Rise and Shine


You can see video of the President’s Iowa speech here


Steve Benen: I was surprised to learn two weeks ago that federal firefighters, including many combating brutal wildfires in Colorado, are considered temporary employees who are ineligible for health care coverage through the Forest Service. They’re working incredibly dangerous jobs under life-threatening conditions, but many go without insurance.

President Obama is poised to change that. The Denver Post reported yesterday on a shift in administration policy:

President Barack Obama has directed federal officials to offer seasonal firefighters the option of purchasing federal health insurance coverage…On a recent trip to Colorado Springs, the president was apparently moved by the men and women firefighters he met, senior administration officials said in an interview Tuesday. When he returned to Washington, he told his cabinet that he wanted to “find a solution” for the hundreds of workers toiling in dangerous conditions without the option to buy in to federal insurance.

….it appears to be a huge step forward…. Whatever the mechanism, the access to health insurance for these firefighters will begin later this month….


NYT Editorial: Paying taxes forthrightly has long been a matter of civic pride for most American politicians, a demonstration of honesty and of a willingness to share in society’s burdens. Since the Watergate era, presidential candidates have released several years of tax returns, allowing voters to peer at their financial choices and discern their entanglements.

Mitt Romney has upended that tradition this year. He has released only one complete tax return, for 2010, along with an unfinished estimate of his 2011 taxes. What information he did release provides a fuzzy glimpse at a concerted effort to park much of his wealth in overseas tax shelters, suggesting a widespread pattern of tax avoidance unlike that of any previous candidate.

Mr. Romney has resisted all demands for more disclosure, leading to growing criticism from Democrats that he is trying to hide his fortune and his tax schemes from the public. Given the troubling suspicions about his finances, he needs to release many more returns and quickly open his books to full scrutiny.

Full post here



Jonathan Chait: Michael Gerson is a former speechwriter for George W. Bush turned Washington Post columnist, from which perch he has spent the entirety of the Obama administration gleefully predicting a downward spiral into ruin and dysfunction reminiscent of, well, George W. Bush. Having possibly run low on Obama tragic failure scenarios, Gerson devotes today’s column to musing about why Obama has not proposed any major new initiative to address the economic crisis.

Gerson begins by arguing that Obama is declining to propose any major plans because he does not want to admit failure …. But wait! Through diligent research — I have hired a team of laid-off Bush-era Middle East intelligence veterans just for this research task — we have scoured the public record and uncovered a startling fact: Obama does have an ambitious new set of policy proposals!

He unveiled it in a nationally televised address last fall, after which point he has been touring the country and touting it daily….

…. I’m sure once he has become aware that all his objections about Obama are false — that Obama is not denying the crisis, that he does have a plan to address it, that Keyensian economists do support the plan, and it won’t increase the long-term deficit — surely he will change his mind on this.

Full article here



TPM: A central element of the 2012 campaign cycle has become just when Mitt Romney left Bain Capital. The Romney campaign says he left in early 1999 — in time to get him off the hook for some controversial investments. Factcheck.org backs up Mitt while David Corn and the Obama campaign have brought forward numerous pieces of documentary evidence indicating he didn’t leave until a couple years later.

Now here’s even more evidence that he didn’t leave in 1999 as he now claims.

….I’ve found yet more instances where Romney made declarations to the SEC that he was still involved in running Bain after February 1999. To the best of my knowledge, no one has yet noted these.

More here



Matt Miller (Washington Post): The House is voting (again) to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, six Republican governors (so far) say they won’t go along with the law’s planned Medicaid expansion for 4 million uninsured people in their states, even though the feds would pick up nearly all the tab.

See the pattern here?

The Republican message to uninsured Americans in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling couldn’t be clearer: You’re on your own.

…. Fifty million uninsured Americans would be the immediate casualties of the GOP’s “let them eat the emergency room” mentality. But all of us would be at risk. In America — alone among wealthy nations — everyone is a pink slip or job change or new illness away from finding they’ve lost coverage or are uninsurable.

This is the shameful reality behind the GOP’s rhetoric on health care. Republicans don’t want to spend a penny to insure the uninsured.

More here


All toons from Cagle



2:15: President Obama will meet in the Oval Office with Democratic congressional leaders “to discuss their legislative agenda for the coming months and his proposals to provide small businesses new incentives to grow and hire, encourage companies to create jobs here at home, and ensure that middle class families don’t see a massive tax hike at the end of the year,” the White House said.

Attendees include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Jim Clyburn, Rep. Steve Israel, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen.



Morning everyone 😉

379 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 7 Dudette
    July 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Good Morning!

    • July 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Good Morning, everyone. Are you aware that TomP at Daily Kos has started an Obama Nightly News round up? If you have reccing privileges, I think it behooves us to keep the nightly diary visible for as long as possible. Yeah?

      • 17 4morefor44
        July 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

        “no” is my vote. lost cause. that place has proven over and over again to be a waste of energy. i’ve never been a frequent reader there, but i think that guy can turn on a dime the first moment a bright shiny object is trotted out by the media. seems to me that so many there are attention-junkies and love creating drama. i feel a better use of time anyone’s time here would be doubling twitter efforts (or starting on twitter) and getting even more active in, and spreading the word about places like here and the people’s view and so on. my 2 cents.

  2. 19 Dudette
    July 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Have a SPLENDID day everybody!!

  3. 21 Pamela
    July 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

    “We need to relate to each other out of compassion, with a sense of connection to each other and a deep recognition of our common humanity.” ~ HHDL 11 July 2012. @DalaiLama

    • 22 Pamela
      July 11, 2012 at 9:05 am

      This is one of the finest descriptions of how our President lives his life. He considers everyone. We are blessed to have his back!

  4. July 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I am moved with PBO’s decission to ensure our firefighters have access to healthcare…that’s progress..that’s how we move this country FORWARD.

  5. 26 vcprezofan2
    July 11, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Good Morning Chips & TODvillle!

    Here’s today’s focus for #CanMittMatchThis?
    Wednesday – Equal Rights; Taxes

    Plus don’t forget to remind your local OFA group and all of your personal contacts to feed our new kitchen coffee jar fetish! 😉

    There’s a Wonderful Wednesday ahead of us! How do I know? Through the power of positive thinking! 😆 😆

    • 27 Pamela
      July 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Hey there VC! I’m moving forward here, but will be back later…. Keep spreading the joy! 🙂

      • 28 vcprezofan2
        July 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

        Good Morning, my Dear, and have a great day! I will look for your travel list later today as I’m heading out early tomorrow.

        • 29 Pamela
          July 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

          You shall have it, and several of us are on board to make sure you are well provisioned! I, for one, could not afford to eat so well if not for Trader Joe’s! No middle man, so low prices for the best food! And fantastic greeting cards, always only $0.99!

          • 30 vcprezofan2
            July 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

            😆 You make me smile, Pamela.

            ‘..several of us are on board to make sure you are well provisioned..

            I got this mental picture of TODobots materializing along my route with choice meals and healthy snacks (none of that cheesy curls stuff 😉 ).

  6. July 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

    WASHINGTON – On the eve of the Olympic Games, Mitt Romney is planning two separate fundraising events in central London hosted by a variety of banking industry officials, according to copies of the invitations obtained by the Globe.
    The events involve a reception – at a cost of $2,500 per person – and a high-dollar “private dinner with Governor Mitt Romney” that will cost from $25,000 to $75,000 per person. Both events will be held at a location in “central London” that has not yet been named.
    The Globe reported last week that Bob Diamond, who resigned as chief executive of Barclays bank, was no longer co-hosting one of the fundraisers.
    But still among those hosting the events is Patrick Durkin, a registered lobbyist for Barclays, which has been at the heart of a rate-fixing scandal. Durkin, who has been a top Romney bundler, is one of seven chairs for the reception and among the 13 co-chairs for the dinner.
    Others involved in hosting the events are Dwight Poler, managing director at the European branch of Bain Capital, the firm Romney founded; Raj Bhattacharyya, managing director at Deutsche Bank; and Dan Bricken, a managing director at Wells Fargo Securities.
    Among the others involved are Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets; Eric Varvel, the chief executive officer of Bank of Credit Suisse; and Gregg Lemkau, who is the Goldman Sachs head of mergers and acquisitions for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific.
    London is one of the world banking hubs, with plenty of Americans who are involved in the securities and investment industries that Romney has targeted. This is Romney’s second trip to London to raise money for his presidential campaign.
    Only American citizens or US green card holders are allowed to contribute to a presidential campaign, and Romney’s fundraising invitations note that attendees “must provide copy of US passport.”


  7. 40 lovingandlaughing
    July 11, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Wow chips, that is a mighty fine collection of items. Love all the Romney toons. He has to be the worst candidate ever for President and probably the candidate with so much baggage while also being the candidate with the (largest amount of money backing him.

  8. 41 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 9:16 am

    GM folks. Great toons, Chips.


    Cook a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

    But teach a man to fish and you get rid of him for the whole weekend.


