2012: An image or two …. April

The first version of this included PBO slow-jamming – which NBC blocked – and an entirely different tune that actually fit the pics. 😦 Oh well.





353 Responses to “2012: An image or two …. April”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm


  2. 3 GGail
    December 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Hey UT – we tied with you crossing the line FIRST by a nose 🙂

  3. 4 hopefruit2
    December 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Congrats ut on #1!

  4. 5 hopefruit2
    December 30, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Congrats GGail on 1st place tie!

  5. December 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Hi UT, GG, hopefruit and Chips!! 🙂

  6. 7 prettyfoot58
    December 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    TOP 10

  7. December 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Totally off-topic, but glorious none the less: My favorite nerd, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, cutting a rug at his dept’s holiday party, barefoot, dancing to MJ. Nerd friggin’ rule!

    • 16 Judith Fardig
      December 30, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Delicious! Could we persuade Neil to run for POTUS?

      • December 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm

        If not POTUS, at the very least Energy Secretary 🙂

        • 18 jacquelineoboomer
          December 31, 2012 at 1:58 am

          I just spent some time tonight talking to my friend about him – because she received some of his lectures as a Christmas gift. We were fighting over who liked him more! I saw one of his lectures to younger children once and was deeply impressed because all he wanted to do was get them excited about science, as he had been given that opportunity. (The only negative from him for me was when he thought he was going to be nominated by PBO as NASA Administrator in the first term, and when he wasn’t, he kinda turned on PBO a little … but never heard another negative about him after that. I try to forget these things, because they’re all based on their egos, but it’s a little hard when “friends” turn on him.)

          • 19 Chi
            December 31, 2012 at 4:22 am

            I’m glad somebody else remembers his awful badmouthing and disrespect of President Obama…

            • 20 jacquelineoboomer
              December 31, 2012 at 11:14 am

              Thanks for confirming that – I was beginning to wonder if I were thinking about the wrong guy. I don’t remember his exact badmouthing as much as didn’t he become a PUMA after that? Oh, well, I’m supposed to be healing those wounds for myself, leaving them behind!

  8. 21 utaustinliberal
    December 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Chips this is fantastic! The bonus at the end cracked me up.

  9. December 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Wow, Chips, what great memories. We’ve had a lot of fun along these times. Much more to come!!

  10. 23 vitaminlover
    December 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I know one thing this President better be appreciated while we have him.

  11. 24 GGail
    December 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    You can’t help but rock and smile while watching APRIL.

    These are so memorable – Thanks Chipsticks!

  12. December 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I see California is representin’. Where’s everybody?

  13. 30 susanne
    December 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    so, we still want to watch it, right? 🙂

  14. 42 Judith Fardig
    December 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Live-tweeting MTP went fairly well for a bunch of old amateurs. Wow – David Gregory asks rude questions! Loved how our Pres did not let him get under his skin at all. #middleclassovermillionaires #dontdroptheball

  15. 43 Nena20409
    December 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    April, my BIRTHDAY month. April….the beginning of Early spring, stems on trees…..Love it.

    Thank you chips.

  16. December 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm

  17. 45 criquet
    December 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks Ms Chips – lovely to hear the legend Brother Bob Marley (Jah Rastafari). He was a genius whose music will never be old and a worthy to be the music in a video of the peerless PBO and FLOTUS.

  18. 46 prettyfoot58
    December 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Richard Wollffee made an interesting comment…that the GOP is essentially 2 parties….they can unify around saying No to PBO but they cannot unify to say Yes to PBO….

  19. 47 kasai
    December 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    PBO is about to show GOP >> “BIG Payback” James Brown style:-) I can’t wait LOL!!

  20. 59 a4alice
    December 30, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Chips! April is the best one so far!! Love the end bit 😀

  21. 60 hopefruit2
    December 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I’m gloating because I damn well can.

    • 61 prettyfoot58
      December 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      hahahahaha….karma is something elseeeeeeeee!!!!!

    • 62 prettyfoot58
      December 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      with viewers tuning out the Fox News Channel talk-show host in droves.

      i hope this is good newsss…

    • 63 GGail
      December 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Hannity….can you spell “delusional”? 😀

    • 64 majiir
      December 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Hannity’s program is a case of the uninformed leading the uniformed. He didn’t have what it took to finish college, and he has no background in politics. It’s amazes me that people waste their time listening to him make sh*t up and read it off a TelePrompTer. If I were a republican, after November 6, I’d be finished with Fox News.

      • 65 majiir
        December 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm

        Meant to type, It amazes me.
        Yep, only in America can one get rich by feeding a steady stream of lies to gullible people, GGail, only in America. All of the hosts on Fox and others like Limbaugh, Medved and Jones have made a fortune telling uninformed Americans the things they want to hear. Trashing PBO and his policies has definitely put more money in their bank accounts. If I had a well at my house in the desert, I wouldn’t give them a sip of water if they were passing by. I’d tell them “I built this, go dig your own well.” I’d give them a taste of their own medicine.

