Chat Away

President Barack Obama returns to the White House following a visit to the Presidential Inaugural Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., Jan. 17, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

194 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 7 carolmaewy
    January 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Mary1. Have a great evening.

  2. 11 hopefruit2
    January 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Very well then. Congrats Maryl1 on #1!

  3. 12 Dudette
    January 17, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    More on situation in Algeria from the State Department

    State Dept.: Hostages’ safety is first priority (short video)

    Longer (full daily State Dept briefing) here:

  4. 13 Sweetpeg
    January 17, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Congrats Mary

  5. 14 Pamela
    January 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Puff, puff, huff, still trying to catch up… Nearly tripped over that chocolate cake! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. 18 amk for obama
    January 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Lincolnisque stride.

  7. January 17, 2013 at 10:26 pm

  8. January 17, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I have to say, in that third picture, PBO looks really tired. I don’t know how he carries the weight of the world every day. To take on all this again just shows me his fierce determination to bring our country to a better place.

  9. 26 amk for obama
    January 17, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Heh Chips. Your BBF is on. Such a contrite guy.


  10. 39 desertflower
    January 17, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    love the toon. Love that man.

  11. 40 prettyfoot58
    January 17, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    For those TODers from PA….this is a very what the GOP is planning for our state…

    however it is not just for our state that is in danger…it is the plan of the National GOP…they know they cannot win …as has be told time and time again since the election…the American People are not buying what they are selling…so they plan to defraud and steal Democracy from the American People…

    because although they lost the election…they are not going quietly into the night….and they are not changing their message…they want to subjugate us to their power….


    Earlier this week, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus endorsed a Republican plan to rig the next presidential election to make it nearly impossible for the Democratic candidate to win the White House, no matter who the American people vote for. The election-rigging plan, which would allocate electoral votes by congressional district rather than by states as a whole in a handful of states that consistently vote for Democratic presidential candidates, would have allowed Mitt Romney to narrowly win the Electoral College last November despite losing the popular vote by nearly four points


    • 41 taiping1
      January 17, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Anything that can be done to stop this? What do people in Pennsylvania feel about this?

    • 42 anniebella
      January 18, 2013 at 7:03 am

      It’s clear those crazy ass radical Republicans didn’t learn anything from the last time. I don’t know, but you can be sure these things will be challenge in court.

      • 43 Obama Grandmama
        January 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

        They learned to cheat better. Do it quickly before it is discovered. Rachel Maddow had a segment on their plans earlier this week.

  12. 44 sonjiaduncan
    January 17, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Hello to the night shift on TOD. Great cartoon on guns hoarder and the President walking with the little girl.

    • 45 obamaiq
      January 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

      It reminds me of a Norman Rockwell picture my mother had of a guard walking a little Black girl into a southern school in the 60’s.

  13. January 17, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    They really are striving for the bottom of the bottom of the barrel ….


  14. 53 amk for obama
    January 17, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Speaking of anniversaries…

    After she woke up, a woman told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for our anniversary. What do you think it means?”

    “You’ll know tonight,” he said.

    That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife.

    Delighted, she opened it to find a book entitled “The Meaning of Dreams.”

  15. 61 xtine
    January 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Had to take care of life-stuff, but dropped a reply comment in last thread, Chips. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Life-stuff = things that interrupt TODiction.

    • January 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Ah, sorry Xtine, missed your reply, hope everything is okay with you?

      • 63 xtine
        January 18, 2013 at 12:37 am

        No sorries, Chips! It was a funny response, for smiles! I’m so loving this time. We can LOL & get down to serious! Life-stuff is daily life. What’s exciting 2 me is this aliveness I’m seeing everywhere.

        Yep, got my Tally-Potty-Mouth entrance card 2 Rahm’s party. Single digits ahoy! Kidding! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 64 xtine
          January 18, 2013 at 1:30 am

          P.S. I could always try the AMK-has-hotz-4-MsCutter-Card. (Ahem, do we have an AMK-TOD bail account?)

          /ducking & GN all!

    • 65 Dudette
      January 17, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Ahhh, that’s it! Thank you!

      TODiction! I’ve got it! Got it bad. And that ain’t good! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 66 xtine
        January 18, 2013 at 1:21 am

        How dare mundane stuff get in the way of your TODiction, Dudette! I mean come on! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 67 Dudette
          January 18, 2013 at 8:55 am

          This is why I’m such a hot mess on a daily basis. Torn between my TODiction and that mundane off-blog world. It’s a struggle!

  16. January 17, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    This is definitely not breaking! Politico can’t keep up.

  17. 70 Dudette
    January 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm


  18. January 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Super gorgeous photo of POTUS, always got someplace to go.

  19. January 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm

  20. 78 amk for obama
    January 17, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Ok. Gotta run. Gunnite folks.

