238 Responses to “Root canals, head lice, colonoscopies and …. Nickelback?!”

  1. 1 carolmaewy
    January 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm


  2. 7 carolmaewy
    January 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I don’t believe it! ! !

  3. 8 yardarm756
    January 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Ya’ll are really quick this afternoon.

  4. 11 carolmaewy
    January 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Hey, my family loves Brussels Sprouts. It’s a great cold weather vegetable! The ones you grow yourself are delicious! 🙂

    • 12 jacquelineoboomer
      January 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      My son has a superb recipe for Brussel sprouts (don’t ask me – cookery skipped a generation).

    • 24 57andfemale
      January 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      We LOVE them. We make them all the time. My beloved Pilgrim, a yorkie-poo who died several years ago, would go CRAZY for Brussels sprouts when we made them. I worked with our regular vet and a holistic vet when he had insulinoma. I know in my heart that we would have lost him a lot earlier than we did, for the fact that he ate his brussels sprouts and artichokes and beets.

      He was at least 17 years old but may have been older. We adopted him as an adult. Diet was the best way to control his disease, as surgery was dangerous for so little and so old a dog. He surpassed all of our expectations.

      To which I credit brussels sprouts!

      Now I’m all teary-eyed. God, I miss that little dog. He was the Love of my Life……

  5. 28 susanne
    January 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    hmmm–too bad pundits made the ‘better’ list. i’d put them down there with ebola and cockroaches. however, i actually like brussels sprouts, so there’s that.

    • January 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Susanne, I ADORE Brussels sprouts, so relieved I’m not alone!

      • 30 Mary
        January 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm

        Count me in a s brussel sprouts fan! Sadly, no one in my family liked them, so I hardly ever made them. Now I’m on my own, I really don’t cook anymore. My family would say this is not much of a change…;)

      • 35 LadyTNT
        January 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm

        I’ve never eaten brussel sprouts before in my life!! What do they taste like? They look like baby cabbages or something, do they taste like cabbage?

        • 36 carolmaewy
          January 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm

          No, they have a slightly nutty taste. Just good. If you have even a tiny piece of good dirt, you can plant a few seeds. They’re great for colder areas of country, because they’re sweeter when picked after a light frost. I eat half my garden in the garden. Not just brussels spouts, but string beans, asparagus, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, new onions and on and on! Maybe I should rename myself rabbit. 😉

          • 37 LadyTNT
            January 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm

            Lol, thanks Carolmae!! I might try them one day, but I need to make sure I get the right person to cook them for me.

            BTW, welcome to the TOD family!! I know you’ve been here for a while now, but I never came out of lurkdom to welcome you. You and your ipad are a hoot, lady!!!

            • 38 carolmaewy
              January 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm

              Just eat them raw! My Mom let me eat raw potatoes when I was little because I liked them better raw than cooked. 🙂

          • 39 jacquelineoboomer
            January 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

            *I eat half my garden in the garden*

            Too funny!

      • January 8, 2013 at 5:23 pm

        I’m late to the party but I come bearing a big pan full of brussel sprouts sauteed with pancetta and a splash of balsamic!!

    • 45 jackiegrumbacher
      January 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Brussel sprouts top my list of favorite veggies and shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath as this congress. Try getting the sprouts still clustered on the stalk in the fall and roast them over the grill with a brushing of olive oil. Delicious. Pundits go right down there on the list with eating raw worms. .

    • 48 theo67
      January 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      I just learned a few good ways to cook/roast brussels sprouts last year, and have been a huge fan ever since!

  6. 49 carolyn
    January 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    And Congress has built that disdain itself!!!

  7. January 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    At least a colonoscopy has some value.

  8. 56 sherijr
    January 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I have a problem with lumping all of Congress together… both Reid & Pelosi have strived against the mess that is the republican Congress and I hate seeing them lumped in with this mess along w/ most dems. It is republicans in Congress that have screwed us.. and the media who carries their water. Anyhoo I think cockroaches & repub Congresscritters are on a par with each other… much like that rat that continues to creep into my garage.

  9. January 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    congrats carolmaewy, good morning/after Chipsticks TOD.

  10. 61 xtine
    January 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    [LOL! Sometimes I miss the Bay Area!]:

    Jonathan Frieman, a 56-year-old San Rafael resident and self-described social entrepreneur, failed to convince a Marin County Superior Court jurist Monday after he argued that he was not alone when a California Highway Patrol officer pulled him over in October while driving in the carpool lane.

