This and That: Catching Up

President Obama greets a child on the Kingsmill Resort grounds during a break from debate prep in Williamsburg, Va., Oct. 14 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Steve Benen: Just last night, Ezra explained on the show that the new monthly job figures would be released this morning, and a lot of folks would be shocked by how bad the numbers would be. Why? Because of Hurricane Sandy. Most expected to see only 80,000 jobs created.

This morning, everyone’s shocked for a very different reason. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November, nearly double the projections. What’s more, the overall unemployment rate dropped to 7.7%, its lowest point in four years.

More here


Read Steve Benen here


Business Insider: The November jobs report is in, and it’s a gigantic beat.

146K new jobs is well above expectations of 85K …. This is the lowest level since 2008.

More here



AP: A month after the bitterly fought election, President Barack Obama has his highest approval ratings since the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, and more Americans say the nation is heading in the right direction now than at any time since the start of his first term.

Obama’s approval rating stands at 57 percent, the highest since May 2011, when U.S. Navy SEALs killed the terror leader, and up 5 percentage points from before the election. And 42 percent say the country is on the right track, up from 35 percent in January 2009. A majority think it’s likely that the president will be able to improve the economy in his second term…..

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Charles Pierce: ….. Morning Joe Scarborough has a piece about how the president’s abilities at artificial pleasantries, manufactured politesse, and general intramural Potomac ass-kissing leave something to be desired….

…. In what universe is this president “personally isolated”? This one drives me straight up the wall. He just won his second national election, this one against longer odds even than the first one. He is immensely popular in the country at large, which is supposed to be the only place where popularity is supposed to matter. The country doesn’t seem to find him aloof….

…. And, in case it’s escaped the squint, the only people capable of making the next four years different from the last four years are the people who spent the previous four years refusing to accept the results of the 2008 election. Let John Boehner get all the bats in the House belfry flying in formation. That’s his job. The president’s is to lead the country for the rest of us…..

Full post here


Washington Post: President Obama’s second inauguration will feature two swearings-in and the traditional parade and official balls. All the pomp will follow a national day of service to honor the country’s shared values and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the newly launched Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Thursday.

Eva Longoria, who was a big fundraiser and prominent surrogate for Obama’s campaign, will serve as a committee co-chair, all four living former presidents will serve as honorary co-chairs, and several top campaign officials will organize the weekend’s festivities.

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207 Responses to “This and That: Catching Up”

  1. 10 Cheryllou
    December 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Congrats japa

  2. 11 Nena20409
    December 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Oh my goodness! I was just asking for the leap-frogging flying tyke’s high five picture to be on the next thread and as soon as I popped over, Chips had already done it.

    Oh….mine. That is a great picture. Just brilliant.

    Good Day all. Happy to meet up with all once again.

    Congrats Japa.

  3. 14 Rita
    December 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm


  4. December 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Have to run, back later!

  5. 16 whatisworking
    December 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm


    So much good news this morning.

    Here is another worthy cause we can all lend our support for. I received this email from Macys – lets keep the pressure on.


    You might be thinking to yourself: Really? Macy’s actually asked to be boycotted?! Well, yes. Pretty much.

    Before Thanksgiving, dozens of Macy’s cardholders joined me at Macy’s Herald Square store in New York City to deliver our petition signed by more than 660,000 people. The event culminated with Macy’s cardholders cutting up their Macy’s cards. They were sending the message that if Macy’s was going to stand by Donald Trump, then consumers would start dumping Macy’s. I’m grateful to everyone who joined me for the petition delivery and was encouraged by all the passersby who joined the event after learning what it was about.

    You can read about and see pictures from the delivery here: http://huff.to/UlytVM

    A week after we delivered the petition, Macy’s Chief Marketing Officer told an audience at a business conference that Macy’s is sticking with Donald Trump because that’s what Macy’s customers want. The Macy’s executive dismissed the Dump Trump Effort, saying: “We try to separate from that and we try to let the customer vote on that…As long as that customer is still voting by wanting to buy that product, then that’s what it’s all about.”

    A few days later, new data was released, which revealed that Macy’s popularity is plummeting due to their relationship with Donald Trump. Prior to the Dump Trump Effort, Macy’s recommend score among US women was a 31. A recommend score reflects how likely customers are to recommend the store; it’s a very important indicator in the retail industry. And, a score of 31 is quite good. However, Macy’s recommend score has since fallen to 17 – that’s a 14 point drop in just a few weeks and it now puts Macy’s 2 points below average for the retail industry. You can read about Macy’s plummeting popularity over at AdWeek: http://bit.ly/UcBQxQ

    This is not a good sign for Macy’s and it’s an indication that their customers are deeply disappointed and defecting. Although, it’s not surprising given that Macy’s refuses to take seriously the concerns expressed by so many of their customers. I guess we should listen to what Macy’s Chief Marketing Officer said about customers voting with what they buy. So, now’s the time to let Macy’s know that you’re going to do just that – that you plan on dumping Macy’s because they refuse to dump Trump.