  21. 81 Dudette
    January 17, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Okay, Chips don’t get mad. I’m sorry, but the universe just sends me this stuff, okay? I think it’s cuz I’m meant to share it with you. ๐Ÿ˜†

  22. 92 lisalovesobama
    January 17, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Scandal………… woot! Saw THAT coming.

  23. January 17, 2013 at 11:04 pm


    ‘Israel’s diplomatic mission in Los Angeles serving the Southwest United States’ has just followed me on Twitter.


    Um, why?

  24. 102 Dudette
    January 17, 2013 at 11:10 pm

  25. 103 Dudette
    January 17, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    January 17, 2013

    GOP Worries They Could Lose House
    “There’s growing angst among Republicans that the party’s House majority could be at risk in 2014 if the deep GOP divisions that emerged during the recent ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations persist in looming negotiations over a slew of budgetary issues,” The Hill reports.

    “Even as Republican officials maintain the GOP majority is safe, several lawmakers and longtime activists warn of far-reaching political ramifications if voters perceive Republicans as botching consequential talks on the debt ceiling, sequestration and a possible government shutdown.”

    • 104 isonprize
      January 17, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      we have to pay attention to their gerrymandering. They really don’t care how they win, as long as they win.

      • 105 99ts
        January 17, 2013 at 11:34 pm

        The more they try to rig the election – the more folks seem to queue for hours to vote against them. 2014 will be a “vote to support the President” – the GOP should well be worried – and it they spend their time worrying instead of doing anything sensible in congress – that will be all that is needed for their defeat.

  26. 106 LDS
    January 17, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Dudette,This is the most inspiring video that I have seen in a long while. I cannot thank you enough, Dudette. I have been connected with your selections of music every since I came to know this blog. And I now I know why….
    Today started with me feeling better that I felt strong enough to get up after being sick with the flu for a couple of days that had me fighting to be able to make it this weekend to the inauguration. So glad to celebrate FLOTUS birthday and then my sister(bless her heart) sent me a special video about Mary Turner( felt like going back to bed)……
    But this has inspired me to be so ever grateful for being able to attend THIS inauguration a second time because I am supposed to.
    Thank you, again. Your spirit is truly precious. Your timing is impeccable.

  27. 108 Dudette
    January 17, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    From Democratic Underground

    TSA ends contract with Rapiscan, maker of full-body scanner

    Source: Los Angeles Times

    The Transportation Security Administration has ended a contract with the Hawthorne-based manufacturer of a controversial full-body scanner used to screen passengers.

    Rapiscan, a unit of OSI Systems Inc., manufactured about half of the full-body scanners used by the TSA to screen passengers for hidden weapons at airports across the country.

    But TSA officials said the agency has canceled its contract with the company because it had failed to deliver software to protect the privacy of passengers.

    The Rapiscan scanner uses low-level X-rays to create what looks like a naked image of screened passengers to target weapons hidden under the clothes.

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-fullbody-scanner-contract-20130117,0,3525187.story

  28. January 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm


    • January 17, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      Missing this piece:

      • 111 desertflower
        January 17, 2013 at 11:41 pm

        She’s a real comedian that Liz Cheney:) That apple didn’t fall far from THAT tree! What a fuckstick

      • 112 anniebella
        January 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm

        To bad Liz Cheney isn’t as dedicated to telling the truth as she is to becoming like her Dad,……….. A Disgusting Bold Face Liar. Like father, like daughter, the lying Cheneys.

      • January 17, 2013 at 11:47 pm

        Dumb Bitch! She needs to get back into the bat cave with her dracula father.

      • 115 Chi
        January 18, 2013 at 12:55 am

        She’s awful…

        That gene pool stinks…

      • 116 nathkatun7
        January 18, 2013 at 1:48 am

        What an absolute lying Idiot! Has she been living in a cave for the past four years? Somebody should tell Liz Cheney that this is 2013 and not 2003. After all the lies her evil PAPA told the American people that ended up costing the lives of thousands of precious young men and women in uniform, the majority of Americans finally woke up. Except for the deluded right wingers and media whores, most of us could care less about lies coming from another Cheney.

    • 117 Dudette
      January 18, 2013 at 12:08 am

  29. 121 anniebella
    January 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Did anyone see what Lawrence O’Donnell said to Tom Selleck, the NRA board member? I wonder if he will get a response from Selleck? I have a feeling he won’t because Selleck. He was after Selleck for not coming forward and condemning that NRA ad which drag Malia and Sasha into this gun debate.