    A police officer sees a man driving around with a pickup truck full of penguins. He pulls the guy over and says: “You can’t drive around with penguins in this town! Take them to the zoo immediately.”

    The guy says OK, and drives away.

    The next day, the officer sees the guy still driving around with the truck full of penguins, and they’re all wearing sun glasses. He pulls the guy over and demands: “I thought I told you to take these penguins to the zoo yesterday?”

    The guy replies: “I did … Today I’m taking them to the beach!”

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  11. 44 Ceb
    July 11, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Good morning everyone. So proud of our president who sees a problem and immediately works to solve it as in the case of the national part time fire fighters who have no insurance. It is incredible that people that we depend upon in the worst situations have no health coverage. PBO shows over and over that we take care of our own. His proactive compassion, his “let’s fix this now” approach to governance, are two of the things that make him such a great president.

  12. 48 proudmemberofglobalzero
    July 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

    For a little “Hump Day Humor”:

  13. 49 Ladyhawke
    July 11, 2012 at 9:28 am



    First and foremost, there is Grover Norquist and his “no tax” pledges that are holding GOP members of congress hostage and making government dysfunctional. Then yesterday we had “Senator” Lindsey Graham proclaim that we should not criticize Mitt Romney for having offshore bank accounts because it’s really American to avoid paying taxes legally. When I heard that, it made me think of the brilliant post from The Peoples View last year talking about the legalized gambling that was going on during the Bush administration because of “no regulations”.

    1) Why won’t he perpwalk them!!!


    2) Romney to sign Norquist’s tax pledge


    3) Republican Senator On Romney: ‘It’s Really American To Avoid Paying Taxes’


  14. 50 Betsy
    July 11, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Have a great day TOD family. I’m off to work.

  15. 51 ourmanflint
    July 11, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Good morning Chips and all TOD fam!!!

  16. 52 Ladyhawke
    July 11, 2012 at 9:34 am

    The new-and-improved GOP War on Women graphic – Use it. Share it. AND VOTE!


  17. 53 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Morning:) You know, I have raised my kids talking to them about the character of who they are. I tell them that a true test of someone’s character, is what you do when no one is looking. Romney has no character.No morals.

  18. 54 Ladyhawke
    July 11, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Tax avoidance is not the American way

    By Steve Benen


    So, let me get this straight. So long as Romney didn’t commit any actual felonies, the American mainstream shouldn’t mind that they had to pay their tax bill, but Romney could use some creative accounting tricks, send his money to the Cayman Islands, and magically lower his own tax bill in ways average folks can’t.

    And this is a defense? From one of Romney’s Republican allies?

    For that matter, as the Obama campaign’s Ben LaBolt argued over the weekend, “Mitt Romney is effectively saying he hasn’t technically broken any laws by keeping his money in offshore tax havens. Here’s the question: is not technically breaking the law a high enough standard for someone who wants to be president of the United States?”



  19. 57 anniebella
    July 11, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Today is Wednesday July 11th, have Mitt Romney released his tax returns yet?

    • 58 Bill
      July 11, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Someone on the Stephanie Miller Show said Willard has released no state income tax returns. The person suggested he may have filed in NH but was still voting in MA. Could Willard be one of the half dozen or so people in the country committing voter fraud? What irony.

      • 59 Debz
        July 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

        Now, THAT would be funny!

      • 60 0388jojothecat
        July 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

        I was looking at the requirements for nonresidents requirements to file returns in CA and MA, if you claim to be a resident or a nonresident in a state, I think you still need to file a return proving you don’t owe taxes in those states. Robme may owe some state taxes to CA and MA if he earned any money from his speaking engagements in these states or maybe he was smart enough not to do any speaking engagements in these states but we won’t know until he releases these returns. Whatever state has the lower taxes is where Robme filed and I don’t know if it would have been NH or MA, he definately would not file a state return in CA although he might owe CA state taxes if he spent all his time in CA like the person who was interviewed said Ann Robme said.

        • 61 Bill
          July 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

          NH has significantly lower state taxes than MA. Many from the Boston area have moved across the state line to NH for tax reasons.

  20. 62 Ladyhawke
    July 11, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Why it matters when, exactly, Romney left Bain

    By Steve Benen


    What Josh highlighted were two SEC filings from July 2000 and February 2001 in which Romney listed his “principal occupation” as “Managing Director of Bain Capital, Inc.” At the risk of putting too fine a point on this, one cannot be gone from Bain in February 1999 and also be the managing director of Bain in February 2001.

    Now, you might be thinking, “Does this really matter? What difference does it make exactly when Romney left Bain?” It matters quite a bit, actually.

    For one thing, call me old fashioned, but Romney is supposed to tell the truth, both to the public and to the Securities and Exchange Commission. At this point, Romney’s claims don’t add up, and it’s not unreasonable to ask for an explanation.

    On a related note, it also matters whether or not Romney told the truth on his official financial disclosure forms.



  21. 63 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

    This is great line from matt miller worthy of a tweet

  22. July 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Chuck Todd has on bill Burton to discuss Romney VP choice???

  23. 65 Vicki
    July 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

    What a ton of goodness this am.

    Maybe this is an old story to TOD but it has come to my attention that Harvey Weinstein will be releasing a movie about Osama Bin laden’s death before Nov. 6. Harvey (Miramax) can do this because he has no corporate Overlord to obey.

    Kathryn Bigelow, Oscar winner for The Hurt Locker, has made an amazing film about Seal Team Six for SONY. The movie Zero Dark Thirty had an original release date in October but the Corporate State, GOP, decided that this entertainment would give President Barack Obama an unfair advantage in the election. So Zero Dark Thirty will arrive in theaters in December.

    If anyone thinks this is far-fetched please watch The Newsroom.

    If Harvey’s movie comes out let’s all go see it and maybe Kathryn’s film can run clips and trailers and get lots of free airtime before it is theatrically released.

    If you can add to this story I woud be so interested. Thanks, Vicki

    • July 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

      I can’t wait to see this film. The Hurt Locker was excellent so I’m sure this will be, too. It’s a real shame that it has been politicized but no a surprise.

    • 67 desertflower
      July 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

      🙂 Zero Dark Thirty…such a great name for a movie like this…military people know this term..(and their wives!) Been hearing that for many years…can’t wait to see these.

    • July 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Plus Kathryn’s trailers will probably be running at theatres in Sept, Oct, Nov too….hahahahahaha….Robme and Teagag heads will be exploding.

      • 72 Vicki
        July 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm

        I hope the trailers will be running and Bill Maher, Rachel, Jon Stewart, etc, will have Kathryn and Harvey on to talk about these movies and of course show clips, ads…..

  24. July 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

    That is where the brand new calling for Geitner to resign is coming From? Wait for it…, Elliot Spitzer.
    He hypothetically speculates if, IF Geitner knew about the 08 crisis he has to go.
    This Guy Spitzer is a Dick! Literally a Mean SOB!
    That is all!

    • 74 anniebella
      July 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Spitzer the hooker Governor trying to tell someone else to resign. This John is a joke.

    • 75 Linda
      July 11, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Really…..I watched him last night and did not see that…….

      • July 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

        Bill press show this morning, and you were the one that informed us about Geitner!
        Do you have a problem with Geitner?
        If so, let’s discuss it, like Adults, rather than lobbing suppositions!

  25. 77 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I want to know the particulars of Romney at the NAACP today….I want to see that in its entirety! I hope the audience sits in stone cold silence, no matter what he says.

    • July 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

      I can’t believe I’m actually going to try and watch this. The curiosity about his audacity to lie in front of this group has gotten the best of me.

      • 79 desertflower
        July 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

        I KNOW! Me too, meta:) That’s why I have to see this 🙂 I just can’t help wanting to watch the trainwreck….

      • 80 COS
        July 11, 2012 at 10:08 am

        Good morning Meta, and TOD friends. Meta, as and AA, my stomach is not strong enough to watch Robney lie. My husband is there and I will get a detailed report from him when he return home. They will probably show respect and applause just because he came, but I know it will not go any further. I heard the Current tv news reporter say that they want to see what he is going to say about voter suppression.

        • July 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

          Good morning, buddy. I don’t think I will last very long. Romney makes me sick. Please let us know what your husband thinks.

          • 82 COS
            July 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

            Will do Meta.

          • 83 Debz
            July 11, 2012 at 10:24 am

            This morning, my hubby bet me that at some point in the speech, Mittens will say “you people.” I say he will attack PBO, blaming him for the high unemployment rate.
            Anything he says about voter suppression will be a lie, especially in lite of his money man paying for ads.

        • 84 Dakota
          July 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

          Morning All. I have 3 friends that are attending the conference, educated and fairly militant (except for one). I can’t wait to hear their take on this “speech.” If by chance he does get interrupted, I wouldn’t surprise me if it was any one of them. LOL!

    • 85 amk for obama
      July 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Yup. Just silence. No polite applause. No boos. Just the silent treatment.

