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  1. 1 4morefor44
    November 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm


  2. 6 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Morning all!

  3. November 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    For you Chips 🙂

  4. 8 vcprezofan2
    November 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Since I can’t say how I’d spend #my2k, I’m sending my tweets about the Susan Collins attack.

    Going to do a visual fields test – back in a bit.

  5. 9 vcprezofan2
    November 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Fred, my dear, I’m thinking of you. Trusting that things are going really, really well. {{Fred}}

  6. 10 xtine
    November 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Pakistan ‘toxic syrup’ kills 16 in Lahore:

    At least 16 people have died in the Pakistani city of Lahore after drinking what police say was toxic cough syrup.

    The factory producing the medicine has been sealed, and three people have been arrested, including a distributor of the medicine.

    The deaths occurred between Friday and Sunday. Police say they were mostly drug addicts in Shahdra town area.


    Samples of the medicine have been sent for testing. Doctors told the BBC those who died may have added something to the syrup, to increase their high.

    In January more than 100 people died after taking contaminated heart medicine in Lahore.

    The deaths were directly linked to a batch of faulty drugs given to cardiac patients at a government-run hospital.

    The BBC’s Orla Guerin in Islamabad says the sale of sub-standard and expired medicine is a common problem in Pakistan.


  7. November 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

  8. November 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    As is everyone here at TOD, am keeping you in my thoughts throughout the day and days ahead, fred!!!

  9. 14 utaustinliberal
    November 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Citizen activism. I like it. I’m represented by a Democrat in the House of Rep (where the real battle will take place regarding the fiscal cliff) but I’m still going to be contacting both chambers of congress. Leave no stone unturned as they say.

  10. November 28, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    • 16 PhillyinJA
      November 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      I like that Bob. Tell him like it is. He should know that there are consequences to the crap that he’s doing.

      • 17 anniebella
        November 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

        I’m going to write my Congressman who I think already support the keeping the middle class tax cuts, But I also think I will write the Republican Congressman.

  11. 18 Betsy
    November 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I just want to say that I am sick to death of hearing what Republicans think, say or want to do. I want to hear about what actions the Democrats are going to take. I want the MSM to cover how the ACA will help people. I want them to cover REAL news. I want to hear how fabulous our President is, and how smart he is and how great it is that he is our president for the next 4+ years. I wish the MSM would say all those things.

    One can only dream. 😦

  12. 21 HZ
    November 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Fred, sweet, sweet, spirit of peace surround you now and wisdom granted to your doctors.(((((Love)))))HZ

  13. 22 anniebella
    November 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    CNN live is showing the First Lady and the Christmas trees honoring our military.

  14. 30 xtine
    November 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    [These doods eat soup with forks]:

    Boehner Shoots Down Compromise

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other top Republicans “shot down a proposal by a senior GOP lawmaker that the House agree to President Obama’s demand to extend current tax rates for the middle class,” The Hill reports.

    Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), “a respected party strategist and former chairman of the House GOP campaign committee, became the most prominent House Republican to suggest that the GOP do what has long been unthinkable within the party: lock in the George W. Bush-era tax rates for income up to $250,000 without simultaneously extending them for top earners.”

    Said Boehner: “We’re not going to grow the economy if we raise tax rates on the top two rates. It’ll hurt small businesses. It’ll hurt our economy. That’s why it’s not the right approach. We’ll willing to put revenue on the table as long as we’re not raising rates.”

    [Shooting down Cole’s suggestion kept all the aces w/ the Dems.!! :)]


  15. November 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    So, I see Senator Collins has some more questions. They ate just trying to keep this alive, they have more than one agenda here.
    I have a question for these republican Senators? Will you retire, please?

    • 34 xtine
      November 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      I believe Collins is up for relection 2014. There were words that she would retire. Not sure what she gains in all this self-created palaver, unless she’s trying to join McCoot’s crazies since her buddy Snowe retired? If she’s going to retire anyway, this doesn’t make sense except as said up thread & other post that point is to get Kerry out of Senate. Even if they got Kerry out, they’re not guaranteed to win his MA seat. And again, who told them that they get to nominate any SoS!

    • 35 jacquelineoboomer
      November 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      jovie – I’ll co-sign that question.

  16. 37 Vicki Green
    November 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    For the record: I do not care what Susan Collins or any other Repub has to say about Cabinet choices. When it is their time to vote that will be the only statement we have to pay attention to from them.
    I want President Obama to choose whoever he thinks will be the best SOS. That is the person I want to hold the office.
    In the same vein, I do not care about John Boehners declarations. When it comes time to vote he will either do what is best for the American people or he will face the consequences.