    Here are just a few ways you can help ramp up the pressure on Macy’s:

    Keep on spreading the word! Discourage your friends and family from shopping at Macy’s due to their support of Donald Trump’s bigoted bullying. (If they’re unpersuadable, at least make sure they don’t purchase any of Trump’s products.)
    Post a message on Macy’s Facebook page. Tell them you’re not going to shop at Macy’s as long as Macy’s supports Donald Trump. You can find Macy’s page here: http://facebook.com/macys
    Cancel your Macy’s credit card. Be sure to let them know that you’re canceling because of Macy’s support of Donald Trump.
    Encourage those who haven’t already signed to sign our petition: http://signon.org/s/f5MybK
    Next week, I’ll share the next big steps in the Dump Trump Effort along with a website that you’ll be able to go to for timely and regular updates (and so that I won’t have to keep sending you these emails).

    Thanks so much for your participation. Your efforts are having an effect. Now, we just need some persistence.



    • 17 Japa21
      December 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      I have never been in a Macy’s and I am not going to start now. They took over Marshall Fields here in Chicago and have basically destroyed it. I am biased since I once worked as a department manager at Fields and met my wife there. When Macy’s took over they said that they knew what was best in the Chicago marketplace in terms of merchandising and everything else.

      Haven’t stepped back inside the old place since. The arrogance they showed then is the same they are showing now.

      • 18 dotster3
        December 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm

        Also mad what Macy’s did to Field’s—–they trashed the place. Quality of merch dropped about 10 levels.

    • 19 Betsy
      December 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Macy’s is advertising a 48 hour “shop til you drop” here in LA this weekend, I think to try to make up for the drop in their sales. I am hoping it doesn’t work.

    December 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm


  7. 22 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    The jobs numbers pleased me immensely when I found out what they were. I had expected lower numbers due to Sandy but was pleasantly surprised when I saw 7.7% and 146K jobs added. I imagine it would have been higher had it not been for some of the after effects – no matter how minute – of Sandy. It’s been a tough road, but we are steadily building our way back up.

    The picture of the kid jumping into the air has me grinning. Thanks Chiparoo.

  8. 23 Don
    December 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Once again Charles P. Pierce explains the essence of Joe Scarborough. One reason why the “Beltway” doesn’t like President Obama is because President does not seek their counsel nor is he interested in attending their dinner parties. Bill Clinton schmoozed them all day long and at the end of the day they tried to impeach him. President Obama is a serious person, and like all serious people he does not suffer idiots, fools, and T.V. talk show hosts.

    • 24 Bill
      December 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Whenever I have heard Joe go on about the topic I ask myself why would PBO wish to spend time with them. I believe Boehner and the Turtle have both turned down state dinner invitations and neither took his telephone call on election night. Spending time with them would change nothing. To my sensibilities Morning Joe is the most annoying pundit on teevee.

      • 25 dotster3
        December 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm

        And if anyone remembers, I recall PBO did invite Congressional Repubs over for games and steak dinners in the very beginning, hoping to establish rapport or some kind of working relationship. And they turned around and stabbed him in the back every chance they got. I think Obama decided he had better use of his limited free time—–spending with fam, good friends, sports.

        • December 7, 2012 at 11:22 pm

          You’re right, dotster. It started with invitations to watch the Superbowl, then they tried martini nights, and other cocktails. After a while, you don’t need to keep getting kicked to know that it hurts. He moved on.

    • 27 hopefruit2
      December 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Tweety is another one who constantly makes disapproving references to PBO’s non-schmoozing with the DC folk. It’s sickening.

      • 28 Bill
        December 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm

        Tweety believes it worked with his old boss, Tip O’Neill, and Reagan. Even if the legend is true, we are in different times with different personalities.

        • 29 jackiegrumbacher
          December 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

          Bill, Tip O’ Neill lived in an era when both parties believed in government. O’Neill was a patriot who would not think of actively and viciously undermining the president, even if he disagreed with him. Boehner is not worthy of being named in the same breath as Tip O’Neill. He hates the government he’s supposed to work in and willingly sells it out to his corporate masters. He’s a deeply bigoted man who loathes and envies the president and viciously undermines him on a daily basis. You cannot work with or negotiate with a creature like Boehner. You can only stand fast and draw your line in the sand. There is NO goodwill whatsoever on Boehner’s part and no willingness that I have ever seen to put the good of the country over his own pettiness. He’s way in over his head and is an incompetent, yet dangerous, boob. The sad fact of our time is that we have one of the greatest presidents of all time in the White House while suffering under the worst Speaker of the House in history.

        • 33 COS
          December 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm

          Tweety’s mind is still steeped in the pass and in his mind PBO should do everyting exactly like Kennedy. His kids need to let him know that we are ina different century.

        • 34 Obama Grandmama
          December 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm

          I remember hearing some out of the past politician interviewed I think on NPR that said since the Congress went to a shorter week years ago flying home on weekends and holidays instead of living in DC full time the collegiality has decreased. The legislators do not spend time outside their jobs together like before. The person interviewed felt that was the start of how we got to this point.

      • 35 nabsentia23
        December 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm

        Screw the DC folks. I live with them and Obama’s ain’t missing much. The Beltway is so behind the curve right now that it’s not surprising that Obama took the message to the people when talking about the fiscal cliff.

      • 36 theo67
        December 7, 2012 at 11:23 pm

        Who, in their right mind, would sit down with crazy racists who are willing to vote against disabled people and first responders – instead of spending his little free time with his growing family? Why would President Obama do that, after they’ve entertained this birther nonsense? They’re insane.

  9. December 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Fantastic Jobs report and UR of 7.7%. Marvellous. So I guess the Bureau of Labor is still ‘cooking the books’ eh?

