This and That

Pueblo, Colorado, August 9 (Flickr)


First Lady Michelle Obama will be fundraising in Los Angeles on Sunday, when President Barack Obama travels to Chicago for fundraisers and an overnight at his South Side home. Mrs. Obama will be fundraising in Wyoming and Colorado on Saturday and on Monday it will be her third visit to Jay Leno’s show.

All times eastern


3:0: Delivers remarks at a campaign fundraising event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

7:25: Delivers remarks at a campaign fundraising event in Denver, Colorado


4:40 & 8:35: Delivers remarks at campaign fundraising events in Los Angeles


Appears on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” – the interview will air in the evening

4:30: Delivers remarks at a campaign fundraising event in Los Angeles


President Barack Obama signs a bill into law at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, Aug. 10. Staff Secretary Doug Kramer prepares the next bill for the President’s signature. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



Colorado Springs, August 9 (Flickr)



Chat away 😉

353 Responses to “This and That”

  1. August 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

  2. 6 amk for obama
    August 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm


  3. August 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Real leadership …

  4. 10 ScottyUrb
    August 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Thank YOU for hanging in there, Chipsticks!

    Seeing that first picture – as well as the one where he lets a kid feel his hair – I think of the quote, “(s)he who stoops to help a child stands tall.” Not sure who said it, but it’s good.

    • 11 jacquelineoboomer
      August 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Tried to find that quote, which is sometimes written, “No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.” Apparently, although it’s often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, he never said or wrote it (it’s often attributed to others, as well). But, as I saw on one website about it, “If he didn’t say it, he should have.” It does sound like Abe, my other favorite President, and, in any event, it definitely sounds like President Obama’s attention to children! He gives so much of himself to each one of those he meets.

    • 12 utaustinliberal
      August 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

      That’s a wonderful quote.

  5. August 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Good evening, Chips. Great photos/videos. Hang in there and hope things brighten up for you soon.

  6. 14 Melanie
    August 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Watching an Obama Olympic ad right now. I believe it’s called The Choice; the one where he looks right at the camera. Always a pleasant surprise to look up and see POTUS talking to me:))

  7. 16 Tally
    August 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I”m bringing dotster3’s post over from the last thread so it doesn’t get lost….

    Repub Ia. Sec. of State has reassigned a criminal investigator to new role of purging voter roles of Dem voters. He says he’s already identified 2000-3000 fraudulent registrations, which seems to be in dispute. Even other repubs are questioning this effort, said Ia. has always had clean elections, and doubt any real voter fraud. But the sec. of state is saying citizenship will be questioned, people will be referred for prosecution, scaring people. This is absolutely disgusting —–what all these Repubs are doing in these battleground states. I just listened to Rachel’s segment on all the just unbelievable changes in Ohio—-giving Repub counties extra days and times to vote and restricting the same in Dem counties. They did similar in ’08 where they limited voting machines in Dem areas and Repub locations were amply stocked. This is just unbelivable to me that this horror is going on. Can’t there be an injunction or some legal step to stop this? I don’t think any of this is getting enough attention. Time’s a wasting.

    • 17 99ts
      August 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      I bring my answer over too

      They really have no shame – Mitt can’t win – so we’ll see if we can remove the right to vote for those who would vote against him. Both the feds and the Democrat resources are being wasted having to fight such activities as this. Just look at this remark

      “They’ve compared the voters in Iowa’s 2010 election against names of voters from 14 other states in the same election to see if individuals voted multiple times” If they DON’T find a match the name would be so unique as to probably be invented for fraudulent reasons. They are paying someone to be this dumb??

    • 18 desertflower
      August 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Forward to DOJ with your (our) concerns.

  8. August 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    That we are in a Great Depression, globally, and worse is an amazing accomplishment by our President given the unprecedented efforts of McConnell, Boehner, Cantor ….

    “If he was for it, we had to be against it,” Voinovich tells Grunwald. And at another point, characterizing a strategy session Republicans and McConnell had held in early January of 2009, Voinovich said: “He wanted everyone to hold the fort. All he cared about was making sure Obama could never have a clean victory.”


  9. 23 Pamela
    August 10, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    {{{{{{{{Chipsticks}}}}}}} I’m no so sure there really is a “normal”, Chips! Just you know we all love you! (and amk secretly confided in me now much he l.o.v.e.s cheesy puffs)

  10. 30 desertflower
    August 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    OMG. I am SO behind:) Tally, Tally, Tally…I love you, loved that truth telling fucking A awesome rant:) This is where the rubber meets the road, there will be no do overs here. This is why they work so hard to lie, distort and take voting rights away ….this plan for their America has been in the making for a long time…we can’t let them pull this off!!!

    Chips, thank you for all you do. Always.

    I have to run out…have the biggest craving for tortilla soup. Have NO idea why that sounded good to me…it’s hotter than hell here, but I have to have this tonight! Running to the store for all the fixin’s…will catch up when I get back

  11. August 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Chips, congratulations on the 12+ million and the last thing you ever need to do is apologize!!! Cheers!!!

  12. 36 Melanie
    August 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Bout to watch the Womens 4×100 relay. I know we won the Gold but can’t wait to see how we broke the record. Really happy for Allyson Felix.

  13. 37 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    August 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Congrats on the 12 mill. Chipsticks!

  14. 38 sjterrid
    August 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Chips and TOD congratulations on getting 12 million hits.

  15. 39 amk for obama
    August 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    What’s cannibalism?

    Men eating pork.

  16. 40 amk for obama
    August 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    A pirate walked into a bar and the bartender said, “Hey, I haven’t seen you in a while. What happened? You look terrible.”

    “What do you mean?” said the pirate, “I feel fine.”

    “What about the wooden leg? You didn’t have that before.”

    “Well, we were in a battle and I got hit with a cannon ball, but I’m fine now.”

    “Well, ok, but what about that hook? “What happened to your hand?”

    “We were in another battle. I boarded a ship and got into a sword fight. My hand was cut off. I got fitted with a hook. I’m fine, really.”

    “What about that eye patch?”

    “Oh, one day we were at sea and a flock of birds flew over. I looked up and one of them pooped on my eye.”

    “You’re kidding,” said the bartender, “you couldn’t lose an eye just from some bird poop.”

    “It was my first day with the hook.”

  17. 43 Zekke Lydonna
    August 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I just watch the NBC nightly news. Chuck F***ing Todd narrated the segment, which included clips from his interview with Mitt F***ing Romney. He talked about the ‘ugly’ turn of campaign ads (showed clip from Soptic Ad, followed by clip from Romney ad accusing PBO of dirty tactics). Not a single mention of Romney’s LIAR ads. Amazing.

    There will be super hi’s and low’s to come. We must battle the GOP, Wall Street, Bankers, Oil money, racists, misogynists, and the MEDIA.

    But, we will win by the sheer force of populist rebellion. They have over-stepped to the point of no return, and will pay the price for their arrogance.

    • 44 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      August 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Romney is a wimp. No one wants a President who whines and cries for mercy. When PBO was asked a while back how he felt about the terrible things that had been said about him he just said he had a thick skin and shrugged it off. That’s the kind of toughness that’s required. If Romney can’t do this how is he going to cope on the world stage. Putin will eat him for dinner.

