This, That and the Other

@VP meets with parents of teen dating violence victims in his office today


Statement from the President:

Today, Republicans in the Senate faced a choice about how to grow our economy and reduce our deficit.  And instead of closing a single tax loophole that benefits the well-off and well-connected, they chose to cut vital services for children, seniors, our men and women in uniform and their families.  They voted to let the entire burden of deficit reduction fall squarely on the middle class.

I believe we should do better.  We should work together to reduce our deficit in a balanced way – by making smart spending cuts and closing special interest tax loopholes.  That’s exactly the kind of plan Democrats in the Senate have proposed.  But even though a majority of Senators support this approach, Republicans have refused to allow it an up-or-down vote – threatening our economy with a series of arbitrary, automatic budget cuts that will cost us jobs and slow our recovery.

Tomorrow I will bring together leaders from both parties to discuss a path forward.  As a nation, we can’t keep lurching from one manufactured crisis to another.  Middle-class families can’t keep paying the price for dysfunction in Washington.  We can build on the over $2.5 trillion in deficit reduction we’ve already achieved, but doing so will require Republicans to compromise.  That’s how our democracy works, and that’s what the American people deserve.


E.J. Dionne: This has to stop.

Ever since they took control of the House of Representatives in 2011, Republicans have made journeys to the fiscal brink as commonplace as summertime visits to the beach or the ballpark. The country has been put through a series of destructive showdowns over budget issues we once resolved through the normal give-and-take of negotiations.

The old formula held that when government was divided between the parties, the contending sides should try to “meet in the middle.” But the current Republican leadership doesn’t know the meaning of the word “middle,” so intimidated by the tea party has it become.

More here



Washington Post Editorial: “This is not the kind of a question you can leave to Congress,” Justice Antonin Scalia pronounced during a Supreme Court argument Wednesday.

The subject was the Voting Rights Act, one of the most successful pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history, and in particular its Section 5….

“It was clear to 98 senators, including every senator from a covered state, who decided that there was a continuing need for this piece of legislation,” Justice Elena Kagan said, in what might seem a self-evident point.

But not to Justice Scalia. “Or decided that perhaps they’d better not vote against …. They are going to lose votes if they do not reenact the Voting Rights Act. Even the name of it is wonderful: the Voting Rights Act. Who is going to vote against that in the future?”

This is a stunning line of argumentation…

More here


ThinkProgress: After nearly a year of partisan infighting on Capitol Hill, the House of Representatives and the Senate finally agreed to send a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to President Obama’s desk.

…. by a vote of 286 to 138, the House passed the bipartisan Senate-approved version of the bill … all 138 votes against the bill were Republicans.

A watered down Republican version of the bill, which was offered as a substitute amendment, failed to garner enough votes to slow the process. It was struck down by a vote of 257 to 166. Sixty Republicans voted against their own party’s replacement measure. Twenty-seven members of Congress, all Republicans, voted against both versions….

More here


President Obama and VP Joe Biden talk with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in the Outer Oval Office, following his swearing-in ceremony in the Oval Office, Feb. 28 (Photo by Pete Souza)


Greg Sargent: As expected, the Obama administration has submitted a friend of the court brief in the case challenging Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court. Just as gay rights advocates had hoped, Obama’s Solicitor General has made a sweeping case against Proposition 8 as unconstitutional, which is a bold move and makes it more likely that the Supreme Court will strike down the law with a similarly sweeping argument. This in turn could set a precedent for challenging the constitutionality of other state laws banning gay marriage — potentially leading to full equality across the country.

In short, in this brief, the United States government has put the force of a fully fleshed out legal argument behind Obama’s historic words during his Inaugural Address: “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

More here


TPM: Chrysler is investing millions in the Kokomo, Indiana, area as it shifts most of its vehicles to new transmissions that save fuel and better suit the driving habits of Americans.

The automaker will invest nearly $400 million at four plants in the Kokomo, Indiana, area, adding 1,250 jobs to what it says it the largest transmission factory complex in the world. The plants will make fuel-efficient eight- and nine-speed automatic transmissions.

More here


Still catching up with stuff on poor threatened Bob Woodward, these are just a few snippets that you probably all read, oh, hours ago. That he’s appearing on Hannity says it all, really –

Steve Benen: …. This would be an ideal time for Woodward to start walking back some of his increasingly bizarre claims, but instead, he’s agreed to appear on television tonight – with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

No, seriously.

When it comes to his chosen profession, Bob Woodward has had the kind of career most media professionals can only dream of … Which is why it saddens me to see him become so reckless for no reason. I just can’t figure out what’s gotten into Woodward, or why he’s acting so erratically. But at this point, it seems Woodward is doing lasting, possibly irreparable harm to his once-sterling reputation, and that is a genuine shame….

Full post here


Michael Tomasky: … it’s obvious to anyone who knows [Sperling] that he meant Woodward would regret having a big factual error hanging around his neck for the sake of his historical reputation… A big factual error Woodward made over the weekend that is misleading in very important ways. He said that Obama and his people were lying when they claim that revenues have been understood to be part of any sequester deal. He is wrong. Dead flat-out wrong.

He doesn’t correct this, and the Politico story, which started this whole thing, doesn’t correct it…

…. And all this is happening, of course, in a larger context in which you have one side, the side that lost the last election by the way, taking a “negotiating” position that is supported by 19 percent of the people and refusing to budge from it one inch. Which is somehow Obama’s fault because he just needs to show “leadership.” The economy is at serious risk here, and this is what our agenda-setters are feeding us? These people are children, and this is really as bad as Washington gets.

Full post here


Charles Pierce: [Politico] were summoned to an undisclosed location where Bob Woodward is hiding because someone in the Obama administration pointed out that he might one day regret having been publicly stupid on the subject of the sequester, and Bob knows what that means. So, huddled in his bunker, fiddling with the knobs on the crystal set and eating cold Spaghetti-O’s out of the can, Bob summoned two of the only reporters he knows who share the same level of self-delusion that he does.

…. Jesus H. Christ on a two-picture deal, Bob, you got your ass kicked by Ezra Klein, let alone the White House. This is the guy who bravely walked into darkened parking garages in the dead of night to bring down a criminal president? He now believes himself “threatened” by Gene Fcking Sperling, because Sperling said Woodward was “going to regret” being wrong? ….

Full magnificent post here


Media Matters: Conservative media figures are abandoning Washington Post writer Bob Woodward’s over-hyped claim that he was threatened by a White House official.

More here


Some time later….

Woodward in the Washington Post:

“I never characterized it as a ‘threat’. I think that was Politico’s word.”



Bloomberg Businessweek? WTF? (ThinkProgress)



Washington Post: First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday announced an effort to engage 50,000 schools in an effort to bring physical activity back to the classroom, and she’s getting a big assist from Nike.

The shoe-maker will spend $50 million on the “Let’s Move Active Schools” effort over the next five years. Several other organizations are combining to donate $20 million, including the GENYOUth Foundation, ChildObesity180, Kaiser Permanente and the General Mills Foundation.