    • 88 Ladyhawke
      July 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Yes, it will be interesting to hear what Mitt Romney has to say to the NAACP audience as his campaign and the Republican Party question President Obama’s birthplace, disrespect his presidency, lie about his accomplishments and enact bogus voter id laws to disenfranchise African American voters.

      • 89 COS
        July 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

        To speak in front of the NAACP proves my point that Robney is ccrazy. This is the same candidate who solicited support from the likes of Ted Nugent.

      • 90 majiir
        July 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

        I read an article this A.M. about how Romney has a strained relationship with the NAACP dating from his time as governor of MA, so it will be interesting to see how hard he shakes his Etch A Sketch in his speech today. Romney is a two-faced, lying, hypocrite. I would say that a majority of Black Americans are not as stupid as he seems to think we are. Being a member of a political party that has lied about PBO repeatedly and not having the courage to say anything about it, Romney needs to know that he’ll be tolerated only because the NAACP members attending the event in Houston were reared to have good manners. He definitely wouldn’t like what many of them will be thinking while he is trying to convince them he’s worthy of their vote in November.


    • 91 Obama Grandmama
      July 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      I haven’t scrolled down to read all the posts yet so this is probably already discussed. I woke up this am (Oregon) to hear my local ABC news on my progressive radio station. They had a clip of Romney speaking to the NAACP saying he would repeal and replace Obamacare to many Boos. What in heck was he thinking? For the Panderer in Chief that was dumb.
      Also last night with MSNBC on my tv in the background I caught a new GOP meme. There was a clip of someone speaking with Andrea Mitchell saying Obama was the Outsourcer-in-chief and Romney was the Insourcer-in-Chief. I know they try to project everything on the opposition they themselves do to make it like both sides do it and to minimize it, but seems to me this is quite unbelievable. PBO’s re-election campaign outsources their printing to Nebraska so I suppose they are trying to use that to muddy the waters. Me thinks it won’t work!!! They just look stupid.

    • July 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Check out this video on YouTube:

      Romney at NAACP today.

  26. 93 Linda
    July 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Did anyone see Morning Junk today saying that his wife informed him that his son is still on his insurance because of Obamacare ?

    He is 24 years old

  27. 98 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

    From TPM: What Michael Steele had to say about outreach to AA’s by the RNC

    The RNC has done very little since I left office to expand on the work that we had done in this area. They’ve got a website, God bless them. It’s always good to put a website up with some black faces on it. Outreach.

    Why would they need to care? They’re trying really hard to disenfranchise them…they don’t NEED their votes, they need them NOT to vote.

  28. 99 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 10:04 am

  29. 100 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 10:07 am


    Senate Republicans to Block Bill Giving Tax Breaks to Small Businesses For Hiring

    I hate them all. Seriously. I do.

  30. 105 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Yes…Mittens at NAACP should be must see TV today: http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/07/11/his-mittxotic-quest/

    Leonard Alkins, the former head of the Boston NAACP, has few fond memories of Romney’s tenure. ”There was no relationship between the NAACP in Boston and Governor Mitt Romney and his administration,” Alkins says. “The only time that the NAACP had any interaction with the administration and the governor was to protest when he eliminated the affirmative action office.”
    In one of his early acts as governor, Romney dumped the state’s office of affirmative action and replaced it with the office of diversity and equal opportunity. In doing so, he invalidated half a dozen executive orders establishing affirmative action policies for women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities; diversity training programs; and equal opportunity standards for state contractors. Romney’s executive order replaced all of this with what was essentially a broad—and, Alkins says, “toothless”—commitment to “diversity.”
    Romney didn’t inform civil rights groups about his plans before scrapping the affirmative action office, and the reaction from activists was harsh. The Massachusetts Black Caucus accused Romney of attempting to “virtually dismantle affirmative action in Massachusetts state government.”

  31. 106 cluny
    July 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

    GM all – anyone know what time Willard speaks to NAACP? I wonder if anyone brings up his support for voter ID laws? That would be something to see.

  32. 107 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

    • 108 COS
      July 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

      OMG, this makes my skin crawl. Every AA should get a copy of the Paul Ryan budget embraced by Robney and called “marvelous”, and read it. I can’t wait to see what Rev. Al will say about this today. I am looking forward to hearing VP Joe tomorrow.

      • 109 Lovepolitics2008
        July 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

        VP Joe will surely do its best to explain what’s in the Ryan budget. And the difference between REAL, documented facts and Romney’s talking points will be staggering.

  33. 110 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 10:16 am

  34. July 11, 2012 at 10:17 am

    #ADollarADayToOFA …. It’s the 99% Way

  35. 112 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 10:19 am


  36. 113 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Ain’t that true ? Fucking swing voters.

  37. 114 yardarm756
    July 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

    G’day mates. It’s another beautiful day in Chi-town and I thought I’d start it with a smile.

    The banker saw his old friend Bill, an eighty-six year old rancher, in town. Bill had lost his wife a year or so before and rumor had it that he was marrying a ‘mail order’ bride.

    Being a good friend, the banker asked Bill if the rumor was true.

    Bill assured him that it was. The banker then asked Bill the age of his new bride to be.

    Bill proudly said, ‘She’ll be twenty-one in November.’

    Now the banker, being the wise man that he was, could see that the sexual appetite of a young woman could not be satisfied by an eighty-eight year old man.

    Wanting his old friend’s remaining years to be happy the banker tactfully suggested that Bill should consider getting a hired hand to help him out on the ranch, knowing nature would take its own course.

    Bill thought this was a good idea and said he would look for one that afternoon.

    About four months later, the banker ran into Bill in town again.

    ‘How’s the new wife?’, asked the banker.

    Bill proudly said, ‘Good – she’s pregnant.’

    The banker, happy that his sage advice had worked out, continued, ‘And how’s the hired hand?’

    Without hesitating, Bill said, ‘She’s pregnant too.’

    Don’t ever underestimate us old Guys. 😀

  38. 116 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Romney is supposed to talk about education and unemployment with NAACP crowd. Seriously? They guy that wants to get rid of the Dept of Ed and says that you should get as much education as you can “afford” ??? The guy that ships jobs overseas? THAT GUY??

  39. July 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

  40. 120 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 10:33 am


    Obama expands lead on Romney, voters more optimistic

    President Barack Obama expanded his lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to 6 percentage points in the White House race this month as voters became slightly more optimistic about the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

    • 121 Vicki
      July 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Voters displaying increased sanity. The more we see of PBO the better. We like and trust him despite the GOP’s strenuous efforts to demonize our President.

  41. 122 Linda
    July 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Romney Campaign Co-Chair: People Who Are Questioning Mitt’s Tax Returns Are ‘Supporting Socialism’ |

    During an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday morning, Carlos Gutierrez, a Romney senior adviser and Honorary Co-Chair of his National Hispanic Steering Committee, said that questioning the GOP presidential candidate’s reluctance to turn over his tax returns and come clean about his investments in foreign countries amounts to “socialism.”

    Responding to a segment during which Democratic strategist Karen Finney raised concerns about some of Romney’s offshore accounts, Gutierrez said, “if you are attacking capitalism, then I suppose that we are supporting socialism.

    • 123 nospin
      July 11, 2012 at 11:26 am

      “People Who Are Questioning Mitt’s Tax Returns Are ‘Supporting Socialism’ ”

      lololol stop if Linda. Is this for real or just satire?

  42. 124 cookemom
    July 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Howdy Ho Oes!!!! Another fine gettin up day again on TOD avenue! So, Pittiful will speak to the commoners of color today. I wonder who wrote his speech for this one. No way he came up with anything on his own. Think about it, he sat in that church for over 20 years listening to the Mormons deny families of color a place of any standing in that church. I mean he allowed their kids attended that church where they just recently accepted those families of color to hold any kind of position.

    My political take for today is we will still have ACA after the vote and all the pomp and circumstance that we’ll here from the ‘Pubs as they bluster on the floor of the House.

  43. 125 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 10:38 am

    About time they spoke with one voice!


    U.S. Senate Democratic leaders say their members will support President Barack Obama’s latest push to extend most of the Bush-era tax cuts, brushing aside talk of dissension in their ranks.
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday he wants a vote as soon as possible on Obama’s plan to extend the tax cuts for families earning up to $250,000 a year and let them expire for those making more than that threshold.

    • 126 amk for obama
      July 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Finally. The fuckers better get on board and stay there.

      • 127 desertflower
        July 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

        Amen! I really hate that off message/ stabbing PBO in the back business. Maybe that’s why he’s calling them all into his office today….having a little “sit down” with them!

  44. July 11, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Back in the late 60s when I was 4, my Grandmother thought calling African Americans Colored was appropriate.
    Today, mitt Robney is calling the AA community, the People of Color! Wow! That is retro!

    • 134 amk for obama
      July 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

      The move came after Republicans proposed votes on two amendments: One on Obama’s plan, and a second on a GOP alternative that would include top earners in the tax reductions. Democrats blocked both.