    Instead, Frieman admitted that he had reached onto the passenger’s seat and handed the officer papers of incorporation connected to his family’s charity foundation.


    By Frieman’s estimation, if corporations are indeed persons as was first established in the 1886 Supreme Court case Santa Clara County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad Co. and he offered evidence that a corporation was traveling inside his vehicle – riding shotgun, of course – then two people were in his car.

    More here: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/08/16413910-corporation-carpool-2-or-more-or-less-persons

    • 62 susanne
      January 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      don’t you wish he’d been pulled over by fake-cop myth robmey? that would tie the threads of this story together nicely!

    • 63 utaustinliberal
      January 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      BAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA……The Mitt Romney defense.

    • 64 dotster3
      January 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Just heard him tell the tale on the radio when I was out and about. He lost his case, judge said his papers weren’t a passenger—-hmmmmm—- is going to appeal, prepared to go all the way to the Sup. Ct., considers this the first crack in the “corporations are people, my friends” ruling.

    • 65 Chi
      January 9, 2013 at 12:45 am

      This was so funny and spot on…

      My Marin County neighbor had exactly the right idea…

      I’m sure the judge had a good chuckle and will share this at dinner for years…

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  13. 81 xtine
    January 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    [Wow, Chi-Town, seriously, 17 Dems, 5 Repugs?!]:

    22 candidates files to fill ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat in Congress:

    The flood gates that opened after U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from his seat last November closed on Monday with 22 people filing to represent the 2nd Congressional District.

    With the crowded field of 17 Democrats and five Republicans, some candidates were baring their fund-raising credentials to set themselves apart from the pack.

    More here: http://www.suntimes.com/news/17445347-418/22-candidates-files-to-fill-ex-rep-jesse-jackson-jrs-seat-in-congress.html

    • 82 Nena20409
      January 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      By not thinning themselves out, they make it more likely in a special election where a GOPer could sneak in as Joe Walsh did. 17 Dems? Come on people weed yourselves down to 2 or 3.

      • 83 dotster3
        January 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        Highly unlikely that a Repub would get elected in that heavily Dem district. But so far, no one stands out in that list—–and there are some real doozies. It seems to me there should have some kind of foresight here with a highly qualified candidate, or two, ready to roll.

  14. January 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

  15. 88 utaustinliberal
    January 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Well done John Boehner and his ilk. Well done. With ratings like this, do they think they’ll win the public opinion battle when it comes to raising the debt ceiling? Hahahahahahahaha…..I laugh in their faces.

    • 89 Nena20409
      January 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      They have the Media, the right wing media and they have gullible population that not pay attention when they should.

      The biggest culprit is our National Media where most voters still get their information.

    • January 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      They don’t care! They are being paid to get rid of the federal government and everytine they raise the debt limit, they want the same amount of cuts.
      That’s why we have to start running surpluses on the deficit, to bring down the debt. Making the debt limit irrelevant. And if a Republhcan ever gets into office and demands tax cuts and spending foolishly on the Military, the Democrats need to strongly oppose unless Its paid for!

    January 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm


    • 92 Nena20409
      January 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Brennan? But Petraeus was in charge, was he Not?

      I think that Lindsey is just seeking for some attention from pres Obama. That is what it is appearing to look like. Lindsey just can’t get Enough…..so he is Not stopping with his attention seeking ways.

      • January 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm

        Graham just wants to embarrass the President. Everything always goes back to the President, they hate him.

        • 94 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          January 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm


      • 95 carolmaewy
        January 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm

        Lindsey needs attention from somebody. 😜 He’s been on my naughty list since his time on the House judiciary committee that recommended impeaching Pres. Clinton. Think he is the last person of the group still in Congress. He makes my skin crawl. He was the MSM rising star in those days. Waiting for the old geezer to die. (Strom Thurman). Remember how all the R’s in the House fell one by one because of their own piccadilos? Was it Livingston who lasted a day? KARMA!

    • 96 57andfemale
      January 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Well, the talking points are out there. I heard two other Repub names with the same comment.

      Lockstep much, you jackasses?

