Chat Away

Time to dust down that Chuck Todd pic again, and the caption:

That ‘I’m trying really, really, really hard to take you seriously, you dick, but you are not making it easy’ face

Chat away, back in a while.

161 Responses to “Chat Away”

  1. 2 Proud Former White House Intern
    January 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm


  2. 3 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

  3. 4 Sweet peg
    January 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Chuckle is a joke

    • 5 Bill
      January 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      I do not understand what NBC / MSNBC thinks he adds to their coverage.

      • 6 hopefruit2
        January 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm

        He helps to push their anti-Obama, pro-Republican propaganda, while benefiting from the ratings that mostly Obama supporters bring to the network. These networks are not concerned about informing the public accurately, they’re concerned about ratings and serving their corporate masters.

  4. January 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Chuck “Enthusiasm Gap” Todd.

  5. January 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm

  6. 10 mtmarilyn
    January 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. Am only now catching up on the Todd Husted mess. Would be nice if this brings down Todd, but I think he is to close to the top at MSNBC.

  7. 12 GGail
    January 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks and TOD family.

    Poor (stupid) Chuckie. If he wants to hide, I can recommend some places in our Mojave Desert out here where there is no Twitter signal 😀

  8. 13 carolmaewy
    January 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Congrats africatimes2!

  9. 18 Sweet peg
    January 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Bad typing this morning. Chuckie is a joke and a chuckle. Congrats africatimes2 on being first.

  10. January 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  11. January 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    thanks to all that have been climbing on Chuck Toad.

  12. January 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm

  13. 22 lovingandlaughing
    January 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Wow Chips…perfect pic! I am quite happy chuck Todd has found himself to be in such a mess! Maybe this will actually help to bring more light to what Republicans are trying to do with redistricting and electoral college votes and such!

  14. 23 carolmaewy
    January 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Can Jay and PBO ignore him when he asks questions? Wouldn’t that be funny?

  15. 40 Tanya R White-Anderson
    January 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Why can’t people except reality and let the man do his job!

  16. 41 msskwesq
    January 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Chuck Todd MUST be fired from NBC if this tweet is true. He has crossed the line of being a credible journalist. He is a sham, a charlatan, a traitor to good journalists. I will not ever believe a word he says again. While they are at it the need to fire David Gregory too.

    • 42 Nena20409
      January 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      They didn’t fire David Gregory for attending Rightwing symposium…..so Chuck Todd speaking with the sos in OH……will not cost him his job.

      Joe Scarborough campaigned for GW Bush….nothing. Gave money, nothing. But Keith Olberman gave 2 2K to two reps and was side-lined until many called and his “sentence” was commuted to 2 days suspension. It was later that Scarborough was reprimanded for 2 days…with many proven facts by outside groups. NOTE: Scarborough has done many things and he has gotten a $6M a yr contract.

  17. 43 Nena20409
    January 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Chuck Todd worked for a right wing rag….Roll Call or whatever for many years. Chuck Todd was a frequent guest on C-SPAN for many years….along with Vern Vernaugh(sp)…..they were the IT group for so many years before the late Tim Russert brought him over to NBC/MSNBC.

    Chuck started all by his lonesome…..using his Show to pound on Dems about Diversity….starting a few days before the Dem Convention in Charlotte, NC and he continued until that became mainstreamed all over the media. Then the Ann Lowery thing….Chuck went on and on and brought that to NBC Nightly news….stating….his opinions….instead of facts, Content and with context…..that pres Obama brought Up and made a huge deal about Binders Full of Women and now, it was on this president……that is NOT reporting Folks….those were opinions…. unchallenged and abetted.

    Chuck Todd, DGregory, AMitchell, and their ilk are what are problematic in the so called Hacks…..passing as Journalists.

  18. 44 carolmaewy
    January 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Think I’ll go to TOD twits FB page and post everybody’s tweet that were on the post in previous page. Sorry, but I don’t Evan know the Lange of blogs. Feel a little old. I love my iPad, but I miss window 98. I had fun with that. Now I’m more informed and getting depressed. I need the fighting spirit I get from TODville.