    FoxPubs heads must be exploding. And I love it!

    President Barack Obama you were put here at this time for a special reason. Sir, you are blessed and being

    sustained by the Almighty.

    Thank you America for making the absolute right choice. My heart is still singing. Love to all.

  10. 40 relellit
    December 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Good after noon Todville & Chips

    Who cares what Mourning Joe Scarborough thinks? I don’t.

    But but, what about Mr. Magoo looking Republican Minority Leader’s isolation???? Mitch McConnell, does what he does best. Slow it down just like a turtle!!!


    😆 😆 😆

  11. 41 Nena20409
    December 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    An Air Jordan in making?

    I believe I can Fly is really the true Video for the red-hair flying tyke. I can’t say how much I just LOVE, Truly LOVE that picture. It is Now mt second favorite to the picture with yet another little boy touching the hair of the POTUS.

    Pete is one fantastic photographer. Just brilliant.

  12. December 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Back in a bit!

  13. 46 jacquelineoboomer
    December 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Not sure if this has been posted yet …

    The President’s proclamation for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2012, on behalf of our country’s “Greatest Generation”:

    ” … We mark this anniversary by honoring the patriots who perished more than seven decades ago, extending our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones they left behind, and showing our gratitude to a generation of service members who carried our Nation through some of the 20th century’s darkest moments … ”


  14. 47 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Supreme Court has decided to take up a challenge to DOMA and Prop 8. This is a huge action by the SC. It is going to be huge next year.

  15. 48 jacquelineoboomer
    December 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    SCOTUS taking up DOMA and CA’s Prop 8 … to be argued, probably in March … per Pete Williams of NBC. (I think I got that nomenclature right.)

  16. 49 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm

  17. 50 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm

  18. 51 xtine
    December 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    [Idiots who lost their minds are losing the mighty dollars too.]:

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found that the Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal illegally discriminated against a former store manager after one of the company’s executives complained about too many black employees at a store in Pennsylvania, according to a New York Times report and an attorney involved in the case.

    Citing evidence of racial discrimination, the director of the commission’s Philadelphia office found that Wet Seal’s “corporate managers have openly stated they wanted employees who had the ‘Armani look, were white, had blue eyes, (and were) thin and blond in order to be profitable,'” according to statements from attorneys involved in the case.


    The federal agency found that Wet Seal terminated Nicole Cogdell, an African American former manager of its store in King of Prussia, Pa., in 2009, the day after a former senior vice president for store operations had inspected that store and several others in the area and sent an email saying, “African Americans dominate – huge issue,” according to the Times and a statement from attorneys involved in the case.

    The commission’s findings include the following: Wet Seal’s failure to take “effective remedial and corrective action to address the egregious managerial conduct” of the vice president and other corporate officials, created a stressful and hostile working environment for Cogdell.


    In addition to the lawsuit, Wet Seal faced other turmoil this year.

    In October, four directors resigned and were replaced by four nominees from the Clinton Group, a hedge-fund manager, after an internal battle at the company that began earlier this year.

    The Clinton Group, which owns 7 percent of Wet Seal, had initially called for the sale of the company.

    In June, the hedge-fund manager stated that “the operating performance of the business has been dismal and the stock has underperformed, both long- and short-term performance has been worse than peers, despite many efforts to remake the business, the stock now trades near a multi-year low.”


    • 52 jackiegrumbacher
      December 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Good grief, xtine, “white, blue-eyed, blond”? Is this Wet Seal place an off shoot of the Third Reich. This whole outfit needs to go down the nearest drain and its former employees rehired by a decent company.

      • 53 xtine
        December 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

        I had to read that part twice! Disbelief then cold anger. Out of business sounds too good.

        • December 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

          That want employees to have the”Armani” look need to pay their employees “Armani” salaries. This is a store that sells to tweens and teens not to adult working women.

      • December 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

        My daughter loves to buy from Wet Seal. I’m going to inform her about this. We’re Black Americans, and I’m sure that when she made her purchases, she was looking at the products and NOT the race(s) of who was managing the store or working there. Sometimes, managers with the kind of attitude of the one in this case can cause more harm than good to a business. Papa John’s owner is discovering this after showing how greedy and petty he is. After we heard about his stunt to deprive his own employees of healthcare, we decided we wouldn’t order another PJ’s pizza, and after we discovered that Chik Fil A’s owner contributes to anti-gay organizations, we stopped buying anything from Chik Fil A. One is located within a mile from my house, and I don’t even glance at the place as I pass it on my way to my favorite area grocery store.

    • 56 jacquelineoboomer
      December 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      I remember publicity about that King of Prussia case, and I’m glad it got this finding! What else could they have found? SMH.

  19. December 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Scarborough = Shallow brooks are noisy.

  20. 59 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    SCOTUS taking up the issue of gay marriage for the first time is huge news. This is history. Reviewing challenges to DOMA and Prop 8 is huge, huge news. I’m trying not to get excited, but I certainly hope they rule in favor of the LGBT community. This is 2012 and we have come a long way on the road to equality. No one should be denied the right to marry whomever they want to and enjoy the emotional and government benefits that all married couples partake in.

    The exit polls from the 2012 election showed that a majority of Americans approve of gay marriage. It is past time we do something to rectify the wrong that has been done to millions of people.