      • 45 Zekke Lydonna
        August 11, 2012 at 2:18 am

        He can’t. This man can’t run a decent campaign. Does anyone really think he can run the country? It’s not even funny. It’s disgusting.

    • August 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      My latest message to upChuck ….

    • 47 amk for obama
      August 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      The media is full of natural mittbot base. white, overpaid, under taxed, unethical. Of course, today is gonna suck up to him.

  18. 48 amk for obama
    August 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Oops.Too many jokes ?

  19. August 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I can’t believe I caught up. So many great post to share on tweeter and Facebook. Tally I love you and your warrior spirit please continue to fight the good fight. Another great week for our side.
    All of you TOD’s restore my Hope for Change.

  20. 53 anniebella
    August 10, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Mitt Romney is still running that welfare ad which he knows is a lie. Maybe someone need to tell Mitt that he need to talk about the issues and stop lying. His taxes is a issue and so is his business experience. And the only business experience he has is when he was at Bain.

  21. 55 itgurl_29
    August 10, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    The Weekly Standard is saying it’s going to be Paul Ryan. And Sam Stein is saying Shitt Romney will be announcing his pick tomorrow in Va.

  22. August 10, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I just had to share this comment to TPM on Romney’s refusal release his taxes. It’s Brilliant in its dry witted corporate speak:


    Earl Gray · Top Commenter · Sr. Controls Consultant at Honeywell

    Dear Mr. Romney,
    We have contacted you now several times regarding your missing tax returns for years ending 2000 through 2011. To date we have only received a partial return for year ending 2010 and a “projection” of taxes for year ending 2011. Unfortunately this is inadequate documentation to evaluate your financial history and allegiances, which are critical to understand your previous behavior.

    Given the disappointing Swiss bank accounts and Cayman shell corporations that we have previously discussed, these documents are now critical to better understand your past financial background. This understanding is in turn required in order to make an informed decision regarding your capability to perform the financially sensitive position that you have applied for.

    If you have recently released the tax returns for years ending 2000-2011, please accept our sincere apology and we will continue to evaluate your application. If however we do not receive your tax records for the years ending 2000-2011 , we regret that we will be unable to process your application, and unable to consider you for the position for which you have applied.

    If this is the case, we want to send our appreciation for your effort and application and encourage you to reapply when you are better able to meet with our admittedly high standards.

    Thank You and Best Regards.

    The American People.



    • August 10, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Hi Zizi – do you mind checking your link? I’d like to tweet this out. Romney would probably have no idea what this type of letter is all about, since he’s had everything handed to him on a silver platter.

      • August 11, 2012 at 7:35 am

        The link? What’s the problem with it? I’ve just checked it again and it works fine. It was a comment from Earl Gray in the comment section

    • 64 Cha
      August 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      This is ABSOLUTELYL BRILLAINT, ZIZI! Thank you so much for posting the “comment”..should Go Viral!

  23. 65 Melanie
    August 10, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  24. 67 Tally
    August 10, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    • 68 jacquelineoboomer
      August 10, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Good one, Tally!

    • 69 hopefruit2
      August 10, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Now our West Coast TODers will have to be out of bed by 5:30AM! I guess Willard doesn’t want some parts of America to know who his VP pick is.

      • August 10, 2012 at 11:33 pm

        It’s going to be worth it to see heads exploding. There’s just no clean candidate on the right – especially since they’re all espousing the same failed policies and they’ve spent the last three years obstructing the American President and the American economy. They have nothing to run on, except their white skin.

      • August 11, 2012 at 12:22 am

        It’s kind of humorous, isn’t it? Guess they think that they might have a whole three hours where no one releases any opposition research on their choice. Like the Obama campaign doesn’t have thick files on every conceivable choice and tweets with links at the ready to push send at 8:31am EDT.

  25. 77 hopefruit2
    August 10, 2012 at 11:29 pm

  26. 78 Tally
    August 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm

  27. 80 xtine
    August 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Willard to announce VP tomorrow (Sat) 9am EDT from Norfolk VA. Still dodging those taxes! 🙂

  28. 83 Melanie
    August 10, 2012 at 11:36 pm

  29. 87 Melanie
    August 10, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    BTW I fear for Mika and Joe’s sanity if it’s anyone but Christie after that near meltdown this morning:))

    • 88 carolyn
      August 10, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Also, won’t Ann Coulter have a stroke if it isn’t Chris Christie? Seems I heard she absolutely lost it on TV when discussing this…..”IF Chris Christie isn’t on the ticket, Obama wins.” Or something like that…..she’s nuts.

      • 89 0388jojothecat
        August 11, 2012 at 12:07 am

        I think she’ll be fine with Paul Ryan who will keep Mitt in line…..It’s Mitt she does not like or trust.

    • 90 jacquelineoboomer
      August 10, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      Which was of those three maniacs had the near meltdown, I wonder? The Vamp, the Tramp, or the Scamp?

  30. 91 isonprize
    August 10, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Tee hee. Somebody asked “What happened to the Romney VP ap? Weren’t they supposed to announce it first to their millions of followers? 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  31. August 10, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Intrade is banking on Ryan. I agree. BECAUSE ROMNEY IS JUST THAT STUPID.

    Hee Haw!!

    • 97 jacquelineoboomer
      August 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

      Neither Romney nor Ryan have any social skills, either. Or skills in being out in public. One of them is going to fall off a stage out on the campaign trail, methinks, ala Gary Bauer in 2000. Stay away from pancakes, dorks. I can’t wait for the Lyin’ and Ryan Show to begin, if it’s Ryan.

    • 98 Lovepolitics2008
      August 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

      The Wall Street Journal wants Ryan. The media wants Ryan. Big Corporations probably want Ryan. Romney is doing what he has been told.

  32. 100 carolyn
    August 10, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I can hardly imagine makint this announcement on a Saturday morning……what a weak time.

  33. 101 Ladyhawke
    August 10, 2012 at 11:54 pm



    Rachel Maddow explains that while Mitt Romney still won’t share his tax returns (despite mounting pressure from the media and voters to do so), what we do know about his finances is that he has made an active pursuit of finding ways to avoid paying taxes.

    Rachel posits the notion that the Romney campaign and the Republicans are having a cow over the PrioritiesUSA ad (THAT IS NOT BEING RUN ON TELEVISION ANYWHERE) because they really don’t want to talk about the OFA ad that question his relationship with the Sons of Boss scandal. Suddenly, Mitt Romney just doesn’t want to talk about Bain which he said was his signature qualification for being president. Romney’s tax returns issue has become a real albatross. It’s just not going away. Mitt Romney is the poster child for what is wrong with our tax code.

    1) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#48621006

    2) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#48621021

    • 102 Cha
      August 10, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      They must want to talk about paul ryan and how this monster wants to gut medicare and medicaid. Maybe the Nuns will need to take a Fabulous Encore?

  34. 103 desertflower
    August 10, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Well, we shall see, but if it’s Ryan, I’ll laugh my ass off! Mr. Let’s Get Rid of Medicare himself? Oh, baby! Bring IT ON!!!

    • 104 xtine
      August 11, 2012 at 12:13 am

      I’ll LOL too if it’s Gubna Probe. Local news says Ryan. Damn these guys are into repeats. From Sarah to Paul.

  35. August 10, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Tha’t fine with me. Let him go with the “granny starver” with the “marvelous” plan.

