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@Dudette9t9: Beautiful portrait of President #Obama by @RJacksonART

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  1. November 16, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Happy Saturday TOD-ers!!!

  2. November 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I love the focus on his beautiful, kind eyes. Sometimes I feel so sorry for the people who hate him and are missing the beauty of this man.

  3. 11 Dudette
    November 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Wow! That picture just gets more amazing the more you look at it!

  4. 18 Claire
    November 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    When the single payer whiners start complaining again, once again we can point to the 39 Democrats as another example of why the POTUS can’t rely on his own party to stand together for anything. Many of the Democrats talk and complain, but then end up being spineless cowards. Thank goodness Pres. Obama is the strong, honest, determined, man of steel that he is. He stands for what he means, and always puts the American people first. That’s why I only donate to specific candidates, because you never know which of the weak kneed Democrats will turn their backs on the President, even though time and time again he shows them that he knows what is right and does what is best, they still do not have faith in him. It makes me sick.

    • 19 TrumpDog
      November 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      But don’t you SEEEEEE?
      Obama had 4 Houses and 3 Senates + a huge giant BULLY PULPIT and he still refused to enact single payer because he’s a Wall Street corporate shill who sold out to big pharma with secret under the table wink wink deals!
      Everybody KNOWS this!!!!

    • November 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Dems sent out a survey a couple of months ago, and I added this very observation to the additional comments.When one looks at the GOP sticking together so solidly to do harm to Americans, it makes the Dem inability to stick together for good reasons even more stark. Why is it that some Dems just can’t show some unity?

  5. November 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    what a beautiful picture.

  6. November 16, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Congrats on 1st magapie!

    Thank you, Dudette & Chips, for sharing the portrait of PBO!

  7. November 16, 2013 at 1:50 pm

  8. 26 vcprezofan2
    November 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Squeezing self in the door quietly and unobtrusively; wouldn’t want to be told that 20-something place is the biggest loser. /whispering/ Hi.

  9. November 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Re:comment on the last post – maybe President Obama flies more than any other President (I think they mean mostly Bushie) because he actually takes the issues to the people, and world leaders invite him and want to meet with him in their countries, and when a national disaster occurs (and unfortunately there have been too many this past few years) he is there AND he does not just use AF1 to fly to a certain ranch in Texas to go hunting and eat BBQ all weekend! Maybe that is why! Dirtbags.

  10. 29 vcprezofan2
    November 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Great spot there, Magapie, and a ‘happy Saturday’ to you too!

  11. 30 utaustinliberal
    November 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Powerful portrait.

  12. 31 Dudette
    November 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Couldn’t help myself. This is just too cute! 🙂

  13. 33 Dudette
    November 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Geeky-nerdy movie-watchin’ cool! 🙂

  14. November 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    The definitive take down of Palin …

    Martin really put it all on the line with that one ….


  15. 38 Dudette
    November 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm

  16. November 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Email from Speaker Pelosi:

    “CINDY MERCER JONES — March 19, 2010 11:25 am

    “My beautiful daughter, Courtney Leigh Huber was an insulin dependent diabetic who was kicked off her father’s insurance the day she graduated from college. To try to conserve her insulin, she attempted to wean herself off her nighttime insulin dosage. She slipped into a coma and never woke up.”

    This week, we got back in contact with Cindy to let her know how much her story motivates us all. Here’s what she said:

    “Thanks 🙂 Means a lot.. my 14 year old son was recently diagnosed with Type I Diabetes too.. I am reliving Courtney’s disease with him now.. BUT he has insurance! It’s a struggle, and we are both scared, but we are strong and will pull through this… I am constantly reminded now, that Courtney’s death was not in vain.”

    It’s inspiring to know that Cindy — because of all of your work — won’t have to worry about her son being kicked off health insurance for having a pre-existing condition.

    This is what we’re fighting for. Thank you for standing with us.”

  17. 43 Dudette
    November 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

  18. November 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Well, I can see that Dudettte is fully in nerd gear this weekend, so here’s an entry to compete with hers.

    • 55 jackiegrumbacher
      November 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Mary1, if Tom Delay manages to snooker the people in this hapless district and returns to Congress, I hope Nancy Pelosi is the speaker. He will have no seniority and she will make sure he has no power.

  19. 57 Dudette
    November 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    SF City Cool!

  20. 58 Dudette
    November 16, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Administration Cool!

  21. November 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    • 60 jackiegrumbacher
      November 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Arapaho, maybe with some good candidates we can get some congressional seats flipped in KY. We’ll need every single seat to get the House back.