    • 135 majiir
      July 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

      The dems blocked it because the republicans wanted to add an amendment that included tax cuts for America’s wealthiest citizens in the bill. I expected the republicans to do this. Many of them are among America’s wealthiest, and they want their tax cuts to continue. They don’t care about the middle class and the poor.

  45. 136 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 10:41 am


    We’ll see. Being smart is not a prerequisite to be a gov. in a Republican state

  46. July 11, 2012 at 10:46 am

    #ADollarADayToOFA …. It’s the 99% Way #FORWARD

    Nice of him to RT & I thanked him …

  47. 138 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

    IMPORTANT READ*************


    Having your heart operated on is different from getting a glass of water or a basic education. Yet they are related in that government once didn’t provide them for us.
    As Americans wait for President Barack Obama’s health-care plan to be carried out, they might find some perspective, if not solace, in the history of the many national debates over what services government should offer.

    The track record over the centuries is that government establishes a higher and higher baseline of essential services for its citizens. This has proved not only good for the people; it has proved beneficial for business, because healthy, educated people make better employers, employees, entrepreneurs and customers.

    In the 18th and 19th centuries, New York and other big cities suffered from regular and debilitating epidemics of cholera and typhoid. The lack of sewers and clean water was suspected as a cause. A proposal in 1798 for a public water system failed after being undermined by Aaron Burr, the future vice president, and his Manhattan Company. The city opened its 41-mile Croton Aqueduct in 1842. Many leading citizens and businesses had opposed the expensive system as an unwise assumption of government debt and a nanny-state intrusion into what was regarded as a private responsibility.
    Once in place though, it was a smashing success. Outbreaks of virulent disease dropped, and the project was a model for municipal water and (eventually) sewer systems all around the country.

  48. 139 cluny
    July 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

    This will be invaluable for the O campaign debate prep team – they will be able to tell when W is lying and getting nervous. Can you believe the gall of this guy?

  49. 140 yardarm756
    July 11, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Mitt is now blowing fog on the NAACP convention. Pathetic!

  50. July 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Romney just admitted that if Obama was elected, the rich would do just fine.

  51. 142 lamh35
    July 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I expect polite applause from my people, a lot of silence, and strict instruction by NAACP leadership to plz keep heckling non-existent.

    From Romney, I expect no mention of Obama def by name and if his speech writer is smart they will never use words like my “opponent”, “the other side”, or “that one”. I expect it to be as short as possible without being rude & due to the relative silence by audience very awkward.

    Also no q&a and I bet if he can get away with it, he’d prefer not to shake any hands either.

    All told, after the speeh is done, I expect r-money to be out of the building on less than 15-20min

  52. 143 lamh35
    July 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Hey chips, why is my comment in moderation?

    • July 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Lamh, I’ve no idea why that happened, you used the same email address as usual to sign in – the only thing different was the gravatar. Does that make a WP blog think someone is new?? I’m clueless, as ever.

  53. 145 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

    If he’s talking now…I need the linky!

  54. 147 cluny
    July 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Is he gonna tell the lie about his Dad marching with King again? Maybe he should talk about the Mormon churchs’ policy towards AA’s until the ’70s.

  55. July 11, 2012 at 10:55 am

    What is Robney saying? I can’t stomach Him!
    The media will treat Robney likeGod fir the rest of the Day. He is getting great publicity for this, unfortunately!

    • 150 desertflower
      July 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

      He’s lying…5 people clap Just got BOOED! Real Obamacare..BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • 151 cluny
      July 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

      lying about his jobs plan – tough on china blah blah blah. He just said that he would eliminate Obamacare and he is being booed and now he is lying about the ACA with the phony chamber of commerce figures that Martin Bashir highlighted yesterday

  56. 152 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Why are those 5 people clapping????

  57. July 11, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Just imagine if this young fella spread the word 🙂

    BTW, it is now obvious to anyone with a minimum of two neurons connected by a spirochete that #BainMitt is a liar … even the less gifted have some probability of realizing it before Nov 🙂

  58. 156 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Did he say Sumpin? Now he’s lying about Medicare SS …5 people clap

  59. 157 Bill
    July 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Does anyone know why PBO is not speaking at the convention?

  60. 159 Eveingeorgia
    July 11, 2012 at 10:58 am


    Just read your comment @PM Carpenter.

    I’ve been thinking the same. The right will lose its mind, worse than anything we have yet seen. If PBO. Is re-elected, I think domestic terrorism threats will triple what they already are. Beginning on election night, if PBO wins, they will have to put him in a bullet-proof box in order to protect him. I really believe that; these people are crazy.

    And yet, I say bring it on. PBO has fought for what is right for all Americans, even those who hate him. I believe he/ we will be victorious. I will pray for all of us, This election is too important to let the threat of violence make us retreat. Forward OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

  61. 161 Pamela
    July 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Bye everyone… Will be peeking in from time to time, as chance permits! {{{{{{{{{chips}}}}}}}}}

  62. 162 lamh35
    July 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

    can someone tell those of us who are not near a tv what’s R-Moneyi is saying or what the audience is doing.

  63. 164 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Talking about those bad, bad bad regulations.

  64. 165 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

    more boos for bashing PBO….says PBO never created jobs….if you want President that will make things better in AA community…you’re looking at him he says!

  65. 167 FiredUpInCA
    July 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Here’s to all the single ladies!

    “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s slim lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney in the White House race is fueled by a broad marriage gap, with Obama enjoying a big advantage among single voters – particularly women, a Quinnipiac University poll found on Wednesday.

    Obama leads among single voters by 54 percent to 34 percent…”


  66. 168 cluny
    July 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

    proves the contempt he has for the AA community by going in and lying more than usual. Disgusting.

  67. July 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Good morning TODvlle. Hiya Miss Pamela, take care <<<>>> (If I am permitted, of course).
    Hiya VC, still around? Have a great time with the family. My trip across the pond will not happen until the begin of August…then it is 3.5 weeks of relaxation bliss…YAY! Any Oregonians out there (PDXers) who wanna grab a Voodoo Donut in August?
    Hiya Mayor Chips how is the relaxation going? Back to lurking!

  68. 170 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Taking credit for all MA educational excellence….MA has ALWAYS had excellent schools and teachers….talking about charter schools…code name for “privatizing education”..LOVES THEM! He’s so fucking boring. He vetoed the bill in MA that would ban charter schools…said the black lawmakers helped him pass it. Teacher’s unions are special interests. Vouchers…though he didn’t say that word, that’s what he means….

    Kitchen Cabinet in MA…had some AA in it…I heard murmurs….Yea…keep the black guy in the kitchen

  69. July 11, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Obama is responsible for your Community being out of work, he has made it worse for you all, in every way.
    I will fix all that ales you, vote for me, pleeeease!
    Thank you.

    • 172 Brit
      July 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Did he say this, or are you embellishing?

      • 173 desertflower
        July 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

        NO…he kinda DID say that. That black man in the WH doesn’t know about AA’s plight like I do! He’s been awful for you! I know how to do this as an entitled white man (and I say this as a middle aged white woman) he was condescending and offensive to me. Talking about his “Kitchen Cabinet” in MA and the black guy that worked in there….the whole thing was just gross.

  70. 174 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Talking about his dad…got MA and MI confused…..he is NOTHING LIKE HIS DAD, yet he’s using him now Talking about God….

  71. 175 LOL
    July 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

    A little part of me felt sorry for Mitt….nah, I think that was the muffin I had earlier

    Take a listen to the sustained boos


    • 176 cluny
      July 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

      I don’t feel sorry for him – I think it was a calculated move to gin up his white base. The only place he’s getting votes is from white males. He knows he’s not gonna get the black vote so he’s deliberately trying to stir up some publicity that will appeal to teh rednecks : Mitt’s tough – he stuck it to the NAACP on Obamaacare. Disgusting creep.

      • 177 terim
        July 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

        I think you’ve nailed it! Of course the media will try to portray Mitt as courageous for speaking before a hostile crowd. This is just another Mitt publicity stunt.

    • 178 nospin
      July 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

      A commenter on that above post supported my guess that the only folks applauding Willard was the people who came with him and they staged in the audience. How predictable.

      bigwhitecocoa (signed in using yahoo)
      According to Roland Martin, Romney bussed in 200 supporters, including Lt Gov Jennifer Carroll and Nigeg Innis. I willing to bet that’s the source of your ‘light applause’.

  72. 179 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Civil rights….pandering, big time. Finally done. Polite applause by 15 people

  73. 180 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

  74. 181 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 11:10 am
  75. 187 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 11:11 am

  76. 189 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Maybe THIS was the “organ” Mitt was talking about the other day:) 🙂 Organ music drown out the last bit of having to hear him, and the 15 people that didn’t understand what he said and applauded.

  77. July 11, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I see on twitter that NAACP gave Willard a Standing Ovation. That’s kinda disgusting to me.

    • 191 COS
      July 11, 2012 at 11:16 am

      I think that standing ovation was out of courteousy Dotster.

