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On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Harlem children at a “Let’s Move” event at the New York Police Athletic Center, November 18, 2010


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  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    November 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm


  2. 37 hopefruit2
    November 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Here we go again….

    • 38 Nena20409
      November 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Karma’s Never ever forgotten…….but ever a Certain deliverable Justice when least expected awaits one George Zimmerman, sooner or later.

      • 39 misspat
        November 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm

        Amen. He is going to go to prison or he is going to die by the gun. The man is a walking time-bomb. Too many mothers prayed for justice for that young man. God is not dead.

    • 40 utaustinliberal
      November 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Every sane person: it was just a matter of time.

      The man is running around with a gun, free to terrorize anyone.

      Screw the Florida jury ten ways to Sunday.

    • 41 yardarm756
      November 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      It’s just a matter of time………!

  3. November 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    First! (Doing the Hustle, that is.)

  4. 50 hopefruit2
    November 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Paging Jodi Kantor….

  5. 55 Gazelle
    November 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Don Keller has some Congo running through his veins! 🙂 Impressively covering Franco (RIP)!


    • 56 Asher in Boston
      November 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Wow. Gazelle, thanks for sharing. Was listening to him and other African music over the weekend. Love my African music.

  6. 57 Nena20409
    November 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    VC, you wear Your Gem very well.

    Gold is becoming of our TODable VC 😉

  7. 58 hopefruit2
    November 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Can anyone delude me into thinking that red velvet cupcakes are good for me and have substantial nutritional value? I feel like eating just that and need a good reason to.

  8. 67 Dudette
    November 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

  9. 69 Dudette
    November 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

  10. 70 Nena20409
    November 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Jay is now at the Podium.

  11. 73 Nena20409
    November 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    5:30pm Judge Wilkins in the sen for Cloture. Obstructionism. A simple up or down votes.

  12. 74 Nena20409
    November 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Worth Repeating again, and again


    George Zimmerman was arrested Monday after an alleged domestic dispute with his girlfriend, authorities told WESH-TV.

    Sheriff Don Eslinger confirmed that Zimmerman, who was acquitted of shooting and killing teenager Trayvon Martin earlier this year, was being driven to Seminole County Jail, per the Orlando Sentinel, after an incident took place around 1:30pm ET.

    • 75 vcprezofan2
      November 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      I am NO FAN of Zimmerman and I have no clue what’s happened in this case, but sometimes I wonder if some women who get involved with men who clearly have problems do so with ‘sinister’ intent. I mean, who jumps into bed with a man recently accused of murder and shortly thereafter accused by wife of threats, not to mention the mini escapades with the law immediately following his release? There are times when I really do not understand the female mind. Or as Amk, might say /wimmin. smh/

      • 76 Nena20409
        November 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

        Agreed. Some of our Female spieces are gluten for punishment.

      • 77 CaliCat
        November 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm

        Some women think they’ll be the one to change a man. Or maybe she was attracted to his terribleness….even serial killers have admirers. Smh

        • 78 vcprezofan2
          November 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm

          IMO some of them are not attracted at all, CaliCat; they’re only latching on for attention, for the chance to cry victim later.

      • 79 99ts
        November 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        I disagree VC – there are a multitude of reasons why women are attracted to “the wrong un” – they can be persuaded by the talk, they can think they are the one to reform him – they read and believe what they want to believe. Zimmerman had massive online financial and “moral” support for what he did – the prosecution at his trial was the best defense anyone could have.

        Too often women – who are the victim of such men – are blamed – the blame lies 100% with Zimmerman.

  13. 80 Gazelle
    November 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    [Jonathan Bernstein @ Plum]:

    […..] The problem with Kraushaar’s fantasy — and it is a pure fantasy, one which winds up with an imagined vote count on a repeal veto override — is that no actual Democrats in Congress can be found who are even hinting at anything resembling such a dramatic reversal.

    None. There are a handful of House Democrats who have always opposed the law, but beyond them, nada. Zip. Zilch.

    Oh, there are plenty of Democrats who want to be on record as opposing the costs of Obamacare while still supporting the benefits. Especially when it’s a safe vote on something that has no chance to become law. That’s the real story behind the 39 House Democrats who voted for GOP Rep. Fred Upton’s “fix” to the law last week.

    Sure, these Dems have “distanced themselves” from the law. But what does that really mean? The jump from getting upset at the costs to actually wanting to eliminate the benefits is an enormous one, and Democrats — including Democrats in marginal districts — simply aren’t making it. […..]


