Catching Up

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  1. 1 forus50
    September 19, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Good Morning!

  2. 2 TrumpDog
    September 19, 2012 at 11:08 am


  3. 3 pugeretto
    September 19, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Good morning again everyone, congrats forus50 & Happy Birthday Dudette!

  4. September 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

  5. 5 forus50
    September 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I’m shocked, I’m telling you I’m shocked that I was first! 🙂 Chipsticks, if you will indulge me I would love a photo of the President engaging with a little kid in the White House. And I want to share it with Dee since I don’t think she got her “first” photo request last night.

    Thanks again for having this wonderful space on the internet to enjoy politics and to acknowledge our President’s hard work.

    • September 19, 2012 at 11:15 am


      President Barack Obama blows a kiss to Oren Baer, son of Ken Baer, the departing Associate Director for Communications and Strategic Planning at OMB, during a visit to the Oval Office, July 12, 2012. Baer’s daughter, Avital, and wife, Caron Gremont, watch at left. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

      • 7 forus50
        September 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

        Thank you — I hadn’t seen this one before – love it!

        Here’s some more really good news:
        “The pace of U.S. home resales rose in August to its fastest in over two years and groundbreaking on new homes also climbed, hopeful signs that a budding housing market recovery is gaining traction.

        The National Association of Realtors said on Wednesday that existing home sales increased 7.8 percent last month to an annual rate of 4.82 million units last month. That was the fastest annual rate since May 2010 and well above analysts’ expectations of a 4.55 million-unit rate. ”


  6. September 19, 2012 at 11:18 am

    They have started handing out obama Yard Signs Today, at your local OFA office.
    Got get em.

  7. 10 Dudette
    September 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Good Morning It’s a SUNshiny day… just for ME!!! 😀

    I’m feeling good and PBO is still in the White House!

  8. 21 cookemom
    September 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Did Mitt forget the last sentence in the Pledge of Allegiance, in particular the last two words?

  9. September 19, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Somebody said that the Muslim unrest has stopped overseas?
    Not true!
    From what I know of the Muslim Radicals, their Ideology needs stuff like that tape, to survive.
    In other words, they look for events, that puts Islam as a Victim and then they Capitalize by attacking.
    It happened when I was in the Service, it is happening now, it happened 2000 years ago.
    All for that one piece of Land- Jerusalem!

    • 25 Nena20409
      September 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

      I am a Roman Catholic. I am not sure that the Muslim radicals are that simplistic. They lived with all peacefully for many yrs. Just a cautionary note here. The Unrest has subsided. Yes, there are those stroking the unrest for their own gains. 1.3B people, of course opportunists would rise. I still hold them accountable for their reactions. We humans control how we react to events and situations.

    • 29 amk for obama
      September 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Really ? So all muslins are bad ? You sure sound like a winger now jovie. India has larger population of muslims than entire pakistan. We live next door to each other without killing one another.

      You are watching too much of cable crap.

      • September 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

        What happened? The bell on Twitter went off, so here you are to give Jovie Shit! I am used to it, trust me. You took my statement out of context as usual. As usual…
        I said Muslim radicals, like Taliban, Al shibab, Al Qaeda etc.
        Stop jumping all over my comments and try to give me the benefit of the doubt for once.

        • 31 amk for obama
          September 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm

          And I said there are same old radicals in Christianity too for the same old 2000 years. You wanna talk about religious killing and who killed whom most ?

          You throw a bomb and then expect peeps just to accept it ? Not gonna happen.

          • September 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm

            Shut up! We are talking about the Muslim violence that killed our Ambassador, not Christian Violence.
            Yes, the three Major Religions have Radicals, no question.
            Which is why we have Wars, the Radicals in All Religions start Wars.
            Right now, it is the Muslim radicals, who are causing the unrest, the unrest due to misinformation of Americans.
            I can Remember, we caught some Suspects in Afghanistan, they were interrogated by yours truly.
            One spoke up, said they were kidnapped by Taliban, and he said if we did Not kill Americans that they were told we Would kill their Families.
            And that we throw acid in Muslim Kids faces…
            Of course, this was not true, but it is an example how SOME are turned against Americans.
            Operative word their is Some!
            I am dine with this meaningless conversation, as you did not read my original comment which stated ‘Radical Muslims’!