    • 192 Dakota
      July 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

      I seriously doubt that he got a complete standing ovation. The NAACP is conservative on same sex marriage and a few other issues, but the majority are not buying what he is selling.

    • July 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

      There is NO WAY he got a standing ovation. Polite applause at best.

      He gave his speech with a 5th grade teacher condescending tone in his voice and really pandered with his usual lies. At those moments when he dissed PBO, he was booed. It was a complete idiotic joke.

      • July 11, 2012 at 11:25 am

        Reported from NBC reporter Garrett Haake (sp?) who was there. He’s the reporter who has been assigned to follow Willard around everywhere.
        I also see on twitter that Willard had 200 supporters brought in on buses—-so maybe they led the way. But still——-I would think the majority there would know that Willard doesn’t represent their interests, no matter what he said. In fact, the opposite.

      • 195 Obama Grandmama
        July 11, 2012 at 12:29 pm

        Now wait a minute! LOL I am a retired 5th grade teacher. “5th grade teacher condescending tone in his voice…” Now you are in trouble! LOL

    • 197 nospin
      July 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

      bigwhitecocoa (signed in using yahoo)
      According to Roland Martin, Romney bussed in 200 supporters, including Lt Gov Jennifer Carroll and Nigeg Innis. I willing to bet that’s the source of your ‘light applause’.

  78. 198 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

  79. 199 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Well, I think PBO has a plethora of stuff to use now!

  80. July 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Hey TODville thanks for reporting an The Liar’s speech…hey Meta loved your twitter summary.

  81. July 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Robney was not talking to this Crowd, he was imagining a Tea Bagger Crowd. Just another way to get His message out!

  82. July 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

    WOW, that was a complete HORROR SHOW.

  83. 210 Linda
    July 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Mitt thought it was the National Association for the Advancement of Corporate People.

  84. 216 Dakota
    July 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

    The main focus of the convention was on voter suppression. I bet didn’t say a mumbling word about that.

    • 217 COS
      July 11, 2012 at 11:26 am

      They wanted to hear what he had to say about voter suppression for sure and I guess there were crickets on this subject.

  85. 218 Debz
    July 11, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Goldie Taylor says he bussed in 200 supporters

  86. July 11, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Romney booed at the NAACP when he stated he will repeal Obamacare. LOL!

  87. July 11, 2012 at 11:28 am

  88. July 11, 2012 at 11:28 am

    After a dose of #BainMitt maybe they’ll dig it 🙂

  89. 228 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

    http://www.borowitzreport.com/ Yes, it’s humor

    NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney today released this letter to the American people:

    Dear American Person:

    As many of you know, in recent days my opponent has spread the rumors that 1.) I have refused to make my tax returns public and 2.) I have hidden my money in bank accounts in Switzerland and the Caymans. These two rumors, while true, have made me look very bad. So I thought I would take this opportunity to explain my finances in terms even a poor person could understand.

  90. 230 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

    My opinion – he used this platform to instigate his racist base more. I have to say I’m kinda disappointed that NAACP invited him in the first place.

    • 231 Dakota
      July 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

      They alway invite presidential candidates from both parties. The rethugs usually turn it down.

      • 232 amk for obama
        July 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

        Then all the more reason not to invite them. What purpose it serves really ? If they act like thugs, you can’t boo (bad optics… for you). If you don’t show your disapproval, then they get away with their dog whistles. All the while the fucking swing voters give the benefit of the doubt to the thugs for showing ‘bravery’ in a ‘hostile’ atmosphere. All in all, a net loss for you and a net gain for the thugs.

        • July 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

          amk, respectfully, they absolutely had to invite him. 1. They always invite GOP candidates; & 2. Even more importantly in this election given the reality that #BainMitt is running against a sitting US President who is the 1st AA President in our history. Can you imagine the 24/7 shit storm from Fox and every other corporate US broadcast pack of #NEWSTAINERS if they didn’t invite him.


          • 234 amk for obama
            July 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

            The pox news and the rwnj’s will talk shit anyway. Just watch how they spin today’s event against AA’s and for mittbot.

            • July 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

              That’s not the point of my comment, amk. They did the right thing and I have no reason to think President Obama fully expected them to extend the invitation and would have been po’d if they didn’t. His core message is unity, extending the arc of justice in a positive direction, etc., and to have the NAACP smite #BainMitt would be counter to his words and his actions – and to the over arching mission of the NAACP.

        • 237 Dakota
          July 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

          I think it’s a gain for the NAACP. I know African Americans will happy to see that they didn’t there and silently listen to that bulllshit. If swing voters are gonna be swayed by him getting booed, then they were probably gonna vote for him anyway!

          • 238 amk for obama
            July 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm

            I disagree. While it’s gracious of NAACP to invite a man, who they know does have their interests in his heart, did you see that grace being reciprocated today ? No. I also disagree that the swing voters would have voted for him anyway, especially for mittbot. They have their misgivings about him and now he removes one of those making it easier for these swing fuckers to vote for him.

            • 239 Dakota
              July 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm

              Well, I think they were under no illusions about the type of individual that they invited today and what to expect from him. I’ll have to respectfully agree to disagree on the rest though.

      • 240 nospin
        July 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

        and that was the right thing to do.

    • July 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

      I am not a fan of the NAACP. Many in the community, issue with them. They are not the same.

      • 242 Dakota
        July 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

        I understand this feeling, however I’m always respectful of the people on who’s shoulders I stand on. I won’t forget what they’ve done and continue to do for the community. There was a time when Rev. Al was vilified in the A.A. community…that he was a rabble rouser and a media whore. I always maintained that if it weren’t for him, a lot of the injustices the were and are still being perpetrated against the minority community would have gone unnoticed. Now he is highly revered.

  91. July 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday urged governors to participate in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion, which the Supreme Court said must be optional for states.

    Sebelius also announced a new round of meetings for state and federal officials to discuss implementation of President Obama’s healthcare law. Some conservative governors had been avoiding implementation until they knew how the Supreme Court would rule and eight, including most recently Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), have already rejected the expansion.


  92. 245 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

    BuzzFeedAndrew RT @batchelorshow: TR booed, FDR booed, it’s the job. RT @samyoungman: 10-cent takeaway: Romney gets credit for …the boos”

  93. 246 FiredUpInCA
    July 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Mitt to the NAACP: “I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of American — African American families, you would vote for me for president.”


    Shorter: ‘It’s not me, it’s you.’

  94. 253 Debz
    July 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Thank you all who watched Willard so i didn’t have to.

  95. July 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

    • July 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Yep, meta. Ed Schultz and lots of other folk are spreading it on Twitter and YouTube 🙂

    • 257 Ladyhawke
      July 11, 2012 at 11:52 am


      I didn’t hear the speech. I just listened to the booing in this video. But at the end, I thought I hear Mitt Romney say something about a CHAMBER OF COMMERCE POLL. Can someone please let me know if poll he repeated to the NAACP is the one Martin Bashir eviscerated yesterday. This man is shameless and dangerous.

      Martin Bashir | Aired on July 10, 2012

      Bashir: PSA on Romney’s favorite, most inaccurate poll


      MSNBC’s Martin Bashir eviscerates Mitt Romney’s favorite anti-healthcare poll, which peddles bogus claims based on equally bogus evidence – and even its authors, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issue with a warning.



    • 259 CEB
      July 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

      I do not think that the booing was a good idea; the best choice would have been to listen in silence. Their reaction will only work for Romney and anyway, PBO always tells us not to boo, but to get to work.

  96. 260 4morefor44
    July 11, 2012 at 11:36 am

    ha! not sure we’ll see such a clear example of “carrying water” as our buddy mark knoller is showing with the mittbot’s naacp lie-fest:

    “Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller
    Eruption of opposition from audience at NAACP Convention when Romney says he’ll get rid of unnecessary spending including ObamaCare.”

    “eruption of opposition?!?” hilarious. it’s called boo-ing, mark, and i can’t remember ever seeing a major presidential candidate getting so loudly boo-ed and so often. but mark needs to do his best “move along, nothing to see here, people” and by the end knoller’s talking about “the applause” and simply repeats a mittbot false equivalency. there’s even a random “obama hasn’t spoken to the naacp since 2009” as if to suggest mittbot is more concerned about the issues facing black americans than PBO is. good work today, mark, there’ll be a little extra in your check this week!

  97. 264 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Well, from my readings, I see that the Romney camp is saying the boos were for the ACA…not booing him for talking about repeal. Fuckers

  98. 266 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

    VP Biden speaks tomorrow….bet we see a much different reception 🙂 Just sayin.

  99. 267 Linda
    July 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

    If George Romney was so Great on Civil Rights….why did Detroit burn on his watch Mitt ?

    • 268 desertflower
      July 11, 2012 at 11:47 am

      There’s always that…

    • 269 4morefor44
      July 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      and george r-money raised this horrific human being. i think ol’ george has been getting too much of a free pass with history. he wasn’t any great shakes himself.

