Rise and Shine …. and Chat Away

Morning everyone, I’ll be back asap with bits and pieces …. meanwhile chat away 😉

95 Responses to “Rise and Shine …. and Chat Away”

  1. 1 Elle in MI
    September 19, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Good morning!

  2. 5 cookemom
    September 19, 2012 at 9:40 am

    ho ho O’s!! great getting up day again doncha know

  3. September 19, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Morning TODers….great day today, PBO is still in Whitehouse.

  4. 8 Pamela
    September 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Hey everyone! Have been in, and am now out! Have a lovely day, bless you Chips, and Happy Birthday to Dudette! I hope I get to taste the cake! {{{{{{TOD}}}}}

  5. 10 forus50
    September 19, 2012 at 9:44 am

    LOL, the BRILLIANT Stephen Colbert. I don’t know how he comes up with this hilarious faux GOP comedy. “Of course the liberal hounds…”


  6. 15 Melissa
    September 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Morning everyone!
    So, i really enjoyed the Letterman Show. I was actually riveted. I know that POTUS really doesn’t need to impress me as I’m all in but I was genuinely interested in what turned out to be a pretty substantive interview.
    His take on Mitt Romney’s entitled pompous self was measured and presidential. He has the luxury of being magnanimous while Axe and Team Chicago go for the hard hitting kill (metaphorically of course).
    I also had been pretty worried about the repercussions over what’s happening in the M-E and what exactly it means in terms of foreign policy. I absolutely loved his calm, thoughtfulness and I especially appreciated the fact that he didn’t lump the whole Muslim world with what we keep seeing on the T.V. Some of these countries are on a bumpy road to stability and unfortunately, due to decades of much bad policy, they will vent their frustations about us. But he did say that for example, a lot of Libyens were actually horrified at what happened and were very apologetic (which is true). He also gave a warning (for the “LOOK, HE”S WEAK AND APOLOGIZING” a-hole crowd) that, to basically become a civilized society, you have to exclude the extremists that encourage you to respond with violence when you encounter things you don’t like.

    > All in all, a terrific job!

    • 16 theo67
      September 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

      The United States has been a democracy/republic for over 200 years, and there are currently extremists desperately imitating those same extremists threatening the fledgling democracies in the middle east. The extremists in the US want to deny people health care, remove freedom of women to make choices about their own bodies, are fear-mongering about Sharia Law, are war-mongering as though they never learned the lessons of the Iraq war, haven’t done a thing to help the middle class or recovery the economy, are afraid of the US dollar, think that some radicals have infiltrated the US government and that the US presidency has been infiltrated by a usurper, are afraid of everyone different from themselves, and want to put a moat with crocodiles and sharp shooters at the southern border.

      Extremists are everywhere, and they need to be marginalized everywhere.

      • 17 Melissa
        September 19, 2012 at 10:10 am

        100% agreed Theo67! Beautifully said. As long as there are ppl like u and me though, those extremists will never have the last word!

        ★snort★ at ” moat with crocodiles “…..lol funny ( but sadly scary true)

  7. 19 anniebella
    September 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

    The First Lady will be in Durham N.C. today, then she will head to speak at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.

  8. 21 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Obama tops Romney in new poll of small business owners

    By J.D. Harrison


    President Obama’s controversial “you didn’t build that” remark wasn’t enough to break the trust he has built with many voters on Main Street.

    Nearly half of small business owners (47 percent) plan to vote for a second term for the president, compared to 39 percent who plan to vote for Mitt Romney, according to a new poll conducted by the George Washington University School of Political Management and Thumbtack.com. Even more importantly, perhaps, the president is perceived as more supportive of small companies by the most coveted group of voters — independents.



    • 22 forus50
      September 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

      That’s such great news! Just when I’m ready to throw n the towel on some of these papers and media they do some good work. Glad this question was asked and surprised it is such a HUGE disparity 47-39 as the “didn’t build that” message (albeit 100% false) one they’ve had in months. And one they’ve spent hundreds of millions on.

      So Mitt, are THESE the 47% you are talking about?? Damn small business owners all launder their earnings and send it to the Caymans like you?

  9. September 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Any of you listening to Jeff Greenfield on Stephanie’s show? Real downer on PO and his chances of winning.

    • 24 forus50
      September 19, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Greenfield is a pompous blowhard who loves the sound of his own voice and trying to sell his latest dumb book.

