Women for Obama – Obviously




ThinkProgress: Earlier today, Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) claimed that “legitimate rape” does not often lead to pregnancy because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” This is not the first time the biologically challenged senate candidate tried to minimize the impact of rape. Last year, Akin joined with GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan as two of the original co-sponsors of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bill which, among other things, introduced the country to the bizarre term “forcible rape.”

….. Although a version of this bill passed the GOP-controlled House, the “forcible rape” language was eventually removed due to widespread public outcry. Paul Ryan, however, believes that the “forcible rape” language does not actually go far enough to force women to carry their rapist’s baby. Ryan believes that abortion should be illegal in all cases except for “cases in which a doctor deems an abortion necessary to save the mother’s life.” So rape survivors are out of luck.

And, of course, as we learned today, Akin isn’t even sure that “legitimate” rape survivors can get pregnant in the first place.

Full post here





261 Responses to “Women for Obama – Obviously”

  1. 1 Grab a Mop Grace
    August 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I am for Obama, Obviously:)
    Obama/Biden 2012

    • 2 Grab a Mop Grace
      August 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      No Way I’m First?

      • 3 hopefruit2
        August 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

        Yes way. Congratulations on #1 🙂

      • 4 isonprize
        August 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        Hey, Grab a Mop Grace. Would you do us the favor of explaining your very cool screen name? I’m just guessing that there is a story there. 😆 😆 😆

        • 5 jacquelineoboomer
          August 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

          Not to speak for Grace, but as I recall some folks over on OFA used to borrow the “Grab a Mop” phrase, following this speech in ’09:

          ‘Grab a Mop,’ Obama Tells Health Care Overhaul Critics

          By MATTHEW JAFFE (@matthewbjaffe)
          Oct. 16, 2009

          President Barack Obama Thursday night called out his critics in Congress for blasting Democratic attempts to overhaul health care without proposing solutions of their own. “What I reject is when some folks sit on the sidelines and root for failure,” he said at a fundraiser in San Francisco where he was joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. “I’m busy,” he told the crowd. “Nancy’s busy with her mop cleaning up somebody else’s mess. We don’t want somebody sitting back saying you’re not holding the mop the right way.

          “Why don’t you grab a mop? Why don’t you help clean up?

          “You’re not mopping fast enough,” the president said, imitating his critics’ comments.

          “That’s a socialist mop.

          “Grab a mop!” he demanded. “Let’s get to work.”


          • 6 isonprize
            August 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

            OK, well that makes sense. Wow, that also reminded me how we have to get Nancy Smash her gavel back!!

            • 7 Grab a Mop Grace
              August 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

              JackieO, you are correct on the name explanation. Was out most the evening, so I appreciate you providing the context.
              Thanks for asking ison.
              Some of those speeches just don’t go away for me, and the “Grab a Mop” speech really illustrated the obstruction that the President has had to overcome to accomplish what he has.

              Let’s get to work!
              Obama/Biden 2012

          • 8 Pamela
            August 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm

            I remember that – a pointed challenge facing a genuine crisis. Hard not to love a guy like PBO!

        • 10 globalcitizenlinda
          August 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

          guessing that “grab a mop” is a phrase taken from PBO’s speeches during/leading up to the 2010 midterms – possibly first said in Boston or CT.

          Remember when he made a couple of speeches saying that republicans created the big mess and now all they were saying was that “(Prez)Obama is not cleaning up fast enough…. that PBO was not holding the mop right …. instead of criticizing “grab a mop” O

      • 11 TrumpDog
        August 19, 2012 at 7:12 pm

        WTG! 🙂

  2. 12 collegekay
    August 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm


  3. 15 vcprezofan2
    August 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Obviously. 😆 😆

    • 16 vcprezofan2
      August 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Cool, GAM & CK, All above comments clock in at the same time, even K’s 2nd comment! 😀 Chips better get a millisecond hand timer.

    • 17 hopefruit2
      August 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Vc congratulations, on being tied for # 1 with grace and ck 🙂

      • 18 vcprezofan2
        August 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm

        TY, HF! It looks like PFI also clocked in at the same time, so there are 4 hands resting on the award as we pose for the pic. 😉

  4. 21 Proud Former White House Intern
    August 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm


  5. 23 criquet
    August 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Bringing this over from the end of the last thread.

    Please spread far and wide:

  6. 27 utaustinliberal
    August 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    The sad truth is that there are dozens of Todd Akin’s in the House of Rep controlled by Republicans. One perfect example is Paul Ryan. He holds the same view. He sponsored a bill to define rape in such a disgusting manner that comes down to blaming the victim. He also believes that abortion should never be legal even in the case of rape and incest.

    How a woman can vote republican in 2012 sickens me.

    • 28 hopefruit2
      August 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      And a man who professes to love and respect women has no business voting Republican in 2012 either. Akin is now getting blasted on Twitter and elsewhere, while McCaskill’s fundraising has just taken off.

      • 29 jackiegrumbacher
        August 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

        Well I hope this stays front and center for McCaskill between now and election day. Akin is now damaged goods and I hope she just presses the heck of this from now on. How any woman in Missouri could vote for this misogynist idiot is beyond me. It’s way past time for women in this country to stand up and shout, Enough, and vote everyone of these ugly elephants out of office.

    • 30 Michele
      August 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      and PERSONHOOD…of a woman’s fertilized egg.

      • 31 isonprize
        August 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

        Michele, didn’t you know? Sperm are people too, my friends. I would laugh if I didn’t think that somewhere, some Republican legislator is drafting that bill as we speak…

        • 32 jackiegrumbacher
          August 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

          Yes and the Supreme Court is going to let every little fetal corporation donate unlimited cash to candidates with disclosing themselves. After all, the little unborn darlings haven’t even been named yet. Just little corporate entities in their billionaire father’s eyes.

    • 33 cindysweatt
      August 19, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Let’s “shut that whole thing down.”

