Chat Away – back Monday

I’ve made last night’s post private because I don’t want that scumbag getting any more attention from me, which is what he craves. So, **** him, he’s a worthless fool.

Have a great weekend everyone, see you Monday.

PS Huge thanks for all the support, I’ll get around to replying to everyone over the next few days.

418 Responses to “Chat Away – back Monday”

  1. March 8, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Good Morning. So nice to see a new post.,

  2. 4 Don
    March 8, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Good Morning TOD family.

  3. March 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

    We love you, Chips and are deeply grateful for your dedication to the Obamas and to keeping us safe for the nasties all over the media and the comments section. Take care…

  4. 6 lovingandlaughing
    March 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Chips, I was just reading it when all of a sudden it disappeared! Love to you! Enjoy your break! I have not been commenting recently and have been taking a break from twitter too. I still check in here everyday. My love and appreciation to you! We are having a snow day here in CT…kids home from school and hubby home from work. By the way….love that OFA poster. That is completely gorgeous!

  5. 10 Nena20409
    March 8, 2013 at 10:26 am

    {{{{{{{{{Chips with Lots of Love}}}}}}}}}

  6. March 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I am glad the pain for Chips has been taken down. I’m sorry I missed everyone’s morning posts. Happy International Woman’s Day, March 8.
    Chips, I hope you are having an enjoyable week-end off.

  7. 12 Nena20409
    March 8, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Now it is clear why I was Not able to reply to the last post.

    The Pri*k look crazy. Unwanted pictures when sent, why can’t WordPress do something and can the Law enforcement in your area, Chips and those in US do anything? This is cyber stalking and WP should do something.

    Humans copy who they admire. In this case, this type of admiration is lunacy. Totally a mad maniac.

    You have done so well by ignoring him.

    With Lots of Love to you, Chips. Be well. Soldier on.

    • March 8, 2013 at 10:36 am

      That’s my question, are there no legal options against this guy? Is there a lawyer in the house?

      • 14 miss pat
        March 8, 2013 at 10:57 am

        There must be some law against this. He sent a naked picture with nasty words. This goes beyond cyber stalking. I hope he stops soon but of course he has no life. Thanks Chips for all you do, we appreciate you.

  8. March 8, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Smart move, trolls do love attention, negative or otherwise. However, it’s good to let us know what you are dealing with because our collective intention can find a solution or at least neutralize the negative impact of the bullying with an outpouring of love for you.

  9. 20 SeptemberSandy
    March 8, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Chips, I echo the sentiment of many here who appreciate you, love you, bless you and thank God for you and your devotion to our President , VP, and this site – thank you is not nearly adequate enough to express my gratitude to you.

  10. March 8, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I love TOD. I love Chipsticks. I love the good people who comment here, and those who follow along in quiet support and kindness. I love POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS, and all their dear ones. I envision Chipsticks having a lovely, easy, peaceful, sweet weekend, doing whatever would most likely feed her spirit and make her smile. Thank you thank you thank you. What a wonderful poster — had not seen it and it is now the wallpaper for my weekend. May all the good you do flow back in your direction 100-fold.

  11. March 8, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Good morning Chips. I saw that he liked your post. He changed his profile photo.

    • 24 susanne
      March 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      good morning tod family! the blessing of forgetting is most stuff that happens is not worth remembering anyway! like that creep that’s harassing chips–poof! gone!

      i’ll be offline for a few days too. a dear teacher and friend passed away a year ago, and we’re having ceremonies in her honor at the volcano and the ocean shore. here’s a clip of her dancing, called on stage during an event. i hope her aloha will fill all tod hearts~

  12. 26 Jennifer (from SM)
    March 8, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Hi, Chipsticks and all of the TOD community – I don’t often post because I usually get here so late after work that the conversation is already over. But I do want to chime in with my love and support for you, Chipsticks, and for all TODsters. Coming here is like opening a birthday present every day. My deepest, deepest appreciation to you.

    • March 8, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Yes it is Jennifer. The beautiful poster Chips posted says it all.
      “I think that I shall never see, a poem as beautiful as a tree.” My Mothers favorite poem.
      Celebrate International Women’s Day. 🙂

  13. March 8, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Will miss you chips. Rejuvenate and back to all who really care about you and appreciate what you do here.

  14. March 8, 2013 at 10:55 am

    To the most powerful woman at The Obama Diary.

    Just in case you missed it.

  15. 40 GGAIL
    March 8, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks. Enjoy your weekend. We truly love you!!!

  16. 41 mtmarilyn
    March 8, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Good morning TOD family and our wonderful Ms Chips. We pray you will get renewed this weekend. You have help save the sanity of all of us here at TOD. Anything we can do to help you we will.

    Also thanks to all here at TOD all posters and all lurkers. We have much more to do and we will do it together.

  17. March 8, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Thanks Chips! Enjoy your weekend break!

  18. 43 donna dem 4 obama
    March 8, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I must say that my attitude about filibuster reform has definitely evolved….

    I am now convinced more than ever that the rules have to change to a simple majority. We are dealing with the worse of the worse with these Republican Senators. They don’t give two hoots about Senate Tradition. It is all about power for them. No minority party should have the power to abuse the system the way they have since PBO took office. Anyone who doesn’t understand that the minute (god-forbid) they get the majority in the Senate that they will not change the rules to favor the majority party is fooling themselves.

    There might be something about this behind the scenes that I don’t understand but from what I can see it all seems senseless. Even if we were to take back the House, bills would go to the Senate and just die because of their ability to filibuster.

    Our lazy, sloppy, good-for-nothing media treats this as if it is just common place and there is no reprisal for the Repubs actions. I just don’t get it. The Dems barely even mention it as reason for the gridlock, as if it were some sacred cow or something.

    Congressional Filibuster Record by Party 1992 - 2011

    Even the things that do finally make it to the President’s desk have to be drawn out and dramatized to the nth degree in order to get passed. i.e. VAWA….

    I honestly think that there has to be more of a concerted effort on our part (or OFA) to pressure these Republicans in purple and blue states (OH, IL, ME, PA, RI). The fact that they vote almost 100% with their party and feel very little pressure from their constituents is beyond me….

    This is all very frustrating….

    Harry Reid Winks At Revisiting Filibuster Reform 😦


    • March 8, 2013 at 11:20 am

      I agree, Donna. Meanwhile, another whole year full of idiotic shenanigans and posturing for the Tea Party wasted.

    • 45 Lovepolitics2008
      March 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      What concerns me even more than the filibustering of different legislative measures is the filibustering of President Obama’s judicial nominees at every level. The courts need balance, and the republicans are doing everything in their power to block every judicial nominee who’s not a staunch conservative. They make difficulties even for pretty centrist nominees. This can’t go on much longer.

      I’m sure President Obama is well aware of the problem. Sometimes I wonder why he hasn’t made more public comments on this. Probably because he knows that the more he talks about it, the more entrenched republican obstructionists become. Tricky situation.

      • 46 jacquelineoboomer
        March 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm

        Yes, Republicans think of judges nominated by Democratic Presidents as “activists.” Democrats have their own name for the reverse phenomenon, when Republicans nominate judges: “Scalia.” (Barf.)

  19. March 8, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Chips, I posted a comment but when I submitted I got an error. 3ChicsPolitico stand in solidarity with you. We support you 100%.

    You really should have seen my post about that sick looking dried up pathetic pos.

  20. March 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Chips, missed your post since I’m on the West Coast. But this sounds like cyber-stalking, and you should definitely think of taking legal measures against this asshole. Rest up, see you on Monday.

  21. 49 Nena20409
    March 8, 2013 at 11:06 am


    Hey TODers…..It is a Beautiful Day.