    • July 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      BTW, Linda, I watched as Detroit (Watts, 14th St DC, Bedford/Sty, …) burn and truly thought, at the time, America was moving to full scale civil war. We’ve yet to end the first one. At the core, that’s what this election better begin, begin to heal the wounds of 1865 and since. #PBO is just the leader we need to accelerate the process and it’s because he has demonstrated, by actions, ‘it’s not a blue or red America, it’s the United States of America.’

  100. 271 cluny
    July 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Romney wanted those boos so that he could gin up his base – that’s why Fox is celebrating him now.

  101. July 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

  102. 275 4morefor44
    July 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

    i bet $10,000 he was hoping for even more anger from the crowd, especially with single digit approval from black americans in polls. maybe even get drowned out by shouting. he could then go back to those enlightened vip’s who attend his fundraisers and act all brave that can face those unruly “commoners” with dark skin, and you see how disrespectful “those people” are?!? he was probably disappointed when he got any applause at all. way to go, naacp crowd!

    • 276 FiredUpInCA
      July 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      I agree with this 4morefor44. It was strategic boo-baiting. He can email and fundraise off of the clip to prove he’s severely conservative and he can reference it on the stump to say ‘look everybody is not going to like me but I have the courage of my conviction.’

      The opposite is true, of course. He sought those boos for vowing to repeal a healthcare plan that is essentially the same as the one he passed in Massachusetts. What a sad man. He doesn’t even know why he’s running anymore, other than to win.

  103. 278 Ladyhawke
    July 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    John Fugelsang ‏@JohnFugelsang


    If you want a President who doesn’t mind Donald Trump doubting Obama’s citizenship, you’re looking at him. ‪#Romney‬ ‪#NAACP


    • 279 cluny
      July 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      I saw John Fugelsang on MSNBC the other day – he was great. He’s a good talker and fast thinker.

      • 280 4morefor44
        July 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

        he can fall into the “obama needs to!!!!” crowd sometimes, but overall he’s great. hal sparks is the real o-bot in the group and is fantastic if you don’t follow him already. here’s a recent one from hal:

        “Mitt Romney’s money is being asked for its birth certificate And he finds that offensive”

    • 283 amk for obama
      July 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Bingo. There you go. Exactly what I said above.

      • 284 Dakota
        July 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

        amk, this isn’t anything new. Any time a minority based civil rights organization is formed, they are called names like this. We are not supposed to stand up for ourselves against white people! How dare we boo lily white Willard? He, Hannity and the rest can go screw themselves. We as a people have come through way tougher stuff than name calling and we don’t crumble that easily.

  104. July 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    The nation’s first 15 percent ethanol blend will begin fueling vehicles next week at a Kansas gas station. 

    Any light-duty vehicle manufactured since 2001 can use the E15 gas pumps at the Zarco 66 “Oasis” station in Lawrence, Kan., which will begin using the pumps on July 18, the Renewable Fuels Association said Wednesday. 

    A second E15 filling station will soon open in Ottawa, Kan., it said. Under the current market, the E15 blend will cost less per gallon than a fuel blended with 10 percent ethanol, as well as fuels based entirely in petroleum, the group said.

    The news comes one day after a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing questioned the viability of E15.

    It was Kansas Republican Mike Pompeo who got most animated on the ethanol fuel topic during the Tuesday subcommittee hearing. He railed against E85 – a much more potent ethanol content than its E15 brethren – and E15, asking, “Why don’t I hear my constituents screaming” for those fuels.


    The Future! Progress!

  105. 287 Ladyhawke
    July 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm


    GOP’s Voter Suppression — Where’s the Outrage?


    One wonders how alert swing voters and even Republican voters of conscience who value voting rights as a cornerstone of democracy are processing the increasing revelations about the GOP voter suppression campaign. It would be a great day for democracy if large numbers of them register their protest at the ballot box on November 6, in agreement with Robinson’s understanding:

    …The Republican-led crusade for voter ID laws has been revealed as a cynical ploy to disenfranchise as many likely Democratic voters as possible, with poor people and minorities the main targets…Recent developments in Pennsylvania — one of more than a dozen states where voting rights are under siege — should be enough to erase any lingering doubt: The GOP is trying to pull off an unconscionable crime.

    It’s possible to be a conservative and still take principled stand that voting rights for all citizens, not just Republicans, must be protected and those who obstruct voting rights for any citizen must be penalized. The hope is that the general election will show that there is broader outrage about voter suppression than is now apparent.



  106. 289 nospin
    July 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I need help finding a link. TOD had a link to the stimulus and how it was working. that same story included Republicans also celebrating the stimilus in their states but by taking credit for projects while pretending it was not based on stimulus dollars. Need it to respond to this guy on Twitter.

  107. 297 Ladyhawke
    July 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    jelani cobb ‏@jelani9


    Romney: “But those of you who can vote — after the ID laws & we purge your name from the rolls — should consider my platform.”


  108. 298 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    • 299 amk for obama
      July 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      remember this is a fucked up country that fundraised for a confessed killer.

      • 300 4morefor44
        July 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm

        well, america did elect barack hussein obama as its president, so there is that. progress, right? as bobfr points out, we’re seeing the last vestiges of the american civil war with all thise republican insanity, so it’s easy to lose sight that barack did win in a landslide. forward!

        • 301 amk for obama
          July 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

          well, 444. That pass has expired and has become kinda tattered after what america did to him since his inauguration. I thought I was shocked by the level of racism shown during the elections but am completely blown away in the aftermath of the election. I will never again have that special soft corner that I have always had before for US.

          • July 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

            I have to take issue with you, amk. Like you, I have looked at the US from the outside and then for the last 40+ years from the inside.It is a very complex society, shaped by ideas, prejudices and beliefs from every corner of the world. I know that racism is an ugly thread that runs through American history. But I have also been inspired by the sincerity and determination of everyday people to hold the country to its professed ideals of equality, justice and fairness. The American people elected Barack Obama to be their President and I am convinced that they will do so again, Not because my head is in the sand, but because I still see this sincerity and determination. I have benefitted immensely from turning off my TV and making it a habit not to listen to the shrill nonsense that pervades the airwaves. Instead, I talk to people – all kinds of people, some of them very conservative and suspicious of me. I have had some very encouraging experiences. I still believe in America and I agree wholeheartedly with our President when he told a crowd “What always gives me hope is you – your abilty to cut through the nonsense, your ability to identify the truth”.

            • 303 amk for obama
              July 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

              I am sorry that I disagree with your characterization of most americans being all honey and sweet. The evidence suggests the contrary. If you tout yourself as the greatest country under the sun, then friggin’ show it.

    • 304 4morefor44
      July 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      yep, that’s it. damn, the rmoney people are truly vile.

  109. 305 Bill R.
    July 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    • 306 Bill R.
      July 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      The link on this tweet gives some good info on the effect of BainMitt Ads. The more voters know about BainMItt, the less they like him. President Obama up in all five swing states. Turns out that Rendell, Booker, and Clinton can go suck on eggs.

  110. 307 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

  111. July 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I see praise across the board for Willard and his speech on Now with Alex. I thought that after giving Ken Blackwell the first 10 minutes to sing Willard’s praises, the tone would take a big turn. But no—-Michael Eric Dyson and David Corn and whomever else on the panel—-all found reasons to praise Willard also. No real criticisms. ‘may really help Willard with independents’ etc. If this isn’t evidence of the media trying to give Romney every possible advantage, I don’t know what is.

    • 309 amk for obama
      July 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      I kinda sorry that my points are being proven right so quickly. What a fucked up country. What a fucked up media.

      • July 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm

        And then—-after all finding reasons to pat Willard on the head—–AA Frederick Harris, “The Price of the Ticket” author, proceeds to slam Obama for not doing enough for the AA community—-etc. etc. etc. etc. So—–Lesson today, kids, is Willard good, Obama bad.

        • July 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

          Frederick Harris = Cornell West.
          I am surprised Alex did not put them on.
          This Alex Wagner plays the Role well!
          You know what I am
          Talking about.

      • July 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

        Up now, should be up Willard Ass.
        Because that is where they all are.
        Alex Wagner plays the DC game, She is looking for upward mobility!
        She is nothing special and a dine a dozen!

  112. July 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    The White House announced Wednesday a series of initiatives aimed at helping small businesses.

    “We can’t wait, we will push for everything we can do legislatively,” said National Economic Council director Gene Sperling. But “we will not wait for legislation. We will take whatever actions we can.”

    The initiatives — done through executive order — include accelerating payments to federal government subcontractors, extending the Small Business Administration’s small loan program, and streamlining the application process for certain SBA services.

    The president also called on Congress to extend a tax credit that allows small businesses to deduct up to $250,000 in capital investments.

    “This president, when it come to small businesses, has always taken an all of the above approach,” Sperling said.

    House Speaker John Boehner’s office noted that the accelerated payments proposal was first rolled out in October of 2011  — though the administration describes Wednesday’s effort as an extension of that program to include subcontractors as well as contractors.