  17. 38 utaustinliberal
    November 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I am loving the kick ass Michael Kors First Lady Michelle Obama is rocking.

  18. 41 peppylepew
    November 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    After all this Republican bashing of Ambassador. Rice and their advice to PBO to nominate Kerry, I want PBO to nominate Ambassador. Rice and tell the Repuke
    to kiss his gorgeous black A$$. Who the hell are they to give him advice. He is the one the did the shellackings in the election. BRING IT ON YOU DISPICABLE RATS. (I am insulting rats aren’t I.)

    • 42 anniebella
      November 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      We re-elected President Barack Obama November 6th and he has the right to chose whoever he think is qualified to replace Hillary Clinton. If he think it is Amb. Susan Rice, then it is Amb. Susan Rice. “F” the Republicans.

    • 43 WilTal
      November 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      Lurker in for a comment. My feelings are the same as yours. What’s even more despicable and gets my panty in a wire is that all three of these goons and now Collins voted for the Iraqi War. How did the intelligence work for them there? PBO and Amb. Rice always said that this investigation is on-going and reported what was appropriate at the time. I am so pissed that they continue to beat a dead horse. There is nothing here…nothing from nothing leaves nothing! Enough already!

  19. 45 utaustinliberal
    November 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm

  20. 63 anniebella
    November 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I tell you it is so nice to see FLOTUS. I got so use to her speaking during the campaign, I missed not seeing her now that POTUS is re-elected. FLOTUS is her usually lovely self. I hope the kids enjoy the cookies.

  21. 69 xtine
    November 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Steve Benen: “Who Killed CRS Report?”

    [….] For weeks, the official Republican line has been that GOP policymakers and even folks outside Capitol Hill raised concerns about the economic report, but did not explicitly call for the analysis to be withdrawn.

    Roll Call’s report features a series of complaints between Republican Senate aides, including one in which a McConnell aide specifically lamented “partisans” misusing the CRS’s conclusions, adding that “a retraction should be considered.” Arguably more damaging is an email from a high-ranking CRS employee, who told a colleague at the time, “Now they are asking for the report to come down,” in reference to Hatch and McConnell staffers.

    This is consistent with what Thomas Hungerford, the CRS researcher who produced the report, told the Huffington Post earlier this month: the analysis was taken down due to “pressure from the Senate minority.”

    In other words, the GOP denials about the Congressional Research Service are looking a little shaky.

    [….] In other words, we just can’t have public offices’ scholarship being stifled because Republicans find reality politically inconvenient. Our system of government isn’t supposed to work this way.

    [….] But as is the case too often on the right, it’s easier to bury reality than deal with it.


    [I think we need to flood these idiots. Shine a Klieg light on all their shenanigans.]

  22. November 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm

  23. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    November 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Boy, I was just thinking I’d like to be around during the first few minutes after the loser Mitt leaves the luncheon at the White House with the President. Maybe Joe will be there ~ I’m thinking the laughs will abound. (If it were my residence, I’d douse the place with Lysol, once the loser Mitt cleared the driveway.)

    • 72 JER
      November 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      I think it is a wonderful opportunity for Mitt to realize what he will never have.

      • 73 jacquelineoboomer
        November 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        Yes. Maybe one of his “gifts” will be a piece of White House stationery or maybe a White House book of matches, or maybe a Lincoln Bedroom guest towel. Ha!

        • 74 xtine
          November 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

          Whatever ugly color there is in thos M&Ms! Nevermind, give him nothing — he’d toss anything right after he clears the exit gate.

    • 75 otter44
      November 28, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      think the WH will need to have a purification ceremony….maybe some sage burning.

    • 78 dudette9t9
      November 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Gonna need an army of clergy, medicine men/women, healers & shamans to come in afterwards to exorcise the evil stench that will be left in the Mittbo’s wake.

      • 79 jacquelineoboomer
        November 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm

        What? Huh? I just fainted after reading that, and mighta missed something!

        Agree totally, but for the fact that I don’t think Mittbo leaves any wake, if ya know what I mean.

  24. 80 jacquelineoboomer
    November 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm

  25. November 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm

  26. 82 desertflower
    November 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    He has a good point here! http://crooksandliars.com/blue-texan/joe-scarborough-calls-gops-attacks-susa

    Joe Scarborough, apparently aware that the American public isn’t buying John McCain’s and Lindsey Graham’s nonsensical attacks on Susan Rice, finally had enough this morning and called their escapades a “clown show”.

    He also made this rather good point:

    SCARBOROUGH: Did John McCain say that Colin Powell was unfit to continue as Secretary of State after the information that he gave before the united nations that led us into the Iraq war? Did that make Colin Powell unfit to be Secretary of State or was Colin Powell given bad intel? I never heard him say that. I never heard Lindsey Graham say that.

