Rise and Shine



Morning everyone, had to go out and about this morning so only catching up now – will post newsie bits asap.

264 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 cookemom
    March 2, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Happy start of the week-end, all you O folks!!!! It’s another great getting up day in TOD town!! Thanks to all who voted for #2 and if it’s OK, I’ll just post the link for anyone who may have missed it during the work week. Thanks again everyone!

  2. 5 taiping1
    March 2, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Millionaires GOP. Gloat. People suffer

  3. 6 Proud Former White House Intern
    March 2, 2013 at 9:10 am


  4. 7 desertflower
    March 2, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Morning everyone…this is a great site…brought it over


  5. 8 cookemom
    March 2, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Congrats taiping1 and Proud Former White House Intern. We share the top spot in our little Menage A Tois

  6. 9 GGAIL
    March 2, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Good morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Lovely sunrise this morning.

  7. 10 Bill
    March 2, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Another example of our “librul press”: The New York Times has an Op-Ed today by Morning Joe Scarborough calling the discussion over the cuts from the sequester a “soap opera”. He has never been correct about anything but the liberal NYT finds it meaningful to present his views into the Saturday morning discussion.

  8. 13 hopefruit2
    March 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats cookemom & taiping on #1! 🙂

  9. March 2, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks, TODer’s, Everyone.

    Congrats Cookemom.

    “We do not believe … freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.” ___from President Obama’s 2013 Inauguration Speech.

    Although there have been some dark spots this past week, continue to hold on to your hope, faith and belief that common sense and the good in people will overcome the stupidity and selfishness that have put us in this position. Things will work out.

  10. 15 99ts
    March 2, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Hello all – congrats cookemom. I thought I would bring over post at the end of last thread by FayPax – cause I wanted to reply to it

    – I don’t think you are paranoid or crazy – they have been trying to defeat the President since his first inauguration – but they have not succeeded – so I’m trying to be more positive – just a little more every day

    March 2, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Good morning, everyone. I’ve been inspired and angered by your commentary about the sequestration. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that I have a different take on sequestration. I think it’s just one piece in a bigger puzzle, or perhaps I should say plot. While I hate to promote my own site, my views are too lengthy to write here. Of course, I could just be paranoid and crazy so, I’d really like to know what you think.


    • 16 a4alice
      March 2, 2013 at 9:37 am

      that was an excellent and poetic rant. tweeted. good read!

    • March 2, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Thanks 99ts, I’m with you, but I think we need to see the big picture and not get lost in all the distractions they throw our way. They have a master plan and we need to make certain we are vigilant about bringing it to an END.

      • March 2, 2013 at 9:42 am

        a4alice, I think they are so serious and committed…we must be as well.

      • 19 Betsy
        March 2, 2013 at 10:14 am

        Excellent and sobering as well. We definitely need to be vigilant.

      • 20 globalcitizenlinda
        March 2, 2013 at 10:21 am

        have just read your and posted my response in the previous thread.

        summary of my thoughts:

        – you are correct about the goals of the establishment that hates PBO and ordinary people (“those people”) so much.

        – PBO knows what he is against but he also knows that ordinary people are the ones who can help him stop this madness.

        – PBO, more than any politician I have known, believes so deeply in the core decency of ordinary people and he wants us to realize that power rest in us.

        – through their vote last november, a significant number demonstrated that they understand what PBO is against and they trust him. they are not as loud as the haters who own the media channels

        – we just need to keep on fighting

    • 22 desertflower
      March 2, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Thank you for bringing that over. 99 🙂 MUST READ!

    • 24 donna dem 4 obama
      March 2, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Wow! FayPax I had no idea you were the pragmatic pundit. I read you all the time (when I have the time). Good stuff and you are right on point (again) with this article.

    • 25 Vicki
      March 2, 2013 at 10:23 am

      FayPax, I’ve added your site to my favorites list and will be reading you regularly.What you say is real and chilling. You are neither paranoid nor crazy.

      I think it was in Texas a week or two ago, a state official introduced a bill to end women voting. I wish I’d paid more attention to the bit so I could post or quote it accurately.

    • 29 prettyfoot58
      March 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      Bringing over my response from this morning…..

      I can feel your piece……

      I do agree that it is part of a larger puzzle but the puzzle is not new…we have been fighting that plot for years…and we have had victories as well…we have to look at the whole picture….

      one thing that we have to remember is that the struggle for Freedom and Democracy is ongoing….it requires diligience…perseverance…. courage and a plan…

      Altho this sequester has been foisted on us…i know that PBO has a plan to move the country Forward…but he will need our help…we cannot become demoralized….

      YES WE CAN!!

      Trust Barack….

  11. 30 a4alice
    March 2, 2013 at 9:33 am

    GM TOD. Congrats Cooke!

  12. 31 cookemom
    March 2, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Watching Up with Chris Hayes on the food industry. Didn’t know that in 1991, Herman Cain, yeah that guy, struck a deal with Congress that as head of the Restaurant Industry Assoc, he would not object to raises in minimum wages for non-tipped workers, if they would agree to NEVER increase the minimum wage for tipped employees more than $2.13. That’s NEVER!. So as minimum wage has been raised for everyone else, though not enough. Imagine making $2.13 an hour, and dependent solely on tips. Plus, it is up to the individual owner how tips are distributed.

    Tips have become their wages, not the incentive to provide better service.

    That’s 22 years with no change in wages for the folks who bring you your food. They have no health benefits, or union representation. If they are sick, they still come to work, because they can’t afford to take a day off. This is horrible.

    I knew I didn’t like that Herman Cain guy, but I didn’t know that he is even worse than I thought.

    • March 2, 2013 at 9:45 am

      I remember that coming up during the campaign. But you know it was a blip on the media horizon.

      • 33 theo67
        March 2, 2013 at 11:25 am

        Just one more example of how the media hasn’t served the American people like they’re supposed to. There is no point in their existence when information like this comes out after the fact, during an economic slump! The only thing they were interested in was being entertained by Herman Cain’s stunts (even acknowledging him as a front runner at one point!), and they completely ignored the fact that the position he was running for was President of the United States – with power to affect our every day lives.

    • March 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

      I don’t remember hearing that before either. WOW! The woman pointed out that, as a result of that, some workers makes less than $3.00 an hour.

