This and That

President Obama & the First Lady backstage in the Green Room before today’s Joining Forces event. Photo by Pete Souza



Michael Tomasky: Well, we learned something new about what’s going on in wingnut land. Apparently, you see, there are four–no; make that at least four!–diplomatic officials who are in possession of vital information about Benghazi: the department’s (er, Hillary’s) refusal to increase security in the months before the attack; the diplo security forces (er, Hillary’s) failure to respond to the attack in the most forceful way; and finally, the administration’s (er, Hillary’s) cover-up and lies in the aftermath.

Ed Henry asked about this right off the bat, injecting a dose of Breitbartism into the proceedings. Like everyone else in America who tries not to patronize the fever swamps, I went “huh?” Then I Googled it and got this Fox News piece laying out the whole vast conspiracy:

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Here’s the press conference again:



That ‘Honest, I’m trying *reeeeeeally* hard to take you seriously’ look





Diversity, WHPC-style. Incredible







WH: Two years ago, President Obama announced a challenge to the private sector to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans or their spouses by the end of 2013.

Today, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden all participated in a Joining Forces Employment event at the White House.

President Obama set a goal of asking the private sector to hire or train 100,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013.

Today, the First Lady announced that America’s businesses nearly tripled the goal set by President Obama and did so eight months early. The private sector has already hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses.

The First Lady also announced that American companies have committed to hire or train another 435,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

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Washington Post: When President Obama delivered some self-deprecating stand-up comedy at the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner on Saturday, he was clearly speaking to fellow Americans. He joked about U.S. media personalities and U.S. pop culture. He made offhand references to minor political controversies and network television ratings.

It was not the kind of speech that you, or Obama himself, would likely expect to become a hit in China. But, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Josh Chin, that’s exactly what has happened, with the speech attracting wide and largely positive attention on the Chinese Web. A video of the speech, appended with Chinese subtitles, has attracted an astounding 25 million views on the Web site Youku.

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TPM: The daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School principal and shooting victim Dawn Hochsprung confronted Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) over her vote against expanding gun background checks at a town hall in Warren, N.H. on Tuesday.

“You had mentioned that day you voted, owners of gun stores that the expanded background checks would harm,” Erica Lafferty said, according to NBC News. “I am just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the halls of her elementary school isn’t more important than that.”

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Steve Benen: McConnell’s ‘viral’ sensation (literally) comes at a price …. I had a little fun last week, briefly mocking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s new campaign video …. It did not occur to me at the time to appreciate its total number of views, which, as it turns out, is far more interesting than the video itself.

According to YouTube, this video was posted by McConnell’s campaign team on Thursday morning, and by mid-day Friday, it had 651,021 views. Just 16 minutes later, it had 1,036,039 views…..

To borrow a word, I’m calling bullpucky. There’s just no way this is legit. There are plenty of companies folks can pay to increase their YouTube views total artificially, and I have a strong hunch Team McConnell wrote a nice check and bought 1 million hits to their silly video.

Which, if true, is kind of a sad move for a Senate Minority Leader to have to resort to….

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Donna spotted this under the post at Steve Benen’s blog. Greatest comment ever?

The biggest bullpucky in Kentucky! If he’d been sitting naked, drinking Kentucky moonshine from a jar, with Lady GaGa on his lap and a dead possum on his head…..maybe… maybe it would have had that many hits.


205 Responses to “This and That”

  1. 1 lamh36
    April 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Well it finally happened. Dropped my iPhone on the floor & cracked the face! It’s pretty bad. Feel like I’m going to cut myself if I just pan up. Unfortunately I don’t can’t upgrade. I currently have AT&T. I’m looking to change. I don’t want T-Mobile or Verizon, so I’m looking towards Sprint or last resort Virgin. I’ve always had the IPhone since it first came out, but now I’m looking for something new.

    So help a sista out, alright peeps phone survey: HTC or Samsung Galaxy; Virgin vs Sprint.

    • 2 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Left a response on last thread. Also, too, Virgin’s customer service SUCKS!

      • 3 lamh36
        April 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm

        thanks Alycee.

        I’ve decided to go with Sprint and the Galaxy 4 from Sprint. It was a good deal and the unlimited data plan and text message sold me.

