Rise and Shine

Oct 10, 2011: President  Obama visits a wounded warrior for a Purple Heart presentation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. (Photo by Pete Souza). The President will visit the Center again today.



12:45: Jay Carney’s press briefing

2:05: President Obama departs White House

2:35: Visits the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

4:25: Arrives White House

5:0: Meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel




NYT: President Obama on Monday named two people to his cabinet who will be charged with making good on his threat to use the powers of the executive branch to tackle climate change and energy policy if Congress does not act quickly.

Mr. Obama nominated Gina McCarthy, a tough-talking native of Boston and an experienced clean air regulator, to take charge at the Environmental Protection Agency, and Ernest J. Moniz, a physicist and strong advocate of natural gas and nuclear power as cleaner alternatives to coal, to run the Department of Energy.

The appointments, which require Senate confirmation, send an unmistakable signal that the president intends to mount a multifaceted campaign in his second term to tackle climate change by using all the executive branch tools at his disposal.

More here



NBC: A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal on a bill that would make it a federal crime to buy a gun for someone who isn’t legally allowed to own one. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy announced the agreement on the Senate floor Monday evening.

Illegal gun “straw” purchases, made by a buyer on behalf of someone who cannot pass a background check, are often not prosecuted under current law, usually because conducting such a sale yields such a weak penalty.

The new compromise legislation would make the consequences for both straw buyers and sellers far more serious  – to the tune of decades in jail.

More here



Time: The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to vote on President Barack Obama‘s pick to lead the CIA after weeks of wrangling with the White House over access to top-secret information about the use of lethal drone strikes against terror suspects and the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

More here


MoooOOOOoooorning! That was a short and not completely sweet Rise and Shine, but I have to rush out the door – as soon as I can find it.

Back in a while!

266 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    March 5, 2013 at 7:54 am


  2. March 5, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Good Morning TOD family. Congrats on first utaustinliberal.

  3. March 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Morning everyone. Hope all is well with all.

  4. 6 utaustinliberal
    March 5, 2013 at 8:00 am

    The first cartoon correctly characterizes Scalia. He is racism personified as is the confederate flag.

  5. March 5, 2013 at 8:00 am

    For those of you who remember, last year I traveled to D.C. for a cold case. Sentencing was this past week. I traveled there for it. Verdict. 35 years!! Huge closure for me.

  6. 10 Jovie
    March 5, 2013 at 8:05 am

    But but but Paul Krugman, Joe Klein, Jeffrey Sachs, Grover Norquist, Jeb Bush…
    IMO, all these guys should just shut up… Who needs any of them, they are all full
    Of themselves?

    • 11 Bill
      March 5, 2013 at 8:27 am

      Joe pulled in Jeffrey Sachs to side with him against Krugman. Both Joe and Sachs were accusing Krugman of saying things he never said. Sachs was very disappointing, and it was obvious he has a bad case of professional jealousy. I lost a great deal of respect for Sachs today. In a sense Morning Joe is worse than Fox & Friends. MJ pretends to be serious, and it isn’t yet many believe it is. Whereas Fox & Friends comes across as a Saturday Night Live skit.

  7. 13 kathryn kivett
    March 5, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Good Morning…of course I spent too long composing a post at the end of last thread…as usual…so either go back and read it or take this mini version….very concerned/disturbed by hiccups that have been occuring recently by whoever is “handling” “fact checking” “message crafting” PBO and administration…Sequester disaster, Arne Duncan, OFA and personally feel Michelle is being over exposed…don’t fuss at me…just have some gut butterflies…just want to start discussion(which I can’t participate in b/c of commitments) but want to read…Approval ratings are slipping and R’s rising….Just know, don’t blame PBO/MO….whoever is controlling message…Why am I bugged,concerned, and have questions…never had them before?

    • 14 hopefruit2
      March 5, 2013 at 8:19 am

      Hi Kathryn, I read your comment on the last thread and you certainly have a right to voice your opinion/concern here, but I’m just going to post a few things to consider:

      1. It happens to be the 3rd-year anniversary of the “Let’s Move” campaign, which is why you have been seeing FLOTUS out and about this past couple weeks. This is not a normal routine for her. Michelle is doing her usual stuff, no differently from before and some weeks she’s on TV more than others, and this past couple weeks just happen to be one of those times. The MSM has just been VERY nasty the last few weeks. I just typed a google search for “Let’s Move” and a whole bunch of negative articles come up.

      2. PBO’s approval rating is not slipping relative to the GOP’s. Perhaps one or two manipulated polls show something which might more be a reflection of shady sampling techniques, etc. The majority of Americans agree with PBO’s policies on just about every major issue from gun control to immigration. And it will remain that way – REGARDLESS of what the media/GOP-manipulated polling claims to show.

      3. You didn’t really explain what you meant by “too many hiccups” I have seen absolutely no evidence of “many hiccups.” I see normal GOP obstructionism because they control the house and are determined to destroy the country because their hatred of the President is at an all-time high.

      4. Because of the new term, PBO has been focused most recently on putting his new appointees in place. This is time consuming and distracting, but also VERY important because it will lay down the foundation for the next 2 years at least.

      5. You probably expected things to be smooth-sailing once PBO got re-elected, but that is an unrealistic expectation. The GOP (and their MSM enablers) are more unhinged than ever and determined to make PBO’s 2nd term as miserable as possible, and this is partly what you might be witnessing here. In the end, PBO (and this country) will prevail.

      6. Unfortunately, I think you are succumbing to the MSM’s interpretation of PBO’s second term, not his actual performance so far. Which is why my negative energies are almost always directed at the media (left, center and right) for the damage they are doing to the people’s psyche and the country as a whole.

      • 15 andogriff
        March 5, 2013 at 8:26 am

        Great post, hopefruit2…. I can understand Kathryn’s concerns, but we all need to remember that the media is dependent on controlling the dialogue… if we don’t let them, we can see the Truth behind their insidious lies!

        • 16 andogriff
          March 5, 2013 at 8:27 am

          And by the way….good morning everyone, and thanks for the great Rise-and-Shine round up, Ms Chips!

      • 17 kathryn kivett
        March 5, 2013 at 8:33 am

        Don’t have but 5 min…but although I agree with majority you said, no I am not succumbing to MSM’s BS…have been into this for too long for that and also smarter than that….it’s something I can’t put my finger on and that’s why I brought it up…just an uneasy feeling I can’t explain….it’s not hair on fire or negative energy…it’s just there, and I want it to go away…I’m not clueless and expect things to go smoothly…This feeling has happened in the last few weeks, never had it before…

        • 18 hopefruit2
          March 5, 2013 at 8:37 am

          So where did you get the polling info you cited from? From the media, right? Unless you yourself did the polling, you must have gotten it from the media. The idea that PBO’s “approval is slipping relative to the GOP’s” did not come from anywhere but the polling firm and the media who reported it.

