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  1. October 18, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Good Friday Morning Chipsticks…TOD Earlybirds!!!!

    I was glad to read about GoBrooklyn’s good news and hope that her tests yield positive results.

  2. October 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

    “Donors’ frustration with GOP mounts”



    Republican donors were horrified in November after pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into losing campaigns for president and Congress with nothing to show for it. A year later they’re appalled by how little has changed, angered by the behavior of Republican lawmakers during a string of legislative battles this year capped by the shutdown, and searching for answers.

    In conversation after conversation, donors express growing frustration with the party and the constellation of outside groups they’ve been bankrolling. After getting squeezed last year by an array of campaign committees, party committees and disparate super PACs, many of them are still sitting on their checkbooks — a worrisome sign for the party with the 2014 midterm elections fast approaching.

  3. October 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Morning Chips. Tomorrow is the big day! You have to be so excited.

  4. 22 Dudette
    October 18, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Good Morning Friends!

    Look who’s tweeting? 🙂

  5. 23 Don
    October 18, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Can someone tell me when did Robert Gibbs all of a sudden become a concern troll about the glitches at the ACA website?

    • 24 99ts
      October 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

      The minute he joined MSNBC he concern trolled the President – non stop. I haven’t heard him support the admin at all since he joined them.

  6. 25 Ladyhawke
    October 18, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Here Are Some Of Obama’s First Term Accomplishments That Cokie Roberts Left Out


    • 26 Don
      October 18, 2013 at 9:06 am

      I was actually listening to Cokie Roberts when she made that stupid statement. But really, what do you expect from someone that was actually upset that Barack vacationed in “exotic” Hawaii instead of vacationing in good old Myrtle Beach?

  7. 27 japa21
    October 18, 2013 at 8:59 am

    GM all, another beautiful day.

  8. 28 Dudette
    October 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

  9. October 18, 2013 at 9:02 am

    A New Poll Shows The Republican Party Has Completely Collapsed in Virginia

    By: Sarah Jones
    Thursday, October 17th, 2013, 8:11 pm

    These numbers are astounding. Seventy-one percent of Independents in Virginia now view the Republican Party negatively. Just 23% don’t. Sixty-two percent overall have a negative view of the party. Yes, this is all about the shutdown, so heckofajob, Brownie Ted Cruz.

    A new NBC4/NBC News/Marist poll shows the Republican Party collapsing in Virginia, a state deeply impacted by the government shutdown. Fifty-four percent blame Republicans for the shutdown, while just 31% blame President Obama.

    Democrats face unfavorables of 45-50% and President Obama has favorables at 50-48%.

    Thirty-nine percent said either they or a family member were affected by the shutdown. In fact, the shutdown stood to hit Virginia harder than any other state, a different survey by Wallet Hub, a financial website, found yesterday. The survey took into account “… the number of federal workers per capita and the amount of federal contract money per capita, both of which helped push Virginia to the top.”


  10. 30 africa
    October 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Good morning Chips. Good Friday everyone. Happy Friday. And what a week!!!

  11. 31 GGAIL
    October 18, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family!

  12. 32 desertflower
    October 18, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “potentially violated ethics rules by failing to publicly disclose his financial relationship with a Caribbean-based holding company during the 2012 campaign,” Time reports.

    “When Cruz later reported the financial relationship in 2013, he failed to comply with Senate rules requiring full identification of the holding company and its location, triggering an inquiry by Senate Select Committee on Ethics staff and a second amended disclosure.”

    http://politicalwire.com/ IOKIRAR Morning!!

  13. October 18, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Judge Denounces His Own Ruling on the Constitutionality of Voter ID Laws

    By: Adalia Woodbury

    The Judge who wrote that the ruling that give Vote suppression laws legal cover admits he got it wrong. Judge Richard Posner, who was appointed to the 7th Circuit by Ronald Reagan made the admission in his book, Reflections on Judging.