  21. 60 xtine
    December 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    [I did not know about the “kosherized” bit! The things one learns via webs!]:

    Hanukkah begins at sundown on Saturday night, and President Obama and First Lady Obama have annually hosted a reception to mark the Jewish holiday. In 2011, the White House released this behind-the-scenes video that shows how the kitchen is “kosherized” ahead of the party. Executive Chef Cris Comerford and Rabbi Levi Shemtov explain the process. The menu for the Presidential Hanukkah reception is different than the buffet menu served at other holiday parties, which this year spotlight recipes featured in the First Lady’s Grammy-nominated book, American Grown.


  22. 62 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  23. 63 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

  24. 64 Don
    December 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    DADT, Health Care……and now DOMA. All because of that skinny guy with the funny sounding name.

  25. December 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Busy day … hope you are all well … and, yes, we now have undeniable evidence of the severity of the GOP’s Obama Derangement Syndrome thanks to McConnell’s stunt yesterday. It was his idea. The President adopted it. McConnell then, being way too stupidly cute, puts it up for a vote, and the rest is truly Senate History …

    Oh, and just one of my frequent reminders to Boehner, that, Yes We Know ….



  26. 69 xtine
    December 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    [I think we need to keep a serious eye & action on this. The only way they see themselves as winning anything is to rig at all levels]:

    […..] But now that Romney has been defeated, prominent GOPers are once again mulling rule changes that could make it harder for Democrats to win the White House—and easier for Republicans to claim Electoral College votes in states where they lose the popular vote.

    Remember, the presidential election isn’t a nationwide contest, it’s a state-by-state fight, with each state worth a certain number of electoral votes (the District of Columbia gets 3, too). There are 538 electoral votes total; if you win 270 or more, you’re headed to the White House—even, as George W. Bush can assure you, if you don’t win the popular vote. The Constitution allows each state to allocate electoral votes however it wants, but in every state except for Nebraska and Maine, the contest is winner-take-all. If you get the most votes in Pennsylvania, you get all of its electoral votes.

    Republicans want to change that. On December 3, Dominic Pileggi, the powerful Republican majority leader of the Pennsylvania state Senate, announced that he plans to introduce legislation that would change how the state allocates its electoral votes. This shouldn’t be a surprise: Pileggi was one of the Pennsylvania politicians behind the preelection plan to change Electoral College rules.

    Before the election, Pileggi’s plan (backed by a mysterious dark-money group called All Votes Matter) was to allocate electoral votes by congressional district, with the winner of each district receiving one electoral vote and the statewide winner getting a two-electoral-vote bonus. That might not seem like a big deal. But Pennsylvania, like other blue states in the upper Midwest, was subjected to a very effective Republican gerrymander after the 2010 midterm elections. Republicans won 13 of its 18 districts in 2012, so if Pileggi’s preelection plan had been in effect, Obama could have been awarded as few as 7 of Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, despite winning the state.

    Pileggi’s postelection scheme has a new twist. Instead of awarding electoral votes by congressional district, it would award them in relation to the statewide popular vote, with a two-electoral-vote bonus for the winner. That would prevent blatantly undemocratic effects like a candidate losing a state’s popular vote but still winning its electoral votes. But it would still have a similar effect to Pileggi’s earlier idea—it would ensure that at least some of Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, which have gone to Democrats in every election since 1992, would go to Republicans. In a close election, that could change the outcome. […..]

    More here: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/after-romney-loss-gop-plan-recovery-change-rules

    • 70 jackiegrumbacher
      December 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Xtine, agree. Places like Pennsylvania are going to be dangerous to live in until we clean out the state house. We’ve got to elect Democrats to the state senate and assembly and Tom Corbett MUST NOT BE GOVERNOR after 2014. All Pa Democrats have to come out to vote. And, we’ve got to start grooming good candidates now.

      • 71 xtine
        December 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        Totally, Jackie!

      • 72 busbus
        December 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        You got that right!!!! Can’t wait to kick them all out….Corbett is #1 on my list, the idiot Tarzai (sp) is in a tie with #1 now this idiot makes it a three-way tie. THEY ALL HAVE GOT TO GO!

      • 73 prettyfoot58
        December 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm

        What can we do….and remember that Voter Suppression law is still on the books…May will be here before you know it,,,

  27. 74 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to take its first serious look at the issue of gay marriage, granting review of California’s ban on same-sex marriage and of a federal law that defines marriage as only the legal union of a man and a woman.
    At the very least, the court will look at this question: When states choose to permit the marriages of same-sex couples, can the federal government refuse to recognize their validity? But by also taking up the California case, the court could get to the more fundamental question of whether the states must permit marriages by gay people in the first place.
    The California case involves a challenge to Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment approved by 52 percent of voters in 2008. It banned same-sex marriages in the state and went into effect after 18,000 couples were legally married earlier that year.

    A federal judge declared the ban unconstitutional, and a federal appeals court upheld that ruling, though on narrower grounds that apply only to California. Now that the Supreme Court is wading into the battle, the justices could decide the more basic issue of whether any state can ban same-sex marriage under the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection of the law. Or they could limit their ruling to apply only to the ban in California.

    The Supreme Court also agreed Friday to hear a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, passed by overwhelming margins in both houses of Congress in 1996 and signed by President Clinton. A provision of the law specifies that, for federal purposes, “the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.”