  7. August 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm

  8. 36 dotster3
    August 19, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Extreme cuteness

  9. 37 edwina3
    August 19, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Another RW nut job that nobody denounces, this quote and picture says it all.


    • 38 isonprize
      August 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      With a ‘Pittsburgh Steelers’ hat on. Know why that’s stupid? Art Rooney, and the whole Rooney family, (owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers) is a HUGE President Obama supporter.

      Stupid is as stupid does.

  10. August 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    We went to the Iowa State Fair again yesterday and stood on the exact spot where PBO had his beer and porkchop on a stick last Monday! I may be biased, but I THINK the aura was still there.

    Then we went to the Iowa Democrats booth and chatted with a very energetic and smart volunteer. She took our picture with POTUS, FLOTUS, and Bo – who just happened to be there (well, their cardboard likeness, anyhow). You might be able to see it at: http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=2ac90bf047c42d8b&sid=0IcuGjlu2cNXOA.

  11. 51 edwina3
    August 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Twitter is on fire! I like this one:

    “@AngieMacMcA: The female body also has ways of shutting down your whole election @RepToddAkin. #legitimaterape”

  12. 53 hopefruit2
    August 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm

  13. 54 itgurl_29
    August 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Chips, have you seen this clips of Atlanta’s Mayor Reed on MTP? He’s a a sharp surrogate!


    • 55 Sharon
      August 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      I saw that but didn’t know who he was because I didn’t watch the intros. He was impressive. Didn’t get far on your video because I can’t stand Peggy Noonan.

      • 56 anniebella
        August 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        Sharon you are not by yourself, I can not stand Peggy Noonan Regan, in her witch mind, his other wife or a Regan child.

        • 57 cindysweatt
          August 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm

          I can not stand that woman. I have no idea why they have her on the show. I think they must pay to be on. The way she always closes her eyes and speaks like everyone is hanging on her every word makes me throw up in my mouth. Boy, am I in a bad mood. I actually had a very productive day canvasing and then I saw that video here at the beginning. “Legitimate Rape”????? Help

          • 58 jackiegrumbacher
            August 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm

            Focus on the productive day and forget old Peggy. Noonan is a sad hasbeen, like Miss Haversham mourning her lost love. I doubt there’s anyone outside her own family who can stand her.

            • 59 Lb4Obama
              August 19, 2012 at 11:13 pm

              There is something terribly wrong with that Peggy Noonan woman. She reminds of this old strange, bitchy, weird lady that lived in my neighborhood as a kid that would get into these lame political, PTA-type discussions with the other Moms and go on her lame rants speaking with her eyes closed and nose in the air. YUCK!

  14. 60 Esmerelda
    August 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Apologies if this video has already been posted. I found this ‘Ode to Mitt Romney’ by a former judge and WWII veteran on Twitter. It should definitely go viral! The majority of the comments are encouragingly positive.

  15. August 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Paul Krugman: Unethical Commentary, Newsweek Edition

    There are multiple errors and misrepresentations in Niall Ferguson’s cover story in Newsweek — I guess they don’t do fact-checking — but this is the one that jumped out at me. Ferguson says:

    The president pledged that health-care reform would not add a cent to the deficit. But the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation now estimate that the insurance-coverage provisions of the ACA will have a net cost of close to $1.2 trillion over the 2012–22 period.

    ….. Now, people on the right like to argue that the CBO was wrong. But that’s not the argument Ferguson is making — he is deliberately misleading readers, conveying the impression that the CBO had actually rejected Obama’s claim that health reform is deficit-neutral, when in fact the opposite is true.

    ….We’re not talking about ideology or even economic analysis here — just a plain misrepresentation of the facts, with an august publication letting itself be used to misinform readers. The Times would require an abject correction if something like that slipped through. Will Newsweek?


    More on Ferguson here: http://theobamadiary.com/2011/02/14/newsweek-right-wing-comic-book/

    • 65 utaustinliberal
      August 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I shudder whenever Niall Ferguson is invited to shows to spew his disgusting rightwing crap because a lot of people in the media actually believe this nincompoop is a legitimate economist and uses correct data. He’s a slime ball of the worst kind. Everyday I question the degrees in journalism the so called 4th estate claims to have in its back pockets.

      • August 19, 2012 at 6:41 pm

        He really is vile UT, it’s just incredible that he is given that kind of platform, all the time he’s portrayed as some kind of impartial academic when he’s nothing but a right wing hate-filled scumbag.

  16. 69 sherijr
    August 19, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    heres the thing… too many women do what they’re told to do by the men they’re married to. Case in point.. at my moving sale two weeks ago, the young woman- mother of two daughters- ex-Air Force- married to ex-Navy guy- tried to get permission from him to buy some broken vintage jewelry pieces from me- a large boxfull that I was selling to her for a measley $6.00 … he told her no. Now what happens when she wants to vote for the President & legislature that will look out for her & her daughters?? I guess the only saving grace is that if/when she votes- she at least gets to do that in some privacy without him beside her. But how many women live this way? still.

    • 70 cookemom
      August 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      That is too sad, that she is ex-Air Force and could probably kick his butt (I’m partial to Air Force). Believe me, she and others like her will vote PBO and lie to their husbands about it. They’ll do it because they know what’s best for them and their kids, especially their daughters. Mostly, because it’s just another something they can do to rebel and express their independence.

      • 71 sherijr
        August 19, 2012 at 6:45 pm

        I hope you’re right… I really have a hard time seeing subjugated women… she & I used to chat- when she first moved here- but her husband put a quick stop to that.

        • 72 cookemom
          August 19, 2012 at 6:51 pm

          Makes you wonder if she’d be allowed to vote. He may not let her, since he can’t control the outcome. This is really sad.

          • 73 sherijr
            August 19, 2012 at 7:53 pm

            I never even thought of that, he may well not. My pushing of Obama in 07 is why he made her stop talking to me.