          Then you mention “hiccups” but still haven’t explained what exactly you are referring to.

          I still maintain that this “uneasy” feeling you’re having comes largely from the MSM – it’s so insidious that you are unable to see it as coming from there, but that’s what’s driving this.

          • 19 Jovie
            March 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

            It’s Gallup again!
            Btw- Gallup was 10 points off the last election. They had Robmey winning by 5 points on election day.

            • 20 hopefruit2
              March 5, 2013 at 9:23 am

              Thank you Jovie – and that’s the point I’m making here.

              When someone cites a poll like Gallup (knowing what we all know) to illustrate a “problem” with the President, let’s just say that the problem ain’t with the President.

        • 21 99ts
          March 5, 2013 at 9:34 am

          Please don’t get hooked into what the GOP want you to think/believe. Their tactics are directed towards getting 100% democrat supporters to think what you are saying. They delayed Chuck Hagel’s appointment to bring doubt into whether he can do the job – both at home and abroad. They are doing similar things with other appointments. The sequester being allowed to be implemented is their way of causing economic problems for the country at home and abroad. Since they FAILED in making the President a 1 term President – their attack mode has changed – they want to cause grief to the people of America, thinking that will allow them to “save the country”.

          The GOP can only succeed if people let themselves be blackmailed in this way. Once you realize the republicans in and out of congress are working to make you feel the way you do – the problem is solved.

          For 30 long years – the rich have ground down the middle class and the poor and disadvantaged (worldwide, not just in the US). Starting with Reagan, aided and abetted by Thatcher – suddenly money became the most important thing in the world & equality for all got lost. They don’t like being called out on the destruction they caused – the current maniac states with their anti women, anti poor, anti state education and love of guns is their latest technique for controlling the population. President Obama and the democrats have to fight this – at the same time they lead the world out of its worst recession since 1929.

          Your finger should be put squarely on the GOP – and the media that do not call them out for what they are doing and what they have done.

        • 24 veryslowwriter
          March 5, 2013 at 2:08 pm

          That “uneasy feeling” is nothing that a nice dose of Milk of Magnesia won’t fix. Sorry to be flippant but seriously…how are the folks here suposd to fix your uneasiness?

      • March 5, 2013 at 9:04 am

        Hopefruit2, I agree with what you have said.

        I believe that some of the unrealistic expectations that people have of the President is because they have allowed the MSM and people like Boehner to tell us what the role of the President is. At the same time, they are hoping to diminish Congress’ responsibility in these self-inflicted crises. People are being led to believe that the President’s authority is more far-reaching than what it really is.

        • 26 Jovie
          March 5, 2013 at 9:23 am

          When it comes to legislation, writing laws, the power is with 535 members of congress, or in this case about 80 tea baggers.

      • 27 anniebella
        March 5, 2013 at 10:34 am

        Thank you hopefruit2. I couldn’t have said it better. And I’m trying to figure out why anyone would pay Gallup any attention at all. Have you forgotten Gallup and their election polling? If we had believe Gallup it would be President Romney.

      • 31 vcprezofan2
        March 5, 2013 at 10:48 am

        Morning, Hopefruit! Truly, truly appreciate this calm and reasoned response. It’s the way to go, IMO. Thanks.

      • 32 whatisworking
        March 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

        I agree – well stated. If things are not going the way we anticipate, we need to ask ourselves, what can we do? Can we call our elected officials, can we post a factual video on Facebook, do we make a donation to OFA?

      • 33 Vicki
        March 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

        Hole in one answer, hopefruit.
        The GOP/TP/MSM have spent 5 years trying to make the USA uneaasy and suspicious.
        Arm yourself with facts and you will then be able to dismiss vague feelings of dismay, Kathryn.

      • March 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

        I agree with you, hopefruit. We are only seven weeks into the President’s second term, since it really only started on Jan 21. In that time, the President has done everything he could do to resolve the Sequester, debt ceiling and fiscal cliff disasters created by the Republican Party – while the Republican Party has been on vacation about 80% of that time. He’s also preparing for a critically important trip to the Middle East, running the government, managing a war and international uprisings, weighing on on matters in front of the Supreme Court and nominating his second Cabinet. I see nothing to complain about with how he’s conducted himself over these past seven weeks (or four years, or 10 years).

        As for First Lady Michelle – I wouldn’t mind at all if she was on TV every single day sharing her messages of good health, positive attitudes, service, helping the military and just being happy and herself. She’s an interesting and accomplished person. I would much rather see her doing good, than have to watch the pundits and right wing hacks (see Romney(s), McCain, Graham, etc.) spouting lies and negativity. And yet, we never hear that those people with their negative, ugly messages are over exposed.

        When the media is more concerned about a golf game with a celebrity, than they are with the impending doom of a burgeoning economy, can we really take anything they say or think seriously when it comes to the serious and heady matters with which this President is dealing? The media is paid to misinform and demoralize. Don’t let yourself get swayed by the media and their twisting of reality. If you start to get discouraged, check out whitehouse.gov for the truth, or whatisworking’s blog for action items.

        • 35 anniebella
          March 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

          Any chance I get to see POTUS and FLOTUS on tv, computer, or whatever I will enjoy seeing them. To hell with this overexpose crap. I remember one time before the media were saying the same thing about POTUS being on tv too much, then they were saying he doesn’t do enough news conference. You can’t please every body.

      • 36 Zekke Lydonna
        March 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

        Excellent post.

      • 37 nathkatun7
        March 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm

        Absolutely spot-on Hopefruit! I was especially puzzled by Kathryn Kivett’s assertions about what she called “hiccups that have been occuring recently by whoever is “handling” “fact checking” “message crafting” PBO and administration…Sequester disaster, Arne Duncan, OFA ” May be she provided specific evidence on her long version posted on the previous thread. I will go back and read her long version to see the evidence she cited to support her assertions. Otherwise she is just regurgitating the opinions of the unethical mainstream pundits that always find a away to blame the President.

