“Too many children are dying, we must do something …. the time is now”




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265 Responses to ““Too many children are dying, we must do something …. the time is now””

  1. January 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Gabby Giffords is the courageous one in all this are the parents of those brutally slaughtered 20 children and 6 adults.

    • 2 anniebella
      January 30, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Kari Hope, You are so right about that, the cowards are those politicians who are in the hip pocket of the NRA and they refuse to do anything. I saw a Mother on the news the other night who had just lost her fourth child to gun violence.

  2. 4 squarepeg
    January 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

    • 5 dotster3
      January 30, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Used his time to shamefully do the NRA’s bidding and to demonize President Obama. Revolting.

      • 6 jackiegrumbacher
        January 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm

        Grassley might as well wear a jacket with the words NRA at the back to clarify who owns him. His crass hatred of the president borders on psychotic. If a just world, he would be shunned by decent Senators, if there are any left.

    • 7 anniebella
      January 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

      When is Chuck Grassley going to realize it’s time for him to retire, a old racists jackass.

  3. 9 Cheryllou
    January 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Congrats on being first Kari Hope. Grassley is blaming Pres. Obama now than gun lobby.

  4. 10 Linda
    January 30, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Senator Ghastley is reading from the script the NRA provided for him.

  5. January 30, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Gabby you tell them, Grassley shut up your voice is irritating now is the time to press the MUTE button

  6. 13 Bill
    January 30, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Grassley is an even bigger A-hole than I realized.

    • 14 yardarm756
      January 30, 2013 at 10:38 am

      G’day Bill and ahoy mates. Just awoke in time to see the Iowa turd stink up the place. Sheesh what a reveille. He should be primaried.

  7. January 30, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Grassley: founding Fathers, Blame Obama, bill of rights, blame Obama, Second Amendment, blame Obama, a Tyrant, blame Obama, trampled on our rights, blame Obama…
    He has blamed everything on The President except the shootings. This is the NRA talking…

  8. January 30, 2013 at 10:35 am

  9. 17 utaustinliberal
    January 30, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Gabby Giffords is amazing. Chuck Grassley is insane.

  10. January 30, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Of course Chuckie blame Obama when the real problem is infront of you. The NRA President, he is the one you should be giving the fingers to but then again in the Repubs world all is wrong with the world because that Kenyan is the POTUS

  11. January 30, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Leahy is not on his game, he sounds sick and out of it.
    Just saying!

  12. January 30, 2013 at 10:36 am

    OMG Gabby brings me to tears!

  13. 23 sherijr
    January 30, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Mark Kelly speaking now.. Grassley is a fool.

  14. January 30, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Interesting…Mark Kelly “pro-gun ownership and anti-gun violence”

  15. 25 utaustinliberal
    January 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Fantastic testimony/opening statement by Mark Kelly.

  16. 26 CindyH
    January 30, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Once again – thank God for TOD – I can’t watch the hearings as I’m at work (on my birthday – bummer), but so glad I can follow what’s happening here!

  17. 36 Allison
    January 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

    • 37 jacquelineoboomer
      January 30, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Obviously, not living there, I have no dog in that hunt … but I’m kinda glad Gov. Patrick made his choice – not Barney Frank’s choice. I like Barney, but I don’t think it was classy the way he handled his wish to be the interim senator.

  18. January 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

    This is a Straw Man, something the GOP ate masters at–/

    McConnell tells Dems to stop funding ‘pig manure’ research

    By Ramsey Cox
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) begged Democrats on Wednesday to cut “waste” from the budget, using the example of pig-manure research.

    “I mean, why is the federal government funding Chinese studies on pig manure? Are Democrats prepared to cut this kind of waste?” McConnell asked on the Senate floor Wednesday. “Because if they’re not — if they demand a 1-to-1 ratio between tax increases and pig manure cuts — then there’s really no hope of ever putting our country back on a path to prosperity.”


    • 39 57andfemale
      January 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Because pig manure is a major source of pollution, McTurtle.