    • March 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Good AM, regarding Tips. Its such a hard problem. I owned a Restaurant for 14 years. In that time mim wage here in WA went from 4.90 to 7+ per hour. The WA Rest Assoc, tried to find a middle ground regarding tips. I know that my Chef, and all other hourly workers made far less then the front of the house. They Averaged 25 to 30 per hour. At least, I demanded that they pay tax on these tips, and asked if they felt the “back of the house” have provided good food, and assisted them they thank them with a small tip. Today, here in WA mim wage is 9.00+ either highest minimum wage or close to top, and a person working dinner service will make between 100 and 150 p/n in tips. I never considered that a Server should make less then minimum wage, but, it sure makes it hard for the salaried worker to here front of the house bragging abt what they make in an evening. FYI closed the Restaurant end of 04 and have NEVER looked back. Did play ex chef for a winery for a couple years made 14.00 p/h and owner kept the tips for her self. Interesting business. Sorry for boring story, but, Restaurant Business is a unknown to many who don’t own or work in one. #Forward

  13. 37 utaustinliberal
    March 2, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Posting this again because it’s freaking wonderful living in a world where Barack Obama is president.

  14. 46 amk for obama
    March 2, 2013 at 9:43 am


  15. March 2, 2013 at 9:51 am

  16. March 2, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Thank you for this, FayPax. Lyrical and pressing, it drives this sobering message home directly.

  17. March 2, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Thanks so much to everyone for allowing me to be a part of your family. I am honored. Gotta sign off now, so I can rant about the leadership mime or something. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    • March 2, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Same to you! And thanks again for your work.

    • 56 cookemom
      March 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Your work is excellent and now that I know who you are, just wow! Very righteous piece today.

      • 57 LDS
        March 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

        FayPax: Just read your rant. You are breath of fresh air and just what I needed to get me started this morning. It is all making sense and getting much clearer. Keep ranting and raving if you have to. We know who the enemy is and it is UGLY!
        It has been around far too long…….divide and conquer is putting it mildly. Kill, steal, destroy is more like it.
        Thank you for your righteous rant!

  18. 58 Betty's Girl
    March 2, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Got my popcorn last night! I am going to just sit back and enjoy watching my President play this game of divide and conquer!

  19. 59 cookemom
    March 2, 2013 at 10:01 am

    So the notification of replies thingy is still not working? Oh well, I guess, I’ll just have to check in more often.

  20. March 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

    One of my devotions this morning included the story of Moses leading the Israelites from Egypt. Moses believed in the deliverance of God and exhorted the people to take courage, be silent, do nothing and see the salvation of God. BUT, God told Moses to stop talking and go FORWARD; and when they went forward in faith, the Lord delivered them. That’s how how I see this whole situation, so we, along with PO, MUST go FORWARD in faith and not become paralyzed by fear and insecurity.

  21. March 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

    For me, Think Progress is one of the best news reporting agencies out there. Were it not for them, I don’t think we’d learn the truth about much of what is happening in politics.

    Igor Volsky is the managing editor of Think Progress and he is tweeting out information from the sequester dox that were released. Take a look at his timeline. What is happening is just really sickening. We MUST stand up and #VOTE2014


  22. 65 prettyfoot58
    March 2, 2013 at 10:10 am

  23. 66 desertflower
    March 2, 2013 at 10:13 am

    amk…..what’s the name of the security system you use on your computer…the one that’s way better than McAfee? I thought I remember you talking about that once before…hubby has a virus on his computer and McAfee didn’t pick it up. Crudbuckets

  24. 73 anniebella
    March 2, 2013 at 10:26 am

    This entire situation should remind us what this President have to deal with and us up if we are sick and tired of it, this should fire us up to do whatever we can for victory in 2014.

  25. 74 Vicki
    March 2, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Punish POTUS as the cartoon atop says is frighteningly real.
    Last night my team the NY Knicks played in DC and I thought to myself maybe POTUS and VPOTUS even FLOTUS might be there.

    Can you imagine the uproar if PBO made time for a basketball game while the sequester is on us?

  26. 75 globalcitizenlinda
    March 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I do not know what PBO and his Team are going to do in response to this gop action to destroy ppl – but I know he has been thing about the path fpward.

    now would be a good time to bring up two clips of videos:

    – FLOTUS (as the 2012 DNC Convention): where she says something like ” when all of us are sweating it … when this policy has not gone as planned, PBO reminds me that we are playing a long game here ….”

    – PBO’s famous interview with the NH paper editors where he says something like : ” I am usually very calm … but I am best at counter-punching …..when I get the sense that you are trying to take advantage of me then I will crush you”

  27. 78 cookemom
    March 2, 2013 at 10:41 am

    With the gerrymandering that went on in 2010 within Republican strongholds, how does the math add up in terms of realistically taking back the House in 2014? I’ve heard various opinions on this, from it’s possible, to unlikely within the next 2 voting cycles. Anyone know the odds of this happening?

    • 79 globalcitizenlinda
      March 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

      I do not know that anyone knows for sure. My suspcion is that it hard but not impossible to do and we have to do it.

      I think one way to proceed is to find ways/issues to convince a significant number of self-proclaimed republicans that the gop is not working in their best intrests.

      hard as it is, we have to try. remember that many never gave PBO a chance but see where we are.

      • 80 cookemom
        March 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm

        Yes, you’re right. Hopefully, OFA will be instrumental in rallying the troops toward that end.

        • 81 prettyfoot58
          March 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm

          i think we have to build coalitions with the electorate of those gerrymandered districts based on common issues…i think that is possible here in PA…issues such as Health Care…because our Gov has refused to create the health exchanges…and the Medicaid expansions…there is already grumbling coming from the hospitals urging Corbett to change that…

          also around Education …as Corbett threatens to cut the education budget even more….

          also with seniors and union and state workers as he threatens to privatize everything from the Lottery to liquor stores…

          as PBO says…we are more united than our politics suggest…..

    • March 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

      It won’t be easy, but if we register our kind of voters and get them to the polls, it’s possible. Here are some thoughts from Sam Wang, the brilliant guy at Princeton who nailed the last election even better than Nate Silver:

  28. 86 donna dem 4 obama
    March 2, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Good Saturday Morning TOD!

    Well the one good thing is that we woke up today and in the midst of this mess PBO is on the job! I must say that it amazes me more and more each day not so much as to these manufactured crises that the Repubs feel we need to go thru month after month but how the media holds their hands and carries their water for them each time we do. During these press conferences the Republicans might as well be sitting right there in those seats asking the questions because that’s the kind of stuff PBO gets from our illustrious 4th estate. They are simply Republican stenographers carrying their talking points to the WH. SMDH!!!

    The public gets NO, ZERO, NADA, NOTHING from the press on the fact that this stuff doesn’t have to happen. It’s just constant cheerleading from them that ooh we got us another crisis to cover….

    It just all makes me sick to my stomach.

