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  1. December 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    The day Twitter decided to become evil…

  2. December 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    It’s freezing here but hopefully thawing in Washington

  3. December 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm


  4. 18 No Child Left Behind
    December 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Ryan-Murray two-year budget passed the House.

  5. December 12, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    House GOP just blocked UI extension

    • 20 hopefruit2
      December 12, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Dems will hang that over their necks….

      • 21 nospin
        December 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        i see that as well. They will hang it over their necks.

      • 22 Dudette
        December 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm

        Unfortunately Dems will be blamed for not getting it done either. There’s only so much that can be done without willing partnership (or even just opposition that won’t sabotage everything), but people won’t rationalize that way. They’ll just see gridlock and inaction and blame everybody in the building.

        • 23 hopefruit2
          December 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

          Dems will not be blamed. That’s the same mistake the GOP made with the shutdown in October. This is not 2010 when people just bought what the corporate media and emoprogs fed to them hook line and sinker.

          People are more attuned and know what’s up. And even the media-manufactured polls no longer accurately capture public attitudes.

          • 24 Dudette
            December 12, 2013 at 6:55 pm

            Sorry, the cynic who lives on an island surrounded by an ocean of Georgia red-necks poked me inside my head for a sec. I’m hopeful that, as you say, people are more attuned and know what’s up. There’s lots of time between now and the next election and lots of work to be done. I’m in.

            • 25 GGail
              December 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm

              Dudette, I know of what you speak about the cynic who lives inside your head. I have family – lots of family in GA and having moved from there to here, I feel for you. Sometimes I look at my family members and think – are you sure we have the same DNA?

            • 26 99ts
              December 12, 2013 at 7:05 pm

              I think many have stopped believing “both sides do it” and despite the best efforts of the media the blame will go where it belongs. The sad reality is that the GOP thinks starvation will create jobs – and they dare to talk about a white Jesus and the real meaning of Christmas.

  6. December 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm

  7. 28 Dudette
    December 12, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    😀 😀 😀

    Favorite Christmas Movie Reference

  8. 34 hopefruit2
    December 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Everyone wants in on some PBO love…. LOL! No one cares about Ted Cruz, GG, Snowjob or Boehner…

  9. 35 99ts
    December 12, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    GM from my world – I just fininshed reading LL’s post – one or two back – catching up is hard – and it seems the stupid of the US media is performing better than usual. My understanding of the latest events of importance to the political media

    1. Santa Claus is real and white – as is his bff Jesus

    2. The memorial for Nelson Mandela, which many media people attended – consisted of a handshake, a female Prime Minister wanting a picture of herself with PBO (memories of my PM Gillard) and a signer who couldn’t sign

    3. The WHPC, in particular Ed Henry, convinced that the world is on the point of collapse because they can’t take pictures of the President night and day, 7 days per week.

    In any country other than the USA, Megyn Kelly would no longer be employed or employable. In any country other than the US, President Obama would be seen as the nation’s hero. In any country other than the US, the President/PM would disband the WHPC.

    Your media does not tell truth – your media does not deserve the 1st amendment.

    • 36 hopefruit2
      December 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks 99ts for giving us the perspective from a non-US resident.

      I think I might print out your comments and send a copy to each media pundiot…. Maybe Chips should front page it as well. 🙂 🙂

    • 37 nospin
      December 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      “The WHPC, in particular Ed Henry, convinced that the world is on the point of collapse because they can’t take pictures of the President night and day, 7 days per week.”

      it is funny as heck until you realize wait… it is not a joke.

    • 38 GGail
      December 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      99ts – you wake up and you ROCK!

      • 39 99ts
        December 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm

        It’s the coffee kicking in 🙂 🙂 Not sure rock is quite the word – but the stupid of the media is beyond understanding. I’m so glad I watched the Mandela memorial live – my eyes see what the pundit eyes do not see. Problem with the US media is that many worldwide outlets copy their tripe and I see it in my media. Usually only relates to news about PBO. The rants of Megyn Kelly are not reported here.

    • 40 anniebella
      December 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      99ts, our media has become no better than tabloid media, they are just as worst. There used to be a difference between the two, but not anymore. President Obama is a down to earth friendly human being, he gets along with most if not all of the world leaders.