    • 38 kathryn kivett
      March 5, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Well, I guess I got told….I certainly was not trying to pick a fight and apologize if I offended anyone….somehow I thought that perhaps someone might have answered that a new administration does things different….or….now that Axe, Plouffe, and Favreau are not controlling things that it was just different and that was what I wasn’t use to…..or that I was just being over protective and needed to chill….but no, what I learned was that I was constipated and needed to take Milk of Magnesia and complaining and paying attention to Gallup and MSM too much….The hiccups I was referring to was PBO giving marvelous speeches about the perils of sequester, to rev up the public to contact their congress person, and then having to back down somewhat…and Arne Duncan saying that teachers were being laid off due to sequester which wasn’t exactly true(and that I blame on whoever is now in charge of the message for not giving him correct facts)…and as far as MO is concerned, I loved seeing each and every one of her appearances this week,(even though I had to dig to find them except for the Jimmy Fallon/MO) and yes, I am aware that they were due to “Let’s Move” anniversary but IMHO as good as each appearance was, if they had been scheduled further apart perhaps there would have been more press coverage and would have been paid more attention to and that I blame on schedulers not MO…But what do I know, obviously not much. There are no two people in this world that I admire and trust more than PBO and MO and on any given day they both have more on their plates than any human should have to deal with…..my, “I can’t put my finger on it feeling” has nothing to do with them. Again, I apologize if I offended anyone by expressing my thoughts.

      • 39 EDP4BHO
        March 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        Hi kathryn. I can’t post much any more but I understand all you’ve said. Not all here will agree with you but your sentiments are valid because they are yours. Don’t stop expressing yourself. Some of what you said I agree with because it was reasonable. Peace to you.

  8. March 5, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Good day everyone. Off to work!!

  9. 41 amk for obama
    March 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

  10. March 5, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Good morning Chips and TOD. Congrats on 1st UT.

  11. 44 Linda
    March 5, 2013 at 8:35 am

    The Stupid Party strikes again.

    WASHINGTON — A new short-term budget bill introduced on Monday by House Republicans includes a bizarre provision banning federal funding to anti-poverty group ACORN, despite the fact that the group has already been stripped of federal funding — and has been defunct for nearly three years.

    ACORN leaders announced that the group was disbanding in March 2010, after Congress cut off all federal funding to the organization. The provision in the current GOP budget bill [PDF], buried on page 221 of 269, would duplicate legislation that has already passed, to target an organization that does not exist.

    • 45 amk for obama
      March 5, 2013 at 8:46 am

      The thugs are just fucking plain lazy. Remember their one page economic policy touted by paul fcking ruin?

    • 46 theo67
      March 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      I wish we could get an accounting on how much the GOP legislative action (or inaction) has cost taxpayers. Their bills that go nowhere, the pretend sessions while they’re on vacation so that no recess appointments can be made, and the general nonsense like this defunding ACORN bill that requires legislative time to process. How much is this costing taxpayers?

      • March 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

        The idea is to keep ACORN and voter fraud on the minds of the numbnuts that support them. If you will recall something like 42% of Republicans polled felt President Obama won reelection because of ACORN. There’s a method to their madness. If there’s a hell, they’ll all be there.

      • 48 susanne
        March 5, 2013 at 3:08 pm

        excellent idea, theo. they are not just the stupid party, they are the wasteful party.

  12. 49 amk for obama
    March 5, 2013 at 8:39 am

    some interesting tidbits about kenya elections

    The winning candidate must get

    50% of the total votes cast + one vote
    At least 25% of votes in half (24) of Kenya’s 47 counties – ( to ensure candidates don’t just campaign in their tribal strongholds)
    If there is no clear winner, a second round of voting will take place, probably on 11 April
    Both the top 2 candidates have cleared 25% in 24 counties rule

    Results so far

    Uhuru Kenyatta (Jubilee Alliance): 54%
    Raila Odinga (Coalition for Reform and Democracy): 42% (He is a distant relative PBO)
    Musalia Mudavadi (Peace coalition): 3%
    40% of polling stations reporting

    Apparently, the results strongholds of the current runner-up are yet to be reported and so nothing will be known tonight.

    • 50 hopefruit2
      March 5, 2013 at 8:42 am

      Thanks for the updates amk. Very interesting…

    • 51 theo67
      March 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      I can’t believe Kenyatta is leading when he’s under investigation by the International Criminal Courts for corrupt practices? What are the people of Kenya thinking! This is how dictators are made.

    • 52 veryslowwriter
      March 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Uhuru Kenyatta? That’s what we need here — a candidate named Freedom America.

  13. March 5, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Walking or rushing you always Lear us with something to ponder and enjoy. Take care today Chips and thanks.

  14. 54 desertflower
    March 5, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Morning:) Oh Jackie! Are you here????


    Corbett, wife accepted thousands in gifts from biz execs, lobbyists

    The governor-elect’s casual acceptance of the coveted hockey tickets was not an isolated instance, but part of a larger pattern of Corbett’s taking gifts from lobbyists or businesses with substantial interests before the commonwealth – a pattern that some good-government groups say not only looks bad but also arguably violates the 33-year-old Code of Conduct that governs ethics in the executive branch.

    A Daily News examination of state disclosure forms found that Corbett and his wife, Susan, accepted $11,343 in gifts from business executives, lobbyists or lobbying firms in 2010 – when the former attorney general mounted his successful campaign for governor – and in 2011, his first year in office.

    Besides the hockey tickets, Corbett or his wife were feted by business interests with Steelers playoffs tickets, private jet travel, seats at a swank gala for the Philadelphia Orchestra, a Rhode Island summer vacation aboard a businessman’s yacht – even money to help pay for the first lady’s inauguration gown.

    • 55 jackiegrumbacher
      March 5, 2013 at 9:07 am

      This man HAS to go, df. He’s corrupt, heartless, stupid and totally in the thrall of the Koch Brothers as our the member of the R-led state Senate and Assembly. PA is dying under the control of this cabal and replacing the so-called governor AND legislature has got to be a top priority.

      • 56 desertflower
        March 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

        Oh good:) You saw this! I certainly hope that this gets wide attention in PA…this guy and his cronies need to GO! i feel your pain….I’m in AZ after all…we INVENTED wackjobs. Press on!

  15. March 5, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks, TODer’s, Everyone. Hope everyone has an awesome day!

    I’ve been on and off the blog these past few days, mostly playing catch-up on all that has been transpiring and continuing to be enlightened.

    President Obama said that one of our generation’s tasks is to make the values – of Life & Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American.

    There are those who do not believe that EVERY American is entitled to these values. Unfortunately, some of these people been voted into office with the sole purpose of maintaining that 1%. And the MSM is providing the tools to aid them in their cause.

    Fortunately, WE THE PEOPLE had the sense to vote into office a President and Vice President who knows that “America’s prosperity rests on the broad shoulders of America’s middle class” and they are working each and every day for our benefit. And fortunately for us our President is not conforming to the ways of Washington…much to their dismay. By by-passing the MSM and taking his message directly to the people, the President is telling us what we NEED to know. We are no longer limited to what “they” want us to know. The President is making it such that our Pursuit of Happiness does not rest on the shoulders of one person. It rests on all our shoulders.