    • 97 theo67
      January 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Graham should be forced to ask his questions in public, with no time limit, and only go home when his irrational curiousity (which is putting American secrets and national security in jeopardy) has been fully satisfied. they’ve had how many secret briefings, and he still hasn’t managed to ask the questions that would satisfy him? Then he’s a fool, and I’d like to know just how much time has been wasted, and how many other tasks the various members of the Obama administration have had to curtail in order to be available to this loser.

      • 98 Lovepolitics2008
        January 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm

        This is all about doing political damage to the Obama administration. They’ve received all the information they needed. ANd the internal investigation has lead to the resignation of some people in the State Department. The continuing questioning is just political bulls***.

        What they want is as many news cycles as possible on Benghazi. They’ll use Brennan’s and Kerry’s confirmation hearings. Add to that Hillary Clinton possibly appearing in front of a Senate committee ( they have to be sure to damage her politically, just in case she would accept to run in 2016).

        Let’s not forget that Republicans have been humiliated with the Bush Presidency and all its scandals: Abu Graib, the torture memos, the lies about WMD, the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plamme, the Justice department as a political arm of the Bush administration ( remember Alberto Gonzalez ?), the orgies at the Department of Interior, the mishandling of Katrina, and on and on…

        Republicans have been enraged for four years and want to get revenge. But the Obama administration has been the opposite of the Bush administration: competent, effective, with no real scandal. President Obama’s cabinet is exemplary in terms of competence and integrity. So what the republicans are reduced to? Make the most noise possible about the rare problems that occur. Republicans have so little “to work with”, they go over the top each time. They tried to fabricate a scandal with Solyndra, and another one with “Fast and Furious”. It didn’t really work. Now they have Benghazi. A responsible party would already be satisfied with the internal investigation, the resignation of people at the State Department, the transparency of the reports, the numerous briefings given by the administration. But republicans, authoritarians as they are, will continue to talk about Benghazi as long as it benefits them politically. And they’ll receive a lot of help from the media, who thrives on “controversy”.

    • 102 carolmaewy
      January 8, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      I bought a plate four years ago. Then I heard Pres. Obama isn’t a plate guy. I know how to pick a great President, but I mess up on other things! 😉 But then I found this sight!

  17. January 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm

  18. 104 xtine
    January 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Link to tell AIG what you think of them:


  19. 105 LB4Obama
    January 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Hi all!

    I had to dash out from work to take my 16 year old son to his job and made the mistake of listening to the POTUS station on my car satellite radio. That imbecile Julie Mason show was on and she did a segment with Grover Norquist. Can I just tell you that I practically wrecked my car listening to that bastard bloviate his hate and am now horse from screaming at my dashboard!. Julie Mason told Maggie Haberman during the following segment that her Twitter was going bonkers with people complaining about ol’ Grover. I do not Tweet so if you all wish to pushback to Julie Mason, please do. I think her twitter is @juliemason. She has an afternoon show on “Politics of the United States” (POTUS) on Sirius XM. Ughhh!

    • January 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Juilie Mason is a Karl Rove protege’, she used to do the Politico 44 blog and trash PBO all day, unfortunately she is a board member of the WHCA, which is why you will see her at the head table w/ PBO at the WCDinner everyear.

      • 107 57andfemale
        January 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm

        I believe Bill Press still lets her spew her bile on his show. I stopped listening/watching his show when I saw how much time he gave to these PBO-trashing imbeciles. That’s not ‘balance’ — that’s giving yet more air time to lies.

        • 108 Chi
          January 9, 2013 at 12:54 am

          Oh my God, that’s one of the reasons I find myself so pissed at Bill Press…

          I sent him a strongly worded e-mail the first time they had Julie Mason on as a “friend of Bill”…

          He delights in picking his guests and “friends” from the dregs of the cesspool…Politico, Buzzfeed, Huffpo…awful…

          I no longer watch or listen to him…

  20. 109 xtine
    January 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    [Awwww, sips!]:

    The single bottle of White House Honey Ale that President Obama presented to Minnesota resident Brad Magerkurth last August has fetched $1,200 at auction, a price usually reserved for rare wines. The President gifted Magerkurth with the bottle during an off-the-record stop at the Coffee Connection in Knoxville, Iowa while on a campaign bus tour through the crucial swing state.


    After weeks of debate–with plenty of pals urging him to flat-out sell the beer–Magerkurth finally decided to use his gift to raise money for a charity that’s close to his heart, he told Obama Foodorama. That way, Magerkurth said, his gift could be shared with fellow beer enthusiasts as well as be put to good use. Known to friends and business associates alike as “The Beer Guy,” Magerkurth firmly believes that “beer unites people.” His bottle of Presidentiale was auctioned off during Taste!, a food and drink festival at University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis during the weekend of Sept. 28.