      • 41 anniebella
        December 12, 2013 at 7:03 pm

        I have come to the conclusion that the MSM dislike Barack Obama and where there is no scandal, they will make up one.

        • 42 anniebella
          December 12, 2013 at 7:08 pm

          Fox never fire anyone because they are right in their own mind.

        • 43 99ts
          December 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm

          They have been doing that for5 years anniebella – PBO ignores it – I try to ignore it – just the occasional rant on TOD 🙂

          • 44 anniebella
            December 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm

            I try too ignore it also 99ts, but I have to tell you sometimes it really makes me mad. To see the disrespect this President and yes First Lady have to deal with.

    • 45 jackiegrumbacher
      December 12, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      99ts, you summed it all up nicely. Somewhere along the line, the US media went off the tracks and wondered into an alternative universe where external reality doesn’t exist anymore, but gigantic paychecks for pseudo “news” people do. Give them enough money and our media will make up any reality their paymasters want them to.

      • 46 99ts
        December 12, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        Hi jackie The 1980s and Ronald Reagan’s love of money sure made a mess of a democratic society. I look forward to seeing an op ed by Jay on the WHPC – all in good time – maybe it will be a book. The fools don’t even realize their stupid is recorded for forever and beyond.

  10. 47 utaustinliberal
    December 12, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Got clued in to the new Twitter rules. Seems like when companies go public, they turn around and screw the people who made their product popular.

    If you block someone, it basically does nothing. You won’t see them in your mentions but they can retweet you and follow you back and even though you won’t see their tweets in your @/Connect section, when they RT you, that’s inviting and inciting their band of nut jobs to harass you/

    Twitter says you can make your account private and then block them and that will force them to unfollow you but as soon as your account becomes public again, they can re-follow you. This is insane. People block users for a variety of reasons such as stalking, harassment, racial slurs, etc. and Twitter just made the day of nut jobs.


    • 48 99ts
      December 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      ” Seems like when companies go public, they turn around and screw the people who made their product popular. ”

      How true is that UT. People who buy and control social media sites should well remember those that have gone – and disappeared – before them. There will always be a new “bright young thing” who will devise a new format for those who are not liking what is happening to the current media.

    • 49 hopefruit2
      December 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      These sites like FB, Google and Twitter are fast selling out to the highest corporate bidders. It is sad…

  11. December 12, 2013 at 6:46 pm

  12. 51 utaustinliberal
    December 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm


    Twitter has redefined the word “blocked.” Traditionally, to “block someone” on social media is to cut all digital ties. You no longer see their activity and they no longer see yours. However, that’s always been tricky on Twitter because so much of what is published there is public. Even if you were blocked by a fellow user, you could still see their tweets if their account wasn’t a private one. Twitter has decided to cease the farce of “the block” for public accounts.

    From now on, a blocked user can still follow, retweet, and favorite a public user who blocked them, and won’t be informed, as they have in the past, that they’ve been blocked. The blocker though won’t see the RTing, faving, or any mentions by that person show up in their notification stream, and won’t see them in their follower list. Blocking someone on Twitter now actually means you’re just muting them. It’s the digital equivalent of plugging your ears; they can shout but you won’t hear them.


  13. 52 utaustinliberal
    December 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm


  14. 54 hopefruit2
    December 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm

  15. December 12, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    • 56 99ts
      December 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      I can’t post the twitter correctly any more – can you post this one for me LL – also, too – LOVED your post today – perfect

      Dave Hogg ‏@davehogg

      The new Twitter block function is like reporting a stalker to the police and having them give you a blindfold so you won’t see them.

  16. December 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    And now I’m reading that spam blocking won’t work.

  17. December 12, 2013 at 7:18 pm

  18. 63 jacquelineoboomer
    December 12, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    If Rand Paul believes in unemployment benefits for the initial 26 weeks, but no extensions due to the fact there are no freakin’ jobs to be had, why don’t we pay him for only the 26 (if that) weeks he works? Or maybe ask him to refund a little of his paycheck, and maybe some of the food it bought.

  19. 67 anniebella
    December 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Remember FLOTUS was suppose to appear on the NBC show the biggest loser? Did she ever appear on the show? I thought it was suppose to be in November. Do anyone know?