  14. 81 JER
    November 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm

  15. 83 whatisworking
    November 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm


    First IMPORTANT question

    Does anyone know of a video that shows you how to use healthcare.gov – step by step? I would like to send it to our OFA team but could not find one?

    Second IMPORTANT question
    Does anyone feel confident about using the site? I am in CA so have not used the site much

    Third IMPORTANT question
    I will make a video if there is none out there, I need a few folks to review it and then once we are sure it is correct I will make it public

    Once we find a viideo – WILL YOU FOLKS HELP ME GET THE WORD OUT???

  16. 84 whatisworking
    November 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    OFA – Health Care for the Holidays Training

    This Saturday we held a Health Care for the Holidays Training in Santa Rosa CA. We had 27 in attendance, a great speaker from the Sonoma County Health Dept. and enthusiastic folks who learned a bunch. I will try and make a blog post of the event soon. folks are committed to making this work.

    I hope some of you on the blog attended a training or are helping with this effort. One of our most popula things to do is to have a tabling events at a local grocery store, or college campus. I would love to hear what others are doing.

    I am going to sign up my 2 daughters and their boyfriends (all under 35) If everyone at our training signed up 4 folks we would have signed up 100 people. This is how we win!!

  17. 85 Ladyhawke
    November 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    It’s hard to believe that jackal Ann Compton gets paid to ask such stupid questions.

  18. 86 Gazelle
    November 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    [Field Negro & Nerdy Wonka (UT) are fam! Mentions UT while discussing USA Today calling Best Man Holiday “Racially Themed” then chaanging it to “Ethinically Diverse”.] Uggh! :

    […..] People get mad at black folks when we emphasize the racial or ethnic angle in anything that we do, but the truth of the matter is, as my twitter fam Nerdy Wonka said, “If a cast is all white, it’s a movie. If it’s all black, it’s a “race-themed” movie”. So it’s not black folks who are separating themselves from the society at large, society has separated from us.

    The fact that we like to see people on the big screen who look like us and who are saying things that we can relate to does not mean that we want to separate ourselves, and main stream newspapers shouldn’t label us that way.

    I suspect that quite a few white folks watched Best Man Holiday because they wanted to be entertained for a couple of hours. News flash: Black folks watch movies and television shows with a majority white cast for the same reason. […..]


  19. 87 Nena20409
    November 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    So Jay was asked about Dick Cheney and his daughters’ Liz and Mary’s disputes on Marriage equality about their family fued? Mary is not going to see Liz for Xmas. Funny how the questioned was asked. Is POTUS going to give Cheney credit on recognizing marriage equality before POTUS did? Seriously folks?

    • 88 jacquelineoboomer
      November 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      I wasn’t watching, but I have a random thought on that. We all know this, but that type of question of Jay is another big waste of time for the rest of the country, those listening in, looking for “news.” He speaks for the President, but must the President be asked for his opinion on every incident or family feud? Especially a question about the Cheney family from newsjerks looking for a gotcha moment. How could the President even begin to answer something like that, other than to say he would prefer to keep the family business of the Cheney family theirs and theirs alone. Everyone has already heard the President’s thoughts on marriage equality. I’d prefer the patriarch of the Cheney family to just move on to The Hague, and maybe the rest of them would slide back into oblivion at their respective ranches.

    • 91 vcprezofan2
      November 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Here’s my response. Press corps is a lot like GOP leaders in many ways – they waste time and money and have nothing productive to show for it because they never get to the heart of what matters to voters in general.

  20. 94 Ladyhawke
    November 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm


    The wrong message, the wrong messengers

    By Steve Benen


    But listening to Dick Cheney, Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan talk about honesty, credibility, and the need for skepticism is just a bit too much. Romney broke new ground as one of the most brazenly mendacious politicians of his generation; Ryan’s fondness for falsehoods is extraordinary even in a Congress where dishonesty is the norm; and Dick Cheney is, well, Dick Cheney.

    Americans shouldn’t turn to Lance Armstrong for wisdom on performance-enhancing drugs in sports; we shouldn’t turn to Miley Cyrus for guidance on public modesty; and we shouldn’t turn to Cheney, Romney, and Ryan for lectures on honesty in politics. It’s not complicated: they have no credibility because they have a nasty habit for saying things that aren’t true.



