70 Responses to “They Deserve A Vote …..The Time Is Now”

  1. 4 cindy sweatt
    February 19, 2013 at 11:50 pm


  2. 8 isonprize
    February 20, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Of course, they deserve a vote. The problem is that many of the people who are voting have already sold their souls to the devil that is the NRA and its lobbying organizations.

  3. February 20, 2013 at 12:18 am

  4. 16 Judith Fardig
    February 20, 2013 at 1:12 am

    2/22 National Day of Action on reducing gun violence. Look for an Organizing for America event near you at barackobama.com

  5. February 20, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Evening nite owls, finished studying had to drop by, get the skinny. Another beautiful video compilation from Chipsticks…..well done my lady.

  6. February 20, 2013 at 1:29 am

  7. 23 jacquelineoboomer
    February 20, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Goodnight, TODville!

  8. February 20, 2013 at 2:00 am

    A reality just as threatening, if not more so, to the Union than anything slave owning Confederates were able to muster …


    Yes We Can

    • 25 4morefor44
      February 20, 2013 at 2:50 am

      that’s not hyperbole to me either, bob. perhaps the greatest threat america has ever faced, since it’s from within, and those same people control the majority of the message machine (i.e. the mainstream media). forward!!!

    • 26 jackiegrumbacher
      February 20, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Yes, Bob, and it isn’t a battle that one election can win. We have to keep on fighting every day, win election after election, no matter how small the office, OWN alternative media and keep reaching wider and wider audiences. We’re the advance guard in this war, but the troops–the young people, our relentlessly growing diverse population–are right behind us. Our task is to constantly alert them to the danger so they never, never fall asleep on the watch.

    • February 20, 2013 at 11:56 am

      4mf44, Jackie

      Agree with both of you. And, yes it is not hyperbole – it’s blatant and unrelenting.

      #FORWARD Together

  9. 28 LDS
    February 20, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Good morning, Chips. And any night owls/ early birds who are up…..

    I could not sleep and now I know why. I needed to come here and I am so glad that I did. What beautiful videos posted at the top!
    I will use this quiet time to pray for the families whose hearts are still heavy. My heart aches for them not being able to tuck their little ones in bed last night, kiss their foreheads, read to them a bedtime story…….just tell them I love you while giving them a hug.

    Thank you, Chips for keeping the candles lit in their memories. It helps to keep us at our posts to fight alongside our President to bring about some significant changes to save more lives from these senseless shootings.
    God bless their families and Gabby Gifford for all of her efforts.
    Have a great peaceful day everyone!

  10. 29 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 8:09 am

    By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 2/20/13 6:00 AM EST
    President Obama will sit for interviews with eight local reporters on Wednesday, as he continues to ratchet up his pressure on lawmakers to take action to prevent automatic spending cuts from taking effect on March 1.

    “The president will take the case directly to the American people in markets across the country about how their leaders in Congress must act to protect our nation from a self-inflicted wound that would hurt our recovery and the middle class,” the White House said in a statement.

    Picking up where he left off Tuesday with a brief speech delivered with first responders joining him on stage, Obama “will make clear that the only reason that these devastating cuts would hit is if congressional Republicans choose to protect loopholes that benefit the wealthy and big corporations rather than compromise to reduce the deficit in balanced way and protect American families.”

    The White House sees the interviews as an effective way to reach people across the country who don’t pay much attention to national news but who do keep up with what’s happening in their hometowns. It’s a strategy the White House used throughout the presidential campaign and also employed in December as Obama rallied Americans to support him and to push Republicans to act as the fiscal cliff loomed.

    The interviews also come at a time of tension between the White House and the beat reporters who cover the administration, as some in the press argue that the president pays too little attention to the news organizations and journalists who put large amounts of time and money into covering him.

    The White House has not yet provided a list of the outlets that will be interviewing the president, but some stations and reporters have posted online about their planned interviews. Among them: KGO, the ABC affiliate in San Francisco; KITV, the ABC affiliate in Honolulu; and KFOR, the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City. The Honolulu interview will be conducted by Yunji de Nies, who previously covered the Obama and Bush White Houses for ABC News.

    In addition to focusing on local issues that will be hurt by the sequester — as some lawmakers have begun to do — Obama will speak broadly about his view that “congressional Democrats have put forward a balanced proposal to avert these automatic budget cuts and allow both sides to work on a long-term plan to get us on a fiscally sustainable path” and that Republicans should go along with it, the White House said.

    Obama will also offer details on his “plan to put Americans back on the job building the infrastructure American business and workers need to compete in the global economy,” including throughn the Fix it First and Partnership to Rebuild America programs outlined in his State of the Union address.

