252 Responses to “President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor to Clinton Romesha”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    February 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Hi y’all.

  2. 24 Bill
    February 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    And the GOP invites draft dodger Ted Nugent to the State of the Union Address a day after this wonderful ceremony.

    • 25 Judith Fardig
      February 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      The Secret Service should ban Nugent. How disgusting that he was invited in the first place!

      • February 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm

        It’s really beyond belief Judith, there is no way in hell he should be allowed in that place.

        • 27 anniebella
          February 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm

          I’m not understanding how the Secret Service would allow Ted Nugent in the building. This Congressman is a sick bastard and I hate to say I can’t stand these Republicans, but I can’t stand these racists right wing Republicans.

          • 28 nathkatun7
            February 11, 2013 at 6:59 pm

            Believe it or not, even insane members of Congress still exercise enormous power. I don’t think the SS can veto people invited by members of Congress from attending the SOTU. All they have to do now is to make sure that Nugent and the evil Congressman who invited him are under intense surveillance.

            • 29 jacquelineoboomer
              February 11, 2013 at 7:56 pm

              I do believe the Secret Service would do everything in its power to block any potential threats to the President at the SOTU, including even advising the President against attending, if that were ever warranted (and they felt they couldn’t protect him), or clearing the whole building or whatever – no matter how much power an individual member of Congress has. But didn’t they meet with Nugent and “clear” him after his threat, and didn’t he say he was “kidding”? So, there might not be considered to be an active threat out there, on the record. However, I’d like to see a member of the Secret Service sit right next to him. I’d like to see a closed-circuit TV right on Nugent’s ugly face. And we all know the Secret Service hasn’t forgotten his original threat, which I believe to have been real.

        • 30 dotster3
          February 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

          I’m out of gas in tolerating the extreme indecency of these nutcase Republicans. They’re all damaged human beings, devoting all their time and effort to damaging this president and this country.

      • 31 vcprezofan2
        February 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm

        There has been so much evidence that Republican leaders consistently make poor decisions that I don’t get how they win elections so often. I really can’t accept that there are so many idjiit voters in a country that is so ‘advanced’.

  3. February 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Terrific ceremony, and I think the President was seriously having fun with the son. 😆

  4. 36 vcprezofan2
    February 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I can actually ‘see’ that little live-wire testing the apples! He looks so cute in his ‘formal’ attire though. I confess I’ve a soft spot for nicely dressed children, where appropriate, especially little boys. In truth, if I would get rid of the remaining little boy suits and dress pants/shirts I have around the place I’d go a long way towards having space for moving around! I swear I could easily dress three little boys and without counting the tons of clothing I HAVE passed along. What can I say, I’m a ‘closet’ pack rat!

  5. 38 swbluega
    February 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Republicans are giving a lot of “proceed” moments: dueling responses to SOTU, inviting wack jobs as guest, holding up confirmations for the President’s cabinet, sequester, stuck on Benghazi, voting against aid for storm victims, and on and on…all of which will come back to bite them. If this is their idea of rebranding, PLEASE PROCEED.

  6. February 11, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Congrats VC #1, I am back from slaving away finishing 2 papers……..free as a bird…..till Wednesday, then a test @$#%(

    • February 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      “free as a bird…..till Wednesday”

      You poor thing LP, that’s no stretch of freedom at all! Hope today went well.

    • 45 vcprezofan2
      February 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      TY, I think I’ll be sending my offspring over to your place to get some tips on writing papers, LovelyP. Congrats on getting two done in one day! It took offspring the entire weekend to PLAN the first draft of a major paper for a poli-science course. In fairness, he had to supply the quotations he will be using and indicate how he will record them, share the chapters from 3 texts that has info supporting his argument, give a paraphrase of another quote and supply a photocopy of the page on which it was found, etc. etc. etc. Of course, I’m hoping all this prep will make the final essay writing easier, because writing is just not his strength and six hours are nothing for him to waste use on two paragraphs in this household. 🙄 Drives me bonkers each time a major paper is due!

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  8. 47 Linda
    February 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Gabby and Mark’s website if anyone wants to donate.


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  10. 49 Bill R.
    February 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    • 50 Japa21
      February 11, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Not that I was her biggest fa, but remember when Cindy Sheehan wasn’t allowed to the SOTU because she wore a shirt with the number if Amerricans killed in Iraq? Jus the number, no explanation. ANd she never, ever came close to the rhetoric of Nugent.

