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  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    July 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

    1st? GFM Chips

  2. 6 Bill R.
    July 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Buon Giorno!

  3. 7 veryslowwriter
    July 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Howdee!

  4. 8 Roberta in MN
    July 21, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Chips, Meant Good Morning

    • 10 Roberta in MN
      July 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      I have to tell you, my 14yr old Yorkie’s nickname is Megpiepie 🙂

      • July 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        I LOVE THAT!!! We’re dog nuts with a standard poodle, a bichon and a powderpuff crested on the bed every night. “Magapie” is just a nonsense name that survived the years. When my 10 year old was little and as he’s grown up we ( I ) babble all manner of cutsey stuff at him…….Well, still a lot of that going on!

  5. 12 Betsy
    July 21, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Good morning all. It’s a beautiful sunny, warm and soon to be hot day here in SoCal. Everyone have a great day.

  6. 13 hopefruit2
    July 21, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Well HELLO! Congratulations Roberta on #1.

    • 14 Roberta in MN
      July 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      GM hopefruit2, I was on the last thread when Chips posted a new one. Just redid my computer to get rid of a virus, so it’s pretty fast now. I think I picked it up on the website for watching the Newsroom. That is really a good show. I don’t have HBO, so I can only do that on line.
      Hope everybody here has a good Saturday and a safe one.

  7. 15 iamwomanofcolor
    July 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    As we suffer through this latest tragic event in our Nation, our World suffers with us – and we must embrace
    each other longer and harder for none of us know when there will be an unexpected goodbye..I love all of
    my TDO’ers and especially thank Chips on this day for keeping us all buoyed..

  8. 16 utaustinliberal
    July 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    That is a chilling but thought provoking graphic. Says a lot. Very insightful choice Chips.

  9. 17 FiredUpInCA
    July 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    The archives of Sports Illustrated magazine has a great article called “Snow Job,” which details how $1.5 billion in taxpayer money went to the Olympic games.

    These sentences really stood out:

    “Most U.S. tax dollars per athlete. Federal spending for the Salt Lake City Games will average $625,000 for each of the 2,400 athletes who will compete. (Not a penny of it will go to the athletes.) That’s a 996% increase from the $57,000 average for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.[…]”

    “Mitt Romney, SLOC’s president, has acknowledged the U.S. government’s contribution by saying, “We couldn’t have done it without them. These are America’s Games.”

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1024516/index.htm

  10. 20 whatisworking
    July 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Good Morning TODers

    So helpful to read 57s words of truth, and follow all the links shared here.

    Another encouraging story to give us the strength of keep pressing on.

    Maya Angelou Program Turns Imprisoned Teens Into ‘Scholars’

    http://www.whatisworking.com/2012/07/maya-angelou-program-turns-imprisoned.html

  11. July 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I have a feelng the President will be going to Arora, soon.
    Bet Robney copies Him?

    • 22 hopefruit2
      July 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Mitt Romney will not be welcome in Aurora.

    • 23 lamh35
      July 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      I suspect a memorial where the POTUS will speak like with Arizona. That’s what the GOP really hate about POTUS, even their reliable GOP voters realize that POTUS is the best as giving heartfelt and touching speeches.

    • 24 vitaminlover
      July 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Willard is a copycat follower. He has minimal leadership ability and no vision unless he is benefitted. He cares for no one and is a phony. He needs to go back to his lifestyle and stop attempting to destroy America. President Obama is the winner and he has great vision for the American people.

      • 25 vitaminlover
        July 21, 2012 at 10:27 pm

        I also pray in Jesus Name for President Obama’s complete and total safety always and especially during the trip to Aurora. Thank You, Father for keeping the angels all around him and his staff. Amen.

  12. July 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Unfortunately, the NRA is deep into our Congress. The President can’t do anything as half the Democrats are in the pockets of the NRA, conservative Democrats. Not to mention ALL of the GOP!
    It’s a very good example, of what is wrong with Congress and how it spills over into the Executive Branch!

    • 27 hopefruit2
      July 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Which is why when idiots like Jonathan Alter, Mike Bloomberg, et al are grinding away at the President while avoiding any mention of congress and the NRA, we call them out on their disingenunity and cowardice.

      • 28 0388jojothecat
        July 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm

        The people who will be calling for gun control in the next few days NEVER call out the NRA, Congress-owned-members, and the SCOTUS Corp five who have overturned gun-control laws. The only way America will get gun control in this country is through americans demanding the NRA is disbanded as an organization like ACORN and gun shop owners and gun owners STOP GIVING THE NRA money. This is the only way to curtail the NRA.

        • 29 hopefruit2
          July 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

          I hate to say it and I don’t wish bad on anyone, but until a prominent gun-lovin’ Republican, corporate media figure, or NRA member (or one of their loved ones) sustains a near fatal or fatal injury from a stray bullet discharged from a legally possessed gun, we will not see the NRA lift a finger to change those laws.

          • 30 0388jojothecat
            July 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

            Sad…..but very true.

          • 31 yardarm756
            July 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm

            For real!

          • 32 Nena20409
            July 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

            Nope.

            On March 31st 1983 or so, Reagan was shot. It took almost 10 yrs or so to even get the Brady Law.

            It will take those of Us from the grassroots, and through marching and demanding with pictures and graphics as the anti-abortion groups do. We are Not politically engaged like the right are to force changes. Just like OWS…..there has to be a sustained plan with the women’s group and the LGBTQ community. Without a Moving Grove…..as in Macbeth, nothing changes.

            It must also take Dems….to speak on this issue. After the re-election of the pres. Then Pres Obama can engage, right after the economy is charging along.

            • 33 hopefruit2
              July 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm

              I don’t think Reagan is a good analogy for a couple reasons:

              First of all, he was not fatally or near-fatally wounded. Had Reagan been killed or injured to the extent that he could no longer run for re-election in 1984, things might have been different. That’s what it will take for the NRA to make a change.

              Secondly, Reagan was not victimized by a stray bullet from a mass-shooter. His would-be assassin targeted one individual (in this case the President). The context I’m referring to is if a prominent Republican were to lose his/her life in a similar situation like that of Aurora, CO.

          • 34 Betsy
            July 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

            Wasn’t Brady with Reagan when he got shot? Nothing happened then either, right? Or do I have my history wrong?

            • 35 susanne
              July 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

              i think brady was a reagan assistant who took a bullet during the assassination attempt, and was severely injured. he then became a gun-control advocate, so the law was named after him.

              • 36 Betsy
                July 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

                I thought so., so even if he was an aide to a Republican president, still no one in Congress, nor Reagan himself, did anything about it.

            • 37 nathkatun7
              July 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

              Brady was Reagan’s Press Secretary.

  13. July 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm

  14. 39 Michele
    July 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    People don’t be afraid to challenge the power of the NRA. Start now, by writing a letter or send an e-mail demanding an honest investigation of this organization. The NRA powers can be controlled if we all demand a change in their control of society..

    If anyone wants to keep their gun or rifle no problem but when you have an assault weapon and bring that into my public space to wreck harm your right to own that assault weapon becomes everyones problem…and we need to begin to push back against this abuse.

  15. July 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Morning everyone. I hadn’t shed a tear about yesterday’s events in Aurora until just now when I watched POTUS’ weekly address. The sadness in his eyes broke me down.

    I’ve not stopped thinking about those poor people in that Aurora theatre and the absolute horror they experienced in those brief moments. I also have not stopped thinking about the victims of Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tuscan Arizona, of Trayvon Martin and all the bright lights extinguished suddenly by someone’s finger on the trigger of a gun. Young, vibrant people full of potential. Lives unfulfilled. Lives expendable. Lives devalued. Lives traded for the “right” of a few to carry a weapon of mass destruction. We’re killing our young people. Why? Is it really that important for you to have a gun? Is one life worth that? Two? Twelve? A hundred? A thousand? How many lives is your gun worth?

    Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

  16. July 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Now, the scale appears to be leveling as Romney added 125 new paid staff members in June for a total of 272 and spent $491,088 more on their salaries for a total of $1.3 million. He also spent nearly $440,000 on office supplies, furniture, equipment and other infrastructure buildup and equipment and $9.7 million on various consulting services.

    Obama’s campaign added 76 new paid staffers in June for a total of 779, paying them $2.8 million.