    Linda at WIW I will make calls whenever I can next week. I’m pretty busy at work right now (it being tax season and all) but I’ll make time to make calls. I live outside of DC so my districts are solid blue but I can pound the Republican Leadership. BTW Harry Reid, how’s that filibuster agreement working out for ya????? Sorry, but that was a missed opportunity. God Forbid if the Repubs ever take over the Senate they are going to change those rules to favor the majority in a nanosecond and not give two hoots as to what will happen when they are NOT in power.

    Growing up here we used to call DC Federal City because practically everyone back in the day worked for the Federal Government. I have tons of family and friends who still work there. Each time this stuff happens it affects them personally.

    And yet…

    The Republican Congress stays on perpetual vacation and that’s quite alright with the press. They are trying to drown the Federal government and that’s quite alright with the press. They have no sense of empathy for the least of these and that’s quite alright with the press. It’s up to “Daddy” to fix Washington. He’s suppose to force them into a room and give them no sunlight or food or water until they “break”. Then they can talk about how he is acting as King and forced them into policy just like the dictatorships of old.

    This man has an impossible situation in dealing with this Republican House of Representatives. No money in the world could pay me to deal with this crap. Thank God for President Obama who has the leadership qualities and the the patience to wait these fools out.

    I just pray that the uniformed public has the patience to understand what he is up against because PBO and the Dems are the only ones that have their interest at heart.

    I guess we could talk (and complain) about this stuff until we are blue in the face but only action will make a difference. So I hope everyone will join Linda in her request to make calls and pressure Congress to get to work for the American people.

    Sorry this is so long but I haven’t been able to voice my opinion as much here for a while. 😦

    Have a great productive O’Day!!!

    • 87 cookemom
      March 2, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Another righteous rant today! There is so much going on behind the scenes in terms of unwritten and unspoken, wink and nod agreements between, lobbyist on K street, media moguls, ‘Pubs, and old white men. For them, PBO’s first election was an anomaly, an experiment, a way to quiet minorities and to be able to say ‘see no more discrimination’. They rallied intensely for the 2010 mid-terms, because they knew they absolutely needed to get the House in order to tie PBO up. They recruited, financed, and backed poor whites in the age old tactic of divide and conquer among the poor, base on race.

      As bad as his first election was, PBO’s re-election was epileptic and put them into overdrive. You better believe there was a meeting held similar to the one held on PBO’s inauguration night. This time, they were sure to keep it under wraps and they remain very careful in not making stupid statements like McDoodleneck made about a ‘one term’ president. Still they are conniving to make sure that there will likely never be another AA in the White House. They are banking on the move back to the days of States Rights, code words for legally blatant discrimination.

      I sincerely hope that the nation of good folks are paying attention and have been awaken since the 2010 elections. I hope that we can stay focused and keep moving forward, regardless of the media and the games that are being played on our psyches.

    • 88 a4alice
      March 2, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Awesome Donna. I’m with ya. Linda must be having a call to action. I’d love to help. I’ll snoop around and see if I can find it. 🙂

  29. 89 donna dem 4 obama
    March 2, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Poison Pill Politics



    The deadline has passed. The sequester is in effect. And Congress is not in session.

    We now know that our political system is broken beyond anything even remotely resembling a functional government.

    The ridiculous bill was designed as a poison pill, but Republicans popped it like a Pez. Now the body politic — weak with battle fatigue, jerked from crisis to crisis and struggling to recover from a recession — has to wait to see how severe the damage will be.


    The president said Friday that “there is a caucus of common sense up on Capitol Hill” that includes Congressional Republicans who “privately at least” were willing to close loopholes to prevent the sequester.

    Those privately reasonable Republicans might want to be more public before their party goes over another cliff and takes the country with them.


  30. 90 donna dem 4 obama
    March 2, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Times have changed!!!
    Poll: Californians Now Support Gay Marriage by 2:1 Margin

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A record 61 percent of Californians now approve of allowing same-sex couples to marry, according to a poll released Thursday. 32 percent of Californians oppose.

    The Field Poll found 78 percent support among people 39 and younger and a solid majority of middle-aged residents now back gay marriage — 56 percent. Even among senior citizens there is 48 percent support, compared with 42 percent against.

    The overall results represent a reversal in views about the issue in the 36 years the Field Poll has been taking surveys on gay marriage. In 1977, when the first survey was conducted, only 28 percent approved of gay marriage, while 59 percent were opposed.

    The most recent survey found broad-based support, with the majority of most subgroups within the survey — men and women, all racial and ethnic groups, and each major region of the state — saying they favor gay marriage.


    • 93 Bill
      March 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Huelskamp is one of the worse of the worst. He has a Ph.D. in poliical science and agricultural policy and believes he knows more than anyone else. The Tea Baggers from the gerrymandered districts, his district is more than half the state, are going to be around for awhile.

    • March 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Hard to recognize him w/o his hood…..

  31. 96 amk for obama
    March 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

    The international terror group known as Al Qaeda announced its dissolution today, saying that “our mission of destroying the American economy is now in the capable hands of the U.S. Congress.”

    In an official statement published on the group’s website, the current leader of Al Qaeda said that Congress’s conduct during the so-called “fiscal-cliff” showdown convinced the terrorists that they had been outdone.

    “We’ve been working overtime trying to come up with ways to terrorize the American people and wreck their economy,” said the statement from Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. “But even we couldn’t come up with something like this.”

    • March 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      So now will Boner and his grubs take credit for disbanding alqaeda as well? Real heroes, ain’t they?

    • 98 vcprezofan2
      March 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      You know, Amk, if it weren’t for the superior reporting here at TODville and the knowledge I’ve gained recognizing different sources I’d actually have believed this was a ‘legit’ story. It seems so authentic & sourced. /smh/ (Not that I’m blaming you. 😆 😆 )

  32. 99 prettyfoot58
    March 2, 2013 at 11:37 am

    • March 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Right on, mhp, if only you had any credibility left.

      • 101 prettyfoot58
        March 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        I did not agree with her attacks on PBO regarding the “daddy” issues…but she is spot on this issue…..re: the Voting Rights Act….

        She is not the enemy…i will not throw out the baby with the bathwater….when she is wrong in my opinion i will say so…but when she is right..i will support it…

        NO one is pure……and altho there are times when i disagree with her…she is still an important voice…..

        • March 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm

          I know, of, and for the most part I agree. I gave up on her, used to be fairly riveted when she was featured on Bill Moyer’s Journal, but we are talking a long time ago. I don’t watch any of them anymore, seldom turn on the telly. I read a lot, and thanks to TOD and the webz, feel as if I am well-informed. My opinion of my own opinion has gone up tremendously, thanks to the yapping and yammering of ‘pundits’ and ‘journalists’ during both campaigns. I can’t help but wish more people could think for themselves. That’s why I find it refreshing here on this blog.

