJ.
    So, he wanted this to get out there, and the Press could not resist.
    Ya think?

    • 217 Cha
      July 1, 2012 at 3:17 am

      Except if they’re a suspect and a cop is wearing a wire. I’m just seeing bits and pieces about this right now…but, there’s always some shyte goin’ down, no?

  59. 218 vcprezofan2
    June 30, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I’m VC and I was checking out my willpower today. Hi Everyone!

    • 219 vcprezofan2
      June 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      PurpleShoes, I’m impressed by the way you handled the situation, particularly your courtesy to Mr. Loudmouth and your sharing of the facts in a visual format. Thanks for modeling behaviour that informs and doesn’t humiliate, or belittle. IMO, and obviously in yours, that’s an important approach that will be of value to us as November gets closer and more and more people start to tune in with increased focus.

  60. June 30, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Here is your answer –

    Gov. Rick Scott says Florida will not begin implementing the federal health care law because he believes it is bad policy and too costly.

    Scott told Fox News he believes the law should be repealed, hopefully by a new president elected in November. But even if that doesn’t happen, he said, Florida will not set up a health-insurance exchange or participate in an expansion of Medicaid.

    “We’re not going to implement Obamacare in Florida,” Scott told Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren on Friday night. “We’re not going to expand Medicaid because we’re going to do the right thing. We’re not going to do the exchange.”

    Scott’s announcement came hours after he told media that he was still considering his options in the wake of Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    State Rep. Mark Pafford, the ranking Democrat on the Florida House committee that handles health care funding, said he was not surprised.

    “This is a guy who was in the private sector. He created an organization to fight the Affordable Care Act,” said Pafford, of West Palm Beach. “He then was so upset that he became governor using his own money. So it wouldn’t make sense that he would do anything else.”


    1 million Floridians on the Medicaid expansion and who knows how many for the HC rolls.

    I told you!

    • June 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      This Guy is fucking with half the State, who hates his guts!

    • 223 1jam4pbo
      June 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      How can he just dismiss implementing a Law? Can he do that? I thought the States had to have certain things in place by November, in order to get things rup and running?

      • 224 amk for obama
        June 30, 2012 at 10:45 pm

        By nov if these don’t set up the exchanges, feds will step in and do it for them. It’s a lose-lose for these thugs. I wouldn’t worry about it.

      • 225 1jam4pbo
        June 30, 2012 at 10:48 pm

        You know we could be seeing something here. This is their plab “B”, I am sure of this, just listen for other republican governors saying the same thing.

      • 226 Bill R.
        June 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm

        Rick Scott can refuse to implement the Medicaid expansion because of the SCOTUS ruling. By doing that he will set up his own death panels and pay an incredible political price. But the federal govt. can set up a health exchange for the state, meaning Scott gets no input on the exchange. The persons who are denied Medicaid can apply for subsidies to purchase their insurance through other means.

      • 227 Betsy
        June 30, 2012 at 11:02 pm

        NO he can’t. The federal gov’t will step in and implement the exchanges for him and will be able to dictate how it will happen and he can’t do anything about it because federal law trumps state law, Article 6 US Constitution!

      • 228 nathkatun7
        June 30, 2012 at 11:26 pm

        People who stand to benefit from the ACA should sue his ass in Court. No governor can refuse to implement a federal law. In the sixties, Southern segregationists tried that tactic and failed miserably. Scott needs to revisit Article VI, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution, which plainly states that “the laws of the United States…shall be the supreme law of the land.” The “supremacy clause,” as it’s commonly called, makes it clear that once the Supreme Court rules that an Act of Congress is Constitutional, or declares that an act of Congress is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court’s ruling becomes the law of the entire country that must be obeyed by all government officials, federal, state, and local. Scott and the other GOP moron governors are trying to revive the failed doctrine of “nullification.”

    • 229 0388jojothecat
      June 30, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      When do they elect a new governor in FL? Remember the southern states would not honor the end of slavery nor the civil rights and what did we do? Either the people of FL kick him out our the Federal Govt will force them to do it.

    • 231 utaustinliberal
      June 30, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      This is pure BS spewing from Rick Scott. If he doesn’t begin implementing ObamaCare by the first deadline, Florida will incur a big penalty and the Federal Government will step in and implement it. It’s the law of the land and it’s constitutional. Scott doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. He needs to go study the law.

      • 232 isonprize
        July 1, 2012 at 12:04 am

        Same with Gov. Piyush “Bobby” Jindal in Louisiana. He said that he wouldn’t implement the ACA. That’s okay, Piyush, the feds will do it for you.

      • 233 Cha
        July 1, 2012 at 2:29 am

        Rick Scott needs to have brain specialists and heart drs examine that criminal head of his and look to see if he has a functioning heart.

    • 234 anniebella
      June 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Hay all those who didn’t get their butts out to vote in 2010, all those who was trying to send the Democrats and President a message because things weren’t improving fast enough, well this is all you people fault. These radical extreme racists Republicans who took over the local legislation, Governor offices, and the House. If those people had gotten out to vote in 2010, their wouldn’t be a governor Scott, or any of those radical Republican Governor. If we were to look at it these Governors won tight races.