…. “With each passing year, schools feel like it’s just getting harder to find the time, the money, and the will to help our kids be active,” Michelle Obama said. “But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean we should stop trying – it means we should try harder. It means that all of us – not just educators, but businesses and non-profits and ordinary citizens – we all need to dig deeper and start getting even more creative.”

More here

See video here


First Lady Michelle Obama at her “Bringing Physical Activity Back to Schools” event at McCormick Place in Chicago on February 28


287 Responses to “This, That and the Other”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    February 28, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Haven’t caught up on the last thread yet. Hi everyone

  2. 7 Proud Former White House Intern
    February 28, 2013 at 8:01 pm


  3. February 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Yes Mission to divert GOP from blame accomplished

    Woodward’s self-insertion into the final week of the sequester debacle is as intentional as a mosquito sucking blood from its victim.

    Woodward has been on a singular mission to radically dismantle the social safety net as we know it. His latest book condemning the President for not closing the 2011 debt ceiling deal by offering up “Entitlements” for sacrifice to the fiscal gods, is particularly vicious. Here’s what he said in aCNBC interview in Sept 2012 (http://www.cnbc.com/id/49065024/Bob_Woodward_Fiscal_039Day_of_Reckoning039_Is_Coming) :

    The Fiscal Times (TFT): How did you choose your book’s title, “The Price of Politics”? Is it a reference to the price we’re all going to pay for solutions our political leaders have not yet reached?

    Bob Woodward (BW): There is a price [to pay]. We’re dancing on the sharp edge of a razor blade, as I’ve said before. We could fall off and the result would be calamitous. In the book, if you look at all the things [Tim] Geithner [the Treasury Secretary] was saying in the meetings – that a potential default could trigger a depression worse than the 1930s and that it would be indelible… It’s like virginity. Once you default, you don’t get it back.

    TFT : How does Obama compare in broad terms to other presidents you’ve covered?

    BW: Well, he’s very, very smart. But there’s a “divided man” quality to him. He tells people, “I’m a blue dog. I want fiscal restraint and order.” At the same time, as he told me, “I don’t want to cut entitlements in any way that would hurt vulnerable populations.” So, there isn’t the quality of, “This is how we’re going to do it.” When I was in the Navy in the ‘60s an executive officer had a plaque in his office that said, “He who does not know to which port he is sailing has no favorable wind.” Sometimes it is not clear whether Obama is sailing to the fiscal restraint port – or to the “protect-the-entitlements-at-all-costs” port.

    TFT : Is he strong enough to stand up to the Democratic congressional leadership when he needs to?

    BW: The book shows that he doesn’t control [Sen. Nancy] Pelosi [former Speaker of the House] or [Sen. Harry] Reid [Senate Majority Leader]. They were resistant to cutting any entitlements. I don’t know that he could have gotten their agreement had [Obama and Boehner] reached a deficit-reduction deal – just as it was pretty evident Boehner was going to have trouble with Cantor and the Tea Party Republicans.

    TFT: A week ago Romney criticized the defense sequestration cuts agreed to in last summer’s debt-ceiling deal. Won’t this hurt him, since it goes against what Paul Ryan, his running mate and other GOP leaders agreed to last year?

    BW: I just don’t know. It depends. Congress can do whatever they want, and it depends on how binding the sequestration agreement from the Super Committee is. They could postpone it like lots of these things, like the Bush tax cuts. So the day of reckoning will only be worse, because there will be a day of reckoning… It’s sad for the country that these things weren’t fixed. They weren’t ever going to be fixed completely last year or this year, but at least they were on a path toward some stability. [They were doing] several little things, like increasing the Medicare age from 65, up to, eventually, 66 or 67. You could do that slowly, you could start in 3-5 years or more, but at least it would be saying, “We’re going to do something.” But everything has been postponed that’s hard.


    TFT : How are you able to do what you do – to get very high-level political leaders to speak to you, on the record, off the record – for so many years?

    BW: I have the luxury of time. I can get a little something and then go back, and go back again. And I have no politics in this. I’m politically neutral and I want to make sure that people have their say. There’ve been some complaints about other books and this book, that, “Oh, it’s so long, and it’s meetings, and it’s positions that people take” – but I want to make sure that what they’ve concluded and said and done is fully reflected. And I try to take them as seriously as they take themselves.

    This single minded focus on gutting or restructuring our social safety net has consumed him so much that I believe he felt the need to insert himself into the fiscal narrative this time in order not to let the President go scot free once again on “tackling entitlements”.

    By inserting himself in the narrative, he thinks he can accomplish 4 things:

    1. Divert blame away from the Republicans on sequester.

    2. Focus Beltway ire on President Obama, and give comfort to the deficit hawks.

    3. Halt the President’s successful change of narrative from deficit mania to Pre-K education, gun violence & infrastructure.

    4. Arrogate Broderite relevance to himself

  4. 16 vcprezofan2
    February 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Roberta, congrats! Having been totally out of the loop ALL day I can’t wait to know what ‘this, that and the other’ is all about! Hey chips, so happy to walk in and notice that you did not leave out ‘the other’ this time. 😉 😉

  5. February 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Good evening TOD. Chips hope all is well at the homestead…..your mid day absence has people asking questions(AMK). But I just know you are a busy bee of late! And Congrats Roberta #1

    • 24 Roberta in MN
      February 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks lovelplains. Your tweets are getting as good as bobf4 🙂

    • 26 amk for obama
      February 28, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      I have a question.

      How come Jack Lew gets an oval office swearing in with both the kenyan and the white dood but poor Chuck Hagel gets one in an undisclosed darthvaderesque location with an unknown alien ?

      It’s a serious question.

      • February 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm

        Good question, Amk! Anyone?

        • 28 carolyn
          February 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

          Secretary Hagel was sworn in at the Pentagon by a defense department executive. I have a feeling he didn’t want any publicity and wanted it that way. I imagine other venues were offered, but he wanted to get to work and that was the way to do it. Did you see his big smile when he got out of his car at the Pentagon? He was ready and didn’t need formalities. I think that’s what he is.
          I have no inside knowledge, but this is what I think having watched and listened to him.

        • February 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm

          “Well, it was a private ceremony with members of his family, including grandchildren,” Carney replied. As you know, now-Secretary Lew has served President Obama in four positions, this is his fourth. And he and the president have become close through their service together and the president wanted to have this ceremony for Secretary Lew in the Oval Office because of that relationship.” Click on the link below where Jay Carney mocks Ed Henry, video included.

        • 30 utaustinliberal
          March 1, 2013 at 1:56 am

          Sec. Lew has served in four different positions for Pres. Obama and they share a very close friendship and relationship. So Pres. Obama wanted to do this for Lew and his family.

      • 31 yardarm756
        February 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm

        PBO and Lew have a personal relationship that doesn’t exist with Hagel. That’s all.

      • 32 utaustinliberal
        March 1, 2013 at 1:56 am

        Sec. Lew has served in four different positions for Pres. Obama and they share a very close friendship and relationship. So that’s why Pres. Obama wanted to do this for Lew and his family.

  6. February 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Check out this article written by a venture capitalist. I am reluctant to share this, yet we need to know things like this are out there and I’m sure floating around right-wing sites. I found this on Forbes after I looked at the 10 best places to be born and raised in 2013.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/billfrezza/2013/02/27/sequester-this-president-obamas-colossal-media-blunder/. Fortitude needed before you read though none of it will surprise you.