    Only Good triumphs over evil. So Please all can we Use this weekend to shower OUR Chips with Lovely thoughts, kindness and just Show Love here in appreciation over wickedness.

    Here’s mine: 🙂

  22. March 8, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Chips, REPORT HIM. It’s cyber-bullying. He stalks and harasses us to. No one should have to put up with a bully. We’re standing side by side with you. IF you need us, just say the word.

  23. 57 MightyPamela
    March 8, 2013 at 11:08 am

    {{{{{{{{Chipsticks}}}}}}}} Candle burning for you…. See you Monday, rest. You are Loved.

  24. March 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Sequester update – Secretary of Army announced tuition assistance to military is canceled. Soldiers who are in school or scheduled to attend must either drop courses or pay out of pocket.

    • 60 Vicki
      March 8, 2013 at 11:23 am

      This is a very unpalatable cut. Sickening.
      I hope there is major outrage and a strong desire to
      End the Sequester Now

  25. 61 Nena20409
    March 8, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Good Good Morning. Andy Kim.

    Enjoy TODers;

  26. 62 Dakota
    March 8, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I have been in lurker mode for the most part over the last few weeks…very busy. I just wanted to take the time to let you know how much I love and appreciate all that you do. I depend on TOD for the TRUTH and sanity as I try to make a contribution to this country. I love and respect everyone here for their strength, intelligence and the wisdom they bring here. Thank you for creating this place for all of us. I will take the liberty of speaking for all of us when I say that we will stay strong and support you. The world knows that you are the ORIGINATOR, never to be duplicated. Have a wonderful weekend. See you Monday. (((((HUGS)))))

  27. 63 HZ
    March 8, 2013 at 11:18 am

    My Chips and TOD Family carry all of the beautiful love with you that comes with all of these loving hugs.

    Chips, relax and I love and appreciate you and my loving family and haven that gives so much love and support for our President.(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Be surrounded with our Love,Chips.)))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

  28. March 8, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I completely missed what Chips is talking about so I don’t really understand what happened. But, Chips, let me echo here what everyone else is saying with heartfelt support: we love you and hope you are OK. I’m so sorry that someone has upset you and everyone at this great place. Please take good care. XOXO.

  29. 66 cookemom
    March 8, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Chips, hold on girlfriend, don’t worry ’bout a thang.

  30. March 8, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Chipsticks, hope you enjoy your time off. Rest easy you will always have my support and that of TOD. I am very upset that some troll has upset the balance of this wonderful community. If their is anything I can do, you know where to find me. Having said that, I dont feel right using your wonderful sounding board that is TOD, without you here. I will only return when our complete TOD family is here, sharing in our love and adoration for our wonderful First Family.

    As the head of our family, I wish you a wonderful break, doing anything that will put a smile on your face…finding your stairway to happiness

  31. 68 proudofobama
    March 8, 2013 at 11:22 am

    We love you and appreciate you so much for what you do to celebrate our President and his achievements. For keeping the truth out there. For the laughter and the joy you bring us. I seriously do not know how we would have made it through the last four years and the election without you. And I don’t know how we could make it going forward without your labor of love.

    As far as this nut is concerned, karma bites hard and pity him when he gets his. And, trust me, he will get it.

    So I just want to say enjoy your well-deserved weekend. Rest well. We will continue to lift you up, my friend.

  32. March 8, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I have just enough time to express my disappointment at the reaction to Ron Paul. It seems to me people should be asking why a member of the body that writes our laws doesn’t know the answer to the questions he’s asking. More importantly, if there is a law that gives the government that kind of authority, why doesn’t he write a repeal?

    Finally, anyone who believes the government would dishonor their rights enough to shoot them down in a Starbucks, and believes that same government would cop to the truth because some silly little man stages a marathon rant, is plain delusional. Your government would murder you, but it wouldn’t lie to you. Stupid!!

    • 70 Bill
      March 8, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Well said. Your point is what makes it so irritating that many on the left agree with Paul.

      • 71 Don
        March 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

        And that is where they made their fatal mistake, they so badly wanted someone to validate their position that they sided with at best a court jester.

        • 72 LDS
          March 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm

          It shows who they really are. I knew it all along they were clowns just like the court jester.
          “Try the spirit by the spirit”

    • March 8, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Is he trying to make us afraid to go to Starbucks. Fear is the only playing card the naggers and GOPEERS have. They are no different than bin Laden. Rand Paul = bin Laden or al Quida or communism or Hitler, the guy e talks about most.

  33. 75 Julie
    March 8, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Just stopping in to say I love TOD and Chips and all you TOD folks! You are the one bright spot here (as a collective). I count on you daily to make the day brighter! Ignore the pathetic morons who cannot stand your success! You mean so much to so many! I am just a tiny little person but when I learned of the crap being thrown at you I was ready for action!

    I stand with you always!


  34. 76 Don
    March 8, 2013 at 11:26 am

    So apparently all it took for Senators McCain and Graham to start working with President Obama was for the President to take them out for ice cream.

    • March 8, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Yes that’s part of it, Don. I think it took the sequester. If you’ll listen to Ms. Lindsey, she said the President called “a couple of weeks ago” and asked if he could get a group together. It wouldn’t take weeks to organize a group unless they were still acting ignorant about associating with the President. Everybody probably said no. But then the sequester came. McCain and Lindsey were having a stroke because of the defense cuts and suddenly, he had a group for dinner. You know those neo-cons will sell their Mama for a war.

    • March 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Yes. I also think McCain really just wants to share his BBQ sauce recipe.

    • 80 proudofobama
      March 8, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Hey, it worked on Michelle. Hee hee.

    • 81 theo67
      March 8, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      It’s such a travesty that the people running an entire branch of the government are so self-involved. When one thinks of damage that these Republicans (and some weak Democrats) have done to this country, simply because they say the President hasn’t paid attention to them… It’s immoral. And they conveniently forget all the times the President has invited them to the White House and they’ve rejected his invitations. At the very beginning of his Presidency, Pres Obama and Michelle said they wanted to host weekly regular cocktail get-togethers to try and rekindle the old days when members of both parties could fight bitterly on the Senate and House floors, and then share a meal at the end of the day. They rejected him right from the early days of the White House Superbowl invitations. There’s only one group that has consistently put themselves ahead of the country – and that’s the Republican Party.

      I respect President Obama being able to sit down with these people who spent the last four years working to destroy him, his reputation and his presidency – for the sake of politics.

  35. 82 japa21
    March 8, 2013 at 11:37 am

    What happened in WI yesterday is criminal. And, since the GOP claims to be the Christian paerty, also against the wishes of God.

  36. 85 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2013 at 11:38 am

  37. 86 sonjiaduncan
    March 8, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Thank you for this new post Chips. Have a great weekend break. Remember we love you and this retreat from all the lies and haters. Hang in there and know that you make a difference to helping to rebuild our Country one person at a time.

  38. 87 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Chips you did the right thing – expose the bastard, and then move on. Hope you have a restful, pleasant & healing weekend. We will be with you just as you’ve been there with us.

  39. 88 Nena20409
    March 8, 2013 at 11:45 am

    It’s a Beautiful Day…..

  40. 91 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2013 at 11:47 am

  41. March 8, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Ms. Chips – the title of your previous post stands here as well – “We Take Care of Our Own” – that means you! Have a relaxing, lovely break. Take heart that this too shall pass, focus on the good your life and how you are sooo much a part of that good there and in our world. The irony of the final straw for you coming during the week that the VAWA bill is signed into law by PBO is not lost on me. Sending some of my strength and healing thoughts to you. Hugs to you.

