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The Wonderful Barack Obama….

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229 Responses to “The Wonderful Barack Obama….”


  1. 5 Asher in Boston
    April 21, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Yes, wonderful he is. Thanks for this afrternoon eye candy, UT. And a thousand thanks for the barefeet PBO.

  2. 6 MightyPamela
    April 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    WTG mariele. Waddle and crump, popping in to say Hi! Y’all!

  3. 7 Nena20409
    April 21, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I could have been a contender.

    I almost made. Wow….Thanks for the new post.

    Congrats MRM112 😉

  4. 8 desertflower
    April 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    That took my breath away:) More of this please:)

  5. April 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    DF, Magapie, and anyone else in the vicinity of the Four Corners area:

    This warms my heart so (not surprising, based on my chosen moniker).

    I LOVE that this desolate, gorgeous part of the USA is not forgotten by our wonderful one-two punch of POTUS/FLOTUS :: VPOTUS/SLOTUS.

    I LOVE that technical colleges continue to be a focus for this administration. The MSM are snobs when it comes to post-high school education; they ignore the fact that the majority of Americans didn’t/won’t attend one of their cherished (mostly Ivy League) universities.

    Here’s a local newspaper article:
    http://www.daily-times.com/farmington-news/ci_23048498/jill-biden-will-deliver-navajo-technical-college-commencement

    • 12 desertflower
      April 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Nice:) What a great speaker to have at their commencement….now I’ll have to look and see where this school is! By the way, I responded to you on the last thread….and sent a link to what the coward said after his vote….parsing words…wishing it would just all go away. We’re NOT going away…but we wish HE would!

      • 13 HZ
        April 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

        Hi desertflower. I think the college is in New Mexico, if not mistaken. I have a close friend who is in law and has a friend who taught a seminar there a few years ago. HZ

        • 14 desertflower
          April 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

          You win, HZ!!! I looked it up:) Main campus in NM, though branches are here in AZ now How are you???

          • 15 kathryn kivett
            April 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm

            Hi, DF….my sister and nieces and nephew are in Tucson as we speak….for a birthday visit….small world from NC to AZ….just hearing the news that Jill Biden is speaking at that tech college warms my sad heart. Brings a smile to my face.

            • 16 desertflower
              April 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm

              Hope they like warm weather:) 90’s this week…..beautiful outside though. Great time to visit.

            • 17 kasai
              April 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm

              I am happy you’re smiling Kathryin:-) cause I am smiling with you…Didn’t want to leave you sad…We will make it through “Together”
              (hugs)

          • 18 HZ
            April 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm

            Great my beautiful DF. You are always on your game, and I love you so much for that. But the name rang a bell and I sent a text to the close friend and he said that was the one where he gave the seminar. Dr. Jill will be so welcomed, my friend said. We will be encouraged, our President and his Administration keep their word.

            I am doing fine today. I have so much to be so grateful. I stayed in the bed, walked around in the house(up and down) to get some excerise, prayed a lot, I mean a lot, and believed in what I asked for, so I am going to continue to encourage that core that has been given to me.

            We have to keep our bodies, minds, and spirits to be able to go to battle for our President; so I just keep my heart open for more and more goodnesss to flow in. I have my moments, but who does not.

            I just have to find ways to bring forth my judicial systems of my life to perform to their fullest on issues that try to enter my life daily. But they do not realize that the judicial community of my soul are ready to hit the bench and hand down the judgement on them with a fair and a force of great precision.

            I try to live with the best of judges in my life who are on their game, full of knowledge on each case in
            my life and let their gavels come down when I need the verdicts on the enemies who try to stop this old body with unfair germs that daily try to invade my body. However, I find praise is my weapon to get these
            tall suckers to fall and be gone. Then I get up and start over. So I am pressing on with much praise, because surely I have to be ready.HZ

            Thanks my love for asking. (((( You keep rested, my love)))))HZ

            • 19 MightyPamela
              April 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm

              {{{{{{{{{{HZ}}}}}}}}}

            • 21 desertflower
              April 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm

              I JUST saw this, HZ! Been napping off and on today…just resting and being lazy for a change. It’s lovely sometimes:) You are an angel and I just want you to know that you are always thought of and loved. I hope that we’ll be able to see this commencement online somewhere. I’m certain Dr. Jill will feel the love there and she will give it right back. So glad that this is happening for them

      • April 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm

        Thank you for your reply.

        I’m mystified that Jeff Flake has turned himself inside-out to become a tea-party darling after his former COLLEAGUE suffered such horrendous injury and some constituents of his would be alive today if the assault weapon ban hadn’t been allowed to expire.

        I understand second amendment lovers (my father had a rifle/shotgun [don’t know the difference myself]) but how can ANYONE justify voting against limiting magazine capacity?