    Because of DOMA, gay couples who wed in the nine states where same-sex marriage is permitted are considered legally married only under state law. The federal government is barred from recognizing their marriages. As a result, they are denied over 1,000 federal benefits that are available to traditional couples.
    After first supporting DOMA in court, the Obama administration concluded last year that it violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.
    “We cannot defend the federal government poking its nose into what states are doing and putting the thumb on the scale against same-sex couples,” President Obama said in explaining the change.


  28. 75 Don
    December 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    This DOMA news has me very emotional, I think of all the people that have had to hide or deny who they were, and how families broke apart all because of this issue. I don’t care who you are or who you love; please live your life on your own terms.

  29. 76 yardarm756
    December 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Go figure!
    > >
    > >
    > > The Chicago Bears had the perfect team, but the only thing missing was a
    good quarterback. The head coach had scouted all the colleges and even the
    Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn’t find a ringer who could
    ensure a Super Bowl win.
    > >
    > > Then one night while watching CNN he saw a war-zone scene in
    Afghanistan. In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Afghan
    Muslim soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight
    into a 15th story window 100 yards away.
    > >
    > > KABOOM!
    > >
    > > He threw another hand-grenade 75 yards away, right into a chimney.
    > >
    > > KA-BLOOEY!
    > >
    > > Then he threw another at a passing car going 90 mph.
    > >
    > > BULLS-EYE!
    > >
    > > “I’ve got to get this guy!” Coach said to himself. “He has the perfect
    > >
    > > So Coach brought him to the States, taught him the great game of
    football, and the Bears went on to win the Super Bowl.
    > >
    > > After the game the young Afghan was hailed as the great hero of
    football, and at the press conference that followed, Coach asked him, in
    addition to all the fame, if there was anything else he wanted. All the
    young athlete wished for was to call his mother and tell her of his feat.
    > >
    > > “Mom,” he said into the phone, “I just won the Super Bowl!”
    > >
    > > “I don’t want to talk to you!” said the old Muslim woman. “You are not
    my son!”
    > >
    > > “I don’t think you understand, Mother,” the young man pleaded. “I’ve won
    the greatest sporting event in the world. I’m here among thousands of
    adoring fans!”
    > >
    > > “No! Let me tell you!” his mother replied. “At this very moment, there
    are gunshots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two
    brothers were beaten to within an inch of their lives last week, and I have
    to keep your sister in the house so she doesn’t get raped!” The old lady
    paused, then tearfully said,
    > >
    > > “I will never forgive you for making us move to Chicago!”

  30. 80 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  31. December 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks so much for the George Takei video. I love him, always have being a die hard Trekkie. But George is an excellent leader in his own right and I am so pleased to see him come out in support of the middle class tax cuts and higher tax rates for the most wealthy. And the pic of the little leaping kiddo with PBO just made my day, thanks! Have a great weekend everyone!

  32. 84 lisalovesobama
    December 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Where is everybody?

  33. 92 xtine
    December 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Exhibit to explore history of African-Americans in medicine during Civil War:

    Some may not know how much of a part African-Americans played in the Civil War, but the National Library of Medicine has produced an exhibit to shed light on their work in the health field during that time.

    “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries” explores black Americans’ contributions as nurses, surgeons and hospital staff during the war

    According to the National Library of Medicine, for African-Americans, the Civil War was “a fight for freedom and a chance for full participation in American society.”

    {…..] The free, eight-panel exhibit will stop in 47 locations throughout the next several years. After New Bedford, Massachussetts, it will move on to other cities, including New Orleans, New York, Memphis and Washington, D.C.

    More here inlcuding link to 47 location: http://thegrio.com/2012/12/06/exhibit-to-explore-history-of-african-americans-in-medicine-during-civil-war/

  34. December 7, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Following the link to the Inauguration information, I saw the picture of the grandstands being erected. It made me smile to think of all the Republicans having to see that daily 🙂

    • 94 jacquelineoboomer
      December 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Yes. Sometimes “gloating” feels pretty good, because it’s something we can do quietly. Ha! 🙂

  35. 95 susanne
    December 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    here in hawaii, pearl harbor day is still a serious day of remembrance. my elderly friends, who remember wearing gas masks walking to school, tell me the japanese did not attack hawaii, they attacked the american base here. so many japanese-americans were horrified, and shamed, and the hawaiian people held them to their hearts. so it was an emotionally complicated time, as well as a frightening era here.

    wapo has an incredible interview with a 97 year old reporter and former cia operative, who was present at the time–do not miss hearing her speak! she wrote about ‘women’s issues’ for the newspaper, and her piece about the aftermath of the attacks has finally been published. it was deemed too painful for women at the time.


  36. 96 xtine
    December 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    [I’m going to miss seeing that concert on The Mall, though! But there’s a parade! 🙂 ]:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a reversal from four years ago, President Barack Obama will accept unlimited sums of money from corporations and individuals to pay for events surrounding his inauguration, a spokeswoman said Friday.

    Lobbyists, political action committees and foreign entities, however, will still be banned from underwriting the costs of the gala events, spokeswoman Addie Whisenant said. The committee also will reject donations from companies that haven’t paid back loans from the 2008 federal bailout of Wall Street, as well as corporate sponsorship deals.

    “Our goal is to make sure that we will meet the fundraising requirements for this civic event after the most expensive presidential campaign in history,” she said in a statement. “To ensure continued transparency, all names of donors will be posted to a regularly updated website.”