    I posted this at the end of the last thread…….same time Chips did new thread.

    • 34 99ts
      February 28, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      The whole debt debacle is on the GOP – but the right wing press – cannot let the black guy be right – ever. I think it’s a badly written piece with no merit – anyone who suggests the MSM supports PBO – does not read or listen to the MSM.

      • February 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm

        That was my assessment as well, 99.

      • 36 majiir
        February 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm

        I’m beginning to think that the republicans are grossly underestimating the American people, 99ts. More Americans than they are aware of know who is responsible for this fiscal mess and know that it’s not PBO who is refusing to compromise with republicans. A recent poll showed that over 70% of Americans think PBO is reaching out to republicans more than they are to him. The republicans’ have major problems. One is their tendency to think/believe that they “know” what a majority of us want. The other is their hermetically sealed echo chamber. They’re telling themselves that the American people are on their side, just like they told themselves that Romney would win the election with a landslide. Any sane individual would think that being so wrong about the last presidential election would disabuse them of these beliefs/thoughts, but it hasn’t. IIRC, it was a republican who said that the GOP creates its’ own reality. Times have changed, but the GOPers adamantly refuse to change, so they continue to delude themselves into thinking that their reality is the only valid reality, and they’re wrong.

    • March 1, 2013 at 1:26 am

      Stupid article and Pope Ben was top 5 most powerful. I don’t think so.

  7. February 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm

  8. February 28, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Michelle looks very athletic – is that a track suit? (I should know, but I don’t!)

    • 40 anniebella
      February 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      She works out. We have heard her and POTUS talk about going to the gym to work out.Some times they go together.

  9. February 28, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Posted at the end of the last thread:

    “Barack Obama gives you permission to have an awesome St. Patrick’s Day.”

  10. 45 99ts
    February 28, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Ahhhhh – I just posted on the last thread – got to remember to refresh the page before I post

    Ed having a very good show which SO proves the point he is making – Bob Woodward has completely changed the debate from the sequester to Bob Woodward. The whole show is about Woodward. Barney Frank was very good – he did discuss the sequester.

    • 46 Bill
      February 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      I don’t see how Woodward can appear in public again. This ranks up there with Clint Eastwood.

      • 47 99ts
        February 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm

        Very similar Bill. Woodward regrets already running to the RW press. He is finding first hand that they put their own spin on what anyone says – especially someone who was previously known as supporting democrats.

      • February 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        Tweet that RIGHT now Bill – I want to re-tweet! 🙂

        • March 1, 2013 at 2:44 am

          Chips, I haven’t gotten an email notification the last two threads. I thought it might have to do with my WordPress account because I’ve been trying to set up a blog. So I thought I undid everything I had done. So I resigned for email. I get a notice telling me you have sent an email for me to confirm, but I can’t find it. I was getting it in my email box, but now nowhere to be found now. I can’t find it in WordPress either. Please help. Thanks. Carol

  11. February 28, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    At the 100th anniversary of Washington’s Women’s Suffrage Parade on Sunday, participants will march in the bold tradition of suffragette Inez Milholland — even if they, and most of America, have never heard of her. Of all the images and people invoked during this centennial celebration, perhaps the least remembered is the one woman said to have died for the cause.

    via @nycjim:

    Women got the right to vote 7 years after this march.

  12. 52 99ts
    February 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Pierce also has a great post on sequestration

  13. February 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    The great man wears his heart on his sleeve…..

  14. 55 vcprezofan2
    February 28, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    From the E.J. Dionne article above
    In the Senate, ditch the unconstitutional abuse of the filibuster and let a plan pass by simple-majority vote. Misuse of the filibuster is a central cause of Washington’s contorted policymaking. Let’s end the permanent budget crisis by governing ourselves though the majorities that every sane democracy uses.

    The air of establishment Washington is filled with talk that Obama must “lead.” But Obama cannot force the House Republican majority to act if it doesn’t want to. He is (fortunately) not a dictator.

    What Obama can do is expose the cause of this madness, which is the dysfunction of the Republican Party.

    Journalists don’t like saying this because it sounds partisan. But the truth is the truth, whether it sounds partisan or not.

    • 56 amk for obama
      February 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      harry reid screwed the pooch on that one. What a golden opportunity laid waste by the boneless dems.

      • 57 vcprezofan2
        February 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm

        Well hello there, Amk, my lad! 😆 Seems like forever since we’ve crossed paths. Have you been deliberately keeping a low profile, or did offended wimmin finally smother you?

        To respond to your response:True it does seems like Reid missed an opportunity (though we don’t know what he was hearing from his caucus), yet this is way more than that IMO. If I’m reducing the current kerfuffle to its lowest common denominator (Wow! that popped into my head from waaaay back when – hope it fits) I’d say the Republicans lack governing character.

        • 58 amk for obama
          February 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm

          If reid couldn’t control his own caucus on this most critical issue of governance, then he is no different than boner.

          I have been partaying with some kenyan bidness guests with red wines. Yeah, back to the bottle for me. Jus’ kidding.

          • 59 vcprezofan2
            February 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm

            Are the Kenyans STILL in your corner? I thought you were sending them to some resort or other to ‘detox’ after you poisoned their system with too much red wine?. Well, I trust all is going well in that quarter, though I suspect they might be too soused to make sensible business decisions.

  15. February 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    whoah! Now Woodward is saying he never said the White House threatened him. I guess Politico & Woodward are gonna have to sort this nonsense out.

    • 64 99ts
      February 28, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Heading to the RW press to cry not a good idea – Woodward has learnt a lesson & lost any remaining credibility he had. He has also, single handedly turned himself into the sequester news – proving that media tarts come in all shapes and sizes.

      So I would slightly modify the text on Chip’s palin/woodward pic above

      When you become a media tart – you have credibility issues.

  16. 66 sherijr
    February 28, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    wowzer Chips ~ all this news, thank YOU!

  17. 68 desertflower
    February 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm


    Call for the Impeachment of Justice Antonin Scalia for violating the oath of the office.

    Justice Scalia stated that the continuation of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act represented the “perpetuation of racial entitlement,” saying that lawmakers had only voted to renew the act in 2006 because there wasn’t anything to be gained politically from voting against it. The oath of office requires that I he remain impartial and protect all persons rights equally under the law. His statement indicates he not only is not impartial, but also is trying to circumvent the constitution. The legislature put in place laws to protect right to vote for all Americans. His statements are political in nature and indicates that it is his duty to circumvent the actions of the two other branches of government.

    • 69 carolyn
      February 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      I want to sign this petition, but I have a techie problem. Evidently at some time in the past, I set up an account, however….I cannot remember my password. So, I submitted my email and was sent an email with instructions of how to resubmit a password. I am to copy and paste a very long address into my browser. Now, I know how to highlight, and I can rightclick to bring up “copy”…..but then, what in the world do I do? What is meant by “into your browser” and how is that done? Any help would be appreciated. I can usually learn one thing at a time on a computer. Thank you in advance.