    • 106 HZ
      August 11, 2012 at 12:31 am

      Willard lied again. What about the great vp ap? Another lie from the liar.

      We have our two fineeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee men. President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden. Can’t ask for any better than these two. Victory with our two men on Nov. 6, 2012.

      Let’s keep the calls going, the phones humming, the knocks loud, the feet stepping, the donations moving, and the spirits High with Respect, Love, Hope, Compassion, and Grace. Keep working hard with all that we have within us. Keep our cores clear, focused, and pure with goodness and hardwork.HZ.

  36. 107 cluny
    August 11, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Hey TOD’ers who do we all think will be the VP pick and why? I’m going with Portman cause Romney always follows/copies PBO’s playbook and the Portman pick would be the closest thing to the Joe Biden O pick of 2008.

    • 108 hopefruit2
      August 11, 2012 at 12:07 am

      Everyone (including FOX News) seems to think it will Paul Ryan. I’m not so sure – Ryan might be a decoy. But then again, there seems to be a tremendous amount of pressure on Willard from the the conservative base to pick Ryan.

    • 109 amk for obama
      August 11, 2012 at 12:13 am

      How is portman even remotely like Biden ?

      • 110 cluny
        August 11, 2012 at 12:15 am

        more experience – otherwise I agree – not remotely like the lovely Biden

      • 111 veryslowwriter
        August 11, 2012 at 2:12 am

        He’s a senator. But people from Ohio don’t seem to know he’s from there.

        I’m all for Ryan. He’s so SERIOUS, he’s a policy wonk, etc. Biden will kick his ass all across whatever county the debates are in.

    • 112 0388jojothecat
      August 11, 2012 at 12:16 am

      I think the “powers-that-be-” told Robme that it BETTER BE Paul Ryan. Lets pretend in GOP-FAIRY-DUSTLAND that Robme wins then quits or has to step down… Paul Ryan becomes the President and he picks Rand Paul as his VP…..OK I woke up from my nightmare and President Obama and Joe Biden have won re-election.

  37. 113 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2012 at 12:09 am

    • 114 0388jojothecat
      August 11, 2012 at 12:23 am

      Andrea Mittchell and Chuck Todd are gushing over a possible Paul Ryan veep pick. Sickening.

      • 115 Lovepolitics2008
        August 11, 2012 at 12:29 am

        And it is just beginning. This will suck up all the oxygen for at least a couple of weeks.

        • August 11, 2012 at 6:16 am

          No it won’t. It will quickly deteriorate into a source of ridicule and embarrassment for the Romney camp, and the tax issue will continue to be front and center. The MSM’s attempt to make this seem like a fantastic choice will FAIL.

      • August 11, 2012 at 2:01 am

        Yeah – I watched about 20 minutes of Chuck Todd and Andrea – and it was truly nauseating. I hope the media knows that if they obfuscate the truth about Romney and Paul Ryan, they will have the consequences on their hands. The media are really the enemy of this country.

  38. 118 amk for obama
    August 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

    This will be the first time where both the prez/veep tickets will come from states that they will lose to the opposition ?

  39. 119 cluny
    August 11, 2012 at 12:20 am

    if he picks Ryan then Romney is an even bigger coward than I though possible. he’s just let the right wing bully him into Ryan – his campaign has lost it – they are running scared. Good luck in Florida guys arguing for eliminating Medicare.

  40. August 11, 2012 at 12:20 am

    WTF with the battleship? Is this for real?

    • 121 0388jojothecat
      August 11, 2012 at 12:21 am

      Will they parachute in holding hands? Will there be a banner, “Mission Accomplished”? hahahahahaha

    • 123 jacquelineoboomer
      August 11, 2012 at 12:47 am

      If it’s a real live USS ship, which I doubt, there are election-year rules against campaigning on ’em or any other Department of Defense property.

      Maybe it’s some sunken battleship off the coast of one of the islands where his money is?

    • August 11, 2012 at 6:33 am

      Wait? From a battleship? It’s bad enough he’s gonna be in my area today (Hampton Roads, VA), but he’s also gonna be on Naval Station Norfolk? Where I work? When I’m at work? WTF?

  41. 125 Dudette
    August 11, 2012 at 12:22 am

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      August 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

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        August 11, 2012 at 12:38 am

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  42. 129 Jeff
    August 11, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Romney is announcing…. Paul Ryan!!!! LOL

  43. August 11, 2012 at 12:23 am

    What the hell is David Frum talking about? Easy win?

  44. August 11, 2012 at 12:23 am

    NBC news is coming in with a BREAKING NEWS. LOLz.

  45. 136 Smoothscotch
    August 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    WTH Paul Ryan I ‘am. Hearing for VP?

  46. August 11, 2012 at 12:25 am

    You can’t make this up!

  47. August 11, 2012 at 12:29 am

    It’s all abt Wisconsin electoral votes

    The Koch brothers are hellbent on consolidating their capture of the beachhead of the progressive movement; i.e. Wisconsin. The idea is to demoralize liberals with a veep candidate we consider anathema to the progressive values we hold and WI as the heart of the progressive movement. If they can take WI electoral votes they think the entire Mid West will be theirs.

    After all they have said that they want to repeat what they did with Scott Walker. So if Ryan is the pick his murderous Randian budget will be airbrushed with Koch grease $ in a manner we will never fathom. Dick Gregory will pucker up in this evil bid to make Americans race to dismantle their social safety net.

    Koch et al have figured that this is their best chance of delivering poison to the American people with their own tacit consent. They firmly believe that the stresses of the economic debacle plus good old racism plus oodles of $$$ will give them the capacity to push through their extreme Libertarian agenda. They think the stars are aligned for them to this. it is their one shot to dismantle the American Commonweal and by golly they are not gonna pass it.

    Ryan is also an insurance in case something catastrophic happens to Romney ethics-wise. They will just mount a palace coup d’etat and install Ryan as flagbearer.

    Paul Ryan in the better English speaking version of Palin. They have never forgiven Pres. Obama for NOT being a Republican. Luntz said in 2006 that the GOP had been looking fro someone as electrifying as Obama to become their new Reagan. But when he did come along, he turned out to be a Democrat. Their hatred of him now is borne of jealousy.

    Ryan is supposed to be their Obama too and the media will be commandeered to pedestal him up. Romney will fade out of the spotlight to merely ceremonial roles. Ryan is the tip of the Bircher spear that has hollowed out the Republican party. The takeover is complete. All they have to do is to kick out Romney himself and present Sir Galt himself.

    This is the face of PURE EVIL

  48. 144 isonprize
    August 11, 2012 at 12:30 am

    From the twitterverse:

    NBC News ‏@NBCNews

    NBC News: 3 Sources indicate Rep Paul Ryan is Romney’s Vice Presidential pick.

  49. 146 itgurl_29
    August 11, 2012 at 12:33 am

  50. 147 isonprize
    August 11, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Oh and what about Paul Ryan receiving SSI survivors benefits thru college after his father died? But he wants to KILL programs like Medicare and Medicaid? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS SELFISH WHISTLEHEADS???

  51. 148 sabreen60
    August 11, 2012 at 12:34 am

    The Dems should be partying. Ryan wants to kill Medicare, Medicaid and privatize Social Security. The Catholic Nuns have condemned his budget along with the Center for Tax Policy. Ryan is nothing. Don’t believe the hype. He is the Republicans idea of intelligent.