    • April 30, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      I’m a T-Mobile person myself. And the missus loves her Galaxy III.

      • 5 carolyn
        April 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm

        I use Sprint and have an almost two year old Samsung Conquer which I really like. This December I will get the Samsung Galaxy III. Sprint service is good too. I had an iphone for several months, and somehow it and I just did not sync. I have found the Samsung android easy and friendly to use.
        I also have a Samsung tablet which I really like.

      • 7 lamh36
        April 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm

        I had T-Mobile before and I hated it. I barely use my phone to make calls, but I do use the data bits a lot. AT&T does not have unlimited data, and I was always having to pay the extra GB for data usage.

        • April 30, 2013 at 6:23 pm

          T-Mobile just came out with unlimited data. You may want to check them out again. If it’s Sprint v. Verizon, stick with Sprint.

          • 9 lamh36
            April 30, 2013 at 6:24 pm

            thanks I’ll go with Sprint. I really can’t stand T-Mobile anymore. I’ve been decided to never go back to them.

            thanks for the info LL

            • April 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm

              With Sprint you’d get unlimited data. With Verizon it’d be ATT all over again.

              Happy phoning!

              • 11 Jennifer
                April 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

                I have an iPhone with Verizon. After holding other people’s phones I don’t think I could ever go back. The iPhone is like a gorgeous piece of art (ok, ok – enough vodka and 7 for me)! Seriously though, how much longer do you have on your contract? You can get some seriously good deals on iPhones if you have quite a bit of time on . I know Verizon is pricey, but not that bad when you consider the service.
                Sprint sucks, do put it bluntly. Have you considered a month to month plan? There are quite a few good ones. Where do you live, some are regional and are good. What a bummer! I’ll put my thinking cap on (meaning one more small drink, lol) and see what I can think of. I know, Tracfone has triple minutes FOR LIFE. They finally have some decent phones also.

  2. April 30, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Afternoon/Evening Chips, TOD

  3. 20 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I better watch out, I don’t want Karl Rove coming after me. 😦

  4. April 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    If anybody wants to share a few of the articles Chips has posted……

    • 23 MightyPamela
      April 30, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Have to wonder if the Chinese are viewing McDonBombell’s incredibly popular YouTube offering! What a lame ass he is! HaHaHa!

  5. April 30, 2013 at 5:29 pm

  6. 25 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Ot oh!

  7. 27 donna dem 4 obama
    April 30, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    So we are to believe that McConnell got 1/2 million views in 16 minutes. Hmmmmm……..I didn’t realize this could be manipulated like this. I wonder how it could be really proved???

  8. April 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Another great thread, Chips!!! Thank you!!!

    From the bottom of the previous post …

    #TrustBarack He’s Earned It

    • April 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    • April 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Sad to say Bobfr, that Dick Durbin was a culprit as well. He killed off funding (300 million) to upgrade Thompson Correctional Facility in IL.

      • April 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm

        Oh, I know, and I gave him hell about it!

        • April 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm

          It really pisses me off that the media (w/ complete knowledge that the funding was stripped in the DAA 2010) still accuses PBO of not trying to close GITMO. It’s a ball faced lie, the MSM perpetuates it, and gives no context to the casual citizens who may see a press briefing.

          • 48 zekke Lydonna
            April 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm

            I have been so angry about this. The Emos have also continued to blame PBO. I turned of Chris Hayes –again. His first segment was ‘why didn’t PBO use his override power?’. Their first inclination is ALWAYS to blame PBO. These self-proclaimed ‘intellectual’ make my ass hurt. I am trying not to hate them. God give me strength.

            • 49 nathkatun7
              May 1, 2013 at 12:45 am

              “I am trying not to hate them. God give me strength.”

              I know exactly how you feel Zekke! For me, I am through with the holier than thou progressives who some times make the tea baggers look like the smartest people in the country. As for the so called mainstream media, after viewing today’s Presidential Press Conference, I really see no need for having a White House Press. The people in that WHPC are not journalists out to inform the American people; the people I saw to day are nothing but GOP Right wing Propagandist on a mission to destroy President Obama. Thank God we elected a president who has incredible patience and the capacity to deal with vile people without losing his cool. If I were the President I would refuse to answer any more stupid questions from that GOP/right wing propaganda cabal masquerading as the White House Press Corp.

