Rise and Shine



Michael Tomasky: With his incendiary speech to the NAACP, Mitt crossed an ugly line. No longer simply spineless and disingenuous, he’s now become a race-mongering pyromaniac.

Until yesterday, I thought of Mitt Romney as a spineless, disingenuous, and supercilious but more or less decently intentioned person who at least wasn’t the race-mongering pyromaniac that some other Republican candidates of my lifetime have been. Then he gave his speech to the NAACP, and now I think of him as a spineless, disingenuous, supercilious, race-mongering pyromaniac who is very poorly intentioned indeed, and woe to us if this man sets foot in the White House as anything but a tourist.

Let’s bat the easy charges out of the way first. Spineless? Please. He’s taken every position the Tea Party base has asked and a few they didn’t. Disingenuous? Easy. Either he’s lying now about health care, abortion rights, his support for Ronald Reagan, and his posture toward Grover Norquist’s no-tax pledge, or he was lying then. Supercilious? Seems appropriate and perhaps even a bit mild for a man who made fun of NASCAR fans’ rain ponchos and a working-class family’s cookie service.

But he wasn’t a race-baiter until yesterday….

More here






9:40: President Obama departs the White House

10:40: Arrives in Norfolk, Virginia

12:55: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach

2:40: Departs Norfolk, Virginia en route Hampton, Virginia

3:05: Arrives in Hampton

4:25: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Phoebus High School, Hampton

5:30: Departs Hampton, Virginia en route Roanoke, Virginia

7:05: Speaks to supporters at a fire station in Roanoke



Morning everyone 😉

157 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. July 13, 2012 at 7:55 am


  2. 7 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Get ready for toon time babeh.

  3. 8 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 7:58 am
  4. 10 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 7:59 am
  5. 11 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 8:00 am
  6. 12 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

    That’s all, the show is over folks.

  7. 13 Ladyhawke
    July 13, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Did Republicans forget to vet Romney?

    By Jonathan Bernstein


    That didn’t quite happen this time around, did it? I think that’s the context behind today’s Bain article in the Boston Globe as well as the recent Vanity Fair article about offshore accounts. Remember the primary season? There were basically two serious candidates who fully committed to the race against Mitt Romney: Tim Pawlenty, who left early before really getting his act together, and Rick Perry, who started late and promptly imploded. Does anyone think that any other candidate had a serious opposition-research shop and the ability to exploit whatever was there? I sure don’t. Rick Santorum barely had a campaign. Newt? Sure, he was supported by anti-Bain Super PAC ads, but I don’t think he actually had much of a campaign, either. Herman Cain? Michele Bachmann? Ron Paul? Well, Paul did run some very effective attack ads (against Newt, if I recall correctly), but you didn’t really need very sophisticated research to come up with Newt and Nancy on the couch.



    • 14 4morefor44
      July 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

      don’t know who that is, but his first mention of president obama is “barack obama” and only calls him obama after that, never typing the word “president” when referring to president obama. and isn’t he disproving his entire article by bringing up john edwards, since the edwards lunacy didn’t come out until after his campaign was over? if dailykos and firedoglake had their way, edwards would’ve bene the candidate, and then all that stuff would’ve come out during the general election and dems would’ve lost everywhere. and there’s other problems with that article but it’s not worth the time. the problem is this guy, his colleagues, and most importantly his bosses who own the media.

  8. July 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Politico 44 has the President back at the WH tonight? Strange, I thought he was in Virginia Saturday, as well?

  9. 21 Ladyhawke
    July 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Who Wants Free Stuff?

    So Bain pays you $100,000 to do nothing?

    by LOLGOP


    Here is Mitt Romney, a man who wants us to believe he received at least $100,000 a year from Bain Capital for 3 years for doing nothing, assuming that African Americans want MORE free stuff.

    Forget the legacy of slavery, in which millions of slaves provided “free stuff” for centuries. Forget that our government spent billions propping up financiers like Mitt Romney. Forget that our government still provides nearly free loans to bankers while regular citizens often pay usurious rates. Forget that we give oil companies billions in subsidies they don’t need and pay defense contractors billions to use defense systems we don’t need.

    When did we become a country where the millionaires are jealous of the people on food stamps? A country that thinks teachers and fire fighters are soaking us dry? A country that thinks the richest who are paying the lowest taxes in 80 years are the ones being beaten up?