  11. February 11, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    OMG I missed you guys. 3 days without power, wifi, cell service, heat. Thank heavens for town water (not private well) and a gas stove.

    So, what did I miss? I can’t begin to imagine all the goodies from Chips and the wonderful world of TOD!

    • 53 vcprezofan2
      February 11, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      {{Susan}} Nice to have you back. Hope your presence means everything is back to ‘normal’.

    • February 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Welcome home Susan!!!! Yikes, three days without heat (and all the rest), what a misery. Everything okay now?

      • February 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm

        It does feel like I’m home at TOD, Chips! Everything okay, thanks for asking. Had a chance to peruse your last few posts, but daren’t enter the world of comments lest I live 3 days behind for the rest of my life! Thanks for all the goodies.

    • 60 proudmemberofglobalzero
      February 11, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Susan…I feel for you. I don’t know how you go days without heat. I can handle weeks without power in South Florida but, I don’t know about freezing for days. I am so happy you are safe and warm

      • February 11, 2013 at 6:03 pm

        Wood stove kept temp in the house around 49 until the sun brought it up to 55. Thank heavens for microfleece. Wore 3 layers plus ski pants. So glad no one was around to take photos. I did beg my friend to let me move into her cottage in FL next winter. I envy you the warmth in FL, Proud!

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  13. 63 anniebella
    February 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    That little kid is precious. The President spoke of him and the energy he had in the Oval Office and how he tried every apple till he found one he like. 🙂

  14. 64 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    So Rolling Stone describes Nugent as “an outspoken Obama opponent.”

    See how our Librul media enables these unhinged and dangerous cretins?

  15. 73 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    • 74 debz
      February 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      He shouldn’t be allowed in the same building as the Medal of Honor recipient. As to the ceremony, I love that little boy! so much energy.

    • 75 nathkatun7
      February 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      So, for Rolling Stone, threatening the President’s life is the same thing as being an “outspoken Obama opponent…” For me the paper’s refusal to call him President Obama tells me that they share in disrespecting a sitting President.

    • 76 a4alice
      February 11, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      here here aspirational.

  16. 77 Bill R.
    February 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm

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  18. February 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Bringing this over for Yadarm…

    February 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    After being married for thirty years, a wife asked her husband to describe her.

    He looked at her for a while … then he said,

    “You’re A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K.”

    She asks … “What does that mean?”

    He said, “Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy, Gorgeous, Hot.

    She smiled happily and said …. “Oh, that’s so lovely … What about I, J, K?”

    He said, “I’m Just Kidding!”

    The swelling in his eye is going down and the doctor is fairly optimistic about saving his testicles.

  19. 82 tally
    February 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm

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    • 87 utaustinliberal
      February 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      It sickens me. They shouldn’t have to be in the same presence as scum like Ted Nugent.

      This will backfire on the GOP. Things like this always do.

      • February 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        At first I laughed UT, it was so utterly pathetic, but the thoughts of those families having to be in the presence of that rat, it’s just too much. And as COS wondered, does he plan on shouting out in the middle of the SOTU, in his own delightful attention-seeking way? We all know the cameras will go on him as soon as PBO mentions guns …. actually, I can’t even think about this, it’s ****ing outrageous.

  22. 89 dotster3
    February 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I love the little guy. He just wanted to play peek a boo with the podium. And sit in the chair of honor. I was cheering for him. So cute.

    • 90 carolyn
      February 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      I pray that little boy never has to go to war! He’s a sweetie and I want his future to be free of foreign entanglements. I want his future free of foreign wars like I want my own grandsons’ futures free. I know that is what the President is working toward.

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  25. 94 dotster3
    February 11, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Charges said to be pending, possibly by tonight, in the Pendleton case—-the 2 men, 18 and 20 yrs. old, who have been held for questioning. Reported to be gang related and gang connections to the park where Hadiya was shot.


    • 95 anniebella
      February 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      I am so glad they have got these guys. If they are the guilty ones who kill Hadiya, they don’t need to rot in jail they need the death penalty, and not ten or twenty years from now, but as soon as they are found guilty.