    LAW’S LIMITATIONS

    One hurdle for Romney is a provision of the U.S. campaign law that prohibits some funds from being spent until he is officially nominated at the Republican convention in late August.

    Campaigns are allowed to accept up to $5,000 from one donor, but only half of that can be spent before the convention.

    Romney’s campaign has reported having about $850,000 walled off to be available only for use after the convention. He also has a joint fund with the Republican National Committee that presumably has millions set off for the general election but filings so far have not clarified how much exactly.

    Romney’s aides say the rule has put him at a disadvantage because Obama ran for re-election unopposed and Romney spent millions on a bitter fight against rival Republicans.

    Obama has $7.8 million set aside for the general election.

    Reuters-

    /
    ( Reuters is wrong- it’s 78 million for the general)

    • 45 Obama Grandmama
      July 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Romney = whining (like an annoying child)

      • July 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

        And he is releasing all sorts of fundraising spin, for news Org!
        Some more down thread. What is his problem?

      • 47 Nena20409
        July 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

        The same predicament that was afforded Kerry in 2004.

        The difference: Romney has Several Super PACs that Kerry didn’t have…..that was why the swiftboat went unanswered that summer. Kerry could Not spend money raised until after the late Aug 2004 Convention.

    • 48 Pamela
      July 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Suck it up, Myth. Rules apply to your sorry ass self after all.

    • 49 jackiegrumbacher
      July 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Oh, boo-hoo for little Willard. An incumbent president didn’t have to fight a primary and he did–life is so unfair to the privileged rich. The one single advantage R-money had going for him was the money. If that levels out, he’s got zero advantage, so time to cry about not being the richest kid on the block.

  17. 50 ChristiMTL
    July 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I was looking for the article I read yesterday about Romney’s trip next week…..Israel, Poland and England.

    You know to really look Presidential..

    I wonder if he’s going to bring his foreign policicy advisers like Dan Senor and John Bolton

    Anyway I clicked on the first article I saw in Google….in WP.

    I started to read and stopped after the first paragrah wondering ” who the heck wrote that crap”…..Jennifer Rubin lol

    Okkkkkk moving on

    • 51 Debz
      July 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      If I’m not mistaken, when PBO made his ’08 trip overseas, besides his advisers, didn’t he have to have someone from the State Dept with him to make sure he didn’t say anything he shouldn’t have? There is so much protocol to follow, I doubt Willard would be allowed to just go wherever he wants and say whatever he wants when meeting with foreign leaders.

    • July 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      uuggghhhhh! I can’t believe that ‘man’ is coming to England. Hope he don’t stay long! There are VERY few people I hate in this world but Robme is one of them. I guess I shall be staying WELL away from London while that is here.

      • 53 Debz
        July 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm

        But Lord Romney expects you to honored by his presence in England. 🙂

      • 54 susanne
        July 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        don’t worry, sam–he’ll be busy primping miss ann-toinette’s horse, and posing for photos where his teeth are even bigger and brighter than her steed’s.

  18. 55 lamh35
    July 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I was never into the whole Dark Knight series, so even before the Colorado thing, I was ambivalent about seeing the new one (I’ll admit that I never saw the first 2). Also, the fact is that I’m not much of a Batman fan anyway, although I do like the Tim Burton-esque films and the Adam West tv version. So I was inclined to not see the movie anyway (although I did want to see Tom Hardy as Bane and Ann Hathaway as Catwoman), the Colorado shooting and reading what the Bane creator said about Bruce Wayne = Mitt Romney (???) and I have already decided that I’m not going to see it.

    Bane’s Creator Responds

    … Chuck Dixon is a self-described “lifelong conservative.” Money quote from Dixon:
    “As for his appearance in The Dark Knight Rises, Bane is a force for evil and the destruction of the status quo. He’s far more akin to an Occupy Wall Street type if you’re looking to cast him politically. And if there ever was a Bruce Wayne running for the White House it would have to be Romney.”

    As if I needed anymore reason not to see the movie…lol. Bruce Wayne=Mitt Romney…I actually may never watch another Batman movie…EVER!

  19. 59 hopefruit2
    July 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Update:

    FYI- flat = apartment

  20. July 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Romney and Republican National Committee have more cash in the bank than Obama and the Democratic National Committee after pummeling their counterparts two months in a row.

    Romney also proved in June that he’s able to bring in heaps of cash from small-dollar donors — an area long considered Obama’s turf.

    When combined with Republicans’ massive super PAC cash advantage, the GOP fundraising surge spells trouble for the White House, which is relying on hard money and a groundswell of small donations to give Obama four more years.

    Romney’s campaign and its allied fundraising committees reported $170 million in cash reserves at the end of June. That’s $26 million more than Obama and the top Democratic committees had in their coffers, according to the latest campaign finance reports released Friday.

    Part of the reason for Romney’s cash advantage is that Obama outspent the Republican by $50 million over the last three months as part of the strategy to define Romney before he can gain traction.

    Robney camp spinning these fundraising numbers. Also, Looks like we can spend much more all the way up til convention.

    • July 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      This conflicts the reports I saw yesterday. What’s going on?

      • 63 Nena20409
        July 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm

        That includes the Victory funds where $75K donations were made. There will NOT be a Victory as our GUY will Win.

        Remember Romney in 2008 reported all these money raised. It turn out to be pledges. That Never materialized. April, May and June Team Obama campaign did indeed out raise the lying Bishop.

    • 64 hopefruit2
      July 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      This information has already been debunked as false, so no need to post it here, especially with no citation of the source.

    • 66 FiredUpInCA
      July 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      As with all things Romney, all is not what it appears to be.

      Yes, when you combine his total fundraising, namely, the RNC and his Superpac affiliates, they raised more. Lots more. The Obama campaign told us they would and they did.

      “The combined bank balances of the Romney campaign committee, the Republican National Committee and the joint fundraising committee totaled $170 million at the end of June, compared with $144 million for Obama’s side.”

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-20/obama-raises-45-9-million-in-june-to-33-million-for-romney-1-.html

      That sounds great. They raised over $30 million more. But that’s not the whole story:

      “While Obama’s campaign accounts for 68 percent of the money his side has to spend, Romney directly controls only 13 percent of his funds.”

      Why does that matter?

      “As long as the super-PAC and the parties stick with a message similar to the candidate they support, then Romney has the money advantage,” said David Primo, a political science professor at the University of Rochester in New York. “The danger for Romney is that one of the super-PACs supporting him pursues an alternative and harmful strategy, causing the additional funding to hurt, not help.”

      There’s more. The reason we have less money is because we have been outspending Romney 2-to-1 as we define him going into November. He has been countering that spending with ads like the Al Green ad that had to be taken down for copyright violation.

      And even as we outspend him 2-to-1, we still have more money in the bank.

      “In fact, [President Obama] actually raised more money for his campaign—$46 million—than Romney did. His campaign also has far more cash in the bank: $97.5 million to Romney’s $22.5 million.”

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/20/1112153/-June-fundraising-Romney-s-advantage-not-as-big-as-it-first-appeared

    • 69 jackiegrumbacher
      July 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks for clarifying, Fired Up.

    • 70 utaustinliberal
      July 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      I call BS on this story.

      • July 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        Forget it! I guess some here missed my point- that the Robney camp is releasing fundraising spin to different news organizations.
        Instead, sone People saw yet another opportunity to prove how smart they are, by denigrating me!
        AGAIN UT? Really?
        Anyways., have a nice weekend and I will see you guys on Monday.
        Taking a break from here for a bit. The place is starting to get line Twitter, always looking for something to jump on…
        Bye!

  21. 72 hopefruit2
    July 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

  22. 73 Linda
    July 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    @ BreakingNews : Six-year-old Veronica Moser was killed in Aurora, Colo. theater shooting, her great-aunt, Annie Dalton confirmed to @AP

    oh….so sad…so sad….

  23. 77 Me4obama
    July 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    If I may ask, why is Netenyahu on all Sunday shows when we have a tragedy to talk about in our own country. Why is he booked & not the Gov. Of Colorado & is it a coordinated strategy by the Media to beef up Willard’s foreign trip?