    • 67 0388jojothecat
      December 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Maybe they finally figured it that Sean, Bill-O, and all the others are millionaires and don’t give a crap about them and wants the GOTP to privatize their SS and Medicare.

      • 68 nathkatun7
        December 31, 2012 at 1:58 am

        Yes Indeed, Jojothecat. All of these right wing talk show hosts are multi-millionaires. They don’t have to worry about the cost of healthcare. They can retire comfortably without Social Security. Sadly (and may be even tragically), their followers are the ones who would suffer if the policies that these right winger talk show hosts advocate were enacted into law. A good example is Rush Limbaugh who poses as an advocate of family values. If I am not mistaken he is now on his third (or is it fourth) marriage. He is also a certified drug user/abuser. He can afford all these idiosyncrasies because he also happens to earn millions of dollars in salaries every year. For a person who gets paid a $4,000,000 year salary, privatizing SS or Medicare would absolutely have zero impact on him and his family. But he is clever enough to subliminally use some race baiting to whip his listeners into a frenzy to oppose President Obama and the Democrats.

        Of course this is nothing new in the history of American politics. After all, a very small minority of Southern Slave owners were able to convince the vast majority of Southern whites who did not own slaves to support the war of secession whose sole purpose was the protection and preservation of slavery.

  22. 69 Betty Deitch
    December 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    If the Republicans don’t mess with the middle income tax cuts, can we give a little on the tax hike for the wealthy? Can this be a possible solution?

    • 70 Sharon
      December 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm


      President Obama offered to raise it to $400,000. Boehner proposed to raise it to one million, but he couldn’t get his House Republicans to vote for it. Doesn’t seem to matter to them what the offer is. They will say “no” no matter what.

  23. December 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm

  24. 97 Betsy
    December 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Great video Chips, I enjoyed that.

  25. 98 hopefruit2
    December 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I’m enjoying Chips’ inspirational monthly ‘minder videos of how blessed we are to have this man as our President. Not a day goes by when someone on Twitter doesn’t express just how they love PBO. Just a few examples of “I LOVE MY PRESIDENT” from yesterday and today:

  26. 102 Ladyhawke
    December 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm


    Gregory: “What is it about you, Mr. President, that you think is so hard to say yes to?”

    By smartypants


    I don’t expect journalists to have degrees in history. But I do think that the least we should be able to expect from someone like David Gregory is that, when interviewing the President of the United States, he isn’t completely oblivious to the recorded facts about the Republican Party’s strategy developed just 4 years ago.

    And yet this morning on Meet the Press, David Gregory completely ignored those facts and asked, “What is it about you, Mr. President, that you think is so hard to say yes to?”

    I’d like to recommend some reading material to Mr. Gregory. The Republican Party’s strategy since the day of President Obama’s inauguration has been well documented. But perhaps nowhere more thoroughly than by Michael Grunwald. Here’s how Ohio Senator George Voinovich summarized it:



  27. 108 hopefruit2
    December 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    • 109 Chi
      December 30, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      They really all are obsessed with President Obama like high school kids with massive crushes that manifest in extreme meanness…

  28. December 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I wish he would get out and go somewhere so people could deluge him with love.

  29. December 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    UTAustin, congrats on #1. Seems like I’ve seen you in that position many times recently. Well-deserved kudos.

    FYI, @BuzzFeedAndrew is conservative, but he’s young and educated, so he’s not a RWNJ bigoted against people who aren’t exactly like him.

    “But despite having internships for two House members and the Republican National Committee on his resume, Mr. Kazcynski decided to go take the non-partisan route in journalism.”

    “Kaczynski describes himself as a moderate Republican.”

    I guess he’s conservative in the same way as Andrew Sullivan is, who linked to this article yesterday, which explains why the GOP refuses to make a deal:
    “For Republicans, losing the political fight isn’t a downside of the strategy. It is the strategy.”


  30. 113 vitaminlover
    December 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Slightly off-topic but did you see David Gregory dancing on the Today Show last week? He actually did pretty well but this doesnt mean that I approve of his interviewing skills.

    • 114 hopefruit2
      December 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      David the Dancing Dolt.

    • 115 Lorraine
      December 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      You should youtube David Gregory and Mary J. Blige on the Today Show. He was getting down!!!! He is a great dancer!

      • 116 majiir
        December 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm

        I’m happy to hear he is skilled at something because he’s certainly NOT skilled when it comes to practicing good journalism. Just about anyone could do his job–acting as a mouthpiece for the GOP. All it takes is the ability to memorize their talking points.

        • 117 Chi
          December 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

          Spot on…

          I have very little patience for a gushfest over David Gregory’s dancing ability or any other thing for that matter…

          Here’s a guy so hellbent on protecting and shilling for people who threaten our Union while disrespecting the sitting President and folks want to discuss the asshole’s dancing…

          • 118 vitaminlover
            December 30, 2012 at 9:51 pm

            No need to get offended we all know what he is about . However I noticed his dancing last week and did not connct him to Meet the Press for some reason and mentioned how well he danced. We all still very much love and are very protective of President Obama.