        I still remember that 60 Minutes segment where the presenter (Morley Safer?) basically said that Flake was the perfect Congressman.

        BTW, Crownpoint NM is fairly close to Gallup NM.

        • 24 desertflower
          April 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm

          Perfect congressman MY DYING ASS! Perfect for whom?? Certainly not people. Contrary to what people who like for you to believe about Flake…he is no moderate and has always been a TP kinda guy as far as I’m concerned. Carmona would have been a much better representative of AZ….but he had a “D” behind his name….

    • 25 mtmarilyn
      April 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Arapaho415, this is so wonderful to hear. I have been to that area many times in my teens. We use to drive from Kansas to Rough Rock, we help build a school and some homes. Thank was many years ago. I love the area.

      Thank you for sending me all the info about those spineless Senators who voted no. I haven’t contacted Baucus’s local office yet. I am trying to figure out my best strategy. We are caught with do we get Baucus again or a real Repub teabagger. We are such a purple state. I do knw I want them to take me off their email list. I am still so angry. I will let you know what happens.

  6. April 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    This is totally off subject, but I need some pity. I’ve been on a four-day detox, eating the nastiest food on earth, waking with a headache because I couldn’t have coffee and itching like a junkie probably because I needed sugar. It’s the last day. Took my grandsons to a festival. A vendor put a box of hot buttered popcorn in my hand and I was halfway through the box before I remembered my detox regimen. All for naught. Boo hoo!!

    • 28 theo67
      April 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      You have my absolute sympathy! I did a detox a few months ago. You probably did get some benefit from the four days you completed, despite the popcorn today. Congratulations on getting through 99% of the detox!

      • April 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm

        Thanks, theo. That makes me feel better. A friend just suggested I start over. I’d rather get a whipping with a wet towel. 🙂

        • 30 theo67
          April 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm

          I don’t think you should start over. I think that you need a few weeks between detox sessions – but you should drink a ton of water to flush some of that butter out of your system after such a strict diet for a bit.

    • 31 desertflower
      April 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      I’d rather stick needles in my eyes. Kudos to you for putting yourself through that:)

    • 36 MightyPamela
      April 21, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Oh! FayPax! All is NOT NAUGHT! you will have to make amends but your effort was a good one, you would have been seeing the excellent payback shortly. Be kind to yourself, you can make it up. There are worse things than buttered popcorn to interfere…. Especially the sugar! Once we witness for ourselves how much better we feel, and how much puffiness we LOSE and fast, without sugar, not to mention the release from the pain sugars cause, it gets much easier to not put it into our bodies! I promise! Now, you get back to that detox program and stay there until you have the results you want! Okay?! {{{{{FayPax}}}}}

      • 37 HZ
        April 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm

        Great comment to FayPax. I admire you and hope that you will not beat yourself up but try as you can on the difficult work that you have already done. Now relax and be kind and not allow that old “Jealous Discourager” to take charge after you have accomplish so much. Drink lots of water even if you have to put some squeeze fresh lime jucie or lemon and put it in a pretty glass and sip like you are the most lovely one in the room.

        FayPax, have you read the book, ” Salt, Sugar,Fat?” You might want to put this one on your summer reading list. I found it to be very enlightening. Because of my heart and colon conditions, I have a very expensive and high fresh organic vegetables and fruits liquid diets now, and I find that I do crave a little sweets, but my brother is working on trying to find something for me that I can eat just a little of when the craving hits me. I love gelato, so he bought me two so I am looking forward to start making my desserts again to help me with my sugar intake. I was just raised to have dessert after my dinner. It is in the DNA.

        I will think good thoughts for you when I am eating my special treats. Decide which ones work for you and eat them in small amounts and enjoy them. ((((( Much Tasty Goodness to you, FayPax))))))HZ

        • April 22, 2013 at 3:05 am

          Hi HZ. I just received the book about a week ago, but haven’t cracked the cover yet. I used to do a detox program with ease, but hadn’t done one in many years. This was hard! As I told Pamela, I will continue with some adjustments. Six weeks with a bunch of little ones left me exhausted, so I needed to recharge. I’ll get it done. Thanks for the encouragement.