  42. 101 Titti
    March 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Thinking of you Chips and thanks for all you do. Please do not let this effer get to you, aside from him having some ‘screws missing’ he wants to be (and fails miserably at being) a cyber bully. Have a great time away and do know that loads of people love and appreciate you and all you do.

  43. 102 Linda
    March 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    The right has menstrual cramps the first week of every month …especially on Fridays

  44. 103 Nena20409
    March 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    VP Biden Did the swearing in of Brennan. 😎

  45. 104 Bill
    March 8, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Chris Hayes just said on MSNBC not to forget people “are actually” being killed in cafes. His show will be insufferable this weekend.

    Stephanie Cutter is on MSBC now.

  46. 112 debz
    March 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Chips, I am so sorry you have been subjected to this sexual harassment, I did not realize that vile creature was still bothering you. I want you to know how much I appreciate all that you do. Please take time to yourself, away from all of this, spend time with those you love. Rest up. Sending hugs and good thoughts.

  47. March 8, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Very wise decision, Chips. Sent you a couple of additional DMs.


  48. 114 amk for obama
    March 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Chips, just for you.

  49. 116 Jovie
    March 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Senate resolution designates ‘World Plumbing Day’

    By Ramsey Cox
    The senate passed a resolution Thursday evening that designates next Monday as “World Plumbing Day.”

    A group of bipartisan senators introduced S.Res. 73 the same day it passed by unanimous consent. The resolution expresses the importance plumbing plays in public health.
    Joe the plumber will be proud. Thanks Harry fir bringing this to the floor, it really will help. 😦

    • March 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      World Plumbing Day? We can declare a WORLD DAY? That sounds like a UN declaration.

    • 118 99ts
      March 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      The senate is so full of its own importance. At least the idiots in those so called “not democratic” countries are honest about their intent of governing for self benefit. After allowing a fool to talk until his bowel was as full of it as his words – we then have this stupid.

  50. 119 Jovie
    March 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    It’s becoming more and more clear that theDC liberals want to fracture off of the democratic party and start a party of their own.
    They go after both parties and trash both parties, but mostly point out deficiencies with the Democratic party.
    Then, they praise Rand Paul, without bringing up all the other issues he is for that would Hurt Americans.
    Also, hayes keeps bringing up that the republicans are winning on substance because all we are talking about us austerity and cuts to SS to which he blames POTUS.
    No background, just blame and inaccuracy.
    The background is the system is designed to favor the minority party unless you have a super super majority.
    Second, the DC liberals did not vote in 2010 because they were crying about no phlox option and we got killed in the midterms.
    That one election in 2010 brought on Austerity because of Liberals like Chris Hayes.
    He and his ilk deserve a lot of responsibility for Austerity, and somebody should tell him!

    • 120 Jovie
      March 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      No public option-

    • 123 Vicki
      March 8, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Any fracturing off will bring the GOP into power.
      This makes sense if you’re thinking the No Labels DLC types—–Bloomberg, Bayh, Marc McKinnon, Huntsman, Blance Lincoln and Clintonworld versus Liberal Obama Cuomo Biden Castro

    • 125 theo67
      March 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      So, Chris Hayes (a person paid to talk on TV with limited knowledge) is complaining that the people paid to talk on TV with limited knowledge are only driving one topic of conversation? The one topic that matters 98% of Americans who actually work for a living, and whose lives are being upended by the media he works for, and the Republican Party he cherishes – who have talked about nothing but deficits and spending cuts? That was a long, sarcastic sentence – but Chris Hayes drives me crazy with fury.

      • 126 Jovie
        March 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm

        I only watched because Stephanie Cutter was on but she is not allowed to talk. 😦

      • 127 hopefruit2
        March 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm

        I really think it’s time these media figures begin to fully disclose their financial interests. Where is their salary coming from and who is paying them to spew the nonstop propaganda they push 24/7. We need TRANSPARENCY in the media. And right now we don’t have it.

    • March 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      I’m not usually this rude, Jovie, but Chris Hayes and the other limousine liberals can kiss my natural black ass. They still haven’t learned that they have very little power when it comes to influencing what liberals/dems think/do. They think we’re like republicans– that we’ll blindly follow their positions on issues. This sense that he’s the “smartest guy in the room” is the major reason I change the channel when I see Hayes on MSNBC. When he hosted for LO recently, I didn’t watch MSNBC at 10 :PM EST during that period, and I don’t waste my time tuning in to watch him on Saturdays. You’re right when you say that liberals like Chris Hayes influenced dems/liberals not to vote in the 2010 midterm elections, thereby, ushering in austerity. They claimed to be so “disappointed” In PBO and felt they had to “teach him a lesson.” They never thought about the many ways they had failed to help him. The poor man crossed the country telling Americans NOT to give the keys back to the republicans, and these asses had nothing for him except criticism filtered through their self-absorbed view of issues, the nation, and its’ people. I don’t tolerate cowards very well, Jovie, and it’s why I don’t tolerate CH, Ed, Tweety and others at MSNBC. If I see someone doing something wrong, I’m not going to be afraid to say it, no matter who it offends, but these jackasses would rather push false equivalences 24/7/365 than tell the truth a majority of the time. I have no respect for cowards, liars, and/or hypocrites. Their celebrity status means nothing to me if they can’t be consistent in their views, be fair, and tell the truth.

  51. 130 Jovie
    March 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    DC metro to hold 3 open houses on it’s new silver line to Dulles airport-


    This is part of stimulus.

  52. 131 Linda
    March 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I hope Chips is out getting herself a new kitty….

  53. 132 amk for obama
    March 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm

  54. 137 dotster3
    March 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I saw on Wonkette that a radio station in Chgo has hired crazy hothead loser former Rep. Joe Walsh. So I thought I would contact them and ask who and why someone there thought it would be a good idea to put this national embarrassment on the air. And when I saw the line-up there, it sorta made sense. The nightmare of all nightmare line up: Glenn Beck, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Miller and other assorted nutjobs. Found out the station had been purchased by SALEM Communications, a Christian broadcaster, buying up media outlets in all major markets. Co-founder is Stuart Epperson, a failed congressional candidate from North Carolina, a Bob Jones U. graduate. (other co-founder is his bro-in-law) Frightening—-all this junk further poisoning predisposed haters. Don’t want this crud in Illinois—-ugh.

  55. 141 amk for obama
    March 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Cook a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

    But teach a man to fish and you get rid of him for the whole weekend.

    Gunnite folks.

    (And Chips, take a break. And not just for the weekend.)

  56. 145 Linda
    March 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    CIA Director Brennan was sworn in by VP Biden this morning with his hand on an original draft of the US Constitution.

    uh oh….rw meltdown that he did not use a Bible. 3..2…1

  57. 146 utaustinliberal
    March 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    This is pretty cool.


    • March 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Does anybody know why the VP swears in these officials and not POTUS? I’m sure it’s written officially somewhere, but it’s Friday…….

      • 148 utaustinliberal
        March 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm

        Probably has to do with the fact that he’s technically the head of the Senate and that’s where these folks get confirmed.

      • 149 carolyn
        March 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        I like the idea of being sworn in using a copy of the Constitution! Using the Bible for these occasions makes no sense to me. The Bible has nothing to do with our government, the Constitution has. This is written by a daughter of a Protestant minister, brought up with Bibles all over the house. Also, though, we were brought up with a strict belief in separation of church and state. Maybe this use of the Constitution will set a precedent.

      • 150 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        March 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm

        I believe it is just tradition. I believe any federal judge can administer the oath.

    • 151 Karlene
      March 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      ty..yes it is cool..

    • March 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Wow, that is so dramatic. Wow.