  24. 79 0388jojothecat
    July 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I hope the President addresses the gun issue by telling the American people that gun control begins with them. That the citizens that are responsible gun owners and gun shop operators who fund the NRA, who threaten congress against any sensible gun-control is done by the money they give to this organization can affect gun-control. It was the GOP President GWB who overturned the assault weapon ban. That with NO word about gun control from him, the NRA has ginned up fear about him “taking their guns away” and “caused the shortage of bullets”. These fallacys have created crazy people to run out and buy guns and bullets that have nothing to do with hunting or protecting ones home. These types of gun and bullet purchases are meant to kill a large number of innocent people.

    • 80 anniebella
      July 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      I think the President should stay as far away as he can from the subject of guns. Now is not the time.

      • 81 joyfulmeme
        July 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

        Agreed. For this to change, there has to be a mandate from the people. He should not step out on this issue without the mandate. Right now the gun kooks speak the loudest. If Americans want the laws to change we need to speak louder than the kooks.

  25. 82 Obama Grandmama
    July 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Been thinking the obstruction by the GOP legislators needs to be addressed as connected with lack of Jobs Bills passing. It is tricky since PBO will be accused of making excuses and whining. There must be a way to address it and show the actual work PBO and Dem Legislators have done towards trying to get job agendas through Congress. I know it is so obvious to us as we follow politics very closely and most do not.

    The ads that have come out so far on our side have been short, concise and effective. That is what an ad needs to be and I hope they can come up with something that addresses the obstruction. Maybe we can help in ideas for the Obama Campaign. I keep thinking of something like:

    IT TAKES 2 TO TANGO. THE REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS REFUSE TO DANCE TOWARDS COMPROMISE TO HELP AMERICANS.

    I think I have been watching So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars too much. Hope you guys can come up with something better.

    • 83 hopefruit2
      July 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      I suspect the campaign will run an ad showing the stunning number of jobs bills that have been blocked by the GOP in the last three while showing them talking on the other side of their mouths about “jobs” – but they are saving this for the last 1-2 months when people are REALLY paying attention.

      • 84 prettyfoot58
        July 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        Greeting HF…

        i agree …..i think that the President and his campaign have a very methodical approach to what they release and when….rather exciting to watch it all…

        altho i still get a bit anxious about the outcome of all of this….but i know that we MUST win because to fail will have such dire consequences….

        Forwardd>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • 85 vcprezofan2
      July 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      ObamaG, there is a visual in this tweet that you can use to help make the point that this Congress cares little about the concerns of average Americans.

    • 86 Ladyhawke
      July 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      14 REASONS WHY THIS IS THE WORST CONGRESS EVER

      Posted by Ezra Klein on July 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

      —————————————

      This week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. On its own, such a vote would be unremarkable. Republicans control the House, they oppose President Obama’s health reform law, and so they voted to get rid of it.

      But here’s the punchline: This was the 33rd time they voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

      Holding that vote once makes sense. Republicans had promised that much during the 2010 campaign. But 33 times? If doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result makes you insane, what does doing the same thing 33 times and expecting a different result make you?

      Well, it makes you the 112th Congress.

      Hating on Congress is a beloved American tradition. Hence Mark Twain’s old joke, “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” But the 112th Congress is no ordinary congress. It’s a very bad, no good, terrible Congress. It is, in fact, one of the very worst congresses we have ever had. Here, I’ll prove it:

      ————————————————–

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/07/13/13-reasons-why-this-is-the-worst-congress-ever/

  26. July 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    • 88 FiredUpInCA
      July 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    • 89 hopefruit2
      July 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      HAHAHA – Krystal is on it now 🙂

      • 90 Nena20409
        July 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

        Those Ghost Twitter followers mus be the YOU PEOPLE that Ann Romney was talking about.

        Could that be Tweeted back to Krystal Ball? Then with Release your tax returns Mittens.

      • 91 Ladyhawke
        July 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

        Mitt Romney is trying to buy the election (with help from bogus voter id laws), so it does not surprise me at all that he is buying twitter accounts to make himself look popular. It’s really pathetic. Clearly he is intimidated by President Obama’s popularity. But this also plays into his reputation as a fake, phony and a fraud.

      • 93 Ladyhawke
        July 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm

        Well, if those fake twitter followers plan to vote for Mitt Romney in November, they better have their state issued photo id cards.

  27. 94 FiredUpInCA
    July 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Kile Glover, son of Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Foster, dies

    http://www.ajc.com/news/kile-glover-son-of-1482189.html

    • 95 Nena20409
      July 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      He was on life support after some kind of accident. They must have removed him from the life support.

      The little boy was Usher’s step son. May Kile Glover rest in peace. That is really so sad.

      • 96 hopefruit2
        July 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

        He was already declared brain dead after being hit in a skiing accident about 2 wks ago, but they were hoping for some improvement but unfortunately that didn’t happen so they decided to take him off life support. At only 11 yrs old, this is very very sad. May he RIP.

        • 97 anniebella
          July 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

          So sorry to hear about Usher’s stepson. Maybe this will help Usher and his ex-wife to come to some kind of agreement for custody or visitation of the child they have together. Put the ugliness aside and put the welfare of the kids first, things can change so fast.

    • July 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      awwww….oh my god.

  28. 99 Squarepeg
    July 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I honestly in my heart believe, that if Obama gets a second term, he WILL take the NRA head-on. See what the firebaggers and whiners don’t understand is that you have to pick your political battles in order to actually get shit DONE. That’s why PBO got right on healthcare after he was elected because he KNEW that if he waited until the midterms when the Repubs came back, he’d have no chance. He had to do it while he had a Dem congress for the most part. He knew that. Same with guns. I sincerely believe Obama wants to do something about it and I don’t appreciate when assholes say he won’t do anything about it because look at what he has done so far. Anyway, my two cents.

    • 100 jackiegrumbacher
      July 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Squarepeg, all these whiners will get distracted by another shiny object in a few days and PBO will do what he thinks is best in his own time. He way to smart a politician to be rushed into doing anything he’s not ready for.

    • 101 susanne
      July 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      i agree, peg. he can’t do it now, but when he has a majority in congress, and a couple more supremes, we’ll see him tackle this decisively.

  29. 102 Ladyhawke
    July 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    WHY IS GOP HYPOCRISY IGNORED BY THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA?

    John Boehner Praises Colorado First Responders while Cutting Their Budget

    By: Jason Easley – July 21st, 2012

    —————————

    Speaker’s praise for the response of police is well deserved. Police were on the scene within two minutes of the first 9-1-1 calls. Their fast response saved lives, but beneath Boehner’s praise was a pile of hypocrisy.

    Republicans like John Boehner and Mitt Romney are vocal supporters of the Ryan budget, which slashes billions of dollars in federal funding for local police and fire departments. In 2011, House Republicans specifically targeted federal grants for first responder funding as part of an attempted $100 billion budget cut.

    In June 2012, Republican nominee Mitt Romney went on Fox News and claimed that his budget doesn’t cut first responder funding because the federal government doesn’t provide funding to first responders.
    .
    .
    Republicans love to “thank God” for first responders. It’s too bad that they don’t want to adequately fund them.

    ————————————–

    http://www.politicususa.com/john-boehner-praises-colorado-responders-cutting-budget.html

  30. 104 hopefruit2
    July 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm

  31. July 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

  32. 107 hopefruit2
    July 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Today there was a Senatorial debate between Tim Kaine (D) and George Allen (R), which of course was completely blacked out by the media. Based on reports from livebloggers, Kaine apparently decimated Allen in this first debate. Here’s a snippet of tweets from the blogger cited below and from a Tweeter @MikeSigner, as the debate was coming to a close:

    // UPDATE 12:18 pm:

    @MikeSigner tweets, “@timkaine’s closing: ‘This election fundamentally is about tomorrow…not smashmouth politics… We can’t go back to…fighting innovation'”

    Amazingly, no sports reference in Allen’s closing. Allen reads closing statement directly from notes (what, no teleprompter available, George?).

    @MikeSigner tweets, “@timkaine the clear winner of the debate.”

    Yes, Signer’s a Democrat, as am I, but there’s no doubt that Allen was rattled, didn’t have any answers, and got manhandled by an articulate, well-informed, far superior opponent. I’d almost feel sorry for Felix, except that he’s a thug who likes calling young Asian-American trackers “macacas,” bullying women (and GLBT people, etc.)… //

    Here’s a link to the transcript of the liveblogging:
    http://www.bluevirginia.us/diary/7177/allenkaine-debate-at-the-homestead-blacked-out-well-do-our-best-to-cover-it-regardless

  33. 108 hopefruit2
    July 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

  34. 111 Tally
    July 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm

  35. 112 Tally
    July 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm

  36. 113 Ladyhawke
    July 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    ROMNEY’S CONSTANT LYING IS AN INDICTMENT OF “HIM” AND “THE MEDIA”

    Is there any limit to Mitt Romney’s dishonesty?

