This and That

President Obama at Kretchmar’s Bakery in Beaver, Pa., July 6 (Pete Souza)


Hellooooooooo everyone.

Okay, a few things.

* A gazillion thanks to our beloved VC for her highly excellent #CanMittMatchThis? post.

* And a gazillion thanks too for all the very lovely emails today about last night’s ’20 Reasons Why We Fight For This Fella‘ post, I’ll get around to replying to you all eventually, I promise – but I’m abysmally behind with my emails, so please forgive me!

* To all those who tried to comment on the blog for the first time the last couple of days – if you’re genuine PBO supporters, thank you. But the house rules stay the same: newcomers’ comments are only put through if they sign in with longstanding Twitter, Facebook or WordPress accounts. Sorry about that, but it’s the only way to keep this a Tea/Firebagger-free zone.

* I’m up in the air tomorrow afternoon – literally. In a very small plane 😕 Gulp. I’ll almost be sitting on the pilot’s lap. Poor creature. So, there’ll be a gap in posting, until I hit the ground – gently, hopefully – and then I’ll battle with my broadband-will-probably-be-dodgy-in-this-middle-of-nowhere-location difficulty.

But I’ll get it sorted …. I hope.

Meanwhile, chat away 😉


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250 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 5 Judith Fardig
    July 6, 2012 at 11:06 pm


  2. 6 amk for obama
    July 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Sitting on the pilot’s lap …

    Just make sure you don’t distract him even in the slightest possible way.

    Happy flying.

    • 7 anniebella
      July 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Chipsticks you make sure the pilot’s mind is on his job and nothing else.

      • July 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm

        😆 I will anniebella! Stunningly fab as I am – cough – I think the pilot’s mind will remain on the job!

        • 9 utaustinliberal
          July 7, 2012 at 12:39 am

          Hahahaha….don’t try anything funny with the pilot Chips. Just keep picturing Mankini Newt. That’s all I have to say. 😀

    • July 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      😆 I’ll behave, I promise amk. I should add this isn’t an epic voyage, with the wind at our back the flight will take 45 minutes. Still, I feel like the Amelia Earhart of the 21st century 😎

      • July 6, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        Safe travels, Chips!!

      • 12 amk for obama
        July 6, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        To keep his mind off ‘other things’, you could talk to him about mittbot. Bet the time literally files away. He’ll probably break the ‘sound’ barrier and land you in record time.

        • 13 HZ
          July 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm

          Love you Chips. Safe journey and hurry back to us, please. ((((((((((((( Thank you for our beautiful and respectful haven)))))))))))))HZ

      • July 6, 2012 at 11:43 pm

        Back in the old days when I could still tolerate flying, I was on a small plane for the first leg of a journey. It was likely not as small as yours because we had a pilot AND a “stewardess”—-that’s what flight attendants were then—-and about 10 passengers. And—-I’m not kidding—–the stewardess sat on the pilot’s lap for most of the trip, which was obvious to the amusement of all on board as the cockpit door was open—-maybe there wasn’t a cockpit door? It was a real jolly, laughy, unique flight—–good time was had by all—–especially the pilot and the stewardess.

      • 15 desertflower
        July 7, 2012 at 12:03 am

        Yes! Safe travels:) I would rather start out really early and flap my arms than get on a little plane….have a great adventure and we’ll be here when you get back…leave the mats out before you go. Just as a precaution…you know we have some rowdy ones here…not me, but you know who they are:)

        • 16 Tally
          July 7, 2012 at 2:11 am

          yeah, me too. I’m a terribad flyer. Especially if the airport bar isn’t open.

          If I have the miles/AmEx points and can upgrade myself to turn left at the door, then for some reason the aircraft will magically not crash. Which is why I put EVERYTHING including groceries on my AmEx.

  3. 17 anniebella
    July 6, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Wish I was in that bakery with POTUS.

  4. July 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    As one of those trying to comment for the first time, I completely understand, and am willing to follow the rules. Anything to earn my bones here. I really do appreciate this website. It really is nice to see people who are truly all-in for this president.

  5. 26 sherijr
    July 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Safe & happy travels to you Chips.

  6. 27 proudmemberofglobalzero
    July 6, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Chips…thank you for all the posts today. I just got caught up. Lost Internet Phone and Cable early this morning and they did not get it on until after 8. I just got threw after working the rest of the day.

    Good luck in the small plane tomorrow. Love them myself. Only trouble I have is coming down when there is heat and no AC. This is Texas I was mentioning. I worked for a Dentist that had his own plane. Nothing better than working in the morning then climbing in the plane to do lunch or dinner in another state. Boy the good ole days.