      • April 22, 2013 at 2:51 am

        Thanks MightyPamela. I was so proud of myself. I’d made breakfast that morning…waffles from scratch and fresh strawberries and wasn’t even tempted, so I was feeling pretty good about myself. I’ll continue, but with some adjustments so it isn’t quite so distasteful. 🙂

  7. 40 desertflower
    April 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Summer reading list book… http://thenewpress.com/index.php?option=com_title&task=view_title&metaproductid=1873

    The Last Gun
    How Changes in the Gun Industry Are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It

    TOM DIAZ

    Advance praise for The Last Gun:

    “Through a gripping narrative that combines plenty of factual data with compelling storytelling, Diaz makes the convincing case that the gun industry is knowingly trading American lives for profits. . . . Never one to pull his punches, he methodically identifies the gun industry’s enablers, including politicians, lobbyists, and members of the media. After the tragedy of Newtown, if you are going to read one book to understand the current political fight in Washington, this is it.”
    —Joshua Horwitz, executive director, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

    • 41 desertflower
      April 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      And this one (in paperback)

      http://thenewpress.com/index.php?option=com_title&task=view_title&metaproductid=1147

      Making a Killing
      The Business Of Guns in America

      TOM DIAZ

      Meticulously researched [and] powerful.
      — Business Week
      The gun industry is the last unregulated manufacturer of a consumer product in America, with a level of secrecy that makes the tobacco industry look like a model of transparency. Making a Killing blows away the smoke and offers a provocative new analysis of gun violence in our society. Tom Diaz argues that despite endless rhetoric about the right to bear arms, the real story behind the epidemic gun violence in America is the systematic increase in lethality by manufacturers. Diaz shows how over the last two decades the gun industry has sought to reverse declining profits by dramatically increasing the killing power of its products; designed and distributed guns with more ammunition and greater concealability; and aggressively sought to build a wider market by collaborating with the “gun press” and by targeting women and minorities as vital new consumers. Making a Killing goes in depth to explore the fascinating but little known business side of this $1.4-billion-a-year industry, revealing the inner workings of what one executive described as “a little money-making machine.” Finally, it outlines a series of practical regulations that would help clean up the mess.

      Tom Diaz is a senior policy analyst at the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., a not-for-profit, educational foundation working to enhance gun control in America.

  8. 42 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    My President could be a model. That is all!

  9. 45 prettyfoot58
    April 21, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    THE SHIRT……(((BIG SMILE))

    • 46 HZ
      April 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Prettyfoot58, how are you? I must confess I need the naughty mat after looking at that one again. However, I said,” Oh, how blessed is our FLOTUS!!!” Look at that man in that shirt. Lawdy, Lawdy, please have mercy.

      We have that shirt forever in our minds, but it is truly the heart that is covered by that beautiful shirt, and the shirt that house a beautiful core of our President. That makes it even better. HZ

  10. 48 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    • 49 desertflower
      April 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      good one, Alycee! Don’t forget the hand is always out for the $$$ after they have these “small govt events”….they want the benefits of what we all pay for without actually paying. How convenient.

    • April 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    • 51 a4alice
      April 21, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      oh AMEN Alycee. RT’ing this gem!

  11. 52 Nena20409
    April 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    FROM AP: Thousands run in NYC, elsewhere to support Boston

    What a beautiful thing that many have done and are doing to help out those hurting in Boston.

  12. 53 Nena20409
    April 21, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    POTUS has a Million Dollar 😉 smile.

    Nothing Fake about the POTUS.

    • 54 HZ
      April 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Not a thing, We are truly bless to have him as our President of these United States. I always remember his grandmother when he smiles. “Keep smiling, Mr. President. You give us joy when we see those smiles.”

  13. 55 kathryn kivett
    April 21, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    OK…I have to say this…..one of my major fears is this Boston bombing is going to set the gun safety legislation WAY BACK…..I can just hear it now….those people in their houses needed guns to protect themselves from terrorist…..l9 yr old got gun legally so background checks would not have stopped them killing officers…..and so on and so on……I am very worried about this….

    • 56 dotster3
      April 21, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      This AP story reports neither had gun permits. Surprise, surprise. More details emerging also—-brothers did not release the carjack victim—-he escaped when they stopped at a convenience store. What in the world were they getting in the midst of all that——a big gulp? Also see at Boston Globe—-younger bro killed older bro when he ran over him and dragged him under the carjacked Mercedes. Older bro was alive before that, police had him down and were in the midst of cuffing him when younger bro roared toward them.

      http://bigstory.ap.org/article/mass-police-bomb-suspects-didnt-have-gun-permit

      • April 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm

        For two people out to do some real nasty stuff to a lot of people, these two did not seem to know what they were doing beyond placing the bomb in the crowd. That’s why I find it hard to believe they are connected to any organized group. But again, we will wait for the authorities to give us all the information.

        • 58 dotster3
          April 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm

          The only thing I’ve heard to dispute that was that one counter-terrorism guy said the triggers on their bombs were sophisticated, nothing you could find out by the google. But yes, will need to wait for all the info to come out, constantly changing.

      • 59 anniebella
        April 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        dotster3, Maybe younger brother ain’t the sweet innocent brother that some have tried to portray him as. Some had been pushing that younger brother was under older brother spell. Was he?

        • 60 Lovepolitics2008
          April 21, 2013 at 6:32 pm

          Maybe he was in a panic, saw a lot of policemen and “charged” against them. But he didn’t know those policemen were in the process of arresting the older brother, who was laying on the ground. It was pretty dark. Who knows ?