    […..] Obama’s second inaugural will be smaller than his first, with no concert on the National Mall. It will, however, still have the traditional parade down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House, as well as a National Day of Service and a round of official inaugural balls, although aides say not as many as last time.

    The costs of the public swearing-in ceremony on the Capitol steps are covered by the congressional committee that oversees events on the Capitol Grounds. Security for the event is already part of the federal budget.


    • 97 dotster3
      December 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      I’m going to miss the concert too. That was a huge highlight last year—-so great and so fun! I wonder why it was axed this year.

      • 98 xtine
        December 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        Dotster, IMO Sunday (actual Inauguration) would have a great day for the concert! Maybe cost was a prohibitive factor? Let’s dig around & find out! 🙂

  37. 99 susanne
    December 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    all who loved the tree-lighting can watch it again and again here 🙂

  38. 100 xtine
    December 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    [Adore Ms. Angélique Kidjo!]:

    […..] There had been rumors that fiery honoree Angélique Kidjo was seen joyfully dancing around the silent auction. Perhaps in anticipation of receiving the prestigious Trophée des Arts?

    So we darted to her table, where we found such luminaries as Vanessa Redgrave and Debbie Bancroft nearby. Ms. Kidjo dutifully introduced us to her niece, husband and friends around the table.

    We congratulated the Béninoise singer on her busy week, which also included a UNICEF gala. We asked her what she hoped to accomplish most with her music and philanthropic initiatives.

    “To empower people, principally for them to know that everyone is an agent of change. Not to sit at home and be cynical or overwhelmed by the task that we have before us. We put those problems there, we have the solutions to them and we can deal with them if we want to. Every single person, from the poorest all the way to the richest, can make a change in the world.”

    For such a lavish event, Ms. Kidjo’s words surely delivered a healthy scoop of grass-roots humanity, and Shindigger decided to lighten things up:

    “We hear you were dancing downstairs. Are you going to be dancing more later?” we asked. “I don’t know yet, that’s a decision I won’t make until something starts moving my feet!”

    With that, an aide politely burst out in French that it was time to take the stage for her award.

    A dance across the ballroom, and we were seated next to the stage on a bench with Ms. Redgrave, who responded to our inquiries with regal poise. “I’m honored, certainly, because I’m here for Angélique,” she continued, “I have the good luck to have met this lady over seven years ago in a German city where I was working for UNICEF.

    “I watched her sing, and she had the whole audience in her hands. We got to talk a bit, and she was telling me about the work and visits she had done in Africa.”

    Ms. Redgrave recounted how she had continued to collaborate with Ms. Kidjo, often on UNICEF initiatives.

    “She’s one hell of a lady!” she told us with a firm gesture, before being ushered to the stage.

    More here: http://observer.com/2012/12/francing-with-the-stars-its-paris-at-the-plaza-as-tom-wolfe-vanessa-redgrave-and-a-matisse-go-gaga-for-angelique-kidjo/

  39. 108 susanne
    December 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    ‘ Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater. ‘

  40. 109 susanne
    December 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    ‘ The USS Michael Murphy, a recently christened ship named after a Pearl Harbor-based Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan, sounded its ship’s whistle Friday to start a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., marking the exact time the bombing began in 1941.

    Crew members lined the edge of the Navy guided-missile destroyer as it passed the USS Arizona, a battleship that still lies in the harbor where it sank. Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 fighter jets flew overhead in a special “missing man” formation to break the silence.

    Among those gathered for the ceremony were about 50 survivors of the attack. ‘


  41. December 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Boy oh boy, do I have some serious catching up to do! Someday soon I need to win the lottery, so I can get out of the rat race and spend more quality time with my TOD family. 🙂

    Thank you for highlighting George Takei’s interview with Lawrence, Chips! I had no idea he was on the show! How cool!
    I missed him last night bcz I was watching Scandal. [durn it] Usually, it’s the other way around. But everybody had me all hyped up for the must-see tv event. Okay yeh, it was good… but I missed Sulu! So glad you’re here to keep this old Trekkie informed! 🙂

    Live long and prosper!

  42. 111 sherijr
    December 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    David Axelrod looks years younger I think without the mustache. Very nice & newsie Chips thank you~

  43. 114 dotster3
    December 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    • 115 susanne
      December 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      ‘ “I never begrudged Mitt Romney not putting in millions and millions of dollars,” Ms. Gage said. “He felt very strongly that he did not want there to be a perception that he was buying this election. He was going about it the old-fashioned way and raising the money he needed.” ‘
      also too he’s a cheap bastard.

  44. 117 99ts
    December 7, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I just read Charles Pierce referenced earlier. The GOP spent years screaming for change in Washington – and President Obama arrived with his change, and wonderful lifestyle and family values (all those things the GOP wanted) – and suddenly Washington is where you are supposed to be out every night, plying the politicians with food and drink.

    The pundits scream because PBO is loved by the people and won the vote of the people – despite the media – not because of the media.

  45. 119 sherijr
    December 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Okay I love this line by Charles Pierce: Let John Boehner get all the bats in the House belfry flying in formation. That’s his job. The president’s is to lead the country for the rest of us…..

    Damn Right!