    • 83 xtine
      November 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      What meds is Joe on?! 🙂

      • 84 Lb4Obama
        November 28, 2012 at 4:14 pm

        John Heilmann was at the table first thing this morning when they were talking about McCain and Graham’s sideshow regarding Ambassador Rice. Heilmann said something to the effect why Kelly Ayotte of NH was pulled into the 3 amigos on this and now McCain has 2 women (Ayotte and Graham) to stand by his side while he makes a fool of himself! Heilmann said he thought the war on woman was over! LOL! He and Scarbourough fell out of their chairs with laughter. Looks like it is common knowledge that Sen. Graham is gay, something I always thought myself. LOL!

  27. 87 susanne
    November 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    aloha fred~ sending you healing thoughts today!

  28. November 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

  29. 95 susanne
    November 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    because he can’t just sit around the house….he’s driving miss ann crazy!

    ‘ Mitt Romney is planning to move into an office at Solamere Capital in Boston, a senior adviser confirms. The venture capital firm was founded by Romney’s son Tagg and his former campaign finance chairman, Spencer Zwick, in the wake of the 2008 campaign.

    The former Massachusetts governor will not be working for Solamere but will keep a small office there where he will manage his affairs. ‘


  30. 99 utaustinliberal
    November 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm

  31. 100 utaustinliberal
    November 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    This just happened.

  32. 101 utaustinliberal
    November 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  33. 103 susanne
    November 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Six Things Mitt Romney Should Avoid Saying at the White House Tomorrow 🙂

    ‘ The nation’s most famous loser, Mitt Romney, will take a break from his sad California vacation tomorrow in order to glimpse the life that might’ve been his. ‘


  34. November 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    The Senate approved an amendment to the defense authorization bill Wednesday that would restore the military’s ability to invest in biofuels.

    Sen. Mark Udall’s (D-Colo.) amendment, 2985, strikes Section 313 of the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 3254, which bars the military from purchasing biofuels that cost more than petroleum and from spending money to scale up biofuel refineries.

    Those supporting the amendment, which passed on a 62-37 vote, said it would save lives and money.



    • 105 theo67
      November 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      What this tells people is that the GOP has absolutely no interest in reducing America’s dependence on oil, or safeguarding the environment or reducing the deficit or protecting the troops. Their only interest is in making ever more money for the oil companies.

  35. 107 Bill R.
    November 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm

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  37. November 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    The Senate passed an amendment to the defense bill by voice-vote Wednesday that would better protect victims of sexual violence who serve in the military.

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) introduced the amendment, 3016, which would require each branch of the military to process sexual violence offenders and if they’re found guilty, discharge them from military service.

    Gillibrand said nearly one-third of those who commit a sex crime in the military remain in military service since branches have different ways of handling the situation.


    And in the House, they named Post offices, which ate closing because they will not fund them. And then, they called it a Day. What a Joke, this House has become.

    • 112 dudette9t9
      November 28, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you Sen Gillibrand. I know several victims who still suffer from PSTD due to sexual assault endured while in military service. This means a lot.

  38. 114 Bill R.
    November 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm

  39. 115 susanne
    November 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    obama family to vacation in hawaii! possibly arriving dec 17~ ALOHA FIRST FAMILY !!


  40. November 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Senate passes amendment allowing more Marines at US consulates, embassies

    By Ramsey Cox
    The Senate passed an amendment to the defense bill by voice vote Wednesday that would place more Marines at U.S. consulates and embassies around the world.

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced the amendment, saying it was important to prevent more deaths overseas, referring to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11.


    House votes to name federal building after Tip O’Neill

    By Pete Kasperowicz
    The House voted on Wednesday to name a federal building on C Street SW in Washington, D.C., after former Rep. Thomas “Tip” O’Neill (D-Mass.), who served as Speaker for a decade, from 1977 to 1987.

    The voice vote was preceded by comments from House leaders in both parties and many from O’Neill’s home state of Massachusetts. The bill, H.R. 6604, was sponsored by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who like others praised O’Neill as a great leader of the House.

  41. November 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm

  42. November 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    and because I posted this last night, when most of you were asleep:

  43. 128 dotster3
    November 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Hear Paul Lyin’ Ryan is going to be at the lunch tomorrow too. Talk about a appetite suppressor. And what sounds to me like the worst lunch gathering ever—–in the history of the world. President Obama is so much more a man than I am—–a wo-man.
    Laughed at the news break I heard on the way home a bit ago. In what I assume was a response to an idiotic question from the WHPC about a possible cabinet position for Willard—- it was reported that Carney said Obama “had no specific assignment for Romney”——as in teacher/student—–and the understatement of the year.