    • January 30, 2013 at 11:37 am

      The Republicans are such con artists. Why not cut the defense food contract? They double billed and over billed to the tune of $750,000,000. What happened when it was discovered? They extended the contract.

  19. 41 mtmarilyn
    January 30, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD family. I had to mute the tv when Grassley was speaking, what an ass he is.

  20. January 30, 2013 at 10:56 am

  21. 43 0388jojothecat
    January 30, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Senator Grassley should wear his NRA A+ t-shirt.

    Their was some A-hole on CNN saying Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly should not be their because it would bring “emotions” into the hearings. This whole issue is “emotional” on both sides. This woman Gayle Trotter Independent Women’s Forum is advocating for more guns? No one is advocating taking guns away from women or men who have guns in the home for protection. This is bull shit. This woman she is speaking of did not have an AK 15 and multiple rounds.

  22. January 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

  23. 45 amk for obama
    January 30, 2013 at 11:04 am

  24. 47 dotster3
    January 30, 2013 at 11:08 am

  25. January 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

    • 51 daisydem
      January 30, 2013 at 11:20 am

      She is so beautiful … outside and inside. What a lady. Her husband is so devoted, protective, and supportive. I wish I could hug them both right now.

  26. 52 JER
    January 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

    A 15-year-old girl who performed at President Obama’s inauguration last week was shot dead Tuesday while hanging out with friends in bullet-scarred Chicago. Hadiya Pendleton was standing under a canopy… when a gunman jumped a fence, opened fire and fled in a car… Pendleton was shot in the back and died at the hospital, and a 16-year-old boy was wounded…

    Police said Pendleton was probably not the intended target … Pendleton had traveled to Washington to perform with the marching band at inaugural events… The shooting happened in an upscale neighborhood where residents were shocked. Pendleton’s murder was one of three shooting deaths in the city on Tuesday. More than 40 people have been shot dead in Chicago since the beginning of the year, and the city leads the nation in guns seized by police. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/30/16771949-girl-who-performed-at-obamas-inauguration-shot-dead-in-chicago?lite

  27. 56 utaustinliberal
    January 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

  28. 91 Allison
    January 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

  29. 93 0388jojothecat
    January 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I had to turn off peppy lapew while he was testifying. I can’t stand to see or hear that evil man.

  30. 94 utaustinliberal
    January 30, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Gayle Trotter says that AR-15’s are women’s weapons of choice. Damn…cocaine is one hell of a drug.

    • 95 Japa21
      January 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

      That’s because they fit into their purses so easily. Come to think of it, knowing the size of some purses wimmin carry…

    • 96 Bill
      January 30, 2013 at 11:39 am

      A Google search shows she has also spoken against Obama Care. Under what rock did they find her?

      • 97 LB4Obama
        January 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm

        Whatever rock it was it is a slimy, stinky one! She looks and sounds like someone from the Bachmann/batshit crazy train camp. Good lawd have mercy! I wonder if she brung her hat with the teabags hangin’ off it?

  31. 98 vcprezofan2
    January 30, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Morning, villagers!

    Notice I didn’t say ‘good’ though isn’t it good that this gun control discussion is underway?

    • January 30, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Would you look who woke up?? Morning-ish VC!

      • 100 vcprezofan2
        January 30, 2013 at 11:39 am

        Drat! Can’t this body slide into the back pew without notice? 🙄 I’m going to buy a metal detector to try and locate the bug you have in my home. 😉

        BTW, CC, I have 20 whole minutes of morning left, so there!

        • 101 vcprezofan2
          January 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

          Oh…:oops: Happy Wednesday, Ms Chips! It is Wednesday, isn’t it?

          I’ve spotted some lovely looking pictures while gliding down the thread but I haven’t examined them yet. I can just imagine some of the comments these pics will have elicited, and wonder if it isn’t too early in the day for THAT. Then again, maybe, I’m wrong and everyone has made sedate comments. Off to investigate further!

          • January 30, 2013 at 11:46 am

            Japa almost fainted VC, Jacqueline and Meta too. Sheesh.