  7. 28 Bill R.
    July 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Here’s a link to three videos of BainMitt in 2009 exhorting the White House to replicate Romneycare for the nation:

  8. 31 carolyn
    July 6, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Watched the first part of Rachel tonight. She was all exercised about the fund raising numbers, the Superpacs, Mitt’s 100 mill….she compared numbers from the liberal big money guys in 2004 and this year, and generally pretty well had me in a froth too. Then, her guest was Harvey Weinstein, the movie producer who is one of PBO’s biggest supporters and contributors. She asked him WHY is Democratic fundraising this way this year? How can we combat this…….he was calm, and his answer came from his experience. He said, you can spend all the money you want, but if your product is no good, the money won’t make a difference. One example he used was the Edsel. He said more money was spent on promoting that car than any other, and it totally bombed, the public hated it. Anyone else old enough to remember the Edsel?
    Then he talked about return for money, and wise spending of money, and gave some movie examples there. He also said that, frankly these big donors just aren’t worried. Romney is so bad that no amount of money will sell him. He also said that if they see the need, they will come through.
    These people have their eyes and ears open to everything going on, and know what’s happening. Basically he said they know Romney is a nothing and will make sure he doesn’t win. This is all paraphrase, but the sense and essence of it. He is one of the president’s BIG supporters, and is remarkably cool and calm about the election. Rachel also asked about down ticket elections, and he is well aware of those and their importance.

    • 32 isonprize
      July 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      Carolyn, on the one hand, that’s all good. But, if they have the ability to “come in if needed,” I wish they would come in NOW to help people who can’t afford what they need to get their voter IDs. This voter suppression stuff is what concerns me greatly!!!

      • July 6, 2012 at 11:51 pm

        I worry about the big money influence in all contests. And I think Congressional elections can be bought——too many swayed by the brainwashing of constant TV ads, even tho they say they aren’t. And now is when they are planning and buying air time. Donations are needed now, not on an emergency basis later.

        • 34 carolyn
          July 7, 2012 at 12:02 am

          I too worry about the big money influence in all contests. I think that 2010 showed the horrible influence of money, backed by hysteria. I call the 2010 election the hysteria election. I too hope these people donate NOW when buys are being made, and Mitt is bragging about his fund raising numbers…..But when Weinstein called Romney equivalent to an Edsel, that set things in a little more optimistic light for me. Also, when he talked about Sheldon Adelson thriving under PBO and almost totally bankrupt under GWB, I thought that maybe some of these guys know more than we think they do. At least I hope so, and I want the to GIVE. Republicans are used to buying anything. They just assume anyone can be bought.

    • 35 Michele
      July 7, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Carolyn, I think Weinstein is one tough character and he doesn’t bite his tongue. He also said Addelson was on the brink of bankurptcy when Bush was president and he should be kissing President’s Obama’s ass because his policies saved his fucked up business…

      • 36 Geeja
        July 7, 2012 at 1:25 am

        Harvey is right. Think Meg Whitman and Fiorina . The money wasn’t enough!

      • 37 Obama Grandmama
        July 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

        Weinstein is also a Bundler for Obama. Rachel mentioned you can know that because the Obama campaign is transparent whereas Romney will not say who his bundlers are.

  9. 38 Dudette
    July 6, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Safe travels Chips! Bring me back a souvenir magnet for the fridge please, 🙂

  10. July 6, 2012 at 11:35 pm

  11. 40 a4alice
    July 6, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    safe journeys Chipster! and remember Superman (who will always be Christopher Reeves in my mind) says that flying is still the safest way to travel……

  12. 41 Pamela
    July 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I love you, Chipsticks, so you just take good care of yourself in that teeny tiny little bitty plane, and don’t worry about VC, and amk, Yardarm and Tally will keep things right around here! 😆 Come back soon, okay? 🙂

    • 42 amk for obama
      July 7, 2012 at 12:43 am

      Oh, we will keep things here right, alright. Trust me.

    • 43 Pamela
      July 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Have been thinking about our Chips, have to wonder whether small aircraft referred to earlier might just turn out to be a Lear jet? Anyone care to comment? 😆 😆

  13. 44 PoliticalJunkessa
    July 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Enjoy your trip, Ms Chips. Safe travels!

  14. July 7, 2012 at 12:03 am

  15. 47 ChristiMTL
    July 7, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Home at last!…I litterally pressed my face on the AC unit when I got home, it can’t be good but I was desperate…….crazy humid weather……

    Have a safe trip Chips…..!

  16. 48 vcprezofan2
    July 7, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Have a safe flight Chips Chica! I see you are a braver soul than I ,as I don’t do small planes; it’s enough to get me to hold my breath and fly on a regular plane. We’ll try to be good in your absence – no last minute parties, or anything. Right Desertf, Hopef, Dudette, Yardarm, Amk, ….and ALL you others? 😉

    ps. Thanks again for the opportunity today, Chica.

    • 49 ChristiMTL
      July 7, 2012 at 12:22 am

      One of these day I’ll ask what Chica means lol…….

      • 50 vcprezofan2
        July 7, 2012 at 12:29 am

        One of these days when you ask, I’ll tell you.
        Tee hee hee! 😉 It’s Spanish for ‘girl child’/ ‘girl’, but I use it here as a term of affection and also because it goes nicely with ‘Chips’. I can’t remember who was the first person to use it – might have been Isonprize -and I don’t know what their intended meaning was.

        • 51 ChristiMTL
          July 7, 2012 at 12:33 am

          Ahhhhhhhh…….thanks Vic!

        • 52 isonprize
          July 7, 2012 at 1:03 am

          Yeah, it was me. Just too tired one day to type out “Chipsticks” and it stuck. I asked her if she was cool with her nickname. She was, so it’s been Chica for me, since then.