      • 96 prettyfoot58
        February 11, 2013 at 6:42 pm

        I do not believe in the death penalty..

        but i would add..that the owner of the gun that was used to kill Hadiya should face penalty

    • 98 hopefruit2
      February 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      It’s about time. Hopefully a conviction is obtained, and the necessary punishment followed swiftly.

  26. February 11, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    So, a completely non political comment.

    I’ve attained a reputation in my system as a “fixer”: i.e., if there’s a need for a librarian at another library due to a regular employee’s absence, they often send me. Sucks to be so good. 🙂

    Today I’m working at a library other than my own, and it’s always so interesting to check out other communities. For the most part, the library is one of those places where the social compact holds. People—again, for the most part—know how to behave. Another reason I love my job.

  27. 108 carolyn
    February 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Read some more about the Navy Seal and his retirement/insurance problems. He and his wife have separated, and it feels like his life went to hell in a handbasket and he just left without any planning. Several people have said that the other service, Army, gives special consideration and shorter stints for their Rangers, which are like the Seals, in recognition of the extra stress. This is a subject that the Navy needs to deal with I feel. Also, several people said there is short term medical insurance available, and it sounds like he was not counseled right on leaving, or was suffering PTSD and just left. We’ll probably never know the whole truth, because he also does not want his name known.

    • 109 hopefruit2
      February 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      The media ran away with a false story about military benefits – regardless of what is personally going on in this vet’s life. I think going to Esquire Magazine with sketchy information does not help your case if you’re really interested in getting help. If this guy’s mind is so far gone that he has trouble retaining information like health care benefits, etc.., then he should not be exploited by the MSM. The media should know that these veterans are psychologically vulnerable and should instead be obtaining the facts about available benefits and directing the veteran to those resources – not running away with a false report.

      I recommend that you follow this former VA administrator who seems to know details about health care benefits for veterans. He has posted some tweets with very informative links.

      • 110 carolyn
        February 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm

        I thought that was so…..does the writer have an axe to grind?

        • 111 hopefruit2
          February 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm

          Yes he does, apparently. I’m not sure why, but I guess it’s a political motivation. The writer – like so many MSM seems to be of Republican lean (at least while PBO is President anyway). He threw shade on FLOTUS’s Joining Forces effort – dismissing it as “gestural” in that same article.

  28. February 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    ‘After he delivers the State of the Union, please join President Obama for a special online call with supporters on Tuesday, February 12th, at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. He’ll talk about the plan he laid out and how Organizing for Action will play a key role in making it happen.’


    (If I come up as Barb or Jeremy at that link, neither is me 😕 )

  29. February 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    • February 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      They are voting on this now, so if it goes down you know why. Coburn wants an amendment struck that allows tribal courts to try non-indians accused of rape. Right now If you are non-indian and rape a women nobody has jurisdiction to take you to court and prosecute

      • February 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm

        This is so pathetic. Coburn is from Oklahoma of all places, where the “Trail of Tears” ended. Will they ever stop screwing over the Native Americans? By the way, they really catch hell voting.

    • 117 anniebella
      February 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      It seem the white men ( Republicans) still hate the Indians. It ought to be the other way, considering who took the land from the Native Americans.

    • February 11, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Just left a comment with link to the same article.

      See my comments downthread re: need for federal law.

      I feel so badly for Native Americans; they’re under federal law and jurisdictions, but in most cases the feds are thousands of miles away in DC.

      • February 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm

        Its pathetic Arapaho415, the shot down Coburns amd, but then John Cornyn spent 10 mins defended it. They have 6 votes to clear tommorw 4 R’s voted w/ D’s today. Murkowski, Collins, Kirk, forgot the other. They are waiting for rest to come in town b/c of weather.

  30. February 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I was watching Euronews this morning, where they were running a long retrospective on Benedict XVI. They showed one clip where his election was announced in St. Peter’s Square, and the throngs literally went mad with joy. And I thought to myself: How can anyone be so happy at a decision in which THEY HAD NO VOICE?! None of those people voted for him, none of them chose him. They gave authority over their spiritual lives to a man of whom they knew next to nothing, and were overjoyed by it. I know, I know, the cardinals were supposed to have come to their decision by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. But as a small “d” democrat, I’m a firm believer that sovereignty comes from me, not from a conclave of 120 men in red hats. I guess that’s why I never was a very good Catholic.