  20. December 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Because we need a laugh…

  21. 75 JER
    December 12, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    LIVE NOW: Vice President Biden Speaks at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Tribute Dinner – Audio Only – http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  22. 76 Dudette
    December 12, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Okay, I’m gonna just need to talk myself down. Y’all have probably been over this earlier today so forgive me, but I’m just reading this article about the fake interpreter. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/12/12/mandela-sign-language-interpreter-thamsanqa-jantjie/3995875/

    I had heard a little about the guy being fake on the radio this morning and just chalked it up to somebody with connections getting into the event and playing a prank. I even remember when watching the SABC live feed of the memorial and noticing that there was a 2nd sign language interpreter (a woman) on screen and thinking “wow, they’ve covering all the bases, a sign interpreter for the TV audience and one for the stadium.” [Didn’t even notice that they weren’t signing the same thing]

    But I hadn’t heard about this aspect of the story (if this article is to be believed): The guy is a schizophrenic who, according to the article “…told the AP he has been violent and was hospitalized in a mental health facility for more than a year.” They put THAT guy inches away from my President?!! WTH!

    So everything turned out to be fine, my President is protected by the finest security force on the planet, but DAMN! Someone should answer for that. Seriously.

    • 77 anniebella
      December 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Secret Service can’t allow this again.

    • 78 desertflower
      December 12, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Did you also read that the company that this man was employed with, is not to be found? POOF! Vanished into thin air….

    • 80 hopefruit2
      December 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Until I hear bells of alarm from PBO and/or the WH about this – this story is a whole lotta nothing about a whole lotta nonsense as far as I’m concerned. The NRA and the “violent schizophrenics” walking among us every day do not seem to bother the US media one bit.

  23. 81 99ts
    December 12, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    So I just thought I’d check the twitter love directed towards Megyn Kelly – and discover her 3rd child is called Thatcher – that has to be a disaster for the child as he grows. White Santa is nothing compared to naming a child in that fashion.

  24. 82 anniebella
    December 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Did you hear Rev. Al when he said the birthers are at it again. The lady who verified Barack Obama Hawaii birth certificate died in a plane accident. She was the only one to die on the plane, so the birthers, lead by Trumpster is claiming some conspiracy. Oh no!

  25. December 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Just wow.

  26. 88 hopefruit2
    December 12, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Here’s the WH’s response to the sign language interpreter story – which, by the way yields 735,000,000,000 hits on Google.


    WH spokesperson Josh Earnest:
    “It’s a shame that … a service that was dedicated to honoring the life and celebrating the legacy of one of the great leaders of the 20th century has gotten distracted by this and a couple of other issues that are far less important than the legacy of Nelson Mandela,” he told reporters on Wednesday. ”

    WH Press Secretary, Jay Carney:
    “President Obama was “not concerned” at any point during the trip.”

    Secret Service Spokesperson Ed Donovan:
    “agreed-upon security measures between the U.S. Secret Service and South African government security officials were in place” during the service.”

    The media is overly preoccupied with this story because it’s another sensational distraction from the REAL events at the Mandela Memorial. And don’t think that certain anti-Mandela, pro-Apartheid institutions in SA are not partly behind this…That’s all I will say for now.

    • 89 99ts
      December 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks hf – I was trying to word that – Jay Carney & Josh Earnest said all that needs to be said.

    • 90 Dudette
      December 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      They’re right of course. At the end of the day, this incident should not take away from the enormity of the event.
      And the fact that nothing happened most certainly makes it even more of a blip comparatively-speaking.

      However, unlike the silliness of the reactions to the handshake and “self-gate”, this was in fact a serious lapse in security on the part of the people who booked this man and mentioning/reporting it as such is not unwarranted. It should at the very least serve as a lesson-learned for the people involved in the logistics and security surrounding world leaders, particularly our President. For me it’s a chilling reminder of just how difficult it is to eliminate all potential threats, even more so when you have to assume a level of competency among partners.

      Admittedly, I don’t know much about SA politics, but it stretches my imagination to think some anti-Mandela operatives would have concocted a scheme to purposefully place a schizophrenic sign interpreter on the stage as way to undermine the event. More likely somebody’s been getting away with contract fraud and it caught up with them. But then again, a lot strange things happen in this world.