    “The White House has so little to offer small businesses they’ve resorted to recycling, reusing, and repackaging,” said Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck. “This is no solace for small businesses facing a huge tax increase next year under the President’s plan.”

  113. 315 Bill R.
    July 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  114. 316 Bill R.
    July 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

  115. 317 utaustinliberal
    July 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks Linda!

  116. July 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm

  117. 321 utaustinliberal
    July 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I see people upthread saying Dyson and Corn were praising Romney for his speech at the NAACP. That’s categorically false. Why don’t you all watch and LISTEN when one is making a point before scurrying to the computer and peddling wrong nonsense. Dyson said he gave credit for Romney going to speak to the NAACP but he did NOT give Romney credit for the content of his speech or his policies. He lambasted Romney for daring to go into the African-American community and calling Affordable Healthcare Reform the previously GOP held pejorative of “ObamaCare.” He lambasted Romney for telling the black community that the only way their kids can go to school is to enroll in a voucher system or line up for the benevolence of charter schools. Corn revealed Romney’s true agenda for going to the NAACP. He said it was about telling swing voters “I’m the perfect compassionate conservative, I’m reaching out…” Corn said this plan would not work. The African-American community is solidly behind Pres. Obama.

    For crying out loud, before you write wrong commentary and rile people up, LISTEN……LISTEN to what the individual is saying and the point he/she is trying to make. Geez!

    • 322 amk for obama
      July 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you meta. I have been quite blue (which I am normally not, especially when it comes to PBO) for the past two hours.

      Glad to see to see your take.

    • 323 lamh35
      July 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      thank you UTAustin…

      I really hate when people do that. Especially since not all of us are able to watch the shows live as they happen. When people comment on what people are saying in msm and they paraphrase it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s hyperpole.


      • July 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm

        Not so much. This blog ain’t perfect and it is not twitter or daily kos!
        I think when People are always correcting you, or grading you, it is sort of over bearing.
        Just my 2 cents.

    • July 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      What we all perceive may be different than what you perceive?
      I did hear the Prifessir say that Senator Obama in 07 was sort of pandering to the AAA Crowd, before He got their Support.
      I found that comment fascinating, seeing how the tea party was formed in opposition to the Stimulus package and ACA, which would directly impact the AA community.
      Anyways, who cares how People Perceive things? We are All huge Obama Supporters, that is all that matters…

    • 326 nathkatun7
      July 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you so much UT for sharing this. Yes, we all must practice LISTENING if we want to communicate the truth of what people actually said.

  118. July 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Ok, time to focus on the fact that, with current trends, Obama is going to wipe the floor with Mittens in November.

    • 328 FiredUpInCA
      July 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Wait… but my very concerned media told me that the President and Mitt Romney were “electorally deadlocked” and that the House of Representatives would have to choose the next President.

      Here’s a link to the desparate LA Times joke of an article:


      Let’s review the media narrative failures this year.

      Back in May:

      Obama’s women problem – Washington Post
      Why the American woman is about to break up with Obama | Fox News
      Obama’s “War on Women” Campaign Strategy is Imploding – Lifenews.com

      The actual truth today:

      “[President] Obama enjoying a big advantage among single voters – particularly women, a Quinnipiac University poll found on Wednesday.

      Obama leads among single voters by 54 percent to 34 percent…”


      Back in May:

      Obama’s Bain Attacks Aren’t Working – Outsidethebeltway.com
      CBS News Claims Obama’s Bain Attacks ‘Not Sticking’ – Mediaite
      Bain Isn’t Going Anywhere – Prospect.org

      The actual truth today:

      “Priorities USA has been running its numerous Bain attack ads, which feature workers who were laid off under Bain Capital and compared opinions there to “attitudinally very similar” markets that didn’t see the ads. Consistently, Obama’s lead was greater in the markets where the ads had aired.”


      GOP frets about swing state toll on Romney from Bain attacks – NBC
      Bain Attacks Are Working in Swing States – Politics – The Atlantic Wire

      What have we learned? Once the media starts to push a President is doomed narrative, wait two months.

      Now they’re testing the electorally deadlocked lie. Thank you media. I’ll see you in two months.

  119. July 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm


  120. July 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    If all of us do our own little bit, November won’t even be a contest. #FORWARD

  121. 332 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Rovian politics on steroids. Must See.

    • 333 amk for obama
      July 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      Great piece. Though in the end, interview with that guy blames it all on the ‘weary’ ‘pox on both houses’ voter.

  122. 334 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm



    More Than Two Million African-American Households Would Face a Tax Hike Under Romney’s Plan

  123. 338 Ladyhawke
    July 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm


    Steve Benen ‏@stevebenen


    Candidates who promise the NAACP they’ll deny healthcare to 7 million African Americans shld expect booing http://on.msnbc.com/O6IJeX


  124. 339 lamh35
    July 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I hate to say it, but my people got played. Romney went to NAACP to “speak in the lions den” and got just the reaction I think the campaign wanted. That extended boo-ing and Romney’s silence lends me to believe that we can expect to see that clip in ads and video all over FauxNews and TeaNN

    Expect this video to play heavy in the “Shirley Sherod is a racist crowd”. I expect to see it used in “Blacks are the real racist” headline everywhere.

    In a round about way, here is the real insult, Romney panders to everyone. All the usual pundits asks who won’t Romney pander to? Well from this speech alone, one can assume African Americans are not worth pandering to for Romney, so he uses this speech as not just a slap to the face of Obama, but to his most ardent supporters to sure up the people he are perfectly happy to pander to.

    I’m not gonna bemoan my people for booing. We take alot bigotted comments of stuff daily from certain people we work with or work under and we leave it all in stride, but I’ll be darn if we let someone come to our house and do the same thing.

    It’s like I said, AA are not worth pandering to for Romney, so he figured hey, why not use this well respected organization as a tool. And in a way completely disrepected the NAACP’s invite.

    Hell McCain’s speech in 2008 had more respect than Romney.

    • July 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Romney is a soulless cretin. And you’re right; he went in there to rile up his base. That speech was designed to do nothing else.

    • July 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      That is correct! It was their plan and it was executed. Now, the media is singing praises.
      Thursday, when the VP speaks, the media will find something negative to harp on!

    • 342 FiredUpInCA
      July 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Yep the booing was gift wrapped for Mitt and the right wing media to email throughout their echo chamber.

      The thing is, this desperate piece of theater on Mitt’s part is only going to play with the right wingers.

      No serious person is going to think that Mitt sincerely tried to make a compelling case to win over black voters. Mitt is the nation’s premiere panderer. Yet he spent the whole time insulting this audience. He outlined his agenda for what he would do for the poor as if all black people are poor. He said they would vote for him if only they could get their minds to understand what’s best for blacks. He said he would repeal the signature legislation of the country’s first black president and derisively referred to the law as Obamacare.

      He wasn’t addressing the NAACP or the concerns of African American voters. He was appealing to the Limbaugh wing of his own party.

      • 343 Dakota
        July 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

        “No serious person is going to think that Mitt sincerely tried to make a compelling case to win over black voters.” THIS!

    • 344 Nena20409
      July 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      The Mormons in the Book of Mormon. the darker one is, the more sin one has committed. Romney knows what he is doing. But buying into that for Booing at NAACP is wrong. Romney deserved to be booed and he got booed. My goodness can some prospective be added here? Come on, this so typical of what the right does. They over react and We retreat. I say, lets move on. Romney got exactly what he deserved. I have No mercy for the wicked….oops, Romney. Right wingers do not define Black folks or NAACP. Let Us not give them that. If Romney was right and believed in a United America, why bus In 200 people….oops, missionaries? Now that is the story. Romney offshoring and outsourcing to speak before an American prominent group. How sad is that? What is Romney afraid of?

      • 345 Dakota
        July 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

        Spot on!

      • 346 purpleshoesla
        July 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm

        Exactly. Thank you. There’s a tweet here if I can get it down to140 characters. Something along the lines of the only “insourcing” Mittens does is busing in sycophants where ever he speaks. Real jobs he’s happy to outsource.

      • 347 lamh35
        July 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

        You need to go back and read what I said. I said I don’t bemoan the people for booing. But look at how this is getting covered. Forget all the BS that Romney spouted and all the MSM other than Martin Bashir are all saying it’s “unfortunate” that people booed, because “Romney gets a lot of credit for showing up…and remember President Obama is not coming and Vice President Biden is coming instead.”

        Tell me what I said was wrong.

    • 348 Uche
      July 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Hey lamh….I totally disagree we were ‘played’. When you go in front of a group of people and tell them you plan to remove 7 million of their members from accessing healthcare, then he’s lucky he got only a boo.
      When his party’s plan will disenfranchise 25% of his audience from the voter ID push,then he deserves more than a boo.
      When you support the Ryan plan that disproportionately affects the people you’re speaking to,you deserve to be booed.