          • 53 vcprezofan2
            July 7, 2012 at 1:06 am

            Thought so. Man my old memory hasn’t been too shabby lately. 😆 Do you use it with the same meaning I do?

            • 54 isonprize
              July 7, 2012 at 1:54 am

              Yup! Chica, girl, girlfriend, chickadee, sistergirl, sister… all terms of affection for women who are good people to me.

    • 55 amk for obama
      July 7, 2012 at 12:32 am

      I am here only to trash the place. Nothing more. Nothing less.

      • 56 ChristiMTL
        July 7, 2012 at 12:38 am

        amk lol Chips is not on the plane yet…..wait….

      • 57 vcprezofan2
        July 7, 2012 at 12:50 am

        So, is it about 10:25am there, and have you finished breakfast?

        • 58 amk for obama
          July 7, 2012 at 12:58 am

          You’re right on both counts. Now I’ve got all day. 🙂

          Actually, I am going out. So this place is safe for another 2-3 hours.

          • 59 vcprezofan2
            July 7, 2012 at 1:02 am

            Good! I can go to sleep safe in the knowledge that you won’t be partying at TODville for at least 3 hours. Maybe you could visit a friend or relative while you are out? .;)
            Have a great Saturday!

  17. 60 ChristiMTL
    July 7, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Hey that’s cool…on Twitter…..

    I love that Harvey Weinstein is trending nationally based on his appearance on @Maddow on a Friday night. Yes. We are tuned in.

  18. 61 ChristiMTL
    July 7, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Following Caroline’s comment…..the video of the interview…..good stuff! I love this guy!.

    Miramax co-founder: Romney is ‘Our Idiot Brother,’ Obama is ‘The King’s Speech’


  19. 62 Ceb
    July 7, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Safe journey, Chips, until we meet again. The last few days you have topped your marvelous self. Thanks much.

    Good night and sweet dreams to those on this side of the equator and Good morning to those who are just beginning their day.

    • 63 HZ
      July 7, 2012 at 12:51 am

      Goodnight Chips and TOD Family. May a gentle spirit surround all of you, and may the winds of peace and love gently blow with a whisper of sweetness in your lives so others may have a peaceful journey as well. And may our president’s love, compassion, and intellect carry this nation to a better place of hope, peace, and goodness.

      May God grant him wisdom, protection, and physical strength to carry out his duties with grace, truth, dignity, and love. We are so grateful for you, Mr. President. (((((((((((((( Blessings be with you tonight and always))))))))))))))) TOD Family/HZ

  20. 65 ourmanflint
    July 7, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Have a safe flight Chips. I will implore Amk to clean up after himself while you are away. Thanks for everything! 😆

  21. 66 Tally
    July 7, 2012 at 2:37 am

  22. 67 Tally
    July 7, 2012 at 2:42 am

  23. 68 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 3:23 am

  24. 69 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 3:28 am

  25. 70 Cha
    July 7, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Thx for all the pics & news from Ohio and Everywhere, Chipstar! See ya when you’re on Terra Firma~

  26. 72 susanne
    July 7, 2012 at 5:03 am

    murdoch is not happy with his boy r-money, and he thinks pox news is going too easy on him. interesting piece from seattle times.


  27. July 7, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Hi Everyone,

    I’m tardy to the party as usual (and I’m still a Twitter novice) but I noticed on the last thread that a few posters were trying to find ways to streamline VC’s great #canmittmatchthis twitter brigade. Anyway, while visiting the President’s page (after following Amk’s tweet above), I noticed that they have his accomplishments listed thematically. Perhaps we could devote each day of the week to a theme. See below:

    The President’s Record

    Monday -Education/student loan reform (combined to fit a 7 day schedule)
    Tuesday – Environment
    Wednesday – Equal Rights
    Thursday – Health Care
    Friday – Jobs and the Economy
    Saturday – National Security
    Sunday – Wall Street Reform

    Each week we can repeat. This will help us to remain organized in our efforts as we move ———————-> FORWARD. On another note, I love it here. Thanks for all of the work that you do Chips and the phenomenal team of posters who keep us informed. I’m sure you all are about 20 posts ahead of me by now :). I hope someone sees this and I apologize in advance for any typos. After all it’s 5:13 in the Garden State and I’m on ceiling duty.

    • 74 amk for obama
      July 7, 2012 at 7:00 am

      That’s a very good idea, Angela.

      May be Chips puts up the subject/theme of the day in her posts and we find the relevant information to tweet.

    • 75 Nena20409
      July 7, 2012 at 7:51 am

      Jobs and the Economy are job One.

      4.4M jobs in 28 months equals 157K a month. More than 500K Manufacturing jobs, best since 1997.

      Those who tweet. Then add #canMittbeatthat.

    • 78 nathkatun7
      July 8, 2012 at 12:55 am

      I just revisited here late, but I really like your idea, Angela. It focuses our mind and helps coordinate the message in support of the President.

  28. 79 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 5:39 am

    How the chickens keep a steady head.