        • 74 hopefruit2
          August 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

          He seems like a control freak. Men like that are scary.

          • 75 sherijr
            August 19, 2012 at 7:54 pm

            I agree, scary. She is very tiny & he is very tall- he used to be in great condition.. but I see he has thinned out a great deal- I get a vibe from him that does not make me comfortable. Anyway, I see a lot of women like that here, controlled on a variety of levels by their husbands.

            • 76 joanshaw
              August 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm

              But this is the thing, this wife is asking her husband if she can buy a $6t.00 ITEM?

              • 77 joanshaw
                August 19, 2012 at 9:41 pm

                (Sorry, I hit something queer — I wasn’t finished! and I hadn’t proofed the thing.) So, she’s asking her husband if she can buy a $6.00 item? Before anything I’d like to know why in the SamHill is she asking him any such thing. For Hell’s sake, this is not a motorcycle lamp or a man’s cap, it’s JEWELRY. She’s not asking his opinion, she’s actually asking PERMISSION. I can hardly believe this. Have they been living in a cave for the past 60 years? $6,00? I’ll be marveling about that for weeks, perhaps years. I’ve lived a very long time, but I never asked permission to buy anything that piddling. Heavens, you can buy a couple of candy bars for ^6.00 (unless I’m behind times in the cost of candy bars.

                Now perhaps this is because I’ve always worked part time on some job or other, (despite having six children) but still. Or perhaps I’m simply an “emasculating woman” that Republican bugaboo.

                • 78 joanshaw
                  August 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm

                  Well, I’d like to emasculate a couple of smartass politicians, first and foremost Tpdd Akin, and in the most painful way possible. Perhaps with my heavy chopping hoe.

              • 79 sherijr
                August 19, 2012 at 11:48 pm

                yes, it was very sad.. it really bothered me in many ways.

  17. 80 criquet
    August 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  18. August 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Romney Bumper Stickers:

    You can’t spell ROMNEY without MONEY.


  19. 82 cookemom
    August 19, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Robme bumper stickers:

    “I know there’s some issue with the orange place, but this is hilariously funny, too way cool, and generally awesome!!! It’s cookemom’s best laugh for a loooong time”


    • 83 vcprezofan2
      August 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      They are cross-posted at this site if you really want to avoid the orange place –


      • 84 cookemom
        August 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        Oh I don’t mind the Orange at all. I pick and choose where I land over there. Like the MSM, I avoid the stuff that serves no value to me. On the other hand, there are some very good authors and communities there that I enjoy. I posted the warning because it seems that it’s not widely accepted here. I didn’t want to disregard those feelings.

        • 85 vcprezofan2
          August 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

          ‘I posted the warning because it seems that it’s not widely accepted here. I didn’t want to disregard those feelings.’

          Sorry, CM, [ teehee ] the alternate site wasn’t shared with you in mind, 😉 but for the same reason you give in the quote. ‘I pick and choose where I land’, yeah, I like to think I had already picked that up about your MO. 😛 One of the fascinating things to me at TODville is the personalities long standing TODobots reveal. I feel I could pick out the regulars from their comments if they each wrote only a paragraph on a given topic – kind of like UTAL identifying pics of where FLOTUS was by her outfits. Of course I wouldn’t be as good as UTAL, but I like to think I’d get most of them right. The trickier part is going to be identifying you all correctly at the TOD Inauguration meet-up. Hint. Hint. 😉 😉

          • 86 cookemom
            August 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm

            I’m sorry to have thought the was directly for me. I should have known that since I posted the link, no one would think I had a problem with the site. Chalk this up to one of my ‘well, duh!?!’ moments. I say we wear name tags at the meet up during the inauguration celebration. The tags wouldn’t have our TOD names, but something more creative to keep us guessing. That does it, you’re now head of the TOD Meet Committee.

            • 87 vcprezofan2
              August 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

              ‘That does it, you’re now head of the TOD Meet Committee.’

              Rats, it’s for this very reason that I very rarely speak up in meetings! 😆 😆 Fortunately in this case I can truthfully say that I am not at all creative, nor am I a good organizer. I’m willing to be one of those guessing, however. 😀 😀

              • 88 cookemom
                August 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm

                Yep, here was my motto at meetings, eyes downward and no eye contact, mumble…then say, ‘on the otherhand’….mumble….then, ‘if at all possible’……mumble. It works every time.

                Eyes down makes folks think you’re studying that empty folder in your lap and won’t disturb you. Eyes downward may appear that you’re asleep. No one would dare embarrass you by drawing attention to you. Mumbling comes in handy when you want them to think you’re participating, but not assign you any tasks. The listener thinks you really said something enlightening, but missed it.

                Warning, use this sparingly and strategically. You may very well get out of the assignment you dread, but you may also mumble yourself right out of a job.

                • 89 vcprezofan2
                  August 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm

                  😆 😆 You devious strategic soul you! My little problem is/was that I hate meetings with a passion and I’m impatient, so after mumbling and commenting sotto voice, (and making those beside me laugh) I usually speak up if only to move things along. Ah the things we do to survive! 😉

  20. August 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

  21. 95 desertflower
    August 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I joined Women for Obama on Dashboard…I would invite ALL of you to do the same! I’m posting all of these videos there….

  22. August 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Redefining the way we talk about the topic of birth control. Don’t use the word choice. People associate the word choice with abortion. Use instead the word decision. For example: The Republicans want to take away women’s FREEDOM to make *decisions* about how many children they want to have.

    Remember that the single biggest driver to the growth of the middle class in this country (or any country really) is women’s ability to limit the number of children they have. Take that away and women and children go back into poverty at an alarming rate.