    Other courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States, used Posner’s arguments in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board as the framework to justify rulings on subsequent harsher laws that were clearly designed to suppress votes by certain classes of eligible voters.

    It’s worth noting, that while Judge Posner thought he was doing the right thing at the time, he recognizes that his ruling was abused to justify vote suppression under the pretense of addressing statistically non-existent voter fraud.

  14. 35 Dudette
    October 18, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I just blocked Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster) — boy did that feel good.

  15. 37 Ladyhawke
    October 18, 2013 at 9:07 am


    Free Consultations: After Shutdown, Fox Advises GOP On Image Rehabilitation



    Fox News offered the Republican Party advice on how they might recover from the GOP-led government shutdown that damaged the images of both Republicans and the tea party and caused at least $24 billion in economic harm.
    Fox News responded by launching into damage-control mode. On the October 17 edition of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Carlson and Fox contributor Rich Lowry attempted to advise the GOP on ways it could “get its mojo back” after the shutdown debacle.
    Ironically, Fox is attempting to clean up a mess they helped create — the network was instrumental in the creation of the tea party, and its own pundits cheered on the shutdown-strategy both before and after its implementation.

    The network, which has often attempted to rehabilitate the images of its favorite politicians, has now focused its efforts toward the entire Republican Party.



    • 38 99ts
      October 18, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Rich Lowry – who sat up straighter when he saw Sarah Palin – everyone should run very fast in the opposite direction of his advice

  16. 39 africa
    October 18, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I am on a mission these next couple of weeks to check anyone trying to besmirch Obamacare. Not having a scintilla of it.

  17. 40 Don
    October 18, 2013 at 9:09 am

    When will these people finally realize that President Obama will always be a step or two ahead of them in every aspect of governing?

    • 41 africa
      October 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Never. They are too busy trying to get him. When people are consumed like that, they can’t see anything, anyting at all.

  18. 42 africa
    October 18, 2013 at 9:09 am

  19. 43 vcprezofan2
    October 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

    ♫ ONE DAY ♪ MORE…. ♫

    Good Morning, soon-to-be-alone-no-more Chips Chica! Are you doing only QUIET, ALL BY MYSELF, stuff today?
    Good Morning, TODobots! Iiiiiiiiiit’s FRIDAY!!! Have yourselves a FAN-T-T-T-TAB-U-U-U-U-LOUS-S-S-S FRIDAY!

  20. 44 africa
    October 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

    • 45 forus50
      October 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

      There’s a difference imho, between whining and expressing concern that technical difficulties now are over 2 weeks preventing people from applying. Most of the positive news stories David Corn and others have tweeted that I have sees are from people in states that have their own websites.

      Secretary Sebelius needs to give information on an estimated fix time, etc. Just ignoring facts won’t make it go away. All it does is give ammunition to the haters. When you go to the website there is no acknowledgement of problems. That’s one of the first rules of business. If our company website had problems that affected customer service we would have something posted on the home page– if not same day — within a day or two AT MOST. I totally get initial problems but not providing some direction while it’s being fixed is just not smart; either for public relations or for the thousands trying to sign up. I was all prepared to tweet about low premiums and a functional website. At this point I’m not tweeting anything negative but unfortunately I cannot tweet anything positive about my experience. Let’s hope POTUS can find the right people to get it fixed before it’s the headline story next week.

  21. October 18, 2013 at 9:13 am

    ok, don’t say that you weren’t warned.

    Do not have a drink in your hand when reading this post.
    Have an excuse ready for when your co-workers ask why you are laughing hysterically.
    I laughed so hard that I got a laugh stomach cramp.


    Whose Wise Baby is This? (And Foolery From My Readers)

    [ 55 ] October 16, 2013 | Luvvie

    I’ve said this before but babies are cute by default because they’re so little and small things lean towards cute. And some babies are born cute AND looking like they’ve been here before. You’ve seen those mini humans. They just look like they hold a wisdom of the years and these are the kids you gotta give strong names to. Names like Rufus, Jebediah, Orelius or Bertha. You can’t name babies who’ve been here before stuff like Jessica, Zach or Timmy. Nope. They need to be called Wilbur or Clementine from jump!