            • 103 Japa21
              January 30, 2013 at 11:50 am

              But that was due to somebody messing with the thermostats in the building. Nothing to do with the pictures. In fact, to prove it, I’ll look at the pictures again…fainting here.

            • 104 vcprezofan2
              January 30, 2013 at 11:52 am

              You are such a ….. such a…. disturber! 🙄 Do we have any medical folk in house to deal with these fainters, any available cold showers, any mats to cushion the falls? I suppose you have already made contingency plans before stirring up the villagers? {If you were not the instigator THIS TIME I apologize. I haven’t yet checked out the facts.}

  32. January 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

  33. 112 yardarm756
    January 30, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Here’s a thought I just heard. Prohibit the sale of body armor except to police and military. Make that a felony along with the sale of “cop killer”, armor piercing ammo. Any one caught selling/possessing these items go to the cross-bar hotel.

    • 113 Japa21
      January 30, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Agree, but if you outlaw body armor and armor piercing ammo only outlaws will have them. So goes the crazy logic of the NRA. So how does a law abiding citizen protect themselves from outlaws who wear body armor?

      • 114 yardarm756
        January 30, 2013 at 11:49 am

        They can’t. Even the police can’t. So outlaw that shit and it will eventually be gone. It’s like seat belts in car. I remember a time wen no cars had them. Pressure on the manufacturers eventually got them in all cars. This also highlights the fact that gun industry manufacturers need to feel a lot of heat too.

        • 115 Japa21
          January 30, 2013 at 11:52 am

          I know. That’s why I call it crazy logic. And you hit a big and often missed point. It is not just gun manufacturers pushing the no control movement, also all those companies that deal in the ancillary business, like body armor, munitions, accessories, etc. Big dollars involved, more than most people recognize.

          • 116 yardarm756
            January 30, 2013 at 11:59 am

            I’m sayin’. It could be done but it will take some time to implement. Ask the “moonshiners” about tough laws, eh?

        • 117 jacquelineoboomer
          January 30, 2013 at 11:58 am

          You are right in “following the money,” Yardarm, because everything that ends up being a bad thing for the populace at large always seems to be seeded in greed. Make the manufacturers of this stuff lose money and every loon NRA spokesfool will change his or her tune. For money.

  34. 119 Lovepolitics2008
    January 30, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Watching the “gun” hearings…. When President Obama said it would be a tough battle, he was not kidding. Sigh…

    I’m happy though to see a police officer there. I want to see more of them speaking out. Who knows ? Authority figures like police chiefs could have an impact on some right wing people.

  35. 120 squarepeg
    January 30, 2013 at 11:40 am

  36. 121 vcprezofan2
    January 30, 2013 at 11:41 am

    That Sessions guy is annoying me with his self-centredness (who cares what he did when he was on the bench? I don’t), his voice and his mannerisms. Grrr. How and why do people vote for these narcissists?

  37. 122 utaustinliberal
    January 30, 2013 at 11:42 am

  38. January 30, 2013 at 11:52 am

  39. January 30, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Well, howdy doody all you O’s!!! It’s a great getting up day in TODdytown again, now isn’t it? Sen Durbin is hot under the collar and is not suffering that fool LaPieceOfSh!t lightly. It is so good to hear him speak of the gun murders in Chicago, in addition to Newtown, Ariz., Colorado, and Wisconsin. Chicago is not experiencing mass murder or assault weapon style killings, but the young victims, though like a slow drip, are just as dead.

    • 129 jacquelineoboomer
      January 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      That made my heart so sad. All of these senseless deaths are killing us all, as you said, by a slow drip. We can push back, and I believe – only because it’s Pres. Obama in the White House – we will, slowly but surely. Each young victim is one too many, and where they live has nothing to do with that sadness that lingers over our country.

  40. 130 carolmaewy
    January 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I know I’m being a pain on this subject, but it’s bugging me. 94 senators voted for Kerry, 3 rats didn’t and Kerry abstained. My calculator says 94+3+1=98. I thought there were 100 Senators. Who are the two not voting?