  52. August 11, 2012 at 12:39 am

  53. 156 Ladyhawke
    August 11, 2012 at 12:46 am



    Each day I hear more and more about the voting irregularities in Ohio. I just watched Rachel Maddow again wonder why this is not a major news story across the country. This made me want to see the oath of office for the secretary of state in Ohio. I think he needs to be reminded of his duties and responsibilities and the oath he swore to uphold. Jon Husted is making a mockery of our democracy by allowing expanded voting hours in Republican counties and limiting hours in Democratic counties. Jon Husted said he would IMPARTIALLY DISCHARGE AND PERFORM ALL DUTIES. What he is allowing is a clear violation of his oath.


    For Immediate Release
    Sunday, January 9, 2011

    Columbus – Surrounded by family, friends, supporters and fellow elected officials, and standing in the Ohio House of Representatives Chamber where he once served as Speaker of the Ohio House, Jon Husted was sworn in as Ohio’s 53rd Secretary of State.
    As Secretary of State, Husted serves as Ohio’s chief elections officer. His highest priority is to collaborate with local elections boards to improve the overall administration of elections. As Ohio again looks to be the heart of it all in the 2012 Presidential Election, Secretary Husted wants to ensure a fair, transparent and efficient voting process in which all Ohioans, and voters across the nation, can be confident.
    Text of the Oath of Office:

    I, Jon Husted, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Ohio, and will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all of the duties incumbent upon me as the Secretary of State of Ohio according to the best of my ability, and understanding. This I do as I shall answer unto God.


    • 157 isonprize
      August 11, 2012 at 12:50 am

      LadyHawke, those rules don’t apply to them. Seriously, R-thugs think that they are above the law. They either break the rules and change them to suit their wants and desires.

  54. 158 amk for obama
    August 11, 2012 at 12:48 am

  55. August 11, 2012 at 12:50 am

    well what a shocker (not) that Romney may be choosing Ryan for VP… Joe Biden will shread him in the debate- he’s a big scummy tea bagging fool.

  56. August 11, 2012 at 12:50 am

    BRILLIANT analysis of the results that are showing up in polls right now and why Gallup and Real Clear Politics averages don’t match the findings of all the other polls: http://infidel753.blogspot.com/2012/08/lately-something-curious-has-been.html

    This was a great piece to read for me; it really explains why Nate Silver isn’t buying the polling data he’s seeing in the averages and keeps insisting they are wrong. For my money, Nate has simply lost his ability to be open to any data that doesn’t support his narrative.

  57. 163 auntsis522
    August 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Good evening or shall I saw good morning all. I went to see Chris Tucker in concert and he was very funny. He is the actor in “Friday” and “Rush Hour” movies. He was in Michael Jackson’s ‘You Rock my World’ video and did the opening conversation. He currently owes the IRS back taxes and is doing a 40 city comedy tour.
    Chris supports the President 100%. He spoke well and even did some OBAMA impersonations. Some stuff was really AA humor – fried chicken, he and Michelle fighting, more fried chicken, the president ‘pimp’ walk, even more fried chicken. LOL. He asked the crowd if they were going to vote for PBO and there was a extremely loud roar. It wasn’t just me and my good friend. It was good to hear the folks in South Florida screaming for the President. He said that PBO is going to raise his taxes and normally he wouldn’t mind except he has this tax issue. LOL He also commented on how he met the president when he was a state senator in Chicago. He stated ‘if he only knew’! He would have asked him if he too had to pay taxes. So, lots of tax jokes.
    It was really a very good and entertaining show. If he comes to your city, please see him. After he pays his taxes, he will start contributing to OFA!!

  58. 165 amk for obama
    August 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

  59. August 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

    President Obama Hosts an Iftar Dinner

    • 167 Ladyhawke
      August 11, 2012 at 1:14 am

      Thank you meta. This is just another reason to love President Obama. I was especially moved by the two passages below:

      1) HUMA ABEDIN

      They are entrepreneurs and lawyers, community leaders, members of our military, and Muslim American women serving with distinction in government. And that includes a good friend, Huma Abedin, who has worked tirelessly — (applause) — worked tirelessly in the White House, in the U.S. Senate, and most exhaustingly, at the State Department, where she has been nothing less than extraordinary in representing our country and the democratic values that we hold dear. Senator Clinton has relied on her expertise, and so have I.

      The American people owe her a debt of gratitude — because Huma is an American patriot, and an example of what we need in this country — more public servants with her sense of decency, her grace and her generosity of spirit. So, on behalf of all Americans, we thank you so much. (Applause.)


      And at times, we have to admit that this spirit is threatened. We’ve seen instances of mosques and synagogues, churches and temples being targeted. Tonight, our prayers, in particular, are with our friends and fellow Americans in the Sikh community. We mourn those who were senselessly murdered and injured in their place of worship. And while we may never fully understand what motivates such hatred, such violence, the perpetrators of such despicable acts must know that your twisted thinking is no match for the compassion and the goodness and the strength of our united American family.

      So tonight, we declare with one voice that such violence has no place in the United States of America. The attack on Americans of any faith is an attack on the freedom of all Americans. (Applause.) No American should ever have to fear for their safety in their place of worship. And every American has the right to practice their faith both openly and freely, and as they choose.


  60. 170 desertflower
    August 11, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Question…if Ryan is the pick, does he give up his Congressional seat? Can we have a two fer please??!!!!

    • 171 isonprize
      August 11, 2012 at 1:06 am

      Df, unfortunately, I’m pretty sure he can run for both simultaneously. But I don’t have proof of that. But I think there is precedent for it. I know Leiberman ran both for his Senate seat and VP when he was the Kerry ticket.

      • 172 desertflower
        August 11, 2012 at 1:08 am


        • 173 desertflower
          August 11, 2012 at 1:10 am


          Does Ryan have to give up his House seat? No. See Wisconsin’s election statute 8.03, which specificies that the prohibitions on running for multiple offices “shall not apply when a candidate for the office of president or vice president of the United States is nominated for another elective office during the same election. If the candidate is elected president or vice president of the United States such election shall void the candidate’s election to any other office. A special election shall be held to fill any office vacated under this subsection.” As was the case when Joe Biden joined the Obama ticket, the veep nominee can run for his current job, just in case.

      • August 11, 2012 at 4:26 am

        Hopefully, as people actually learn what he’s up to, they’ll vote him out of all seats.

  61. 175 Dudette
    August 11, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Mr. Romney — you’re a vegetable!!

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  63. August 11, 2012 at 12:56 am

    So, Romney/Ryan. Either this is a brilliant move or he just fucked himself even more.

  64. 182 amk for obama
    August 11, 2012 at 12:57 am

    • 183 Dudette
      August 11, 2012 at 1:02 am


      Stop! It hurts to laugh so hard on an empty stomach!!!

      • 184 anniebella
        August 11, 2012 at 1:07 am

        So I saw on MSNBC the breaking news about Mitt releasing his VP choice tomorrow. So you all seem to think it will be Paul Ryan. Well I don’t know, we will see.