        • March 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

          That’s pf, not *of…Duh.

  33. 105 globalcitizenlinda
    March 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I do not know how many of you are like me but I am one of those people who signed up on the people-generarated petition for Then-Senator-Obama to run for POTUS before he had even declared his candidacy in Springfield.

    Of the many reasons I did this was because I had heard him first being interviewed by … wait for it … Tavis Smiley on his then nationally distributed NPR radio show at the time of the IL primary race as many competed to be win that primary and be the Dem Candidate.

    Tavis (PBO’s suppoert then) was asking PBO why he thought he could win the primary although many in the AA were against him.

    Based on the answers PBO gave then, I admired the fact that as a young man (and before the cameras were on him) he had chosen to serve among the marginalized/poor.

    I also recall that PBO acknowledged that his life has always been one where the odds were not always in his favor.

    The 2004 DNC speech just re-affirmed my hopes for him – PBO was going places (and that was before I saw the clip of his opposition to the Iraq War).

    Reason I am bringing this up is because I suspect that from the very start, PBO has known that there are strong forces aligned against him and anyone who supports his efforts to change the status quo.

    At the core, PBO believes that ordinary people are decent people and will do the right thing when called upon to do so.

    I also believe that PBO thinks that his major role is to make ordinary people realize the power they have to change the horrible circumstances they face through participation in the democratic process and demanding policies that maximizes each one’s potential and do not leave the weak behind.

    Yes, taking back the house from the gop is not going to be easy because they have rigged the system. However, we have to do all we can to make it happen.

    we have to convince a proportion of ordinary republicans that it is in their best interest to get rid of their current representatives.

    It may be strange to some but months ago, I suggested in a comment here, that one focus for 2014 should be using the gop’s refusal to implement ObamaCare against them.

    Reason is that by the mid-term of 2014, the ObamaCare Exchanges will be in place in ALL states. Given the number of un-insured in the purple or red states, people will start wondering HOW opposing ACA benefits them PERSONALLY.

    I believe that together with pushing election reform, identifying people in districts represented by gop who are uninsured will be one way to increase PBO’s support

    I suspect that these gop governors who are reluctantly beginning to support implementation of ObamaCare understand what is coming in 2014 & that people in the end will mainly decide based on the conditions of their own lives. Yes budgets are important to the governors but most important to them is a loss of votes.

    what other issues do you feel we can use to convert some reasonable republicans?

    • 107 cookemom
      March 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      excellent. I think minimum wage will be a good one to emphasize. Polls show that Pubs and Dems, agree that it should be raised. PBO brought it up in the SOTU and planted the seed that it was worth campaigning on. I hope that some of the squishy Dems jump on board in 2014 and not run from or distance themselves from PBO as some have done in the past.

      • 108 globalcitizenlinda
        March 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

        minimum wage has to be a key issue. a number of Dems usually hesitate to do right but once they get a sense of the politics, they come around to supporting PBO

    • March 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      I am ready to do it….we can no longer stand by and “let someone else do it”. Like PBO said, “we are the change we’ve been looking for”. The GOP and Moneyed Interest are doing to try shock and awe on the American working people by cutting jobs, firing people, and making life miserable. I know so many working people who are being worked to death, their companies are bought by capitalist who then make them train their replacements for their severance. There is NO WAY IN HELL I would train someone MY JOB for what is due me. We need to fight back.

      • 110 globalcitizenlinda
        March 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm

        I have been thinking on three things that I believe are my strength :

        (1) do additional mobilization from my community – this I will do and its a focus on immigrant communities that I am approaching to support immigration reform & with the long term goal of swelling the voters rolls in the Ultimate Swing State (you know the one that put PBO over the top twice)

        (b) start a national movement to recruit new young leaders (specifically for the red districts and purple) districts; these leaders should focus on going where politicians fear to go and seek votes based on a promise to reform voting, funding of elections, and focus on economic equityand poverty elimination

        (c) join with a group of young people to educate the majority of doubters about the benefits of ObamaCare – based on the model of the Freedoom-riders during the Civll Rights struggle

  34. March 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    GM Chipsticks, TOD

  35. March 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Hello Amk. Forgive me, this is off-topic, but above you recommend six different security and clean-up programs. I have a couple of them and they work well for me. But do you run ALL six at the same time, trouble free along with a primary anti-virus, etc. software? I’m asking because my 11 year old continues to get his machine infected with nasties, exploring every possible corner of the Minecraft universe. Twice now we’ve had to have his P.C. picked up and worked over by a techie and operating system reloaded. Anything I can do to fight back I’ll try if it won’t cause other problems! Thanks!

    • March 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Something amk may not mention, Dave, spelled: Apple. (Huh.)

    • 117 amk for obama
      March 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      magapie – Yes, they all do different jobs – virus, sayware, adware, spamware andother such nasties out there. And they don’t clash with each other.

      One caveat – You can’t have two anti-virus running at the same time. For example, microsoft security essentials (MSE) is an AV and will clash with norton, avg, avast, kaspersky, mcafee etc.

      As Pamela sez, apple OS is better than M$ windows for system protection (but at what cost ?)

  36. March 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    AMK im looking at you!!!! Are part of Anonymous?

  37. 124 Jovie
    March 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Hold onto something for this one-

    Reince Priebus is staking his legacy as Republican National Committee chairman on improving the party’s performance with minority voters.

    “I just sort of reached a boiling point on the issue,” Priebus told The Hill in an interview at RNC headquarters on Friday. “I want to fix these problems.”



  38. March 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I think you’re right, globalcitizenlinda. Since the lines have been drawn to minimize our voting strength and power, changing the minds of those who are “self-proclaimed” GOP might be our best strategy yet. This is not only true at the national level but also at the local level. I live in the very very RED, RED state of Alabama when not too long ago our state legislature was predominantly led by Democrats–many were conservative–mind you–but nevertheless Demos. And believe it or not, one of our Congress criters at the national level today, US Sen Richard Shelby, used to be a Democrat. I once worked as a summer intern in Shelby’s Washington office back in the day—well before he became a Republican!

    So yes, I think it’s possible to change the minds of those “self-proclaimed” Republicans ! It’ll be like moving a mountain, but I think we can do it. Our biggest hurdle will be to convince enough white folks in our states , like many of those here in Alabama, that our African American President Obama is NOT the enemy. The actual enemy (enemies) is GOP—especially those downright ruthless Republican legislators (at both the national and state levels) who are bought and paid for by the TeaParty (Boehner, Canter, McCain, McConnell, Shelby, etc). How to you convince these voters that when they vote Republican, they are voting against their own interests? It’s going to be an uphill battle, but we’ve got to try something.