      • 70 desertflower
        February 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm

        After you’ve copied the link with that right click, then bring up a new tab in whatever browser you use, and paste the link in there…

        • 71 amk for obama
          February 28, 2013 at 9:27 pm

          Or she can just click the link which will take her to the page.

          • 72 desertflower
            February 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm

            Sometimes that doesn’t work when they send that info to you in your email…the same thing she’s describing happened to me, so I know what she means…it’s not a hyperlink ( I think that’s what you call it:) She actually will have to cut and paste into her browser….How’s thing’s shakin’ with you this fine night (day) amk?!! Kenyans all vacayed out? sassy and happy? Hope all went well.

            • 73 amk for obama
              February 28, 2013 at 9:41 pm

              True. It it’s not a hyperlink, you got to do it the hard way.

              The kenyens went away with the notion my ken on engineering is teh awesome. winesey chessy peasy.

              • 74 carolyn
                February 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

                Thanks for trying…..but I don’t even understand what “bring up another tab” means. I just don’t do this ever. Pitiful thing is, I tell my students at various times, “just copy and paste it into your browser.” They know exactly how to do it. I just know how to say it.

    • February 28, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Signed and shared, let’s get rid of this mofo. And may it be a warning to all the others who refuse to recognize the world is CHANGING!

    • 78 desertflower
      February 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Can a Tweeter please Tweet this?

    • 81 desertflower
      February 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      We need 99,930 more signatures. LET’S GET THIS THING IN GEAR!

  18. 84 Vicki
    February 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    The Bloomberg cover is an absolute disgrace.
    The people hanging out of the windows should be guys in suits and ties, hedge fund short-sellers who took the upfront fees and sold empty bags to the unsuspecting. They just couldn’t wait to write mortgages they knew would fail.

    The 2008 housing collapse was caused by banksters conspiring with the ratings agency and mortgage writing companies to push inappropriate mortgages on not-too-savvy but optimistic folks.

    This attempt to pin the blame on housebuyers is truly disgusting. This cover is the real Bloomberg attitude. Pin all blame on the people who can’t fight back.
    All taxation on those who can’t shelter their incomes.

    So he’s getting credit for good work on guns. Don’t forget who this nightmare for the workingclass actually is. Bloomberg is the Obama-Opposite.

  19. February 28, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Ms. Chips, I know you hear this a lot, but I just got to say it for the 2 millionth times: Thanks so much for what you do and what you have given the TOD family. To channel Robert De Niro: You’re Good, Na Na You Good, Hey I said Your Good 🙂 😀

  20. 87 desertflower
    February 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm


    The Tyler Morning Telegraph has learned that a Van Independent School District employee accidentally was shot during a district-sponsored concealed handgun license class on Wednesday.
    The class was part of an effort to permit teachers to carry firearms on VISD campuses.

    Leslie Goode, a Van ISD school board member, confirmed that “there was an accident involving one of the employees today.”

    Goode would not disclose the identity of the employee or the nature of the injury, but did say the accident would not change his mind about a recent decision by the board to arm some teachers.

    Read the rest…..seriously.

    • 88 Roberta in MN
      February 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Texas is a place unto itself. I am so glad I moved back to MN from there. It boggles the mind.

      • 89 desertflower
        February 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        Sometimes it doesn’t sound all that different from AZ, to be honest. If I could get out, I would.

        • 90 desertflower
          February 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm

          Of course, we DO have a Dem mayor….who’s doing this 🙂


          • 91 Jey
            February 28, 2013 at 10:34 pm

            I wish govts did not have to buy back guns. Instead, gun manufacturing should be outlawed. I wonder sometimes as to who the folks are that manufacture guns? Do they proudly display the type of business or name for all to see? I have never come across one and sometimes wonder where are guns made and who’s making them? How does it get distributed etc etc etc. Why would someone be a part of a business where no good can come from, anyway – then again one could ask that about sugary pop too :o) I suppose … lol. Pondering out aloud, that’s all. I mean, there are no tv commercials for guns, are there? Not like cereal or cars or anything … soooo, how is it that guns are available so easily? Not that I would know where to buy guns other than the store that sells fishing / hunting stuff.It would be a whole lot nicer if we were a society that loved more, practiced compassion more and needed less … oh well …

            Have a good night all you night-owls! 🙂

    • 92 99ts
      February 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      I thought someone had named the employee today – a maintenance man – just found the link again

      Little doubt that this man will be the first to sue the school board – it is to hoped the children survive this program.

  21. 93 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I’d like two seconds with Scalia…

  22. February 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I hate to keep harping on Woodward, but right now he’s the glaring example of what’s wrong with our elite media culture.

    Except for the pillars of the right wing Obama hate media (Limbaugh, Beck, Breitbart, and Drudge) the rest of the media has abandoned Woodward’s threat story. The only people who see a threat in that email exchange are those who make their money by pushing anti-Obama rhetoric. Limbaugh doesn’t care if it is true or not. He is going use Woodward’s story to spin the tale of Obama the evil dictator in order to give his audience what they want.

    Story here: http://www.politicususa.com/rush-limbaugh-thinks-obama-kill-bob-woodward-death-panel.html

    Limbaugh is saying that Woodward will get done in by…. DEATH PANELS! smh

    • February 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      I just can’t get my head around this madness LL, lots of theories put forward about Woodward’s motives for all of this, starting with his complete dishonesty re the sequester, but none really explains to me what the **** is going on inside his head. Even RWNJs were stepping away from him today, and he’s a laughing stock among people with brains. Utterly bizarre.

      • 99 99ts
        February 28, 2013 at 8:49 pm

        What I would have said if I had refreshed the page before posting – sigh – will I ever remember to do that

      • February 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm

        As I said in my piece, and as TPM said in its, the GOP’s Obama Derangement Syndrome has fully infected elite DC. It doesn’t matter how many times Obama wipes the floor with them, they still think that he’s unworthy of the Presidency and that THIS TIME will be his undoing. It’s really gone beyond just racial animus; they have an image of Obama which bears no relation to reality, but they can’t let go of it.

        • February 28, 2013 at 8:59 pm

          Oh, missed your piece LL, still only catching up with everything now, going to look up right now.

          “….they still think that he’s unworthy of the Presidency and that THIS TIME will be his undoing”

          That’s it, exactly. All the time, the tone: ‘We’ll bring this guy down a peg or two.”

          It’s just extraordinary that Woodward, for all his faults, would join in on this.

          But he’s well and truly exposed now.

          • February 28, 2013 at 9:27 pm

            Some months ago he published a book and he basically blamed PBO for his leadership. Someone is helping Ben Bradley write a book, only because Ben doesn’t want to do it, but he has a contract. He’s reading through letters sent between Mr. Bradley and who ever. Maybe he came across something. I just finished reading it. I got the link from a post here, but I don’t know which paper it was. I think WaPo, but I could be wrong. I’m so mixed up right now.

      • 103 Vicki
        February 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm

        Washed up pundit desparate for attention. Shiny object for Press.
        Woodward a threat only to himself.

      • February 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm

        Ms. Chips, it’s a waste of time to try and figure out where that AH is coming from. I want to preference my next statement by saying this: don’t confuse a fool with an idiot, which brings me to Proverb 17:12:

        Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs,
        Rather than a fool in his folly.