      • 123 lisalovesobama
        January 18, 2013 at 12:37 am

        What? Why’s he bringing Tom Selleck into this? Just because he’s a member of the board doesn’t mean he had control of the ad. As for “questioning Selleck’s humanity’? Utter garbage. Sometimes Lawrence lets his ego get the best of him. All he has to do is condemn the ad himself, then go after the NRA brand with in depth analysis, talk about the members of congress the NRA owns, their ineffectual responses to all the gun violence in modern history, etc. he should be peeling back the veils of the organization, NOT turning this sad episode into a witch hunt to personally attack a private citizen. Lawrence can be such an asshole. He loves to stand on his soapbox and sneer down at others. If he wants to make a difference, he should be talking about the victims and taking the NRA apart by showing the American public the scrawny little pest behind the curtain. Show us that the so called ‘ might’ of the NRA is pure fiction. It’s got a membership of a measly 4 million, when we the American people are 300 million strong and growing. Lawrence needs to grow the fuck up. Last time i checked, he wasn’t getting paid to protect Sasha and Malia, better men than him do that every second of every day. He’s only paid to supposedly be an honest broker between us– the public– and everyone else. Asshole. This isn’t about Sasha and Malia, it’s about those 26 unfinished lives in Connecticut and the hundreds of thousands of unfinished lives all around the country. Leave those two girls out of it, the NRA only used their names to distract us and for dramatic emphasis. Get back to the core issue here: gun safety and gun control for our children’s futures. He’s such a self righteous, self aggrandizing fuckwit. ๐Ÿ™„

        • 124 Chi
          January 18, 2013 at 1:04 am

          I actually see nothing wrong with asking a high profile NRA member like Tom Selleck who actively promoted the NRA and was instrumental in making it ‘cool’, to step up and speak up…

          Asking Tom Selleck to publicly condemn NRA’s despicable behavior in response to the Newtown shootings and it’s attempt to turn their complicity into a war against the President and his minor daughters, is far from being a bad thing on Lawrence O’Donnell’s part…

          He has every right to question Selleck’s humanity for staying eerily silent all through this awful episode…

          • 125 nathkatun7
            January 18, 2013 at 2:07 am

            Chi, I agree with you 100%. Kudos LOD! Tom Selleck, as a high profile Board member of the NRA, should be held accountable for what the NRA does. I think LOD should also go after the other high profile Board members of the NRA, like basketball star Karl Malone, who have also been silent about the reprehensible NRA commercial attacking the President’s children. In my book, silence implies consent!

          • 126 anniebella
            January 18, 2013 at 7:19 am

            CHI, I agree. As a matter of fact O’Donnell shouldn’t have to ask Tom Selleck to condone that disgusting ad of the NRA, Selleck and anyone else associated with the NRA should do, specially someone like Selleck. So I think O’Donnell was 100% right. What is wrong with Tom Selleck having the guts to step forward and say I’m a proud member of the NRA, but I do not approve of them dragging the President’s kids into this discussion, by remaining silent he and all the others show themselves to be the same lowlife cowards that the others are for talking about the President’s kids in the first place.

          • 127 lisalovesobama
            January 18, 2013 at 8:06 am

            Selleck is a private citizen. He has the right to register his complaint in private without some pundit who apparently gets paid to engage in conjecture and character assassination questioning his humanity. This is a problem. This whole issue i.e.: gun control, isn’t about a retired actor who’s trying to live out his dream of being the next Charlton Heston. Attack the NRA and Lapierre (sp) and stop throwing other people in the mix. If Lawrence wants to defend someone, defend those kids and teachers who were murdered. Stop attacking other people in the president’s daughters names.

            • 128 Chi
              January 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm

              Completely disagree with you…

              Lawrence is doing exactly what he is paid to do including speaking up for the president’s daughters…

              If he failed to, many of us would scream bloody murder and bitch endlessly about how the media never speaks up when the President or his family are attacked or maligned…

              I am very grateful for Lawrence focusing on this and the various players including high profile celebrities like Tom Selleck, who romanticize NRA and downplay the danger the fire arms lobby and industry pose to our society…

              Save the clearly misdirected anger and venom you’re throwing Lawrence’s way for the real villains – including a very complicit Tom Selleck…

              • 129 lisalovesobama
                January 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm

                The so called venom I’m throwing his way is richly deserved. The issue is gun control, not Selleck.

                • 130 Chi
                  January 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm

                  And Tom Selleck is one of the biggest obstacles to the gun control you purport to seek…

                  Turn your ire on him…

                  You clearly miss the point…

                  • 131 lisalovesobama
                    January 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm

                    My goal isn’t grinding an axe with a has been actor. It’s with saving lives through passage of a gun control law by building consensus with the moderates in the NRA. Lawrence’s job is to get people to watch his show, the more shocking, the better for him. Pardon me for not submitting myself to such stupidity.