  23. August 19, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  24. 103 hopefruit2
    August 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm

  25. 106 Ladyhawke
    August 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Bad Numbers Budget: Why The Ryan Nomination Isn’t Helping Romney

    written by: Carville-Greenberg Memo


    Nearly a week has passed since Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate, with no evidence so far that choosing the Wisconsin Congressman boosted the Republican campaign. If the Ryan choice falls flat, that won’t surprise us at all – because in selecting him, Romney adopts the principles and priorities of Ryan’s radical budget plan as his own.

    Romney can’t say we didn’t warn him. Last month, we released a memo underscoring the Ryan budget’s potential impact on Mitt Romney. When voters learned that Romney had given Ryan’s budget his full-throated support, they pulled back sharply—to the extent that President Obama’s lead against Romney more than doubled when the election was framed as a choice on the Ryan budget.

    Our key findings show why picking Ryan was a dangerous gamble for the Romney campaign:



  26. 107 forward44
    August 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    reposting from last thread since I was last, hopefully this time the video link will work:

    Hello, TODers! Long time no see. Been overseas and unable to access most of the time, sometimes due to WordPress issues others because of lack of web access, but have lurked when I could.

    I was wondering why Ronald Reagan, who happens to be the god of the wingnuts, was left out of the diagram of presidents having released their tax returns, since according to this website: http://www.taxhistory.org/www/website.nsf/web/presidentialtaxreturns/
    even he released six years. Am I missing something?

    Also, I was nostalgic of one of TOD’s best videos which I haven’t seen posted in a long time, so I thought I’d share my nostalgia:

    • 108 isonprize
      August 19, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Too good not to get posted….

    • 110 nathkatun7
      August 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      I think GOP’s St. Ronnie was left out because the focus was on the past 24 years. Although it’s hard to believe, it’s been almost 32 years since Reagan was first elected President.

      • August 19, 2012 at 8:42 pm

        You’r e right, nath. I had neglected that 24 years count. Still, I wonder why they didn’t choose to go back to 30 years so they could include the right’s almighty saint. There must be a good reason, I guess.

  27. August 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Chips, everyone, have tried to make this as terse as possible … any suggestions will be appreciated … #InaugurationInsurgency & Ryan

    • August 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Ah Bob, I’m not sure that can be topped, it’s great! The problem with the Twitter character limit is you can’t fit in a 100th of the crap the GOP left PBO when he took office.

    • 116 nathkatun7
      August 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Bob, I think your tweets are great as they are! You are doing such a magnificent job of exposing these traitors. Ryan and his fellow coup plotters put the destruction of President Obama ahead of solving the dire problems facing the country. I shudder to think of the condition this country would be in if these malicious people had been in control of Congress during President Obama’s first two years. In my view, making sure that Democrats regain control of both houses of congress is as important as re-electing President Obama.

    • 117 jackiegrumbacher
      August 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Brilliant, Bob. You are a twitter Jedi. A true master.

    • August 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Alice, nath and Jackie … Thank you!!!


  28. 119 dotster3
    August 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    ABC News found 2 undecided voters—-had them hold up a big sign that said “The Undecideds”—(LAME, LAMER, LAMEST) We make fun of The Undecideds at our house—the desperate for attention folks. It’s sorta like their 2 minutes of fame. They found an undecided calling attention to himself in Iowa during PBO’s bus tour——and the entire press corps rushed over to him—-“You say you’re undecided??? Tell us all about it!” This couple was from Oh., I believe, and the husband said he was just happy that Paul Ryan had a plan, although he’d have to do some studying up on that——oh please do!—–no mention of the head of the ticket, Willard, strangely or understandably. The wife worked in healthcare and she was concerned about any change in Medicare and thought Obama best protected that program and thus sounded as if she was leaning toward voting for President Obama, a fake undecided in reality. And then the lights dimmed and the cameras went away and as the sun set on the horizon Bob and Sue resumed their previous non-famous, non-special roles in Ohio. The end.

    • 120 cookemom
      August 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Kinda like, “I was undecided until the very last minute, and all I got was a vote, just like everyone else.”

    • 122 hopefruit2
      August 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm



      The media is a phucking joke!

    • 123 Obama Grandmama
      August 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      I was listening to Public Radio this morning. There was an article about the undecided voters on it. They interviewed voters some past Obama supporters and some GOP voters. Many of the past PBO supporters said very discouraging things to me about their upcoming vote. I sure hope they figure out what the GOP ticket really stands for. I noticed many gave PBO credit in that he had a terrible situation handed to him but one lady said she had not realized his level of naivity and how he did not get what he wanted done because he didn’t know how to work with both sides. From that comment I figure there may be lots of people that are falling for the nice but inept argument the GOP is painting Obama with. It seems the obstruction, and blockage of the past 4 years needs to be talked about more. A timeline or something might be needed.

      • 124 jackiegrumbacher
        August 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm

        It’s discouraging, OG, but these are low information voters who seem to have been in a coma for the last three and a half years. They have no idea how much PBO’s accomplished despite unprecedented obstruction. Hopefully, they’ll open their minds a fraction of an inch in the coming weeks and let real information and light in. It’s our job to keep pushing. In the meantime, we have to keep registering new voters to take the place of these nitwits.

  29. 125 Ladyhawke
    August 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm


    PAUL RYAN’S: – “I voted to send people to war,”

    will become this year’s version of

    SARAH PALIN’S: – “They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.” **

    **NOTE: Tina Fey shortened it to – “I can see Russia from my house.”

  30. 126 Ladyhawke
    August 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Paul Ryan Cites War Votes as Foreign Policy Experience

    By Heather


    Fox’s Carl Cameron caught up to Rep. Paul Ryan after his speech in Florida this Saturday morning for some more fawning and another softball interview as we’ve come to expect from Uncle Rupert’s GOP-TV and asked him about whether his lack of foreign policy experience is going to be an issue in the upcoming election. It doesn’t seem to me that Ryan gave this a whole lot of thought before answering.
    So voting to send other people’s kids off to die in an invasion of a country that was never a threat to us is now foreign policy experience. Who knew?