  10. July 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

  11. 23 Michele
    July 13, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Grassroots page question, I started my page but a couple of my friends did not receive the 1st invite, are you guys with pages having to send out a 2nd invite? One friend said they found my invite in the junk mail section, and the other said it came through with no problem.. Any helpful advice is welcomed. I’ll check back when I get to work but I will not be able to send my thanks…

    Good day,

    • July 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

      If the invite ended up in your friend’s junk mail then he/she has their email program set to “catch” mail with characteristics like the invite. There’s nothing you can do at your end and there’s no way of telling what triggered the “go to junk mail.” Most people will receive the invite without difficulty but you may have to follow up sometimes with a check-your-junk-filter email.

  12. 25 lamh35
    July 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I’m here at hospital in Cincinnati waiting for them to take my mom in to the OR to put in a 2nd shunt into her heart. Wednesday evening, she had an apparent heart attack at work. she thought it was just indigestion, but her coworkers took her to the hospital right up the street from her job. the doctors told her their insistence probably saved her life! so I’ve been thanking God for her coworkers since I got here. they found that one her arteries had 100% blockage so they placed at shunt there, then realized that she had another one that was 90% blocked so today they will place a shunt there too.

    my family notified me yesterday morning that she was in the hospital & me and my youngest sister caught the next most available flight from DFW to Cincy and we’ve been here since about 7pm yesterday. if everything goes as smoothly as possible she may be out by Monday & then we’ve got some decisions to make about getting her the hell out of Cincy and back home to the fam in NOLA.

    right now though I’m just praying that things continue in a good way.

    • 26 57andFemale
      July 13, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Sending prayers and healing energy your way. Keep us posted.

    • 27 Pamela
      July 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Good your mom has kids like you guys who are there for her. This is a life changing event. Prayers and Light around you all.

      • July 13, 2012 at 8:56 am

        Prayers for strength, hope, comfort and wisdom in decision-making sent your way. So many of here here are dealing with elderly family members. We all understand the issues, feelings and concerns.

    • 29 Don
      July 13, 2012 at 8:58 am

      I’m sending my prayers to your family lamh.

      • 30 carolyn
        July 13, 2012 at 9:21 am

        I’ll be praying for your strength in this tough time. My husband had an attack and had two stents put in last December. This is marvelous surgery. Be sure your mother follows doctor’s instructions. The first six weeks are key, and another key is being at home. Hospitals, as they say, are no places for sick people. Does she live in Cincy? Can she stay there with inhome help? Is she on medicare? If she is, home help is part of the package, I think. If that were possible for two weeks to get her rested, then you could have some time to plan for a trip. Make sure she doesn’t get dehydrated….that may sound strange, but my husband does not like to drink water. He is supposed to drink 8 glasses or so a day. I have to figure all sorts of liquids to get into him. He’s getting better, after he did get dehydrated on our oveseas trip and lost 8 pounds in a couple of weeks. He’s recovering and doing well now. I am so thankful your mom’s coworkers made her go to the hospital. Modern day heart care is wonderful. Blessings on you and all your family.

        • 31 HZ
          July 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

          Good Morning Chips and TOD Family. Lamh, I just read your comment. I will keep your mother and your family in my prayers asking for peace, and a sweet healing power to surround her.

          (((((((((((((((( Keep your space fill with as much peace and lots of hugs for your mom.))))))))))))))) HZ

    • 32 44obamagirl
      July 13, 2012 at 10:08 am

      lamh35 I am thinking of you and your mom and will remember you both in my prayers. Stay strong and know that we are all thinking of you.

    • 33 terim
      July 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

      I will be praying for your family.

    • 34 Pugeretto
      July 13, 2012 at 10:12 am

      GM lamh35, thank goodness your mom’s coworkers were with her at that time. My husband had quadrupale bypass several years ago and it was a coworker that also helped him at that time. There’s been so many advancements in this field, so stay positive for your mom. Wishing your family strength, and remember to get yourself some sleep….it’s important.

    • 35 0388jojothecat
      July 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Prayers to you and Mom. Sounds like she is much loved at work. Thanks goodness for her insistant co-workers.

