Chat away, the noobie edition.

Crossing the gop hurdle? Piece of cake.

Crossing the gop hurdles ? Piece of cake.


Hi TOD’ers. This is your substitute blog tyrant.

Chat away.

(Did it work ? Was it PC enough ? Keeping the toes crossed)

(So much for saying bye, bye to TOD after that kenyan usurper was re-elected…. 🙂 )


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211 Responses to “Chat away, the noobie edition.”

  1. 15 amk for obama
    March 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm


    Thanks Chips.

    Here is to more and better TOD’ers becoming the blog tyrants. 🙂

    • 16 jacquelineoboomer
      March 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      More, yes. Better than Chips? Sorry, ain’t buyin’ that. But thanks, again, for trying! It worked and – so far – it’s PC.

  2. March 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Oh lord, AMK has been given power. We’re doooooooooooomed.

  3. 23 JER
    March 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  4. 24 Vicki
    March 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Great job, AMK.

    • 25 amk for obama
      March 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks Vicki. Just wait till you see who else lined up for this “I wannabe Chips” job. 🙂

      • 26 japa21
        March 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

        Glad I didn’t volunteer. I could never do as well as you and LP have done.

        • 27 amk for obama
          March 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm

          Oh, I am just at the bottom of the food chain. Smart peeps like Bobfr, ut, LL, lp, what’shisnamejapa are yet to weigh in.

  5. 29 japa21
    March 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm

  6. 32 kasai
    March 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Way to go AMK 🙂

    Thanks LP and everyone that is working in helping Chips…Wish I was tekkie…I would help too…We are in good hands!

    Chips hope you’re relaxing and enjoying yourself:-)

    Enjoy your day yall!!!

    • 33 amk for obama
      March 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks kasai. tekkies, bookies, pshaw. Everyone could do it. It’s very easy and straightforward.

  7. March 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Are Americans (i.e. TOD) still going to complain about outsourcing after this…..? See what happens when two Indians get involved……Send all your complaints to Singapore ASAP….

  8. 40 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I am so proud of my little CHIPadees ‘Lovely Plains’ and ‘amk for obama’. Nicely done guys. Your assistance to our dear, delicious, wonderful CHIPS is much appreciated. We’re cookin now. Keep up the good work. LH

  9. March 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Making a commitment to a lie

    By Steve Benen


    Prominent House Republicans are relaunching efforts to stop the Obama administration from giving states waivers under welfare reform.

    GOP leaders of several committees reintroduced a bill Thursday that would block the policy, which Republicans say “guts” welfare’s work requirement.

    That the Obama administration never undermined the work requirement — and has no intention of doing so in the future — apparently doesn’t matter. What’s necessary, apparently, is to keep the lie alive, even after it’s been exposed as untrue.

    Yesterday, the White House criticized the House GOP bill, which has 23 cosponsors, as standing in the way “innovative” state-based programs that could help more welfare recipients into new jobs. The administration called the bill “unnecessary.”

  10. 50 57andfemale
    March 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    You can’t escape us, amk. We’ll find you, no matter where you try to hide……..

    Thanks for filling in! TOD wouldn’t be the same without you.

  11. 52 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Paul Ryan Has Learned Nothing From His Loss
    His new ‘Path to Prosperity’ budget looks a lot like the last one



    Many people have observed that Ryan’s budget seems politically unrealistic. That’s true, although I am not sure political reality is as important as everybody seems to think.3 But if Republicans are going to endorse this agenda—and there’s no reason to think this budget won’t pass the House, just like the last two Ryan budgets did—then they should be held accountable for it. This budget offers no hint of compromise, even though Republicans have demanded President Obama offer new concessions to accommodate conservatives. This budget also shows no hesitation about undermining vital and popular government programs, even though Republicans say they want to present a more moderate image to the public.

    Over the next few days, analysts will pore over the Ryan proposal, just as they will the Democratic proposal that Senator Patty Murray releases on Wednesday. Once the analysts are done, they will undoubtedly discover new wrinkles not apparent right now. But the numbers are a lot less important than the overall message. Budgets are statements of values. And with this budget, Ryan, once again, has revealed what Republican values are: cutting taxes, primarily to benefit the wealthy, while savaging programs on which the poorest Americans rely. It was true before and it’s true now.