    • 127 TrumpDog
      August 19, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Oooh. I voted to send President Obama to the White House. Does that mean I have some presidenting experience?

    • 129 Obama Grandmama
      August 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      I heard a GOP advocate say the first week that Ryan had foreign experience from his trips overseas when he has been in Congress. I thought he was on the budget committee. Has he actually gone to the war zone or is his vote his only experience?

  31. 130 Don
    August 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    President Obama ordered the death of Osama bin Laden, the only thing of importance that Mitt Romney has ever ordered was grey poupon.

  32. 131 TrumpDog
    August 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    This twitterer is on FIRE today.

  33. 132 hopefruit2
    August 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    NBC’s Dateline is now airing a segment on how Carnivals rig their games so that folks pay money but just can’t seem to win the prizes. Isn’t that the same profit model that our current presidential challenger uses and has used all along?

    • 133 dotster3
      August 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Every year when I was heading out to the fair with my friends my dad would tell his teenage carny experience——trying to win that big fluffy teddy bear up there on the shelf for his new girlfriend. He kept spinning that roulette wheel and nope! no luck! until he had spent way too much money and was down to his last 10 bucks and the carny guy said he felt sorry for him, that he would give my dad every number but one on the wheel for his last 10 bucks, just an unbelievable deal! And lo and behold, wouldn’t you know it—-the wheel stopped on that one number that wasn’t his!!! Lesson learned! And you’re right—–it is exactly like the biz model of BainWillard and his fellow Repubs——and the poor stiffs that never learn and keep spinning their wheel and come up empty every time.

  34. August 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Favorite comments from Twittersphere:

  35. 135 desertflower
    August 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I got this on a Dashboard notification:

    The “Obama Promise” Fulfilled: Obama Requests NIH Elevate Priority of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In an unprecedented step, President Obama has asked the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services to elevate Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in priority, assigning his Deputy Chief of Staff to follow their efforts.

    Friends click on the link below. Share it widely. Leave a grateful comment for President Obama.

    LLEWELLYN KING: Obama responds on chronic illness


    Also here including his personal letter to Courtney Miller: http://phoenixrising.me/archives/13145

    MSM crickets….too busy talking about ??? Y’all? “Chains”? ” Sexy Ryan abs?”

  36. 136 desertflower
    August 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    More from ThinkProgress on Akin (Asshole Missouri)

    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who is going to face Akin in November, responds:

    Claire McCaskill

    As a woman & former prosecutor who handled 100s of rape cases,I’m stunned by Rep Akin’s comments about victims this AM bit.ly/NahiHz
    19 Aug 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

    “The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45); among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year. “

    Akin responds to the controversy, says he “misspoke.” He does not apologize. Full text here.

  37. 138 utaustinliberal
    August 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Not surprised to learn that Dana Loesch – that racist pond scum – is defending Todd Akin as he advocates rape of women. Her defense: He’s a republican. So hey, if you advocate murder, rape, and incest, just say you’re a republican and Dana Loesch will be happy to defend you. First she supported the marines who urinated on the dead civilians and now this. She’s getting massive push back on twitter and now she’s trying to walk it back by saying she didn’t defend Todd Akin but hey, tweets don’t lie. And CNN wonders why they’re losing viewers by the droves.

    • 139 desertflower
      August 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Maybe we should ask the head of CNN if those comments by her will be ignored by the station….they are more than offensive to anyone with a brain

    • August 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      My little gift to her …

      Though I’m not a woman, I think if I were I’d respond rather harshly to being asked if I was a PRO-MISOGYNIST supporter. Perhaps framing it that way will help women who otherwise would vote for scum like #RomneyRyan to think …

    • 141 Dudette
      August 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      It’ll be interesting to see if Ms. Loesch’s remarks in support of Mr. Akin get her suspended, compared to say Roland’s dumb, poorly disguided anti-gay comments that got him suspended.

  38. 142 desertflower
    August 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Wonder if MItt will say anything about this hateful idiot?


    COUNTRY STAR HANK WILLIAMS JR: OBAMA IS A ‘MUSLIM’ WHO ‘HATES THE U.S.’ | Country star Hank Williams Jr. called President Obama a Muslim who “hates” America during a concert at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand on Friday, eliciting enthusiastic cheers and applause from the audience. The comments came after Williams played “We Don’t Apologize For America”: “We’ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US and we hate him,” he said. In 2011, Williams sparked controversy for comparing Obama to Hitler and describing him as “the enemy.”

    • 143 EricFive
      August 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Never. Mitt can’t afford to offend his base. Unfortunately, there is a segment in this country that truly does view PBO as their enemy. Simply put, PBO and other successful, polished and strong black men are their worst nightmare. PBO’s very existence forces them to reexamine the racist beliefs they grew up with. That is why they feel so threatened and have this irrational hatred for PBO, their very worldview is under attack and they are not so sure of their “place in the world” anymore.

    • August 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      My hubby and I were both so upset by this happening at the Iowa State Fair (or anywhere, for that matter) that today we each donated $100 to the PBO campaign. Hopefully we don’t win the grand prize, though – we’re too shy to have dinner with PBO. 😆

  39. 145 hopefruit2
    August 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    • 146 amk for obama
      August 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Even my toon tweets get over 50 views. 🙂

    • 147 lisalovesobama
      August 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Can’t get over this guy’s bull. Now he’s complaining that the LADEMs are saying they are going to sue him for slander or something. My thoughts? Who gives a frack? You don’t leave the Dem party for the Repuke party, especially not in 2012. That guy sucks ass.

    • August 19, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Love this one from Jenny …

    • August 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Ok, is this a joke? He’s joining the GOP, but continuing to support PBO? Wait, what? Man, I think I’m going back to my radio silence for today.