    Ten people paid a total of $1,200 to share the 12-ounce bottle, with the proceeds going to the University’s Amplatz Children’s Hospital. The moment was ripe with ceremony, with a big crowd gathered around a stage in the stadium to watch as the plain brown long neck–unlabeled, because it was from the President’s own private supply–was opened.

    “The University of Minnesota marching band played Hail to the Chief, and then we cracked open the beer,” Magerkurth said. “We all shared it on the stage.”

    “I was pretty ecstatic,” Magerkurth said. “For someone in the beer industry, it’s about the coolest thing in the world.”

    More here: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-bottle-of-president-obamas-homebrewed.html#more

  21. 112 jacquelineoboomer
    January 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    O/T but: Hey, my new mail handler looks just like Matthew McConaughey. I’m too old for him, but I figured all good news must travel … so, I told my 20-y/o granddaughter in Florida when she called, after I saw him, and she’s thinking of coming for a visit. Talk about wanting to “go postal.”

  22. 123 xtine
    January 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    [Jeebus! Sorry if this has been posted already, but JEEBUS!]:

    Arizona’s 3TV reports that Arpaio’s volunteer force is comprised of around 3,000 members, some of which have criminal pasts.

    According to CBS5, Arpaio’s office has provided a list of more than 50 schools in unincorporated Maricopa County that will be patrolled by the posses, which are in charge of providing all of their own weapons and equipment. The volunteers will not actually be posted on school campuses, but will instead monitor the areas around the facilities.[…]

    The program is getting started as Arpaio prepares to be sworn in for his sixth term on Monday. The volunteer patrols will kick into full gear on Wednesday, and will be rolled out with a press conference.


    • 124 theo67
      January 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      number one: I can’t believe Arpaio was voted in for another term. Number two: How will normal, sane citizens know when they’re dealing with a criminal posse member (I thought convicted criminals weren’t allowed to own guns?), versus just a regular crazy with a gun – and what will the police do when they’re called in to investigate a stranger with a gun in the vicinity? This should get interesting. And dangerous.

      • 125 57andfemale
        January 8, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        they love him there. you should hear my batshit crazy brother-in-law about this loon. Of course, my brother-in-law is truly insane. He makes Rush Limbaugh look moderate. And he’s my husband’s twin!

        • 126 theo67
          January 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm

          Goodness gracious! My sympathies… 😉

          • 127 57andfemale
            January 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm

            Luckily, we don’t have to see him very often. The last time he visited he got out of his car in my middle class bungalow Chicago neighborhood and started screaming that his son, the Chicago cop, should take his gun and shoot all of these ‘illegals’ on sight. In my United Nations-type neighborhood with Hispanic homeowners, middle class working people just like us.

            This is the guy who moves to Arizona with no skills, no education and he’s the one who’s pissed that the Latinos charge less to paint a house than he does. It breaks my husband’s heart — it’s his twin after all. Although they don’t look alike at all and I got the ‘good twin’.

            • 128 theo67
              January 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm

              Sounds like you definitely got the “good twin”. Yikes – your brother-in-law sounds like a real character!

            • 129 Pamela
              January 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm

              Whew, another {{{{{57}}}}} hug for you, very pleased you picked the good twin, but then, you are brilliant, so it is what we would expect! 🙂

            • 131 Chi
              January 9, 2013 at 1:00 am

              This actually breaks my heart for your hubby…

              It’s always sad when friends or family fall so short of goodness…

    • 132 Pamela
      January 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      This is sickening, I hope the DOJ can make a dent in this imbeciles “enthusiasm”, before the landscape is littered with the dead.

    • 133 Lovepolitics2008
      January 8, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Unfortunately, I think that we’ll see many more “experiments” like this in some “gun states”. And, inevitably, we’ll see some tragedies, demonstrating the absurdity of responding to gun violence by more guns in the streets. The only hope I have is that some delusional gun lovers will finally wake up when they see for real what the “civil police state” they dream of looks like. Some people have to go down the rabbit hole before finally waking up.

  23. January 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    • 135 theo67
      January 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      This seems like a huge mistake. I understand the wife’s desperation, but releasing the photos and information to the media is the last thing she probably should have done. She has no idea what plans she’s disrupting, even though it might appear that nothing is happening on the surface.