  19. January 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm

  20. 48 Nena20409
    January 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    So from 5:30 AM ET…..to 9:00 AM ET……MSNBC….M-F is 4 and 1/2 hrs devoted to RWNJ punditry. Then on CNBC…..24/7 RWNJ punditry…..Hmmm?

    Followed with AMitchell, Jennsen and Concludes wit MTP where The week begins all over with RWNJ talking points? TBGOPers ideas are failing, yet the Media keeps doubling down on their talking points? Hmmm?

  21. January 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm

  22. 51 Pamela
    January 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    G’day y’all! 🙂

  23. 52 utaustinliberal
    January 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Hahahahahaha good one Chips. Proving once again that a picture is worth a thousand words.

  24. 53 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Why did he delete them? What an arse!

  25. 55 Betsy
    January 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Have I mentioned lately how much I love this blog? 😀

    • 56 jacquelineoboomer
      January 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Keep mentioning that, please, for the rest of us who keep forgetting to mention we agree with you! 🙂

  26. 57 Janelle
    January 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I always find it interesting when I see folks from The Cycle, Chris Hayes, etc. all coming onto Rev. Al’s show to promote their shows. Sounds like Phil Griffin wants an even spread of the ratings. I’m glad that a lot more folks are more aware of what games these corporate folks are playing. Say you like Rev. Al or Martin Bashir, then you’ll get a frequent rotation of Ed Rendell or Kornacki on to muddy the waters as an analyst. Andrea Mitchell just seems to plain hate PBO and is still seething from his winning over Hillary. The only person in the administration she speaks well of is Hillary Clinton—-as if the President has no brains at all and she is not carrying out his instructions. Morning Joe is 3 full hours of RW anger and male dominance—Mika is a prop and hardly says a word but makes facial expressions. Ed Shultz will at times see his ratings slip and do a bait and switch—one minute PBO is spoken of as having no backbone, the next moment he’s a genius. Rachel just likes to hear herself whine and talk. She does not have a monopoly on wisdom and is currently in a media bubble. After she signed that contract for millions with MSNBC recently, she became as Randi Rhodes has said, “a company girl”. MSNBC is actually a greater threat than FOX because it is trying to be very sneaky with their subtle twisting of words and aims to break PBO’s coalition by sewing seeds of doubt every day. I’m so glad that more people are aware of this network.

    I for one think the corporate masters are more afraid of a Biden presidency than a H. Clinton one. Media consolidation was done under a Clinton. I think a Hillary presidency would be historic, she’s tough and smart, and I think she could more than do the job, but once the dust settles, I still feel that the people the Clintons surround themselves with do not sit well with me at all. If people think PBO’s compromises are bad (which they’ve been very good and skillful), just wait to they see a Clinton compromise. I still like Hillary, but I want Biden in the end.

    • 58 Bill
      January 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Well said, Janelle.

    • January 27, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      I for one think the corporate masters are more afraid of a Biden presidency than a H. Clinton one. Media consolidation was done under a Clinton. I think a Hillary presidency would be historic, she’s tough and smart, and I think she could more than do the job, but once the dust settles, I still feel that the people the Clintons surround themselves with do not sit well with me at all.


      10x this

      it’s not just the Clintons, but the people around them that always give me pause.

    • January 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      I was with you until you criticized Rachel Maddow. Not sure how you see that she is a “company girl”. She’s great at exposing RW shenanigans and pushing against RW propaganda. And her show is holding its own in the rating war with Faux Noise. Bashir, Sharpton, Maddow and O’Donnell are my favorite on MSNBC.

  27. January 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm

  28. 67 dotster3
    January 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Anyone know where the Obama motorcade is heading?

  29. 74 JER
    January 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    • 75 jacquelineoboomer
      January 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Life is good with President Obama in the White House!

    • 76 theo67
      January 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      What I like about this story is that it means that President Obama and First Lady Michelle may one day be able to walk “normally” down a street and have some semblance of a regular life. This put a smile on my face.