          There will be police reports, a trial and everything. We’ll eventually understand what happened.

          • 61 anniebella
            April 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm

            I know I don’t know, I was just wondering. Was baby brother as innocent as people are trying to make him out to be? Just wondering.

      • 62 Lovepolitics2008
        April 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        If those guys bought the guns at a gun show or on the Internet, this could REVIVE the gun safety legislation.

        But Immigration reform has just taken a BIG blow.

      • 63 kathryn kivett
        April 21, 2013 at 6:26 pm

        Well there’s that, at least they can’t say they got guns legally….I’m just being a worry wort today…..need an attitude adjustment.

      • April 21, 2013 at 6:40 pm

        Didn’t know that he killed his brother. Wow.

    • April 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      Did I read the story wrong? I thought the story said they did not have permits. That 19 year old would not have been old enough to get gun. I think in Mass it is 20 or 21.

      Lastly, I think this paints the gun lobby poorly, on the contrary. The good guy had a gun and he still got killed by the bad guy without a permit, if one is to follow LaPierre’s warped logic.

  14. 66 carolyn
    April 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    So happy to hear about Dr. Jill Biden’s going to this college for commencement. It has been great to watch her advocacy of community and technical colleges. These are radically important.
    This weekend was grandchildren’s weekend. Last weekend Emily had strep, so of course we didn’t go. So lovely to be with son, wife and grandkids. They have bought a new (to them) house, which they will be moving into in 3 weeks. We got to see it, and are thrilled for them.
    Thank you ut for this thread. I love this.

    • April 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm

      Couldn’t agree with you more about technical schools, training.

      This country wouldn’t be able to function if everyone aspired to be a desk jockey (e.g., most of the MSM and pundits).

      BTW, when I think of Oklahoma, the first thing that comes to my mind is Tony Hillerman, who wrote such humane, educational and vivid thrillers about the Four Corners area.

      Loved his novels and how they weaved together the Native American experience (including relocation to Los Angeles after WWII) with the realities of life in the southwest (uranium, drug smuggling, artifact theft, etc.).

      Was truly saddened when we lost him to cancer a few years ago.

  15. April 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Always liked Reese Witherspoon.

    The most amazing part of this article is that her husband was driving a Ford Focus (!!!) when they were arrested.

    http://variety.com/2013/biz/news/reese-witherspoon-arrested-dui-husband-jim-toth-atlanta-1200401299/

    • 69 Jessica
      April 21, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      I don’t like that she pulled the “do you know who I am card.”

      • April 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

        No doubt both she and her husband had been drinking, and people often say things they regret after they’ve had a few.

        Certainly not to the level of Mel Gibson’s drunken tirades (*shudder*)

        Reese probably has never been in a situation where her driver (husband) was being arrested. And then what? She’s in town filming a movie, gotta to figure out who to call, etc.

        Not excusing her, but from her perspective, can she why she might have panicked a bit.

      • 71 theo67
        April 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm

        I wonder if either of them considered the identities of any of the people they might have injured or killed while driving under the influence. In the grand scheme of things, Reese Witherspoon’s identity means very little to anyone else other than herself, compared to someone who might have lost their life or loved one as a result of her husband’s irresponsibility..

  16. 72 dotster3
    April 21, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I see the Boston mayor said today that we may never be able to question the suspect. I wonder if he means that he won’t ever be able to speak—-mouth shot up, tongue and throat damaged, possibly from a suicide shot—–but would be able to eventually answer questions by computer etc.—–or if there is more damage than has been reported. I notice some media is now reporting him critical but stable instead of serious but stable.

  17. April 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    President Barack Obama-True Colors

  18. April 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I have to confess that the very topmost photo of POTUS on the GQ cover is pretty much as I saw him in our last close-up hug encounter on April 20,2011 —- i.e., lots of detail but a very big heartfelt smile dominating the whole experience, throwing his head back in unconscious laughter the way he does when he’s relaxed and always being fully committed to the present in every situation. He is a tremendously calming influence but full of HUGE energy, if you get what I mean. He will always persevere, full of strength and class.

  19. 81 dotster3
    April 21, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Even tho I just got the opposite impression by the 60 Minutes interview with Boston police chief, there’s this news, an answer to one of my questions

  20. 83 dotster3
    April 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    • April 21, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Thank You, Dotster, for restoring sanity here.

      I absolutely HATE it when my twitter feed is filled with journalists tweeting when POTUS’s approval level dips, as if that matters to anyone but themselves (they’re the ones paid to analyze how the question was asked in context with other questions — sequence has a lot to do with how people respond, i.e., “chain of thought).

      POTUS is playing the long game and every week seems to have another unforeseen obstacle thrown in his way.