  29. July 7, 2012 at 7:25 am

    News media—–right now watching Halperin talking to Lester Holt (on Today) and they just can’t figure out how President Obama is holding on to poll leads anywhere given economic circumstances. After all, the media has allowed all manner of lies about Obama with zero pushback, zero truthtelling, a constant hammering. All that manipulative effort gone to waste? Here’s the key, the most important key of all, the only key really. People like President Obama, trust him.

    • 81 Nena20409
      July 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

      The rightwing tool, Halperin was on with Alex Witt and spouting the same thing.
      Funny how none of these fools ever in content and context analyze the job numbers in June, May and April. This years numbers were better than what we had in over 7 years. In 28 months, at 4.4M jobs, that is 157K monthly. Those are the facts.

  30. 82 Linda
    July 7, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Mitt Tried to Defund Multiple Sclerosis as Governor + Blind + Vets + Special Olympics


    Of course he had no worries about Miss Ann being diagnosed with MS …they have plenty of money for treatment….

    I know a lot of people don’t like the site I linked to…but it provides citations and links to all it says in this diary.

  31. 83 isonprize
    July 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    July 7, 5:00pm. EST Anybody here? It loads WAY faster then Rise and Shine. Chica’s not around to open a new thread.

  32. July 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Okay, I’m here. will keep switching back and forth until some catch up. 🙂

    • 85 isonprize
      July 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      I’m in Philadelphia where, at 6:15pm, it is 98 degrees F. BLAZIN’ HOT OUTSIDE!

      • 86 desertflower
        July 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm

        It’s 110 here…in the shade. But that is AZ in the summer. All day, everyday…until Oct. I know it’s hard for you all…not used to days on end…just know, it COULD be worse:)

    • 87 ChristiMTL
      July 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      I’m here tnmtngirl lol….there’s too many comments in rise and shine….it takes me forever to refresh the page.

      • July 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

        Yep. Once I refreshed it was all over the place before it stopped……a mess, for sure. 🙂 Not that I have anything earth-shattering to say, but was tired of waiting for R&S.

  33. 89 isonprize
    July 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Well, tn, I’m out. I’m supposed to go to a party this evening. So, I’ve got some stuff to do before then.

  34. 90 isonprize
    July 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Enjoy Christi. Keep it nice while Chica’s away! 😎 😎

  35. 93 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Okey dokey. Serena and Venus won the first set in the women’s double. On to the 2nd set. Woohoo!

  36. 94 ChristiMTL
    July 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    The President is so right….”I’m not the roadblock to making this happen”…..too bad Wolf Blitzer is in the video.

    • 95 cognachas4paws
      July 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      I’d say for not being a king and for only being one man – a cog in the machine as it were – he’s done a lot of good for the country!!! Imagine how much more he would get done in a second term – with a Democratic House and Senate! We can do this.

      • 96 ChristiMTL
        July 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        …or better, imagine if he was a king lol………he’s done remarkably well in this hostile environment.

        • 97 cognachas4paws
          July 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm

          I say send all of Congress away on a very extended vacation to a galaxy far, far away and let him reign! 🙂

    • July 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Excellent find. btw, It’s 96 here in the “mountains” of east TN.

      • 99 cognachas4paws
        July 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        I can only be thankful that it wasn’t another 100 degree day here (northern Illinois), although it was still low 90s. Tonight 66 and tomorrow low 80’s – thank the good Lord.

  37. July 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    OT but—–have to share. Saw a tweet from Mia Farrow with a link to a song by Eva Cassidy, one of my all time fave singers—–have all her CD’s and have played them over and over and over. So I started listening to all her unbelievably beautiful songs and then saw a Nightline vid: The Eva Cassidy Story which I had never seen. It’s a very moving tribute to an amazingly talented singer—–gone too soon, but she could do it all.

  38. 102 ChristiMTL
    July 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I put someone on my follow list on twitter and I just saw that he’s following me back…

    I don’t understand his message though.

    @ChristiMtl Welcome to the holler…

    I don’t know that english word so I had to check the french translation and it says something like loud whining…..I have no idea what that message means.

    • 103 cognachas4paws
      July 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      It’s basically like a community or a neighborhood. My parents were from the south and they said that – it’s a “welcoming” kind of word. At least, if he’s using it in the southern way and I’m sure he is.

    • 106 susanne
      July 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      i think a ‘holler’ refers to neighbors living within the sound of your voice. it also means to yell, or call out.

      • 107 Pamela
        July 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm

        I think also ‘holler’ can mean a little enclave, like a little holler in the woods, or down in a ravine, a cozy place, safe for kids to play, and peaceful. It surely means to yell or call out. Depends, I suppose on how far south in Maryland one grew up! I am a Picscataway/Accokeek girl, tho was born in Bethesda Naval.

        • 108 susanne
          July 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm

          yes, i also think it means a little ‘hollow’, like a sheltered spot in the woods or beside a stream. it’s a lovely word, and glad to have it in use here!

    • 111 ChristiMTL
      July 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Ayn Rand cultists….it’s their philosophy.

      Feed the rich, starve the poor

      government compassion and assistance for the poor is evil and destructive.

      Well not only the poor in their case, anyone who is not rich doesn’t deserve any help… ….

      • 112 desertflower
        July 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm

        The Republican way…take social good away, and wreck havoc on people’s financial well being.