      • 235 COS
        June 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm

        THIS, Anniebella. Although Ed Schultz has changed, I still get angry with him sometimes for telling folks to sit at home.

    • 236 pkayden
      June 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      So the good folks of Florida, including those senior citizens in the video above, need to bombard Scott’s office with angry phone calls and force him to enact the ACA. He’s not a god. And Florida is not a dictatorship where he gets to do what he wants and ignore laws he doesn’t like.

      • July 1, 2012 at 12:10 am

        They don’t know about it! The Seniors in Florida voted for Scott, because he told them that Obama was stealing 500 billion from their Medicare to pay for HC law!
        So, Scott has no Choice but to cancel HC, it’s his only play of desperation, on account of the lies he told to get elected.

    • 238 Cha
      July 1, 2012 at 3:29 am

      State Senator Mark Pafford didn’t mention that Rick Scott was convicted of $1.7 Billion dollar Medicare Fraud when he was in that private Sector.


      Thx Jovie. But, I read elsewhere you wrote the Feds would step in..

  61. 240 Tally
    June 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    • 241 Cha
      July 1, 2012 at 2:21 am

      “A deep reverence for God”..yeah, the same mean spirited god that the homophobic, souless, a$$holes revere here.

      Thanks Tally~

  62. June 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Just saw this quote on my FB: “He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.” ~~Harold Wilson.

  63. 243 proudmemberofglobalzero
    June 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Just popped in to say THANK YOU to all that helped my FR needle go up. I can’t access my OFA account….I have my FR page bookmarked. I really want to thank everyone/

  64. June 30, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Their is some serious ass kissing going on, at the Wa Post.
    Mandatory Annual Family vacation??? Competitive Sports??? Romney Olympics???
    Now we know why they went to the Post this week to complain?
    To our this story on front page.
    Woweeeeeeeeee !

  65. June 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Galaxy are gonna break my heart again…… COME ON LA!!!

  66. June 30, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    • 250 Cha
      July 1, 2012 at 2:12 am

      What kind of power from the Universe is it going to take to that stupid look off mitt’s insipid face?

  67. July 1, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Donna reached Her goal, right before midnight!
    We should have a list of who reached their Goal and how much=total.

    • 252 amk for obama
      July 1, 2012 at 12:09 am

      +1. Congrats Donna.

      • 253 1jam4pbo
        July 1, 2012 at 12:34 am

        Hello AMK. Thanks for those links earlier today I added them to my recipe file. I love trying new recipes, used to cater some years ago cant stop reading and experimenting. This coating is different from the wet batter variety should be interesting.Thanks again.

      • July 1, 2012 at 12:41 am

        This is weird! Newsweek/ dailybeast just put out a poll -that has the President -9 in job approval, and/but 3 points ahead of Robney in a head to head!

  68. 256 isonprize
    July 1, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Keep it going, keep it going!! It’s not MIDNIGHT yet, in CENTRAL, MOUNTAIN or PACIFIC time!!!!

    Keep it going, keep it going!! 😆 😆

  69. 257 donna dem 4 obama
    July 1, 2012 at 12:40 am

    OMG we lost power last night during that awful storm. It might not get restored for days. We are at a cooling station at a high school because of the heat. It’s so bad in my area. Trees and power lines down everywhere. Thx for the donations. I have to conserve my phone battery. Pray that we get our power back soon. Good nite all.

    • July 1, 2012 at 12:43 am

      Yes! Take care! As long as you are Safe!
      Also, Do some networking while you are there, help pass the time.

    • 259 amk for obama
      July 1, 2012 at 12:50 am

      Keep safe donna and save your phone battery for emergencies.

    • 260 Ceb
      July 1, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Take care of yourself; my thoughts and prayers for everyone affected. The good news is that there is much better cooperation between governmental agencies to deal with national disasters. We have just gone through Debbie and its aftermath so I understand how you feel.

    • 261 desertflower
      July 1, 2012 at 12:59 am

      Stay safe.

  70. 262 desertflower
    July 1, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Seems to me that this power outage stuff going on all over the place is the infrastructure upgrade that PBO was talking about….

    • 263 amk for obama
      July 1, 2012 at 12:51 am


    • July 1, 2012 at 1:02 am

      He did some of it throughout the stimulus.
      13 million smart meters have been put in, all across the Country.
      He also got building new transmission lines, approved 3 new nuclear power plants with safer model reactors, put into place plans for 41 private renewable energy on public lands and the Military has also put in lots of green power.
      Me thinks, lots more is needed.
      What I want to tell you, the infrastructure is being cyber -attacked everyday. They have to move stuff around, it takes it’s toll especially when their is weather like this, double whammy.

  71. 266 desertflower
    July 1, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Nancy Pelosi on MTP tomorrow:) Talking ACA

  72. 267 desertflower
    July 1, 2012 at 12:58 am

    O/T..but for anyone that keeps track of AZ’s idiot sheriff Arpiao..this is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO sweet! He got OWNED! Priceless Tweet. Priceless.