        • 132 utaustinliberal
          January 18, 2013 at 6:34 am

          Disagree. Tom Selleck consciously chose for over 14 years to be part of an organization that all but has blood on their hands. He and the others Lawrence O’Donnell called out should be publicly shamed for standing with the NRA when thousands of inhumane violence and deaths have occurred because they powerfully lobby the government and states to allow lax gun laws all for the sake of the almighty dollar. After reading Noah Posner’s (Newtown child victim) mother’s description of how the Bushmaster AR 15 destroyed her young son’s life, blew off half his face, blew off chunks of his body, I have no respect for anyone who chooses to be/remain an NRA member (especially after Newtown) and goes a step further to sit on the board making decisions and promoting these assault weapons on behalf of the organization. Anyone who does that lacks a conscience. Anyone who does that is an animal. Anyone who does that lacks humanity.

          Tom Selleck and the other board members of the NRA promote, lobby, produce, and sell assault weapons and bullets that can pierce body armor. Pierce body armor! Imagine what that can do to the human flesh. That is not something to be taken lightly. I don’t think you’ve been watching all of Lawrence’s NRA coverage. He has been hitting them night after night. Shaming the whole organization, presenting much needed information to the American people about how they can support Pres. Obama and fight for more gun safety measures.

          If Tom Selleck had any shred of humanity in him, he would do as George H.W. Bush did and resign his membership from the NRA. He is a very well known actor and high profile public face of the NRA and yet has been strangely silent after the massacre that took place at Newtown. His stepping down or approaching gun safety advocates and lending his support for more sane and humane gun safety measures would speak volumes.

          • 133 lisalovesobama
            January 18, 2013 at 8:32 am

            There are 4 million Americans who are members of the NRA, they aren’t animals. There’s a tendency to conflate normal people who carry handguns to protect themselves, or rifles for hunting or sport with monsters who go around shooting innocent people or crazies who think their lives are video games so they run around with machine guns. I have no problem taking it to the NRA, I do have a problem with a pundit, known to get bloviating and over excited to the point of anger/ loosing his temper, questing the humanity of another human being who is a private citizen. Also, from my understanding of what people have posted, Lawrence went after Selleck for not denouncing the NRA’s used of the president’s children in the ad, not for the Sandy Hook Massacre which is the main point of this whole debate. I think Lawrence should focus on the kids who died last month and the hundreds of people dying each month. Tom Selleck per se isn’t the demon here. Vilifying him doesn’t help the cause, it doesn’t end gun violence, it doesn’t increase the number of republicans voting in favor of stricter gun control. To that point, it only gives repukes a cause cรฉlรจbre for them to wrap the American flag around and say to the American people: ” this is why we can’t work with democrats or the president, this isn’t about those kids at the elementary schools. It’s about fulfilling a liberal wish list to destroy the NRA, a symbol of our second amendment rights. Look at how they attacked a private citizen just because he believes in the second amendment!” And that’s how they would sell it to their membership and the public. The overarching point here isn’t about grinding an axe or sticking it to one cog in a HUGE machine. It’s about building consensus among the rang and file members of the NRA and the broader public so that they can influence their congress critters. You won’t get that with this Republican Party if you are wasting time vilifying Tom Selleck. You’ll only get their backs up and change the conversation from those kids to whatever the republicans can spin this into.

  30. January 17, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Anyone see LOD tonight taking on tom selleck? I don’t think LOD is fond of him and his NRA connection.

    • January 17, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      It was amazing!! I enjoyed it very much.

    • 136 carolyn
      January 17, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      I saw it, it was superb. He basically challenged Selleck either to speak up and condemn the NRA’s despicable ad using the President’s daughters, or we will know he has no humanity. He showed clips of Selleck’s interview on the Rosie O’Donnell show clear back in 1999 when he first became a spokesman for the NRA. Rosie really called him on it, and he said he wasn’t a spokesman. She said, yes, a celebrity who is paid to advertise a company or organization is a spokesman. He really sounded stupid. Now he is on the NRA board, and Lawrence said if he doesn’t condemn that board and ad, then the last line of that 1999 ad will define Selleck. Then he showed the ad, and the last line was “I am the NRA.” Wow, it was a beaut.

      • 137 lisalovesobama
        January 18, 2013 at 12:42 am

        Why is he going after Selleck? Did he make the ad? Write the script? Since when do journalists or whatever Lawrence is, slander private citizens? Do you or Lawrence believe that just because Selleck is a board member of the NRA he controls everything the organization does? Please. ๐Ÿ™„ don’t feed in Lawrence’s self aggrandizing hysteria. It’s utter bullshit.

