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  1. 1 proudmemberofglobalzero
    March 4, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Love my TOD family

  2. 2 Jax6655
    March 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Oh. My. God. Hi TOD!!

  3. March 4, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Congrats Proudmember, GOLD, I think I got bronze!

  4. March 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

  5. March 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    End of last thread:

  6. 11 cookemom
    March 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    So obviously this thread popped up while I was composing a most provocative statement on the last thread. So as not to deprive you of my astute musings, nor cause you to scamper back to see what pearls of wisdom I left languishing there, I will simply restate it here.

    “I’m back in the fold O’s after making my quick check on my furry prairie path friends. All is well in the forest, except they’re concerned about this whole sequester thing. They wonder if the Forest Preserves will continue to be maintained. The path was reconstructed, and pathway lights and call boxes were installed using Recovery money. They remembered it was PBO who provided the funds for the new renovations to their little habitat. I assured them that he is working on it and not to worry. They were very much aware that it’s the Pubs who are causing their anguish.

    Good to see my little friend, the yellow box back in it’s rightful place, ever watchful for replies that may need attention.”

  7. March 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm

  8. March 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Good to see something to smile about

  9. 20 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Lawmaker calls for half a billion dollars in federal grants to teach sexual abstinence

    By Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) on Monday called for the creation of a new federal grant program that would spend half a billion dollars to educate teenagers why they should not have sex before marriage.

    In a speech on the House floor, Hultgren cited a Centers for Disease Control report from mid-February that said young adults account for 50 percent of all sexually transmitted disease infections.-/

    A half a billion?

  10. March 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I missed being first cause I was on the phone to my area reps: bringing over my responses:

    March 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm
    Called to both of the GOP reps just now. Very pleasant staffers, said of course I am welcome to make requests of these congresspeople, and listened vey attentively to my request to have them vote in favor of ending the sequester, to move forward on immigration reform and to take action on gun violence. Mentioned the CommonSenseCaucus, and my awareness that they are both a part of this group. Left my name and zip code. Better mention to y’all there was a ladybug sighting in the East side of the garden, on the edge of the birdbath, because that it very important news, as well. Lunchtime! {{{TOD}}}

  11. 33 57andfemale
    March 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Excellent piece to shut up the whiny liberals who are hand-wringing over PBO and Medicare and SS (again).


  12. March 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Carney got another dumb question from our esteemed WH press, answered it by hitting George Will, w/ his own words, w/ a virtual 2×4.

    • 35 anniebella
      March 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      I think in a round about way Jay Carney said “F” you to George Will

      • 36 carolyn
        March 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

        Yes, that’s what he said….and he said it with a smile.
        George Will is absolutely useless. He and Bill Kristol continue to get air time, and if you count the number of times their predictions have come true, you will find the total is ZERO!

    • 37 vitaminlover
      March 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      I love Jay Carney. He is so on his game at all times. This guy is sharp!

  13. 38 japa21
    March 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm

  14. March 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Global warming is a myth, lets move on people…..

    • 40 99ts
      March 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      There was an interview on our ABC (govt funded) broadcasting last night – I have issues with the woman who did the interview – and yet again – she tried every way to say this was just a “climate cycle”. The scientist she interviewed didn’t let her get away with a thing – there has been a long term trend of climate change raising temperatures.

      http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/ (it’s in the recent programs list – I don’t see a direct link)

  15. 41 utaustinliberal
    March 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Yes America, The Simpsons are in on it too.

  16. March 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I have left my self-imposed Woodward sabbatical, for the last time…. I promise!

  17. March 4, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    For the idiots in the media who circle jerk their twitter feeds to determine conventional wisdom. You are not the AMERICAN public!

    • 45 amk for obama
      March 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Yet another meaningless, “poll” exercise. If you read the piece, it’s all gobbledygook.

      Remember recent opinion “polls” on eyetalian elections ?