    • 36 Roberta in MN
      July 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

      lamh35, my prayers are with you, your Mom and family. My sister went throught that surgery and she is doing Ok. she has two more valves that need to have shunts put in eventually. Your Mom was lucky she had co workers that looked after her. (((hugs))). Please take care of yourself too.

    • 37 PoliticalJunkessa
      July 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

      ((((lamh35 and Mom))))

    • 38 desertflower
      July 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Sending good positive thoughts to your mom…please let us know how she does…hugs to you and your family. Hang in there. Sounds like she’s in good hands

    • 39 Dakota
      July 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Sending prayers your way for your mom’s healing. Blessings and strength to you and your family.

    • 40 purpleshoesla
      July 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Unabated positive thoughts, prayers, and energies of healing and strength for you and your family

  13. 41 Ladyhawke
    July 13, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Another bad news cycle for Mitt Romney, even Republicans want him to come clean

    by Eclectablog


    If Wednesday was a bad day for Mitt Romney’s campaign (and it was), and if yesterday was an even worse day for Mitt Romney’s campaign (and it was), today isn’t going to be a whole hell of a lot better.
    Romney wants to take credit for jobs that were created after he supposedly left Bain in 1999 but not the ones offshored and outsourced after that date.

    Romney is also still under fire for not releasing more than one year’s worth of tax returns, something that’s unprecedented since the days when his own father ran for president. On a conference call with reporters yesterday, Obama’s Deputy Campaign Director Steffanie Cutter had a message for Mitt Romney. If you have nothing to hide, she said, “Prove it by releasing your tax returns.”

    Cutter isn’t the only one making that suggestion. A new piece out at Politico has a number of prominent Republicans saying exactly the same thing.



  14. 42 Ladyhawke
    July 13, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Paul Begala ‏@PaulBegala


    Pres. Clinton: Romney’s business record “just as relevant as going over my record as governor when I ran for president.”


  15. 43 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Go mudcat sanders and bust the balls of cantor, the twerp/

    • 44 isonprize
      July 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Yeah, I saw him on Rachel Maddow. Best quote from Mudcat Saunders —

      “Eric Cantor is a bought and paid for crook. And for Cantor supporters listening at home, that’s spelled C-R-O-O-K!”

      Mudcat’s candidate is Wayne Powell. I know absolutely nothing about him, but he’s got to be better than Cant’or. And after that interview on Maddow, I’m thinking I have some clue where Mudcat got his nickname from.

  16. 45 Ladyhawke
    July 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

    The testimony Romney prefers to forget

    By Steve Benen


    But the lingering problem for the Republican presidential hopeful is the lasting damage. Romney has already taken a hit for getting rich by laying off so many American workers, then he took another hit for investing so much of his vast wealth in offshore tax havens.

    Now he’s being forced to effectively tell the public, “Sure I was the CEO of my own firm, and sure I was paid handsomely, and sure I filed formal documents that said I was in charge, but don’t worry, the buck stops somewhere else.”

    I keep thinking of a working class family in Columbus, Ohio, listening to this. It seems hard to imagine that family thinking, “Yeah, let’s make that guy president.”



  17. July 13, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I see Glenn Kessler at WP is trying to come to Willard’s aid, saying the Bain lies are no big deal. Not sure of the motive of why he felt the need to defend Willard——-jealous of Boston Globe, or is one of those in the media who is desperate for a “horse race”—–but I knew there would be those in the media who would not let this flood of anti-Willard info go without a push back.

  18. July 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Repub Pa. Gov. Corbett blows up at reporter asking about his role in stalling the Sandusky investigation when he was atty. gen. Guilty conscience. No charges were brought for 3 years as Corbett had an election to win first and didn’t want to offend Penn St. supporters.

  19. 51 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 8:40 am

  20. July 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

  21. July 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I check this site often during the day, but especially in the morning. I love the pictures and they always make me smile and be thankful for the human being (and I mean human being) that we have for a President. I especially love the pictures of him with children. Thank you so much for all the work you do for this site. I appreciate it!

  22. 58 57andFemale
    July 13, 2012 at 8:50 am

  23. 60 57andFemale
    July 13, 2012 at 8:52 am

    • 61 Linda
      July 13, 2012 at 9:05 am

      Kessler is not credible……he got the ” Lie of the Year ” 100 % wrong… He claimed that the Ryan budget DID NOT affect current Medicare recipients like the Democrats claim and gave it 4 pinocchios.