    • 131 Linda
      January 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Hoeven (R-ND)

      Murray (D-WA)

    • 133 carolyn
      January 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      I haven’t figured out who they are, but I do know that not all votes come in at 100. Not all Senators are present for all votes. Never know what excuse they might use…..possibly a couple weren’t in town yet, or just couldn’t leave the gym………I know one of my Senators, Inhofe, was one of the three nos. I’ll check on my other Senator’s vote. Inhofe’s IQ is about on a par with Senator Dopey (Jeff Sessions). Inhofe is the great climate change denier, says it’s all a giant hoax!!!!

      • 134 carolyn
        January 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm

        Linda, thanks for the info. You’re a better researcher than I am! I tried, but didn’t come up with the answer. If Patty Murray didn’t vote, there is a rational reason. She’s not a shirker, nor would she be against Senator Kerry.
        Hey, I am excited about the new Senator Designate from MA. I read the info in the Boston paper about him, and am glad that Gov. Patrick wasn’t railroaded. I agree with what someone up post said…..”If Barney Frank wants to be a Senator, he should run in the election.” Gov Patrick is an Obama loyalist, and I’m sure Barney Frank telling everyone he would not vote for Chuck Hagel’s confirmation was a nail in the senate coffin. Gov Patrick is not going to send anyone to the Senate who would sabotage the president! This is another man who worked his way up…..hard work, knows the ravages of Jim Crow and the KKK. Go Mo!!!

      • 138 carolmaewy
        January 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm

        I know it’s hard to have two. He did vote no.

    • 139 Nena20409
      January 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Rand Paul and Session would be my guess. I have not looked to confirm, yet.

  41. 140 vcprezofan2
    January 30, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I kid you not, Lapierre’s last rant knocked out my laptop. It started buzzing, froze, and wouldn’t do anything more. I had to tilt it over, take out the battery, give it a shake, HOLD MY BREATH, replace the battery. I have no idea if it will continue to work so if I disappear suddenly, send the laptop repair people over.

    • 141 daisydem
      January 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      We may have to send an exorcist instead …. for your computer. Maybe Lapierre’s aura got trapped in there.

      • 142 vcprezofan2
        January 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm

        I’m crossing my fingers that you are totally wrong, DaisyDem. The thought of ‘that one’ being trapped anywhere near me gives me the jitters.

  42. 143 vcprezofan2
    January 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Oh gawd, that idiot who was ranting, is Lindsey Graham! I couldn’t see his name and didn’t recognize his face. Eeeuh!

    • 144 JER
      January 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    • 146 4morefor44
      January 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      at least he’s consistent. lindsey, john mcain’t, susan collins and other republicans even wanted to arm mommar qadaffi just a few years ago:

      note, republicans try to compare the republicans flying to libya to have dinner with him then calling for weapons sales to them, to a 5 second handshake president obama gave gadaffi at the G8 summit to be cordial. typical.

  43. 147 cookemom
    January 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    By the way, I didn’t know that PBO had given the OK for Annie L. to release our favorite photo of him in the light blue tie. He was just sitting in a chair kinda staring at me. It’s no big deal but I’d thought we’d agreed on keeping this one just between the two of us. But hey, as long as it’s shared with my fellow TODsters, I guess that’s fine.

    • 148 jacquelineoboomer
      January 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      (cookemom’s dreamin’ again. Humor her.)

      How generous of you, dear.

      • 149 cookemom
        January 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm

        LOL! Did I ever tell you about the time when he and I…… Oh never mind, no more sharing our more intimate details.

        • 150 vcprezofan2
          January 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm

          (JO’B, you think maybe we should suggest that our medical folk here keep an eye on CookeM? Delusions can be an indication of mental……ahm…er…. ahhhmm…. you know.)