    • 46 utaustinliberal
      March 5, 2013 at 7:05 am

      This is pure BS. Both the public and twitter poll. After 2012, I give certain pollsters the side eye.

  18. March 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm

  19. March 4, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Want to continue trying to bring OFA attention to Linda’s excellent work:

    And, to a specific action item that could help Leader Pelosi garner support for a discharge petition if Boehner/Cantor won’t allow a vote on HR 900:

    Yes We Can

  20. 57 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Update on WIW’s call to action:

    I called the six congressmen in the PA districts 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 & 15. Got through right away and they were all very cordial and pleasant (guess not many calls – YET..) I Urged them to support the President and Dems’ plan on the budget/sequester, immigration reform, and gun control legislation. They all stated quite politely that they would pass along my message to the respective congressmen. Three of them asked me for my specific address but I told them that I was calling from out of state but have family residing in PA and in those districts, so all these issues affect me regardless.

    I observed that many of them on their website specifically want only residents to email them. They ask for your full name, address, email address, and phone number, and these are mandatory fields. I might just tweet them or write them from scratch instead.

    • 58 whatisworking
      March 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Great job – thanks so much for your efforts and your responses

      • 59 hopefruit2
        March 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm

        My pleasure and thank YOU WIW for putting together this valuable resource. 🙂 I have the page bookmarked for future reference. I’m sure I will be needing to contact these congressmen at various times in the coming year and over the next 3 years!

  21. 60 yardarm756
    March 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Brought over from tail end of last thread.

  22. March 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Hi ‘moderator’ my ‘comment’ is awaiting 🙂

    Hope you’re having a great day, Chips!

  23. 62 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    The House Appropriations Committee on Monday introduced a spending bill that assumes the $85 billion sequester goes forward but takes several steps to cushion the Pentagon and other agencies from the blow.

    The $982 billion bill would fund the government through the end of fiscal year 2013 on Sept. 30 and prevent a government shutdown after March 27, when a current temporary spending bill runs out. 

    It assumes that the sequester cuts that began going into effect on March 1 stay in place, but shifts $10.4 billion into the Pentagon’s operations and maintenance account to give the Defense Department more flexibility to prioritize readiness and training programs that were threatened by a full-year continuing resolution.
    It also takes several steps to help other agencies from the cuts.

    These include provisions aimed at making sure border and nuclear security are maintained, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation maintains staff levels, that security at embassies is increased in the wake of the Benghazi attacks, that the Forest Service has more money to fight wildfires and that federal prisons have enough staff.

    Specifically, the bill requires Customs and Border Protection to retain current staffing at existing funding levels, while maintaining 34,000 detention beds for suspected illegal immigrations.  

    The bill provides $40 million more for wildfires, $363 million more for nuclear security and $129 million more for FBI salaries over current levels, all by shifting money around rather than adding to the overall total. 

    It also shifts funds for the District of Columbia to pay for the inauguration and gives the Architect of the Capitol flexibility to continue to repair the Capitol Dome, which is crumbling.

    The bill includes detailed appropriations for the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments and to fund military construction.

    The bill does not contain any new transfer authority for the Pentagon to shift money around in the wake of the sequester, an aide explained.

    “The legislation will avoid a government shutdown on March 27th, prioritize DOD and veterans programs, and allow the Pentagon some leeway to do its best with the funding it has,” Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said in a statement.

    In total, the bill includes $518 billion for defense, $2 billion more than President Obama requested for this year.

    The bill also extends the current two-year pay freeze for federal workers. Obama has ordered a 0.5 percent increase in federal worker pay after March 27.



    • 63 57andfemale
      March 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      That reminds me – the son of a friend of mine is a National Park Service firefighter – controlled burns, forest fires, etc.

      Don’t get me started on the fact that he’s finally getting health insurance, which was a problem because of his ‘part time’ status.

      My friend told me that he was set to work on some controlled burns, and the sequester furloughed him.