      I hope the GOP is CRUSHED in 2014 and allows POTUS to use the last 2 years of his term delivering on promises made from his progressive (and empathetic) heart.

  21. 85 Jovie
    April 21, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Piers Morgan ‏@piersmorgan
    BREAKING: #Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is awake, and responding to law enforcement questions. #CNN

  22. 91 anniebella
    April 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I saw were Diane Sawyer suppose to have a interview with G.W. and Laura Bush. I have no plans to watch it. I am just so sorry our President Obama and First Lady Obama have to be in the company of those Republicans when G.W. library is open.

    • April 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      AGREED. POTUS and FLOTUS are gracious beyond measure but I’m sorry they have to be there at the library opening. They have so many better and honorable things to do.

      W is the WORST PRESIDENT EVER.

  23. April 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Sorry if this has already been covered but I have to express my extreme disgust and outrage at the possibility that the Koch Bros are buying the Tribune enterprise, which means they will own the LAT. They’re angling to control our news and I can’t stand the thought of this. HELP.

    • 95 dotster3
      April 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      I am also in a panic about this. Trib has greatly improved from its conservative history, and I depend on it a lot. I just can’t see an ultra rt. wing rag in Democratic Chicago and LA. Orlando Sentinel is in the deal also—-can’t remember the 3 others. Horrifying. They can buy up a big chunk of all the media, control the entire message—–ugliness. I see there is a Dem contingent in the running—-Ron Burkle etc.—–but read that Koch Bros. offer was the “most attractive”. Help! is right!

    • 96 Vicki
      April 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      I share your despair about this Meta, but the only actual change will be in how upfront the Koch $$$ and influence will be.
      They have been controlling the news we get from behind the scenes for a long time.
      Appears that there is a “Who owns the Media?” competition between Rupert Murdoch, Mike Bloomberg and now the Kochs.

      Even papers not outwardly owned by any of those villians still are RW controled.
      What else could explain Maureen Dowd holding onto her job at the NYTimes?

    • 98 MightyPamela
      April 21, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Don’t buy them anymore. Newspapers are a fading arena for news delivery… All f them are struggling against the webz and social media.

  24. 99 dotster3
    April 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    This is sweet. I like people who write thank you notes, and this was for a very big thank you.

  25. 102 desertflower
    April 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Click to access justifiable.pdf

    The reality of self-defense gun use bears no resemblance to the exaggerated claims of the gun lobby and gun industry. The number of
    justifiable homicides that occur in our nation each year pale in comparison to criminal homicides, let alone gun suicides and fatal
    unintentional shootings. And contrary to the common stereotype promulgated by the gun lobby,
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    those killed in justifiable homicide
    incidents don’t always fit the expected profile of an attack by a stranger: in 35.7 percent of the justifiable homicides that occurred in
    2010 the persons shot were known to the shooter.
    The devastation guns inflict on our nation each and every year is clear: nearly 32,000 dead, more than 73,000 wounded, and an untold
    number of lives and communities shattered. Unexamined claims of the efficacy and frequency of the self-defense use of firearms are
    the default rationale offered by the gun lobby and gun industry for this unceasing, bloody toll. The idea that firearms are frequently
    used in self-defense is the primary argument that the gun lobby and firearms industry use to expand the carrying of firearms into an
    ever-increasing number of public spaces and even to prevent the regulation of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons and highcapacity ammunition magazines. Yet this argument is hollow and the assertions false. When analyzing the most reliable data
    available, what is most striking is that in a nation of more than 300 million guns, how rarely firearms are used in self-defense.
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  26. 103 desertflower
    April 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/lol-of-the-week-texas-explosion-illuminates-the-glaring-hypocrisy-of-rick-perry-and-ted-cruz/

    Both Rick Perry and Ted Cruz fiercely oppose “big government” — except in cases when it may cost them votes. And this leads to the darkest part of both Perry’s and Cruz’s hypocrisy in attacking federal government overreach.

    Cruz has falsely accused the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of “trying to use a lizard to shut down oil and gas production.” Perry has built his career on attacking the EPA. If God wanted us to protect the environment, why would he have created Republicans?

    We’re not sure how many of Texas’ recent disasters were caused by climate change, but it’s certainly making the state a tinder box.

    The government that deals best with disasters is the one that avoids them.

    Sources say the plant that exploded was last inspected by OSHA in 1985, when it received a $30 fine for storing ammonia. A plant in Texas can expect to be inspected every 126 years, even worse than the appalling national average of 99 years.

    For most of the last two decades, Texas has elected nothing but Republicans who want to get government out of the disaster-prevention business in statewide votes. And it’s often done so in a highly undemocratic manner. In the last two presidential elections, Texas has been 48th and 47th out of 50 states in voter turnout.

    If turnout improves dramatically, voters in Texas could take a major step to improving their own well-being by sending disasters like Perry and Cruz back to the private sector.

