This and That

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134 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    August 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Great post, Chips.

  2. 11 Sosena
    August 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    The Party of No: New Details on the GOP Plot to Obstruct Obama http://ti.me/NnbtAR via @TIMEPolitics

  3. 12 Tally
    August 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    HA!! no shit!

  4. 16 Rita
    August 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Love this post, Chips.

    And this is the greatest response yet: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/08/ideals-make-us-american-not-origins/261551/

    “Ideals Make Us American, Not Origins”

    “Nobody’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. But as someone of Chinese descent I have been asked plenty of times where I’m from — and when I say “Poughkeepsie,” I often get the follow-up question that’s almost a cliché now among Asian Americans: “No, where are you really from?”

    It’s always disheartening to get that question, even though I’ve learned to answer it with equanimity and usually take care to make the inquisitor feel not-stupid. But it’s always clarifying, for it reveals the default picture in the minds of some of my fellow Americans about who they are, who we are, and who I am.

    That’s why Mitt Romney’s birther-baiting remarks today are, in a way, welcome. Let there be no doubt: He is the candidate for people who think the name Obama must be Muslim and its bearer indelibly foreign. He is also the candidate for the greater number of people who do not initially imagine that someone with my face, my eyes, my skin could be from this country.”

    Really speaks to me because of my origin.

  5. August 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    RNConventionSlogans trending on Twitter. Loved this one:

    Paul Conrad ‏@Paul_Conrad
    50 Shades of White #rncconventionslogans

  6. 29 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  7. 33 Tally
    August 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    ok – quiet day in the office – and I’m YELLING – CNN flashes on my phone (because I can’t kill their fucking push notifications) “PBO & Romney in statistical tie new poll shows” – I screamed, “FUCK OFF I DON’T BELIEVE THAT FOR A SECOND. YOU CAN’T GET THE ARMSTRONG STORY RIGHT, WHY SHOULD I BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU PRINT?”

    I need a drink. Anyone around Studio City want to join me in an early happy hour?

  8. 42 Debz
    August 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I used today’s occasion to order my Obama/Biden yard sign.

  9. 43 collegekay
    August 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    WIllard is TRASH. It just baffles me that he’s so close in the polls to PBO.

    • 44 jackiegrumbacher
      August 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Who knows where he is in the polls, CK. They’re pushing and pulling like crazy to make them equal when R-money isn’t fit the polish PBO’s shoes.

    • 45 hopefruit2
      August 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      CNN poll is a push poll for the RNC. CNN wants viewers and ratings next week, so they need to be Romney friendly.

    • 46 4morefor44
      August 24, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      ck, i think i saw one time that you’re on the younger side of the scale around here…i first started noticing this many elections ago, where no matter how horribly the republican candidate was doing campaigning or while in office, with incessant blunders, there would magically be a poll(s) showing them gaining! i think you’re just noticing the same playbook they’ve been running ever since the same billionaire class started buying up all the media, of which the polling companies are part now. in fact, the fake polls are done specifically to try to turn the momentum to the republican and cover up their failures.

      and it’s not about keeping it a “horserace” either, as many suggest. if that were true, do anyone honestly think that if a republican candidate had a huge lead in polls, we’d be seeing slanted polling and false coverage to boost the democrat? i certainly don’t think so. same as it ever was…

  10. 48 utaustinliberal
    August 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

  11. 51 Bill R.
    August 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

  12. 52 purpleshoesla
    August 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

  13. 53 4morefor44
    August 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    as exactly predicted after the utter disaster of rmoney’s european vacation, “the news” has been slowly building a narrative that rmoney is on the rise, with polls as their main propaganda weapon. what on earth that has happened since mittbot’s horrific trip could possibly suggest he’s gaining traction?!?! just the opposite as he goes from one failure to next, along with ayn rand running mate, and president obama just keeps nailing it. until we fix the billionaire control of the nationa discourse through the media, we’ll always have to struggle to win elections, no what the facts are…

  14. 54 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    The new CNN poll is a push poll for RNC purposes. I had posted a warning with tweets from Jefferson Gauvin about the agenda behind this poll.


  15. 55 utaustinliberal
    August 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    There’s this really cool Tumblr called “90 Days. 90 Reasons.” People write down their reasons for why Pres. Obama needs to be reelected. It’s pretty cool so far.


  16. 57 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  17. August 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Twitter responses to Mitt’s calculated bullying:

    And, of course, McCain was born in Panama.

    • August 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      I doubt this is all very applicable.