  46. 120 sherijr
    December 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I want to post this for all of you- because I don’t think she’d mind.. a tweet message I received from our friend Marabout/ Haichiko :

    Just confirmed with the doctor’s office. My surgery is next Thursday at Rochester General Hospital. :-/

    So if we could send out lots of positive thoughts, wishes & prayers for her.. I think it would mean a great deal to her.

  47. December 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Back soon!

    • 127 dudette9t9
      December 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Best TV President ever — until PBO, of course! 😀

      • December 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm

        Scandal’s Tony Goldwyn is also a fantabulous tv President.

        • December 7, 2012 at 11:42 pm

          Sorry, he’s moderately cute and all, but 1) His character is a Republican who’s a shithead cheater and a lightweight nincompoop compared to Josiah Bartlett. But then, I’m biased- having loved President Bartlett, his policies, his team, and his family for 7 sevens seasons (and Martin Sheen as a staunch liberal for several decades).

          All we really know about Fitz is he looks good in a suit, has major hots for Olivia, extremely poor judgment and made a really irresponsible pick of a RWNJ for Vice President, that even he’s afraid of. Not really a formula that makes him fantabulous in my book. Good acting role for Tony though.

    • 130 anniebella
      December 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Right On Martin Sheen, it was a big shock to the Republicans, they thought they had bought the election, but thank goodness we won.

    • 131 utaustinliberal
      December 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Martin Sheen’s a sweetheart. He’s been a staunch unwavering supporter of Pres. Obama from day one.

  48. 132 dudette9t9
    December 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Seems like a good time for a musical interlude… My Gift To You by Alexander O’Neal

  49. 134 dudette9t9
    December 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    The Whispers – Happy Holidays to You

  50. December 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Remember? The only way the news pucks up midlevel activists, is if they tell the President what He should do or trash Him.
    Hence, Bill Maher thinks the debt limit is a wonderful opportunity fir the President to get a carbon tax through congress.
    Yeah right! And while I would love that to happen… Does anybody think that this is a WONDERFUL opportunity to get a carbon tax through Congress?

    • 136 majiir
      December 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      All of these “sometimes I support the president, sometimes I’m worse than republicans” jackazzes think they can tell the president what to do, jovie, and it pisses me off. There are things that are higher on the list than their little pet projects. They’re delusional if they think Congress will take up a carbon tax issue at this time with people like Jim Inholfe and dems like Landrieu in the Senate, whose allegiance is to the oil industry instead of to us and our environment. Even if it passed in the Senate, it would probably be DOA in the House. I don’t think I’ll ever forget Joe Barton, GOPer from Texas, apologizing to BP officials because PBO secured a $20 billion payment for the Gulf Coast residents affected by the company’s negligence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

    • 137 theo67
      December 8, 2012 at 2:34 am

      This is why none of these fools will ever be the President, and history will not even remember their names.

  51. 139 hopefruit2
    December 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Tonight, MPLEX channel is showing a horror movie starting at 8PM about a loner who befriends a group of rats and trains them to kill his enemies. Anyone cares to guess the name of the loner (and the movie)?

  52. December 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Chips,

    Please consider highlighting the ‘right to work’ fight in Michigan. They need lots of help in the days ahead.

    Thank you!

    Yes We Can

    • December 8, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Thank you so much, Bob. Your calm and confident words of wisdom the other day finally helped me get to sleep. I appreciate any help and exposure we can get.

  53. 146 vcprezofan2
    December 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    What’s cooking? Anything tasty?

  54. December 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    The White House is asking Congress to pass a $60.4 billion spending bill this month to pay for Hurricane Sandy.

    The amount is less than the $82 billion damage assessment made by the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but greater than the $50 billion reportedly floated by the White House initially.

    “All told, although estimates of the total damage of Hurricane Sandy remain in flux, current projections are that Sandy is on track to be the second or third most costly natural disaster in U.S, history, behind Hurricane Katrina (2005) and close to Hurricane Andrew (1992),” Acting White House Budget Director Jeff Zients said in a letter making the request. “Our Nation has an obligation to assist those who suffered losses and who lack adequate resources to rebuild their lives.”

    Incoming House Appropriations Committee ranking member Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and outgoing Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) praised the request.
    “President Obama has acted quickly and worked closely with Governor Cuomo and the New York delegation on emergency supplemental appropriations to help states affected by Tropical Storm Sandy,” they said in a statement. 

    “While more may be needed in the long term, this robust package is a major first step that we will work to pass as quickly as possible in Congress to help devastated communities, families and businesses,” King and Lowey said. 


  55. 156 vcprezofan2
    December 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I just got a profuse apology from telemarketer, Abdul, who called to inquire if my air ducts needed cleaning. 😉 I asked him if he knew what time it was and he hesitated before saying ‘8, ahm, ahm ..9 o’clock’. So then I asked him why would he be calling me at 9pm to ask about my air ducts. That’s when I got the apology. 😆 Hopefully Abdul won’t call me in the morning to share his continued concern with my air ducts, because then I might not be in a mood for dialogue.

    • 157 dudette9t9
      December 7, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Poor Abdul! Didn’t know what he was getting into when he (auto-) dialed VC’s number. 🙂

      • 158 vcprezofan2
        December 8, 2012 at 12:11 am

        Hello there Dudette, old gurl! 😆 Poor Abdul, or some version thereof, has been irritating the life out of me for some time now. I can’t figure what their obsession with my air ducts is! Maybe my answers are too cordial but they make a habit of calling me at almost bi-weekly intervals, and lord knows I would never use them as a result.