  16. March 5, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  17. March 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Sweet Buddha, what the hell am I doing here so early?!

    Morning Obots!

  18. 60 desertflower
    March 5, 2013 at 9:04 am

    EXCELLENT MUST READ! Too much goodness in here to even BEGIN to post a snippet. That wouldn’t do it justice.


    Such a great job Fay!!!

    • March 5, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Sadly, some progressives are falling for the lies. Whle in my car yesterday, I was listening to a talk show where someone who identified themselves as a progessive was saying things like: “The President needs to lead.” “The President needs to come up with his own proposals.” “He needs to make the Senate Democrats come up with a proposal to vote on.” “He needs sit down with the Republicans and make them accept tax reform.”

      All the while my BP is rising as I’m yelling at the radio….

      • 62 desertflower
        March 5, 2013 at 9:20 am

        Yeah, well…we’ve talked, ad nauseum, about the ignorance on both extremes….they just LOVE to hear themselves talk. Really sad when the people that some rely on for opinions and news are clueless about the governance they profess to be “experts” on. Fools.

      • 63 hopefruit2
        March 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

        When someone identifies himself/herself as a “progressive” but spews talking points that could have come straight from Romney/Rove’s diary, he/she shouldn’t be upset when (s)he is not taken seriously.

        • March 5, 2013 at 9:53 am

          Yeah, I know they shouldn’t be taken seriously (and I don’t; just annoying to hear). But it’s those empty wagons that make the most noise and seem to be given a forum. Regrettably, some of them are also the ones always sprouting “what they oughta do ” and who decided to “show us” by not voting during the 2010 elections and helped get us in this mess.

      • 65 anniebella
        March 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

        What the “HELL” is wrong with people? You can’t make anyone do anything they don’t want to do. It is clear this person didn’t know what they were talking about. Maybe that person was just pretending to be a progressive, and coming on that show to push the GOP talking points. If the President can make the Republicans do what he wants, we would have a jobs bill pass, Gitmo would be close, Boehner would step down and Pelosi would be speaker. I hope the person hosting the show explain things to that dumb ass caller, and the President does have a proposal.

    • March 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks Desertflower. I feel like crying…I am having computer problems and such a tough time getting on TOD. I feel like a junkie that needs a fix. 🙂

      • 70 nathkatun7
        March 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm

        Sorry to hear about your computer problems. Thank you so much for the great post on your blog that DF shared here. Keep exposing all the lies by Republicans and their enablers in the media.

    • 71 nathkatun7
      March 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      This was a great post by The Pragmatic Pundit! It’s indeed a must read. Thanks, Df, for sharing it with us. Thanks Fay for your excellent work.

  19. 72 desertflower
    March 5, 2013 at 9:08 am


    Democrats are salivating over the framework. Just as the pain of the sequester starts affecting schools, parks and airports, Democrats say, Republicans will be promoting a vision of extreme austerity that voters rejected in the 2012 presidential campaign — which featured Ryan as the GOP vice-presidential nominee.

    “They are going to be doubling down on a budget that slashes investment in education and infrastructure, violates important commitments to our seniors and the middle class, and keeps tax breaks for the wealthiest people in the country,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee. “Doubling down on that is not just a mistake for the country but also bad politics.”

    Democrats are working on their own 10-year budget framework, which would replace the sequester in part with higher taxes on the wealthy, according to the new Senate Budget Committee chairman, Patty Murray (Wash.). For three years, Senate Democrats have not offered a budget. Now, Murray is urging them to embrace the fight against an “extreme, economically irresponsible” Republican vision.

    • March 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

      I don’t like the line “Democrats are salivating”. First of all the rest of the segment doesn’t really uphold that. Second, I think Democrats are probably more like enraged that the GOP are will to inflict even more damage to the country.

  20. 74 Vicki
    March 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Good Morning TOD,
    I don’t want a “new normal” to take hold here. 750,000 jobs lost and 125,000 families losing housing assistance.
    Those are High Importance items.I I don’t want peoples real pain to drown in the sea of MSM bs.

    Waitng longer at an airport because there are fewer security checkers, well, that is inconvenient.

    On The Other Hand:
    Moving your things to a shelter because your housing voucher is removed, that is a tragic circumstance.
    Your unemployment insurance check is cut off, that is potentially dire.
    Your employer tells you your job is reduced to PT no benefits, that is how our society crumbles.
    Your child can’t get vaccines, or Head Start—that throw families into turmoil.

    I hope all of us can remember what counts as opposed to what is sexy on the news (long lines, Oh no) and call/write our congressfolks and urge them to Cancel The Sequester Now.

    And now back to my usual sunny self. have finally got enough of the Mom Dance video, dancing along, of course.

    • March 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

      All excellent points, Vicki, we have to keep them front and center.

      • 76 Vicki
        March 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

        Thank you for responding, maryl1.
        I want the sequester to end.
        Most important thing.
        Not who is to blame. We know who is to blame.
        On to Fix-it!

    • 77 whatisworking
      March 5, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Vicki – these are excellent points – exactly the type of facts we need to share when we contact elected officials. Do you have the address of the page that shows how the sequester affects each state, would the sentences above be true for every state? If so i say use them when we call congress. These are very effective statements

    • 78 nathkatun7
      March 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Great, great, points, Vicki! On Sunday I had breakfast with a friend who is an RN at the Naval Hospital and she received a letter that her salary will be reduced by about $850.00 a month. She is a single mother with three children- two teens in High School and a six-year old. She is definitely going to feel the pain. But as we talked, She was more worried about her friends who are nurses assistants, with children, who make even less money than she does.

      I am with you 100%, Vicki, and I’ve written to my Congresswoman asking her to support the Bill by Rep. John Conyers that calls for the immediate repeal of the Sequester. People with no lobbyists are going to face real hardships.

    • 79 EDP4BHO
      March 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Great points Vicki. You painted the real picture of the rethugs heartlessness and how they figuratively kill life.

  21. 80 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

    More Than Gimmicks: How Obama’s Tech Tools Are Shifting the Debate

    // Critics deride the White House’s fondness for platforms like Google Plus and web petitions, but they’re proving potent tools for surfacing issues the media would otherwise ignore.