    The president will also “announce a plan to cut federal review and permitting timelines for construction projects such as highways, bridges, railways, ports, waterways, pipelines, and renewable energy. In talking with local anchors, he will also have the opportunity to discuss specific, important projects in their communities that stand to benefit from these initiatives,” the White House said.

  11. 30 dotster3
    February 20, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I really wish Joe B. hadn’t said, “Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun”—-as he tried to make an anti-automatic weapon point during a Facebook town hall. Big Sigh.

    • 31 Jovie
      February 20, 2013 at 8:26 am

      He is getting pushback on the 2nd Amendment. So, he is trying to address that, and at the same time trying to console the Hunters. A shotgun is the gun of choice for Hunters.
      Was it in artful? Probably.

    • 35 Bill
      February 20, 2013 at 8:27 am

      I love Joe, but I don’t know if he has the discipline to be POTUS. PBO’s shoes are going to be difficult to fill even by Democratic hopefuls.

      • 36 Jovie
        February 20, 2013 at 8:45 am

        Hillary is a lot more message discipline.

        • 37 Bill
          February 20, 2013 at 9:01 am

          I agree. My problem with Hillary is she seems to go along with the current thinking with not offering original ideas. She is great at following a true leader as she has done as Secretary of State. Her vote on Iraq is an example of her following conventional wisdom.

  12. 38 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Did you see that Townhall that McCain held in Az yesterday.
    He tool flak from T baggers on immigration reform and he blasted them as being extreme, sticking up for immigration reform.

    • 39 99ts
      February 20, 2013 at 8:27 am

      Wait until the legislation hits the senate floor – I remember him saying he would NOT filibuster Hagan – he has not a clue what he talks about

      • 40 jackiegrumbacher
        February 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

        Exactly, 99ts, you could get whiplash trying to follow every changing position McCain takes. He stands for nothing and everything. Useless, useless senator, although the competition is stiff among the GOP.

    • 41 desertflower
      February 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Well…those chickens are coming home to roost! Words have consequences! I’ll be writing him and reminding him about that very thing.


      • 42 99ts
        February 20, 2013 at 8:44 am

        He changes his words like I change my clothes – for John McCain what he said yesterday has no bearing on today. I can see him voting against immigration reform as he voted against Sen Hagel (apologies for having his name incorrect above).

        He has become more inflamed than Palin since he lost to President Obama – and why the press think he is god’s gift to round table discussions is beyond comprehension.

        I think he may not run again desertflower – 4 more years may be all your state can take – for wildly different reasons (given he seems to have upset the right, the left and the middle)

        • 43 desertflower
          February 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

          I hope that he doesn’t run again either…trust me! The problem is finding a saner voice to take his spot in the land of crazy….if I only had money 🙂

          • 44 99ts
            February 20, 2013 at 8:48 am

            If only I had a green card – I’d work to be a citizen and give you my vote!

            • 45 desertflower
              February 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

              Bless your heart:) Thanks, 99ts:)

              • 46 99ts
                February 20, 2013 at 9:09 am

                Not sure I could handle the politics – all seems sane and boring in my world – although the press are talking up a right wing government and austerity down here – which is becoming quite frightening – they really are the purveyors of doom and gloom

  13. 47 utaustinliberal
    February 20, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Awesome. Bypassing the crap press corps.

  14. 48 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Chuck Todd Incredulous about laying off Government workers, saying the T Baggers love this and get to force the President to make real cuts to evil government.
    Chuck Todd is a T bagger, no question about it.

    • 49 99ts
      February 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

      If that gaggle of reporters that appear at the White house news briefings are all paid by the media – then it is grossly over staffed & given the reality of the sequester and the recession it will cause – it is to be hoped Todd and others join the unemployment queue. They are fixated with low wages, no unions and no government services.

    • 50 Jovie
      February 20, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Again, chuck Todd says the public will not care about these cuts.
      What planet is he living on?

      • 51 anniebella
        February 20, 2013 at 9:09 am

        Just like the black and hispanics didn’t care about the Republicans trying to keep them from being able to vote.

  15. 52 desertflower
    February 20, 2013 at 8:57 am


    I happened to come across an old email that throws cold water on House Republicans’ attempts to call this “Obama’s Sequester.”

    It’s a PowerPoint presentation that Boehner’s office developed with the Republican Policy Committee and sent out to the Capitol Hill GOP on July 31, 2011. Intended to explain the outline of the proposed debt deal, the presentation is titled: “Two Step Approach to Hold President Obama Accountable.”

    It’s essentially an internal sales document from the old dealmaker Boehner to his unruly and often unreasonable Tea Party cohort. But it’s clear as day in the presentation that “sequestration” was considered a cudgel to guarantee a reduction in federal spending—the conservatives’ necessary condition for not having America default on its obligations.