  58. 153 utaustinliberal
    March 8, 2013 at 1:20 pm

  59. 155 Cha
    March 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Dear Chips, Sorry about the Idiot on the Internet. We Love YOu. End of Story.

  60. 156 utaustinliberal
    March 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm

  61. 169 Karlene
    March 8, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    congrts carole ..ty ms chips..ty for all you do..

  62. 170 utaustinliberal
    March 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    • 171 anniebella
      March 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Why can’t Congress pay be cut, starting with John Boehner and his Republicans.

      • 172 Bill R.
        March 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

        Congress exempted themselves from any sequestration cuts. That’s the kind of people they are.

        • 173 Nena20409
          March 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm

          Not really. The law, well, in our Constitution, Congress is not allowed to make laws affecting their individual salaries during their current term.

          • 174 99ts
            March 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

            Wouldn’t matter anyway 99% of them have private incomes far above their salaries. The ones who work hard for the people of their districts – rather than the “corporations are people too” would be the only ones who would be impacted by a change in their salary.

    • 175 Linda
      March 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Earlier when I was flipping channels

      CNN was talking about the Stock Market

      MSNBC was discussing the unemployment numbers

      Fox was interviewing people in front of the WH whining about the tours being cancelled…and the backlash over it ( which they are trying to create )

      • 176 anniebella
        March 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm

        How about interviewing folks who might lose their job because of the sequester, or interviewing some senior citizen who will lose their meals on wheels, or some elderly person who depends on low income heating assistance to put heat in their house, or some mother who depends on head start, child care so they can work. I forgot you said FOX, they don’t give a dam about people like that, they just want to try to cause trouble for this administration.

      • 177 Virginia
        March 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm

        The REpublicans said they WANTED to cut government spending, now they are complaining because they can’t TOUR the White House?? Is this a JOKE or What??!!! What about the cuts to the military, to teachers, firefighters, police, unemployment benefits, assistance to disadvantaged children and the elderly?? These are the CUTS they wanted???
        The first things to go should be tours, museums and recreation, to continue the funding to ESSENTIAL services.

  63. 178 4morefor44
    March 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    anyone who can support these businesses really should do so, and let them know you’re doing it for this reason. as usual the costco people are leading the way.

    • 179 Linda
      March 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      I love Costco…. ( When I went to order our business checks at my bank…the man whispered to me… get them at Costco, they are 70 % less than what we charge )

      It tuned out to be true.

  64. 181 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Hey folks, I haven’t seen our collegekay around for a while. I checked her twitter and the last post was on Feb 28 (over a week ago). I hope she’s just taking a break from Twitter/politics, etc. I know she’s very busy trying to finish up her final semester and working part-time, with internship. I hope she’s just trying to focus on her final stretch and things are well otherwise.

  65. 184 Linda
    March 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    DENVER — The Colorado House passed a proposal Friday allowing students who entered the U.S. illegally to pay lower college tuition, sending the bill to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is expected to sign it.

    Three Republicans joined with all of the chamber’s Democrats in voting for the bill.

  66. 185 a4alice
    March 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Hey Chipster – totally missed this one. Must’ve been bad. So sorry you get the full force of safe guarding this site. You do such a beautiful job too!. Have a great weekend. And to the rest of TOD a good weekend. I’ll just lurk to keep the commentary down (cuz Lord know’s I love to chirp in) or I’ll catch you cats on twitter.:-)

  67. March 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Chips, Have a restful weekend. recharge yourself, and let the hatas slide of your back. We’re here for you and you have been for us all these years. We love you. Peace.

  68. 187 57andFemale
    March 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I missed some terrible drama, didn’t I?

    We don’t have a clue as to how hard Chips works to provide us this safe haven of conversation and activism. I’m so deeply grateful to you, Chips.

    Having my own drama today: our debit card has been compromised. I’ve been chasing that down all day. God, what a world…….

  69. March 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you Chips for all you do, enjoy your time off, we will miss you.

  70. 192 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Someone doesn’t like Bloomy too much. I don’t really blame her though!

  71. 194 JER
    March 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    |Starting Soon| Secretary Kerry and FLOTUS honor women with Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  72. March 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    • 196 donna dem 4 obama
      March 8, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      “And adding your name in support of a reactionary like Rand Paul because for 13 hours he assumed the mantle of one of the extreme left’s pet peeves (except that he didn’t believe a word of it) is not a way to further goals you claim to support.” -Awww LL truer words were never spoken. Excellent piece!!

    • March 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Great piece – enjoy your writing. Like your phrase “governing by strategy”. Keep it up!

  73. 199 donna dem 4 obama
    March 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Our very own CollegeKay is doing quite well. She announced earlier this week that she was accepted into the Sidley Prelaw Scholars Program. She is listed third from the bottom. 😛



  74. 210 utaustinliberal
    March 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    FLOTUS at International Women’s Day. LIVE NOW.


  75. 212 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    So I read on Twitter that The View is giving Elizabeth Hasselbeck the boot. I guess she didn’t get Palin or Romney into the WH. No longer needed. Buh bye…

  76. 221 Linda
    March 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm


    MSNBC is covering the Jodi Aries murder trial on The Cycle >

    • 222 Nena20409
      March 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      They started that yesterday. HLN is driving Large Ratings with this story. MSNBC has lost a lot of viewership since their DRONE coverage.

      I visit MediaBistro.com at least once a week. I check out the ratings there.

  77. 225 criquet
    March 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Chips, I saw the post this morning but was not able to post anything then.
    Just wanted to say that I hope you can ignore that e hideous nitwit and find a way to stop his chicanery and thievery.
    Hope WordPress can help.
    I believe you know how much your TODers value your efforts and support you all the way.

    Take as much time as you need -we will all be here hen you get back.
    Cheers and have a great weekend.

  78. 226 cookemom
    March 8, 2013 at 4:01 pm


    That’s the link to my daily beg for you to help increase my #2 daughter’s chances to win her dream job as a travel correspondent. Please vote by clicking on the link ^ for her video and then clicking on any and all of the social media forums you use in the ‘vote for this video’ box next to her video. Then, if you’d like share it with your friends. Thanks TODsters!!!

  79. 236 Claire
    March 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I missed whatever happened , but I just wanted to express my appreciation for the wonderful work you do Chips. Your creativity, enthusiasm, dedication, and heart are second to none. You spread love… and the TOD family loves you back.

    • March 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      This is from yesterday and many of you may have seen it, but I didn’t read all of the post before it was taken down . Sorry if it’s a repeat for everyone.

  80. 242 Bill
    March 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Tweety opens with a discussion on drones. Time to watch golf.

  81. 254 Linda
    March 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm


    Again….droning about droning.

  82. March 8, 2013 at 5:18 pm


    • March 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks. Just added that to the comments section on my TPV piece.

    • 266 anniebella
      March 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      So Rand Paul filibustering was alot of B.S. Well that doesn’t surprise me, Rand Paul is full of alot of B.S.

      • March 8, 2013 at 5:50 pm

        He’s positioning himself for a run for POTUS and McConnell supported him because he’s needs Paul’s base. That’s all these freaks care about.

        • 268 anniebella
          March 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm

          It will be a waste of his time, because ain’t going to win. His Daddy didn’t and he won’t.

    • 269 Ladyhawke
      March 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Rand Paul pushes his luck

      By Steve Benen


      The problem, as Mother Jones’ David Corn noted, is that Paul’s claims aren’t true. Holder, Corn explained, initially told Paul “if the United States were under attack from within, the president might have to order the use of lethal military force within the territory of the United States.” For more Democrats and Republicans, including Paul himself, this isn’t problematic.