    Just 10 days after a petition supporting cell phone unlocking posted to the White House’s We the People site surpassed the 100,000-signature mark that triggers an official response, the Obama Administration today replied, saying, “The White House agrees with the 114,000 of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties.” (The technologists organizing around the petition had offered an incentive: They’d jailbreak one phone for anyone who’d contribute a signature.) The response is signed by R. David Edelman, a senior White House adviser on Internet policy who is just a half-dozen years removed from his senior year at Yale. A pro-unlocking policy, said the statement, is “common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and solid service to meet consumers’ needs.” //


    • 81 utaustinliberal
      March 5, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Thanks for the article hopefruit. Very insightful. I continue to applaud the Obama administration’s strategy of bypassing the juvenile beltway media and embracing a more diverse of media: Google+, Whitehouse.gov, Youtube, Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Local media, etc. It helps their message reach a wider domestic and international audience and this article is one more evidence of that truth.

      I hope the issue of phone unlocking can be resolved because I find it stupid that a simple cell phone unlocking can result in criminal charges or other penalties. That gives corporations more monopoly over consumers and God knows corporations already have too much power and from the We The People site, seems the public wholeheartedly agrees.

  22. March 5, 2013 at 9:24 am

    the cartoons are terrific

  23. March 5, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Breaking on the BBC: Dow Jones opens at an all-time high. Obama’s fault.

    • March 5, 2013 at 10:31 am

      So sequestration is not having any effect on the markets? So that means that businesses won’t be harmed, or at least ‘the market’ doesn’t think so? Or does it mean ‘the market’ thinks this will be resolved soon? I know even less about how the market works that I know about most things, but this seems like an odd thing to me.

      • 85 theo67
        March 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm

        There was a report about this stock market reaction the other day. The analyst was saying that the stock market moves based on fundamentals in the economy. The current situation will harm certain sectors of the economy, but the effects will not hit everyone or every industry – which is one of the dangers of the Sequester, because some people won’t see the immediate effects. a lot of the people who will suffer the most are already invisible to the general population, sadly – i.e. seniors, the very poor, military families. So, what the market is measuring is the impact to corporations – in the long term. They are so cash rich, that the sequester kind of rolls off the market’s back.

        • March 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

          So that’s why some of the GOP sometimes are saying it’s a good thing, or not a bad thing, or something, and why they aren’t getting pressured by their sponsors to do something about it? This could be really bad if enough people don’t know about or have empathy for the people getting hurt.

        • March 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

          So that’s why some of the GOP sometimes are saying it’s a good thing, or not a bad thing, or something, and why they aren’t getting pressured by their sponsors to do something about it? This could be really bad if enough people don’t know about or have empathy for the people getting hurt.

  24. 88 Ladyhawke
    March 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Income Inequality: One Inch To Five Miles

    By David Cay Johnston


    Incomes and tax revenues have grown from 2009 to 2011 as the economy recovered, but an astonishing 149 percent of the increased income went to the top 10 percent of earners.

    If you wonder how that can happen, the answer is simple: Incomes fell for the bottom 90 percent.

    The rich really are getting richer while the vast majority is getting poorer. These facts should be at the center of any debate about changes in tax law and spending.
    It has become widely understood that we cannot balance our federal budget by raising taxes only on those at the top, because there is not enough income there, even if we taxed away everything the top makes. What is equally true is that we cannot increase tax revenue if the incomes of the vast majority keep falling. That, however, has yet to become part of the debate on how to finance government.

    Maybe this debate can change if we understand how the national income pie is being sliced now and how it was in more prosperous times.



  25. 89 utaustinliberal
    March 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

  26. 90 utaustinliberal
    March 5, 2013 at 9:52 am

    • 91 anniebella
      March 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

      I know the witch Blackbeard, I mean Blackburn is just find with the sequester because it harms that 47% the Republicans hate. If the sequester harm the rich, Blackburn and the Republicans would be having a freaking fit.

      • 92 anniebella
        March 5, 2013 at 10:07 am

        The Republican Party agree with everything Mitt Romney said in that video. Hate on the poor and middle class.

        • March 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

          About the only thing that gives me just a little bit of consolation is the fact that Red States will be hit harder than Blue States.

  27. 95 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

    More fantastic economic news!

  28. 96 Jovie
    March 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

  29. 99 utaustinliberal
    March 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

  30. 102 japa21
    March 5, 2013 at 10:12 am

  31. 104 utaustinliberal
    March 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

    If you’re on Twitter, check out former Pres. Obama speech writer Jon Favreau (@jonfavs). He’s handing Ron Fournier his ass in 140 characters or less.

  32. March 5, 2013 at 10:15 am

    According to the Repubs, President Obama’s goal is to bring Nancy Pelosi back as speaker. Of all the goals I’ve heard from the President, that was not one.

    • 110 japa21
      March 5, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Well, I do believe the Repubs are right on this one. But they are hoping to use the spector of Pelosi the pinko commie socialist to keep them from losing the House. Shows that they are very afraid.

      • 111 Jovie
        March 5, 2013 at 10:27 am

        As it stands now in these districts, more lean Republican than Democratic.
        So, the GOP must have more unpopular policies they are ready to push? If they are scared…

        • March 5, 2013 at 10:37 am

          They were just holding their press conference to respond to the sequester cuts. They were singing the refrain from their make-believe world that they are the rational ones and the President and the Senate needs to get serious and do their job and come up with a bill…blah blah blah

          In their make-believe world, the President is the reason for all these fiscal cliffs and deadlines that’s keeping them from focusing on other issues like — yes he actually said it — JOBS. They will be presenting a skills bill and are pushing for the Keystone Pipeline (which is only be held up because of the President). Then back to their refrain.

        • 113 japa21
          March 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

          When Boehner publicly states he is confident of keeping only 219 seats, he must be worried.

    • 114 nathkatun7
      March 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm

      We should tell Republicans that that’s a very admirable goal that all sane people share! Although he may not have publicly stated it is a goal, I am sure behind the scenes this is one of the President’s goals. With Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House of Representatives, our government can begin functioning again.

  33. 115 vcprezofan2
    March 5, 2013 at 10:16 am

    GM/GE, TODobots.

  34. March 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Dear WhatIsWorking, I have called the D. C. offices of the Republican Representatives in the South East,
    as you have distinguished them on the most excellent list of people who could possibly get with a Common Sense Caucus.
    Got a live person at each number and they each were polite and said they would pass my request to their person.
    My request was that they consider joining up with the Common Sense Caucus so that we can get the Congress
    working for the peoples, rather than stuck in a “NO” position about things. I did not have the sense that I
    broke any new ground, exactly, but I was empowered and supported by you and TOD to speak it out and make my request.

    • 117 vcprezofan2
      March 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Way to go, SCC! It is so encouraging, and energizing, to see these reports coming in one-by-one.

    • 118 whatisworking
      March 5, 2013 at 11:16 am


      Thank you so much. If there is a lesson to be learned from the 2012 election is that each of us makes a tremendous difference. Each call we make has a powerful effect. Yesterday I had a cold so I was pretty out of action, today I plan to call everyone listed in the West and use the quotes Vicki posted above to make Republicans understand that protecting Defense from the sequester is not enough. Your efforts inspire me and many other folks who post here.