        • 151 jacquelineoboomer
          January 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm

          Yes, back in the OFA days, something about your being behind a curtain, waitin’, in costume. But I’ll stop there! 🙂

  44. 154 JER
    January 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    MOBILE, Alabama | Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:05am EST
    (Reuters) – A standoff continued on Wednesday with a gunman who boarded an Alabama school bus and fatally shot the driver before fleeing with a young child and holing up in an underground bunker, authorities said. Bus driver …, 66, was killed in the shooting Tuesday afternoon as he ferried children home from school, the Dale County Sheriff’s Department said. The gunman fled to a bunker on his property after the shooting, Alabama media reported.

    Dale County Coroner … said it was his understanding that the child, variously identified by local media as 5 or 6 years old, was barricaded with the gunman in “some kind of a tornado bunker.” …The sheriff’s department said multiple agencies were assisting with the incident, and local schools would be closed on Wednesday. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/30/us-usa-alabama-shooting-idUSBRE90T02L20130130

  45. January 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I can’t listen to the RW drivel anymore. Their arguments are empty and disingenuous. Just pure BS.

  46. 169 AJ
    January 30, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    A brief description of Mo Cowen, new MA interim Senator:


    I think he looks like a young Biff Henderson from “David Letterman”.

  47. January 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Simply ….


  48. January 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  49. 175 squarepeg
    January 30, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    • 176 vcprezofan2
      January 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      TY, Squarepeg. I haven’t been on twitter today so I would have missed this. I’m currently keeping an eye out to see the makeup in each of these meetings – something I never gave a thought to before.

  50. January 30, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    • 178 57andfemale
      January 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      The hyperventilating over the contraction last quarter caused by Hurricane Sandy and the fears of the sequester and debt ceiling nonsense. Imagine if our government had acted the way they always have in the past, passed significant Sandy relief immediately and put people to work rebuilding the Northeast coast. Imagine if we still functioned like sentient, decent human beings.

      I’m still working on composing my letter to the odious Mark Kirk who voted against Sandy relief yesterday. I am livid. Every time I start to write to him, it’s dripping with the vitriol I feel and they always say to not do that (at least not in the opening sentence). But that miserable little monster: while he had a full year to recover from his stroke with not a nanosecond of fear about being paid his full salary, or that he wouldn’t receive the absolute best medical care that science has to offer at the expense of the taxpayer, people were drowning in the Northeast, wondering where they would live and if they could rebuild their livelihoods.

      I’m not going to rest until he is out of the Senate.

      • 179 Japa21
        January 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm

        Kirk is a Senator for two reasons only:
        1. The media bought into and sold the proposition that he is a moderate. Going against the age old rule they felt his words were more important than his actions, which were anything but moderate.
        2. Giannoulious (sp) ran a positively horrid campaign. Yes he had issues of his own, which the media trumpeted to high heaven, even though his own responsibilities for thsoe issues were minor, but his campaign stunk to high heaven. If I had been his campaign manager he might well have won.

        Of course, minor events played a factor as well. Off year election, fired up RW base and a higher than normal vote for the Green Party candidate. But the first two were the most important.

        • 180 57andfemale
          January 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm

          I didn’t think Gianoulous ran a great campaign, but I didn’t think it was as bad as all that. He should have won and you’re right – the Green Party candidate did damage. If Quinn could win (albeit against a true flame-throwing tea partier), Gianoulous should have won. But it was 2010 and Dem’s had done a dismal job of selling PBO’s agenda, and letting the crazies set the agenda.

          Kirk made his career by tacking to the left on minor, social issues right before an election, and promising his wealthy constituents that their taxes wouldn’t go up. But the rest of tenure was lockstep with the Republicans.

          And yes, the media sold the ‘moderate’ meme. Just like Snyder in MI. God, I remember so many people saying he would NEVER be a tea party nut, and look at what he’s done to MI.

          I’m going to be writing and emailing Kirk and hounding him like a dog. You have to follow Randi Rhodes’ advice: you have two senators and one Congressman. Do anything and everything you have to do to make your voice heard to those three people. I lost my truly reliable Mike Quigley as my representative (four blocks were carved out of the district and given to Gutierrez — looks like a pan handle). And although Gutierrez is a Democrat, he can be really flaky a lot of the time. I have a lot to monitor and respond to.