    • 129 theo67
      November 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      God bless President Obama for having the stomach to deal with these two lying, dishonourable people – in his house.

  44. 130 daisydem
    November 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I am about to plant some pansies for the winter/spring at our office. Pansies are long known as standing for remembrance, so as I dig in the dirt and plant the lovely little faces of the pansies, I will remember Fred today and her surgery and think healing thoughts for her recovery and well-being.
    The Pansy at my feet
    Doth the same tale repeat:
    Whither is fled the visionary gleam?
    Where is it now, the glory and the dream? William Wordsworth

  45. 133 susanne
    November 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    did anyone lose their cat? apparently it’s gone to florida for the winter. 🙂

    • November 28, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Too funny! My English relatives were on vacation and were watching their local football (soccer) team on TV. suddenly a dog appeared on the field, chasing the ball and causing havoc. They realized it was THEIR dog, who had slipped past the dog sitter and gone looking for some action

  46. 135 TheWorld4Obama
    November 28, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Hi to all at TOD,

    Daily luker here, coming out of lurking to kindly request that Chips post the video of PBO saying Ambassador Rice is doing an awesome job and SOS Clinton being the first person to clap and lead the clapping.

    Thanks to all who can then tweet that video whenever it comes up including to Lawrence, Rev. Al, Tweety and Rachel.

    Thanks again to Chips for your AWESOME work keeping the world informed!!

  47. 136 Claire
    November 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    As of 2012, Tom Cole, republican who agrees with the POTUS— a member of the Chickasaw Nation—is the only registered Native American in Congress. Bet the gop is mad that they let him slip through the cracks.

  48. 140 1jam4pbo
    November 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Dear Fred, I have been praying for you and I am hopeful that you will get through this surgery and recover very soon. We miss you here at TOD.

  49. 141 susanne
    November 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    ‘Florida man pleads not guilty to shooting teen to death over loud music’– this just breaks my heart and makes me so angry. this man is claiming self-defense for shooting this child.

    ‘ A Florida gun collector has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge alleging that he opened fire on a car full of unarmed teenagers, killing one, in an altercation that police say stemmed from loud music.

    Michael David Dunn, 45, acted “as any responsible firearms owner would have,” his lawyer said of the Friday evening incident at a gas station outside a convenience store in Jacksonville, Fla.

    Dunn and his girlfriend were in Jacksonville for his son’s wedding when they pulled up in their car next to the teens. Police allege that while the girlfriend was in the store, Dunn told Jordan Russell Davis, 17, and his three friends to turn down their music.

    “It was loud,” Jacksonville homicide Lt. Rob Schoonover said of the teens’ music. “They admitted that. That’s not a reason for someone to open fire.”

    After an exchange of words, Dunn began shooting with a handgun, Schoonover said. ‘


  50. 142 99ts
    November 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Hello all – late to the party as usual – 8.20am in my world – busy day ahead – meanwhile reading about the lunch with Romney

    – no press – means no cameras – no recording of Mitt lying to the President.

  51. 144 ber6964
    November 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Thinking Healing Thoughts for {{{{{Fred}}}}}.

  52. 145 Puddin'
    November 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I’m not sure if this has been posted yet, but Tom Ricks appeared on HuffPost Live today…

    He turned down an invitation to appear on MSNBC…”FOX really seems to sell outrage as it product, and MSNBC doesn’t as much. But they both seem to me to be running political campaigns almost more they are running news networks. So I don’t particularly like either. That said, I’m not a fan of TV news. Generally, I think its a lousy place to get your information from”.

  53. November 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Senators question ban on contracts to BP

    By Ben Geman
    Senators that strongly back expanded oil drilling are seeking more information from the Environmental Protection Agency about its decision to temporarily bar BP from new federal contracts, including oil-and-gas leases.

    “I can’t figure out where this directive came from, what precipitated it, on what grounds it was issued,” Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) told reporters in the Capitol on Wednesday. “My staff is in the process of contacting [EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson] to find out where did this come from.”

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said she wants to see if EPA’s action, which bars new contracts across the government, was “reasonable.”

    What precipitated it??? Check your marshes in NOLA get back to me. Jeeze!

    • 147 theo67
      November 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      She’s ridiculous! Has she not been paying attention? BP oil spill. Two men dead. Lying about amount of oil actually spilled into HER gulf. Having to pay a record-breaking fine. And she can’t figure out where this is coming from? This should be grounds for immediately resignation from her post as a representative of the people of her state.

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