        • 138 veryslowwriter
          January 18, 2013 at 1:28 am

          Tom Selleck is not a private person. He makes his living off persuading others to want to watch him perform. He is paid most handsomely for this. Publicizing that he makes additional money off lending his name to the NRA — by serving on their board — is a service. Some of us see taking money from the NRA to make it look good is not honorable. We can then decide if we want to help him continue to be famous and therefore valuable to the NRA or we can decide not to watchh his tv shws, movies, etc.

          • 139 lisalovesobama
            January 18, 2013 at 8:39 am

            Again, this isn’t about Tom Selleck, it’s about finding a way in this political climate to get stricter gun control laws, this can only happen if rank and file members focus on the kids at Sqndy Hook, not the distraction of their favorite son being vilified by the ‘crazy left libral media.’ Tom Selleck’s scalp isn’t what I’m after, it’s not going to end gun violence or get those kids back, or my uncle, or other people’s family members. We need gun control laws and we can only get that by bridging the gap and building consensus.

        • 140 utaustinliberal
          January 18, 2013 at 6:49 am

          Tom Selleck is not a private person. He is a public figure whose successes have been gotten because he invites the public to watch his films, buy what he’s selling, support his TV shows, etc. When one is a board member of an organization, one gets to make decisions about what the organization does, one gets paid for being a board member, one gets paid for being the public spokesperson of the organization. Tom Selleck is/does this and many more. He’s also made ads for the NRA so he is no innocent run of the mill private citizen. He and others should be shamed for remaining silent after the Newtown massacre and continuing to support an organization that promotes weapons of mass murder.

          • 141 lisalovesobama
            January 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

            This isn’t about Tom Selleck, it’s about building consensus with gun owners- who tend to be members of the NRA- so that we may get tighter gun laws. This is a long held boogeyman for gun owners : tighter gun control. But if we can get them on our side about universal background checks, etc. we might be able to get this done. I don’t give a crap about Tom Selleck. To me he’s a distraction from the cause which ultimately is tighter gun control laws. And so what if Selleck retires from the NRA? does it make the NRA lobby less powerful in Washington? If that’s Lawrence’s thinking, it’s supremely naive, even for him. The NRA is a well oiled machine with tons of support from idiot republicans and idiot democrats on the Hill. What does stand a chance of working though, is if we can reach out to the responsible members of the NRA. They are republicans, democrats and independents. But most importantly, they are fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents who were no doubt sickened by Newtown. If we can reach out to them–NOT make examples of them– but make them a part of the conversation, then half the battle’s already won. This isn’t about the board at the NRA, it’s about the rank and file members. If they can become a part of the conversation with us, they stand a better chance of making a difference in the organization and therefore, soften up resistance to a bill in congress. That’s how this thing works. Not by personal attacks, but by opening up the channels of communication.

    • 142 lisalovesobama
      January 18, 2013 at 12:47 am

      I hope Selleck sues him for everything he’s worth. Sometimes people go too far.

      • 143 99ts
        January 18, 2013 at 12:58 am

        I disagree lisa – Selleck is on the BOARD – long has it been known – board members ARE responsible for what their organization does – ask the board members of the companies who have gone broke – they get paid the money – they have the responsibility. He also made ads for the NRA – as per the Rosie interview – he is also a movie “hero” – what he says matters. As for suing him – given who he is – that wouldn’t go anywhere.

        When well known people come out on the side of the President – it enforces that viewpoint – when they support the insanity of the NRA – they prefer guns over people. It should be a no brainer for anyone and everyone to condemn an ad that uses the President’s daughters.

        • 144 Chi
          January 18, 2013 at 1:07 am

          Absolutely spot on 99ts…

        • 145 nathkatun7
          January 18, 2013 at 2:08 am


        • 146 utaustinliberal
          January 18, 2013 at 6:39 am

          100% concur.

        • 147 Cos
          January 18, 2013 at 7:36 am


        • 148 lisalovesobama
          January 18, 2013 at 9:36 am

          Again, the issue is tighter gun control laws, not Tom Selleck, not President Obama, and certainly not an idiotic attempt to change the conversation by throwing his girls in the ring. I’m pretty sure he would want our focus to be on the 26 innocent lives that were taken last month and the 900 other lives that were ended in the month since Newton. The NRA used his daughters because it wanted a distraction. It didn’t want to focus on Sandy Hook and the powerful potential that tragedy has on making change so they decided to change the conversation to setting up armed personnel in schools then threw PBO’s daughters into the mix for good measure. That’s it. Plain and simple. That’s the cold and brutal truth. The NRA doesn’t give a crap about the girls, they needed to change to topic and they found the most expedient way to do it. Now, instead of focusing every second of everyday on Sandy Hook Elementary, you’ve got loud mouths like LOD prancing in like Don Quixote on a legless horse going after one or two cogs in a huge machine. Yeah. Good job! That’ll teach the NRA, falling for their trick like that! ๐Ÿ™„ I don’t give a flying spit about Tom Selleck. What I want is a ban on assault weapons, universal background checks and NO bullets that are best used on the battlefields, not in everyday civilian life.