  40. 150 criquet
    August 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm

  41. 157 vcprezofan2
    August 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Remind your female contacts (and remind those who love them to tell their women) to take care of themselves FIRST this election by voting #ObamaBiden2012

  42. August 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  43. August 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm

  44. 160 utaustinliberal
    August 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    The FBI is investigating. GOP gone wild!

    The FBI probed a late-night swim in the Sea of Galilee that involved drinking, numerous GOP freshmen lawmakers, top leadership staff – and one nude member of Congress, according to more than a dozen sources, including eyewitnesses.
    During a fact-finding congressional trip to the Holy Land last summer, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) took off his clothes and jumped into the sea, joining a number of members, their families and GOP staff during a night out in Israel, the sources told POLITICO. Other participants, including the daughter of another congressman, swam fully clothed while some lawmakers partially disrobed. More than 20 people took part in the late-night dip in the sea, according to sources who took part in the trip.

    “A year ago, my wife, Brooke, and I joined colleagues for dinner at the Sea of Galilee in Israel. After dinner I followed some Members of Congress in a spontaneous and very brief dive into the sea and regrettably I jumped into the water without a swimsuit,” Yoder said in a statement to POLITICO. “It is my greatest honor to represent the people of Kansas in Congress and [for] any embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents, I apologize.”

    These GOP sources confirmed the following freshmen lawmakers also went swimming that night: Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) and his daughter; Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and his wife; Reps. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.). Many of the lawmakers who ventured into the ocean said they did so because of the religious significance of the waters. Others said they were simply cooling off after a long day. Several privately admitted that alcohol may have played a role in why some of those present decided to jump in.

    But Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who was the senior most GOP lawmaker in Israel on the trip, was so upset about the antics that he rebuked the 30 lawmakers the morning after the Aug. 18. 2011, incident, saying they were distracting from the mission of the trip.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79865.html#ixzz242e03ARf


  45. August 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

  46. 170 utaustinliberal
    August 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    The GOP cracks me up. Kevin Yoder thinks the only offensive thing he did was jumping into the sea of Galilee without a swimsuit on. Hahahahaaha……what the hell is wrong with that party?

    • 171 desertflower
      August 19, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      I skimmed the article. WOnder if they used taxpayer $$$ for their little jaunt?

      • 172 cookemom
        August 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

        Do you suppose they used gubmint money printed by the gubmint federal reserve?

        That’s like saying gubmint don’t create jobs, then complain cause PBO hasn’t created jobs from his jobs act that the gobmint congress critters won’t pass cause gubmint don’t create jobs but PBO promised to keep unemployment below 8%.

  47. 174 Ladyhawke
    August 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    The Obama Campaign Declares Sarah Palin Mentally Incompetent

    By: Jason Easley


    Giuliani called Sarah Palin a pick for the future, touted her executive experience and how she took on corruption. When are Republicans going to learn? The Sarah Palin disaster has barred them from criticizing anyone’s running mate choices for at least a generation. But if they want to talk about Joe Biden, that’s fantastic. Democrats will be happy to discuss Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan.

    Palin has fallen so far so fast that four years after being the star of the convention, she isn’t even invited to 2012. Sarah Palin is such a joke no that she is the gold standard for candidate mental incompetence. She is so tarnished that her name defines incompetence, and both parties use her as political shorthand to define ineptitude.

    This is the second time this week that the Obama team has shut Republicans up by invoking Palin. The White House shut down John McCain’s ramblings about Obama dumping Biden by reminding him that he chose Palin.

    Sarah Palin has turned into a weapon to be used against her own party, and the Obama campaign has no qualms about reminding the country that it was the Republican Party who unleashed the Palin Plague upon us all.



  48. August 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Stick a pin almost anywhere on a map of Florida and you’ll find a legal battle over who will be eligible to vote in the coming presidential election — and when, and how, and where.

    In a state crucial to Mitt Romney’s battle to replace President Obama, a sweeping law passed in 2011 by the Republican legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott (R) has created an awesome wake of litigation.

    The law imposes more than 75 changes, including new restrictions on who can register voters and limits on the time allowed for early voting. Sponsors of the measure said it creates a more reliable system that combats voter fraud, while opponents, a group that included every Democratic lawmaker, called it a partisan ploy to suppress voters who traditionally favor Democrats.

    But unlike the frenzied trip to the U.S. Supreme Court that followed the close of voting in the 2000 presidential race, the Sunshine State’s legal battles are being waged in advance of the November vote.

    “Florida is desperately trying not to be the next Florida,” said Richard L. Hasen, an expert on election law whose new book, “The Voting Wars,” begins with a chapter titled “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Florida.”


  49. 176 cookemom
    August 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    So now women have to worry about being subjected to failure to ‘shut it down’? Excuse me while I go use my magic you know what to shut down the pull of gravity on my boobs.

  50. 177 anniebella
    August 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Hay guys I got a email from the First Lady letting me know about the Kids State Dinner tomorrow. It will be carried on White House.gov. I think. Tomorrow at 10am. I am looking forward to watching this.

  51. 178 Pamela
    August 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Did we all take part in this wonderful project?http://www.whd-iwashere.org/

  52. August 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Two of our most ‘brilliant’ govs went on a fishing trip together and then sat down for an ‘in depth’ interview with Fox’s Neil Cavuto. And talk of course turned to guns!, the Repubs most favorite subject in the whole wide world. And Gov. Scott bragged that Florida is #1—-in concealed carry gun permits! Yay! Impressive! Good job, Florida!
    A few days ago I read that prostys were just flocking to Tampa in eager anticipation of all the increased opportunity with the Repubs coming to town for convention—-hahaha—-purposes. Law enforcement was said to be attempting to sweep the strip clubs and clean it up before all those evangelicals come to town—-but they couldn’t keep up. I think they had to throw in the towel—–so no disappointments for the jolly conventioneers!
    So the convention in Florida sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun. ?