      I challenged him on it ….stating that in fact…the Ryan budget cuts to Medicaid would in fact…affect current Seniors in nursing homes.

      He sent me an e-mail saying I was right and he was wrong…..but they never made a correction about it in the paper.

      I saved the e-mail.

  24. 63 Don
    July 13, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Welcome to the big leagues Mitt, you want to run with the big dogs, well then here you go.

  25. July 13, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Bill Clinton: Romney taxes fair game
    By ALEXANDER BURNS | 7/13/12 8:48 AM EDT
    The former president has mostly made news this campaign season for his off-message moments, but this morning he amplified the Obama camp’s line on Mitt Romney’s personal finances, Mackenzie Weinger reports:

    “Oh, yes I do. I think, for one thing, it’s just as relevant as the going over my record as governor got when I ran for president,” Clinton said … But he added that Romney’s decision not to release his tax returns, unlike other former candidates, “perplexed” him. “That struck me as a little odd,” Clinton said.

    And the American public “ought to know” about Romney’s overseas accounts, Clinton said.

    “The voters can make up their own minds about whether they think it’s a good thing for a person who wants to be president to minimize his own tax liability,” Clinton said.

  26. July 13, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Luke Russert should go back to Boston College, for some More Education.
    He has been brainwashed and promised something, terribly one sided!

  27. 66 Don
    July 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Just last week we were hearing about all these billionaires raising millions for Romney’s campaign and how they were going to out raise the Obama campaign, which is probably true by the way. But I’m reminded of a quote that says “An army of deer led by a wolf will always defeat an army of wolves led by a deer.”

  28. 71 Pamela
    July 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Here she is:

    Helloooo TOD Night Owls/Early Birders! I’m awake and getting ready to head out to the Detroit airport. The restaurant here opens @ 5am, so I have ½ hour to check in to TODville. I do miss BEING in the know about what’s happening, but checking in has to do for now. It seriously rocks to hears that TOD is making an impact on Twitter – all for the good! Watch out Mitt! Way to go Sir Bobfr and Sir Amk! {Hey, what does one call ladies when they are knighted, or has any lady ever been ‘knighted’ – seriously?} We have some female twitter ‘knights’ so I’ll have to research this,…when I’m more settled.
    I have the same request as yesterday: when Ms Chips posts ‘Rise & Shine’ will someone please add the piece below? Thanks! Thanks also to yesterday’s good Samaritan. I haven’t checked to see who it was; I will when things get settled.

    Good Friday Morning Chips & TODvillle! It IS Friday, isn’t it? Despite going to bed shortly after checking in last night, I feel like someone hit me with a 2×4 (Amk, do you have anything to do with that? )

    Apologies for not adding anything to yesterday’s theme.
    Here’s today’s focus for #CanMittMatchThis? To which I’ve added ‘current events’ to signify whatever is being talked about that lends itself to our effort to compare the two candidates. I’m suggesting ‘current events’ be an active addition to the day’s focus, as it seems to make sense.

    Friday – Education; Energy + Current Events

    Also, don’t forget to remind your local OFA group and all of your personal contacts re #adollaradaytoofa

    Chips, I think it’s Friday so you and the obots better have a ‘Fantastic Friday’!

  29. 75 Cheryllou
    July 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Remember a few weeks ago when Bob Schieffer had David Axelrod on CBS Face the Nation, and asked David why the Obama Campaign is running so many negative ads.David told him that the campaign is not run by negative ads,it seems like Bob didn’t believe him. Here’s the proof.

    I swear these reporters are not doing their homework.

  30. July 13, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Woodhouse has Spucer yelling and screaming on the defensive.
    Just spicer reaction tells you the Robney Camp is in panic mode.
    OMG! Listen to them go at it?

  31. 79 japa21
    July 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Okay, I notice the GOP elephant is pink in the first cartoon. I always thought pink elephants represented an alcohol induced delusion, right amk? Oh, wait, considering the current Republican Party I guess it is appropriate.

  32. 83 JER
    July 13, 2012 at 9:36 am

    President Obama Departs for Norfolk, VA – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  33. July 13, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Their goes Meagan McCain… LOL! What a joke. I got some errands to run.