        My application (not interpretation) is this: You know this bear is angry, therefore, you are going to do what you can to get yourself out of harms way, even if it means running at the first opportunity.

        But, when you encounter a fool, our instinct as human beings is to try and correct that fool, when we should actually treat that fool as you would an angry bear that’s been robbed of her cubs.

      • 107 nathkatun7
        March 1, 2013 at 12:50 am

        I think a possible explanation is that people Bob Woodward, like Cornel West, is drunk with his own self-importance. He is angry with President Obama because he refused to kiss his behind.

    • 108 99ts
      February 28, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      As I mentioned above – when his attack on the President was called out for being WRONG – he went to the RW press because he well knew they would welcome him with open arms. He is now owned by them – in their fight against the President – and it is to be hoped his book sales reflect this fact.

    • 109 anniebella
      February 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Maybe these rightwing extreme crazy ass Republicans might do away with Woodward and blame it on POTUS.

  23. February 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    http://www.democratsenators.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=0logj4MdtpyiWvm3Z6b76XfqB54%2Fu6tW That’s my Patti! No fooling her, no fooling around! (I haven’t actually seen this yet, so hope this lnk is good!)

  24. February 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Neocons/GOP chicken-hawks want to send people off to sensless war’s, and this is what they have waiting for them in return….

  25. February 28, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Ok all, off to a going away party. See everyone tomorrow!

  26. February 28, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  27. February 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm

  28. 118 isonprize
    February 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation,

    are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.

    They want rain without thunder and lightning;

    they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.

    The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one,

    or it may be both. But it must be a struggle.

    Power concedes nothing without a demand;

    it never has and it never will.

    ~~~~ Frederick Douglass, 1857

  29. 121 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm

  30. February 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    This should be an interesting documentary.
    “That haunting music, does that just play when [Cheney’s] around?” – Jon Stewart to director R.J. Cutler http://t.co/GA1OegjPZU
    How did I do LP? Hope it turns out right.

  31. 133 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm

  32. February 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    • 135 susanne
      February 28, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      hmmm….could it be… treason?

      • March 1, 2013 at 2:24 am

        In fact, Susanne, it is … on a scale only witnessed in 1861 when Jeff Davis resigned from the Senate and attempted to destroy America.

        We face vastly more wealthy and dangerous domestic terrorists in today’s GOP than all that the Confederacy could muster.

        That is not hyperbole and I have zero doubt our President knows just how grave a threat the plutocrats and their GOP serfs are.

        We Will Prevail

  33. February 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm

  34. February 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm

  35. 145 99ts
    February 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I am intrigued as to why the media has given up on discussing the sequester – suddenly it’s not so bad – the reason?
    – the President will win the debate tomorrow
    – as suggested by Rachel – when you can write the dates of critical events into your calendar they stop being critical.

    Surely the GOP is becoming the party that cries “fire” once too often

  36. February 28, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    OK so I had announced a self-imposed Woodward ban, put into effect a few hours ago, I have decided it does not start until 12:00PM EST.

    • 148 anniebella
      February 28, 2013 at 11:24 pm

      How the mighty have fallen. Bob Woodward is an embarrassment.

      • 149 anniebella
        February 28, 2013 at 11:28 pm

        The guy told him he was going to regret what he was saying because it would be proven that he was wrong. So what does Woodward do? He runs to the people who don’t care that he is telling lies.. Says alot about what Woodward has become.

  37. 150 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    A man staggers into a hospital with concussion, Multiple bruises, two black eyes and a 5 iron wrapped tightly around his neck.

    The doctor asked “What happened to you?”

    “Well I was playing Golf with my wife when she hit the ball on to a cow that was grazing there in the field. So I yelled, “you stupid cow”. I don’t remember much after that “

  38. 151 amk for obama
    February 28, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Employer to applicant: “In this job we need someone who is responsible.”

    Applicant: “Oh, then I’m the one you want. On my last job, every time anything went wrong, they said I was responsible.”

  39. February 28, 2013 at 9:55 pm

  40. February 28, 2013 at 9:55 pm

  41. 154 desertflower
    February 28, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Look at this. Read this. And send this to every single one of the republicans that voted against VAWA today. I will send this to my rep, who voted no, and tell him that he needs to explain his contemptible vote!


  42. 155 99ts
    February 28, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    NEVER will pundits on either side give the President any credit for what he does.

    • February 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      What is so very cool 99 is that 27+ Million PBO Twitter followers and millions of OFA members have completely surpassed the pundidiots and WE are the media now and will only grow stronger, more pervasive and intense in spreading the truth as each day passes.

      We the People …. RULE!

      Yes We Can

      • 157 99ts
        February 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm

        Thanks Bob, you and Chips remind me every day not to be negative – sometimes I revert to be the angry old woman – I remember as a child laughing at an elderly relative who used to scream at the TV – and now I want to do that myself!

        Also, too – the number of twitter followers is truly a representation of how many appreciate who this President is – and what he does.

        • February 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm

          We’re all here for each other, 99. Understand the anger. We just need to channel all that energy, as President Obama does every day, toward our objectives – a more equitable and promising future for humanity.


      • 159 nathkatun7
        March 1, 2013 at 1:12 am

        Great Job, Bob! I am absolutely convinced that your tireless work, spreading TRUTH, is reaching millions of people. Mainstream media pundits are quickly discovering that they can no longer get away peddling lies without encountering serious push backs.

        • March 1, 2013 at 2:17 am

          Thank you nath. I’m but one of millions of voices who now know they have several media available for them to participate and enrich our Democracy. Your support means so much to me.


    • February 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      • 163 prettyfoot58
        March 1, 2013 at 12:47 am

        Wonder what Morning Joe will say about this…

        • 164 4morefor44
          March 1, 2013 at 1:02 am

          i’m not. but i’m sure if i stop by here tomorrow and read the comment section, several people will have every word typed out for me anyway. sigh…

      • 165 anniebella
        March 1, 2013 at 5:02 am

        Guess what? Bob Woodward is getting just what he wanted. Attention. Someone to pay attention to the once great journalists, who all he had to do is mention his name and everyone would grant him interviews. Not anymore. So what does he do he make up lies and go to the liars of all liars GOPolitico and Fox. You hang around with skunks, you will come out smelling like one too.

    • 166 99ts
      February 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      When you lie down with dogs – you wake up with fleas – seems to fit the occasion.

      He agreed that Washington journalists are liberals – the WHPC who complain because they cannot watch a golf game or ask stupid questions of a newly nominated secretary?? Or do they mean Chuck Todd who convinced himself and his network that Romney was by far the best option in the last election!!!!!!!!

  43. 167 majiir
    February 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I’m certainly hoping that Woodward is having some very sleepless nights as he tries to figure a way out of the mess he’s gotten himself into. Although he might think so, but going on Hannity’s program is not the way out of his predicament.