  39. 113 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Serena and Venus Williams win another title. HELL YEAH!!!!!

  40. 115 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Doesn’t matter what political stripes people are…thinking people know.


    • 116 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      A very astute comment from this piece:

      I think the problem is to think strategically.

      The ideal is what we feel we want, the honest truth is where things are truly at relative to the ideal, and to think strategically is to consider the difference and what it will really take to get there.

      The banker was showing an ability to think strategically.

      Tea Party Republicans are an iteration of the coalition that people like Karl Rove built over about a forty year period. The crass and cynical calculation, the strategic thinking behind it is that whatever gets the religious right going is useful. The problem with that is that this is a reinforcing echo chamber that depends on getting crazier in order to stay high on the emotional charge that mobilizes the church goers.

      The more moderate, pragmatic and solutions-oriented Republicans of the Eisenhower era have to be aghast at the Frankenstein monster this has all become.

      He is right, these people aren’t in it for policy goals. The are just high on emotions derived from hating Obama as a symbol of everything the don’t like from A to Z. Once he wins re-election the emotion won’t be there. The business of actually addressing real problems in a complex world will bore the Tea Party.

      Evangelicals used to not be interested in worldly things, so much as storing up credit in heaven. They ought to go back to that.

    • 117 nathkatun7
      July 8, 2012 at 1:15 am

      Hey, df: I thank you so much for sharing this story. The Republican Bank President in the story captured the mood of thinking people, irrespective of party affiliation. This is what the holier than thou progressives fail to understand about politics in this country. The vast majority of Americans don’t like political leaders who take uncompromising extreme positions. I am glad this story was posted on the dailykos. Lets hope it will wake up many people who have been mindlessly bashing the President from the left.

  41. 118 susanne
    July 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    new dem ad focusing on women and r-money’s plan to eliminate planned parenthood:


    nice when networks run the ad inside a news story!

  42. 122 Pamela
    July 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I’m here too, but only for a few minutes, got stuck over on R&S, had to comment you know! 🙂

    • 123 susanne
      July 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      welcome to the holler!

    • 125 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Hi, Pamela:)

      • July 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        df, I checked back in and was going to share what you did from dkos. Thanks for sharing. Encouraging, huh?

        Gotta go back to couch. My lower back is “screaming” this afternoon. Took meds so trying to relax and hope they take affect soon!

        • 127 desertflower
          July 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm

          Sorry, sweet 😦 Ice pack!! Motrin! Yes, that DK story is encouraging. I think that more and more Republicans will see that their party has left them, and the only way to fix it, is to shut them down and start from scratch. I think that it’s important to have at least 2 viable choices…now, there is only one…which works out great for me. I have never been a Republican…but..there are many good folks that are…and their party has been highjacked by lunatics. They need to get it back.

  43. 128 Ladyhawke
    July 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm


    The ‘I Hate Romney’ Club

    By Ana Marie Cox – Sunday, February 3, 2008


    To be sure, the candidates’ staffs do seem to have bonded in their dislike of Romney. “It was very common for e-mails to be flying around between the Thompson, McCain and Giuliani campaigns,” says the former Thompson staffer, “Saying, ‘No matter what happens with us, we all need to make sure it’s not him.’” The staffer says that campaigns would share opposition research on Romney and offer each other tips on how best to undermine him: “Like, ‘Hey, I saw you hit Mitt on immigration — have you thought about going after him on this issue?” In some cases, the attitude even extends to the top of the campaigns. The night of the Iowa caucuses, after getting a congratulatory call from McCain, Huckabee told the candidate, according to aides: “Now it’s your turn to kick his butt.”
    But such jibes mask more substantive complaints that many of the candidates have about Romney. “What Romney has done,” says a Huckabee adviser, “he’s attacked people for positions he once held. That annoys people. And he uses his own money to do it, which rubs it in.” He’s gone after McCain on campaign finance reform (which he once supported), Huckabee on tax increases (Huckabee countered that Romney’s raised “fees” amounted to the same thing), and nearly all the candidates on immigration.



    Note: Reposting this article in honor of John Boehner’s pronouncement today about the American people not falling in love with Mitt Romney. It’s not just the American people. In 2008, he was not held in high regard by his primary opponents.

    • 129 cognachas4paws
      July 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      The American people aren’t even falling in “like” with him, never mind love.

    • 130 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      The beset ad that PBO’s team could make, would be all these R’s calling him out on positions that he previously held, now doesn’t. It’s different to a Republican when one of their own says it….

  44. July 7, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Not everyone is convinced that Rove’s Crossroads GPS is a “social welfare” organization. (duh)

    • 132 susanne
      July 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      great article–must read!

      • 133 ChristiMTL
        July 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm

        You bet, it’s a must read……..

        ”Corporations love the secrecy provided by Mr. Rove’s group because it protects them from scrutiny by nosy shareholders and consumers. They want a big influence on elections, but without leaving any tracks. People who give directly to political campaigns or super PACs know their donations will be public, and know that disclosure is part of participation. ”

        What I don’t understand is how come Karl Rove and his people were at Romney’s retreat for 2 days??

        Super PACs are not allowed to coordinate directly with candidates or political parties since they are “independent”.