    • 85 Nena20409
      July 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

      That girl has nothing in her skull. Full of sounds and fury, signifying Nothing. MSNBC is wasting their money. Abby Huntsman would have been better, if they must have a politician’s daughter.

  34. 88 xtine
    July 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

    From Smartypants’ post: Because he can take it

    But someone named addikell took it to a whole other level in the comments. This rings so true to me about President Obama. It is where his true strength lies.

    He’s big enough to take it, take it ALL on his shoulders, even if a lot of it isn’t his fault. He can take on the portion of the mistake that was the liberal failure to back him up and help create that story. He can take on the Republican racism and unprecedented undermining. He can take all that burden on himself and still be the best modern president the country has seen – because he knows Americans don’t like taking the blame or the responsibility for their own divisiveness.

    So he’ll do it. Because he can take it.


  35. 89 Cheryllou
    July 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

    New proof this morning that Romney was at Bain till 2002


    This man is a pathological liar

  36. 90 Ladyhawke
    July 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

    The Bain Capital Controversies That Are Now Fair Game (Again)

    By Henry Decker


    According to the story, which builds on previous reports in Mother Jones and Talking Points Memo, “Romney remained chief executive and chairman of the firm three years beyond the date he said he ceded control, even creating five new investment partnerships during that time.”

    The Globe found nine SEC filings submitted by four different business entities after February 1999 that describe Romney as Bain Capital’s boss; some show him with managerial control over five Bain Capital entities that were formed in January 2002, according to records in Delaware, where they were incorporated.

    The report could have a devastating impact on Romney’s campaign; in addition to exposing him to possible felony charges, it raises serious questions about Romney’s involvement in several Bain deals that occurred after 1999. Although Romney was not listed as a Bain manager in the firm’s offering documents after 1999, he was still legally responsible for every investment and decision made by the firm.



    • 91 HZ
      July 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Chips for our wonderful site. I just wanted to say, ” I appreciate all that you do to keep this place a beautiful haven for all of us. Your hard work daily keeps us fighting for the goodness that comes from our POTUS and VPOTUS.

      Let us lift them up in our thoughts throughout the day for:
      Caring Actions
      Physical Strength
      Guidance in Carrying Out the duties of president and vice president.
      Respect to All Citizens

      Moving FORWARD on this beautiful Friday.(((((((((((((( I love you all so very much)))))))))HZ

      • 92 Pamela
        July 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

        {{{{{{{{{{{HZ}}}}}}}}}}} Thank you, HZ, this is lovely!

      • 93 PoliticalJunkessa
        July 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

        Have a good day, HZ! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  37. 94 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

    • 95 Nena20409
      July 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

      @JeffonObama says pres Obama leads in all 25 national polls, including Gallup, Fox, yes, Rasmussen.

      I am not a poll fanatic.

      But there is No way Romney is 46 to pres Obama’s 46.

      The Cablers/TV want to make MONEY from ads and to maximize their profit.

      On the Today show Bill Clinton was putting the final touches on Mittens. His taxes, his off shoring and outsourcing…..TMP has more.

      • July 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

        Fox News has had the President leading for months and even expanding it. If the home of GOP talking points is saying Romney is down by 7 then I can’t help but think it’s a whole lot worse than that.

  38. 97 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 10:23 am

    • 98 Ladyhawke
      July 13, 2012 at 10:47 am


      What an absolutely glorious smack down. How refreshing to read an article that cuts through the crap and says what needs to be said. The feckless main stream media stenographers are just like sheep. They made skid marks reporting on this shamelessly obvious leak and momentarily gave the Romney campaign their “Oh, Look At That Shiny Object Moment”. But there is not enough lipstick to put on this pig or distract attention from this mess. This is Mitt Romney’s self inflicted wound. His lies are finally catching up with him.

    • 99 57andFemale
      July 13, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Good read.

    • 100 99ts
      July 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Well thought out article. My humble opinion – Mitt will choose a slightly younger version of himself – Maybe he’d like to choose one of those 5 sons – keep the jobs in the family.

  39. 101 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Tell me who the woman in this churchiil/shaw/feynman/groucho story reminds you of. (Only one guess per person).

    Guy: “If I gave you a million dollars, would you sleep with me?”

    Girl: “A million dollars is a lot of money, and you don’t look that bad, so I guess I would consider it”

    Guy: “Ok, since I don’t have a million dollars, would you sleep with me for $100?”