    By Greg Sargent – March 12, 2012

    ———————————————-

    The other day, David Bernstein argued that there’s been an “important tipping point” where many national media figures have come to understand that “in the Romney campaign, they are dealing with something unlike the normal spin and hyperbole.” Bernstein suggested they are realizing Romney has crossed into groundbreaking levels of dishonesty.

    I wish I were as optimistic. I’d argue that much of the national media is still treating Romney’s nonstop distortions, dissembling, and outright lying as par for the course, as business as usual.
    .
    .
    This is all about muddying the waters in advance of a debate that could cut badly against Romney. The GOP primary forced him to embrace Ryancare; Dems are going to hammer him over it. So the Romney camp is trying to get out front by blurring lines and sowing confusion over who actually is defending traditional Medicare and who would end the program’s fundamental mission as we know it. The question is whether this, too, will be treated as just part of the game.

    ———————————————————–

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/is-there-any-limit-to-mitt-romneys-dishonesty/2012/03/12/gIQAIIwQ7R_blog.html

    • July 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    • 116 ChristiMTL
      July 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      so by accusing the President Obama of the same thing, low informed voters get confused and think that both sides do it.

      From their statement:

      “If President Obama’s plan is to end Medicare as we know it, he should say so. If he has another plan, he should have the courage to put it forward.”

      End Medicare as we know it?……so they’re using the same point as the Democrats, the only difference is that the plan he supports would do that and not the other way around.

      He can’t run on anything so they have to lie, cheat, distort……he’s beyond repulsive…..It’s Rove tactics on steroids.

      • 117 Cha
        July 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        fUCK HEAD SHOULD HAVE THE “COURAGE” TO STOP LYING BUT GUESS WHAT?! he DOESN’T.

        The Debates will be chocked full of willard lying and Pobama contradicted him ..IOW, Giving We The People THE FACTS.

  37. 118 jeff
    July 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I voted yesterday, got my voter pamplet but it was just the local elections and not the presidential. I voted for Inslee and D all across the board.

  38. 121 Ladyhawke
    July 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    IS THIS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE – A CONNIVING, OPEN FACED LIAR?

    Is Mitt Romney A Pathological Liar?

    July 12, 2012

    ———————————————————

    Romney is demonstrating to millions of Americans that he has, sadly, what seems like a pathological liar syndrome!

    He has “flip flopped” on every issue he has ever taken a stand on, since he first ran for public office in 1994 against Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts, when he said he would be to the left of Kennedy on abortion and gay rights!
    .
    .
    Romney’s body language reveals so much about him, and his failure to look people or the camera directly in the eye, also reveals that he is constantly lying!
    .
    .
    Is this what the American people deserve–a conniving, open faced liar, who seems not even to know he is lying and covering up, since it seems pathological in nature?
    .
    One would have to worry about high level corruption under a Romney Presidency, since the top one percent would have a “field day”, with secretiveness, paranoia, and personal insecurity returning to the White House!

    ——————————————————-

    http://www.theprogressiveprofessor.com/?p=18851

    • 122 anniebella
      July 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Ladyhawke, please, please, please, please, let me answer that question, is Mitt Romney a Pathological Liar? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, HELL YES.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 123 Cha
      July 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      And, lets not forget Sociopath. Willard is a sociopathic pathological LIAR and so is mrs willard.

      • 124 anniebella
        July 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm

        Now, now, now, “YOU PEOPLE” know Queen Ann is not a liar. “YOU PEOPLE” should know better. 🙂

  39. 125 Tally
    July 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Let’s all try to FRAME THE MESSAGE BETTER – as in “Preseident Obama DID THIS, in spite of GOP OBSTRUCTION.” Which points out PBO’s ACCOMPISHMENTS and how utterly ÜBERFAIL the GOP has been since Jan 2010.

  40. 130 Linda
    July 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Murdoch Steps Down From Newspaper Boards

    Rupert Murdoch has stepped down from the boards of several companies behind British newspapers The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times, according to The Telegraph. Katherine Rushton reports:

    Companies House filings show that Mr Murdoch stepped down from the boards of the NI Group, Times Newspaper Holdings and News Corp Investments in the UK last week. He also quit a number of News Corp’s US boards, the details of which have yet to be disclosed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

    News Corporation played down the significance of the resignations as “nothing more than a corporate housecleaning exercise prior to the company split”.

    TPM

    • 131 susanne
      July 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      if they’d ‘houseclean’ a bit further and dump fox ‘news’ and the wall street journal in the rubbish heap, that would be a fresh beginning for a company that has been grubbing in the gutter for money under murdoch’s reign.

    • 132 relellit
      July 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      I’d love to see that lying cable channel FOX NOISE go into oblivion.

  41. July 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm

  42. 134 Linda
    July 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Which candidate do you trust more on issues of national security?

    Barack Obama – 72% (3707 votes)
    Mitt Romney – 28% (1424 votes)
    Total Votes: 5,131

    Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding
    Washington Post 07/21/2012

  43. July 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm

  44. 142 anniebella
    July 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Mitt Romney jump all over the President for the comment were the President said that if anyone started a business, they didn’t succeed on their own, there was help from some one or the government along the way. He attack the President for saying that, then he turns around and say the exact same thing the President said. Yes Mitt Romney is a lying phony racists snob.

    • 143 Linda
      July 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      I watched a hearing on Dodd Frank last Thursday where one of the Goobers from Texas used that on a banker from Texas…..

  45. 144 vcprezofan2
    July 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Okay, I’ve finished my one and only phone banking session, and it wasn’t as nerve wracking as I had feared going in. Fact is, I wasn’t expecting to be on the phones at all but as there was a ‘free’ phone, and a script, I decided to try. I made quite a few calls (in a shaken, uncertain voice to start) and ended up feeling more and more relaxed as time went on. In the majority of instances I left messages, but I did have a handful of ‘Yes, we support President Obama’, one, ‘I will decide later’, one ‘no, I don’t support him’ and one hangup when I identified my Pres Obama connection. TODobots, now I feel like one of you! 😉 😉

    • July 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      Good for you. I enjoy phone banking; at least, what I’ve done so far and I’ve made at least 300 calls.

      • 146 vcprezofan2
        July 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

        Hi, TMG! It was particularly heart-warming when they said ‘Yes, we are President Obama supporters’ because the area is predominantly tea party territory, I’m told. My wish now is that more will come out to volunteer in the weeks ahead.

    • July 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      I give you a lot of credit. Calling up people on the phone as a job is tough. I’ve actually gotten a few email invites from OFA to do local phone banking, but I’ve never taken them up on it because, honestly, I just don’t like it. Don’t get me wrong, I like talking to people- and if they were to approach ME, I’d be much more comfortable- but I had some really crappy telemarketing jobs in the past, and I swore off cold calling after that (even though I was pretty good at it). That’s just me. 😉

      • 148 vcprezofan2
        July 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

        In all honesty, Jamila, I didn’t think of it as cold calling while I was there (that would have spooked me) because it was from a list previously generated by the Democratic Party in the area. In a sense it was easier for me to do because I didn’t have the time to meditate before having to jump in. I went in to help in a gofer capacity since I am a foreigner, saw there were not as many volunteers as I had anticipated, and decided me trying was better than nothing. From my experience I would encourage you to give it a second look. If your area is set up like this one, then the lists they have might just be more pro-Obama leaning and therefore not as ‘cold’ as you might think, and help is clearly needed. Many of those I connected with didn’t commit to help, which I found secretly frustrating because I couldn’t say ‘What are you waiting for? We NEED your voice!’

        Don’t mind me; you know ‘the grass is greener’ syndrome? Just because I can’t really vote in this election, I feel great jealousy towards those who can, so I want them all to jump right in. 😆

    • 149 Roberta in MN
      July 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Welcome to the club of phone bankers for our President. I did my first stint last Wednesday. It wasn’t so bad. I will be doing this on Wednesday for awhile. Safe travel home VC.