    • 26 theo67
      September 19, 2012 at 9:59 am

      We have to work like this race is close – because it is. Don’t underestimate the hate that is fueling those who would install Romney as President (despite the danger of such a presidency) simply to get President Obama out of the White House, and the monied interests that are keen to rob the last of the coffers to line their evil pockets. Anything can still happen. Encourage people to vote early, so they won’t be impacted by the nasty stuff sure to come from the right in this campaign as they get more and more desperate.

      • September 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

        Agree totally, theo – I am sending in my absentee ballot today. Interestingly though the candidates listed First on the ballots are the republicans. The democratic contenders are listed second. I carefully reviewed and re-reviewed the ballot after filling it out so I didn’t make a mistake. In addition to PBO, there is one senator, one house rep, one state senate rep and one state assembly rep on the ballot. All of these candidates are vitally important to PBO’s second term. We know we have to turn the House, keep the senate, but in Wisconsin we have to get dems in the state house to keep Scott Walker from being able to push any more right wing laws through.

        • 28 theo67
          September 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

          You’ve said it all, blondegrrl!

        • 29 veryslowwriter
          September 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

          We got our absentee ballots yesterday and I’ll mail them in today. We vote in California, which is solid blue, so it doesn’t make much difference in terms of the electoral college. However, I want to add two more to the popular vote for Obama\Biden so I can say I participated in the landslide.

    • 30 squarepeg
      September 19, 2012 at 9:59 am

      who is jeff greenfield?

  10. 32 theo67
    September 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I love that President Obama and VP Biden get along so well, and clearly enjoy each other’s company. It’s healthy.

    • 33 Dudette
      September 19, 2012 at 10:28 am

      … healthy for them AND the country!

      • 34 theo67
        September 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

        So true. They say the first presidential decision is picking a VP. In spite of all the conventional wisdom, President Obama picked the absolutely right person to work with him in the White House, and I’m glad that VP Biden signed on for a second term.

  11. 35 cookemom
    September 19, 2012 at 10:01 am

    In my attempts to gain 1st on the podium, I failed to say hey to all you TODdies. I think I don’t need to hear any more polls or pundits. I think PBO has momentum and the debate will seal the deal. That’s not to say that we become complacent because it still comes down to GOTV. It’s just that the polls and pundits tend to get people all out of whack. It becomes infectious becoming a downer that’s spread to otherwise confident people. Then in an attempt to assuage their angst, the shakable shares the negativity with the universe. Of course that raises doubt or anger in others, who in turn need reassurance and comfort. Then we end up gnashing teeth, wringing hands, pulling out hair, and crying in our coffee, all because of what was said or tweeted by some paid for 1% pundit who works for one of the only 5 media owners. Why allow these polls and pundits control what should be a chest swelling, chest thumping good time for us? There is so much good news out there for our guy, that we should be able to bring this home on a high-fiving, positive note FORWARD.

    My political take today is that conservatives are scrambling (at least those who haven’t jumped ship) to make Mitt plausible. It’s not working and they’re realizing he just won’t listen. He is so use to being in charge and being surrounded by yes men, he can’t let go of even the slightest authority. Watch for the PAC money to start going to win Senate and House seats. That’s the first clue, that they’ve given up on Mitt and just want to save what they can from Mitt’s destroying the downstream candidates. The second clue is when the Senate and House candidates start distancing themselves from their party leader.

    • 36 Dudette
      September 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

      I’m with you cookemom. Enough with the polls. I’m looking forward to PBO and VP kicking some ass during the debates and then some serious rump-thumping on Nov 6. Let’s toss the whole lot of the Republican bumtards out!!


  12. 37 forus50
    September 19, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Excerpt of fundraiser speech in New York last night:
    And so I guess what I’d ask is — look, I had a friend named Abner Mikva in Chicago. He was a congressman — former congressman, former White House counsel and wonderful man. And Abner used to say that being friends with a politician is like perpetually having a kid in college — (laughter) — because every few months, you’ve got to write this big check. (Laughter.) Well, the good news is I’m graduating. (Laughter.) So this is my last race.


    • 38 theo67
      September 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Every time he mentions that this is his last race, I want to shout “Noooooooooooooooooooooo”!

      • 39 forus50
        September 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

        It’s really unfathomable that the greatest politician (among his many other skills and qualities) will no longer campaign. I guess he would for others but that is just not the same.

    • 42 squarepeg
      September 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

      It sounds like whether PBO wins or loses, he will retire from public life.