    • 104 pkayden
      April 21, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Yes, they hate “big government” except when they need the federal government’s assistance. Perry has already asked for federal funding for the fertilizer plant explosion.

      Would be nice if Texans voted them out, but Texas is such a red state that I am not optimistic. (Although it’s getting bluer).

  27. April 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Ok, I’m coming out of lurkdom to say–that shirt!! Wow!

  28. April 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    • 112 jacquelineoboomer
      April 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      • 113 desertflower
        April 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

        That doesn’t even make any sense. Did he miss the fact that PBO was in a Boston church this past week? I consider that a PUBLIC APPEARANCE!

        • 114 jacquelineoboomer
          April 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

          He forgets that President Obama has an office that’s oval where people come to him, and it’s not all before the cameras and certainly not all before the mad-dog press. And he uses some new-fangled invention called the telephone to call world leaders, and other new-fangled inventions where they can look at each other while they speak, transcripts of which are not always issued to the public/press for reasons my cat could figure out, if I had a cat.

          And every time a member of the Obama administration is doing something public or for the press, it’s under the oversight and direction of the wonderful President Obama.

          We all know it wouldn’t matter what President Obama does – fools like Knoller will dissect it, and think it’s his “job” to do that. Because Knoller’s brain can’t stretch any more than he’s already stretched it, apparently.

          And now I shall slide back into my good mood, which I had before I spotted the name “Mark Knoller,” which, for some reason, gets me quite annoyed. 🙂

      • 115 Lovepolitics2008
        April 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        I think Knoller means that President Obama makes A TON of public appearances. He said “Only” 101 days without a public appearance. I see his tweet as either neutral or a subtle criticism of President Obama’ s OVERexposition.

    • 118 anniebella
      April 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Maybe Knoller miss seeing POTUS.

    • 119 Nena20409
      April 21, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Hey Mark Knoller, Pres Obama is not POTUS to entertain your fluffiness. You were at the WH during GW Bush years, pray tell, were you this foolishly obsessive about GW Bush as you seem to be now about pres Obama? I seriously doubt it.

    • 120 isonprize
      April 21, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      So aloof, that guy. 😀 😀

  29. 121 jacquelineoboomer
    April 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    The rain!

    The toes!

    I mean, good evening, TOD.

  30. 122 globalcitizenlinda
    April 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    a discussion above about the suspected Boston Marathon bombers included a report I heard that younger brother run over older brother as he was making his escape from the overnight shoot-out scene.

    per reports young brother escaped the scene when he charged at the police by racing the Mercedes SUV at about 70 miles per hour.

    here is 2 tidbits that I found that appears to reinforce that police story (also repeated by a few people who were watching the gun-fight) about the method of escape:

    (1) a local mechanic in Cambridge interviewed by NBC said he knows young brother very well because he routinely brought his cars to him for repair – just like other college students. In fact, he claims that as late as last week, young brother brought in a Mercedes for him to repair and he claimed that the car belonged to his (young bro’s) girlfriend. Mechanic claimed that the Tuesday after the bombing, young bro came in and was acting very agitated (unlike his usual calm and friendly demeanor) and demanded the Mercedes back. When Mechanic told him that he had already removed the bumper and was just about to start working on the car, young bro insisted that he has to take back the car because his girlfriend wants it immediately.

    (2) the day the two brothers were identified, a lady was interviewed by NPR. She claimed to be the one who organized & hosted in her house, a prom for her son and his friends among who was this young brother (suspect 2). she had a very glowing account about the kid as very well behaved and funny. However, she also said that when her son had called to tell her that young bro was suspect number 2, the lady’s son had reminded her that remember that this was “the one kid who raced the car very fast down a narrow & crowded residential street on that prom night. one could say that young brother could handle a car very well

  31. 123 Jovie
    April 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm

  32. 126 desertflower
    April 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    HA! Put this in the “Are You Effing Kidding Me!!!” pile….

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/04/21/bush_museum_lets_you_decide.html

    Bush Museum Lets You Decide
    New York Times: “In a new brick-and-limestone museum, visitors to an interactive theater will be presented with the stark choices that confronted the nation’s 43rd president: invade Iraq or leave Saddam Hussein in power? Deploy federal troops after Hurricane Katrina or rely on local forces? Bail out Wall Street or let the banks fail?”

    “The hypothetical exercise, which includes touch screens that let users watch videos of ‘advisers’ before voting on whether they would make the same choices that Mr. Bush did, revisits the most consequential moments of his administration. In the process, the country is being asked to re-evaluate the two-term president who presided over some of the most tumultuous years in the nation’s history.”

    • 127 desertflower
      April 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      And a great response:

      chisholm • 11 hours ago −
      How grossly disingenuous. The choices should be:

      Get my father to get me into the Champagne Unit of the National Guards past hundreds of other young men on the list so as to avoid military service, or actually serve in Vietnam?