        • 119 nathkatun7
          December 31, 2012 at 2:27 am

          Hear, hear, majiir! There is absolutely no reason why a supposedly good dancer can’t also be an ethical journalist. If Gregory thinks he can’t be both a good dancer and an ethical journalist then he needs to retire from journalism. In my book, David Gregory sucks as a journalist. He is always regurgitating the Republican talking points whenever he questions Democrats. He did the same today with President Obama. Since I have not observed his dancing skills I am going to trust members of TOD who claim that he is a good dancer. So, he may be a good dancer, but he is a despicable, deceitful, journalist.

          • 120 HZ
            December 31, 2012 at 3:13 am

            Thank you for this comment, nathkatun7. David Gregory is a rude, distasteful, deceitful, jealous, person who has yet to give respect to President Obama. I do not like him, and I certainly do not like how he constantly bashing the president.

            Karma will visit David Gregory for all of his ugly and disrespectful ways to this president. Admit it people, call these people for who and what they are and stand for concerinng President Obama.

            President is being very professional, polite, and respectful because that is his core of who he is as a man as surely as our president, but I am not the president, and I will say what POTUS can’t say in his position.
            David Gregory is a phony ugly spirit. Plain and simple.HZ

  31. December 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm

  32. December 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Just lovely, Chips!!!

  33. December 30, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    More video genius Chips! Really, just wonderful!

  34. 135 GGail
    December 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I really hope that Key and Peele puts together a skit about D.Gregory asking POTUS the “why is that” question. They will be able to REALLY translate what President Obama was thinking… LOL!!!!

    • 136 globalcitizenlinda
      December 30, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      pls send them a heads-up (in case they were not watching)

      • 137 GGail
        December 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        they’re pretty clever – if they didn’t see it, then someone in their camp did and will bring it to their attention. It’s tooooooo delicious to pass up. I would love to hear their interpretation.

  35. 138 kasai
    December 30, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    LOL! Dear Mary J Blige can you please take David Gregory on tour (overseas) with you> as a back up dancer ~ Thank you:-) K

  36. 144 hopefruit2
    December 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    David Gregory’s kids attend the same school as Sasha and Malia. That’s why he was quarter decent during that interview. Otherwise he would’ve been plain nasty. He was rude enough already as it is.

  37. 148 99ts
    December 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Hello everyone – markets are down in my world today (31st) but not as much as expected – it seems most think the President has this one – the GOP surely know everyone (except a few media fools) are against them – but will take every minute they have to admit it.

    Thank you for the great reporting and twittering

    • 149 hopefruit2
      December 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      It seems that PBO might make a statement tonight – based on some tweets I’ve read and posted above. He might do this to calm the markets.

      • 150 99ts
        December 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

        Thanks hopefruit – I noticed that – what I would love is if PBO and the VP met up this evening and had a beer together – I still cannot believe that McConnell decided the VP would help out the “white guys” . The GOP truly is living in 1952 – or earlier.

        • 151 kasai
          December 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm

          Unbelievable! Dismissing the fact that PBO cut his Vacation short to come back to negotiations…McConnell just needs a hood, he’s not ashamed to show how he feels about brown folks….

  38. December 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm

  39. 156 hopefruit2
    December 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Let’s hope for speedy and complete recovery.

    • 157 GGail
      December 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Get well soon SOS Clinton.

    • 158 99ts
      December 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Ooooh – that is not good – depending on location of clot – blessings and wishes for her. And the GOP didn’t believe she was ill!

    • 159 susanne
      December 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      yikes–this is not good.

      prayers and aloha to you hillary!

    • 160 dotster3
      December 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      Wow—–I really hope she’ll be okay. I’m thinking now about all the Repub jerks who were making jokes about her concussion, that she was using it as an excuse to avoid Benghazi hearings. I would think they would feel really foolish about now—-but probably not—-they seem to lack any sense of decency.

      • 161 jackiegrumbacher
        December 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm

        Dotster, I’ll bet some of those worms are even gleeful. They like when bad things happen to Democrats, especially powerful ones
        like Hilary.

    • 162 Ann_T
      December 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Prayers to SOS Hillary Clinton. Get well soon!

    • 163 a4alice
      December 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      oh dear. hope she will be OK

    • 164 Pamela
      December 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      SOS Clinton has been on my mind all day. I was looking back over the photos from Burma, just wondering how she is doing, and this news. I will light a candle for her. And always for my President.

    • 166 globalcitizenlinda
      December 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      hoping for a quick recovery for SOS Hillary Clinton.

      Thank you Secretary Clinton for your life time of public service to the nation and the world!

    • 167 jackiegrumbacher
      December 30, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Oh no! I hope they remove the clot and she recovers very quickly. That must have been some fall she took. Her family
      must be very worried. All good thoughts and wishes for her and her family.