  9. April 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    • 51 hopefruit2
      April 30, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      The only politician whose videos go viral because REAL people are watching them is Barack Obama, the current US President.

  10. 52 LaDLove
    April 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Saw this and thought of Miss. Chips and all TOD’ers. No truer quadrants have ever been posted.

  11. April 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Missed the Joining Forces announcement. Thanks for making it available so soon Chips.

  12. April 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm

  13. 56 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm

  14. April 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm

  15. April 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Seven crewmembers perished after this Boeing 747-428 crashed immediately after takeoff from Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan yesterday. Please pray for them and their families. It stalled at 200 ft. due to trying to avoid incoming traffic.

  16. April 30, 2013 at 6:13 pm

  17. 63 prettyfoot58
    April 30, 2013 at 6:15 pm

  18. 67 Nena20409
    April 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    A Trove of Information. Thank You, Madam.

  19. April 30, 2013 at 6:23 pm

  20. April 30, 2013 at 6:24 pm

  21. 71 hopefruit2
    April 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    It’s almost as if the MSM is afraid that the people will want PBO to have a third term…

  22. 72 hopefruit2
    April 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Zerlina is at – again…

    • 73 Nena20409
      April 30, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      I think HF, this woman loves the attention. Her 15 mins of fame expired, but she is having a harder time letting go. Karma has a way of delivering…..just saying.

      • 74 hopefruit2
        April 30, 2013 at 6:45 pm

        And she LOVES to play victim when called out on her B.S.

        • 75 Nena20409
          April 30, 2013 at 6:54 pm

          Love it, Yeah 😆

        • 76 anniebella
          April 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm

          Here that Zerlina woman go again. I will do just what I did the last time, ignore her.

        • 77 nathkatun7
          May 1, 2013 at 12:56 am

          Great tweets, Hopefruit/Chipsticks! These people think that it’s o.k. to constantly attack the President based on lies, innuendos and exaggerations without consequences.

  23. 78 99ts
    April 30, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    The good Australian lady Dame Edna – has a heart of gold – what an insult is putting her picture next to McConnell

  24. April 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm


  25. April 30, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    IRS eyes U.S. accounts at Caribbean bank

    The Justice Department said on Tuesday that a federal court had authorized the Internal Revenue Service to seek information on U.S. taxpayers who may have accounts at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce FirstCaribbean International Bank (FCIB).

    In a move resembling a recent IRS inquiry into Americans with Swiss bank accounts, the Justice Department said a court order would let the IRS serve a ‘John Doe’ summons seeking records of FCIB’s U.S. correspondent account at Wells Fargo & Co. A correspondent account is a bank deposit account maintained by one bank for another bank.

    The order would allow the IRS to identify U.S. taxpayers with “interests in financial accounts at FCIB and other financial institutions that used FCIB’s Wells Fargo correspondent account,” the Justice Department said in a statement.

    The IRS uses ‘John Doe’ summonses to get information on possible tax law breakers whose identities are unknown. “This John Doe summons directs Wells Fargo to produce records identifying U.S. taxpayers with accounts at FCIB and other banks that used FCIB’s correspondent account,” the statement said.

  26. 98 Nena20409
    April 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    An Elephant has just flown up in the Sky. Paul Ryan said today that LGBTQ/Gay was the word he used adoption is OK by him now. Hmm? Rep Ryan is showing Us that in 2013, a Gay couple can now be allowed to adopt. OK then……please continue to evolve, Mr. Ryan.


  27. 101 Nena20409
    April 30, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Also in the month of April……Only one show at MSNBC…..Mourning Joke was down both in total ratings and the 18-25 demo, -6% and -11% respectively. Mediabistro is reporting. Hmm?

  28. 103 hopefruit2
    April 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Jovie here is some good news from Rover

  29. 105 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm

  30. 107 Nena20409
    April 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Last week a CA Repub, after delivering his remarks at a hearing that 4 star Gen Odierno was testifying was about to walk away and the Gen had his own type of smack……right back at the representative.