      The fundraising letter goes on to say the filibuster “worked” when the Obama administration reversed course. Except, it didn’t reverse course — the Justice Department’s position hasn’t changed. Holder’s second letter just reiterated what was already true — there could be no strikes against Americans “not engaged in combat.”

      Paul’s letter tells prospective donors that his tactics “worked,” but the administration’s policy is identical to what it was before. So why is the senator suggesting otherwise? Apparently because he wants you to write him a check.

      Corn added that Paul, at the height of his notoriety, seems to be a “crass operator,” “untethered from the truth,” pushing a “money-shaking email.”



    • 271 Linda
      March 8, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Interesting since both Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are on that committee, yet they both joined Rand Paul to help him filibuster when they both knew the answer

      Republicans are 100 % frauds.

  83. March 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

  84. March 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    • 281 Lovepolitics2008
      March 8, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Great tweet, Bob.

      President Obama and his team must have to pinch themselves sometimes when seeing all the hysteria. I persist to think that the root of the problem is the national media. Political spin, political smears and the fabrication of false scandals is not new. But a functional media would mitigate the effects. A functional media would present facts, dispel myths and exaggerations, and shame the professional demagogues. Instead, they give platform to everyone willing to make drama.

      • 282 Vicki
        March 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm

        Exactly, Lovepolitics

      • 283 zekke Lydonna
        March 8, 2013 at 9:55 pm

        Ditto. I didn’t think my disappointment with MSM could get much worse. It has. Facts don’t matter, especially when they are inconvenient..

        I have also been reconsidering my viewership of The Daily Show. I don’t mind critique’s of policy, but tell the damn truth. Jon Stewart seems to be trying very hard to find material he can use to bash PBO. I thought his ‘assessment’ of the State of the Union speech was especially heinous. His one act concentration on the ‘Drone War’ is astonishing. The President has a right to use Lethal Force to protect us from eminent attack. Drones are just on type of Lethal Weapon. Why are Dems so stupid about this. The question should be about clarifying the Executive’s authority.. That is the job of Congress. PBO has been telling these Dem bulbs for 6 years, that Congress needs to do it’s job when it comes to limiting Executive Power.

        Dems can be just a petty as Teathugs, when they get frustrated with inaction. Instead of thoughtful discussion about the divisions of power, they blame PBO for not ‘forcing’ rethugs to act like professionals, and do the job they were sent to Washington to do. Amazing, and totally intellectually dishonest.

  85. March 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Repeat from the post that was taken down. Good excuse to look at this lovely picture of FLOTUS again though! 🙂

  86. 285 ber6964
    March 8, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    {{{{{{{Bunches of Hugs….Ms Chips}}}}}}}

  87. 289 Dudette
    March 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm

  88. 290 Dudette
    March 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    • 291 Ladyhawke
      March 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks for sharing Dudette. This has to be one of the most powerful and effective public service announcements I have ever seen. Antonio Banderas is not playing. He is beyond serious. I will be sure to send this to everyone on my distribution list. Thanks again. LH

  89. 292 Dudette
    March 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Off-topic, but it’s March — got throw in a little March Madness themed stuff. Besides it’s about basketball. [PBO likes the game, ya know!] 🙂

    I read the creators of this documentary went to great lengths to make this thing even-handed. Screw that! — GO HEELS!

    • 293 Dudette
      March 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Man, I almost wish I had Time-Warner so I could see this thing. [sigh!]


    • March 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Sticking with the college bball theme, I watched part of ESPN’s documentary on the Michigan “Fab Five”. More specifically, the part in the film where the players detail the horrific racial abuse they suffered from “real” Michigan fans. It was amazing the letters sent to the coach.

    • 296 Bill
      March 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Duke’s Coach K. is a Republican. Dean Smith who built the UNC program is a Democrat. I don’t know the poltical leanings of Roy Williams, the current UNC coach, but he is like a son to Dean Smith. There is more than just basketball berween the two teams.

  90. 297 Vicki
    March 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Reverend Al is becoming the only sane voice on MSNBC. Tonight the Rev is all about the economy, how it is improving but not for the poor.

    I used to like Rachel but this drone stuff has turned me off. As Lindsay Graham said “where was all this criticism when GWB was using drones?”
    Good question.

    Only thing I can figure is that POTUS excellence has taken away any valid criticism so MSM is improvising.
    I mean you can’t say “PBO is soft on defense” anymore, can you? OBL gone, war’s over, OBL son-in-law in custody.
    You can’t say “PBO bad for business” anymore, can you? Employment up, Dow up, Profits UP UP & Away.
    You can’t say “PBO has to do this for his legacy” can you? Obamacare is legacy guaranteed.

    So they fuss about drones and make fools of themselves over a dolt like rand paul.

    It is not going to get better as long as Barack Obama is in the WH. But that is OK because BARACK OBAMA is in the WH!!!! 3+ more years. So kvetch all you want MSM

    Rant over.

    • 298 dotster3
      March 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Bashir is great also, if you have a chance to watch his show. Wish they would put him on in prime time.

    • 299 zekke Lydonna
      March 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Ye. Martin Bashir is mut-see TV.

      And-yessssssssssssss. I thank God every freaking day that Barack H. Obama is our president. I don’t even want to imagine the country lead by someone else right now.

  91. 301 dotster3
    March 8, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    3 beautiful deer are hanging out in my backyard right now——a mom, a dad and a teenager. Beautiful, elegant, lovely family unit. Who could ever feel good about shooting one? I don’t get it.

  92. 302 Dudette
    March 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm

  93. 304 Dudette
    March 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm

  94. 310 prettyfoot58
    March 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    • 311 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      March 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Meanwhile, SD Gov signs legislation authorizing teachers to carry in classroom; the US is going crazy…

    • 313 99ts
      March 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      One idiot at a time – wonder if the guard was against the program and/or bored – or just stupid. One of the MAJOR problems with this type of program – 99.9% of the time it is boring – which usually means when something happens to justify your existence – you are probably going to be dead before you get a chance to shoot.

  95. 314 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I know five… 😦

    • 315 dotster3
      March 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      I heard Julian Epstein report on Bashir that African Americans are 15 times more likely to be shot—-can’t remember if it was “just” shot or killed by gunshot. And in a discussion about the NRA’s new advertising campaign appealing to black communities, he said a NRA board member is on record saying that inner city gun deaths are not a detriment to society and another board member saying that it is actually a benefit to society, getting rid of the undesirables.

  96. 317 Jessica
    March 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Where is the outrage from MSM over military losing their Tuition Assitance??

    • 318 hopefruit2
      March 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      That’s not important. The WH tours are more important. That’s what the MSM tells me.

      • 319 99ts
        March 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm

        Exactly – studying to reach your goals – striving to be successful – the things that drive the dream – the GOP just wants the black guy out of the white house – nothing else matters to these pedlars of hate

      • 320 jacquelineoboomer
        March 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm

        And any vacations the First Family takes. Don’t forget that.

    • 321 desertflower
      March 8, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      My nephew has served his time in the Army. He’s been to Korea and Iraq..now he’s trying to get his life back together and is going to school. THIS WILL HURT! Not just him, but so many other deserving people that have more than done their fair share! This is bad on so many levels…..

    • 322 nathkatun7
      March 8, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Jessica, if the MSM had figured out an angle that would enable them to blame this on President Obama they would have been outraged 24/7.