      Wikipedia sez:

      “The Constitution does not define the phrase natural-born citizen, and various opinions have been offered over time regarding its precise meaning. A 2011 Congressional Research Service report stated

      The weight of legal and historical authority indicates that the term “natural born” citizen would mean a person who is entitled to U.S. citizenship “by birth” or “at birth”, either by being born “in” the United States and under its jurisdiction, even those born to alien parents; by being born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents; or by being born in other situations meeting legal requirements for U.S. citizenship “at birth”. Such term, however, would not include a person who was not a U.S. citizen by birth or at birth, and who was thus born an “alien” required to go through the legal process of “naturalization” to become a U.S. citizen.[1]

      *The Constitution does not define the phrase “natural-born citizen”*

      AAAAARRRRGHHHH – lawyers and social scientists: A defining document without definition of its constituent axioms !

    • 62 Cha
      August 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Fuck mitt’s bc..I want to see his tax returns for 12 years.

  18. 63 daisydem
    August 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Is Joe Biden getting more handsome every day?

  19. August 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    HAH, this had to happen, eventually:

  20. 68 edwina3
    August 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    This is serious, al Qaeda websites are planning to target Navy Seal that Fox outed :


  21. 69 Bill R.
    August 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

  22. 70 prettyfoot58
    August 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    This welfare thing gets on my nerves….

    who could be more dependent on the GOV…then the Poster Boy…Mitt Romney….and the super rich he represents…

  23. 71 amk for obama
    August 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

  24. August 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Just saw this on Halperin’s site, are these line-ups for real?!

    Meet the Press: Jeb Bush, John McCain, Mike Murphy, Chuck Todd, Jan Brewer, Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    Face the Nation: Marco Rubio, Reince Priebus, Marsha Blackburn, Haley Barbour

    This Week: Bob McDonnell, Antonio Villaraigosa

    Fox News Sunday: Mitt Romney, Ann Romney

    State of the Union: Reince Priebus, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Scott Walker

    • 73 edwina3
      August 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      The only consolation is that no one is watching but still it’s just blatantly imbalanced. I am surprised that our side doesn’t work the refs a little more and complain.

      • 74 Claire
        August 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

        I am sick of Democrats being on the sidelines.

        • 75 nathkatun7
          August 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm

          Do Democrats book who appears on these shows? I hope you are not blaming Democrats for “being on the sideline.” If you are, your blame is very unfair. It seems to me that 100% of the blame belongs to the Republican propaganda media masquerading as objective U.S. media.

          • 76 EricFive
            August 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

            Totally agree nathkatun7. These shows lineups usually favor GOP, but I guess with the GOP convention coming up they went overboard with GOP bookings. There is NOTHING democrats can do to force these shows to book them. We have to stop reflexively blaming our side for the sins of our corporate owned, pro-GOP MSM.

    • 77 lamh35
      August 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      I don’t watch them anyway, but ya know they’ll just say it’s ’cause of the convention. Nevermind that the Sunday shows are ALWAYS biased towards Dems.

    • August 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      David Gregory will be in hog heaven.

  25. 79 Claire
    August 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    WRONG Ezra asshole Klein!

  26. 83 Ladyhawke
    August 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm


    We Hear You Loud & Clear, Mitt. Romney Goes Birther.

    By Oliver Willis


    Mitt Romney is desperate for the election conversation to be changed. What’s happening right now isn’t working for him. Paul Ryan’s selection got him stuck in explaining his way out of killing Medicare. Then the Todd Akin situation highlighted just how extreme the party Romney leads has become — while also showing how impotent Romney is as the titular head of the entire enterprise.

    So now Romney takes a page from his surrogate and fundraiser Donald Trump and goes birther:



  27. 84 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Oh dear..it sounds like Ezra Klein really pissed folks the hell off on Twitter. I didn’t read or hear what he said…but it must’ve been related to Romney’s birther remark.

  28. 87 edwina3
    August 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Democratic Underground has compiled a handy list of Romney birther headlines:


  29. 88 Ladyhawke
    August 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm


    The Obama Campaign Hammers Romney for Going Birther in Michigan

    By: Jason Easley


    In response to Romney’s trip down the birther trail, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LeBolt said, “Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them. It’s one thing to give the stage in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff Arpaio, and Kris Kobach. But Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.”

    Romney is correct. No one has ever asked for his birth certificate, but the American people are demanding to see the tax returns that he continues to refuse to release.

    Desperate campaigns do desperate things, and with nearly every poll except Fox News showing him trailing Obama, Mitt Romney is getting desperate.



  30. August 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I donated 200 dollars this month! Crunch time!

  31. 92 Ladyhawke
    August 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Tell Your Lady Friends

    by BooMan


    Paul Ryan still opposes abortion with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the health or life of the mother. Mitt Romney isn’t willing to go that far, but he has supported a personhood amendment to the Constitution that would effectively make Ryan’s position the inalterable law of the land. Here’s what you need to know about abortion rights. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, John Roberts, and Antonin Scalia think Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood were wrongly decided and would overturn those cases.