  51. 181 utaustinliberal
    January 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Gayle Trotter is out-crazying Wayne LaPierre. Congratulations Gayle.

  52. 187 utaustinliberal
    January 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I have no clue if I’m supposed to laugh at Ted Cruz’s stupidity or be concerned that he makes Sarah Palin sound like a Rhodes Scholar.

    Ted Cruz: “Assault weapons bans doesn’t ban machine guns. What they ban is scary looking guns.”

    The stupid is real.

    • 188 vcprezofan2
      January 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      ‘The stupid is real.’

      That Orrin guy giving LaPierre the floor so to speak, ticks me off! Actually, I can’t believe I sit here watching this stuff which is annoying the life out of me. i think, I’ll cut it off and go ‘lighten’ up my mind.

  53. 189 vcprezofan2
    January 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Oh gawd! Let’s go back 50 years said the learned scholar!

  54. January 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I know this is from the last thread, I just couldn’t resist.

  55. 193 Bill
    January 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    The Senate committee is controlled by Democrats yet there are three gun nuts testifying and only two gun control advocates. Anyone know why?

    • 194 57andfemale
      January 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      That’s a VERY good question, since Republicans wouldn’t allow any gun control testimony.

    • 195 Japa21
      January 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Feinstein (who is good on this issue only) is so upset at the witness distribution she is having her own hearing.

      • 196 57andfemale
        January 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        Good for her. And yes — it’s the one issue where she actually looks like a Democrat.

        • 197 theo67
          January 30, 2013 at 3:31 pm

          She mentioned last week that she had to pull the bullet out of someone and cradle them after they were shot a few years ago, and that the experience changed her. It’s sad that it took such a tragedy, but I’m glad that she’s on the right side of history in this case.

          • 198 57andfemale
            January 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

            It was the beginning of her career — it’s how she became mayor of San Francisco, I believe.

            • 199 theo67
              January 30, 2013 at 3:42 pm

              Thanks for the additional info. I only caught the tail end of her statement, and wasn’t sure what the timeframe was. Coming from San Francisco, one would think she’d be more liberal.

    • 201 57andfemale
      January 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      You know, Bill, teh crazy coming out of these gun nuts may be exactly what the Dem’s wanted the people to see.

  56. 203 dotster3
    January 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    At least 3 people wounded by gunshots in office bldg in Phoenix——another one—-and on and on we go


  57. 204 carolyn
    January 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I don’t have the patience or the calm to watch these hearings, but do appreciate the notes from those who do. My hope is that enough people will see them who will finally see what is going on, and how WRONG the gun lobby is. People have been slowly waking up from a long political slumber, and as I have quoted Justice Brandeis many times: Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and I saw Steve Benen used that line as a lead in to one of his blogs. I pray that the sun shining on these absolute scumbags will bring light to many minds and hearts, and they in turn will turn to the light away from the darkness of fear and hate!

  58. 205 yardarm756
    January 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

  59. 206 dotster3
    January 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm

  60. 207 whatisworking
    January 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Gabby did such a terrific job. We need to share that video with everyone we know.

    Call, tweet or email your Representative and let them know you expect them to pass legislation that addresses gun violence.

    I have updated the contact page at my blog through Florida. A little everyday and I may make it. :->

    Please let me know if you find any errors on the states up to and including Florida


  61. 209 yardarm756
    January 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Time for a little relief, eh?


    (some things to think about)

    1- I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

    2- There are two kinds of pedestrians . . . The quick and the dead.

    3- Life is sexually transmitted.

    4- Healthy is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

    5- The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

    6- Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

    7- Have you noticed since everyone has a cell phone these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?

    8- Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

    9- All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

    10- In the 60’s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

    11- How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

    12- Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, ‘I think I’ll squeeze these dangly things and drink whatever comes out’? Hmmmmm, How about eggs ? . . .

    13- If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?

    14- Why does your OB-GYN leave the room when you get undressed if they are going to look up there anyway?

    16- If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?

    17- Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?