    • 121 japa21
      February 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Well, a lot of people around the world celebrated PBO’s election and reelection in which they had no voice, and, in actuality, what PBO does has more impact on people around the world than what the Pope does.

    • 124 Lb4Obama
      February 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Apparently in the new documentary about pedophilia in the church, they have evidence that this Pope Benedict 16 played a major role in the cover up for decades. As a Cardinal and now Pope he was key in moving the men in red hats around the world to different Parrish’s to avoid exposure to their sick crimes of raping boys. Pope’s do not “resign” no matter how ill. They take to their beds and the sheeple gather and wait for the end. Months if they have to, then they celebrate the life and sit vigil again for the white smoke stack when the grand poo-bah men in red hats pick a new Pope. Bottom line: I smell a big rat!

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    • 129 hopefruit2
      February 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      The pope was so thrilled to be PBO’s presence. His Holiness was just tingling all over. And look at the priest with the pink sash back there. You can tell he’s smiling even though you can’t really see his face.

      • 130 anniebella
        February 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

        I remember when POTUS and FLOTUS was talking to Oprah, and FLOTUS mention that one of their high lights of their trips overseas is Malia and Sasha meeting the Pope.

        • 131 dotster3
          February 11, 2013 at 7:31 pm

          Too bad—-they were likely not aware of pope’s sordid shameful past of covering up years of sexual abuse of children.

  33. 132 Dudette
    February 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    A moment of levity:

  34. 137 whatisworking
    February 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Greetings TOD family

    Encouraging Quote

    “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

    Gun Violence video, please share with others

  35. 141 whatisworking
    February 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Contact Congress update,

    I have slugged through changes to Congress up to and including New York. Whew. P,ease post below if you have found an error in those states. I hope to make one more push in the next few days that will allow me to finish. It will be great to have up to date information so we can push Congress on gun vilence, VAWA, immigration and the budget.


  36. February 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    President Obama is expected to issue an executive order Wednesday that would create a voluntary cybersecurity program for critical infrastructure networks, such as the electric grid.

    The order would allow companies, such as electric utilities, to opt into an initiative that outlines best standards and practices for preventing attacks on networks. (Hillicon Valley’s Jennifer Martinez, citing sources close to the situation, has more on the order here.)

    The anticipated order comes after congressional efforts to pass cybersecurity legislation stalled last summer, in part because of disagreements on how to treat such networks.

    Republicans wanted to avoid setting standards — even voluntary ones — because they were concerned about adding regulations.


    These Libertarian civil liberty freaks are always over the top and nonsensical!

  37. February 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I’m a bit obsessed with forecasting the future, and the BBC has a rather interesting article on emerging megatrends: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20003002

    Well worth a read if you have the time.

  38. February 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  39. 157 lamh36
    February 11, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Alright amateur interior decorators. I’ve got my sofa sectional, but it has a left-sided chaise attachment. so I have in my living room, at least a 5×11 area of space in the living room section of my front room that I need to fill. So along the long part of the wall, there is a large window that’s basically floor to ceiling. I’d like to put some more seating in that area, but I think it’d look weird. My moms said I should put some plants there, my sister says a desk, but I’m using the 2nd bedroom as an office so their will be a desk there. Here’s a picture, so go at it. BTW, I haven’t bought the dining room set yet, but the table I got in the pic is how I envision it.

    • February 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Give me 5 mins Lamh, I will create the room of your dreams. 😎

    • February 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Am I allowed move your sofa sectional?

      • 165 lamh36
        February 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm

        sure you can. just remember, I’ll probably have to move it by myself, so I’d prefer to just leave it where it is, but I’m am completely open to moving it.

    • 166 carolyn
      February 11, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      Checked your diagram…..can’t create the room of your dreams, ala Chipsticks…..I can just remember advice from my favorite old HGTV show, Room by Room. The decorator on that show, Sheri, always said look at function first, then she’d say “What is your focal point?” Some rooms have natural ones like fireplaces or giant TVs. So, focus your furniture on that…..also provide for comfortable conversation…..you’ll need something across from major seating somewhere so you can hold a comfortable conversation.
      Have fun…..you’re creative, I know because I’ve read your posts 🙂

      • 167 lamh36
        February 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm

        thx carolyn.