    Read more here……



  12. March 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Good morning/afternoon TODville!!

    Thanks so much to LP and amk for doing a great job of keeping us all together.
    My very best wishes for a sense of peace to our Chips and looking forward to her return.

  13. 54 JER
    March 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Way to go LP and amk!

  14. 57 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Press Secretary Jay Carney is at the podium.

    • 58 Ladyhawke
      March 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      After Jay Carney makes a detailed opening statement about POTUS, FLOTUS and Business Roundtable Meeting activities, the first questions from the jackals are ….

      Will Chained CPI be in the budget. Jackal hears Democrats are concerned about it. Jay says he will not get ahead of PBO’s budget. Says PBO is willing to make hard choices in the interest of compromise.

      Next question is who really cancelled the White House tours. The jackal is confused about who asked for the cancellation. Wants clarification.

      • 59 Ladyhawke
        March 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        Jay Carney has the DEFICIT AS A SHARE OF GDP chart prominently displayed so the jackals can see it. No questions on the chart yet.

      • 60 anniebella
        March 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm

        Can’t the lazy jackals get off their ass and go ask the Secret Services?

        • 61 Ladyhawke
          March 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm

          I know, can you believe this crap. Why don’t they walk the cat backwards and realize why such actions are necessary in the first place.

      • 62 Ladyhawke
        March 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        After a gotcha question from CNN about something President Obama said about the debt back in 2008 not matching exactly what he said in 2013, Jay gets a great opportunity to school the jackals using the deficit chart.

      • 63 Ladyhawke
        March 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm

        More handwringing from Mara Liasson. Wants to know exactly how the sequester is impacting the White House staff. The obvious implication being PBO is criticizing the sequester but the executive branch is not being impacted. Sounds like a question a Republican would ask. Jay refers her again to the information already provided by the OMB.

    • 64 Ladyhawke
      March 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Jonathan Karl carrying water for the GOP on the tours again. Trying to get the cost for PBO going to play golf or travel to Illinois versus the cost of the White House tours.

      • March 13, 2013 at 1:22 pm

        GAH! The WH tours are an every day ongoing expense! That’s quite different than whether or not they should restrict or inhibit the travel of the President of the United States. Apples and oranges.

        I’m very saddened that the tours have been cancelled. I know POTUS and FLOTUS have done so much personally to open up the people’s house to visitors. So I’m just as heartbroken as others but I understand the decision! Geeze!

      • 66 utaustinliberal
        March 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm

        Karl is a twerp. The Secret Service makes the judgement calls about the white house tours and as sad as cancellation is, it costs $74K a week and due to the Sequester, SS has had to furlough a lot of their workers and they need the money to make sure that these employees still receive a paycheck they can use to feed their families, pay their bills, etc.

        The media didn’t give a damn about the white house tours before the Sequester and now they want us to believe they care? HA!

    • 67 Ladyhawke
      March 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      More questions on tours followed by questions about the effectiveness of PBO ‘charm’ offensive. So first the jackals complain that PBO is not schmoozing with the GOP. Now they are questioning the effectiveness of reaching out to the GOP since there are no break throughs to report.

  15. 68 proudmemberofglobalzero
    March 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Way to go Amk! You are all doing a great job. Just reading lately…not posting much but, I have to say “Thank You ” to the TOD family for keeping this blog going.

  16. March 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    AMK, tell the truth…do you know how to be PC? 🙂 Congrats!

  17. 72 andogriff
    March 13, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    WTG amk!! Great thread… you and LP are brilliant, so wonderful of you both to help Ms Chips like this! Huge hugs and thanks to you!

  18. 75 anniebella
    March 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Can anyone tell me why Republicans hate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid so much?

    • 76 japa21
      March 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      They don’t make money for the big boys on Wall Street like the Koch brothers.

    • 77 andogriff
      March 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Annie, I think that social programs piss them off, since they believe in the idea of “every man for himself”, and “what’s mine is mine, what’s yours is yours”…… folks in need don’t come into their equation.

