This and That

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President Barack Obama signs H.R. 205, the HEARTH Act of 2012, in the Oval Office, July 30.


John F. Kennedy International Airport, July 30

New York tonight – President Obama: “…. This does also remind me of the season that we’re in. Jim Messina tells this story, my campaign manager — he was in some event, and this young couple who was there with their adorable four-year-old son, and I guess there was a picture of me somewhere, and so they were very excited. They said, “Sammy, who’s that?” And he said, “That’s Barack Obama.” “And what does Barack Obama do?” And the boy thinks for a second and he says, “He approves this message.” So that’s what I do. I approve this message.”


President Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey in the Oval Office, July 30


Charles Pierce: After all this time, after all that’s happened in the past year, even the cats ‘n’ kittens at Politico, even the ones who don’t realize that Willard Romney is more comfortable in groups of white people, because to realize that is to get fired by the poltroons in charge there, have finally noticed that the campaign of voter-suppression being undertaken all over the country by Republican governors and Republican legislatures are going to have the effect of, you know, suppressing Democratic voting blocs.

…. We can only expect Politico to go so far in admitting the obvious. After all, the entire publication is dedicated to the notion that all politics is a television game-show contested by celebrities who occasionally return their phone calls. That there are substantive effects to substantive policy decisions is best left to other sources …. There is no juicy linkage to be had in the stories of 86-year old women who suddenly discover they can’t vote.

The good news is that both the Department of Justice, and the courts, are finally getting into the game….

Full post here



Coming up:

Tuesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Wednesday: Will travel to Mansfield, Ohio and Akron, Ohio for campaign events. He will return to Washington, DC at night.

Thursday: Will travel to Orlando, Florida and Leesburg, Virginia for campaign events. He will return to Washington, DC in the evening.

Friday: Will attend meetings at the White House.


Mediaite: …. the conservative group Emergency Committee for Israel, co-founded by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, released an ad criticizing President Obama for not visiting Israel during his presidency….

If presidential visits to Israel are the new yardsticks for a quality POTUS, perhaps Kristol’s group (and Politico, who reported on the ad rather uncritically) should see how Obama measures up to leading Republican presidents like Ronald Reagan and the Georges Bush.

… President George W. Bush didn’t get around to visiting Israel until January of 2008, near the end of his second term …. his father, President George H.W. Bush, was an even less frequent visitor, traveling to Israel as President in February of Never.

Surely President Ronald Reagan, the patron saint of Republicans, the exemplification of all that is good and conservative, was known to get his Israel on, right?

Wrong. Ronald Reagan never traveled to Israel as President….

…. In fact, when George W. Bush went to Israel in January of ’08, he was the first Republican president to do so since Richard Nixon….

The value of frequent flyer miles to Israel is debatable, but if anyone should be keeping quiet about such a blunt metric, it’s Republicans, who apparently have real trouble counting. And Googling.

Full post here




Charles Pierce: Willard Romney, America’s unofficial ambassador of stupid, has been working his magic in Israel for the past couple of days. This time, having learned his lesson in Great Britain, he’s picking on people who can’t fight back, and hauling “the hand of Providence” in as an accessory after the fact.

…. He’s also brought out Baghdad Dan Senor to rattle some sabers at Iran, pledged his love to Bibi Netanyahu, called Jerusalem the “capital” of Israel, and did everything he could to warm the withered cockles of the heart of Sheldon Adelson, the crooked casino mogul who went along because he apparently is going to run American foreign policy under the Romney administration. Stop this man before he diplomatizes again.

Full post here


President Obama returns to the White House on July 30 after delivering remarks at a campaign event in New York City


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121 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Is this our good night post, CC? As I wrote that I remembered a time you would send us off to bed with a Chips video masterpiece. Those were the days!

  2. 4 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Where are the other guys? Have I offended the entire village? Whatever it was I said, I didn’t mean it!

    • 5 pinkbunny92
      July 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Evening VC 🙂

      No I just came onto the site for the evening myself!

      • 6 vcprezofan2
        July 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm

        {{Pink B}}!! Oh, you’ve rescued me from the sound of my own voice. I’m grateful as I can be quite annoying.

        Good evening, Ms PB! 😆

    • 7 hopefruit2
      July 30, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Not at all vcprez. I’m watching the Olympics tonight so I’m in and out, not really posting much. But I saw a new thread, so I’m checking in 🙂 Congratulations on #1!