      • 91 hopefruit2
        December 12, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        The purpose of the excessive reporting is not borne out of concern for security logistics or for PBO’s safety. It’s about instilling fear and suspicion in people’s minds, and to forever tarnish the Mandela Memorial by associating it with something very unpleasant. The US media simply will not let go of this story – the same media that happily looks the other way when the NRA and RW militia push daily messages of anger, violence and revenge. So their concern trolling is duly noted, but I will not be manipulated by the US media into not enjoying or having good memories of an event designed to memorialize a great leader.

        • 92 Dudette
          December 12, 2013 at 9:26 pm

          “I will not be manipulated by the US media into not enjoying or having good memories of an event designed to memorialize a great leader.” Me neither. 🙂

          • December 12, 2013 at 9:26 pm

            Oooooh, he looks so sad! 😥

          • 95 hopefruit2
            December 12, 2013 at 9:47 pm

            Hey Dudette, I see that you also follow @allafrica.com, which tweets about current events and issues of importance to the African continent. They live-tweeted the memorial and also related tweeted about events later in the week. Note that in their entire TL of the Mandela Memorial, not a single mention of that silly sign-language guy.

    • 97 carolyn
      December 12, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      I learned today from mothers of girls aged 14-20, that Benedict Cumberbatch is the heartthrob of those girls….the mothers are quite happy with that. He’s a good actor, but I think his name is spectacular.
      All the girls are anxiously awaiting Season 3 of Sherlock.

  27. 99 No Child Left Behind
    December 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    For once, I applaud her diatribe. On the point. http://www.msnbc.com/the-cycle/watch/our-new-anti-greed-pope-88926787877

  28. 103 desertflower
    December 12, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Forgive me if someone already posted this… been at work all day and then some:) This is a MUST READ/ PASS ALONG…especially to those you know that are “really, really mad” that they may have to actually GET insurance that means something and not some hot mess they paid good money for that would cut them off at the first real sign of actually needing it.

    http://pleasecutthecrap.com/ever-see-an-insurance-companys-pre-existing-conditions-theyre-scary/ Thank you, PBO:) I heart you:)

    • December 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Fantastic link DF, we’ll have it in R&S in the morning – thank you!!

      • 105 desertflower
        December 12, 2013 at 8:52 pm

        Thank you, Chips:) Hey, I see that Steve Benen has your number:) You’re the bestest blog mistress EVER! Look at you soar!

        • December 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm

          Well DF, I can report that Danny thinks I’m a nightmare of a blog mistress, he’s so annoyed when I’m on my laptop (and ignoring him), he’s taken to climbing up my back, dropping over my shoulder, and slapping his paws on the keyboard. I. Am. Not. Joking. 😆

          • 107 desertflower
            December 12, 2013 at 9:03 pm

            Damn good thing you don’t have a Great Dane like I do:) The paw would crash THROUGH the laptop. I. Am. Not. Joking. 🙂 Give Danny hugs from me…he’ll just have to get over the fact that you are needed by millions! He’ll just have to share:)

      • 110 Dudette
        December 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm

        Meant to thank you for posting that, by the way. Shared that will a some co-worker who has a friend who’s apparently among the “angry masses.” The list of conditions for which people would be rejected until this #ACA came into effect, really brings the point home.

        Also, it reminds me in part why I despised BC/BS so much. My employer’s new owners will be switching us back to them, after we’d escaped their clutches for two years. Ugh!

        • December 12, 2013 at 9:03 pm

          That list is extraordinary Dudette, did the ****ers cover anything??

          • 112 desertflower
            December 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm

            No. I think that acne was even one they would deny coverage for….as in “if you ever had acne in your life you had a preexisting condition” and would deny you healthcare. Seriously?!!!!!

          • 113 Dudette
            December 12, 2013 at 9:20 pm

            Makes ya wonder, doesn’t it? They covered my boob-squishing, regular check-ups and an emergency room visit to extract a fishbone (that’s another story). Oh, but don’t be asking for “too much” coverage. Oh no, they ain’t havin’ it. My blood pressure is rising now just thinking about the crap I got from them when my doctor decided that I should get mammograms annually because of family history. However, their POLICY said that because I was under 40, I should only get them every two years, so I had to pay out of pocket in between covered years. Curse those bastards. I personally know of two women who are now gone from this earth, I believe, in part because they felt they were powerless against damned BCBS. Eff those effin’ effers!