      Oh, what do I think of the House bill – it sucks. Protects Republican interests and nothing else.

      The defense budget is obscene. In a bill dealing with the sequester, Repubs are giving DoD MORE money than requested?!?!

      I’m so glad that keeping them brown people on their side of the border is more important than research, Head Start, Meals on Wheels……….

      • 64 Jovie
        March 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm

        I know… But like everything, the poor that need assistance to ameliorate problems, does not have a voice in DC.
        Right now, the meme is that these cuts don’t matter. 😦

        • 65 57andfemale
          March 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm

          Here’s where I am on all of this: the sequester was never meant to go into effect, but force both sides to come up with a comprehensive plan.

          That has not happened. The sequester should be repealed.

    • 66 99ts
      March 4, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Funding the military above everything else – 2nd in line – locking people up. Will the GOP ever get over its war and prisons mentality – when prisons becomes a major industry/employer – your country has a problem

    • March 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Here’s my stupid question. doesn’t this remove the pressure to raise taxed or close loopholes or whatever? I mean, the Republicans would get there military funding but where are the revenue increases? Or maybe this is not enough money to matter? If this doesn’t bass because of Dems or PBO can Republicans yell about them not compromising or about national defense?

  24. 68 Nena20409
    March 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Since TOD is a Global Village:

    Here is a tribute to Ms. Miriam Makeba…..her 81 Birthday had she been alive.

  25. 70 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    The powers that be, are very worried about OFA. Attempting to defund it before it starts?

  26. March 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Syrian rebels ( in a visual deja vu from Iraq) knock down the Hafez al-Assad statue in Raqqa…. Things are getting crazy there.

  27. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    March 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    The Navy has issued an All Navy message, relaying its initial plans to comply with the sequester, deferring ship deployments and even stopping some ships underway, plus deferring its humanitarian role in Central and South America (the Navy’s humanitarian efforts around the globe are a big part of our national defense).

    Here are a few of the fleet-related plans (BFDs), and at the link there’s more of a description of how it’ll affect everything from recruiting to depot maintenance to shows performed by the Blue Angels (a big part of getting taxpayers to support their military) to cutting the real live paychecks of both government and defense contractor personnel.

    How’s all this workin’ out for ya, McCain? I’m sure your Daddy the Admiral would be real proud.



  28. 73 JER
    March 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm

  29. 75 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    FYI – there is a blizzard headed for the VA/MD/DC area, already nicknamed “Snowquester.”

  30. 79 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

  31. 80 jacquelineoboomer
    March 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I mean, really, if we can’t laugh, eh?

  32. March 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    In an effort to get that damned Harlem Shake ditty out of my head, a bit of Van Morrison.

  33. 84 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Credit rating agencies shrug off sequester, say more cuts needed
    Peter Schroeder
    03/04/13 04:33 PM ET
    The agencies remain worried about Washington’s inability to take broader action.…
    These Guys are unbelievable! Arrest them?

    • March 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      I don’t quite understand what purpose they serve. It seems to me no one in the financial world cares what they say, anyway. The world still invests in the U.S. despite their dumb declarations.

  34. 87 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm

  35. March 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Well, well, well. TPM is reporting that Krugman is saying he had a very bad debate with the Scar.

  36. 94 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm

  37. March 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Considering that my library is in a section of L.A. County that went overwhelmingly for Obama, I get too many of my share of RWNJ’s for my own comfort. Yes, ma’am, Thomas Jefferson DID rape his slave Sally Hemmings. It’s not a “lie”.

    • 97 anniebella
      March 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      So Jeb Bush, GW Bush youngest brother said he have not rule out a run for President in 2016. What is it with these people, we have had enough of the Bushes, read my lips, “NO MORE BUSHES”. Daddy Bush, and that dam idiot of a brother, GW twice. Enough is enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 98 Lovepolitics2008
        March 4, 2013 at 8:35 pm

        A presidential campaign between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush may be a possibility. I’m not excited by that, to say the least.