  97. 323 jacquelineoboomer
    March 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm

  98. 327 Lb4Obama
    March 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Ok TOD’ers. We need to call out Bruan Williams and NBC News. Tweet, email and call. Tonight on the Nightly News, Lisa Meyers did a report on the sequester cuts and the report focused on the lie that PBO is picking and choosing the cuts for political sway. And I mean they went for the juggler! The report interviewed the folks taking “the final WH tour today”. Then proceeded to imply that PBO choose to stop the tours but went across town for a dinner with Republicans with a 27 car motorcade AND gave the cost of that Secret Service detail that night. Fuck them! I just emailed NBC News and asked them if they were aware this President is the most threatened than any one in history. Up 400% since his election and if we wanted to watch that kind of “journalism” we would be watching Fox News! Time to do some serious push back. If you want to view the segment before responding, they’ll have it on their website sometime tonight. It will really get your BP up, guaranteed! I am so pissed right now I can’t see straight!

    • 328 anniebella
      March 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      I will be sending a email to NBC right now.

    • 329 Bill
      March 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks for the heads up.

    • 330 hopefruit2
      March 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      I will be emailing/tweeting them. They’re taking this too far now. Why didn’t they interview folks who are actually on the verge of losing their jobs? Does going on a WH tour put food on the table, roof over one’s head and clothes on the backs of one’s children?

    • March 8, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      I don’t tweet so I will call Monday. I mentioned couple weeks ago that I have been watching CBS and find it much better. It is the closest thing we have to “straight news.” Had to put that in quotes…..think you know what I mean. I find their reporting is not so partisan.

    • 333 dotster3
      March 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      NBC is having a Banner Anti-Obama Day. Started out with Chuck Todd telling the Today Show audience that President Obama’s actions never match his words. And Lisa Myers always is anti-Obama, anti-Dem in her reporting. This report is dishonest, misleading and despicable and has “NBC political director” Chuck Todd’s fingerprints all over it.

      • 334 Vicki
        March 8, 2013 at 7:52 pm

        News anchors deliver the news they are paid to deliver.
        They have an agenda that does not match ours.

        The fuss over WH Tours demonstrates a few things to me: MSM insist that they get to decide what the news is. Not PBO.
        MSM wants cuts on the invisible parts of our populace. How dare PBO allow cuts that visibly hurt the job creators…. And so on

        Thw whole thing makes me ill

    • 336 Lovepolitics2008
      March 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      So now President Obama will not be able to do ANY public event ? Nor will he deserve ANY vacation ?

      I’m pissed too. What the hell is going on this week ? I mean, they are always negative, but why are they WORSE than usual ?

      Has something happened behind the scenes ? Jay Carney losing his cool with Chuck Todd or something ? I mean, now Ed is back to attacking President Obama, after a period where he was pretty more rational and fair. Matthews, Brian Williams, etc. Maybe I’m paranoid, but it seems coordinated, and I suspect some petty reason for it.

    • March 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks for this. It’s going to be my new piece on TPV.

    • March 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      LB4Obama this well be handy remind them of what they posted on mar 7
      Secret Service: Canceled @whitehouse tours save $74k/week-$2 million a year. Sequester cuts SS budget $84 million. http://nbcnews.to/10czYZ2

  99. 339 hopefruit2
    March 8, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    • 340 99ts
      March 8, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Cannot believe the cap about the President’s so called vacations – every one he plans is usually ruined/shortened because of the stupid that is congress. No – there’s a clue – the only time the congress works is when the President has planned a vacation.

      • 341 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        March 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm

        No they don’t; including Dec 2012, they were on vacation the same amount of time OR longer that the President. The hypocritical congresscritters seem to think PBO is supposed to be chained to the WH. And don’t get me started on boehner(lower case reps my lack of respect) — the DISRESPECT that drips from his every pore when he does his daily press statements really riles me. If I EVERY get close enough to him, I swear, I’ll slap the orange off his face! Fortunately, I own my home free and clear, hence, I can afford the bail… 😉

  100. 342 Dudette
    March 8, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    For Chips

  101. 344 Who This
    March 8, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I am beginning to worry that liberal elites (mostly in the media) are going to shove Hilary Clinton as the democratic nominee in 2016. These liberal elites act like Bill Clinton is not the one that signed DOMA, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Repeal of Glass Seagal, Passage of NAFTA (although Bush I negotiated it), Carried Interest rule for Wall Street, and Clinton joined republicans in demonizing welfare recipients. I can go on and on…Bill Clinton’s Op-Ed in WSJ today is simply a cover for Hilary’s run. I just can’t support Hilary – remember her support for all things republicans on foreign policy. Bill and Hilary are shamlessly ambitious. Someone please help me….

    • 345 Vicki
      March 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Wish I could help you, Who This. Unfortuneatly I see things precisiely as you do. Hard to believe that OFA will turn the reins over to the Clintons, isn’t it?

      • 346 zekke Lydonna
        March 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm

        Too many Dems have short memories. Clinton also deregulated the telecommunications industry, allowing FOX and the right wing to dominate cable and radio. Clinton did a lot of damage.

        The libruls are now trying to use Clinton to undermine PBO’s prestige and accomplishments. This is both sad and pathetic. I am a Hillary Fan, but she had to earn it. Bill Clinton didn’t come off my shit list until the 2012 election. He really gave his all to get PBO re-elected.

        The same libruls that glorify Clinton now, accuse obama supporters of blind worship.

    • 347 99ts
      March 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Pres Clinton had little courage when in power – suddenly he is the revered older statesman – that GWB was able to win an election – well get close enough for the courts to give him the Presidency – was surely the result of Clinton’s second term.

      America does not need another Clinton, nor another Bush in the white house. The Presidency is not something that is passed along in the family (think North Korea), it is not a figurehead monarchy. The voice of the people needs to be in the White House – as it is with President Obama. The democrats have many worthy successors – I agree that Hilary Clinton is not the answer to any of America’s problems.

      • 348 Who This
        March 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm

        I’m happy that there are some sane minds (Vicki and 99ts included of course). It just pisses me off to see all these Clintonites and liberal elites acting like she’s God’s best gift and responsible for POTUS’s foreign policy. It even makes me more mad the way they disrespect VPOTUS, who has achieve a lot more than Hilary, by telling VPOTUS has no chance and that he cannot run if Hilary decides to run. Are you kidding me?

        It is simple for me…a democratic candidate must focus on leveling the playing field for middle class (and the poort), and be willing to fight people within and outside the democratic party for those ideals. Clinton never did, and that is why republicans never mind his policy (other than his raising tax rates).

        • 349 99ts
          March 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

          I am utterly unsure who is the middle class any more. 30 years ago the middle class were white collar workers (office types) and unionized workers in major industries and govt – who had “jobs for life” got a raise each year & paid off their modest homes with a mortgage over 20-30 years while supporting their children through school and sometimes college. Farmers who then earned a living wage to support their families were also part of the middle class – and at times the wealthy.

          Today it seems – there are mainly the rich and the poor – those who pretend they are middle class – are just their job away from poverty. There are few that are not considered wealthy who can financially survive more than a month or two of unemployment.

    • 350 nathkatun7
      March 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      You know what, they tried this before and it didn’t work! As hopefruit and others have repeatedly reminded us, all of us who support President Obama should be focused on the 2014 Congressional elections. We need to give the President a Congress he can work with. For me my 2016, #1 choice to replace President Obama is VP Joe Biden! I trust and highly respect Joe Biden. If Biden decides not to run, then I will look at other candidates including Hillary Clinton.

      • 351 Who This
        March 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm

        Except that they are more determined now. Joe Biden, O’Mally and Kaine are people who can carry on PBO’s leacy of leveling the playing field for middle class and the poor, and I hope they don’t get discouraged.