  65. 185 jacquelineoboomer
    August 11, 2012 at 1:04 am


    • 186 desertflower
      August 11, 2012 at 1:07 am

      I want someone to enforce this! This guy is a clueless dick

    • August 11, 2012 at 1:57 am

      Wow, thanks JO’B. Staggering ignorance/arrogance.

      • 188 jacquelineoboomer
        August 11, 2012 at 2:15 am

        meta – My computer’s been freezing, but I think I’ve found that the USS WISCONSIN is a decommissioned ship, now listed as one of the “historic naval ships” and residing at a maritime center in Norfolk, available for tours by “you people.”

        If that’s correct, then it appears a decommissioned ship may be the site of a presidential candidate’s buffoonery and his eventual personal decommissioning in November – if that made sense. 🙂

    • 189 Zekke Lydonna
      August 11, 2012 at 2:32 am

      heads up: All Caps is hard to read.

      • 190 jacquelineoboomer
        August 11, 2012 at 3:23 am

        Yes, sorry, I copied it from a Naval Message – which is issued in all caps – and didn’t feel like retyping. Sorry.

  66. 191 desertflower
    August 11, 2012 at 1:06 am

    🙂 Dem operative: “We’ve spent 18 months trying to make House races about their plan for Medicare and Mitt Romney just did it for us overnight”
    — @mpoindc via Twitter for Android

  67. 192 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 11, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Paul Ryan as VP: Good news for John McCain!!!

    Willard is a joke and puts the D in desperate. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I guess it wasn’t enough that PBO spanked little Ryan, shredded those crayon scribblings that he calls a Budget, and sent him to bed without his supper — and did it all on national television. 😆

    And what the hell is Willard doing making this announcement in Norfolk?!?! His campaign is a hot ass mess. 🙄

  68. 195 Dudette
    August 11, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Gotta stick with Mike for at least one more…

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  70. 198 isonprize
    August 11, 2012 at 1:11 am

    They know they can’t win fair and square. I am convinced that the Re-thugs will try to steal this election.


    IN PA, we must get people to have the proper ID to vote.

    • 199 sabreen60
      August 11, 2012 at 1:28 am

      Absolutely. Voter suppression is no joke. The Repubs are pulling out all the stops. Dems are filing suits, but we can’t “wait and see. We have got to get the vote out!!!

  71. 200 auntsis522
    August 11, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Although this is fun, it cant be Ryan. The gods are not supposed to be humorous!!! LOL I was hoping for either PawPaw or Palin 2.0.

  72. 201 99ts
    August 11, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Could it be McConnell? It is in Virginia & the GOP just love these surprise VPs

    I cannot understand why Mitt’s campaign chooses to tell people late on a Friday about an event early on Saturday. Other than interrupting the end of the Olympics – lots of people are out Friday evening & sleeping in on Saturday.

    Meanwhile – which reporter will ask the question as to vetting the VP via his tax returns? Will it be the first question?

  73. 203 desertflower
    August 11, 2012 at 1:13 am

    My Romney VP app vibrating madly and flashing pictures of Medicare logo with red X’s over it. Possible sign.

    — @pourmecoffee via TweetDeck

  74. 204 desertflower
    August 11, 2012 at 1:16 am


    Carl Cameron reports that Romney will announce his VP pick tomorrow morning in Norfolk, Va. All Signs seem to point to Paul Ryan.

    — @BretBaier via Twittelator

    Norfolking way could Obama be this lucky … or could he? ***************************************************

  75. 205 Elly in Maryland
    August 11, 2012 at 1:16 am

    If it’s Ryan will someone with more tech aptitude than me please break out the Eddie Munster photos and run them continuously? Ryan with his pasty white skin and black widow’s peak – what a runt.

  76. 206 Dudette
    August 11, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Mark this date on your calendar. Aug 11, 2012 – the date Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign dives headfirst into this…

  77. 207 Dudette
    August 11, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Even though the Romnesians are sabotaging their own campaign… we’ve got keep on pressing FORWARD!

  78. 208 sabreen60
    August 11, 2012 at 1:25 am

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  80. 216 desertflower
    August 11, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Comment from BJ:

    1. The GOP may have just lost the House. Now the Ryan budget that every single GOP House member voted for will now be front and center. Every Democratic challenger will wrap it around his opponent’s neck like an anvil.
    2. Ryan may end be the de facto Presidential nominee, not Mitt. The base loves him like they never loved Romney and he will likely overshadow Mitt. I thought Christie wasn’t a choice for Veep because he would overshadow Mitt. So why Ryan then?
    3. The way this is being announced. At 8 in the morning on a Saturday, while the Olympics are still going on? This doesn’t sound planned, this sounds slapped together at the last minute in a desperate attempt to staunch the bleeding and quiet the conservative hordes howling for blood after Andrea Saul’s fuckup.
    Once again: Worst. Campaign. Ever.

  81. 221 Dudette
    August 11, 2012 at 1:37 am

    I remind everyone what happened a few short weeks ago when certain news outlets got egg on their faces from gleeful and prematurely reporting that ACA had been struck down by the Supreme Court. That is all.

    • August 11, 2012 at 2:11 am

      Yes, Dudette, a wise reminder.

      But, it would be the most colossal diss of Ryan one could ever imagine … with all the major corporate outlets running with it … if #BainMitt did a flip and a flop on Ryan 🙂

      I’d pay for that kind of entertainment. Hell, I’d pay for this kind of entertainment!!!!

      Never in my lifetime did I ever, remotely, think a major US political party would descend to this level of stupidity.

      A damn, I sure wish I had Chips cell phone # so I could text her and tell her to join the party!!!


      • August 11, 2012 at 4:48 am

        Chips always misses out on the “breaking news”.

      • 224 jackiegrumbacher
        August 11, 2012 at 7:37 am

        Yeah, Bob, I’ve seen some lousy VP choices in my lifetime (Miss Sarah as a notable example) but this is the worst by any yardstick. Let Willard try explaining the Ryan plan to Florida seniors.

  82. 225 desertflower
    August 11, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Another BJ comment: I agree….

    The Thin Black Duke Says:

    Again, this moronic and disastrous decision just reinforces my belief that what’s left of the GOP brain trust has been lobotomized.
    Let me make this clear, I believe that Romney and Ryan clearly represent what the Republican party has always wanted to do to America, step by step, inch by inch.
    Problem is, they’ve been able to disguise their malicious intentions for decades with lies, smoke and mirrors and racist dog whistles. But not any more.
    No matter how loudly the GOP yells at us to not pay attention to the two sociopaths behind the curtain, it’s too late. We can finally see exactly who and what they are.
    And it’s terrifying.

    • 226 COS
      August 11, 2012 at 1:44 am

      Robney does not have any balls. What kind of foreign policy experience does Ryan have? I would not trust him for national security. I remember when everyone wanted PBO to choose Hillary but PBO made his own choice. Hillary has been a super SOS.

    • 227 Zekke Lydonna
      August 11, 2012 at 2:39 am

      Ryan is a ‘true believer’. Ain’t than Grand! I mean that in the most malicious way.