    • 168 nathkatun7
      December 31, 2012 at 2:43 am

      Sorry to hear about the bad news about SoS, Clinton! Prayers for Secretary Clinton’s speedy recovery. Blood clots can be complicated to treat. I spent three weeks in the hospital because of a blood clot that was caused by a car accident I was involved in.

  40. December 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

  41. December 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Oh shit!!

    • December 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Ah no, I had a seriously bad feeling about these recent reports.

      • December 30, 2012 at 8:05 pm

        Ditto, Chips. The moment they mentioned ‘concussion’ and the duration of her absence have caused me to be increasingly concerned. Fortunately, she will get the best care available to anyone.

        • December 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

          Hiya Bob, the reports just left me worried, seemed like there was more to them than they were saying. Wishing Hillary the best, she’s a truly amazing woman.

          • December 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm

            Very much so, Chips. With what they conveyed, and the absence of any evidence she was recovering made each day that has passed a bit more concerning to me. Ordinarily, we would have seen a photo or some indication she was doing much better. nada …

          • 176 yardarm756
            December 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm

            Oh shit! That clot has to be somewhere in the head and that ain’t good. Watch those bastard rethugs start squawking about her not being able to testify now.

            • December 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm

              Out of respect that I’d show for any patient, I’ll not offer specifics on the likely nature of her situation other than to say that some of the stuff I’ve seen in tweets makes no sense, medically. Given the nature of her injury and the time delay before admission to the hospital this afternoon, any reasonably well trained physician, or medical care provider, would know what the differential diagnosis is, and what needs to be done (diagnostic radiology and intervention). She is at an outstanding medical institution. She’ll receive the best care imaginable.

              • 178 yardarm756
                December 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm

                True Lootenant. I only speak from my experience from extensive brain surgery I had to remove a brain tumor that covered half my brain. It had been with me a looong time and took quite a bit of time to manifest itself into external signs. That is to say that cranial problems are not open and shut events.

                • December 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm

                  So glad you recovered, sailor!!!!! And, you are correct. Anything involving the brain is a big deal and much can happen, if it evolves slowly, before any symptoms emerge.

                  • 180 yardarm756
                    December 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm

                    Survivors of brain surgery are never quite the same afterwards.

                    • December 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm

                      Yes, I know – all too well. But, you are here with us and that matters, most. And, while far from perfect, all my colleagues are constantly striving to improve outcome, especially by detecting events much, much sooner.

                  • December 30, 2012 at 11:01 pm

                    Wow Yardarm! What a harrowing experience that must have been for you! I’m so glad you recovered! To think you might not have been with us. Kinda makes one think it wasn’t just Chips that brought our little family together. Maybe fate a hand in it too. {{{Yardarm}}}

                • 183 nathkatun7
                  December 31, 2012 at 4:52 am

                  It’s truly a blessing, yardarm, that you were able to survive from a brain tumor through surgery. We were not so fortunate with our 14 year-old daughter The problem was that her tumor was lodged between the stem of her brain and the spinal cord. She underwent surgery but the surgeon was not able to remove all the tumor. Neither did radiation and chemotherapy. She passed away, two years later, at 16.

                  • 184 Chi
                    December 31, 2012 at 7:42 am

                    May she rest in perfect peace Nath…

                    The loss of a child especially one so young, is simply unimaginable…

                    May God continue to comfort and bless your family…

                  • 185 yardarm756
                    December 31, 2012 at 9:20 am

                    Sorry for your loss. There are no words. Believe me when I say that I count my blessings every day. I can’t move around like I use to but I wouldn’t have been able to interact with you good folks otherwise.
                    Stay strong. GOD will.

                  • 186 Mae who love our CIC
                    December 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm

                    Been a lurking, but just had to respond to your comments Nath. So sorry about your daughter. It kinda explain about your bewilderment about your other loved one recently. Tumors, strokes, etc. wreak havoc on our brains.
                    And Yard, my friend you are special. Every thing happens for a reason known or unknown. We are survivors.

                    Happy New Year TODers. Much love to each of you.

                    • 187 nathkatun7
                      December 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm

                      Thank you Chi, Yardarm and Mae for your kind words. My daughter passed away twenty years ago. She would have been 36 years in May. She was a very special girl. Very kind and caring. I agree with you, Mae, “Every thing happens for a reason known or unknown.” I feel blessed to know special people, like Yardarm, who share so much joy and wisdom with us.

                      Happy New Year to everyone!

      • December 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

        Moreover, the GOP accused her of faking it, and trying to get out of testifying.

    • 189 daisydem
      December 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Oh God .. praying now, please let her be okay!

    • 190 donna dem 4 obama
      December 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Prayers being sent up for her complete recovery.

  42. December 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm

  43. December 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Barney Frank on MSNBC now…

  44. 199 desertflower
    December 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Sending good thoughts of full recovery for Sec. Clinton. She will get the best care, for that we can be grateful.