      • 77 pkayden
        January 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm

        You mean after he leaves the White House? Doubt it. There are too many people who hate him and would take him out. Hope he is protected for the rest of his life. Love him and his family and wouldn’t want any harm from racists/bigots/crazy people towards them.

        • 78 theo67
          January 27, 2013 at 3:41 pm

          Oh – he’ll be protected by Secret Service, but eventually, he’ll be able to walk down a street. It would be unbearable to think otherwise. It may take 20 years, but he’ll be able to do it one day. I know the hate is dialled all the way up to 10 from the rabid right wing, but they dialled it up to at least 7 with Clinton. I still feel hopeful – it may be naive, but I hope it happens.

          • 79 idon
            January 27, 2013 at 5:59 pm

            I believe I read an article recently that Presidents have been returned to lifetime protection, which means PBO will never ever be without protection. Never!

            • 80 theo67
              January 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm

              Yes, that happened a couple of weeks ago. And I breathed a sigh of relief when I heard that. I still hope that he’ll be able to walk down a street one day. Fully protected, but still in the world.

  30. January 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Dumb America by Garry Wills

    “Tradition dies hard, hardest among those who cannot admit to the toll it has taken on them. That is why the worst aspects of the South are resurfacing under Obama’s presidency. It is the dignity. That a black should have not merely rights but prominence, authority, and even awe—that is what many Southerners cannot stomach. They would let him ride on the bus, or get into Ivy League schools. But he must be kept from the altar; he cannot perform the secular equivalent of taking the Lord in his hands. It is the dignity.”


    • 82 jacquelineoboomer
      January 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Sad, but still true. And “Dumb” doesn’t quite catch it.

    • 84 pkayden
      January 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      They’re going to have to get used to minorities on the rise in this country — also possibly a woman President in 2016. Poor things! LOL.

      • 86 jackiegrumbacher
        January 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm

        pkaydenn–there’s a lot of ugly and it happens in areas outside the south whenever you get too far away from an urban area. On the positive side, you have changing attitudes among many young people, populations in urban areas beginning to have state-wide electoral influence and some positive changes in place like Virginia, Florida, Georgia, North Caroline and, maybe, someday Texas. The crazies never go out without a fight as witnessed the extreme measures the NRA is taking, but eventually, the demographics will, as you, crush them as will the reality of climate change and extreme poverty.

    • 87 nathkatun7
      January 27, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      I wish Mr Willis had been more specific by focusing on the White South. Although he included Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright in the list of Southern authors, he completely ignored the views and sensibilities of African Americans who make up between 1/3 and 1/4 of the Southern population.

  31. January 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    And another ridiculous bill:

    • 90 jacquelineoboomer
      January 27, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      What’s next?

    • 91 pkayden
      January 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Latino outreach is going well for the Rethugs, huh?

    • 93 Anna
      January 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Where have you been AZ? Worked in hospitals in IL for 20 plus years, if you did not have insurance, research done on how bill was going to be paid and in doing that if one was an illegal immigrant did not take long to identify same. If identified as illegal, immigration services notified, did not take a law to do this. I did not work in some large hospital, initially a small ‘country’ hospital. Someone looking for attention in AZ?

    • 95 desertflower
      January 27, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Mr Smith is the latest incarnation of batshit crazy in AZ. He also wants high school students to pledge alliegience to God in order to be able to graduate. Fucking lunatic.

    • 97 Virginia
      January 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Screen them, then what? Report them, refuse to treat them? What? Are we going to make Every institution in the country an arm of the police force? What are we becoming? A [police state?

      I just heard earlier this week one right wing clown has introduced legislation to require that welfare recipients and the unemployed be drug tested before being given assistance. Not only is this expensive and will yield VERY little abuse, people Pay into unemployment insurance.

      Another wing nut this week introduced legislation to keep welfare recipients from purchasing Lottery Tickets. Nevermind that the money is going back to the state, and in most states is used for education. But where do these people draw the line at interfering in people’s lives? What are they going to do, as everybody who purchases a lottery ticket to Prove they’re not on Welfare???