      • 150 vcprezofan2
        July 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm

        Thanks, Roberta! I’m happy that I came and got a peek at what is happening – makes me feel even more involved. 😆

    • 151 whatisworking
      July 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Many congratulations, the first time is always the most “nerve wracking”, it gets easier with time, we are all proud of you.

  46. 153 Asher in Boston
    July 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Just wanted to share with you a touching story about Pres. Clinton’s visit to some African countries this week. In this story, he meets this boy again in Uganda who he had met earlier when he visited as Pres. in 1998. The boy was just weeks old and he was named Bill Clinton after him. The Pres. also got a chance to meet and hold the baby, now they met again after 14 years. This boy comes from a very poor family and Pres. Clinton promised to pay his school fees. It was very touching and good of the Pres. He literally has changed this young mans life. http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Bill+Clinton+meets+his+Ugandan++son+/-/688334/1460230/-/item/0/-/7mv0atz/-/index.html

  47. 155 Ladyhawke
    July 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    TWO BLOG POSTS THAT I WISH EVERY MEDIA ORGANIZATION WOULD REPORT ON

    ==============================================

    1) CHRONICLING MITT’S MENDACITY – By Steve Benen

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/20/12859512-chronicling-mitts-mendacity-vol-xxvi?lite

    2) REPUBLICAN JOB CREATION

    http://republicanjobcreation.com/

    ================================================

    For anyone interested in getting these posts to their local news organizations (newspaper, tv stations), please use the links below for your state:

    http://www.usnpl.com/ (Includes Address, phone, fax, editor, Facebook, Twitter)

    http://www.50states.com/news/conn.htm

  48. 156 hopefruit2
    July 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    • 157 Cha
      July 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      The Willards LIE about EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING SO THEY’RE LYING NOW.

    • 158 susanne
      July 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      maybe the fake twitists ‘self deported’ to myth’s brave new world?

    • 159 anniebella
      July 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      hopefruit2,Romney campaign can deny all they want, the problem with being a LIAR is people don’t believe anything you say. So Mitt release the tax returns and we’ll give you the benefit of doubt, till then you’re lying.

    • 160 Pamela
      July 21, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Bullshit.

      • 161 Pamela
        July 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm

        I repeat, bullshit. Remember when FLOTUS opened a Twitter account, and in less than a weeks time she was up near 1,000,000 followers. Of course, she is in a different universe entirely from that other wipe….. So not a fair comparison, I suppose.

  49. 162 lamh35
    July 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    This is so sad. I remember watching on the news as the dad of the guy who’s son was celebrating his 27th b-day at the Colorado theatre. The dad was carrying around a picture of his son and asking anyone who’d listen and the news camera people to please help him find his son. It was heartbreaking. He later found out later in the day that his son was on of the victims.

    And the 6 year old who was killed who’s mom is still in intensive care and does not yet know that her daughter is dead…just heartwrenching.

    “Profile of some Colorado victims:
    http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/21/12858258-victims-who-died-in-colorado-shooting-include-sailor-aspiring-sportscaster?lite

    • 163 jackiegrumbacher
      July 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Lamh, it’s sickening to think of the effect of this insane and evil act on the families. Second guessing and “what ifs” will fill their lives from now on as they think about what they could have done to avoid having a loved one at the theater that night. I hope every family receives a great deal of long-term counseling to get them through the days. But, sadly,no matter how good the counseling, the pain will never end. The twisted lunatic who opened fire in the theater destroyed so many more lives than those that were there that night. I can’t think of a punishment severe enough for him.

  50. 165 jackiegrumbacher
    July 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Pennsylvania’s voter suppression law comes up for review by the Commonwealth Court this week and the state GOP is getting nervous. So out come all these “aren’t we generous and caring” measures to make getting a photo ID easier. Today they”re saying anyone born outside of PA who has trouble getting a duplicate birth certificate can qualify for a special photo ID that just requires SS number, birthdate and two proofs of residence. Of course the kicker is that these generous terms don’t go into effect until the end of August and people have only until September 12 to get them. They don’t explain how millions of people statewide are going to get this information and act on it within two weeks, especially when the DMV employees are always ignorant of every new move. It’s a ploy designed to show the judges they aren’t really the hard-hearted, deceitful asses they really are.

    Everyone, please pray that the Commonwealth Court stands for the people this week. If not, tell everyone you meet without a photo ID to vote absentee. Paint it on your forehead if you have to, but don’t let anyone give up their right to vote. Deadline for Absentee Ballot applications is October 6. You can get them on line (in English) or at your local voter registration office or county Democratic Party. What you will not find on line is the Spanish version of the absentee ballot, which was promised by the state, but somehow never seems to be available. Because God forbid too many Hispanics in this state decide to vote.

  51. 167 susanne
    July 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    an alabama resident took her injured daughter to the emergency room, and instead of asking what happened, they asked about her immigration status. she and her daughter are legally in america, but do you stop to grab your child’s birth certificate before you go to the er? the article also mentions folks leaving alabama due to harassment. these are americans, who are self-deporting to other states due to racism.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-07-21/arizona-immigration-law-alabama/56394360/1

    • 168 jackiegrumbacher
      July 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Suzanne, I think a lot of people are going to start shifting out of the crazy states and into the saner ones. Some states have made it so restrictive for women that they might as well put signs on the border saying ‘Women Not Welcome Here.’ States that casually accept racist attitudes and policies are virtually telling people to get out and stay away. It will be interesting to see if we start to see migration shifts in this country in the years ahead with more young, diverse, female populations moving to blue states. One sure way to destroy a state’s economy is to force intelligent, young, hard-working populations to move elsewhere.

      • 169 susanne
        July 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm

        yes, and a disgusting quote in the article indicates ‘most people’ are fine with this–meaning white people.

    • 170 Linda
      July 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      I am next door in Georgia….and we did hundreds of thousands of dollars of work in Alabama. we had the roofing contract for the schools in 3 cities.

      In January….I received a huge packet of documents that needed to be filled out…proving all our employees are citizens….

      I threw it in the garbage. It was unbelievable…

      • 171 susanne
        July 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        and isn’t it interesting how the rethugs clutch the business community to their bosoms, weeping for the heartless demands placed on them by government regulation, but then they impose these anti-immigrant laws which are a huge burden on business–plus they scare off labor. still, myth r’money is running on his experience as a businessman.

  52. 175 Squarepeg
    July 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Tell ’em why you mad, son…

  53. July 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    • July 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Frightening. And I think it goes beyond gun control laws (although we have some of the most primitive gun control laws in the “developed” world). There is a deep societal problem in America that has to be addressed and healed.

      • 178 jackiegrumbacher
        July 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm

        Yes, Jamila, but first we, as a people, have to recognized that the problem is deep-seated. Then we have to have the determination to confront it. Not gonna happen any time soon.

  54. 179 susanne
    July 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    a very worthwhile read from bloomberg about the rethugs position on the defense budget. caught them talking out of both sides of their mouth–government=bad; government spending in my district=good.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-16/the-republicans-most-hypocritical-economic-argument.html

  55. 187 susanne
    July 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    the international aids conference is taking place right now in our nation’s capitol–for the first time on us soil. the conversation is shifting from containment to cure.

    http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/AIDS-conference-in-US-thanks-to-Rep-Lee-3721597.php

    • 188 susanne
      July 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      here’s another great article on hiv as it’s treated today. my younger son works in the hiv field, and is so excited to be helping to host the conference this year!

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/health/policy/washington-dc-tests-for-aids-in-stores-streets-and-offices.html?pagewanted=1&google_editors_picks=true&_r=1

      • 189 0388jojothecat
        July 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        Congratulations to your son and to you for raising a wonderful son. Thanks for sharing.

        • 190 susanne
          July 21, 2012 at 7:21 pm

          thanks, jojo–i am proud of my boy! he was a troubled teen, barely got him to graduate high school, but he turned it around, got a b.s. in biochem, then a mph in international public health. he then served in peace corps, and is making a career in public service.

          i think many young men have a hard time in our culture, with all its video game violence, and ‘cool’ drug culture, and emphasis on sexual conquest. for me, it was so heartbreaking to see my bright, kind, strong son wasting his potential, and it still breaks my heart how many boys (and girls) are drawn into negative patterns.

          yes, i’m a proud mom, but of course i didn’t do it alone, nor did my son. thank heaven (literally) that tough love works, and solid beginnings can be re-established as a foundation for a productive, happy future.