  35. March 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Specifically, I called Daniel Webster, Bill Young, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida; Renee Ellmers of North Carolina;
    Scott Rigell of Virginia; and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia . . . . . just to get some names before us . . . . . xoxo
    I think it wouldn’t hurt a thing for everybody on TOD to call everybody on the list you posted here. Starting with me.
    I’ll take that on. And report back to you.

  36. 121 LDS
    March 5, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Good morning, TOD.
    All is well.
    Thank you hopefulfruit2 for your response up above.

    Another thing we must remember is “Evil never surrenders its grip without a tremendous fight.”
    This is not going to be a walk in the park situation. POB warned us early on that this would not be easy. He expected this and we should have anticipated it. This corruption and take over did not stop because we won the election. They are just shifting gears and revving it up.
    Why is this a surprise to anyone, I have no idea.

    What we have to do is continue to have our President’s back and not believe what the media is reporting to cause us to doubt him and ourselves.
    We must STAY FOCUS!
    I am glad to see FLOTUS. It lets me know we are still moving forward and where I come from, we do not have “pity parties”.
    We keep getting up and do what we are supposed to do.
    They are so desperate, it is pitiful.

    Stay strong, TOD. STAY FOCUS!

  37. 122 Ladyhawke
    March 5, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Sequestration And How The ‘Liberal Media’ Keep Blaming Obama For Republican Behavior

    By ERIC BOEHLERT Media Matters


    Here’s what the prism looks like, and here’s what it’s looked like for the last four years: Blame Obama for Republican obstinacy. (Or, as a backup: Both sides are to blame!)

    And remember, most of the pundits currently taking misguided aim at Obama on sequestration are part of the supposedly “liberal media” cabal, the one that conservatives insist protect Obama at any cost.
    So, because Obama, who just won an electoral landslide re-election, wasn’t willing to concede to Republicans everything they wanted, the sequester impasse was reached and $85 billion worth of across-the-board spending cuts went into effect. From those facts, too many pundits have rushed in to blame Obama. Why him? Because he hasn’t been able to change Republican behavior. He wasn’t able to get them to agree to a bipartisan solution.

    Question: If you’re an obstructionist Republican and the press blames Obama for your actions, why would you ever change your obstructionist ways? Answer: You wouldn’t. And they haven’t.



    • 123 Ladyhawke
      March 5, 2013 at 10:46 am


      FIRST: Blame President Obama for Republican Party bad behavior and intransigence.

      SECOND: As back-up, claim fake equivalence and just ‘blame BOTH sides’.

      THIRD: Never report the facts about the Republican Party bad behavior because it would make them look bad and worst of all doing so could label you a ‘liberal’.

    • 124 nathkatun7
      March 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks again DF, for sharing a must read article. Eric Boehlert’s article exposes the unethical behavior of the so called “liberal” MSM!

  38. 125 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Good economic news just keeps pouring in….

    • March 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

      So why are we paying $4./ gal?

      • 127 Cman
        March 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

        Because, and this is what republicans never get when they start with their drill baby drill, all of it is sent to the world oil market pool. We will see the return in purchases of oil worldwide but it does not directly affect gas prices.

        • 128 hopefruit2
          March 5, 2013 at 11:07 am

          Furthermore, as PBO stated during the 2nd or 3rd debate, if you want to see gas prices go to $2/gal you have to be willing to see the economy go back to where it was in late 2008.

          There is more demand for gas now than ever – more people are buying cars, more people are using energy, faster than the supply, no matter how much petroleum the US is now producing.

      • 129 57andfemale
        March 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        Saudi Arabia cuts production in order to keep the price high. We DO NOT make gasoline from our oil reserves that is only sold in the U.S. ALL oil goes to the global market and producers like Saudi Arabia cut production to keep prices high.

      • 130 nathkatun7
        March 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm

        Great question, Pamela? I think we are paying $4./gal because Koch Brothers and other oil interests want the Keystone pipeline. In addition, I think Big oil hates our President because he wants to take their subsidies away.

  39. March 5, 2013 at 10:46 am

    This wins “Line of the Day” on the Intertubes:

    “In the hills of Brescia, Andrea Pirlo has a vineyard/secret bunker where he and his family make wine infused with the musk of his powerful beard.”

  40. March 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

  41. March 5, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Percentage of that spending that went to support winning candidates : 0.44% and more nuggets

  42. 134 japa21
    March 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

  43. 135 utaustinliberal
    March 5, 2013 at 11:10 am

    • 136 hopefruit2
      March 5, 2013 at 11:19 am

      BOOM! Thank you Jon. PBO is not intimidated by bullshitty polling data, which we know is frequently manipulated by corporate pollsters and their Republican sponsors to create a narrative.

    • 137 Cman
      March 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Woah. Jon is smoking that dude. It’s like Obama split himself and sent him off to twitter land to battle. Smart, on point and devastatingly accurate.

      • March 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

        It is true that the President is not intimidated by polls, but he is concerned about hurting people. That’s why it’s important to let him know we can hang tough.

        • 139 vcprezofan2
          March 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm

          ‘the President ….. is concerned about hurting people’

          And though I love him for it and wouldn’t have him any other way, THIS is where he has been hamstrung IMO. He cares. Boehner and his gang could not care any less about the underdogs so in any financial battle between the two Boehner has the advantage, at least initially.

  44. March 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

    The children of Sandy Hook, have created music to raise money. Listen here and pass along please!

  45. 141 amk for obama
    March 5, 2013 at 11:13 am

    So sequester means nothing to wall street?

    • 142 japa21
      March 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

      I think WS knows the longer term consequences. Part of this is betting it gets resolved before the effects are felt. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some profit taking in the next few days, so don’t expect it to stay where it is.

  46. March 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Hey TOD I need you guys help…..

    Dear friends,

    I wanted to let you know about a new petition I created on We the People, a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov, and ask for your support. Will you add your name to mine? If this petition gets 100,000 signatures by April 04, 2013, the White House will review it and respond!

    We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.

    You can view and sign the petition here:


    Here’s some more information about this petition:

    To make it ILLEGAL for companies or businesses to discriminate against POTENTIAL NEW HIRES with Bad Credit

    Today we are finding out more and more people are unable to find work because of bad credit and its especially hitting those who have been out of work for year or longer. I have read horror stories of people who are were qualified for the job, went in for the interview, got hired and then was informed that because of their credit, they were immediately terminated. That is not fair and it is the reason why so many people like myself are unable to find a job. We as a society should give people who have been down on their luck another chance especially if they were unable to pay their bills due to circumstances beyond their control. I was laid off 4 times over 8 years and because of that I have bad credit from my getting behind on my bills.