            • September 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

              Jovie, there’s a lot for the Muslim world to be resentful about too, you have to know that – atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan, stuff like Abu Ghraib, etc, they happened, they weren’t made up. And the extremists on both sides exploit events for all they’re worth.

              • September 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

                Not my point! And yes, this happens all the time with me.
                I don’t know what it is, but if somebody else had said the exact same thing, it would not have been attacked.
                It makes me believe People on these blogs are mad at me for defending My Country against Al Qaeda.
                Good grief!

                • September 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

                  Not true Jovie, you’re just being challenged when you use terms like ‘Muslim violence’, which – as you know – is just too sweeping, no more than ‘Christian violence’ would be. That’s all. Language matters, as PBO once said. Are we still friends?

                  • September 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm


            • 37 amk for obama
              September 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

              We are talking about the Muslim violence that killed our Ambassador, not Christian Violence.

              Why not ?

              And yeah,you can GFY too.

    • 40 Melissa
      September 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Woah, do be careful with broad brush strokes there, Jovie.
      There are a billion Muslims on earth. The tiny fraction you saw on the streets do not represent them all. Each Muslim country has their own internal issues, whether it’s in the Middle East, Asia or Africa. This is way too complex of an issue for you to summarize that simplistically. I agree though that cooler heads in every society need to prevail in order for progress to be made anywhere.

      • September 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm

        I said Muslim radicals…
        I think I know, I fought them, sometimes hand to hand, for Four years. Sometimes, we went in and out of Villages, giving them Medicine and giving their Kids Clothes and Food, to win hearts and minds. Good Intel, was established, as a result of…
        Most, in the Countries I went to, are moderates, but are powerless to the Radical extremist violence.

    • 42 nathkatun7
      September 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      Are you suggesting that 2000 years ago “Muslim Radicals” felt like victims just over “one piece of land-Jerusalem”? That does not make any sense! 2000 years ago Islam had not yet emerged. So, how can there be “Muslim Radicals” when there were no Muslims; and not just in Jerusalem, but in the entire world? I am sorry to say, but it’s false inflammatory like yours that creates a frenzy among our own radical Christians to hate all Muslims. It might do you some good to make an effort to study the history of Islam and the role Muslims played in history; especially their influence in Western civilization.

    • 44 theo67
      September 19, 2012 at 11:53 am

      What on earth?! I can’t look at this at work because of the key word. What’s going on here? She’s not victimized enough being a doorknob on that Morning Joke show?

      • 45 Dudette
        September 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        Photo: JoeScar sitting in chair. legs crossed. Ala “Mad Men”. Mika on top of table beside him, mimicing what can only be described as a stripper move. She’s doing almost a backward push up/cossack dance move – one knee bent, other leg kicked to the heavens, hands lifting bod off the table. Her back is to Joe, but her face is turned toward him. Looking at him adoringly. Mind you, she’s in a skirt so anyone who might’ve been at the opposite end of the table would get flashed.

        What self-respecting “journalist” (cough, cough) would do that? Her poor father must have whiplash from shaking his head in shame.

        • 46 theo67
          September 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm

          Yikes – even worse than I thought. She has no shame. She’s proof that the apple can indeed fall very far from the tree…

          Thanks for the recap. (I think)

  10. 48 Rita
    September 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

  11. 50 Rita
    September 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Release those returns, Romney!

  12. September 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

  13. 53 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2012 at 11:45 am


    Accidental candor on tax policy

    By Steve Benen


    When Mitt Romney sat down with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto yesterday, he very quickly denounced the idea of “redistribution” of wealth. Literally 20 second later, Romney added, “I believe the right course for America is one where government steps in to help those that are in need.” Soon after, Romney also condemned President Obama for finding savings in Medicare.