    18- Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?

    19- Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

    20- Do you ever wonder why you gave me access to this site?

  62. January 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Busy day in TODVille today. Lots of admiration (Gabby G and Hubby). Lots of laughter and some tears (Good and bad news) and of course delicious eye candy to last for at least a day (Pics of PBO and family) and some genuine ughs (Grassley, LaPierre, Trotter et al.)

  63. 218 57andfemale
    January 30, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Some interesting info on the economic retraction last quarter:

    The drop was driven by a plunge in military spending, as well as fewer exports and a steep slowdown in the buildup of inventories by businesses. Anxieties about the fiscal impasse in Washington also contributed to the slowdown. [… JP Morgan chief United States Economist Michael] Feroli said there were some hints the economy was performing slightly better than the headline number suggested.
    The 22.2 percent drop in military spending – the sharpest quarterly drop in more than four decades – along with the drop in inventories and exports overwhelmed more positive indicators in the private sector, he said. For example, final sales to private domestic purchasers, which strips out government spending as well as trade and inventories, rose by 2.8 percent. “Consumers and businesses kept spending at a pretty steady pace,” Mr. Feroli said.

  64. 220 57andfemale
    January 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm

  65. January 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm

  66. 228 FiredUpInCA
    January 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    BREAKING: PHOENIX (Reuters) – At least three people were shot and wounded when gunfire erupted at a business complex in Phoenix on Wednesday, and authorities were combing the area for the suspected gunman, police said on Wednesday.


    • 229 carla4obama
      January 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      What we are teaching our children:
      “I’m mad at you..you make me angry…I kill you!”
      ABC..its easy as 1,2,3.

      • 230 Dudette
        January 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm

        My thoughts exactly, carla. No more talking, not even fist fights. Just “You made me mad, so you must die!” Anger management, be damned. WTF IS that? How did we get here?

  67. January 30, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    • 232 Dudette
      January 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      I don’t get that AT ALL! WTH Massachussetts, really?

      • January 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        That’s actually pretty good. Markey is not as well known as Scott. Markey can beat him if he runs a smart campaign.

      • 234 carolyn
        January 30, 2013 at 3:28 pm

        I don’t get it either, but that’s much better than the poll I read a couple of weeks ago. One thing is, Brown has statewide name recognition. Markey is rep for one district only, so part of that is name recognition. Markey can beat that.

        • 235 theo67
          January 30, 2013 at 3:38 pm

          It just astounds me that people will vote for a name they recognize, with no thought as to the consequences of that vote. They do realize that they will have to live with that decision, right? What a waste – especially for a place that had Ted Kennedy fighting for them for 40 years and actually fighting to make life better for them.

  68. January 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm

  69. 238 57andfemale
    January 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    • 239 LB4Obama
      January 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      If you check over at the right wing site “realclear politics” they have somehow neglected to add the new ABC poll to their RCP average for PBO approval rating. I’ve checking all day and they don’t have it listed in their numbers. Chuck Toad probably told them to forget about it. It is an “outlier”!

      • 240 57andfemale
        January 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

        Yeah. They played all kinds of games during the campaign, trying to make PBO look as bad as possible.

        Liberal media my ass.

  70. 241 auntsis522
    January 30, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I got an awful chill and awful knot in my stomach after seeing the picture of the young majorette that was gunned in Chicago. When you see this picture you will remember seeing her in the parade. This is awful. Such hope and promise is now gone….

  71. January 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    And the stupid continues….

  72. 244 xtine
    January 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    FBI agents late Tuesday night raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor suspected of providing free trips and even underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. — who has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.”

    Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, to start hauling away potential evidence in several vans.
    The investigation is believed to be focusing on Melgen’s finances and the allegations about Menendez’s trips and contact with prostitutes. A spokesman for Menendez could not be reached for comment, nor could Melgen.


    Amid the suspicious circumstances of the complaints, Democrats have tried to characterize the reports about Menendez and Melgen as a right-wing smear job.

    Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid refused to comment on the possibility of an FBI investigation when he was asked Tuesday about the case.