  45. December 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Ooooh..just catching up. Nice ‘APRIL’ video chips. Bob Marley great musical choice.

  46. December 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm

  47. 205 yardarm756
    December 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    For you love sick Obots:

  48. December 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Just saw the news on Sec. Clinton. We hold her in our prayers for a swift and complete recovery.

  49. December 30, 2012 at 8:13 pm

  50. 216 99ts
    December 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    So a reporter on MSNBC says Joe Biden is talking with McConnell – what ????

  51. December 30, 2012 at 8:21 pm

  52. 233 Jeff
    December 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Hillary Clinton got admitted to the hospital because of a blood clot. You know from the injury the republicans claimed Hillary was faking.

    I hope she’s okay.

    • 234 Jeff
      December 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Boy I’m slow… Got off work at 2 took a nap and didn’t realize that this is something people already were talking about here.

  53. December 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    From the Bloomberg article that Arapaho referenced above, this stuck out like a klaxon:

    The California Republican Party has shown over the past two decades that kicking and screaming and being unreasonable can help secure a cozy minority of legislative seats with a true-believing party base behind you. It’s a strategy that works. It’s just not a strategy that works for building electoral majorities.

    So, yes, please national GOP, be like the CA GOP. It now only holds 1/3 of the seats in the CA legislature, so it is basically irrelevant. But if you just want to grift to suck off the public teat, then it’s a great strategy for those who can get the work.

  54. 247 carolmaewy
    December 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    SOS Clinton, I hope you have a speedy and full recovery. Please take Care.

  55. 248 carolmaewy
    December 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I was going to come here and gloat a little about my Denver Broncos. I don’t feel like gloating now, with news of SOS. That it harder than Dumerville and Miller.

    • 249 carolmaewy
      December 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      “Hit” sorry.

    • 250 mtmarilyn
      December 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      I’ll gloat with you Carol. We use to live in Boulder and became great Bronco fans.

      I also agree about being sad for SOS. Sure pray she gets better. One of our young friends who was home over Christmas has a new job at the State Department. He will be starting on the 3rd. I am so proud of him. He will be working with Pakitstan, Iran and Lybia. I know we have wonderful young people coming up in service. The old white guys will be getting out numbered, I pray.

      I do hope we can get these Repubs out in 2014. We have to get a Congress that is interested in governing.

      I love the video’s Chips!!!! Keep them coming!

      • 251 carolmaewy
        December 30, 2012 at 10:37 pm

        That’s great for your young friend. The Bronkos know how to get you on board. My oldest son is working in Denver and wife in Boulder. We were just ther about a month ago. They live in Lafeyette, but it seems all a part of a denver when you pass Boulder to us.

  56. December 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    • 254 anniebella
      December 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Of course the NRA don’t want assault weapons in the hands of the black men. If we were running buying Bushmasters like the white man have been doing, the first thing they would be saying is we have got to get some kind of gun control bill pass.

  57. 255 carolmaewy
    December 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Good grief, Gregory thinks the Seniors need tough talk? The 2% need a tough talk. What a stupid thing to say. He really got on my nerves. I’m wondering why no one is posting. Is there news breaking on TV or Internet?

    • 256 Jeff
      December 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      I never watch that show anymore. Every time I see that idiot I want to kick him in the balls.

    • 258 amk for obama
      December 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Well, don’t the seniors are the ones watching his stupid show and then go vote en bloc for the thugs? They need tough talk alright. About their stupidity.

    • 263 jackiegrumbacher
      December 30, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Yeah, Carol, those seniors barely scraping by on their SS checks and dealing with age related health problems really need some tough talk. That’ll do it. Suck it up, seniors. Eat less, suffer in silence. Try walking the streets when you can’t pay the rent. And this from a millionaire making more money than his total lack of talent deserves. Can’t tell you how much I loath this kind of arrogance.

  58. December 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Chips & TOD’s, I’m mostly a lurker but I was wondering if I could get you to sign my WH Petition about the Debt Ceiling just to show we support the President NOT NEGOTIATING until after the Debt Ceiling hike because Fitch & Moody said they will downgrade us again over that. Here’s the info:


    Here’s some more information about this petition:


    Sen Bob Corker has written a Bill that shreds Social Security & Medicare & Medicaid similar to the Ryan Budget. He plans to extract this concession by refusing to lift Debt Ceiling until Bill is passed. http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/272623-corker-introduces-bill-trading-entitlement-cuts-for-debt-ceiling-hike Fitch & Moody Credit Rating Agencies Say they will downgrade our Credit Rating if another Debt Ceiling fight occurs, per CnnMoney. It would also halt the Recovery if the Cliff Negotiations have not already done so. Tell Sen Corker & Fix the Debt & the GOP, NO Negotiating. The Debt Ceiling should be lifted by Vote as it always was until President Obama was elected. The Tea Party Cuts Are Killing the Economy.