      • 8 vcprezofan2
        July 30, 2012 at 11:25 pm

        Ah! There you are, faithful friend! 😉 ;). I thought thre Olympics were over for the night, but as soon as I read your comment I remembered that NBC has it on delay.

        • 9 vcprezofan2
          July 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm

          Well enjoy the swimming, Hf! I’m going to go to bed. Talking mostly to myself is not much fun as I already know what my answers will be. Sweet dreams, when you’re done with the Olympics and thanks for you good wishes on winning! Somehow the victory is not quite as sweet as when it’s a photo finish. :-/

          • 10 hopefruit2
            July 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm

            Oh sorry vc…I’m just frustrated from watching the US take a beating in men’s gymnastics. I had so much high hopes for them. Oh well…better luck next time!

            Hope you have a wonderful night’s rest and hoping to see you back tomorrow for “Rise & Shine” 🙂

            • 11 vcprezofan2
              July 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm

              Thanks, I’m going to try for the wonderful rest. Not being a Willard, I won’t promise to be here for Rise and Shine, but who knows? Earlier today I heard about but didn’t see the male gymnasts, though I did catch a couple of the heats in swimming, including the one with the 15 yr old from Lithuania winning the gold in 200m IM

  3. 12 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Okay, what’s the HEARTH Act? Never heard of it! Where’s the TOD ready-information department?

    • 13 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Hey Chips, it’s easy enough to tell me to ‘chat away’ and then disappear! Who am I to talk to, I want to know? Pink B looked in, but decided not to stay, and Desertf is resting from her grassroots activity. Amk is probably out at a nice restaurant with his wife, and Dudette went to bed, I don’t doubt.

  4. 17 hgerhard
    July 30, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Hi vcprezofan2, I haven’t been able to comment for a while – wordpress didn’t let me. Anyways, to find out more about the HEARTH Act, go to the whitehouse.gov website. It’s part of President Obama’s efforts to repair the government’s relationship with Native American tribes. This is one area where President Obama stands out as the most effective President ever. He kept his word and then some. But you won’t hear about it from our despicable media.

    • 18 vcprezofan2
      July 31, 2012 at 12:03 am

      Hell-ooo, Hger, glad your battle with wordpress is over! The info you gave re HEARTH is enough to hold me for tonight. I know the Pres had been making good progress with Native American issues but didn’t know the name of the act. He is definitely a man of his word and my one real life of example of a genuinely ‘real man’ . You have no idea how ecstatic I am to have made his acquaintance at a time in my life when I can truly see and appreciate his goodness. My one regret is that he hadn’t been on the scene in my very young adult stage to give my generation pointers on relationships and on how to ‘be a man’.

      • 19 hgerhard
        July 31, 2012 at 12:17 am

        I know what you mean. I am his mother’s age and I am so impressed what kind of role model he is for our young people. Why anyone would even think of picking that other guy (hey I’m from Massachusetts and know a little bit about R-Money) – well, pick him over our wonderful President, I will never understand.

        • 20 vcprezofan2
          July 31, 2012 at 12:25 am

          For the supposed closeness of the race, .I definitely blame the media for not even attempting to do their job. Nevertheless, I’m expecting PBO to prevail in the WH. As well, without any polls I feel sure the President has already had and will continue to have an influence on young people all over the world.

          I’m surely going this time. Good night and sweet dreams!

  5. 21 Pamela
    July 30, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Oh I so wanted to be first…. I was here, but cleaning up on the iPad a bit, totally ignored the email signal, so, voila! I think I’ll go to bed, I am very very tired! Au revoir, a prochaine!

    • 22 vcprezofan2
      July 31, 2012 at 12:06 am

      What! You were here too! Ah, I was surrounded while thinking myself alone. Of course now that there is more company, I’m struggling to keep my eyes open – probably talked myself out when no one was answering. G’Night, Pamela. Catch you tomorrow, I hope.

  6. 23 smoothscotch
    July 30, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Hi guys, late night. Chips, something happen that you had to put the notice up again about postin?

  7. 24 Pamela
    July 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Hachiko, I am pledging my donation toward your rent, but it won’t be until Saturday… Hang in there, okay. Pats on the head to Tucker, hugs to you!

  8. 25 ChristiMTL
    July 30, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I like this! ”Charles Pierce: Willard Romney, America’s unofficial ambassador of stupid”….I have to tweet that.