    I came across a picture of this baby a while ago and I immediately wanted to get off is lawn, because I was sure he was gonna chase me off it.

  22. 48 africa
    October 18, 2013 at 9:17 am

    GOP is just not good for this country.

  23. 49 Dudette
    October 18, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Hey Guys! Our own Hopefruit is a Twitter-Celebrity!

    • October 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Hooooooooopefruit!!!! You celebrity!! Thank you for letting us know Dudette!

    • October 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

      WTG Hopefruit!!!

      When people say their premium is going up, I want to know — compared to what? Is it compared to their employer-sponsored insurance? Are they in a state that did not want to participate in the exchanges (and whose governors/insurance commissioners are doing everything within their power to obstruct the implementation of the ACA)? Are they comparing apples to apples; i.e., their current plan is comparable to the plan they are pricing on the exchange? Are they talking about a significant increase or just lamenting ANY increase?

    • 52 hopefruit2
      October 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Thanks Dudette! 🙂

      I also saw a tweet from former TODer Amalie’s (marabout) featured as well.

  24. 54 africa
    October 18, 2013 at 9:20 am

  25. October 18, 2013 at 9:21 am

    The Plum Line

    Did Barack Obama do John Boehner a big favor?

    By Greg Sargent

    October 17 at 1:53 pm

    President Obama gave brief remarks this morning in which he stressed that it’s time to get back to normal governing, now that the crisis has been temporarily resolved. Obama twice stressed that economic growth must be a leading goal, and noted the deficit is “falling fast,” signaling a set of guiding priorities that — if followed in coming negotiations — will hearten liberals. He also said this:

    Beyond this, though, it’s worth asking whether, by holding the line until Republicans had no choice but to capitulate on the debt limit, Barack Obama actually did John Boehner a long term favor of sorts.

    Most observers think John Boehner genuinely wants to get to some kind of long term budget deal. If true, he plainly has been hampered by pressure from the right not to even enter into negotiations that risk resulting in a compromise Tea Partyers would find unacceptable. Before yesterday’s outcome, conservatives explicitly were insisting that GOP leaders must not enter into any talks unless they could wield the threat of harm to the country to get something for nothing. Remember, Ted Cruz angered fellow Republicans when he refused to enter into normal budget talks unless Dems agreed in advance not to make raising the debt ceiling even tangentially related to the talks, effectively reserving it as an extortion tool later.

  26. 56 Dudette
    October 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

    PBO looks so debonair in white tie! 🙂

  27. October 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

    We are a little over two weeks away from 2013 elections and, in addition to the big ones in VA and NJ, there are lots of smaller races at stake that make a big difference in people’s daily lives. On the local level, we have some municipalities with life and death struggles going on between insane TPs who are spreading fear about a UN takeover and moderates who have D’s after their names. Many moderate Republicans who agree with everything the Democrats say can’t bring themselves to vote for a Democrat and so they are willing to bring the insanity on themselves, thus multiplying the madness. The nuts are aiming for local council seats and school boards, the first rung on the journey up to higher office and they are crazier than the mad hatter. They keep flaming fears and telling lies and just keeping up with the deception is a full time job. Time to jump into these local races and start calling and hitting the doors. This is the rot at the base of our democracy and we need to disinfect it now before it yields a whole host of Ted Cruzes that destroy everything decent thing they touch.

  28. October 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

    This is hopefruit!!

  29. October 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Labor puts Dems on notice: Don’t touch Medicare and Social Security benefits
    By Greg Sargent

    October 17 at 4:52 pm

    With the crisis chatter in Washington now turning to speculation about the coming budget talks and the possibility of a “grand bargain” to replace the sequester, liberals and unions are getting increasingly nervous that Congressional Dems will give up entitlement benefits cuts in exchange for, well, whatever is on offer from Republicans, which isn’t at all clear.