    It was a hint, not only that he’s not clear on what “redistribution” means, but also that he hasn’t really thought the issue through. As Greg Sargent noted, “Maybe someone can explain how we can pay for ‘government caring for those in need’ without ‘taking from some to give to others.’ How do you pay for a safety net without redistribution?”

    The short answer is, you can’t.



  14. 57 carla4obama
    September 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I do wish an ad would be placed with these words from Romney’s own mother.

    Mitt Romney’s mother, speaking in a 1962 film produced for George Romney’s gubernatorial campaign, says that Mitt Romney’s father “was on relief, relief welfare” in the early years of his life, but that “this great country gave him opportunities.”

    A comment posted says ” Maybe Mitt was adopted.”

    • 58 carla4obama
      September 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      So was Romney’s dad one of those “victims”, dependent on government. Seems that his father was one of the 47% at one time, and he sounds like a good man. What happened to Mitt? Someone needs to ask Romney about his mother’s comments, how will he spin those words from his own mother.

  15. 59 amk for obama
    September 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  16. 60 amk for obama
    September 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Love that the entire crowd in the Letterman studio gave him a standing ovation. PBO, not Letterman.

  17. 61 amk for obama
    September 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    “There are men with guns.” LOL.

  18. September 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Dudette!!!! I’m only catching up now, just saw it’s your birthday – hope you have the most deliciously perfect day ever!!!

  19. September 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Good day Chips & TOD friends,

    As you know, I was quite concerned about the discrepancies between the ‘full length’ version released yesterday by David Corn/MJ and what we had seen, in various clips, that were not included.

    Well, MJ, has rectified the issue:

    “Update: Due to a production error, a section of part one of the full Romney “47 percent” video was not initially uploaded properly and an initial section was omitted. This has now been remedied.”

    And, here’s the full transcript:


    One of the reasons this matters is because we can now place the #47Percent comment in the context that #BainMitt would hardly want folk to pay attention – the context of his lies about his inheritance and his description of the deplorable conditions of a Chinese factory that he invested and made buckets of money.


  20. September 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  21. 83 veryslowwriter
    September 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    James Surowiecki who writes for the New Yorker is the only financial writer I’ve found who writes in English. In any case, this week he wrote about the big money being spent in the campaign. More interesting is the info about getting out the vote. Research on this only started in 1998 and here’s what they found:
    “The first experiment compared the effectiveness of calls from a paid call center, a piece of direct mail, and a home visit. Having people knock on doors, it emerged, boosted turnout by almost nine per cent—far more than anyone had predicted, and easily sufficient to swing an election. Impersonal techniques—generic direct mail, phone calls from paid, script-reading workers—did little to encourage voting, but chattier, more inquisitive phone calls from volunteers were effective…. And positive reinforcement works, too. Just thanking people for having voted in the past significantly increases the chance that they’ll vote again….
    “The Obama campaign has put far more into the ground game, and it has the advantage of the experience and the data it gathered last time around. Romney will likely spend more and buy more ads, but that may not matter if Obama ends up with more knocks on the door.”

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2012/09/24/120924ta_talk_surowiecki#ixzz26vzHRPyv

  22. 84 Carolyn
    September 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    The MSM could have learned a lot last night if they had watched David Letterman. That was a topnotch interview. Began with a couple of clever funnies….PBO is always so on target too…..then, asked substantive serious questions, and let the President talk. Dave had done his homework. It was so good to get to listen to the President explain about Libya and emerging democracies. That was one more time when, if people would notice, we learned how the President is always concerned about the LONG game.
    Frankly, I think these uprisings didn’t surprise him totally. He knew about that horrible video, and also understands the birth pangs these countries are going through working their way to being a democracy. Pundits never can seem to get it through their pointy heads that his degree is in international affairs, and he has lived around the world and is always observing and learning wherever he goes.
    The idea of even possibly replacing this wise man with Myth makes me sick.
    I was pleased with the Letterman show, watched it from beginning to end. Letterman obviously respects both the person and the office. Again…..the MSM could learn a lot. When a late night talk show host bests the so-called journalists, they’d better up their game.