  9. 28 amk for obama
    July 30, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Trolls at work, chips ? Which thread ?

  10. 31 Tally
    July 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    • 32 Obama Grandmama
      July 31, 2012 at 4:09 am

      My grown single daughter is living and working in Germany at present. I asked her how the Health Care system worked. She said everyone liked it. That a certain amount of money was taken from their paycheck (hers too) that was proportional to the amount of income. I’ll know more when she actually uses it.

      • 33 hopefruit2
        July 31, 2012 at 9:06 am

        That’s like a mandate. I would imagine that most National Health Care systems operate that way – where people pay a little something in proportion to how much they earn.

  11. 34 sabreen60
    July 31, 2012 at 12:17 am

  12. 35 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 12:22 am

  13. 38 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 12:26 am

    What buncha incompetents.

    • 39 Cha
      July 31, 2012 at 1:38 am

      I read that article as Liz Cheney rarely disagreeing with VP Joe Biden and I’m like…”WHAT!?”

      Poor john McCain..stubborn ol’ coot. He’ll take it to the next life..Sarah was the best candidate(I’ll buy that part)..she’s so smart and wonderful…Funny Stuff!

      • 40 Obama Grandmama
        July 31, 2012 at 4:14 am

        What I heard was that Liz Cheney rarely disagreed with the former VP (her Dad-Dick Cheney). Not VP Biden. She said Sarah Palin was more qualified than Obama and Biden together. Her Dad had done an interview saying Sarah Palin was a bad pick for VP. Liz needs SP’s supporters as she is planning to run for the Senate in the future.

  14. 41 sabreen60
    July 31, 2012 at 12:30 am

  15. 42 amk for obama
    July 31, 2012 at 12:33 am

    • 43 0388jojothecat
      July 31, 2012 at 1:13 am

      Hasn’t Poland come out to be racist against Black soccer players recently? I thought Walesa was a Union guy and we know the GOP hates Unions.

      • 44 amk for obama
        July 31, 2012 at 1:32 am

        Oh, once walesa became prezinent, he went rightwinger. Solidarity movement don’t consider him as their ally any more.

  16. 46 closerange
    July 31, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Your donation page doesn’t seem to be working properly. Made a contribution about 10 minutes ago but the total didn’t change. I got an email from the campaign so at least they received it.

    • July 31, 2012 at 12:58 am

      I think the fundraising pages update every few minutes – not right away. If you got the confirmation email, then you’re ok.

  17. 48 Anya
    July 31, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Chipsticks, totally agree with you about the downers, but there’s a regular poster who constantly posts all kinds of “the sky is falling” messages. Every time I read his messages it conveys to me that the whole world, except this little enclave, is against the President, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Most of the time, the rest of the commenters are either calming him down or correcting his misconceptions about something some pundit said in a teevee show. I really get tired of these comments that focus only on the negatives or magnify every little comment that’s perceived to be critical of the President.

    • 49 Bill
      July 31, 2012 at 5:22 am

      If you do not like certain comments from a “regular poster” why don’t you respond to the comment instead of making vague accusations?

  18. 50 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 12:57 am

    I have to try and find the Tom Hartmann show from tonight. He has a woman on that works in the IN factory that Bain bought out. They are shipping these jobs to Mexico and China. To make matters ever worse, she told of how the employees at the company had been training their Chinese and Mexican replacements for the past 3 months!! They were training the very people that WERE GOING TO TAKE THEIR JOBS AWAY!! I can’t imagine what they felt like…cruel and inhuman. Of course Mitt said he didn’t know anything about it. My dying ass.

    • July 31, 2012 at 12:59 am

      They better not be voting for Romney. I feel for these workers, but their fate is what awaits all American workers if Romney wins. People need to wake up. If their jobs weren’t going, how many of them were willing to vote for Romney?

      • 52 desertflower
        July 31, 2012 at 1:02 am

        She said that the workers want PBO and Romney to have a Lincoln/Douglas style debate there….and she was pissed at Romney and the workers want answers…he just says that he doesn’t know what’s happening….

        • 53 amk for obama
          July 31, 2012 at 2:19 am

          The workers want what ? Can’t they see with their own eyes what mittbot is doing to them ? Fuck them if they need Obama to “prove it” to them.