      • 43 theo67
        September 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

        He’s only 51 – I’m not sure that he can or would retire from public life, with the energy and goals he has to create a better world. Eight years isn’t enough, and he’ll still have a lot of influence. He’s probably been speaking to Bill Clinton about tips on creating a foundation. There’s also the United Nations. And if he wins, there’s no way he can retire from public life – that’s a big part of the job. (Don’t scare us like that!)

        • 44 99ts
          September 19, 2012 at 10:47 am

          I don’t think he will retire either theo – He will be on the public stage for many years – no need to hide away like Bush – internationally many will want him to lead in one sphere or another – no campaigns – no fundraising – but being there to ensure the change is good.

      • 45 Obama Grandmama
        September 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm

        I have wondered what PBO will do when he ends his second term as far as endorsing a Dem candidate? Will he be stuck between endorsing Hillary and Joe? Will he not endorse or campaign that particular year?
        Also I will miss this blog whether it is in 4 years or in less than a year.

    • September 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Oh, my heart breaks to think about it. I know he will continue an exceptional and inspirational life of great service but I will miss his presence in my daily life. There is no one in the same league as President and First Lady Obama.

  13. 47 desertflower
    September 19, 2012 at 10:04 am


    Democrat Tim Kaine has taken a lead over Republican George Allen in the Virginia Senate race.

    Kaine leads 51 percent to 44 percent, in a new Quinnipiac poll commissioned by CBS and the New York Times. The survey of 1,474 likely voters was conducted Sept. 11-17, and has a 3 percent margin of error.

    • 48 theo67
      September 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Anybody know how Claire McCaskill’s doing against Scott Akin (or whatever his name was)?

      • 49 forus50
        September 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

        Nate has the below posted. It’s rather odd that the Dem pollster PPP has the lower lead and Rasmussen has a much higher. Overall, it’s shaded a light blue.

        Polling average 43.6 43.8 Akin +0.2
        Adjusted polling average 45.6 44.5 McCaskill +1.1
        State fundamentals 48.2 44.1 McCaskill +4.1

        Now-cast 46.0 44.4 McCaskill +1.6
        Projected vote share 49.6 48.0 McCaskill +1.6
        Chance of winning 60% 40%


        Rasmussen 9/11 49.0 43.0 McCaskill +6.0
        PPP 8/29 45.0 44.0 McCaskill +1.0
        Wenzel Strategies 8/28 42.0 45.0 Akin +3.0
        Gravis Marketing 8/23 38.8 37.3 McCaskill +1.5
        Rasmussen 8/22 48.0 38.0 McCaskill +10.0


        • 50 99ts
          September 19, 2012 at 10:50 am

          PPP poll is older – their next one should be better for Claire McCaskill

        • 51 theo67
          September 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

          It’s really shocking that someone could vote for this guy. Even for the right wingers – don’t they think he’s extraordinarily out of date and frightening? I’d be embarrassed to say I voted for someone like this Akin character.

    • 52 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      September 19, 2012 at 10:39 am

      That’s good news. He has to keep plowing away…

      BTW, anyone here from CT? What the heck is going on there — heard Linda McMahon has pulled ahead of the Dem candidate…

  14. 55 Byo
    September 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Today, we return to knock on doors again in Waynesboro/Fishersville, VA.
    We want to keep our lead as is.

  15. 57 utaustinliberal
    September 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Team Obama is smartly targeting the youth vote. This is their new ad playing on radio stations and being promoted by DJs.

    • 58 theo67
      September 19, 2012 at 10:13 am

      I love this.

    • September 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Great message and I love all the different voices. The OFA media team is THE BEST in the business.

      • 60 HZ
        September 20, 2012 at 2:13 am

        Meta, you are so correct on this point,”The Best,” I have been speaking this into my space for the last two years. I have faith in the young people. They have a passion. They know what is at stake in this election that will determine their futures. I believe this with all of my being, and that is why I speak with the young people at any opportunity that I have presented to me.

        I was in a line one day this week, and there was a young lady behind me, so we began to talk and our conversation started with the words, “Changing and changes.” That led me into a conversation with her that was great. I asked if she was registered to vote, affirmative. Then I ask her to get her friends registered and make sure that they all vote.

        I will put my money on the young people in this election, especially those who were not of age to vote 4yrs. ago. They see the excitement, the involvement, and commitment that we have, and they get those glow to move FORWARD with us to make this thing happen. I see it. I hear it, and I am talking it with them. I believe we can do it again.