  22. 61 Dudette
    November 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Comedy Dude Cool!

  23. November 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

  24. November 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Just to be sure all of you saw this:

    “U.N. officials report slowdown at Iran’s atomic facilities in lead-up to nuclear talks

    (WaPo) – Iran appears to have dramatically slowed work on its atomic energy program since the summer, U.N. officials said Thursday in a report that could add momentum to diplomatic efforts to resolve a decade-old dispute over Iranian nuclear activities.

    The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran all but halted the installation of new centrifuges at its uranium-enrichment plants beginning in August, the same month that moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani was sworn in as president. Work on a controversial nuclear reactor also slowed, the U.N. watchdog agency said. Iran continued producing low-enriched uranium, but at a slightly reduced rate, it said.

    The findings provided a boost to the Obama administration, which has joined five other major powers in seeking to negotiate a deal on permanent limits to Iran’s nuclear program. The report suggests that Iran has been unilaterally implementing key parts of a nuclear “freeze” that Western nations have been pursuing during nuclear talks. …….. ”


    • 69 Jovie
      November 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      The French better not mess this up! 🙂

    • 75 jackiegrumbacher
      November 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Bob, in a sane world, this critical development should be the first topic of every news story and talk show. Most people have no idea how much the president has done to achieve peace in his years in office. Imagine what a nightmare of constant war we would be living in if a McCain or Romney presidency had happened. We would still have troops in Iraq, be stationed in Afghanistan indefinitely, have invaded Syria and bombed Iran. The loss of lives would have been enormous and we would, once again, be deep in debt with a severely ailing economy. The thought is absolutely chilling and is one of the reasons why we need to thank God every day for this wonderful man. But we do not live in a sane world, so all we will hear is constant whining and recycled hatred aimed at the White House. It makes me sick.

      • November 16, 2013 at 5:52 pm

        Understand, Jackie. We are witnessing major geopolitical tectonics that expose the opposing plates, starkly. PBO, and many, many other world leaders – gov, military, corporate – know how important it is that the NEOCON plate be the one that is pulverized.

    • 77 vcprezofan2
      November 16, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      TY, Bobfr. I missed this before and , for some strange reason, I’m keeping a side eye (very effective term I cribbed from Dudette) on this diplomatic foray.

  25. 81 Jovie
    November 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm


    What’s he talking about? The Supreme Court???

  26. 83 globalcitizenlinda
    November 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    It is highly probable that Obamacare will play a big role in 2014 election cycle and in the future.

    So it would be very advisable that those Dems who are serious about winning should embrace it fully, help their constituents enroll and use it a focus on mobilization for voters (especially the voters who care about soci0-economic justice, and the previously under-insured and uninsured and their families.

    The sooner Dems realize this and stop cowardice and taking sham votes the better –because these votes just confuse the message and the people who are not political junkies.

    What I have found is that there are many people who have heard so many negative stories about Obamacare that they are in fact very confused.

    Last evening, I went into a home to help some members of a friend’s extended family enroll in ObamaCare – much improvement of website from prior efforts and the customer service phone help was great.

    What bothered me is that the family that had just watched news reports told me that they now believe that ObamaCare will be “cancelled” because even 39 Dems have just voted to “end the program”.

    Of course I had to set them straight that there is no way this was going to happen as long a PBO is POTUS.

    So here is my personal appeal to all TODville, please encourage others in your network to volunteer for the ObamaCare enrollment – we need all hands on deck.

    Apart from the official effort through OFA and GetCovered, I have been encouraging people I know to sign for ObamaCare and where necessary, I have helped them with the actual enrollment process.

    I know that some here are doing the same – officially under unofficially. But we need this effort multiplied

    I wonder if there is a way we can popularize the request for others who support healthcare for all (especially those with insurance and who know how to navigate the website) to get into the actual work on the ground – helping the insured enroll.

    What if we asked each one of the people in our network to help 3 to 5 people (family, friends, strangers) enroll in ObamaCare?

    We could also make sure that these 3 to 5 people have all they need to vote in 2014 and double-check to see that they do indeed show up on election day?

    I am thinking about a something “political involvement mentorship program” to make sure that the people show up to protect their interest – especially during the mid-term elections of 2014.

  27. 84 globalcitizenlinda
    November 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    food for thought

    • 85 jackiegrumbacher
      November 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Global, Blow should look to his own newspaper–the NYT–for disrespect and racist attitudes toward the president.