  24. 140 JER
    January 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    • 141 57andfemale
      January 8, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Please, can the Left stop waxing poetic about this RWNJ just because he said a few nice things about PBO, the way a governor SHOULD speak about a POTUS who is stepping in to help his country?

      • 142 COS
        January 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm

        THIS!!!!!!! Christie is still a bully and I still despise him. He has not changed. I hope people do not get carried away and caught up in this Christie moment to much. He is not presidential material.

        • 143 57andfemale
          January 8, 2013 at 5:36 pm

          I’m so darn weary of the left throwing out all common sense when some RWNJ gives us a crumb or two. It skews the truth as much as the RWNJ stuff does.

        • 144 0388jojothecat
          January 8, 2013 at 7:24 pm

          He’s another Robme only a worst bully. I hope Bruce Springsteen unfriends him. 🙂

    • 145 prettyfoot58
      January 8, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      For alllllllll those folks in LOVE with Christie

    • 147 57andfemale
      January 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      So Bill Nelson believes he needs Bibi’s permission? Am I misreading this?

      • January 8, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        The way his press office presented its release, making the statement of support of Hagel in Israel, seems like he is using Bibi as cover for the Jewish community in FL. Either way its pathetic, however its received.

      • 149 Chi
        January 9, 2013 at 1:04 am

        It is frightening how much power Netanyahu wields with both Dem and GOP legislators…

  25. 150 donna dem 4 obama
    January 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Good News for Dems in Va (although I am not a big McAuliffe fan he would be far better than anything the Repubs have to offer).

    PPP’s first Virginia poll of 2013 finds Terry McAuliffe leading Ken Cuccinelli 46-41. When Bill Bolling is thrown into the mix as an independent candidate he gets 15%, with McAuliffe’s lead expanding to 8 points at 40/32.

    The story of the race at this point is really how unpopular Cuccinelli is. Only 29% of voters have a favorable opinion of him to 45% with a negative one. Even among Republicans there are significant doubts about him- only 48% see him favorably with a much higher than normal 23% of voters within his own party seeing him negatively.


    • 151 57andfemale
      January 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      I agree that he’d be better. But I really don’t want to have to endure Terry McAuliffe all over the TV.

    • 152 cookemom
      January 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Cuccinelli, the teabutts wonder boy. Good, I hope these crazies keep putting up their poster kids of the foil brigade. Then we can run a Dem against them. Probably the only way to overcome the gerrymandering that will assure GOP strongholds for years to come. In most cases a Dem has to win by 7% in gerrymandered districts to turn it over.

  26. 153 Rain
    January 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Chips….LOVE your post title!

  27. 159 Ladyhawke
    January 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm



    Press Briefing on Monday, January 7, 2013


    Q And a quick follow-up on Major’s question about the process towards sequestration. For those who think that the President maybe learned from the process he just went through on the fiscal cliff that he will not be dealing with Speaker Boehner, does the President — can you just clarify, does he fully intend to have continuing conversations directly with the Speaker, to negotiate with him directly?

    MR. CARNEY: Well, the President believes that as part of our system of government the executive branch engages with and negotiates with the legislative branch, and that will continue — on a range of issues, not just economic and fiscal matters. And the President, as he said, is very open to compromise on a range of issues when it comes to addressing our fiscal challenges and putting in place policies that help our economy grow and continue to create jobs. He will not negotiate over Congress’s responsibility to pay the bills that Congress has incurred.

    As you know as a veteran reporter here in Washington, a President cannot by himself or herself spend a single dollar. Congress passes the laws. Congress appropriates the funds. Congress racks up the bills and Congress must pay the bills. And it is simply inappropriate and extremely dangerous to suggest that in the name of a political agenda we would default, for example, on our obligations to pay our bills. That is Congress’s responsibility and the President will not negotiate with Congress over Congress’s responsibility to pay its bills.



    • 160 theo67
      January 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      I love that Carney said this, ” a President cannot by himself or herself spend a single dollar” – they definitely see a woman President in this country’s future. I hope other female candidates aren’t scared off by the furor around Hillary Clinton, who has repeatedly said she’s not running. I hope good Democratic candidates aren’t scared off – male or female.