      • 149 anniebella
        January 18, 2013 at 7:26 am

        Yes let us see if the coward have the guts to sue O’Donnell, but he can’t take five minutes to say this is a discussion the country need to have, but dragging the President’s daughters into this discussion is WRONG. Just like what Governor Christie did and as far as I can see the only Republican who have step forward and said so.

        • 150 anniebella
          January 18, 2013 at 7:33 am

          I’m mad about that NRA ad and I don’t give a freaking frat about O’Donnell calling out Tom Selleck or any other famous or non-famous member of the NRA Board. The fact is O’Donnell shouldn’t have had to call any of them out. “Leave the President’s daughters out of it. But then again maybe Selleck have no problem with that NRA ad.

        • 151 lisalovesobama
          January 18, 2013 at 9:43 am

          I would love to see Selleck sue him. You can’t play fast and loose with other people’s reputation by assaulting their character. It’s a disgusting habit we’ve gotten into. If Selleck comes out let him, if he doesn’t, its his prerogative. This is why Lawrence can’t run for office or hold that seat in MA. He comes off as an Alan Grayson wanna be: an overly emotional, short-sighted, grandstanding idiot. This isn’t about Selleck, it’s about consensus building.

          • 152 anniebella
            January 18, 2013 at 10:05 am

            I think Tom Selleck’s reputation is harm more by remaining silent then by anything O’Donnell may have said. Yes you are right this is about tighter gun control laws, then why did Tom Selleck’s NRA drag the Obama girls into it? Agree to disagree on this matter.

            • 153 lisalovesobama
              January 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

              hey, anniebella, this was my response to someone else but it applies here also, so i”m cutting and pasting:

              Again, the issue is tighter gun control laws, not Tom Selleck, not President Obama, and certainly not an idiotic attempt to change the conversation by throwing his girls in the ring. Iโ€™m pretty sure he would want our focus to be on the 26 innocent lives that were taken last month and the 900 other lives that were ended in the month since Newton. The NRA used his daughters because it wanted a distraction. It didnโ€™t want to focus on Sandy Hook and the powerful potential that tragedy has on making change so they decided to change the conversation to setting up armed personnel in schools then threw PBOโ€™s daughters into the mix for good measure. Thatโ€™s it. Plain and simple. Thatโ€™s the cold and brutal truth. The NRA doesnโ€™t give a crap about the girls, they needed to change to topic and they found the most expedient way to do it. Now, instead of focusing every second of everyday on Sandy Hook Elementary, youโ€™ve got loud mouths like LOD prancing in like Don Quixote on a legless horse going after one or two cogs in a huge machine. Yeah. Good job! Thatโ€™ll teach the NRA, falling for their trick like that! I donโ€™t give a flying spit about Tom Selleck. What I want is a ban on assault weapons, universal background checks and NO bullets that are best used on the battlefields, not in everyday civilian life.

  31. 154 Dudette
    January 17, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Okay, Chips, I know you’re sick of the Star Trek stuff, but this is bigger than a TV show. Really. [last one]

  32. 156 Dudette
    January 17, 2013 at 11:52 pm

  33. 158 carolmaewy
    January 18, 2013 at 12:09 am

    A word from the plantation: Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republicansโ€™ former vice-presidential nominee and an influential party voice on fiscal policy, said Thursday that Republicans were considering allowing a short-term extension of the federal debt limit of a month or so to foster more discussion about spending cuts. It’s in the NYT.

    • 159 99ts
      January 18, 2013 at 12:48 am

      There is a reason why the President’s hair has turned grey – it is the never ending desire of the GOP to have a pointless debate every single day. It is not the wars overseas, it is not even the guns at home – it is the relentless bitching and non performing of the GOP in congress. Continual short term changes are pointless – they simply put off until tomorrow what they ALL should be doing today. If ever a group of people need to be sent back to where they come from it is the GOP and their lobbyist friends.

      I can see it now in 2017 – the media talking about how wonderful was the Presidency of PBO. They need to talk about it now. Every sane person needs to call out the GOP and their private stupid “retreat” every single day. The GOP are in retreat – from reality and it is time they stopped.

      Ryan’s lack of basic maths was well called out during the campaign – if he is an “influential voice on fiscal policy” hopefully he will never be in charge of same.

  34. 162 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Black conservatives launch effort to scrap part of Voting Rights Act
    By Paul Harris, The Guardian
    Thursday, January 17, 2013 20:36 EST

    “A group of prominent black conservatives is trying to help scrap a key part of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark civil rights-era legislation that enshrined the right of black Americans to have equal treatment at the ballot box.