    • 54 desertflower
      July 31, 2012 at 1:00 am

      http://www.thomhartmann.com/ This is the woman and the company she works for

      Hour One: Mitt Romney and “the little people”… / Plus, Mitt ignores workers’ pleas to “save our jobs” – Cheryl Randecker, Sensata Technologies

    • 55 isonprize
      July 31, 2012 at 1:02 am

      Kinda like how dude was made to build the stage for the guys to come and announce the layoffs.

  19. July 31, 2012 at 1:05 am

    I see the President is carrying a big stick in that photo of him on the phone with Turkey. Nice.

    • 58 isonprize
      July 31, 2012 at 1:11 am

      theo, did you see my suggestion for the TOD game?

      Six Degrees of Barack Obama 😆 😆

      • July 31, 2012 at 1:13 am

        Oh – I love it! But, we might need to make it five or four degrees, since we’re digging up relatives from hundreds of years ago now…

        • 60 isonprize
          July 31, 2012 at 1:15 am

          I wasn’t joking… how is the game played? I’d always heard about it, but never really knew the rules… 😀

          • July 31, 2012 at 1:22 am

            You just go down the list and see who knows who in your list of acquaintances, and who they know – to come up your degrees of connection. For example – I have a close friend who’s niece worked for Michelle Obama early on – that’s two degrees of separation – my friend -> her niece (whom I’ve never met) -> Michelle Obama. The same friend has a picture of her father-in-law with President Obama when they met at a function, therefore, another two degrees of separation: my friend -> father-in-law -> President Obama.

            • 62 isonprize
              July 31, 2012 at 1:26 am

              okay, so my example of my friends who attended college with Michelle. I’m 2 degrees away.

              Or since my son shook PBO’s hand and I’m up to 7 times shaking his hand, I’m ONE DEGREE AWAY!! I WIN!! 😯

              Yay me!! 😆 😀 😎

              Yes, I need to get some sleep… LOLOL

              • July 31, 2012 at 1:29 am

                Excuse me, but I don’t think your story about the hand-shaking thing really holds water, isonprize. That’s just going too far! 😉

                • 64 isonprize
                  July 31, 2012 at 1:33 am

                  Seriously, 3 as Dem nominee, 1 as President-elect at the start of his train ride to pick up Joey and head on to DC, and 3 as president!!!

                  The last one Chica captured on tape at the airport. My son and I watched him get off of AF1!!! Lifetime memories!

                  My friends tease me that the next time he comes to town, he’ll be dropping by my house… 😀

                  • July 31, 2012 at 1:45 am

                    I stand completely corrected!! I thought you meant your son had shaken his hand and you shook your son’s hand, and were trying to claim a first degree status. My sincere apologies – you definitely rate a first degree for that!! The closest I’ve been is seeing Marine One and Air Force One (and his legs walking past Marine One). You lucky girl!

              • 66 Alycee (@jazziz2)
                July 31, 2012 at 1:34 am

                So where does a 15 minute meeting and picture rate?

      • 69 Cha
        July 31, 2012 at 1:51 am

        I was pondering about this and couldn’t think of any connection to PBO..then I Remembered I shook hands with Hillary once in New York circa 2000 before I got pissed about her vote on the IWR.

        So, that’s mine! I shook hands with someone in his Admin whom he’s Hugged! 😛 Funny ol world.

        • July 31, 2012 at 1:53 am

          Congratulations, Cha – you’re on the board. 🙂

        • 71 Obama Grandmama
          July 31, 2012 at 4:22 am

          I’d have to say I was at the Inauguration in DC in ’08. I saw PBO from a distance as I did at a Primary rally in OR. I went to an Inaugural Ball that was one he did not attend, but I stood next to his poster in DC on the night of the Inaugural Balls. Whoopie! Does that mean I have a negative score! LOL

  20. 72 desertflower
    July 31, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Oh for crap sakes. http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/07/30/voting-against-all-odds/

    The Cincinnati Enquirer has a major story today on widespread voter disenfranchisement in the state, finding that Ohio regularly tosses thousands of valid votes due to a combination of a “confusing maze of state laws, administrative directives and court rulings on voting procedures, errors – by voters and poll workers alike – and other factors”. Republicans will of course tell you it’s working as intended.