    • March 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      No the question is : Can anyone tell me why republcians hate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid so much even though their republicans constituents are on it or their parents are on it, or they will be on it in a few years? Their GOP constituents don’t hate it cause they are on it. It boggles my mind how the GOP can with a straight face continue to rail against these entitlements yet the poll numbers continue to show NO SUPPORT for their policies. Yet these dumb ass gop constituents keep voting them back in.

    • 79 jacquelineoboomer
      March 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      They want it all shoved to the states and, as much as possible, privatized so their lobbyist friends will give them the big payouts – were it ever to happen, which it won’t.

      • 80 susanne
        March 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

        that’s my opinion, too. they want to get their hands on that huge pool of money, and channel it into the pockets of their rich friends. that way it will flow back to them, too, when they become partners in some lame-ass lobby firm after they fail to get re-elected.

  19. March 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Republicans are setting up for the next self-inflicted crisis:


    The economy is actually starting to look pretty good. The latest job numbers were strong; the latest manufacturing figures were very encouraging; the housing sector is looking increasingly strong; Wall Street is up; and the new retail-sales numbers were so good, “it’s hard to imagine how the numbers could have been stronger.

    All Americans really have to worry about now is their elected lawmakers acting against their interests on purpose.

    ***House Speaker John Boehner said he would continue to insist that the next debt-ceiling increase be accompanied by matching spending cuts, raising the prospect of a high-stakes showdown when the borrowing limit expires this spring.

    ***Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said that Republicans will use the expiration of the debt limit this summer as leverage to get President Obama to consider entitlement reforms.

    Basically what Republicans are saying is that they’re once again ready to hold the nation hostage, threatening to crash the economy deliberately unless President Obama gives them what they want.



    • 83 andogriff
      March 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks for that one, sw….. passed it on to my “group”! Benen seems to always nail it.

    • 89 kinona
      March 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Lets just say they are bluffing. They know OBAMA ain’t playing that game and the fact that he isn’t up for relection but the house and senate GOP are, he isn’t going there with them. So if they decide to play russian roulette with economy not only will they continue to get the blame from the sequester if they crash the economy on top of that. I don’t think Kar Rove or any KOCK brothers will save their asses from getting crushed in 2014. Lets just say they don’t have a leg to stand on with these threats.

      • March 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        Yeah, but just going through the drama takes a toll, particularly on the middle/working class and the poor, not just on our finances but on our psyche. It is emotionally draining to wonder what the government will and will not do and how it will affect our paycheck or the programs we depend on. As the President says, this is no way to run a country as advanced as the US.

        They play these games because they don’t have the same worries as we do.

    • 91 anniebella
      March 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      I’m not a racists, I don’t hate someone because of the color of their skin, but I hate the Republicans because they are evil bastards. 2014 we have to get rid of them, if America as we know is to survive.

  20. March 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Sweet amk – I’d have recognized your posting without your name attached to it! 😉

  21. March 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Good Day all and great job AMK and LP.
    Glad Ms. Chips is getting a break and so sorry that due to my schedule, I would not be able to assist.
    When work load is a bit less, I definitely will be here to help (if still needed).

  22. 94 taiping1
    March 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Welcome post & toon. So glad you have stayed with us and our helping Chips. The fight continues!

  23. 96 amk for obama
    March 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Ok folks. It’s 10.30 pm in my part of the world.

    My 30 minutes experience as a Chips wannabe. All new comments show up in my notification area and it’s up to me to weed out the spammers. Dratz …. ( now I know how Chips feels)

    So, since I am gonna be snoring away, in case the culprits haters slip through, please e-mail me at amktod atgmaildotcom (or Chips) to clean up the thread.

    Thanks for posting in this thread and many thanks to our blog tyrant for letting me in.

  24. 97 57andfemale
    March 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Is it really only Wednesday?

  25. 102 sherijr
    March 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Well done ‘blog tyrant amk’ you gave me a smile 🙂 appreciated.

    Please someone tell me whats going on with the little orange question mark up in the right corner box?? I used to be able to see when someone replied back.. but no more.

  26. 106 japa21
    March 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm

  27. 116 Allison
    March 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks, AMK and LP excellent job….Much Appreciated!!