  38. 99 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Heh, notifications are baaack.

  39. 103 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    NEW YORK — Goldman Sachs and Citigroup have stepped up warnings to shareholders about cyber attacks as the U.S. government prodded banks and government agencies to bolster their defenses.

    Online and mobile banking give new points of entry that can be used to disrupt or penetrate operations, the two New York- based firms said last week in annual regulatory filings. The companies said they’re vulnerable to tactics that overload websites to shut off public access, such as assaults that disrupted the nation’s largest lenders late last year.

    U.S. banks are speculating that foreign nations, organized crime or terrorists are behind efforts to cripple their websites and warning that costs to keep intruders at bay will rise. President Barack Obama directed the government on Feb. 12 to develop voluntary security standards for companies running vital infrastructure and is pushing Congress to set formal rules.


    Due to last months executive order, more and more companies are asking Government fir help with cyber attacks.

  40. 104 Jovie
    March 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    NFL network text poll-

    Text your vote to 55171

    Who is the biggest impact FA wide receiver?

    U1: Greg Jennings
    U2: Mike Wallace
    U3: Wes Welker

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  44. 109 hopefruit2
    March 4, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    According to a new survey: The most depressed (as in people being unhappiest) states:

    1.West Virginia
    2. Tenessee
    3. Oklahoma
    4. Nevada
    5. Missouri
    6. Mississippi
    7. Michigan
    8. Kentucky
    9. Indiana
    10. Arkansas

    Note that 8 out of the 10 states voted for Romney in Nov 2012, and the top one (which voted GOP in both 2008 & 2012) did not have a single county that voted for PBO in 2012. As Jodi Kantor would say: Hmmm…….

  45. 111 dotster3
    March 4, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    We, people in my district in Illinois, get rid of Joe Walsh and we get RWNJ Randy Hultgren, a religious extremist, who wasted time and effort today proposing the half billion dollar bill for sex education in public schools. I just contacted him to express my displeasure at his choice of concentration. What is with so many of the Repubs in Congress?—-they are absolutely obsessed with all things sexual. It’s creepy and deserves a study. They spend 239 days on vacay and then waste their precious time in session proposing this kind of nonsense. It’s frustrating beyond belief. I would describe my area as historically Repub, but not whackjob Repub. Obama won here in ’08, narrowly lost here in ’12. The tea party shows up for the primary and elects Walsh and Hultgren and then the majority Repub voters here just vote for anyone with an R by their name. And we end up with nutjobs. A centrist, common sense Dem can be elected here—Dem Melissa Bean represented this area before Walsh. We need to concentrate on these areas that are ripe for the taking and get appealing Dem candidates to fight for these seats. It’s doable in so many areas.

    • 112 Lovepolitics2008
      March 4, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      dotster, read “Sex, Mom and God” by Frank Schaeffer, a man who was raised in the religious right culture but saw the light eventually. Also, Max Blumenthal’s “The Republican Gomorrah” brings some interesting information. Many republicans INDEED are obsessed with all things sexual.

  46. March 4, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Florida gun law insanity on display!! No words….

  47. 114 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

  48. 121 a4alice
    March 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    That weekly call for Organizing for Action should be starting in just a couple of minutes. You can stream it on your computer, here’s the link:


  49. 122 amk for obama
    March 4, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Little Johnny’s preschool class went on a field trip to the fire station. The firefighter giving the presentation, held up a smoke detector and asked the class: “Does anyone know what this is?”

    Little Johnny’s hand shot up and the firefighter called on him.

    Little Johnny replied: “That’s how Mommy knows supper is ready!”

  50. March 4, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    On Maddow tonight at 9pm EST tonight

    Chief Kevin Murphy, Montgomery, AL police (no doubt will discuss bestowing Rep. John Lewis with his badge) and former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

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