  47. 149 Vicki
    March 5, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Homelessness in NYC is up 73% since 2002.
    Last night the total of people sleeping in shelters exceeded 50,000 for the first time.
    125,000 additional families nationwide now threatened by sequester.

    In other news, NYC Mayor Bloomberg has quadrupled his wealth–up to 16 Billion, or thereabouts in the 11 years of his reign.

    End The Sequester Now.

  48. 150 kinona
    March 5, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Here is a link to the folks stories


    I really think President Obama and this congress needs to pass a bill/legislation making it illegal to discriminate against new hire with bad credit UNLESS it is with the banking system or security, etc.

  49. March 5, 2013 at 11:32 am

  50. 157 Jovie
    March 5, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Ryan to release new budget plan, raising age of medicare to 59! Balancing budget in ten years not 40, massive spending cuts no new revenue.
    The tide is about to turn!!

  51. March 5, 2013 at 11:46 am

    RW hit job failed, miserably.

  52. 162 Jovie
    March 5, 2013 at 11:47 am

    And chuck Todd says because the President is now at 45%, he will not be able to get Immigration reform. He seemed thrilled! 😦

    • 163 debz
      March 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      According to the polls Romney will win in a landslide! Especially Ohio.

      • 164 hopefruit2
        March 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

        Yup! Chuck sez that Romney’s crowds are exploding in size – busting with enthusiasm….

      • 165 jacquelineoboomer
        March 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

        Yes, and Karl the a-hole Rove says it ain’t over ’till it’s over.

        Of course, it was over for them on Jan. 20, 2009, but don’t tell ’em.

    • 166 Bill
      March 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      I believe any polls are meaningless now. PBO is not looking at short term polls to set his agenda. Chuck Todd should give up making predictions.

    • 172 Cman
      March 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      No one should care about polls at this point. It is meaningless except you are looking re-elect Obama for a third term. His agenda passing is not tied to his poll numbers. it is getting a majority of Dems in the senate and house that does this. His approval ratings were around the 80’s, that’s right 80 percent, after the first election and how many GOP’s voted for the stimulus again? Right.

    • 173 anniebella
      March 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Remind Chuck that he didn’t think POTUS would win in 08, he didn’t think he was going to win 2012, he didn’t think the Healthcare bill would be pass, he didn’t think it would be upheld by the Supreme Court, so what I am saying is to hell what Chuck Todd think. We shall see if POTUS gets Immigration pass. 🙂

  53. 174 Jovie
    March 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    The only way I would the New Ryab budget is if they give us High speed Rail in every State. Which would cost at trillion +..

    Not until that moment!

  54. March 5, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    If you live in L.A. vote for this E.Garcetti, He was PBO’s 2008 Finance director for president. He needs over 50% to avoid a runoff.

    • March 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      There’s always a run off. It’ll probably be between Garcetti and Wendy Gruel.

      • March 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm

        Seems that way, weird thing is the main women’s org endorsed Garcetti, against the 2 other women, and a major labor union endorsed Gruel. You’re right too many candidates to break 50%.

    • 180 Bill
      March 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Garcetti has a B.A, and Masters from Columbia University, was a Rhodes Scholar, and also studied at the London School of Economics. He is 42 years of age.

      • March 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

        Wendy Gruel followed me on twitter last week but has unfollowed since, so I am on a jihadi mission to get the Will Ferrell endorsement RT’ed as much as possible from Alabama!

        • 182 Bill
          March 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

          Wendy Gruel worked in the Clinton administratin. Eric Garcetti was PBO’s 2008 Finance Director for President. If I lived in LA that is all I need to know.

  55. 183 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm


  56. March 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    • 188 jacquelineoboomer
      March 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      I just wish Secretary Hagel weren’t so maudlin and sad looking. Ha!!!! Kerry’s where he should be; Hagel’s where he should be. Let me think … hmmm … who can sure pick ’em? Well, that would be President Obama, of course, who’s really, really where he should be!

  57. 189 jacquelineoboomer
    March 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    God bless President Obama, and all of us who support him. And God bless those who don’t support him, and bring them over to the sunny side!

    Well, gee, it’s snowing again in Central Illinois? What a shock! Another day of log cabin fever … (Nah! Gettin’ used to it. I’ll make it.)

  58. 190 Jovie
    March 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Obama’s trip to Israel in jeopardy
    By DONOVAN SLACK | 3/5/13 11:10 AM EST
    POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein reports over on the home page:

    Israelis have been waiting for more than four years for a visit from President Barack Obama —but if their leaders can’t agree soon on a government, they may have to wait even longer. Obama is expected to leave March 19 for his first-ever trip as president to Israel, with additional stops in the West Bank and Jordan….

    … If [Benjamin Netanyahu] doesn’t get a government set by the new March 16 deadline, Israeli President Shimon Peres will have to choose between ordering a new election and asking another leader to try to form a government.

    The tensions and tight time frame put Obama in a tricky situation as preparations for the trip continue: risk heading overseas to meet with a leader in political turmoil, or decide to postpone the trip —

    • 191 Linda
      March 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      ” Israelis have been waiting for more than four years for a visit from President Barack Obama. ”

      Did Gallup do a poll ?

      What garbage… Reagan never went and Bush went in 2008.

      • 192 Jovie
        March 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm

        Point taken. Furthermore, This President should call Peres, and tell him to get somebody I can work with


    • 193 theo67
      March 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm


  59. March 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Looks like we are stuck with Bibi, may have avoided not forming government, but its going be me more dysfunctional than the GOP.

  60. March 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Worth reminding folk of the consequences of all those who did everything they could to discourage folk from voting in 2010.

    Never again.

    • 198 COS
      March 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm


    • 200 nathkatun7
      March 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Go ahead and speak the TRUTH, Bobfr! I remember vividly, in 2010, the President –using the metaphor of bad drivers driving the car in the ditch– imploring us not let the Republicans get back the keys to run Congress because they didn’t know how to drive. Yet, some spoiled progressives, who wanted this or that pony from the President, urged people not to vote because President Obama had not given them their pony. Let’s hope they’ve learned their lesson and won’t repeat this madness in 2014. Democrats are a majority in this country. If Democrats voted like Republicans do in all elections (local, State and Federal), Republicans would only be in control in very few states.

      I strongly believe that the most effective way of gaining Republican support for the President’s initiatives is to start targeting vulnerable Republican in Congress, both in the House of Rep. and the Senate, who are up for re-election in 2014.