    Said Reid: “Always consider the source. All anyone here has to look at is the source where this comes from.”
    Tuesday night’s raid, however, shows that there is at least an investigation tied to Menendez’s longtime friend and ally.


  73. 245 Dudette
    January 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Contact info for your elected officials:


  74. 246 peppylepew
    January 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Hi everyone.

    I am home sick with the stomach flu and I am watching all things Obama. Where can I find “By the people -the election of Obama” and NBC behind the scene of the white house


  75. January 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Andrew Sullivan has surpassed $500K in subscriptions. Guy has no overhead except rent and only has a couple of bloggers helping him. Wow!

  76. January 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Btw- Mark Kelly sounds like a Senator when he speaks, very polished.
    Yup yup!

  77. 255 xtine
    January 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    [ISO popcorn. And gag me! Dudette, GA GOPers are stabbing each other in their respective backs! Love seeing Karen Handel get her due! And don’t gag at the names they give their organizations, etc.!]:

    Tonight was a night of surprises for anyone who attended the Georgia C.H.A.R.G.E (Citizens Helping America Restore Government Ethics) meeting in Gwinnett county. Luckily, ViralRead was on the scene with a front row seat to all the fireworks. The surprise, however, didn’t come from the keynote speaker, former Secretary of State and 2010 gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel. Moments before the meeting was underway Congressman Paul Broun (R-Athens) shocked the crowd as he walked into the room with his wife, Niki Broun, and a top-level staffer.

    Jaws hit the floor as Representative Broun took the stage and began discussing the usual/current problems in Washington: Congressional gridlock, damage made to the Republican brand, as well as the lack of leadership coming from the West Wing. As the speech wound down, most folks in the audience were looking at one another, presumably thinking the same thing: Is Congressman Broun going to state his case and make his formal announcement to run to replace retiring Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss? To everyone’s dismay, his closing statement did no such thing.

    Thankfully, this isn’t where the story ended. As Congressman Broun sat down to a room full of applause followed by a short silence, Dr. Broun’s wife, Niki, stood up in front of the crowd and courageously declared that not only did her husband have her permission and support to run to be Georgia’s next junior U.S. Senator, but that he was openly announcing his candidacy, the first to formally do so in the wake of Senator Chambliss’ declaration to resign following the remainder of his current term.

    More here: http://viralread.com/2013/01/29/rep-paul-broun-steals-karen-handels-thunder-announces-candidacy-for-us-senate/

    • 256 Dudette
      January 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      My response to these cretins: Ugh!
      That fool Paul Broaun is 10x worse than Chambliss. Dammit why can’t we find a Dem to beat these freakin’ Rethugs?

    • January 30, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      In 2014, people who choose not to buy insurance and don’t quality for an exemption from the mandate will have to pay a fine of $95. The penalty increases to $695 by 2016, and then rises annually based on a pre-determined formula.

  78. 259 dotster3
    January 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I can’t imagine being the mother of the little boy snatched from the school bus after his bus driver was shot dead and who has been held in the crazy guy’s underground bunker for close to 24 hours now. Neighbors say the hostage taker and shooter began digging his bunker right after moving onto that property, working every other night from 2-3 a.m. for a year and a half. He was due in court today on charges he fired at his neighbors when their truck wrecked his homemade speed bump on a road they shared. We have an oversupply of insane nuts with guns in this country. I am hoping authorities can get this little boy released safely.


    • 260 theo67
      January 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Police should have been called as soon as he started building that bunker. Why does he have to mess with someone else’s child? This is crazy! And will that child ever recover from the trauma? Horrific.

  79. 261 dotster3
    January 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    • January 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      I love the way she lights up when she sees PBO. I’m sure on some level she has some awareness that he was by her bedside.

      • 263 anniebella
        January 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm

        No disrespect to POTUS, but I think Gabby is the kind of person who would light up regardless. When you’ve been through what she has you learn to appreciate every second, minute, or hour you have been bless with.

  80. 265 57andfemale
    January 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm

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