  56. 191 vcprezofan2
    July 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I went touring over at WiW and found this video (new to me)! It repeats the President’s message that one person can and does make a difference. Let’s pass it on.

  57. July 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Having fun with #MoreFakeMitt
    Here are six of his “followers”

  58. July 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Oh, dear.

    What a marooooon!!

  59. 202 lamh35
    July 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    SHITTTTT!!!!

    I always feel like all I’ve done this past month is post about bad news. I just found out that my uncle’s wife died ealier today. Some years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer and emergency surgery was performed. She went through a year of chemo, she lost weight, she lost her hair, and she had finally stopped chemo sometime last year and she was getting back on track, when I’d say in February or March at a routine check-up, they found more cancer and it had spread. It the space was a month she went from this able-bodied cancer survivor to someone who’s organ systems began to slowly stop working the way they should. About a month ago, they told my uncle and her fam that they had done all they could do for her and that she had days maybe 2 weeks to live. She had a choice of going into hospice care or living out the rest of her days at home with my uncle and her fam and she chose to stay home. She lasted 2 weeks longer than they gave her thanks to being in the bosom of her family I guess. She was only 39!

    So here I am again asking for prayers for my fam. This time for my uncle and my auntie’s family.

    Hold your loved one closer people. Life is way too short sometimes!

    • July 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Bless you and your family and God hold all of you in his comforting arms and uplift you when you need it most. (((HUGS)))

    • July 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      So sorry for your loss, L35. . . sometimes when it rains, it surely does pour!
      Will say a prayer for you and your family.

    • 205 susanne
      July 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      my prayers are with you and your family, lam, and i hope you can feel the arms of love encircling you right now.

    • July 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Regret your loss very much, lamh35. Condolences to your family.

    • 207 hopefruit2
      July 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      lamh, terribly sorry to hear of this loss. May she RIP, and my thoughts go out to you and your family.

    • 208 anniebella
      July 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      lamh35, May the Lord have mercy on your Uncle and you’ll family. A line of that poem call “Foot Prints ” comes to my mind, where this person were talking to the Lord and they said it seems that in some of the most difficult times in my life, Lord I only saw one set of footprints, then the Lord responded by saying during your most difficult times were you only saw one set of foot prints, it was then I was carrying you. Bless you and your family lam35.

    • July 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      lamh35, seems like the only time I post is when I share my sympathies so I hear ya. It’s because losing my mother a couple of months ago has put so many things in perspective, not to mention it brings me closer to those who have been through what I’ve been experienced. Your post touched me as my mom went thru the same fatally quick regression with her cancer. She went from going thru chemo successfully to all of a sudden become violently ill. Her final trip to the ER revealed that her cancer had spread to her stomach and within less than a month she was gone. She’d been admitted to home hospice by choice. Our family didn’t want to hear how much time she had left, it was too much to bear. Rather we took care of her the best we could, held her hand every night, and made sure we all individually spent private time with her. I’m still very emotional but I gain comfort from knowing that she was at peace. My sincerest prayers go out to you and I echo your plea to PLEASE cherish those around you. Also, don’t ignore what your body tells you, nor postpone getting to the doctor. My mother, bless her heart, put off getting herself checked out because her life revolved around so many other things. She was already at Stage IV by the time her chemo began. I weep when I think about what should have been.

      TOD Family, my apologies for not interacting more, but trust me you all have brought me thru a lot of stressful times! My mom knew about this fabulous blog. In fact, the night PBO visited Houston, I sat with her in the hospital room and we had such a wonderful time soaking it all in together. She got a kick out of the fact that I came in 1st on the thread. This site was her link to our President that night. One of the last times she smiled.

      • 210 carolyn
        July 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm

        Carla and lamh, my prayers are with you. As President Obama reminded us, yes, life is fragile. And it is so precious.

      • 211 sjterrid
        July 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm

        Carla I’m so sorry about the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, too.

    • 212 jackiegrumbacher
      July 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Oh, Lamh, I’m so sorry. What a sad day this must be for you and your family. God bless you all.

    • 213 Pamela
      July 21, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      {{{{{{{lamh35&family}}}}}}}

    • 214 sjterrid
      July 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Lamh, I’m so sorry about the loss of your aunt. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

      • 215 HZ
        July 22, 2012 at 3:42 am

        Lamh,(((((((((((((((((((( May the sweetest hugs surround you and your family during this time)))))))))))))))HZ

  60. July 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – A drill instructor accused of raping and sexually assaulting 10 female trainees at Lackland Air Force Base was sentenced on Saturday to 20 years in prison, the stiffest jail term handed down yet in the biggest sex scandal to hit the U.S. military since the 1990s.

    Staff Sergeant Luis Walker, found guilty by a military jury on Friday of 28 charges, was ordered to be reduced to lowest rank in the Air Force, to forfeit all pay and allowances, and given a dishonorable discharge. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

    Walker took the stand and asked for leniency, saying he did not want to miss his two small boys growing up. He displayed little emotion when the sentence was read, but his relatives, who have remained in the small courtroom throughout the five-day court-martial, began to cry.

    The seven-member panel of six men and one woman declined to give him the maximum sentence of life in prison. The jury also had the option of sentencing him to probation instead of prison time. The Uniform Code of Military Justice includes the possibility of parole.

    Walker faced rape, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated sexual contact.

    “This sends a strong signal that this kind of behavior is absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” said Susan Pamerleau, a retired Air Force major general and former vice commander of the Air Force Basic Training Program, who was not connected to the case. “I am pleased at how quickly this has happened.”

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSBRE86J1E320120721?irpc=932

    • 217 susanne
      July 21, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      if he truly did not want to miss being with his two small boys as they grow up, he had the option of NOT RAPING ANYONE!

  61. July 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm

  62. 226 ChristiMTL
    July 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    #IStandWithBachmann because we used to be in an acoustic duo called “Fatty And The Nutbar”.”

  63. 230 lamh35
    July 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I’m seeing some things in my timeline about Westboro church going to Aurora tomorrow or some such day. WTH is Westboro gonna do in Aurora?

  64. 236 utaustinliberal
    July 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm

  65. 237 utaustinliberal
    July 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Hey guys, how cool is this?

    • 238 isonprize
      July 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      LOVE THIS!!!!! LOVE THIS!!!! LOVE THIS!!!!!!! WOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

      (Also, note that the driver put in on the INSIDE of the car! I’ve had TWO bumper stickers stolen — They were magnetic and I just decided that an Obama supporter just didn’t have the $$ for them. I actually would have given them away, if the person would have asked.)

  66. 239 anniebella
    July 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Please let’s pray for the first responders in Aurora Colorado, because it can not be easy for these people to have to walk in there and see what they have to see, it is a hard job. I think about how Mitt Romney were saying that we didn’t need any more policemen, fire fighters and teachers. How anyone can attack these hard working people is beyond me. Can you imagine having to go in that theater and have to carry out the body of a little child, seeing them shot all up. We don’t need more lying politicians who will say anything, do anything to be elected. We don’t need Mitt Romney.

    • July 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Did any of you see the briefing last night when the police chief was talking about this subject–what his people had seen–and he broke down. He tried to hold it together, but he just couldn’t. My heart broke for him and his cops.

      • 241 0388jojothecat
        July 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm

        I agree anniebella and tnmtngirl. We need more of these brave people. I can’t imagine going into a scene having to carry the lifeless bodies of innocent children, men and women who did nothing but go to a movie.

        • 242 HZ
          July 22, 2012 at 3:59 am

          It hurts when it comes and that is so important for each of us to keep that beautiful space in our hearts and souls so we can draw from it when times like these come our way.

          (((( Keep filling up your space with lots of hugs, prayers, & meditations to help us spread to others))))HZ

  67. 243 utaustinliberal
    July 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm

  68. 244 Ladyhawke
    July 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    MITT ROMNEY – “A REMARKABLE SPECTACLE”

    The Conservative Onion

    By Paul Krugman

    —————————————————-

    The first is that both in effect shrug their shoulders over the fact that for several days running the central theme of the Romney campaign has rested on a complete lie. I understand; going on about the dishonesty can get boring. But we should step back often to look at this remarkable spectacle. I really don’t think there’s been anything like this in American political history: a presidential campaign, with a pretty good chance of winning, that is based entirely on cynical lies about what the sitting president has said. No, Obama hasn’t apologized for America; no, he hasn’t denigrated achievement. Yet take away those claims, and there’s nothing left in Romney’s rhetoric.