  32. August 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    On my way to the Patriots/Bucs game tonight.
    Will drive by the Convention, let you Guys know what’s up Saturday.

  33. 94 Ladyhawke
    August 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    For Paul Ryan, Rape And Incest Are Just Another ‘Method Of Conception’ (VIDEO)


  34. 95 utaustinliberal
    August 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Legitimate rape guy is not quitting the race. He’s doing his part to shut Romney’s campaign down.

  35. 98 lamh35
    August 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    So I guess this alone with the birther joke means Robme plans to win on the white vote alone? Who’s left for them to piss off?

    RNC Official Says NM Governor Disrespected Custer by Meeting American Indians
    Yes, a member of the Executive Committee of the Republican National Committee

  36. August 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Was out all day so just got back in and heard the news from mitt the piece of garbage.
    All I could do to bring my blood pressure down was to donate and also purchase one of the
    made in the USA mugs…which i have always wanted. Thanks for the link to that Chips. It made it
    so much easier for me to let off steam. Also had to send that moron a tweet. We have to get rid
    of this fool.

  37. 101 4morefor44
    August 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    it usually was a usatoday poll that would magically show a republican gaining momentum that all the media would tout as the most important poll ever all of a sudden, even though all logic shows that the republican would be falling after a bunch of missteps. it seems cnn is taking the baton now for a while, since they’ve put out some like this recently within a few days of major mittbot fail.

    it’s all poll-paganda anyway!

  38. 102 Tally
    August 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm

  39. 103 dotster3
    August 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Knoller the Horrible is tweeting himself silly in a rescue mission of Willard, the Big Jokester. Keeps quoting Scott Pelley’s rescue interview of Willard. See, Willard was just trying to have a little fun, he said, using his well-known sense of humor. Racist birtherism!—-hahahaha! So Funny! I’m more American than that other darker pigmented guy! Hahahahaha! Hilarious!
    Calling all Snarks!!!

  40. 107 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

  41. 108 Ladyhawke
    August 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Mitt’s Biography 2.0

    By Ed Kilgore


    We’re going to see a lot of this Mitt Biography 2.0 next week, as the campaign tries to rebuild the candidate as someone who does not appear to have been born on another planet. We’ll get the full-on treatment about the Winter Olympics, now that he’s safely a few weeks past the fiasco in London. We’ll get a carefully bowdlerized account of his governorship of Massachusetts, with budget-balancing and tough-decision-making emphasized and everything else vaporized. We’ll supposedly get a glimpse of his religious life—presumably the parts of it that stay a million miles away from LDS theology or history. And we’ll get lots and lots of family, as evidenced by the very high-profile role his wife will play in Tampa.

    This all makes sense; just because Romney’s biographically-based rationale for candidacy basically fell apart over the summer is no reason he shouldn’t use millions of dollars in earned media to build it back up again in an environment where no one is arguing with him.



  42. 109 prettyfoot58
    August 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I want to thank everyone who has given to my fundraising page…thank you so muchhhh

  43. 110 lamh35
    August 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    so wait, they are moving Rubio’s speech so Miss Ann can speak on national tele? methinks some Cuban Americans are gonna be pissed.

    Oh and BTW, Obama will have the “Hispanic Oprah” Cristina and J Castro as speakers!

    Seriously, is there anyone left for Mittens to poop on?

  44. 111 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm

  45. 113 prettyfoot58
    August 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I am sooooooooooo very weary of the Pressss…trying to explain away the RACISM of Romney….telling us that what we see is not really what we see…ENOUGH ALREADY…

  46. August 24, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    We ponder what Mitt was thinking by bringing up the birther issue. Have you heard anything today about Akin, taxes, rape, shut it down, you people, PAynRand? No? I wonder why. Don’t be fooled, this was orchestrated cause nothing grabs the MSM and tin foil wearers more than birther talk. It’s just another negative campaign tactic. Sure, it got PBO some good donations that he may not have gotten today. Mitt calculated that into the risk and found it to be well worth getting everyone off of raging rape and magical ovaries. This takes the teabutts into their convention fired up for what Mitt did instead of depressed about what Akin did.

  47. August 24, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    hi TOD family 😎

    been hanging low resting.Doing well.Doing rehab and more treatment

    mom is doing very well

    hope everyone is great

    I’d appreciate it if someone could tweet this to the Obama campaign in response to Romney going Birther,no more Bruce Springsteen response anymore.The gloves should be off for good from now until November.The dog whistling will only intensify

    The President’s response should be : NO One Has Asked Me To Release My Tax Returns ❗

    Hi Chips and Thanks for the site
    Hope HZ is doing great

    until next time,
    Fred 😉

  48. August 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I am in Tampa, going by the Strip Clubs, they all welcome RNC! LOL!