      • 86 Nena20409
        November 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm

        He works for the paper. He is a Columnist. He is penning it down and calling attention to it. With Folks like Us, writing, commenting and tweeting, blogging, etc……the message gets a tad louder.

        Our voices must be Constant. Those on the right have Mega phones and the National media.

  28. 87 globalcitizenlinda
    November 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    here is from one of my favorite public figures

  29. 88 globalcitizenlinda
    November 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Some responses to Mr. John Hardwood’s tweet

    here is some people who know what “real insurance policy cancellations” mean

    good for those speaking out

    and this one

    here is another story

  30. November 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I see my reps name listed among the defectors. I knew that once the GOP gerrymandered the distrrict that I would be stuck with a mealy mouthed Blue Dog. This man has the nerve to be running for Carl Levins’s senate seat. I sure as hell don’t want the seat to go to a Repug,but Gary Peters won’t be getting a dime from me. He will get an angry phone call instead.

  31. 91 Dudette
    November 16, 2013 at 3:48 pm

  32. 95 globalcitizenlinda
    November 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Someone posing a good question

    a related map

  33. 96 globalcitizenlinda
    November 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm

  34. November 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm


  35. 101 hopefruit2
    November 16, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I wish to urge my fellow TODers (and PBO-supporting lurkers) to please refrain from taking the MSM bait about the 39 redstate Democrats who voted with the Republicans yesterday on the Upton Bill. The media and GOP WANTS you to be angry at those Democrats and will keep reporting with an emphasis on those Dems who “voted with the Republicans to end the ACA.” This meme is BS, and nothing could be further from the truth. This is a classic divide n conquer employed by the media to ultimately benefit the GOP. The 39 house D’s did not “vote to end the ACA.” This is bill is going no where – it will die in the Senate or be vetoed by PBO. Nancy Pelosi allowed these D’s permission to vote knowing that this vote is largely symbolic, and not decisive in any way.

    The 39 Democrats voted to give themselves political cover to retain their seats in relatively conservative districts in 2014 – just in case the GOP and/or media decides to use this against them should the ACA become a political issue in the 2014 midterms. These red state Democrats’ serve a very important function that is often overlooked by us. They help to produce a Democratic house majority, which not only puts power in Nancy Pelosi’s hands (as opposed to John Boehner’s) but gives PBO more leverage in getting his legislation passed. Their function is NOT to vote in lockstep with the Dems from more liberal districts, and they shouldn’t be expected to – given that their districts usually comprise many right-wing politicians who stand to benefit from extremely well-funded entities like the Koch bros, who dominate the local media and can spread RW propaganda faster than you can say “wow.”

    150+ Democrats voted AGAINST the Upton bill which sends the message we instead should be focusing on – which is that the majority of Democrats overwhelmingly support the ACA and will not “help the GOP to end the program” as the media is trying to suggest. In my opinion, it’s a waste of time going after 39 Democrats who voted symbolically when we should be going after the media, and GOP who are doing the real damage. When Steve Korn Hacky sits on his privileged perch on MSNBC and calls the ACA rollout a “disaster” we have a bigger problem than 39 red state Democrats doling out symbolic votes! When Ezra Klein sends tweet after tweet, after bloody tweet attacking the ACA, when NYTimes and George Stephanopolous compare the website glitch with 1000’s of lives lost in Katrina, or when CBS,/FOX/ABCdeliberately put out false ACA stories with ZERO consequences to the reporters or networks, 39 House Democrats from mostly obscure, semi-conservative to deep red districts should not be the focus of our anger.

    • 102 Nena20409
      November 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      You nailed it. My sentiments exactly.
      Thank You, Always.

    • 103 jackiegrumbacher
      November 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      That’s exactly right, HF. We are being used by the media if we turn against these Dems. Sure we should call and express our disappointment and then we need to turn around and work like the devil to get them re-elected. We can afford to lose NO seats, so we need to focus on gaining as many we can. Nancy Pelosi has a tight control on her caucus. If she thought there was any danger from this Upton bill, she would have reined them in. That she did not, tells you all you need to know.

    • 104 mophene
      November 16, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Thanx for talking me down Hopefruit2.

    • 105 vcprezofan2
      November 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you Hopefruit, for repeating this with passion and with good arguments. Clearly stated, and supported, arguments like this one are helpful as background for those on the outside looking in.

    • November 16, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      HF2 is my mentor.

      When I started visiting this site I foolishly thought that reading MSM articles and following those jackals was a benefit to me. Boy howdy, have they proven themselves the opposite of objective this year.