        I’m thinking of either 2 accents chairs, a large recliner, another chaise, or a small loveseat, but I have lots of time so I’m just taking ideas and then looking for good deals where I find ’em.

        • 168 yardarm756
          February 11, 2013 at 8:34 pm

          Scratch the love seat. That room is full enough. A coupla chairs will do. I’d switch the tv and sofa.

          • 169 Dudette
            February 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

            I agree. Love seat would be too big. One or two low profile chairs would be great. Maybe put a small bench or ottoman on beside the fireplace for extra seating if that’s not going to be used for storage options.

            Sofa is in the perfect spot. for TV viewing and for flow of energy. Who wants to be laying on the couch when the door opens and air/energy rushes in? From the current spot, that will have dissipated by the time it reaches your side of the room [it’s a position of power too per feng shui]. Alternative would be placing it in front of the window if there’s room, but then TV would be ackwardly placed on the wall to either side of you – not good for your neck. 🙂

    • February 11, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Why would the seating look weird? You can add 1-2 upholstered chairs and a nightstand in between or next to it. A plant won’t be enough.

      • 171 lamh36
        February 11, 2013 at 7:32 pm

        that was my simplest plan gobrooklyn. If push come to shove I’ll settle for just two recliners, but I’m in a decorative mood, since unlike in Texas, I’m staying in Louisiana. My next move will be into my own house if I can manage to save enough money. so i’m getting the hang of decorating with my lil 2 bedroon apt and then on to bigger spaces…lol

    • February 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      Lamb I stage homes so usually I’m within the area: I wld move the sofa/chaise to the left.(just so the sofa back is even with the door on the rite, ..move Table Chairs to corner with the large window. Hopefully some type of view, that would be nice in eve. If ur TV is flat skinny screen you can swing it to get best view. I might want to move TV/Cab more left and add a
      entry table/landing for mail/purse/etc near door. I live alone, have four sliders that aid me in moving EVERY thing in my house on a whim. Even my 10ft tall amoire. They work on both carpet and wood floors. Have fun. looks like a nice space

  40. February 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that once work on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is finished the Senate would proceed to a vote on the confirmation of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.

    Reid said the Senate might have to delay six amendment votes on VAWA until Tuesday because some senators’ flights have been delayed due to bad weather.

    The Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to vote on Hagel’s confirmation on Tuesday. Reid said the Senate would take up his confirmation Wednesday or Thursday, assuming he makes it through the committee. 


  41. 176 daisydem
    February 11, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Seriously, is there nothing we can do? I don’t want Ted Nugent at the SOTU address. At the least, it is a distraction. At the most … well, it is just sick and I hope he conducts himself quietly. This is so beneath the dignity of our President and First Lady, I cannot even begin to tell you … and my stomach is knotted up. I don’t want him there; being a free country not withstanding! And he is already getting media time from this? This is a slap in the face of most Americans right now. I will not watch, I just cannot. I love my President and the only thing I will do is come here, to this safe haven and read the comments and try to keep myself composed.

    • 177 Lynn
      February 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      I agree with you, daisy and will be joining you here. I will NOT willing tune in to watch our President disrespected by that slimeball.

    • 178 susanne
      February 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      i’m with you daisydem. it makes me sick to picture this wonderful event desecrated by that odious presence. of course, a whole lot of odious rethugs will be there, too–duly elected horrors. my instinct is to just not watch, but i know if we all turn away, it gives the pukes strength. that’s nugent’s role: medusa. so i will watch, and i’ll try to take courage from the president’s courage, and the first lady’s, and the strength of all those family members of victims. that’s my plan. i hope i can do it.

      • 179 Pamela
        February 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm

        Maybe that’s why he was invited, to drive ratings down? It’s a tough call, but remember we STAND with PBO, and as he has to be there, I know I will be watching for his sake.

  42. 180 Pamela
    February 11, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    This adorable and very dapper little chap gives me the impression he was training that officer in the fine art of herding cats! Beautiful! 😆

  43. February 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm

  44. 190 dotster3
    February 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Charges have been approved for both men held in the Hadiya Pendleton case.

  45. February 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Did everyone see this article in the NYTimes today which illustrates why we need a “federal” Violence Against Women Act, much like we needed federal laws to enforce Civil Rights.