    ——————————————————

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/21/the-conservative-onion/?smid=tw-NytimesKrugman&seid=auto

    • 245 isonprize
      July 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Even though this Krugman article points out R-money numerous lies, Krugman still talks about R-money having a pretty good chance of winning. And that, THAT RIGHT THERE, makes me work all the harder to get folks registered to vote, to make sure that they have what they need to vote.

      I CAN NOT EVEN IMAGINE a Pres. R-money.

      I. JUST. CAN’T.

      • July 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm

        Agree. And, btw, I think Mr Krugman knew exactly that by inserting that phrase he was going to motivate folk to do just as you describe – do everything it takes to re-elect President Obama.

        The single most dangerous threat to President Obama’s re-election is anyone thinking it’s a sure thing. That’s why I’m amused by all the stunts of the pollsters to keep it close – though I know the main reason is the $$$ flowing to corporate media for ads, etc. If they really wanted to endanger the President’s re-election that bias their tabs to show #BainMitt as a struggling underdog. Their greed, as is the case for his, will be their downfall on 6 Nov.

        #ADollarADayToOFA

        • 247 isonprize
          July 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm

          motivate folk to do just as you describe – do everything it takes to re-elect President Obama.

          Your mouth to God’s ears! I so hope that is true. Pennsylvania needs all the help that we can get. There are people that STILL DON’T KNOW about the Voter ID laws. I wish I could register people to vote full time, but I gotta eat. And though I do have a dazzling smile, 😀 the grocery store wants money… 😎

      • 249 Ladyhawke
        July 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm

        I hear ya prize. I feel the same way. If the thought of Mitt Romney in the Oval Office isn’t enough to get folks registered and to the polls in November, I don’t know what will. For me, it is a horrifying thought. I intend to do everything in my power to ensure President Obama has a second term. The future of the country is hanging in the balance. We need the steady leadership of President Obama to finish what he started. The challenge is dealing with those bogus voter id laws. But everyone needs to understand the voting requirements in their state and START NOW to resolve any issues with documentation. https://gottaregister.com/en/register/NJ

    • 250 susanne
      July 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      this is a very clear piece from krugman, and i think he shares our outrage and horror at the way the r’money machine is snowing the populace.

      but his point is that the media are not stepping up to push back at the lies, and that their intellectual and moral laziness is what feeds the r’money snow-blowing machine.

      then when they do challenge the rethugs, they get another layer of the smelly onion of their obfuscation.

      i sense krugman’s frustration, and i hope his determination, to stay with this topic. he’s a columnist specializing in the economy. but right now, he’s one of the few reporters willing to tell the full story of the rethug lying machine.

  69. 251 joyfulmeme
    July 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I just watched the first 4 episodes of “Network” on demand. I highly recommend. It’s about a newsroom that reports the facts on current news events. They depict real news items without spin and lies. It’s everything we would like to see in the real media. Loved it.

    • July 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      I discovered this series this week and I absolutely love it. Jeff Daniels is awesome in this. A really good show. Can’t wait for the next episode tomorrow night.

    • 253 Betsy
      July 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      I think you must mean “Newsroom”, the HBO series that’s also on YouTube. I’ve just been able to watch the first episode which was fabulous.

  70. 254 desertflower
    July 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Ask Romney supporters this: What is the best thing you can say about your candidate, that is true?

  71. 255 desertflower
    July 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Just a question..is Mittens going overseas to scope out new places to outsource jobs to?

  72. July 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm

  73. 267 LOL
    July 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    The president is set to head to Colorado Sunday morning to visit with the families of victims of the mass shooting, the Denver Post reports.

    We’ll have more details soon. But the visit comes amid an already-raging renewed debate about gun control that began in the hours after the tragedy in Aurora.

    • 268 Lorraine
      July 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      This is so needed at this time. I’m so glad they are holding the Memorial before the Olympics soak up all the air. Of course I’m excited about our athletics kicking butt but I think mourning and remembering our fallen fellow Americans definitely is more important.

    • 269 anniebella
      July 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      We can’t even get Boehner and McConnell to pass any job bills which would put Americans back to work, you know dam well nothing is going to be done about gun control. Not now, so talk all they want. Hopefully the Democrats will use some common sense and realize we have to win this election, first and foremost.

      • July 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm

        I wonder about executive order?

        • 271 anniebella
          July 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm

          I think it’s best to leave this alone for right now, you already have those crazy right wingnuts talking about how the President is coming to get their guns. It’s best for President Obama to stay as far away from this as he can. Maybe in his second term he could talk about gun control, but not now.

      • 272 Vicki
        July 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

        Yes, exactly, Anniebella

    • 273 lamh35
      July 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      wonder if FLOTUS will go too.

  74. July 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Heeyy #TOD family..!!! just thought i’d share this:

  75. July 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Hickenlooper is on the Sunday Shows, Axelrod on MTP and of Course a Sunday without McCain, nope- he will be on Candy Crowley Show!

    • 280 sabreen60
      July 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      McCain will say there is nothing of interest or concern in Mitt’s 23 years of tax returns

      • July 21, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        And, that will confirm our suspicion that once the #McCain23 are scrutinized, #BainMitt will be in vast legal trouble 🙂

      • 282 FiredUpInCA
        July 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm

        Steve Schmidt, McCain’s former campaign adviser said that Romney was too wealthy and that’s why he was turned down.

        “Sen. McCain got caught flat-footed answering questions about how many houses he owned,” Schmidt recalls. “We knew it would be a big liability that the presidential and vice presidential candidates together owned more than a dozen homes. It was like something out of a Saturday Night Live skit. I mean, come on.”

        But Schmidt rejects Democratic scuttlebutt that McCain passed on Romney because of the 23 years’ worth of tax returns he turned over to the campaign—returns he now refuses to release to the public. “That’s not the way the decision was made,” Schmidt says. “We never sat around having a discussion about Mitt Romney’s taxes.”

        http://www.newser.com/story/150271/romneys-wealth-worried-mccain-camp-in-08.html

        I can almost believe this. The same braintrust that thought it would be okay to barely vet Sarah Palin, probably did not even see Romney’s tax rate as a potential liability.

        • 283 anniebella
          July 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm

          Guess what FiredUpInCA, do you think Steve Schmidt is going to tell us the truth? Course he is going to say what he said. Someone needed to have ask Schmidt, then why won’t Mitt Romney release about eight or ten years of his tax returns? Since there is nothing there according to the guy who thought Sarah Palin would make a good VP. Release the tax returns.

        • 284 Cha
          July 21, 2012 at 11:10 pm

          Then why isn’t willard releasing them?…it’s stupid not to. Oh wait..

  76. 285 desertflower
    July 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Very interesting. I hope that he beats Bachmann. Badly. There is no place for her kind of ignorance and divisiveness. I liked what he said at the end of his reason for running against her….

    http://www.salon.com/2012/07/21/bachmann_challenger_jim_graves_speaks_on_witch_hunt/

    • 286 susanne
      July 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      oh, yes! he calls her out on creating these shameful, divisive, insane allegations for the sake of raising funds from national donors. it’s beyond crass, and she’s supposed to be so ‘christian’.

    • 287 Cha
      July 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      This is so Encouraging, df!! And, I like this that Jim Graves said..

      “She has a long history of making these kind of outlandish claims. Do you think voters care? Will it actually mean something in November?

      I don’t think — I know that for a fact. I’m out in the district. I’m talking to people daily. People are disgusted and tired of the division, they’re really ready for a change. The polling has been very favorable. It indicates that the negatives are very high on Michele Bachmann’s comments and the way that she governs.”

      GO JIM GRAVES!!