  44. February 28, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Congratulations to this year’s Nellie Tayloe Ross Award recipient, Donna Robbins of Campbell County!!! Thank you Donna for your hard work and dedication to the Wyoming and the Democratic Party. Donna was our team leader for OFA.WY

  45. 170 desertflower
    February 28, 2013 at 10:27 pm


    How the GOP Cookie Crumbles

    by BooMan
    Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 09:58:00 PM EST
    According to reporting by Katrina Trinko of National Review, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told one member during a closed-door conference yesterday that they had to allow a vote on the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) or they would cause a “civil war” within the Republican caucus. It is quite possible that Cantor was correct. South Jersey Congressman Jon Runyan (formerly a red cape for Michael Strahan when he played offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles), led a bloc of 19 Republicans who insisted on a vote on the Senate version. The Republican majority is currently 232-200, which means that 19 defections would put the Democrats in the majority on this issue at 219-213. The way the rules of the House work, whatever a majority wants to do, they can do. If a bipartisan majority wants something that the House leadership opposes, they can create a discharge petition. The way a discharge works is hard to explain but what it boils down to is that if a majority of the total membership of the House signs the petition then they can force a vote on a bill.

    What Rep. Runyan demonstrated was that he had the votes to prevail on a discharge petition. Signing a discharge petition when you are serving in the majority is deeply disloyal and is almost never done. But Runyan didn’t have to sign one because his ordinary petition conveyed the message adequately.

    Cantor was chosen to send this message to the pro-rape caucus because he was the leader of the pro-rape cause. Cantor still wound up voting against the VAWA reauthorization, but he recognized that his side was defeated and he didn’t want his defeat to become a huge story.

    If you are wondering how Boehner could lose his speakership, this is basically how it would happen. It would probably be a coup from the middle rather than a coup from the right. In this case, Boehner caved in because he wanted to cave in. But he could easily face a different issue where he decides to stand with the wingnuts. And then some bloc of about 20 moderate Republicans (mostly from the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest) could cut a deal with the Democrats to elect a new Speaker.

    If you think it can’t happen, take a look at comments from Mid-Atlantic Republicans Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Pete King of Long Island, New York. Patience is definitely wearing thin since the vast majority of the Republican caucus voted against relief for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

    The thing is, if this cookie crumbles, it won’t crumble just for Boehner. If the caucus splits apart in the way I’ve described, it will pretty much be the end of the GOP as a national party.

    P L E A S E !!!!

  46. February 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Speaker Pelosi ain’t playing ….

    • 178 anniebella
      March 1, 2013 at 4:53 am

      I have never seen a more sorry Speaker in all my life. This man doesn’t do anything but try to save his job. After just coming back from a 10 day vacation, now the House left yesterday for the week-end. So while Americans are left wondering and worrying how their life will be affected by the sequester, they have gotten more time off from their job.

  47. February 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    • 180 99ts
      February 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      When I was a child (not of the catholic faith), I thought the clothes and the ring and the Vatican and all the black and white smoke was a real life story from heaven – but then I grew up and put away childish things.

      The Vatican has always looked after its own first – the Pope and those with him have always had lives of luxury while the majority of the followers lead lives of poverty and misery – with the women barefoot and pregnant to ensure the tribe continues.

    • 181 PoliticalJunkessa
      February 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      LOL indeed! Glo-ray!

    • February 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      You mean in his “Popter”…. Shame shame shame.

    • 183 amk for obama
      February 28, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      The lower echelons of RC are the ones that are doing the lord’s work. In India, the work of local parish sisters and brothers in invaluable. It’s those higher up in the food chain that is the bane of church and the pope is the symbol of that moral as well as political corruption.

    • 184 Bill R.
      March 1, 2013 at 12:51 am

      Actually to be factual the pope does not take a vow of poverty. Only people in religious orders do that. And it really doesn’t mean poverty, it just means you own things in common with other people in your order, kind of like communism….. haha

    • March 1, 2013 at 1:40 am

      I thought the same thing Jesus Christ.

  48. February 28, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Once again greatest VP ever!!!!!

  49. 187 jacquelineoboomer
    February 28, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I have this personal distaste for Bob Woodward – shallow, though it is – for the way he says the word “reporting” (plus, I just find him boring; gimme the unkempt Bernstein any day). So I went to YouTube to find something from him where he says that word in his creepy way, and was going to bring it here to mock him, because that’s what I do about people who act negatively toward Pres. Obama, to keep my sanity, I freely admit it.

    Anyway, instead, I found and actually watched (gulp) a six-minute segment from a FOX news show that had Tucker Carlson on as a guest (so ya know how bleak their draw is; I didn’t even know Tucker was still employed anywhere).

    The host and Tucker more or less went from making the point that the President lied about the sequester and can never be trusted henceforth (“if Bob Woodward says there’s a Santa Claus, it must be true”) to “Woodward has too ‘chummy’ of a relationship with the White House, which shows how the inside-D.C. media operates” (thus, throwing Woodward under the bus, after they used him up). Not one word made sense to me, as you can see by what I just wrote.

    How’s that workin’ out for ya, Woodward? Can’t wait to hear how your “reporting” (eek) will go from this point on.

    • 188 99ts
      February 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      I had my only trip to the US in 1978. We spent time in Virginia with relatives & we had day trips to DC where we went on tours around the city (get on/get off) at the different places of interest. One of the guides (who at the time was the funniest guys I had ever encountered) stopped for 5 minutes in front of an apartment building & asked us all what building was this – no-one came up with the answer, despite all his clues – dumb tourists – of course it was Watergate.

      I went home and purchased “All the President’s Men” – first and last time I knew anything about Woodward until his latest big whinge. Not sure how many like me thought he was a “good guy” until this episode of true stupid (senility?) – but seems doubtful he will ever be a source for anything again. If things were bad before he went on Hannity – they can only get worse

  50. 192 Ladyhawke
    February 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Eric Cantor Admits That He and Paul Ryan Were the Driving Force Behind the Sequester


  51. 194 susanne
    February 28, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    pbo appoints ramirez to chair ftc

    ‘ President Barack Obama is to name Edith Ramirez, once his colleague at the Harvard Law Review, as chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, the FTC said on Thursday.

    Ramirez, 44, a Democrat who worked for Obama during the 2008 presidential race, was a lawyer specializing in business litigation and intellectual property in Los Angeles. She has been a commissioner since 2010.

    Ramirez is to begin work as chairman on Monday, the FTC said in a statement. ‘


    • 195 purpleshoesla
      March 1, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Oh My God! Can it be??? Are pigs flying??? Another “lone woman” appointee to work for the Obama Adminstration in his second term. Why isn’t Ezra Klein’s wife all over this trying to take credit for making the President appoint more women? 🙄 🙄 🙄

      In all seriousness tho’, this is another smart appointment of a highly qualified individual by our illustrious Prez. He’s kicking in the doors to the last bastion of power and control. Ms. Ramirez will also be the first Latina to head up this agency. Thanks for the link. 🙂

      • 196 jacquelineoboomer
        March 1, 2013 at 12:59 am

        Yeah, those “lone women” must get awfully lonely. Ms. Ramirez sounds like a great appointment as FTC Chair! Of course, she must be a socialist because she went to Harvard, but, hey, aren’t they all. Ta da.

        • 197 nathkatun7
          March 1, 2013 at 1:37 am

          I applaud this appointment! This is exactly change I can believe in. By the way, if Harvard Law School was such a den for communists, how come Ted Cruz didn’t quit and transfer to any of the right wing approved Christian Law Schools?