      Cavalierly ignore profound warnings leading up to 9/11, or act on them?

      Fly all members of Bin Laden family out of the country on tax-payer-funded jets the day after 9/11, or hold them for questioning?

      Lie about WMD to justify an unnecessary war, or tell the truth?

      Stonewall 9/11 commission, or give it full, timely license to investigate my administration’s activities?

      Use terrorism to justify a tax cut for the rich, thus taking a surplus and turning it into the largest deficits in American history, hobbling the nation for years and years and years to come, or not?

      Say “bring it on” regarding Iraqi insurgents, knowing full well that I’m snuggly-wuggly in the White House, thousands of miles away from any bullets they might actually bring, that will end up killing American soldiers, or keep my pathetic Chicken Hawk mouth shut?

      Appoint a disgraced, velvet-knicker-wearing horse trainer to FEMA, or appoint someone who actually knows what the f*ck they’re doing during an emergency that results in dead people?

      Ascribe to disgraced supply-side economic policy and send the economy deeper into the sh!tter than it’s ever been before, or leave in place the policies of the greatest stretch of prosperity in our history?

      • 128 globalcitizenlinda
        April 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm

        lost of issues raised in that response

      • 129 amk for obama
        April 21, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        typical of darth dubya regime – just make up stuff with smokes and mirror with a real vile agenda is on on the backstage.

        their attempt to polish the turd may appeal to his 27% base but not to the rest.

    • 130 Lovepolitics2008
      April 21, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Anybody surprised that the Presidential Library of the worst president of the last decades would be the worst Presidential Library ever ? An institution devoted to political spinning and stupidity ?

      • 131 anniebella
        April 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        What lie will be in G.W.’s library about Iraq?

        • 132 jacquelineoboomer
          April 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm

          Who would go to Dubya’s library? Even the RNC tries to pretend he didn’t exist. Of course, I guess there were enough contributions to build it, but I’ll never understand why.

    • 133 theo67
      April 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      They have to be kidding!

    • April 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    • April 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      OMG, just a complete embarrassment through and through, not to mention the utter arrogance. These people are DESPICABLE. Everything they do lacks intelligence and class. They have no scruples, only trying to save their face!

  33. 140 vitaminlover
    April 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Fanning self! Whooooo that man is soooooo handsome!! never looks bad!

  34. 142 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Jovie posted upthread – so I’m just reposting from ABC here

  35. April 21, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    24 point headline on BBC.

    Boston bombs: Tsarnaev brothers ‘planned more attacks’

    Buried inside. It’s just a personal belief of the police commissioner.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22240327

    Why this scare mongering by the police?

    • 149 yardarm756
      April 21, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      It’s part of an American tradition. Creating a climate that will insure job security. Police and Fire Dept’s are furloughing people all over the country but I bet not in Boston.

  36. 150 anniebella
    April 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I look at that picture of that Tsanaev guy and he is so pale white. I can’t believe John King said something about him being dark skin.

  37. April 21, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    To Kathryn Kivett, Dotster, LovePolitics2008, et. al., upthread, re Boston bombers’ guns:

    It looks like the Boston Globe will reinstate their paywall tomorrow. 😦
    http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/02/04/gun-crimes-increase-massachusetts-despite-tough-gun-laws/HLXk8k1G0TiyNFJxmilzqL/story.html

    Gun safety legislation must not die, especially in the hands of the cynical Jeff Flake and his like (see previous thread). Arizona needs to SHAME him into explaining his vote, and can start with the President’s speech that he made Wednesday after the shameful Senate vote.

  38. 159 Jovie
    April 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm

  39. 161 anniebella
    April 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    The 46 cowards in the Senate who voted No last week on background checks don’t care where Tsarnaev got his guns from.

    • 162 Nena20409
      April 21, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      45. Reid’s vote for Naye was a procedural tactic…..that would allow him to reintroduce the bill at a later day.

      • 163 anniebella
        April 21, 2013 at 10:30 pm

        Okay 45.

      • 164 nathkatun7
        April 21, 2013 at 11:59 pm

        Thanks Nena for pointing this out! I’ve seen so many of these so called reputable journalists repeat this 46 number without context. Here are numbers I wish could go viral: 93% of Senate Democrats voted to require background checks of people buying guns; whereas, 91% of Republican Senators voted against requiring background checks for people buying guns. And, the majority of Senators–55– voted to require background checks, whereas the minority –45– voted against requiring back ground checks. Bottom line: the bill was not defeated the majority of Senators voted against it; rather, it was successfully filibustered by the minority.

  40. April 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Also this, for those TPers wanting to send the Boston bomber suspect to Gitmo:

  41. 166 Jovie
    April 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    The Massachusetts State Police on Sunday released new video showing the final moments of Friday night’s standoff with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, before he was taken into custody.