    • 73 isonprize
      July 31, 2012 at 1:14 am

      Yeah, it’s pretty bad in PA also. Former Mayor W. Wilson Goode and a state Supreme Court Judge Sean McCafferty were listed as ineligible to vote. Because their names were listed incorrectly. The mayor’s single first initial messed them up. And the judge was listed with “Mc” as his middle name.

      What a bunch of whistleheads.

      • 74 desertflower
        July 31, 2012 at 1:33 am

        I saw that. Fucksticks.

      • 77 nathkatun7
        July 31, 2012 at 4:17 am

        How disgraceful! These people out to prevent their fellow citizens from voting are the same ones who go around loudly spewing such platitudes about freedom, liberty and belief in the Constitution. I am really hoping that the PA courts will stop this mess.

    • July 31, 2012 at 1:14 am

      The beauty is that the DOJ is on the case. It’s astounding that this level of voter suppression has been going on.

      • 79 isonprize
        July 31, 2012 at 1:21 am

        But the ‘wheels of justice’ turn so achingly slow. Here is PA we are operating as if they won’t get to this until after the election. Working to make sure folks have what they need.

        It ain’t easy. There are thousands of people in Philadelphia who don’t drive. And had no need to have ready access to their birth certificate. And plenty of older folk who don’t even HAVE birth certificates (born in the South, state records destroyed, etc.) and have long since stopped driving.

        AG Holder was quite right when he called it a poll tax.

        • July 31, 2012 at 1:23 am

          What I don’t understand is why people aren’t using this time to get the proper ID?

          • 81 isonprize
            July 31, 2012 at 1:28 am

            Well, they are. But there are TONS of folks not like us TODers.

            These folks are totally clueless about the new law. There is a massive public relations campaign going on from at least 3 or 4 groups plus local pols and radio stations. Of course the Obama campaign is on it too.

            • July 31, 2012 at 1:31 am

              The most important thing! I don’t know how Romney and his cohorts can put their hands on their hearts and pledge allegiance or sing the national anthem with these voter suppression stunts that they’re pulling. It’s just terrible.

          • 83 nathkatun7
            July 31, 2012 at 4:35 am

            You know theo, most of the time people are really busy trying to survive. They don’t have the time or the means to go through the hoops to obtain state mandated Ids. I am sure the people at OFA are doing all they can. But when you have a situation, like the one in PA, where close to a million people may not have state sanctioned Id documents, that’s quite daunting!

            Obviously, my number one preference is to see the Courts in PA and other states rule to invalidate these anti-democratic schemes. If the Courts fail to do that, I hope the courts, at the minimum, will issue temporary injunctions (1-2 years) on the ID laws so as to allow state governments to address all the problems being raised. Drastic changes in the law, like these voter Id requirements, should at least require two years before they are fully implemented.

          • 84 99ts
            July 31, 2012 at 6:04 am

            I think some people don’t have the documents needed to get ID. I have been twice married & to prove who I am, need birth certificate, 2 marriage certificates and 1 divorce certificate. They come from 2 different states and in my world cost about $30.00.

            There is a really good blog (ACLU Pennsylvania) that is following the state case in Pennsylvania – they have many witnesses who cannot get ID & many people who don’t realize their ID is not as required.

            • 85 99ts
              July 31, 2012 at 6:09 am

              It’s late in your world – but in case anyone reads the above – here is one example from the above site

              “Sutter, 61, doesn’t drive and her only photo ID is from when she was a college student in 1978. Her Social Security card is under the name Tia Sutter. Her New York-state birth certificate is under the name Christine Sutter. She has been told that she cannot get a state issued ID because her names don’t match. …To change her name on her SS card, she was told she would need a court order, which would cost $400 and would take months.”

  21. 86 anniebella
    July 31, 2012 at 1:08 am

    If election is about jobs, then what have John Boehner and Mitch McConnell done to create any jobs? I know what they have done to stop the President jobs bill from passing, which would have put millions back to work

    • July 31, 2012 at 1:18 am

      This is the question that the media should be asking. We’re all just supposed to buy this nonsense about the election being all about the economy and jobs. Then we’re all supposed to buy that the President is to blame for the bad economy. And then we’re supposed to leap to the conclusion that a change is needed in the Oval Office to usher in some sort of miracle. The reality is that if the GOP really thought the President’s policies were failures, then wouldn’t the smarter thing be to pass all his policies and give them a full airing – a full chance to fail? Then they would simply have pointed and let people see the evidence for themselves. Their total obstruction means that they are more terrified of people seeing the results of the policies than they are afraid of the consequences of their obstruction – no matter the cost.