            • December 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm

              Bastards is the only word for them Dudette, the utter scum of this earth. Although “boob-squishing” made me smile!

              • 115 Dudette
                December 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm

                Somebody’s gotta come up with a better way than contorting you into every conceivable pretzel angle while squishing your girls between two cold plates. You know some dude thought up that deal. I’m just sayin’.

                • 116 jackiegrumbacher
                  December 12, 2013 at 9:56 pm

                  Dudette, I think there already is a digital way to do this, it’s just not available in most mammogram facilities. When I asked about it, I was told that the traditional way was cheaper, so most places will continue to use it. There will come a day when all that we go through will be ancient history, but it’s not coming soon.

            • 117 desertflower
              December 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm

              Amen! I hear you.

        • 118 desertflower
          December 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm

          No problem. People just have NO IDEA the bullet many of them have dodged with this law. Listen to all that hair on fire bullshit…until it happens to them and they get irate. Now they can just say thank you to PBO and praise the lord they won’t go fucking bankrupt.

  29. 119 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    The uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Chang Song-thaek, is executed after being purged for corruption, says the state news agency.


    Bangladesh executes Islamist leader Abdul Kader Mullah, who was convicted of atrocities during the country’s 1971 war of independence.


    Nothing like a coupla executions to perk up your day.

  30. 122 99ts
    December 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    So why does anyone complain about government when we have the wonders of free enterprise systems. My gripes today

    HuffPo – who would have guessed. So I followed a link from an earlier thread & thought to leave a comment. Cannot comment any more unless I verify with a facebook account. I do have a facebook account which I use to play scrabble with my cousin. It bears no relationship to me, has no friends and no posts – so how would that verify anyone. I no longer comment at HuffPo & it seems from the numbers about 90% of people that used to comment have given it up. Guess that is a good thing – like twitter kicking themselves to oblivion.

    Amazon – so I wanted some books for Christmas gifts. Couldn’t find them anywhere in my world (on or off line). Parcel Postage US to Australia is EXPENSIVE – so when I selected the cheapest rate – oh no – that won’t be here before Christmas – and I stupidly believed them – and doubled the postage cost for a parcel that would be delivered between 18-24th December. So it arrived today – 13th December – and no doubt the cheap rate parcel would have arrived well before Christmas.

    • 123 Dudette
      December 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      I gave up on actively participating/commenting on HuffPo before I even discovered TOD. Too much trollage and Faux-like reporting there for me. Although I do pick up the occasional article here and there upon recommendations.

      Like you, I’ve been bitten by the “pay extra for postage” racket[. [Sigh!] Everything’s a battle these days, isn’t it?. You just gotta fight the battles that matter the most and let the other stuff roll of your shoulders. At least you got your order in time. Hopefully those books will make someone very happy. Merry Christmas.

      • 124 99ts
        December 12, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        Too true Dudette – I wanted the books for Christmas – now I think I’m crazy complaining because they came too early! Sigh – time is moving on & I still haven’t learned from the example of PBO & Mandela!

    • 126 Lynn
      December 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Ran into the same problem at HP, 99ts. It’s the only other site i posted on with any frequency. I was ‘gsmp’ over there. It’s a shame.

      Sorry about your shipping problem.

      • 127 99ts
        December 12, 2013 at 9:26 pm

        I had a few “friends” over there from way back – will miss a couple of “chats” – I was “Trisha11”

        Shipping is my first world problem – so I lost $15 – that I would rather give to someone other than Amazon!

        Postage North America (incl Canada) to Australia is weird. I can get a package from the UK to here in 4-5 days – takes 2-4 weeks from US without using the super fast payment rates.

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  32. December 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    “The far-right American Legislative Exchange Council claims that every member of the state legislature in two states is a member of their organization”

  33. 132 hopefruit2
    December 12, 2013 at 9:20 pm

  34. 133 hopefruit2
    December 12, 2013 at 9:21 pm

  35. 134 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 9:26 pm

  36. 135 amk for obama
    December 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Son’s first driving lesson starts today. Fingers crossed.

  37. December 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm

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