    In an interview, Damon Silvers, the policy director of the AFL-CIO, laid down a hard line, putting Dems on notice that any agreement that cuts entitlement benefits — even in a deal that includes GOP concessions on tax hikes — is a nonstarter. Silvers strongly suggested labor would withhold support in 2014 from any Dem lawmaker who supports such a deal.

    “We are opposed to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits cuts. Period,” Silvers told me. “There will be no cover for members of either party who vote for such a thing.”

    Silvers said the AFL-CIO also opposes the entitlements cuts in the President’s budget, such as Chained CPI and a form of Medicare means testing. It’s unclear how, or whether, those will figure in what Dems bring to the table in the budget talks, which are mandated by the deal just reached to end the crisis.

    “Chained CPI is like the vampire of American politics,” Silvers said. “It keeps being shot through the heart and it keeps reviving. The reason it keeps coming back is because it has billionaires behind it.”

    • October 18, 2013 at 9:50 am

      I think the President should change his budget to reflect the cost of the obstruction and add back in not only the 24B for the shutdown but the 700B from the obstruction over the last four years. That would improve Medicare and SS and infrastructure

    • 64 jziglar
      October 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

      This is why I can’t stand these outside groups setting demands which make negotiations impossible. I can understand having some reservations about chained cpi but why would anyone complain about means testing wealthy medicare recipients ? We have to find some reasonable ways to slow the growth of medicare.

  30. 65 africa
    October 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

  31. 67 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

    That night was fun. Good memories. Thanks Chiparooooo.

  32. 68 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2013 at 9:28 am

  33. 70 africa
    October 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

    • 71 Linda
      October 18, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Is that number real ? I cannot find anything to back it up

      • 72 hopefruit2
        October 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

        I don’t find that number hard to believe, based on reports I’ve been seeing from the individual States. Considering that in the very red State of Kentucky, over 2000 actually enrolled in JUST ONE DAY!!! And that is not even counting those who completed applications or accessed the website. So when you add them all up together over a period of 2-3 weeks, 245K is not surprising. 🙂

  34. 73 africa
    October 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Love that Letterman!!

  35. 75 MightyPamela
    October 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Mornin’ y’all! Hang with this applying energy of the eclipse today ~ it should be quite beautiful! Gone now, but awaiting the arrival of young Danny O’Chips with great joy! Good thing puppies just fall flat asleep when they wear themselves out: Chipsticks, take note of the #1 rule with a newborn, YOU sleep when your baby sleeps! They rule everything, for awhile anyway. (like 20 or so years…. Shhh) 😆

  36. 77 Don
    October 18, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I was having a conversation with my brother some time back before Barack became President and the issue of race came up. I think President Obama having lived all over the world as a child growing up was one of the reasons that he did not get bogged down on racial issues whereas a black man or woman born and raised in the states would have almost on a daily basis had to deal with and speak about racial issues. In that aspect Barack’s mind was free to concentrate more on social issues without being consumed by race talk. He himself has said that he struggled with his racial make-up in his childhood, but not to the extent that it had a mental strain on him of how he saw his place in America.

    Whether what I wrote is right or wrong, I was just remembering a conversation I had a long time ago, and these last two weeks had me thinking about Barack on a human level and not as president.

  37. 78 japa21
    October 18, 2013 at 9:33 am

  38. 79 desertflower
    October 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

    http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/ted-cruz-grifter-who-believes-divine-wealth YIKES

    You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a little anointing by megachurch pastors of politicians. In this short video, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are anointed by pastors at Texas megachurch New Beginnings Church. In this case, it’s particularly creepy because of Papa Cruz’s prophetic fantasies of what his son Rafael Edward Cruz is destined to do.