  28. 161 Ladyhawke
    January 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm



    Q Is he committed to pressing that with Speaker Boehner? Will he try to talk to Boehner even if Boehner —

    MR. CARNEY: Well, I think the distinction I’m trying to make here, in answer to Alexis’s question, is that he is, as he said from here, eager to and willing to compromise in order to achieve policies that advance our economic growth and help the economy create jobs, and bring down our deficit in a responsible and balanced way. He will continue to do that. And we have, as a result of the fiscal cliff, two more months to deal with the so-called sequester, and that’s something that the President will obviously be addressing.

    What he will not do, as he has made clear, is negotiate with Congress over Congress’s sole responsibility to pay the bills that Congress has already incurred. Nobody forced Congress to rack up the bills that it incurred. And it is an abdication of responsibility to say that we’re going to let the country default and cause global economic calamity simply because we’re not getting what we want in terms of our ideological agenda. The President is not going to participate in that.

    And I would remind you of the damage caused to our economy by the approach that House Republicans took on this matter just in the summer of 2011. As a result of their flirtation with default, the stock market plummeted. The DOW fell 7 percent, or almost 900 points, in late July and early August of 2011. The United States was downgraded and the DOW fell another 10 percent, or 1100 points after the S&P downgraded the United States. Consumer confidence plummeted to its lowest point since the financial crisis in 2008. Uncertainty for businesses froze hiring. Widespread uncertainty for middle-class families was created and caused. And job figures, job growth in August of 2011 was the lowest of any month in our economic recovery.

    And that is what you get when you play games with the full faith and credit of the United States. We don’t expect, and certainly don’t hope — or certainly hope that the Congress does not engage in that kind of activity.



  29. 162 utaustinliberal
    January 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Nice pictures and there’s also a Tumblr.


  30. 166 Ladyhawke
    January 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    OK, LAST ONE…..



    Q You keep saying the President won’t negotiate on the debt ceiling. At the risk of sounding naïve, how does that work practically? If the leaders of Congress tell him they don’t have the votes to raise the ceiling, does he just say, no, I’m not going to talk about that?

    MR. CARNEY: Well, the President believes that members of Congress were elected to serve their constituents. And as one of their essential responsibilities, to ensure that they do no harm in Congress to this economy and to the livelihoods of average Americans, flirting with default or, even worse, allowing default, would be a violation of those primary responsibilities.
    And again, George, I can’t be more clear: These are bills that Congress racked up. If Congress felt that they should not be paying these bills or that there should be less spending and less borrowing, then they should have passed different legislation that appropriated funds. It is not the President’s responsibility to pass legislation to raise the debt ceiling; it is Congress’s responsibility. And he will not engage in a negotiation with Congress that as some advocates of this themselves have described as a hostage situation — a hostage situation that would result, as it did in the summer of 2011, in great harm to this economy and great harm to American businesses and great harm to average Americans.

    So it’s just not the right thing to do. I think that there will be a — if we were to travel down that road for any time, a great deal of unanimity behind the idea that it’s a terrible proposition to flirt with default or to allow default. And let me remind you that if the position of Republicans in Congress will be that your choice, America, is between default and therefore economic chaos on the one hand, or voucherizing Medicare or slashing benefits for seniors, the American people are going to say no in both instances.

    This is not the right way to do things in this country. You have to heed to your responsibilities here, and that includes paying for the bills that you racked up. This has nothing to do with future spending. This has to do with spending that has already been incurred. And it is Congress’s responsibility to pay its bills.

    George, when you get a credit card bill, you pay it, and if you don’t, you get penalized. And in the case of not paying your bills when you’re the United States of America, when you’re the United States Congress, the penalty is both real in financial terms and severe for the economy and for the American people. The President won’t negotiate with Congress over Congress’s responsibility to pay its own bills.

    Thank you, all.



    • January 8, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      LH, thank you for these very enjoyable episodes of Mr Carney schooling the dim bulbs (aka WHPC) …. just waiting for the day that either he or the President just go ahead and cite Section IV of the 14th 😉


      • 168 nathkatun7
        January 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        Excellent tweet, Bob! It is not just Section 4 of the 14th Amendment but also Article I, section 8, which states:

        “The Congress shall have the power to lay and correct taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to PAY THE DEBTS and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States…..”

        Paying the debts of United States is one of the responsibilities of Congress under the U.S. Constitution. Congress will be violating the Constitution by refusing to pay the debts.