        That is why I love seeing FLOTUS going out to the colleges and speaking with the young people. At UF, wow great. Those Gators were into this. They want this one for them. So, let us share all that we can with them.

        Let us lift them up with our experiences, tell them the facts of what POB has accomplished under all of the obstruction, and they get that look in their eyes like not with my life. Not this time. “We are going to give it all to him, and he will succeed and be the best we have had, and we will help to make it happen.”

  16. 61 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

    How Romney’s Economic Plan Redistributes Wealth To The Wealthy

    By Pat Garofalo on Sep 19, 2012 at 9:35 am


    Mitt Romney yesterday attempted to turn attention away from the fallout of his comments regarding the “47 percent” by pointing to a video from 1998 in which President Obama, then a state senator, says, “I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure everybody’s got a shot.” The video was aggressively pushed by the Drudge Report and was detailed in a Romney campaign memo today.

    This video doesn’t show much of anything new: President Obama has consistently advocated for higher tax rates on the rich, a position most Americans support, and more support for low-income Americans.

    Romney’s response also ignores that his own economic plan would redistribute wealth too — Romney would just redistribute it to the already wealthy.



  17. 63 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

    We’re all redistributionists now

    By Steve Benen


    Most of modern society involves redistribution. When we tax homeowners to pay for schools, that’s an example of redistributing wealth. When workers give up some of their income to the state to pay for law enforcement and roads, that’s wealth redistribution, too.

    The Paul Ryan budget plan is arguably the most ambitious “redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern U.S. history.”

    And yet, by some accounts, this will be the new Romney/Ryan plaything in the coming weeks, even though it didn’t work four years ago, in large part because the Republican campaign doesn’t think highly of Americans’ intellects.



  18. September 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Romney’s entire campaign is based on duplicity. Lies and distortions and free-floating disrespect are not compelling behaviors that inspire loyalty. His central campaign message is a tired and dismissive meme about liberals depending on government that lost its potency years ago. After what this nation has been through with this horrific recession, most people don’t share the view that Americans are lazy sloths without a shred of dignity. A lot of people barely scraped through that nightmare and it will be years before we’re able to clean up the mess caused by greedy idiots like Romney himself. He can’t relate to anyone in the real world. He simply writes an Op-Ed every time he gets in trouble. What little contact he’s had in the way of press conferences have been confused embarrassments that show what a colossal mess he is.

    Each week brings a new revelation about his inadequacy for genuine compassion let alone Office of the President. So he can try to feign another makeover all he wants but people see through the smoke and mirrors. He’s a sweaty self-serving shallow thinker who is running a very disheveled campaign, flitting from gimmick to gimmick without one iota of inspirational expression. When he loses, the Tea Party will own his stunning failure.

    • 65 theo67
      September 19, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Too right, meta. He started losing when he started becoming reactionary. Despite all evidence to the contrary, there were some people who actually thought he knew something about the economy. He’s ruined that one false advantage – even though he was going to get skewered in the debates when President Obama asked him to explain his math of adding $5 trillion in debt, but somehow still managing to give out more tax cuts and start new wars and balance the budget. The beauty here is that Romney has lost it all himself – President Obama’s just kept his head down doing his job, and then providing commentary on the disaster that is the Mitt Romney campaign.

      What scares me is that someone as clearly unqualified for a real job as Mitt Romney could still end up in the most important job in the world, with the most power in the world, because of the corruption of the courts, the ballots, the right wing and the media. I won’t breathe easy until January 21, when President Obama has taken the oath of office, for the second time.

      • September 19, 2012 at 10:53 am

        Yes, his advantage is false but there are Republicans who want to believe it so badly they will cling to his candidacy come what may. But nothing in his campaign adds up in the real world and I believe that will be more than amply demonstrated in the debates, which will amplify the stark contrast between the two men – in intelligence, in social skills, in honesty, in strategic agility and in experience.

        What scares you also terrifies me as well. We have a big job ahead to work on getting people registered and to the polls and growing that exponentially. We all have to work hard to realize the best outcome for all of us in all three branches of the government.