  83. 228 cluny
    August 11, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Well said Dudette. But if it’s true it’s like a Palin deja vu. emember how McCain kept banging on about ‘experience’ but once h epicked Palin that issue was off teh table. Now Mittiot can’t bang on about ‘business experience’. Ryan will overshadow Romney like Palin did McCain. Ryan is part of the loathed ‘do nothing congress’ – he represents everything wrong with the Rethug party. Wow – I just can’t believe they will really pick him. Romney is an unbelievable coward – he must have been worried that he wouldn’t even make it out of the convention if he didn’t pick Ryan. The only problem is that the MSM has accepted that Ryan is some kind of genius – must go back and read some of Krugman’s devastating take downs of him. PBO sure is lucky – he took out Bin Laden and he’s going to destroy Thurston Howwell III and Eddie Munster next. To quote darth Vader Cheney ‘it’s a reckless choice’ – so reckless that all must work extra hard to make sure they get thrashed – voter suppression and all.

    • 229 4morefor44
      August 11, 2012 at 2:08 am

      “PBO sure is lucky…” whoa. have to clarify something here. that’s a theme that’s been popular in the professional left circles about president obama since he first became president, and has continued to this day. republicans use it about his incredible school achievement as well, and they both use it to this day, and it’s basically calling him an “affirmative action” case and nothing beyond that. as if all these incredible things this man has done happened just by chance and not because of his thinking 5 steps ahead of everyone else. you didn’t mean it in that way, did you? I sure hope not.

      i’ve been noticing that one gaining steam recently too. the darker-skinned guy can’t achieve just on his smarts…he’s gets “lucky.” i suppose he just got lucky that he found michelle and has raised his daughters the way he has too…out of luck. and i guess he just got lucky that he made a mockery of paul ryan several months back in front of a national television audience, by inviting ryan specifially to sit in the front row…just luck i suppose now that ryan is the likely republican vp candidate. yep, just goes from one lucky thing to the next, that guy barack! if i never hear that one again, i’ll be a happy camper.

      • 230 cluny
        August 11, 2012 at 2:49 am

        That is not what I meant. I think PBO is one the most talented and brilliant men on the plamet. Everything he got he worked for – probably harder than most. But sometimes luck does play a part in life – like the fact that when he ran for Senate ex Chicago Bears coach Mike Dikta (a revered figure in Chicago) was thinking about getting into the race for the Republicans but decided not to – something PBO acknowledges himself. There was no suggestion in my post of anything remotely related to affirmitive action – and I agree that it is a ludicrous charge against PBO whenever it is made but it certainly has not been made by me here.

        • 231 4morefor44
          August 11, 2012 at 7:44 am

          okay. cool. thanks for clarifying. i’ve been seeing that one a lot, specially around so-called liberal blogs, and it bugs me so much that’s i’ve gotten pretty touchy about it. forward!!

    • 232 Dudette
      August 11, 2012 at 2:13 am

      I think if he picks Ryan, it’s not his own choice, he’s being forced to do it. Just like he’ll be forced to do everything the extreme right wants between now and Nov. 6. But then he and Miss Ann can go on a really long vacation (like forevah) and it’ll be all good.

      Oh and the thought of trouncing him and Romney for the Presidency and also kicking his butt out of Congress, would be heavenly.

  84. 233 desertflower
    August 11, 2012 at 1:53 am

    In anticipation of Ryan being the VP los..er..pick…let’s get some juices flowing here….


    A little more than a decade ago, Wisconsin was rocked with the caucus scandals, where it was found that both Republicans and Democrats were found to be having their caucus staff doing illegal politicking while working on state time and using state equipment.

    The caucus scandals again rose in prominence in the past year as Walkergate, the John Doe investigation into Scott Walker, his campaign and his staff at Milwaukee County, revealed that they were also partaking in illegal politicking while on the taxpayers dime.


    When the Democrats regained control of the senate, one of things that did happen is that they were able to get their hands on all the documents regarding the gerrymandering. When these became available, most of the media focused on the partisanship of the gerrymandering and how it was obviously meant to infringe on voters’ rights. While this is undeniably true, it is also only part of the story.

    For example, there is one email from Andy Speth, who is Paul Ryan’s Chief of Staff:
    Thank you for being available to participate in the call this afternoon with the Speaker, the Majority Leader and Congressman Ryan. The purpose of the call is to get everyone on the same page as far as the process and timing of the congressional redistricting map is concerned.
    What a nice, polite email showing a team working together, right?

    Well, not exactly.

    • 234 99ts
      August 11, 2012 at 2:05 am

      Apologies to the sane person on a GOP website who gave me this idea

      1. Mitt the CEO
      2. Selected his hot shot finance guy for his apprentice

      Maybe Mitt thinks Ryan can explain away the tax returns?

  85. August 11, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Darn, I’m in twitter jail. Sooooo many great tweets flying by right now. Grrrrr!!

  86. 237 Dudette
    August 11, 2012 at 1:59 am

    After we clean house on Nov 6, shortly thereafter, a bunch of Republicans (including the Romneys) will be picking up pieces… of luggage for their trip back home!

  87. 238 Smoothscotch
    August 11, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Woot, met a couple on a in-state cruise in Florida, where I am vacationing til sunday, then back to Canada, talked about upcoming election” upshot was. She will vote, it is her right, her family always does, the matriarch in her family insisted as soon as they were old enough. He cannot apparently as he has a record. She indicated, quietly she is with PBO and appeared to know what was going on.This couple is residing in, South Carolina.

    Trying to do what I can while I am in the US and can speak face to face, as I am not allowed to donate $.

    I want RObme CRUSHED. and RYAN if he is the V.P.

    BTW…..I also gave the lady TOD site, maybe she’ll pass it Woot, met a couple on a in-state cruise in Florida, where I am vacationing til sunday, then back to Canada, talked about upcoming election” upshot was. She will vote, it is her right, her family always does, the matriarch in her family insisted as soon as they were old enough. He cannot apparently as he has a record. She indicated, quietly she is with PBO and appeared to know what was going on.This couple is residing in, South Carolina.

    Trying to do what I can while I am in the US and can speak face to face, as I am not allowed to donate $.

    I want RObme CRUSHED. and RYAN if he is the V.P.
    BTW…..I also gave the lady TOD site, maybe she’ll pass it on.

  88. August 11, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Ryan can’t release his tax returns because that will make Romney look stupid so we’ll have two people running about whom we know nothing of their financial dealings.

  89. 241 Smoothscotch
    August 11, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Oops, sorry I messed up on that comment, copied twice geez, I better go to bed.

    G’night or should be morning folks.

  90. 243 desertflower
    August 11, 2012 at 2:13 am


    ROMNEY TO UNVEIL VICE PRESIDENTIAL PICK ON SATURDAY | Mitt Romney will announce his vice presidential pick on Saturday morning in Norfolk, Virginia as he kicks off the “Plan For A Stronger Middle Class” bus tour. The kick off will occur on the USS Wisconsin. Romney aides told reporters on Friday that they expect the announcement of the running mate and the convention to be worth a double digit bounce in the polls for the candidate.

    A DOUBLE DIGIT BOUNCE IN THE POLLS???????????????? HAHAHAHAHAHA On what planet?

  91. 249 4morefor44
    August 11, 2012 at 2:17 am

    i think they’re just throwing in the towel on the presidential, and probably no one else would say yes to going down with the u.s.s mittbot, except ryan. paulie is probably thinking it’s worth it to him just for the national name recognition and how that;ll help him in future elections. unfortunately for paulie, he lives in the bubble the media creates around him and all republicans, and he thinks america actually is interested in what he has to say, so it makes sense in his damaged little brain. just like $arah palin did. poor paulie…he believes his own hype. oh well, we need to crush him and republicans once and for all. forward!!