  31. 115 japa21
    April 30, 2013 at 7:26 pm

  32. 126 dotster3
    April 30, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Interview with the Chinese immigrant carjacking victim

  33. 127 jacquelineoboomer
    April 30, 2013 at 7:27 pm

  34. 129 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I tweeted chuck twice and he has already blocked me. Thus he knows what he is doing is to slant news, because I called him on it.
    What a baby!

  35. 131 criquet
    April 30, 2013 at 7:33 pm

  36. 136 Nena20409
    April 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    deleted as requested!

  37. 140 yardarm756
    April 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm

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  40. April 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    So, of course, as has become TOD tradition, I will have a night owl music fest later tonight. Don’t worry Don: I’ve cut Spandau Ballet to just 1 song. Ish. 🙂

    • April 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      One is too many LL!!!!!

      Thanks a million!

    • 147 Nena20409
      April 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Eagles? Journey? Blues? Queen? U2? Love Prince Rogers Nelson?

      Yes, LL….am horribly fishing. Please pay no attention to me. Your midnight TOD owl is refreshing. As Old Blues eye sang: My Way.

    • 148 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Today is International Jazz Day — so how about another Jazz Fest!

      • April 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm

        Tomorrow! I kind of like how I crafted today’s post. It *does* have one jazz piece on it, though.

      • 150 lamh36
        April 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm

        Last weekend was the beginning of the 10 day events of the 33th Annual NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival

        The Lineup is great and the food is classic NOLA and fantastic

        • 151 nathkatun7
          May 1, 2013 at 1:36 am

          Lamh 36, I was lucky to attend the 7th and the 10th NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival. Best time in my life! Great music and absolutely delicious food.

  41. 152 hopefruit2
    April 30, 2013 at 8:04 pm

  42. April 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm


    A Canadian documentarian says in a new film that an elderly man he found living in a remote Vietnamese village is former U.S. Army Green Beret Sgt. John Hartley Robertson, who was presumed dead 44 years ago. According to The Independent, filmmaker Michael Jorgensen claims that the man found in a village in South Vietnam can’t remember the English language or the names of his wife and children, but that he is the U.S. veteran whose helicopter was shot down in 1968.


  43. April 30, 2013 at 8:14 pm

  44. April 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Happy Birthday to everyone having a birthday at TOD today. Snacks for all.

  45. 165 dotster3
    April 30, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Ay yi yi——-grab somebody and have a quiver full of kids???

  46. April 30, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Crikey, the little things that make you happy: Bonnie Greer favorited my tweet today about no questions about jobs being asked at press conference today. Am I tremendously weird to be excited about that? 😕 Don’t answer.


  47. 174 hopefruit2
    April 30, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Chips & TOD – here’s a beautiful collage of PBO with kids at various times in his Presidency 🙂 Enjoy!


  48. 185 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm

  49. 188 prettyfoot58
    April 30, 2013 at 8:34 pm

  50. 189 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 8:34 pm


    Now why would any senator take a risk in the immigration bill?
    It’s all about 2014 but the liberal media is only focused in drones a d Guantanamo. Smh!

  51. April 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm

  52. 191 Nena20409
    April 30, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Don Henley: The Boys of Summer

  53. April 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Loved the Joining forces video. Shows what sustained effort can accomplish.

  54. April 30, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Can’t believe how slow LL is to post 🙄

  55. 195 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 8:56 pm

  56. 197 lamh36
    April 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    If you haven’t already, you need to cop Emelie Sande’ debut CD. It is awesome! If you like Adele, you’ll love Emelie Sande.

    Beatles’ Record Broken After 50 Years

  57. 199 Jovie
    April 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm

  58. 200 amk for obama
    April 30, 2013 at 9:13 pm

  59. 204 amk for obama
    April 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    News organisations including the BBC have been warned by Twitter to tighten security in the wake of several high-profile hacks.

    The Guardian became the latest publication to be hit by a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army.

    A previous attack on the Associated Press caused stocks to dip.


    Shows how ‘rational’ is the stock market. Even two year olds show more courage.

  60. 205 arkluvspbo
    May 1, 2013 at 8:33 am

    That Turtleman is something else! Looking at his ugly mug makes my skin crawl. For as much as he comes across as hating the president, I have a feeling he’s probably secretly in love with him. Notice his “Team Mitch” logo — looks an awful lot like POTUS’

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