      I think it’s a combination of the scandal-free Obama administration and the fact the only thing that interests the DC echo-chamber is gossip and horse race stuff.

      How much national reporting has this gotten?

      And what does this say about the MSM war drumbeat, the only thing that interests the military-industrial-MEDIA-complex when it comes to foreign policy:

    • 107 Lana
      November 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you so much for taking on the Nervous Nellies in our own party! All to those who search far and wide and then post MSM junk (“but I found several people who are saying this same thing … wah wah waaaah”) with a plea for someone to help them hold onto their belief in President Obama, or whose Rethug husbands, fathers, brothers and Aunt Matildas send them emails and make them crazy and they come here to share (by spreading) their angst around, I hope you read this.

    • 108 a4alice
      November 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      OMG you’re right HF. That’s brilliant. one of the things I’ve been thinking is that it feels like it did right before the 2010 elections. In fact I think I said that a couple of posts ago. Jumping Jimminy Christmas I’m flabbergasted. I’m going to take a bath. after i feed the chickens.

    • November 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      ty HF…

      you always provide clarity…you are indeed special and we are lucky to have you here…

  36. 110 Nena20409
    November 16, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    The Healthcare.gov is better, yet there is Not one report in the news, not on MSNBC saying so.

    John H from CNBC and is tweet is OK, but he also failed to mention that the website is working much better each day.

  37. 112 yardarm756
    November 16, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Anxious for nothing?

  38. 114 Nena20409
    November 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm


    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will visit John F. Kennedy’s gravesite and honor two of Kennedy’s lasting initiatives as the nation observes the 50th anniversary of his assassination in the coming week.

    Obama and his wife, Michelle, will be accompanied by former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, at a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. Also that day, Obama will be joined by scores of prominent Americans who have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in paying tribute to Kennedy’s legacy.

    Kennedy established the modern version of the medal, the highest award the U.S. bestows on civilians, in the months before his death. He was killed two weeks before he planned to honor the inaugural group of recipients, and it fell to President Lyndon Johnson to preside over the ceremony at the White House on the day Kennedy’s family was moving out.

  39. 115 vcprezofan2
    November 16, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    A thinking voter/writer who does not believe the pundits’ hullabaloo.


    And here’s where I believe (based on my own studies) that pundits on both side have missed the boat. The cancellations are quite obviously a big political problem, but this is also a major contributor to the underlying economics of the ACA: People converting from older, non-grandfathered individual insurance to new ACA-compliant policies will be in the same risk pool as the formerly uninsured who buy insurance on the Exchanges.

    This is a big deal. Check out the 2011 Report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners: The ACA law requires insurance companies to consider individual buyers (both on and off the Exchanges) to be part of a single risk pool on a state by state basis. What does this mean:

    > The current individual market has 12-15 million participants, most of whom no longer have grandfathered plans – so let’s say 10 million people (prior to Obama’s administrative fix) need to buy new, ACA-compliant plans, either directly with their insurance companies or through the Exchanges.
    > So how many of these people will be able to take advantage of the President’s offer and keep their old plans? Each state Insurance Commission must agree to accept this change, and some have already said no. Insurance companies hate the change, because their systems have been programmed for ACA, and it will be very hard to go backwards. So what’s my guess: 20-30% of folks facing a plan shift will now get to keep their old plan for a year. So that will mean 7 million people will have to buy new, ACA-compliant plans if they want insurance in 2014.
    > The 2014 total Exchange estimate has been and still is 7 million, of which (per the CBO) 2 million will migrate in from the individual, non-group market – so the total US pool is 5 million formerly uninsured, plus 7 million from the old, non-group market, for a total of 12 million 2014 buyers of ACA-compliant policies, on or off the Exchanges.
    > Everyone has been riveted on the 2.7 million target for under 35s’, out of the overall 7.0 million projected Exchange enrollment, as what we must achieve to have a stable, sustainable insurance pool. THAT IS SIMPLY NOT CORRECT.
    > The estimated 12 million person insurance pool contains 7 million from the old non-group market where insurers screen each individual and carefully exclude unhealthy people. This is the first time these people will form part of a larger pool, and in doing so, they will lend enormous balance and stability to the overall pool.

    The ACA is not headed for the economic rocks. People will sign up as the website is fixed. Premiums will not skyrocket next year – and we will know the 2015 premiums this summer. …………………………………….//


  40. 116 Nena20409
    November 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Later TODers 😉

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