    • 131 globalcitizenlinda
      March 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      there are some who are so racially baised against PBO that they are unreachable but others can be convinced with patience and prayers to make them open to facts.

      I think of two ways to start:

      (1) use the maps on things like poverty, health insurance, poor schools etc and identify the first-tier areas to approach; get a few people in these communities and ask them how their permanent vote for gop has not made their personal position any better over these centuries

      (b) use the few people in these areas to invite their friends for house meetings where we show them that their legislators are not representing their intrests or even thinking for themselves. rather they are putting in place policies that are written by ALEC and Koch brothers.

  39. March 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Dem Gov’s plan on leading on climate change in their individual states, with GOP blocking new laws.

  40. March 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    There are some wheeling and dealing going on in Israel, Bibi might not even be PM when PBO visits!! Look out for Lapid/Bennet…

  41. 138 snowbird42
    March 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I have been tweeting my Congressman who is a newly elected teabageer sort. Why dont others in my district do the same? I go to his page and Im the only one making comments.

  42. 139 prettyfoot58
    March 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    And Band PLaysssssssss ON!!…we say there is no cure for stupid…but there is…it is called …EDUCATION!

  43. 140 utaustinliberal
    March 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

  44. 143 Ladyhawke
    March 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS


    Dear blame-it-on-both-sides pundits: Ask top Rs what ratio of spending cuts to new revenues they’d accept. Just ask them.

    Retweeted by LOLGOP


  45. 144 cookemom
    March 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt frowns upon public display including music. Thursday, protests for freedom of speech and movement took place by a group performing the Harlem Shake in the streets. This, after 4 students were arrested on 2/23 for attempting to video themselves in public.

    “Hundreds of protesters danced outside the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, and students and ultraconservative Islamists known as Salafists clashed in Sidi Bouzid, the Tunisian town where the wave of uprisings in the Arab world began with a very different gesture of defiance. The rally by about 400 activist dancers in Cairo on Thursday night, outside the offices of President Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, was streamed live to the Web by activists and caught on video by the news site Egyptian El Badil.- http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/28/harlem-shake-protests-in-tunisia-and-egypt/

  46. 148 Roberta in MN
    March 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Does anyone have the web site where I can get the charts on the debt and spending, showing what President put the most debt on the American people. I have a nephew who watches CNBC, FOX. so I need some proof what I was talking about. Also on the unemployment. I saw bunch of grafts I think on this site, just not sure how far back I have to go. Thanks.
    Roberta at thetexas andersons dot com can email them to me, then I can forward them to my nephew. Love him, but for a 49 year old he is definitely misguided. 🙂

  47. 152 globalcitizenlinda
    March 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Remember the grassroots group “RedNecks For Obama”?

    I must admit that the first time I read this name, I had to make a double-take.

    I know that the people on this group were ordinary people who worked to elect and voted for PBO and I admired their openess.

    I think OFA should assign a group of dedicated staffers to get some feedback from the members of this group and find out ways that they believe some obstinate members of their community can be reached and encouraged to support PBO’s agenda.

    this is one of the groups that needs to grow and increase its outreach. May be it can help out in converting the red and purple congressional districts

  48. 154 Vicki
    March 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    You wouldn’t know it by the USA/MSM but the world is changing:

    1) As noted above, Bibi is struggling. Left stronger than ever.
    2) In Italy, center-left Bersani did so well against center-right that a week out the election is inconclusive.
    3) In a section of Britain the left did so well this week that Cameron’s leadership faces serious challenges.
    4) Syrizia, in Greece, led by a dynamic young guy named Tsipras came very, very close to toppling center right government.
    5) Best of all, Hollande in France—-victorious and in power.

    Austerity is being rejected globally.
    Power, however, will not give up.

    Stay strong and involved. A better world is possible

    • 155 prettyfoot58
      March 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Stay strong and involved. A better world is possible…

      As PBO says,,,,


      I am soooooooooooooooooo PROUD….of TOD…..

      we are staying strong…we are moving FORWARD…..with plans to meet the challenge of our times…that PBO talked about in his Inaugural speech….

  49. 156 desertflower
    March 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm


    America’s sequestered recovery
    The sequester has no economic justification – it is the product of ideology and political stalemate.

    The real aim of the sequester’s advocates is a smaller federal government – a goal that often is cloaked in the argument that excessive government spending is choking economic growth. Although this is a politically compelling argument, because it stokes public fears about an out-of-control deficit, it flies in the face of the facts.

    Anemic government spending, not profligacy, has been a major factor behind the economy’s lackluster recovery. According to a recent report [PDF] by the Congressional Budget Office, large spending cuts by state and local governments – and, more recently, a significant reduction in federal spending – have contributed to the unusual and prolonged weakness of aggregate demand.


    Even without the sequester, real per capita government spending (including both purchases and transfer payments) has declined under President Barack Obama, while it increased under every preceding president since Richard Nixon (indeed, per capita spending growth was much faster under the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan and George W Bush than it was under Democratic Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton). And, even without the sequester, the federal budget deficit is set to fall at a faster pace during the next two years than in any two-year period since demobilisation after World War II.

  50. 157 desertflower
    March 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    YES!!! http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/02/us-usa-fiscal-congress-idUSBRE9210AX20130302

    Big cuts spur calls to Congress from irate constituents

  51. March 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I don’t tweet, but found this: from @rickygervais “Obama confused Star Trek with Star Wars. Bet there are loads of guys who live with their mums, laughing at that loser.” It made me chuckle……

  52. 165 globalcitizenlinda
    March 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    during his press conference on the sequester yesterday, what particularly stood out for me is PBO’s answer to a member of the WHPC who quote that pompous bloomberg’s remarks that the effects of the cuts were being exaggrated.

    I don’t know how many noted that PBO brilliantly reminded the WHPC that effect depends on where you are sitting and that the janitors who were cleaning after the press & congress, before and after his press conference, were going to be hurt significantly. he quoted a number of low wage earners who do the vital day-to-day work and who were largely unnoticed by the press but would suffer

    • March 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Perhaps if the press and the congress were to do a bit of cleaning up after themselves, for a pittance wage, they would see things differently.

  53. 167 cookemom
    March 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Is anyone still having problems seeing their replies, or is it just me. I only have a Happy Anniversary message from Word Press showing up and I can’t get rid of it.