  21. 96 Nena20409
    November 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Per these bast*rds in the WHPC ACA website Nust be 1001% error free?


    They are using 80% per WashPo and ignoring the less than 1% error rate.

    • 97 Ladyhawke
      November 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      We are so on the same page. I am screaming at the computer. Stupid, stupid, stupid questions abound. It’s so embarrassing.

      • 98 Nena20409
        November 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

        Yes, LH. I like listening if and when I can. Today I am able to. So I amlistening and I am also screaming and cursing those DC/NY Pundits out.

  22. November 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    The problem with being a self-proclaimed “genius” is that, well, usually you’re not.

    Kanye West: Obama ‘Used’ Me

  23. 100 Ladyhawke
    November 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    The jackals are struggling with the 80% target usability estimate for the healthcare.gov website. They are trying to figure out what that really means. The navel-gazing is just remarkable.

  24. 101 Nena20409
    November 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Iran, Israel and Sanctions with Bibi N as the Right arbiter for what is Good for USA?


    Major Garrett is the questioner.

    Jay is historically reeducating the unwilling for the goals and stance of then sen Obama and now Pres Obama’s position.

    • 102 vcprezofan2
      November 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      I know it’s his job, but sometimes I wonder why Jay bothers. You can’t, after all, educate rocks or lumps of clay.

  25. 103 Nena20409
    November 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Daylight? Abridge? Is US not a super power and a Self Conatining nation to make her Own foreign policy for ONLY the Good for USA First? They ask as if USA has to play second fiddle to Israel? No such questions were asked of GW Bush.

  26. 104 Dudette
    November 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

  27. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    November 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    “That’s what leaders are made of … ”

    CNN was interviewing the mayor of Washington, IL, where the tornado damage yesterday was the strongest. The mayor mentioned he had spoken to the President of the United States on the phone and the mayor had responded to his kind words with something like “That’s what I signed up for.” And the President told him, “That’s what leaders are made of … ”

    Yes, Mr. President, you show us that every day.

  28. 106 utaustinliberal
    November 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Rob Ford is the gift that keeps on giving. They’re considering disciplinary action and this is his response. THANK YOU, Canada!!!!

    Close up.


  29. 108 Nena20409
    November 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Now questions to respond to Gibbs.

    I would say: Gibbs doesn’t set personnel announcements for this ADM.

  30. 109 Nena20409
    November 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    150 Gettysburg address? Why is POTUS not doing anything? Wow. Seriously? It was an address of very few words by Lincoln. Now Kennedy and GITMO by the ugly Ed Henry.

  31. 110 jacquelineoboomer
    November 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    • 111 Nena20409
      November 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      The Ugly/Devil incarnation, I think.

    • 113 jacquelineoboomer
      November 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Apologize for the super-sized photo of what evil looks like. I like the “booking” part of the tale. We’ll see how long before he’s released …

    • 114 Dudette
      November 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Why oh why would you think we wanna look at that? I need to go wash my eyes out now!

      • 115 jacquelineoboomer
        November 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm

        I know. I’m so sorry. After I posted it and saw how it came up (thought it was going to be a link), I apologized! Maybe Chips will remove it!

      • 116 misspat
        November 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm

        I am so glad to see him in that setting. He has money in his account already. Hope they keep him there for a long time but he will get bail. Daddy is already rounding up his posse. .

  32. 117 Dudette
    November 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I love her!

  33. 118 hopefruit2
    November 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

  34. 120 Gazelle
    November 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    [LeVar Burton basically tells Tarantino to ….. well ….. get off his lawn! 🙂 🙂 Tarantino should never have said]:

    “When you look at Roots, nothing about it rings true in the storytelling, and none of the performances ring true for me either,” said Tarantino last December. “It didn’t move me because it claimed to be something it wasn’t.”

    [Coz then LeVar responded with a BOOM]:

    “Django Unchained is a fantasy, let’s be clear,” Burton said. “And when Quentin Tarantino says that Django is more real than Roots, I call bullsh*t. I got nothing against him, but don’t go there, okay? Don’t go there, Quentin.”

    He added, “Too many people who look like me bled and died for you to have the opportunity to satirize the slave narrative. There’s a place for satire in culture. Taken at face value, as a piece of satire, I went and enjoyed it. It was fun. Let’s just not get it twisted. Django was not real.”


    • November 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Really wish Tarantino would STFU.