    “After one of his beatings, she said, he even called the county sheriff himself to prove to her that he could not be stopped. Only after he stormed her office at the federal Bureau of Land Management and opened fire, wounding a co-worker, was he arrested.”

  46. 193 vitaminlover
    February 11, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Father, in the Name of Jesus, thankk You for the re-election of President Obama and Vice-President Biden.Tomorrow he will give his State-of-the-Union Adress. Lord, let him speak to the American people with such a power and conviction that it is conveyed convincingly. Let his words strike the right hearts to do right , good and well for this great country. As he is speaking give him strength, confidence and courage. Let him be so very wise and bless him. Thank You, Sir, for the Secret Service continuing to do an excellent and spectacular job guarding and protecting him, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Mrs. Robinson, Vice-President Biden,Jill, Hunter, Ashley, Beau and their respective spouses and doggies Bo and Champ and that Your Secret Service of mighty Angels continuing to fill in the gaps. Protect his heart and mind and spirit, God and Vice-President Biden’s also. During his speaking silence any vicious outbursts. Cause their tongues to be silenced. Let there be love and respect towards this man tomorrow night. Give him a good night’s sleep tonight and a peaceful heart and mind filled with Your Love. Continue to direct him and love and guide him and let him knock this speech out-of the-park. Thank You for his continued safety and wisdom. AMEN!

  47. February 11, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Also, McBitters is now having a change of heart?

    • 201 vcprezofan2
      February 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      These GOPs are not even pretending to hide their lack of interest in what is good for the nation. Decisions are clearly being made with their own ends in mind. smh

  48. February 11, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    And this sketch is funnier than any that actually aired on SNL two days ago:

  49. 203 Gazelle
    February 11, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I’m waiting for Lindsey to be served on a Graham Cracker. 😉

  50. February 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    The GOP don’t understand the sense of fairness that is sorely lacking in their “Ayn Rand” every-man-for-himself, I-got-mine-Jack party.

    Because they grew up with cell phones and social media, Post-9/11 and Millennials are more tuned in to the needs and happiness of other people, and just don’t “get” discrimination or judgement on lifestyle choices. (IMHO)

  51. February 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Good afternoon Chips and TOD family. I wanted to bring this to your attention. My friend who is retired from the govenerment has put my on his email list. Today I recieved this in my email. I thought it was another interesting take on the drone issue. I don’t know anything about Secrecy News but I trust my friend.

    This is great commentary by Steve Aftergood of Secrecy News regarding the recently-leaked and then officially released DOJ White Paper, “Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a U.S. Citizen:”


    The unauthorized disclosure last week of a Justice Department White Paper on the legality of targeted killing of senior al Qaida operatives who are Americans had the collateral effect of strengthening congressional oversight of intelligence.

    The leak not only fulfilled a stalemated congressional effort to provide information to the public, but it also catalyzed the long-sought disclosure of classified documents to the intelligence committees themselves.

    Although the intelligence committees received the White Paper in June 2012, they proved powerless on their own to gain its broader public release, or to acquire their own copies of the underlying legal memoranda.

    “I have been calling for the public release of the administration’s legal analysis on the use of lethal force–particularly against U.S. citizens–for more than a year,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee in a February 5 statement. “That analysis is now public….”

    In other words, what the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee was unable to accomplish for over a year was achieved by a resourceful reporter (Michael Isikoff of NBC) along with a cooperative source. That is a peculiar fact that ought to prompt some soul-searching on the part of the Committee, which has been relentlessly critical of intelligence-related leaks.

    But the disclosure did more than just make the White Paper available to the public and launch a substantial public debate on its contents. It also enhanced the ability of the intelligence committees themselves to gain access to additional classified records on which oversight depends.

    Specifically, it was the leak of the White Paper that enabled the belated disclosure of two classified Office of Legal Counsel memoranda to the intelligence committees last week.

    The causal relationship between the leak and the release of the OLC memos was made explicit by White House press secretary Jay Carney at a February 7 press gaggle.

    “I mean, there has always been some interest, obviously, but there has been heightened interest. I think that what you’ve seen in the — because of the public disclosure of the white paper, is that that interest reached higher levels than in the past, and therefore this decision was made to make this extraordinary accommodation to provide classified Office of Legal Counsel advice,” Mr. Carney said.