  52. 199 kasai
    February 28, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Love my Joe 🙂

    • 200 amk for obama
      February 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      I will never forget the epic smackdown that was the veep debate. ryan’s “cons’ rising star” false meme was blown to smithereens that day.

    • 202 nathkatun7
      March 1, 2013 at 1:40 am

      Thanks for twitting this, Kasai! Come 2016, VP Biden will be my #1 candidate for President. He has experience, a sharp mind, and above all, a big heart.

  53. 203 hgerhard
    February 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    In a few hours the sequester will kick in. I predict that there will be just a yawn in the first few days and then all hell will break loose. That’s when the blame game will become the exclusive topic of the moment. So let’s just all remember and repeat as often as necessary:
    (1) President Obama has consistently called for a balanced approach to deficit and debt reduction.
    (2) President Obama has shown flexibility and demonstrated his willingness to compromise with Republicans.
    (3) The deficit has been reduced under President Obama.
    (4) Government spending under President Obama has been cut dramatically.
    (5) Although President Obama inherited an economy in free fall and a financial system in complete meltdown, his policies have resulted in reviving the economy and stabilizing the financial sector.
    (6) President Obama has offered a detailed proposal to achieve fiscal stability which includes tax reform and modest changes to entitlement programs.
    (7) President Obama has presented his plans to Congress and spent considerable time and effort to explain the details and the rationale to the American people.
    (8) On the other hand, Republicans in Congress have failed to present a balanced alternative. They have obstructed all parts of the President’s proposal including portions that they previously endorsed and promoted.
    (9) The sequester was enacted by Congress and can only be eliminated by action of Congress. It is the responsibility of the Republican led House to deal with the consequences of inaction and explain the resulting damage to the economy to their constituents.

    • 204 yardarm756
      February 28, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      As i said a few days ago, ‘The fecal matter is about to hit the swiftly rotating blades.’ The minute that check is late or smaller, Joe-six pack is gonna scream bloody murder.

      • 205 jacquelineoboomer
        February 28, 2013 at 11:59 pm

        Yes, also, too, when taxpayers find out their tax refunds might be late, look out, ’cause Joe-six-pack’s wife is gonna scream louder. Like a bellow.

        • 206 yardarm756
          March 1, 2013 at 12:10 am

          Ain’t that the truth.

          • 207 hgerhard
            March 1, 2013 at 12:26 am

            We just need to make sure that Joe-six-pack and his wife know who they should scream at. Their screaming is exactly what will move Mr. Boehner et al to do their job. And never mind all the distractions that they are sure to throw into the fray – we need to stay on message: This is your misery brought to you by the Republican Party and their teabag cohorts.

  54. 208 sabreen60
    February 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    The Obama Diary on Twitter is tweeting pictures of teabaggers holding up signs with misspelled words. Keep ’em coming. 😀 😀 😀

  55. February 28, 2013 at 11:27 pm

  56. February 28, 2013 at 11:30 pm

  57. 223 desertflower
    February 28, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    US Monthly Crude production…PBO shut them up about THIS, too!

  58. March 1, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I admit I am sometimes slow on the uptake, but Chipsticks, have you taken away the ‘Latest Comments’ part of the sidebar, and I am only just now realizing it?

  59. 226 susanne
    March 1, 2013 at 12:35 am

    i’d been wondering what happens to all the guns that are turned in on buy-back programs–an artist in mexico is making shovels and planting trees, among many projects:

    ‘ In 2008, in the city of Culiacan, Reyes organized a campaign to voluntarily turn in weapons from around the area. As an incentive, weapons would be traded for a coupon, which could then be exchanged for a home appliance at a local store. 1,527 guns were donated, publically crushed by a bulldozer, then taken to a factory for shaping. From that transformed metal, 1,527 shovels were made, with the story of its’ origins and creation on the handle. Those shovels were then sent to art institutions and public schools, where they were used to plant 1,527 trees.

    The shovels have traveled all around the world, and the project has continued to grow, attract attention, and spread awareness of the tragedy which guns represent. The shovels have helped to plant trees in Mexico, Vancouver, Jamaica, San Francisco, London, France, and many other places in the years since this project began. Reyes’ work showed the redemptive quality of art, and it’s ability to transform weapons of destruction into tools for positive change. In the form of a shovel, the guns are, for the first time, helping to create new life, rather than to take it away. ‘
    – See more at: http://inventorspot.com/articles/aiming_peace_recycled_gun_art#sthash.oDwQQpKH.dpuf

  60. 227 amk for obama
    March 1, 2013 at 12:46 am

  61. 228 prettyfoot58
    March 1, 2013 at 12:49 am

  62. 235 Soca Sweet
    March 1, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Hi Chips,

    Thank you very much for the Jimmy Fallon and FLOTUS dancing video on the side bar. I cannot tell you how many times I have played and enjoyed that video. One more time before I head to bed.

  63. 237 utaustinliberal
    March 1, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Thanks for featuring the Bloomberg Businessweek cover Chips. It was breathtakingly racist and offensive. Whoever approved that cover is out of his/her mind. Their non-apology was just as disgusting because they didn’t sincerely and profusely apologize for their wrongdoing, noooooo, they gave a version of “we’re not sorry it was racist; we’re just sorry if you found it offensive.”

    In addition to what the Onion did and what Scalia did, it feels like we take one step forward and 10,000 steps backwards.

  64. March 1, 2013 at 2:33 am

    I’m going to bring the topic back to gun control. WY has a population of less than 500,000 people. We have more antelope than people. We also have deer, elk, moose, Big Horn sheep, etc. here is a link to 2012 WY Hunting Regulations. It gets very specific about the size of rifle you can use, down to the size of the barrel. But there is a portion I’m going to post that I think is idiotic. It should be under the link.

    Firearms; automatic weapon or silencer prohibited. No person shall take into or possess in the game fields or forests of Wyoming any fully automatic weapon or device designed to silence or muffle the report of any firearm. Wyoming has no restrictive laws concerning firearms that may be legally possessed under the laws of one’s home state. Firearms may be carried uncased in vehicles, although safety dictates that all firearms in a vehicle should be unloaded with action open.

    It seems the Game is better protected than people. There are also regulations on fowl, usually done with a shotgun. You can have no more that three shotgun shells loaded in the gun. In ND, the limit is two shells according to Ed Schultz. If you want to check our own states regs, it shouldn’t be hard. Just google your states .gov site. I just googled Wyoming state government. People should be respected and protected more than antelope and deer.

    • 239 susanne
      March 1, 2013 at 3:31 am

      here’s a link to ‘your rep on guns’ at daily beast. it lists every congress member with their gun control voting history. very interesting stuff.

    • 241 susanne
      March 1, 2013 at 3:34 am

      sorry–i realize you’re talking about state laws, and i’m referring to representatives and senators in the u.s. congress. local regulations and local enforcement are critically important. and you’re right–turkeys are better protected than people.

      • March 1, 2013 at 3:40 am

        I know who they are. I am going to borrow your turkey line if that’s ok?