    • 169 theo67
      January 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm


    • 170 57andfemale
      January 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Holy shit, it doesn’t get any better than Jay Carney. He may be the best WH press secretary since C. J. Craig.

    • 172 prettyfoot58
      January 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you so very much for these exerps …LH….

      love love Mr Carney……yeahhhhhhhh…..

  31. January 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    • 176 theo67
      January 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      That’s because when they hear “food stamp president” from the likes of Gingrich, they don’t relate that term to themselves… Voting against their own interests.

  32. January 8, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Bonjour everyone!

    Regarding fixing the filibuster – go FOLLOW this:


  33. January 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    • January 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Seemed worth reminding everyone of the facts in this WaPo article … especially as we ponder the 50 yr Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. 21 Jan 2013 is momentous for sooooooooo many reasons.

      Yes We Can

    • 182 theo67
      January 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Even higher than the “President of the World”, Bill Clinton? Wow! And Clinton’s from Arkansas…

    • 184 57andfemale
      January 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Send this to effing Chris Matthews. Who seems to believe all of our issues with the white working class vote starting with Barack Obama.

  34. 185 Ladyhawke
    January 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    The Media Gives the Republican Party a Free Pass to Obstruct

    By: Becky Sarwate


  35. 189 hopefruit2
    January 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I’m extra proud of my President and I’m glad you are too!

  36. 190 prettyfoot58
    January 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

  37. 191 SAB
    January 8, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Okay, how weird, I have brussel sprouts in my fridge that I need to cook tonight before they go bad. Found a recipe with prusuitto which I also, have, so it’s on!

    • 192 cookemom
      January 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      bacon….mmm, mmmm, mmmm. it’s even good in ice cream, but brocolli? to die for. broccoli sauteed in the bacon drippings then cooked down in a little cider vinegar and spices with the bacon crumbled on top at serving time and you’ll want to slap yourself silly, it tastes so good. yoru pursutto sounds good. Isn’t that a form of bacon?

      • 193 SAB
        January 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm

        Yes, it’s thinner. Wow my mouth is drooling from the brocoli though. I’m going to eat more vegetables this year, unfortunately they are all going to be dripping in fat! 🙂

  38. 194 desertflower
    January 8, 2013 at 6:22 pm


    Since the start of fiscal year 2011, President Barack Obama has signed into law approximately $2.4 trillion of deficit reduction for the years 2013 through 2022. Nearly three-quarters of that deficit reduction is in the form of spending cuts, while the remaining one-quarter comes from revenue increases. As a result of that deficit reduction, the projected rise in debt levels from today through 2022 has decreased by nearly 10 full percentage points of gross domestic product. In fact, under today’s policies, debt levels in 2022—as a share of GDP—will be only slightly higher than they are expected to be by the end of next year.

  39. 195 carolmaewy
    January 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Yesterday I posted that I had emailed my Sen. Barrasso for Inauguration tickets. I got a reply that said they wouldn’t know until next year when the Jan. 21, 2013 tickets would be available. Sorry, I can’t tell you my best responses i thought, but I did write back telling them it 13 days away. I did get a response that tickets would be available next week. I need to give names of people who will be going. Also need to tell them if I have requested them from anyone else in our delegation. We can’t go, I just wanted to see how it works. Is it allowed to request them for people who live close in Dem states that might not have enough tickets?

  40. 196 yardarm756
    January 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Boehner’s new theme song to the rethugs(at least the music is good):

  41. 203 Allison
    January 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

  42. January 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm


    • 205 Nena20409
      January 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      TX Supreme Court is GW Bush and Perry. Remember the late Ann Richards was the last Dem in Jan 1995. Since 1998, No Dem has held a statewide elected office.

  43. 206 forus50
    January 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Chipsticks,
    Just checking in at end of work day. This post, after seeing so many with beautiful First Family, etc. is rather jarring, to say the least! 🙂 I think I will wait until I see a new one so I don’t ruin my appetite.

  44. January 8, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Governor Scott increases cost of Medicaid so he will not have to implement obamacare. By 2600%!!!


  45. January 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    • January 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Jon Lovett along w/ Neal Brennan(SNL) are the guys who write most of PBO’s jokes at the WHCA dinner. Josh Gad of South Park creators “Book of Mormon” is the main character of the show, produced by creator of Glee, if anyone was interested?