      Why do these people even Care what’s going on in other people’s houses AND in their bedrooms????????

      • January 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm

        Same folks who cry big government!!

      • 99 kathryn kivett
        January 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm

        that would be my beautiful (use to be Blue) NC…..one of the lowest per student funded states with highest unemployment rates…. but by, george, let’s take that $5 lottery money away from those students so that when they graduate, if they do, they really can’t get a job….and I’m quite sure that tons of companies will want to bring business to NC seeing as what kind of idiots are running it…and thank you for letting me vent!

      • 100 Anna
        January 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm

        I say we do random drug and alcohol screening on all members of the congress, just like teachers, workers, etc. are……..

  32. January 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Bob Cesca:
    Quote of the Morning

    Florida Republican House speaker Will Weatherford on the RNC’s plan to distribute electoral votes based on congressional districts:

    “To me, that’s like saying in a football game, ‘We should have only three quarters, because we were winning after three quarters and they beat us in the fourth.’ I don’t think we need to change the rules of the game, I think we need to get better.”

    Of course. But that’s not what the RNC under Reince Priebus is interested in doing. It’s easier to simply cheat than to actually compete on ideas.


  33. 102 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I saw some sad news on Twitter that a Secret Service dog that was with VP Biden’s detail yesterday, fell to it’s death from a parking lot in New Orleans. Condolences to all who loved, knew and worked with this faithful public servant. 😦

  34. January 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm

  35. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    January 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Thought I’d invite Chuckie to TOD for some “investigative journalism” (#WhatAJoke):

    • 112 pkayden
      January 27, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      I’m still appalled. The man’s bias is so transparent. So he’s okay with voter suppression or changing voting laws to favor Republicans? WOW.

      • 113 theo67
        January 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm

        It makes you wonder just what kind of world they’re prepared to leave for their own children. One in which some people are afforded rights, while others are denied rights – all on the basis of color or wealth? It’s really disgusting.

        • 114 4morefor44
          January 27, 2013 at 4:28 pm

          that’s the deal they make, though. they get millions of dollars to promote republican “trickle-down” thinking on the voters. they and thereby their children enter the world of the multi-millionaire, and as long as they aren’t incredibly irresponsible with their money, the kids will begin their adult lives as part of the 1%, and have all the access and connections that come with that. mission accomplished, for chuck fraud.

          • January 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm

            Ask anyone who has ever lived in a “third world country” whether having such economic disparity is actually healthy or sustainable. This world they are creating will crumble in on itself. That’s guaranteed, unless the middle class can set it right.

      • 116 jacquelineoboomer
        January 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

        Brian Williams won’t even answer a question on David Letterman’s show, if he has to take a political viewpoint. He really needs to be chatting with Phil Griffin behind the scenes, to call out that idiot Todd.

  36. 117 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2013 at 3:04 pm

  37. January 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

  38. 121 forus50
    January 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    • 122 pkayden
      January 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Please ask him what “redistricting reform” he was speaking with the Ohio Secretary of State about? Is it the kind that was just rejected by voted last November? Does it negatively impact minority voters?

    • 123 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      EXCELLENT! Clap clap clap clap clap! RT’d & Fav’d 🙂

    • 125 4morefor44
      January 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      when the “someone” is a proven dishonest operative such as husted, then yes, we all should assume shenanigans. in fact, shenanigans is why the big money paid for his campaign and why they put him in that office. same for scott waker in wisconsin and all the other teabaggers.

  39. January 27, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Good afternoon, Obots!

    Wifey is doing much better today. So our Super Bowl party is still on for next weekend! Yay!

    Now, on to other things.

    Chuckles lost it on Twitter? And deleted his tweets? ROFL!! So sorry I missed it. Have too much to catch up on today to attend to the Twitterbox, so I’ll get my news from here. If this country is to be saved from its corrupt “news” media, it’ll be due to the efforts of folks like us on Twitter calling them out. They no longer are the gatekeepers.