      I have never seen a Tarantino flick because I abhor violence, but he’s someone so promoted by Gen X media as an anointed cultural genius.

      Comes across as a known-nothing punk, IMO.

      Probably shouldn’t listen to me because I walked out of “The Usual Suspects” because I couldn’t tell any of the actor apart.

      Other Gen X MSM “geniuses” include the shallow Malcolm Gladwell and the even shallower plagiarist Jonah Lehrer.

  35. 122 Ladyhawke
    November 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Jackal Ed ‘Cheshire Cat’ Henry wants to know the difference between ‘Majority’ and ‘Vast Majority’. He’s very concerned about the 20% who may still experience problems. Concern trolling on steroids while working for a network that has done everything possible lie, distort and sabotage the law. It’s exhausting.

  36. 123 Dudette
    November 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

  37. 124 Ladyhawke
    November 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    The Obamacare Cancellation Notices You Haven’t Heard About



    The stories of private market enrollees being forced to purchase more substantive insurance have animated politics for the last three weeks. But the failure of 25 states to expand Medicaid coverage to 133 percent of the federal poverty line, as envisioned by reform, is actually far more disastrous and undermines the promise of health care for the millions who earn “too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to qualify for Marketplace premium tax credits.”

    Relying on analysis form the Kaiser Family Foundation, ThinkProgress compared the numbers of lower-income Americans who are denied coverage by GOP-controlled legislatures or governors to the public estimates of residents receiving cancellation notices in those states’ individual markets. Though the public debate has focused on the loss of individual private plans, the working poor are far more likely to go without insurance:


    Read the full post here, includes amazing info-rgraphic.


  38. 125 Gazelle
    November 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    [Madiba update. Be well dear, great man.]:

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s former president, Nelson Mandela, remains “quite ill” and unable to speak because of tubes that are keeping his lungs clear of fluid, though he is relaxed, his former wife told a South African newspaper.

    “He remains very sensitive to any germs, so he has to be kept literally sterile. The bedroom there (in his suburban Johannesburg home) is like an ICU ward,” Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told the Sunday Independent. “He is 95 years old and it is difficult for him, because of all the tubes that are in his mouth to clear the (fluid from his) lungs, and prevent an infection recurring.” Because of those tubes, she said, he communicates through his face.

    “But the doctors have told us they hope he will be able to recover his voice,” she said, adding that he is being treated by 22 doctors at his home.

    Mandela’s former wife shot down reports that the former anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace prize winner was on life support.

    “I have heard this nonsense that he is on life support. He is not,” she told the newspaper. When asked if he was peaceful, she said, “Very. When he is very relaxed, he is fine,” adding that it helps he is at his home, an environment that he recognizes.


  39. 126 mtmarilyn
    November 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Hey Chips, in logging on I was hit with a survey that said it was sponsored by The Obama Diary. Is that true? They say I have won a prize but I have to give them my name and address. Do you know about It?

    • 127 utaustinliberal
      November 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Don’t do it. It’s a scam. Any online survey that needs your name and address is a scam. Probably identity theft.

      • 128 mtmarilyn
        November 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm

        That’s what I thought but I wanted you all to know they were using The Obama Diary name. Thanks for verifing that.

    • November 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Whaaaaaat?! Seriously Marilyn? Definitely has nothing to do with TOD, in fact I pay a fee to have no ads here, so I need to check this out. Where/when exactly does it appear? What does it say? Will contact WordPress about it, nothing like that should appear here. Thanks Marilyn.

      • 130 mtmarilyn
        November 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm

        I have Mozilla Foxfire and have been getting alot of pop ups. My husband says we have good security. This is a first time it happened. It says you have been chosen for a quick survey from The Obama Diary. If you answer it you will get a free prize. I have deleted it now. If it happens again I will let you know.

        • November 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm

          Thanks a million mtmarilyn, will definitely check that out with WordPress, my understanding was that when you choose their ‘no ads’ option nothing like that would appear, grrrrrrr.

  40. 132 Don
    November 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I just heard about George Zimmerman, wtf is going on with this guy. I personally think Zimmerman wants to “end” it, but not by his own hands.

  41. November 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Of course. What isn’t 60min all over THIS?

  42. 135 Linda
    November 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Abby Huntsman is on the ” someone needs to be held accountable ” band wagon…..

    I am so sick of the people on The Cycle……..and please stop putting them on Every Other Show ……Ugh !

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