    • January 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      One of my most favorite flash mobs, Bill. Som Sabadell is a city in Vallès Occidental in Catalonia, Spain 😉

      • 213 dotster3
        January 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm

        My fave too. I passed it along to my little granddaughter who plays the viola in her orchestra, and she surprised me with my own private concert of Ode to Joy when we visited. I love musicians —because they absolutely love what they do—-and they make people happy.

  46. 214 xtine
    January 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    OT. Anyone catching NBC’s Deception? Has actor from Eve’s Bayou.

    • 215 LadyTNT
      January 8, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Hey xtine, I watched it last night and I must say it was not that good. Maybe I should say, it was kinda slow. Hopefully it will get better. Megan Goode is the actress you’re referring to and I’m trying to give her a chance, so I probaly will watch the next two episodes, but if it doesn’t get better, It’s a wrap!!!! It’s definitely no Scandal, but that’s a hard act to follow!!! LOL, as you can see I can’t wait for Thursday!!

  47. 216 Nena20409
    January 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Jay Carney’s WH presser today for those who would like to listen:

  48. January 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Factions within the Obama administration are pushing to keep no more than a few thousand troops in Afghanistan after the military coalition folds at the end of 2014, a footprint that would make it hard to deliver on promises the United States has made to Afghans, according to U.S. officials.

    As the debate over the size and scope of the post-2014 mission nears its end, some in the administration are pressing for a residual force that could be as small as 2,500, arguing that a light touch would be the most constructive way to cap the costly, unpopular war.

    Those troop levels are significantly lower than the force some senior military officials have advocated, arguing that a sudden disengagement could lead to the collapse of a frail state and the onset of a new civil war. The low number also is a far cry from figures in the 10,000-to-30,000 range discussed among NATO allies and some U.S. officials as recently as a year ago.



  49. January 8, 2013 at 7:26 pm

  50. January 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm

  51. 220 yardarm756
    January 8, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Happy birthday Elvis.

    • 221 Rain
      January 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      My favorite ever Elvis song…my Mom loved him so his music was always on when I was a kid.

    • 222 jacquelineoboomer
      January 8, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      I took my mother to see Elvis once – one of the highlights of her life! When he was on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, my mother was sitting on the floor in front of the TV just like her 3 daughters. My younger sister used to actually take off from work every year on Elvis’ birthday, until she retired. I’m crazy but not that crazy! Happy birthday, Elvis!

  52. January 8, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Fact certain ….

  53. 229 desertflower
    January 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm


    A strong starting point is a measure first proposed four years ago by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, which she is about to reintroduce in the new Congress.

    The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act would create, for the first time, a separate criminal offense for gun trafficking. It would also toughen penalties at every point in the trafficking chain — from straw buyers who purchase a gun for someone else to evade required record-keeping and background checks, to corrupt gun dealers who supply illegal weapons to the kingpins running the trafficking rings. Study after study has shown that a tiny minority of bad gun dealers are responsible for selling a huge number of the guns traced to crimes.

    The measure would give the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives new authority to impose civil penalties and special restrictions, like increased inspections and inventory checks, on “high-risk” gun dealers suspected of assisting traffickers. Finally, it would authorize the addition of hundreds of new agents and other personnel for the underfinanced bureau to allow for more frequent inspections of all gun stores.

    • 230 Rain
      January 8, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Excellent! I am definitely for stiff penalties for those who purchase guns for people who can’t legally buy one themselves. The Chrismas Eve shooting of firefighters involved a woman who had purchased the guns for the shooter because he could not get them. She has been arrested and could be facing 10 years in prison.

  54. 231 0388jojothecat
    January 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Dick Armey is crazy…..all the GOP’ers and Teapartyer’s are crazie.

  55. 233 vitaminlover
    January 8, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I really like Jay Carney.

  56. January 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Darwin Australia is 122 degrees today, a sick heat wave!

    • 235 desertflower
      January 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      That’s stupid hot! I’ve been here when it’s been 118 degrees in the summer. It feels like the low setting on the oven…it feels like the skin is burning off your body. It’s a dry heat, my dying ass! It’s flipping ridiculous hot! I feel for them. I know what that feels like, and it’s not good!

  57. January 8, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    And, yes Piers, it’s ‘pretty scary’ …


  58. January 9, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Report: Obama likely to tap Lew for Treasury as soon as this week
    Jonathan Easley
    01/09/13 07:38 AM ET
    Lew’s likely nomination would come as Washington gears up for a new round of budget fights.…

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