        What a joke!..imagine if it was the other way around?

        • 134 amk for obama
          July 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm

          Guess the FEC is still a paper tiger ? In India, the election commission has constitutionally given powers and no one can touch them.

    • 135 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      I hope these guys get the full force of the Feds rained down on them….this needs to get around!

    • 136 Pamela
      July 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Because he knows we know, and he is right to be very afraid!

  45. July 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    it’s so hot here. I can’t stand it. the heat index is over 100 here……whew

    • 138 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      I know..:) Welcome to my world. In AZ, this is our hibernating season…like winter back east. We get things done early in the morning, or after the sun goes down. People hide inside for the heat of the day…and come out at night, like little vampires. The only problem for people back east is that not everyone has air conditioning. Makes things brutal. Been there, done that. Cold showers, fans, laying still….and drink LOTS of water.

    • 139 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      If it makes you feel any better…it’s 110 here today in Phoenix. In the shade….night time temps will stay in the 90’s all night long…and tomorrow…we do it all over again. Until Oct.

    • 140 cognachas4paws
      July 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      It has finally cooled off here – northern Illinois. It was very hot again today but not 100 here (I think it might’ve hit that in the city), but now it has cooled off considerably. Hopefully the cool spell hits everywhere SOON.

  46. 141 ChristiMTL
    July 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm


    This is trending on Twitter…..what is that language?…russian?

  47. July 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    df, Thanks for reminder of ice pack. After I finish fixing my dinner and eating, I will do that. Feels a bit better–as long as I don’t bend over to do something. 🙂 I stewing squash and onion, draining it, then topping with feta cheese. Saw this on a local show earlier in the week and said, “Gotta do that.”
    Also doing a chicken breast and will top it with the Philadelphia cooking creme, tomato basil flavor. YUM!

    Later……I’ll let you know how it is. 🙂

    • 150 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      I like that cooking creme…but I use another one…I know it if I see it…pretty easy, and tasty!

    • 151 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      When you sleep, stick a pillow between your knees…takes the pressure off your back…and put a pillow behind your back. I usually sleep on the couch if my back hurts, so I can lean my back against the back of the couch, with a pillow.

  48. 152 ChristiMTL
    July 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    On a happier note, Barney Frank and his partner got married!…..

  49. July 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Did the Earth change Orbits with Mercury?
    Phew! It’s Hot!

  50. 161 utaustinliberal
    July 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    • 163 utaustinliberal
      July 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      I read a write up of Brady’s comments and I loved it. Actually hearing it, is even more awesome. Bill Maher is funny and often points out truth but the stereotype of Black people as thugs and gangsters that he carries in his head and spews from his mouth is really ignorant. Wanting Pres. Obama’s “black side to come out and kick ass and be aggressive” is so bloody ignorant. As though that’s who all Black people are meant to be. Thuggish Uncouth Gangsters. 🙄

      • 164 cognachas4paws
        July 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm

        Ignorant times a thousand. He’s okay most of the time but, like you said, he has these stereotypes stuck in his head.

  51. 165 carolyn
    July 7, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Bill Maher needs to get out and mingle with people who are not always telling him how wonderful he is. If he would come to my Freshman Composition classroom, his stereotypes would be dashed. I have a good mix of races….AA, Hispanic and Caucasian. The young AA men invariably treat me with respect, as do the young Hispanic men. The only ones who are rude and mouthy are the ill-brought up white boys. I’ve taught for a LONG time, and I always train them, so that by the end of the semester they are becoming human, but the mothers, grandmothers and aunts take care of the young AA and Hispanic men. They are a pleasure.

    • 166 cognachas4paws
      July 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Do you teach high school or college (if you don’t mind my asking)? I want to teach college when I get my graduate degree. I am hoping to start at the community college and then work my way up while getting my doctorate.

  52. July 7, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Zimmerman back out on bail. 100k to get Him out!
    He is a Punk!

    • 168 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      He is a punk. As are those idiots that think he did the right thing. Entitled punk, at that.

  53. July 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm

  54. 170 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    • 172 cognachas4paws
      July 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Saw that on Think Progress. I feel for you – my congress-critter is Joe Walsh…at least until November since I’m in a new district now.

  55. 173 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm

  56. July 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Undocumented immigrant says Obama policy helps Him become Lawyer-


    Awesome story. Please tweet to Ben Labolt.

  57. 180 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm

  58. 182 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm
  59. 183 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    HA! Don’t look now, but Republicans in congress are having another shit fit!


    Navy moves ahead on biofuels despite congressional ire

    The Pentagon is pushing ahead with a $420 million effort to build refineries to make competitively priced biofuels, despite anger in Congress over the price the Navy paid for alternative fuel to test a carrier strike group this month.

    The government plans provide $210 million in matching funds to help firms build three refineries, each able to produce at least 10 million gallons of biofuel a year for military jets or ships, according to documents released this week. The Navy would supply $170 million and the Energy Department $40 million.

    The military’s spending on alternative fuels has drawn criticism from Republican lawmakers, with Senator Jim Inhofe charging that President Barack Obama’s priorities are “completely skewed” and Representative Mike Conaway accusing Navy Secretary Ray Mabus of “squandering precious dollars.”