    • 266 carolyn
      December 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Concussions are DANGEROUS…..and a blodclot after a concussion is doubly dangerous. When will those RW hacks and infotainers grow up and admit that genuine illness happens to people, and NOT EVERYONE lies and plays events for political purposes!!!
      Concussions are now taken much more seriously by the medical profession than they used to be, which is definitely a good thing. Recovery is slow, and sometimes not complete.
      Her schedule the last four years has been punishing, and she is 65 years old, not a spring chicken any more. That flu bug she had was probably a lot more serious than a regular flu. Think of where she has been, what she has eaten, the sleep she has gone without, the emotional stress on her mind and body……

      • December 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm

        Yes, Carolyn, your concerns are totally valid.

      • 268 hopefruit2
        December 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        I agree carolyn. SOS Clinton’s condition is very worrisome and not at all a matter for silly RW political games.

      • December 30, 2012 at 9:42 pm

        These are all the sorts of things that make people deal with their own mortality, especially at age 65. I truly hope that the doctors succeed in their treatments–glad she’s getting care.

      • 270 vcprezofan2
        December 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm

        Carolyn, your last paragraph is why I believed SOS when she had said earlier she wasn’t signing up for a second term. I do believe our bodies tell us when we’ve been pushing hard and need to slow down, but most of us don’t listen soon enough. I know the concussion was as a result of a fall, but still…… I wish Mrs. C a speedy recovery and like others here I lit a candle and join in the global prayer that she will be fine, soon.

  59. 271 carolmaewy
    December 30, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    The Gregory’s of the world need to get over the fact that this president doesn’t host parties for them and worship them. Bush never did because he didn’t drink. Never heard one news caster smear him.

    • 272 daisydem
      December 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Why do you say he didn’t drink? I don’t think that is true. He had a problem with alcohol in his younger years, and I for one thinks that continued to some degree.

    • December 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Then they’d wail on about how he’s blowing taxpayer money to party. The man could sneeze and they’d swear he’s trying to spread a plague pandemic to destroy the country. He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t, so he may as well just focus on doing his job rather than schmoozing with people who don’t want him to succeed anyway.

      • 277 carolmaewy
        December 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm

        Your right there. I just watched the interview with Gregory then the commentators. They are madning. Make me want to shut them off

  60. December 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    House GOP eyes smaller Sandy bill
    Russell Berman – 12/30/12 08:56 PM ET
    GOP officials say House Republicans are considering a $27 billion package, much less than the $60 billion Senate bill.…

    It figures!

  61. December 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm

  62. December 30, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Take a gander at what CNBC’s John Harwood had to say in response to someone expressing loss of confidence in mainstream journalism. Any wonder why journalism sucks these days when the pros have this attitude about the people they serve?

  63. 283 GGail
    December 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Just like with the last Debt Ceiling deadline, the Repugs have to take matters to the very last hour. Oh! the unnecessary drama!!!!!

  64. December 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Sunday approved prominent antitrust attorney William Baer to head the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division 10 months after he was tapped by President Barack Obama.

    The Senate voted 64-26 to approve Baer’s nomination, which ran into problems with some Republicans because of secret information in an FBI background report.

    Baer, an antitrust and white collar criminal defense attorney with the law firm Arnold & Porter LLP, has worked in the past for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

    “Bill is a highly-skilled and well-respected antitrust lawyer who understands the importance of promoting competition in order for consumers to reap the benefits of lower prices and better quality products and services,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement welcoming the Senate vote.

    The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, along with the FTC, reviews mergers to ensure they comply with antitrust law and prosecutes price-fixing and other antitrust violations.


  65. December 30, 2012 at 10:08 pm

  66. 286 GGail
    December 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    It’s time for me to say “Good night”

  67. December 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Even Manchin gets it ….

    • 289 Chi
      December 31, 2012 at 2:24 am

      That’s pretty rich coming from Joe Manchin and tweeted by of all people, Kelly O’Donnell who has been one of the most prominent GOP shills in the media…

  68. December 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

  69. December 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    You know, I thought I’d suffer Twitter withdrawals with my vow to stay off of it during my staycation, but it’s been quite nice being off the grid. I needed the rejuvenation. Expect me back full force on Wednesday.

  70. 298 a4alice
    December 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    well nitey nite folks. gotta go to work tomorrow. Hope y’all are going to have a happy New Year’s Eve!


  71. December 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Can someone enlighten me about the Biden/O’Connell thing? I have been hanging out with my daughter all day before she leaves.

    • 301 susanne
      December 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      basically, o’connell and reid came to an impasse, and o’connell begged to be allowed to negotiate with biden instead. nothing came of it, as far as we know.
      hanging out with your daughter was the very best way to spend the day!
      aloha oe~

      • 302 99ts
        December 30, 2012 at 11:21 pm

        From what I’m reading – the GOP is going to say “Biden saved the day” – I believe they are, or have been, talking. NEVER will the media credit the President.