      I see many tv talking heads saying the same thing now….ie that he planned to go there and say what he said, just to get that reaction….to hell with that; why should we give a shit what his base thinks of his being booed at NAACP – he deserved every moment of it!!.
      This is the same man that stood silent when a serving gay soldier was booed during his party’s primaries; stayed mum, when cheers went up to let an uninsured fellow citizen die and totally dumb when applause rang out in support of the high death penalty rate in Texas. So,give me a freaking break!…his appearance today at NAACP changes nothing one way or the other – his base will still support him and AAs will still vote more than 95% for PBO. PERIOD. I think his feeling now is ‘well,got that out of the way,so nobody will accuse me of not trying to reach out to AAs’.

      What matters is that his plans (if he has any) are bad for this country – and more so for the members of his audience today.

  125. July 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Okay, I hope this will serve as a break from that soulless creature Mitt Romney. I have a new excerpt up of my work in progress: http://novelsinprogress.com/2012/07/11/memory-of-home-from-man-in-landscape/. Commentary is more than welcomed.

  126. 352 Ladyhawke
    July 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm


    Romney’s unpleasant visit with the NAACP

    By Steve Benen


    The wonk in me feels compelled to mention that Romney’s argument wasn’t even coherent on its face — he said he wants to kill the Affordable Care Act to reduce the deficit, which is absurd since killing the Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit.

    But I think it’s probably safe to say that’s not why Romney was booed. In fact, this was entirely predictable — the far-right Republican presidential candidate spoke to the NAACP and effectively proclaimed, “Vote for me and I’ll make sure 7 million African Americans lose their health insurance.”

    What kind of campaign pitch is that? For crying out loud, of course Romney got booed. At the risk of being overly cynical, I can’t help but wonder if Romney did this on purpose precisely so he would be booed.



    • 353 Cha
      July 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Willard was being his asshole self and of course he got booed. He may have thought he was playing them but instead ratf**ker-romney exposed his damn cruel sociopathic personality.

      No way romney wins this.

      Thanks Ladyhawke!

  127. July 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Obamacare makes sense to repub only when it affects their household – take a look from the 4:16 minute mark


  128. July 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm
  129. 357 lisalovesobama
    July 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Did you guys notice how WIllard was reacting when he was booed? that’s not the way I would respond if I weren’t expecting to be booed. He was smirking. He had this smug self-satisfied look on his face. Methinks he thinks his team laid a trap, calling ACA ‘Obamacare,’ something he knows is upsetting to many people and the members of NAACP fell into it. He’s so transparent it’s disgusting and if pundits are giving that tool credit for even going to the conference, they should also realize that he was just using the NAACP in order to fundraise with his racist white base. Pundits are some of the biggest evils in politics. Disgusting.

    • 358 utaustinliberal
      July 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      He most likely went to the NAACP to rile them up, obtain footage for his next lame campaign video, and raise money from his usual band of racists. He also wants to portray himself to swing voters as “compassionate” and “inclusive” It’s not going to work because Obama 2012 has been using their funds wisely and exposing his outsourcing and offshoring past to those crucial swing voters and if every major state and national poll, the more those voters learn about Romney, the more they don’t like him, his policies, and his plans.

  130. 362 Ladyhawke
    July 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm


    What Romney’s Right-Wing Media Revolt Reveals About The GOP


    It’s amazing how the conservative press feels completely empowered at this point to brazenly dictate how the Republican Party candidate ought to run for the White House. (No matter how kooky the suggestions.)

    Sure, pundits in the past have critiqued candidates and complained about shortcomings, but not on the coordinated scale that recently unfolded in conservative circles. And we certainly haven’t seen many examples of media critiques in and of themselves being treated as news.

    Note that within days of Murdoch dashing off a couple barbed tweets aimed at the Romney campaign, the New York Times treated the taunts as news. By comparison, four years ago did anyone really care what Rupert Murdoch thought of the McCain campaign?

    Today though, with Murdoch’s Fox-led properties replacing the Republican National Committee as the hub of partisan activity on the right, Murdoch is treated as a king maker in America. (This, while his reputation in Britain lay in tatters.)



  131. July 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  132. 364 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Perfect quote…and what all Republicans fail to understand


    In an interview before Obama’s speech, as Robinson and her son, James, stood in line, Robinson made an argument that mirrored the one the president would deliver. Her income exceeds the $250,000-per-year threshold, she said, but she’s happy to pay higher taxes.

    “I’ve prospered a great deal from living in this country, from things like public education and so on,” she said. “I want to help other people also prosper and enjoy living in this country. As far as I’m concerned, it’s patriotism.”

  133. 366 donna dem 4 obama
    July 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    We need a new thread 😦

  134. 367 utaustinliberal
    July 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks DF.

  135. 369 amk for obama
    July 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

  136. 371 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm


    There’s been a lot of chatter over the last few days about whether super-wealthy candidates get a hard rap in US politics or whether Mitt Romney is being held to a higher or harder standard. Romney is probably the wealthiest man ever to run for President, even in inflation adjusted dollars. (There are some claims that Washington was wealthier but it’s based on a total misreading of the value of land during the period.) But certainly there have been many extremely wealthy men who’ve run for President and won — Roosevelts, one Kennedy, a couple Bushes, etc.
    But all of this talk ignores a fact so salient and obvious that it’s hard to fathom how some are nevertheless oblivious to it. Having vast wealth and aggressively working the law and tax code to avoid taxes is a very different thing if your policy agenda is geared almost entirely to benefit the super wealthy. If you’re a gazillionaire and your main pitch is to cut taxes on gazillionaires that’s just gonna put a bit more emphasis on your wealth. This logic should not be difficult to grasp.

    Read: I want even MORE for me, and LESS for YOU! Someone has to pay for this…NOT ME!

  137. 372 desertflower
    July 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Gotta read Charlie’s take on MItt….(with audio of the most audacious comment)


    • 373 desertflower
      July 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      “If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him.”
      Just, wow. Okay, give him credit. He showed up.
      All right, that’s enough.

  138. 374 Dudette
    July 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Winners of Let’s Move! Video Challenge

    Faith and Community Leaders From California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee chosen for work to solve childhood obesity

    WASHINGTON—First Lady Michelle Obama today announced the winners of the Let’s Move! Communities on the Move video challenge, which invited faith and community leaders to share their stories about their efforts to promote wellness and solve the problem of childhood obesity in their communities. Mrs. Obama launched the challenge during the celebration of the second anniversary of Let’s Move! at an event at Northland, A Church Distributed in Longwood, Florida. The First Lady encouraged participating organizations to create videos that showcased programs related to Let’s Move Faith and Communities that were creative, effective, sustainable, replicable and inspirational. Videos focused on at least one Let’s Move Faith and Communities focus area, including efforts to promote physical activity, access to healthy, affordable food for children and healthy eating using MyPlate, the federal government’s new food icon. Communities across the country responded enthusiastically to the challenge, submitting videos that represented a broad range of programs, strategies and age groups — from toddlers to teenagers — with submissions from 21 states. A panel of judges from Let’s Move!, USDA and HHS chose one winner and several Honorable Mentions. The Popular Choice Award was given to the eligible video with the most votes online. All the winners will be invited to the White House and will meet First Lady Michelle Obama at a date to be announced.

    The winners of the Let’s Move! Communities on the Move video challenge include [details on the groups and links to their videos are in the article:

    Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church – First Prize
    Eatonville, FL
    Video: Macedonia on the Move

    Hispanic Health Council – Honorable Mention
    Hartford, CT
    Video: Puppets & Peers …..On the Move! To Prevent Childhood Obesity

    LiveWell Wheat Ridge – Honorable Mention
    Wheat Ridge, CO
    Video: LiveWell Wheat Ridge

    Long Island Head Start – Honorable Mention
    Patchogue, NY
    Video: Sowing The Seeds Of The Future

    Martha O’Bryan Center – Honorable Mention
    Nashville, TN
    Video: Martha O’Bryan – Highway to Health

    Philadelphia Campaign for Healthier Schools – Honorable Mention
    Philadelphia, PA
    Video: HYPE! Healthy You. Positive Energy.

    San Jose State University/Most Holy Trinity Church Food Justice Ministry – Honorable Mention
    San Jose, CA
    Video: SJSU/MHT Food Justice Communities on the Move Video Challenge

    South Valley Family YMCA – Honorable Mention
    San Jose, CA
    Video: A Community on The Move- South Valley Family YMCA

    City of San Fernando Partnership for Healthy Families – Popular Choice Award
    San Fernando, CA
    Video: 100 Citizens: Role Models for the Future

  139. 375 Dudette
    July 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    July 10, 2012
    President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

    • Dorothy Kosinski – Member, National Council on the Humanities
    • Dawn M. Liberi – Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi, Department of State
    • Stephen D. Mull – Ambassador to the Republic of Poland, Department of State
    • Walter North – Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and the Republic of Vanuatu, Department of State

    President Obama said, “I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to join this Administration and serve our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

    • 379 Cha
      July 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Willard insulted their intelligence..of course he got BOOED. Were they suppose to sit there and politley bob their heads? I think not.

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