    Good for the Navy! Gee, wonder how much $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Inhofe gets from the oil companies??? Plenty, I bet:)

  60. July 7, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    The Republicans are boosting they had 5k volunteers knocking on doors today, in Virginia.
    OFA in Virginia better get going! You can tweet them that for me…

    • 187 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      I doubt that #

    • 188 amk for obama
      July 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Yup, me too.Yet another rethug lie.

      • 189 desertflower
        July 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm

        It was their wet dream

        • July 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

          Reuters picked it up!

          • 191 nospin
            July 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

            The headline was misleading Jovie. I see why you wrote thought that was the case. Reuters was saying that a cumulative amount of volunteers were out in several states. Not just VA. See quotes from the article below.

            “In Fairfax, about 120 Republicans came out in 106-degree F (41-degree C) heat on Saturday to knock on voters’ doors. Dozens staffed a telephone bank.”

            “Republican party officials said volunteers were out in a dozen battleground states expected to see close contests in the November 6 election between Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.”

            Republican officials said they did not have an estimate of how many people had participated in “Super Saturday” nationwide, but were sure it was in the thousands.


            This was such an obvious BS story I was curious to see how they tried to spin this thing as fact.

    • 192 nospin
      July 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Let’s ignore the fact that they cannot get 1000 people to show up for a Romney rally. Let’s pretend that they had 5K who signed up for the task.

      It is hot as heck in VA, MD. There is no way in hell Repubs had 5K knocking on doors in this heat.

      • July 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

        Reuters reported it!

        • 194 nospin
          July 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm

          That is a bald faced lie. I double dog dare them to show pics.

          It is hot as Hades outside. I’m talking so hot you cannot breathe. I left the mail in the mail box. Couldn’t take it. Can’t even make it to the end of the drive way. The mail will have to stay there until Monday. Kids won’t even go outside to get in the pool. One complained they felt sick. So, 5K walking around in VA for Romney?

          I don’t think so. They will have to prove it.

        • 195 amk for obama
          July 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm

          So ? reuters just acted as a stenographer for rethugs. bfd.

          • 196 nospin
            July 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm

            can you imagine the photo op that 5K knocking on doors would provide for Willard amk? The media would be practically orgasmic in their haste to scream it from the rooftops. Those images would be all over TV, Facebook and all over the MSM sites.

            • 197 amk for obama
              July 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm

              Yup. The ‘librul’ media noise with ‘obama is doomed ‘cries would be deafening.

        • 198 desertflower
          July 7, 2012 at 9:32 pm

          Water carriers. They lied, or took the RNC’s word for it.

      • 199 susanne
        July 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm

        and even if they did, anyone hearing a knock at the door would be suspicious, check out the window, and think, nope, not letting the cool air out for strangers.

    • 200 ChristiMTL
      July 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Republicans and Democrats Work to Get Out the Vote Saturday

      The Virginia Republican Party hit the ground game hard across the commonwealth to get out the vote for Super Saturday.

      ..not to be out done, Democrats in the valley were trying to win voters to their side in a typically conservative part of Virginia.

      There’s no mention of the number of volunteers though.

      OFA in Virginia better get going!? As Harvey Weinsten said yesterday, when you have a bad product, you have a bad product, even if you spend 5 billions, you still have a bad product.

      I’m so confident about the debates, President Obama will crush him…

      • 201 ChristiMTL
        July 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm

        Republicans hold ‘Super Saturday’ to energize voters

        Targeting 12 swing states; Obama won them all in 2008

        Republican party officials said volunteers were out in a dozen battleground states expected to see close contests in the Nov. 6 election

        So if that 5K is valid, it has to be 5K total in 12 states…..as nospin said, they can’t even get 1000 people to his rallies

        • July 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

          Maybe so! I hope so. Because Virginia is very important.

          • 203 nospin
            July 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm

            PO is going to win VA and Maryland. That is just a fact.

            Obviously we are taking nothing for granted and are still going to work hard for every vote but PO will win.

        • 204 nospin
          July 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm

          The projected volunteer count cited was 120 in Virginia (which would mean it was most likely 2/3rds of that amount if we wanted to be generous) and the Republicans admitted they did not have an estimate of the total numbers statewide but they were sure it would be at least thousands.

          I don’t understand why they lie when all we have to do is google. I don’t get it.

  61. July 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    What a difference a year and vast amounts of self-determination and courage (and our President Obama) make ….


    Many friends voted today 🙂

  62. 211 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    • 212 Pamela
      July 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      This freaking calendar is bee~yoo~tu~FUL! it downloaded in a nano second to iPad, and is now a permanent fixture in bookmarks! OFA is where it’s all happening! Wowed! 😆

  63. 213 desertflower
    July 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I bet that Transportation bill PBO just signed will put people back to work:)

  64. July 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Not as bad as I thought-

    PI ANALYSIS … PRO-ROMNEY SUPER PAC DOMINATES END OF JUNE: The pro-Romney super PAC Restore our Future spent nearly $4 million more than the pro-Barack Obama super PAC Priorities USA, a PI analysis of federal independent expenditure data between June 15 and July 5 indicates. The super PAC, run by former Romney aides, easily outpaced all others by the end of June after spending little in the first half of the month.