  92. 252 desertflower
    August 11, 2012 at 2:21 am


    HE DREAMS OF YOUR PAIN /// This week, as he rolled out his conception of a federal budget, Ryan produced the definitive statement of his political philosophy: There are those Americans who deserve to live and those Americans who don’t.

    Paul Ryan is a thoroughgoing fraud. He went through high school and most of college on Social Security survivor benefits after his father’s death. He voted for almost all the Bush programs — including both off-the-books wars — that ballooned the deficit he so piously condemns now. And this week, as he rolled out his lunatic conception of a federal budget, Paul Ryan produced the definitive statement of his political philosophy: There are those Americans who deserve to live and those Americans who don’t. Period. All of the former are very, very wealthy. All of the latter are poor, or struggling, or old. Paul Ryan believes the true mission of government is to bring as much pain to the parasites as it can because, by doing so, it can liberate the genius of those people who deserve to live. When Paul Ryan dreams of a free nation, it is one in which the seventy-two-year-old spouses of seventy-five-year-old patients are free to go out and shop in a rigged insurance market for the $100,000-plus they’re going to need over a lifetime of tending to that patient. If they insisted on feeding themselves, and even risking the odd vacation, over the course of their working lives and they failed to anticipate what might befall them, then the spouse is going to have to starve and the patient is just going to have to sit there in his own filth, until market forces determine that they should die.
    Look at him when he talks about dismantling the hard-won protections of the shrinking middle class. He is so positively lubricious about it that his teeth seem to be sweating. Pain (not his) purifies the nation. Pain (not his) makes us free. This is what Paul Ryan dreams of when he dreams of a free people.
    The object of his politics is to render political liberty subservient to economic exigencies, to render it an unaffordable luxury item available only to the wealthy, because only the wealthy are competent enough to exercise it.

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  94. 256 4morefor44
    August 11, 2012 at 2:23 am

    i hope this video gets a lot more viewings now, since paulie boy is an important part of it:

    it was one of my favorite of the last year. the message dovetails nicely with president obama’s consistent message of taking down “trickle down economics” once and for all, and paulie boy is happy to be the face of trickle down along with his daddy mittbot. yes!!!

  95. August 11, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Household chores, tidying up:

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  98. 272 4morefor44
    August 11, 2012 at 3:01 am

    funny republican fail sidenote…just a week or two ago they were making a big deal about the phone app for the vp announcement. looks like they screwed the pooch on that one too!

    their first phone app spelled america as “amercia.” without the media covering for these idjits, republicans would been a distant fringe party. i cannot believe how much they screw up and make no sense whatsoever. crazy.

    • 274 4morefor44
      August 11, 2012 at 3:11 am

      omg. i’ve never seen that before (i watched the video clip with the clueless “reporter” too). rmoney is totally losing his mind in that clip. so, so weird. mittbot is such a train wreck…except for using his immense privilege and advantages from his dad to steal money from americans to enrich his family and cult church….he’s good at that, i suppose…

      • 275 99ts
        August 11, 2012 at 3:16 am

        It seems he has never had to negotiate, compromise or join with others to find a solution. He gives orders to his wife, children and employees. Does he really think the President’s job is to rule the country. He will never be President – but I have to admit to a secret wish to see him in action trying to work with a democrat congress – from the look of that video – he would implode – or be impeached – whichever came first.

  99. 277 99ts
    August 11, 2012 at 3:20 am

    For late night enjoyment – the commenters at BJ are wonderful

    (In my world it’s 5pm and soon time to get dinner – it’s also cold – middle of winter)

  100. 278 jacquelineoboomer
    August 11, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Okay, as best I can, since my computer keeps freezing, let me get this straight:

    If Romney is picking Ryan (to star in the Lyin’ and Ryan Show), then it’ll be announced in a tried and true Navy town – Norfolk – when Romney dodged the draft during Vietnam and never served (fakery #1).

    And the host will be Virginia Gov. McDonnell (or Old McDonald, whichever), who could have been the VP pick but now must swallow his … ahem … dignity in public and pretend he doesn’t mind being the bridesmaid, not the bride (fakery #2).

    And it may be “at” the USS WISCONSIN, which is a decommissioned ship, but it’ll look good as a backdrop for the presidential candidate who THINKS he’ll be turning our Defense Department back into the War Department (fakery #3), and, thus, I guess, scare Iran.

    And Romney lies constantly and inconsistently, and Ryan keeps saying he’s just concerned with budget figures and not with ruining the lives of senior citizens, and those two are the biggest effin’ fakers I think we’ve seen in a long time (which equals fakery to the Nth degree).

    What’s next? Pigs in lipstick flying?

  101. 283 Zekke Lydonna
    August 11, 2012 at 4:03 am

    It’s 12:51 am. I can’t sleep. This is really exciting. Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from Wisconsin, will force the GOP master plan into the public square, in a way the MSM has failed to do. The ‘Masters of the Universe’ will finally be exposed. Every Republican who voted for the Ryan Bill will now have to explain themselves. The Dems will be on fire, because saving Medicare from the rethugs is solid political ground. No need to cower.

    The Convention and the debates will give Dems the platforms they need to bypass the MSM, and get real policy information to the public. It will also be an opportunity to inform people about the total Rethug obstruction tactics. The masks will be stripped from their two-faces, and the gloves will come off.

    Did I mention that Harry Reid is awesome.

    I’m thinking that there are Republicans who plan to publicly cross-over to the Dems. Maybe even switch parties. If that’s true, it will give other sane Republicans the ‘cover’ they need to do the same.

    I am filled with renewed energy, to face the battle ahead. We will be filled with the spirit of the ‘righteous’. TeeHee.

  102. 285 Zekke Lydonna
    August 11, 2012 at 4:11 am

    I tried to take the high road.

  103. 287 desertflower
    August 11, 2012 at 4:21 am


    I Love It When People Say I Can’t Understand Romney Because I’ve ‘Never Started Or Run A Business’…


    • 288 anniebella
      August 11, 2012 at 7:31 am

      Because you never run a business you can’t understand RomneyHood. That’s B.S. I understand how football is played though I’ve never played a down. The fact is I understand RomneyHood, and what I understand I don’t like. Or trust.

  104. 289 prettyfoot58
    August 11, 2012 at 4:40 am

    RE: voter suppression….

    It is time to sit in…it maybe time to get arrested again…Voting is our life blood…

  105. 290 prettyfoot58
    August 11, 2012 at 4:43 am

    How can the discrimatory practices of allowing some voters to have early voting while others are denied..be constitutional and not a violation of the Voting Rights act…

    • 291 Nili
      August 11, 2012 at 6:08 am

      This is not really on topic here, but I have a question on voting procedures as a foreigner that came up when chatting to a friend from Missouri a few days ago.
      He mentioned upcoming local elections and I asked some details about that. He then said that things usually went like this: you go to vote, they ask you whether you want the Democrat or the Republican list and you then go to tick the names you choose from that ballot. (As opposed to picking the party in the booth)I was totally confused by that because I always thought that, just like here, there is a right in the US for equal and secret elections. He said it had not always been that way, I am very confused by that. Can someone tell me more about that? It doesn´t seem legit…

      • 292 57andFemale
        August 11, 2012 at 8:04 am

        In IL, that’s for the primary, not the general. There is one ballot for the general election.