  77. 289 desertflower
    July 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Oh dear! Actually document from MA …MItt lies!
    http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/07/21/photoh-2002-document-mitt-romneys-testimony-about-returning-to-massachusetts-for-business-board-meetings-etc/

    Actual ballot commission transcript here:

  78. 292 desertflower
    July 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/07/21/is-romney-buying-twit-friends/

    Funny comments on Mitt’s fake “friends”

    The most despicable thing about Romney buying his Twitter followers is that they’re from China. Didn’t even buy American.—S. Douglas

    BREAKING: 425,000 of @MittRomney’s Twitter followers all claim to “live” in a P.O. box in the Cayman Islands—Daily Edge

    It’s wrong to accuse @MittRomney of buying followers. He’s really CREATING JOBS for pornbots. You’d know that if you were a job creator.—Top Conservative Cat

    • 293 Cha
      July 21, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Never FEAR…chuckTOAD will find a way to blame it on PObama. It’s all about the Swiftboating of poor piddle widdle willard..who was last seen sucking his thumb in his Desperate Rabid Rat Corner.

  79. July 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm

  80. 296 yardarm756
    July 21, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    • 297 jacquelineoboomer
      July 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      I’m glad he’s going – for their sake. Comforter-in-Chief.

    • July 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer disclosed plans for the visit Saturday night. Aides said Obama’s stop would also include meetings with state and local officials.

      Friday’s deadly rampage briefly silenced the acrimonious presidential contest, with both campaigns cutting short schedules and pulling advertising in Colorado out of respect for the dead and injured.

      But for Obama, the pause was to be short-lived. After his Colorado visit, he was to fly Reno, Nev., for a Monday speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, followed by a series of campaign fundraisers in California, Oregon and Washington state. Romney is also expected to speak to the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday.

      http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Campaign-lull-as-Obama-to-visit-Colo-victims-3724470.php

    • 299 hopefruit2
      July 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      I love my President.

      • 300 nathkatun7
        July 22, 2012 at 12:39 am

        You are not alone, Hopefruit2! President Obama is an incredible human being who also happens to be so down to earth. In my humble opinion, he is the most Charismatic President, since JFK, who is loved all over the world.

  81. July 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    What is He up to?

  82. 305 hopefruit2
    July 21, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    HEADLINE: Chuck Todd Accuses Obama Campaign of Swiftboating Romney

    // Here we go again. Earlier in the week we had Joe Klien repeating this nonsense. Now it was Chuck Todd filling in for Chris Matthews on his weekend show, making the claim that the Obama campaign is somehow “Swiftboating” Mitt Romney.

    TODD: Dan, we know that this is, it feels right out of the 2004 Karl Rove playbook. In fact I think Charlie Cook wrote earlier this week that Karl Rove ought to get royalties from the Obama campaign on what they’re doing. Essentially, they’re Swiftboating Romney.

    And Dan Rather agreed with him. I don’t expect any better out of Gloria Borger or Kathleen Parker who will gladly repeat Republican talking points ad nauseum, but after what the Bush campaign did to him while the Swiftboat attacks were going on against John Kerry, you’d think we’d get a little more honesty out of Rather, and some push back as to why what the Obama campaign is doing with the Bain attacks is not the same as the attacks on Kerry’s military record. Instead he was happy to play along and help Todd compare the attack ads to Karl Rove as well. //

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/chuck-todd-accuses-obama-campaign-swiftboa

    Chuck Todd is a JACKASS.

    • 306 desertflower
      July 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      No one watches that show….they are talking to themselves

    • 307 FiredUpInCA
      July 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Dear Chuck Todd, Dan Rather and other Mitt protectors:

      The President and the Democrats have asked Mitt Romney to meet the standards set by his Republican father: release more than year of tax returns because as his father said, “one year could be a fluke.”

      That is not “swiftboating” Mitt Romney.

      The President and the Democrats have said that Mitt Romney should be held responsible for what happened at his company, that he owned. The documents that declared he was CEO, were not Karl Rovian fakes. They were SEC documents presumably filed with Mr. Romney’s approval that said he was CEO.

      Mr. Romney claims now that CEO is just a title an any decision made while he was absent, he is not responsible for.

      Mr. Todd and Mr. Rather, step back a second. Does that sound remotely Presidential to you? ‘Yes, I’m the owner, CEO and chief shareholder but what ever happened there while I was out of town, I’m not responsible for.’

      Mr. Rather the reason you pursued the National Guard issue is because it was meant to help the country surmise the character of the man who would hold the highest office.

      Now you’re claiming that asking Mitt Romney to meet the most basic standards of transparency met by presidential candidates of both parties, is now “swiftboating.”

      Both of you should be ashamed that you’re unpaid members of the Mitt Romney for Plutocrat campaign.

      Not by any stretch of the imagination, is Mitt Romney being swiftboated.

    • 308 Cha
      July 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Chuck Toad is a Troll but is Dan Rather STUPID? HOW DO YOU SWIFTBOAT SOMEONE WITH FACTS?!!

      Does Dan want to Play with the goprickpropaganda boys? Is that why he’s acting like he has Stockholm Syndrome? SHAME ON HIS SOULESS JABBER.

      Get John Kerry out there to Answer their f**king LIES.

      • July 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

        Am I the only one that believes this is good strategy? I think you fight them with their own medicine. Might not be prototypical, but it us just as effective as Swiss- boating.
        I like it. No, I love it!
        That is all!

    • 310 criquet
      July 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      So when will Chuck Todd and his biased “guests” analyse the lying ads that Mitt Romney keeps putting out where PBO’s words are edited or taken out of context or they just lie outright?

      And while they are at it they should ask how a presidential candidate can lie almost everytime he opens his mouth and the media ,of which they are a part, don’t report on it and that candidate is not withdrawn by his party?

    • 311 Cha
      July 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      P.S. They look like ol FatA$$ Dimwits Whining and Blubbering their Stupidheads Off.

    • July 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Not for nothing, but if they are Swiss boating him- GOOD!

      That is all!

    • July 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    • 316 Ladyhawke
      July 21, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      Chuck Todd can talk to the hand. I won’t have any respect for him until he starts to report on Mitt Romney’s pathological lying. THAT IS THE STORY OF THIS ELECTION. It’s the elephant in the room that no one in the mainstream media has the guts to discuss openly. Mitt Romney’s entire campaign is built on falsehoods and all we get is a yawn from the likes of ChurckToss . Bottom line, the media in this country has abdicated it’s responsibility to educate and inform the American people with the FACTS. And Chuck Todd is one of the worst offenders. Sorry Chuck there’s a big difference between making stuff up and telling the truth.

      Chuck Todd’s problem is that he is not used to seeing a Democrat with the political savvy to take on the vicious Republican Party. I doubt if Churck Todd would have any problem if the roles were reversed. One of the reasons that so many Americans don’t have a clue about the accomplishments of President Obama is a lazy and feckless media that pretends that both side do (fill in the blank). If the GOP does something 200 times and Democrats do it 2 times both parties are blamed equally. That’s not journalism. Perish the thought that they actually call out the Republican Party for their hostage taking, sabotaging and obstructing everything President Obama has tried to do help the American people. That headline just makes my blood boil.

  83. 317 anniebella
    July 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Any respect I had for Dan Rather has long disappear, he’s just an a old fool trying to keep his name out there so people won’t forget him. Chuck Todd never had my respect. Never will either.

  84. July 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm

  85. July 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Assad’s days (if not hours) are truly ‘numbered’ … no further comment at this time …

  86. July 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    This is the Parent Company that Dan Rather works for(HDNet)-

    http://www.stratusmediagroup.com/

    Got it?

  87. 325 desertflower
    July 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    What do you say we slide on back to Rise and Shine? People on IPads have an especially hard time and can’t comment …..what do you say? Only 151 comments there….I’m going:) Meet you there.

  88. July 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm

  89. July 22, 2012 at 2:01 am

    • 331 Cha
      July 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      That was Good, susanne! Mahalos!

      “When did Republicans become such wimps? If Barack Obama’s not careful, he’s going to get a call from Ann Romney to get him to stop picking on her husband.

      Republicans should have known better. You keep calling out Barack Obama for Chicago-style politics, and eventually he’s going to act like a Chicago pol. No more the process-oriented compromiser-in-chief. Now it’s Dirty Barry, and Democrats are feeling lucky.”

      This is what had chuckToad and dan rather whining their britches OFF.

  90. 332 susanne
    July 22, 2012 at 6:20 am

    ‘we are dealing with a drop in ethical standards throughout the business world’–this from a professor at univ of chicago school of business. highly recommended reading, if you’ve ever wondered how ‘business ethics’ has become an oxymoron.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-16/do-business-schools-incubate-criminals-.html

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