    • 168 vcprezofan2
      March 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      I have the same ‘Happy Anniversary’ message. Seems no one will be talking to talk to us today, or if they do we won’t know, CM. 😉 😉

    • March 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      I am not having this, but a lot of folks have mentioned it this week…. I never did join WP, just go in via Safari bookmark, get all the threads up, then click onto comments, and no messing around. No need to click comments when just refreshing, only after completely logging out. Gave up even going in through email, as new threads wouldn’t show up for an hour sometimes… Problem solved. G’day VC! 😉

      • 170 vcprezofan2
        March 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        TY, Pamela, it IS a good day! The sun is shining brightly, I have the place to myself and can not do whatever I don’t want to do without feeling like I’m setting a bad example. Feels great! Hope you are having a good one too, however you enter, Safari or WP. 😉 😉

        • March 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm

          Yes, thanks VC, a pretty day in the Pacific NW, not really super sunny, but not at all cold, flowering shrubs and trees are coming in fast, the birds are hard at work, worms and slugs surfacing… There is much to be done to welcome the spring! Kitty and I went out for a walk, she always goes on a lead. She does NOT like the winter rain, but she is beginning to be interested in all that fresh grass and likes to count her birds! 😉

          • 172 vcprezofan2
            March 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm

            Went to eat and just came back , this is so mean, Pamela: ‘flowering shrubs and trees are coming in fast, the birds are hard at work, worms and slugs surfacing’. You could have stopped at the ‘not at all cold’ – that was reasonable. No need to rub it in that we are still in the middle of winter with no signs of flowers anywhere, not even in the imagination! 🙄

            • March 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm

              😳 YOU asked! All I did was answer simply and honestly….. Wanna come for a wee visit? Next month will be rhododendrons, oh my oh my, wait, I’m doing it again, aren’t I? 😳

      • 175 cookemom
        March 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

        Thanks Pamela but this old lady don’t have that fancy mew fangled safari thingy. I’m resigned to the old fashioned ‘puter. Heck, I just upgraded to a laptop and something they call high speed stuffs.

    • March 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Yes, it’s still not working for me.

    • 178 amk for obama
      March 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Also. Too. Me.

      It’s a fywp problem. I expect it to be fixed next week.

    • 180 Roberta in MN
      March 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Pamela hat made cry, so sad we are so careless with our planet and it’s resources. It’s taken a toll on animals & humans alike. Thanks for sharing. Trying to figure out how to get this on my FB page. Not too smart sometimes. 🙂

      • March 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

        I know, Roberta, I feel terrified when I see stuff like this. I had actually watched a National Parks docu on Midway a few years ago, when I was still interested in tv, so this is not a new scenario, but it is sickening. So many people just do not know. There is a huge gyre circulating in the Pacific, an enormous whirlpool vast and deep, which pulls in all that trash and sucks it to the bottom of the sea. I think you can google it, maybe under National Geographic, maybe NOAA, which will keep you awake at night. I feel massively guilty buying anything, or throwing anything even in the trash. But here, in the Puget Sound region, we have learned a tremendous amount about protecting the oceans, and our water systems. The Aussies are making great progress as well, with programs like SeaFlavour, PADI, and Australian fisheries. They try to educate people, and are very effective. Take heart, my friend, while there are conscious people who care, all is not lost.

        • March 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm

          Maybe try to just copy the link, keep your FB page open, hit Status, then paste it in. Then again, my advice may not be sound, as I am an apple girl, and apple makes it so easy peasey…. But don’t tell amk I said that….

          • 183 amk for obama
            March 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm

            Don’t worry Pamela. I will prolly be Me Too apple boy soon. I looked at macbook air and am veering toward to it. 🙂

  54. 184 utaustinliberal
    March 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    This article shows how badly ‘Obama Derangement Syndrome’ has infected the GOP. This is freaking insane.

  55. March 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm

  56. March 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    To comment on many comments regarding replies to this thread: my counter is showing only 179 comments, despite the thread being open for many hours now (that is not directed at your AWOL status Chipsticks) and when by this time of day the log is usually creaking and groaning to end! That’s my observation. BBL.

  57. 194 vcprezofan2
    March 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS! Well, not really, but I found it interesting. It’s a video about wealth inequality in the US of A

  58. 196 Ladyhawke
    March 2, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Boehner will accept only a 100%-0% deal

    By Steve Benen


    Indeed, if Boehner were to accept Obama’s compromise, Boehner would still come out on top since the spending-cut totals would still easily outweigh the revenue totals. The president’s offer, at face value, is already a win for the GOP.

    But Republicans won’t accept a win; they’ll accept a rout. According to Boehner, the only available solution to a problem he helped create is one in which his side gets 100% of what it wants, predicated on the assumption that the massive spending cuts agreed to in 2011 have escaped Republicans’ memories altogether.

    At this point, most Americans want a compromise. Most Democrats want and have already proposed a compromise. But Boehner wants everyone to know there will be no compromise, and there’s nothing the president can say or do to change his mind.

    I’ll now look forward to pundits everywhere telling me how “both sides” are to blame.



    • March 2, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      • 198 jackiegrumbacher
        March 2, 2013 at 7:07 pm

        Bob, do you know how many Republican votes Nancy needs for this? Last year she needed 26 R votes if the Dem caucus held together. Since we won 8 seats, I guess she would need 18? I wonder if that silent “common sense” caucus that PBO talked about includes 18 sane Rs. If we knew who they were, we could put special pressure on them.

    • 199 anniebella
      March 2, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      If the Republicans will not be fair, I don’t want the President to compromise.

      • 200 squarepeg
        March 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        Unfortunately annie, PBO will compromise, no matter that the GOP has no intention of being fair.

      • 201 hopefruit2
        March 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm

        Progress is only made through compromise and cooperation. However, PBO NEVER compromises in a way that ultimately hurts the most vulnerable. I’ve known him as President for 4+ years now, and have absolutely no reason to believe otherwise.

        • 202 susanne
          March 2, 2013 at 7:06 pm

          so true. and he knows the rethugs and their media are ready to pounce on any real or perceived lack of cooperation on his part. they consider obstinance to be perfectly reasonable for themselves, compromise to be required of pbo, but only complete capitulation to be acceptable for any ‘deals’.

  59. 203 Vicki
    March 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    To lighten the mood—-
    Bill Maher on the folks fussing about Mind Meld Mind Tricks.
    “These people are experts in every world except the one they actually live in.” Boom.

  60. 204 vcprezofan2
    March 2, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Did you guys see Chris Hayes promoting his all Republican panel for tomorrow?

  61. 210 Ladyhawke
    March 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    5 Reasons Republicans Don’t Want Credit For The Sequester Cuts They Won


  62. 211 ber6964
    March 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm


  63. 212 desertflower
    March 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm



    Fox News cribbed research and graphics directly from a National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) press release without disclosing their origin in order to attack President Obama’s purported “sequester priorities.”