    Girl: (outraged) “What kind of girl do you think I am?”

    Guy: “We’ve already established the answer to that question. Now we’re just negotiating the price”

  40. 104 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 10:40 am


    • 105 Pamela
      July 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Thus, finding his coveted place in the history books of the United States of America. Right next to Tricky Dick Nixon, eh?

  41. 106 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

    • 107 57andFemale
      July 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

      I deposited $2,000 in my IRA 14 years ago. I’m now 62 and cashed it out.

      I got $2,481. Quite a spectacular return for my investment, don’t you think? And I was allegedly in a ‘good’ mutual fund.

      here’s the thing: my husband and I own our own business. My husband is a restorer of high grade clocks.

      I could have taken that $2,000, bought a clock, restored it and quadrupled my money at will. The reason I only made one contribution to the IRA was because I figured this out early on and if I was to actually monitor where my money was being invested, it would have been a full-time job.

      I remember saying to my husband through the years –” I have a few bucks in Halliburton and I’m still not making any money?”

      So the above tweet is a little misleading — that money gets invested. But to the extent that Mitt Romney made gazillions on his IRA when most Americans like me have had no use of their money for decades and then get shit — this is the problem with the Romney candidacy and Republicans in general.

  42. 108 Linda
    July 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

    The NY Times reports:

    When Timothy F. Geithner ran the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, he acknowledged fundamental problems with the process for setting key interest rates in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis, according to documents provided to The New York Times.

    Mr. Geithner, who is now the United States Treasury secretary, questioned the integrity of the benchmark as reports surfaced that Barclays and other big banks were misrepresenting the rates. In 2008, Barclays had several conversations with New York Fed officials about the matter.


  43. 109 cookemom
    July 13, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Well hiddie Os!!!!! Great getting up day again on TOD avenue yessiree!!!! Uh oh, I think Mittiful is headed for a quick implosion. I don’t even know if he’ll make it to the convention without completely losing it. He’s digging himself so deep into a hole, his surrogates can’t dig him out. They’re giving it all they got to defend him, but they just end up er, um, uh, oh…meh.

    My political take today is, where’s Anne? Is she still in the barn dressaging her horse? She’s gotta be so po’d about her chances dwindling for her horse to trample the garden at the White House.

    Outta here, see ya!!! Have a TODful day!!!

  44. 110 amk for obama
    July 13, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Follow his other tweets here on his evolution.


  45. 113 Pamela
    July 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

    “A calm mind is good for our physical health, but it also enables us to see things more realistically.”. ~ HHDL 13 July 2012. @DalaiLama

  46. July 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Florida is just a voting rights mess under Crook Gov. Scott. 5 counties will have full voting rights, the other 62 counties are subject to Scott’s and the Fl. Repub legislature’s new voter suppression rules. Something needs to be done there quickly to restore voter protections. No one wants another presidential election decided by fraudulent Florida.

  47. July 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Kessler must be feeling the heat. Lame defense.

  48. 120 Pamela
    July 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Bye y’all! Back when I can! Do we live in interesting times? I would reckon so……. 😆

  49. 121 Pamela
    July 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Is there a prize for being 100th? On Friday the 13th? Just askin’….

  50. July 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Good morning, TOD family – they’re building sandcastles on Revere Beach today, an annual competition and a lot of fun. The weather is just right for it, too. Well, apart from the fun of it, there will be lots and lots of people. It’s a great opportunity to talk to voters and maybe register a few as well. Tomorrow it’s off to New Hampshire again and Sunday we’re having a canvass in my home town – the first coordinated canvass bringing together supporters for the President with supporters for Elizabeth Warren. Most of us have been wearing two hats for quite a while and we all want a united Democratic campaign. Meanwhile, my list of things to do around the house has become my “after November 6 list”. I guess I will have an unusually busy winter. But I can’t think of anything more important to do right now than work as hard as I can to re-elect President Obama. As VP Biden said, it’s a battle for the heart and soul of America. And thank you all for providing me with so much crucial information and giving me a place to go when I need a pep talk or need to share my frustration with our shameless media.

    • 124 desertflower
      July 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

      A warrior! Thank you so much, hgerhard! Your hard work and dedication will pay HUGE dividends….!