  53. 189 japa21
    August 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Finally getting around to catching up today. I have to say, based upon the news today, I have decided to vote for PBO. After all, if women are for him, and it just so happens I love women, I guess it would be appropriate for me to vote for him too.

    Now, obviously, it goes without saying, that I was already going to vote for him and get as many people as possible to vote for him. But I have a feeling there will be some men that will use that thinking and vote for PBO where before they may have been undecided or even leaning Romney. Specially if the tie betwen the jerk in Missouri and the jerk from Wisconsin can be trumpeted far and wide.

    • August 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      “I have to say, based upon the news today, I have decided to vote for PBO.”

      😆 My lawyer – if I had one – will be on to you looking for payment to replace my monitor. Please pay up promptly.

  54. 191 utaustinliberal
    August 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    • 192 Nena20409
      August 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      How great would it be for Rep Yoder if a Pic was to materialize? They knew this happened in 2011. Anthony Wiener was drove out of office in 2011. Yet this happened in a foreign nation…..congressmen behaving badly? Eric Cantor, the Majority Leader Knew about it and Covered it up.

  55. 194 dotster3
    August 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    haha!—chips hilarious tweet responses to really dumb teabaggers!

  56. 195 utaustinliberal
    August 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Mitt Romney is a pathetic coward. We’re talking about a serious issue such as rape.

    Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign said late Sunday night that Romney and Paul Ryan “disagree” with Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) Sunday comments claiming women who are victims of “legitimate rape” have biology that prevents them from getting pregnant.

    “Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement. A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape,” the campaign said in a statement confirmed by TPM.

    Akin walked back his comments after a firestorm Sunday. Ryan, Romney’s running mate, has said in the past he opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest.


  57. August 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    You got that?

  58. August 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm

  59. 202 utaustinliberal
    August 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm

  60. 203 lamh35
    August 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    wow. issuing a 2nd statement ’cause the first was not good enough is surely NOT “winning”.

    Akin Clarifies Comments On Twitter: ‘Rape Can Result In Pregnancy’

  61. August 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Debbie is all over the Grassroots thing. She wants to build the infrastructure, talk to our Volunteers and then Hit the airwaves and make ads for the President and Congress critters.

    • 205 desertflower
      August 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      That was yesterday, I thought…that’s what my email said anyway! I was so sad that I couldn’t attend this one.

  62. 206 desertflower
    August 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I must have missed this! Romney Flip Flop on his OWN BUDGET??? HAHAHAHAHAHA


  63. August 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Here is another one. Debbie is all over the OFA offices talking to our Volunteers.

  64. 208 hopefruit2
    August 19, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    • 209 desertflower
      August 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      If women are so smart and amazing, and can block all the bad semen, why do you not trust us to make the decisions we need for our own healthcare?

    • 210 isonprize
      August 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Hopefruit, that is too funny? Don’t forget the “we’re in love now, but after 8 years and two more babies I’ll leave you semen” or the “I’ve been living a lie, I’m really America’s first gay governor semen.”


  65. August 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    And they use Debbie because She connects with grassroots.

  66. 212 lamh35
    August 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Part of Romney’s statement on Akin:

    Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement. A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape,” the campaign said in a statement confirmed by TPM.”

    Oooh, the pro-life/christianist/Palin-ite crowd sure ain’t gonna like that will they.

    I expect a walk-back by AM or noon tomorrow.

  67. 215 utaustinliberal
    August 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    This is so sweet. 🙂

    Obama Dishes On Friendship With George Clooney
    (AP) President Barack Obama says actor George Clooney is a good friend and a good person who is sensitive about protecting that friendship.

    Obama says Clooney is low-maintenance and doesn’t take advantage of their friendship. He says Clooney keeps his distance so that Obama won’t be criticized for hanging out with Hollywood celebrities.

    First lady Michelle Obama said of Clooney: “He’s cute, too.”

    In May, Clooney held a fundraiser for Obama at his Los Angeles home that raised nearly $15 million. Clooney is scheduled to hold another fundraiser for Obama later this month in Geneva.

    Obama tells Entertainment Tonight in an interview airing Monday that he got to know Clooney through his work on Sudan when Obama was in the U.S. Senate.


  68. August 19, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Another cool picture, Chips and friends ….


  69. 220 nospin
    August 19, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Do you all know if Ann Romney really said this or is it just spoof. I find it hard to believe she would really make the attached statements.

    “At a meeting with the “Moms For Mitt” group yesterday outside Philadelphia, PA, Ann Romney was asked her opinion on Lilly Ledbetter and equal pay for equal work regarding women’s employment. Without hesitation she responded with another question that seemed to shock even the most staunch conservatives in the room.

    “Why should women be paid equal to men? Men have been in the working world a lot longer and deserve to be paid at a higher rate. Heck, I’m a working mom and I’m not paid a dime. I depend on my husband to provide for me and my family, as should most women… and if a woman does work, she should be happy just to be out there in the working world and quit complaining that she’s not making as much as her male counterparts. I mean really, all this wanting to be equal nonsense is going to be detrimental to the future of women everywhere. Who’s going to want to hire a woman, or for that matter, even marry a woman who thinks she is the same, if not better than a man at any job. It’s almost laughable. C’mon now ladies, are you with me on this?”


    having trouble finding a video. If she really said that stuff . . .. I need some proof. lolol

    • 221 nospin
      August 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      found the answer.. It is spoof. I think. I hope.

      • 222 isonprize
        August 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        Nospin, and the fact that ya can’t tell whether it’s a spoof or not is very tellling. That fact that I can imagine her saying that very thing is what keeps me motivated to help others get registered and get the ID they need to vote. The part that lets me know it is satire is where she ask if the other ladies are ‘with her’ Ms. Anne wouldn’t care whether they agreed with her or not. When she speaks, you are just supposed to trust her. 😯 😯 😯

        • 223 nospin
          August 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm

          lolololol you are right about that isonprize. gut instinct told me it was fake but I was not sure. lololol had to dig for validation. You are right that the fact she asked if they were “with her” was an automatic red flag for the reason you stated.