  28. 117 LDS
    March 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Whew! Okay. Finally caught up with you guys here.
    amk, what a wonderful post. Congratulations to you. I love your posts, jokes and your friendly combats with Chips.
    You guys were destine to meet up. So glad it was here.
    I am going to probably have to go back to “lurker mode” because of all the able help our dear Chips have to help her out.
    One day maybe I can……..no, forget that thought. I am still tweeting myself. Following myself….and waiting for SS to knock on my door any day now b/c I may have mistakenly sent a tweet to BO instead of an ex-boy friend.
    I am going back to the old way US Postal Service. They better not take that AWAY!

    • March 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      LDS, we all need to decompress. I’m planning on it too. But curious to how the guys handle it and for how long. 😛 I’m still trying to set up my own blog just for fun. No, no one is invited yet, but in a few to several months. I’ve got to decide on a computer and I get nervous spending the money on something I don’t know much about. Its a lot of money for us. The one thing hubby won’t help with. I think I’m going with HP. We’ve had this one for ten years. Just can’t update programs for viruses, turbo tax, etc. That’s the only reason we got our last new one. I understand we need a new printer. Won’t be selling our kind of ink. It’s a conspiracy, I tell you, a MF conspiracy. Ten years isn’t bad though. Does anyone on the thread have a MAC? Would it be hard to make the switch? I miss a lot of stuff by not having a flash player on iPad.
      You know what would stress me out running a clean, respectful blog like TOD? Going through the idjits replies.

      • 119 LDS
        March 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

        I feel your pain, CarolMaeWY!
        Everytime I conquer one task in technology. Next week they come up with something else to confuse me.
        Like what is the difference btwn Google and Bing?
        My nerdy son always buying me a new updated phone. (I think he wants me on Meds) he took me to see “Side Effects”, the new movie that is out and I don’t take aspirins…..nothing.
        It is a conspiracy! This is the kid who always threatened to leave home and never return.
        Now, he buys me high tech phones to keep tabs on me and make sure that I am “in on it.”

  29. 121 yardarm756
    March 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm

  30. 129 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm


    Sam Stein ‏@samsteinhp


    There are real stories about people losing their jobs because of sequestration. Why are we obsessed with WH tours?


  31. 130 4morefor44
    March 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    whoa, what going on here?!? cool! so amk, are you able ban hammer chicken littles who take over the comment section day after day worrying and freaking out about every word joe scarborough or howard fineman says? i might be able to read the comments here more again. i’ve been searching for outlets such as o.f.a. where they FOCUS on how best to carry on president obama’s vision into actual results and stay motivated. i’m guessing the comments here now about 10% that, and 90% dread and worry about how the media and republicans lie about everything, as if we didn’t know that already. just a thought…

    • 131 Bill
      March 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      I doubt if 90% of the comments here are concerned with the dread and worry about how the media and Republicans lie about everything, but it is good to know what is being said in the media. The media sets the agenda for much of the discussion and thoughts on push back can be worthwhile.

      • 132 4morefor44
        March 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        i disagree. i can save everyone a whole bunch of time right now…the media will say everything president obama does or says is stupid and incompetent, while any republican is presenting a worthwhile opinion. there, no need to watch them. “pushback” is pointless since the owners want all those propagandists to do exactly what they’re doing.

        so perhaps we can get back to specific ACTION each one of us can take to make sure we get the House in 2014? organizing for ACTION and positivity is how president obama was elected after all…

  32. 136 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Is Paul Ryan an Inflation Nutter?

    By Betsey Stevenson & Justin Wolfers


    Inflation does have distributional effects, and perhaps he’s simply looking to protect those who gain most from price stability. That said, the winners and losers from inflation aren’t as obvious as one might think. It’s not clear why this should be a Republican cause.

    Perhaps there’s a short-run political gain to playing Chicken Little during a moment in which the extreme elements of his party remain engaged even as most of the public is tuning out politics. But Ryan is an ambitious character, and surely such extremist views will prove to be a liability when the broader public tunes in to the 2016 election campaign.

    The remaining possibility is more frightening. Perhaps Ryan really does believe this stuff. Perhaps the chairman of the House Budget Committee is actually an inflation nutter. Even more scary, perhaps he’s willing to act on his fears.