  61. 201 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

  62. March 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    All sleaze, all the time ….

  63. 206 Ladyhawke
    March 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm


    Took Them Long Enough!

    By Norbrook


    Even when what he proposes was originally a Republican idea, even when it was put forward by a current serving member, they suddenly remember that … they’re against it. The State of the Union speech was virtually a litany of ideas to enact which, as he pointed out, were originally considered good ideas by the Republican Party.

    The “old idea” that so many in the media seem to cling to is that of course the Republicans will negotiate. Since they’re not, it must be a failure of “leadership” or “failure of communications.” The idea that campaign rhetoric, or thundering pronouncements should be taken with a hefty grain of salt, that really it’s not what they’re going to do. Ezra Klein just got a dash of cold water in the face. Yes, that the Republicans are going that way, that they’re not “winking and nodding” while saying these things.

    You see it doesn’t matter that there’s areas of agreement or room for compromise. The Republicans are against it, no matter what. That realization is starting to sink in, and some of the media have woken up to it. Took them long enough.



  64. 207 Ladyhawke
    March 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Press Secretary Jay Carney is at the podium…..

    • 208 Ladyhawke
      March 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Jay opens with charts about the Republican Party judicial delays. Will post the link when I can find it.

  65. March 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Looks like Brennan confirmation has now cleared any snags that were left, unless the “3 Stooges” pull some other Benghazi crap….

  66. 210 hopefruit2
    March 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Lawd I’m not wishing bad on anyone, but seriously if Andrea Mitchell tripped on a twig somewhere and twisted her ankle in the process, I would not be sorry.

    • 211 Bill
      March 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      I would be there to trip her.

    • 213 nathkatun7
      March 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Hopefruit, what did Mrs Greenspan do/say this time? You guys are gluttony for punishment by continuing to watch these people on T.V. On the other hand, some of us who do not have strong stomachs to watch them should be grateful to you guys for continuing to monitor their shows so as to expose all the bs they are spewing while pretending to be objective journalists.

      • 214 hopefruit2
        March 6, 2013 at 12:11 am

        Actually Nath I didn’t even watch that hag’s show – I never do quite frankly. I was following some folks on Twitter who reported that she kept criticizing PBO on all sorts of issues at the State Dep’t including his relationship with Hillary as SOS. I know she is still pissed that Hillary lost in 2008, so she has never forgiven PBO for that.

  67. 215 jacquelineoboomer
    March 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I just can’t even watch her any longer, myself. Real personal agenda, and she’s not hiding it.

  68. March 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Speaking of the Stooges, one stool L.Graham now in circular firing squad w/ Rubio & J.Bush. The GOP is the laughing stock of the world..

    • 218 jacquelineoboomer
      March 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      That first liner in the article, “would ultimately tolerate” says it all. Their hearts aren’t in anything that’s good for the country, so they think it’s a BFD to “tolerate” something. Talk about that fake toleration somewhere else, guys, ’cause we’re not buying it. And now the young fathead Rubio is speaking for the slimmed-down Jeb #DoNotMistakeMyGirthForChristie Bush, and Jeb ain’t gonna like it. Definitely the circular firing squad you mentioned, LP.

    • March 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

  69. March 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    • March 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Okay, you all know I’m not a cussing woman, but Fuck him!

      • 223 nathkatun7
        March 5, 2013 at 9:56 pm

        FayFox, as far as I am concerned your response was absolutely spot-on! There are times when cussing is the most appropriate, and the most effective, response to hypocrites trying to insult your intelligence. These are the same Republican leaders who met on Jan.20, 2009, to plot to obstruct President Obama’s administration every step of the way. Personally, I’ve already signed on to do whatever is necessary to make sure that Democrats regain control of the House of Rep. and increase their majority in the Senate.

  70. 224 Bill
    March 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Mrs. Greenspan just said SOD Hagel must prove that he was not damaged by his confirmation process. Why would any rational journalist make such a statement? He does not need to prove any such thing.

    • March 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      UhOh, I thought I had cleared out these fields before cutting and pasting, even tested, but have failed. Chipsticks? Hello? One of your dummy TODobots needs a hand to delete this link. How bad am I? 😳 😳

  71. March 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm

  72. March 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm

  73. 247 japa21
    March 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm

  74. March 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Good afternoon all you O’s!!! How’re things in TODdytown on this, yet another great getting up day??? I actually tried to watch clips from that Joe guy and Krugman on Rose’s show, but just couldn’t make it through even the first 10 seconds. I began to think, why give him any kind of statue or legitimacy as having any knowledge on things economic. I think Krugman should have declined, as a Nobel prize winner, from engaging with Joe. He led more credence to Joe in those few minutes,than Joe has received from any other attempt to promote himself. Oh well.

    So off I go into this winter wonderland of snow that has been steadily falling all morning. If I’m not back, send the snowmobile patrol. No……never mind……send that St. Benard dog that carries the whiskey flask around his neck.

  75. 249 cookemom
    March 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Oh yeah, please vote for my kid, Kelauni Cook, via this link. Just click on the icon in the ‘vote for this entry’ box. Then if you’d like ti share it, just copy the URL in the promote box and copy it in your social media outlets. Thanks, one and all! http://www.mydestination.com/users/kelauni/bbb#.US-V0Fcnw2Q

  76. March 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Chemi seems to understand U.S. politics/ 501c4’s very well….

    And this…….after segregating Israeli/Palestinian bus riders

  77. March 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    All you need to know in one convenient place, and all the facts, for any bozo who claims that President Obama does not have plan.

  78. 259 Ladyhawke
    March 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm


    McConnell condemns Obama for thinking like McConnell

    By Steve Benen


    In other words, for four years, GOP leaders like McConnell and McCarthy have run a scorched-earth campaign against the Obama presidency, refusing to compromise, refusing to accept concessions, refusing at times to even support their own proposals, all in the hopes of tearing the president down. It’s against this backdrop that Obama has concluded helping elect a Democratic Congress is worth his time.

    And now the same folks who’ve tried to destroy the president are outraged that he wants to help replace them? Please.



    • 260 nathkatun7
      March 5, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks LadyH, for sharing this! Steve Benen has been on fire exposing these scumbags! McConnell and McCarthy will be able to get away with their blatant hypocrisy because the mainstream media are, and have been from day one, in cahoots with the Republicans to destroy President Obama. The editorials by WP and NYT blaming the Sequester on the President, as well as the columns by Bob Woodward and Bill Keller, proves the role the so called liberal media are playing in the GOP plot to blame everything on President Obama, so as to blemish his presidency.

  79. 261 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm

  80. 266 Jovie
    March 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    325k signed petition from OFA to stop the sequester, have balanced approach.
    Republucans response- fuck them! :(. 😦

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