    • 88 desertflower
      July 31, 2012 at 1:36 am


      Remember how the House Republicans came to power in 2010 with their whole “jobs, jobs, jobs, all we care about are jobs” pitch? And how they haven’t actually done anything on jobs because apparently, they think all the jobs are hidden in American women’s lady parts?
      Well, here’s yet another not-a-jobs idea from the super-geniuses of the Republican House:

      A Homeland Security spending bill approved by the GOP-led House on Thursday includes a provision to bar Immigration and Customs Enforcement from providing abortions for illegal immigrant detainees.
      Oh, sure. Go to Planned Parenthood for your abortions if you must—after all, that’s 237 percent of what they do there, according to various not-intended-to-be-factual Republican statements—but all the hippest chicks know ICE is the place to go for all your lady part needs. When you’re not getting your pap smears at Walgreens, that is.
      So how is this latest bill supposed to create jobs, save the economy, and preserve democracy for lightbulb freedom?

      I want them ALL GONE. The Sane Republicans can stay….these batshitcrazy idiots need to go!! Like 2YEARS AGO!

    • 89 nathkatun7
      July 31, 2012 at 4:40 am

      I totally agree with you anniebella. I wish all Congressional Democrats would heed you call and run on a platform that exposes GOP obstructionism, lead by Speaker Boehner and Sen. Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, to obstruct the President’s Jobs program.

  22. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    July 31, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Oh, I love the story about the little four-year-old saying Barack Obama “approves this message”! Thanks, Chips!

    Was coming here to post the “Ronald Reagan never visited Israel, either,” etc., link, but that’s covered, too. What hypocrites Republicans are, and they really do think nobody has access to Google their lies.

    Also love this reference from the Charles Pierce piece: “Baghdad Dan Senor.” About says it all!


    • July 31, 2012 at 1:27 am

      What is this “Dan Senor” thing. I saw snippets of this reference over the weekend, but couldn’t figure it out. Is he a real person?

      Somehow, the President referencing his “approve this message” thing makes the ads just seem more real. I can’t really explain it, but I often just think of the messages as things put together by other people with very little connection with the President. But, when he said he “approves the message”, it just made the whole thing seem more connected to him somehow.

      • 92 jacquelineoboomer
        July 31, 2012 at 1:31 am

        You recall Baghdad Bob from Iraq? Think he was their P.R. guy (forget his grandiose title), and he’d lie through all of his press conferences. So the Dan Senor mock references, I’m sure, the same type actions. Don’t know what creepy Dan’s been saying, because when I see his ugly face on TV, I mute his ugly voice.

        You probably know all of the official campaign messages must use the “I approved this message” line as part of the campaign election rules, but – you are right – just seeing PBO up front in the ads, saying that, well it makes it seem all’s right with the world!

      • July 31, 2012 at 1:32 am

        Mrs. Campbell Brown. Former spokesman for the Bush administration. Told reporters that Romney supported Israeli right to unilaterate strike against Iran if it felt Iran was engaging in any enrichment of uranium, even if for energy purposes. Basically, that the U.S. would support anything Israel chose to do. Made it seem that Romney would support what Netanyahu chooses to do, no questions asked, no criteria required. Later, when pushback came from the media and other parties, they tried to walk it back a bit. But Romney’s speech was pretty clear in stating he would jump however high Bibi told him to jump. U.S. foreign policy to be outsourced to Bibi and the other hard right-liners of Isreal.

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  24. 99 jacquelineoboomer
    July 31, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Chips – Thanks for keeping the trolls away; I don’t know how you stand it. I remember how bad they got on OFA during the ’08 campaign and beyond. TOD is so Zen compared to that, I could spit. So to speak. I don’t spit.

    • July 31, 2012 at 1:36 am

      Yes, I had to run away from OFA because the trolls were so ugly and crawling all over the place. I couldn’t stand it. I am forever grateful that Chipsticks withstands their hateful comments every day to provide this haven. It’s a Godsend.

    • 101 desertflower
      July 31, 2012 at 1:40 am

      I missed it all…busy doing the business of re electing this President. Sorry Chips that you have to do keep out the trolls. They play in the dirty sandboxes and they think they can dirty up our home.Thanks for locking the door. This home is our refuge and I think I can speak for all of us here…we appreciate all you do to keep the place clean and tidy!