    The presentation lays out the deal in clear terms, describing the spending backstop as “automatic across-the-board cuts (‘sequestration’). Same mechanism used in 1997 Balanced Budget Agreement.”

    Poor little lying fuckers…this is what happens when all you do is lie. You can’t remember the last one you told, or what it was….so the lies just keep piling on!

  16. 54 utaustinliberal
    February 20, 2013 at 8:57 am

    • 55 99ts
      February 20, 2013 at 9:12 am

      I would love the President to tell them to cancel the correspondents dinner – cannot have people spending their children’s future on trivia like eating out

  17. 56 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Boner wrote an Op Ed blaming the President for The sequester.
    That’s why these cuts are acceptable in their districts, because they Blame the President.
    Tge President should go right into their districts and say this is who will be laid off, and no farm subsidies for you, and forget about that national park in your district, I am closing it, etc.

    • 57 desertflower
      February 20, 2013 at 9:01 am

      see my link @48 jovie……..BUSTED!

    • 58 anniebella
      February 20, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Are their any fair minded honest Republicans any where? John Boehner knows he is lying but the truth does not matter to these Republican politicians.

    • 59 99ts
      February 20, 2013 at 9:15 am

      That op ed got a mention – and a blast from Jay Carney – at the WH press briefing yesterday. He called out Ed Henry a couple of times “you were here – you know that is not correct Ed” – for carrying the water for the GOP.

    • 60 Lovepolitics2008
      February 20, 2013 at 9:35 am

      I fantasize that the President himself would come into the press briefing room and present a little video showing Boehner bragging that he got “98% of what he wanted”. It would make news. The media WON’T confront Boehner with his past quotes, but if the President showed Boehner on video, the media WOULD show it over and over again.

  18. 61 dotster3
    February 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Anyone else following the Oscar Pistorius murder investigation? It will be interesting to see if there is a different justice for the rich and famous in South Africa. Pistorius’ version of events does not make sense and is disputed by neighbors who heard fighting and gunshots that night. I see one of the lawyers Pistorius has added to his “dream team” is someone who got a defendant off a murder charge of Nelson Mandela’s grandchild.

    • 62 AJ
      February 20, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Please explain to me why one’s first thought upon waking up and hearing a noise in the bathroom is that it is NOT coming from the person you’re sharing a bed with.

    • February 20, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Fascinated by the case Dotster, intrigued too to see if his wealth and fame will get him off – the evidence seems to be overwhelming. But, apparently, there are no juries in South African trials, so maybe the judge will see through the ‘dream team’ nonsense? We’ll see.

      • 64 anniebella
        February 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

        My question is why are you going to go shooting through a bathroom door and you have no idea what are who you are shooting at? Seem to me you hear a noise, your first response is to make sure your girlfriend is lying next to you.

        • February 20, 2013 at 9:48 am

          It’s a bizarre defense from his team, but I suppose it’s impossible for them to come up with anything else. What sounds convincing to me are the reports that say she was hiding in the locked bathroom from him, during the row the neighbors heard, and in his rage he shot through the door. If he gets off it will be astonishing.

  19. 67 Jovie
    February 20, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Ha! Chuck Todd said that the President has a chicken little problem and that the public is not listening to him.

  20. 68 Lovepolitics2008
    February 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Folks, I’m getting concerned about the sequester battle. Republicans don’t seem that nervous about letting the sequester take effect. Like someone else said in a previous thread, it’s surprising that Wall Street and the defense contractors are not putting pressure on the republicans …
    I’be done some thinking… What if the republicans intend to let the sequester take effect, and right after this, make some sort of proposition where they put back in the budget the spending THEY like, like defense spending, and maybe a couple of other items. I don’t think democrats will have much leverage because they won’t want to be seen as hurting national security. And frankly, the defense cuts in the sequester ARE too drastic and some of those cuts must be avoided.

    On the other hand, republicans don’t give a damn about cuts to social programs, to government programs, about people losing jobs. They have deluded themselves into thinking that drastic government spending will help improve the economy.

    The more I think of it, the more I’m sure that republicans intend to let the sequester happen and then put back the defense spending in the budget. And they’ve talked to the defense contractors and Wall Street about this. That’s why those guys are not putting pressure on republicans. They’ve been promised that they will NOT get hurt.

    I worry that since senate democrats won’t want to say no to bringing back defense spending in the budget, they won’t have much leverage in negotiations after the sequester takes effect.

  21. 69 anniebella
    February 20, 2013 at 9:30 am

    “F” Chuck Todd.

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