    This statement neatly illustrates the synergy that can exist among robust national security reporting, public awareness and effective intelligence oversight.

    Yet the Senate Intelligence Committee in particular seems to have lost sight of the benefits for its own work of press attention and public engagement. The February 7 hearing on the nomination of John Brennan to be Director of CIA marked the end of a period of more than one year — dating from January 31, 2012 — without a public hearing. This may be an unprecedented hiatus in the history of the Senate Committee. (The House Intelligence Committee has held public hearings more frequently.) In light of last week’s events, the nearly exclusive emphasis on closed hearings should perhaps be reconsidered.

  52. February 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm

  53. 219 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm


    • 220 daisydem
      February 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Yes, Good!

    • February 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      I stopped watching her after her “holier than thou” relentlessness about DADT, like PBO didnt have a methodical, surgical, pinpoint disarmament of the opposition(Richard Burr R-NC voted for it). A year later she ate major crow and tried to make right by saying she was wrong. TOO late, it just displayed her naivete and emotion taking over actual legislative strategy. If someone on TOD post something worthwhile, I let it get filtered through comments to see if its worth the time of day. I will read a Steven Bennen post though. Ok rant over sorry!!!!! I have light on the food intake today…..

      • 222 carolyn
        February 11, 2013 at 8:34 pm

        She must have seen those ratings, because I just saw a promo for next Monday night’s show. She’s going to do an expose of the runup up to the Iraq War and all the lies told to make people want to go to war. I think it’s called the unnecessary war…..she needs to remember who her audience is.

    • 223 anniebella
      February 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Maddow’s rating will continue to take a hit because I am taking a break from her for a while.

      • 224 0388jojothecat
        February 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        Me too…..Ed Shultz too. I would rather watch reruns of The Colbert Report and old series like the Andy Griffith Show than watch her “make” news and controversy about the President where their is none.

    • February 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      I wonder if I can be counted in those statistics? Probably not, as I stopped watching Rachel years ago. There’s only so much outrage I want to handle right when I get home.

    • 226 nabsentia23
      February 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      This was bound to happen. Sorry, Rachel, but you’re annoying when you go into emoprogressive mode.

  54. February 11, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  55. February 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm

  56. 232 susanne
    February 11, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    love our veepee!

    ‘ Vice President Joe Biden on Monday removed his name from consideration for the papacy.

    “I am not running,” Biden, a practicing Catholic, told reporters in Philadelphia according to CNN. Biden was attending a round-table discussion on gun violence with law enforcement officials in the city.

    The question was likely a play on repeated questions Biden has fielded regarding a 2016 presidential run. The vice president has thus far been evasive, although hinted he is at least considering a bid for the White House.

    Truthfully, Biden would have been a long shot for the papacy. The last pope elected from outside the College of Cardinals was Pope Urban VI in 1378, and the last person selected who was not already an ordained priest or monk was Pope Leo X in 1513. ‘

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/282377-biden-i-am-not-running-for-the-papacy#ixzz2KdwdKtye
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

  57. February 11, 2013 at 8:29 pm

  58. February 11, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Um, Michael Andretti — yes, Mario Andretti’s son — is following me. Um, what?

  59. 238 susanne
    February 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    good article from bloomberg:

    ‘ When President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the biggest question he’ll face will be how to get an ambitious second-term agenda through a divided Congress.

    he answer: Go around it.

    On climate change, gun control, gay rights, and even immigration, the White House has signaled a willingness to circumvent lawmakers through the use of presidential power. Already, plans are being laid to unleash new executive orders, regulations, signing statements and memorandums designed to push Obama’s programs forward and cement his legacy, according to administration aides and allies.

    “The big things that we need to get done, we can’t wait on,” said White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer. “If we can take action, we will take action.”


  60. 239 amk for obama
    February 11, 2013 at 8:36 pm

  61. 240 amk for obama
    February 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm

  62. 241 amk for obama
    February 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Unless the fucking dem voters get their shit together every 2 years, instead of every 4 years, scums like nugent and dc logjam will happen.

  63. February 11, 2013 at 9:04 pm

  64. 247 amk for obama
    February 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm

  65. 248 hopefruit2
    February 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    This is some bull right there. I hope Hispanics are smart enough to recognize shenanigans…

  66. February 11, 2013 at 9:24 pm


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