    The father, speaking of his son’s anointing as “king”:

    “There are some of you, as a matter of fact I will dare to say the majority of you, that your anointing is not an anointing as priest. It’s an anointing as king. And God has given you an anointing to go to the battlefield. And what’s the battlefield ? The battlefield is the marketplace. To go to the marketplace and occupy the land. To go to the marketplace and take dominion. If you remember the last time I was in this pulpit, I talked to you about Genesis chapter 1, verse 28, where God says unto Adam and Eve, “Go forth, multiply, TAKE DOMINION over all creation.” And if you recall, we talked about the fact that that dominion is not just in the church. That dominion is over every area – society, education, government, economics…


    How very revealing. Papa Cruz and his son are doing this for money. For a wealth transfer from everyone to grifters who twist the Bible into something never, ever intended. They’re no better than snake oil salesman, except they’re selling the snake’s venom and calling it balm.

    It’s all just a big con to pull some money out of your pocket and slip it into theirs. Of course Ted Cruz will never stop. The combination of greed, hubris and his own narcissism make him King Grifter, but little else.

    • 80 Linda
      October 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

      This reminds me of the Mormon White Horse Prophecy .

      The all want to rule the world.

    • 81 Don
      October 18, 2013 at 9:43 am

      I hope that it comes out later that Cruz had suffered from some sort of illness, because how else to explain his complete break with reality.

    • 82 57andfemale
      October 18, 2013 at 11:33 am

      So ironic – Jeremiah Wright was such a menace and such an influence over PBO that he was used to try to destroy PBO’s candidacy.

      But this flat out, raving loon who actually IS Cruz’ father and from all accounts Cruz follows faithfully into his lunacy – a big ‘meh’.


  39. 83 africa
    October 18, 2013 at 9:46 am

    S.E. Cupp is an idiot.

  40. 85 africa
    October 18, 2013 at 9:49 am

  41. October 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I know a few others here listen to Joe Madison. This morning a man called with this story: He was at his brother’s home and he and his brother were talking about the ACA/Obamacare. Brother’s 8-year old daughter was in the room. She interrupted and began saying things like: “Obamacare is awful.” It’s going to really hurt our country.”……..etc, etc. He said everything his niece said sounded like a recording of Fox. They asked her where she heard those things and she said, “My teacher.” Perfect example of what’s happening out there and the damage Fox (and all the other right-wing talkers) have done to our country.

    • 87 Linda
      October 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

      I hope they reported that teacher……

    • 90 hopefruit2
      October 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

      These brainwashed Obamacare haters are increasingly in the minority. These are the same folks who will tell you that Sarah Palin is most qualified to be President and Ted Cruz is the best thing since sliced bread. Obamacare is rising popularity, as the most recent polling shows. When a bagger politician like Rick Perry is encouraging his Texan constituents to sign up for Obamacare, you realize that it’s the most virulently rabid fringe of the GOP who will still oppose it.

    • 91 desertflower
      October 18, 2013 at 10:44 am

      If I would have done that in MY classroom, I’d be looking for a new job right now.

    • 92 Don
      October 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

      I was listening to the call when the guy called in; it was so astonishing that a third grade teacher would say that to those children.

  42. 93 africa
    October 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

  43. 94 amk for obama
    October 18, 2013 at 10:09 am

  44. 95 utaustinliberal
    October 18, 2013 at 10:13 am

  45. 96 hopefruit2
    October 18, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Have you ever witnessed a defiant toddler trying to resist sleep (which they NEED) to stay awake at all costs, but the sleep is just so overwhelming that the toddler eventually succumbs in the strangest positions (eg. while eating, or standing against a couch)? That’s how the GOP is with Obamacare.

  46. 97 Jovie
    October 18, 2013 at 10:28 am

  47. 98 amk for obama
    October 18, 2013 at 10:29 am

  48. 99 Linda
    October 18, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Debbie Stabenow said yesterday that when Cruz is speaking on the floor of the Senate, Republicans leave the chamber.

  49. 101 Linda
    October 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

    CNN has the Founder of WordPress on as an ” expert ” on computer software.

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