  49. 124 cookemom
    August 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Many thanks to those who contributed to my fundraising page. Thanks Chips for putting it up front and center. We got this, it’s just going to take some nerves of steel. This will not be for the feint of heart. We must just set our sites FORWARD to Nov 6th and the TOD meet-up for the inauguration.

  50. 125 Bill R.
    August 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Truly I don’t think birthed comments help Mitt Romney with anyone but the racists who are already voting for him. It alienates the few authentic Indies around. The second piece of good news is that Todd Akin just gave the finger to the GOP leaders. Third, the CNN poll shows PBO improving dramatically over the last CNN poll and moving above 50% with a hefty 9% lead. That “likely voter” screen is totally bogus and done to please GOP voters who may want to watch the convention on CNN next week. ( doubly bogus because those voters are watching Fox first and Foxlite second.)

  51. August 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    What about that CNN poll. How did we do?

    • 127 Nena20409
      August 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      With Registered Voters, TeaNN, CNN, Fox lite has pres Obama at 52% and Birther Lying Bishop Romney at 43% Then they disqualified their Registered voters’ poll numbers and all of a sudden, Unlike how they did last Month. They added Likely voters from the same registered voters they polled. Thereby skewing the samples.

      Pres Obama was at 49% and Romney is within the MOE at 47%. Likely voters mean more in Late October. Last month registered Voters per CNN, pres Obama was 6-7% ahead. Gained 2-3% points in August. But per the Mathematics of TeaNN, Romney is tied with pres Obama.

      Then why is the Lying bishop going full birtherism on 8-24-12? Internal polls of Romney, that is my guess.

      I hope that I explained it all.

  52. August 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    That “Republican Women for Obama” video needs to be an advertisement on television. The Republican party has gone so far to the Right that my Cuban American co-worker won’t be voting for them for the first time since she’s reached voting age. They are turning off loads of people. Hopefully enough to keep Obama in the White House!

  53. 129 Dudette
    August 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    BREAKING: Major Victory For Voting Rights Advocates As California Legislature Approves Election Day Registration

    As voter suppression laws spread across the country, voting rights advocates can take heart: the biggest state in the nation is on the cusp of passing a major voter protection initiative.

    Election Day Registration (EDR), which allows citizens to register up to and on Election Day, passed the California State Senate today by a party-line vote of 23-13. AB 1436 had passed the State Assembly in May 47-26.

    Under current law, Californians cannot register to vote in the final two weeks before an election, just as many Americans are beginning to tune in. EDR will eliminate that deadline, ensuring that no citizen is disenfranchised because he or she wasn’t registered beforehand.

    This won’t just benefit slackers. Historically-disenfranchised citizens like minorities and poorer Americans, will particularly benefit from EDR. On average, studies have found that EDR boosts voter turnout by seven percentage points. Common Cause’s Phillip Ung told ThinkProgress he “expects voter turnout to increase by the hundreds of thousands” solely as a result of EDR.

    Eight states currently allow their citizens to register on Election Day: Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. California is poised to become the latest, and by far the largest, state to enact EDR.

    Way to go Cali!

  54. August 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    CNN keeps saying that Republicans are more enthused to Vote, which is why the President is at 49-47%.
    I am telling you, the Democrats I call every week, they are all voting!

    • 131 anniebella
      August 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      We will just have to show TeaNN that we Democrats are just as enthused to vote. See them at the polls.

  55. 133 Dudette
    August 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    James Taylor to headline at the Democratic Convention (plus additional speakers announced)

    This morning the Democratic National Convention Committee announced that five-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Taylor will headline festivities that will precede President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday, September 6. This “tribute to the dynamic convention host state” will also include Charlotte’s hip-hop choir/dance group and stars of America’s Got Talent, Inspire the Fire, and genre-bending rock band Delta Rae from Durham. North Carolina’s homegrown talent will energize tens of thousands of Americans at this once in a lifetime event, that is open to the public.

    Speakers added to the lineup:
    Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Co-Chair of Convention Platform Committee
    Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx
    Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
    Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (ret.), Co-Chair of the Convention Platform Committee
    Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California
    CarMax co-founder and former CEO Austin Ligon
    Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak
    Costco co-founder and former CEO Jim Sinegal
    Los Angeles Mayor, Democratic Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa

  56. August 24, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Btw- I am waiting at Chilis, couple miles from Stadium, Tampa is Rocking.

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