    • 85 Dudette
      September 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm


    • 86 57andfemale
      September 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Definitely. However, I think the Mideast uprisings are hurting PBO some. It’s not insurmountable in the least but it’s a lesson — unfortunately to both parties –of how persuadable the electorate can be.

      • 87 carolyn
        September 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm

        This is s knee jerk reaction to a fearful event. People will see how calmly pres Obama handles it, and polling will rebound. Remember the Lehman meltdown 4 years ago. Americans don’t really want a radical change on the world scene.

        • 88 57andfemale
          September 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

          I agree. Of course I wish and pray for calm and peace in the region; but even if things are a problem, the American people will see our President respond the way Presidents are supposed to respond. Not like craven, heartless, dim Mitt who sees everything as a stepping stone to his personal ambition.

    • 89 theo67
      September 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Bravo! There were times when David Letterman was just looking adoringly at President Obama. He’s got the same bug as the rest of us. Unashamedly so! 🙂

    • 90 Lovepolitics2008
      September 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      Well said. President Obama acknowledged the potential difficulties from the very beginning, during the “revolutions” in Egypt, Tunisia, Lybia. He said that “things will be more complicated for a while”. And he meant “for years”. He knew it. The islamism, the sectarism, the difficult birth of a democracy. He knew what was coming. But he also knew that the status quo was not right, and he had the courage to side with the people who demanded more freedom.

      • 91 57andfemale
        September 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm

        Nuance is a word that has gotten such a bad name over the last 15 years but the only way adults can deal with complex global problems is with nuance. We have no right to demand that the world see everything through our myopic lens. These countries are these people’s homes — their culture, their religion, their self-determination. It’s home, and we have been disrespectful as a policy for years (until PBO). We hope to be a beacon, a guide. But that is something we also have to earn and it’s Republicans and the Bush/Cheney debacle of the last decade that did so much damage.

    • 92 purpleshoesla
      September 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      Completely agree. I was surprised and pleasantly so that PBO was on for the entire show. It was refreshing to actually hear competent questions and thoughtful and complete responses rather than the typical snide, “gotcha” superifical questioning and 30 sec soundbite punditry mentality that permeates “journalism” these days. Frankly, I think any purported hit to PBO’s re-election because of the Mideast uprisings or any other event for that matter and the malleability of the electorate, can be laid in large part at the feet of the MEE-DEE-YA and their so-called “reporting” of these events. I think he even alluded to it when he mentioned their preference for ginning up controversy. The lesson has been learned. MSM is a huge part of the disconnect going on right now in this country. PBO’s appearances on the late shows (remember his “slow jamming” the news on Fallon’s show?) are one example in my opinion of going around them to talk to large segments of the country; making a more impactful impression as a result.

    • 93 dotster3
      September 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      Agree—-top notch interview. Compare Letterman’s questions to the utter nonsense we see in other “news” outlets’ interviews and all the silliness hurled at Carney daily by the WHpress. And PBO always presents such a calm, smart, thoughtful persona.

  23. September 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  24. September 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    G’morning Miss Chips and TOD. Happy bday Dudette. Enjoy your day.

    PBO was magnificent on Letterman last night. Can’t wait to re-watch it. What humility, grace,self-confidence and smarts all wrapped up
    in this wonderful man. Can’t possibly love him and his family anymore than I do.

    Off to volunteer at one of my charity for sick kids. Will catch up later. Thanks for all you do Chips.