      • 303 99ts
        December 30, 2012 at 11:22 pm

        Tweet from a GOP reporter

        John Harwood ‏@JohnJHarwood

        GOP Senate aide expresses optimism about Biden-McConnell deal-closing talks tonight: “If the White House lets ’em, we’ll get there.”

        • 304 susanne
          December 30, 2012 at 11:38 pm

          right, like the white house is the problem. 🙂 but it may be the tetchy rethug pride won’t allow reid to take any credit. whatever. they are idiots, and there’s no hiding.

        • 305 carolyn
          December 30, 2012 at 11:40 pm

          This is more GOP “misinformation”……I don’t believe anything that comes out now unless it is from the President himself. These people are all scrambling to get air and print time. They don’t know anything! Do they not realize that Biden isn’t going to do anything the President hasn’t already approved????? We’ll know what happens when either Harry Reid or the President calls a presser.

      • December 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm

        Thanks for the information. No matter what happens you know Joe Biden has the president’s back all the way. Yes, hanging out with my daughter was a terrific way to spend my day! She’s been home a week and I’ve loved every minute. I am so blessed to have good relationships with both my 27 year old daughter and 26 year old son.

  72. 309 Ladyhawke
    December 30, 2012 at 10:58 pm


    By Greg Sargent – (December 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm)


  73. 310 carolmaewy
    December 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Hello, testing. I had trouble posting. Is it because there are so many posts? The round table is awful. They act like they’re at a cocktail party. Gregory is insecure. Goodnight.

  74. 311 99ts
    December 30, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I cannot believe the Hillary needs a doctor’s certificate! Sounds rather like someone needs a birth certificate! So now the media doubts the word of anyone who works with President Obama!

    What is the GOP using to blackmail the media? or are they just against the black guy too?

  75. 312 Ladyhawke
    December 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm


    Senate showdown set for Monday

    By Steve Benen


    Imagine that. Republicans were, in effect, arguing, “We’ll raise middle class taxes unless Democrats accept Social Security cuts.” It would seem “not a winning hand” is an understatement.

    But while the GOP’s shift in posture helped keep the talks from collapsing entirely, the remaining areas of disagreement — estate taxes, the sequester, extending jobless benefits, a debt-ceiling extension — have not been, and may ultimately not be, resolved.

    With this in mind, the stage has been set for an interesting Senate showdown tomorrow.



  76. 313 Bill R.
    December 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Tomorrow Harry Reid and PBO are going to put the hammer to the Rs. Pass the tax cut for the middle class and extend unemployment benefits or face the American people and explain why you’ve raised their taxes.

    • December 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Me thinks it’s the latter. Rational thinking is gone, it’s all hatred and disjointed thoughts.
      They are incapable of anything but saying that the President is the enemy.
      It’s just awful! But, they are making a big mistake.

      • 315 jacquelineoboomer
        December 31, 2012 at 1:41 am

        In a series – years and years – of big mistakes. I don’t know when I’ve heard of anything as pathetic, politically, and I’ve been following politics since I was in high school in the 1960s.

  77. December 30, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    In a tremendous irony, Republican requests for lower tax rates, a high estate tax threshold, and a permanent AMT fix; combined with Democratic requests to delay the sequester, include a “doc fix” for Medicare physicians, and extend emergency unemployment benefits; have left the parties negotiating toward a plan that would result in no net deficit reduction over 10 years, according to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin.


    • 317 susanne
      December 30, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      just more evidence that they are supreme liars. they have no interest in what they say they want–it’s just cover for their insidious power grabbing. that’s why it’s impossible to negotiate with them in good faith. nothing on the table matters to them; they just want to stomp on the president.

      • 318 99ts
        December 31, 2012 at 12:21 am

        Well said susanne – the gop wants to bring the country down – and still don’t understand that the people voted for PBO.

  78. December 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm


    Hillary illness doubters face wrath of Twitter


  79. December 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Great April video, my fave so far. Music gives a slight edge. What’s not to love about Bob Marley? They have all been a fun and funny review of PBO and Michelle. When I watch them, feels like anything is possible from this amazing man.

  80. 323 anniebella
    December 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I don’t trust any Republicans, specially Mitch McConnell.

  81. December 31, 2012 at 12:19 am

  82. December 31, 2012 at 12:20 am

    • 327 susanne
      December 31, 2012 at 12:37 am

      it’s just absurd–the same people who were swallowing robmey’s lies and washing them down with big gulps of r-lyin’s lies are very suspicious of hillary clinton’s concussion. if they’re embarrassed and therefore defensive (like this ‘smiling lady’–??!! really??!!?), then they should look to their own behavior and attitudes instead of smearing the secretary of state and former president clinton further.

    • 328 donna dem 4 obama
      December 31, 2012 at 1:05 am

      Is she serious? Please tell me this is snark. This tweet from an Obama supporter is very disappointing.

    • 329 amk for obama
      December 31, 2012 at 2:34 am

      That’s for smilinglady.