    The three-minute long video, which shows images captured with thermal imaging technology, shows Mr. Tsarnaev hiding under a plastic cover in a boat in at a residence in Watertown, Mass., and, later, a robotic arm attached to a vehicle being used to pull the tarp back.

    There is also what appears to be an explosion. Police said they used several “flash-bang” grenades, non-lethal explosive devices used to temporarily disorient the suspect.

    After a neighbor reported that a bloody man was hiding in his boat, the police swarmed to the scene and Mr. Tsarnaev initially exchanged gunfire with the police, according to law enforcement officials.

    An F.B.I. hostage negotiator, who kept his distance, communicating from the second floor of the nearby home, began talking to Mr. Tsarnaev and eventually convinced him to surrender, according to the Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau.

    http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/police-release-thermal-imaging-video-of-suspects-capture/?hp

  42. 167 Jovie
    April 21, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Tamerlan was angry the US didn’t let him identify himself as a American in the Olympics. Thus he wanted revenge.

    IMO!

  43. 176 desertflower
    April 21, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    was this already posted??

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/police-boston-bombing-suspects-didnt-have-gun-permits.php

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police official say the brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon before having shootouts with authorities didn’t have gun permits.

    Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas tells The Associated Press in an interview Sunday that neither Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) nor his brother Dzhokhar had permission to carry firearms.

    He says it’s unclear whether either ever applied and the applications aren’t considered public records.

    But he says the 19-year-old Dzhokhar (joh-KHAR’) would have been denied a permit because of his age. Only people 21 or older are allowed gun licenses in Massachusetts.

    Someone earlier was worried that the gun debate would change now in favor of people wanting guns. I think not.

    • 177 desertflower
      April 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      To MY way of thinking, this incident just confirms what we already thought. WE NEED BACKGROUND CHECKS and questions when people want to buy things that are used in bomb making materials…..and no assault weapons and huge magazines….

      • April 21, 2013 at 10:15 pm

        • 179 desertflower
          April 21, 2013 at 10:21 pm

          I figured you’d agree:) We’re on the same page. For sure!

        • 180 desertflower
          April 21, 2013 at 10:24 pm

          Did you happen to see the books I posted for my summer reading @37 and @38?? Looks like required reading. Maybe I’ll send copies to Jeff Flake so he can’t claim ignorance about guns and the faux 2nd Amendment bs

        • 183 Nena20409
          April 21, 2013 at 10:30 pm

          One a Citizen and another not a citizen…..yet as that Video from an Al Qaeda tape said…..What are we waiting for……telling those who would like to do Us harm that USA has lax gun laws and they should go and get guns and go to work?

          If this unfortunate horrific attack doesn’t help the 90% make our case for Gun Safety background checks…….I pity the fools in DC.

      • 184 nathkatun7
        April 22, 2013 at 12:24 am

        I agree with you desertflower! I think the person or persons who sold, or gave, guns to these two young men who were not permitted to carry guns must be identified and prosecuted as accessory to the murder of the MIT security policeman and the assault on other law enforcement officials. I would also like to know where these young men got the money to amass the weapons that they used to terrorize Boston. To me, these two factors are more important than knowing the country of their origin, their religious beliefs, their ideology, or their race.

  44. April 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm

  45. 186 Nena20409
    April 21, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Those Who tweet can Use this ad by Mayor Bloomberg’s Team

  46. 207 hopefruit2
    April 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    We need Jeffrey Toobin’s analysis like a dog needs milk and chocolate cookies.

  47. 212 Nena20409
    April 21, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Still The Night

    White Snake…….I just need to keep people up…..One of my favorite bands.

    • 214 nathkatun7
      April 22, 2013 at 12:37 am

      It’s a great toon, but I wish it had highlighted Republican Senators and not just the Senate! The majority of Senate Democrats voted to expand background checks for people buying guns.

  48. 216 Nena20409
    April 21, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Mexico Earthquake 2013: Magnitude 5.9 Temblor Strikes Western Mexico.

    In the last many days…..In Japan 2 weeks or more ago, In China just days ago and now Mexico.

    Last week, OK too…..but I believe that one was fracking related quakes.

  49. April 21, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Hey TOD friends!! Did heavy farming opeartions today on my….wait for it……prepare…. 10′ X 50′ garden patch! Somehow it took me all day and I just about killed myself doing it. Old? Naw. Maybe.

    Quick shout out to Arapaho415 for remembering I’m in NM and the mention above. I can’t make it to see 2ndLOTUS, but she’s awesome. Such a kind presences.

    Monday!!!! (F**K.)

  50. April 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm

  51. April 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Time to prepare some dinner …. bbl friends …

    #FORWARD Together

  52. 228 Nena20409
    April 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Well TOD Night Owls……

    Until Tomorrow 😉


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