    • 268 Cha
      July 1, 2012 at 3:40 am

      Yeah, I had to check that out… rofl.. Don’t keep much track but seeing him pwned..different story!

      “Enter the self-described “world-famous troll and nemesis of teabaggers” Duke St. Rollins. St. Rollins is notorious for owning such right-wing dillweeds as Sean Hannity, Ted Nugent, and Mitt Romney, to name a few”

      Thx df~.

  73. July 1, 2012 at 1:07 am

  74. 270 4morefor44
    July 1, 2012 at 2:04 am

    i’ve been traveling a lot recently and just saw our own liberal librarian’s recent post at the people’s view, and i’m not sure if this has been talked about a lot already, but it’s one of the better pieces of commentary i’ve seen for a long time on where we’re at right now, and i’m sending it to everyone i know. bravo!!

  75. 271 PhillyinJA
    July 1, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Chips I’m logging in here at 1:20 Jamaican time to say I love you. Thanks for this wonderful, sane place.

  76. 272 canadabarb4obama
    July 1, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Happy Canada Day to all fellow Canadian TOD PBO lovers!

  77. 273 purpleshoesla
    July 1, 2012 at 3:05 am

    HOLY S#@%BALLS! Just got home after running the streets all day to find my earlier long-winded, running at the mouth post front and center on TOD in its own post! Wow! I am STUNNED, a little embarrassed but also very, very touched. I have to say AGAIN, thanks to Ms. Chips and every single one of you here at TOD for this place. I am well informed, fired up, and SANE because of you peeps! Thanks again 🙂 OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

    • 274 Cha
      July 1, 2012 at 3:52 am

      And, I was just going to end my night here with a thank you to you, purpleshoes, for your riveting post about your experience at the fundraiser for the jazz radio station..and here you are.

      I was thinking that if it were not for mr know nothing LOUD MOUTH..we(those who did not know about them) might not have gotten turned on to these 50 TOP Accomplishments of the Obama Admin quite so soon. It’s an awesome way to educate those who aren’t the investigative type. I was thinking Cards would be Good for ObamaCares, too!

      Here’s to…The Start of Carrying On Something Really BIG, Mahalos, purpleshoeinla~

  78. 275 susanne
    July 1, 2012 at 5:45 am

    oh, i can just imagine the exploding heads if this were to happen in america! france requires all drivers to have 2 breathalyser tests inside their car with them, and this includes tourists. sounds like a tax on drivers to me! heheehee.


  79. 276 amk for obama
    July 1, 2012 at 7:37 am

  80. 277 Bill
    July 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

    C-SPAN has a writer from The Christian Science Monitor, which does not believe in doctors, and a writer from the right wing POLITICO to discuss ACA. No one who supports ACA is represented.

    • 278 Linda
      July 1, 2012 at 8:17 am

      c-span is now right wing…….

      Even on their Book TV channel……this morning their was a Priest promoting his book on ” Free Enterprise “

  81. 279 andogriff
    July 1, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Great post, Purpleshoesla, I am copying the cards to carry with me! Good morning all, glad we don’t get Faux news or C-span in Europe. So tired of all the hate and the lies…

  82. 280 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Testing something out…… ♡

  83. 282 Uche
    July 1, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Anew publication from our friend C Gauvin (@jeffersonobama)…..named ‘The American Audacity’. Check it out guys. He’s a strong PBO supporter – and very good with analysing polls.

  84. July 1, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Excellent editorial in Tampa Bay Times re. Fl. Gov. believing he is king and will not implement upheld health care reform, will ignore our nation’s law.

    • 284 Linda
      July 1, 2012 at 8:37 am

      I see that TeaNN is throwing a party for him this morning……

    • 285 Cha
      July 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Thx for that article, dotster..good ol Tampa Bay Tribune..where the gopricks convention is going to be. The Comments were mostly anti-rick scott and then I came on one that wrote as “From truth and light”..”God Bless rick scott for standing up against that muslim”..so that’s who supports El Idiot.

  85. July 1, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Our thoughts go out to the people in the NE who have suffered a terrible storm, especially our DonnaDem. Our weather systems and patterns are in complete turmoil and the RWNJs are oblivious to this terrible reality. Check this out: I kept seeing Craig Fugate of FEMA putting out tweets with the #derecho hashtag yesterday and I didn’t understand what he was referring to until I saw this piece:

    Derecho: Behind Washington, D.C.’s destructive thunderstorm outbreak, June 29, 2012


    This is frightening stuff. Take good care, DonnaDem and all in that region. I hope power is restored soon.

  86. July 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Multiple crackdowns on an amazing amount of Medicare fraud in south Florida—-involving multiple health care agencies, money laundering, diverting funds to Cuba—–involving millions of dollars—-large web of deceit—–lots of players.

  87. July 1, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Morning everyone, will catch up later today, chat away 😉


  88. July 1, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Oh God! Rubio starts His Book tour Today, in what many see as a tryout for the VP spot.
    Talking points galore, and ass kissing by every pundit required!

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