  25. 96 hgerhard
    September 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Hello TOD family – I still read every post and almost every comment, but more often than not very late at night. The campaign has entered the final stage and there is precious little time to stay up to date. I am spending a lot of time in New Hampshire and I am happy to say that you can feel the change – people are more responsive, they seem to be more informed and more willing to question the media fueled distortions of the extreme right. The polls, by and large, are reflecting this trend.
    In the previous post some TODers brought up the question of President Obama’s plans for the time after his presidency ends. It’s his “last campaign” as he said, but I do not believe it will be the end of his very public career. I really hope that he will write a book about that span of time we shared – not just the years in the White House, but his entire adult life. It would not only be a bestseller but probably required reading for students around the world. There is no way that he could ever retire from the public. I am sure that he yearns for a quiet walk and the anonymity of an average individual in a crowd, but that can never be a reality for him. He is and always will be the embodiment of hope and the march towards the world that ought to be – not infallible, not perfect, but always striving with integrity and a never failing sense of responsibility and regard for the human family. I see him active on the world stage and in the United States, advancing the ideas and policies to perfect our union and the welfare of all mankind.

    • 97 theo67
      September 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Beautifully stated, hgerhard.As usual. You should still post in the wee hours – I’m usually online reading posts from the beginning of the day when I can, and often leave responses hoping some late straggler is following on behind me. I hate leaving a thought unexpressed! There are a few of us west coast late nighters…

    • 98 Lovepolitics2008
      September 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Very well stated. He will certainly continue to push for ordinary citizens to keep organizing and pushing for change. He will push for OFA to continue its work, and maybe plant the seeds for similar organizations throughout the world. You are right: as much as he probably aspires for some rest and some private time, his destiny calls him for much more.

    • 99 CEB
      September 19, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      This is exactly what I have thought. Thanks for expressing it so beautifully.

  26. September 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm
  27. 106 amk for obama
    September 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    via ABL at BJ

    Chick-Fil-A has reportedly stated it will no longer donate to anti-gay organizations or groups that actively oppose same-sex marriage.

    Chick-Fil-A has reportedly stated it will no longer donate to anti-gay organizations or groups that actively oppose same-sex marriage. The $4 billion fast food chicken restaurant also reportedly has sent a company-wide memo stating the organization respects all people, including gay people, and supports equal treatment for all, according to a Chicago lawmaker, and local Chicago LGBT organization, who claim Chick-Fil-A will no longer funnel millions of dollars, via its Winshape Foundation, to anti-gay hate groups, like the Family Research Council, or anti-gay organizations like Focus On The Family.


    • 107 57andfemale
      September 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm


    • 108 theo67
      September 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      I wonder why they’re not making this as public as their original display of bigotry. I guess they realized that the “we built it” crowd isn’t so reliable to sustain their business single-handedly, after all. $4 billion is a high price to pay for the freedom to hate openly.

    • 110 Lovepolitics2008
      September 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Her spinning is pathetic. Can you just imagine an interviewer who would have had the guts to ask Mrs Romney to comment on the particular quote about people refusing to take responsability for their life. Just ask her what Romney meant by “take responsibility” ???

  28. 111 cookemom
    September 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Well, I just got back and read upthread it’s Dudette’s birthday! Happy, happy, rest of the day birthday Dudette!!!

  29. 113 sherijr
    September 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Hola Chips & TOD peeps & happy Wednesday… and Super Happy Birthday to Dudette!! Enjoy~

  30. 121 Tally
    September 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Excuse me for just a moment of OT – but…. I. can’t. help. it.


  31. 126 Tally
    September 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm


  32. 128 cookemom
    September 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    So Mitt’s put out some video of PBO making a remark 14 years ago. MSNBC is not airing it, cause they haven’t confirmed its authenticity. Evidently, Jay Carney addressed it today as PBO referring to governmental agencies that were not as efficient as they should be. LeBolt said it was a feeble attempt by Mitt to resurrect an issue that was tried and didn’t work already. I haven’t seen, nor heard the video, but if Mitt has to reach 14 years into the past to get a dig in, then stay tuned for some Rev Wright.

    • 129 theo67
      September 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      So, Mitts turning to something that happened a decade before President Obama was elected the first time, and which is actually quite harmless and sends a message that is entirely consistent with President Obama’s statements about people looking out for one another and creating opportunities and making government more efficient? And he thinks that this thing which didn’t prevent the President from being elected the first time, should somehow make him un-electable the second time? That’s pretty pathetic.

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