  64. 213 99ts
    March 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Mentioned by a poster above – it is a good day to remember this

    The GOP are trying to create an “angry black man” – yet again – they will fail.

  65. 214 Ladyhawke
    March 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    The carried interest loophole for millionaire traders is the perfect example of the tax breaks the GOP is risking recession to protect

    by LOLGOP


    I’m about to shock you.

    Read this: “Skewing income toward the upper, upper class hurts our economy because the rich tend to sit on their money — unlike lower- and middle-income people, who spend a large share of their paychecks, and hence stimulate economic activity.”

    Guess who wrote it?

    A Republican — the same guys who now won’t take credit for the sequestration cuts they won. And not just a regular Republican, the Republican woman who George W. Bush picked to run the FDIC — Shelia Bair.

    In 2013, it’s nearly a miracle when someone who identifies as a Republican dares to state common sense.

    But Bair didn’t stop there in her recent op-ed for the New York Times “Grand Old Parity.” She called on the GOP to end the tax breaks we give to hedge fund managers that allow them to treat their income as investment income — a heinous exploitation of the tax code that has been protected by Republicans and a few Democrats due to the outrageous amount of money the financial industry spends on lobbying.



    • 215 vcprezofan2
      March 2, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      This video complements the discussion about wealth in the US. I think it’s something worth sharing with contacts.

      • 216 theo67
        March 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm

        This is brilliant and sobering. All those tea baggers screeching about “wealth distribution” don’t realize that their own wealth is actually being redistributed by their puppet masters’ pockets – the top 1%! What fools.

        • 217 vcprezofan2
          March 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm

          Hey you! 😆 It’s been a while since we’ve crossed paths! How’s life – you made any ‘moves’ yet? :0 😉

    • March 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      I remember Sheila Bair. She is very powerful, was blacklisted I believe by the GOP, and even during the congressional hearings when Elizabeth Warren was creating such a stir, no one would touch Sheila Bair. She was SO RIGHT, and had so much authority when she spoke, the crooks were and probably still are, terrified of her. I think I saw her on Bill Moyers a few years ago. Happy to hear she is making her voice heard again, her help is needed.

  66. 219 susanne
    March 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    from james fallows:

    ‘ If the GOP’s refusal to compromise was labeled as it actually is, they might pay a political price and be willing to cut a deal. But by blaming both sides equally even though President Obama is offering a balanced solution, the media have severely curtailed whatever political incentive there is for cutting a deal. After all, if the Democrats are blamed for not compromising even when they have made all the concessions, why on earth should the Republicans ever concede anything?

    Blaming both sides for lack of compromise when one side has refused to make any concessions is like punishing all athletes when only some take steroids. If everyone is getting punished no matter what, why not break the rules and hit some home runs? ‘


  67. March 2, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    We thought Scalia was the only disgraceful person during oral arguements on VRA, turns out Roberts was actually lying!

  68. 223 desertflower
    March 2, 2013 at 6:38 pm


    The “Sequester” follows the long-standing “trigger” strategy we first wrote about in 2011. The idea, which was probably dreamed up by some high-priced consultant, seems to be this: Pass a bill that creates some “trigger” effect at some point in the future. If nothing else is done the “trigger” goes off, and highly unpopular and destructive spending cuts will go into effect as if untouched by human hand.

    By using the “trigger” strategy, politicians believed (and apparently still believe) that they can escape the political and moral consequences of their own actions. It wasn’t me that did these things, they can argue, it was the “trigger.”

    The forces of austerity have cooked up a number of triggers during their multi-year battle against government, which escalated right after Wall Street decimated the economy. They’ve had different names: Debt ceiling. “SaveGo.” Fiscal cliff. And now, Sequester.

    Each was a stratagem for imposing austerity economics on an unwilling population. Each was a crude device, a political IED designed to explode after its designers had left the scene of the crime.

    We need to make sure the “trigger” strategy doesn’t work this time. It mustn’t work, if we’re to stop the seemingly relentless march of corporate-and billionaire-funded austerity.

    The Sequester and its harsh consequences were enacted into law by Congress. As its effects reverberate into the lives of millions of Americans, let’s keep the spotlight on the actors as well as the act.

    And let’s call that act what it is: An act of aggression, aimed at the heart of our nation’s social contract. These destructive and needless cuts, whose only purpose is to benefit the wealthy, are a civic crime. And Capitol Hill is the scene of the crime.

    A “political IED” used by economic terrorists. How fitting a description is that.

  69. 224 99ts
    March 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    The real GOP problem – from one of my favorite blogs
    “The problem is that the Republican Party won’t come to grips with that reality. The Republican Party pretends the 8-year Bush Administration didn’t happen. It’s an astonishing kind of group denial. If it happened in an individual that person might be diagnosed as neurotic.”


  70. March 2, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    FOX the media, corporate arm of the Republican party, takes NRCC press releases straight into FOX news graphics…..

  71. 228 Ladyhawke
    March 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm


    Greg Sargent ‏@ThePlumLineGS


    Dear blame-it-on-both-sides pundits: Ask top Rs what ratio of spending cuts to new revenues they’d accept. Just ask them.

    Retweeted by LOLGOP


    • 229 susanne
      March 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      yes, they were a teensy tiny bit flexible on revenues a couple of years ago, because they got massive spending cuts in return. so, that’s it on revenues for the next thousand years or so. apparently they don’t care that majorities of americans in all categories find this to be wrong-headed. they just want to please the ultra-right in their tighty-whitey districts, to heck with america.

      • 230 theo67
        March 2, 2013 at 9:04 pm

        We need to start naming the GOP puppet masters that are creating this nonsense. We know there can’t be very many of them, since they represent about 0.3% of the population. List their names, their businesses, their products. Let us send them a message that they depend on us – not the other way around! They typically got to the top by lying, cheating and stealing, and would likely not be able to recreate the circumstances that created their wealth or influence. Grifters.

  72. 231 globalcitizenlinda
    March 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    given the path that the gop has taken so far since PBO was re-elected, one suspects that they intend to continue with the same radicalism.

    educating the voters who are not as interested politics and spelling out to them exactly who is causing their pain may help more people to come out and vote in the mid-term

    • 232 99ts
      March 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      The lies about the deficit are frightening – both in terms of the size and its impact on current and future generations. NO-ONE worried about the deficit for 8 years of George Bush – but when the blah guy tries to help the majority of the population – rather than give the country to the wealthy and their war mongering friends – suddenly there is a deficit.