        • 352 nathkatun7
          March 9, 2013 at 12:08 am

          If all of us who support President Obama stand with VP Biden, or Governor O’Mally or Senator Kaine, or Governor Patrick, the loud mouths on T.V. can be be check-mated! They wanted Hillary Clinton in ’08 and they failed. They wanted Hillary to replace Joe Biden as VP in 2012, and got absolutely nowhere. Many wanted and pushed for Romney in 2012, and they failed miserably! WT, as far as I am concerned, the pundits, and other Washington insiders, who are pushing for Hillary have not been paying attention political reality! If they were paying attention they would realize that they no longer have the power to shape election outcomes. Media pundits and Washington insiders are no longer the only voice in the political field. Many of us no longer care about their opinions and very much alert to their manipulations. The last election should have taught them a lesson. If Hillary wants to be President, she has to successfully appeal to the grassroots. MSM pundits, no matter how loud they shout, and no matter how many manipulated polls they cite, have no power to make Hillary Clinton, or anyone else for that matter, President.

          • 353 amk for obama
            March 9, 2013 at 12:44 am

            Well said, nath. bw narratives bs don’t sell any more. And I am sure that PBO has some definitive plans to further his legacy beyond 2016 and will back the right candidate at the right time.

            • 354 jackiegrumbacher
              March 9, 2013 at 7:40 am

              You said it amk–bs don’t sell anymore. People could care less what pundits and networks say. They will vote for the person who will inspire them. Talk of 2016 is a waste of air time at this point and certainly a waste of all of our time. We’ve got local elections to win this year and the critical congressional, senate and governor races to win next year. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize. I could care less what anyone predicts in 2016. We’ve just started PBO’s second term and that’s all I care about.

  102. 355 Dudette
    March 8, 2013 at 7:49 pm

  103. March 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Jesus on a shingle, now Ed is on Twitter touting the “Obama economy”. Good lord, he’s a modern “3 faces of Eve”.

    • 357 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      March 8, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Yeah, I’m watching for now, however, ONE emoprog word and I’m watching “Best Log Homes Ever” on HGTV!

    • 358 Dudette
      March 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      For sure!

      Everyday one wonders whether he took the red pill or the blue pill.

  104. 359 Dudette
    March 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Little more B-Ball and I’m outta here! G’night Y’all!

  105. March 8, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I hope Chips is REEEEEeeeeLAXing!!!! Kicked back with her favorite bev, watching a silly movie, readin’ a book, playin’ with a kid or dog or dog and a kid or……Ha, actually whatever it is she loves to do! Building a schooner ship in a bottle! Or not!! Nice meals, friends, serenity….REST AND RECHARGE!! She’s so precious to us and contributes so much.

  106. March 8, 2013 at 8:27 pm

  107. 364 globalcitizenlinda
    March 8, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    we should send messages of ridicule to these so called new outlet about their cover or sequester.

    I need some twitter or email addresses to brian williams and any of those creeps who think that we really care more about WH tours & POTUS vacations than veterans tuition assistance, research & real jobs lost etc

    • March 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Linda – Brian Williams twitter handle is @bwilliams

      Go for it

    • 366 Lb4Obama
      March 8, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Just go to NBC.com and at the very top of the screen, click on “Nightly News” ( appears in very small font). Then just scroll down 1/2 page to fill-in boxes and let ‘er rip! This bullshit must be called out as much as we can!

      • 367 anniebella
        March 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm

        I just sent a email to the nightly news, as a matter of fact I sent two, and I feel better for telling them what I wanted to tell them. I also hope others will email them also. Will it do any good, maybe not but I felt I had something to say to them so I said it. And I might just send them another email.

    • 368 4morefor44
      March 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      total waste of time and your energy. they are doing EXACTLY what they are being paid to do by the billionaires that own their companies. they literally do not care what you think. they do not care about ratings. they simply want to keep liberals out of power in case they might raise taxes and increase regulations on those owners.

      please, please everyone here…focus your time and energy on OFA. anything else is falling into their trap. i’m serious.

      • 369 jacquelineoboomer
        March 8, 2013 at 9:44 pm

        Everything you wrote is right about their motives, but I also believe their bottom lines – ratings and ads – always enter into the picture. Trouble is people keep watching them and don’t make a fuss about boycotting the ad makers (unless it’s Rush’s show – that’s working somewhat to get his sponsors to drop him – although there are always other sponsors to take their places), so the corporate types tell their hired mouthpieces to keep up their awful shenanigans. And the whole country suffers.

        • 370 4morefor44
          March 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm

          i could provide pages of links showing they don’t really care about ratings. for instance, david gregory just got a big contract renewal despite “meet the press” tanking in ratings since he took over, and often losing to the other shows, which used to never happen at all for years. if chris matthews was fired tomorrow, would there be some big groundswell of support for him as there was with phil donahue? no, but he stays there decade after decade. the new york times has been languishing for years yet no changes happen with people such as david brooks. these people keep their jobs by promoting republican insanity. nothing more, nothing less. “organizing for action” is a much more valuable use of time and energy than trying to get media people to stop doing what they’re paid to do.

  108. March 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    • 372 Lb4Obama
      March 8, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Abso-fucking-lutely! Somebody needs to create a #twitter and it needs to go viral (or whatever twitter-ease applies!)

  109. March 8, 2013 at 8:55 pm

  110. 374 Ladyhawke
    March 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm


    Daily White House Briefing – March 8, 2013


    Friday, March 8, 2013

    Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest conducts the daily briefing with the media. Topics discussed included the situation in North Korea, the capture of the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, jobs and the economy and the meetings the President will hold with members of congress next week.



    • 375 4morefor44
      March 8, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      wow. thanks for the link. i’ve never seen him before. he’s very interesting in that role. isn’t totally comfortable and smooth up there at first, but gets more comfortable as he goes along, and at the same time he’s very strong, direct, and succinct. i like him too!

    • 376 cman
      March 8, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      West wing week!

  111. 377 kasai
    March 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Dearest Chips….Just want to send my love and appreciation for all that you do.
    Hope you enjoy your weekend…stress free.
    Love you much..

  112. 378 squarepeg
    March 8, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I need to vent. As you know, today is Intl Womens Day and on this messageboard I frequent, there’s this really sexist jerk who hates women and who believes they’re only good for one thing; ogling and sex and pleasing him. So about once a week he posts a ton of naked pictures on the board. I hate it, and I wish the moderators who stop him from doing it. But alas, they don’t. So today I decided to make a post about INtl Womens Day. It was met with some welcome, but mostly more sexist and cruel jokes. I clicked on that naked lady post this jerk made and someone responded “now THAT’s how you celebrate intl womens day”. That comment made me feel so sad I cried.

    Sexist is real, folks. I don’t have to tell ya’ll that, though. Ya’ll deal with GOP sexist every day. But even outside of politics, sexism exists, and it’s very real. I guess all we can do is keep fighting the good fight.

    • 379 yardarm756
      March 8, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      The idiots must not have had human mothers. which suggests that they were hatched!

      • 380 squarepeg
        March 8, 2013 at 9:42 pm

        thanks yardarm. 🙂 That made me smile. I’m over here crying. I’ve never personally been faced with sexism before. Shit hurts.

        • 381 carolyn
          March 8, 2013 at 10:53 pm

          Yes, sexism hurts, racism hurts, nasty words hurt. I remember being told as a child, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Well…..that just isn’t true, AT ALL!!!
          I know that this kind of despicable behavior comes out of fear…..not strength, not thinking, but complete basic fear. And fear can manifest itself in many ugly ways, and this is one of them.
          My husband has asked me numerous times……”Why is it you notice people’s interactions and facial expressions, and figure people out so quickly, and I just don’t?” I told him, it’s female evolution. It’s how we as a sex have survived and yes, thrived. We didn’t have brute force or strength, so we have survived by our wits and senses, and I believe that’s true.
          All a man like that one has to fight with are ignorance and stupidity and nastiness……and what he considers “manliness.” PATHETIC!!!!!
          He has no idea what a real man is, and will never know. However, that is no excuse, and people like that cause real pain. I’m so sorry this happened to you.