    The law was signed in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson in the presence of civil rights leaders like Dr Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, and it represented one of the milestone victories in ending the Jim Crow segregation of the deep south.

    Now, however, a black conservative group called Project 21 has filed a legal brief before the US supreme court in support of a case aimed at overturning key provisions of the act. The bid, on which the supreme court is set to rule this summer, has been brought by the authorities in Shelby County in the southern state of Alabama.

    Project 21โ€ฒs argument focuses on the part of the Voting Rights Act called Section 5, which holds that certain areas of the country with a history of racial discrimination when it comes to voting rights need to get federal approval before changing any of their voting procedures.

    • 163 lisalovesobama
      January 18, 2013 at 12:45 am

      ๐Ÿ™„ as slavery has shown us, people are always willing to sell out their own kind for the right price.

    • 164 nathkatun7
      January 18, 2013 at 2:49 am

      What’s that famous saying: “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” In 1890, when Mississippi embarked on disenfranchising African American voters they enlisted the support of a Black Conservative, Isaiah Montgomery.They needed Black support so as not to appear to be in violation of the 15th Amendment. Montgomery supported the Mississippi Plan which introduced new requirements for voting such as: 1. Poll-tax/property requirement; 2. Literacy/understanding requirement; and 3. barring from voting people convicted of any crime, including petty crimes. Montgomery expected/believed that the new requirements would be applied equally. With Montgomery’s support, White Mississippians were able to sell their scheme as being color blind. Sadly, to Montgomery surprise, the requirements were exclusively applied to African Americans. The most obnoxious requirement was the Literacy test. No matter how educated an African American was, he was routinely disqualified by white registrars (some of them illiterate themselves) who claimed that he had failed the literacy test.

      It’s really mind boggling that in the 21st century, “prominent black conservatives” are poised to repeat the 1890 colossal mistake of Isaiah Montgomery. I hope the vast majority of the people in the African American community will rise up to challenge these sell-outs. I hope we in the AA community will commit ourselves to “never again” allow what happened to us during the Jim Crow period happen to us again.

  35. 166 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 12:26 am

    • 167 Dudette
      January 18, 2013 at 12:38 am

      Hey did you guys know there’s a friggin’ Congressional Wine Caucus and it have more than 215 members? Seriously. I kid you not!!

      It’s not on wikipedia’s list of caucuses: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caucuses_of_the_United_States_Congress

      But it’s on Rep Mike Thompson (D-CA)’s website
      “Thompson is the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Wine Caucus, which consists of over 215 U.S. Senators and House members. He is also a member and former co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. He is also a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, which is composed of moderate Democrats committed to bipartisan problem solving.”

      News article about it and Rep Thompson

      Well, now we know which Dems, if any, Boehner might actually talk to.

      • 168 99ts
        January 18, 2013 at 1:12 am

        I guess they have “tastings” which may be why there are so many members in that wine caucus. It seems more and more – Congress is the Washington social set – not much to do with representation and legislation – sad.

      • 169 Bill
        January 18, 2013 at 6:41 am

        Rep. Thompson owns a vineyard and represents Napa. Wine producing is a significant business in many rural districts around the country.

  36. 171 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 1:01 am

    A few birthday party tidbits

    A very private three-hour party with friends…
    President Obama escorted First Lady Michelle Obama to Georgetown’s Cafe Milano on Thursday evening for a dinner party to celebrate her 49th birthday. They arrived by motorcade at the upscale eatery at 6:58 PM, and were joined for the fete by friends, according to the White House. As something of a pre-party for the inaugural festivities, the birthday feast of Northern and Southern Italian cuisine at what’s considered a watering hole for DC’s smart set lasted about three hours. (Above: An official White House photo of Mrs. Obama, taken today; pool did not spot the First Couple this evening)

    The First Couple and their party lingered in an upstairs dining room until they departed at 10:05 PM.
    In a change for Mrs. Obama, who champions seasonal, locally grown food, Cafe Milano imports many of its items from Italy, for an “authentic” menu that’s been critically praised. The restaurant was perhaps a nostalgic selection: The Obamas have a fondness for Italian, with a favorite date night in their hometown of Chicago–where Mrs. Obama was born in 1964–being at Spiaggia restaurant. They’ve previously dined Italian in DC, too, visiting Ristorante Tosca in 2011.

    The visit to the Cafe, which features Italian subway maps and fresoes on the walls, was the Obamas’ first as a couple, and the First Lady’s fifth birthday dinner since her husband was first elected to the presidency. As she marked her 49th today, the First Lady unveiled both a chic new hairstyle, complete with youthful bangs, and a new Twitter account.