  40. 133 hopefruit2
    January 27, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    • 134 jackiegrumbacher
      January 27, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      HF, when “nothing wrong” is defined by Husted, you know it’s evil being discussed. That this guy would expect anyone to swallow his judgment of what’s right or wrong, is just plain funny.

    • 135 kasai
      January 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      LOL! So now JonHusted…goes from “Agreeing” to “remarks”

  41. January 27, 2013 at 3:58 pm

  42. 138 Bill
    January 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Tiger has a 6 stroke lead at Torrey Pines.

    • 139 Nena20409
      January 27, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Go, Tiger, Go, Go!

      Go, Woods, Go, Tiger, Goooooooooooooooooooo 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • 140 dotster3
        January 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm

        See he has a new blondie gal friend, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.

        • 141 Bill
          January 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm

          There is also another rumor that over Christmas he offered his former wife $200 million to remarry him.

        • 142 Nena20409
          January 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm

          Nothing to do with any Blonde. Tiger Woods needs to Focus and forgive himself. Once that is done…..there is no stopping him again. he needs his EYE of the TIGER back…and watch out world….Tiger Rules again.

  43. 143 susanne
    January 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    dear toad
    fortunately, we have a myriad of news sources, which is why we don’t believe you about the innocence of a ‘redistricting reform’ conversation with rethugs. here’s an example from bloomberg news:

    ‘Now, Republican state legislators in as many as a half- dozen states where they control the governmental machinery even though their state was carried by the Democratic candidate in the past couple presidential elections, want to change the system and tilt it decidedly in their party’s favor. They would do this by scrapping the winner-take-all rule and awarding electors by congressional districts.
    That’s not a frivolous alarm. Republican legislators, with tacit support from their governors, in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin are advocating this. The party’s national chairman, Reince Priebus, is keeping a low profile and signaling encouragement.

    To gauge the potential effect, consider what would have happened if these states, along with Virginia, Florida and Ohio, where Republicans also control the state houses, had forced this through in the most recent presidential election. Obama carried all these states, sweeping 106 electoral votes. But Romney won two-thirds of the congressional districts; if all else were equal, the Republican would have carried the Electoral College, becoming the first president who was trounced in the popular vote. ‘


  44. 144 LunarSea
    January 27, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Afternoon all. Good to see everyone on ole Chickie’s case and not letting up. Unfortunately bringing in more firewood before the sun leaves for the day. Will hop on twitter later.

    Meanwhile thought I’d share some nice inauguration stuff from newsone.com

    Behind The Scenes At The Inauguration [MINI MOVIE]

    “Let me say this: Folks turned up to be a part of the 2nd inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama with hope in their hearts and a dream in their eyes. America was alive that day in Washington, what makes us great pulsed through the men & women, boys & girls, young & old who had to be exactly where they were in that moment. Exactly where he was.” -Smokey D. Fontaine (scroll down for video)

  45. 146 susanne
    January 27, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    p.s. to toad
    here’s another example, where an article in the new yorker quotes sam wang of the princeton election consortium, who demonstrates, with statistics (that’s numbers and math) that the rethugs already stole congressional seats through gerrymandering (aka ‘redistricting reform’):

    ‘ According to Wang’s math, twenty-six seats out of the thirty-three-seat Republican advantage in the House can be attributed to gerrymandering in states with legislatures controlled by Republicans. He estimates that, in 2012, the number of American voters disenfranchised by this mapmaking—that is, the number of voters whose ballots were effectively rendered meaningless by various forms of stuffing Republican majorities into safe districts—was in the neighborhood of four million. ‘

    Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/01/ending-gerrymandering-and-building-a-better-democracy.html#ixzz2JDH7L3fc

  46. 147 LunarSea
    January 27, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    More from newsone.com

    Inauguration Rewind: Testimony, Cheers, And Inspiration [VIDEO]
    “In all my life, I’ve never experienced seeing so many people emotionally and ideologically synchronized: When it was time for prayer, I looked around me only to see thousands of heads bowed. When it was time to be jubilant, the crowd roared in unison for the spectacle they beheld.