      The poor and disadvantaged – those without health care, those with medicare – didn’t cause 2 wars – nor bring about the disaster of the recession – but the GOP and their water carriers conveniently forget reality. Voters are bombarded with lies about the President and his policies EVERY single day. When I hear about everything his is supposedly “giving” to the poor – most of whom need food stamps to survive – the tears are flowing.

      The GOP want to kill the poor via starvation – and the middle class with guns – the media supports them – and people will vote to allow this to happen.

      • 233 theo67
        March 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        The GOP don’t necessarily want to kill the poor via starvation, because they need the poor to work as a sort of slave class. They want people – both the poor and those at the lower end of the middle class spectrum – to be so desperate that they accept anything that’s offered to them. They also want to fill their private prisons so that they can eliminate voters, and make money at the same time.

        GOP: “Eliminate the minimum wage because it will create more jobs”.
        Us: Really? Where the evidence of that?

        GOP: “Put children to work because they need to learn the dignity of work”.
        Us: But they’re children – shouldn’t they be learning the tools that will ensure they’re in a position to take decent jobs and contribute significantly to the economy?

        GOP: “We can’t raise taxes on the rich, because they’re the job creators”.
        Us: Again, where’s the evidence of that? Because they’ve had lower tax rates for the last several years, and no jobs to show for it.

        It’s amazing that people fall for this crap.

  73. 234 Jovie
    March 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO — Just a few weeks after President Obama issued an executive order aimed at protecting the country’s critical infrastructure against cyberattacks, White House officials came to a major cybersecurity conference to lobby for industry support on the new order.

    Throughout the weeklong RSA cybersecurity conference, top administration officials stressed that the successful execution of the executive order hinges on private-sector collaboration with the federal government.
    “We’re in this together, both government and industry. We need your help,” Andy Ozment, a senior director of cybersecurity at the White House, said during a Thursday panel.


  74. 235 Jovie
    March 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Wow! This is so cool-


    Play this trailer…

  75. 237 a4alice
    March 2, 2013 at 7:26 pm

  76. 238 globalcitizenlinda
    March 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    John Lewis‏@repjohnlewis

    I was deeply moved and honored to receive the badge of the Montgomery Chief of Police. His apology was truly meaningful #FPI2013

    • 239 susanne
      March 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      sounds like a powerful moment for both–and for all. i hope we’ll be seeing clips of this amazing day.

  77. March 2, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    This is not the Opinion pages It the front page
    My local News paper will not report that Obama is asking to close tax loophole and special tax break, The Palm Beach Post is reporting it as a tax increase, and that he just got a tax increase on January 1, nothing about the spending cut that already pass. after reading the paper it seems like Obama don’t want to cut spending, He just want to increase taxes

    • 241 globalcitizenlinda
      March 2, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      please consider writing to the author of this article, highlight the error and refer to specif sources – sometimes it works to request a correction.

      • 242 anniebella
        March 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm

        dun, I agree, please contact that paper tell them to stop lying to the people and explain to them exactly what POTUS was asking for. Give me a email address and I will be glad to send them a e-mail.

    • 244 Ladyhawke
      March 2, 2013 at 8:47 pm


      A Balanced Plan to Avert the Sequester and Reduce the Deficit


      President Obama believes that our guiding focus must be growing the economy and strengthening the middle class . That’s his North Star, and it’s why he won’t accept cuts that force the middle class to bear the burden of deficit reduction.

      The President has put forward a specific plan that will avoid sequestration’s harmful budget cuts and reduce the deficit in a balanced way — by cutting spending, finding savings in entitlement programs and closing tax loopholes.

      Both parties have already come together to cut the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion and today the deficit is coming down at the fastest pace since then end of World War II.

      President Obama’s plan builds on this progress and would cut the deficit by another $1.5 trillion, bringing it below its historic average.



  78. 245 amk for obama
    March 2, 2013 at 8:04 pm

  79. 246 anniebella
    March 2, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I just sent e-mails to ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN telling them that I am so fed up with the media telling us that both parties are responsible for the problems going on in D.C. when they know dam well the problem lies with that radical extreme racists women hating Republican Party. From the moment Barack Obama walk into that oval office the Republicans decided not to compromise with him, even if it meant destroying this economy and country. An the media need to be honest instead of telling lies for the Republican Party.

  80. March 2, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    You want to know why PBO sent troops to Niger last week? It was to help the African and French in Mali. Was is smart? Answer…….

    • 250 theo67
      March 2, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      To be honest, we probably know 1% of everything that’s going on in this part of the world and what the Administration is doing. The media doesn’t report on it unless it’s somehow to taint the Administration. So, as far as I’m concerned, this is one area where the President has earned his bona fides, and I trust that he’s doing the right thing with whatever options he’s got available to him.

  81. 251 lamh36
    March 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Another weekend another birthday party in NOLA. Today’s party is for my twin aunt and uncle’s 44th birthday. The bar is stocked, the DJ is on da ones and twos, the crawfish is boiling, the oysters bout to go on da grill and da party ain’t even started yet!

  82. March 2, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Jon Favreau’s partner in crime has also entered the twitter sphere. Lets all welcome the dynamic duo… https://twitter.com/TVietor08

  83. 255 amk for obama
    March 2, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    New thread, new thread, new thread

  84. March 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm

  85. March 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Just got back from the final UNM Lobo regular season home game. AHEM, watched them win the Mountain West Conference Championship for the FOURTH time in five years!! Senior Day. Yadda-yadda…….WAHOOOO!!!!! (In New Mexico it’s just about all we have.) Anyway, THANKS amk for the PC advice!! I’m going to put all that stuff on my kid’s PC…. Along with reminding him for the eleventeenth time NOT to click on skecthy things because he thinks he can do the JEDI MINDMELD in Minecraft!
    (See what I did there?) ;>)

    • 259 amk for obama
      March 2, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Computer games, especially the on-line ones, are full of spyware/adware/malware/tracking crap. I never allow my son to touch my laptop and never had any games in it – except of course solitaire. 🙂

  86. March 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    A former student just posted the Wealth Distribution video on FB. I Shared it. It needs to go VIRAL!!!!!!!!! Can TOD help make that happen? Tweet and FB!!!!

    • 261 theo67
      March 2, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      It is a brilliant video – I shared in on Twitter and Facebook earlier. I believe VC shared the link.

  87. March 2, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    1.5 Trillion in cuts in 2011, 600 Billion in taxes Jan.1, 1.2 trillion (600B in defense) and 700B saved in interest payments.

    President Obama just hit 4Trillion. While protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid beneficiaries

    • 263 theo67
      March 2, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      It will be interesting what the final tally will be with regards to the fines for cancelled contracts, the additional costs for unemployment insurance claims, the increase to the deficit bottom line and the decline of the economy.

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