  83. 333 susanne
    December 31, 2012 at 12:23 am

    ‘ House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appears to command more votes in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations than the speaker of the House, Republican John Boehner of Ohio.

    That’s because the San Francisco Democrat leads a unified caucus whose votes will be needed to pass any deal to avert more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts come Jan. 1.

    Boehner’s Republicans, by contrast, are rebellious and fractured, having abandoned their leader. ‘

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Rep-Nancy-Pelosi-back-in-driver-s-seat-4154861.php#ixzz2GbWFjSHZ

  84. 334 Bill R.
    December 31, 2012 at 12:29 am

    On another current topic…… Robert Griffin proves the Washington Redskins are for real!

  85. 335 susanne
    December 31, 2012 at 12:30 am

    from the santa fe new mexican op ed:

    ‘ As a Western state where rural traditions are strong, including gun owning and hunting, favoring rights for gun owners has been a popular stance in our state. Many of our elected officials also hunt and shoot guns for recreation. Right now, neither Udall nor Heinrich has backed an assault-weapons ban, one of the laws being discussed as a first step in gaining control over the nation’s gun violence. However, in light of the horrific shootings in Connecticut, it appears the delegation is open to persuasion. Voters must shout louder than the NRA and other gun lobbies for the persuasion to work. ‘


  86. 336 Luna
    December 31, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I just wanted to add a little something to the discussion:

    I was watching a fauxnews clip online and hannity was referring to POTUS as the anointed one but in a sarcastic way….an laughing at the notion.
    I believe that he is touched by God and this fiscal cliff debacle will end well by God’s Grace.

    Just remember we have been through this things before. with healthcare and dadt and the gov shut down. These people will not succeed. They have failed and will continue to fail.

    Their number one priority was to make
    POTUS a one term president –failed
    stall all democrat’s agenda and stop the economy from getting better — failed
    keep unemployment rate high — failed
    said POTUS weak on foreign policy — failed (how many dictators/ mass murderers have been bought to justice in just these 4 years?)
    stop DADT from passing –failed
    Stop Obamacare from passing — failed
    Repeal Obamacare –failed
    make Obamacare unconstitutional with the supreme court — failed

    Now there are also those wolf in sheep clothing that pretend to support POTUS but really just love to give credit of his accomplishments to “other people”
    remember when they were trying to push the narrative that clinton got POTUS reelected? LOL
    now they want to do a Biden got the deal done.

    Guys don’t worry, the TRUTH is the only thing that will stand the test of time.

    • 337 susanne
      December 31, 2012 at 12:55 am

      beautiful, luna. the truth will indeed stand the test of time.

      earlier today, there was some jabber about pbo being compared to lincoln, or to roosevelt, etc. these comparisons never fit because pbo is unique, he’s entirely new. as history unfolds, the question will be which subsequent president can be held up against pbo’s examle. he is hitting the high marks, and future presidents will aspire to his achievements; he has surpassed all those in the past. and he hasn’t even begun his second term! 🙂

    • 338 Rain
      December 31, 2012 at 1:31 am

      Excellent observations, I am sure this will play out like so many of those situations did…in a GOP EPIC FAIL.

    • 339 Chi
      December 31, 2012 at 2:38 am

      Absolutely spot on Luna…

    • December 31, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Well said Luna, Brava!

  87. 341 yardarm756
    December 31, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Something for you nite owls. Peace see ya on the flip-side.

  88. 344 sjterrid
    December 31, 2012 at 1:29 am

    I lit a candle for both Hillary Clinton and President Obama. I have faith that we will have a good outcome, but it’s a shame and I pray for those that will be hurt by the republicans refusing to act on time.

    yardam, thanks for the music. I love jazz. Did you watch Treme on HBO? They had some great jazz musicians come in and perform on the show.

  89. 345 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    December 31, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Nice April video, especially the humor at the end. I confess I am at this point sick to death of the fiscal cliff. The drama has done me in. I lit a candle of thanks for President Obama and his endless patience. I lit one for Hillary Clinton and pray for her full recovery. As far as the negotiations go I trust the President will handle it with skill, he was great today on MTP – I didn’t stick around to listen to the talking heads. If we all have to hold hands, close our eyes and jump off the cliff together I have faith knowing that we have the best guy in charge who has planned for whatever contingency. Tomorrow nothing will stop me looking forward to a brand new year and a brand new term for Barack Obama. Here’s to 2013!

  90. December 31, 2012 at 2:13 am

  91. 349 susanne
    December 31, 2012 at 2:22 am

    here they are. let’s watch for the abject, sincere apologies, and the oh-so serious concern:


  92. December 31, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Good night friends ….


  93. 351 susanne
    December 31, 2012 at 2:41 am

    maybe you’ve all seen these, but i still get a laugh. we’re rooting for you hill!!

  94. December 31, 2012 at 7:27 am

  95. December 31, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Where are the Democrats this morning? The Republicans are all on tv blaming Democrats.
    Just saying!

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