    And the smiles.

    With this being my final log in my inaugural journey, I share with you a montage of indelible moments, interviews, speeches, and performances that I will cherish always. Enjoy!” -Abena Agyeman-Fisher

    More at Newsone.com inauguration 2013 page http://newsone.com/category/inauguration-2013/

    Back out with me. Catch you all l8r

  47. 148 Nena20409
    January 27, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Why is it that Dems are not making a whole lot of Noise where equitable congressional representation is challenged…..discussed and mainstreamed?

    Since the 1920s……this nation stopped allocating representation through population increase of 300K. In the 1920s…the USA had about 120-135M people. In 2013….we have 315.1M.

    States like VT, MT, ID, ND, SD, NE, etc are overly represented. But States like NY, IL, PA, CA, FL, TX, OH, etc are severely under-represented. This type of shortage…..emboldens the TBGOPers to keep using Gerrymandering to retain power. By just using 500K or less…..the House of rep should increase up to 200 more. To a total of 635. UK has just 60M people with 640 plus representing them. The TBGOPers would never bring this up for the Dems have more people who are in need of representation.

    So those who tweet…ask Chuck Todd to devote hours on his show….being folks like Sam Wang and Political Scientists to seriously have a transparent discussion where all are aired…..Not secretive selective partisan discussions with his buddy in OH.

  48. January 27, 2013 at 4:38 pm

  49. 152 kasai
    January 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Good Day Tod’sVille…

    I am so angry at this lying sack Chuck Todd…I will not rest until he comes clean…shows the list of all SOS attending this private meeting.
    He must be removed from MSNBC period…I’ve written the network….and twitted Rachel Maddow to have him explain his “Agreement” on her show.
    He should just join Fox News and be candid how he really feels about PBO…I’ve had enough!

    • 153 hopefruit2
      January 27, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      If Chuck Todd has the backing and support of Chris Matthews and Phil Griffin (which I think he does), then it’s unlikely that Maddow will even touch this.

      I think Chuck Todd himself might try to save face by having a segment on his own show where he gives an “explanation” with no one present to refute him or make any demands such as the provision of a list of all in attendance along with a link to the un-redacted transcripts of the meeting. MSNBC doesn’t plan to get rid of their “golden boy” any time soon. In fact they probably know about this little meeting and are just fine with it.

    • 154 carolmaewy
      January 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Why does anyone care what Matthews think? He’s as nutty as a fruitcake these days.

  50. 155 kasai
    January 27, 2013 at 4:58 pm

  51. January 27, 2013 at 5:31 pm

  52. 158 desertflower
    January 27, 2013 at 5:33 pm


    David Axelrod ‏@davidaxelrod
    It’s really dangerous when secret donors spend millions to try and influence the selection of the U.S. Sec. of Defense! http://nyti.ms/XIGGCZ
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin
    Expand Reply Retweet Favorite More

    This is frightening. WTF was SCOTUS “thinking” ???

  53. 159 utaustinliberal
    January 27, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    So freaking true.

  54. 160 sonjiaduncan
    January 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Just a couple of days before the inaugural festivities, The New York Times published some superb investigative reporting by the team of Eric Lipton and Kevin Sack, and their revelations were hard to forget, even at a time of celebration.

    The story told us of a pharmaceutical giant called Amgen and three senators so close to it they might be entries on its balance sheet: Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Senator Max Baucus, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and that powerful committee’s ranking Republican, Orrin Hatch. A trio of perpetrators who treat the United States Treasury as if it were a cash-and-carry annex of corporate America.

    The Times story described how Amgen got a huge hidden gift from unnamed members of Congress and their staffers. They slipped an eleventh hour loophole into the New Year’s Eve deal that kept the government from going over the fiscal cliff. When the sun rose in the morning, there it was, a richly embroidered loophole for Amgen that will cost taxpayers a cool half a billion dollars.


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