  33. March 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    A.M.K. A.M.K. Now see what you have done? A stellar post, shining all over the place, just hot after lovelyplains ~ Our Chips might just be getting the idea that she can, oh, take a nice l.o.n.g…. S.e.r.I.o.u.s…. Break, you know, the kind that really FEELS like you can rest? So, way to go, well done, and I just love that pic of PBO, shame on al them sayin’ he can’t dance! the guy has MOVES! 😆 (ps: fully agree with the unanimous not allowing you to leave TOD last year, nice try though!) 😆

  34. March 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it would bypass en banc review of a recent D.C. Circuit Court decision on the president’s authority to make recess appointments to government offices when the Senate is out of town. Instead, the NLRB will seek review directly in the Supreme Court – where, as Lyle notes, “the chances of review seem strong, given the importance of the issue.”

    In a Jan. 25 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said that three appointments Obama made to the NLRB last year were invalid.

    The ruling meant that the NLRB does not have the required quorum to make decisions, casting doubt on its actions and rulings since the appointments were made in January 2012.

    The board’s opening brief to the Supreme Court is due on April 25.




    • 139 Linda
      March 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      I think they will win this….

      Those pro-forma sessions are a sham……Reid did that too.

      • March 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        Isn’t this appeals court ruling one of the excuses the GOP is using to block Cordray from being confirmed for director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (other than that they don’t want this bureau)?

  35. 141 Linda
    March 13, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    WASHINGTON — The maker of the “47 percent” video that dealt a crushing blow to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign attempted to publish the footage on the website Daily Kos, but he said he was banned after uploading 10 snippets of video.

    “There was some pushback from people you wouldn’t expect to push back,” he told The Huffington Post. “To be banned from Daily Kos — I had been a longtime reader. … That was maybe the biggest surprise.”

    His profile is still accessible on Daily Kos, but individual items have been taken down.

    The man said that other Daily Kos community members accused him of posting fake videos and didn’t believe his protestations to the contrary. “They later apologized. Kos chastised the community,” the man said.

    Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas explained in an email to HuffPost that the filmmaker had “posted 6-second clips of audio, without offering any proof or further authentication. The Daily Kos community is hyper-sensitive to people trying to play them for fools, and his claims weren’t borne out by the audio clips he was posting.” (The clips can be found here.)

    Moulitsas added, “Had he posted the full video that eventually came out, things would’ve obviously been different.”

  36. March 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Ok, so I have a new thread ready to go. Since it’s me, it’s an essay. I’ll post once we get a few more comments on this one, and probably crosspost it to The People’s View, all probably in a couple of hours. (Damn my two blog jobs!)

  37. 143 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Michael Grunwald ‏@MikeGrunwald


    Why are DC reporters obsessed with WH tours? Because R’s are talking about them.


    • March 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      I’m getting annoyed with the angle of “depriving children of WH tours” – because any kid I know would be bored touring a building with fancy furniture and paintings. Most kids I know would rather see Ford’s Theater where there was some violent history or look at the cool things in the Smithsonian. I think the kids in the videos are just being coached to look sad and depressed. They don’t really care if they see the WH at that age. 🙄

    • 146 susanne
      March 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      so they don’t have to actually read and consider the budgets and other serious legislative initiatives being handed to them daily. too much work– oh, look! white smoke! anything but reading these bills!

  38. 147 Bill R.
    March 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Did anyone see the ABC interview with Pres. Obama? How was it?

  39. March 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

  40. 153 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

  41. 156 57andfemale
    March 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Oh goodie. White smoke at the Vatican. Now what else can the American press obsess over while they ignore real news?

  42. 157 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

  43. 159 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    This would be so freaking hilarious.

  44. 160 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm

  45. 164 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    This tweet wins. Riffing on the Kanye West Taylor Swift brouhaha.

  46. 169 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

  47. 170 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm

  48. 171 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    March 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

  49. 172 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

  50. March 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    According to a google search on the page, moi was the first with the White Smoke! Any accolades; any, none, zip, zilch, nada? Well off to recharge the batteries on iPad. 😥

  51. 181 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm

  52. 182 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm


    Military tuition assistance snagged by sequestration

    By Steve Benen


    It’s not altogether clear whether the sequester is the only reason for the TA cuts, and the branches may be facing unrelated budget pressures, but the timing certainly suggests there’s a connection — both the Army and the Marines announced the move shortly after the sequestration deadline passed — and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) said one the sequester helped lead to cuts.