    In a contemporary move, the new ‘do was revealed with the photo at the top of this post released on Twitter; Mrs. Obama was at a White House meet & greet with David Hall, an activist for LGBT military rights who was selected as one of eight “Inaugural Citizen Co-Chairs.” As is standard policy, the First Lady’s birthday dinner was not listed on the President’s daily schedule, and aides offered the least possible details about the evening: “The President and the First Lady are having dinner with friends at Cafe Milano to celebrate Mrs. Obama’s birthday,” a White House official said.

    Owner Franco Nuschese’s menu features antipasti, artisan pizza, house-made pastas and risottos, and roasted meats and fish, with appetizers ranging from $13-$23 and entrees from $16-$46. A spokesman declined to comment on the presidential party. The full menu is here. [http://www.cafemilano.net/]

    [Hmmm, a little intrigue…]

    While the First Couple celebrated, the press pool was held far, far away from the action, “in a restaurant around the corner for the duration,” noted the scribe on duty. Pool did not see the Obamas either enter or leave Cafe Milano, nor was there any sighting of the President and Mrs. Obama as the motorcade departed or arrived back at the White House at 10:14 PM: “once again no sight of the first couple,” pool noted.

  37. 172 Dudette
    January 18, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Some pretty music…

  38. 183 vcprezofan2
    January 18, 2013 at 1:45 am

    /dragging my feet, really, really slowly/
    I haven’t the least clue what has been happening today, and no time to find out. I signed in to Rise and Shine a wee bit earlier today, then the mechanic called that the parts for my vehicle had arrived and could I bring the car in. I paused my laptop, went to deal with that, …and don’t ask me where the rest of the day went, but I just finished packing. If those airport folks ever tell me my suitcase if overweight , I’m going to…… ..pay the excess weight. It’s 1:45am, and the airport taxi is slated to arrive at 5:30am. As soon as I pack my purse, I’m going to get some sleep – I hope.

    SO, if anything I really SHOULD KNOW happened today, tell me tomorrow, please. G’Night TODobots.

    • January 18, 2013 at 3:26 am

      Don’t feel bad VC. I just feasted on all of the goodies that ‘The Fabulous One’ posted today. Fell asleep way too early and missed Scandal :(. Now I’m the only fool awake and on ceiling duty. My house is super quiet, so I had the luxury to engage in some peaceful reading. Yippppppeeeee! I’m all caught up. Unfortunately, I’ll pay for this when my alarm chimes in approximately two and a half….but it was sooooo worth it.

      Chips you rock! All day, every day.

  39. 185 Jennifer (from SM)
    January 18, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Hey, just got this from Jim Messina at “Organizing for Action.” Very excited to see what happens next:
    “Since you went above and beyond to support the campaign, I wanted you to be the first to know: Today, we’re launching Organizing for Action, the next phase of this movement.

    It will be a supporter-driven organization, as we’ve always been, staying true to our core principles: “respect, empower, include.” We’ll work on the key battles of our generation, train the next generation of grassroots organizers and leaders, and organize around local issues in our own communities. We’ll continue to support the President in creating jobs and growing the economy from the middle out, and in fighting for issues like immigration reform, climate change, balanced deficit reduction, and reducing gun violence.

    We have a remarkable opportunity right now to change our country, and if we can take the enthusiasm and passion that people showed throughout the campaign and channel it into the work ahead of us, we will be unstoppable.

    As the chair of Organizing for Action, I will be deeply involved in this new organization, but it will be supporters like you who will determine where it goes. I have no doubt we can take this grassroots movement to new and extraordinary heights.

    I’m excited for this next step — and I’m glad to have you with us.

    Stay tuned,


    Jim Messina
    Organizing for Action”

  40. 186 CEB
    January 18, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Good morning everyone until the official “Rise and Shine.” Life is good; I have finished and posted all of the grades for my 7, yes 7, classe; the beginning stages of the stomach virus that I contracted has begun to abate a bit; I am skipping Teacher’s planning day to stay at home in my pajamas to read and to visit TOD throughout the day, and best of all, my president and yours, the Honorable Barack Hussein Obama, will be inaugurated for a 2nd term as our POTUS! See you on the flip side.

  41. January 18, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Too many dummies—–MJ just aired Jimmy Kimmel’s man on the street segment where they asked people what they thought of the inauguration last night. People would say they liked it, it was from the heart etc., some would say they didn’t like it at all, some went on at great length and in great detail about the imaginary inauguration last night. Oy.

  42. 189 dotster3
    January 18, 2013 at 7:34 am

    MSNBC decided the public needed more of S.E. Cupp?—-that the 1 hr. in the afternoon wasn’t torturous enough? I’m surprised that she’s up at this early hour, thought she’d still be cuddled in bed with her beloved guns.

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  44. 191 utaustinliberal
    January 18, 2013 at 7:43 am


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