        • 243 susanne
          March 1, 2013 at 4:07 am

          wish i had a link for that! pure punditry, so not fact-based, ya know. many years ago in a southwest state, a friend of mine who had been hunting for deer told me he’d shot a turkey for camp dinner. but i was not to say a word to anyone, as it was a serious crime. that’s my source of info on that statement, ‘kay? and i’m certainly not saying wild creatures don’t deserve protection from gun-happy jerks. example: buffalo. but yes, hunters have been more reasonable about accepting the ‘well regulated’ part of gun rights than the red dawn crowd.

    • 246 99ts
      March 1, 2013 at 3:51 am

      “If we look at previous very hot summers in Australia before this year, six of the eight hottest summers on record had occurred during El Nino years.

      So the fact that we’ve got such a hot summer without having an El Nino makes it in some ways even more exceptional.”

      • 247 susanne
        March 1, 2013 at 4:09 am

        hey 99, is it still raining there? i hope your roof is keeping you dry and you’re warm and safe! our rains have backed off, with no damage except some grumpy tourists.

  65. 249 Bill
    March 1, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Morning Joe, Mike Allen, and Eugene Robinson are defending Woodward. Woodward to appear soon. Looking out for their own. Disgusting.

    • March 1, 2013 at 7:17 am


    • 251 amk for obama
      March 1, 2013 at 7:31 am

      Of course eugene would. He will agree whoever is in front of him in the studio. As for the other know-nothing blowhards, this admin doesn’t give a shite about them. So must we.

      • 252 Ladyhawke
        March 1, 2013 at 7:45 am

        So true amk. Eugene Robinson takes wishy washy to a whole new level. I can’t remember the last time I actually heard him make some pronouncement that was a straight forward answer to a question. He hems and haws and rarely takes a stand on anything consequential. He has a way of just blending in and agreeing with what everybody else is saying. I can’t get to the remote fast enough when he is on a panel.

  66. 253 utaustinliberal
    March 1, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Axelrod is nailing Woodward to the wall. Calling out his BS lies that Pres. Obama moved the goal posts and that he never wanted revenue to avert the sequester. Woodward is a scumbag liar and wow he had huge egg on his face this morning. Since 2011, Pres. Obama has always touted a balanced plan of revenue and spending cuts for deficit reduction and everyone and their grandma knows it.

    Woodward looked like the fool he is this morning. Axelrod was fantastic.

  67. 254 Bill
    March 1, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Woodward told Mika he did not “overstep” with his comments. Axelrod began taking it to Woodward, and Joe cut him off. Woodward thinks he has regained the upperhand and is just babbling. Joe concludes the interview by telling Woodward he loves him. This is an extreme example of how the MSM is about the MSM and nothing else.

  68. 255 Linda
    March 1, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Chuck Todd thinks the White House needs to save McConnell and Boehner’s jobs.

  69. 256 amk for obama
    March 1, 2013 at 7:39 am

  70. 258 amk for obama
    March 1, 2013 at 7:40 am

  71. 259 amk for obama
    March 1, 2013 at 7:46 am

  72. 264 amk for obama
    March 1, 2013 at 7:47 am

    on boner

  73. 265 99ts
    March 1, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I so hate people who talk about the good old days when we all got along in Washington – talk about rose colored glasses. I just turned off MJ after 30 seconds

  74. 266 amk for obama
    March 1, 2013 at 7:56 am

  75. 267 utaustinliberal
    March 1, 2013 at 8:04 am

    • 268 dotster3
      March 1, 2013 at 8:16 am

      He’s all over the place this a.m., doubling down, further exaggerating the Big Threat, near insinuating he feared for his very life!!! Lauer pushed back somewhat while interviewing him, but most of the news media are laying out the red carpet. Gregory is on now saying President Obama doesn’t like the news media, doesn’t have a good relation with any of them——-and so, implying, what do you expect? Way too much time has been devoted to Woodward—-and his effort to drum up book sales.

      • 269 Linda
        March 1, 2013 at 8:23 am

        Gregory confuses real journalists with hack pundits like himself.

        PBO seems to respect real journalists like Steve Kroft and Brian Williams and many local reporters…..

      • 270 Lovepolitics2008
        March 1, 2013 at 9:06 am

        Sadly, this was to be expected. And call me paranoid, but I’m beginning to think that’s exactly what Woodward wanted when he completely mischaracterized the incident with Gene Sperling.

        Polls are indicating that in the sequester battle, President Obama is better positioned politically than the republicans. EVERY time this has happened in the past, republicans have created a distraction, a new line of attack, or a new completely fabricated scandal. And of course, they bring along the media every single time.

        Woodward apparently implied yesterday, on Hannity’s show (!!!), that the media is “liberal”. Well, watch for the ‘media’ to be more nasty than ever in the next few days, just to “prove” they’re not “liberal”. That was the objective…

        So after justifiably throwing Woodward under the bus yesterday, the Washington media will do what Woodward wanted, that is, attacking the president. And you can bet that there will be a lot of ugliness on the Sunday shows.

        I hope someday there is a book written on the Beltway circus during the Obama years. Just to document the silliness.

    • 271 hopefruit2
      March 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

      Joy Reid hit the nail on the head – actually MANY current “journalists” are sounding more like Republicans than journalists – some of her own colleagues on MSNBC included.

  76. March 1, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Good morning, everyone. Hope your Friday is superb.

  77. 274 desertflower
    March 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

    THIS IS IMPORTANT! Here’s your handy dandy playing version of “How Republicans Continue To Screw America, One State at a Time!”


    Easy peasy! Just scroll your mouse over your state and see how much they hate YOU! PASS IT ON! Then…CALL THEM OUT ON IT!!!

  78. 275 desertflower
    March 1, 2013 at 8:47 am


    Speaker John Boehner, “the man who spent significant portions of the last Congress shuttling to and from the White House for fiscal talks with President Obama that ultimately failed twice to produce a grand bargain, has come around to the idea that the best negotiations are no negotiations,” the New York Times reports.

    “While the frustrations of Congressional Democrats and Mr. Obama with Mr. Boehner are reaching a fever pitch, House Republicans could not be more pleased with their leader.”

    This could not BE more clear!

  79. 285 LB4Obama
    March 1, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I have XM Satellite radio in my car and there is a new channel called XMIndie with Pete Dominic on in the a.m. drive. He had Barry Ritholtz on this morning and he gave an awesome analogy of today’s corporate run media. I don’t twitter, but he has a twitter account and blog that should be checked out @barry ritholtz is his handle. Check him it. It was a great and right on analogy.

  80. 286 amk for obama
    March 1, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Even gopolitico joins the woodward bashing. This should teach that old fool never to trust rw msm.


    • 287 anniebella
      March 1, 2013 at 9:42 am

      But now I want attention, I need someone to buy my book Woodward is saying he never said he was threaten. Well if we are to believe Woodward, when whoever said that a WH senior official threaten Woodard, he didn’t clean it up and say it wasn’t true. He let it run, in as much as confirming it. So I’m sorry but I’m not buying Woodward’s B.S. And do you see who he is running to to sell his book, the President haters who would believe any lie about him, even when the truth is staring them in their racists hate fill faces. Woodward is a iiar.

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