    Student Veterans of America’s executive director, Michael Dakduk added, “It is utterly unacceptable that the first casualties of Congress’ inability to act are education benefits for servicemembers.”

    IAVA also noted there are other programs for veterans that help with education costs, but the fact Tuition Assistance is being cut at all is a problem.



  53. 183 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm

  54. 184 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

  55. 185 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm

  56. 188 Ladyhawke
    March 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Fox Liberal Guest Follows Up Tense Exchange By Telling MSNBC: Hannity’s ‘Upset The Economy’s Rebounding’

    by Andrew Kirell


    One day after she battled Sean Hannity over his slamming of President Obama as unemployment numbers fall, frequent Fox liberal guest Caroline Heldman headed on over to MSNBC to tell Al Sharpton that the Fox conservative host is “upset” that the economy is looking up.

    During a tense exchange on Hannity Monday evening, Heldman openly objected to Hannity’s characterization that liberals are putting a “positive spin” on the recently-revealed 7.7% unemployment rate. She eventually mocked him for “suddenly” being concerned with the well-being of the poor and elderly.



  57. 189 tally
    March 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm

  58. March 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Well, well, well. We have seen the white smoke and are anxiously waiting word. Band-check, swiss gaurd-check, new Pontiff-bring him on…

  59. 194 utaustinliberal
    March 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

  60. March 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    One last word to our Chipper for the thread. Great job. Is Obama dancing around the flowers in top photo? Was it LL? Thanks LL.

  61. March 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    AMK! AMK! AMK! Good job! Please forgive me. I was so caught up in the White Smoke.

    • 197 No Child Left Behind
      March 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Me too. Well, Pope Francis I is for the poor, against the homos, and will baptize children of single mothers. Besides that, he is very conservative.

      • March 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        Just read he was Franciscan. Not sure what it means.

        • 199 No Child Left Behind
          March 13, 2013 at 3:58 pm

          and Jesuit.

          All that means more conservatism, the type that benefits men over women if you ask me.

        • 201 No Child Left Behind
          March 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm

          Jesuit = an order of male priests in the Catholic religion
          Franciscan = Catholic priests who follow the teachings and the discipline of St Francis of Assiss

          This resumes the rules: To observe the holy gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, living in obedience without anything of our own, and in chastity. Brother Francis promises obedience and reverence to the Lord Pope Honorius and his canonically elected successors, and to the Roman Church; and the rest of the brothers are obliged to obey Francis and his successors.

  62. 204 Titti
    March 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Amk n LP, thanks and appreciation from this lurker for helping out with this haven and giving Chips some well deserved RnR.

  63. 205 vcprezofan2
    March 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Hey, Amk, I LURVE the way you say ‘bye-bye’! Thanks heaps for your ‘little bit of this, little bit of that’ thread. This TOD village sure has a lot of (PC) untapped talent, and it looks good to see some of it coming into the light. 😉 Well done!

  64. 206 Bill R.
    March 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Just to clarify as a former seminarian and recovering Catholic, the new pope Cardinal Bergoglio is a member of the Jesuit order. The Jesuit order is probably one of the most liberal in the Church both in terms of social justice and cultural issues. He is not Franciscan. He chose the name Francis (which is also my confirmation name) which bodes well if he follows the values of St. Francis of Assisi. My best guess he will be conservative on theological and cultural issues, but very liberal on social justice and standing with the poor and disadvantaged. He sets an example by living in a plain apartment, making his own meals, and takes the bus to work.

    • 207 No Child Left Behind
      March 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Good to know. I hope the Pope will be open to contraception at a minimum. That’s social justice for me.

  65. 208 Nena20409
    March 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    LovelyPlains and Amk…….You two Rock ❗

    Thanks a Billion. 🙂

  66. 209 sjterrid
    March 13, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Great job Amk.

  67. 210 globalcitizenlinda
    March 13, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    thanks AMK for helping out! I trust that you will use your “new powers” wisely

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