        • 224 carolyn
          August 19, 2012 at 10:53 pm

          That’s the Freewood Press “News that’s Almost Reliable” it’s a lot like the Onion…..satire…..except, that many people can believe she’d say that. Like the masthead said……..ALMOST reliable. Really close to the truth.

  70. August 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    He is coming out with everything. . .

    • 226 isonprize
      August 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Marlz, Sam Cook can miss me with this mess. Louisiana has an ice cube’s chance in hell of going blue. Why on earth would he join the Re-thugs? Why wouldn’t he just resign the Dem party and be independent?

      Either they are paying him or he actually thinks that he is that important. Either way, he’s a sell out. I “unfollowed” him on Twitter.

  71. 227 nospin
    August 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  72. 230 hopefruit2
    August 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Some of our friends on Twitter are asking that people boycott Newsweek magazine for a very disgraceful cover story featuring our President. I don’t know what it is about, but if anyone knows, please let us know. I don’t subscribe to Newsweek, and will not be buying any of their stuff, now or in the future.

    • 231 hopefruit2
      August 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Okay, I just saw the cover, and yes, it’s thoroughly disgusting and disrespectful. I think Newsweek should be put out of business for this alone.

    • 232 isonprize
      August 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯

      A NEW LOW for NEWSWEEK! Wow, are they just admitting that they are an R-money/Lyin’ Ryan campaign rag?

      • 233 hopefruit2
        August 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm

        Indeed, people are outraged on Twitter and many people who were once subscribers are now saying they’re going to drop their subscription. I guess Koch/Rove/RMoney paid them enough that they can afford to lose several hundred thousand subscribers.

      • 234 desertflower
        August 19, 2012 at 10:33 pm

        How far the mighty have fallen. Looks like a TMZ mag now…”The Swingiest Swing State…The GOP Heads for Stripper Central” Honest to God…that’s on their cover…along with the McCain loving douche that wrote the cover lies…

      • 239 susanne
        August 20, 2012 at 12:02 am

        gotta say…great photo of pbo! just want to stare and stare at his handsome strength and coolness. pretty funny that newsweek probably doesn’t realize there are folks who look at their cover and say, oooh, i’m gonna vote for this guy for sure!

  73. August 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm

  74. 241 lamh35
    August 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Damnit, I’m supposed to go to sleep early today, but damn Sundance channel showing Bridget Jones Diary: Edge of Reason. I love Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). I do have it on DVD, so I should just chuck it and go to bed, but damn I really do like this movie….ugh!

    Good night TOD.

  75. August 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm

  76. 244 nospin
    August 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm

  77. 246 utaustinliberal
    August 19, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Journalists are pissed off about this article. They’re articles and tweets pointing out the LIES that are rampant in these moronic article. The Journos have been mocking Ferguson on twitter for his erroneous nonsense. How desperate is Tina Brown that she features this crap on the cover page? A lot of subscribers on twitter say they’re calling NewsWeek and revoking their subscriptions. At the rate Tina’s going, NewsWeek won’t be around at the end of Pres. Obama’s second term.

  78. 248 utaustinliberal
    August 19, 2012 at 10:55 pm

  79. August 19, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I think I’m going to continue to enjoy the first full weekend of English and Spanish soccer. Way too much craziness today — “legitimate rape” and Sam Cooke joining the GOP. Man.

  80. August 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    11:05 AM
    Obama and Biden receive the presidential daily briefing.
    12:20 PM
    Obama and Biden meet for lunch.
    2:25 PM
    Obama is interviewed by regional television and print outlets.
    4:15 PM
    Biden meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the Naval Observatory.
    6:15 PM
    Obama and Michelle Obama have dinner with winners of a campaign contest.

  81. August 19, 2012 at 11:02 pm

  82. 257 utaustinliberal
    August 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Krugman breaks down the BS rampant in Ferguson’s article.

    Unethical Commentary, Newsweek Edition

    There are multiple errors and misrepresentations in Niall Ferguson’s cover story in Newsweek — I guess they don’t do fact-checking — but this is the one that jumped out at me. Ferguson says:

    The president pledged that health-care reform would not add a cent to the deficit. But the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation now estimate that the insurance-coverage provisions of the ACA will have a net cost of close to $1.2 trillion over the 2012–22 period.
    Readers are no doubt meant to interpret this as saying that CBO found that the Act will increase the deficit. But anyone who actually read, or even skimmed, the CBO report (pdf) knows that it found that the ACA would reduce, not increase, the deficit — because the insurance subsidies were fully paid for.

    Now, people on the right like to argue that the CBO was wrong. But that’s not the argument Ferguson is making — he is deliberately misleading readers, conveying the impression that the CBO had actually rejected Obama’s claim that health reform is deficit-neutral, when in fact the opposite is true.

    More than that: by its very nature, health reform that expands coverage requires that lower-income families receive subsidies to make coverage affordable. So of course reform comes with a positive number for subsidies — finding that this number is indeed positive says nothing at all about the impact on the deficit unless you ask whether and how the subsidies are paid for. Ferguson has to know this (unless he’s completely ignorant about the whole subject, which I guess has to be considered as a possibility). But he goes for the cheap shot anyway.

    We’re not talking about ideology or even economic analysis here — just a plain misrepresentation of the facts, with an august publication letting itself be used to misinform readers. The Times would require an abject correction if something like that slipped through. Will Newsweek?


  83. 258 nospin
    August 19, 2012 at 11:05 pm

  84. 259 utaustinliberal
    August 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm

  85. 261 Carolyn Verdin
    August 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    What an awesome man of a purpose driven heart to serve the People of the living God . Thank you President Obama for thinking of my mother , my daughters , sisters , and me .

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