    Here’s the run-down on the top 10 outside political groups making independent expenditures, which by definition overtly support the election or defeat of a political candidate:

    (1)   Restore our Future: $7.3 million, all in opposition to Obama.
    (2)   Priorities USA Action: $3.8 million, all in opposition to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    (3)   Majority PAC: $966,017, all in support of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Senate candidate Tim Kaine (Va.).
    (4)   American Crossroads: $935,047, mostly in opposition to Obama and Democratic Senate candidates Kaine, Shelley Berkley (Nev.) and Bob Kerrey (Neb.) and in support of Republican Senate candidate Heather Wilson (N.M.)

    (5)   Service Employees International Union PEA-Federal: $787,723, all in support of Obama and other Democrats.
    (6)   Club for Growth Action / PAC: $710,491 on several congressional races.

    (7)   Service Employees International Union Committee on Political Education: 607,368, all in opposition to Romney and in support of Obama.
    (8)   League of Conservative Voters Inc.: $581,504, primarily in opposition to Heather Wilson (N.M.) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

    (9)   FreedomWorks for America: $233,863, mostly in opposition to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
    (10) Florida Freedom PAC: $216,767, all in support of Obama.

  65. 218 susanne
    July 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    off topic
    thousands of dead fish stinking up shorelines–but don’t you dare say global warming!


  66. 220 Tally
    July 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Hey guys – this is important stuff, and it would be great if all the TODTweeters followed – thanks.

  67. 221 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm

  68. 222 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm

  69. 223 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  70. July 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Unbelievable. WTH is this???

    • 225 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      I just saw that on TP…????

    • 226 desertflower
      July 7, 2012 at 10:23 pm


      Drudge Promotes Story From Conspiracy Website Claiming Obama Plans To Murder Conservative Journalists
      By Ali Gharib on Jul 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm
      The website Drudge Report, an aggregator that sends a massive amount of web traffic to stories linked on its pages, posted a report from the 9/11 Truther website InfoWars in which two of the nation’s leading right-wing conspiracy theorists Alex Jones with Joseph Farah discuss their paranoia about being attacked by the Obama administration.
      In the interview, Farah said he saw a drone over his property in Northern Virginia and suggested that the Obama administration was targeting him. Here’s a screen capture of the Drudge link, with the words “Spy Drone Buzzes Journalist’s Secluded Home…” highlighted in red:

      Paranoid wack job said he saw a drone fly over his house and that PBO wants to kill him. Oh Lord.

  71. July 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I just saw a Stealth Drone over head, the same one that took pictures of Bin laden.
    Should I expect SEAL Team 6 sometime soon?

  72. 230 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 10:35 pm

  73. July 7, 2012 at 10:40 pm


    • July 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Beautiful!!! Thanks Jovie!

      • 233 amk for obama
        July 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm

        A ha. There you are. I thought you went partying with that pilot after that parachute jump.

        • July 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm

          No partying at all amk, the fella is still unwrapping my parachute from around his neck.

          Right then, what’s your prediction for Fedex v Moany?

          • 235 amk for obama
            July 7, 2012 at 10:49 pm

            So you made him jump too ? wimmin.

            Fedex in straight sets.

            • July 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm

              😆 Oi, that was a boy driver on my plane, if there were wimmin in charge I wouldn’t have had to choke on my choccie chip.

              Hmm, straight sets? I reckoned that too, but then my sister freaked me out tonight by telling me she had a hunch Moany would win – and I should point out, my sister has a 100% superior sporty predicty rate than me. Worried now.

              • 237 amk for obama
                July 7, 2012 at 10:59 pm

                Relaaaax. 100% of 0 is still 0.

                moany is a choker.

                • July 7, 2012 at 11:04 pm

                  “100% of 0 is still 0.”

                  Your cruelty knows no bounds. 🙂

                  Just worried Lendl has de-choked Moany, having successfully de-choked in his own career. He’s looked an entirely different kettle of tennis fish this Wimbledon, methinks, way more positive and aggressive. Still, if Fedex plays like he did in the semis methinks your prediction might be accurate-ish – and my sister’s as accurate as mine.

  74. July 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Yiippee! Chips has returned safely and she found us on This and That. 🙂 Happy you’re back safely. Now I’m going to bed.

    • July 7, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you tnmtngirl!!! Sleep soundly, see you tomorrow 😉

      • 245 vcprezofan2
        July 7, 2012 at 11:00 pm

        {{{ CC}}} Welcome back, safe & sound! Checking, are you ‘sound’?

        • July 7, 2012 at 11:07 pm

          Thank you kindly VC! Sound? Heck, I haven’t been sound since I was born 😕

          • 247 vcprezofan2
            July 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm

            Should I touch that one, I wonder? Hmmm. Maybe I’ll ask instead, did you land on your feet or your head? I was trying to determine which from your answers to my siblings, but haven’t come to a decision yet. At any rate, you are still smiling so I’ll conclude that no lasting damage was done from sitting on the pilot’s lap. Nice to have you back close enough to be easily harassed! 😉

  75. 250 amk for obama
    July 7, 2012 at 11:44 pm

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