        • 382 yardarm756
          March 8, 2013 at 10:54 pm

          “The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks.”

    • 383 zekke Lydonna
      March 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      The guy is probably a ‘Troll’. His sole purpose is to get you upset. Don’t take the bait. Laugh in his face, even as you lament the fact that misogyny is rampant in this country, indeed, in the world. What do you suppose men are so afraid of? Hummmmmm.

  113. March 8, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    • 386 prettyfoot58
      March 9, 2013 at 9:40 am

      GM Bob…

      i saw that video from the Senate Banking Committee….about banks being too big to prosecute because of the threat that presents to the economy…how scarey is that…isn’t there some way to thwart that….this just blows my mind….a bank that presents a threat to not just our economy but to the world economy can’t be prosecuted but an ordinary citizen gets prosecuted every day….this is just mind boggling….

      there is definitely something wrong with this picture….you have a wealth of ideas and insights..Bob…what do you think is the best way forward for us to get out of this mess…

  114. 387 vitaminlover
    March 8, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Chips, I am praying to God in Jesus Name for your COMPLETE and TOTAL protection from this person of evil. Father, thank You for protection for Ms Chips and her peace of mind. Show her how You love her and can and will protect her. I thank you that this evil person ceases and desists in his maneuvers against Chips and 3 Chicspolitico. Thank You, Sir for surrounding them spritually and physically with Your Mighty Angels. Show and give them Your strong love and protection and thank You for these wonderful blogging women. Amen!!!!

  115. March 8, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Chips – just wanted to tell you this is still the best place to relax, gather information, enjoy the pictures, the music, jokes & wonderful TOD’s – thanks Chips. Step away from the blog & do something fun for yourself.

  116. 389 jacquelineoboomer
    March 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Just spotted what I think is the final segment of today’s Int’l Women of Courage Awards Ceremony with our FLOTUS and SOS Kerry – replaying on C-Span One TV, ICYMI.

    • 390 anniebella
      March 9, 2013 at 5:14 am

      I saw alittle bit of that to jacquel, when the lady from Sudan I believe got up to speak, she was smiling so because she said she was sitting next to Michelle. I wasn’t able to watch it all, had to step out.

  117. 391 amk for obama
    March 8, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    uhuru kenyatta literally squeaks through with 50.03%. Already bad blood established between him and us & uk.


    • 392 dotster3
      March 9, 2013 at 12:30 am

      Big year for him—-his trial before the International Court for crimes against humanity starts soon—-charges of planning and financing death squads.

  118. 393 jacquelineoboomer
    March 8, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Kind of surreal to see both Rev. Jesse Jackson and Sean Penn at the state funeral for Hugo Chavez, which C-Span is running. In any event, that’s not the issue, and I hope God blesses their country in what comes next for their people.

  119. 396 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 8, 2013 at 11:50 pm

  120. 398 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 9, 2013 at 12:20 am

  121. 399 jacquelineoboomer
    March 9, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I may be the last to see the actual video, but at first I was going to lightly “mock” Wynonna Judd for doing a singing Miracle Whip commercial, while her sister Ashley might run for U.S. Senator from Kentucky, but the song’s very good, so guess I’ll shut up about it … check out some of the other singers, if you haven’t spotted this before:

  122. 400 lmrj
    March 9, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Delurking to offer my support to our blog goddess Chips. I missed the post, but get the idea. What you do for the TOD community every day is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! You’re way past due for a break. Hope you enjoy your weekend and find a way to take more of them so that you can continue the good fight. THANK YOU for all that you do for us.

  123. 403 amk for obama
    March 9, 2013 at 5:41 am

  124. 404 amk for obama
    March 9, 2013 at 5:50 am

    uhuru kenyatta officially declared president.

    12.34 million out of 14.3 million registered voters voted, an amazing 86% turnout.

    • 405 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2013 at 8:12 am


    • 406 Vicki
      March 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Don’t know if this community has noted that Tom Morello best known for his guitar work in Rage Against the Machine but also for extensive appearences with Sprnigsteen is the grand nephew of Uhuru Kenyatta. His mother is a petitie white lady from Kansas (what??/ where have I heard this before?) and his father is from the family of the first elected black president of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta.
      And also, Tom graduated from Harvard.
      When the RWNJ were saying PBO had revolutioary roots in Africa maybe they were talking about Tom Morello, AKA the Nightwatchman.

  125. 407 Lb4Obama
    March 9, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Here is that bullshit segment on the sequester cuts from NBC news that needs major push back. PBO don’t need no stinky security detail?! Watch it then tweet, call or email them!


  126. March 9, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Dear Chips,
    I don’t know what happened here, but this: ((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))))))). Thanks for what you do!! With much, much love.

  127. 409 Don
    March 9, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I see old big dog (Bill Clinton) wrote an op-ed about “DOMA” being overturned after he signed it into law almost twenty years ago. If only he would have stopped for one moment and considered the ramifications beyond his own political survival he would have not gone down that road in the first place. And the only reason he’s speaking out now is to position Hillary to be on the right side of history, nothing more nothing less.

    It is awfully presumptuous of the Professional Left and the Emoprogs to naturally assume that “We the People” will blindly run out and vote for Hillary. She has to EARN our trust just like President Obama had to EARN our trust, and yes, Bill Clinton did an outstanding job as President as far as the economy was concerned. President Obama has shown us glimpses of the “Promised Land,” and we are not about to start going backwards just to feed someone’s ego.

    I think the Clintons should sit back and think long and hard about 2016.

    • 410 hopefruit2
      March 9, 2013 at 9:00 am

      I totally agree Don. The PL, MSM, are trying to shove Hillary down our throat. But I also suspect that for many of them – it’s either Hillary or a Republican – any Republican – that will do. They do not want a liberal/progressive Democrat in the WH. What represents the “promised land” to many of us ordinary American citizens, represents the worst nightmare to these corporate owned media figures.

    • 411 Vicki
      March 9, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Maybe next week Mr. Clinton can write an op-ed denouncing the repeal of Glass-Steagal

  128. 413 kathryn kivett
    March 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Chips….we all know that the right wing is full of really crazy nuts that have no morals, integrity, character, or compassion so therefor should not be surprised that one would pose as a PBO supporter while “stalking”, harrassing, and uses vulgar, sexist language towards someone who has provided a “safe haven” for PBO supporters….brush them off your shoulder as PBO does and block, delete, ignore someone who is probably sitting in their bunker waiting for the black helicopters to come….or enjoying life in the confines of a prison cell…..or the basement of their parents house….and know when you return that you are surrounded by people who love you and respect you and would do anything they could to make this vulgar episode disappear from your life,…. if we just knew how. Enjoy your time off and know we await your return with support, respect, and affection.

  129. 415 Jovie
    March 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

    NASA working on Faster than light speed, warp drive.
    That would be a game changer. 🙂

  130. 416 Jovie
    March 9, 2013 at 10:27 am

    South Dakota governor signs bill allowing employees to carry guns in School.
    I hate to tell you this, but the NRA is easily winning this argument. Guns have quadruppled since Sandy Hook and now this. 😦

    • 417 Don
      March 9, 2013 at 10:39 am

      I live in Austin Texas, and I’m just waiting for the powers that be to send a note home through my son about his teachers being armed.

    • 418 Bill R.
      March 9, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      This is South Dakota. Not California or New York. They are not the bellweather for the country.

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