        • 67 cookemom
          September 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

          I visit RWNJ blog sites and I’m telling you they’re really frustrated. They are in the 47% MItt speaks of and half of them are upset, not by what Mitt said, but by feeling he lumped them in with the people he was attempting to dog whistle about. The other half are busy trying to calm down the first half by saying you know he didn’t mean you and he knows we don’t take any gubmint handouts even though we are the 47% he’s talking about. Some were so insulted they left the site on that thread. Others who claimed to be in the 53% called Mitt bone-headed but backed what he said. Overall, they felt he finally is showing strength and wants him to double down. They blame the MSM for making a big deal out of it. They blame the RINOs for abandoning MItt. They really think they represent the majority of the people in their party and don’t need independents to win.

          • 68 theo67
            September 19, 2012 at 11:23 am

            They are truly delusional. They’ll only learn when he lives up to his promises to destroy them.

          • 69 majiir
            September 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm

            None of the republican politicians or their supporters who have been using the 47% meme to bash others, especially democrats, by claiming we’re lazy, shiftless freeloaders who are looking for a handout should be disappointed, imo, cookemom. They have been saying the same thing for the last 10+ years. Some of these disappointed individuals were happy to disparage others—until they discovered that they were the real freeloaders. Some of those who are disillusioned with Romney’s comments were too stupid to realize that the republicans have felt this way about them for a long time and have only “courted” them for their votes.The problem is that their politicians didn’t expect it to become widely known in the public. Just like Akin’s forcible rape comment, the only thing they regret is that more people are now aware that they think most of us are moochers and takers.

    • September 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Yes! It lost it’s potency years ago, but now has a 2 cable networks to drive it’s message, and some of the so called MSNBsinC.
      This line of attack is resonating, with 45% of the likely Voters. Not to be underestimated.

  19. September 19, 2012 at 10:33 am

    A Political pundit who, like most, got an Anchor Job on MSNBsinC, from covering the WH. She always goes with GOP talking points and can be seen at night Parties with McConell and Boner?

    What is Kris Jansen, for 100 Alex…

  20. 75 joyfulmeme
    September 19, 2012 at 10:39 am

    New Obama ad with people responses to Mitt’s 47% remarks.

  21. September 19, 2012 at 10:54 am

    College Republicans bought online ads titled-
    Get out of Parents House!
    WTF kind of trash is that?

  22. September 19, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Anybody want to tell me WHY Thomas Roberts is having on a Black clergy, whose message is to tell AA to stay Home?

  23. September 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

    A Magazine has a new Cartoon of Mohamed in France.
    Here we go again!
    Whoever is doing these Mocking of Religion(Hint-Israel) wants War!

    This President has to go through everything that Lincoln, FDR and LBJ went through, combined. Unreal!

    • 89 theo67
      September 19, 2012 at 11:21 am

      NPR had an interview with a Muslim author yesterday (I think he was an author), who was commenting on the #muslimrage meme that went on day before yesterday. He was reading out some of the tweets, and they were hilarious and so ordinarily human. One was from a woman who said “Having a great hair day, but nobody knows… #muslimrage”. You never think of that – reminds me of the show someone did a while ago showing the luxury undergarments and designer clothes that are often hidden under the burkas. Another tweet was “Having a son named, “Jihad”, losing him at the airport and not being able to call out for him. #muslimrage”. He said that many of the protesters took the bait. That while the video was highly offensive, he felt that this should have been the response to the video – ridiculing and then ignoring it. I hope this catches on – because more and more instigators will continue to rile up the extremists and reactionary people if they see that they can get an easy riot out of it and destabilize the process of democracy.

  24. 90 Ladyhawke
    September 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Peggy Noonan calls for ‘an intervention’

    By Steve Benen


    She went on to say Romney’s strategy “isn’t working,” and parts of it are based on logic that’s “slightly crazy.”
    But putting that aside, the larger takeaway here is that Peggy Noonan (like David Brooks) seems to have completely lost confidence in Romney — not just as a candidate, but as a man who now seems manifestly unprepared to lead early next year.

    What Noonan seems to want is some kind of do-over in late September. She calls for an “intervention,” but her column reads more like a plea for a “reinvention” — a better candidate with a better understanding of America, a better message, a better team, and a better strategy.

    If this helps reflect the anxieties of the Republican establishment even a little, it’s no wonder there’s a whiff of irrational conservative dread in the air.



  25. 91 donna dem 4 obama
    September 19, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Good Moring TOD!

    My co-worker who is from North Carolina but now lives in MD told me on Monday that her mother and niece got tickets to see FLOTUS at East Carolina for today and were screaming with excitement in the phone when they called to tell her. She said that Mrs. O is just as popular in NC as PBO.

  26. September 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

    But but but the First Debate and…

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