      • 102 jacquelineoboomer
        July 31, 2012 at 1:45 am

        You speak for me, that’s for sure! On so many of the mainstream news websites, I’ve learned never to read the comments, but I often hear they are abysmal.

        • 103 desertflower
          July 31, 2012 at 1:51 am

          Ignorant haters will hate.It’s THEIR character flaw…no one else’s…as they would like others to think it is. More of the country is ready to move forward, they will be left to wallow in their toxic sewer of ignorance and hatred. Let them.

  25. 104 isonprize
    July 31, 2012 at 1:39 am

    nite y’all. Sweet dreams.

  26. 113 cindysweatt
    July 31, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Just wondering, will someone post a link to some truthful information about Solyndra and the supposed electric cars overseas that were invested in? I need some good pieces to post everywhere.

  27. 116 ChristiMTL
    July 31, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I don’t know if that article was posted today…..I cannot believe that I’m posting a link to an article from Maureen Dowd. I saw the link on Twitter and finished the article before realizing that she was the author lol…I cannot stand that woman! …but this is good.

    Maureen Dowd: Mitt Romney, hiding in plain sight


    There’s a lot of comments, I didn’t read them all but from the ones I read, a lot are very interesting. I copied part of one comment, because I know his IRA raised a lot of eyebrows. I wish I understood what the heck he did, I need to buy ”finance for dummies” or something.

    ”By the rules, the maximum amount a person could have put into Romney ‘s IRA over his working years was $450,000. His IRA now has $100,000,000, all “tax exempt”.
    How did he do that?
    Tax experts say Romney set pennies-on-the-dollar prices on shares in a private equity IRA fund that he created for himself and set the price for, which was only available to him; and he then took additional steps to create yet another fund, this time an off- shore fund, that his privately managed IRA fund would trade with, for the sole purpose of making those investments hidden from rules and UBIT laws that restrict how legitimate IRA funds can operate.
    He is money laundering his IRA millions, which he sneaked into the IRA by cheating too.
    And then there is the $10 million Federal bailout that his near bankrupt Bain received back in 1991, of which Romney kept $4 million in cash. That’s probably what he used to seed his IRA scam in the first place”

  28. July 31, 2012 at 3:20 am

    My son knows I come on here to get the Pro-Obama news (he’s also a big fan of President Obama)… and wanted this video posted here for everyone to have a chuckle at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKUM1iMDhx4&feature=related – he loves this video 😆 Cheers!

  29. 118 Obama Grandmama
    July 31, 2012 at 4:38 am

    I’ll check this in the morning as it is way too late to be up. I am hoping someone can answer this question. I saw the Ed Show and there was a GOP guest in one of the spots talking about Mitt Romney’s taxes. There were 3 or 4 commentators in this section. The GOP guy said PBO only paid 20 some percent on his taxes in 2011. He also sighted another year and taxes in the 20 percents.

    I remember reading on here a link sighting PBO’s taxes in the 30 percents but wonder where I can find the info? I know most of the GOP speakers throw out the talking points whether they are correct or not. I want to know the truth so I can counter arguments.

    What is PBO’s tax percentage?

  30. 121 prettyfoot58
    July 31, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Goooooooooood Morning …chipsssss…GM TOD….

    yesterday when i read that Democratic Party had decided to add same sex marriage to its platform, i was reminded when the 1964 Democratic Convention decided to add the issues of Civil rights for African Americans to the party platform…

    there has been discussion of the pros and cons of what this will mean…this was the same kind of discussion that took place 48 years ago as they debated the impact on the party..the exodus of the dixiecrats.

    but the DEM Party..had courage and forged ahead….without them doing so…there would not have been Civil Rights act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965…

    This is not to downplay the massive and tumultuous civil and human rights movement being led by Dr King….because that movement pushed and prodded the country forward….

    on another note….

    the Press in the 60s also played a pivitol role by showing the grim images of protestors who were being brutalized and murdered…without those images the rest of the country would not have have known…..

    on still another note…

    earlier in the year i watched on cspan ….the life and times of Hubert Humphrey..it outlines his push for civil rights of African Americans to be included in the party platform at the 1964 convention….


    so fast forward to today…

    The Democratic Party is on the cusp of another moment in the civil and human rights history of our country…..


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