        • 159 dudette9t9
          December 8, 2012 at 12:27 am

          I have a pressure washing company calls me every six months. I never use them, don’t want to use them, but they keep trying. I think I’d be serving them with a harrassment lawsuit or something if they kept calling every two weeks though. Wow!

          If you don’t wanna try legal action or just plain cussin’ them out, maybe try what my sister does: Ask them to hold on, then just put the phone down and leaves them there until they hang up. 🙂

          • 160 vcprezofan2
            December 8, 2012 at 8:09 am

            Good morning, Dudette! Happy Saturday to yoooou! 😛
            (Serving Abdul and the gang with a lawsuit is too much work for me, but I like your sister’s idea. It works nicely because it takes the phone out of commission for a bit and I usually get irritated when it rings too often anyway. ‘Too often’ is anytime I’m in TODville or not in a talking mood or didn’t dial out myself! 😉 )

  56. December 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm

  57. 162 amk for obama
    December 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

  58. 163 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    December 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

  59. 168 amk for obama
    December 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

  60. December 7, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I’m finally getting the chance to watch last night’s episode of Scandal. I do not recall ever HATING a fictional character the way I hate the VP on that show. She is a VILE creature.

  61. 172 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    We’ve got one more. Who knows? He could run when Rick Scott’s reign of horror ends.

    • December 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

      Sooooooo cool, ut … we post at the same time and with only slightly different bottom lines …. FL will have a Dem Governor soon 🙂

    • 174 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      December 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      I’ve no objection to him joining the party; however, IMHO inappropriate to display VR form at the White House.

    • 175 dudette9t9
      December 8, 2012 at 12:04 am

      WAIT? Is he saying he’s attending a party at the White House where there are other people who happen to be Democrats OR is he saying he has changed his political affiliation to the Democratic Party? I’m rubbing my eyes now. I can’t really be seeing what I THINK I’m seeing, can I? Is this a late April fool’s joke?

    • 176 anniebella
      December 8, 2012 at 5:53 am

      Maybe Florida will give him another chance and get rid of that vile creature they have as Governor now. Rick Scott, the biggest mistake Florida ever made.

  62. December 7, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Well, Rick Scott, you are definitely in need of a job search plan, now …

  63. 186 hopefruit2
    December 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

  64. 187 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Whoa……Pres. Obama matches Eisenhower for 51%?

  65. 193 cman
    December 7, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    “Obama won 332 electoral votes in 2012, compared to 365 in 2008. Indiana, North Carolina, and Nebraska’s 2nd congressional district are the electoral votes Obama won in the 2008 election that he did not win in 2012. The 126 vote difference in electoral votes between Obama and Romney made 2012 the 21st closest election out of the 57 presidential elections.”

    Ha, THIS was not close at all.

  66. 196 utaustinliberal
    December 7, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Don’t fall for this lie being perpetuated by Crooks and Liars.

    • December 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Don’t fall for it? It’s all uber Reuters, AP etc! What are you saying?

      • 198 utaustinliberal
        December 7, 2012 at 11:23 pm

        Read my tweet carefully Jovie. Crooks and Liars is perpetuating the lie that Pres. Obama is screwing over Sandy victims and it’s utter BS. I linked the AP article in my response to C&L to show that their write-up is complete hogwash.

        • 199 theo67
          December 8, 2012 at 2:17 am

          Thank you for fighting this lie, UT – I couldn’t believe it when I saw that tweet from C&L. Really reprehensible.

    • December 7, 2012 at 11:18 pm


      “Today’s agreement on the administration’s request to Congress would authorize more than $60 billion in funding that will enable our states to recover, repair, and rebuild better and stronger than before,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in a joint statement.

  67. 201 lamh36
    December 7, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Did Charlie Crist really JUST announce he’s switching to Dem party on twitter? Or did I miss an announcement? I’ve had a lot going on this week, but I woulda remembered this I think.

    yep he announced via twitter

    theres’s a pic with his paperwork I guess

  68. 202 cman
    December 7, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Too damn funny

    “One week after the 2012 election, Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters told Bill O’Reilly that Obama voters were “zombies” who supported the president “as long as there was Obamacare, gay marriage and abortion on demand.”

    Per the FEC filing above, Watters, who resides in Long Island, N.Y., contributed $500 to Obama Victory Fund 2012 in late September. You’ll note “News Corp.,” which owns Fox News, is listed under “name of employer.””

    One of those undercover Obama supporters we all knew existed. One was apparently on FOX.


  69. December 7, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Among the many reasons to remember Pearl Harbor ….

  70. 204 vcprezofan2
    December 7, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    There’s still time for this…

    Dear Mr & Mrs. Japa21, Happy 38th Anniversary! Wishing you both years of continued harmony & happiness! (& congrats Japa on being first through the door earlier today)

  71. 206 lamh36
    December 7, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    more from TPM on Charlie Crist switching to Dems.

    Charlie registers as Dem at White House Christmas party From the Tampa Bay Times …
    He did so during a Christmas reception at the White House, where President Obama greeted the news with a fist bump for the man who had a higher profile campaigning for Obama’s reelection this year than any Florida Democrat.


  72. 207 anniebella
    December 8, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Senator Ashley Judd from the proud state of Kentucky. Just seeing how it sound and look. 🙂

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