      • 293 jackiegrumbacher
        August 11, 2012 at 8:09 am

        He’s wrong, Nili. That scenario is only for closed primaries in some states when you pick the person to represent your party in the general election. In the general election, you vote for whoever you please–no questions asked. Obviously, this guy has never voted in a general election or was trying to confuse you.

  106. 295 prettyfoot58
    August 11, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Mitt Romney will name Paul Ryan as his VP. Here’s what that means……

    Romney’s original intention was to make the 2012 election a referendum on President Obama’s management of the economy. Ryan makes it a choice between two competing plans for deficit reduction. This election increasingly resembles the Obama campaign’s strategy rather than the Romney campaign’s strategy…..

    Ryan upends Romney’s whole strategy. Until now, Romney’s play has been very simple: Don’t get specific. In picking Ryan, he has yoked himself to each and every one of Ryan’s specifics


  107. August 11, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Nothing to see here…move along, move along.

    So Mitt, what about your taxes?

  108. 298 globalcitizenlinda
    August 11, 2012 at 7:05 am

    moment ryan’s name was mentioned as vp choice, i remembered how President Obama stood infront of him and systematically took ryan’s medicare-privatizing- and-social security–destroying-budget apart

    of course ryan almost wept and asked for mercy like his now new running mate mitt asked for mercy from PBO.


  109. 300 lamh35
    August 11, 2012 at 7:23 am

    welp, it’s official. mittens picked Ryan.

  110. August 11, 2012 at 7:35 am

    The Decommissioned Battleship
    Missouri, to announce to the Country that they just lost Florida.
    I am pleased…

  111. 306 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2012 at 7:36 am

    • 307 amk for obama
      August 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

    • 308 anniebella
      August 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

      But Mark Knoller what about my Medicare and Social Security. And that cutting debt and deficit, whose’s the one who will suffer from Ryan’s so call Knowledge? The poor and middle class, that’s who.

  112. August 11, 2012 at 7:41 am

  113. 310 lamh35
    August 11, 2012 at 7:43 am

    ok, so the combined FP experience between the 2 is zilch. So an “unscheduled” event means what for the Ryan/RMoney ticket. The RMoney camp is laying it all on the economic lines & ain’t gonna fight on any other turf. can’t wait to see Bidn & Ryan discuss FP

  114. August 11, 2012 at 7:44 am

    The media liveliest begins- the battleship Missouri was just in an Alien Movie! I am serious.
    What does Stephanie Cutter say?

  115. 312 amk for obama
    August 11, 2012 at 7:46 am

  116. 314 dotster3
    August 11, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Remember this—–as Ryan was in the midst of revealing his big plans to eliminate the safety net for seniors, he was spotted in a fancy restaurant with 2 lobbyists/conservative economists yucking it up, laughing about imagined liberal disdain for rich people, as multiple bottles of $350 wine were ordered. A fellow diner became enraged and disgusted about what she heard and saw and approached the table. Don’t know if Ryan was embarrassed or not but there’s a grainy vid of this somewhere.

  117. 315 amk for obama
    August 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

  118. 317 amk for obama
    August 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

  119. 323 amk for obama
    August 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

  120. August 11, 2012 at 7:55 am

  121. 325 anniebella
    August 11, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Ladies and Gentlemen, we can not get over confident . We have to keep battling, fighting, registering, volunteering, donating, educating the public, we can not act like we have this all wrap up. Not with the things the Republicans are doing to keep certain people from voting. We’re in a battle and it’s one we intend to win. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    • 326 lamh35
      August 11, 2012 at 8:03 am

      I don’t see anyone being over confident. the news is brand spanking new. it’s just such a desperate kind of pick that people are rightfully panning for obvious reasons, like someone said on twitter, the Obama camp are ready regardless. the camp has been trying to link Romney to Ryan since Mittens became front runner & voiced his support of Ryan’s plan & the RMoney camp through one fell swoop literally wrote the ticket for them

    • 328 57andFemale
      August 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

      No one’s over-confident. But this is a pick by Romney that hands us significant ammunition.

  122. 329 lamh35
    August 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

    conserv luv Ryan for his budget, so even if Ryan or mittens want to try to nuance & tweak it, RWNJ ain’t having it. so Mittens is gonna have to embrace the steaming pile of shit budget as is. wow.

  123. 330 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

  124. 332 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2012 at 8:03 am

  125. August 11, 2012 at 8:04 am

    TOPICS OF THE DAY: August 11, 2012:

    Taxes returns…Bain….Olympics…Marriott….drip, drip, drip….

    Stay on target…..

  126. August 11, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Chris Hayes has absolutely the worst guests always.
    He now has the Coward and Willards Health care adviser.

    • 337 hopefruit2
      August 11, 2012 at 8:15 am

      As I told someone on Twitter, I have low expectations for Hayes and/or Maddow on this issue. MSNBC is determined to try to use this to pivot away from Bain/taxes issue. Howard Fineman couldn’t wait to make the ludicrous claim that Ryan will make the campaign more substantive and it won’t be about Mitt’s taxes anymore.

      • 338 57andFemale
        August 11, 2012 at 8:33 am

        Maddow’s been the best voice on Mitt’s tax returns for weeks. I’ll give her credit when credit is due.

        • 339 Zekke Lydonna
          August 11, 2012 at 6:13 pm

          Agreed. I love rachel. In fact, Rachel Maddow (MSNBC), Stephanie Miller (@SMShow-Current TV), and Randi Rhodes (@randiradio) are 3 of the best, in terms of providing accurate, timely information.

  127. 341 utaustinliberal
    August 11, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Hahahahahahahaha…….I woke up super early – have no clue why – and the news said it’s Paul Ryan. Thanks for the huge grin Mitt. Who the hell is running this campaign? Paul Ryan? The author and defender of the Kill Medicare Bill? Did Pawlenty and Portman run away because they know just how ridiculous Romney is? The White House and the The Obama Team are laughing their asses off. Yeah we won’t get overconfident and we’ll still work our behinds off but this is too funny. The media is having a collective orgasm tweeting and talking about how it’s such a bold choice that will invigorate the race. Umm….no it won’t. Because now it’s going to be about how Ryan’s budget explodes the deficit, kicks seniors off the Medicare they’ve known for years, and oh yeah….Romney’s missing tax returns.

    Hahahahahahahaah……Chips we need a new thread please. I fear this thread may be overcrowded with dances, laughs, and guffaws….Hahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. :lo: 😆 😆

  128. 343 amk for obama
    August 11, 2012 at 8:19 am

  129. 344 57andFemale
    August 11, 2012 at 8:21 am


    “Zakaria’s very bad day: “Time magazine suspended Fareed Zakaria, the CNN host and Time editor at large, on Friday afternoon after he apologized for plagiarizing sections of his Aug. 20 column on gun control.”

  130. 348 hopefruit2
    August 11, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Is Old Orange broken? Can’t get on the site.

  131. August 11, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I loathe Paul the “granny starver” even more than I do Mitt Romney.

  132. 352 dotster3
    August 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

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