  51. July 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

    https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/559070_444130615608866_960733258_n.jpg – Excellent pic and quotes that sum everything up about our great President.
    Reply Delete Favorite

  52. July 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

  53. 128 Ladyhawke
    July 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

    MITT ROMNEY LIES ALL THE TIME – (Utterly, unashamed, and unprecedented deceit.)

  54. July 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Excellent piece from Booman. What Romney isn’t saying:

    Why There is No Substance to the Election


  55. 130 Squarepeg
    July 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I love that Friday’s Good video

  56. July 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

    This is INSANE.

  57. July 13, 2012 at 11:23 am

  58. 140 Linda
    July 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Here is an example of the kind of letter the Insurance companies are sending to their subscribers telling them their rebate check is enclosed

    I love that it mentions The Affordable Care Act.

    • 141 amk for obama
      July 13, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Tweeted Linda.

      • 142 Linda
        July 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

        Thanks, amk.

        My son just suggested that OFA needs to do an ad showing people receiving their rebate checks…..and saying that Romney and the Republicans want to take that away from them…

        How do we get that suggestion to them ??????

        • 143 Cman
          July 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm

          Tweet. Cutter and Axellrod.

        • 144 purpleshoesla
          July 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

          Post it on Dashboard!

        • 145 nospin
          July 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm

          I don’t know about all that. I think the letter in the mail is appropriate and then the allowing the recipient to decide to share via tweet, email etc. or or using a generic letter as an example in an ad is also appropriate. I don’t know about OFA doing the ad showing folks receiving the checks. There has to be another alternative that does not come off as crass.

    • 146 desertflower
      July 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Every single person receiving this rebate will know where this money came from. Perfect.

  59. July 13, 2012 at 11:31 am

  60. July 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Call me old fashioned (and not a believer in advanced civilizations losing large pieces of machinery at the bottom of random oceans), but if an artifact is actually shutting down your satellite camera and some of your cameras from 285 feet beneath the surface… don’t go randomly poking it. =)


  61. 149 JER
    July 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Awaiting the President’s arrival – live stream: http://wtkr.com/on-air/live-streaming/

  62. 150 lamh35
    July 13, 2012 at 11:39 am

    “@AP: VIDEO: Reax to allegations that a Washington police officer made threatening comments about first lady Obama: http://t.co/aWbTjjfF -PP”

  63. July 13, 2012 at 11:45 am


    you really need to post every single segment from Lawrence O’Donnell’s show last night. he was blistering on Willard.

  64. 152 desertflower
    July 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

    OH FOR FUCK SAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!! excuse my French…


    In a letter opposing the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 — a bill to allow citizens to know what corporations and wealthy donors are paying for the “independent expenditure” attack ads enabled by the 5-4 Citizens United ruling — the National Rifle Association (NRA) is warning Senators it will score the issue in its legislative scorecard for this Congress.
    The NRA opposes the measure — arguing that its “provisions require organizations to turn membership and donor lists over to the government” and would unconstitutionally abridge the right of citizens “to speak and associate privately and anonymously.” The legislation would merely require groups that opt to run outside political ads to tell voters which donors funded those efforts. By setting up a separate bank account for independent political spending, a group like the NRA would be able to keep its membership list private and would need only disclose the large money donors paying for the group’s campaign ads. Far from being unconstitutional, this sort of disclosure was explicitly endorsed in Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Citizens United majority opinion as “the less-restrictive alternative to more comprehensive speech regulations.”

    • 153 desertflower
      July 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Isn’t this kind of extortion ILLEGAL???

    • 154 Ladyhawke
      July 13, 2012 at 11:59 am

      When the Republican members of congress took their oath of office, it was immediately invalidated by their allegiance to Grover Norquist and the most powerful lobby in Washington – the National Riffle Association. They relinquish their judgement to entities outside of the government. They are merely vessels for ensuring outside interests get their way.

  65. 155 desertflower
    July 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Who was it here that was having a “discussion” with someone and that person was mad about the cuts to the military??

    Defense Budget ‘Would Still Be Larger Than It Was In 2006′ After Sequester, CBO Finds

    • 156 Ladyhawke
      July 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      I think that was some conservative friend of Jovie’s. The same person that didn’t seem to accept the facts about the 2% of Americans (free riders) who would be impacted by the mandate penalty (because they can afford health insurance but refuse to buy it.)

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